GIVEN their all weather playing surface, it is no surprise rain has not deterred the Ipswich Hockey Association from repeating its family fun-day this year.
The second IHA annual Hockey Open Day is on at the association's Briggs Rd headquarters, Raceview on Sunday, from 3-6pm.
It is a day designed to appeal to the whole family, with jumping castle, come-and-try activities, food stalls and even a market.
There is also a celebrity match featuring Ipswich councillors, including Andrew Antoniolli, and representatives from the Ipswich Flyers netball team and Ipswich Force basketball team.
Among those in the celebrity match is 17-year-old Wests player Jarrod Brown.
A Hancocks player since he started playing five years ago, Brown has made the switch to the rival club in search of a new challenge.
"I just want to improve as much as I can and enjoy the hockey," the half said of his goals for 2013.
"I've probably got the most mates at Wests.
"They seem to have it together, with a good program and Todd Watson is a good coach.
"I'm looking forward to being under him."
At the other end of the spectrum is Hancocks vice-president Phil Daly.
He has played hockey "all my life".
Now his son Kyan, 4 is an enthusiastic participant in the Hook In2 Hockey program.
Hook In2 Hockey caters for children from 3-12 years old from March until August each year.
Every participant can receive a pack that includes a fold out backyard hockey goal, a replica Australian playing top, a participant medallion, a highlights package DVD and a video message from a Hockeyroo or Kookaburra.
But for Kyan, the pleasure lies in both scoring goals and stopping them.
They all agree two of the best things about Ipswich hockey is the family atmosphere and the fact all games are at the one venue.
IHA coaching director Neil Shearer is eager to see the come-and-try day bring in more curious and keen participants.
Last year's day was a hit but the success was limited by rain.
"Hopefully we have heaps of young children running around, learning what hockey's all about.
"It's a fantastic family sport."
Shearer is certain last year's experience means this year's day will be even more fun for those who go.
"It was really good," he said
"We learnt a lot from it.
"So hopefully this one is even better."
For further information contact Neil Shearer on 0413 211 138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Where: Ipswich Hockey Complex, 65 Briggs Road, Raceview
- When: Sunday, 3-6pm.
- What's on: Celebrity hockey game, jumping castle, hockey skills activities, market and food stalls.
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