Mr Reg Jeffries replaced Mr Josephs as Secretary/Treasurer. Mr Jeffries was a founding member of the
St George Ice Hockey Club with home he played for most of his hockey career.
Reg played for NSW and once during a stint in Melbourne, for Victoria. On a short stay in England,
he played for the Hammersmith Ice Hockey Club, one of the top clubs in England.
Reg was a 'no holds bared' defenceman, bending the rules in regard to his hockey sticks. At this
time, sticks were one piece and heavy, the blades being straight. Reg Jeffries gained a reputation by
steaming the blade of his stick into a distinct bow shape. This practice was against the rules, yet he got
away with it. The bowed blade helped in shooting from defence and was a forerunner of the present day
Reg carried on the trend of the successful players' dual involvement in Figure Skating. He was
Secretary of the National Figure Skating Association (NSW section) and Treasurer of the National Ice
Skating Council of Australia. Reg also found time to edit the Sydney Glaciarium Ice Skating Journal of
Daily Pictorial 7th February 1930.
The NSW Ice Hockey Association, aided by the Victorian Ice Hockey
Association is endeavouring to arrange a first tour of an Australian Ice Hockey Team to Great
Britain later in the year. Both states are confident of raising funds for eleven players and a
If the tour takes place, it will demonstrate that Australia is able to
produce sportsmen in every sphere.
It could also serve to indicate the prospects of Australia as a future
contender for Olympic Games honours. Matches would be played in London, Manchester and Glasgow.
Possibly Switzerland, Germany and Belgium could be included.
The English Ice Hockey Association would assist with the tour to begin
in December 1930 and conclude February 1931. Players would have to provide their fares to and
from England. Other expenses would come from a percentage of the gate receipts.
Regrettably the tour did not eventuate as finances could not be assured. The fact also, that an
Australian team were not thought to have the same drawing power of a Canadian team was a factor. Australia
still not being considered as an Ice Skating nation fuelled the decision.
During the regular meeting of state delegates during the 1929 Interstate Cup Series in Melbourne,
Reg Jeffries now Manage of the NSW State Team and state delegate, raised the question of forming a new
National Body to control Ice Hockey and Speed Skating.
Agreement was reached and the Australian Ice Hockey and Speed Skating Council became the National
Body in 1931.
As in 1923, the names of the original office bearers are not clear, though extracts from a 1932
programme yield some information.
The programme was the Souvenir Programme, Victoria vs New South Wales, August 1932. Melbourne
Glaciarium. Interstate Carnival.
It was compiled by a Victorian player under the pseudonym of "Off the wall Johnny" N.B. In those
years all interstate programmes carried the following:
"held under the auspices of the Australian Ice Hockey & Speed
Listed inside it was the following:
Chairman: Mr J Goodall, Secretary/Treasurer: Mr A De Long.
Both men were Victorians. It can then be implied that these men constituted the original office
bearers of the new National Body.
Apart from outlining some early history of Australian Ice Hockey, the writer printed the following
summation of Ice Hockey up to 1932, that should be of interest to players and officials of today.
From 1924 to 1932 ice hockey has not changed to any great degree, nor
have rules been materially altered in that time. Looking back on 26 years of actual experience
both as a player and spectator the writer can truly say that the game has improved out of
sight. It is open, more scientific and very much less brutal. The playing material is far and
away superior to the old type. The players as a whole but not individually are better and the
umpires less bloodthirsty.
But two things are lacking which in the past made the game such as success. First and foremost the
intense enthusiasm shown by every player for hockey as hockey and their equally earnest desire to become
not only proficient as puck handlers, goal getters or defencemen, but to be able to think quickly which is
required in every department of the game. Nor is play unselfish as in the past. I should advise those who
play the game to remember this:
'That hockey is the fastest game played by man on his legs, but it is a
hard master and it requires the use of his brains as well.'
"Twenty six years later there has been many changes to Rules attitudes, changes to gear, sticks etc.
Possibly now is the time for someone capable of analysing the progress that ice hockey has made at this
point of time and then offering suggestions for the future."
1932 NSW Team: M. Jackson (Captain), Les Berry, H. White (Goals), Tom Wells, K Raith, A 'Widdy'
Johnson, G Macki, P Wendt (A young Canadian player in his first interstate series. He later became one of
the greats). Ken Kennedy (Also his first interstate series).
1932 Victorian Team: E. Moloney (Captain), R Cullen, T Moore, C Kelly, H Gallaway, H Darke, G
Moller, C Napthine, H Hoyne, M Elliott, C Butler.
Of the above named in both teams, E Moloney (Victoria) is the only player remaining from the early
Sports Night Events
Ladies' 1/4 mile race.
Mens' 1/2 mile race Championship.
NSW Mens' Team: K Kennedy, G Mackie, A 'Widdy'
Victorian Team: E Kelly, R Cullen, H Calloway.
Mens' Hoop Race.
Ladies' Hoop Race.
Ladies' Teapot Race.
Mens' 1/4 mile Championship.
NSW Competitors: K Kennedy, G Mackie, A 'Widdy'
Victorian Competitors: E Kelly, R Cullen, H Calloway.
Ladies' Musical Chairs.
Relay Interstate Teams Championships.
NSW Team: K Kennedy, G Mackie, A 'Widdy'
Johnson, L Berry.
Victorian Team: E Kelly, R Cullen, T Calloway, L Barry.
Mens' Hurdle Race.
God Save The King.
For the first time the NSW team were put under pressure by the Victorians. The first and second
matches were draws with NSW winning the final game 2 - 0.
1932 saw the introduction of the Tintex Cup, the first of players' ability awards in NSW Hockey. It
was donated by Mr A.J. Wills for the player scoring the most points.
Many officials thought that a degree of selfishness was creeping into the game with players
attempting to score difficult goals on their own rather than passing the puck to a team mate in a better
position to score. Points would now be awarded to players who assisted in scoring goals. At the end of the
season, the player with the most points from goals and assists was awarded the Tintex Cup.
1934 Goodall Cup, Melbourne
NSW Team: N McMillan (Goals), J Brown (Captain), Les Berry, P Jackson, P Wendt, A 'Widdy' Johnson, M
Jackson, K Kennedy.
This was Ken Kennedy's last series before he left for England. Ken was born in a bootmakers' shop on
Liverpool St. Sydney, where the 2GB Building now stands. The family business appropriately included all
types of skating boots, skates and sporting gear. When relocated to Sussex St, the workshop was used for
Ken's hockey career began in 1928, when he was 14 years old, and joined the Eastern Suburbs Ice
Hockey Club. Along with Jim Brown, Ken was also coached by the legendary Jim Kendall. He was selected to
join the NSW Team in 1931, and in the same year he won the 1/4 and 1/2 mile Speed Skating Championships.
Ken left for England in 1934 and played for Warwickshire Ice Hockey Club and Worcester Ice Hockey
Club, before finally joining the Birmingham Maple Leaves from 1935 - 37. Ken was he only non Canadian
player in the team at that time.
Ken contested the British Speed Skating Championships in 1935/36, winning
the 1/4 and one mile Championships.
Ken was nominated by the Australian Ice Hockey and Speed Skating Council to represent Australia at
the 1936 Winter Olympics held at Garmisch, Paternkirchan, Germany.
N.B. Speed Skating overseas came under the jurisdiction of the Figure Skating bodies. Ken's
nomination had to therefore be endorsed by the National Ice Skating (Figure Skating) Council of Australia.
He had no trouble getting this endorsement as Ken and his family were members of the Figure Skating
body. In the Olympic Games he contested the 500 metres, 1500 metres and 5000 metres, finishing 8th in the
500 metres and 13th in the 1500 metres.
Ken had the distinction of being the first Australian to compete in the Winter Olympics. Ken
remained in England, and in 1937 turned professional, appearing in ice shows until the outbreak of WWII.
He served with the R.A.F. for the duration of the war.
Ken returned to Australia in 1947, and took over the family business, making Kennedy's Skate Shop
the centre of ice skating goods in NSW.
Ken resumed his hockey and speed skating interests, and retired as a competitor in 1950, but
continued to act as a selector and coach for the Glebe Ice Hockey Club and NSW. Ken was elected President
of the NSW Association in 1950, and was awarded Life Membership in 1954.
In 1952, Ken was elected President of the Australian Ice Hockey Federation, which had replaced the
Australian Ice Hockey & Speed Skating Council as the national body. He was made a Life Member of the
Federation in 1964. Ken was also awarded the H.C. and S.M. Hudson 'Sportsman of the Year Trophy'. He was
the first recipient of the award at the request of the donors. The trophy for the 'Most Valuable Player'
award for the Jim Brown Interstate Series is named in Ken's honour.
The 'Most Valuable Player' award for the 1984 'Slap Shot' series was also name after Ken Kennedy.
During Ken's term as president of the Australian Ice Hockey Federation, Australia embarked on a course of
international involvement. In 1960, for the first time, Australia was accepted and sent a team to the 1960
Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, U.S.A.
IN 1962, Australia competed for the first time in the World Championships in Colorado Springs,
In 1963 Australia played in Japan in Tokyo, for qualification to the 1964 Winter Olympics. Ken
Kennedy's name is recorded as part of the History of British Ice Hockey.
Ken Kennedy passed away at the age of 77 in 1985. In 1986 he was inducted posthumously in to the
Sports Hall of Fame.
Returning to the 1930's
These years were unquestionably excellent ones for Ice Hockey and Speed
Skating. Matches were entertaining for the crowds which still numbered up to 2000 spectators. Public
interest was helped by good press coverage.
A new club was allowed into the reserve grade competition, being the Sydney University Ice Hockey
Club. It was a special concession as the Association would have preferred a new senior club. It was taken
into consideration that this new club could develop into a senior one. The club was formed by members of
the four senior clubs, who attended the University.
The club performed credibly, but with the shadows of the Second World War spreading, it disbanded in
Ice Hockey was expanding as such a rate that a third grade competition was introduced. The
Association Secretary, Mr Ted McCabe, a noted player of Goodall Cup standard, presented the McCabe Trophy
for this third grade of competition.
The 1930's provided some outstanding goalkeepers whose efforts and acrobatic skills and saves are
usually overshadowed by field players. Freddy McCabe was a Western Suburbs goalkeeper, small in stature,
though very active and fearless. It was reported in the press that his "stunning" goalkeeping in a match
against Eastern Suburbs stopped the latter team from scoring.
Norm McMillan of Eastern Suburbs was a steady and technically sound goalkeeper. He had an
outstanding recorded and was generally regarded as the better interstate goalie. Norm Cush replaced Jim
Barnett as Glebe's Goalkeeper, when Jim retired. Cush didn't have the flamboyance of McCabe or McMillan,
but was unusually tall for a goalkeeper, and was exceptionally adept at catching the puck. Understandably,
Norm was also the wicket keeper for the District Cricket Club, and actually used wicket keepers leg pads
and cricket gloves as a goalie.
Bill 'Scotty' Fraser replaced Bloomfield Sweden as Goalkeeper for St George. Bill, born in Scotland,
came to Australia in his early teens. 'Scotty' was capable and solid goalkeeper, well coached to represent
NSW after the retirement of McMillan and McCabe. Bill served on the Association and acted as Publicity
Officer for many years.
1935 Annual General Meeting
The Association decided to make every effort to encourage the forming of Speed Skating Clubs and to
hold regular competitions.
The move was in keeping with the interest generated by the success of Jim Brown and Ken Kennedy's
deeds in Great Britain which had received good press coverage in the local papers.
1935 Interstate Team: N. Turner (Captain), P Wendt, B Moller, F Harvey, J Wiseman, A 'Widdy'
Johnson, J Wridgeway, K Raith, F McCabe (Goals).
Norm Turner, Team Captain, was the last of the 1920's players. He also served for a time as
Goodall Cup Results:
First Match: NSW 3 Victoria 1
Second Match: NSW 2 Victoria 2
Third Match: NSW 4 Victoria 2
Mr Dunbar Poole retired as President of the New South Wales Ice Hockey Association in 1934. His
involvement in Ice Hockey, Speed Skating and Ice Skating since the opening of the Glaciarium in 1907, went
beyond the bounds of his position as General Manager. He retired as General Manager of the Glaciarium in
1937. (see Page 7)
Mr Reg Jeffries also retired as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association to concentrate on business
interests in Melbourne. He played for Victoria in the 1936 Interstate series. He later returned to Sydney
and resumed playing hockey. When he retired as a player, he accepted the position of Patron of the
Mr. Reg Leafe was appointed Manager of the Glaciarium and through relations between the rink
management and the Association were cordial, the personal attitude had gone and a new era of negotiating
Office Bearers of the Association, 1936: President: Mr Waddle Hoban, Vice-President: Mr Norm
Josephs, Secretary: Mr Ted McCabe.
Mr H. Steinshard from Sweden and a rink instructor gave an exhibition of skating on stilts which
included jumping over chairs.
1938 An Exciting and Turbulent Year
A second interstate competition was introduced at the request of the Victorian and NSW Managements.
Called the "F.C. Brown" series for which a Trophy called the "F.C. Brown Memorial Shield" was donated by
Mr Jim Brown in memory of his father, who during his lifetime had given support not only to his sons, John
and Jim but to Ice Hockey in General.
The Ice Palais Ice Skating Rink: This was an event that all skaters
had been hoping and praying for, the opening of a second ice rink in Sydney.
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