Post Office Hotel Hockey Club reunion this weekend
PAST players, coaches, organisers and social members of the former Post Office Hotel Hockey Club will get together this weekend to relive an era when sport dominated the Moree landscape.
The local hockey competition in Moree during the 1980s had a huge following, with teams competing regularly at local, regional and State level.
Wind the calendar forward nearly 40 years and more than 60 past members of the Post Office Hotel Hockey Club are expected in town after it was decided late last year to try and bring everyone together.
Reunion organiser Mike Hadfield said the Post Office Hotel Hockey Club was formed in 1980, with nearly 300 members playing at different levels until 1987.
“The club operated for seven years during a period when hockey was strong in Moree,” Mr Hadfield said.
“Peter McLaughlin, who was working at the Hospital at the time, formed the club. Peter was an experienced hockey player with skills surpassing most of the Moree players and during this period Moree regularly participated at the State Championships.
“The Club played hockey during the winter men’s comp and winter women’s comp and also during summer in the daylight savings’ comp,” he said.
At any one time the club would have up to five hockey teams playing in the winter comps and the daylight savings’ comp.
“The club also had softball teams and netball teams and from 1980 to 1987 more than 260 people joined the club, either playing hockey, softball, netball or simply as social members,” Mr Hadfield said.
“The club was very focused on social events as well and had a social function nearly every month. One of the regular events was the weekly chook raffle at the Post Office Hotel on Friday nights. The club raised considerable funds from these raffles and other fundraising events.
“When the club ceased activity the balance of funds held was donated to local charities,” he said.
The organising committee, which includes Mike and Kim Hadfield (Banora Point), Cliff Brown (Moree), David and Jenny Campbell (Boambee East), Terry and Sue Norrie (Victoria Point), Mike and Mary O’Reilly (Sandstone Point) and Joy Schultz (Yarraman), expects a good roll-up.
“Some people are travelling long distances to reminisce about all those great saves and awesome goals all those years ago,” Mr Hadfield smiled.
Mr Hadfield said that there is at least one Moree player from the 1980s still playing hockey.
“Kim Clarke, who worked at the Westpac Bank, recently played for NSW in the Veterans’ Championships in Adelaide,” Mr Hadfield said.
“Given that the reunion is being held at the Post Office Hotel and is not a private event, any of the hockey players from the 1980s era are welcome to visit the hotel and catch up with the now more mature Post Office Hotel Hockey Club players.
“It’s going to be a great weekend, and an opportunity for many people to catch up and reminisce,” he said.