Welcome to Somerville Hockey Club
Somerville Hockey Club was founded by Mr Lesley Howard Norton in 1915 and became an Incorporated Society in 1972. Today the Club has in excess of 600 members - 45 teams of men, women, boys and girls, playing across all grades in the AHA competition. Our homebase is located at Auckland Grammar School turf in Mt Eden, on the Auckland city fringe with an international class water turf. Our premier mens and womens teams feature 12 current and past Blacksticks.
After a thorough trial process where large numbers of both men's and womens teams participated over the last 10 days the club is pleased to announce the following teams. If you have been part of this process please click on the SENIOR HOCKEY TAB for this announcement. (Open Division Womens teams have been updated as of 5pm 15/03/20)
It is with much sadness that we share with you our good friend and life member David Watt passed away today, Thursday 30th April.
David had given an immense amount to the club both as a player and then as an administrator. He held multiple positions on the committee including Treasurer, Secretary, and President. He was a regular on the side-line of premier matches and stalwart of the Somerville Pirates, golden oldies.
A friendly and approachable person David was immensely supportive and knowledgeable of the committee, hockey community and AGS facility.
David was twice awarded our highest honour, the Bill Newsham Trophy, in 2000 and 2001. We send our condolences to Sandra, Jeremy, and family.
The annual Somerville vs Southern Derby Day was another roaring success for both clubs. This event is gaining popularity every year as participants are keen to hone their skills prior to the Premier Inter-city competition starting the following week. It also gives the match officials a warm up to challengers they face with time and player management in the season to come. Supporters from both clubs enjoyed the fantastic weather throughout the day.
Whilst the overall result ensured Somerville retained the Derby Day trophy the positives taken by both clubs should ensure successful seasons for both. Once again the event was hosted by Southern Districts whose club house facilities will be on the wish list of most Auckland clubs and a well earned Player of the Day sponsored beverage went to selected participants of all teams involved.
Premier Reserve Men:
Premier Reserve Women:
Somerville star defender Dwayne Rowsell received an early present to celebrate this Christmas with his reselection to the Blackstick National squad for 2020.
The star defenders recent club form and outstanding performance at the National Hockey League did not go unnoticed. Auckland finished runners up with Dwayne contributing a major part to that success. He is certain to be pushing strongly for a place in Tokyo in 2020.
Dwayne’s hockey had taken a recent break as his new fitness industry business venture, Studio Box in Newmarket, was opened earlier in the year. His workload around this time meant Dwayne was unavailable for the first 3 matches of the club season. However, his return to the Somerville Premier team coincided with immediate results as the star defender and drag-flicker quickly regained his form under the watchful eyes of coaches Barry Middleton, Simon Towns and fellow team mate and midfield international legend Ryan Archibald.
His passion for the game has never diminished and he now joins incumbent Blackstick Jacob Smith as the two current NZ men's representatives from the club. This takes the total count of current Somerville HC and NZ representatives to a staggering 10 players. The full list is:
Somerville Blackstick Jake Smith in action against Korea, the Blacksticks are Tokyo bound wrapping up their qualification series with 2 wins.
Somerville Blackstick Julia King with BS Captain Stacey Michelson celebrating Olympic Qualification with a win over Australia at the recent Oceania Cup.