What is the SRHL?
Andrew: The SRHL is the Street Roller Hockey League a casual tournament Hockey League which we take to the streets.
What’s it all about and how did it start?
Andrew: The SRHL is all about the love of hockey and good times. It’s about casual sports and a level comradery that’s not really seen within many other sporting communities.
It first started in Perth only 18 months ago and quickly gathered momentum and is now one of the largest sporting communities in Perth with some 120 teams who bash it out for the SRHL Perth Cup!
It’s only been a year since we started on the Melbourne division and it wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance and assistance of the Perth league.
What’s the back story behind your love of Hockey?
Andrew: I could trace the very beginning back to playing NHL ’99 on Nintendo 64. Hockey always seemed interesting – fast paced, highly technical manoeuvers, regulated fighting (the SRHL is non-contact) and it seemed somewhat ‘exotic’.
Eventually I moved my love for hockey outside and took a couple of mates with me. In July 2016, myself and five others hit the courts in Albert Park for a game of very mediocre street hockey in what was the first game of ‘Prince Albert Street Hockey’ (PASH).
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After a couple of months we’d grown to regular Thursday (daytime) game of 15-20 people and had the workings of three teams in place. That’s when I got a call from Eamonn (SRHL - Perth) who proposed we join forces to create SRHL Melbourne.
How many teams are involved in the League across Aus?
Andrew: Melbourne and Sydney both started 4 years ago and Melbourne’s quickly grown to include 16 teams and about 105+ active participants, whilst Sydney has not yet developed a ‘tournament’ structure, there’s still about 60+ people that play casually. Perth on the other hand has a huge following with more than 120 teams and some 900+ active players!
Present from L to R: Billy, Sam, Ryan, Andrew, Matthew, Sophie.
What type of people play?
Andrew: Literally everyone. From lifestyle punks to business professionals, verified DnD geeks, to scientists and of course, ladies.
When and where do you play?
Andrew: Generally on weekends and we play all over the joint. Anywhere with a decent clear area of concrete, or a basketball court, you can literally play street hockey almost anywhere. You’ll often catch us at Albert Park though, just near pit lane (which is the original courts) or in Brunswick at Raeburn Reserve on weekends.
At the end of the season we choose a private location and throw a big party, with DJ's, food, booze and bands and have ourselves a qualifying knockout tourney to decide who takes out first prize.
Left: SRHL Melbourne Cup Right: Peninsula Paralytics holding the cup
What do you need to get started?
Andrew: Just some blades and a stick! Though protective gear is advised. Also, being a generally decent person is recommended. If you don’t have either, often the League can assist you, so I’d recommend joining our social page on Facebook, The SRHL Melbourne page where I’m sure we could find you some skates and a stick to borrow if you wanted to join in.
How does one get involved?
Andrew: Join the group – SRHL Melbourne and like the page ‘Street Roller Hockey League Melbourne’ then convince five of your mates to make a street roller hockey team!
Links to the SRHL Melbourne.
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