Honouring a fellow teammate in the Fly Cup
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.