PUBLISHED THU 08 OCT 2021

The Bevan George and Kobie McGurk Cups are set to sizzle from October 22, with notable hockey legends lining up to compete in the historic tournament at Perth Hockey Stadium at Curtin University.

WA's Masters hockey community is as talent-laden as they come, with ex-Hockeyroos and Kookaburras legends hitting the field regularly, with this tournament no different.

Stars include ex-Kookaburra and 2004 Athens Olympic gold medallist Bevan George and former Hockeyroo and 2006 Commonwealth games gold medallist Kobie McGurk, holding the honour of being recognised through the tournament's name.

Ex-Kookaburra and UWA Hockey legend Trid Woodhouse will hit the field, with Woodhouse playing a key role in the tournament's formation; other Kookaburras include Chris Ciriello, a 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Grant Schubert, a 2004 Athens Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist.

Local club legends will also line-up in the Kobie McGurk Cup, with UWA Hockey legend and former Hockeyroos Shayni Nelson bringing her almost 400 games of All Flags Premier League experience to the table.

Men aged 35-50 can register for the Bevan George Cup and Women aged 30-50 can register for the Kobie McGurk Cup.

Registrations for women to compete in the Kobie McGurk Cup are now open to players 30 and above. 

 

BEVAN GEORGE CUP REGISTRATIONS

KOBIE MCGURK CUP REGISTRATIONS

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WHAT: The Bevan George and Kobie McGurk Cups – 9-day tournament period featuring 35-50 year old (30-35 for women) 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

PUBLISHED THU 07 OCT 2021

Two composite teams selected from current and former state players across the Over 50s to Over 65s age groups fought out two very competitive hockey games last weekend to celebrate the 2021 Masters Hockey season and to acknowledge the end of a tumultuous season which saw the Australian Masters Championships cancelled.

Along with a large contingent of WA State Master’s players from a variety of metro clubs, were players from Lake Grace, Peel, Bunbury and Busselton who made the effort to get to Perth to play in this inaugural event.

Tammy Cowan, WA Masters State Over-40 Coach and Jo Sgro, the Over-55s Coach. prepared their teams well, with both teams firing up from the starting whistle.

The first game saw WA Black take the lead with Anna Taylor scoring a great breakaway goal set up by Julie Waddell. WA Gold replied with a classic field goal from the top of the circle by Deb Whiting, to draw the game at 1-1.

Going into Day 2, WA Black controlled much of the first half and again scored first with a penalty corner goal from Robin Himbeck, a long-term Australian Masters representative player.

WA Gold however, managed to shift the impetus of the game in the second half and replied with a strong rebound goal by Sally Dare to make the final score once again, a one all draw (to draw the series).

Credit should be given to the four goalkeepers who shared duties across the two games to make multiple saves to keep the crowd on their toes.

The quality of the hockey was evident and enhanced by the even-handed umpiring of Cheryl Murphy and Dave Ferguson.

The winning team, was left to WA Master’s Hockey icon Laurie Packham (Australian representative from the 1960’s), to decide who should win the Challenge Cup with WA Black taking the honours. Players agreed that the format of composite teams worked well and hope that the Challenge Cup will become a regular event.

It was heartening to see the Over-65s age group so well represented with eight players, most of whom have played Masters Hockey at State and Australian level numerous times. All players and spectators were amazed at the prowess of three players, Janice Arcus, Karen Allan and Pattie Davis who are still playing strong at over 70 years of age.

Both teams got together for lunch on Saturday and a sundowner on Sunday following the games to share stories and celebrate being part of a state master’s hockey community.

Team Managers, Pat Scott and Sharen Mitchell kept teams organised and the sponsors, Emergency Triage Services, helped keep players safe through ambulance, physio and emergency medicine services via Star Physio and St John Ambulance.


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