Nationals – Officials – Call For EOI’s

HA Masters National Championships
Expressions of Interest Open for Officials

Hockey Australia Masters call for expressions of interest for suitably qualified officials to officiate in Technical and Umpiring Panels at the Men’s & Women’s National Championships 2022.  Expressions of interest will close on Monday 30 May 2022

All selected officials are expected to abide by the Hockey Australia Officials Code of Conduct Attachment D . Interested officials should also familiarise themselves with the HA Masters Officials’ Role Descriptions before completing expressions of interest.  Please consider this carefully as you decide which position/s you wish to apply for.

Expressions of Interest can be completed at the links below.  Please check the relevant date requirements and read the Role Descriptions before completing your expression of interest.

Men’s National Championships: < Link Address >

Women’s National Championships: < Link Address >

This information will also be found on the News page of the Hockey Australia Masters website < Link Address > and Hockey Australia Masters facebook. < Link Address >

Please distribute this information via your networks and thank you for your continued support of Hockey Australia Masters.

Kind regards

Gail Lomas
Transition Implementation Officer
Hockey Australia Masters

NSW Masters > 60’s – Goulburn Masters

NSW Masters O/60 Championships – Wyong – 1st to 3rd July 2022

Goulburn Masters Hockey Association are seeking Expressions of Interest from ACT players interested in playing in the NSW Masters O/60 Championships.

The O/60 Championships are scheduled for 1-3 July 2022 (incl) with games being played at the Central Coast Hockey Complex in Wyong, NSW.

If you are interested please contact Conway Bogg, Secretary of Goulburn Masters Hockey Association, on:

E-Mail:   boggc@bigpond.com

Mobile:  0418 113 380

Farewell to Norrie O’Leary

ACT Masters sadly reports the death of Norrie O’Leary, a life member of ACT Masters Hockey and a vital part of the creation of our Association and its ethos.

All Masters members are advised that Norrie’s final service will be held at 12pm on Thursday 5 May 2022 at Norwood Park Crematorium

Norrie (or Legs O’Leary as he was called in his early days) started playing hockey in Goulburn in the city’s golden days. He played for Panthers and Goulburn Workers Club and represented Goulburn before relocating to Sydney in the early 1960s. In Sydney, Norrie played for Randwick and then St George, from where he represented Sydney and NSW.

At a Foxhall Cup match at Hockey Park Goulburn on a very wet day in the early 1960’s saw Sydney win. Sydney captain, Roger Hazelton, in his victory speech thanked Goulburn for hosting the match, for the wet winter weather and for Norrie O’Leary, man of the match.

Like many Goulburn players Norrie moved to Canberra in the 1960s, working for Commonwealth Motors as a salesman for many years. In Canberra he joined his mates and lent his skills as an administrator and Manager to the newly developing ACT Veteran’s Hockey Association and its participation in National Championships. Norrie served as Treasurer of the Association from 1981 until 1992.

The ACT 0/40 team played without a manager in 1980 (Perth). Captain, Terry Deane, approached Brian Colquhoun to become the manager for the 1981 team. Norrie had struck up a friendship with Brian and it was agreed that Norrie would become assistant manager. This relationship would continue until 1989, and as a manager on his own until 1993. In those early days, everyone had to pay their own expenses including managers.

Norrie was an instant success as assistant manager. The players welcomed him as someone with a strong character, great sense of humour and engaging personality who enjoyed all aspects of being part of the team. He took charge of the less appealing duties of the team which included washing players’ uniforms, ensuring that cold beer was there after each game and transportation. Norrie got on well with everyone including other team players, officials and umpires. Most of all, Norrie enjoyed the social aspect of a hockey tournament, and became part of the ACT Vets furniture for many years to come.

Norrie also played for the ACT in 1993 when Canberra hosted the Champs for the first time.

After his retirement from Masters, he became a regular at the Hockey Centre games and attended most of the men’s grand finals until a few years ago.

Liked by everyone, he had made many friends in ACT hockey and will be sadly missed.

LifeNight – the Round-up

The Masters Hockey calendar for this year saw our LifeNight become two life nights, with the short North/South play-offs to be then followed by the social gathering / games night.

That is, the two Mondays (being the 4th and the 11th of April) saw the North Vs Souths teams take to the field, with the “Keeper of the Flame” Trophy ultimately going to the Southside.  Whilst there was a call for recruits for a ‘white’ or “Outside”, the numbers just didn’t translate this year.  Hopefully in 2023 the Outsiders will also make the cut.

At around 8:00 pm on the second evening, the Life Night Games Show got under way.  Several lucky-door/raffle prizes were distributed, and this was well supervised by our own showman Craig (in a fetching, Nige crocheted head-dress).  Many of the winners were now also resplendent in their own new caps; and then some smiling with fluorescent stick-bag, a GaiterAid holder, or a new stick.  Warwick, our on-site-quiz-man ran two taxing ten question trivia, with a testing emphasis on the local hockey scene, and some international.  In these trivia quests, there certainly appeared to be strong pools of knowledge at the larger merged tables.  Picking up his well-earned trivia prize, hair care products from Cataldo’s Hair Salon is Parksie.

Madonna Blythe (Aus) and Delphina Merino (Arg)

Then MorrisT ran two of the usual find-a-ball, with the second game also incorporating a trivia feedback: (where is the ball? who are the players? [photo included]): a photo refurbished.

The monies collected at LifeNight will go to support the ACT Master’s Hockey donations to our selected charities:

  • ACT Prostate Cancer Support Group – ACT Region;
  • the Cancer Council;
  • and Rise Above.