Association News

Under 15 Rep Teams

Due to a severe lack of numbers for the U15 Boys, MSHA and MHA met and agreed to allow athletes who applied for special consideration under specific circumstances and who are non MSHA players to play for Mackay under agreement that they met stipulated guidelines. At this meeting MSHA also decided that this arrangmement would be in place for the U15 Girls for fairness and equity across the age group. We understand this decison may cause some angst for the hockey community due to this contradicitng the regulations set out at the commencnement of the season, however if this did not happen it is highly unlikely we could field an U15 Boys team at State Championships in 2017. The final U15 teams will be named by the end of July. Please see your coaches for more details.

QLD State Championships Update 

What a huge rep season Mackay has had so far!! Firstly there were six players selected for the QLD 2018 U18 Squads and big congratulations to H Finn, C Dunbar, K Walker, M Best, T Manumu'a and H Gould on your selection. And let's not forget about the amzing U13 players who have been selected in the 2017U13 Boys and Girls Teams: J Surha, D Walker, S Sheedy, P Spark, T Gutteridge, B Vella and L Surha (shadow). Well done! Women's Masters are heading away to Gympie this week so good luck to all teams.

Madonna Blyth Visit

Madonna Blyth dropped by to run a few coaching sessions and have a run arund the paddock with the A1W. It was an amazing weekend with 94 kids enrolled in the coaching clinics and events like these cannot run without the background assistance of many. A massive thank you to Madonna, Justin-Vicki Spyve, Gavin Walker, Danny Mayfield, Minka Elliott, Brendon Hope, Melissa Sorensen for coaching, without you guys we couldn't have possibly made this happen!! Also to Peter Thomas for the gear, Antoinette Morton for organising the press, a massive thanks to Rachel Simpson for organising the registration database and Dennis N Shirley Sorensen for morning tea!! Lastly a massive thank you Madonna Blyth, thanks for taking the time to come up to Mackay and share your knowledge with us, it was awesome to get your insights on techniques & new drills, we look forward to getting you back up this way soon!!!


 

Ben Senior


Some of you may remember Ben from his time in Mackay as the RCD. Ben is now in NSW and runs the HPA Hockey Performance Academy. We were lucky enough to have Ben visit us over the weekend to provide some amazing resources to our coaches, run a skill development clinic for our U18 players, and show our U7, U9 and U11 coaches the basics of hockey on the turf for our junior players. Ben also ran skill development clinics and demonstrated skills such as how to cradle the ball and jink the ball. These sessions were well received and we'd like to thank Ben for coming and sharing his knowledge with coaches and players and again thanks to the behind the scenes crew that make these things happen!

U7 & U9 Gala Day

After a blazing success with the last gala day, another one is proposed for 28th July and will include an A Grade game for parents and children to watch after their games. More details to follow soon.

Upcoming Events

20th July Women's Masters depart for Gympie

28th July U7 & U9 Gala Day

MSHA U11 weekend will be held on 5th and 6th August. 

 

 

 

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