Event to put town on map

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

Nar­ro­gin is set to host a Hockey WA Pre­mier League dou­ble-header next year, mark­ing the start of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s new strate­gic plan.

Hockey WA will mark the roll­out of its new strate­gic plan by show­cas­ing Nar­ro­gin as a key hockey cen­tre, stag­ing a men’s and women’s Pre­mier League fix­ture in May 2019.

The two Perth clubs set to send their top-grade men’s and women’s sides are yet to be an­nounced.

The sched­uled event has been given $10,000 of State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing, which will go to­wards off­set­ting travel costs for play­ers, club staff and Hockey WA of­fi­cials.

Hockey WA par­tic­i­pa­tion man­ager Ryan Lene­gan said the sport’s gov­ern­ing body was proud of the qual­ity of hockey in Nar­ro­gin.

“We are lucky to have ac­cess to world-class fa­cil­i­ties and world­class per­son­nel in Nar­ro­gin,” he said. “We’re ex­cited to get a pre­mier league match to the city given that pre­vi­ously it has been very suc­cess­ful.”

Mr Lene­gan said both spec­ta­tors and play­ers in the re­gion would ben­e­fit from the trip.

“In terms of de­vel­op­ment pro­to­cols, play­ers will be putting on clin­ics for younger and older par­tic­i­pants, they’ll be vis­it­ing schools in the area and host those clin­ics at Nar­ro­gin Turf,” he said.

“In con­junc­tion with those play­ers, we’ll be from a Hockey WA ad­min­is­tra­tive per­spec­tive, putting on coach­ing, um­pir­ing and gov­er­nance cour­ses as well for Wheat­belt de­vel­op­ment.”

Hockey WA wants to con­tinue build­ing a strong re­la­tion­ship with the UGSHA and to con­tinue pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for play­ers in the re­gion.

“Nar­ro­gin is a hot­bed of hockey, his­tor­i­cally, and mov­ing for­ward, hockey within our re­gional cen­tres is a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant strate­gic pri­or­ity,” Mr Lene­gan said.

His­tor­i­cally, and mov­ing for­ward, hockey within our re­gional cen­tres is a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant strate­gic pri­or­ity. Ryan Lene­gan

Pic­ture: TJM Pho­to­graph­ics

Melville City’s Matthew Wil­lis against Old Aquini­ans this year.

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