Coach banned after assault

Hockey South Canterbury (HSC) board member Craig Stevenson has been suspended from the sport for eight months after assaulting a fellow coach.

HSC chairman Craig Copland confirmed that a judicial hearing took place after receipt of a written complaint regarding an incident involving Stevenson.

Copland believed it would not be appropriate for HSC to release the details of the incident or reasons for the decision because it was understood the matter may have been referred to the police.

"Mr Stevenson subsequently tendered his resignation from the Hockey South Canterbury Board and this was accepted."

The Herald understands the incident resulted from a disagreement over practice balls.

Stevenson said he regretted the incident, in which he grabbed the collar of an 18-year-old's shirt and pulled it.

"It was a spur-of-the-moment reaction and I accept my punishment as I was wrong. Hockey South Canterbury had to set an example and that was fair enough.

"I do regret it and shouldn't have done what I did, but I owned up."

Stevenson, who is confined to a wheelchair with multiple sclerosis, said he had been visited by the police and gave his version of events. "I understand they accepted my explanation and no further action is being taken."

Stevenson is undecided about his future in hockey.

The Timaru Herald