Life member – Gordon Whitehead

(1917 – 2009)

Pippy had his first game for Ballina at age 14 in 1931, but wasn’t selected as a team member until 2 years later (because “he wasn’t very good” as Pippy recalls). He then went on to play A grade and then represent Far North Coast. History shows that this “not very good player” went on to dominate the weekly hockey columns in the ‘ Northern Star’ during the 1930s because he was an outstanding back and the nemesis of all forwards in the Association. He went on to become the Club’s first state representative, playing for NSW between 1937 and 1939.  World War II intervened and Pippy joined the Australian Armed Forces and was based in the Mediterranean, He was selected in the AIF team during this period, playing in Cairo , Tel Aviv, Alexandria , Jerusalem , Al Kantara, Beirut and Gaza . In 1955/56 he coached the Ballina High School U18 team winning the premiership in 1955. He was a FNC senior selector for several years and men’s Club president between 1964 and 1969.

Pippy was awarded life membership at the Club’s 70th reunion in 2000.

Photo: Pippy in his NSW State uniform 1939