No plans for the Buck to stop here

Richard “Buck” Rogers expects to be involved in hockey for the rest of his life.

Richard “Buck” Rogers expects to be involved in hockey for the rest of his life.

STILL GOING STRONG DECADES ON: Goalkeeper and official Richard “Buck” Rogers’ immense contribution to the game has been recognised with life membership of Poverty Bay Hockey Association. Rogers is still playing 43 years after taking up the game as a student at Patutahi School. Every now and again he gets out on the field including, a 2016 game where (next picture). Main picture by Paul Rickard, following pictures from Herald files
Buck is being challenged by THC’s Hoera Mohi.
Rogers as a schoolboy in 1978. He was a member of the Gisborne Boys’ High first 11 who won the Poverty Bay senior men’s crown that year, winning 10 games, drawing one and losing one.

POVERTY Bay Hockey Association’s latest life Member Richard “Buck” Rogers has no plans to put away his goalkeeping gear.

He sees himself involved in hockey for the rest of his life.

The 54-years-young NZ Fruits Lytton Old Boys goalie received a life membership award at a special function at the hockey clubrooms where his name was unveiled on the honours boards.

“It felt bloody awesome to be up on that board with the names of so many other people who have contributed to Poverty Bay hockey,” Buck said.

“It feels so good to know how much I am appreciated by people in the sport in the district.”

Rogers started playing hockey in 1974 at Patutahi School. He moved on to Gisborne Boys’ High School and made the second 11 in 1976 and first 11 in 1977 and 1978.

When he left school, Rogers took up an apprenticeship with the New Zealand Post Office and continued his hockey, playing for High School Old Boys, then Caledonia, before moving to Lytton Old Boys.

“I’m still loving it and I plan to keep playing as long as I can.”

He started out in the field but has spent most of his years in goal.

“You could say I worked my way to the back.”

Throughout his playing years, Rogers was selected for various Poverty Bay representative teams including the senior men’s representative side.

He also took on the role of manager of the u21s.

“Lately I have been doing a few other things in hockey and go away to tournaments as a technical official.

“Hopefully that will keep me in the game I love for many years after I finally stop actually playing.”

The life membership citation details the positions he has held in the association — registrar and chairman — his roles on several sub-committees and as a rep selector.

It also details his many coaching and umpiring contributions over the years.

He upskilled himself in coaching, completing the Hockey NZ level 1 theory officiating course.

“I am looking at more practical work to finalise it.”

The citation says: “Richard gives his time freely to help the association with any electrical requirements and any umpiring and general duties that he can help with.

“He has been a keen supporter of his children Kacey and Ethan, and wife Sharyn, throughout their playing years.”

And Poverty Bay hockey can expect his support for years to come.

POVERTY Bay Hockey Association’s latest life Member Richard “Buck” Rogers has no plans to put away his goalkeeping gear.

He sees himself involved in hockey for the rest of his life.

The 54-years-young NZ Fruits Lytton Old Boys goalie received a life membership award at a special function at the hockey clubrooms where his name was unveiled on the honours boards.

“It felt bloody awesome to be up on that board with the names of so many other people who have contributed to Poverty Bay hockey,” Buck said.

“It feels so good to know how much I am appreciated by people in the sport in the district.”

Rogers started playing hockey in 1974 at Patutahi School. He moved on to Gisborne Boys’ High School and made the second 11 in 1976 and first 11 in 1977 and 1978.

When he left school, Rogers took up an apprenticeship with the New Zealand Post Office and continued his hockey, playing for High School Old Boys, then Caledonia, before moving to Lytton Old Boys.

“I’m still loving it and I plan to keep playing as long as I can.”

He started out in the field but has spent most of his years in goal.

“You could say I worked my way to the back.”

Throughout his playing years, Rogers was selected for various Poverty Bay representative teams including the senior men’s representative side.

He also took on the role of manager of the u21s.

“Lately I have been doing a few other things in hockey and go away to tournaments as a technical official.

“Hopefully that will keep me in the game I love for many years after I finally stop actually playing.”

The life membership citation details the positions he has held in the association — registrar and chairman — his roles on several sub-committees and as a rep selector.

It also details his many coaching and umpiring contributions over the years.

He upskilled himself in coaching, completing the Hockey NZ level 1 theory officiating course.

“I am looking at more practical work to finalise it.”

The citation says: “Richard gives his time freely to help the association with any electrical requirements and any umpiring and general duties that he can help with.

“He has been a keen supporter of his children Kacey and Ethan, and wife Sharyn, throughout their playing years.”

And Poverty Bay hockey can expect his support for years to come.

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