Numbers on the up after floods
PHIL Rolfe reckons the Warwick Hockey Association is likely to better pre-flood numbers following a successful sign-on last Saturday at Queens Park.
While the sign-on was happening, contractors were laying London blue synthetic at Queens Park.
Rolfe, the junior co-ordinator, was surprised by the number of new players.
"We also have a lot of players returning who didn't play last year after the flood devastation," Rolfe said.
"They are all keen to have a run on the new surface."
With the new surface totally glued, which replaces the need for sand on top, Rolfe said the ball would roll truer.
"We will play some junior night games on Wednesdays to make up for games missed during holidays," Rolfe said.
Rolfe is coach of the Warwick under-13 boys side which has home championships on June 25-29 at Queens Park when 30 teams are expected in Warwick.
"It was one of my goals when I took the U13 side away in the past two years to be able to have a home championship," Rolfe said.
Last year, Warwick played U7, U10 and U13 grades and Rolfe is hopeful enough U16 players will come forward to add a fourth junior club competition.
While work is set to be finished this week on the new synthetic, working bees will continue each Saturday at 7am until the end of March to rebuild infrastructure devastated by the floods.
One volunteer to co-ordinate the operation of the hockey canteen at Queens Park.
Association president Peter Pickering said the position was not filled at the AGM.
"We are keen to talk to anyone interested, even if they are not involved in hockey," Pickering said.
"Many of our members are filling other roles so we are seeking someone who wants to help out in this year of recovery after the flood.
"We mainly want a canteen co-ordinator involved from 8.30am to 1pm each Saturday during the hockey season," Pickering said.
More information from Pickering on 4661 3817.
February 25, 10am to noon. Next sign-on for juniors and seniors.
March 10: Junior play starts on grass fields.
End of March: Likely resumption of synthetic hockey.
End of March/early April: Senior hockey starts once synthetic surface and surrounds are finished.
June 25-29: Under-13 state boys' championships on five fields at Queens Park.
Nominations for junior coaches and additional players to Phil Rolfe on 0411 950207