Ju­nior hockey more than a hit in Dan­nevirke

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

A fine crisp Fri­day night May 4 and huge num­bers of chil­dren wear­ing hockey gear were down at the Sports Sta­dium in Dan­nevirke play­ing on the ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face.

In a change from last year there were more hockey play­ers on the new hockey turf at Dan­nevirke High School, the se­niors (Kwik Sticks) rev­el­ling in the open space.

Al­to­gether 233 chil­dren are reg­is­tered in four grades with ap­prox­i­mately six teams in each. Fun Sticks are year 1-2, who now play out­side. Mini-sticks are year 3-4 and kiwi-sticks are year 5-6.

Or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing for great weather for the 10-week sea­son. They fo­cus on par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­joy­ment al­though there is plenty of ri­valry be­tween school-based teams. No goal can be scored with­out pass­ing twice and teams are five-aside to give ev­ery player a chance to play.

KIWI Stick ac­tion be­tween St Joseph’s and South School.

MINI-STICK ac­tion be­tween Huia Range and South School.

KIWI Stick ac­tion be­tween Huia Range and We­ber.

MINI-STICK ac­tion be­tween South School and We­ber.

KWIK Stick ac­tion be­tween Ruahine and South School on the new Dan­nevirke High School turf.

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