Hockey coach needed

THE future of some of Gympie's talented young women's hockey players will be up in the air if someone doesn't put a hand up to take on the team.

The Gympie Hockey Association was planning to enter the women's Heat side into this year's Wide Bay Premier League competition.

The move was about giving talented players an outlet to improve their skills and push for higher selection.

But at the moment the Heat is without a coach and if one is not found by Monday night the team may have to opt out of the Premier League competition.

Gympie hockey president Ian Wenzel said time was running out for the team and decisions needed to be made next week.

He said the benefits of playing in the Premier League outweighed the time spent on the road travelling north, noting that the men's Heat side had shown what can come of playing in a strong competition.

The men's side currently has four Queensland representatives and a host of Wide Bay players.

He said for the women it was only a nine-week commitment to play in the competition.

"At least three of those are home games," Wenzel said.

"So you don't have to travel every week.

"We really need a coach and more players too.

"It is really vital to have some more committed senior players so our young girls can aspire to a higher level of competition and have a player pathway to continue their hockey," Wenzel said.

He said this Monday night was the last chance to indicate interest in the team and he urged as many people as possible to come along to Ramsey Park at 6pm.

Anyone who can't make training is urged to ring Amanda Millard on 5482 7845 to register the interest.

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