Masters hockey keeps top people in the game
VOLUNTEER of the year Heather Scott has big hopes for the game of hockey she serves.
"It's on the up and up, I think,'' the former Red Devils, Wanderers, East Wanderers, Hancocks, Vets and state masters fullback/halfback said.
"We've got a lot of young ones.
"Hookin2Hockey is a wonderful competition for all the little ones.''
However, she accepts the advent of part-time jobs has made it more difficult to retain teenage players.
She was also disappointed the Ipswich men's A-grade competition could only field three teams this season.
That is a situation Ipswich Hockey is working on for next year.
With quality playing facilities and a dedicated committee at the Raceview venue, Heather enjoys playing her part in providing a sport many people enjoy.
The Ipswich volunteer concedes she misses playing having retired in 2009 after a memorable double.
She was part of the Queensland over-60's team that won the national championships gold medal in Tasmania.
Her Vets A2 team also won the premiership that year.
That capped her 42 years playing the game, prolonged by the opportunities offered in masters hockey.
She made Queensland sides during 12 of those 20 years in masters hockey, gaining some terrific travel experiences.
She's contested national titles around Australia.
"It's surprising how big masters has got,'' she said.
"There's more people playing, teams and centres.
"It's very good for people to continue on their hockey that are thinking about giving it away.''