Kelburne Hockey Club also has its fair share of veterans still playing the sport. One such Kelburne legend, Alan Bryce regularly globetrots around the world playing for Scotland and also guesting for club and state sides throughout the world. Below you will find an update of his 2013 travels;
I hope it shows that our sport offers the opportunity to be active, to meet many, varied nationalities and to make new friends - something to be enjoyed for many years to come. I'm now in my 69th year - i.e. I'm 68. "Only 68" I hear you cry!
This is a brief summary of my (mainly hockey) activities this year.
30 January - 16 March: Based in Western Australia, principally Perth, playing with three different Clubs (Hale Old Boys, Bunbury Associates and 'The Greens') each week and joining in the all-year-round weekly games Wednesday afternoon for over-50s at the WA Hockey Centre. Spreading the name of Kelburne wherever I go and meeting players who have contacts themselves or with their offspring. Temperatures in their summer hovering around 40, but often as low as 30 Celsius.
31 July - 12 August: Took part in the World Masters Games in Turin, playing for Melbourne University Fading Angels - an over-50s team. The number of vets (over 35) taking part was 19,000 in 32 different sports. We played six games over 8 days and we managed to win a gold medal! Again temperatures were high, but only 35-ish.
18 August - 23 August: Selected to play for Scotland Over 65s in the European Cup in Antwerp, Belgium against World Champions England, European Champions The Netherlands, European runners up Germany, Italy and Belgium. This time 5 games in 5 days - played every minute in each game. We finished fourth out of six, so no medal.
22 September - 10 October: I'm playing for Western Australia Country (Over 65s) in the Australian State Championships which are based in Sydney this year. Roughly 90 teams take part over the age groups and the competition is called 'The Carnival' by the Aussie vets. Three other Scots are travelling with me this year.