Cairns Hockey Association | About Us

To all our visitors, we welcome you to Cairns Hockey and the Great Barrier Reef Region, your gateway to discovering the magic of Australia’s true tropics. Here, you can play your chosen sport on our acclaimed, international standard, artificial playing surface and then just lose yourself in the magical, natural attractions that abound in our slice of heaven.

Take a day off to swim among the bright, colourful fish and coral in the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Escape to a secluded tropical island, walk through some of the oldest rainforests on the planet, or visit the great many natural wonders of the Tablelands. It’s the ultimate destination to enjoy this great sport and spectacular, natural beauty at its absolute best, or to find fun and adventure. It’s also the perfect place to relax, be pampered, and enjoy the laid back feel of the tropics. We enjoy a great level of competition, both serious and social, but welcome all like long lost mates.

To all our locals, players, parents, supporters and spectators alike, we welcome you back and promise you an exciting 2016 season. We urge you all to support your clubs in their endeavors to grow our sport and accept the challenges that lay ahead.

We welcome you to our Cairns Hockey, playing the game for nearly 90 years!

Cairns Hockey | Quick Facts


Cairns Hockey was established nearly 90 years ago to administer hockey in the Cairns region. It has grown into a vibrant hockey association with four (4) clubs – Brothers, Saints, Souths and Stingers – with strengthening relationships with Tableland teams, beginning to participate in the local competition. Its home is at the exciting Cairns North Sporting Precinct on Lake Street.


Cairns Regional Hockey Centre’s facilities include:

  • 2 water based artificial pitches (with approved lighting) over seven hectares
  • Constructed to FIH specifications
  • Up to 6 well-conditioned support grass fields
  • Location: North Cairns, 2kms from the airport, 4kms from the CBD, 365 Lake Street, Cairns, 4870.
  • Clubhouse and Member Amenities: AV facilities, warm-up areas, parking, spectator seating and viewing mounts, security fenced

Cairns Hockey is an incorporated association managed by a duly elected volunteer Board of Management. The Board consists of a President, Finance Director and 3 additional Board members, elected by its members at an AGM. The Board employs administrative, ground maintenance and coaching and development staff to drive and deliver the competitions and supporting programs. It appoints volunteer operating committees to assist and support the advancement of hockey programs, pathways and competitions.

Competition Membership

In 2017, hockey supported school and community recruitment programs within excess of 3,000 participants. Cairns Hockey ran a full field winter competition and a modified summer competition. It also recognized an indoor competition. 1,800 plus people (males and females) participated in these competitions, from Under 11 through to Masters. In 2017 the competition is also open to regional teams from the Atherton Tablelands, in both junior and senior competition grades.


In 2016, over 270 players represented Cairns across regional and state competitions, almost 40 coaches and managers were involved in representative teams and over 15 umpires from Cairns Hockey officiated in regional, state and national championships. In addition, Cairns Hockey is currently running an out of season Academy Program with over 200 players and coaches involved.

Cairns Hockey Association | Plans & Programs

Cairns Hockey – Aim to be Australia’s Leading Hockey Region by 2020

Cairns Hockey Board and its members are proud to present the 2016-2020 strategic plan for hockey in the region. It is about hockey and the development and delivery of the game in Far North Queensland and ultimately, it’s about our presence, our existence and our relevance in the greater community. The regional sporting landscape is changing and is becoming a recognized product to bring economic benefit to the region. Cairns Hockey is well placed to leverage this and development programs based on sound business and social responsibility models. Click here for 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

A copy of the 2016 Annual Report  is also available cnshockey_annualreport166

A copy of the 2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report



  • High Level of Member Satisfaction
  • Sustained Growth within the Region
  • Strong Financial Performance
  • Expanding competition formats – competitive and social
  • Delivering Successful Pathways
  • Quality Facilities and Venues
  • Strong Social Responsibility Priorities

Cairns Hockey bases its existence on a series of core values, which it weaves through all program plans, programs and projects. Click below to download plans for 2018


Calendar Version 2

2018 Development Plan


How Cairns Hockey is using its strategic plan

CHA Fees 2018 version 3



Cairns Hockey Association | Board & Committee

Cairns Hockey Governance

Cairns Hockey aims to be “Australia’s best hockey region” by 2020. Important information is available on how Cairns Hockey plans to achieve this, our volunteer Board Members and Committee members, the direction, plans and programs Cairns Hockey is taking, as well as the history of where we came from and the strategic planning to direct us into the future. To download a one-page diagram of the Cairns Hockey governance structure, click here.

Our Board

The Cairns Hockey Board comprises 5 members and has a history of being one of the best gender balanced boards throughout its history, with currently 3 women and 2 men making up the 5 members. Amongst the specialist skill sets on the board, are people with experience in finance, medicine, human resources, small business and management. The current board members are:

President- Dr Robert Pozzi

Director of Finance – Casey Sackley

Karen Cockrem – Vice President

Miles Dickson

John Watts

A copy of recent annual reports and auditors reports are available for download below.

Our Committees

To offer assistance and support to the organisation’s management and its board, Cairns Hockey has a number of committees. These committees oversee, on behalf of the board of management, key areas of operation and issues in line with the strategic plan 2016- 2020.

The Committees Are:

To see the members of each committee, please download our committee membership listing.

Cairns Hockey Staff

Cairns Hockey is excited to be sharing the news that after 3-6months on ongoing reviews, the CHA Board has confirmed that a restructure of the roles within our organization will be implemented starting November 2016 with the aim to be implemented and working well for the start of the 2017 year.

Cairns Hockey Board met in September and confirmed the final elements of the organizational restructure within Cairns Hockey. The restructure was designed to:-

  • Align the organizational structure with the strategic pillars of its 2016-2020 strategic plan
  • Prioritize the Aspire to be Deadly Program and maximize its opportunities
  • Support organizational succession planning and a healthy work and life balance for Senior Staff

The process included the detailed

  • Review of Aspire to be Deadly and the confirmation of the 2016-2017 Program provides Cairns Hockey with the ability to be innovative using the budget allocation for salaries and connecting ASPIRE into CAIRNS mainstream programs as part of the mentoring and pathways outcomes bringing value added benefits across the whole of the association if managed well
  • Review of  Coaching Department identified timing for succession planning, potential opportunities to take advantage of our current human resources available and innovate towards new programs
  • Strengthening and expanding a position to market hockey in the region and build the hockey brand with organizational restructure freeing up our skilled workforce to use their significant skills in the best way possible for the association moving forward
  • Aligns with our strategies for obtaining new funding sources
  • Identified the need for increased club support and included this as a priority within the restructure
  • Confirmation of new bookkeeping and financial processes to strengthen financial performance

Cairns Hockey Board has worked very hard engaging many different areas of the association to obtain broad based feedback and is confident the new structure moving forward will advance Cairns Hockey now and in the future.



OPERATIONS MANAGER ROLE – In practice the new structure provides the Operations Manager – Julie McNeil to have more time to focus on the Facility Development, engagement with stakeholders, government, supporters, securing funding and support to benefit Cairns Hockey and ensure all our governance, policy, compliance and reporting is undertaken in a professional and managed way. To ensure this could be done, the old Regional Coaching Director position has been reviewed and changed and competition management is transferred from Operations Manager. The management of the ASPIRE TO BE DEADLY PROGRAM remains with the Operations Manager. The primary responsibility is to ensure the driving of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and identified objectives using her extensive management skills and knowledge of working in not for profit sector. Aligning with this is a delivery of communication plans and engagement programs to assist clubs build capacities and to coordinate the best use of all the knowledge, skill and experience available through-out the organization.

REGIONAL COMPETITION AND COACHING DIRECTORThe new role has a new name REGIONAL COMPETITION AND COACHING DIRECTOR to better reflect its role.  David McNeil retains this position and is responsible for driving the strategic objectives of sustained growth, expanding competitive and social competitions and successful pathways. This includes taking over the management of the CHA competition, chairing the competitions committee, drives and delivers local and regional competition, coaching support, mentors and training, game development, recruitment and retention across pre season, winter, summer, Indoor, Social and Rep programs including Academy and other pathway programs.

REGIONAL COACHING COORDINATOR – This role’s name is unchanged and remains with Matt Cook but the role is upgraded to ensure that Matt Cook takes over some of the roles which formerly were delivered by the Regional Coaching Director. The roles include – On-field training programs- Rep programs to be identified- Coach Education, Workshops, On Line, Accreditation- Academy Programs- State Champ- IT updates- KPI’s. This role will report to Regional Competition and Coaching Director and will be supported by mentor programs within the structure and has professional development opportunities available.

REGIONAL PROGRAMS COORDINATORThis role is upgraded but Wes Ferns’ main focus remains with the Aspire to be Deadly Program. To support this, the role is expanded enable Wes to gain experience in delivering CHA 13 and Under Rep Programs, recruitment and development, development officer advancement and development, coaching development pathways and KPI. The linking of the Aspire to be Deadly Program with mainstream support is an important element of this position and while Wes will report to Regional Competitions and Coaching Director in all aspects of growth, competition and pathway associated programs, Wes has the added responsibility of reporting to Operations Manager in relation to the Aspire to be Deadly Program. This role reports to the CHA Board through the Operations Manager.

CAIRNS HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT OFFICERJess Fatnowna continues her role in this position and after nearly 1 year in the role, Jess has been asked to advance her roles in recruitment and development, will be assisting in school hockey programs, assist the Junior Programs, deliver Aspire to be Deadly and her role is expanded to offer some administrative support

GROUNDSMAN AND CARETAKER – Rance Wallace continues in his role of ensuring the facility is maintained and delivered to our members in the best possible condition. Reporting to the Operations Manager, this position has a dual role of maintaining the facility within the budgets available and coordinating the ongoing repairs and upkeep in a professional manner and dealing with any emergency situation relating to the facility. This role also has the responsibility of ensuring the security of the facility. This position includes the residence on the premises.

BOOKKEEPER- RODNEY ELLWOOD– brings extensive experience and skill in financial control practices and process to Cairns Hockey supporting the strategic objective of strong financial performance. Rodney will work with Operations Manager to produce budgets, financial reporting to Board Members and checks and balances to ensure compliance across statutory and other financial responsibility. Both Rodney and Julie will work closely with Director of Finance to ensure Board support.

MEMBERSHIP AND COMPETITIONS SUPPORT OFFICER- JANICE NOONAN continues in a part time role designed to support the restructure. This role has undergone some changes and it is important to understand that Janice will be reporting to Regional Competition and Coaching Director in all matters relating to competition and her role across competition will be driven through the priorities identified through competition committee. Janice will also be assisting the BOOKKEEPER with a data entry and support and this is an expanded role in finance reporting directly to the BOOKKEEPER in this regard. This role is designed to become an internal staffing support role rather than the direct link with clubs and members as in previous years.

CLUB SUPPORT COORDINATORMEGAN SCHENKThis is a new role that has been created to support clubs and our membership directly. It grew out of the part time role Carly Malcolm was developing before her decision to move to Brisbane. This role has been filled by Megan Schenk and it becomes a full time role at Cairns Hockey. This position will work from the Lake Street office. The role will support the Operations Manager in day to day activities, it will coordinate representative programs as directed, there is an ongoing role supporting events that Cairns Hockey is required to deliver from time to time and will be the point of contact for all club and member inquiries. This position will assist and support the growth programs and will drive the Junior Competition including the liaison and  engagement with Junior Club Coordinators and the advancement of the local junior recruitment programs driven by Wesley Ferns.

CANTEEN SUPERVISOR – Penny Durich will continue the role she began in 2016 on a casual basis responsible for the delivery of food and beverage services through the canteen. We have been reviewing this role and Penny will have a greater role in delivering quality service and products, statutory and health service compliance, ordering, and financial reporting. Penny will also be responsible for recruitment and training of canteen support personnel.

BAR SUPERVISOR- Brian Ferns continues in his role on a casual basis ensuring the bar is running efficiently and effectively and meeting the needs of our members. Brian has been undertaking this role and we appreciate his commitment and support to Cairns Hockey.

FACILITY SUPPORT – Ray Bolton works with Rance to provide specialist skills and knowledge on a casual basis.

All this information will be available on the ABOUT US section of the Cairns Hockey website.


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