Welcome to Season 2015

 

Welcome to season 2015. Yes it’s that time of year once again. The thermos is washed out, the sports bags have been dusted off and aired from last year. The wet weather gear is packed with the vague hope it will get regular use this year. Charlton has taken over the running of the association and we look forward to another successful year. I am honoured to take on the role of President and will be ably assisted by Gill Gretgrix as secretary, Kellie Madge as Treasurer and Julie Bourke has taken on the role of Score Secretary. We look forward to working with the clubs throughout the year.

2015 will be a busy and eventful year, the North Central Hockey Association will celebrate 50 years of Hockey, along with the 4 founding clubs of Charlton, Donald, St Arnaud & Wycheproof. Watch this space for further information on these celebrations. The juniors are currently gearing up for Junior Country Championships in May. This is a great opportunity for our junior players to experience playing hockey on a synthetic surface. Preparations are well underway but it is a huge undertaking to organise for nearly 100 junior players plus coaches, team managers, umpires and parents. Our JCC committee does a great job each year.

Congratulations to last year’s premiers, Charlton Under 13’s, Birchip/Watchem Underage, Boort Women’s and St Arnuad Men’s teams. It is the pinnacle we all strive for and you can hold that privilege for the rest of your lives. They were all great games to watch, with 2 won in extra time and the men’s becoming a goal scoring extravaganza. Congratulations should also go to Joe Reid, Laura Van De Wetering, Laura Wright and Andrew Niblett who all showed great skill and determination in their games to be awarded Best in Grand Final.

Good Luck to all clubs for the coming season, we hope you enjoy your hockey

Leanne Gretgrix