When the University Men's and Women's clubs merged into one club in 2014 we began making new club history, but before then each part of the club had its own long and glorious tale. We have tried to capture some of that in the following information and pictures.
At a Sports Union meeting on 2 April, 1912 it was decided that a Women’s Hockey Club should be formed. The Union agreed to allocate ten pounds towards equipment for the women. The Sports Union would buy the sticks and keep them in repair if each girl using one paid two shillings per year, although this charge was dropped in the following year.
“…when we first glimpsed the rain-sodden ground on which the matches were to be played, we knew we couldn’t play our kind of hockey.”
“That ladder did yeoman service for years, being lowered out of the window when required and hauled up and store on the verandah when practice was over. The sight of twenty or more hockey players following one another up or down the ladder must have been rather interesting.”
"The women played in Melbourne in soaked clothes, bare feet and inches of mud until the last two days. It was a messy business."
The first game against the University of New England was played in Armidale in 1950, when Helen Laws captained the Queensland University side. One of the club’s best intervarsity performances for many years was a third place in Melbourne in 1952.
The team, led by Mary Armbruster, included Janet Teys, Betty Smith, Nan Durrans, Maureen O’Moore, Judy Andrews, Gill Davey, Daphne Corder, Jeanette Knox, Judy McGoggan and Betty Elmslie. Mary Armbruster, who learnt her hockey at Warwick State High School, coached the side for several years in the early 1950s. Practices were held at Victoria Park at 7.00am on Friday mornings and on the Wednesday sports afternoons.
Gwenda Weir played for the state from 1954 to 1958. Like many Teachers’ College students, she played for University while she was an evening student there. Gem Marshall was a member of the club from 1955 to 1958 and played for the Combined Universities team in 1956, in 1957 against New Zealand in Adelaide and in 1958. She gained selection in the Combined Universities team in 1956, 1957 and 1958. Rae (“Moppy”) Michod captained the Queensland University side, which traveled to Perth for the 1958 intervarsity competition.
Heather Scraggs is a Life Member of the Q.W.H.A. and one of the foremost women’s hockey umpires in the world. She played for Queensland University in an Adelaide intervarsity carnival in 1971 and for the state from 1959 to 1968 and in 1970. She toured England in 1967 and South Africa in 1970 with the Australian side, gained her Australian Umpire’s Badge in 1970 and was graded one of the world’s best at the I.F.W.H.A. Tournaments in Edinburgh in 1974 and Vancouver in 1979. She was invited to umpire at the World Cup tournament in Madrid in 1978 and as one of the three Australian umpires to officiate at the Moscow Olympics, but all Australian umpires withdrew when the team pulled out of the Games as a protest to Russia’s invasion against Afghanistan.
Science student, Kay Kindervater, played for Queensland from 1964 to 1971 and in 1973. She captained the side in 1971 and was vice-captain in 1968, 1969 and 1970. From 1965 to 1967 and from 1969 to 1971 she represented Australia. In 1967 she was vice-captain of the team which toured Germany. She went to England in 1969 and South Africa in 1970 which the Australian side and in 1971 was vice-captain of the Australian delegation to New Zealand. In 1968, she was awarded the U.Q.W.S.A. Cup for outstanding individual performance.
As more universities began to participate in intervarsity in the 1960s the competing teams ere divided into two pools. Queensland scooped the pool in the second division in Hobart in 1968, having only one goal scored against them in the entire carnival.
1974 was the club’s most successful year in a long time. Three teams won their way to the semi-finals and C1 and C3 teams were both equal premiers in their grades. By 1977, four teams were fielded (A3, B2, C1 and C2) with the help of the three coaches and a trainer. The first and second teams reached the semi-finals and the top team won the A3 grand final. At the Perth intervarsity Queensland ran seventh out of 13 competitors. In the following year “A” Reserve, B1, B3 and C1 teams were entered n fixtures. When intervarsity was held in Canberra in May, Joan Carrick and Carol Cave were selected in the combined intervarsity side to play New Zealand Universities. Joan was also selected along with Kim Dwyer in the 1979 Australian Universities team, but their proposed tour of New Zealand did not eventuate. Joan has been the top University player of recent years, being chosen in the Brisbane senior team in 1979 and 1980. The club’s most recent representative player was Robyn Counter who toured New Zealand with the Australian Universities team in 1980.