Geoff Crawford, Bert Brownlow and Ron Mills, North West Hobart Hockey Club’s “Founding Fathers”. They had a vision for a great club and it was for this that they were made Life Members. Geoff, a great club man, was an inspirational player known as a great striker who was able to score in most games he played. Geoff and Bert were both captain/coaches of the club whilst Ron, best known for his cool ability as a goalie, served the club and association as Treasurer.
John Bessell was Club President for six years, 1960-65. He coached under 15 juniors for four years with success. He also served the SHA as Assistant Secretary.
Ivan Green played for North West from 1953-60 after which he took up umpiring, obtaining his THUA Badge. In 1974-75 he was President of our club, Secretary from 1956-67 and our club delegate to SHA for 32 years. He was presented with Life Membership of the SHA in 1981 and the Award of Merit to Hockey in 1990.
Neville Bradbury started playing for North West in 1956. Perpetual trophies for Fourth Grade Men, Under 15 Boys and Junior Development are legacies of a man who gave over 40 years of his life to the sport and club he loved dearly.
Darrell Cantwell enjoyed 20 years of playing hockey for our club. His greatest contribution to our club was his involvement with recruiting and looking after many junior players. He coached for a number of years at several schools and at club underage level. He was on the committee for 10 years, served as Secretary in 1970 and was Club President 1976-77.
Ken Clifford’s association with NW was for 42 years as a player, coach, administrator and supporter. He was a top A Grade player, retiring at the age of 28. He returned to hockey and coaching duties when Ken Jnr joined NW Under 15. Ken’s teams always made the grand finals, often being premiers.
Barrie Muir was the instigator of many social scenes, “Notice of Motion” – a club newsletter which Barrie believed helped to keep club members better informed and of course the Muir of the Muirjon Trophy. Barrie was President of NW from 1966-70 and 1978-82. He was also a player and umpire.
Greg Brown was a player, coach and administrator of our club. He coached underage and senior teams obtaining a number of premierships. Greg was a committee member for approximately 22 years, from 1968 to 1990 as Social Finance Convenor, SHA Delegate and President 1983-87.
Noel Richardson played hockey for North West for over 30 years. Noel served on the Club’s Executive Committee for numerous years being Secretary from 1971-74. He served on the SHA Executive Committee for approximately 15 years, ten as Secretary, being awarded Life Membership of SHA in 1996.
Rod Street was Club Assistant Secretary in 1972, Club Secretary from 1975-82, Vice President 1986-87 and President 1988-91. He played hockey for our club as well as coached numerous teams. Rod gained his State Umpire’s Badge and is another NW player who contributed greatly to other hockey associations, he was Secretary of the THA for six years and an Executive member of the SHA from 1977-82.
Julie Podmore, only Life Member of the Graduates Ladies Hockey Club was awarded this honour for her outstanding services to the club. Julie was a founding member of the Graduates Ladies Hockey Club in 1966. She was a great player being named twice in an Australian team. Julie has coached numerous Grads teams to premierships.
Margaret Pierce joined Grads in 1971. Margaret, like Julie, coached Grads teams to premierships and captained club and state teams. She had a long and distinguished interstate career – playing for Tasmania, Victoria and Northern Territory, being named twice in Australian teams.
Lesley Harrison joined Grads in 1977 and has an unbroken record of 30 years on club committees. Her achievements were recognised in 1996 when she was awarded Life Membership of the STWHA.
Richard Fowler was involved with the club for over 30 years. He was a player, coach of underage teams to Men’s A Grade and served on the club committee for a number of years. He was Treasurer for three years 1981-83, Secretary for one year 1989 and Club President for four years 1999-2002. He also represented the State at senior level.
Richard Chapman is a current player in our Second Grade Men’s team. He has played since 1975, at times as captain and coach, and has been a member of many premiership teams. Richard was a committee member from 1986-92 and 2003-04 including Treasurer in 1990, Secretary 1991-92 and President for two years 2003-04.
Christine Bennett joined Grads in 1977 after an illustrious career at University. Chris is also a Life Member of the University Women’s Hockey Club and Hockey South. She has excelled in all areas of hockey, as a senior state player and state underage coach. She holds a State Badge for umpiring and is well known for her administrative skills. Chris was Club
President from 1995-97. In 2006 Christine was awarded an OAM for her contribution to hockey.
Grahame Lawson joined NW in 1971 as a supporter. His hockey playing career started in 1947. He has represented the state three times. Grahame managed NW Men’s A Grade sides 1979-91. He only ever played one game with our club in the Veteran’s competition. He was Vice President for four years and a very valued member of the committee.
Michael Irwin started in NW Under 12’s in 1970 and he is still playing. He played A Grade from 1979 to 1996 winning ten premierships as well as being a State senior representative. He has coached as well as been a committee member and Treasurer for our club 1998-99. He has given service to the Southern Association as Treasurer 1993-95 and Vice President of Hockey Tasmania 2004-05.
Michael Johnson joined NW in 1975. He has been a recipient of many club awards including Best Junior Clubman 1983 and Best Clubman 1992. He has coached at junior and state level and been a member of the club committee for 12 years, President in 1998.
Morva Bradbury, non hockey player, instigated the ladies finance committee for NW running it for eight years. Morva has excelled in fundraising for our club. Over the years she has been club historian, manageress and patroness. She is a keen and loyal supporter of our club who still attends games regularly.
Graham Canny has been a valuable asset to our club, not only as a player, coach and avid supporter, but as a committee person. In the past he has been responsible for major sponsorship. Graham is another Life Member of our club who has contributed greatly to SHA, being made Life Member of Hockey South in 1996.
Chris Potter joined NW in 1963 and has played around 750 games for the club. He has had numerous roles on the committee culminating as President 1992-94. Chris has coached junior teams and was manager of the U18 girls team in 2001.
Danny Lawson joined the NW under 12’s team in 1971. He is one of NWG’s most decorated players; Danny has coached A Grade Men, is currently co-coach of our Women’s A Grade team and has coached junior teams. A state player who also captained the side.
Phil Klye has been involved with the club for over 30 years as a player, coach, manager, committee person and keen supporter. He has been involved with committee duties for over 12 years, three of these as Secretary 2003-05.
Jill Klye a tireless member of our club who excelled in her Treasurer’s role in 1995-96 and 2003-05. She has also been involved as coach and manageress of underage teams and was our club’s southern women’s delegate in 1994.
Bob Gregory has been a keen and visible supporter of our club for nearly 30 years. A player for over 20 years, Bob has coached and managed teams, been very active as a committee member for NWHGHC, Club Secretary 1983-85, and in the past been our club’s delegate on several Hockey South committees.
Sharon Lacey has played for Graduates and then NWHGHC for 30 years and also coached with the club since 1983. Sharon has played in 12 premiership teams during that time including 3 in A grade. Sharon has been a member of the HS Board and various HT committees. She is currently Club President, A reserve Manager and Masters Coach
Michael Stops joined the club in 1976 and has since played, coached, managed and held various positions on the committee. Michael is currently A reserve Mens Manager and represents the club on several HT committees.
Helen Moore joined the club as a junior in 1977 and despite stints on the mainland and overseas has been with the club ever since. Helen has been a strong advocate of junior development and was also largely responsible for the reintroduction of our 3rd and 4th grade teams when numbers were dwindling. Helen has had a long involvement on the club committee and was Vice President in 2008 and Secretary in 2009.
Brendan Moore joined North West in 1975. He played across a number of grades and coached the inaugural NW Womens team in 1978 and for a number of years thereafter. Brendan has received the prestigious Best Club Person award a number of times and was Club President from 2008-2011
Stephen McMullen joined NWG in 1994 and served several years on the committee in various roles including Vice-President from 2000-2002. Stephen was A grade mens coach from 2009 – 2012 and the team won the Premiership in 2011. Stephen played A grade for many years and was a member of 8 A grade premiership sides and a further 3 in A reserve.
Ross Ginn is a club stalwart and has been involved with the club since 1969. He has had roles as a player, coach and very dedicated supporter. Ross was coach of the 1st grade men and also went on to later manage the team. He has supported many players both financially and as a mentor over the years. Ross is someone who exemplifies the true ‘Bulldog Spirit’
2017 – Marty Bissett contributed to our club for some 28 years. Marty was awarded the A Grade Best and Fairest in 1991-94, 1998-99, top goal scorer in 1998 and 1995, Southern Hockey Leagues A Grade Best and Fairest four times, has eight A Grade premierships to his name and Best Club Person in 1994. Marty coached our A Grade men’s team for five years through a very successful period. Marty represented the state through the junior ranks and over eight seasons for the the senior state team now known as the Tassie Tigers. Additionally, Marty coached numerous junior teams and served on the committee as a general member, Social Secretary, Coaching Coordinator and Vice President. Marty has always demonstrated a deep desire to make our great club THE BEST IT CAN BE.
2018 AMBASSADORIAL LIFE MEMBERSHIP – Eddie Ockenden a special award to acknowledge the significant achievements and contributions of Eddie to the NWHGHC, Tasmanian and Australian Hockey at the highest level. Although Eddie’s hockey achievements have been extensive Eddie continues to support NWHGHC at every opportunity.
2019 – Justin Bessel has been a consistent club contributor. Justin has been a member of the committee undertaking roles of president, vice president, junior boys coordinator and uniform coordinator (in partnership with his wife Rachael). Justin has also been an active member of the Southern Competitions and Junior Competitions committees. Justin coached and managed club teams along with regional and state teams. Additionally Justin won the Neville Bradbury Award in 2011 and Best Club Person in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Justin’s contributions, dedication and loyalty to the NWHGHC is exemplary.