Situated some three hours by road south of Perth in Western Australia, the Busselton Hockey Association hosted their 31st annual Masters carnival last month, writes Mark McElligott.
The event started in 1990 as a Men’s Veterans carnival, with women’s teams entering from 1999.
A record 51 teams across 9 divisions participated this year, with interest and the numbers possibly bolstered by the cancellation of both Australian national championships and the Australian Masters Games, which were scheduled to be held in Perth starting the same weekend.
Busselton has a single turf pitch and also used seven excellent flat grass pitches.
Friday night games this year were a hit, kicking the tournament off with a relaxed, social vibe which continued throughout the weekend, leading interest in a greater number of Friday night matches next year.
O35 Men All Stars – Exies
O35 Women Diamonds – Newman Knights
O35 Women Champions – Reds Hockey 2
O35 Women All Stars – Raiders
O45 Men Champions – Modernians
O45 Men Legends – Southern River Hawks
O45 Women Legends – Ducks Nuts
O45 Women Opals – Chicks In Unison
O45 Women Diamonds – Uni Associates