Welcome To The Harvard Hockey Club
In 1966, we made our debut on the field of Hockey, entering a knockout completion, specially organised by the Men’s Hockey Association to put on display new member clubs. Other than Skipper Trevor Smith and Frank Pichery, probably no other member of the team had ever played hockey before. The result was an encounter with the Defence Force well worth seeing if only for the high comedy provided. The pick of many moments was Alec Clarke’s perfectly executed football sliding tackle on an opposing winger in full flight down the right flank.
Surprisingly, the arrival of more accomplished players, including the Harris brothers, impressed the League enough to admit us to the second division for 1968 season. Even more surprisingly we won the league and were promoted to the championship division the next season. However, with the departure of the best players the next season to Malvern we could not hold our place there and were relegated for the1970 season to second division.
Nonetheless we soldiered on and in 1977, under the captaincy of Frank Pichery, we again won the second division, with Ian Chong being selected one of the league’s five players of the year. Alas, we were again relegated for 1979 season.
The Harvard Club in 2006 merged with Maritime Checkers becoming THE MARITIME HARVARD CHECKERS. We the became one of the leading ladies hockey teams in the country whose primary focus is on the holistic development of the individual. We live by the philosophy that we are our sisters’ keeper and that, “individually, we are one drop but together we are an ocean.” We continue to attract young, aspiring athletes from all different walks of life to the game… The Harvard Club … this sisterhood, “a home away from home” where we have good times, good laughs, fond memories and a sisterly bond that not even time can undo..