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23 MAY 2020

In recent times we have seen the easing of COVID mass gathering restrictions in the ACT with the maximum number of people permitted to gather for exercise increased from 2 to 10 people. The increase in numbers has enabled many sporting bodies, including HACT, to begin preparations for a return to training (RTT) but subject to strict Government protocols at all times. 
HACT have this week released their RTT Framework and the full document is available to read on their website. As a brief summary:
– HACT’s RTT Framework is the guiding document by which hockey training may resume under phase 1 of the ACT Government’s “Rebooting Sport in the ACT” plan. The procedures, rules and protocols within the RTT Framework are not negotiable;
– All Clubs have been asked to amend the HACT RTT Framework, where appropriate, and adopt the same as their official RTT Framework. Central’s RTT Framework variant can be found (Here) with a summary of the key issues (Here); and
– Training for CL squads only will commence from Monday 25 May, for two weeks, which will enable HACT to work through the practical components and iron out any issues that arise prior to expanding training to SL grades and Juniors.
Tentative dates and structures for a 2020 competition have been set (see the links below for further information). To assist in finalising competition dates and structures, Clubs have been asked to provide feedback and data from players on both issues by early June. To this end, the Central GC Executive are currently working on a survey which will be sent out to players shortly by the relevant Coordinators. I encourage all players to respond to that survey ASAP so that Central has a firm idea on participation/team numbers and HACT have an accurate set of Central data on which to base their final decisions.
It’s important to note that the COVID issues are still fluid and Governments can change social gathering rules etc quite rapidly. Your Central Committee will advise Members and players as soon as practicable if material changes to the above occur.
We appear to be inching closer to some level of normalcy so I hope to see you all out on the hockey pitch soon (in Navy Blue of course!!).


Adrian Derham

President Central HC



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A massive Central shout-out to Kate O’Keefe (nee Dooley) who played her 300th first grade game for Central on Saturday, 22 June 2019. Central defeated North Canberra Eagles 4 – 0 with Kate scoring a goal – what a way to celebrate!!

Kate O’Keefe Bio:

Kate started playing for Central in 1998 and made her CL1 debut in 2001 when she was 16. Kate travelled from Crookwell to play until moving to Canberra in 2003.

Kate has played every season since her debut and would have played her 300th game last year but only played two games as she was pregnant with her daughter, Hannah.

Kate was in the team which won the CL1 premiership in 2004. Although playing many CL1 finals since, there has not been another premiership. Hopefully there are more to come.

Kate has represented the ACT under 18 and under 21 outdoor teams and ACT under 21 and Open indoor teams. Kate has also coached representative teams including the ACT under 12 Girls school sport team for 8 years (including this year), the ACT under 18 indoor team for 3 years and the ACT under 21 indoor team. 

Kate continues the family tradition within Central. Kate says she is lucky to have played CL1 over the years with her sister-in-law, Trina Dooley, and to currently play with her niece, Madi Dooley. Kate’s brothers also played many games for Central CL1 men and her nephew is currently playing CL2 and benching for CL1 for Central.

Congratulations to Kate from all the Central Community. 

Kate O’Keefe in Action for Central



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