PUBLISHED WED 30 SEP 2021
Two new competitions will deliver Western Australia’s hockey players and fans alike a feast of high-quality action at Perth Hockey Stadium at Curtin University this October, with the Bevan George Cup and Kobie McGurk Cup to feature the state’s top Masters Hockey stars including former state and Australian representatives.
The Bevan George and Kobie McGurk Cups will see hockey stars of generations past and present compete in a tournament over a 9-day period, from 22 to 31 October, in lieu of the cancelled National Masters Championships.
WA Masters Hockey allows players to transition from seniors and continue playing hockey at a high standard, with many of the players competing now in their 70s and 80s and continuing to play the sport they love.
Much like Hockey WA’s Ric Charlesworth Classic Tournament, the tournaments will consist of four men’s and four women’s sides, consisting of players aged 35 to 50, with some of WA’s most talented hockey legends lined-up to compete against the best in their age bracket.
The four franchises in both men’s and women’s competitions will consist of the Highlanders, Outbacks, Breakers and Suns, with 20-player teams selected through a draft format, creating an exciting mix of talent amongst sides.
The tournament itself will be managed by ex-Kookaburra and UWA Hockey Club legend Trid Woodhouse in a collaboration between the Hockey WA Masters committee and Hockey WA.
Australian and WA hockey legend Bevan George says he’s excited to be a part of a unique tournament format dedicated to WA’s Masters Hockey community.
“I was proud when I first heard of this initiative; Masters Hockey in WA is a big part of the sport in the state, so to have this tournament named after myself is something I wouldn’t ever have imagined,” George says.
“It’s going to be fantastic to see some of the former hockey stars in the state battle it out in a high-level hockey competition; I know that some of the players are keen to get out there and put on a show while enjoying the competitiveness alongside their Masters Hockey mates.”
Kobie McGurk shared her delight on having the honour of being recognised within the tournament, saying the masters community is excited for the prospect of competing at a high-level.
“I am extremely honoured and feel really privileged to have a tournament named after myself; it’s a fun concept and one I’m excited to be a part of in its inaugural year,” McGurk says.
“Given the service lots of these masters have given over the years, I see it as a fitting tribute to be presented with an opportunity to play with old mates and also against some rivals in a high-quality format.
“We’re really excited to be able to play some good hockey for the fans and community.”
Hockey WA CEO Fabian Ross said the new competitions would add significant punch to this year’s end-of-year hockey calendar.
“We can’t wait to run the Bevan George Cup and Kobie McGurk Cup – with a number of high-profile players scheduled to get involved, it’ll definitely be an entertaining competition,” Ross said.
“Following the Ric Charlesworth Classic and the Premier Leagues, including the All Flags Premier League, we think this is a great addition to our calendar for 2021.”
Registrations are now open for players for the Bevan George Cup and Kobie McGurk Cups – register here now to get involved:
WHAT: The Bevan George and Kobie McGurk Cups – 9-day tournament period featuring 35-50 year old Masters hockey players
WHEN: 22-31 October 2021
WHERE: Perth Hockey Stadium at Curtin University
WHO: Former and current elite-level hockey stars, local players and more from WA’s rich Masters Hockey community
DRAFT FIXTURES: here.