Roving for 65 years

ROCKHAMPTON'S Ron Gough is amazed as he watches a young hockey player walk past with a massive bagful of goalies' equipment.

Back when Ron was playing hockey in-goal his only protection was cricket pads on his legs.

Not even when he split his lip and asked to wear a face mask, Gough's request for further protection was knocked back and he was told he had to be like everyone else on the field.

Gough, 83, is one of the Frenchville Rovers clubs original members.

It is players like Gough the Rovers will welcome back on September 17 when the club celebrates its 65th anniversary.

Frenchville Rovers have a dinner, a brunch and six-a-side hockey match among their plans for the anniversary celebrations.

Back in 1940 the Frenchville Rovers were known as the Rockhampton Rovers.

The black and yellow club then wanted to be known as the Tigers and then Hornets, but both names were knocked back and the Rovers were formed to play their fixtures at the then home of Rockhampton hockey, Stapleton Park.

"I remember there was a pond next to the field and when the blokes were knocked up I used to kick the ball into the pond to give our boys a spell,'' Gough said.

The memories remain vivid and Gough is just as excited standing at the Rockhampton Hockey Association's current home of Kalka Shades where children of all ages hit the fields.

One of Frenchville's youngest recruits is four-year-old Jeffrey Pearce.

Jeffrey only has a few weeks hockey experience, but already he can barely tear himself away from running around the field.

"I play for the ghost team ? I used to play for dinosaurs,'' said Jeffrey, who now plays for Frenchville Caspers in the Rockhampton Junior Hockey Association minkey hockey games.

Contact Marj Brown on 4928?2243.



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