With her grandson Andrew Charter playing in the Hockey World Cup, resident Lorna White has spent more than few cold nights in front of the TV watching and is hoping he gets selected for the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Declan RurengaTHE World Cup match between Australia and the Netherlands captured plenty of attention across the world this morning, but for one Junee resident Australia are already champions.
Junee resident Lorna White was up at the crack of dawn to see her grandson Andrew Charter play in the Hockey World Cup grand final.
“I’ve spent a few nights in front of the television, I’ll set an alarm, go to sleep and wake up to see the games,” she said.
The final match was between Australia and the Netherlands with the Kookaburras winning 6-1.
While he wasn’t born in Junee, Andrew’s mother was and he spent a considerable part of his youth with his grandparents.
“He loved spending time in the country,” Mrs White said.
“His mother always played hockey for Junee and district and Andrew used to play soccer when he was little,” she said.
When he was just eight years old, he was asked to fill in for his sister’s hockey team and while initially hesitant he was eventually convinced to play.
“Then he played the following week and was put in as goalie; he did very well,” she said.
At his second game he was spotted by a hockey coach and Mrs White said his family was told he’d do well in the future.
Mrs White was incredibly excited when Australia were given the World Cup on Tuesday morning.
“The commentators were talking about how they thought he was the best goalie of the tournament, he only let three goals in throughout the competition.”
After their third consecutive World Cup, the Kookaburras’ focus will turn to the Commonwealth Games in July.
“I’m hoping he gets selected for the Commonwealth Games,” Mrs White said.
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