Fresh off the Australian men’s hockey team’s success in making the gold medal match at the Tokyo Olympics, Sunshine Coast Indoor Hockey is offering the chance to try the indoor form of the sport at a special ‘bring a friend’ day.

SCIH secretary Tracy Sinclair says the local competition caters for athletes of all ages and abilities, from juniors aged seven and up through to masters, mixed teams, first-timers and internationals.

“The come and try and bring a friend day is to introduce our comp to past, current and future players living in the region, to get them active, get them playing,” she says.

Tracy says the game is fast and furious.

“It’s exciting to play and watch,” she says. “Players quickly learn to skillfully push, pass and dribble the ball. The goalkeeper and five field players are all actively involved.” 

She says the game offers the chance for players to improve their game.

“Opportunities are offered to participate at all levels, from our junior development program, two divisions in each of the junior and senior mixed competitions, through to SCIH representative teams that participate at the state indoor championships where Queensland teams are selected to compete at the nationals,” she says. 

“Current members Lachlan Sinclair (pictured), Aidan Campbell and Aymee Dowell are all international representatives, and Aymee is in the current Australian Women’s World Cup squad. All three are willing to pass on their knowledge and skills on the court and in coaching sessions.”

Games are played at the air-conditioned USC Sports Stadium, with competition running from September until December. 

Indoor hockey is a variation of field hockey with modified rules, including a smaller court with sideboards, a reduced number of players, and no hitting or raising of the ball.

The come and try day will be held on September 12 at the USC Sports Stadium, with juniors (7-17) from 10.30am-12.30pm and seniors (over-14) from 12.30-2.30pm. Participation is free and equipment will be available to borrow or buy. 

For more visit scih.org.au.