Saints march to rare double

Published 10:04am 17 November 2020

Saints march to rare double
Words by Nick Crockford

Pine Rivers St Andrews has completed a remarkable double by winning two Brisbane Hockey Association club championships this year.

Saints now proudly display the senior men’s Merv Harris Memorial Shield and the Stan Griffin Shield for junior boys.

It is only the second time the same club has lifted both Brisbane championships in the same year. The first was Bulimba Hockey Club back in 1999.

The titles are decided with an accumulative points total based on the playing achievements of each of the clubs’ teams.

Saints march to rare double

Winning ways

Saints had five senior teams in the competition’s top five divisions - four made finals. In the juniors, Saints Under 18s won Division One and Two. The Under 11s were also premiers.

“It all went down to the last couple of weekends,” said Saints’ President Darren Cook, “UQ were behind us, but we had a good weekend against them.

“We just missed out last year and have been there or there abouts for the last two or three years. This season is certainly up there with our best.

Juniors the key

“One of the things we have worked hard on is our junior coaching. Community sport is mums and dads helping out and that is admirable.

“But we have tried to get players coaching. We have Liam de Young, who played more than 300 games for Australia, coaching our Under 7 and Under 9 teams.”

De Young, 38, who also won Olympic and Commonwealth gold with the Kookaburras, also plays for Saints Division One side.

Club culture

“We have veterans and masters players turning up for games and 90 people at our (fundraising) golf day,” said Darren. “It’s the culture we’re trying to create.

“One of the hardest things we’ve had to do this year was keeping people fits of exercise during the shutdown.”

Pine Rivers St Andrews is based at South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale, but its teams play at a variety of all-weather and turf venues around Brisbane.

St Andrews was formed in 1923 and merged with Pine Rivers in 1987 before formally adopting its current name in 2001.

For more visit pinesaintshockey.com.au

There’s more sporting news here

Share

Related Stories

Popular Stories

PAW Patrol to headline Moreton Kids Festival
News / Local

PAW Patrol to headline Moreton Kids Festival

Children’s favourite PAW Patrol will headline Moreton Kids Festival 2024 at Strathpine’s Pine Rivers Park on March 10. Tickets are selling fast. Here's how to get yours

Artful exploration in Tranquil Threads exhibition
News / Local

Artful exploration in Tranquil Threads exhibition

Embark on a journey of tranquillity with Magdalena Marciniak's latest exhibition at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. **FREE TO READ**

Record turn-out of Lunar New Year Moreton Bay
News / Local

Record turn-out of Lunar New Year Moreton Bay

The City of Moreton Bay’s Lunar New Year celebrations at Caboolture on the weekend were the biggest yet – fitting for the Year of the Dragon