Brisbane Masters' Newsflash
In this issue...
  • URGENT! Please update your profile NOW!
  • Geoff Orr (Pictured in 2016)
  • Want to play MHL1 in 2020?
  • Database player position changes
  • Brisbane rep team Nominations
  • Nominate for Super Nines
  • Interested in playing CHL?
  • Masters' minimum age now 34
  • Date claimers for Feb 2020
  • Thursday arvo hockey
  • Monday Night Social Hockey
  • Found! Metal water bottle
  • Jest a moment!
URGENT! Please update your profile now!
Your profile information needs to be updated NOW for Season 2020. 
This applies to EVERYONE on the database.
Please do it now. But read this Newsflash first!
Several important changes have been made.
For security purposes, when you click the Update Your Profile link, an email will be sent to your email inbox.
Click the link within that email which will open a web browser on your device to alter your profile.
You must enter data in each field – otherwise the changes won't save.
Any problems please email
Geoff (Paddles) Orr – remembered
On Sunday 15th December at the Indooroopilly Golf Club a memorial service was well attended by many hockey players for South West United Masters' player Geoff Orr (aka Paddles) who passed on Tuesday 22nd October, aged 64 years.
Paddles played (mostly as a goalkeeper) with many teams over the years at all levels.
Alistair Hogg kindly supplied this photo of the mighty Mackay O50s team which competed at the 2016 State Championships held in Toowoomba that year, where Paddles gave the "thumbs up" to the team winning the Championship.
The Mackay hockey team offer their deepest condolences to Paddles' family.
Want to play MHL1 in 2020?
But your Club has no team at that level? 
At the Brisbane Masters' Planning Day meeting a few weeks ago the Masters' Committee voted for the option to have 6 teams in MHL1 division for 2020.
Currently there are only 5 Clubs who have proposed a MHL1 team. 
To make the 6th team, the committee is seeking nominations from players who wish to play MHL1 from the Clubs who don't have a MHL1 team nominated.
NOTE: For this to happen players need to nominate urgently. The season starts in March and there will be much to do to ensure this "Barbarians" MHL1 team can proceed – without having an adverse effect on MHL2 teams and Clubs.


Database player position choice changes
One of the changes to the database is the way you can nominate your preferred position/s on the field.
Below is a list of choices which appear when you update your profile. 
As a PLAYER you are asked to nominate your 1st 2nd Choice team position (your 2nd Choice can be the same as the first choice) using the following codes...
GK = Goalkeeper
FB = Fullback
WH = Wing Half. (Left & Right Halfback).
MF = Midfield. (Centre Half; Inside Left & Inside Right).
ST = Striker. (Left Wing; Centre Forward; Right Wing).
Brisbane rep team nominations
Want to nominate to represent Brisbane in the State Championships?
You can also nominate to be a Selector; Coach; Manager; or Umpire re the State championships.
Over 40-49s & Over 50-59s – 8th to 11th May at the Gold Coast. (Note: It is NOT a long weekend.
Over 34's –  30th & 31st May at the Sunshine Coast (Buderim).
Trial date/s confirmed soon.
The Over 60s+ have a different selection process which will take place in Cairins, late May. Details on Qld Masters Hockey page. LINK IS HERE.
Nominate for Super Nines
Twelve teams have nominated for the Brisbane Masters Super Nines on Saturday February 22, 2020.
However some teams are still looking for players.
You can use the Profile Update to indicate your desire to play. You will be allocated to a team.
Please do your profile update now!.
Even if you have already told your team organiser you are playing Super Nines, please update your profile as a double check.
Interested in playing CHL?
The Classic Hockey League (CHL) is the men's grass competition for all ages (run by the BHA).
Season runs from March to September each year.
Clubs in the existing competition include: Commercial / Norths / Pine Hills / Qld Uni / Valley.
Fixtures are always on Saturday at either 1:30pm or 3pm.
This allows players (along with their families) to plan their weekends more easily.
This CHL recruitment campaign is to encourage new players and new Clubs to participate in 2020.
As such, this is the first time of gathering a list of existing players and potential new players to the competition and will continue into 2020.
If playing a game, enjoying a beverage in a family environment on natural grass is for you, please register your interest.
All players, abilities and ages welcome.
Games are usually played at Finsbury Park, Shaw Park, Dorrington Park; or Pine Hills' home ground.
Membership fees vary from club to club, however as a general guide the cost for CHL is approx $450 for the season. Discounts for students.
Please email Rob Jones to register your interest or if you have any queries.
Masters' minimum age now 34
At the Hockey Australia Masters Delegates’ meeting held in Melbourne on Saturday 7th Dec 2019, a change to the age eligibility for HA Women’s and Men’s Masters Championships was confirmed.
The Over 35 Championship at each HA Championship will now become the Over 34 Championship.  
Players who will be 34 years of age by 31st December 2020 (i.e. Born 1986) are eligible to compete in the HA Over 34 years Championships for Women and Men.
It is assumed this will filter down to all associations ... but watch this space for confirmation.

Date claimers for 2020

The Brisbane Masters Super Nines will be held on Saturday 22nd February 2020.
Team nominations have been limited to 12 teams.
Update your Personal Profile to confirm your nomination now.
The Alan Richardson Memorial O60s PLUS Carnival will be held in Newcastle on Fri 28th Sat 29th & Sun 1st March, 2020.
Currently 10 Queensland-based players plan to travel to this popular carnival, which caters for all ages from 60 and above. 
The Registration form and Information newsletter is HERE
If you need more info, email
The Over 40s & O50s State Championships will be held at the Gold Coast from 8th to 11th May. (NOTE: Not a long weekend).
The Over 34s State Championships will be held on 30th & 31st May at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.
The Qld 60s & Over Selection Carnival will this year be held in Cairns (previous years have been hosted by Hervey Bay and Sunshine Coast associations).
The Dates are: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 29th, 30th & 31st May 2020.
Due to the Over 60s; O65s; O70s & O75s component of the World Cup being held in Tokyo in November 2020, the Australian Masters Championships will be split in 2020, with a date change. 
The O45s and higher will be held from 28th June to 12th July at the Gold Coast.
The O35 & O40 Men & Women play their World Cup in Nottingham (England) from 8 to 17 of August.
The O45, O50, O55 & Spirit of Masters Men and O45, O50, O55, O60, O65 and Spirit of Masters Women play in Cape Town (South Africa) from 19 to 29 September.
The O60, O65, O70, O75 & Tournament Trophy Men play their World Cup in Tokyo (Japan) from 5 to 15 November.

Thursday arvo hockey

Thursday Arvo Social Hockey is on each Thursday from 3:00-4:30pm at Easts Carina Tiger Turf, Carina. Cost is $8. 
The last day for 2019 is next Thursday 19th December. After that session completes at 4:30pm, everyone is invited to the Xmas Party on Wayne's deck at Gumdale.
The first Thursday arvo next year will be Thursday 9th January, 2020.
Normal procedures will then resume with drinks from 4:30pm upstairs in the bowls club where a good feed can be had (or taken away) from the fabulous Pancho's Pizza & Pasta, washed down with some cold ales.
Please bring a plain white and a plain black or very dark shirt).
🚫 This means no split-coloured jerseys that have a mixture of white and another colour! Likewise, light coloured shirts are neither White nor Black and are not suitable. 🚫

Monday Night Summer Social Hockey

The Monday Night Masters Social Hockey has been getting close to 30 players each week recently, with three teams rotating every 13 minutes.
Held every Monday night over the off season starting at 7:30pm until 9:00pm. Cost is $10.
Held at the EHTT (Easts Hockey Tiger Turf) at Carina.
The last Monday night of play for 2019 will be Monday 23rd December.
The first Monday night session will resume on Monday 6th January 2020.
Monday Night social hockey is a great way to get fit, and have some fun without having to commit to a team each week. 
Please bring a plain white and a plain black and a plain (bright) Red shirt.
🚫 This means no split-coloured jerseys that have a mixture of white and another colour! Likewise, light coloured shirts are neither White nor Black and are not suitable. 🚫

Water bottle left behind at Monday Night social hockey on 9th December.
Can be claimed from Lost Property at Easts Hockey Club.
Try putting your name and mobile on your items chaps ... makes life so much better when we know who has lost something (and can decide if we want to give it back or not) ... especially hockey sticks!  :-)
Jest a moment! 
The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a vacuum cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death.
A mate of mine recently admitted to being addicted to brake fluid. When I quizzed him on it, he reckoned he could stop at any time.
I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave. As I was standing there, I noticed four grave diggers walking about with a coffin, three hours later and they're still walking about with it. I thought to myself, they've lost the plot!!
My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her birthday, so I went to our local pet shop and they were $70!!!  Blow this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web.
I was at an ATM yesterday when a little old lady asked if I could check her balance, so I pushed her over.
I start a new job in Seoul next week. I thought it was a good Korea move.
I was driving this morning when I saw an RACQ van parked. The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself that guy's heading for a breakdown!
Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not Happy.
My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30am this morning, can you believe that 2:30am? Luckily for him I was still up playing my bagpipes.
Paddy says "Mick, I'm thinking of buying a Labrador."  Bugger that" says Mick "have you seen how many of their owners go blind?"
I saw a poor old lady fall over today on the footpath! At least I presume she was poor – she only had $1.20 in her purse.
My girlfriend thinks that I'm a stalker. Well, she's not exactly my girlfriend – yet!
A wife says to her husband you're always pushing me around and talking behind my back. He says what do you expect? You're in a wheelchair.
I was explaining to my wife last night that when you die you get reincarnated but must come back as a different creature. She said she would like to come back as a cow. I said you're obviously not listening.
The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to prepare for the worst. So, I have been to the charity shop to get all her clothes back.
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