Frontpage International News
Check out the front page of international hockey website, Inline
Hockey Central (www.inlinehockeycentral.com).
Highlighted is our upcoming national tournament, 'The 2003
Puckhandlers.com Cup' and our advertisement promting the event
overseas. IHC is the world's most recognised site for roller hockey
and highly regarded as the hub of the sport internationally. IHC
editor, Rich Graham, is planning a visit in 2003 to one of our
Puckhandlers tournaments. He was planning to visit this January but
unfortunately got held up with a new job editing a sporting magazine
in America. Since he posted the story (few days ago) I have received
hundreds of emails from players, coaches and referees from around
the globe interested in coming 'Down Under' to play roller hockey.
They seem to be very impressed it is going to be aired on TV (for
those that don't know tune into Channel 31 Tuesday Feb 11 at
8:30pm). Will keep you posted...
Sr Silver Cup - The
Senior Silver Cup is now in full swing. The Silver division has been
dominated thus far by The Cougars and Goalies who are both 4 and 0.
The Raptors and Bulldogs also look strong while Tasmania are
planning another impressive run for the $1,000 cheque. Check out the
Gossip Board for a complete rundown (a la Dan Fisher) on any and all
movements made by the Goalies since the tournament started... The
Bronze Division is tight as usual with the Masters team 'Mordialloc
Rangers' looking the goods thus far whilst undefeated. Canberra side
'Team Porn' get in on Thursday and will not be likely to give up
their two year reign without a fight! Team Porn have also been known
to do a bit of 'trash talkin' on the 'ole gossip board. The Paper
Division has been cracking thus far! The Rats are the best team
while the beloved defending champions 'Mother Puckers' are known for
pulling it all together when it all counts in the grand final.
However... The Hockey Widows have been undeniable crowd favorites.
The team is made up of hockey players wives and girlfriends and are
all beginners. They played well in the first game of the tournament
against the 'Mother Puckers' but unfortunately came up against a hot
goalie and went down by a very close 8 - 1 (should have heard the
roar when 'Mars Bar' scored the Widows' goal!). Good luck to all the
teams for the final weekend.
Puckhandlers.com Cup 2003
- The National Club Challenge starts on January 19 and should be a
great event with officially 45 teams participating for the title of
'Best Club Team' in each of the divisions. There has been a slight
change to the fixture (SORRY!) with the addition of a new team in
the 16's division (very few teams affected). Please double check the
fixture (excel file attached) to ensure your team is aware of all
game times. Don't miss the event when it is aired on TV Tuesday Feb
11 at 8:30pm.
The '$$Pro Division$$' Grand Final is Sunday January 26 at 4:25pm.
Don't miss it! Last year Marty McSorley, Ralph Barahona and the
Sydney boys took home the $4,000 Puckhandlers.com cheque. Should be
interesting to see who pulls it off this time around.
Hockey Shop - Over one
thousand players and parents will be passing through our shop over
the next week and therefore big sale prices are on show! Anyone
looking for something hockey related check out Puckhandlers and get
the best prices available Australia wide! All top brands on show,
Nike, CCM, Easton, Bauer, Mission, Tour, Red Star, Labeda, Volcanix,
Montreal, Sher Wood, Itech...
Easton Synergies going CHEAP!!!
New merchandising in the hockey shop
- Puckhandlers now has new visors, windscreen stickers and tees
available in the shop with our new Puckhandlers logo. Anyone
interested can either pick them up at the tournament or send through
an email to get them shipped out straight away from the Hockey shop.
Look forward to seeing all those playing or spectating (should that
be taxiing?) in the January tournaments at Puckhandlers.
Thanks for tuning in,