As I peered through the lenses of my craggy brows into the bright sunlight of a crisp Stocky morn, contentedly chewing the end of my Cuban and contemplating all things hockey, I realised once again how fortunate we are to have this sport in this region.

The tiny tackers running around in the spirit of Crazy Hat andHair Day was truly a heart-warming scene – check out the Barossa Valley Hockey Associationand the Barossa Herald’sonline galleries to have a Capt’n Cook!

From dudette’s hairstyles akin to something from Whoville, to little dudes striding forth in fedoras and helicopter hats, tocrazy afros and hair tints that would leave Pink a whiter shade of pale.

These little people got into the spirit of the day with a wild abandon that brings a salty tear to this old sea-dog’s eye, all in the name of promoting their chosen sport.

Turning from the basic realisation that life truly is better in (a) a cape, or (b) a fez, we cast our gaze over some of the senior results from the weekend.

The AMU Parrotettes took on the Gawler Redlegs in the divvy onechicks, and in that clash even their snappy new uniforms couldn’t save them.

The Legs look the deal this year again, defending their trophy in very cool conditions in superb style.

Watch this team, as they

I’m not even really sure which one of the green and gold took the chocolates…are the definite team to beat.

The Nuri Once Were Warriors B Men had a derby clash on grass in the arvo and I hear it was a tame affair, unlike some of their more fiery clashes on turf of recent times.

Of course, Nuri won and everyone rejoiced.

My ram’s horn was getting a little heavy by that time, and I’m not even really sure which one of the green and gold took the chocolates.

Well, in signing off for this week, the young ‘uns have their Zone Championshipsthis weekend and most teams have a byeto ferry the dudettes and dudes to their respective games.

Good luck to all involved and represent your region well!

#Livelovehockey on National Hockey Week, as we are being encouraged to squeal aloud.

Love hockey? You bet we do!

Ladder leadersAt the end of round seven, AM United are sitting pretty at the top of the A Men ladder, while the Gawler ladies lead the A Women.Nuri Gold lead the B Men, while AMU remain the team to beat in the B Women comp.

Gawler’s ladies remain the team to beat in the BVHA A Women competition.

Tanunda are the trendsetters in the Under 18s, with a flawless record after four rounds.

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