Western Australian Hockey Champions

Western Australian Hockey – Hall of Champions

2019 Inductees

Robert Andrew

Inside Left / Half Line
Cricketers Hockey Club (Westside Wolves), 1958 –1977
State Representation: 1960 –1972
National Representation: 1967 –1972

Bob Andrew is a stalwart of the Cricketers Hockey Club commencing his long career with two games in 1958 playing inside left or in the half line.
As part of a very strong Cricketers team he was involved in many finals campaigns, winning many.
First selected for the WA State Senior team in 1960 after selection in State Junior teams, Bob quickly established himself in the powerful WA team playing through until his retirement from top hockey in 1972 following the Munich Olympics (1972).
Bob is Australian player number 207, played 24 International matches for Australia scoring a goal playing against Pakistan in Pakistan in 1967 –something he is very proud of.
Bob is remembered for his speed, quick stick skills along with fine passing skills.

Lesley Dutton (nee Harding)
Lesley was a gifted player who dominated and dictated play calmly in her pivotal role as centre half back.  She distributed the ball extremely well and set up the forwards consistently.
She began her hockey in Collie and moved to Surf Club in the metro area.
Lesley was originally a forward but was moved to the half line, and it was in this position that she debuted in both the WA and Australian sides in 1964.  She remained a member of both teams for the following three years.
As an example of her skill and team presence, in her first interstate carnival in 1964 she was best player in four of the five games.
In her only international match in 1965 v Malaysia she was a best player.

Emily Halliday
Position: Defender
Club: Curtin Trinity Pirates
State Representation: 1996 –2009
National Representation: 2001 –2008

Emily was in the WA Diamonds for 14 years and at age 17 debuted for the Hockeyroos and played for 8 years.
Emily is a dual Olympian attending the Athens (2004) and Beijing Games (2008).  She was also a gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and was the Hockeyroos player of the year in 2006.
In addition, she competed in 6 Champions Trophy tournaments and was a silver medallist at the 2006 World Cup.
Emily was a skilful, calm key defender who scored 19 goals as a short corner specialist.
She was appointed Co-Captain of the Hockeyroos in 2008 but never took the field as Captain due to her retirement.
Emily played 186 international games.
Emily was also the 2001 WAIS Diamonds Player of the Year.

Joyce Bailey (nee Hewson)

Position: Right Inside Forward
Club: Collie
Surf (now YMCC)
State Representation: 1955 –1962
National Representation: 1958 –1962

Joyce was a dynamic and skilful inside forward.  She was always aware of goal opportunities and was adept as threading her way through the circle.  She has been described as the “work horse” of the team.  Joyce was willing to learn, was modest, had great team spirit and was a courageous fighter when the odds were against her.
Joyce was first selected in the State team at age 16 in 1955 representing Collie at Country Week.  She had only started to play hockey just a few years prior to this.
She represented the State for 7 years and the Australian team for 5 years.
Joyce has been named in the YMCC (Surf) team of the Century for the 50’s decade.
Joyce remained greatly involved in coaching in the hockey community on her return to Collie.

Richard Jewell
International Umpire: 1971 – 1979
Club: YMCC

Richard over many years has demonstrated what a great umpire he was.
Constantly ranked in the top few umpires not only in Australia but around the world, and he was rewarded with many semi-finals and finals.
His appointment to umpire the gold medal game at the Munich Olympics (1972) speaks very highly of his ability with the whistle, especially considering his relative inexperience internationally at the time.
Being selected to umpire at two Olympic Games (Munich,1972 and Montreal, 1976), and three World Cups (Amsterdam, 1973; Kuala Lumpur 1975 and Buenos Aires, 1978).
Richard was also selected to be the Umpire’s Manager in Moscow 1980, but with the boycott of these Olympics by Australian Hockey, Richard did not attend.
Throughout Richard’s career he also umpired at National Championships and of course was for many years one of the top WA umpires, umpiring the Premier competition.

Grant Mitton
Position: Forward
Club: SA Grange
WASuburban Nedlands1983 –1989 / Wesley South Perth 1990 –1994
Southwest Strikers 1995 -1997
State Representation: SA1980 –1986
WA 1987 –1995
National Representation: 1983 -1989

After representing South Australia in 1980, Grant moved to Western Australian when he was selected to attend the AIS Hockey Unit, under the AIS rules at that time Grant continued to represent South Australia at the Australian Championships until 1986.
Grant made the decision to stay in Perth permanently and was first selected for WA in 1987 and until 1995 in a distinguished career.
Australia player number 262 Grant represented Australia from 1983 until 1989, including the Olympics in Los Angeles (1984) and the gold medal winning World Cup team in London (1986).  He was an outstanding Australian player.
Grant’s career was interrupted in 1987.  He returned in 1988 and was on track for selection in the 1988 Olympic team before suffering a knee injury ruling him out of the Seoul Olympics.
Grant made a comeback in the Australian team early in 1989 but retired at the end of that year to focus on family and work.
He played 72 internationals and scored 21 goals.  His freakish skills and great speed made him a very dangerous forward, and at times seemingly capable of beating numerous defenders.
Grant has also contributed to the development of hockey players in Western Australia when working for Hockey WA.

Marilyn McIntyre (nee McCulloch)

Marilyn was a skilful and very quick fullback with incisive tackling.  She was an imposing player who read the play exceptionally well.
Marilyn began her hockey at the age of 10 in Busselton and made the WA state team following appearances at Country Week.
She relocated to Perth where she played with Surf and then Pirates as a fullback.
She was in the YMCC team of the century for the 70’s decade.
Marilyn represented WA for a total of 12 years between the period 1966 -1979 and the Australian team for 7 years between 1970 –1979.
She competed in the IFWHA Tournament in 1971 in Auckland and played further international matches against Holland in Melbourne in 1977 and against New Zealand in 1978 and 1979.

Marilyn was the WA Vice Captain in 1975 and 1979.

Frank Murray

Role: Player/Coach
Club: Player/Coach with University
Position: Forward or Right Half
State Team: 1973, 1976 -1980
State Coach: 1981 –1986
Kookaburras Head Coach: 1989 –1996
Hockeyroos Head Coach: 2005 –2010

Frank started his hockey career as a player.  He played for WA in 1973, and again from 1976 –1980.  He later started his coaching career in 1981 as Head Coach of the Senior Men’s WA Team, with 4 consecutive wins from 1981 -1984, and again in 1986, his final year.
He took over as the National Junior Coach from 1987 –1988, in which time the team qualified for the 1989 Junior World Cup.

Frank’s win loss record with the Kookaburras is excellent with a silver medal at the Barcelona Olympics (1992), followed by a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics (1996) and bronze medals at the both the Lahore World Cup (1990) and Sydney World Cup (1994).
Frank came on board as the Assistant Coach of the Hockeyroos where he remained until 2000.  During this time the team won Gold at the Sydney Olympics.
Coaching the Hockeyroos to a silver medal at the Madrid World Cup (2006), he continued his success at the International level.  The Hockeyroos also won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (2006).
Frank is a Level 3 Hockey Coach and FIH Master Hockey Coach.  He was the WA Sports Federation Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1993.
Frank is remembered for his uncompromising attitude to achieving success and his passion for coaching.Michael Nobbs
Position: Half-back line / Fullback
Club: SA Sturt
WA University
State Team: SA 1976 –1980 / WA 1981 –1992
National Team:1979 –1985

Michael represented Australia in a team that is one of Australia’s finest but still managed to play 76 international matches and scored 1 goal for Australia.
Michael was an integral part of the Australian team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1981 Hockey World Cup in Bombay.
Michael has represented two states, firstly South Australia with distinction and then Western Australia when he relocated to live in Perth in the 1980’s.  Michael saw this as an opportunity to better his chances in the National team by regularly training with National coach, Richard Aggiss and other Australian players.
Michael was a very good trainer, very fit, extremely reliable and always showed the highest standard of sportsmanship on and off the field.  A true professional, who has superb close in and elimination skills.
Michael has continued to contribute to hockey by coaching in Western Australian and eventually overseas in Japan and other countries.

Gwen Wrenn (nee Hutchinson)

Position: Inside Forward / Right Inner
Club: Fremantle
State Representation: 1949 –1954
National Representation: 1950 –1954

Gwen lived and learned her hockey at Deanmill near Manjimup and when she moved to Perth at the age of 18 her ability quickly became evident as she was selected in the state team that same year.
Gwen was a quick inside forward of renowned skill.  She had exceptional talent and her uncanny ability to score goals was a match winner in many games.
Gwen was in the WA State team for 6 years and the Australian team for 5 years, captaining both in her final year, as well as the Fremantle A Grade team.
She went to the IFWHA tournament in Folkestone, England 1953.  This tournament occurred every 4 years, held before women were admitted to the Olympic Games.
After retiring in 1954, Gwen continued to contribute to hockey, coaching and playing at club level, and was President of the Fremantle Ladies Hockey Club.
Gwen always retained her passion for hockey, quietly following the game and it’s players and maintaining friendships with her team mates, until her passing in 2006.  She often spoke about how much she would have loved to have played on the synthetic surfaces “what we could have done on such a smooth pitch”

2010 Inductees

Morna Hyde  (nee Pearce)
Western Australia 1951-1956
Australia 1952-1956
Captain 1956

Morna was a talented and consistent inside forward who combined very well with other members of her team and was very much a team player.

She was the youngest member of the well known Pearce family from Moulyinning and made her appearance for the WA state team in 1951.  She then continued and represented her state and Australia from 1952 – 1956 and travelled to England in 1953 to play for Australia in the IFWHA tournament.  In 1956 she captained the Australian team in Sydney at the IFWHA tournament held after the Melbourne Olympic games.

Morna won the inaugural WA Sports Star of the Year in 1956

Shirley Kay (nee  Francis)
Centre Forward
Western Australia 1961-1967
Australia  1963-1967

In an era where Western Australia dominated women’s hockey, Shirley Francis was a stand out performer. She was first selected for her State at the age of 15 in 1961 and regrettably played for only seven years at that level.

A dynamic forward Shirley complemented a very talented WA attack with her uncanny goal scoring ability. Blessed with real speed and incisive ball control she became a striker feared by opponents.

Shirley was selected in five Australian teams, one of which toured the United States for an international tournament in tough competition and her dynamic play and natural ability made her worthy of the highest acclaim.

Shirley Davies (nee Wheeler) AM
Left Half
Western Australia 1962-64, 1966-67, 1969-73
Australia 1963,-64, 66-67, 69-1973

Shirley Wheeler is arguably the most influential figure in Western Australian women’s hockey over the past five decades.

As a player Shirley was a calm and very efficient left half for both Western Australia and her nation. Probably best known for her capacity to make good position and tackle with precision, Shirley was a defensive cornerstone for many great Western Australian teams.

Just as admirable in Shirley’s play was her capacity to distribute the ball to her team mates with timing and creativity. Her thoughtful and consistent play was always selfless and understated.

As a national selector and administrator Shirley capped off her playing career by ensuring the continued high achievement of WA women’s hockey through her diligence and perceptive guidance in times of great transition. When women’s hockey fully entered the international state post 1980 Shirley was an integral factor in its obvious success.

Michelle Hager (nee  Capes) OAM
Western Australia 1983-1988, 1992-1996
Australia 1885-1995
Olympics 1988 (Gold), 1992

Being raised in one of Western Australia’s most influential and successful hockey families, Michelle Hager was always destined for top honours.  Her mother June, aunt Shirley and sister Lee all played with distinction for WA and Australia.

Selected for WA at the age of 16 Michelle was a resolute and uncompromising midfielder. Michelle had a full array of hockey skills and a very fine big match temperament.

Michelle’s crowning achievement was her Gold Medal win as part of Australia’s triumph in the Seoul Olympics of 1988. She followed that with Olympic selection again in 1992 and several World Cup and Champions Trophy appearances.

Michelle retired at the peak of her development immediately prior to the Olympic Games when she was an important part of Ric Charlesworth’s all conquering Hockeyroos.

Kate Starre OAMWestern Australia 1990-2000

Australia 1991-2000
Olympic Games 1992, 1996 (Gold), 2000 (Gold)

In a decade prior to and including the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, Kate Starre was a champion for her State and nation.

A dual Olympian Gold Medallist in 1996 and 2000, combined with two emphatic Gold Medal wins in 1994 and 1998 at hockey’s World Cups, Kate is one of the great players in WA hockey.

Always superbly prepared for tournaments she was an intelligent and highly self motivated performer who was at her best on the international stage.

Kate possessed athleticism, strong and creative ball skills and read the patterns of play with fine anticipation and timing. She set standards for her own performances and achieved them.

Kate is now coaching successfully in the WA first division for Curtin Trinity Pirates.

Don Martin
Centre Forward
Western Australia 1960-1965
Australia 1961-1964, 1968
Olympics 1964 (Bronze), 1968 (Silver)

Educated at Aquinas College, Don Martin was an outstanding striker in very successful Australian teams in the 1960’s.

First selected for Western Australia in 1960 he quietly joined the National team in 1961 as a centre forward and later as a right winger.

Don was part of a Bronze Medal team at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and went better with a Silver in Mexico in 1968.

Don was exceptionally quick over a short distance in the forward line which saw him score many opportunistic goals. He had excellent trapping skills which complemented his uncanny goal sense.

Widely respected for his fairness and devotion to the game Don successfully coached and played for the accomplished YMCA team in a very strong Western Australian first division competition.

Malcolm Poole
Left Inner
Western Australia 1970-1980
Australia 1971-1980
Olympics 1976 (Silver), 1980 (Selected)

A superbly fit inside forward, Malcolm Poole was an automatic selection in Western Australian and Australian teams in the decade from 1970 to 1980.

Malcolm was accomplished in every aspect of the game, especially his trapping and astute passing in the midfield. His capacity to link defense and attack through hard running and clever positioning made him a wonderful asset to his State and National teams.

Malcolm’s career was not rewarded adequately because of the shock loss to New Zealand at the Montreal Olympics in the Gold Medal game of 1976. Added to this was the boycott of the 1980 Olympics when Australia had an outstanding team with real Gold Medal prospects.

Malcolm represented Australia in the World Cups of 1975 in Kuala Lumpur and Buenos Aires in 1978.  He continued to service his South Perth club, State and Nation in coaching and selecting capacities.

Merv Adams
Western Australia 1964-67
Australian Men 1973-1976
Australian Women 1977-1979
Olympics 1976 (Silver)

Merv  Adams  can  be  credited  with  changing  the way hockey was played by Western Australians and Australian teams of the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was part of a wave of immigrants from India who brought great depth to hockey in WA and Australia.

In that period he devoted countless hours to the concept of hockey being played on skill, execution and physical fitness.

Adams was a keen observer of what was required to succeed in many sports but it was hockey where his amazing level of commitment was most obvious.

Migrating from India in 1948 he forced his way into the top levels of hockey coaching by sheer success. Firstly at club level with Old Modernians, then with Western Australia from 1964 to 1975 and Australia’s men’s and women’s teams from 1975 to 1979.

Adams mentored many fine players in that time where his own attitude to preparation and performance enabled his State and Nation to become dominant and remain so in elite hockey.

Grant Boyce
Half Back
Western Australia 1976-86
Australia 1977-1984
Olympics 1980 (Selected), 1984

Raised in a devoted hockey family at the YMCA Club Grant Boyce was destined to succeed at the top level of his sport.

Grant first played for Western Australia in 1976 and then won National selection in 1977. He was selected in two Olympic Games teams in 1980 for Moscow and 1984 for Los Angeles. Additionally he represented Australia in the
1978 and 1982 World Cups.

Playing mainly at either wing half Grant possessed impeccable skills and an astute capacity to read the pattern of play.

Despite having a calm and controlled manner Grant was fiercely competitive and this desire to succeed enabled him to outplay very talented attackers at all levels.

Since his retirement Grant continues to serve hockey as a coach and administrator.

Paul Gaudoin
Western Australia 1991-2004
Australia 1994-2003
Olympics 1996 (Bronze), 2000 (Bronze) (Australian Captain 2002)

In 1991 Paul Gaudoin represented Western Australia as a 15 year old, marking the beginning of an illustrious career for his State and nation.

A midfielder gifted with real pace and sublime stick skills Paul played the first of 234 internationals for Australia in 1994.

Paul  played  in  three World  Cup  campaigns, namely
Sydney in 1994, Utrecht in 1998 and Kuala Lumpur in 2002.

Two Olympic Bronze Medals came Paul’s way in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000. Tragically Paul was injured in 2004 only weeks before Australia took the first Gold Medal in Athens. He was captain at the time.

Paul is now assistant National coach of the Kookaburras after a successful stint as head coach of the Thundersticks. His coaching reflects the profound knowledge of the game which he showed as a player.


2005 Inductees

Amy Rowland
Goal Keeper
Western Australia 1952-1965
Australia 1953-1964
(Australian Captain 1964)

Amy Rowland began her hockey career at the age of 13 in 1948 as a Goal Keeper in Carnamah. She travelled to Perth each weekend to play for Curtin Trinity Pirates and first represented Western Australia in 1952 at the age of 17.

Amy made the All Australian team the following year and continued to be selected in this team for the next ten  years  specifically  1957, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964 (captain). Amy was part of the All Australian touring teams to Holland (1959) and America (1963).

Sharon Buchanan
Western Australia 1979-1991
( WA Captain 1989-1992) Australia 1980-1993
(Australian Captain 1989-1992)
Olympics 1980 (Selected), 1984, 1988 (Gold), 1992

At the age of 12 Sharon Buchanan was nominated for the West ern Australian under 16 squad and one year later was selected for the Australian Under 16 squad. She quickly worked her way through senior ranks and at the age of 16 earned herself a spot in the 1980 team bound for the Moscow Olympics. Due to the boycott she was unable to attend this Olympics but competed in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics winning a Gold Medal in 1988. She has 186 international caps and was captain of the Hockeyroos in 1993 and from 1989 to 1992, an era when the team was considered the best in the world.

As a player Sharon was renowned for being an outstanding midfielder with the ability to be effective in an attacking and defending role. She had the ability to read the game and create opportunities for other forwards

Elspeth Denning (nee Clement/Swaine)
Western Australia 1976-1988 ( WA Captain 1986-1988)
Australia 1978-1988
Olympics 1980 (Selected), 1984 (Selected) 1988 (Gold)

Elspeth represented Australia from 1978-1988 accumulating101internationalcaps.AsaplayerElspethwas attributed with exceptional pace which enabled her, from the fullback position, to be very aggressive and attacking.

Elspeth was selected in the 1980 Olympic Team for Moscow but unfortunately could not compete due to the boycott. She did however compete in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul where the Women’s National Hockey Team won their first Olympic Gold Medal.

Rechelle Hawkes
Western Australia 1986-2000
(WA Captain 1994-2000)
Australia 1985-2000
(Australian Captain 1993-1996 Co-Captain 1996-
Olympics 1988 (Gold), 1992, 1996 (Gold), 2000 (Gold)

Rechelle  is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest sporting women. She represented Australia at four Olympics and won three Gold Medals (1988, 1996 and 2000).

Rechelle first represented Australia in 1985 and retired in 2000. During her 15 years representing Australia she  tallied  up  279  international  caps, the record of any Australian female hockey player to date. Rechelle was also given the honour and responsibility of captaining the Women’s National Hockey team for eight years.

In an era when the team was considered unbeatable Rechelle usually played as a midfielder and due to her high work capacity and tough competitive nature she was one of the team’s key players. With her speed, elimination skills and vision, few could set-up play as well.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Pereira
Western Australia 1984-1997
Australia 1986-1996
Olympics 1988 (Gold) 1992, 1996 (Gold)

An outstanding striker who represented Australia from
1986 to 1996 Jackie Pereira competed in three Olympic Games (1988, 1992 and 1996) and won two Olympic Gold Medals.

Jackie  also competed in three World Cups (1986, 1990 and 1994). In her career she amassed 175 international caps and 109 international goals.

Jackie was a specialised centre striker.  She had a wide variety of shots, a thirst for scoring and was uncompromising and exceptionally tough in the attacking circle. She also perfected the art of being able to drift off opposing defenders to create space for goal scoring opportunities.

Gordon Pearce
Western Australia 1955-1968
Australia 1956-1969
Olympics 1956, 1960, 1968

Gordon was considered the “Rock of Gibraltar” in defence as he was a tough and uncompromising competitor. Gordon was   the second youngest of the Pearce dynasty and emerged through School Boys State teams and Colts to represent Australia from 1955 to 1969.

He played approximately 60 international caps and went to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, 1960 Rome Olympics and 1968 Mexico City Olympics where he won a silver medal.

Craig Davies
Western Australia 1977-1992 (Captain 1988-1992)
Australia 1977-1992 (Captain 1988-1992)
Olympics 1980 (Selected), 1984, 1988

Craig was first selected to play for WA in 1977. One year later, he received the ultimate recognition when asked to represent his country and did so for the next 14 years playing 193 internationals. Due to his leadership qualities Craig captained the Australian Men’s Hockey Team for four consecutive years (1987-1990). He was selected in the Olympic team for Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) and Seoul (1988) and represented Australia at the World Cup three times.

Craig was a fair and very competitive player. He played in a defensive role because of his outstanding tackling skills and ability to make crucial accurate passes that infiltrated the opposition’s barriers and set up offensive plays.

Peter Haselhurst
Western Australia 1977-1992
Australia 1978-1989
Olympics 1980 (Selected) 1984, 1988 (Selected)

Peter Haselhurst was one of the best inside forwards Australia has ever produced. He was a very clever player with exceptional stick-work that could eliminate the best defenders in the world. His ability to disguise passes was exceptional and the skill was used frequently to set up other forwards.

Peter represented Australia from 1978 to 1989 and accumulated 142 international Caps. He was selected into three Olympic Teams (1980, 1984 and 1988). Unfortunately  in the 1988 Seoul Olympics an injury made Peter unfit to compete.  He also competed in two World Cup teams where he won a Bronze medal (1982) and a Gold Medal (1986).

Mark Hager
Western Australia 1992-1998 (Captain 1995-1996)
(Player/Coach 1997-1998)
Australia 1985-1996 (Captain 1995-1996)
Olympics 1988, 1992 (Selected) 1996
Western Australian Coach 1999-2000

Mark Hager enjoyed a long and successful career representing Australia. He made his debut in 1985 and after 230 international caps and 179 international goals retired in 1996. Mark was chosen in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Team but had to pull out days before  the  tournament  due  to  a  stress  fracture.

At the next Olympics in Atlanta (1996) he was captain of the team and helped them secure an Olympic Bronze Medal. He played in two World Cups where the team won Gold and Bronze and played in 11 Champions Trophies pocketing nine medals.

In his international career Mark was a specialised striker. He had a real thirst for scoring goals and had the ability to score from all situations. Mark was a very skilful, aggressive player particularly in the attacking circle where he was completely committed and clinical in his approach to scoring.

Damon Diletti
Goal Keeper
Western Australia 1991-2002
Australia 1991-2000
Olympics 1992, 1996, 2000

Damon Diletti made his debut playing for Western Australia in 1986 and continued representing his state until 2002. He was a fearless goalkeeper coupled with superb reflexes and had the skills to make multiple saves. He really lifted the standard of goal keeping in world hockey.

Over the nine years that he represented Australia (1991- 2000) Damon accumulated 133 international caps. He went to three Olympic Games (1992, 1996, and 2000) and at these Olympics won two Bronze Medals and one Silver Medal. He also represented Australia at two World Cups (1994 and 1998).

1995 Inductees

June Harding (nee  Haines/Capes)


One of a strong hockey family, June Haines started in Merredin and travelled to Perth to play in country carnivals. At age 18 she was selected to play for Western Australia and one year later to play for Australia.

An uncanny goal scorer June was a leading member of State Teams during the period of 1957 to 1963 when Western Australia won every championship in which she participated.

In 1959 she was a member of the Australian team which toured England and won further Australian representation in 1960 and 1963. In later years two of her daughters have played for Australia.


Shirley Tonkin (nee  Haines)


A talented forward Shirley Haines followed her sister into representative hockey and was first picked to play for Western Australia in 1962, also aged 18.

Shirley was a member of the WA teams through to 1969. She participated in six National carnivals in this time all of which were won by Western Australia.

Shirley  was  a  top  goal  scorer  and  was  selected  for Australia in 1963 (US tour) and again in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1969.


Shirley made an ongoing commitment to hockey by going on to become an Australian badged umpire.


Marian Aylmore (nee  Bell)


Marian  was selected to play for Western Australia and Australia in 1974 at the age of 16 years and this ws an outstanding start to an outstanding career.

Following early hockey in the Margaret River- Busselton area Marian was a member of WA state teams from 1974 to 1982 and during this nine year period, WA won eight national titles.

Playing at inside-right she was skilful and elusive and created many forward moves.

Marian made six overseas tours with Australian teams culminating in captaining the 1983 World Cup team in Kuala Lumpur and playing in the Olympic Tournament in Los Angeles in 1984.


Richard Charlesworth


Ric had a remarkable hockey career which  included  Western  Australian  representation for 17 years from 1972 to 1988 (with the majority as captain) and a record 227 matches for Australia with more than 130 as captain.


Ric was selected in five Olympic Games and carried the Australian flag in the opening ceremony at the 1988 Games in Seoul.  He won two Bronze and one Gold Medal in World Cups and in 1986 at the London World Cup was the leading goal scorer and named Player of the Tournament.

Blessed with a blistering array of skills and utmost determination, most judges described Ric with superlatives and as possibly the most complete hockey player in the world in the 1980’s.  Ric added to this magnificent hockey record by successfully coaching the Australian women’s team to Olympic Gold in 1996 and 2000 and is currently coach of the Kookaburras who recently won Gold at the World Cup


Terry Walsh

 Terry  made an immediate impact after winning State selection in 1974 and was a member of the Western Australian State and  Australian team for 12 years

A brilliant goal scoring forward, he could turn a match in an instant. In the final of the 1982 Champions Trophy tournament Terry hit four superb goals in Australia’s

6-1  defeat  of  India  and  scored  Australia’s  first  goal in a memorable 2-1 win in the 1986 World Cup Final in London – the victory being Australia’s pinnacle achievement of the decade.

With blistering acceleration and great anticipation Terry scored over 100 goals in his 165 matches for Australia.  He has since coached the Kookaburras and other overseas teams.


David Bell

 David was selected in the Western Australian team in 1974 aged 18 after very strong performances at schoolboy level.  In the same year he was chosen to play for Australia and was a leading member of both teams for the next 13 years.  In the mid 1980’s David captained both WA and Australian and his leadership was a vital component of Australia’s great win in the

1986 World Cup.

Using his ability to read the play and brilliant stick skills, David was a versatile player who played most of his top level career in the half back line. He played in the 1976 (Silver Medal) and 1984 Olympics and was selected for the 1980 Games and played a total of 187 matches for Australia.

He has since been heavily involved in coaching including the Hockeyroos and guiding the Western Australian team to National League victories.

1991 Inductees

Jean Oakley (nee Wright)

Jean Wright was a fullback of outstanding talent, who was selected in the Western Australian State team for the first time in 1928 at the age of 18 years and played for Western Australia for the next ten years.

Jean was the first Western Australian to win selection in an Australian team that toured overseas when she was chosen in the 1930 team which travelled to South Africa and Great Britain.

She was also appointed State Coach in 1936 and WA won the National title in that year.

May Campbell (nee  Pearce)

May Pearce was one of Australia’s most highly honoured players. May was a forward of world class, who was an inspiration to Western Australian and Australian teams from 1934 to 1946.

May was the successful Captain/Coach of the WA team during much of this period.  Playing at inside-left May was the top goal scoring forward in the National team which played in the USA and Canada in 1936 and was captain of the Australian team which toured New Zealand in 1948.

Phoebe Bradshaw (nee Cain)

Phoebe Cain was a goalkeeper who was renowned among her peers for being the first Australian goal keeper to play an “attacking role”.  Phoebe played in WA senior teams from 1938 through to 1950 and was a member of the Australian team from 1948 to 1950.

After completing a highly successful playing career, Phoebe turned to umpiring and became one of the highest rated umpires in Australia.  She has been made a Life Member of the WA Women’s Hockey Association for her outstanding service to hockey in Western Australia.

Jean Wynn (nee  Pearce)

Jean Pearce was a talented centre halfback who first played for Western Australia as an 18 year old in 1939 and played alongside her elder sister May.

Jean was the successful State Captain/Coach from 1947 to 1953 and WA won the championship every year that she was in the team.

Jean also played for Australia from 1948 to 1953 and was Captain in 1953 of the team that beat England for the first time in the match at Folkestone (England).

Marjory Crossen (nee Rigg)

Marjory Rigg was a skillful and determined half back with a high quality playing record. Marjory played for Western Australia and Australia in the period of 1949 to 1960 and was captain of both the State and National teams in 1960.

As a member of the Australian team, Marjory participated in three world tournaments in Folkestone (England) in 1953, Sydney in 1956 and Amsterdam in 1959.

Robin Ding (nee  Bennett)

Robin Bennett was a cool and resolute defender who provided steadfast service to Western Australian teams over an 11 year period from 1953 to 1963 and during this time WA won all but two of the Australian Championships.

Robin was a regular member of the Australian team in the latter years of her playing career and was Captain of the 1963 Australian team which participated in the International Tournament in Baltimore USA.

Laurie Packham

Laurie Packham was a dashing left winger who has enjoyed a long and successful career at club, State and National level.

Laurie was selected in every State team   from 1959   to   1967   and   during   that   period Western Australia   won   the   title   in   all   but   one   year.

Laurie was also chosen in Australian teams from 1959 onwards, and went on to become captain of the team which played in Germany in 1967.

Wendy Pritchard (nee  Butcher)

Wendy Butcher  commenced  her  career  by  playing right half for Busselton. Following the annual Country Carnival in 1965 and at age 16 years Wendy was one of the youngest ever chosen to play for the Western Australian Senior State team and then later in the same year for the Australian team.

Wendy continued to be selected for the State through to 1980 and was a regular member of the National team from 1965 to 1973 which included participation in the World Championships in 1967 in Germany and in 1971 in New Zealand.

Wendy returned to manage the Hockeyroos team in its successful period during the 1990s.

Roslyn Noel (nee  Fisher)

Ros  Fisher was a dominant full back with a sure tackle. Roslyn was first selected to play for the Western Australian senior team in 1960 at age 18 and played in many interstate championships through to 1974.  She was captain of the championship winning teams in 1973 and 1974.

Ros won Australian selection in 1962 in the  team which travelled to Malaysia and then again in 1963 for the Tournament in the USA and achieved Australian representation again in 1974.

Mavis Gray (nee Beckett)

Mavis Beckett was a skillful player who dictated play from the key centre half position for both State and Australian teams over a long period.  Mavis played for WA from 1963 to 1978 and was captain for the last four years.

Mavis played for Australia from 1969 to 1977 and in 1975 captained Western Australia to victory in the inter- state championships and then captained the Australian team in the World Championships in Edinburgh later that year.

Mavis Gray’s record underlines the contribution of country players to State and National teams as throughout her long and successful career she played for Busselton rather than a metropolitan club.

Don Tregonning

Don Tregonning has been frequently described as one of the “Giants” of Western Australian hockey. His enthusiastic leadership boosted hockey at club level from the early 1920’s and then at State and National level until his untimely death in 1935. He was captain of the first ever WA team to compete in an interstate carnival in Adelaide in 1928 and was again captain in 1929 when WA won the title for the first time.  He captained the Australian team which opposed New Zealand in the Test Match in Sydney in 1932.

Dr Don Tregonning exerted great influence as a player, captain, coach and administrator and during his career held many leadership positions including President of both the WA Hockey Association and Australian Hockey Association.

George Milner

As a 19 year old George Milner played in Western Australia’s first interstate hockey match in 1928 and went on to become widely acknowledged as Western Australia’s outstanding player of the 1930’s.

George captained the State team for several years and was regularly selected in the National team at that time. He was WA’s only representative in the Australian team that toured New Zealand in 1934 and was captain of the Australian team which played in the Test Match against India in Melbourne in 1935.

Ian Dick

Ian Dick was a brilliant inside forward who was at the forefront of the surge of Western Australian hockey in the late 1940’s and through the 1950’s.

Ian was chosen to play at inside-right in every Australian team selected between 1948 and 1958 and was a regular member and for several years captain of Western Australia’s State teams from 1946 to 1959.

It was a career highlight when he was chosen to captain the 1956 Olympic team and scored Australia’s first goal in Olympic competition.  Ian also represented WA in first class cricket.

Eric Pearce

Eric Pearce is one of the five famous Pearce brothers who graced Western Australian and Australian teams from the mid 1940’s through to 1970.

Eric was an exceptional goal scoring forward who was a shining light in WA teams from 1952 to 1968 and Australian teams over a similar period. He was a member of the Australian Olympic team in 1956,1960, 1964 and 1968.

In Mexico in 1968 he earned the great distinction of carrying the Australian flag at the closing ceremony of the Games in recognition of his achievement in participating in four successive Olympics.

Kevin Carton

Kevin Carton dictated play with expert ball control in the key centre-half position for Western Australia and Australian teams in the years from 1955 to 1964 and was captain of both the State and National teams for several years in this period

Kevin played in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic tournaments and was captain of the Australian team which retained the Manning Memorial Cup in the 1961 series against New Zealand.

Kevin was also a member of the team that finished second in the Ten Nation International Tournament held in Armedabad, India in 1962.

Julian Pearce

Julian was the youngest of the Pearce brothers. graduating from State Schoolboys and Colts teams, Julian played for Western Australia from 1958 to 1970 and for Australia from 1960 to 1970.

This period included participation in three Olympic Games in 1960, 1964 and 1968.

Julian was widely acclaimed by his contemporaries to be one of the most skilful and effective all round players in the World at that time.

Ray Evans

This tenacious and talented inside forward was a member of the Western Australian State team for 15 successive years from 1958 to 1973 and was captain in several of these years.  In this period WA won the National Championship on ten occasions.

Ray played in more than 60 international matches for Australia from 1960 to 1969 and represented his Country in three Olympic tournaments in 1960, 1964 and 1968.

Brian Glencross

One of the State’s greatest players who started as a member of the WA Schoolboy’s team in 1956 and advanced to become a key defender in Western Australian teams in 17 successive inter-state championships from 1961 to 1977.

Commencing at the 1964 Olympics he played 93 International matches for Australia and was captain of the Australian team for six years which included the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games.

Following this spectacular playing career and  since 1980 Brian has been coach of the Australian Women’s team and achieved a pinnacle of coaching success when the team won the gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Don Smart

At age 19 in 1961, this dynamic forward was selected to make his debut in the State senior team and in the Australian team in the same year.

Don went on to play with great distinction for the State until 1975 and for Australia in the years commencing 1961 through to 1972 which included the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics and in 96 international matches.

In recent years Don has enjoyed considerable success in coaching at both State and National junior level.

Richard Aggiss

Following a background of playing for Western Australia and Australia during an 11 year period in the late 1960’s and 1970’s which included several years as a successful captain and coach of WA at inter-state level, Richard was appointed Australia’s Men’s National Coach in 1981.

In the eight years through to the end of 1988, Richard was at Australia’s coaching helm for 151 matches of which Australia won 103 and lost only 23.

Achievements included winning of the 1986 World Cup in London and the winning of three Champions Trophy Tournaments.