Riverside inspire youngsters

2013-08-29 00:00

SPORTING heroes inspire the next generation and this was evident at Riverside Hockey Club when mini-hockey players were treated to an appearance by the men’s first team, winners of the Super League.

Having won the league for the second successive year last week and remaining undefeated, the team are an inspiration to the club’s youngsters who aspire to emulate what the “Invincibles” have achieved.

Boasting several national and provincial players, the entire men’s team was at the club to train and coach the juniors, taking them through drills and passing on vital tips. The youngsters were taken through the finer points of the game, with some even wanting their hockey sticks autographed by the champions.

This follows the work done by first team players Gareth Mason, Sheldon Jenkins, Matt Fairweather, Cameron Jenkins, Dan Sibbald and Mike Wiggett, who coach at the club on Mondays and Fridays.

Captain of the men’s side Michael Botha knows the benefits such an occasion brings. “This is where it all starts, with the youngsters. They need to be nurtured and their enthusiasm used for their future and the future of the game,” he said. “It’s encouraging to see how excited the juniors are to have the first team players with them and we also recognise and thank parents for their support in allowing their children this opportunity.”

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