By admin | Published February 18, 2016
Rovers Hockey Club owes its beginning to two men, Mr Albert (Poppy) Gough and Mr Tom Rogers (Snr) who were our club’s first patriarchs. Under their watchful eyes, players first took to the field under the name of Rockhampton Rovers on Saturday, 25th May 1940, at Stapleton Park, Bridge Street, North Rockhampton.
They later shortened the name to Rovers and played the 1940/41 seasons before disbanding for World War II. The original players in 1940 were:
- R. Gough
- W. Ross
- K. Hansen
- F. Cooper
- V. Harvey
- C. Price
- N. Waite
- K. Gough
- C. Kelly
- G. Rogers
- A. Strelow
- A. Harvey
- L. Chandler
The rebirth of Rovers Hockey Club came in 1946 with a women’s and men’s team.
The formation of the women’s team (mainly Williams Ltd employees) was encouraged by Ken & Shirley Gough and Norm and Marj Hewitt. The women took to the field at the start of 1946 season with the following members:
- Glady Logue
- Claire Osbourne
- Joan Ball
- Joan Warmsley
- Gloria Robertson
- Marj Hewitt
- Grace Misfelt
- Enid Jacobsen
- Nelly Elder
- Betty Stubbersfield
- Joyce Schirmer
- Heather Anderson
On returning from the war, the Rovers men reformed and took to the field on the last Saturday in March 1946, with the following members:
- Ken Gough (captain)
- Dough Withers (vice captain)
- Cecil Marler
- Les Browne
- Tom Rogers (goalie)
- Noel Wright
- Vic Harvey
- Lyle Hamilton
- Kelvin Stickley
- Arthur Harvey
- Cameron Price
- Fred Kean
The men wore crew neck singlets which were dyed green (due to shortage of clothing war coupons), white shorts and red and green socks. Rockhampton Hockey Association voiced disapproval at the use of singlets so the shirts were later changed to green, then red and green squares.
The Alan Strelow Club House was built in 1988 on Council land in conjunction with junior cricket on the corner of Mason and Shepherd Streets at Birdwood Park on the hill overlooking the training field.
Rovers merged with Frenchville Hockey Club in 1999 in order to assure the viability of the hockey club to form Frenchville Rovers Hockey under the umbrella of Frenchville Sports Club.
Frenchville Rovers has a long history of encouraging hockey as a sport for the entire family and continues to reap the benefits of enthusiastic members with ages between 4 and 76 who enjoy Hockey as players and supporters.
We are very proud of our early members and supporters, and in 2010, we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the formation of Rovers Hockey Club.
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For Information about Frenchville Rovers Hockey or any individual or Businesses wanting to Sponsor a team please contact:
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For the Club as whole FSC Sports Manager Shaun Ryan 0418 794 161
The Rovers Hockey club has a long and distinguished history in the sport in rockhampton for the last 70 years. In 1999 The Frenchville Rovers emerged.
They are currently made up of U/5s, U/7s, U/9s Rookey, U/12 Boys and Girls, U/15 Boys and Girls, A1 Men and Women, A2 Men and Women and A3 Men and Women. With ages ranging from 4 to approximately 60!
The Hockey Season runs from mid March to mid September. New players are most welcome, Hockey sticks are available for any juniors wishing to try the sport of Hockey.
Proudly supported by the following sponsors:
Queensland Linen Service – A1 & A2 Men
Strelow Insurance & Financial Services – A1 & A2 Women
Super Clean Laundromat – A3 Women & Under 15 Girls
Frenchville Sports Club – Under 15 Boys
Wish to become a Frenchville Rovers Hockey Sponsor?
As a Sponsor of the Frenchville Rovers Hockey Club, we are asking for a 3-year commitment from you, and in return, we will do our best to advertise your business and promote as best we can within our community, including the use of our Facebook Page, our Club Newsletter and our Website. We would also like to advertise your business on our billboard at our Clubhouse, add your logo to our newsletter and place your logo on any other media releases we will utilise over the 3-year commitment.
Your generosity will also be thanked at the end of each year with two tickets to our Senior Dinner and Trophy Presentation and an invitation to our Junior Break-Up Party as a thank you for your support.
The commitment we are requesting is as follows:
(1 team 15 shirts)
First Year: A commitment of $450 + GST which will be utilised for the initial purchase of uniforms, advertising and printing costs.
Second Year: A commitment of $200 + GST for follow-up costs of any replacement uniforms, advertising and printing costs.
Third Year: A commitment of $200 + GST for further follow-up costs of further replacement uniforms, advertising and printing costs.
We would also like to offer that at the end of this 3-year deal, a consecutive 3-year deal is entered, a discount to the first year will be applied as a thank-you for continued support.
I look forward to seeing your business name printed on our uniforms and marketing materials.
For more details please contact the Secretary.
Frenchville Rovers Hockey would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters, young and old, for your ongoing commitment to the club. Without your con-tinued support, we would not be the club we are today. With your help, we can continue to build the Frenchville Rovers to be one of the greatest Hockey Clubs around.