HOCKEY | Mounties' young talent achieve highly at national tournament

Protecting the goal: Jye Bashford comes out of the box for ACT to stop an attacker. “He was excited but a little nervous,” said his mother Tammy. “But he settled in nicely.” Picture: Denise Thompson.
Protecting the goal: Jye Bashford comes out of the box for ACT to stop an attacker. “He was excited but a little nervous,” said his mother Tammy. “But he settled in nicely.” Picture: Denise Thompson.

Mounties Hockey Club recently had eight of it’s players selected for state teams to play in the 2019 Australian Indoor Hockey Festival at Goulburn.

Two of the youngest attending for Mounties were JemmaMurray, 13, and JyeBashford, 14. This was Jemma’s first selection to a state team after playing hockey for eight years. She was selected to the NSW Stars, one of the two under-13s NSW girls team that attended.

The striker and attacking mid had a great tournament as she put away seven goals throughout the tournament and was named player of the match twice. “It was so exciting, but at the same time I was nervous,” she said.

“Soon after taking the field in my first game the nerves were gone, and I went and did what I love, play hockey.”

By the end of the pool stages the NSW Stars were on top leading into the final day.

Two close loses against the Queensland Fire (3-4)and the NSW Lions (1-2), meant the Stars would finish the tournament in third.

Jemma was awarded most improved for the her NSW team.

“I had so much fun playing and learnt a lot.”

She was also happy to be “given the opportunity to meet new friends from around NSW”.

Jemma said her best skills would be “supporting my team and talking a lot on the field. Also my ball decision skills”.

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One of Jemma’s highlights for 2018 was her selection for the state team and being given the chance to play in this tournament.

Heading into the rest of 2019 Jemma wants to work on her speed and jinking the ball. Potentially being reselected for that state squad.

Jye Bashford was also a first time player who was selected for the ACT under 15’s team after playing for various club teams in both NSW and ACT, including Mounties, over the past seven years.

“Jye was excited but a little bit nervous,” said his mother Tammy. “But he ended up settling in nicely from the very opening.”

Jye was the goalkeeper for ACT and found that the tournament was a really great experience as his team made it to the Bronze medal match.

They faced Western Australia and the game finished four goals a piece, meaning it would come down to a penalty shootout.

Tammy said, “Jye stood up and had confidence...he did very well under the pressure.”

The first round of shootouts ended in a tie with both goalkeepers saving one goal each.

“He is always so calm out there, sometimes he seems a little too calm, but always under control,” said Tammy.

Unfortunately in the second penalty shootout the ACT lost 2-1 as the other team were able to sneak an extra goal past Jye.

Tammy said, “He used to be hard on himself for letting goals in but he wasn’t overly hard on himself this time… Which is good.”

Jye has a big 2019 ahead of him as he looks to continue to work on his fitness and improve his skills in both the indoor and outdoor styles of hockey, making it easy for him to switch between the two.

Tammy said that Jye had a great 2018 season as he was selected to teams like the Metropolitan South West Hockey and the St George Randwick Hockey Club High Performance Academy.

He hopes to be reselected for the state team for indoor and a first-time selection to the ACT outdoor team.