On the 21st of June, La Trobe University Hockey Club hosted its 2nd Annual Women’s Round. Off the back of a successful event in 2013, the 2014 edition was no exception. Women’s Round is a tremendous way of recognising the Women of La Trobe University Hockey Club.
The day saw La Trobe VicLeague Men and Women host traditional rivals Melbourne Uni at La Trobe. The ground was decorated in banners, pink balloons, streamers and all La Trobe players donned pink socks. The La Trobe and Melb Uni Women made a grand entrance by running through the banner together.
Our players made some delicious baked goods for the day and all players and supporters were treated to free BBQ for the day – which the men of La Trobe ran as a gesture towards the women. The event was followed by a very successful Reverse Raffle club function.
In the Women’s VicLeague games, Kate Cox (Melb Uni) and Danielle Powell were judged the Player of the Match in the 1s and 2s matches respectively and were awarded medals from Hockey Victoria.
Women’s Round is a great way to recognise the contribution of the women at our club which includes players, supporters and families and also the women in our wider hockey community. Since first joining the Hockey Victoria Women and Girls Project in early 2013, La Trobe University Hockey Club has implemented a number of new initiatives including improved facilities, a more gender balanced administration, a stronger recruitment of girls into their Juniors Program and recognition of the women who have contributed to the club. These initiatives have resulted in the Gunners boasting the largest female membership of any club at the University, now fielding five female senior teams, multiple junior teams and is well represented at the Southern and Australian University Games. The club also has long term plans to establish it’s first ever female Masters team.
On Saturday Club President, Erica Brodie, stressed the importance of women to the club, “Hockey is a sport for everyone and all members should be proud to be apart of the club regardless of gender”.
Thanks to Liz Baglin and Rachael Bannan for organising a fantastic day, all our players, supporters and also Melbourne Uni Hockey Club for participating in the activities, and for Hockey Victoria for their ongoing support of the day.