In September 2019 I was tempted into putting my name forward for consideration to be a manager for a Hockey Australia Masters Hockey team.
I know, I'm a Kiwi, but apparently that doesn't matter as in late September I was advised (sort of) that I had been appointed as Assistant Manager of the Australian 35's Men's Masters Hockey team to contest the 2020 Masters Hockey World Cup in Nottingham, England in August 2020.
At the conclusion of the 2019 NSW Over 40/45 State Championships, the NSW teams to contest the Australian Men's Masters Hockey Championships were named.
As with 2018, I was lucky enough to be named as Manager of the Over 40/2's (the Waratahs). This team was a relatively inexperienced team, with only six players returning from the 2019 squad
After yesterdays result against Queensland, the Waratahs realised that they would have to lift their game to ensure they didn't suffer an early departure from these championships.
Their second match was against the NSW 40/3's, meaning it was state again state, mate against mate. This is never an easy fxiture. Having suffered a calf injury in the first game, Adam "Ads" Hackett was ruled out of this match, while we welcomed Brad Bollard into the team after misssing our firsr match owing to an international work commitment.