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Central Hockey Club hopes to celebrate men's and women's premierships on 60th anniversary

Anniversaries are always special occasions, but the Central Hockey Club hopes they also coincide with premierships.

The club's men's and women's first-grade teams are in the finals together for the first time in a decade when the charge to the Capital League 1 titles begins this weekend.

Kate Dooley and Daniel Hotchkis will be out to lead Central to premierships during the finals.
Kate Dooley and Daniel Hotchkis will be out to lead Central to premierships during the finals. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Central's men's team lost just one game all season on its way to the minor premiership and will face a Goulburn side featuring London Olympian Glenn Turner in the qualifying final on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Central's women's outfit was bumped back to third on goal difference, leaving it in an elimination final with fourth-placed ANU on Sunday.

Having both teams in the finals is a fitting result given Central is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Central's 50th birthday bash in 2004 was one to remember, with both the men's and women's first-grade teams lifting the silverware, an achievement that has not been repeated.

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Kate Dooley, an experienced member of the club's women's team in her 13th season, hopes there is a case of deja vu.

"It's great for both teams to be in the finals, especially being our 60th year," she said. "The last time was our 50th ... both the men and women took it out that year, so it'd be great to do that again."

Tapping into talented families has been part of Central's success since the club was established in 1955.

Dooley came across from Crookwell to follow her older brothers, Troy and Simon, to the club, while her mum Catherine started playing in 1971, only stopped when she was pregnant and is a life member.

The Hotchkis clan is another who have played a prominent part through the years. The three brothers - Matt, Dan and Chris - are all in the first-grade side, while their mum, Joyce, is on the sidelines in her role as team manager.

"It's a very family-oriented club, so I think that goes a long way," Dan Hotchkis said.

"It's also that the rest of the group has remained largely intact, so you play with the same guys since you were young. There's a good bond with everyone in the team."

Central will hold its 60th anniversary celebrations at the Belconnen Canberra Labor Club on September 27.

Old Canberrans, which inflicted Central's only defeat of the season last week, takes on United in the men's elimination final on Saturday.

The winner of the Tuggeranong Vikings v St Pats' encounter on Sunday will progress to the women's grand final.

Saturday: Capital League 1 semi-finals: Men: Qualifying: Central v Goulburn, 2pm. Elimination: Old Canberrans v United, 3.45pm.

Sunday: Capital League 1 semi-finals: Women: Elimination: Central v ANU, 2pm. Qualifying: Tuggeranong Vikings v St Pats, 3.45pm.