Opening round full of promise for club

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Members of the Hedland Hockey Club with members of the Country Week team.
Camera IconMembers of the Hedland Hockey Club with members of the Country Week team. Credit: Alexander Scott

Port Hedland’s hockey season has begun, with three divisions taking part in matches at the McGregor Street Sporting Precinct last Thursday.

Minkey hockey opened the night, which teaches children aged between five and 10 the basic skills of the game.

Hedland Hockey secretary Sandra White said the club was hoping for an increase in players this year and attendance for the Minkeys would build over the next few weeks.

“We’d love to have 20 a night for Minkeys but today's the first week, last week for seniors we had 12 show up,” she said.

The juniors, aged between 10 and 17, were joined by the members of Hedland Senior High School’s country week team, who will compete against other country schools in Perth from July 1-5.

Hedland Senior High School team coach Alice Colbeck said the club was a good way for the girls to improve their skills.

“At school, we don’t have the facilities to train (for) hockey properly, so having this opens it up for them, for me to have help with coaching, and the girls being open to playing better and learning more,” she said.

“It’s a good option as well.

“Even the fact that some of them are sticking around and playing with the adults now shows they’re willing to get better and give it a go and have fun as well.”

Minkey hockey will run until the start of July, juniors will run until the end of September, and seniors will play until late November.

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