01 Nov Celebrating 50 Years of The Gladstone Meteors Club
In late 1972, Gladstone embarked on a journey that would leave an indelible mark on the local hockey scene. Expressions of interest were sought to form a new hockey club within the Gladstone Hockey Association for the 1973 season. In the spirit of enthusiasm and ambition, a meeting was convened, and thus, the Meteors Hockey Club was born.
The leadership was entrusted to a trio of trailblazers: Gwen Younger assumed the role of President, Dot Lacey as Secretary and Gladys O’Brien as Treasurer.
Doris Smith, who is a Lifetime Member of the Meteors Hockey Club, kindly offered her insights into the club’s remarkable history.
“We had an unforgettable evening at our annual celebrations this year, with past members making the journey from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast and beyond. It was a wonderful night brimming with friendship, camaraderie and the true spirit of our club,” expressed Doris.
“We were delighted to have past members join the celebration, including some from our very first teams dating back to 1973,”
“None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for Ann Penny and Dot Lacey, who set this remarkable journey in motion,” said Doris.
“We also celebrate those like Jill Mathison (Smith), who, from infancy in her carry basket, grew into Meteors hockey, guided by her mother Betty. The legacy continues with Wendy and Brett Ryan, who joined in 1975/76, with their children Alissa and Mitchell now active in the Meteors Executive,”
“Terri Read (Paul) started as a goalkeeper for our women’s team at just 13 years old in 1976 and continues to play to this day. Roy and I have been part of Meteors since the very beginning and this club has been an integral part of our lives,”
“Shane Boride, lovingly known as Brodes, left us about 18 months ago. He was an integral part of our first men’s team and dedicated himself tirelessly to our Club. His wife, Julie, originally part of another club, became a member of Meteors after marrying Shane, and she’s been working just as hard, if not harder, for our Club ever since.” mentioned Doris.
With nearly five decades of remarkable memories and achievements, the Meteors have fostered a legacy of camaraderie and sportsmanship that transcends generations. The contributions of founding members and the unwavering dedication of individuals like Doris Smith, who hold the club’s heritage dear, have created a vibrant tapestry of stories and experiences.