Len Dowd September 1987
Ever since the foundation of Brothers Hockey, the name of Dowd has always been significant with the survival and progress of our club. Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, our late life member and foundation President Frank Dowd and life member and past President Vince Dowd, Len has continued the strong Dowd tradition with Brothers Hockey Club.
Len started playing in that foundation year off 1955 and straight away showed talent and skill even as a junior. Five years later in 1960, Len took on his first coaching job with the under 12 boys. From this time onwards Len started many busy, but unselfish devoted hours towards the progress of our club.
To highlight some of Len’s playing and coaching career both locally and at the state level.
1961 First Qld appearance – Colts
1962 Club U12 Boys coach / First junior premiership
Coach A1 Ladies team
1963 Qld Colts again / Coach A1 Ladies team
1964 to 67 Consecutive years in Queensland sides
1966 Member of Brothers 1st Senior Men’s premiership team (scoring the “winning” goal)
1968-69 Married and moved to Perth and then returned to Townsville
1970 to 74 Became Captain / Coach of Div 1 Men’s team, winning back to back premierships in 1970 and 71.
1975 / 76 Member of the victorious Div 1 Men’s premiership side, coach of the U16 Boys
1985 Selected in the Australian Masters Veteran team to play in Hong Kong.
1985 to 87 Member of the Qld Veterans team
1987 Appointed Life Member of Brothers Hockey Club, for continual service to the club
Len has been a tireless worker off the field as well. Hoy and Bingo nights were the life line of our club from 1965 onwards and Len hardly missed a night. Len would give free transport in his famous green Valiant for all who needed a lift.
In the early 1970’s during the construction of our then club house and playing fields at what was called Pioneer Park, Len’s electrical expertise was invaluable. Many long hours were spent wiring poles as well as the club house.
After a “brief” spell in the very early 80’s, Len returned and took over the Presidency, for three consecutive years 1983 – 1985. It was during his first year in 1983, he achieved one of his main ambitions – Grand Premiership for the club. With personal supervision of every single team, he not only achieved this for the very first time in 1983 but he continued with such determination that the club had the trophy for 5 consecutive years.
It was during Len’s reign as President he earned the nickname of ‘Lammo’ due to the introduction of the club’s lamington drives. It was said that Len’s organising ability at such functions was so professional that should the bottom fall out of the electrical industry, he could take up a catering career. Len “Lammo” Dowd, Wally “Hot Chocolate” Bull and Gordon “More cake” Spenceley made this fund-raising day a highlight and successful day of the year.
While the club was still located at Pioneer Park, Len was instrumental in the installation of a water pump and bore, resulting in first class playing fields that the envy of Townsville.
Not only being a very active member of the club, Len was also heavily involved with THA that he was awarded Life Member of the association. Len is credited with the installation of the first electronic score board at THA, spending a reportedly 24 straight hours to get it operational in time for the start of competition.
Len has continued being an active member in the club and was heavily involved with the clubs move to JCU in 2005. He once again used his skills as an electrician to connect our light poles and clubhouse to power. Len has also spent many hours at the new club grounds and could be seen driving tractor, mowing the fields or maintaining the sprinkler system. He had a passion to see that young players had the best possible fields to train on and enjoy the game that he loved.
To say Len is a clubman is an understatement given what he has done for his beloved club. Len is a clubman and a role model that all can look up to and aspire to be like.