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Issue No. 412 April 2017

Hockey on a roll

Eight teams competed in the 2017 National Police Mixed Hockey Tournament at Rotorua last month – the largest field yet, and a far cry from the inaugural tournament at the same venue in 2010 when just three seven-a-side teams played.

Action from South Island vs Northland.

The teams represented Northland, Waitemata, Bay of Plenty, Central, Wellington and the South Island – and Counties North and Counties South, the defending champs dividing their forces because of their high number of players.

Northland and Counties South topped their pools and played a hotly contested final – it was 5-5 on goals scored but, with two points awarded for female goals, Northland triumphed 9-6.

The teams included 28 players new to Police hockey, including some who had never played before – such as Constable Matthew Pomare, from Counties, who put himself before the firing squad by volunteering to go in goal. Vicki Lowe (Waitemata) – who had not played in 35 years – arrived with a 50 cent stick bought from an op shop but won a new stick from sponsor Go Hockey as a spot prize.

“Vicki and Matthew are the epitome of what Police Hockey is about,” says Event Director Senior Constable Anna Rossi.

All together now: South Island (red), Northland (blue standing), Bay of Plenty (blue seated), Wellington (black standing), Counties South (black seated), Counties North (orange), Waitemata (maroon) and Central (green).
Photos: Senior Constable Viv Sutton, Sergeant Jim Currie

“Spirits were high, competition was fierce and not one player was carded, even though there are some pretty strong personalities out there.

“Local support was strong, with help in umpiring and playing when players started falling over. Players also stepped up to umpire and everyone was willing to pitch in and help when required.”

Police Hockey umpire, participant and patron Mark Carrell – aka Whale - named Anna and Detective Sergeant Kepal Richards as Police Hockey Ambassadors to recognise their role in developing and growing Police Hockey.

Thanks to Police Sport, Police Association, Go Hockey and Tactical Solutions for support and sponsorship, and to the district team coordinators who badgered and coaxed players to commit, resulting in a successful tournament.

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