Cities’ Joel Latham at full stretch against Rovers at Hinkler Park.
Cities’ Joel Latham at full stretch against Rovers at Hinkler Park. MAX FLEET

Top junior award for hockey star

Whiz-kid Joel Latham has clinched the junior sportsperson of the year award on the back of another brilliant season in the sport.

His all-round talents are such that his focus is on scoring runs and taking wickets for Country Wests, Bundaberg and Wide Bay in the cricket season, but it is on the water-based hockey surface that he really shines.

The Cities striker was selected in the Australian under-16 hockey team, set to tour Hong Kong and Beijing later this year.

Along with team mate Josh Stacey, Latham dominated the national schoolboy titles, before returning to the local scene and helping Cities to a division one premiership.

“I’m pretty exited about it all, and looking forward to playing for Australia this year,” Latham said.

“Cricket’s been going well for me so far and I’ve been enjoying it, but I can’t wait for hockey to get going again.”

Latham was among several high-flying local hockey kids heading into the new season to get some expert advice from Bundaberg hockey legend Troy Elder this week.



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