Hon­our­ing a fel­low team­mate in the Fly Cup

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

THERE was plenty of emo­tion at Hin­kler Park on Satur­day as two proud hockey clubs united to hon­our one of their own.

Ar­rows from Bund­aberg and Brothers, a Mary­bor­ough team, meet each year for the Fly Cup.

They were cel­e­brat­ing the life of hockey player Leon Ker­snovske, who rep­re­sented both clubs be­fore his life was cut short in a jet ski in­ci­dent on Aus­tralia Day in 1998.

Ar­rows women’s coach Dean Wight­man played along­side Ker­snovske and said it was a spe­cial day.

“It’s about re­mem­ber­ing Fly as a friend and team­mate,” Wight­man said.

Wight­man played in the men’s game, in which Ar­rows went down 9-0 to Brothers.

“We nearly had the full team from our play­ing days bar a few play­ers,” he said.

“A lot of play­ers trav­elled from Bris­bane to be part of the day to have a few drinks, share sto­ries and play a game of hockey.

“A lot of the guys don’t play hockey any more and only pick up the stick once a year.”

In the women’s game Ar­rows won 8-1 in a fun, en­er­getic game.

“The Brothers women’s team was filled with young play­ers,” Wight­man said.

“It was played in good spir­its and women who knew Leon and hadn’t played for years came back for this game,” he said.

Brothers were handed the Fly Cup on the back of their nine-goal win but Wight­man said the score­board was the last thing on any of the play­ers’ minds.

“It was great to play with some guys I haven’t played with in years,” he said.

“We played a good, hard game of hockey but it’s re­ally about the ca­ma­raderie.”

THROUGH THE GAP: Krys­ten Green races with the ball for Ar­rows in the Fly Cup at Hin­kler Park Bund­aberg.

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