STILL ON THE BALL: Clint Mallett and grandchildren Alice, Rose, Grace and Annie Parrish, leads the East Lismore Hockey team out on the field to celebrate 50 years with the club.
STILL ON THE BALL: Clint Mallett and grandchildren Alice, Rose, Grace and Annie Parrish, leads the East Lismore Hockey team out on the field to celebrate 50 years with the club. Doug Eaton

Cheers for 50 years

FAR North Coast hockey celebrated president Clint Mallett and his 50-year involvement with the East Lismore Hockey club at the weekend.

Mallett, 59, who still plays with the club, was given a guard of honour as he walked out for his C-grade match against Summerlanders.

Mallett also led out the A-grade men's side and took the first hit-off.

It was a complete surprise to Mallett with the club planning the celebration since last month.

"It was a total shock, I certainly wasn't expecting anything," Mallett said.

"The fact that the club found it appropriate to organise something like this for me is a special feeling.

"It was amazing to have so many people come out and it's something I'll never forget."

Easts walked away with a 2-all draw followed by a barbecue and drinks at the clubhouse after the game.

Mallett first started playing hockey on the FNC in 1964 when he was recruited by local shopkeeper John Helmood. He is the longest-playing member of the East Lismore Club which was founded in 1948.

Mallett became a life member in 1984 and has held every executive decision at the club.

He was accompanied to the field on Saturday by his four granddaughters Alice, Rose, Grace and Annie.

"To have blokes there who I had played with in the 1960s was pretty special," Mallett said.

"There are so many great people involved in our sport and I had a great time.

"If it wasn't for all those people I wouldn't still be involved."

Mallett turns 60 next month and will represent the over-60s NSW number 2 side in October.



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