Season starts today and all day tomorrow in exciting start
HOCKEY: It all starts later today - the Gladstone and District Hockey Association season with a range of senior and junior matches at Rigby Fields.
The Gladstone A2 competition will see Souths and Sparks hit off in the women's from 6.30pm while Meteors and Yaralla men face each other at the same time.
The other two A2 matches are at 7.50pm, which has Meteors to play Crocs in the women and the men's match will be between Souths and Sparks.
Junior matches start the day tomorrow from 8.30am and continues through to the final games at 11.30am.
The women's A3 season starts from 1.30pm with Yaralla against Sparks followed by a 2.50pm clash between Souths and Crocs.
Tomorrow will also feature the top-tier A1 - or Central Queensland Hockey League competition - with Souths to tackle Meteors in the women and arch rivals Meteors to face off against Sparks at 4.30pm and 5.50pm respectively.
"I'm excited with the mix of youth and experience and the vibe should be good and fun to watch,” Meteors' women's coach Wayne Chapman said.
New men's coach Shannon Bobart said he looked forward to the challenge.
"I'll bring a different view and different ideas,” he said.
"The expectation would be CQHL finals and challenging for a top three spot at the end of the season.”
Year Founded: 1972 women, 1973 men. Premierships: Women have won local competition for the past four years and have been regular CQHL finalists for the past few years. Men's last local flags were in 2014 and 2015. Games record holders: Jill Mathison, Sue Dawes, Bob Milne and Craig Mathison. New players: Women - Carol Jones returns plus a number of juniors moving into the A-grade squad. Men - Stalwart Mitch Ryan returns and he will add great strike power. Richard O'Brien and Laith Ogden return from Souths' reserve grade. Players lost: Women have lost a number of senior players for different reasons. Men have lost young-gun Tom Smith who has moved to Brisbane for study but will play when available during uni breaks. Finn Bryant is going to the army. Coaches expectations: Women's coach Wayne Chapman is excited with the mix of youth and experience, the vibe should be good and fun to watch. Men's new head coach Shannon Bobart brings a fresh approach and is the first non-playing coach Meteors have had for a number of years. His expectation is CQHL finals and to challenge for a top-three spot at the end of the season.
Year club founded: 1970. Premierships: Men premiers 2017. Women minor premiers 2017. Best players produced: Ruth Armitage, Susan Kendall and Leanne Steele . Games record holder: Karen Graham is the games record holder for A-grade women and has for over 30 years. New players: No new A-grade players this season. Players lost: The A2 men have lost a lot of players and we have lost three from the A-grade women's team. Coach's expectations: Kristen Wyllie will look for a more consistent year after rebuilding the team for the past two years.
Year club founded: 1935. Premierships: Club has featured in many grand final victories. Best players produced: Joel Helmsted, Josh Baxter, Rhiannon Baxter, Jason Burns, Ray Flint and Hannah Lowry.. Games record holder: men and women A-grade teams (no A-grade men's team) Karen Graham is the games record holder for A-grade women and has for over 30 years.. New players: The club will focus on its talented band of young players who are ready to step into senior ranks.. Players lost: The A-grade side have lost the services of Joel Helmsted and Josh Baxter.. Coach's expectations: Men's A-grade coach Jason Burns expects another competitive year in the Gladstone competition and the CQHL. "Our expectations are to be of course competitive and to make the top four in the CQHL and last year we were not far off the mark,” Sparks player Harley Jeynes said.. A1 men's coach: Jason Burns.. A1 and A2 women's coach: Gary Porteous.. A3 women's coach: Neville Jarram.
R1 games today and tomorrow
Today 6.30pm A2W Souths v Sparks; A2M Yaralla v Meteors. 7.50pm A2W Meteors v Crocs; A2M Souths v Sparks. Tmw 8.30am Rookey 7 v Yaralla; Rookey v Souths; U12 Mixed v Souths; U12 Mixed v Yaralla. 9.30am Rookey 9 v Meteors; Rookey 9 v Souths; U16 Mixed v Souths. 10.30am U12 Mixed v Sparks; U14 Mixed v Yaralla. 1.30pm A3W Yaralla v Sparks. 2.50pm A3W Souths v Crocs. 4.30pm A1W Souths v Meteors. 5.50pm A1M Meteors v Sparks.