First Douglas interschool hockey tournament tomorrow


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St Augustine's students Rhys Gorvorko, Jasmin Sayed, and Graham O'Donohue with Douglas Hockey Association Chairman Greg Mill. Image: Victoria Stone-Meadows.

The inaugural Douglas Hockey Association interschool tournament is set to kick off tomorrow morning at the Mossman Showgrounds.

The competition will see teams of grade five and six students from primary schools from across the region face off in a round robin tournament.

Douglas Hockey Association chairman, Greg Mill, said the contest has involved months of planning and everyone is excited for it to get underway.

“We’ve been working with the schools since term one skill building and making sure every school is giving these kids a chance to play in the tournament against other schools,” he said. 

“The schools have been fantastic and every one of them has worked with us to get this up and running.

“The kids are ecstatic and want to represent their school in the tournament.”

Mr Mill thanked all the schools and parents who have pitched in with organising the event and thanked the Douglas Shire Council for their support as well.

“Council is completely behind it, in fact, Mayor Julia Leu is our patron for hockey,” he said.

“She is like a figurehead; she supports the initiative, gives advice and support and looks after the league.”

The tournament will see 80 to 100 school children playing in a seven-a-side competition until the final play-offs at the end of the day. 

The winning team will win a specially made shield and player awards will be given to students including awards for best and fairest, fairest player, highest goal scorer and more.

Mr Mill is hoping the event will run every year and later this year they will hold a tournament for students in grades three and four.

“It’s an open event and we encourage parents and everyone to come down, check it out, and support the kids and the schools,” he said.

The tournament will kick off at 9.00am tomorrow and run through to about 2.00pm. 

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