Peter Ryan will play in the Australian over 45s veterans hockey team which will contest the International Masters Hockey Tournament.
Peter Ryan will play in the Australian over 45s veterans hockey team which will contest the International Masters Hockey Tournament.

Byron man makes Aussie hockey team

PETER Ryan came quite late to the sport of hockey.

He first picked up a stick at the ripe ‘old’ age of 34.

Now, the 46-year-old electrician from Byron Bay has been selected as a member of the Australian over 45s veterans hockey team which will contest the International Masters Hockey Tournament in Hong Kong in October.

Peter was selected in the Australian team after playing in a tournament in Darwin last year.

He has been a member of the Coraki Hockey Club for the past five years.

“Even though I live in Byron Bay, when my home-town club couldn’t field a men’s side, I moved to Coraki,” Peter said.

 “I played in the A-reserve grade, but after a year I started playing A grade.”

Peter is the goalkeeper.

“I have played in the NSW veterans team for a number of years, but this is the first time that I have been nominated for the Australian team,” Peter said.

“I was thrilled when I was selected.”

Having never played hockey when he was at school, Peter only got into the sport through his wife Sheryl, who was playing for Byron Bay.

“Sheryl’s side needed a coach, so I got the job and then I joined the men’s team and played with them for 12 years,” Peter said.

“Then the men’s side folded, and I moved to Coraki.

“Luckily all our training and competition is in Lismore, so I don’t have to travel too far.

“I love the game and my two sons also play hockey for Coraki.”

Before Peter travels to Hong Kong, he will compete in the Australian hockey titles in Melbourne.

There’s also some extra training to undertake and Peter also wants to improve his fitness.

“I surf and am doing some weight training at home, so hopefully that will be enough,” he said.

“It’s going to be pretty hot and humid in Hong Kong in October, so we will have the heat to contend with as well as some pretty tough competition from the likes of Germany, Asia, England, New Zealand and the USA..”

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