THE Orange Confederates Hockey Club will chalk up 40 years of hockey in Orange this winter.
Established when a Feds team entered the Orange Hockey Association’s B grade men’s competition in 1973, the club has grown to be one of the more prominent men’s, women’s and junior hockey clubs throughout Orange.
As it happens, 1973 was also the year Feds won their first title, with the Wayne Bennett-captained side - including Ted Madden, David Brough, Ray Jones, Bruce Rutter, Graham Hill, Dallas Trotter, Bruce Longhurst, Michael Fardy, Jerry De Rooy, Roland Naegeli, Peter McGarry and Terry Bennett - wining B grade four decades ago.
Former president and Feds life member Wayne Bennett said he was proud of what the Confederates club had shaped into over the course of four decades.
“I am grateful for what has been achieved in the past 40 years by the efforts of all connected with the club as administrators, players and supporters,” he said.
Bennett added the club’s success could be attributed to the dedication and hard work of numerous people over many years.
“People of the calibre of Michelle Stevenson, Rosie Wells, Lorraine Bennett, Des Gillete, Rob Eslick, Peter Divall, David Stevenson and many more that I can not recall,” he said. “Today Sandy Cook and Fiona Reith continue that tradition in looking after our juniors.”