Hawley makes his mark at national hockey tournament

By Wikitōria Day
  • Auckland

Te Kāea met Dean Hawley, of Ngāi Tūhoe descent, who is playing for Tasman, one of three south island teams who has traveled from afar to compete.

He has been pursuing this multi-skilled sport for a long time now and he has also played for the NZ Māori hockey team.

Hawley says, "I couldn't really play contact sports from a young falla so my parents got me into hockey and I have been playing hockey ever since"

The tournament started at the weekend, and since then, Tasman hasn't lost a game. They thrashed various north island teams.

Not only is he a player in the team, but he is also one of their coaches. 

Hawley says, "It's good as a coach you can see how the young players are coming along and as a player it's quite hard to tell players what to do"

With three consecutive wins so far, Hawley is adamant he can assist his team in guiding them to a the number one spot.

There's still a hard battle ahead of them this week, however, this Saturday it will be known whether or not they reach their desired placing.