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Hockey captain sets goals high

Estelle Macadre, Hockey Player of the YearOur star on the Hockey field has made two representative teams.

Year 13 student and captain of Queen Margaret College Premier 1 First XI Hockey, Estelle Macadré, made the Capital National Hockey League (NHL) and the Junior Black Stick squad.

She has played hockey for Queen Margaret College since Year 1 and most recently led the First XI to their grade finals.

“It was a really big honour to be the captain of the Queen Margaret College First XI this year,” Estelle says.

“It was such an amazing experience to be given the opportunity to lead such a competent and talented group of girls to the final.”

She says she found out in August she had made the Junior Black Stick squad for the second time. Estelle did  not get the chance to play last year because the team did not have any fixtures.

“My main goal this year was to get into the Junior Black Stick squad and I’d been working hard on it,” Estelle says.

“The Junior Black Sticks is an U19 squad so I’m playing with girls I know from all around the country.”

Estelle says her first chance to play with the Junior Black Sticks this season was at a development camp in December. She played in the NHL tournament in September.

This is the first time Estelle has been part of the NHL squad. She says she enjoys it because it gives her the chance to see and play with a lot of different experienced players, including current Black Sticks.

“There is a broad age range and skill set of people on the team, I am the only school girl,” she says.

Estelle plans to go to Victoria University of Wellington next year to train with her high performance coaches to reach her goal of becoming a Black Stick.

“My older sister, Sophie Macadré, plays hockey for Michigan State University. Originally I thought maybe I would try to get a scholarship to go to the USA too but once I got my first selection into the Junior Black Sticks I decided I really wanted to be a Black Stick.

“I will miss playing for Queen Margaret College very much but am excited to see where my hockey goes from here.”

PHOTO: John Matthews