Party time for big Sutho anniversaries

The 1992 3rd grade Arangas after they took out the title. Without singling out the many still-Sutho helpers, check out Vicki Earle, who plays on. Game days wouldn’t be the same without her big smile!

It’s a huge year of anniversaries at Sutho this year, especially because marking some club landmarks had to be delayed from last year because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The big one we’re highlighting this year is the 40th anniversary of women becoming part of Sutho.

Our Club was founded as Sutherland District Men’s Hockey Club in 1965, but in 1980 three local women’s club teams joined Sutho.

Details will come later, but we will celebrate – big time -the delayed anniversary mid-season. On an individual note, one of our great club woman players and contributors, Julie Singh, last season played her 500th game for Sutho.

More anniversaries

Other significant Sutho anniversaries (or close to them because of COVID):

  • 2020 was the 40th anniversary of the opening of our clubhouse. Officially opened on 22 March 1980, the building was a 50:50 financial venture with Sutherland Shire Council. Sutho’s contribution was almost all its financial reserves, fundraising and a loan
  • Thirty years ago – and for us oldsters, it can’t possibly be that long ago! – in 1990, our Club replaced one of its grass fields with a sand-filled synthetic pitch. This effort was helped by extensive member fundraising and five Sutho families putting up their family homes as security for a loan covering construction costs
  • Then in 2001, we replaced the sand base with our first water base, and
  • For good measure, 2021 is the 30th anniversary of our first-grade men’s team winning their first Sydney Hockey first grade premiership.

We’ll keep you posted about the planned parties!

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