FAMILY ties helped reinvigorate Tim Tutt's love for hockey.
The Mariners secretary's return to the sport two years ago coincided with his daughters taking up the game.
Tutt is one of several players who will hit the Warrnambool and District Hockey Association's Cramer Street fields when senior action returns from its COVID-19 hiatus on July 25.
My daughters had started playing and I was able to have the time to come back and train and be part of that team.Tim Tutt
"I hadn't played hockey for 20 years until last year when I got back into it," he told The Standard.
"It's been a really good pastime to pick up. My daughters had started playing and I was able to have the time to come back and train and be part of that team.
"It's been great for my fitness, great for my hand-eye coordination and it's been nice to just meet a nice group of people."
Tutt's Mariners will have a new opponent this season in Portland, who traditionally competes in the Lower South East Hockey Association.
The club has temporarily shifted to the Warrnambool league as the South Australian border remains closed.
Tutt said the association would have four senior male teams and a host of junior and female outfits.
"It'll be a good season, it's not like we'll be playing the same team every week," he said.
"It'll basically run over the term three school term. That'll be good rather than running a longer season which would interrupt other sports like cricket or tennis."
Tutt said hockey appealed to people who liked to combine cardiovascular fitness with hand-eye coordination.
The under 12 season will begin on July 22, the under 14s on July 17 and the under 16s on July 18.