NEW CONNECTIONS: Grafton City Bears players Kate Atkin, Charlie and Joseph Nilon and Sally Atkin with club president Peter Fysh, new sponsor Village Green’s Mark Knott and club secretary Renee Nilon.
NEW CONNECTIONS: Grafton City Bears players Kate Atkin, Charlie and Joseph Nilon and Sally Atkin with club president Peter Fysh, new sponsor Village Green’s Mark Knott and club secretary Renee Nilon. Matthew Elkerton

City Bears ready for a reinvigorated season

HOCKEY: As the Grafton hockey season kicks off the City Bears Hockey Club could not be happier. For the last six months the executive members of the City Bears have been working hard to make sure they are ready for the start of the season.

A new executive committee has breathed new life and motivation into the club building on a great foundation passed on by previous members.

New president Pete Fysh is blown away by the support he has received from the club.

“We’re all working really well together and the guys are stepping up whenever asked,” Fysh said.

Having secured new major sponsorship this season from The Village Green Hotel and Bistro the club is pinching itself.

“We see the Village Green as a perfect fit for our club. Bistro for our families, kids room for our juniors and hotel facilities for our seniors,” Fysh said.

Village Green manager Mark Knott is also ecstatic with the joint venture.

“I’ve always wanted to sponsor a big hockey club, and now I do,” Knott said.

Recruiting kids to the game is one area of focus of the club this year.

“We’ve ended up with 15 kids in under-7s this year. It’s the first time we’ve had two teams in that age group so we’re very excited,” Fysh said.

“We have strong numbers across the board and new players to the game in all age groups except U16s.”

The club’s older juniors have volunteered to help coach the younger teams which everybody enjoys and seniors have stepped up to ‘pay it forward’ to coach the older junior teams.

“We’re not all about results on the field, sure everyone likes to win, we are more focused on building on our family friendly club atmosphere and making sure everyone is happy and feels welcome” Fysh said. “We’ve worked hard in the off season and it’s paying off”.



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