AUSTRALIA’S most decorated hockey player Jamie Dwyer has been blocked from playing in WA’s Premier League this weekend under a bizarre rules technicality.
A five-time world player of the year, Dwyer had intended to take the field for YMCC Hockey Club at Shenton College on Sunday in his first game in WA since retiring from international competition after last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
But the 38-year-old has had his registration bid denied by Hockey WA after being classed as an interstate player despite living in Perth for the past six years.
Conditions require imports to be registered 10 days before the start of the season.
Dwyer missed the cut-off thinking he would be classed as a full-time resident. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist has a WA driver’s licence and owns a house and business in Perth.
“I just find it a bit silly,” Dwyer said. “We’re trying to get people to play hockey and then they try and make rules to stop people from playing hockey.
“I said to them two or three hundred people might come down to watch me if I promote it and get the kids out there.”
Hockey WA chief executive Peter Churack said Dwyer was considered an import because his last national match was for Queensland.