Hockey Masters championship hits Bathurst

Bathurst Buccaneers and Coffs Coast. PHOTO: Archie Staines

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Hockey players from around the state headed to Bathurst over the weekend for the Master’s State Championships. The event is tailored to men over the ages of 50 and 70. Bathurst’s hockey facility is the first of five venues to host the yearly tournament.

The best players will be selected to play at the Gold Coast for the National Championships – and those who exceed expectations will have a chance of being picked to play for Australia in the next world cup.

The Bathurst Buccaneers put their home ground to good use as they went head to head with sides across the state. Coffs Coast beat Bathurst in the opening game of the tournament 3-nill. Although the Bathurst Buccaneers claimed the Hockey NSW Men’s Over 50s Masters division title on Sunday beating Coffs Coast 3-1 in the decider.

Bathurst’s side came home in sixth in the over 70s competition, with the top prize going the way of Sydney.

The next master’s events will be held in Nepean from April 8 to 10, followed by Goulburn from May 6-8.