New ECHO Masters team (35+) – Players wanted

This is a call to people interested in playing in a possible ECHO Masters team in 2013.

The Masters competition is ideal for players who no longer have the time to commit to weekend sport as games are on Monday nights, want to play against players of a similar age and want to stay fit playing a team sport.  Season Starts in April 2013 with finals in September.  The costs will be the same as Regular Open-aged costs (last year $370).  No set Masters training, however, players will be encouraged to train with the Metro squad on Wednesday nights at Konung Secondary College 8:15pm-9:30pm.

Recent Hockey Victoria restructure

Hockey Victoria has begun a major restructure of a number of its competitions, this includes the Masters (previously Veterans) competition.  The key component of this will be the shift from 40+ and 50+ competitions to 35+, 45+ and 55+ competitions – turning 35 this year.

ECHO’s Plans

For the team to be viable we will require at least 14 players who are 35+ or turning 35 in 2013.  If a team is to be entered it will be entered into the bottom level, so is ideal for new players as long as we have a good number of experienced players as well.

Next Steps

For this to be successful the establishment of the team needs to be driven by players rather than the committee.  The committee will provide the structure and resources required, but we need people who can drum up support, chase up potential players and lead this team. We look forward to hearing from people interested in helping establish the ECHO Masters team and playing in it, just email us at echohc@hockeyvictoria.org.au, go to the New Players online form.