Short season for hockey

By Michael Roberts | posted on July 18, 2020

AFTER a close consultation process with players and clubs, the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association (LGSHA) has finalised its 2020 fixture and will kick off the season this weekend.

In the Women’s A, North Albany face off against Mount Barker at Albany Hockey Turf on Friday night at 8pm, while Vikings will battle it out with Manypeaks on Saturday at 4.30pm.

In the Men’s A, North Albany host Mount Barker at the Albany Hockey Turf on Friday night at 6.30pm, followed by a clash between Manypeaks and Spencer Park on Saturday at 6pm.

Usually LGSHA would run as many as 14 rounds in a season, but they’ve only been able to squeeze nine-rounds of fixtures, plus finals into a condensed competition post COVID-19.

LGSHA President Alex Bott said he is happy with the final outcome given a number of complications.

“We got feedback from players on the timing and how they wanted it to work,” he said.

“It has been a good exercise in consultation in getting a season off the ground in different circumstances this year.”

With a smaller contingent of registered players than normal, Mr Bott said the Association will be more relaxed on allowing players to jump between divisions as fill-ins.