Golden oldies up for fun on and off turf

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Golden oldies will take the hockey field in Timaru this weekend.
The South Island Golden Oldies Women’s Hockey Tournament will be played at Caroline Bay on Saturday and Sunday, with 19 teams taking part, including Timaru.
Tournament organisers Joy Dockrill and Christine Taylor said the event would be about having fun, while enjoying the game they loved.
“There are teams from Bluff to Nelson taking part,” Dockrill said.
The theme for the tournament is A Day At Caroline Bay and as well as hockey games, the tournament will include plenty of social time, the pair said.
“On the Friday night there will be a talent quest and on the Saturday night we will have a Queen of the Carnival and Princess of the Sands competition,” Taylor said.
“The best part of the whole thing is the social side.”
The annual tournament had been more than two years in the making. Timaru last hosted the tournament in 2008.
Registration would take place tomorrow night, at the South Canterbury RSA, and the following evening was set aside for a dinner and fancy dress.
The women said the tournament would be played by the “old rules” as it was being played on the grass at Caroline Bay.
They agreed they enjoyed playing on a grass field, not artificial turf.
“Grass is so unpredictable to play on and people’s skill levels are limited now because of turf,” Taylor said.
They encouraged members of the public to visit the Bay over the weekend and watch the games.
Saturday’s games will begin at 9.30am, with an official opening at 9am. Sunday’s will begin at 9.30am.