Benalla Hockey Club’s Come and Try day on Thursday was a success, with more than 70 children and adults trying out newly learnt hockey skills.
Held at Churchill Reserve, the club pitched in with many coaches providing participants with a hockey stick and shin pads.
From 4pm to 5pm coaches and under-13 players were kept busy with five to 12-year-olds, teaching everyone how to be ‘‘hockey ready’’ and to dribble and stop the ball.
The youngest players played games of What’s the Time, Mr Hockey?, Hoctopus and Rob the Nest, and showed excellent dribbling skills.
Players in grades two and three learnt about ball control and basic tackling skills, and played Numbers Hockey.
Older players learnt pushing and trapping as well as basic tackling and played a mini hockey game.
At 5pm the junior competition players hit the field, giving a demonstration of their skills and encouraging the new players to have a hit at goals and a mini hockey game.
The seniors also welcomed a few new players, who all enjoyed a fast-paced quarter-field game.
‘‘It always amazes me how quickly kids pick up hockey skills and how safely everyone plays,’’ Benalla Hockey Club junior co-ordinator Lee Manning said.
‘‘We’re looking forward to a great term two of hockey, and hopefully some new players for our under-13, 15 and senior teams.
‘‘Everyone is welcome at the club, with all levels of fitness and skill catered for.
‘‘Our aim is to have fun playing hockey, and we often win a premiership or two along the way.’’
The Hook In2 Hockey program runs every Thursday from 4pm to 5pm throughout term two, and the $85 registration includes insurance and a hockey pack couriered to each player.
The pack includes a hockey stick, ball, shin pads and a training singlet, in a Hockey Australia backpack.
Children aged 5-12 can register at hookin2hockey.com.au
Returning players participate in the Club’s Junior Development program, which runs from 4pm to 5pm in Terms 2 and 3, with $87.50 registration through the Benalla Hockey Club.
Registration subsidies are available through the Tomorrow-Today Foundation for holders of a Health Care Card or Pension Card — phone Debbie on 57621211.
●For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Lee on 0416169767.