Junior hockey teams raring to go

A Burra attacker takes on a Springstown defender in the U14 competition last year.

A Burra attacker takes on a Springstown defender in the U14 competition last year.

The Clare and Districts Hockey Association is raring to go this season, with juniors from across the region set to play their first game on May 6.

The junior competition in the area consists of U10 and U14 competitions, with teams from Clare, Burra and Balaklava all vying for top spot.

Association president David Forrest said the competition is always looking for more people interested in picking up a stick.

“All teams – Clare, Burra and Balaklava – have always got scope for more kids,” Mr Forrest said. 

“We always love to see kids give it a try, it's good for them physically and mentally.”

Mr Forrest was adamant geography was not an issue, and said that teams could cater to players from all areas.

“Even though the town does not have a team, kids from Riverton can participate too,” he said. 

Clare has also entered U15 and U18 teams in the Barossa Valley Hockey Association, as well as senior men's and women's teams. 

According to Mr Forrest, the Clare teams have had a harder time than their Barossa Valley counterparts. 

"The women won the B grade premiership in 2015 and came runners up in 2016, but they might find it harder in the A grade,” Mr Forrest said.

"The men have struggled in the A grade, largely because they don't have access to a turf pitch and the distance between towns factors in as well.”

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