Hockey aims to hook Margaret River juniors

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Hallie, 5, Jed, 4, and Arlo Storey, 7, are keen for the Hook In 2 Hockey program to start back up in Margaret River.
Camera IconHallie, 5, Jed, 4, and Arlo Storey, 7, are keen for the Hook In 2 Hockey program to start back up in Margaret River. Credit: Picture: Tom Zaunmayr, Tom Zaunmayr.

Margaret River’s hockey club is looking to tap into youth to bring the sport back to its glory days in the region.

A Hookin2Hockey program will be hosted by the club from May 6 for pre-primary to Year 2 children to give the sport a go.

Margaret River Hockey Club Hookin2Hockey coach Debbie Storey said the sport catered to girls and boys of all abilities.

“If they have never touched a hockey stick before, that is fine,” she said.

“When they register, they will get a welcome pack, a little stick, a ball, shin pads and a singlet.

“We play games around hockey skills ... and if they stay in the program for three years, by the time they hit Year 3, they are ready to start playing hockey.”

Storey said watching children get involved in a team sport was rewarding for a parent.

After a break over Easter, the club will head to Busselton this weekend to get back into competition. Storey said the sport was great for fitness and getting outside.

“When I was growing up, Margaret River was very passionate with our hockey. We had 150-200 kids playing every weekend,” she said.

“We are a home of hockey.

“The co-captain of the Australian men’s team (Aran Zalewski) comes from here.”

Storey’s daughter Hallie, 5, said hockey was fun.

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