Published Tue 19 Feb 2019

Wauchope Hockey Club are on their way to this year's NSW community sports awards after taking home Hockey NSW's 2018 Community Team of the Year.

The Wauchope Hockey Club Woodcutter's under 16's side won the award for their effort and perseverance, despite struggling during the season.

The Community Team awards are given to a team for outstanding performance at national or state championships, regional, association or club level.

The Woodcutter's pipped Parkes Association's Under 13 Representative team on February 23, at the The Warwick and were represented by their coach Colin Pursehouse.

Mr Pursehouse said he was immensely proud of the girls because of their determination and teamwork.

"It was a pleasant surprise to find they were nominated," he said.

"Their effort in everything has shone through, they get to training and games early. They put in effort even though we only won one game and had two draws this season.

"We've had nearly 100 percent attendance at games and training a part from injury or holidays.

"These guys enjoyed themselves even though they may not necessarily score heaps of goals each week."

Over 200 players, association representatives and special guests attended the awards night.

Judging criteria for the award including the achievement of a team, significance of their achievements in their sport and wider community as well as displaying a positive culture which is fair, safe and inclusive.

As the award winning team, the woodcutters will be endorsed by Hockey NSW as their nomination for Community Team of the Year at the 2019 Sport NSW Community Sports Awards.

Hockey NSW chief executive David Thompson said the team's conduct and attitude had shown and won over the judges.

“The Wauchope Woodcutters Under 16’s are a terrific example of the type of sportsmanship and dedication that all successful teams should demonstrate," he said.

"While they may not have had a lot of luck on the field, their conduct and attitude throughout the entire season was exemplary.

"I congratulate them on their achievement and hope they will continue to spread their positive culture to others in the hockey community.”

Mr Pursehouse, who was appointed as a Hockey NSW assistant coach for the NSW Country Women's team in 2018 said the team had worked hard all season to support eachother.

"They set themselves some good goals and fulfilled them every week... they even organised themselves to go out to the movies, supporting each other," he said.

"We had a few stronger players who could have taken the ball for themselves but they made sure everyone had a chance to learn on the field.

"Some new players were quiet but by end of the season were happy to have a go and even have a laugh."

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