The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN Mc­MANUS

PREPA­RA­TIONS are in full swing for the New Nor­folk Old Schol­ars Hockey Club’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

Past and present play­ers, coaches, of­fice bear­ers, pa­trons and sup­port­ers are in­vited to the an­niver­sary re­u­nion, which will take place at the New Nor­folk Foot­ball Club rooms next week­end.

An RSVP for cater­ing pur­poses is re­quired by the end of to­day.

The club was formed in 1967, and has had great suc­cess over the years, peak­ing in 1997 when eight teams took to the field in the club’s or­ange and brown colours.

The sole re­main­ing team com­petes on Sun­days in Third Grade, and cur­rent player Natalie Brown­ing said while the team en­joyed the so­cial side of the game, they were still “quite com­pet­i­tive”.

Mrs Brown­ing, who has played more than 500 games for the club, is look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with cur­rent and for­mer team-mates.

“That will be the re­ally good part, be­cause you do re­ally bond with peo­ple when you play for years and years,” Mrs Brown­ing said.

She hopes that the club can en­tice a few play­ers of yes­ter­year back.

“We are hop­ing that we can re­cruit a few, be­cause there are some re­tire­ments hap­pen­ing this year,” Mrs Brown­ing said.

The re­u­nion will be held at the New Nor­folk Foot­ball Club rooms on Au­gust 26.

Or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for old pho­tos, uni­forms, tro­phies and Gazette clip­pings to share on the night.

Con­tact Natalie on 0400 044 172 or Lee on 0419 320 382 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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