Fun, friendship
& fraternity.

 
 

IT'S THE Golden OldieS WAY

The Golden Oldies movement had its origins in New Zealand when a rugby administrator named Tom Johnson sought a way to keep people involved in his game, at a time when life was starting to get busier and busier.

Johnson, a New Zealand Rugby Football Union councillor, had seen the interest in past representative players getting together and having fun in semi-social games around New Zealand. In 1977 he organised some games as 20-minute curtain-raisers before matches played by the touring British and Irish Lions rugby side around New Zealand.

The interest in those games made him realise that there was potential for such a concept, none more than in Auckland where the local administrators didn’t want to host a game. So he took it to a suburban ground where 5000 people turned up to watch a game between the New Zealand Barbarians and a team of former British international players.

It was all about having fun, while also latching onto the desire of people over the age of 35, with no upper end age restriction, tying in their sport with international travel. The notion of ‘Fun, Friendship and Fraternity’ was central to the whole concept and the first rugby Festival was staged in Auckland in 1979. And it has stayed that way ever since.

Hockey joins the club 4 years later.

Along the way the Golden Oldies concept drew the attention of other sporting codes. And in 1983 hockey became the second sport to join the Golden Oldies family. This Melbourne 2021 event will be the 21st Golden Oldies World Hockey Festival and the first to be held in Melbourne.

 
 

 

The places
we've been.

1983   Auckland, New Zealand
1985   Victoria, Canada
1987   Campbelltown, Australia
1989   Bournemouth, England
1991   Fiji
1993   Hong Kong
1995   Christchurch, New Zealand
1997   Dublin, Ireland
1999   Brisbane, Australia
2001   Vancouver, Canada

2003   Fiji
2005   De Bosch, Netherlands
2007   Rosario, Argentina
2009   Adelaide, Australia
2011    Edinburgh, Scotland
2013   Hawaii, USA
2015   Leipzig, Germany
2017   Cape Town, South Africa
2018   Christchurch, New Zealand
2019   Vancouver, Canada
2021 Melbourne, Australia

 

GOLDEN OLDIES WORLD HOCKEY FESTIVAL
CAPE TOWN 2017

GOLDEN OLDIES HOCKEY FESTIVAL
LEIPZIG 2015

GOLDEN OLDIES WORLD HOCKEY FESTIVAL
HAWAII 2013

 
 

"The friendship associated with these events is second to none."


 
 
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