Boost for hockey in Selwyn

by Kent Caddick

One of Selwyn’s newest sporting club, Waikirikiri Hockey, has just been given a huge boost with Canterbury Hockey accepting the club as a fully affiliated member.

This means the Rolleston-based club, which was formed last year, will be able to enter teams in Canterbury’s senior hockey competitions and joins the Malvern Hockey Association in offering the sport of hockey to Selwyn residents.

Waikirikiri Hockey president, Lyndal Marshall, said getting the approval from Canterbury Hockey is a milestone event. 

“It means now the club will be able to offer our current young players a future in the sport, as they will be able to grow with the club into the senior competitions.

“While the development of the senior teams will be staged over several years, it means the junior players will not have to travel into Christchurch to play their senior hockey.”

Ms Marshall said Waikirikiri Hockey was formed in 2017, to provide the opportunity for Selwyn residents to play the sport.

“In the first year of the club there were over 120 junior hockey players playing in 13 teams for Waikirikiri Hockey, of which 70% were new to the game.

“Due to the excellent junior half turf facility the Selwyn District Council built in Foster Park, Canterbury Hockey junior competition games were being played in Rolleston.

“I would like to thank the council for all their support in this venture and all the people in the club who have supported us in securing the affiliation with Canterbury Hockey.”

Canterbury Hockey chairman Mark Beatson said having a brand new club is an exciting event for Canterbury Hockey.

“It reflects the huge opportunity we are seeing from the new communities developing in areas such as the Selwyn district and reflects the great work done by the dedicated and enthusiastic team involved in the club.”

In 2018, Waikirikiri Hockey will have in addition to the current teams Year seven and eight Kwik Sticks 11-aside boys’ and girls’ teams, Senior Division 3 (Year nine up to U18) boys and girls sides and Mid-Week Open men’s and women’s teams.

The club will be holding a couple of open days, which will also include trials for the teams. They will be held on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 18.

For more information and to register for a team visit the club’s website waikirikirisport.club or its Facebook page facebook.com/waikirikirihockey.