NO TIME LIKE NOW: Terri Gilbert (far right) picked up a stick for the first time last week and hasn’t looked back since.
NO TIME LIKE NOW: Terri Gilbert (far right) picked up a stick for the first time last week and hasn’t looked back since.

Never too old to play: Hockey sees surprising jump

HOCKEY: Picking up a hockey stick for the first time is something most would consider doing at a young age.

This isn't the case for Terri Gilbert who decided that Warwick's summer 9s competition would be a great way to break into the sport.

"It's a bit of fitness in the new year and it really is fitness - but it's good fun," Gilbert said.

"Everyone is quite friendly which is a nice environment to be around, and it isn't too competitive either."

The six-week competition run by the Warwick Hockey Association on Tuesday evenings aims to bolster numbers ahead of the regular season, and attract potential new members like Gilbert.

Now into her second week on the turf, Gilbert admits she is still getting used to the stick and ball sport.

"The hand eye co-ordination is different, I'm used to just having a football rather than a stick," she said.

"The running is fine, I'm not struggling with that, but it's the stopping and having to do all the other stuff that is tough."

Admittedly, Gilbert is unsure if she would play a full season with commitments elsewhere however it's another sport she can now tick off her list.

"I would if I could but I know that my year will be fairly busy and I don't think that I'll be able to fit Saturday afternoon hockey in as well," she said.

"But that's good - it's a nice thing to be able to do in the off season and have a bit of fun and try something different."



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