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Friday, 4th May, 2012

UNHAPPY: Hockey players Grace Holloway and Kate Hogg would love to see the sport continue. UNHAPPY: Hockey players Grace Holloway and Kate Hogg would love to see the sport continue.

Hockey players are being encouraged to show their support for the sport online, with the Broken Hill Hockey Association warning that the competition is on the brink of permanent collapse.

Due to a dismal turnout at the Association’s recent AGM, organisers fear that the sport may not be going ahead for the 2012 season. 

If there is no competition for 2012, it is likely that Hockey will not be played in the city again.

“The Association is calling on all interested persons to assist them in trying to revive Hockey and ensure that this wonderful sport does not die,” said organiser Alison Mead.

“Hockey is a fun, energetic and social team sport and a great way to make friends.

“It is a sport where players of all skill levels can get involved and you will find that the more you play Hockey your skills and confidence will greatly improve. 

“This would be especially beneficial to Primary School girls who, during weekly school sport sessions, are currently preparing for a Hockey Gala day to be held at the end of this school term.”

Hockey has traditionally been played on Saturdays on the Norm Fox fields, but the Association is looking at different options for the sport, including the possibility of a five-a-side competition to be played on a synthetic surface.

Such a plan may be well received by local players, so the Association is taking its ideas online to get feedback.

“It is very difficult to gauge people’s interest when no one turns up to meetings, therefore a simple survey has been set up on the Broken Hill Hockey’s Facebook page,” said Alison.

“If people could go to this website and fill in the survey it would greatly assist organisers to literally get the ball rolling for a 2012 season.”

Players can go to www.facebook.com and type ‘Broken Hill Hockey’ in the search bar then follow the link which is on the wall posts to complete the survey. 

Alternatively they can go directly to www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZHBNJH9.

There will also be a second Hockey Association AGM being held at the Tydvil Hotel on Thursday May 17 at 7pm, and all are welcome.

“Please don’t let Broken Hill lose a wonderful sport that all in the community can enjoy,” said Alison.

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