Hockey Club Melbourne begins long road back

After a successful inaugural season in 2019, Australia’s rebranded domestic hockey competition Hockey One was hit with COVID-caused interruptions.

Most states around the country have had – at worst – partly stalled seasons through 2020 and 2021.

But lockdowns meant Victoria has only had about 10 rounds of games two years.

The lack of competition puts Hockey Club Melbourne at a disadvantage – which was proven by Victoria’s poor junior level results throughout 2022.

The state’s also had a number of officials on an international pathway, but their careers have stalled over the last two years, as Lachlan Avil reports.