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Newsletter Issue #3 – March 2017
Hello and welcome to March! Thanks to those who have registered.  There is a lot of news this month so we might just get into it!
Have you registered? If not please register ASAP at:

Early registrations go in a draw to win a prize
Any member that registers and pays fees in full before the Tuesday 28th March will go into a draw to win a new stick retailing at $400, donated by our proud sponsors, the Cricket and Football Shop NT. 

Curby’s Pre-Season Comp
The Curby’s Pre-Season Competition will kick-start the hockey season again this year, commencing 8th & 9th April 2017.  The draw is being finalised, pending team nominations, with matches set for both Open age and Masters age (over 35).
Prize Money is up for grabs for the winners of each category. (Last year the Tahs women took home the cash prize, which was donated towards our senior presentation!).  We will be required to provide Umpires and Tech Bench personnel for the competition and will be reaching out for volunteers to assist closer to the date.
While the pre-season comp is intended to be fun, it is also an opportunity for coaches to grade players. New members or existing members looking to take on the challenge of a new grade are encouraged to get in contact with their coaches and make yourself known.  Contact details can be found on the website:
Our club has nominated both a men’s and women’s open age team and looking at putting in a Masters team.  If you are interested in playing in any of these teams, please let the club’s committee know via an email to the club secretary –

Thanks to all our volunteer’s at the Waratah’s Parkrun last weekend.  It was a great day!

Held on Tuesday afternoons/evenings
Starts from Tuesday 4th April, 2017 for Juniors:
5.30 - 6.30pm Under 11s, Under 14s, under 17’s
Starts from Tuesday 14th March, 2017 for Seniors:
6.30 - 7.30pm Seniors Women
7.30 - 8.30pm Seniors Men
Location Turf training and games are held at Marrara Hockey Centre, Abala Rd, Marrara
Tonight (2nd March), 6pm start, Nightcliff Swimming Pool car park, Casuarina Drive.
Next Thursday (9th March), 6pm start, Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct, near Wave Pool.
Fitness training is tailored to all levels of fitness so everyone can benefit!
News from Hockey NT
A coach development session with new Kookaburras Head Coach, Colin Batch, and the Kookaburras Head of Conditioning, Brendan Appleby, will take place prior to the International test series vs Pakistan.
When: Sunday 26th March 
Where: Marrara Hockey Centre Conference Room
If you are interested please RSVP to:

Waratah’s Coach Development
HNT have employed Nick Lenoir as a Pathways Officer and a key part of his role is to work with coaches and provide development opportunities.  Nick will be coming along to our regular Tuesday turf training from time to time and working one-on-one with our junior and senior coaches.  There are also a number of coach development sessions that Nick will be running, each exploring a specific topic. 
If you are not a coach, yet might be interested in taking on this role some day, you are most welcome to attend any of the HNT sessions.  There are also online courses that you can do that go towards accreditation.  Let us know if you need further information.
Play by the Rules: Let Kids be Kids Campaign
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Play by the Rules, it is a collaboration between all State and Territory sport and recreation and discrimination departments, the Australian Sports Commission and human rights agencies to provide information, resources and tools to increase the capacity and capability of everyone involved in sport. It assists with preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport. Our coaches and many of our other club members have completed the free online training courses and we encourage everyone in our club to take a look.  Please see:
Last week Play by the Rules launched the 'Let Kids be Kids' campaign. This campaign is designed to raise awareness of poor sideline behaviour at junior sporting events and makes available a range of resources to help educate everybody about the impacts of poor sideline behaviour, what it looks like and strategies to prevent it from happening and causing harm.  Please see the following link:


Entries Open for Masters 2017!
Entries for the final round of sports on offer at the 16th Australian Masters Games in Tasmania’s North West in October 2017 opened on Tuesday 21 February.
Get your crew together and start finalising plans for your trip to Tassie – there is a sport on offer for everyone! The full list of sports being held at the 16th Australian Masters Games is available through the link below, and participants of all abilities and standards, so long as you meet the minimum age criteria, are welcomed. In most sports, this is 30 years, but there are some variations (e.g. swimming is 18 years and gymnastics is 25 years)  – click here to check details for your sport.
International Tournament in Darwin

Darwin International Hockey Open 2017: Australia Vs Pakistan
28.3.17 – 1.4.17 – Marrara Hockey Stadium
Don’t miss out on your tickets. Get them here:


Coaching Clinics by the Kookaburra's 

To register go to:

Hockey Coaches 2017
We are proud to announce our 2017 coaches…
Senior Grade  Coach  Junior Grade  Coach 
Mens A  Chantrelle Carey  U17 Boys  Norman Hansen
Womens A  Kim Ainslie U17 Girls  Carol Mackrow 
Mens B  Vacant U14 Boys  Matt Abel 
Womens B  Rebecca Davey  U14 Girls  Belinda Howie 
Mens C  Adrian Jones  U11 Boys  Mike Hope
Womens C Red  Karen Markos  U11 Girls  Tayla Ainslie
Womens C White  Vacant    
We are looking for goalkeepers for our senior teams and seeking expressions of interest from experienced coaches who are keen to work with dedicated athletes. If you, or someone you know, may be interested please send us an email at 

Hockey Coaches 2017
Coaches and Ochre Cards
Under NT law, all our coaches, both junior and senior, are required to have a current Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card).  If your card is not current or you do not have one, please arrange to get one ASAP.  

As a volunteer, our club is required to sign and date the application form and this can be done electronically.  Please see the following link:

Tahs Family Picnic – Saturday 25th March
To kick-start the 2017 season, Tahs will be having a family barbeque and get together on the Nightcliff foreshore near the Jetty at Sunset Park (Aralia St).  There is a large kids playground for the young ones to go crazy and plenty of space to kick a ball around. The barbeque will kick off at around 4pm.
More details to follow.  See you all there!

A Waratah Hockey Club Fundraiser coming soon!
The Entertainment™ Book, and the Entertainment™ Digital Membership, are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, all with valuable up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers.  The NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Memberships will be available soon!  You can choose from: Our club will receive $12 from each Entertainment Book sold.  
Some of our members have used these books in the past and can attest to their excellent value.  Watch this space… 
We are very grateful to our two major sponsors: SRA Information Technology (Steve Rowe); and Top End Line Markers (Pat and Karen Coleman), who will continue their support of WHC in 2017.
The Cricket and Football Shop NT is supporting WHC again in 2017 with equipment and The Hon. Ken Vowels, MLA, will fund an injury prevention initiative – yoga!

Without sponsor support, fees and uniform costs would be higher than what they are, so please support our sponsors’ businesses where possible. We are always on the lookout for new sponsors. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please let the Club Secretary know.
The Hon. Ken Vowels, MLA
The Hon. Michael Gunner, Chief Minister
Club Communication
In order to streamline the communication you receive from the club, we will distribute newsletters.  During the season, these will be issued on a fortnightly basis with all key information you need.  Copies will be archived on our website.
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