Waikato Hockey got back onto the turf when New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2, the community buy-in at their main hub in Hamilton was outstanding and as their community flocked back to the turf eager to connect and prepare for the upcoming season.
This past weekend saw the start of the Men’s and Women’s Intercity Competition which features the top sides from the Rotorua, Tauranga, Counties Manukau and Waikato Associations as they travel throughout the region to play their Saturday competition.
With the cancellation of Representative Hockey in 2020, Waikato is looking at several different ways to keep there U13 and U15 participants engaged and providing them with some amazing participation opportunities that will help their development as well as grow their love of the game. When Midlands Hockey finished up at the end of the 2019 season, Waikato Hockey was lucky enough to bring on one of their staff as the new Development Manager for the region in Reiner Vellinga.
Reiner has been instrumental in designing what the development space will look like for the Associations young participants. The Association is looking at the development of their players over a longer period of time rather than just preparing for a tournament which will often come at the expense of a player’s development. These new opportunities will allow for more players to be involved and still provide them with some tournament experiences.