The following information is provided so that future generations of The Brothers Hockey Club Townsville will have a record of the proceedings that occurred to launch a book on the history of the club. On the 26th March 2011 a function was held in Townsville at The Pier Restaurant to launch a book on The History of The Brothers Hockey Club. The book is titled, “The Family of Hockey - A History of Brothers Hockey Club Townsville” The book was commissioned by members Michael & Trish Hart in memory of Michael’s father, James Patrick (Mick) Hart who was Club Patron, Life Member and stalwart of Brothers Hockey Club Townsville. The Author is Gary McKay who has published many books, including some on Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war. The function was held in two sessions-the first being an evening book launch gathering attended by some 120 past & present club members, Townsville Hockey Association executives, kindred clubs & visiting dignitaries. The second function started immediately after the book launch when approximately 80 people attended a celebration dinner at the Pier restaurant. Both functions were resoundingly successful with the Townsville Hockey fraternity enjoying the opportunity to meet old friends and relive past experiences. This is the record of speeches made on the night. BOOK LAUNCH - AGENDA - 26/03/2011 * 4.00 p.m. GUESTS ARRIVE * 4.20 p.m. OPENING WELCOME- BERNIE WALSH * 4.30 p.m. BOOK INTRODUCTION-BERNIE WALSH * 4.40 p.m. MICHAEL HART-WHO COMMISSIONED THE BOOK * 4.55 p.m. PEOPLE IN THE CROWD-EDDIE SHERRINS-BERNIE WALSH * 5.00 p.m. LEN DOWD-REPRESENTING THE DOWD FAMILIES * 5.10 p.m. A SHORT STORY-BERNIE WALSH * 5.20 p.m. BOOK LAUNCH-GRAHAM JACKSON * 5.40 p.m. AUTHOR-GARY McKAY * 5.50 p.m. PERSONINALITY SPOT-BERNIE WALSH * 6.00 p.m. TOAST & CELEBRATION CAKE-GORDON SPENCELEY * 6.10 p.m. EVENING CLOSE-BERNIE WALSH * 6.15 p.m. FORMALITIES CLOSE/BOOK SIGNING-DRINKS TO 6.30 p.m. * 6.30 p.m. SESSION CLOSE LAUNCH NOTES - OPENING WELCOME - BERNIE WALSH Hello everyone, on behalf of your hosts for this Evening, Michael & Trish Hart, I welcome you and pass on their wishes that all have an enjoyable experience on this historic occasion of the launch of the book on the history of The Brothers Hockey Club……… I am Bernie Walsh and I shall be your M.C. for this part of the celebration….. To the younger and youngish generation of the club here today, as you can tell by the colour of my hair, most of my club knowledge is of a bygone era, so please feel free to share with me any information on the current day club….. Before we start, I will mention a few house keeping matters …….. * If you have mobile phones would you please turn them off or to silent…… * Anyone taking photos, please try not to disrupt the professional photographer., but take as many photos as you wish….. There are a few apologies from some who are unable to attend today which I would like to mention…… * Barry & Jean Malcolm Wednesday, 9th. February,2011 Mick, Thank you for inviting Jean and I to the launch of the history of Brothers Hockey Club. Unfortunately we cannot attend. Hope you have a wonderful and successful night. Regards, Barry Malcolm. * Merv Crossman. Merv is not in the best of health. Rhonda, Merv’s wife has sent a wonderful letter and we wish Merv a return to good health. It’s unfortunate that Barry & Merv cannot be here, but most will remember them as Townsville’s first Olympic hockey players and arguably… two of the best hockey players that Townsville has produced………………………………................ Unfortunately for Brothers they both played for Parks. *Bill Hansen a member of Brothers first THA A Grade premiership team of 1966. These days Bill lives on the Gold Coast . G'day Bernie, Thanks for passing on the email. I received a note recently from Mick Hart about the big event. I told Mick that unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the launch. It sounds like a great idea to have all those old memories to share. I look back fondly on those days that seem so long ago now. Give my apologies to all my old hockey mates & let them know I'll be thinking of them on the day. Regards Bill Hansen *Merv Cox- from the Commercials Club and manager of the 1965 Townsville Men’s Touring Side. Dear Mike, I was surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to the launch of "The Family of Hockey". It is a commendable initiative on your part, and will be, I'm sure, a most valuable contribution to the recording of Townsville hockey history. Hopefully, future generations will be thankful that these details were not lost with the passing years. Regrettably, I will be unable to attend, as I will be in Brisbane visiting family and will not be home until late March . I am sure that all will have a wonderful time catching up with the old hockey fraternity replaying long-gone games. Sadly last Friday, I attended the funeral of Clarice Walker (Ron "Limpy" Walker's wife) and caught up with a lot of old broken-down hockey players. Among them were many members of our great 1965 touring team. Barry Malcolm, Ron James, Len Dowd, and Gordon Spenceley to name a few. Perhaps we should think about a reunion of that tour sometime in the future before it is too late. Once again Mike, thanks for the invitation, and I wish you and the Club every success with this very worthy publication. Kindest Regards, Merv Cox * Lyn Faull. Lyn’s maiden name was Haynes. She was captain of the first Brothers ladies team that was formed in 1960. Her brother John was goalkeeper for the first Brothers men’s team that was formed in 1954. Lyn now lives in Melbourne. * Bill Melchert-a past great Commercials & Townsville hockey identity. Bill lives in Sydney and sends his best wishes. * Roland Sieczkowski. Zac’s wife is currently overseas and he is not able to attend. Zac now lives in Brisbane. *Alan Mitchell- a past playing stalwart of BHC who now lives in Canberra. *Alan Page-a past long term Brothers member and A Grade player. He now lives in Canberra. *Bill & Sally White. They were part of the strong Brothers parent support group of the 1970’s. In 1977 Bill White & John Lynch shared the Joseph Knight Memorial Cup, awarded for outstanding service to Brothers Hockey Club. These days Bill & Sally live on the Sunshine Coast. * Hockey Queensland’s,….. Karin Walduck and Gary West-Bail also send their apologies. That completes the major part of the apologies!…………… The format for this first part of our celebration of the book launch will include * comments from Michael Hart who commissioned the book * comments from Len Dowd representing the Dowd Families. * the book launch by well know Townsville business identity,….. Graham Jackson. * comments from the author of the book Gary McKay During these speeches we will continue to serve drinks & nibbles, however, I ask that noise be kept to a minimum. This first part of the function should finish at approximately 6:30 p.m. The second part of today’s gathering will be a dinner in the Pier restaurant and that will commence directly after the book launch celebration is completed……… So on behalf of The Brothers Hockey Club, I would like to extend a warm welcome to past & present club members. …..To kindred clubs,… THA Chair-Brian Kershaw and visiting dignitaries thank you for joining us to celebrate this special occasion of the book launch on the history of The Brothers Hockey Club. LAUNCH NOTES - BOOK - BERNIE WALSH At this time I would like to share a few brief points on this book that has been professionally produced by the Author….. Gary McKay……… There is no doubt that a glossy publication like this does require a considerable amount of money to produce and Michael & Trish Hart’s generous sponsorship was vital in completing the project…. However, my experience from being involved with amateur sporting clubs has taught me that if members are passionate enough about a particular project that requires both money and effort to achieve,… they will usually find a way of marshalling the members and raising the cash…….. So, YES the money was important,… BUT, the REAL SUCCESS in producing this book has more to do with… “CARPE DIAM”…. and someone seizing the day and driving the project to completion,.. because if that initiative was not taken by Michael Hart and supported by Trish we would not be here today to be part of history being made……. It would be easy to go away from here today after an enjoyable time and not realize that something significant and historic has happened. That realization usually becomes clearer with time……………….. While I may well be corrected, I understand that this book that is being launched today may be the first produced about a hockey club in Queensland. Hockey has been played for many years and there have been many great clubs over that time, but I am in awe of the fact that it is The Brothers Hockey Club that is creating history both for the club and Townsville hockey…. in general. I have read the book and believe it to be a correct record of club happenings and a good read. The difficulty that any author must face when writing a record of a club that has existed for more than 50 years is how to mention every person and record every incident that has helped the club along it’s journey….. That would be near impossible….. The author has to be selective of the material so that the publication can fit into both time and cost budgets. In this case, Gary McKay has done an excellent job of…. capturing and describing the spirit of the club and what made it successful. While this book is about The Brothers Hockey Club, the author has painted a broader picture than that, giving it a much wider reader appeal……… The book contains a fine record of early Townsville hockey and numerous other writings on Townsville hockey……. There is generous mention of our kindred Townsville clubs and their personalities and……. also our sister club in Cairns-Souths…….. General hockey interest items have also been included…… I am sure that you will enjoy the read! LAUNCH NOTES - MICHAEL HART - BERNIE WALSH Before introducing the first speaker I would like to talk about the Hart family…….. The family consisted of Mick & Mrs Hart and two boys, Michael and Wayne. Three of them played hockey for Brothers. Michael & Wayne both played in the full back position, Michael playing A1 Grade & Wayne A2 Grade,…. with the third playing all positions in what ever game was going…… If my memory is correct, Michael may have been one of the first Brothers players to represent Queensland when he was selected in a State under 14 or under 16 team… His hockey career was disrupted and cut short when he was conscripted into National Service during the Vietnam campaign……… As a full back in A1 Michael was a skilful player and if I had to describe his playing style, it would probably be……. NO FORWARD IS GOING TO GET PAST ME. ….. Wayne was different…… Wayne played the game the way he lived life and that was full-on….. He was tough, un-comprising and played with passion.. and if I had to describe his playing style, it would be…………. TAKE NO PRISONERS………… The third Hart to play the game was - OLD MICK HART and I use the word OLD as a term of endearment. When Brothers won their FIRST Townsville A Grade Men’s Premiership in 1966 most were in their late teens or early 20’s… Gordon Spenceley was the captain and grandfather of the team - Speno was only 26. So to us Mick was old, even though he was probably only in his early 40’s…………… OLD MICK played more hockey than anyone I knew without actually ever taking the field. At Cutheringa Park in West End, when Brothers were playing on fields 1,2 & 3, he could, by standing between fields 1 and 2, follow and cheer for three Brothers teams at the same time. I often wondered when the A grade Team was playing on field 1 if Mick, while still cheering for fields 2 and 3 still had time for in-depth conversations with Ron James the Park’s goal-keeper…………. Then there was Mrs. Hart…….affectionately know to many as DOLLY……..It was Mrs. Hart who deserved all the accolades as she was the one who had to keep these three males in line…… and she did that well…………. It was Mrs Hart, who, in partnership with Vince Dowd, started the initial money raising ball rolling for Brothers and that resulted eventually in the club acquiring their own playing complex at Pioneer park……… So lets move onto the first speaker ……… please welcome with your applause - Michael Hart. # ## #BROTHERS HOCKEY CLUB HISTORY BOOK LAUNCH SPEECH by MICHAEL HART Dad, Mick Hart Senior, died a little more than 3 years ago. Because of his long and deep involvement with Brothers Hockey Club, we knew that a Memorial Trophy would be created in memory of him and that duly occurred – and we are very appreciative of that. But the Brothers Hockey Club Memorial Trophy space is a crowded space – testimony to the family spirit of the Club. And Memorial Trophies don't always last. I was looking for something more enduring and toyed with the idea of providing some physical improvements or additions to the Clubhouse, but I didn't really think that would fill the need we were looking for. I let various thoughts roll around in my head for a while – knowing that, sooner or later, the answer would come. And it did! Not quite like a light bulb going off, but the idea was relatively sudden – have a book written, not about Dad, but about one of his "strong love interests" – Brothers Hockey Club. Talking of which – another love interest – Dolly (Mum) – is here today and this is the first time she has braved attending a Brothers Hockey Club event since Dad died a little over 3 years ago. I knew immediately who the author should be – Gary McKay. Gary and I have, in part, a common military history – although his is far less common than mine! Our common history derives from the National Service Scheme in operation during the period from 1965 to 1972 under which, if you were called up, you were required to spend 2 years in the Army. If you did not turn up – they would put you in jail! I think for each of Gary and me, it is the only major raffle we have ever won. The way the system worked was that the country needed about 8% of Australian males to serve in the military for periods of 2 years; it conducted quarterly ballots under which birth dates were chosen – and if your birth date was chosen, you were in! A significant percentage of National Servicemen stayed on in the Army after the expiration of the 2 year period, as did Gary. Gary served in Vietnam and, after Vietnam, wrote a book called, "In Good Company” – a story about his early years in the army, including his time in National Service and in Vietnam. It was and is a great, easy read! Several books have followed, including: A book about Cyclone Tracey A book about firefighters (Gary became an honorary 'firie' for this purpose, doing the basic course and actually attending fires!) Various military histories Local and institutional histories He was the man for this job! We formed a local committee (and not so local – Bernie Walsh was in Brisbane) and I linked the committee up with Gary. The initial committee comprised Vince Dowd, Len Dowd, Bernie Murray, Gordon Spenceley, Kathy Knight, Bernie Walsh, Ted Blackmore, Greg Deacon, Greg Fazel and Geoff Brown. Others were brought in as matters progressed. Gary worked directly with the committee over a period of a couple of years and, for my part, I substantially bowed out of that activity until "manuscript time" and the printing and launch. Dad became associated with Brothers Hockey Club when my brother, Wayne (who, with his family, is here today) and I, started playing hockey in the Under-12s team for Brothers in 1956 or '57. Dad very quickly became involved and, just as quickly, became: An "expert" Brothers most vocal supporter One of Brothers most active workers Also with Mum – at least in terms of being an active worker! But the book is not about Dad, although, by his very personality, he features in it. It is about Brothers Hockey Club. My most lasting and vivid memories about Brothers Hockey Club are: The Dowd family And, of course, Brothers winning it's first Senior Men's Grand Final in 1966 Vince Dowd devoted a number of years to coaching Brothers Juniors, as well as to Club administration. My memories of being at Cutheringa Park most days of every week and a bunch of us riding home on our bikes with Vince, as the encroaching dark prevented us from seeing the white ball, are endearing memories. If Zac (Rowland Sieczkowski) was able to be here today, he would tell you a story of how Vince saw him watching the Under-12s train and Vince invited him into the group – and Zac became a personality, as well as a very good player, within Brothers Hockey Club and Townsville hockey. Even Vince's older brother, Frank, who is recognized as starting the current Brothers Hockey Club, took time out to watch the Juniors. I can remember that after one game (which must've been important for some reason!), Frank shook our hands and congratulated us – in Under-12s – when we came off the field. Frank's widow, Lillian, and some of her family, are here today. My memory of Brothers is a memory of a vibrant, growing Club that eventually had the successes it yearned for; and it was part of a vibrant and friendly (although very competitive) Townsville Hockey Association. It is great to see some old competitors here today. Anyway – it's all in the book! In it's final form, the book is an elegant, attractive book and is a great read! Whilst none of us expect it to hit the best seller list, it will be a base for future histories of Brothers Hockey Club and, maybe, an inspiration for other hockey groups to embark upon compiling histories. Enjoy the get together! LAUNCH NOTES EDDIE SHERRINS - BERNIE WALSH I have been looking at some of the faces gathered here today and would like to make mention of one past club member that I have not seen for a long time and that is Eddie Sheerans…….. Eddie, in the early years played for the club. …He was typical of many club members who played,… not for the glory, but, simply for the enjoyment and comraderie that the game provided….. He always had a joke or tall story to tell. I sometimes doubted if most of his stories were true,… but, then why would you let a few facts get in the way of a good story……. He was a member of The Townsville Representative Team that toured New South Wales in 1965 and was always the life of the party……. Later he transferred to Cairns and played hockey with our sister club… Souths and also represented Queensland in Veterans Hockey…… These days he is retired and lives on the Atherton Tablelands, with his wife. Eddie,….. thanks for joining with the club for this celebration…… LAUNCH NOTES - LEN DOWD - BERNIE WALSH Our next speaker really needs no introduction,……but first a few words…….. The Dowd name has been synonymous with The Brothers Hockey Club since the club’s inception in 1954 and includes a family involvement record of………………. four club Presidents,… a few Secretaries…. and many coaches…….. The Dowd family was no different to many large families of the time, with the exception being that… they all played hockey. To mention a few names, there was Frank, Kevin, Pat, Clair, Vince, Len and Ray…….You would need to be a good player to make that side………… For the same family to be involved with a sporting club for more than 50 years is a wonderful achievement and something that needs further explanation and who better to tell us than a family member…………… Please make welcome……. Len Dowd. SPEECH By Len Dowd On behalf of the Dowd Families, I wish to thank Brothers’ Hockey Club for the opportunity to say a few words on this historic occasion of the launch of their book “The Families of Hockey”. I am sure if my older brother Frank Dowd was here today he would be very proud of what his Hockey Team of 11 or so boys back in 1954 had grown to. In the 80’s & 90’s our Club must have had in the vicinity of 250 players, both men and women, plus just as many supporters. We would have been one of the biggest clubs in Qld Hockey. Our Club was very fortunate in being a family orientated Club. We were blessed with a very large number of families who got behind the Club and gave it their ALL. I will not mention any names because there were so many. To miss some out would be a great injustice. In closing, I would like to congratulate Brothers’ Hockey Club in producing this book and in particular Michael Hart, who came up with the idea and has been the driving force behind its production. I would also like to thank ALL Club Members who had a great input into the compiling of information that was required for the book. Lastly, I would like to thank the Author, Gary McKay, for the enormous effort it must have taken to write the book as he had no connection with the Club before but now must be quite an authority on it. Once again, Thank You for the opportunity to say a few words and I hope the sale of the book goes well. (After Len Dowd’s speech)-BERNIE WALSH Before moving on I have one last story that involves the Dowd’s. …………. About two weeks ago I had reason to phone Len and ask if he could do a small favour for me…. No problem he said…….I will put it on my list for tomorrow………….. Two days later I phoned back……the conversion went something like this,……… Len, it’s Bernie….I am calling back to see how you got on with my job?………… Well, he said,… that was on my “to do list”,… however……..Just then a loud voice came from the background …..it was Norma ……Walshie……she said,…… in that voice that wife‘s are known to use when wanting to.. make a point ………… He hasn’t done it…….. Because….. he has been out mowing the Brothers fields…… I thought to myself….how good is this…..after 55 years a Dowd is still baby-sitting The Brothers Hockey Club……… Let’s move on! LAUNCH NOTES - A SHORT STORY - BERNIE WALSH Before we move to our next speaker I would like to tell you a SHORT story about some of our club members, with the emphasis being on the word SHORT…….. During that 1965 Townsville Hockey Tour of New South Wales that I had mentioned, one of the games was against Canberra…. The Townsville forward line for that game was,…… *Left Wing-Brian Ferns *Inside Left-Ted Blackmore *Centre Forward-Barry Malcolm *Inside Right-Len Dowd *Right Wing-Roland Sieczkowski Now what you need to know about these fellows is that none of them are of tall statue,….in fact they could be described as….. rather short. ………… For example. Brian Ferns……Flea was about 5’4” Ted Blackmore…Ted was 5’6’’. He reckons that he is 5’6.…&½”, but that is only in his dreams. Barry Malcolm…….Doc was about 5’5” Len Dowd…….Dowdie was about 5’6” Roland Sieczkowski……….Zac was about 5’4”--and that didn’t matter whether you measured…. up & down,….. or across, it was all the same……….However he could score goals……. Well ,when the Townsville team ran onto the field that day to play,…. the Canberra supporters were heard to call out words like MIDGETS,… DWARFS,…and other similar words……….. To make matters worse on the day… Fred Edwards,…. the giant of the Townsville forward line standing about 6’1” was being rested,…. and that lowered the average height considerably. …… I will say more about Fred Edwards later, but first I will continue with the story…. As the game progressed the Canberra fans were not so boisterous any more as they realised that the Townsville forwards …….“the Mighty Midgets”…… ,were giving the Canberra team a bit of a touch up…. and it was not until they were down 4-0 that they realized they had a game on their hands………. They never recovered, losing 4-1. You see,…. what Canberra didn’t know was what we already knew and that was,… despite their short statue the Townsville forward line really knew how to score goals… Best forwards that day were… Ted Blackmore & Barry Malcolm and best backs were Ron James & Michael Hart. So ends this SHORT story! Let’s move on! LAUNCH NOTES - GRAHAM JACKSON - BERNIE WALSH We now come to the most important part of the proceedings and that is the launch of the book on the history of The Brothers Hockey Club….. Before inviting to the microphone Townsville identity and renowned businessman… Graham Jackson who will officially launch the book……. I take this opportunity to say a few words of introduction………… Graham started his early education in Brisbane before moving to Townsville to complete commerce-accounting at James Cook University….. He is also an accomplished pianist and obviously his son, Glen Jackson has inherited those talents.. On moving to Townsville Graham became involved with The Brothers Hockey Club through his son Glen who started in the junior ranks and progressed through the grades to play A Grade for the club. Glen was selected in Queensland State Teams at under 16 & under 21 and He was also club President in 1992.…….. Graham’s list of life achievements are too vast for me to mention the lot, so I will concentrate on the major ones that he has been involved with over the years. SERVICE CLUBS * Founding member Lions Club of Townsville. * President Townsville Rotary Club. * Chairman Townsville Rotary Traffic Training Centre. WORK WITH CHARITIES * Chairman Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme. * Chairman Belgian Gardens PYC Fund Raising Appeal. * Chairman Red Shield Appeal. * Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. BUSINESS WORLD * Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Small Development Corporation. * Managing Director Loloma jewellery stores Townsville. * President Townsville Chamber of Commerce. * Founding Director & life Member of Townsville Enterprise Limited. SPORT ADMINISTRATION * Board Member & Life Member of Barrier Reef Basketball-The Crocodiles in NBL. * Advisory Commissioner to North Qld Cowboys. AWARDS * Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. * Awarded the Medal of Order of Australia for services to charities and community. * Inducted into Townsville Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2003. * He was the 2007 Townsville Citizen of the Year. Before this function and while I was discussing with Graham how I could best introduce him, he gave me a list, but, with a request to keep his achievements low-key as today was about THE BOOK and not him…… While I have tried my best, I would be doing the occasion an injustice if I had not highlighted what a talented person we have to launch this book……. Would you please welcome ……..Graham Jackson! LAUNCH SPEECH BY GRAHAM JACKSON BROTHERS HOCKEY CLUB ANNIVERSARY AND BOOK RELEASE It is a great honour to be here today for this celebration. Firstly however I must complain about the MC reading out so much detail from my CV which he had requested . I had purposely said , when forwarding it that the Focus should be on the Club and not on any Speaker. I am taking the liberty of fining our MC $10.00 which he can pay at the front desk as leaves this afternoon. We have had a long involvement with Brothers both with Family Members and having donated many Trophies through our business over the years. However before I start I would like to thank Gordon Spence ley. You are aware that my son Glen and his Band Damaged Goods are reforming tonight to play at the THA. ………25 Years ago they used to practice in our garage a few times a week and we would sit and listen as the boys learnt to play their instruments …very painful !!…and loud !! at this point we lost touch with our neighbours who had great difficulty in understanding how we allowed people to make such a commotion in our garage and let it echo through the suburb!! One day Glen arrived home and said that Gordon had said it was ok to practice in Brothers Hockey hall…he is not aware of it, but were indebted for his action……..we started speaking to , and being friends with ,our neighbours once more…so thank you Gordon!! Brothers Club was always a professionally run Club…good operators who found the balance between striving for excellence on and off the field ……..and ensured at the same time they maintained a good social culture. Grand final days were typical of this culture. Win ,lose or draw, Brothers end of year celebrations were always days to remember….and quite often they did go on for days!! I know one year the Club ended up at Magnetic Island on the Monday and were met by the Police on their return…..My son Glen assured me that it had nothing to do with him and suggested that it was Geoff Brown who was the cause of it all!! We had the Club over to our House at Bergin Rd on many occasions for different events and celebrations…I remember one year on Grand Final Night when the Celebrations ended up at home…This was the first time they had actually won the Men’s Final so as you can imagine they were very festive…and all good natured. When we awoke in the morning we found our pet Labrador Gindy , had turned pink with the use of vanilla essence and was walking around with Rabbit Ears attached….we knew we were in for an experience!! There were a few bodies lying around the house…one lying on a blow up bed in the pool…………….the Kitchen looked as though we had just completed a Junior Master Chef Program ….and the boys decided at 3 am to do some wine tasting from my Wine Collection from which it took me years to recover….it was then I realised that many of them that night had completed their Drinking Apprenticeships as a result of being Club members. To read the Book which I commend to you, is a real trip down Memory Lane…on so many pages , another photo or words recall another Game ……or Event……. or Celebration ……or Tour………just hundreds of players whose names will now never be forgotten thanks to Mick and Family who commissioned Gary to research and write the Book…we are indebted to them all…I have pleasure in launching the History of Brothers Hockey Club Townsville... LAUNCH NOTES - GARY McKAY - Author - BERNIE WALSH It is now time to speak to the person responsible for producing this glossy publication and as you all know, that is Gary McKay…… I first heard of Gary around February 2009 and met him for the first time when he came to my Brisbane home in April 2009. During our early “get to know you talk” I asked Gary if he had played hockey……he answered…..that the closest that he had ever come to the game of hockey was when as a young man he had briefly escorted a young lass who had a father who was involved in hockey and that father demanded that Gary have his daughter home before a curfew of 11:00p.m….. He proceeded to tell me that the association lasted only briefly and when he mentioned that the father was none other than……………………… ….TERRY MOESSINGER,….. I understood. Most will remember that name…. In the short time that I have know Gary McKay, I have found him to be professional in all his dealings and the type of person who,… while calling a spade a spade, is also courteous and respectful towards others…. Maybe that is an enviable trait that has come from his military days. The following will tell us more about the man! Gary McKay was conscripted into National Service in 1968. He saw active service in South Viet Nam as a rifle platoon commander with 4 RAR. In the latter half of his tour of duty he was severely wounded and returned to Australia. For his actions in Viet Nam he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. Gary served for a total of 30 years in uniform retiring in 1998 as a lieutenant colonel. He commanded at platoon, company, and battalion level and served with distinction in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Gary is the author of 12 books on Australia in the Viet Nam war, and has published another seven on various historical and biographical subjects. An autobiographical account of his experiences as a platoon commander is recounted in his best-selling IN GOOD COMPANY, which is now used as a leadership text. He has written oral histories and regimental accounts including infantry, SAS, Armour, the Training Team and most recently the civilian surgical teams. He has written the definitive account of Cyclone Tracy that destroyed Darwin in 1974, a book on Queensland fire-fighters and one on the history of white settlement on the Sunshine Coast. He is now a freelance historian and full-time author, writing non-fiction books and film scripts. He lives in Jervis Bay with his partner Margot. Please make welcome with your applause - Gary McKay! AUTHOR’S SPEECH - GARY McKAY (Details to follow) LAUNCH NOTES - PERSONALITY SPOT - BERNIE WALSH Before coming to Townsville for today’s celebration, I was reminiscing about past Townsville club hockey games that I had played and also those whom I had competed against……. I jotted down some notes with the hope that I might get the opportunity to say a few words ,….. then when I heard the news, …and I might add in my absence,…that … my mates…. had voted me into the master of ceremonies role,…. I thought that I would certainly highlight a few names…… FRED EDWARDS I mentioned during that short story the name Fred Edwards and how he did not play the game against Canberra. I shall now tell a few facts about him………… From PARKS Most elite sports people tend to concentrate on and excel at the one sport,…. …Freddie Edwards played and excelled in multiple sports…..some were…… Cricket: He played A grade club cricket and also represented Townsville and Queensland Country. Basketball: He played A Grade club basketball and also represented Townsville, Queensland and Australia. Hockey: He played A Grade club hockey and also represented Townsville and Queensland……. I would rate him one of the best…. all round sportsman….. of that early era that Townsville produced…… However,…. unfortunately for Brothers…. he played for Parks…… There seems to have been a lot of these talented hockey players of the era, with Parks and if you consider names like…. Malcolm, Crossman, Roberts, Edwards, James, Mason, McElligott, Seib and Neil Hegarty, …. they were a strong group…. If the Townsville Association of that era played under an NRL type salary cap, That Parks team would probably have been about 400% over their limit…… However,…. with time,… the Brethren did learn how to beat them……. From WESTS West’s had players like Dick Cummins and Ray Jones… Dicky must have been the shortest fullback ever to play in Townsville. However, he was well supported by his other fullback ,…… Ross Hammett who was only slightly taller. Off the field, Dicky was about 5’4” and on the field he played liked he was 6’4”. He was tenacious and played to win……..and after the game always had a happy remark to make. FROM COMMERCIALS Commercials also had their share of strong players, including Geoff Jorgensen and Bill Melchert. …..The Brothers boys will remember sharing many a good night with Bill Melchert at the Royal Hotel….. Townsville was blessed with many good hockey players in that era who jelled together as a Townsville team…… because they were also….. good mates. ….. FROM BROTHERS In the early 1970’s four Brothers juniors from “the second generation” of club players were selected in Queensland State under16 teams and went on to play A Grade club hockey. They were Ralph Irwin, Lex Hamilton, John Dempster and Gary Colledge. I will talk about one of these……. Gary Colledge was promoted into the Brothers A Grade men’s side in 1973 at the age of 16 and quickly became a valuable member, playing at inside-right…… At the time he was a boy playing against men and took some hard knocks, but to his credit he never reciprocated and kept his mind on the game…….. He was tremendously talented,…. tough,….determined,… but still showed humility and respect towards his opponents…..they are the traits of a……. true sportsman…… While he did go on to higher selections, he probably never received the accolades that he deserved…… and some of the Brothers.. “old brigade” of hockey players still regard Gary Colledge as one of the best Brothers juniors to have come through the ranks….. So lets move on. LAUNCH NOTES_TOAST & CELEBRATION CAKE - BERNIE WALSH At this time I ask that you fill your glasses as soon we will be drinking a toast….. When I call their name, would the Life Members of the Brothers hockey club come forward……… * Bernie Murray * Kathy Knight * Gordon Spenceley * Len Dowd * Kayleen Giezendanner * Geoff Brown * Greg Fazel * Mark Eldridge Some life members cannot be here today,…..they are…. * Vince Dowd * Tom Eldridge We also remember past Life Members……. * Frank Dowd * Mick Hart Snr * Wally Bull * Eileen Gilboy Would the author Gary McKay…..and Michael & Trish Hart also come forward…… There are still two very special people who are needed and I ask Len Dowd and Michael Hart to help with this……… Please welcome Mrs Lillian Dowd Frank Dowd’s wife & Brothers Life Member & Mick Hart Senior’s wife Mrs Dolly Hart who will soon cut the celebration cake. * I now invite Gordon Spenceley to propose a toast to Brothers, Kindred Clubs & Townsville hockey. TOAST SPEECH By GORDON SPENCELEY A TOAST TO THE HART FAMILY BROTHERS HOCKEY CLUB KINDRED CLUBS TOWNSVILLE HOCKEY CLUB Firstly, I would like to congratulate Gary on the publication of the book. Well done! To the Hart family in particular Michael and Trish I know this book has been a big expense but I also know that the “Old Man” would be pleased with the result. To the members of Brothers Hockey Club I say “it has been a wonderful journey so far. May it continue for at least another fifty years.” To Kindred Clubs PARKS, WESTS and COMMERCIALS we say “Thanks for the competition during the years and the friendships we have made “. To Townsville Hockey Association I know what a big job it is to run the association as I was a member for many years and a Past President. Keep up the good work Brian (Kershaw). I would like everybody to charge your glasses and I propose a toast to THE HART FAMILY, BROTHERS HOCKEY CLUB, KINDRED CLUBS and TOWNSVILLE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION. LAUNCH NOTES - CLOSE - BERNIE WALSH Well folks….this part of our celebration is coming to an end and I take the opportunity to thank you for being such a good audience… Thank you book sellers for your help………………… Thank you also to the management and staff of The Pier Restaurant for your service……….. Those who have indicated they wish to purchase books…… now is the time to visit the book sellers who are ready to assist you… If you are quick the author…Gary McKay will even sign your copy….for free. However,….the night is still young…. for those who are staying for dinner. ……The restaurant staff will be seating guests soon. For the “Party People” who are not staying for dinner…. and even the “Party People”.. who are staying for dinner,…if you wish to rage on further, the place to go is The Townsville Hockey Association club house where the reformed local band………. “Damaged Goods” is performing…… This group is made up of past hockey players like………. * Rod Malcolm * Steve Lynch * Glen Jackson * Lance Vickers * Mark Wotherspoon * Terry Wotherspoon So if you want a good night go out to the Association Clubhouse and support the hockey boys………………. I would like to close this part of our celebration with a message to the members of the Brothers Hockey Club ………………………… “ CLUB SPIRIT IS KNOWING AND LIVING THE BELIEF THAT WHAT A GROUP OF PEOPLE CAN ACCOMPLISH TOGETHER IS “MUCH LARGER” , “FAR GREATER” AND WILL EXCEED THAT WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL CAN ACCOMPLISH ALONE”. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT EVERYONE!