Junior Competitions

Sutho juniors have goals!

Sutherland Hockey Club enters junior teams in the following winter hockey competitions each year: Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 age groups. In 2018, the Club had 12 junior hockey teams and 13 in 2019. With great team spirit and kids enjoying playing hockey, we expect further growth for 2020.

All junior teams involved mixed teams of both girls and boys.

All players require a hockey stick, shin pads, a mouth guard (mandatory) and must wear a club uniform for competition games.

Sutho keeping things under control

Age groups

The age of players is taken as at 1 January each year. For example, for a child to play in an Under 13 team, they must be under 13 years of age on 1 January for that particular year.

With multiple teams in each age group, players are required to attend club trial sessions (two afternoons) in February so they can be organised into teams for the season.

Following selections, the teams will begin weekly 1 hour training sessions in March ahead of the start of the competition. The training sessions are usually held on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons depending on the availability of the particular team’s coach.

SEHA comp

In relation to the South East Hockey Association competition in which most of our junior teams play:

  • Practice/trial games against other clubs will be held on Saturday, 14 March 2020
  • Round 1 of the weekly competition starts on 20/21 March . The final competition round is on 14/15 August
  • For teams qualifying for Semi and Preliminary Finals, these games will be held on 21/22 August and 28/29 August respectively
  • Grand Final games will be held at the Sutherland Hockey Club’s field on 6 September 2020, and
  • There are no junior hockey games scheduled for the Easter and June long weekends, nor on the middle and end weekends of the April and July school holidays.

Metro

For the Metro competition for the top Under 15 and Under 17 teams, Round 1 of the competition is expected to be on Friday, 20 March 2020.

Further team information

Under 11:

  • Play modified half-field hockey competition games with 8 players on the field
  • Games are played with a Joey ball that is a little softer than a normal hockey ball
  • Junior competition games are played on Saturday mornings between 8 am-12:30 pm, with the Under 11 games usually scheduled between 8-10 am
  • Games are played at our home ground at Sylvania as well as other hockey fields in southern Sydney (Bankstown, Daceyville, St George/Kyeemagh and Moorebank).

Under 13:

U13B Blue Tongues and Thorny Devils after the first Sutho Battle of the Lizards game
  • Play full field competition games with a normal hockey ball and 11 players on the field
  • Competition games are played on Saturday mornings between 8 am-12:30 pm
  • Games are played at our home ground at Sylvania as well as other hockey fields in southern Sydney (Bankstown, Daceyville, St George/Kyeemagh and Moorebank).

Under 15:

  • SEHA competition – games are played predominantly on Saturday mornings, although there may be a few Friday evening games
  • Games are played at our home ground at Sylvania as well as other hockey fields in southern Sydney (Bankstown, Daceyville, St George/Kyeemagh and Moorebank)
  • Metro competition (elite hockey) – games are played on Friday evenings from approximately 6:30 pm at hockey fields across Sydney (except Sylvania).

Under 17:

  • SEHA competition – games are played on Friday evenings from approximately 6:30 pm at hockey fields in southern Sydney (except Sylvania)
  • Metro competition (elite hockey) – games are played on Friday evenings from approximately 6:30 pm at hockey fields across Sydney (except Sylvania).

    Flying high, Metro style

Schools Gala Day

Sutherland Hockey Club annually hosts a Schools Gala Day for primary schools. In 2019, over 20 teams competed from schools across the Sutherland Shire and St George.

The Gala Day is usually scheduled for the last Tuesday in Term 3 from 8:30 am-3 pm.

The Gala Day is a great way for kids to enjoy representing their primary school and non-hockey players are encouraged to participate. The competition provides a great introduction for new players to hockey in the lead up to our Schools Summer Competition in Term 4.

There are normally two divisions, with approximately 10 teams in each division:

  • Junior Primary (Years 3-4)
  • Senior Primary (Years 5-6)

Quarter fields

Games are played on quarter fields with sideboards, and teams have 6 players on the field. There are no goal keepers in the Junior Primary division, however there are goal keepers in the Senior Primary division.

If needed, the Sutherland Hockey Club can provide some coaching guidance for teams on the day.

Team nominations are due mid-August. The cost in 2019 was $80 per team. There are canteen facilities available all day.

For further enquiries or to nominate a team, please contact one of our organisers:

Schools Summer Competition – Term 4

For over 30 years, Sutherland Hockey Club has hosted a 6-a-side junior hockey Summer Schools Competition in Term 4. It has introduced thousands of young players to hockey, including many of our past and current elite junior and senior players.

Schools comp grinners with Sutho Olympian Kieran Govers

The aim of the competition is to introduce the skills of hockey to children, encourage physical activity, build sportsmanship and school spirit and – most importantly – have fun.

The competition commences in Week 1 of Term 4 and continues through to the end of November.

The competition runs across three afternoons from 4 pm to 7 pm each week involving the following grades:

  • Mondays:             Infants (Years K-2) & Junior Primary (Years 3 & 4)
  • Tuesdays:             Senior Primary (Years 5 & 6.)
  • Wednesdays:      High Schools.

Teams can be all girls, all boys or mixed. We aim to ensure that teams are placed in a division with teams of similar abilities. All standards are catered for, with several divisions within each grade. In prior years, the teams have been predominantly mixed, girls and boys, but this is not required. Schools can enter multiple teams in each grade.

Being part of a team from your school is the most desirable entry into the competition, but social groups are acceptable.

If you want to play in the competition, but cannot form a team, then contact the organisers below and they will find a team for you.

The cost to participate in the competition in 2019 was $70 per player.

How to get involved?

Like to get your school involved? Ask your Sports Teacher to contact the organisers below advising of the potential number of teams to be entered in each grade.