• Patrick McBride

Ready to hit the turf

Hockey is set for a return in June, pending a Covid Government decision to increase gatherings beyond the current limits.

  • Hockey NZ has suspended representative hockey

Madeline McGee during a West Coast game.

PHOTO: Patrick McBride

West Coast Hockey is required to produce a plan to meet Covid19 protocols which addresses, contract tracing, physical distancing and hygiene at both association and club level.

President Natalie Taft-Boddy who has been in weekly meetings with Hockey NZ since lockdown spoke to McBride Vision.

“West Coast Hockey will follow NZ Hockey recommendations to delay competitions until the weekend of June 13 for seniors, with juniors likely to commence the following week, providing everything is signed off,” she said.

A training and conditioning phase will be introduced prior to ensure player welfare, again providing protocols are meet.

Clubs have been asked to confirm team registrations so the registrar, Don Neale, can set a draw for each of the five grades

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Hockey NZ has suspended representative hockey for all grades the season, to allow a focus on community hockey. Some rule changes are being developed to ensure hygiene and safety, particularly with shared protective equipment.

“The season will run differently than usual with games set to be staggered over the week to ensure the safety of our players in the current circumstances. But importantly we will be back safely playing the game we love” Taft-Boddy said.

Anyone wanting to play hockey should make contact via the West Coast Hockey facebook page.