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Geraldton young hockey star chosen to represent under-13 State team for second year in a row

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Leah-May Labuschagne at the State trials.
Camera IconLeah-May Labuschagne at the State trials. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

A young Geraldton star has been chosen to represent WA with the under-13 State hockey team for the second year in a row.

Leah-May Labuschagne, 12, was one of five players from Geraldton who made the trip to Perth Hockey Stadium to take part in the trials, which had a total of 160 players from WA for the first round of trials.

The first round spanned over July 15-16, and Labuschagne was invited back to compete in the second round which was whittled down to 79 players, then round three which decreased numbers to just 47 people.

With only 32 spots available for the State team, Labuschagne was chosen to represent WA at the national championships in Newcastle later this year.

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This marks the send year in a row that Labuschagne has been chosen for the team, as she represented the State last year at just 11 years old.

From the 32 players selected, Hockey WA will handpick two balanced teams, with the revelation of the teams and coaches set to occur in the ensuing weeks.

Hockey WA extends “heartfelt gratitude to all parties involved in the under-13 girls’ State team trials for their unwavering support, invaluable contribution, and steadfast commitment despite the early weekend kick-offs.”

The State competition is set for September 23-29 in Newcastle.

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