Peter Pickering and Greg McDonald after receiving life membership of the Warwick Hockey Association.
Peter Pickering and Greg McDonald after receiving life membership of the Warwick Hockey Association. Gerard Walsh

Hockey fanatics life members

GREG McDonald first played hockey when he was 10, he was a club delegate at 15, and now is one of two new life members of the Warwick Hockey Association.

Past president Peter Pickering has been awarded life membership after leading the association back from the devastating floods of 2010 and 2011, and serving two four-year blocks in the top role.

McDonald is a past president/life member of Saints club, past association secretary, long-time coach and volunteer extraordinaire.

Association treasurer Sam Farrell said he saved Warwick hockey tens of thousands of dollars with all the voluntary electrical work he did at Queens Park after the 2010-2011 floods.

McDonald has a simple reason for his involvement.

"I just love hockey," he said.

He has played in Warwick for four decades except for four seasons with South-west United in Brisbane when he won two A1 premierships under coach and Olympian Greg Browning.

"I have a real passion for the game, I used to like squash and cricket and once took 5-25 for Mayfair Diggers," McDonald said.

Pickering was first involved with hockey as coach of Scots PGC women's teams.

"I first played at age 50 and was hooked," he said.

"Playing is getting harder and harder at age 65; I will play reserves this season on a Friday night with Scots boys."

Pickering said while the life membership was an individual thing, he enjoyed group and team activities.

"Life membership for me is recognition of all the work done by many down the years. "I was really pleased to see facilities rebuilt and a new surface laid after the floods," he said.

The new surface was not damaged in last week's flood.



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