Norths star Ky Willott brings back more than just the experience of a lifetime from his recent South African tour with the Australian Schoolboys squad.
Outside visiting a game park, Cape Point and Robben Island Museum, the Belmont high student also returns with a hard-fought Test-series victory and two individual accolades.
Australia won the third and deciding game 6-4 in Durban last week after opening with 3-all and 4-all draws against the South African under 18s.
Floraville-based Willott was later named player of the series by officials and media contingent covering the event before receiving players’ player from his national teammates.
“He played really well over there,” Norths coach and Ky’s father David Willott said.
“He will bring a lot back now from that experience.”
Ky lined-up for club side Norths on the weekend despite only landing in the country less than 24 hours earlier. The 17-year-old will be more refreshed for Sunday’s clash with the fifth-placed Rams at Maitland following the joint leader’s 3-2 loss against Wests.
Both squads are down on troops with Norths missing injured striker Dane Pettit (calf) and Maitland without Wade Harry.
Elsewhere in round 16 of the Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League on Sunday and Archie Nelmes debuts for Souths against University in Newcastle while The Entrance host Wests at Wyong. Gosford has the bye.
LADDER: Gosford, Norths 19; Souths, Wests 17; Maitland 12; The Entrance 6; University 0.
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