MCRAE Motors are the naming sponsor of this year’s Hockey 8s.
The car dealership won the lucky dip to the rights to Border hockey’s answer to Twenty20 cricket.
The second season of Hockey 8s begins Friday night with 10 teams to compete over three weeks.
The competition, with hybrid rules and shortened games, last year raised $18,000, split between the Hilltop patient carer centre and the hockey schools program.
Hockey 8s organiser Ross Maggs said it was a showcase of the best players on the Border.
“We have the best of the best ... state league players from the Strikers and Spitfires, the very best from the A-grade competitions as part of four women’s teams and six men’s teams,” he said.
“It’s a concept not too dissimilar to Cricket Albury-Wodonga’s Charity Big Bash.
“And at the end of the three weeks we will again donate half of the proceeds to the cancer patient accommodation centre and the other half goes back to our juniors.
“We have a series of generous sponsors for each team and we draw on each of them to be the naming rights sponsor.
“This year it’s McRae Motors.”
Among the rule changes is a revamped penalty corner resulting in just three players allowed as defenders.
Each side will field eight players, instead of the usual 11, and halves go for just 20 minutes, not 35.