Does the social side exist in AUS hockey?

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  1. Urbanwarfare Studios

    Urbanwarfare Studios FHF Star Player

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have an old friend who lives in Australia and plays in Sydney. Now I don't know if its the same in the other big cities in Australia but is it true that generally clubs don't really have their own club houses where you can go after the game for the social side of things i.e. beer in a nice bar maybe over looking your pitch so you can watch the next game etc?

    I always imagined it must be a great place to play hockey but from what I've heard there isn't so much of a social side as perhaps there is in the UK?

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  2. mongoose

    mongoose FHF Starter

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    Don't know what it's like in the other cities but every ground worth playing on in Perth has it's own club rooms and bar that always over look the grounds. The thing is that for whatever reason, a lot of people don't hang about after a game. Never really understood why you wouldn't unless your team was a bunch of knob ends. I've got a friend playing over in England at the moment, the social scene there is quite a bit more organised than it is over here but a lot of that is probably down to having a lot more people in a much smaller area.

    I can tell you that my team have about a 2:1 bar to turf time ratio. That's the whole point of competitive sport isn't it?
     
  3. VeteranKeeper

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    Our club is on school grounds with no clubrooms, sub-standard changing facilities, minimal shelter = minimal social activites.
     
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    It is one of the reasons why the sport struggles to grow compared to other sports. The costs of synthetics means many clubs cant afford thier own pitches. So you pool resources and get 1 pitch which all clubs use. This though means you have to schedule heaps of games across different days and as such the clubs chance to socialise as a group dwindles.
     
  5. Stretch

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    Seems to depend on the club in Melbourne. Like VK says, some clubs don't have access to facilities that make the social side of things possible, but lots of clubs do have the facilities and certainly have a very strong social culture to go with it.

    Home rounds are usually a good day out at those clubs!
     
  6. Craig Boyne

    Craig Boyne FHF All Time Great

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    Australia is nothing like the UK unfortunately. Perth is getting better though, and there are a few clubs with some great social calendars. There are plenty of clubs with their own turf, but it depends club by club with how well they utilise it.
     
  7. itshitormiss

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    Brisbane has 1 (that I'm aware of), Redlands Hockey Association that is semi-social (used to be more social) as it is grass. Juniors is development but just seniors is more the social, containing Brisbane ex-veterens players and/or players who havent played for some time and just want to run around once a week.
     
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    Also, there are still some clubs in Brisbane that are still very social after games. The team I play in are very social, we share other similar hobbies, go for drinks/dinners regularly and always stay and have a drink after our games.
     
  9. babby

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    I play in Melbourne and most clubs/grounds I have been too have some sort of club house (apart from ones in schools). The main difference I have found are the size and facilities of the clubhouse.
     
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    Inselaffen FHF All Time Great

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    most clubs in the UK don't have their own astro with attached bar etc. but they take their oppo back to their local pub for teas and a few pints

    over here post match is as dry as a Camel's backside!
     
  11. Kilmory

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    In our club we don't allow you to vote or be eligible for nominations for MOTM unless you are in the bar post match. A simple thing, but amazing the difference it makes.
     
  12. Chantil

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    We use the local cricket club pavilion which is pretty much adjacent to the school astro we use.
    As well as post-match we also have a lot of evening events as a club and nights out as a team (there's probably a social once a month or so).

    Even if you don't have a club house, what's to stop you organising a night out for your club to get the ball rolling?
     

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