Hockey Victoria recognized Yarra Valley Hockey Club with no less than FOUR different awards last week.
Firstly YVHC's Bruce Smith was made a life member of HV for huge contributions around Tournament organisation for hockey across Australia, and also his work on the history on Hockey in Victoria. Bruce is a level 3 TO, Masters 50+ player (had to miss the GF for this event) and also working on the YVHC History project.
The Club as a whole was recognized as HV's Community Club of the Year. recognizing the fantastic work of many volunteers across the Club. The submission featured our program to provide team hockey opportunities to children associated with Banyule Council's Harmony Centre, our work during the Fair Go Sports Round to promote inclusion and equity for LGTBIQ community (do vote; & YES!); the hard work to resurface our pitch concluding mid season, and a huge effort with Hook in2 Hockey these past 4 years to grow our club. Thanks to all who have contributed here. Huge shout out to Banyule Council (especially Craig Langdon, Tom Melican and their Officers) for their huge support, as well as State Gov. Vic and Anthony Carbines.
Huge congratulations to Nicola Brown who was awarded best Female Umpire for 2017. Nicola also umpired the WPL Grand Final last Saturday. Blow that whistle! Nicola was also Runner Up B&F for our WPL team.
Accolades also to one of our junior players Darcy Brown who was awarded the Dieter Lau Medal for Best Junior Umpire Umpiring Seniors 2017. Both are fantastic umpires and are adding plenty back into hockey.