Hockey: Melville City uses bye week to present Hookin2Hockey program to youngsters

Year One Hook into Hockey players with Melville City team captains Mathilda Carmichael and Tim Geers.
Year One Hook into Hockey players with Melville City team captains Mathilda Carmichael and Tim Geers.

A BYE week in the State Hockey League presented an opportunity for the stars of the future to strut their stuff at Duracraft Stadium in Kardinya on Friday night.

More than 200 kids who play in Melville City Hockey Club’s popular Hookin2Hockey program took advantage of the break in regular hockey fixtures to play on the artificial turf.

Club president Gary Bowater said Hookin2Hockey was one of Melville City’s most important programs.

“We provide an opportunity for children to learn the game, and then a forum for them to develop through the years,” he said.

“We are immensely proud of the success of the program, and of the fact that we have people like Aimee Clark at our club who started in Hookin2Hockey, or Minkey as it was known, and is now representing WA in senior hockey.”

Matthew Read, who co-ordinates the Hookin2Hockey program, said a key part of its success is parental participation, including everything from coaching teams to cooking the barbecue breakfast every Saturday morning.

“We have over 230 kids ranging from Year 1 to Year 4 in the program, and parental support is absolutely vital to the program’s success,” he said.

“It’s fantastic to see those kids running around on a Saturday morning, and great for them to get the opportunity to play under lights where Australian representatives play week in and week out”.

The Hookin2Hockey program runs at Morris Buzzacott Reserve every Saturday morning during winter.

Visit Melville Hockey for more details.