Season rings in the changes
The 2016 Karratha hockey season started last week and it comes with some improvements for local players, including a new “pro-level” competition and a bigger playing field.
From April, the Nickol Bay Hockey Association will start a 10week competition strictly for experienced hockey players that will run separately from the usual fixtures.
Committee member Steve Cook said it was a response to demand for a more elite level of play.
“There are some great hockey players in Karratha and we are providing them with the opportunity for an awesome competition,” he said.
“The quality of players in Karratha is very high. We have members who have played in the highest grade in Perth, which is regarded as the best competition in Australia.
“We hope to get both men and women to fill at least four small teams.”
He said the elite competition would also help to prepare players for the North West Regional Championships and WA Country Hockey Championships later this year.
The association is also looking forward to better court infrastructure. A new retractable tennis net added to the Bulgarra tennis courts by the City of Karratha means hockey games will be played across four tennis courts instead of the previous two, creating an almost full-sized hockey field.
The association has also significantly reduced fees for under-18s, from $225 to $60, to attract more young players.
President Alex Walker said the association was promoting fun and fitness for boys and girls who could enjoy the opportunity to be social outside of school in a safe environment.
For more information about the new season, call Mr Cook on 9144 4423.
Declan Tussler, 17, Annabelle Little, Tyler Atkinson, 17, Dylan Felix, 17, Alex Walter and Gina Leckie.