Men's hockey back for 2010
GYMPIE hockey President, Ian Wenzel, is an excited man after more than 70 players signed on for the return of men’s hockey to Gympie.
It has been 12 years since the Golden City has fielded a men’s competition, but that will all change when the new 2010 season starts on March 18.
Wenzel said the association will have at least five teams in the new Thursday night competition and wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t more.
“I’m pretty ecstatic at the numbers we have signed on,” Wenzel said.
“It is good to see a lot of old faces back at Ramsey Park.
“It is a huge step forward for Gympie hockey.
“The new men’s competition combined with the success of women’s hockey is breathing new life into the sport in Gympie,” he said.
Wenzel is currently finalising the structure of the teams and sourcing sponsors for uniforms.
“We already have two sponsors on board, but will probably need another three or four to deck the players out.” He said the new competition would be a nursery for younger players heading into representative duties or stepping up to play with the Heat in the Wide Bay Premier League. Thursday night, March 18 at 6.15, will be the first trial game for the men’s competition. Player nominations will cut off on March 5.
In other hockey news, the Cooloola Heat will play a trial game against Caloundra at Ramsey Park on Sunday March 7 at 10am.