Ready to go: Local hockey players are itching to get onto the field for the new season of competition.
Hockey players are eager to hit the turf when theseason opensfewer than two weeks away.
The hockey season will commence on April 30, with games played onSaturdays at the Greater Sports Ground.
Esperance Hockey Association president Matt Ryan said there is a lot of interest this season.
“We’ve got good numbers this year, everyone is keen to get out there again,” he said.
Mr Ryan said the lightening carnival provided a great start to the season.
Ryan thanked the dedicated committee members who helped make the event possible.
“We’ve got a great group of people that hold the association together,” Ryan said.
Fifteenplayers got an early taste for the season on a trip to Singapore last month for the annual Singapore Cricket Club International Hockey 6s competition.
Esperance took two teams the men’s Kingfishersand women’s Dolphins.
ConditionstestedEsperance teams, withtemperaturesbetween 32-24 degrees andhumidity on the fieldsclose to40 degrees.
Esperance hockey playerPriscillaDavies said carnival regularsFremantle hockey associationcouldn’t take a team this yearleaving space for another West Australian team to fill in.
AsEsperance had expressed interest in the past the association finally received an invite to the exclusive carnival.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for the Esperance Hockey Association,” shesaid.
“The game is different to what is played in Esperance, only sixplayers were allowed on the three quartersized fields.
“The games were heavily reliant on fast running and quick passes.
“We played teams from Hong Kong, Great Britian, Singapore and from all over Australia.
“With 40 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams there were hockey players everywhere.
“Both teams played good strong games and while we didn’t win a lot we were competitive and kept the scoring opportunities restricted for our opposition too.
“In total the Dolphins played sevengames and the Kingfishers played sixgames.
Davies said throughout the carnival there was “fantastic team work and no player left anything in reserve”.
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