Dealing with the weather gods
On Saturday 22 July we had a huge smack from the Weather Gods which resulted in us cancelling all hockey. This is not something we like to do and whether we do or we don’t, we cannot make everyone happy. Just to be clear, we do have a robust process by which we cancel games and communicate to the hockey community – it is applied during the season if any of our three main sites or 10 junior turfs are affected by water or ice.
For the recent Saturday event we did not commit to any decision during the week as forecasts can change. On Saturday we received updates from our venue supervisors (who only arrive at their venues ½ hour before the first game) and cancelled various grades across all venues as information came from them came in. When the Council’s advised of local states of emergencies late Saturday morning, all hockey was then cancelled.
Given that many of our players live some distance from our venues they will often be travelling before we have cancelled games, unfortunately this is something we cannot fix. Hopefully those of you affected found a good café (Coffeeworx?) & enjoyed some family time.
On a (much) brighter note – on the Sunday morning our turfs were all playable and full of hockey. No other outdoor sport was able to do the same.
Rod Templeton, Chief Executive
Things are happening at Nga Puna Wai – it has been a little while since we have updated everyone, but that certainly doesn’t mean nothing has been happening. Our Facilities Committee (Selwyn Maister, Peter Cox, Nick Harris & Rod Templeton) will attest to the huge number of meetings they have attended & the huge amount of information they have reported on to the Board.
One very important action taken just last week was the depositing of our $3m of Porritt Park insurance proceeds into the Escrow Account held on behalf of Nga Puna Wai. According to the Chair & the Treasurer, who should know, it was the biggest cheque ever signed on behalf of Canterbury Hockey.
The current position is the design for the sports facilities & common areas has been completed, the funding has been finalised & the Hub operating entity is being worked on. If you go down Augustine Drive (the main access to the site) you will see plenty of dirt being moved & the gravel platform for the athletics track being constructed. You will also see plenty of water as the contractors deal with the significantly wetter than average autumn & winter. However, we are still working towards the start of our 2018 (that’s next year!) season for having the two new turfs available.
The Council is very aware they need to help all the sports & the Christchurch community get excited about what will be coming. They are employing some specialists to provide more imagery, more thinking & more travelling towards the “collective essence” (their words) of Nga Puna Wai. We are also planning on how we grab the opportunity of having two new water turfs to add to our existing turfs. The Board are will hold a session with representatives of our Clubs & Schools to update in more detail soon after our winter season ends.
Canterbury Cats named
Coaches Andy and Sue Innes have finalised their team to defend the K Cup in Wellington in September. The strong Cats team contains five current Black Sticks National Squad members, Jordy Grant, Pippa Hayward, Rachel McCann, Olivia Merry and Jenny Story…click here for more.
Recent media reports on Mainland Netball have them standing by their policy of keeping young players (primary school) our of representative netball. This is an issue that most sports are grappling with, including hockey.
Sports are losing participants. A report has recently come out that details participation trends in sport and active recreation over a 16yr period (1998 – 2014) in NZ.
Sport Canterbury recently held a forum on the issue – notes below.
As we look at how we deliver our younger representative teams going forward Canterbury Hockey, and Hockey NZ, need to consider some of the thinking from this forum.
Finals weekend – are you ready?
Looking for new insights as you get your team ready for Finals Week? Chris Leslie is our featured speaker at the Canterbury Coaches Forum – Tuesday 8 August at 7pm at Bealey’s Ale House. Hear about his experience with the Black Sticks Women at the World League Semi-finals in Belgium. Click here to rsvp.
Selling your house?
Contact Will Hayde (former Canterbury Cavalier) from Steve and Belinda Ellis Bayleys Fendalton. Bayleys is offering anyone associated with Canterbury Hockey a free market value appraisal, a discount on selling fees of $2500 and a credit on marketing costs of $500.
We urge anyone to seriously consider the services of our partners as these relationships are hugely important to our sport. Contact Will Hayde to discuss this further – firstname.lastname@example.org
End of season dinners
Support our major CPL sponsors – Bealey’s Ale House and have your end of season dinner there. They have an awesome menu and a fantastic family friendly atmosphere. Website here.
Junior Canterbury rep teams named
Our U15 Boys and girls teams for 2017 have been named, as well as the Hatch Cup and Primary B boys’ teams.
Make a weekend of it! Come along to the Connetics SSP Finals on Friday night, the Bealey’s Ale House CPL finals on Saturday afternoon and Div 1, Div 2 and Div 3 finals on Sunday. All at Marist Park, with BBQ and hospitality available throughout.
The annual Canterbury Hockey Legends’ Night is on Saturday 9 September, it’s a night to honour our past hockey legends (those who have played for the Canterbury provincial teams) and to recognise our current Cats and Cavaliers.
World League Final – Auckland
The Vantage Black Sticks Women have qualified for the finals after finishing third at the recent World League Semi-finals. The top 8 women’s teams head to Auckland for the FIH World League Final at North Harbour Hockey Stadium, from Friday 17 November to Sunday 26 November.
Click here for more information.