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READY: Tanunda Hockey Club’s Tristan Pfeiffer and Jack Bentley and AMU’s Aidan Schenk have been selected in the State Under 15 hockey side.Barossa Valley hockey will boast three members in the South Australian Under 15 hockey side, with Tanunda Hockey Club’s Tristan Pfeiffer and Jack Bentley alongsideAMU’s Aidan Schenk.

The side will represent the state at the Under 15’s tournament which starts on April 9 in Wollongong, NSW, and runs through to April 17.

Nerves are high for first-time state player Jack Bentley, who hadtrialed a number oftimes before getting the nod this year.

Young Tristan Pfeiffer and Aidan Schenk are a little more confident, having been selected previously and already havinga good understanding of their state teammates.

Two of the stars have only recently developed the high level of skills for the game, with Aidan set to start season number four, and ex-footballer Jack in his fifth year.

Tristan, on the other hand,first picked up a hockey stick when he was six and has never looked back.

Aidan described his best asset to his game and his state side as his pace, while Tristan said his was his skill set and Jack believes in his leadership and his ability to be a role model.

Development co-ordinator Rodney Pfeiffer praised the new facilities at Stockwell in assisting with the progress of the three Barossa boys, allowing the boys to participate in level playing conditions.

Junior hockey is continuing to develop inthe Barossa.

This season, Tanunda will boast two U15 teams, as will Nuriootpa,in addition to AMU’s side.Numbers are expected to be similar to last year’s competition.

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