Car­ni­val to de­ter­mine best in north

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The North West Hockey Cham­pi­onships are due to re­turn next month af­ter tak­ing a one-year break.

This year’s event, to be held in Kar­ratha on Satur­day, June 24, is ex­pected to draw players from Tom Price, Port Hed­land and New­man as well as Kar­ratha to de­cide who is the best of the north in the hockey stakes.

Last year’s cham­pi­onships in Tom Price were can­celled be­cause of un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, mean­ing the com­pe­ti­tion has not been held for two years since Kar­ratha took the ti­tle in 2015.

Event or­gan­iser and Nickol Bay Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber Steve Cook said it would be a chal­leng­ing but fun com­pe­ti­tion that pushed hockey players to per­form on a full-sized field.

“The North West Cham­pi­onships is a great chance for players to get to­gether and en­joy play­ing hockey on a full-sized field,” he said.

“The fo­cus is to be the main re­gional hockey comp and also to bring to­gether peo­ple who share a love of hockey. It is also the only time that any of us play on a full­sized field. The reg­u­lar games that are played in Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land and Tom Price are all on small mod­i­fied fields.”

Cook said the NBHA would be sub­si­dis­ing the event so there was no cost for out-of-town players be­sides trans­port costs, and it could also sup­ply sticks and shin pads to those with­out to en­cour­age as many players as pos­si­ble to at­tend.

There will also be a fo­cus on the so­cial as­pect of the com­pe­ti­tion and hockey chal­lenges where par­tic­i­pants can win in­di­vid­ual prizes.

Places are still avail­able for any hockey players, both male and fe­male, in­ter­ested in tak­ing part.

To reg­is­ter an in­ter­est, con­tact Cook on 0410 133 044.

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