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We had a fantastic turnout to the 2021 Town vs Country game, thank you for your attendance.

This was a great day to honour Mark and spend it playing Hockey with his family and friends.

We will see you all in 2022!




Nelson Hockey Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Town vs Country Game this upcoming season on Saturday 20th March from 1:30 pm.

P1 Men’s Teams
P1 Women’s Teams
P2 Men’s Teams
P2 Women’s Teams

The Teams will be split by the clubs of origin -(the first club you played for) – Town teams will be selected from Federal Hockey Club and Waimai United Hockey Club and the Country team will be selected from Stoke Hockey Club, Tasman Hockey Club and Rewa Hockey Club.

18 Players per side, playing in origin socks.

Each game played in quarters.

The sides will selected by Nelson Hockey.

Each game the points go towards the overall trophy.

Colours worn : Black / White (existing shirts).

If score is even at end of all games – a penalty shoot-out will occur .

A Nelson Hockey stalwart was the inspiration behind the Town v Country fixture.

Mark Wilkens died while playing hockey at Saxton Field in 2015. A new trophy named in his memory was made up for grabs in the inaugural Town v Country game at Saxton Fields.

The trophy was commissioned by Jamie Brown and created by Kieran Cleary, both teachers at Nelson College where Mark attended in the mid-1970s. Jamie says it was a great way to remember a man who had given so much to the game, both in Nelson and at a national level.

“We wanted to play a game in Mark’s honour which we think he would have appreciated, and thought this annual Town vs Country concept was a great way for players to get together and compete, who did not necessarily belong to the same clubs,” he says.

“Although a trophy was up for grabs, the game was played in such high spirits and fair play which I think Mark would have appreciated. I am sure all players are looking forward to this event continuing and the friendly rematches that will occur in the years to come”.

After the game, the trophy will be presented by Kathy Wilkens, Mark’s widow.

We’ll see you all on March Saturday 20th at 1:30 pm at NHA.






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