Interest in Fiordland hockey

Parents of keen young hockey players in Fiordland are holding an informal meeting to see if there's a need to bring the Fiordland Hockey Club out of recess.

With a newly completed hockey turf at Fiordland College and a popular informal coaching programme in place, junior hockey in Fiordland seems to be a hit. Now some of the parents of those coached kids are holding a meeting to see if there's enough volunteer interest to revive the club that's been in recess for a year.

Organiser Anna Kempthorne said a group of enthusiastic kids was learning skills on the newly finished turf on Mondays after school, with three coaches generously giving up their time to do so. There was a group of these kids who were playing at a competition level where they travelled weekly all the way to Invercargill or Gore. 

Former committee member and after school coach Christine Pounsford said just this week 33 kids showed up to their Monday after school practice, and they even got a generous $500 donation from Fiordland Expeditions to purchase secondhand gear. The new multi-use turf that was recently completed at Fiordland College was also a big help to the sport.

However, she said the club went into recess last March because most of its members were starting families of their own and were struggling with the time commitment. Some former members would be in attendance at the upcoming meeting.

With the interest in junior hockey apparent, Mrs Kempthorne said anyone interested in attending, whether a past or potential future member, was welcome to come. The informal nature of the meeting meant no-one would be allocated a job, she said.

While junior hockey was the short-term focus for the discussion, Ms Pounsford said there were upcoming opportunities for adults to pick up their hockey sticks. She said plans were in the works to get a social hockey game set up every Sunday afternoon over the winter, for teams of six to eight people. 

Fiordland Hockey meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 23, at 7.30pm at the Te Anau Club.


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