WEBSITE CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Please note that since June 2015 we have a new website, and from the end of October 2015 this long-standing website will no longer exist. It has been enjoyable providing readers of this website with background information on WGMA activities, but we are now moving into a new exciting era with our new and modern website. Please visit our website and don't hesitate to contact us with any news, stories, pictures which will help make the website even more interesting.
Wishing you lots of enjoyment with the new website!    

Peter Child
WGMA Past President since June 2014



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3rd Grand Masters Hockey Asian Cup

The 3rd Grand Masters Hockey Asian Cup will take place from 26th Oct - 1st November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the Pantai DBKL Turf and the Education Turf Pantai. Known participants are Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Korea and Malaysia.
Parallel to this event , a PacRim Cup competition will be held with teams from the above named nations, together with Alliance, Southern Cross (Australia) A & B teams, and Egypt.


Foundation of Women's 60+ Steering Group

Please read article under new Heading 'Women's 60+'

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Obituary



Jean-Pierre Winnen

We are saddened to hear of the sudden death of Jean-Pierre Winnen, who passed away on 12th February 2015. Jean-Pierre, a true Belgian, was a member of Alliance International Hockey Club since the founding in 2002 and was former President of the club, taking over from Johan Herbert in 2008, and continuing until the new executive committee was formed in 2009.  

Jean-Pierre was a firm presence in many of the tournaments in which Alliance participated. In all he played in 28 tournaments in the 12 years of his membership. He was, however, also to be seen playing in many other friendly tournaments around the World, and was always a special player and friend on and off the pitch.

 Jean-Pierre was one of the foundation stones on which Grand Masters hockey was built and was a valued and much loved member of the WGMA family. His broad smile and warm friendly greeting was a special part of every tournament. Everything he did both on and off the pitch was full of personal commitment. Through Alliance International HC, he was one of the great pioneers of Over 60s hockey, bringing friends from all around the world to WGMA events. Over the years we have all benefited from his enthusiasm and his friendship. We have much to thank him for and will always remember him.

He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and feelings go out to his wife, Marleen, who accompanied him at most of the tournaments in which he took part.


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5th Grand Masters Hockey European Cup 2015

It has been decided to hold the 5th GM Hockey European Cup at Southgate H.C. in North London from 21st - 28th August included. The younger Masters tiournament will be held at St.Albans H.C. and both events will be branded as the EuroHockey Masters championships and will run parallel to and be closely linked to the main EuroHockey championships at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre.

Invitation and further infos were sent to members end of September 2014.
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Formation of an FIH Masters Hockey Panel in July 2013.
 See official FIH Press Release under 'Masters Hockey'
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Invitation to
18th Euroluc Super Veterans + 60 Tournament in Lille, France March 2015

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June 2014 was a fantastic WGMA milestone with the

7th Grand Masters Hockey World Cup held in The Hague, The Netherlands embedded in the Rabobank Hockey World Cup men & women. (see 'World Cup The Hague 2014') 

It was our biggest tournament ever, with 56 teams participating involving around 1200 players, coaches, managers, judges and umpires. Also for the first time, 3 Women's 60+ teams, England, Australia and The Netherlands, took part (playing with the younger Women's Masters teams in Rotterdam).

The address of  the official tournament website is : www.WGMA2014.nl 

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It has been agreed to hold the 8th Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in 2016 in the town of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, to be held from 2nd  - 13th May.

More details will be available in due course.

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1st inaugural Vintage Grand Masters (75+) hockey match held in November 2013 between England and Holland
See article under 'Latest News'

2nd Grand Masters Hockey Asian Cup 
was held at Hong Kong Football Club, 30th October - 3rd November 2013. See article under 'Latest News'.



Further info to follow shortly.

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Bravo! Super Veterans France has announced the founding of a new association called

Super Veterans Association for Field Hockey

 See article under 'Latest News'.

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For those interested in the future development of Masters hockey worldwide, they may like to read the following articles expressing WGMA's views, 'The Way Ahead' and 'Masters Hockey - A Blueprint for the Future'. These are to be found under the 'Masters Hockey' Heading.



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The 4th GM Hockey European Cup tournament was held
 in Kontich, Belgium at RoyaBeerschot  THC,
from 18th August till  24th August 2013. 

Please note that more information relating to this tournament can be found in the special tournament website set up by Royal Beerschot THC :


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The Trans Tasman Masters Challenge 2013 took place in Auckland, New Zealand from 4th till 12th May. This biennial competition is a series of three test matches between Australia and New Zealand in the Masters age groups of Men and Women : Over 40/45/50/55, and Grand Masters Men Over 60. There was also a separate invitational competition for the first time for Women Over 60. The next Trans Tasman is planned from 5th - 9th May 2015, to be held in Melbourne, Australia.

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The Australia Men's Over 65 and Over 70 teams toured Malaysia, Japan and Korea from 6th till 28th May 2013, with matches held in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Yamanashi, Fukui,  Hiroshima, Kyoto and Seoul.
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New President of Alliance International H.C.


As of August 2012, the new president of Alliance International H.C. is Jose (Pepe) Borell Juanico, a former Spanish international hockey player, who succeeds Jorgos Dramitinos of Greece.


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Article on Visit of Australian Grand Masters to Tilburg, The Netherlands August 2012 (under heading "Masters")


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EuroHockey Championships 2015 in London, England
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For a Farewell Message from our former Vice President, Bernard Verbunt, see under Heading "Miscellaneous".
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A new page, 'Masters Hockey', has been opened to cover latest developments in promoting Masters hockey in the world, particularly through coordination between FIH, WGMA and IMHA with National Hockey Associations.
Current news :
Meeting in May 2012 between FIH, WGMA and IMHA at London Olympic stadium.
A paper prepared in February 2012 by Adrian Stephenson, Hon.Secretary WGMA, is now included covering "Masters hockey - a Blueprint for the Future". It raises interesting ideas for improving and developing overall Masters hockey in the world.
We would, of course, be interested to have any views and ideas from website readers on this subject.
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The following additional articles
can currently be found under
Latest News :

1)  
Annual Euroluc Tournament, Lille, France March 2015

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)  London chosen for the EHB EuroHockey Championships in 2015

3) De Zestigplussers Board elected on 8th November 2011

5)
1st WGMA Asian Cup and Singapore Grand Masters Cup held in   Singapore,End of October 2011 - plus Final Results

6) Calling all World Umpires!

7) Alliance International Hockey Club


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