Sydney-based gay hockey team the Bentstix are in fine form, racking up a winning streak ahead of looming world championships later in the year.
So far the Bentstix have handily defeated teams from Gordon, Macquarie University and the University of Sydney in an undefeated start-of-season run that has vaulted them to the top of the Division 7 table.
The Bentstix Women’s team, which is in only its second year, has also enjoyed a string of victories, beating out the Glebe, UNSW and Dolphins squads to sit on top of the Eastern Districts Women’s Hockey Division Four ladder.
The winning streak comes as excellent preparation for the Bentstix, who are gearing up to fly over to Antwerp in August for the 2013 World Outgames, which is hosting the Pink Hockey World Championships for the first time this year. The Bentstix have not lost the championship since 2005.
Bentstix president David Kyles said he was confident the team’s early-season success boded well for the world championships.
“This year we have seen a significant increase in the number men and women registered – we will be sending one of our strongest teams yet and are currently recruiting experienced players, to help bring our title back home with us,” Kyles said.
The Division 8 Bentstix have not shared in the success of their fellow teams, however, losing their first three games heavily to languish in last place on the ladder.