Inline hockey on a roll in Rocky

COMBINING one of Rockhampton's favourite sports with one of the region's favourite past times, Rocky Skate Club has been rolling through the years for more than 20 years.

Publicity officer Robert Pailthorpe said the club's main sport, inline hockey has placed the region on the map as a force to be reckoned with on a state, national and international scale since 1998.

In that time, 16 players from the club have represented Australia in International Competitions.

"In 2016, 12 players competed at the Inline Hockey State Championships. Six of those competitors were selected to represent Queensland at the National Championships in Moe, Victoria,” Robert said.

"From that event, three players were selected in the Australian 14 and Junior Women's team for Oceanias 2017. Two players were also selected to represent Australia at the World Championships in China - one in under 18 and Junior Women and one in Junior Men.”

Robert said the club always welcomed new players to their club and offered two free trial sessions to prospective members.

"The club can supply all safety gear to be able to play inline hockey including helmet, gloves, elbow pads, shin guards, skates and inline hockey stick. The sport is a good fitness sport where you will gain expert skills in skating and stick/puck handling as well as sportsmanship,” he said.

"Rocky Skate Club also hosts an annual inline hockey tournament called the North Queensland Challenge. As well as inline hockey, the club runs Friday night public skating sessions each week, with a special early session every second Friday for children under 12 years. Sessions are run by club members on a voluntary basis. Inline hockey fixtures and training sessions are held weeknights while our public skating sessions are held every Friday from 7:00pm to 9.30pm (under 12's sessions are held from 5:00pm to 6:00pm). All activities are held at the Exhibition Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.”

For more information visit, Facebook: Rocky Skate Club - Inline Hockey and Rocky Skate Club - Friday Night Skate Sessions or phone 0487 472 951.

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