2021 marks a milestone for local Kedron-based club, The Valley Hockey Club.
However, as the name might imply, the club was actually established in Fortitude Valley in 1921. Interested parties with military background held a meeting in the 9th Battalion Drill Hall in March of that year and the hockey club was formed. In the same year, the Queensland Hockey Association was established and competitive hockey games commenced in Brisbane.
The Valley side played its first game on the 16th July 1921 and won the premiership that same year. The club were fortunate to have players who were very talented when it came to Hockey and continued with the club securing 12 premierships in a row. Fast forward 5 years and in 1926 the club evolved to include a ladies side called The Valley Women’s Hockey.
Victoria Park was for many years the home of Hockey for club and school fixtures. In the early years it was also the home ground for the Valley Club. However, in 1958 the club obtained a lease for the park at Shaw Road, Kedron and have continued to use these facilities to this day.
Unfortunately, when World War 1 commenced, a pause to hockey in Brisbane came about as a number of key players were serving in the forces. Nevertheless, at the end of the war hockey resumed and the Valley Club was lucky to retain its experienced players and continued on to win a number of premierships.
Over the past 100 years both men and women have been selected for local, state and international representation, also filling administrative roles from local to international Associations. As part of the Centenary celebrations the club will be holding an ‘old rules’ hockey game at Shaw Park, Kedron on Saturday the 27 February 2021 commencing at 4pm. This is an open day for anyone to attend. The clubhouse will also be open from Monday 1st to the Friday the 5th March – 10am – 3pm to view memorabilia. For more information visit, www.valleyhockey.com.au