Newcastle Premier Hockey gets underway | PHOTOS

Wests player Blake Hinton, centre, gets assistance after being injured in a collision.
Wests player Blake Hinton, centre, gets assistance after being injured in a collision.

Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League began on Saturday with Olympians Matt Dawson and Jamie Dwyer squaring off for Norths and Wests respectively. Norths won 3-2 at Newcastle Hockey Centre. Pictures by Jonathan Carroll. 

Wests player Noah Abell, left, shields the ball.

Wests player Noah Abell, left, shields the ball.

Norths player and Australian hockey representative Matt Dawson.

Norths player and Australian hockey representative Matt Dawson.

Norths player Matt Dawson goes on the charge against Wests.

Norths player Matt Dawson goes on the charge against Wests.

Australia's greatest ever male hockey player Jamie Dwyer played a guest stint with Wests on Saturday.

Australia's greatest ever male hockey player Jamie Dwyer played a guest stint with Wests on Saturday.

Wests player Tane Charman, right, and Norths player Shaun Frazer, left, vie for the ball.

Wests player Tane Charman, right, and Norths player Shaun Frazer, left, vie for the ball.

Norths player Shaun Frazer, left, and Wests player Mitch Scotchner, tussle.

Norths player Shaun Frazer, left, and Wests player Mitch Scotchner, tussle.

 Wests player Jamie Dwyer, left, and Norths player Jordan Wilcott, lock sticks.

Wests player Jamie Dwyer, left, and Norths player Jordan Wilcott, lock sticks.

Norths player and current Kookaburra Matt Dawson.

Norths player and current Kookaburra Matt Dawson.

Wests player Hayden Dillon, centre, gets away from Norths defence.

Wests player Hayden Dillon, centre, gets away from Norths defence.

Wests player Jacob Searle, centre, prepares to strike.

Wests player Jacob Searle, centre, prepares to strike.