Eight chosen in nation's top junior sides

NEARLY 200 of the nation's best junior hockey players will come to Moorebank this weekend for a country versus city contest.

The annual Country versus City Challenge is at Ernie Smith Reserve, the home of Moorebank Liverpool Hockey Club.

The reserve's hockey centre will feature boys' and girls' games in the under-13s, -15s and -17s age groups.

Moorebank Liverpool Hockey Club has eight representatives in the city age teams: Zac McParland, Jess Fryer, Emma Barry, Emma O'Brien, Lauren McCall, Helena Tobbe, Matthew Bannerman and Jack Thompson.

"It's a strong representation for our club," Moorebank Liverpool public relations officer Kim Brooks said. "The boys and girls selected have worked very hard to make the city teams and it's fantastic they are playing on their home fields."

The first game on Saturday is at 1.30pm and play starts on Sunday at 10.15am.

Hockey NSW chose the host club.

"One year the event is held at a country venue and the next year in the city," Brooks said.

"We are excited our club was chosen this year."

Ernie Smith Reserve has three hockey fields including the state government-funded $1.1 million Poligrass arena which was completed last year. A Poligrass surface was used at the 2012 London Olympics.

The new hockey season starts on Saturday, April 5.

Details: moorebankhockey.com.au.

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