WHILE the men and women of the State Hockey League enjoyed a bye at the weekend, Melville City’s juniors were out in force for a club Minkey Night on Friday.
Close to 100 boys and girls from Years 1 to 4 took advantage of the opportunity to play on the Morris Buzacott turf pitch under the watchful eye of some of the club’s top players.
Melville City vice president Gavin Scally said the suburban club was the biggest in Perth, with nearly 250 kids in its junior program.
“The juniors really are the pipeline for our sport and these are the kids we want to be playing in our top squads one day,” he said.
“The children and their parents really appreciate getting to play with the guys and girls from our first teams but to be honest I think the ones that enjoy it the most are the senior players.
“This is a multi-generational club and nights like these really remind everybody why we play; the kids are just here to have a good time and I think that is contagious.”
Melville City Hockey Club was founded as Applecross YMCA in 1956 but has always remained within the boundaries of the City of Melville.