Training has started for the Bentstix hockey teams heading to the Asia Pacific Outgames New Zealand in March next year.

The club has put together a strong and determined group of men and women who are aiming to bring back gold medals from the Wellington tournament.

Training has started under the watchful eye of Bentstix’s youngest recruit, Stephen Mina from Newcastle.

So far 15 guys have registered to play including some new players from Canberra, London — including Richard Chere from the London Royals team — and coach Mina.

So far only six women have registered to play, including new recruits from Sydney and Penrith. The club is hoping to build on this with a call going out through Hockey NSW in recent weeks.

Canterbury Sportswear have come forward with some ideas for new gear for the games and the Bentstix are also looking for a sponsor to cover the cost of the playing gear.

The teams will be training on Sunday, December 12 and Sunday, January 16at St George Hockey Field, Tancred Ave, Kyeemagh.

Training starts at 4.30pm sharp with a short organisational meeting followed by an hour of hard training.

Benstix still have vacancies left for anyone looking to take part — particularly women. All experience levels are catered for and all members are very welcoming.

info: If you are interested in joining the Benstix, learning to play hockey, keeping fit and meeting new people email bentstix@bigpond.com for more information.

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The Benstix are preparing for the Wellington Outgames in New Zealand next year.

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