Gympie Hockey Association

President's Update - 10 (March 2014)

 

 

After what has felt like, months of preparation including literally hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and hours upon hours of meetings, our Hockey season has finally kicked off, and what a terrific start. Strong numbers across most grades leads to some terrific hockey so early in the season, if this keeps up we're in for a great year.

I was so pleased to see so many juniors on the fields Saturday morning, while some were having their first ever game others were getting back into the swing of things and catching up with their mates, but one simple thing stood out to me, they all had smiles on their faces.

I was amazed and very impressed at the off season improvement in some juniors which has very happily caused a few headaches trying to even the teams out. There may have to be a few changes needed to ensure a competitive and enjoyable competition for all which will hopefully be sorted by the end of the first round, but we'll let everyone know ASAP.

Big thanks to Darren and Ben for stepping up and running the umpire's for the juniors this season. Both have a wealth of playing and umpiring experience and will be great mentors for the kids. Any juniors interested in umpiring just see Darren or ask your coach to help get you involved.

Both Youth competitions are still chasing a few players to fill teams and with TSR's help we have coaches and even some managers for every youth team, which will help ensure the competition runs smoothly.

Our canteen has been a hive of activity, as coordinator's Lisa and Ann-Maree strive to introduce a new mouth- watering menu. Salad rolls, hot chips, chicken and cheese toasties, Dagwood dogs are only a few new items on the menu and I know the ladies are planning many more exciting options to fill up on after a hard game or munch on while watching the kids play.

In the seniors the men have had the strongest start to a season many of us can remember, with solid turnouts across all four teams. And by the looks of it the only trouble the ladies are having is fitting everyone in the five teams they have now, well done again ladies.

And to finish the games off both the TSR Heat men and women had impressive showings in their first games with the men drawing 2-2 in a tough encounter, which has already many on the coast talking and the ladies going down 2-3 in a game which showed just how far this team has come and what potential they have. On a personal note it was wonderful to look out Saturday afternoon and watch Karlie, Annie and Steph make their Debut's for the heat ladies after coaching all three starting at un9's, through Gympie rep and now to see them at our top level, reinforces the pathways and training systems we have in place.

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors that have come on board again this season both team and signage as without your support we couldn't survive let alone aim to reach the heights we are looking for. We are continuing to finalise deals with the South side shopping centre as well as the Star service station both of which I'm very excited about. This time I would like to highlight Power and Cartwright Solicitors who have kindly donated new uniforms for our Master’s Lladies No2 team. I'm sure they all appreciate the new strip.

Your committee has worked very hard to get this season underway and I would especially like to thank Catherine and Brian Parker for all the countless hours they put in. Catherine has shouldered the majority of the paperwork and co-ordination with Hockey Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine coast side of things while Brian has put his hand up for everything from Goal box repair to coach and Tech bench. Next time you see them, please take two seconds to thank them for all the hours they put in.

 

 

 

 

Here’s looking forward to a terrific season.

 

 

 

Millsy.

 

 

 

After what has felt like, months of preparation including literally hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and hours upon hours of meetings, our Hockey season has finally kicked off, and what a terrific start. Strong numbers across most grades leads to some terrific hockey so early in the season, if this keeps up we're in for a great year. I was so pleased to see so many juniors on the fields Saturday morning, while some were having their first ever game others were getting back into the swing of things and catching up with their mates, but one simple thing stood out to me, they all had smiles on their faces. I was amazed and very impressed at the off season improvement in some juniors which has very happily caused a few headaches trying to even the teams out. There may have to be a few changes needed to ensure a competitive and enjoyable competition for all which will hopefully be sorted by the end of the first round, but we'll let everyone know ASAP. Big thanks to Darren and Ben for stepping up and running the umpire's for the juniors this season. Both have a wealth of playing and umpiring experience and will be great mentors for the kids. Any juniors interested in umpiring just see Darren or ask your coach to help get you involved. Both Youth competitions are still chasing a few players to fill teams and with TSR's help we have coaches and even some managers for every youth team, which will help ensure the competition runs smoothly. Our canteen has been a hive of activity, as coordinator's Lisa and Ann-Maree strive to introduce a new mouth- watering menu. Salad rolls, hot chips, chicken and cheese toasties, Dagwood dogs are only a few new items on the menu and I know the ladies are planning many more exciting options to fill up on after a hard game or munch on while watching the kids play. In the seniors the men have had the strongest start to a season many of us can remember, with solid turnouts across all four teams. And by the looks of it the only trouble the ladies are having is fitting everyone in the five teams they have now, well done again ladies. And to finish the games off both the TSR Heat men and women had impressive showings in their first games with the men drawing 2-2 in a tough encounter, which has already many on the coast talking and the ladies going down 2-3 in a game which showed just how far this team has come and what potential they have. On a personal note it was wonderful to look out Saturday afternoon and watch Karlie, Annie and Steph make their Debut's for the heat ladies after coaching all three starting at un9's, through Gympie rep and now to see them at our top level, reinforces the pathways and training systems we have in place. Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors that have come on board again this season both team and signage as without your support we couldn't survive let alone aim to reach the heights we are looking for. We are continuing to finalise deals with the South side shopping centre as well as the Star service station both of which I'm very excited about. This time I would like to highlight Power and Cartwright Solicitors who have kindly donated new uniforms for our Master’s Lladies No2 team. I'm sure they all appreciate the new strip. Your committee has worked very hard to get this season underway and I would especially like to thank Catherine and Brian Parker for all the countless hours they put in. Catherine has shouldered the majority of the paperwork and co-ordination with Hockey Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine coast side of things while Brian has put his hand up for everything from Goal box repair to coach and Tech bench. Next time you see them, please take two seconds to thank them for all the hours they put in.

 

Here’s looking forward to a terrific season.

 

Millsy.