Introducing the Horrie Polkinghorne Award
Roller Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the addition of a unique award for presentation at the ADC 2014.
Commemorating the life and dedication to Roller Hockey of the late Horrie Polkinghorne, the Horrie Polkinghorne Award will be presented to the player who best exemplifies the attributes of skill and fair play during the ADC 2014.
The award, commissioned by Roller Hockey Australia in cooperation with the Albury Wodonga Roller Hockey Club and the Polkinghorne family, is a one of a kind trophy that combines elements of Horrie’s life into one skillfully crafted, lasting, and meaningful tribute to the father of Roller Hockey on the border. In a touching gesture, the award will be presented by Horrie’s daughter, Diane.
Horrie began playing roller hockey at age 14 (as a goalie for the first 3 years), and continued playing right up until the conclusion of competitive roller hockey on the border.
Horrie played in 48 of 50 Carlton Shields, winning 17 Premierships between 1947 and 1991, in addition to demonstrating his talent as a speed skater over the same period.
Other highlights of Horrie’s career include playing in the Australian Masters team from 1995 to 1998, and the Victorian Masters team from 1994 to 1998, as well as refereeing games, and developing younger players.
A true gentleman and a legend of the sport, Horrie passed away on the 1st of June, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.