Three Parkes players to represent NSW at Nationals Masters Hockey Championships

MASTERFUL: From left, Denise Gersbach, Mandy Westcott and Maureen Massey have been picked to represent NSW. Photo: Supplied.
MASTERFUL: From left, Denise Gersbach, Mandy Westcott and Maureen Massey have been picked to represent NSW. Photo: Supplied.

PARKES continues to cement its reputation as a regional hockey powerhouse, with Maureen Massey, Mandy Westcott and Denise Gersbach all been selected to represent NSW Masters teams at the National Championships in Newcastle this September.

After attending selection trials in Newcastle on Saturday, June 5, Massey, Westcott and Gersbach were picked in the Over 65s, Over 50s and Over 45s respectively.

Former Parkes player, Nicole Knox, was also selected in the Over 34s Blues team.

Given 199 ladies from across NSW nominated and participated in trials, selection was very competitive - so the success of Massey, Gersbach and Westcott is a testament to their enduring skill and commitment to hockey.

Massey was been selected as a goalkeeper, and 2021 will be her 11th time representing NSW at Masters level while three-time representative Westcott has been selected as a midfielder/defender.

Gersbach, a striker, is another veteran at this level and these Nationals will be her 13th - a remarkable achievement. She has also been selected as one of the team leaders, such is her stand in the hockey community.

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The ladies will go into camp in Newcastle on September 20, with the tournament commencing on Wednesday, September 22.

It is the first year that there has been a mega Masters National Championships, with the men competing at the same venue but across the locations of Newcastle, Maitland and the Central Coast.

All the women's matches will be played in Newcastle.

The Parkes trio all compete in the local A-grade competition in addition to representing Parkes in the Western Masters League.

That side is still undefeated, so it's safe to say that this trio, and all their teammates, are certainly flying the flag for Parkes hockey with distinction.

All three ladies will receive an intensive fitness program from their coaches to ensure they are ready for Nationals in September - though they already move better than most people half their age.

Good luck in Newcastle ladies, bring back some medals!

You'd be a brave person to bet against NSW being the one to watch across all levels at these Championships.

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