Hervey Bay Hockey players begin the new season
HERVEY Bay Hockey Association has burst back into its new season.
The under-14 and reserve competition restarted on Friday afternoon, with other juniors and senior competition set to start on Saturday.
HBHA president Peter Harvey said it had been a busy few weeks for the association, but he was relieved to see the new season start.
Hervey Bay hosted the Over-60s Men's Masters Hockey carnival last week with great success, and there is a possibility it could return next year.
While that is great news for HBHA, the challenge according to Harvey is to boost participation numbers.
"It's probably gone down a little but I'd say we suffer from a similar thing most sports here do,” he said.
"We lose a significant number of young adults who can't find work or go to university.
"Our junior numbers are okay though.
"Everyone's pretty excited and we're looking forward to starting a new season.”