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Hockey Turf

Hockey in the Waikato has shown a steady increase over the past ten years. According to a 2011 study prepared for Hockey New Zealand the Waikato Hockey Association (WHA) had the highest number of players (1039) per full-time equivalent (FTE) turf which is an indication that more artificial surfaces in the Waikato region are needed to meet the current demand.

WHA uses the turfs at St Pauls, St Peters, Fraser High School and Waikato Diocesan School. These turfs are of varying standards of surface and lighting but because of the turf needs WHA have them fully booked, Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. With additional practice slots used at the turfs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. WHA also have St Pauls booked out on a Sunday for representative teams to train and play their representative games.

The Waikato Boys Under 18's, Midlands Under 18's and Midlands National League Women's teams were all National Champions and the Hamilton Boys' High School 1st XI won the Rankin Cup to be recognised as the number 1 school team in New Zealand. The combination of ever increasing numbers of players, the success of the New Zealand Blacksticks on the World stage, the success of school and representative teams from the Waikato continues to spark the interest of the local community and further fuels the interest in Hockey and continues to grow the number of players.

Currently Waikato Hockey are reaching crisis point on turf availability and on most nights of the week are at full capacity, that is why they are fully behind and excited about the Hamilton East Community project, which they believe will not only help with turf availability, but will further encourage the growth of hockey in the region.

WHA have started an adult midweek league and this year has over 150 players competing on a Thursday night, along with the 500 adults playing on the weekends. The 2013 player numbers were Club 526, Mini 1631 (the highest number anywhere in New Zealand), Intermediate 570, Secondary 891, and a further 2,000 non-affiliated players competing in summer competitions (our belief is that approximately 40% of these players only play in summer).

These players are spread across 8 clubs with 43 teams, 156 schools with 103 teams playing midweek and 114 teams playing on a Saturday morning. On the National scene, WHA and Midlands (High Performance structure for Waikato, Counties, Thames Valley, Tauranga and Bay of Plenty) and schools represented from these areas are competing at the highest levels. Seven of the 10 Waikato Representative teams in 2013 had top 4 national finishes.
Construction of the Swimming Pool & Pavilion is now complete.
Now open for schools in the area and public use.
Waiting for access through Beale Street to be confirmed.
Construction scheduled during late 2016.
Waiting for access through Beale Street to be confirmed.
Construction scheduled during late 2016.

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