On Saturday 22nd of August, the day of the Div. 1 Men’s club finals Wayne Curtis played his last game before his retirement in club hockey, for the College Men’s team after being one of the oldest and wisest in the competition, after playing for 25+ years.
Wayne has had a long history of hockey, as first began playing hockey when he was 5 years old for St Josephs School in Levin.
He went onto play Hatch Cup for Horowhenua 1978-1980 and was even captain of the team in 1980 and was selected for the North Island Team and New Zealand teams that year.
He has played at left half throughout majority of his hockey career, and although he did manage to have a go at striker once this year with his College and scored his maiden goal.
In 1988-89 he played Manawatu U21s, and in 1988 he was selected for the NZ Colts development squad. Unfortunately he did not want to leave the big smoke of Levin as he was told he needed to move to Auckland to give himself a chance to progress further. Later in his lifehe was selected and played numerous years for the NZ Masters 40+ men’s team, and even won a gold at the 2009 Masters World Cup, which he often reminds his daughter Michaela as he is the only one with a gold medal so far.
He played his last 2 years of club hockey for College Men’s Div. 1, and did play for earlier for College in 1987-1997, but had to switch back to playing for Levin’s Club team as his two young daughters were born and becoming too much of a handful.
I’m sure his team will miss him playing, but nobody will miss playing against him