FigDerra Womens Hockey Club ready for new season

Hockey rules:  Ella Twigg and Charli Corban with some of the many kids interested in joining FigDerra Hockey club for the 2017 season.

Hockey rules: Ella Twigg and Charli Corban with some of the many kids interested in joining FigDerra Hockey club for the 2017 season.

FigDerra Women’s Hockey Club are coming off a triple title-winning indoor season and are welcoming new players for the new outdoor season which begins on Saturday. 

 Figtree Womens Hockey club dates back to the 1930s and the Unanderra club was more than 60 years old when the clubs merged in 2015. Now entering their third season FigDerra expect to be competitive in junior and senior competitions in 2017.

Already South Coast and Illawarra have joined forces in the first grade womens comp and this season the likes of Kiama, Jamberoo and Gerringong will move across from South Coast to a merged Illawarra comp in the lower divisions.

  FigDerra have three senior teams - first, second and third division, with the club stepping up from fourth division to play at the higher level in 2017.

  FigDerra Womens Hockey Club vice president Leanne Perkins said everyone is welcome to come and try hockey at the club.

 ‘’You don’t have to have played before or be a great player. You just have to want to have a game and enjoy hockey and the community environment it offers,’’ Ms Perkins said.

The club has two junior female teams - in under 12s and under 16s plus an introductory mixed team of under 9s who will play in the Minkey’s comp.

The junior club also has two of  the top juniors in the Association with Ella Twigg and Charli Corban being selected for NSW teams in 2017.

Charli played in the NSW state Indoor Championships in Under 13s, last January, hosted by the Unanderra Hockey Stadium, while Ella has been recently selected to play for the NSW Under 15s in Sydney in April.

  The club recently started trying to recruit new junior players through flyers and approaches to local schools and had 12 kids turn up to try out a new sport.

The senior club train at 6pm on a Thursday and the juniors teams from 5.30pm at the Illawarra Hockey Centre. For more details email figderrahc@gmail.com or Ph: 0418665208.

The club is coming off a highly successful 2016 Illawarra Indoor Hockey season. Last December it won the grand finals in the three divisions it entered.

FigDerra are proud to have two top coaches and senior players at their club. Sue Bessell is a Masters player with many years of NSW and Australian representation, while Sherree Delbanco has also represented Australia and NSW multiple times at Masters level. Finally, the club is sad to announce Unanderra Club co-founder Val Kirkwood has passed away. Her influence will be a huge loss to our club. 

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