Maintaining its tradition of self help, the York hockey club has developed a second playing ground which is almost ready for use.

Treasurer, David Wallace, recently outlined how the club had funded the new field which cost just over $125,000 to construct. "Unfortunately we were unable to play on it this year because of a few setbacks but it will be ready for next year. "Once completed, the ground will be a great asset for the York community," he said.

"The club would like to thank everyone who helped make the field possible. "Funds for the work included a grant of $38,000 from the Department of Sport and Recreation, $15,000 from the Shire and $72,000 raised by the club itself through work and donations from the community," Mr Wallace said.

A further $11,500 including $1,500 from the Bendigo Bank 'You Like' promotion, had been used to buy fencing which would be erected when members get time. Much of the work necessary to get the playing surface up to standard had also been done by members, he said.

ABOVE: Hockey Club workers (L-R) David Fleay, Michael Hooper and David Wallace during the mowing of the new playing field which is almost ready for use.