Biennial Summary of Activities
The Future of Masters Hockey
With the increasing number of member countries and the growing number of teams entering IMHA & WGMA Tournaments it became very difficult to organise manageable tournaments and a new outlook was required. The issues are outlined in the documents below. However, since these were written, the FIH, IMHA and WGMA have worked together to set up the World Masters Hockey (WMH) as a replacement for the two masters organisations. The details of this development and the progress which has been made can be found on the WMH page within this website.
IMHA – Future Issues (PDF)
WGMA – The Way Ahead (PDF)
The IMHA Board has been considering the feasibility of setting up Hockey 5 tournaments to encourage the participation of countries which find it impossible to field a squad of 16 or 18 players on the basis of the very low numbers of players available, or the costs of attending such events. Staging such tournaments creates extra workload and host nations would have to carry out some alterations to their pitches to meet the requirements of this game. The level of interest is unknown, but the concept for Masters Hockey is likely to be pursued by the WMH.
‘Spirit of Masters’ Tournaments
The IMHA and WGMA have mandates from the FIH to widen the development of Masters Hockey, to encourage more players to stay in the game for longer, and use their experience to help develop the skills and motivation of younger players at club level. To date, the IMHA tournaments were solely focused on the elite international squads and inclusive age group requirements. However, the 2018 Congress approved the splitting up of age groups and so IMHA has included non-elite tournaments, alongside its elite international tournaments. These will be known as ‘Spirit of Masters’ tournaments (our thanks to the SAMHA for allowing IMHA to use this title) and will be open to all. Visit the ‘Tournaments’ page on this website to find out more. The WGMA always offered ‘Tournament Trophy events for non-elite teams.
(To understand the logistical and social problems with which the IMHA must contend – open the ‘Future Issues’ PDF above)
Masters Indoor World Cups
The German Masters staged the first ever Masters International World Cup tournament in Krefeld in February 2017. This successful event attracted new members such as Denmark, Sweden and Poland. It was followed by the 2nd Masters Indoor World Cup in Hong Kong in February 2019. More will follow. Visit the Tournaments page on this website for updates.
IMHA / WGMA Joint presentation to 2014 FIH Congress (Marrakech)
(Slide animation and some photographs have been removed from the original presentation)
Fiji 21-28 Apr 2012
The Australian Masters, the Fijian and Oceania Hockey Federations and Hockey Australia came together to initiate a programme to develop hockey in Fiji.
The Chair of the Australian Masters Council, Ms Sue Briggs, expressed her appreciation of the hospitality and organisation provided by the Fiji Hockey and Oceania Hockey Federations. She also praised the Australian Women’s Masters Committee for their vision in instigating this initiative. On behalf of the Australian Masters Council and the contingent in Fiji, Sue recognised the enormous personal efforts of Ms Tai Smith (Fiji Hockey), who so ably coordinated all aspects of the event and acknowledged by Dr Robin Mitchell, President of Fiji Hockey and the Oceania Hockey Federation’s representative to the FIH, for his support and guidance towards the success of the initiative. It is hoped that this initiative will lead to regular events in the years ahead.
The Australian Women’s team, with the support of ‘Just Hockey’, provided full junior kits with sticks, balls, helmets and shin pads in a large goalkeeper wheelie bag. Individual players also donated adult equipment such as balls, sticks, helmets, chest-guards, shin-pads, shoes,sets of uniforms and bags. In addition, a generous monetary contribution was presented by the Australian Men’s Masters to the development programme for the purchasing of stationery, pens, pencils and school materials, donated by schools in Australia, was made by the children of Australian players to assist Fijian children affected by the devastating floods in the west of Fiji earlier in April 2012. The equipment was presented to Ms Tai Smith and Dr Robin Mitchell. The support of all members of the contingent and ‘Just Hockey’ is greatly appreciated.
Robyn Bannerman and Peri Buckley accompanied the Australian Masters contingent during this tour. Robyn, the former Australian and Olympic umpire had already been involved in coaching young Fijian umpires who were given the opportunity to officiate during the games. Robyn provided valuable coaching and advice throughout the week and ‘Just Hockey’ provided individual umpire kits to assist with the development initiative. Peri, a judge at the 2012 Olympics in London, was the Technical Director and provided guidance and practical experience for the volunteer Fijian technical benches. Peri’s previous experience as an Olympic umpire proved helpful in raising umpiring standards. The Hockey Australia Masters Council is fortunate to have their expertise in sharing the spirit of hockey.