Lack of committed players forces Hockey Albury-Wodonga to withdraw Spitfires and Strikers from Hockey ACT competition

BORDER STAR: Andrew Nixon playing for the Albury-Wodonga Spitfires.

BORDER STAR: Andrew Nixon playing for the Albury-Wodonga Spitfires.

Hockey Albury-Wodonga (HAW) will not be entering men’s and women’s teams in the Hockey ACT Capital League in 2017.

“This has been a disappointing outcome for the squads that have been training for over three months, however the number of experienced players were insufficient to enter teams this year,” HAW president Bert Eastoe said.

“The Spitfires and Strikers moved to Canberra in 2015 following Hockey Victoria’s requirement for four teams to be registered to participate in their competition, which was beyond our reach.”

“We consider this a minor setback and the Hockey Albury-Wodonga board will go back to the member clubs to discuss their support for an academy to be run in 2017 to enable teams to be entered in 2018.”

Both the Spitfires and Strikers achieved significant milestones in 2016 and were just outside finals contention, with Lakers captain Andrew Monte playing in Perth in the Australian Hockey League Championships.    

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