Kurt Ogilvie calls time on illustrious hockey career | Illawarra Mercury

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ALTHOUGH his glittering hockey career didn’t end the way he wanted, Kurt Ogilvie is thankful for everyone that made the ride enjoyable. The 36-year-old Kiama resident called time on his competitive hockey career during the Sydney Premier League Hockey decider last month – as his Moorebank Liverpool District Hockey Club minor premiers side, featuring Shoalhaven trio Nick Jennings and Alex and Callum Mackay, lost 3-2 to the Norwest Strikers. “Like most sporting teams, 2020 was very challenging with the COVID-related interruptions and modifications but I was proud of the way the team had put the distractions aside and performed at a high level all season,” Ogilvie, whose side had gone 12 games unbeaten before the grand final, said. “We claimed the minor premiership, so it was certainly a successful regular season. Read more: Phoenix can play key role in Wollongong’s A-League rise: Timpano “In the final, we began the game very strongly but the opposition had done their homework and planned well, making a few tactical changes at quarter-time and half-time and we didn’t adapt. “While we certainly weren’t at our best, they produced a strong performance and deserved the win. “Naturally, I was disappointed to lose, as were my teammates because we hadn’t finished with the desired result but I couldn’t be too upset after the efforts of the group all year and reflecting back on the opportunities I’ve received through hockey. “I certainly got a bit emotional talking to our team later in the stands, as I thanked them for everything they had sacrificed and contributed to our time together.” As with the case of all athletes, Ogilvie, who’s been at Moorebank since 2003, had been wrestling with the idea of retirement for some time. “I made the decision to retire mid-season and was comfortable with it,” he said. “It had been in my mind the last couple of seasons but this was the first time I’d really felt at peace with stepping aside and moving on. “Previously the decision had been hard and I believe if I had retired earlier, I may have regretted it in some aspects but for years, I had known what level of commitment and preparation I had expected of teammates at the premier league level and I could no longer commit to that standard. “I needed to and wanted to spend more time and energy with my family, so ultimately I knew the decision was right for me.” Read more: United and Sharks shine in unpredictable Illawarra Premier League season This decision brought an end to more than 20 years in the sport, which all began with the University of Wollongong under 13s side. He got his first taste of senior hockey with Kiama, before he returned to UOW – who he went on to win close to 10 Illawarra premierships with. A short time later he started with Moorebank – where he won six Sydney first

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