Our Club History

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In-line hockey began in Rockhampton in 1996. It has grown from just a local competition to having players at national and occasionally at international level.

 

Rocky Skate Club was formed in 1998, incorporating both inline hockey and speed skating under the one banner. The club became affiliated with Skate Australia (formerly Roller Sports Australia), and became incorporated on 11th September 1998. Speed skating closed in 2000, leaving only inline hockey.

Over the years Rocky Skate Club has been successful in securing several grants, the first of which was the Gaming Community Benefit Fund grant. Since then it has secured Community Sport & Recreation Development Program grants in 2000 and 2001, Department of Sport & Recreation’s Club Development Program grants in 2002 and 2005, and a minor equipment grant in 2004 from Rockhampton’s Morning Bulletin and Combined Insurance.

Rocky Skate Club caters for all age divisions, from 6 to 60. The Club started with Juniors (12 & under), and Intermediates (15 & under). Its most successful year was 2002, where Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Senior Beginner divisions were all contested. In the following years the Junior and Senior Beginner divisions folded. However, the Club started a Peewees (10 & under) division in 2005, and with the aid of a Club Development grant from the Department of Sport and Recreation and using the Mighty Pucks Program from Skate Australia redeveloped a Junior division in 2006.

Skate Queensland’s State Championships were held at the Club’s then rink at the Central Queensland University Community Sports Centre in 2001, 2003, and 2006. For the championships the rink was expanded to full competition size (50 x 25 metres).

Rocky Skate Club currently operates out of the Exhibition Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds, Wandal. Entry is via Gate 6 along Lion Creek Road, and is the only facility where inline hockey is currently played in Rockhampton.

Rocky Skate Club currently has internal club fixtures on Wednesday nights where Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Senior Beginner divisions are all contested.

 

A brief look at our history:

  • Began March 1996 – run by Planet Rollarena (later Rockhampton Skate Centre).
  • Rocky Skate Club formed January 1998 – membership 45 (in-line hockey and speed).
  • Affiliated with Roller Sports Australia March 1998.
  • Became incorporated 11th September 1998.
  • Entered State and National level competition in 1998.
  • Moved to Central Queensland Community Sports Centre 28th May 2000.
  • Hosted the 2001 Queensland State Titles.
  • Hosted the 2003 Queensland State Titles.
  • Hosted the 2006 Queensland State Titles.
  • Moved to the YWCA, corner Robinson Street and Diggers Lane, Frenchville, Rockhampton on 4th March 2007.
  • Moved to the Exhibition Pavilion, Rockhampton Showgrounds, Wandal on 27th October 2007.
  • During 2007 to 2009, alternated between these two venues each year with approximately six (6) months in each location.
  • From 2010, at the Exhibition Pavilion, Rockhampton Showgrounds, Wandal.

 

State, National and International selections have been:

  • 1998 – 1 team States, 5 players Nationals
  • 1999 – 3 teams States, 15 players Nationals
  • 2000 – 3 teams States, 15 players Nationals, 2 players International
  • 2001 – 5 teams States, 21 players Nationals, 3 players International*
  • * Oceanias 2001 and Senior Men Worlds – Justyn O’Sullivan
  • 2002 – 3 teams States, 13 players Nationals, 1 player International*
  • * Oceanias 2002 and Senior Men Worlds – Justyn O’Sullivan
  • 2003 – 5 teams States, 10 players Nationals, 1 player International
  • 2004 – 3 teams States, 10 players Nationals, 2 players International*
  • * Oceanias 2005 (Australia vs New Zealand – Carrara, Gold Coast, April 2005) – Amy Melksham – Senior Women; Mark Russell – 20 Yrs and Under; Junior Worlds, New Orleans, July 2005 – Amy Melksham
  • 2005 – 3 teams States, 18 players Nationals, 3 players International*
  • * Oceanias 2006 (Australia vs New Zealand – Auckland, April 2006) – Amy Melksham – Senior Women; Vincent Kemp – 18 Yrs and Under; Shaun Russell – 20 Yrs and Under
  • 2006 – 4 teams States, 8 players Nationals
  • 2007 – 3 teams States, 6 players Nationals
  • 2008 – 2 teams States, 4 players Nationals
  • 2009 – 13 players States, 3 players Nationals (Note: Combined North Qld Teams were used this year for States instead of club teams)
  • 2010 – 17 players States, 5 players Nationals, 2 players International*
  • * Oceanias 2011 (Australia vs New Zealand – Carrara, Gold Coast, April 2011) – Anders Blines – 14 Years and Under
  • * Bauer Cup 2011 (Australia vs New Zealand – Auckland, New Zealand, April 2011) – Mitchell Pailthorpe – 14 Years and Under
  • 2011 – 23 players States, 8 players Nationals, 1 International*
  • * Oceanias 2012 (Australia vs New Zealand – New Plymouth, New Zealand, April 2012) – Hayden Jacobsen – 12 Years & Under
  • 2012 – 19 players States, 7 players Nationals, 3 Internationals*
  • * Junior Worlds 2013 (Los Angeles, USA, July 2013) – Bailey Jacobsen – 14 Years & Under Goal Keeper; Mitchell Pailthorpe – 14 Years & Under; Senior Worlds 2013 (Los Angeles, USA, July 2013) – Emma Flesser – Senior Women

 

 

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