Success at last
The success of the approach adopted in the 1970’s was illustrated by the club’s performances since then. The club’s first success in the senior women’s competition was a premiership in 1980. We then had to wait until 1989 before the ladies would win their second premiership. Following this win they began to make their presence felt in the competition. Premierships were won in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2007. In the senior men’s competition, 1989 marked the 11th successive Grand Final appearance. Premierships were won in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2017.
Off the field
Brothers Hockey Club has been a very progressive club in a number of ways both on and off the hockey field. As well as winning premierships, the club was looking at ways to enhance its position and reputation in the Cairns hockey community and the community in general.In 1983 Brothers Hockey Club became the first hockey club to have its own club house and playing fields which are located at Calanna Park, Sondrio St., Woree. Brothers have continued to maintain these facilities and in 2002 the kitchen was remodelled, the clubhouse was repainted and other improvements were made. In 2007 air conditioners donated by Robbie and Lynda Henley were installed.In 2012 Brothers Hockey Club was approached by a newly formed soccer club who made a request to share the club facilities located at Calanna Park. Both parties believe this is a progressive step as the costs will be shared and the facilities will be used on a more regular basis.
Again the clubhouse has been repainted and in time it will have the logos of both Brothers Hockey Club and JCU Strikers Football Club proudly shown on the outside of the clubhouse. In conjunction with the football club, improvements are planned for the clubhouse facilities and playing fields. In the 1970’s Brothers Hockey Club initiated and co-hosted the 4CA Sportsperson of the Year Award for a number of years. Also in the 1970’s members of the club assisted the Red Cross by donating blood and promoting this through the local media.
In the past Brothers has recognised Life Members by holding a Life Members Day which involves not only the Life Members but their families, friends and club members. As can be seen by the Club’s history there have been a number of members who have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the continued success of the club. Many have been rewarded by being granted Life Membership. The club believes it is important to continue to recognise the efforts of these members. As a result, it is planned to reintroduce a similar event to be held on an annual basis. In 2011 Brothers launched its supporters group referred to as Brothers Retirees and Team Supporters or BRATS for short. BRATS is a supporters group that consists of past players and supporters of the club. The club believes it is important for links to past players and supporters to be maintained to ensure the club has a strong future. It is hoped that this group will be involved in but not limited to; supporting Brothers Hockey Club develop into the future, promoting hockey in general, and involvement in club, community and social activities. Already this group has about 70 members and is slowly growing as past players and supporters become aware of its existence and purpose. In some areas we may not be considered as progressive as we would like to be. It has taken 36 years following the introduction of women’s teams into the club before its first female President was elected. In 2011 Natasha McAllister, a past player, was elected.
Recently the club has developed a 5 year plan to ensure Brothers Hockey Club is a community and family friendly, successful and progressive hockey club. One of the initial focuses is on the recruitment, development and retention of our juniors. Currently Brothers Hockey Club has a close association with Trinity Anglican School (TAS) and as a result many students from that school are playing in TAS Brothers teams as well as for Brothers in various divisions. No doubt members from TAS will be key contributors towards our future success.Brothers Club is also working very hard with the other schools in our catchment area to increase junior recruitment. These schools include Balaclava, Woree, White Rock, Bentley Park and Hambledon State Schools. Club representatives have conducted sessions with Balaclava and Bentley Park students as well as after school sessions for interested students from all of the schools in our catchment area. The club will also be looking at ways to involve as many members as possible in club and community activities as well as minimising the cost to members.In 1988 Brothers Hockey held a formal celebration of 50 years in the Cairns Competition followed by 70 years celebrations in 2008. We plan to be holding similar celebrations for many years to come.