Hockeys big hitters take cover

Emerald hockey players sporting the new and improved club colours.
Emerald hockey players sporting the new and improved club colours.

THEY haven't got the region's biggest playing contingent by any stretch of the imagination. But don't be fooled - this dedicated bunch of Central Highlands social hockey players can still pack a punch.

The spirited mix of competitors, ranging in abilities and ages, are taking their hockey competition indoors to cope with the summer heat.

The new indoor league at the Emerald PCYC comes as their outdoor venue at Epic All Sports undertakes maintenance upgrades.

Emerald Hockey club spokeswoman Kristel Gale said the club had already received the green light to return to Epic once the maintenance is complete.

She hopes the addition of new field lighting will help to grow the club's member base.

"Once we get lights it will suit us a lot better," Gale said.

"We were thinking we might play on a week night at Epic because that may fit in better with people's schedules."

In the meantime, the club is forging ahead with its regular indoor competition at the Emerald PCYC on Saturdays from 3.30pm.

"Numbers vary week to week but we're averaging about five to six-a-side for indoor," she said.

"We've still got a good core group turning up."

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