250 YEARS PLUS: East Lismore hockey veterans, from left, Jim Savins, Terry Hughes, Jeff Campbell, Rodney Rodda and Ken Osborne.
250 YEARS PLUS: East Lismore hockey veterans, from left, Jim Savins, Terry Hughes, Jeff Campbell, Rodney Rodda and Ken Osborne.

Still a spring in their step

CELEBRATING 60 years, East Lismore Hockey Club claimed another distinction this year. For the first time five of their 'less young' members were selected in one of the NSW Over-50 teams contesting the Australian veterans championships on the Gold Coast this week and next. It is hard to tell whether it was just their brilliant hockey skills or some of their 'more creative' other skills that caught the selectors' eyes. But no matter which, having five members from one club gain selection in one State team is a feather in the cap of East Lismore. A spokesman for the Easts players, Terry 'Archie' Hughes, in relating the story, was beside himself with excitement and an enthusiasm that is more often associated with younger players making their first team. But in an age where educators and sporting administrators worldwide are decrying the lack of activity in the general population, these veteran players make wonderful role models for playing sport 'competitively' well into their 50s. As well as the five East Lismore players, Far North Coast has another 18 in various teams at the championships. Given the size of the FNC association and the number of players involved in hockey, to have 23 selected in various State teams speaks highly of the quality and ability of the region's players. In NSW teams Far North Coast has: Tony Meldrum (40s No 1); Wayne Porter, Terry Burnett (40s No 2); Dave Connelly, Neil Stone, Andy Laycock (40s No 4); Warren Jenkins (45s No 1); Mick Bodley, Peter Ryan (45s No 3); Paul Leadbeatter, Steve Hunter (50s No 1); Andy Hiller, Phil Garred (50s No 2); Jeff Campbell, Terry Hughes, Jim Savins, Rodney Rodda, Ken Osborne (50s No 3); Steve Garbutt, Trevor Dancer (55s No 2). Neil Chaseling (Queensland 45s No 1), Max Beddoes and Mick Kell (Tasmania 60s) are playing with other State teams at the championships.



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