FAQs

What is Bentstix?

Bentstix is one of the world’s leading gay and lesbian hockey clubs and is based in Sydney.

Bentstix was established in 1996 during the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival as a social network of like-minded players.  The club has since grown to become the world’s largest and most successful gay and lesbian hockey club, with over 70 active members consisting of men and women, gay, straight, lesbian and anywhere in between.

We currently have two women’s and three men’s teams competing in Sydney leagues, and we also field teams at competitions throughout Asia and the rest of the world. Our men’s team were gold medal winners at the 2013 World Outgames in Antwerp.

Bentstix is dedicated to continually building a diverse, competitive and friendly environment which welcomes all new members wishing to play hockey, get fit and make new friends.

Our aims are to:

  • Provide GLBT community members the opportunity to learn and play hockey in a competitive but fun and supportive environment.
  • Offer members the opportunity to make new friends while improving their fitness and self-esteem.
  • Promote sport and participation in the GLBT community and in turn promote acceptance of homosexuality within the broader community.
  • Promote gay and lesbian field hockey both locally and internationally in an effort to build participation worldwide.

To find out more about our club and our players, see our player profiles here.

How do I join Bentstix?

The easiest way to join is to email us and we will let you know when and where our next training session will be. Please also contact us with any questions you have about the club. If you are nervous about joining a new team please don’t be – we regularly welcome new members and will do everything we can to make you feel at home.

I haven’t ever played hockey before – can I still join Bentstix?

We welcome players at all levels, from complete beginners to advanced. Several of our current members only picked up a hockey stick for the first time this year and now play alongside our more experienced members. If you’re not sure if hockey is for you, you are always welcome to join us for a training session – drop us an email for more details.  You would need a mouth guard as a minimum (and shin pads would be advisable – see below). The club can lend you a stick until you decide whether hockey is for you.

I haven’t played hockey since High School – can I still join Bentstix?

Many of our players hadn’t played for many years before they joined Bentstix – often they had played at school or university and not picked up a stick since. Again, we can lend you a stick if you don’t have one.

I am an experienced hockey player and have previously played in a high division – will I be able to play at the same level with Bentstix?

Bentstix currently has three men’s teams (Div 5, Div 7 and Div 8 of the Sydney Hockey Association league) and two women’s team (Div 3 and Div 4 of the Sydney East Hockey Association). Our players range from complete beginners to Div 1/2 level players and everything in between. If your objective in finding a hockey team is to play at the highest club level right away then Bentstix may not be the club for you – we always play to win but at present we don’t have teams in any of Sydney’s top divisions.

But if you want to be part of building a club, playing in a competitive but supportive environment and having fun, then come join us! Last year our top teams for the men and the women took out their respective grand finals, so if you want to be part of a club that is going from strength to strength then we would love to have you!

Where and when does Bentstix play?

WINTER SEASON – the main hockey season runs from March/April to early September, and matches are played weekly on Saturdays or Sundays, with training held one evening during the week (at Kyeemagh hockey field). Women’s matches are played at Kyeemagh and Daceyville/UNSW. Men’s matches are played at venues across Sydney.

SUMMER SEASON – Bentstix enters mixed teams in both indoor and outdoor competitions throughout the summer across Sydney.

How much are the annual club fees?

The average fees for the year are approximately $445. This includes playing fees for the winter league, pitch hire, coaching, training equipment and insurance. Fees need to be paid upfront at the beginning of the season. You also need to be a member ($35) and make sure you’re registered with HockeyNSW (around $140).

Can I pay my fees in instalments?

Yes, you can pay in three instalments or pay the full amount upfront for an earlybird discount.

What equipment do I need and where can I buy it?

The minimum kit you will need to play consists of shin pads ($20-40) and a mouth guard ($10-50) – the club can lend you a stick if you don’t want to buy one straight away (entry level sticks start at about $50 and go up to $250+). Hockey kit can be found online or at larger Rebel Sport stores and the Just Hockey store at Olympic Park.

I don’t have a car, can I still play?

Yes of course – lifts can be arranged with other club members, just drop us an email.

What is the average age of players at the club?

The age of club members ranges from early twenties to late fifties and includes everything in-between. We welcome players of any age as long as they are over 18.

Do you have to be gay to play for Bentstix?

Bentstix is an inclusive club that welcomes players regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality or religion. Although most of our players are from the LGBTI community, we also welcome straight members, and those who choose not to reveal their sexuality. Our aim is to ensure that all members feel they can be themselves without having to hide who they are on or off the field.

To find out more about our club and our players, see our player profiles here.

Does the club run social events?

Yes! The club organises frequent social events, both men’s/women’s team nights or post game brunches and mixed events for all members. Husbands/wives/boyfriends/girlfriends/partners/friends/family are always welcome!

I am a shift worker and I might not be able to attend all matches and training sessions, can I still play?

Although we do ask that our players make a full commitment to their teams, we know that shift workers aren’t always able to choose when they work. In order to qualify for the finals, players must have played at least 70% of games throughout the season, so this is a good rule of thumb – we ask that you commit to playing 70% of games and attending 70% of training sessions. If this isn’t possible, you are always welcome as a casual player.