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Team of ’54 reunites for hockey club’s 90th birthday party

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The 1954 hockey team: (L–R) Audrey Doman, Pat Plater, Maureen Ball, Denise Batson, Lorna Virgo, June Cartner, Judy Graydon, Toni Watson, and Ruth Slogrove.

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Mullumbimby Hockey Club hosted a very successful celebration to commemorate their 90th anniversary with around 100 people attending the Mullumbimby Ex-Services.

Displays of each decade with newspaper articles and photos were a popular talking point among the crowd as was the Powerpoint presentation of photos from the 1920s through to the current season.

Several past presidents were in attendance and spoke of their time with the club.

All life members: Debbie Cullen, Julie Williams, Mary Schumacher, Pauline and Grant East were present.

The highlight of the evening was the attendance of nine ladies who played for Mullumbimby 65 years ago in 1954.

The three women’s teams won both minor and major premierships that year. Ruth Slogrove and Val Staff spoke on behalf of past players. 

Also shown was an interview with Phyllis Flick, who is 103 years young and lives in Byron Bay. Phyllis and her sister Jean played for Mullumbimby in the 1930s. Her son Geoff and grandson Tony were also present. 

Thank you to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services for sponsoring the night and all who helped collate the history. Thank you to everyone for their participation in making it such a memorable occasion.


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