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Meet the Melton Hockey Club
Hockey might not seem a popular sport compared to football or cricket but, for the residents of Atherstone, it is one of the most successful. Melton Hockey Club has been around since 1976 and now boasts 230 members, 12 Hockey Victoria teams and welcomes players from all backgrounds, abilities and ages.
Whether you’re a kid looking to try out a new team sport to an adult looking for some serious competitive sport, Melton Hockey Club can and does cater to everyone.
Kids teams start from aged four for boys and girls and there are options right though to players in their 70s! And if you’ve never played hockey before, don’t worry. Amateurs are as much a part of the club as returning players and the more serious sportspeople.
The Melton Hockey Club’s history is longstanding – in 1976 it was known as the Melton Women’s Hockey Club and catered only for females. In 1982 it changed its name to Melton Hockey Club – as it is known today – and now has extremely successful men’s, juniors and masters teams as well.
For instance, this year the Women’s Victorian League 2 Reserves, Men’s Victorian League 3 and League 3 Reserves teams both finished runners up in the competition, with the Men’s Reserves also snatching the Minor Premiers crown. The Women’s Victorian League 2 team also made the semifinals and the Metro Men’s team only narrowly missed out on the finals as well.
The juniors were a huge success in winter in 2016 too. The under 14s team were major and minor premiers and the under 10s girls team also took out their minor premiership. Despite several new players in some of the teams, all put in a super effort, and made the club proud.
The future looks bright too. From the Masters team (over 45s) to the juniors, there has been huge growth this year with plenty of new players joining in and all the teams working hard to improve and bring in positive results.
As well as turning 40 this year, Melton Hockey Club also celebrated its move to the Bridge Road Sports Precinct from Heathdale Christian College in July. While the club was sad to leave Heathdale after 20 years, they are also excited to embrace the full competition hockey pitch, a training pitch, canteen, social room, meeting rooms, toilets and changing rooms. Now the club is able to host breakfasts for the junior teams, movie nights and team lunches (and finally has running water!).
For a club that is particularly proud of its open and welcoming atmosphere – members come from all backgrounds and all walks of life – Bridge Road Recreation Reserve Hockey and Athletics Facilities are the perfect environment to call home.
To celebrate its 40th birthday, the club is planning a special event for March 11 2017. To join in the festivities, follow them on their Facebook page for upcoming details here.
So if you are looking for an active, outdoorsy and fun way to meet other families around Atherstone, hockey is a sport the entire family can play all within the same club, no matter how much or how little experience you’ve had.
The season runs from April to September and October to January so it’s open all year round.