NSW Women's State Hockey Championships records my reactions to visiting Bathurst to watch Clare (youngest) play her first game of representative hockey.
One issue that I recorded in that post is the impact on women's hockey in the country of the loss of young people. It's not just the question of overall loss. It's also the impact of the loss of young people to university study at critical age ranges. This is already a significant issue, but will become more so if Government targets for the percentage of young attending university are achieved.
The problem is not limited just to country areas traditionally defined, but applies to all centres where university study requires kids to leave home to go to another place.
I am not saying that we should stop kids going to university. Far from it. I am saying that we should recognise the community impacts involves.
Hockey NSW's answer appears to lie in part in changing the rules so that kids who go away and play for another team in their new locale should still be eligible for representative selection in teams from their home area should they chose. This strikes me as a good idea, but I wonder what else might be done?
I don't have a clear view here. I am just posting so that the question is on the record.