Hockey Announcements, COVID-19

April 22nd Message No.3 from RHA President

Hello Redlands Hockey,

We trust you are keeping well. The Board continues to meet on regular basis via e-media to review and discuss what positive and fun hockey activities we can throw out there to keep us all thinking and keeping our Hockey season alive.

As you are all aware, the teams have been announced and published in the last newsletter and on FB in anticipation of the season start. We are currently sorting out our senior managers and our junior colour co-ordinators who will be in touch with everyone to highlight more of what is happening in our Redlands Hockey, Hockey Queensland, and Hockey Australia.

We like you are feeling constrained by the rules set out by our leading authorities but understand and appreciate that it is for the health and wellbeing of our whole community that we adhere to the current guidance and restrictions. However, we do feel optimistic that we will be getting out on the fields this year.

Our envisaged early May start has been ruled out. This is based on the current legislated restrictions and the closure of the playing fields. The Board have revised our predicted return to the fields to sometime in June. Obviously, this will reduce our season, but we are hopeful that we will make the best of what we have left in the season and get as much hockey in as is possible.

We are considering different formats, but we would like your opinion too. As such we have initiated a survey to see what we all think might work best. We really would like some of your ideas to help us come up with the most meaningful solution to this unique season. As such we encourage you all to complete the survey that is attached. It will only take a few minutes and your input back to us would be appreciated.

We are pleased to inform you all that we are back in discussions with council and there is some light at the end of the tunnel regarding the illumination of the back fields. It seems that the council have an answer and a way forward in getting some lighting up and running ……. hopefully soon. The information is preliminary at this stage but positive. We will keep everyone up to date on this as we get informed. Hopefully, this will help us maximise our hockey later this year and provide some night-time training and social opportunities.

Regarding the new sports precinct on Heinemann Road, we have submitted an expression of interest and this is currently with Council. We congratulate the Mayor and all the Councillors who have retained their positions and the new Councillors who have been duly elected. We will be seeking information from the Council about our submission in the coming weeks.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for posts from some of our younger players. Some challenges and heaps of positive info to go around. If you want to post anything positive, any uplifting or great stories send them through to our admin team at or through messenger on FB page. Watch out for my dolphin encounter up at Hervey bay earlier this year. Also Special thanks to Maddie Carter, Emma Systa and Bronte Whitlock for all the efforts on the videos!!!!   Thanks ladies and keep them coming.

Please add your say via this Google Forms Survey  (
and do not forget that if you have any great stories get them through to admin for posting. For the best real life funny or motivational story or video there will be a prize. This week’s prize is a $50 Uber Eats voucher. You have until the Sunday 26th (the next Board Meeting).

Finally, on Anzac Day, this Saturday morning, we encourage you to participate in the Driveway Dawn Service by standing at the end of your driveway at 5.55am and share a minute’s silence with the rest of the nation.

On behalf of the Board

Paul Sciberras

Mobile 0406 113 710                                                     We play at

President 2020                                                  Henry Ziegenfusz Park

Redlands Hockey Association                                    169 Fitzroy St, Cleveland QLD 4163

PO Box 852                                                                 



Redlands hockey members letter, 24th Mar 2020.

To the members and friends Redlands Hockey Association:


Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented and confusing period.  

The board continues to observe and study closely the information being forwarded from Hockey Australia, Hockey Queensland, Redlands City Council, Queensland Health and the Federal Government. 

Last Thursday night I joined with the other Queensland association presidents for a phone conference.

The relevant parts of the meeting included trying to find ways to keep our hockey moving during this down time and a continuation of planning to achieve a hockey season in 2020.  The overall feeling was positive and upbeat and certainly all our sisters and brothers in the other QLD associations are united and keen to get as much out of the season as they possibly can.

The main advice for the South East corner however is to delay our start until the 2nd of May.  Although this seems like an eternity it is relevant and provides us with more time to assess and prepare for the coming season. 

The board met in a very different meeting on Saturday observing social distancing as we discussed how we are going to get our members involved and excited during the period leading up to the upcoming start. 

When we start on the 2nd of May (game 3), we believe that we can still run the whole season.  Some of the suggestions included extending the season by one week and maybe 1 or 2 double headers playing an extra game on a Sunday. 

We discussed the changes that we will have to make around the grounds.  We also discussed ways to get our younger players to stay Hockey Active prior to the start date.

We will be at this stage forming teams and assigning coaches who will through email and other eMedia formats communicate and provide a platform for some self-home training.  In addition, we will work on some fitness ideas and it has been suggested that we could start some competitions and networking with hockey-based video challenges. 

Although we are limited with what we can do we should not be limited in our creativity and desire to be involved.  The board is keen to hear from any or all our members with good ideas to keep things ticking along and exciting leading up to the first round.

As pointed out in the last update the start of the season will be unorthodox as we typically use the preseason to sort teams and players.  We have and will however do our best to get most things in order so that when we run out to play our first game this year that we are and will have already been part of a team with a bit of a different lead up.

As information comes to hand, we will continue to provide relevant updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

On behalf of the Board

Paul Sciberras

Mobile 0406 113 710

President 2020

Redlands Hockey Association

PO Box 852

Cleveland  QLD  4163



BWHA & BHA Joint Statement

Urgent Communication to all BWHA Clubs and our hockey community, below is a joint statement from BWHA & BHA and it should be distributed to all members of your club.


Dear All,


BWHA and BHA have been closely monitoring the current health situation and the various advices from Government, Hockey Australia and Hockey Queensland. Sport is an important part of people’s social interaction and contributes to both their physical and mental wellbeing.


We appreciate the concern within the community about minimising the spread of the virus and the advices about social distancing. There is no suggestion that any of our players are at any greater risk from having participated than any other member of the community.  Whilst the Government advice continues to support the continuation of community sport where possible we have taken the difficult decision to suspend fixtures from now until after Easter to see what unfolds. We appreciate that views differ in this space but we have taken a conservative approach.


This is a suspension and not a cancellation.  The reduction of the various representative commitments by Hockey Australia and Hockey Queensland will give us some flexibility around how our season unfolds and we have the ability to run the season later into the year if required. At this stage we hope to be in a position to resume the season at the start of May and will review our position mid-April.


The two Associations will continue to work together to achieve the best outcomes we can for our member Clubs, their players and for our sport. We will closely monitor the unfolding health situation and are mindful of the financial impact on the Associations, the Clubs and their players .



Karin Walduck and Todd Fuller


Lisa Donaldson
Administration Officer

Brisbane Women’s Hockey Association

P (07) 3357 9560 | F (07) 3357 7234


Redlands hockey members letter, 18th Mar 2020.

To the members and friends of Redlands Hockey Association: 


As you are aware, the World Health Organisation has declared COVID‑19 a pandemic (a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time). The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve and change rapidly. 

We are observing and studying closely the information being forwarded from Hockey Australia, Hockey Queensland, Redlands City Council, Queensland Health and our Federal Government. 

The advice from Federal and State Governments are now focused on actions to slow the spread of COVID‑19 in the community and protect those who are likely to experience more severe disease such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. These steps are also essential to reduce the demands on the health system so that it can function effectively. 

RHA is somewhat fortunate in this case that our normal season is typically delayed from starting due to the unavailability of the playing fields.  As such our season still has some way to go before it kicks off.  The Board has at the 18th March 2020, as a precautionary measure, decided to
cease all preseason activities which include the Hooked into hockey program (postponed), all association training and all development activities including trials and preseason games. 

This action is made with the health and well-being of our players, coaches, officials and volunteers and the broader community as the priority.  This also provides the Board with time to continue to assess the overall situation moving forward. 

The Board will use this time to gather more information and listen to all recommendations before the start of the official season on the 4th of April.  Obviously further information will be provided as it comes to hand.  Be assured that it is the Board’s objective to get as much hockey in as possible in 2020.  We will continue to prepare for the start of the season. 

The start of the season will be unorthodox as we typically use the preseason to sort teams and players.  We will all need to have some level of patience in the first rounds until it works itself out.  Our fantastic subcommittees are hard at work now to minimise the pain.

We have had a lot of information coming through from various parties and we will post as much relevant info as we can. 

At this stage the most notable disruption is the cancellation of all Master’s State championships including women’s and men’s. 
As previously mentioned, things are moving quickly. We will continue to work closely with relevant agencies and organisations to ensure we have access to the latest advice on how to keep our volunteers, the hockey community and the public safe. 

It is important to note that the season is not being cancelled. We will continue to review the situation and provide you all with regular updates.  Next meeting with Queensland Hockey is Thursday 19th March. 
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. 


On behalf of the Board

Paul Sciberras

Mobile   0406 113 710

President 2020

Redlands Hockey Association

PO Box 852

Cleveland QLD 4163


Relevant information; RHA RCC QLD HA

Redlands City Council Link  


Queensland Health Link    


Australian Government Department of Health Link 


Hockey Queensland Link    

NEW      HQ COVID-19 Announcement 24 Mar 2020

             HQ COVID-19 Announcement 17 Mar 2020


Hockey Australia Link           

NEW       COVID-19 HA Statement 24 Mar 2020

              COVID-19 HA Statement 17 Mar 2020



Other helpful Links


Basic fact sheet - on what you need to know  


Advice on organising public gatherings 


Social distancing guide


FAQs and myth busters on the Qld Health website 

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