Shoalhaven Hockey season begins

Two stars watch the ball
Two stars watch the ball

This weekend sees the start of the 2017 hockey season.

With seven teams in the women’s completion and seven in the men's, it is sure to be another tight season, with the bye rounds enabling teams to keep on top of injuries and fatigue.

This weekend’s games see Basin play All-sorts in a replay of last years men's major semi-final.

All-sorts will be after revenge and although losing some players in the off season will take it right up to Basin.

There will be no love lost in this game and should be the game of the round.

The women follow on Friday night with Burrawang playing Berry. This sees both teams gain new players in the off season, and although these two finished either end of the table in Women’s B grade last year, good recruiting will have helped both teams.

Saturday sees four games being played. First up will be the 2016 Women’s A grade minor premiers who will still be smarting from the grand final loss, against a new look All-sorts.

The Berry girls have a new coach, with Will Calvert taking on the role, pushing young Jodie Sims back out of the coaches box and onto the park.

After this, the first of the Berry men's teams take on Shoalhaven Heads. Heads have recruited well in the off season, and have picked up some real strike power in Mitch Wilson and Dennis Smart.

The Berry men are a new-look team and it will be interesting to see how they gel.

Heads and Allsorts B grade women continue the day. Heads will be looking to continue the form that saw them win the Grand Final in 2016.

The final match of the day will see the second Berry men's team take on last year’s premiers, Burrawang, never a team to travel down the mountain without winning in their mind.

Burrawang will look to  continue the form that has seen them win five out of the last seven grand finals.

Meantime, the new-look Berry team will be looking to end Burrawang’s recent domination.