Life Members

Life Members

Life Membership is the highest honour the Western Australian Hockey Association (Inc.) can bestow upon an individual. Below is the list of the Western Australian Hockey Association (Inc.) Life Members.

LIFE MEMBERS:

Grant Boyce (2018)

  • Recipient of the prestigious John Graham Award at the 2018 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.
  • Helped launch the $44.73 million WAIS High Performance Centre – April 2015.
  • WA Institute of Sport Chairman 1999 – 2015.
  • Olympic Hockey Player – 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
  • WA Representative from 1976.

Grant Boyce has been acknowledged and rewarded for playing a crucial role in the development, ongoing management and long-term commitment to the sport and recreation industry.

Mr Boyce, who ended a 15-year tenure as Chair of WAIS on June 30, 2015 played a significant role in securing WAIS its current high-performance base in Mt Claremont, which has housed Western Australia’s elite Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls since 2015.

He was an Australian representative hockey player and competed for his country at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, where Australia finished fourth.

Under Mr Boyce’s stewardship, WAIS celebrated its first ever individual world record holder, in Eamon Sullivan (swimming), WA’s first ever female rowing world champions in Amber Bradley and Joanna Lutz, Australia’s first ever female gymnastics world champion in Lauren Mitchell and Australia’s first ever slalom canoe world champion in Robin Bell.

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Ralph E Wood (2018)

There wouldn’t be many in the hockey fraternity who don’t know or haven’t been influenced by Ralph Wood. Ralph lives and breathes hockey and has done so for the past 47 years (or more).

 At a CLUB level he has been a member of Old Aquinians Hockey Club since joining the club in 1970:

  • Player – 1970 to 1988 (mostly at Classic League level).
  • President 1985/86.
  • Life Member 1987.
  • Committee Member – 1971 to 2018 in a variety of roles.

Contribution at STATE level:

  • Manager of the WA State Team (Thundersticks) – 1993 to 1995.

Contribution at INTERNATIONAL level:

  • Men’s Champions Trophy – Perth 1985 – Member.
  • Organizing Committee Manager of the Australian Men’s Team – 1996 to 2004.

Contribution to WA Hockey ADMINISTRATION:

  • Member Hockey WA Executive Council from 1988 to 1989.
  • Executive Officer WA Hockey Association from 1989 to 1996.
  • Chief Executive Officer WAHA/Hockey WA from 1996 to 2004.
  • Executive Officer – PSA Sports from 2005 to 2017.

Contribution in VOLUNTARY Capacity:

  • Councillor WA Sports Federation from 1992 to 2004. 1994 – 2004.
  • Executive Member – WA Olympic Council. 1996 – 2004.
  • Vice President WA Commonwealth Games Association. 2000.
  • Awarded the Australian Sports Medal (ASM) for outstanding contribution to the Development of Sport in Australia.

Ralph has served the sport of hockey both as an administrator and manager at the highest levels over a sustained period of 30 years – often juggling dual roles. In the performance of these duties, Ralph has demonstrated enormous skill as a diplomat to ensure the smooth running of organisations where there are frequently competing or vested interests. Ralph has displayed integrity in his dealing with constituents and at all times puts the greater good of hockey above club or personal interests. His judgements are based on giving all stakeholders a fair hearing with the outcome being a reputation for principled deliberations. During his tenure at Hockey WA there was a period of structural change particularly the merger of Men’s & Women’s administration. Ralph presided over this challenging time with equanimity ensuing a seamless transition.

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Lee Abbott (2018)

Lee Abbott was the recipient of the Hockey WA Award of Merit in 2016.  The prestigious accolade is a special award which may be bestowed upon a volunteer whose services to an affiliated club or association is agreed to have been outstanding.

As members past and present know, there is none more outstanding in their contribution to the Fremantle Hockey Club.  Lee has worked tirelessly in her role of Junior Vice President and sets the very highest standards as a leader within Fremantle Hockey Club.  Past President, Life Member and Hudson Trophy winner, Lee’s dedication to the Magpies and to Hockey is truly inspirational and the finest example of a committed sporting volunteer.

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Pat Scott (2016)

Pat began her hockey career at South Perth Women’s Hockey after leaving school in 1966.  After playing for ten years she decided to retire in 1975 to take on coaching and umpiring. Pat served for many years on the South Perth’s club committee in various positions, including President, and in 1983 she was awarded Life Membership of the club. (The Life Membership was honoured by the members of Wesley and South Perth Hockey Club, WASPS, when the two clubs amalgamated in 2008).

While a member of South Perth, Pat served on various committees for the Western Australian Women’s Hockey Association.   The main committees being Grading, Finance (3 years) and Umpiring (5 years).  Being part of the Umpiring committee and an Umpire Coach, meant spending many hours umpiring at various locations, assisting with allocations, traveling to regional areas to umpire and assess umpires.  She also attended Country Week to umpire and assist with the assessments of the country umpires.  Pat was an association umpire between 1984 and 2003.

Pat was awarded her Australian Badge in umpiring in 1989 and has travelled to many tournaments between 1987 – 2002 as an umpire including U21’s and Masters.

During this period Pat took on the position of Manager for the WA State team (now Diamonds) for two years, 1984 and 1985 before concentrating on her umpiring.

When Masters hockey started, Pat became involved in setting up teams and umpiring at selection trials, and assisting where ever possible.  She umpired at various tournaments between 1988 and 2002, and was a Technical Official between 1988 and 2011.  In 1998 and 1999 Pat was the Team Manager for the Over 35s travelling to Darwin and Brisbane.

In 2011 Pat was awarded a Hockey Australia Service Award for her services to Women’s Masters Hockey in Western Australia.

Pat’s technical official career started while attending National Tournaments as an umpire and then continued when Hockey WA started running a technical bench for the local premier league. She was appointed as a technical official at various national and international games and tournaments that were held in Perth.  In 2010 and 2011 she was appointed by Hockey Australia as the Tournament Director for FIH tournaments between Australia and New Zealand, and Australia and India.

In 2012 Pat was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for her services as a Sports Official by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Pat was delighted and honoured when she was awarded Life Membership of Hockey WA in 2016.

Dr. Ric Charlesworth OAM (2014)


Vern Gooch (2012)

* 1949 Started playing hockey for Wesley College
* 1951 Played for University Junior Majors, State U21’s
* 1952 Awarded Half Blue from UWA
* 1955-58 State Rep
* 1958 First umpiring exam
* 1962 Officially retired from A1 playing
* 1975 Continued to umpire at A1 level
* 1982 Technical Delegate to PacRim Veterans carnival
* 1983 Played last game of hockey (Vets)
* 1983 Tournament Director – U15’s (Alice Springs)
* 1985 Tech Bench for Champions Trophy exhibition game
* 1986 Vets Parry Black Swans Tour to UK – Umpire
* 1987 National Masters Championship – WA Umpire (Hobart)
* 1987 International Veterans Tournament – Aust Umpire (Hobart)
* 1988 Aust. Bi-centennial PacRim Masters – Technical delegate
* 1990 Award of Merit at Olympians Dinner
* 1990 Veterans PacRim Tournament – Aust. Umpire (Hong Kong)
* 1993 Masters Games – Tournament Director (Perth)
* 1993 Employed at Perth Hockey Stadium

Gained Australian and International Umpiring Badges
Founding member of Hotspurs #8
Member of EXCO
State player #149
Mentor to young umpires (inc Murrary Grime)
Presently – Umpiring for Wednesday afternoon vets; Schools competitions and tournaments; Intervarsity tournaments; Vets season hockey


Ian Pitt (2011)*


David Crothers (2009)

 


Jim Banks (2007)

PLAYING HISTORY
1957 Started playing at age 13
1957-60 John Curtin High School
1957-Present Fremantle Hockey Club

CLUB INVOLVEMENT
Fremantle Hockey Club Two years as President of the Club
Life Member, C.A. Fauld Medal, Hudson Memorial Manager,
Classic League/1B Team (3 years)

COACHING HISTORY
Fremantle Hockey Club Assistant Head Coach – 6 years
Head Junior Coach – 10 years
Pre-season training instructor – 20 years
Applecross S.H.S. Girls team. Coached for 5 years.
Navy Interservice Team Coached for 2 years
W.A.H.A. 1978 – U15 Metro Coach
1979 – 1982 – U14 State Coach – Won Australian Championship 1982
Member of State Coaching Committee for 6 years
Continued as State Selector in various age groups for further 10 years.

ASSOCIATION INVOLVEMENT
1979 – 1985 Organising Committee Major International Tournaments:
Esanda World Hockey Tournament
Champions Trophy
1984 Gold Medal – O40’s Division 1 Australian Championship
1992 – 2000 W.A.H.A Veterans Committee Convenor. Involved in the following areas:-
• Vintage Wednesday afternoon competition
• Introduction of the BankWest Competition involving Veterans and 15 year olds.
• Introduction of Summer Sevens Competition.
• Metropolitan Council.
• Australian Veterans Hockey Championships held in Perth
• Centralised venues – trial for 50’s
1993 – 2001 Member, WAHA Permits Committee. Sat on many Protest and Disputes Tribunals.
2000 – 2002 Transport Convenor for WAWHA Women’s World Cup
2003 Convenor Special Events Committee
2011 Silver Medal – O65’s Div 1 Australian Championship


Nola Bezant (2006)

2017 Umpire Manager HA U/13 Carnival Perth
2016 Assistant Umpire Manager HA U/13 Carnival Perth
2007 – 2008 HWA Umpire Task Force
2007 Judge HWA GF
2006 Judge AHL Perth
Umpire Manager Aus v China Perth
2005 Umpire Manager AHL Perth
Dec 2003 – Dec 2005 HWA Board Director
Nov 2001-Dec 2003 CEO WAWHA
2004 Judge AHL Perth
Umpire Manager U18 Darwin
2003 Umpire Manager AHL Perth
Umpire Manager Assessor U15 Championship Perth
2002 Umpire Manager U/18 Championship Melbourne
Assistant Umpire Manager U21 Championship Perth
Umpire Manager Assessor U16 D1 Tournament Perth
Umpire Manager International Challenge Perth
Umpire Manager AHL Perth
2002 Volunteer Women’s World Cup – Umpire Liaison
1999 – 2001 WAWHA Board Director
2001 Umpire Manager U21 Championship Adelaide
Umpire Manager NHL Perth and Darwin
2000 Judge NHL Perth
Umpire Assessor U21 Championship Darwin
Umpire Manager various test matches Perth
1999 Umpire Assessor U18 Championship Adelaide
1998 Member of WAWHA Executive
1997 – 1998 Member Joint Umpires Committee – WAWHA & WAHA
Chairperson of the Development Committee for Umpires
1998 Umpire Manager Test matches Aus v Netherlands  Aus v England
1992 – 1997 Member of WHA Umpires Committee
1987 – 1997 Member of WAWHA Umpires Committee
Duties included:
1992 – 1994 and 1996 – Convenor of WAWHA Umpires Committee
1996 – Junior umpire development coordinator and coach
Implemented Junior Umpire Scheme funded through DSR
1995 – Portfolio – country development and coordinator of Level 1 UCAS
1994 – Portfolio – country development and coordinator of Level 1 UCAS
1993 – Portfolio – assessments and appointments and coordinator of
Level 1 UCAS
1992 – Portfolio – assessments and appointments and coordinator of
Level 1 UCAS
1991 – Portfolio – assessments and coordinator of Level 1 UCAS
1990 – Portfolio – appointments
1989 – Portfolio – appointments
1997 Umpire Assessor representing WHA Umpires Committee at
National U/18 Championship Launceston
Umpire’s Manager National Veterans Championship Perth
1985–2009 &  Coaching and assessment of umpires at all levels from grass
2011-2012  roots to elite
1996 – 2009 Technical duties on behalf of WAWHA and HWA
1996 Umpires Manager 4 Nation Tournament Perth
Umpires Manager National Country Championship
Busselton Western Australia
Umpires Manager National U/16 School Girls Championship Perth
Attained Level 1 Technical NOAS
1995 Umpire Assessor representing WHA Umpires Committee at
U/18 Championship Sydney
1994 Umpires Manager U/21 Championship Perth
Umpires Manager National Hockey League Perth
Attended Umpiring Seminar Men’s World Cup Sydney
1993 Umpires Manager National U/21 Championship Adelaide
Attained Level 3 Umpire Coach NOAS (formerly UCAS)
1992 Umpires Manager Australian Secondary Schools
U/16 Championship Perth
Umpires Manager National U/18 Championship Perth
1991 Attained Level 2 Umpire Coach NOAS (formerly UCAS)
1990 Attended Umpiring Seminar – Women’s 7th World Cup Sydney
1977 – 1991 WAWHA Umpire
1971 – 1976 Club umpire
1971 – 1979 Player in the metropolitan competition at top level
1971 – 1979    Coaching of junior teams

Recognition 
2007 HWA Life Membership
2001 Shirley Leece Officiating Service Award
2000 Australian Sports Medal
1997 Reg Goodridge Award for Services to Women’s Hockey
1997 WAHA Umpire Service Award
1990 WAWHA Umpire of the Year


Mike Kinsella (2005)*


Angela Kelly (2002)


Anne Fuhrmann (2001)


Gail Mounsey (2001)

Life Member HWA
Life Member Fremantle Hockey Club
Australian badged hockey umpire awarded 1987
Australian Sports Medallion (nominated by Hockey WA)
Award of Merit (previously Pat Goodridge Award)
WAWHA Umpire of the year x 2
Australian accredited level 3 hockey umpires coach
Past Board member HWA
Past WA representative for Womens Hockey Australia
Past Chairman of the HWA Umpires Committee (later ORP member)
Past member of HWA Junior Committee
1988 Umpires Manager International Hockey Tournament – Perth
2011 Assistant Umpires Coach Womens Veterans Championships
Facilitated and presented at many umpiring coaching coarses

Employed BWA Sports Administrator – 20 years (basketball) area of high performance development, competition and officiating
Australian Junior Sports Administrator of the Year 1996 (basketbball)
National Championships Tournament Coordinator x 3 (basketball)

Played hockey at Fremantle Ladies Hockey Club (started 1960)
Played  A Grade (First Division) for many years.
Held nearly all positions within the Club over a life time:
Social Secretary
Secretary
Vice President
President
HWA Club Delegate
Coach
Umpires Coordinator
State School girls representative 4 years (non travelling in those days)


M. A. Reynolds OAM (1997)*


Laurie Packham (1997)

Born: 1937 East Fremantle
School: 1944-1950 Beaconsfield Primary School
1951 Princess May High School, Fremantle
Work: 1952 – 1967 Barry Silberts Shoe & Clothing Store, Fremantle, buyer for children’s dept
1970 – 1999 Penrhos College, Como – Sports Mistress for the interschool teams – employed by the founding Principal, Mrs Margaret Way, with no qualifications just a sports background.
1998 – School hockey/athletic oval was named “the Laurie Packham Oval”.
Hockey: 1953 – 1978 Fremantle Ladies Hockey Club – navy blue skirt/lt blue blouse.
1979 – 1998 South Perth ladies Hockey Club, coached their A Grade, did the job for 2 years then returned to playing.
1998 – 2006 coached/played veterans

West Australian Hockey: 1959 to 1967 Captain 1966 – 1967
May Campbell State Coach – never travelled with the team.  Pat Goodridge State (Howard) State Manager was in charge, had all the say with the team an everything else, was a strong woman.  We always travelled by train, changing 4 times across the country as the rail gauges were all different.  Pat did not like to fly,  flying was pretty new, go with what you know.  Always had afternoon tea, or a light lunch without opponents after the game – never had a tracksuit, never had a mouthguard until I played vets in 1987, no shin guards either.

Australian Hockey: 1959 – 1967
The All Australian Team called the Blue Ribbon Team, was selected from the National Championships.
Australian Touring Team: 1963 to Baltimore, USA.  1967 Cologne, Germany (toured every 4 years), gave players time to save as all paid for their own way.
Highlight in my hockey career was in 1967 when I was named Captain of my Country (great tour)

Life Membership:
1965: Fremantle Ladies Hockey Club
1997: WA Women’s Hockey Association
1998: South Perth Ladies Hockey Club
1991: inducted into the Inaugural WA Hockey Hall of Championship
1998: Inducted into the Inaugural Fremantle Hall of Fame

Awards:
1958: Porter-Lee Fremantle Ladies Hockey – service to club
1985 + 2011: Fallows Cup South Perth Hockey – service to club
1990: Pat Goodridge WA Women’s Hockey Assoc – Service to club
2000: Australian Sports Medal
2000: Selected to run with Olympic Torch
2006: City of Fremantle Service Award to the Sport & Recreation Council
2010: Hockey Australia service to Veteran Women’s Hockey
1996 & 1967: was the nominee from Women’s Hockey for the WA Sports Award under the National Fitness Council title, (now known as the WA ANZ Sports Person of the Year)
2005: ANZ Sports Star Awards nominee for the Skilled May Campbell Service to Sport from Hockey WA.

Veterans Hockey:
1987 – 1999: Coach to O35’s played 1987 & 1988
2000 – 2004: Coach of O45’s
WA U19 State Team: Coach in 1977 (Hobart)
1970 – 2008: Coached School and Club School Girls Team

 


Bruce Goodheart OBE (1994)*


Richard Jewell (1994)

1947 Started playing hockey, ceased playing in 1994 (YMCA member)
1968 Migrated to Canada returned to WA 1971 on board of Canadian Field HA.  Inaugural President of CDFHA

Major international umpiring appointments
1971   Pan American Games; Cali Columbia  (umpired final)
1972   Munich Olympics;  (umpired final)
1973   World Cup – Amsterdam (umpired ¾ match)
1975 Toured Pakistan prior to World Cup with Australian Team (5 tests)
1975 World Cup – Kuala Lumpur (umpired ¾ match)
1976 Montreal Olympics
1978 4 Nation Tournament (Australia, England, India, Scotland) – London
1978 World Cup – Buenos Aires
1978 European Cup – Hanover (umpired final)
1979 Inaugural Junior World Cup – Paris

1979 – 1989 Executive Council member of WAHA
1980 – 1991 WAHA representative on AHA Board
1989 – 1991 President of WAHA

FIH umpiring manager appointments
1980 Moscow Olympics – (inaugural FIH umpiring manager appointment – both men’s and women’s umpiring panels)
1991 Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Auckland
1993 Junior World Cup – Ipoh

FIH tournament official appointments
1994 Judge; World Cup – Sydney
1995 Judge; Champions Trophy – Berlin
1996 Technical Officer; Champions Trophy – Madras (Chenni)
1997 Technical Officer; Junior World Cup – Milton Keynes

Appointed to FIH Umpiring Committee (on recommendation of AHA) in 1986 – remained on committee as Secretary until financial constraints of AHA precluded opportunity to attend meetings around 1992/3.

Dates of umpiring “qualifications”
1964 WA State Badge
1968 Australian Badge
1971 International & Grade 1 International (FIH meeting in Barcelona during inaugural World Cup).  Also appointed to the Munich Olympics and listed on inaugural World Cup and Olympic list.

Comments
Prior to 1971 the only major tournament appointments available to umpires were the Olympics every 4 years.  These were supplemented by the World Cup Tournaments from 1971 and then from 1980 by the Champions Trophy Tournaments.  This indicates that the opportunities for umpiring appointments at top level increased significantly during the 1970’s and then blossomed after 1980.

Des Kelly OAM (1994)*


Kerry Leggett (1991)


Shirley Davies AM (1989)

HOCKEY INVOLVEMENT

Player WA and Australia
1956 – 75 (from age of 14 years) played A grade hockey for WAWHA with Pirates
1962 – 73 West Australian State Representative in AWHA Carnivals.
1962, 64, 66-71, 73 AWHA Representative

ADMINISTRATION WAWHA
1965 for many years Coach, umpire, selector and administrator for Pirates Hockey Club
1972 WA State A Badge umpire
1975 Coach WA U18 (Sydney)
1976 Coach WA U19 (Brisbane)
1975 – 77 Selector WA Seniors
1977 – 79 Vice President of WAWHA
1980 – 83, 1985 – 91 President of WAWHA
1978 for many years Member of Commonwealth Hockey Stadium Council.

ADMINISTRATION AWHA
1979 – 1989 WA delegate to AWHA Council
1980 – 83, 1985 – 90 Australian Senior Selector
1988 – 90 Convenor of Australian Selection
Part 1989 – 91 Director of Planning

PROFESSIONAL CAREER RELEVANT TO POSITION
1962 – 64 Teacher in Senior High Schools – Physical & Health Ed
1965 Teacher on exchange – London UK
1966 – 68 Senior Tutor in Physical and Health Ed. UWA
1969 – 70 Lecturer in Charge Womens Physical and Health Ed
Secondary Teachers College, Nedlands
1971 – 76 Senior Education Officer, Physical and Health Ed. Education Dept of UWA
1976 – 84 Superintendent of Education (Physical and Health Ed.) Education Dept of WA
1985 – 87 Superintendent of Education Professional
Assistant to the Director General of Education of WA.

AWARDS
1989 WASF Award of Merit
1989 Reg Goodridge Award for Services to Womens Hockey
Life Member  Pirates Hockey Club
Life Member  WAWHA


Shirley Leece (1988)

 

Shirley’s volunteering for hockey began in Busselton where she coached junior teams, umpired matches at all levels and was manager of the country week teams. Her involvement with umpiring hockey continued at the local level in Perth from the 1971 season.

Over the years she travelled to numerous country centres to present discussions on umpiring techniques and the rules of hockey. She was heavily involved in country week/weekend where she coached and assessed umpires.

As an Australian umpire she officiated at many international matches and at Hockey Australia Senior and Junior Championships. During this time she umpired many grand finals.

She was also involved in umpire coaching from grass roots at a local level through to the national level. She was one of the organisers and umpire coaches of the inaugural WA junior umpire program.

When she retired from umpiring she became more involved with the technical side of officiating. She involved herself with the Federation of International Hockey, Hockey Australia and Hockey WA. She worked tirelessly to bring WA hockey in line with the technical requirements of the Federation of International Hockey and Hockey Australia and hence WA was more advanced than other states in this area. She also volunteered her time and knowledge every Saturday and Sunday and sometimes mid-week, to work on the technical bench for the local premier league. Throughout the years she has coached, assessed and mentored many umpires and technical personnel both in Australia and internationally.

Hockey Australia appointed her as Tournament Director to many interstate championships both for field and indoor hockey. For many years she was the convenor and then a member of the Hockey Australia Technical committee. She was appointed by the Federation of International Hockey as a judge to numerous international championships, including the World Cup in Sydney. She was appointed as the Tournament Director to a 12 nation pre-Olympic selection tournament in Singapore, to three international tournaments in New Zealand, to two in Malaysia and to the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. She was also appointed by FIH to many international tournaments held in Perth where she was not only the Tournament Director but also assisted the umpire’s manager in assessing the umpires.

Besides working tirelessly for officiating, for many years she was also a selector for all state teams including U16, U18, U21, elite and veterans. She was also the manager for many of the teams she helped select.

She was a member of the Western Australian Women’s Hockey Association Executive, a WA delegate to Hockey Australia, the convenor and then a member of the WA umpiring committee and the convenor of the WA technical committee.

The premier league best player of the grand final has the honour of being named the Shirley Leece player of the grand final. Another award in her honour, although now obsolete, was the Shirley Leece Officials Service award.

Her dedication to the sport of hockey has been acknowledged by the Australian Government, the WA State Government, Hockey Australia and Hockey WA. She was a recipient of the 2000 Australian Sports Medal, the WA Government 50 Year Volunteer Service Badge, a certificate from the Department of Sport and Recreation acknowledging her 50 year voluntary service to hockey, the Hockey Australia State Service Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to women’s masters hockey, the Reg Goodridge Service Award and the May Campbell award for services to hockey. The greatest honour bestowed upon her is as a Life member of Hockey Australia and a Life member of Hockey WA.


Heather McManis OAM (1987)*


Colin Nicholas OAM (1986)


Violet Fallows (1985)*


C. D. Harper (1984)*


P. T. Carter AM (1983)*


Phoebe Bradshaw (1980)*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phoebe Williams commenced playing hockey in Donnybrook at the age of 10.

In 1934 just prior to her 14th birthday she was first selected to come to Perth in the Donny brook Country Week team as a forward.  Phoebe was also selected for Country Week in 1935 as a halfback and then in 1936 when she was first seen as a goalkeeper, as was the case in 1937,38 and 39.

Phoebe first achieved W.A. state selection as an 18 year old goalkeeper in 1938, from the Donnybrook Country week team, and went in to represent Western Australia in 1938 ,39 ,46 ,47, 48, 49 and 50 (There was no National competition during the war years).

In 1948, 1949 and 1950 as Mrs Phoebe Cain, she was selected in the Australian Women’s Hockey Blue Ribbon Team.

Mrs Bradshaw is recognised throughout Australian Women’s Hockey circles as the originator of the     “aggressive“ goalkeeper – one who could quickly turn defence into attack.  This style of goalkeeping helped W.A. to win every state tournament in which Phoebe participated.

After finishing her playing career Mrs Bradshaw turned to helping goalkeepers – at her club level (Pirates) and at state level for a period of up to 20 years.  In 1966 a film on women’s goalkeeping was made by Phoebe with funding from the then National Fitness Council.

Mrs Bradshaw always retained her interest and involvement in Women’s Hockey, and while a player acted as records clerk for the W.A.W.H.A. and also after her playing career had finished.  In 1946 she became Country Week Secretary, a position initially held until 1953, then again from 1970 – 1978.

As an umpire Phoebe gained her state badges during the 1940’s then in 1952 gained her Australian Umpires Badge.  She remained an active umpire at club and state level for over 30 years, also tutoring and assessing younger umpires at state and Australian level.

In 1980 in recognition of her long and outstanding contribution to Women’s Hockey in Western Australia Mrs Bradshaw was awarded Life Membership of the association.

Phoebe was held in very high esteem by administrators and players of the W.A. Hockey community.


May Campbell OBE (1979)*


Ida Glass (1979)*


Kay Kemp (1979)


Val Longson (1979)*


F. N. Sermon (1976)*


Patricia Goodridge MBE (1973)*


T. C. Bedells (1971)*


Eric Eastman OBE (1969)*


Lance Barrett (1969)*


Dolly Johnson (1966)


C. A. Faulds (1960)*


J. G. Ardagh (1959)*


D. C. McKenzie (1951)*


S. H. Johnson (1950)*


F. D. Beames (1948)*


A. J. Todd (1948)*


T. St. J. Kennedy (1938)*


Sir N. Giles OBE (1937)*


J. T. Cruickshank (1936)*


C. J. Carne (1936)*

* deceased