Player 64 years young

Kalamunda Hockey Club members Peter Evans, Kevin Taylor, Jeff Hortin, Dennis Wills and Phil Fawell (front). d398894
Kalamunda Hockey Club members Peter Evans, Kevin Taylor, Jeff Hortin, Dennis Wills and Phil Fawell (front). d398894

Having recently retired from teaching at Lesmurdie High School, 64-year-old club president Mr Wills said his secret to keeping up on the hockey field was simple.

‘I just think young and play young,’ he said.

‘Now that I’m playing in the over-60s team it’s mostly a good bit of fun and source of fitness and friendship. I’m determined to keep playing for as long as I possibly can.’

Mr Wills also coached the junior teams at the club from 1979 to 2006.

‘The wonderful thing about Kalamunda Districts Hockey Club is that we have three generations ” from schoolkids to seniors like me ” playing, coaching and mentoring all at once.’

Mr Wills said the over-50s and 60s veterans played clubs from across Perth every Saturday afternoon.

‘There is a bit of competitiveness between teams, that’s the nature of the beast, but because we’ve known each other so long we always end up having a beer and laugh afterwards,’ he said.

‘I’ve had some wonderful experiences with the club and know there’s many, many more to come.’ As part of the Shire of Kalamunda’s Hartfield Park and Recreation Reserve master plan, Mr Wills said the Kalamunda Districts Hockey Club would soon receive new clubrooms and fields.

To sign up or for more information, visit www.kala hockey.org.au.