Gladstone hockey caps off a good year with 600 participants.
Gladstone hockey caps off a good year with 600 participants.

Hockey at business end of year

GLADSTONE Hockey Association president Dave Burns is looking forward to a good competitive weekend of hockey as the season comes to an end, and looks to the future of the sport in the region.

The hockey grand finals will be held tomorrow starting with the juniors in the morning through to the seniors in the afternoon, and Burns is expecting to see some high quality hockey.

“We have some great local talent, so I am looking forward to some great grand final action on the field tomorrow,” Burns said.

“There is plenty of skill and lots of sportsmanship. It will be worth the watch and we are anticipating a lot of spectators at the fields watching the talent.”

Talent Burns said exceeds 600 participants.

“We have at least 600 people in Gladstone playing hockey. This is far more than Rockhampton, which a great feat for us,” Burns said.

“All you have to do is look at the extended league competition to see how well we do on the field. All of our local teams did very well in this competition, which is promising. I look forward to seeing how well we do in the future.”

A future which Burns says is looking promising for the sport in Gladstone, with the synthetic turf and clubhouse plans.

“We are expecting to see our number of hockey players double in the next four to five years,” Burns said.

“The synthetic turf will encourage more players to come out and give the sport a go. Plus our new clubhouse and facilities will be much higher quality and more attractive to people moving to the area.

“The future for our sport is looking very promising. All you have to do is look at the school competition. Our new facilities will help the juniors become the next era of stars.