Tornadoes get back on the pitch this weekend

April 22, 2021 BY

The Torquay Tornadoes are recruiting for more players. Photo: TORQUAY TORNADOES

THE Torquay Tornadoes will take to the hockey pitch this weekend for the first time since 2019.

The club will have nine teams playing in Hockey Geelong competitions from this Saturday, April 24, with teams entered in every age group from Under 8s to Under 17s, as well as two women’s and two men’s teams.

“After a COVID-affected 2020 it will be great to see hockey being played again,” Tornadoes president Andrew Crowley said.

“The Tornadoes are one of the strongest clubs in the competition and have space in all age groups and seniors for new members.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned player that has moved to the coast and wanting to connect to a club, or a new player.

“The junior teams are in the Under 8,10,12,14 and 17 age groups and are still keen to recruit new members.”

The Women’s Division 1 side are the reigning premiers but need to recruit a few more experienced players. The women’s section of the club is also looking for goalkeepers.

The men’s section has a new coach, Tom Woodman from Greensborough Hockey Club, who led the team into 2020.

Mr Crowley said the Torquay Tornadoes had a great club culture which welcomed new members.

“We are inclusive and everyone gets a go, no matter of ability,” Crowley said.

“We are so lucky to be located in the Surf Coast Shire as we always have new players moving to the region and our community understands the benefits of kids playing sport.

“We also love teaching new juniors the skills in hockey.”

If you want to join the Tornadoes this season, email [email protected] or phone Stuart Lucas on 0425 803259.