EXCERPTS FROM HISTORY OF GAWLER 1837 - 1908

THANKS TO E. H. COOMBE  WHO  COLLATED THE HISTORY OF GAWLER.

GAWLER  HOCKEY  CLUB:

The first meeting was held in the Institute on 16th July, 1903, when it was decided to form a hockey club.  The officers elected were:

Patron - Mr J. F. Martin;  President - Mr S. B. Rudall;  Vice Presidents - Messrs. F. Barritt,  R. J. Rudall & H. Bischof, Jun;  Captain - Mr R. J. Rudall;  Vice Captain - Mr J. McN. Martin;  Honorary Secretary - Mr H. K. Paine;  Treasurer - Mr F. F. O. Curson.

The opening match was played on the Gawler Recreation Ground when the local team were defeated by three goals to two.  Since 1903 the game has gradually increased and there are at present three teams here. This year the Gawler Club decided to join the Adelaide Hockey Association and finished and finished third on the list. 

Circa 1910 the present officers of the club are:

Patron-Mr F. Barritt; President-Mr S. B. Rudall, M.P.; Vice Presidents-Messrs. O. D. Jones & H. Bischof;      Captain - Mr M.  Crace; Vice Captain - Mr J. Rebbeck; Secretary & Treasurer - Mr. A.  Crace.

The following are members of the club: Messrs. L. Bell, M. Crace, A. Crace, S. W. Coombe, C. Fead, F. Kennare, J. Kennare, C. Johnson, G. Oliver, J. Paterson, H. Rowe, E. Rowe, R. Rudall, J. Rebbeck, R. Urlwin, W. Harris.   

The club owes much of its success to its past captain, Mr Reg Rudall, who was on of the founders of the game in Gawler.

 

PARAFIELD  LADIES  HOCKEY  CLUB:

In the year 1906 a ladies' hockey club, which now deserves to be ranked among first-class clubs, was formed in Gawler with Mr O. D. Jones as President.  It received the name of Parafield during the first year with Miss E. Crump as captain and Miss L. Stewart as Secretary.  Eight matches were played of which the Parafields won six and drew two.  In the following year Miss N. Limb was appointed captain and of the eleven matches played under her captainship, only one was lost.                                                             

The club had even better results during the 1908 season and in every match which they played against visiting teams they were successful.  In one of these the Gawler ladies had the honour of beating a team of ladies from the Adelaide University - the winners of the Interstate University Competition.