GYMPIE Hockey is off and running for another year following a positive response to sign-on days last weekend.
GYMPIE Hockey is off and running for another year following a positive response to sign-on days last weekend. Craig Warhurst

Sign-on days pull good numbers

GYMPIE Hockey publicity officer Desli Adams says the club is ready to dive into a new season after two successful sign-on days last weekend.

“Gympie Hockey committee members are very pleased with the number returning to the game,” she said.

The organisation is thrilled with the response to its newly unveiled men’s competition.

It will be the first time in years Gympie Hockey has staged a localised men’s competition.

“Many ‘old boys’ have dusted off the sticks and signed up for the Thursday night competition,” Adams said.

Presently, there are four to five teams involved, but time remains for players contemplating their involvement to step forward.

“Sign on by Friday, March 5, although sooner the better so numbers can be established and team allocations completed, ready to play on March 18,” Adams said.

The Friday night women’s competition has been well supported once again and will begin on March 19. A pre-season hit-around will be held to confirm teams on Friday, March 12.

In juniors, new and returning players have rushed forward to sign up for the new season, but places remain for new players.

Junior trial games will take place on Friday, March 19, at 4pm for Youth, and Saturday, March 20, for remaining juniors.

“Training will start Wednesday afternoon, March 3, from 3.45pm to 5pm for under-nine, under-11 and under-12 players,” Adams said.

Coaches are needed and Gympie Hockey is interested in hearing from anyone who could assist.

Gympie Hockey’s Hook In2 Hockey program is now under way, with many juniors trying out their skills on the field shortly after signing up.

The success continues with the pre-season primary school competition, consisting of 13 teams having fun each Friday afternoon.

Inquiries can be directed to junior development officer Ian Austin on 5482 4190.

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