Our Club Patron, Keith Kemp, also known as the “father of NT hockey’’, arrived in the Northern Territory from Sydney in 1948 with wife Irene. Keith had served as a belly-runner in the Lancaster bombers during the war and this was when he’d first visited Darwin.
Keith worked locally as a storeman at first, before Managing the Davies Sports Store. He eventually opened his own sports store, Keith Kemp’s Sportsworld, which was the place of choice for all of Darwin’s sporting needs. Keith had a great love of all sports – from ballroom dancing to football.
He was involved with the Commerce Hockey Club as a player, coach and administrator, collecting a number of awards and accolades along the way. His honours include an Order of Australia Medal, Life Member of the Darwin Hockey Association and Hockey NT, including an induction into the NT Hall of Champions in 2006.
Both Keith and Irene were loyal supporters to all grades of the hockey club and could be seen sitting on the sidelines every weekend. Irene passed in 2006, ending a 58 year union. The main hockey stand at Marrara Hockey Centre is named after the couple. Keith continued to support each and every grade, up until his passing in 2016 at age 91.