Macarthur hockey player chosen for NSW Masters team

Proud: Chris Cocking will represent NSW at the Masters Hockey Australian Championships. Picture: Chris Lane
Proud: Chris Cocking will represent NSW at the Masters Hockey Australian Championships. Picture: Chris Lane

Chris Cocking has been playing hockey since he was 13 years old and 25 years later there is no sign of him slowing down.

The 44-year-old has been chosen to play in the NSW Hockey Masters National Australian Championships.

The Masters competition is reserved for men and women who are above the age of 35.

This is the second time the Narellan resident will represent the state at this event.

Mr Cocking said hockey had always been one of his passions.

“Hockey is a sensational game,” he said.

“As you get older it’s harder to play at the same level as some of the younger guys coming through.

“The Masters comp gives us a chance to compete against people of the same age and the same skill level.”

The national final will be held in Ballina and Lismore.

It is a round robin style competition where people play in age groups of 35 and older, 40 and older and up to 75 and older.

Scouts will be watching the games closely to choose the members of the Australian teams that will compete in an international Masters competition.

Mr Cocking said he was looking forward to representing NSW this year.

“I made it to the team last year but I didn’t expect to make it onto the team again,” he said.

“It’s always a great time, you get to meet new people and make new friends.

“I’m proud to be representing the Macarthur community as well.”

Mr Cocking encouraged people over the age of 35 to give Masters hockey a go.

“It’s important to stay active, especially as you get older,” he said.

“Even if you have never played before – you’re never to old to give hockey a go.”