Over 100 years of hockey excellence
Somerville, one of Auckland’s most successful and long-standing hockey clubs, reached its 100th Anniversary in 2014. The Club had two name changes during the early years: in 1917 to Somervell and in 1920 to Somerville, but the team spirit and support of their members continued down through the century, a great achievement indeed.
The Club began with a meeting on May 7th 1915 in the office of the man who became known as the ‘Father of the Somerville Hockey Club’, Mr. Leslie Howard Norton, at 24A Swanson Street, Auckland City where he was business manager for a firm of cutlery importers. The purpose of the meeting was to form a club to enter the fifth grade of the Auckland Hockey Association (AHA) competitions.
Since then, Somerville Hockey Club Incorporated has earned over many years an enviable respect within the hockey community. It has enjoyed consistently high rankings in the club scene in Auckland, and also nationally in those years when national club-based competitions have been possible.
The foundation of the Club has been a core of ’family-based’ membership within which succeeding generations of members have followed the footsteps of their predecessors. The nature of this following includes many aspects of the sport, not only playing, but in coaching, selecting and administration both within the club and within Auckland and New Zealand Hockey.
International recognition has been achieved over many years by club members. These include a number of father / son successions and brother pairings at national team level, with both the women’s and men’s sections of the Club having provided a significant number of international representative players at Olympic, World Cup and Commonwealth Games as well as