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Twilight comp to offer good hit-out for season proper

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January 18, 2017

After gaining new numbers from last season’s twilight competition, the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association will run a similar format this year.

After gaining new numbers from last season’s twilight competition, the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association will run a similar format this year.

The equivalent of two teams of players signed on with sides in the association after finding a passion for the sport during its pre-season tournament.

Scheduled to start in the first week of next month, the competition will run for six weeks.

GV association spokeswoman Ellie Winzer said the shortened games were an ideal way to introduce potential competitors to the sport.

‘‘We had 35 new players join from the tournament, so it’s well worth doing and that’s our aim for next season, to bring hockey into more of an all-year round sport,’’ she said.

Inexperienced players will use a modified format, playing six a side on a quarter-size field.

The association will make use of the recently resurfaced hockey fields to accommodate all teams.

While the competition is a key way to get new players into the sport, Winzer said it was not just for the inexperienced.

‘‘We’ll have two competitions, one for families with parents and kids in the same team,’’ she said.

‘‘Those that are new are welcome to come and try, with a seniors competition as well played in a higher-paced tournament.’’

Winzer said the Goulburn Valley Junior Country Week team was looking to use the twilight games as a way to sort out positions and tactics before the championships in May.

The twilight tournament is perfectly timed to lead into the season proper, with the GV competition and the Regional Super League beginning after Easter.

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