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Ladies Hockey

1975 saw the formal beginnings of Indian Ladies’ hockey in Pukekohe. That year was also to mark the formal beginnings of the ladies’ competition at the annual NZISA Queen’s Birthday weekend tournament. Pukekohe’s entry coincided with he donation of the ladies’ trophy by the Pukekohe Indian Sports Club.

As host to the tournament in 1975, several enthusiastic and adventurous ladies’ considered it appropriate for Pukekohe to have its region represented.

So armed with dedication and commitment these ladies’ called around the community in search of potential players. While many players answered the call to represent their region, team numbers were not sufficient. After further discussion and searching, younger players were sought and recruited. This pattern was to be repeated many times in the years ahead.

Within the short few weeks prior to the tournament the inaugural team, consisting of a cross-section of ladies’, bound together to become a formidable unit. Practices were organised complete with skill and fitness sessions, and within a short time the inaugural team was entered into its first Indian tournament.

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