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NSW - Hockey Australia Masters Invitational Tournament

Dates for Women Masters Teams 14 -18 March 2022 Newcastle

Dates for Men Masters Teams 35+ to 55+ Sydney Olympic Park 25-27 Feb 2022

Dates for Men Masters Teams 60+ and above Sydney Olympic Park 18-20 Mar 2022

These Invitational Tournament’s for Men and Women’s Masters Teams is open to all Masters’ players, but the aim is to have competitions at State Masters Level with players sourced from current and recent State teams. Teams do not need to be entered via Hockey WA and Hockey Australia will also actively support combination teams / finding teams for players where possible to increase participation.

The Hockey Australia Masters Committee are hoping to facilitate a competition in all age groups from 34’s to 65’s and has invited all States to participate.

One of the main reasons behind the tournaments is that unfortunately the East coast of Australia has not been able to play much hockey over the last 18 months – hence this is a “return to hockey” tournament for them.  In WA we have been lucky to have largely had two full seasons with minimal COVID impact and recently also had several post season state level master’s tournaments.  However, as you would be aware the WA Government has not yet made it clear when the WA border will more fully open as it has in other states.  As it currently stands there is still a risk of having difficulty, costs and a need to quarantine for anyone wishing to participate which could continue towards the proposed tournament dates; this risk sits entirely with the individuals.

WA Masters Hockey 2021 Challenge Cup: Men's WA Country v WA Metro

PUBLISHED THU 07 OCT 2021

Masters WA recently held an event in conjunction with WA Country Masters. Over the weekend teams from 55’s through to 75’s played two games between the two groups.

Games were played in good spirit with a sense of excitement at the venue.

After the first round of fixtures, players joined together for an evening meal reliving the highlights and lowlights of the play from the day. As the evening rolled on the stories became much more interesting. UWA Hockey did an amazing job catering for 170 people at the event dinner.

We are most appreciative of the sponsorship supplied from Emergency Triage Services that provided the Physio, Ambulance and emergency services. Thankfully other than the physio being used for minor ailments, there were no major injuries throughout the event.

We would like to also acknowledge the work of Shane Knapp in coordinating and enlisting the umpires that supported the competition. We are appreciative of his professionalism and ‘can do’ attitude, covering an often thankless task.

Events of this nature highlighted the value of providing opportunity for the hockey community to come together.

We were delighted to have the opportunity to hold an event that allowed our selected state teams to have a run together given the cancelation of the scheduled Australian Masters Championships event in NSW.

The general consensus was that events of this nature could potentially provide opportunity and sound preparation for future Masters Tournaments.

Thanks to our coaches and managers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure events of this nature run smoothly. As always it is the dedication of the volunteers that make the hockey community so successful.

GALLERY

Champions crowned in festive finals day

PUBLISHED SUN 31 OCT 2021

History has been made at Perth Hockey Stadium at Curtin University, with the inaugural Bevan George and Kobie McGurk Cups Champions crowned after a scintillating day of hockey on the field.

The Outbacks claimed the Kobie McGurk Cup after defeating the Suns 3-0 in a dominant performance for the side.

The Outbacks completed their undefeated run through the leadership of Kobie McGurk, who opened the scoring for the side and led them to victory.

In the Bevan George Cup, the Chris Ciriello and Tim Deavin-led Suns snatched the trophy from the red-hot Breakers, defeating the side 4-2 in a hotly contested match.

The Suns controlled the play for the first half, with former Kookaburra Tim Deavin opening the scoring with a rocket of a strike early in the first quarter.

The Suns led the Breakers in dominant fashion, until the Breakers claimed two goals of the own, with a penalty corner strike from Ian Burcher brining the score to 3-2 and giving the Breakers life.

The Breakers applied an immense amount of pressure but ultimately, their multiple scoring opportunities fell short and the Suns in the final ten seconds of the match were able to pull back a goal to bring the score line to 4-2.

In the Kobie McGurk Cup bronze medal match, the Highlanders defeated the Breakers 3-0; the Bevan George Cup bronze medal match saw the Outbacks hand the Highlanders a 5-0 drubbing.

 

WA Masters Hockey 2021 Challenge Cup: Women’s WA Gold vs WA Black Over 50s – Over 65s

PUBLISHED THU 07 OCT 2021

Two composite teams selected from current and former state players across the Over 50s to Over 65s age groups fought out two very competitive hockey games last weekend to celebrate the 2021 Masters Hockey season and to acknowledge the end of a tumultuous season which saw the Australian Masters Championships cancelled.

Along with a large contingent of WA State Master’s players from a variety of metro clubs, were players from Lake Grace, Peel, Bunbury and Busselton who made the effort to get to Perth to play in this inaugural event.

Tammy Cowan, WA Masters State Over-40 Coach and Jo Sgro, the Over-55s Coach. prepared their teams well, with both teams firing up from the starting whistle.

The first game saw WA Black take the lead with Anna Taylor scoring a great breakaway goal set up by Julie Waddell. WA Gold replied with a classic field goal from the top of the circle by Deb Whiting, to draw the game at 1-1.

Going into Day 2, WA Black controlled much of the first half and again scored first with a penalty corner goal from Robin Himbeck, a long-term Australian Masters representative player.

WA Gold however, managed to shift the impetus of the game in the second half and replied with a strong rebound goal by Sally Dare to make the final score once again, a one all draw (to draw the series).

Credit should be given to the four goalkeepers who shared duties across the two games to make multiple saves to keep the crowd on their toes.

The quality of the hockey was evident and enhanced by the even-handed umpiring of Cheryl Murphy and Dave Ferguson.

The winning team, was left to WA Master’s Hockey icon Laurie Packham (Australian representative from the 1960’s), to decide who should win the Challenge Cup with WA Black taking the honours. Players agreed that the format of composite teams worked well and hope that the Challenge Cup will become a regular event.

It was heartening to see the Over-65s age group so well represented with eight players, most of whom have played Masters Hockey at State and Australian level numerous times. All players and spectators were amazed at the prowess of three players, Janice Arcus, Karen Allan and Pattie Davis who are still playing strong at over 70 years of age.

Both teams got together for lunch on Saturday and a sundowner on Sunday following the games to share stories and celebrate being part of a state master’s hockey community.

Team Managers, Pat Scott and Sharen Mitchell kept teams organised and the sponsors, Emergency Triage Services, helped keep players safe through ambulance, physio and emergency medicine services via Star Physio and St John Ambulance.


GALLERY

2021 Masters Hockey Competition Survey

 

Dear Masters players,


Hockey WA and the WA Masters Hockey Committee (WAMHC) are conducting a survey for players who have competed in the 2021 season, to share their thoughts about Masters competitions.

We would very much like to know your opinions about the future of Masters Hockey in WA.


If you’d like to have your say, please take the survey here.


Thank you for your participation.


Regards,

Hockey WA and the Hockey WA Masters Committee