Spot the MX connection.
The six young women above, each with a past or current MX connection, were part of the Wellington U18 team that claimed bronze in Palmerston North last week.
The team had a thrilling run through the tournament and came up just one game short of the national final.
After making it out of their pool unbeaten, the girls overcame Auckland with a shootout win and went into the semi final against old rivals Canterbury with high hopes. In a closely fought encounter, the team went down 2 - 0 but were able to pick themselves up, claiming the bronze medal against Wairarapa in the 3rd 4th playoff.
Current MX player Nina Simmonds, in her first year playing at U18 level, said that the week had been a great experience and that she had thoroughly enjoyed her time away.
Our guess is that a good part of the enjoyment came from the stewardship of head coach, and former MX coach, Daan Jongejan, who many regard as one of the best coaches in the Capital region.
Congratulations to all the players who were part of the Wellington U18 women's team, not to mention the Wellington and Capital U18 men's teams who both won gold at their respective tournaments.
At MX, we celebrate success but also recognise and value the effort it takes to get there. The success of U18 campaigns across the board is great recognition, we think, for the efforts put into developing hockey in the Capital region. With that in mind, watch out for Wellington and Capital teams on the national stage over the coming years - the best is yet to come!