Youth carry LGSHA hopes

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A youthful side will represent the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association in their tilt at the division 1 title at this weekend’s CBH Group Men’s Country Championships in Perth.

A group of talented youngsters will line up in the LGSHA division 1 side, joining experienced trio Tim and David Pyle and Kieran Howie.

Goalkeeper Heath Cremasco, who was the joint fairest and best in the championships in 2015, is among the raft of young faces which also includes Charlie Moir, Henry Marsh, Riley Scott, James Gonzales and Brett and Matt Stevens.

Boosting the strength of the squad is the inclusion of State Country representative Xander Burcham.

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The LGSHA finished fourth in division 1 last year with one win, two draws and two losses to their name and will be out to improve on that performance under new coach Damien Stevens.

Qualifying games will be played on Saturday and Sunday and Monday, with the grand final on Monday afternoon.

All matches will be held at Perth Hockey Stadium.

On Saturday, the LGSHA will take on Eastern Goldfields Hockey Association and then Bunbury later in the day before a clash against Peel on Sunday, followed by a crossover and a final pool match against Upper Great Southern Hockey Association on Monday. A second team from the LGSHA will also compete in division 3 of the three-day competition.

LGSHA Men’s Division 1 Team

Heath Cremasco, Kieran Howie, Tim Pyle, David Pyle, Joel Hitchcock, Charlie Moir, Brett Stevens, Matt Stevens, Henry Marsh, Riley Scott, James Gonzales, Xander Burcham, Hennie Botha, John Anderson.

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