In the last two years, firstly Abigael Crawford (St Clair) and then Danielle Bailey (Wakatipu Junior) have been thrust into the top position to come up against the best in the country.
It was in Crawford’s second year in the team that she played No1 , while Bailey had to make her debut at that level last year.
By contrast Hoskin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, and is almost certain to emerge with a good record this year.
Bailey is named at No2 and Crawford at No3 this year, and their stints in the top slot are likely to help them perform well against what should be easier opponents.
Sumin Kang (13, Wakatipu Junior) has a bright future in the game and will be a worthy No4 at Waitikiri.
The team is anchored by veteran Susan Greig at No5, who is a top performer in this position.
Greig (nee Wilson) has had her time at No1, and although she is not as long off the tee nowadays, it would surprise if she was not one of the top tail-enders in the tournament.
The team reserve and manager is another veteran Liz McRae (Wanaka) who recently won the Champion-of-Champions title at Balmacewen.
This young team has every opportunity of performing well as the quintet is capable of finishing near the top of division two.
Auckland will be the toughest opponent but Otago will be in with a good show against other opponents.
The team in paying order;
- Laura Hoskin Arrowtown
- Danielle Bailey Wakatipu Junior
- Abigael Crawford St Clair
- Sumin Kang Wakatipu Junior
- Susan Greig St Clair
Reserve (Manager) Liz McRae (Wanaka)