BEN and Jake Staines are about to head to Perth for their second Australian Hockey League season with the Canberra Lakers.
The twin brothers have been playing for Goulburn in the Capital League competition.
The way they work within the Goulburn team has been noticed by ACT selectors.
“Getting to play in the AHL is an honour and for players looking to take their hockey to national representative level, a stepping stone,” Jake said.
“It is something you dream about as a junior when representing Goulburn and to have the opportunity to take our hockey to the next level is … really special.
“Dad taught us, when we get an opportunity we should grasp it and do what we can to achieve our goals,” Ben said.
“We have both worked hard to be the best players we can.
“It is not easy to get into the Lakers, but some players had to rule themselves out because of work commitments and the expense associated with playing in the two-week competition.”
Ben and Jake have been fortunate to get time off work.
Jake works with his father while Ben works with TTH Industries, who have granted him leave.
Goulburn Produce Mitre 10 have helped them out with sponsorship toward the expenses of travelling to Perth and associated costs while they are there.
Store co-owner Martin Maas said it was a pleasure to help the boys out and support their quest to take hockey as far as they could.
“Their dad is a loyal customer and we are keen to support those who do the same with us,” Mr Maas said.
“We wish the boys luck and hope the team comes back with the prize.”
The brothers fly to Perth on Monday.
The AHL competition starts on September 29 until October 9 at the Perth Hockey Stadium, Bentley.
Aaron Kershaw has also been selected again to play with the ACT Lakers.