National champs off — again

Covid strikes again.

The latest sporting event to make a big call due to the alert level restrictions is hockey.

It has postponed the much anticipated but desperately luckless revival of the national championship.

The tournament was to have been held in Tauranga on September 12-18 but has been pushed to November 14-20.

Hockey New Zealand, in conjunction with the 32 associations around the country, made the decision yesterday.

It was disappointing but the best course of action given these uncertain times, HNZ community and events manager Ken Mapleson said.

‘‘Hockey New Zealand, Tauranga Hockey and the participating associations are looking forward to what will be a memorable celebration of community hockey in November.”

The association-based national championship replaces the previous franchise-based league.

It was confirmed in 2019 and due to be held for the first
time last year before Covid struck.

Like an old-style NPC, the championship will feature three tiers in both the men’s and women’s competitions with promotion-relegation between the tiers.

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