Hockey on the Hibiscus Coast is in good shape as it heads towards opening the first stage of the $3.6 million turf project at Metro Park in Millwater.
Hockey Hibiscus Trust chair Merv Huxford says although the trust still needs about $400,000 to complete the half multi-purpose turf, the main turf is on track to open in December.
There were around 450 primary and intermediate school children from the Coast playing in the North Harbour hockey competition this winter, producing some impressive results.
The Orewa College Girls First XI is now ranked in the top 32 school teams in NZ and the Orewa Boys First XI won the North Harbour Secondary Schools first division competition.
In the primary school competition, Orewa girls won the North Harbour first division, Orewa boys were first equal in the North Harbour first division and Orewa North Primary School, in their first year in the competition, won the North Harbour boys third division.
“The success of these teams augers well for the opening of a turf on the Coast,” Merv says.
“It will mean most of our teams will no longer have to travel to Albany. It will take a lot of pressure off the facilities there and it’s no surprise that the North Harbour association can’t wait for our turf to open, particularly since they will have to move to new grounds soon.”