On Saturday October 13, the Margaret River Hockey Club hosted it’s second “Scarred For Life” memorial match in honour of past players Ken Howes and Stuart “Scar” Campbell, both of whom took their own lives in 2016.
The successful day included past players returning from Bunbury and as far as Perth, along with local stalwarts coming to witness the fun, family friendly match between Settlers and Breakers.
Legend Wally Zalewski volunteered to ‘umpire’ the two 20 minutes halves.
The silver fox, Jarrad Zanich opened strongly for Settlers and somehow created some lucky forward moves.
He shone later in defence, making two unbelievable saves on the goal line, and then scored from an over head, flicked over the shoulder of the surprised Colin Fox.
Breakers Dan Bell was like a brick wall in defence and Brynley Jenkins appeared at home on grass as he is on turf for Settlers, setting up a few goals for the defending runners up.
Both Chloe and Asha Altmann had exemplary games, as did Jarrad Howes, who managed to stay on his feet a whole lot more than last year.
Jon Tennant had a fine game in the back line for Settlers and used his reach to advantage. Luke Altmann was solid as was the running Steven Noakes.
Errol Beere also had a cracker for Breakers as did Kate Mann. Ross MacKillop had travelled down from Perth but showed no signs of fatigue, turning back the clock with some classic forward runs.
Maxine Williams pulled on the green and gold at late notice and trapped a nice over head late in the game.
After some dubious umpiring decisions, Breakers still managed to sneak through with a one goal advantage, to take the trophy home once again.
The Margaret River Hockey Club committee launched the match in 2017 following the passing of the two long time club members, and used funds raised to host a mental health awareness session for local sporting clubs aimed at educating club leaders and members in the recognition and management of mental illness within playing groups.
This years’ money raised will be used to sponsor a student to attend Camp Hero, an initiative by Perth mental health charity Zero2Hero.
Special thanks to Home Hardware, Yahava Koffeeworks, Temper Temper Chocolate, Colonial Brewing Co., Phyllis and Bob Fox, Brumby’s, Baz the Butcher for donating prizes and goods for the day.
For more information about the Scarred for Life match or to contact the club visit www.facebook.com/margaretriverhockey/