Message from the Chairman – May 2016

The 2016 season is well and truly upon us and the winter weather has arrived. Well done to all the teams who played off in the Challenge Cup games and congratulations to the winning teams.
The annual general meeting was recently held and we continue to have a wonderful Board who leads the management and strategic direction of Busselton Hockey. Unfortunately, Tim Jones is unable to continue in his role as Director of Fixtures as he is moving interstate for employment and personal reasons. I would like to thank TJ for all his work on the fixtures and transfers over the past five years. Luckily we have TJ’s brother Michael Jones to fill his shoes and we welcome MJ to the role. The Board still has a Director of Finance vacancy so if you know some-one suitable, please advise Alice.

The Bunbury junior carnival teams are getting ready and we wish them all the best for what is a wonderful three days of hockey against many Perth hockey clubs.

Welcome to our new ground person Melissa Egan. Melissa has a long history of being involved in hockey and we welcome her to Busselton Hockey. Please make yourself known to Melissa and assist her where you can. Thanks to our outgoing grounds person Dylan Carse who was unable to continue in his role due to a conflict with his other job. Dylan did a great job and his knowledge and assistance when players were injured was exceptional. Thanks Dylan.

We are currently experiencing a number of maintenance problems at the stadium including some major infrastructure repairs and maintenance, repair of the turf fence and repair of the cool room compressor and equipment. All these need to be paid for and we are holding our Churchview wine fundraiser to raise funds for these maintenance works. Please support this fund-raiser.
Any sporting group is run by its volunteers. We need people to fill roles to keep the facility in a safe and playable state. Clubs and teams will be asked to assist in some ongoing maintenance programs including cleaning of the turf, assisting in running our junior umpiring programs, fill committee and board positions, etc. We don’t want you to think of this as a burden but in that you are able to do something for your children and to grow junior hockey in the South West.

We have a number of wonderful sponsors who support Busselton Hockey. Please make yourself known to these sponsors and ensure that you provide them with your patronage.

Player behavior

The Busselton Hockey code of conduct details the expectations of all players, spectators and teams who participate in hockey at Busselton. We have some issues in a few grades where these expectations are not being met including abusive and bad language, unsafe play, abuse of umpires and unsportsmanlike behavior. Individuals, team captains and clubs have a requirement to ensure their players, spectators or teams do not breach the code. If they are unable to ensure these standards are met, Busselton Hockey will implement its complaint policy for these matters. Busselton Hockey wants the right people playing hockey for the right reasons. If you are unable or unwilling to meet the requirements of the Code of Conduct this, please consider whether you should be playing hockey.

Saturday morning parking

We are experiencing some parents parking in no standing/parking areas on the road behind the western side of the stadium adjacent to grounds 7 and 8. This is creating an unsafe environment with our young players sometimes crossing the road between cars with visibility for drivers being impeded by the parked cars. Due to the lack of response to previous requests to not park in these areas, Busselton Hockey has asked that the City of Busselton monitor this behavior.
I look forward to your assistance on addressing these issues.
Enjoy your hockey and stay safe,

John Carter
Chairman – Busselton Hockey