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Hume Welcoms it's first women's coach!

When you’re a new club getting a team together is great, but having a coach fall into your lap is freaking amazing! That is exactly what happened to us at Hume Hockey Club towards the end of 2017. I was monitoring our social media page (as usual) when I got a message from Richard Moore asking whether we had a women’s team (or planned to have one) and offering his services as a coach. Holy Moly, Batman! What an opportunity! Obviously we jumped at the chance.

Richard most recently was the Head Coach for the Victorian League 1 side at LaTrobe University Hockey Club (2014-2016), and Vic League 2 coach at PEGS for the 2012-2013 seasons. Sport and fitness aren’t new to him though. His sporting history includes: Victorian representative in hockey, state level competitor in taekwondo and he is currently a personal trainer who has worked with AFL players, Olympic champions and contestants from the Biggest Loser! It looks like if Richard has his way the inaugural women’s team at HHC will be a force to be reckoned with!

Richard began his hockey love affair back in 1977 when he began playing U15s with Melbourne Uni Hockey Club but got into coaching when his eldest daughter’s team needed a coach. He hasn’t looked back since!

With such an impressive history of playing and coaching hockey, I had to ask, “Why Hume Hockey Club?”. I mean, we’re about as new as a club can be and will be putting together our very first women’s team in 2018. Turns out that he lives not so far away and is looking forward to bringing hockey to the region by helping to establish HHC in the competition. As for his goals for the 2018 season, he just wants the team to be competitive (making finals would be a bonus – and HHC is the leader at coming in as the underdog and taking out the premiership – so no pressure ladies!)

Away from hockey, Richard is a dad to 4, granddad to 4 and about to get married, all whilst running his personal training studio in Pascoe Vale. If he drops by for a chat, offer him a coffee (not tea), hide your cat (he is a dog person) and be prepared to chat about Carlton Football Club or the best beachside holiday destination…

And his advice to players new to the game? “Never be afraid to try something new in a game. We all learn by mistakes and I’m still learning at the age of 54.”

Welcome to Hume Hockey Club, Richard! We’re a friendly bunch and can’t wait to get to know you.

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