A JUNIOR Hockeyroo and the best player in the Victorian Premier League are among the elite that will take to the Albury Hockey Centre tonight from 6.15pm.
The return of the Hockey 8s — a hybrid competition with modified rules — for its second year will also see the return of Jocelyn Bartrim for Cosgraves Property Advisers in the first game of the night against Health and Fitness Plus.
Bartrim is a member of the Australian Junior World Cup squad and has just completed this year’s Australia Hockey League where she was the No.1 goalkeeper for the NSW Arrows.
Nan Latta, who was recently selected as co-captain of the Australian Over 40’s team, will lead her Health and Fitness Plus team while Strikers best and fairest winner Amy Allen captains Johnsons MME.
Kate Bardy, who captained Falcons to an A- grade title, is in charge of defending champions the Newmarket Hotel.
Organiser Ross Maggs said the men’s draw too had an abundance of talent at their disposal.
“Melbourne Premier League Player of the Year, Andrew Monte, is the player coach of the defending champions EDC and he has the Spitfires best and fairest winner Tim Jones at his disposal,” he said.
“Spitfires games record holder, Ian Beath will skipper one of the new teams, PartyOz and he will be assisted by the experienced Andrew Wilkes.
“Ben Martin is in charge of the men’s Newmarket Hotel team who have the talented Victorian Premier League player Sam McIntosh in their fold.
“Jeremy Maggs takes over from his brother Andrew as coach of the Hume Building Society team and Matt Bardy and John Jewell are co-coaches of Attack Sports.
“Spitfires senior player, Peter Barber, will lead the other new team, Gardens Medical Group, and he will be ably assisted by Charlie Wallace who is still on the sidelines with his injured leg.”
McRae Motors Hockey 8s is a charity tournament.