Northern Star club comes a long way on its birthday

19th May 2017 5:30 AM
Coraki played Northern Star in the Mens' Open Hockey Grand Final in Goonellabah on Saturday. Ethan White scored the first goal of the game for Coraki. FINAL RECKONING: A Northern Star player, right, protects the ball against Coraki in the Far North Coast A-grade men's grand final last year. Star first won the local title in 1934. Its more recent major premiership successes have come from 2007 to 2010, then 2012, 2013 and 2015. Mia Armitage

THE oldest club in Far North Coast Hockey, Northern Star, is 90 years old in 2017.

From humble beginnings, and with the object of providing "gentle" exercise for Northern Star newspaper staff outside of work, staff member Herb Everingham came up with the idea of forming a hockey club.

 

THE club's first women's A-grade team in 1947.

On June 30, 1927, he called a meeting of staff members in the shade of a camphor laurel tree outside the office of The Northern Star and from that meeting the Northern Star Hockey Club was conceived.

The then directors of The Northern Star newspaper were elected as the club patrons.

 

LES Chaseling, Neil Elliott (goalkeeper), Noel Magnay, Geoff Stratford and Max Savins in a game between Northern Star and East Lismore in 1955. Star won the major premiership that year.

Mr A J Stokes was elected the club's first president; Mr F G Jackson the vice-president; and Mr E L O'Toole the secretary.

Ninety years on, the club is strong and competitive with more than 140 players in FNC competitions comprising 15 men's, women's and junior teams.

 

Coraki played Northern Star in the Mens' Open Hockey Grand Final in Goonellabah on Saturday. Ethan White scored the first goal of the game for Coraki.
Coraki played Northern Star in the Mens' Open Hockey Grand Final in Goonellabah on Saturday. Ethan White scored the first goal of the game for Coraki. Mia Armitage

Northern Star has been the most successful club in A-grade men's hockey over the past decade.

Tomorrow at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, the Northern Star Hockey Club will play back-to-back games all day, from the 6 years and under Minkey team at 8am through to the A-grade women at 3pm and the A-grade men at 5.45pm.

Club president Thomas Vantaggiato has urged all members to come up to the Goonellabah turf for what he says should be a great day for the club.