A NEW competition at Ernie Smith Reserve run by the Australian Fiji Hockey Association is bringing the sporting community of Liverpool together.
There are eight teams from the Moorebank and Mounties clubs playing in the mixed six-a-side competition on Thursday nights.
The competition started recently and continues until mid-December.
The grand final winning team will get $200 prizemoney and a trophy.
Australian Fiji Hockey Association president Nadeem Khan, of Hoxton Park, said the teams included players of many nationalities.
Khan, who plays for the Moorebank club, said it was an opportunity for hockey players to enjoy a good standard of competition.
"The competition is for boys, girls, men and women," Khan said.
He said it would become an annual event.
Khan said the Australian Fijian community in Liverpool enjoyed playing sport: "And one of those sports is hockey."
"The association formed in February, 2012, and we play in tournaments in Fiji every October.
"Hockey is very popular in Fiji. The game is getting bigger there all the time and taking teams on tour is also a good thing to strengthen the sporting communities of Australia and Fiji."
Khan said that once the winter season finished many players played indoors in summer.
"But there is nothing like playing hockey outdoors and at Ernie Smith Reserve we have three fields and top facilities," he said.
"For some players when the winter season finishes they can't wait for the next season to start.
"Holding this competition helps with the players' skills and fitness levels."