Northern Star club comes a long way on its birthday
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.
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.
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.
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.