1963 – St George was on its way to its 8th of 11 consecutive Premierships, The Beatles release She Loves You to take the world by storm, pubs close on Sundays, credit cards and ATMs like decimal currency are still years off. The post war Sutherland Shire of orchards and chicken farms is rapidly changing to suburbs with kids playing in the streets.
North Sutherland primary school with Ron Hodge as its principal is also growing rapidly and emerging as the centre of the local community. Organised sport for kids was still booming in the post 1956 Olympics period with soccer, rugby league, surf life saving, netball and cricket all vying for attention.
The records show that the North Sutherland Junior Soccer Football Club began as a modest 3 team soccer club in 1963. What is not recorded is the passion and devotion of its supporters, the close connection with “the school”‘, nor is it recorded the early controversies such as whether the club should actually play rugby league and join the long established local competition; whether the club should amalgamate with the new Police Boys Club; or should a combined soccer and netball club be established?
What emerged and has continued to today was a close knit band of enthusiastic kids and parents, bound together under the school’s colours of maroon and sky blue and the futuristic “Rocket” emblem.
Three teams comprising a ‘nursery’ team, U8’s, and U10’s wearing chequered shirts hand made by Pat Jeff, white shorts and woollen hooped socks began the Rockets tradition 50 years ago. Foundation members like Ian Gibson, Gwen Gould, Jack Mawson, and Keith Wilson and a few dozen parents built the proud Rockets tradition that continues today.