National Hockey Comes To Kapiti

Wellington Women playing Manawatu -- photo by Ian Linning
Wellington Women playing Manawatu — photo by Ian Linning

This is great for hockey in Kapiti and a chance for people to see great hockey played at any age. Sonja Williams, Operations Manager, Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf and Pavilion

By Roger Childs

 The largest sporting tournament in New Zealand

 The excellent Kapiti Sports Turf facilities are co-hosts of the National Masters Hockey Tournament from March 2 to 8. There are 64 teams from Northland to Southland playing this week at the National Hockey Stadium, in Wellington and at Mazengarb Park.

This is a big sporting occasion for the Kapiti Coast and, in Sonja’s words, is bringing people into the district so they can see how fantastic Kapiti is! Mayor Ross Church was delighted to be able to watch the first game.

 Essentially this is hockey played at masters level with players 35 and over. During the week at the stadium

  • women’s and men’s teams from regions around the country are competing

    Photo -- Ian Linning
    Photo — Ian Linning
  • there are 5 year age grades from 35-39 up to over 60
  • there will be 50 games being played including 3 finals
  • over 300 players will be featuring.

Selecting national teams

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom this tournament Men’s and Women’s 35+ teams will be selected to play in an international Affiliates Tournament in Napier in April.

At the global level, there will be Masters and Grand Masters World Cup Tournaments in the Netherlands in June. New Zealand will be sending the following teams

  • Men’s 45+, 50+ and 60+
  • Women’s 40+, 50+ and 55+

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUsing our great facilities

Sonja Williams and Sue Spellacey are the turf managers for the tournament and so far have received rave reviews about the facilities and the catering.

The Kapiti Sports Turf and Arena is an impressive local facility and during the week players, supporters and spectators can

~ watch quality hockey games
~ sit in comfort inside or out
~ take advantage of the catering and the bar
~ enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn added bonus is the support of Kapiti-Horowhenua liquor producers

  • Ohau Wines
  • Tuatara Beer

who are organising tasting sessions.

 

Sport to support

It is not often that the Kapiti Coast co-hosts a sporting event on this scale. The tournament runs through until Saturday March 8 and sports fans are guaranteed entertaining, competitive matches played by the country’s best masters players.

There is free admission and Sonja says we would love to see people come in.