New format big winner for kids

IPSWICH Hockey regional coaching director Neil Shearer hopes to expand the city's junior summer competition after the success of this year's format.

Ipswich Hockey ran the new concept where six-a-side teams played using indoor rules on a smaller field.

Competition was scheduled for under-13 girls, under-13 boys and under-18 girls with 15 teams playing over nine weeks.

"The idea is to help improve the players' close-in skills, passing game and vision," Shearer said.

The competition attracted 16 new players who don't represent a club side in the winter season. "Everyone enjoyed this new concept and seized the chance to take on new skills to help develop their game," Shearer said.

In the under-13 girls grand final, Team Jenks beat Blue Jets 6-1.

The under-18 girls final on Thursday night was a tight defensive affair between Bumblebees and Summer Stunners. Bumblebees won 3-1.

The under-13 boys final also played on Thursday night, resulting in a goal feast won by Hornets 11-9 over Taipans.

Shearer thanked the newcomers and hoped to see them playing in the Ipswich winter competition starting in March.

Ipswich Hockey was recently named top association in Queensland, with dedicated people like Shearer playing a leading role.

Inquiries about the new season at: rcd@ipswichhockey.com

Topics:  ipswich hockey association, neil shearer



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