Barbara Osmond, left, and Lynne Hack, right, interview Rhonda Mathers for their new book.
Barbara Osmond, left, and Lynne Hack, right, interview Rhonda Mathers for their new book.

Fielding facts on Ena ? past hockey great

By STEVE SPINKS

ENA McRae was one of the best Australian women's hockey players ? albeit 70 years or so ago.

She represented the green and gold for 10 years including a time as captain and selector.

And what's more, she may have been born in Lismore.

What is for certain, is that Ena's daughter, Annena Stewart, is local.

She lives at Alstonville.

These are the little stories that researchers from the NSW Women's Hockey Association are finding as they prepare for the centenary of the organisation in 2008.

To help celebrate the centenary, Barbara Osmond and Lynne Hack ? along with a dedicated team ? are preparing a book of 100 stories about 100 women who have been vital to the association and the sport.

Osmond, the centenary project co-ordinator, and Hack, NSWWHA archivist, are travelling far and wide to interview their subjects.

They spent a week in Lismore ? interviewing the likes of Annena Stewart, Rhelma Savins, Rhonda Mathers, Janis Hutton, Jan Allen, Joy Teaken, Wendy Trudgeon, Gloria McPherson and Raechel Allback.

"At the start it was quite daunting because we weren't sure where to start or what to do," Hack said.

After finishing in Lismore, the dynamic duo continued their fact-finding mission at Grafton.

The centenary of the association will coincide with its finale. As of 2008 there will be no separate men's and women's associations as the two will join.

Mathers, who has been associated with the sport in Lismore for more than 20 years, believes the job of archiving the association's history is important.

"It's now prompted me to think about what I've done," she said.



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