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Ted Jones - Grandfather and Architect of Masters Hockey
Little did Ted know that in 1943, when he held his first hockey stick that his involvement in hockey would continue for more than 60 years. Over and above playing hockey up until the early 80’s Ted has always exhibited a strong desire to develop the sport of hockey at ALL levels - he managed his first representative team (Goulburn) in the NSW State Championships in 1949. From 1949 through to 1978 Ted’s achievements include - NSW State badged umpire, NSW State Secretary, Tournament Director (State and International) and ABC TV hockey Commentator.
By this time Ted had moved to WA. As WAHA VP (with responsibility for Veterans) he directed the establishment of the inaugural National Championships in Perth in 1980 (6 teams) and the first Veterans International series (Australia v. Malaysia) in 1981. He continued to be at the forefront of the growth in Masters’ hockey for the next 25 Years. Since this time Australian Masters hockey has grown to 9 divisions and nearly 80 teams. Similarly, International Masters has also grown to 9 divisions through PacRim, IMHC and WGMA with approximately 30 affiliated Nations as part of FIH.
Ted has accrued Life Membership at all levels of Masters’ hockey, including State, AMHC, IMHC and WGMA. As National Convenor (AMHC), Team Management, International Tours Organiser, International Tournament Director , Secretary of IMHC and WGMA it is safe to say Ted is one of the Grandfathers and Architects of Masters hockey .
Ted was unable to travel to the two Masters World Cups that were held in Australia earlier this year and his lasting wishes for masters hockey were “Good Hockey and Great Fellowship”.
As a token of our lasting gratitude for his lifetime contribution to hockey, AMHC will name the championship trophy for the inaugural over 75s Australian championship the Ted Jones Memorial Shield.