Scorpions: A chat with Jamie Reid
Here is an interview with Jamie Reid, president, of the Kwinana Scorpions in Perth, WA. We had an interesting chat about the club’s past, present and future. WA has always been in the Roller Hockey map, even the great distance between the other majer hockey cities.
Roller Hockey in Australia needs more clubs like the Scorpions Roller Hockey Club, clubs that have been always moved by the passion of this sport, and continue to work on it. Thanks for you time Jamie, and keep it up Scorpions!
Q: When was the club established?
A: The Club was established in December 1980
Q: Where did the name come from?
A: The Kwinana Council constructed the Skating Rink Name and it had a space theme and was named Astroskate. The council owned the rink and set up a steering committee to establish the club. The committee thought it would be a good idea in keeping with the “space” theme to pick a sign of the zodiac as a club name. As a horrified member of the committee I was able to tactfully suggest and influence the committee to agree to the name “Scorpions” in reference to the “Scorpio” zodiac theme.
Q: Who was instrumental in setting it up?
A: The club was set up through the Kwinana Council Recreation Department who formed a steering committee consisting of the regular skaters who were interested in forming a team to play in the WA League. I was the first paid up member and still have the receipt No A0001
Q: Where did you first start playing?
A: Our first game was in February at Wanneroo which was about 90 minutes north of Kwinanaon the opposite side of Perth. Our team played against the Warriors from Kardinya. The Scorpions won their first game 6 – 5. The WA league was held at Wanneroo every Sunday starting at 10am and finishing usually between 11pm and 12pm at night. There were 10 different clubs competing each week, with 10 Senior Teams, in addition to the Ladies, Junior and Juvenile teams.
Q: Who were the founding players and coaches?
A: The first team was a group of mates from school and skating who got together to play. I was 17 at the time and as the only person in the team who had skating experience AND had played field hockey, I was voted to be the Coach and became the President of the club. The players in the first game were Andrew Hyde, Adam Rees, Cliff Duffy, Gavin Purvis, Simon Downs, Paul Fenwick, Garry Downs, and myself.
Q: Who are still playing from day 1?
A: After nearly 35 years only one idiot from the original team is still playing – guess who?
Q: What are some of the highlights as a team?
A: Highlights were always competing in Interstate Competition. Winning 3rdDivision of Club Championships in Launceston Tasmania in 1988 and following that up by winning 2nd Division of the Club Championships in 1989 at Inala and Stafford in Queensland. Success in Junior and Juvenile interstate competitions in recent years and staging a very successful Club Championships at Kwinana in July 2005 with Teams from Portugal and New Zealand competing….. unfortunately for me, I “slept” through that one…..
Q: What are you supporters like ?
A: Both of them are very nice people….. Just kidding – we have been very fortunate over the years to have had some very special supporters as part of the family over the years, and although through time the faces may change – their passion and dedication and hard work is why the club still exists today – the only remaining Club in the west nearly 2000km from our closest competition – a pretty major feat in it’s own right.
Q: Do you have some Sponsors you want mentioned?
A: The Club is now in a position where it runs the skating rink in Kwinana and what small profit is made by the rink goes back into supporting the club for travel assistance, equipment and uniforms.
Q: What are you plans for the future?
A: The Club is growing our base at a Junior Level and have two coaches (including the awesomely dedicated Mauricio (Mo) Marin as a driving force behind the successful Junior Development at the Club) working hard to ensure the Junior players are valued and have fun at their training sessions. Our target is to grow our base and establish teams within our own club to hold successful internal competitions to ensure ongoing growth into the future. We currently have ten – twelve Senior players training and playing socially each week on Tuesday nights, and up to twenty Under 14yo players training every Saturday morning from 9.30am – 12.00pm.