Parkes to run its first indoor hockey competition

Come October 16, Parkes will have its own junior indoor hockey competition for the first time in its known history.

And after one registration day, the competition already boasts more than 35 players.

Indoor convener Marcia Scally believes more will sign up at their second registration day this Sunday at the Parkes PCYC.

She’s calling on any juniors in Years 3 to 12 interested in playing to head to the PCYC from 10am.

“It’s been great,” Scally said of the response of last Sunday’s registration day.

“I know a lot of people were away today...I’m expecting a lot in the Under 13s.”

Indoor hockey differs from outdoor hockey in a number of ways. Only five players, including the goalkeeper, are allowed on the pitch at any one time and hockey sticks are usually thinner and lighter.

The field of play is much smaller on a hard surface with boards along the sidelines. And it doesn’t allow any lifting, hitting or back stick passes.

The competition will begin at the PCYC on October 16 and finish on December 10, running for nine weeks every Sunday.

It will be split into B reserves (for players in Years 3-4), B Grade (players in Years 5-6) and A Grade (Years 7-12).

“Depending on numbers will determine whether there will be male and female teams [in A Grade],” Scally said.

It’s all come about after there was big interest in sending teams away to state competitions.

“Parkes Hockey called for an indoor convener and I put my hand up,” Scally said.

“If you want more than one team to go away you need to run a competition.”

Scally also ran trials for Under 13 players and training for Under 15s last Sunday and said players picked up the skills quickly.

“They love it,” she said.

“Indoor hockey is about being low and staying low, it’s also a faster game.

“You can’t use tricks to get around people, you just have to use your basic skills.”

Scally said she’s had a lot of help from Annie Searl, Liz Tanswell, Zoey Magill, Deb Wright and Sharon Moody in setting up the competition and helping with registrations.

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