Hockey horror

Latrobe Valley Hockey Association players are facing another season without suitable protection from the elements.

Association president Linda Reid said the community grant it received for $6000 in September 2013 would not come close to covering the recently quoted cost of building a modest shelter.

“We have nowhere near enough (money). For the shelter, the most conservative (quote) is $14,000 without concrete,” Ms Reid said.

She said while a draft plan had been drawn up for a pavilion, this shared community facility was a long way off from being built as these plans required approval, and further funding must be sought.

Meanwhile, the players, two rounds into the 2014 season, have limited access to Latrobe Leisure Churchill within operating hours and Federation University’s toilets.

“We still have to stand in (FedUni’s) bus shelter,” Ms Reid said.

“If players are injured and they can’t hobble up to the bus shelter then they are treated in the rain.”

Ms Reid said she was “extremely happy” with the support the association received from Latrobe City and would seek sponsorship to cover the remaining costs.

She said sponsors would be offered naming rights for the shelter, and banners and plaques could be put up to acknowledge their contribution.

For more information phone Linda Reid on 0413 087 481.