Welcome to the 2019 season
It is great to have the 2019 season underway and seeing the turfs at both venues humming with activity.
The 2018 survey was well supported with many people giving feedback on the competitions and how they see we can move forward into the 2019 season. Meetings have been conducted earlier in the year with player groups to integrate meaningful change so that we can provide appropriate competitions for as many people as possible. Hockey Southland is keen to be guided by your feedback to operate as efficiently as possible to move our sport forward and grow our player numbers. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. Some changes this year have been driven by player numbers and it’s important we all work together to make hockey the sport of choice for people in the south.
To stay informed of all the happenings please make sure you have the Hockey Southland website on your favourites bar and like the Hockey Southland Facebook page. These pages will be used for the draw and events of interest to the hockey community.
The latest version of the Hockey Southland App is also available to download from the App Store (see the link below to up-date to the latest version of the App). Just choose ClubAppsNZ and then Hockey Southland. The app will be used to send out alerts for changes, cancellations or contacting groups of players. It also has links to the website for draws and other information needed on the go.
The men’s and women’s competitions are now 3 weeks in and the Division 4 competition has started. The Division 1 Women’s grade have started with an 8’s competition which has proved to be fast and full on. They now move into an 11-a-side competition which includes the Southern U18 girl’s sides. These games will be played on Sundays in Gore as all U18 players are still committed to club teams around the region.
Men’s Hockey is being played in 1 division this year. Whilst this is not the ideal structure for all players, teams have approached the competition pragmatically and are showing good spirits in the playing of games. All teams will play one round robin through to June’s Birthday Weekend then the second round can be decided after this point.
Division Four games started on Sunday April 28th. With 12 teams in this competition it is going to be an exciting season of hockey for this age group!!
Southland Barbarians men’s team has played 4 games in the Otago with 2 losses, a win and a draw. These games will prove to be valuable before the Southland men’s team is chosen for tournament.
Club Handbook and SW Club Rules
These documents are now on the Hockey Southland website and can be downloaded.
The Excel team registration forms are now due before the 4th game on May 1st for all div 1, 2 and men’s grade teams. Please make sure these are fully filled in BEFORE sending other wise they will become boomerangs.
Youth Hockey Facilitator
Youth Hockey Facilitator, Anthony, has been active with the junior players. There have been clinics happening with the U18, U15 and U13 age groups in both Gore and Invercargill. Thanks to those coaches in both venues who are lending a hand to develop our players of the future.
Ant has also run a very successful holiday programmes in Invercargill in January and April, which seems to be growing all the time. Thank you to his April helpers Lucy, Harrison and Naomi for your time and effort. Look for this programme to happen again in the July holidays.
Anthony has also been busy grooming the turfs in Invercargill so they are looking good. Can players and officials make sure your shoes are clean of any dirt to stop it getting into the turf and causing issues. Can everyone also help to make sure we keep the grounds looking good by putting any rubbish you see in the bins please.
Emma Bromell HS Umpires Coordinator has run umpire’s briefings in both Gore and Invercargill to make sure umpires are all on the same page around what is being umpired. She is running a course for the Junior Umpires this Tuesday 30th April at the ILT turf at 7pm. All prospective junior and secondary school umpires should head along to register their interest to umpire and gain skills for the season ahead. This session is also open for parents of junior players to gain some knowledge around the rules of the game (and start into some umpiring if you are interested😊).
Emma is doing the umpire appointments for the SW competition right down to Division 4. This year in Invercargill senior teams are on a roster to umpire div 4 games this season. This has worked well in Gore over the past few seasons. It doesn’t necessarily have to be members of your team especially as there are some younger members in senior teams this year but someone in your club who could umpire. It is however a good way to help develop more umpires. Emma will work it so it is as convenient as possible to get your umpires to a game. The roster has not come out yet as we have still had some changes to the draws happening. This will come out asap. Thank you to Central Club for last week. If you do not have anyone who umpires there are two options, learning some umpiring skills or ask other clubs to help you provide umpires. Being senior players you all know enough to umpire a div 4 game as these players only need the basic rules to be umpired to have great games. Head to Emma’s training tomorrow night to up skill or ask her to provide your team/club for your own up skilling session.
Our broad aim for our umpires this year is to have more junior umpires gain their junior badges and those with junior badges move forward their skills and umpire grades at a higher level to prepare for the next level badge/qualification. Please talk to Emma about the pathways for Umpiring. Senior umps if you have ambition to move forward with your skills please let us know especially around tournament umpiring.
Is there anyone who would like to learn how to run a technical bench? If so, please let Tracey know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hockey Development: Jude Menezes
A successful 2-day Coach the Coaches course was run with Jude who is the Blacksticks women’s assistant/GK coach. We were treated to a laid-back interactive approach and gained really useful applicable information especially around the goal keeping work he did with our young keepers. Jude was also prepared to answer everyone’s questions not matter what the level of coaching it was at. He will be back again later on in the season and highly recommended to attend his next sessions.
Watch this space for another exciting announcement we are hoping to bring to you all for the July holidays!!
Ian Smith Tournament
This men’s tournament is being held in Gore at Queen’s Birthday Weekend. It involves teams from SI associations with both Eastern Southland and Invercargill hoping to have teams entered. If you happen to be at home during the weekend come along to the turf, watch some excellent hockey being played and support our two local associations. Players who would like to be involved please contact Dean Ritani in Invercargill and Rob Dickie in Gore.
If you have anything you would like to discuss with Hockey Southland please pass it onto your club rep and get them to let us know.
Here is to some great hockey being played and good luck to everyone for your next rounds of games!!