TOWN vs COUNTRY
Mark Wilkens Trophy
September -Saturday 29TH-02:00 pm
Nelson Hockey Association is pleased to announce the Town vs Country Game this season on September Saturday 29th from 02:00 pm.
2 DIV 1 Mens Teams
2 DIV 2 Women’s Teams
2 DIV 3 Mens Teams
2 DIV 3 Womens 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 .
DIV 1 Men will take the shoot out in the initial year and will alternate annually with DIV 1 Women’s.
A Nelson Hockey stalwart was the inspiration behind the Town v Country fixture.
Mark Wilkens died while playing hockey at Saxton Field in 2015. Last year a new trophy named in his memory was up for grabs in the inaugural Town v Country game at Saxton Field.
Last year the teams were mixed with some younger and older players, with the country team coming out on top 3-2.
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 was presented last year by Kathy Wilkens, Mark’s widow.
Please follow the link below for registrations: