Molly – U15 Old Canberreans Hockey
Emily – U11 Old Canberreans Hockey
Both Kerrie and I play Hockey in our school years and as such were keen to get both Molly and Emily into Hockey so when we moved to Canberra I started Molly in U9 Minkey Hockey the winter of 2005 and Emily the following year in Minkey Hockey U7.
Minkey is designed for primary school kids and encourages them to get into the sport. It was also a lot of fun for me as I coached them both for that period.
Emily’s First Season of Minkey Hockey
Molly’s U11 Old Canberrean Hockey Team
Old Canberrans is such a friendly club that it was not long before myself and then later Kerrie were encourage to come back and start playing. I settled into 5th Grade with a blend of old masters and up and coming youngsters. Had a great time playing with them all with our best result being runners-up in 2009.
Old Canberreans Division 5 2009
We basically played from 2005 to 2010 being the majority of the time we were living in Canberra. Throughout this period both girls got the honour to represent Canberra at Regional Hockey.
Molly representing U11 Canberra Regional Hockey
In 2006 Molly also got selected from the junior hockey squad to warm up with the ACT Strikers Woman’s Hockey team prior to one of their major games – a real treat for her.
In the last years before leaving Canberra Molly was playing 3 to 4 games a week with U15, U18 and the seniors with Kerrie. Molly was a permanent forward playing inner, wing and occasionally centre forward. Emily had earned the nickname “the rock” as not one got past her in defence or across the half where she also played.
Kerrie’s Senior Old Canberreans Team 2009
We thought moving to Malaysia it would be easy for us to continue with Hockey as Malaysia is one of the countries that play. However the infrastructure and organisation for social Hockey in Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur was very disappointing.
When we went to the national hockey centre they were not very encouraging of young girls playing hockey and best they offered was a Sunday training session – so the girls took up Soccer but have never taken to Soccer the same way as Hockey. Emily is looking forward to taking up Hockey again next year when we move back to Melbourne.
Molly’s U18 Old Canberreans Team 2010
Molly’s Last Year of Hockey – Senior Division 5 Best and Fairest