Season opener: The Gympie hockey season gets underway this weekend at Ramsay Park, with teams expected to face some stiff competition.
Season opener: The Gympie hockey season gets underway this weekend at Ramsay Park, with teams expected to face some stiff competition. Submitted

Players ready for hockey comp

GYMPIE hockey takes to Ramsay Park this weekend to launch a season tipped to be saturated in fierce competition.

Club publicity officer Desli Adams said the excitement was building ahead of the weekend.

“After two weekends of trial games followed by Easter holidays, Gympie Hockey representatives are keen to start a new season,” she said.

Adams said the competition would be challenging for all players after trial games were used to shape teams.

“The trials are used to not only get new players comfortable with the game but also to balance the teams,” she said.

“It is our aim to spread the talent evenly across teams.”

A rigorous pre-season campaign to boost player numbers has been a success.

“It is great to see many new faces at hockey,” Adams said.

In junior ranks, training has been well underway for a number of weeks and is continuing each Wednesday afternoon from 3.45pm-5pm.

Representative junior hockey will again feature this season and juniors wanting to further their skills can get involved.

Under 11, 13 and 15 boys train Tuesday afternoon. Under 11 from 4pm-5pm while Under 13 and 15 hit the fields from 5.30pm-6.30pm.

Under 13 girls train Wednesday afternoon from 5pm-6pm. Under 11 girls train Saturday from 9.30am-10.30am.

Meanwhile, the youth male competition is in full swing each Friday at 4pm and players are encouraged to attend training with Cooloola Heat senior players on Tuesdays from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Adams said the junior competition existed alongside a promising senior competition, with men playing on a Thursday evening and women on a Friday.

Gympie Times


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