Labrador Tigerstix Hockey Club was formed in 1968 as the Labrador Hockey Club by committed parents of students from Labrador State School. The club was incorporated in 1984 and changed its name to Labrador Sports Club Inc in 1994 after the introduction of baseball as a summer sport for its members.
Founding members of the club acquired the Musgrave Avenue site from the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) and members in conjunction with the Council continuously developed the playing facilities that included five grass hockey fields, a baseball diamond and a clubhouse. In 1997 three grass hockey fields and the baseball diamond made way for the Gold Coast Hockey Association synthetic field and clubrooms.
The Club’s vision of converting our number one hockey field from grass to a quality water based synthetic field was achieved in 2006. Club members then installed a pop up sprinkler irrigation system to the remaining grass field and continued to upgrade it to provide the highest quality grass hockey field in Queensland. Volunteers built a Clubhouse and dressing rooms, fenced and floodlit the two fields, installed team dugouts, field width backnets, water harvesting tanks and an electronic scoreboard.
When City of Gold Coast (CoGC) was awarded the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with site redevelopment imminent, Labrador Tigerstix were required to relinquish their facilities to be demolished by CoGC to make way for construction of the new Gold Coast Hockey Centre (GCHC) completed May 2017. Labrador Tigerstix are now the Club in residence at GCHC and have developed a clubhouse with a bar and seating for 80 patrons. The Club has first right of use on the eastern synthetic field at GCHC.
The Club caters for female and male participants in all junior and senior grades from four year olds through to Masters, and beginners to elite. In 2019 Club membership was 281 juniors and 172 senior hockey players, 453 active participants. They made up 30 junior and 13 senior teams. Similar numbers started the season in 2020 and despite coronavirus interruptions, we retained a majority of our players.
Labrador Tigerstix has the highest participation rate for juniors on the Gold Coast, largely due to our professionally conducted junior hockey development program which has been conducted since 1991. Labrador Tigerstix conducts lessons at primary schools from Bellevue Park to Gaven to expose children to the sport of hockey during February/March each year. Our newsletter mailing list includes 1,477 parents and supporters and we have a strong Facebook and Instagram following.
Along with high participation rates, Club teams have successfully achieved many senior and junior premierships since formation. Labrador won all six Gold Coast senior premierships in 1998 including Division 1 Women for the fifth consecutive year. In 2003 Labrador won five of the six senior premierships including Division 1 Men and Women and five of the six junior premierships. Division 1 Men and Women were premiers in 2006. Division 1 Men and Women won the Gold Coast premiership in 2009 and again for the women it was five in a row.
A Labrador Tigerstix Men’s team was accepted into the Brisbane Hockey League Division 1 competition in 2007, finishing a creditable fifth. Since then BHL2 have secured the Premiership once while BHL1 have earned the right to contest the Grand Final three times, finally succeeding to win the cup in 2019 and again in 2020.
At Easter 2004, 2005 & 2006 the Club embarked on ambitious projects taking junior teams on overseas tours. Club officials escorted an emerging talent squad of Under 18 Girls and Under 16 boys on a nine-day tour of New Zealand North Island, Tasmania and New Zealand South Island respectively. The teams had wonderfully successful tours, both competitively and socially.
In 2004, Labrador Hockey Club organised its first international female player, a German Under 21 representative from Hamburg who spent the season living with club members and playing with distinction for Labrador Tigerstix. She was selected for the German National team in 2007. Labrador Tigerstix continues to support overseas players wishing to experience a season on the Gold Coast. Players from Boston, Philadelphia, Argentina, Barcelona, Brussels, Paris and London have enjoyed our hospitality.
The Club honour boards reveal an impressive record of State and National Representatives, playing and officiating. Special achievers who have been fostered by Labrador Hockey Club are Debbie Bowman-Sullivan, captain of the Australian Gold Medal winning team at the Seoul Olympics and Australian representatives Lee Litfin (nee McLeod) and Kandice Olivieri (now Shaw). Nikki Hudson, one of the worlds best strikers was a member of the Division 1 women’s team in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Marnie Hudson was a member of the Australian Under 21 World Cup team in 2009 and was subsequently selected to represent the Hockeyroos in 2011 and 2012. Corey Weyer, a Labrador junior, was selected in the Kookaburras in 2018 and is still training in Perth with the Kookaburras. Brothers Dylan and Blake Wotherspoon also a Kookaburra and Burras Under 21 represent us in BHL1. Luca Brown has represented the Burras since 2019. Brent Livermore, an Australian Kookaburra, was a member of the BHL1 men’s team from 2009 onwards and is currently coaching at national level. Carl Dalton has also coached at national level.
Numerous Club members have represented for Australian Country, Australian Masters, and Australian Schools teams.
Julie Ashton-Lucy, former international “Golden Whistle” umpire, and family have played for the club for many years. Ranked number 1 woman’s international umpire at the 2002 World Cup, Julie continued to officiate at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups and umpired at the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics blowing the Gold medal match in London.
The Club is very proud of its achievements and its family culture and continues to operate under its motto “Families Growing Together in Sport”.