National Honours For MX Mates

This is the last time we’re writing an article about Lochie and Estelle’s achievements on the hockey turf.

Until we do it again.

We just can’t help ourselves and when the accolades are coming in thick and fast, it would be rude not to acknowledge the efforts of two MX coaches who are fast becoming two tidy hockey players and not to mention good mates.

Last week, both Lochie and Estelle were named in the U21 New Zealand squads after impressive performances in North Harbour. Great reward for two players who have put in a lot of behind the scenes work over the last two seasons.

We would also like to congratulate the other Capital players who made the cut. Julia Gluyas and Jess Kelly were both included in the women’s squad as well as Ruby Logan, the shining light of the Logan family. On the men’s side, Jordan Cohen and Sajan Patel were included in the 30. We’re a little confused that only three Capital men were picked seeing as the Cobras took out gold but that’s a yarn for another day.

Congratulations to all seven Capital players who made it, enjoy the moment when it comes and let it be the start of something bigger.

Photo credit: Planet Hockey Magazine

Introducing Your 2019 U21 MVP Lochie Paton, Congrats Champ

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We would be lying if we said we haven’t been looking forward to this write up all week. Not solely because we enjoy writing things about Lochie and twisting the occasional quote but because last week was a special, special week for a deserving young man

Over the last few years no player has become more familiar with the inevitability of injuries, although we would argue Lochie has had more than his fair share. So to be named National U21 MVP to go along with a gold medal was fitting reward for a guy who loves rehab more than o-week.

In his words “I always knew I was going to get it, I just had to get through the week”

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False, that’s not something that Lochie would say and I’m sure if we did ask him, he’d say the national title was the most important prize to play for last week. That being said we feel we speak for everyone at MX in saying we couldn’t be more wrapped for the big man.

Well done mate, have a Fanta on us.

Thanks to the team at Planet Hockey Magazine for the images

Capital Claim National Crown At U21 Tournament

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Last week the best U21 talent from around the country was on show at North Harbour Hockey Stadium and with the next generation of elite talent competing against one another there was a lot to be excited about.

After losing their opening game, the Capital U21 men stormed back to claim gold on the final day with a 5 0 win over Southern capping off an impressive week.

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National titles are hard to come by and a lot needs to go right in order to finish on top on the last day. We would like to congratulate the Capital U21 players and team management on a successful 2019 campaign. A special congratulations to MX coach and good mate, Lochie Paton

who was in the thick of the action all week. We hope you and the team took time to celebrate.

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The Capital U21 women had mixed results finishing a respectable 5th. Two MX team members, Estelle Macadre and Georgie Peterson were part of that side and enjoyed the learning experience.

Well done to all our MX coaches!

*Thanks to the team at Planet Hockey Magazine for the images

A Thank You To Our Players & Parents

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Term 1 was a successful one for MX.

We welcomed Georgie to the coaching team and enjoyed having Daan back in the fold. We saw the return of some familiar faces and introduced new members to the MX community. We ran more sessions than ever before and built strong relationships with a number of schools.

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With so much going on, we thought we would take a moment to say thank you.

Thank you to all our players that turn up week in and week out ready to learn. A unique feature of MX is the relationships we build with our players and this term was no different.

Thank you to the parents, hopefully our players have shown their appreciation for all your support as well but we feel privileged to have built positive relationships with all of you. We understand the importance of knowing our players and parents on a personal level and you have all allowed us to do this, so once again, thank you.

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At the end of Term 1 we were fortunate enough to be able to host an end of term celebration at Swimsuit Cafe in central Wellington. A big thanks to owner and friend, Tait Burge for allowing us to share his space. Thanks to all of you who came along. It was great to see so many of you and put faces to names, it was a nice change from the regular emails. We over catered on pretty much everything, cheese and drinks especially but it was a fantastic evening that we hope you all enjoyed.

With Term 2 starting tomorrow, we hope you’ve all enjoyed the break and were able to get away for a few days. If you haven’t registered yet, no worries there’s still plenty of time to get involved.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at MX in Term 2.

Over 30% of U18 teams made up of athletes with links to MX

With the first term of 2019 done and dusted, we thought now was a good chance to acknowledge some recent achievements across the MX community. 

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MX coaches, Estelle Macadre and Georgie Peterson have both been selected in the Capital U21 women’s side that will travel to North Harbour to compete for a national title in May. A familiar environment for Estelle who has represented Capital at U21 level before but new territory for Georgie who has only recently graduated from U18 level. 

Another MX coach, Lochie Paton, will again represent Capital at U21 tournament. After debuting at National League level last year, Lochie will be looking to make an impact and lead this year’s group. 

The Capital and Wellington U18 squads have also been announced and there are MX connections across the board. 

In the Capital U18 women’s side, 7 out of the 19 players have attended MX sessions at various stages. Long time MX athlete, Ruby Baker is among those who will don the Capital jersey. In the Wellington team, 10 of the young women selected, have experienced the MX environment. Current members Amy and Emily Singer, Eleanor White, Ida Braun and Nina Simmonds have all been named in the group. 

Judd Adamson is the lone MX member in the Capital U18 men’s team, an impressive feat given Judd was playing U15 hockey just last year. Will Collins and Hamish Nicholls have also been named in the Wellington team and round out the strong MX representation across the U18 age group. 

At MX we have a lot of fun and athletes enjoy the difference we offer and the challenge it brings. Not only is the environment unique, it delivers results. 20 athletes with links to MX will represent Capital or Wellington at U18 level this year, numbers that speak for themselves. 

Join us in Term 2 and find out what MX can do for you, as most of our players will tell you, it’s probably more than you think.  

Top Accolades for MX Champions

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Quick one from us.

Everyone at MX is familiar with Lochie and Estelle. The two up and coming coaches and elite players in their own right have been regulars at MX for awhile now.

At the recent Wellington Hockey AGM, the pair picked up the 2018 Capital Hockey Male and Female Player of Year awards.

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We had a brief catch up with Lochie this week and he said that although he’s had many awards in his time, this one ranks as “one of the greats.”

Estelle was slightly more humble, acknowledging Bella Cronin Stone as her biggest influence in her career so far.

Congratulations Lochie and Estelle, all jokes aside both thoroughly deserving winners.

The Faces Behind MX, Your Coaching Team For 2019

Well where to start.

We’ve got familiar faces, new friends and even a former MX player rounding out an exciting group of coaches for 2019.

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Ollie and Conor are still around, although with Conor in Auckland his visits will be short but sweet. Ollie will remain at the helm pulling most of the strings. ANZ and AIG will keep them both busy when they’re not championing MX.

Daan, well most of you know Daan already. Back after some time away from MX, Daan joins us for a handful of weekly sessions and will be leading a lot of our work in schools. Daan’s our hockey sensei and a great sounding board for any of our athletes.

The two up and comers, Lochie and Estelle will continue their great work, mainly in the junior space. In other exciting news, Lochie has moved into a new flat so be sure to ask him about his choice of interiors and the natural light in the living room. Estelle could well feature for the Blacksticks soon but don’t worry, her MX duties will always take priority.

And last but by no means least, Georgie joins us after coming through the MX programme as player. She’s a great addition to the team and we’re looking forward to having her involved. Georgie will embark on her tertiary education at Victoria University and will experience the joys of hall life.

We’ll be sure to introduce everyone in more detail in the coming weeks but for now, a good chance to get introductions out of the way. Be sure to say hello to any of us whether at the turf or not, we’re always up for yarn.

Bring on 2019!

MX Graduate Georgie Joins Our MX Coaching Team

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Meet Georgie.

Introducing the newest member of the MX coaching team and although the role is a new one for Georgie, she’s not at all unfamiliar with what MX is all about. In fact one could argue Georgie is better placed than any of the MX coaches that have come before her.

Why?

Georgie came through the MX programme as a player first. She’s been a part of the MX evolution since day one and understands the MX philosophy.

We’re lucky to have her and to be honest we’re hoping she’s the first of many. MX athletes who are willing to jump out of their comfort zone and continue to test themselves in new environments.

We could leave it there but we haven’t even touched on an impressive resume that will ensure Gerogie’s influence at MX is widespread. She’s currently in the mix for the Capital U21 Women and has represented Capital for the last two years at U18 level. Georgie is also an experienced premier one club player plying her trade for Karori.

Outside of hockey? This year marks the start of Georgie’s tertiary studies, she will begin a Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University.

If you see Georgie at any of our sessions be sure to introduce yourself and make her feel welcome, chances are you’ll be seeing a lot more of her.

Welcome Georgie!

Meet Grayson Dawson, the first member of the MX 50 Club

At MX, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how we reward those athletes who have been part of our crew for awhile. Those athletes that are as much the face of MX as we are.

We’ve got a handful of players that bought into our philosophy, trusted the programme and backed themselves right from the beginning.

The results have been two fold.

On the one hand, their improvement has been enormous. Reward for taking ownership of their development and asking dozens of questions along the way.

On the other hand, and perhaps more importantly, these athletes have developed into confident individuals who speak for themselves.

So what did we come up with?

Introducing the MX 50 Club. It’s simple, when our players tick off 50 MX sessions, they’ll become a member of our 50 Club. We’ll formally recognise inductees upon completion of their 50th session and each player will receive a small, unique gift from us.

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So on that note, meet Grayson Dawson. We couldn’t think of a better person to recognise as the very first member of the MX 50 Club. Not because Grayson’s been to a few MX sessions, but because he embodies everything that we’re about.

Grayson is so much more than just a talented hockey player. He’s diligent and curious, polite and hard working and we feel lucky to coach him.

So congratulations Grayson, thoroughly deserved.

We’re looking forward to welcoming many more athletes into the MX 50 Club this year and can’t wait for MX to kick off in 2019.

Quiet Year Ahead For MX? Not A Chance

It’s that time of year again. 

After much time spent on beaches or round lakes across New Zealand, the hockey pre season is almost upon us. We hope you’ve all had an epic break and are feeling refreshed and ready for the 2019 season. 

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We at MX are certainly excited about the year ahead. 

2018 was a building block year for us, after another year of solid growth. This year we’re back and in cliché fashion, we’re bigger than ever.  

We’ve got more sessions on offer with fresh content and we’ll be introducing some new faces to the MX coaching team. We’ll also have some exciting announcements to make early in the New Year as we look to expand our horizons. 

Not to worry, while all of this is exciting stuff, we know the importance of remaining true to our founding principles. Put simply, we’ll continue to deliver quality, personalised hockey coaching in a fun but challenging environment.  

Our ultimate goal has always been to develop great athletes and more importantly quality human beings, none of this will change in 2019.

If you haven’t heard, registrations for term one are now live on our website. If you’ve already registered, great! We look forward to seeing you in early February. We would encourage anyone, whether you’ve been with us before or are new to MX, to get involved. 

Once you’ve spent some time at our sessions, you’ll be surprised just how much fun hockey can be. 

See you all soon!