What a year it has been for the hockey section. Go back to March 2020, our League teams were looking very competitive, we had exciting events planned, new kit and sponsors were on board, and we were all set for an awesome season. And then Covid-19 hit and that was the end of that. Six long months later and hockey finally returned for all club members. We were excited to offer our first ever Wanderers Academy for our Juniors and Internal Summer league for our seniors, running for the month of October. The academy and summer league were carefully planned to ensure we adhere to all Covid-19 protocols and our members could return to hockey safely. It was great to be able to give back to our very patient hockey members after what felt like a very long time, and to see them enjoying being back at the club with their friends.
Wanderers Academy – October 2020
We were fortunate to have Cindy Brown, ex-Olympian and St Mary’s Waverley Head Hockey Coach, join us for the academy sessions. The whole section benefited from her playing and coaching experience. Cindy was accompanied by our Junior Head Coach, Alridge Louw, and together they bought a great energy, with a focus on basics and returning to play with our 160 Juniors. Thank you to all involved and to our parents for their support.
Wanderers Internal Summer League – October 2020
As our season was decimated by Covid-19, we decided to run a 4-week Internal Summer League for our members to get everyone together and back on the turf with friendly, 8 a side games. 5 Men’s and 5 Ladies teams battled it out on Monday and Tuesday evenings. It was awesome to see the enthusiasm and happiness among the players and some decent hockey was on display considering the long break (not to mention the stiffness). Thank you to all involved for bringing a great vibe. And thank you to Scott Forssman who assisted with fixtures and appointing compliance officers, it all ran very smoothly.
Hockey 5s – St Stithians
We are proud to have 12 junior teams participating in the Series 24 5s League taking place at St Stithians. Our boys and girls are playing some great hockey, having fun and looking very smart in their new kit. Thank you Lorcan, Alridge and Alegra for assisting with the teams, fixtures and coaching.
Wanderers Hockey Kit
Sports Republic are our new kit suppliers to the hockey section. We are thrilled to have them on board, and it is great for our members to be able to order all their kit requirements online. The kit is looking sharp, thank you Sports Republic.
Wanderers Hockey Committee 2021/2022
The current hockey committee has had quite a few resignations and we need new members to step in to assist in further growing and improving the value we offer our members. Please keep an eye on your email for the committee nomination form and we appeal to our members to come forward and get involved.
Private Coaching with Alridge
Our Junior Head Coach, Alridge, is offering private coaching at the Club for members. 1 on 1 or group sessions. Please contact him directly if you are interested and for more information.
Upcoming Dates to Diarise:
Tuesday 3rd November: Mixed Summer League starts
Monday 16th November 2020: Virtual Hockey AGM
18th January 2020: Senior Club Indoor League
6th March 2021: Junior Hockey Season starts
March 2021 (TBC): Senior Hockey League starts