Hockey Open Day in Waterford
Waterford Hockey Club would like to invite the public of all ages to our free family open day.
This fun filled event takes place in Newtown School on Saturday the 18th of August and is open to everyone who was inspired by watching our successful senior women’s hockey team in the recent World Cup.
So, if you want to find out more about this exciting sport please join us from 11am until 2pm where coaches and players from Waterford Hockey Club will meet and greet you. The club will be holding an introduction to hockey including mini games, target practice, obstacle courses, tennis hockey and much more, including a bouncy castle and bbq on the day.
Then, stick around to get a full experience of hockey by watching our senior men and women teams play pre-season matches at 3pm. We do hope that you can join Waterford Hockey Club at this very important time for the sport.
“An exact date for the original formation of what is now known as ‘Waterford Hockey Club’ is currently not know. However, we know that on the Wednesday the 19th September 1934 a meeting was held at the Imperial Hotel on the Mall in Waterford city (present day Tower Hotel site) for the purpose of ‘reviving’ the Waterford Men’s Hockey Club.
An original minute book (with dates range from 19th September 1934 to 17th October 1951) is still in existence with press cuttings and records showing this inaugural meeting. Mr. Frank Phillips was elected as Chairman, Mr. J. J. O’Connor as Secretary and Mr. T. Jones as Treasurer, along with a Committee. Once formed they set about entering the Irish Junior Hockey Cup.
Historic press cuttings indicate that the ‘old Club’ (pre-1934 revival) was the first club in Munster to win the Irish Junior Cup. This is actually verified in the Irish Hockey Union (IHU) historic reports. Waterford were Irish Junior Cup Winners in 1922, the very first club in Munster to do so. Initial minute book meetings also reference that there was also a separate Waterford Ladies’ Hockey Club in existence and that both men’s and ladies clubs were sharing hockey playing grounds at Ballinakill”.