Foundation of Valley Women’s Hockey Club

Queensland Women’s Hockey Association was founded in 1923. Valley teams first played in 1925 through to 1930. Training and matches were held at “The Domain” in the Botanical Gardens. They played under the banner of Queensland Women’s Hockey Association (QWHA.).

Brisbane Women’s Hockey Association founded in 1933. Valley reformed with 2 teams and played from 1935 to 1940. Training was held at 6am before work at the Domain and matches were played at Marchant Park.

The club then went into recess during World War II. Some players after the war joined other clubs and others retired.

In 1952 two teams were reformed by members of the Mayne Harriers Athletic Club, led by then Queensland Champion Athlete, Daphne Welch. Finally Valley Women’s Hockey Club (VWHC) was on the map again. THIS TIME TO STAY. With the continued guidance from our 1952 President, Pix Josiffe O.A.M., who is a life member, we made our mark. Congratulations to Pix who has the distinction of being the only member to have held an official club position for more than 50 years. Pix’s achievements in Valley, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australian and International Hockey circles have been acknowledged at all levels of Australian Hockey.

In 1953 a third team was formed with some junior members of the Mayne Harriers coming aboard and our numbers stayed that way for many years.

From 1952 to 1958 fixtures matches were played at Marchant Park. Tuesday and Thursday night training, straight from work, began at New Farm Park on the Cricket oval and Sunday mornings at Shaw Park. From 1959 fixtures were played at Downey Park when one night of training was held at Downey and the rest at Shaw Park. Sunday training always remained at Shaw Park.

In the early 80’s, with the establishment of a synthetic Turf facility at QE II stadium, the Senior Turf section of the club was established. The turf section now plays at a number of Venues around Brisbane, State Hockey Centre at Comslie, Tiger Turf at Carina, Burringbah at Chermside and Redcliffe show grounds. Turf Hockey is now considered the premier competition in Brisbane.

60th Celebrations
Celebrations to mark the Club’s 60th Anniversary were held in 2011.

Reflecting Back – Nola Slade
The Valley Women’s Hockey Club Incorporated lives up to the hockey motto of “THE GAME THAT GROWS.” The club has grown from strength to strength, proving that, “AS A CLUB” we are “SECOND TO NONE.” Congratulations all present, loyal officials, Senior and Junior and all players in this, your year since the Club was reformed in 1952. Adding a special “THANK-YOU” to our Foundation members of the 1920’s and 1930’s. A list of memorable moments has been requested, so many to choose from –

• Playing in 1954 in Valley 1 and winning our first “A Grade” Premiership.
• In being named club captain in 1958 for the first time.
• Touring Europe and England in 1959 in the Australian Team (5 and a half months tour by ship). Our only defeat was against England in the final of the I.F.W.H.A. tournament in Amsterdam.
• Playing beside Daphne (vice-captain) in the undefeated Australian Touring Team on a 4-week tour of Malaya in 1962.
• In marrying Stewart Slade (a member of the Valley Hockey Club) in 1964.
• Continuing on to play 15 consecutive years in Valley “A” grade.
• Retiring in 1968 as captain and wining my last premiership.
• Being President in 1972-1973.
• Making a short comeback in 1975 in lower grades. I’ll always remember Mary Hughes helping me out as a “BABY SISTER” on the sideline (on one occasion only!!)
• Weekly Sideline Magazine – Club Chatter eagerly awaited, plus team reports.

Valley Junior Boys Turf Trials 2 of 2
J Grade (Burringbar Park)
Valley Junior Girls Turf Trials 1 of 2
U13 and J Grade (Burringbar Park)
Valley Senior Women's Turf Trials 1 of 2
Divisions 1-6 (Burringbar Park)
Group Fitness
Junior/Seniors and Families
Valley Hockey Clubhouse - Shaw Park
Valley Junior Boys Pre Season Training
U13 Boys - Burringbar Park
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