GAME milestone celebrations will have come thick and fast at the South Burnie Hockey Club this year with eight of its members reaching more than 200 games.
Three of its division 2 men’s members have or will reach the 650-game mark in the next fortnight, while three of its women members have reached 300, 400 and 600 games apiece.
South Burnie Hockey Club players who have or will reach milestone games this season, from left: Darrell Webb (600), Kyle Webb (200), Deb Davis (300), Cor Vander Vlist (650), Sharee Taylor (600), Wayne Edmunds (650), Helen Ainslie (400) and Robert Taylor (650). Picture: Stuart Wilson.
Between them, the eight members, Darrell Webb (600 games), Kyle Webb (200), Deb Davis (300), Cor Vander Vlist (650), Sharee Taylor (600), Wayne Edmunds (650), Helen Ainslie (400) and Robert Taylor (650) have amassed more than 4000 games.
Division 2 team member Wayne Edmunds said he reached his milestone about a month ago, but said it was always great to celebrate other people’s achievements.
“You don’t always like to talk about yourself but it’s good to celebrate those milestones with others,” Edmunds said.
Edmunds has been playing with fellow 650-gamer Rob Taylor since he started playing hockey years ago and said it was great relationships that made the sport so engaging.
“When you’ve played a few games with the same blokes you get to know their quirks and habits, you can always move to be in the right place,” Edmunds said.
The South Burnie Hockey Club prides itself on being a family club and Edmunds said junior hockey development was at the forefront of the club’s mind.
Edmunds said hockey appealed to all ages because it was more low-impact than a sport such as football and as it always promoted relationships on and off the field.
Robert Taylor will be next in line to reach his 650 games in a couple of weeks.
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