Six South West masters hockey players picked for 2019 Trans Tasman Challenge teams

Western Australia Over 50s player Dean Lomax.
Western Australia Over 50s player Dean Lomax.

Six South West masters hockey stars have been selected to represent Australia in the 2019 Trans-Tasman Challenge on the Gold Coast. 

The tournament, scheduled for April, will see Australia’s masters hockey sides take on New Zealand. 

Boyanup Hockey Club’s Dean Lomax was picked for Australia’s Over 50s side following his performance at the 2018 Men’s National Masters Hockey Championships in Lismore, New South Wales.

“The big deal with masters sports is that they’re about both the fitness and social aspects,” Lomax said. 

“This is my sixth time, but hearing my name called out again feels as good as the first time.

“It’s a great feeling, I am looking forward to putting the green and gold on once again. 

“New Zealand is always tough, their teams don’t make it easy for us.”

Following the tournament, Associates player Alan Kidd was picked to be vice-captain of the Australia o55s side while Neil Haywood (Collie) was chosen for the o65s squad. 

Paul Murray (Albany) was selected as Australia’s o60s captain, after Julian Gardner (Esperance) was awarded a spot on the o75s side. 

The big deal with masters sports is that they’re about both the fitness and social aspects.

Dean Lomax

Boyup Brook’s Jodi Nield will play for Australia’s o40s team, Katie Vipond (Mandurah) will represent the o45s, while Judy Bailiff (Kalgoorlie) will don the green and gold for the o50s. 

Boyanup stars Anita Scott and Marie Fulbert-Hadet will play for the o45s and o55s teams respectively.

The five women recently represented Western Australia at this year’s Women’s National Masters Hockey Championships, held in Bunbury and Busselton.  

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