Tom Atkinson, 9, ready for a debut
TOM Atkinson has plenty of friends at hockey and can’t wait for his first hit in his debut season in the Warwick Hockey Association.
The nine-year-old Scots PGC College student will play in the under-10 competition this season after previously playing tennis and football.
“I like the idea of playing on the nice green, hockey turf,” Tom said.
Each of the U10 players receive a free stick, ball and pair of shin pads as part of their registration fees.
The majority of junior fixtures will be played on turf, a surface similar to what is being used in the London Olympics.
Junior co-ordinator Gary Millard said the nominated junior players would be allocated into mixed teams of equal strength.
“We are happy with the response and have consistent numbers across each age group,” Millard said.
Men’s A and mixed reserve fixtures will hit off on Friday, March 5, with junior and women’s fixtures starting the next day.
The first hockey for the year in Warwick will be the Condamine Sports Club Sevens Tournament on February 27 and 28.
The tournament is a mixed veteran’s competition and is a pre-runner to the state women’s veterans championships later in the year.
Players can still sign up for club or representative hockey by calling Millard (juniors) on 0427 896 241 or association president Peter Pickering (seniors) 4661 3817.
Meanwhile in international hockey, Hockey Australia said in a statement yesterday it was aware of the terrorist threats reported in the Asia Times Online towards the 2010 Men’s World Cup and is currently awaiting the assessment regarding the legitimacy of the threat.
Hockey Australia officials said until they received further advice their plans for the World Cup would remain unchanged.
“The security of our team and staff is of the utmost importance,” Hockey Australia chief executive Mark Anderson said.