Memorial event to kickstart the 2013 hockey season
A BLOCKBUSTER seven-a-side carnival will kickstart the 2013 Grafton Hockey season on Saturday.
The men's and women's events are both named in honour of two great former members of the Grafton hockey community.
Grafton Women's Hockey Association has honoured their very first president in naming their inaugural women's competition after Dawn Scott.
The men will continue to play for the Mike Rowe memorial shield - the traditional curtain-raiser to the men's A-grade competition.
Rowe was an outstanding hockey goalie who was tragically killed at 17 years of age.
He was a passenger in a car that was hit by a vehicle near Burringbar on the Pacific Hwy on November 25, 1985.
His last representative game was for the under-21 Grafton team at Taree. He played originally with Royals before transferring to Barbarians where he moved quickly from junior age groups to be the resident A-grade Barbarians goalie according to Grafton Hockey publicity officer Stephen McIlveen.
"His mates remember him as a happy, outgoing, fun loving young teenager," McIlveen said.
"It is to this type of person that Grafton Men's Hockey dedicated this prestigious pre-season carnival in memory of his talent as a player and to his tremendous character."
Eight men's teams will compete for the Mike Rowe carnival honours in the A and B-grade divisions.
The Women's Association has in turn honoured one of their own greats by naming their season curtain-raiser after Dawn Scott.
"Scottie" as she was known to her mates, played with the Demons club.
Fellow Demon's teammate June Allen remembers Dawn well as a friend and committed worker within the club and Women's Association.
"Dawn always played hard but fair and never gave up in anything she did," Allen said.
"From getting Junior Primary Hockey up and running to playing goalie whist coaching the Grafton Women to an Australian Masters Championship win, Scottie was unstoppable when she put her mind to something."
Scott arrived in Grafton from Lismore in 1951.
Along with her husband Chicka they joined the Clarence River and District Hockey Association and Dawn was elected treasurer not long after.
In 1958 she was elected inaugural president of the Grafton Women's Hockey Association.
In 2002 Dawn received the Australia Day Senior Sports Award for her services to hockey.
She passed away in 2004 but her memory lives on in the clubhouse where she spent so much time working for the sport she loved.
She was deservedly the first player nominated on the Legends Field Board of Honour.
Allen reckons it is a fitting tribute to an administrator who was part of the steering committee to get Grafton's first synthetic field in the 1990s.
"I recall a day long before then that we ran out of flour while marking the lines on the grass fields with Dawn," Allen said.
"We had been using kerosene, but the council quickly put a stop to that, so we had to change to flour.
"This particular day we ran out, and Dawn sent one of the younger girls to run down to the shops and get some more.
"After having to wait a while, we were elated with her return only to be told that the girl had "forgotten if it was meant to be plain or self-raising, the look on Dawns face was priceless."
Ten teams will contest the Dawn Scott memorial carnival in A and B divisions on Saturday.
One of Scott's children, John, is current NSW Hockey coach of the year and will be in attendance to award the shield to the first winners of the carnival on Saturday.