Goulburn and Crookwell have shown the depth of talent in our hockey players at Hockey ACT’s annual Brophy McKay awards night.
The McKay Medal is the best and fairest award for the ACT Women’s competition. This year it was presented to Jessica Smith from Crookwell.
Heather McKay donated this award in 1992. Heather McKay was born in Queanbeyan and began playing hockey at a young age with her sisters. She then took up squash to keep fit for hockey.
She was a member of the formidable women’s first grade team, the Evergreens who won 10 premierships from 1955-1967, in addition to representing NSW and the ACT.
She was regarded as one of the greatest female player’s in the history of Squash, and possibly Australia's greatest-ever sportswoman. She was undefeated in competitive squash matches between 1962 and 1981 and won the British Women’s Squash Championship a record 16 times.
In addition to her National representative career in Squash, she was selected as a member of the Australian Women's Hockey Team in 1967 and 1971 and maintains her competitive spirit these days on the tennis court.
Aaron Kershaw, the Goulburn men’s captain, received the Brophy Medal for the men’s competition best and fairest.
This award was created in 1961 and named in honour of the Association’s long serving President Mr James Brophy.
Jim Brophy first became involved in hockey in the early 1940’s and served as President of the ACT Hockey Association from 1944 to 1964.
It is interesting to note that Jim Brophy never played hockey and was never affiliated with any hockey club, but wrote the game reports each Saturday for the Canberra Times right up until his death in 1969.
The Brophy and McKay Medals are awarded on a 5, 3, 1 points based system for best and fairest on field at the end of each game and tallied at the end of the regular season (before the finals).
Aleisha Price picked up two representative awards, the Lyn Rippon award for most outstanding player at the Australian Under 18 Women’s Championships and The Hockey Shop Player award as the most outstanding player at the Australian Under 21 Women’s Championships.
Ben Stains received the Ted Holmes Memorial Trophy for most outstanding player at the Australian Under 21 Men’s Championships.
Goulburn and Crookwell had several players named in the ACT Teams of the Year.
Women’s players included left half Sassie Economos, centre half Shelley Watson and right inner Jessica Smith. The men included left back Aaron Kershaw, centre half Ben Staines and centre forward Glenn Turner.
The district also has a huge contingent of representative players selected in state teams, either NSW or ACT, heading to Perth for the Australian Hockey League or Australian Under 13s Championships.
This year almost 70 hockey players from the district have been selected in state and / or national teams.