Club development co-ordinator Peter Maslowskyj (holding stick) with some keen regional hockey players at a recent Springfield Lakers come-and-try day.
Club development co-ordinator Peter Maslowskyj (holding stick) with some keen regional hockey players at a recent Springfield Lakers come-and-try day. Rob Williams

Springfield club to flourish

AFTER recently celebrating his club’s first anniversary, Springfield Lakers mastermind Peter Maslowskyj is planning a busy holiday season.

However, after what’s already been achieved in a short space of time, the club development co-ordinator is happy to keep moving ahead.

“I just can not believe it’s 12 months,” he said, having launched the fledgling hockey club this time last year.

“Going to the (Ipswich Hockey Association) meeting last Monday for the first time just felt great.

“You can really feel the reality.

“To be the 11th club to be added to IHA is a bit of an eye-opener to the other people. They can see that Springfield is definitely going to be there.”

Maslowskyj said the Lakers were well on target to field at least three women’s and girls teams in the 2011 Ipswich competition at Raceview.

“We could do with more men and boys, mainly because a lot of people initially thought that we were a lot like a Thistles club – all girls,” he said.

“The big emphasis will be between now and our next come-and-try day in February to really get the message across that we are men and women, boys and girls.”

Having recruited well with Ronecee Cupitt as interim club secretary, Maslowskyj said another important focus was finalising a five-year business plan for the club.

“That’s very important. The club is no different than a business,” he said.

“I’m the president but I’m going to be the business development co-ordinator as long as I’m with the club because I love doing that.”

Maslowskyj said the club would use Bob Gibbs Oval at Springfield as its junior training base next season with senior players expected to train at the Raceview hockey headquarters.

However, he said the club’s five-year business plan would focus heavily on the Lakers sharing in future multi-use facilities in the Springfield area.

“There’s still a lot of work with the Delfin Lend Lease group,” he said.

“We have a sports community group, which includes all of the other codes.

“We get on pretty well with all the other sporting codes (in the area).

“What we’re trying to do is build a group which will become like a sporting body and that way we can apply for grants with the government and everything.

“In the five-year business plan, I will be including in the future for our own permanent home base, field and clubhouse.”

Maslowskyj was happy with recent come-and-try days that were spreading the club’s word in the Greater Springfield area.

“We want to keep it local,” he said.

“The whole idea of Springfield Lakers Hockey Club is we are building a community.”

The club development co-ordinator said another open club day was planned at Bunnings, Booval, for January 29, before training gets underway for the new season.



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