Roller Hockey Craze Hits Skegness

ROLLER hockey is growing in popularity nationally, but not so fast as it is in Skegness.

Already 40 roller hockey enthusiasts have flocked to Mr Brian O’Connor’s roller rink on the Sea Front and matches have been arranged against National League opposition.

Mr O’Connor said that nothing had been finalised but teams from Manchester and Grimsby will be visiting the seaside in the summer. Meanwhile the Skegness teams are training hard.

Mr O’Connor said that the sport had been played nationally for many years but it has only recently started to appeal to players and spectators in Skegness.

He explained that it had tremendous spectator

appeal, being so fast and exciting. He invited anyone to visit his rink on Saturdays and Sundays at 4 pm to watch his teams train.

They train under floodlights at the moment but Mr O’Connor explained it was an all-year-round sport so training at 4 pm in the summer would not need this sort of facility.

Roller Hockey is certainly not for the fainthearted. Players travelling at high speeds and falling on hard :Surfaces need to wear pads from head to foot, but this does not deter two girls from participating.

Lisa Walker and Tanya Martin are two of the regulars at the roller rink.

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Source: Skegness Standard 1980

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