Stalwart reaches milestone

Smithton Saint Jason House marked 300 club games in front of a home crowd on Saturday. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Achievement. Smithton Hockey Club captain Jason House has played 300 games with the red, white and black.

Beginning his playing career with Forest Primary School, the now Division One player joined the club in 1999 with the Under 18 side before progressing to Division Two.

In recent years, work commitments prevented House from featuring in the first division and so he joined the club’s Division Three side where he was a part of the premiership team, the only Grand Final victory of his career.

House received the Best and Fairest honour twice and runner-up title once while playing with the Division Three side as well earning the association’s esteem the year of the premiership.

And in 2015, while playing with Division One, the Best and Fairest honour was bestowed upon him, all of which are memorable moments in his mind.

“Another highlight would be being voted by my peers three years in a row as captain for the Division One side,” he says.

“That makes you feel good, as people look up to you and trust that I can help and guide them and further their skills.”

Having coached both the Under 16 and Under 18 sides in the past, House says he feels a great deal of pride in seeing talent progress through the ranks. He has also led the Division One side in the past.

Playing alongside fellow Smithton Hockey Club stalwarts Nigel Kingston, Nick Stokes and Joe Coombs for many years, House says he enjoys the mateship that comes with the club.

Earning the milestone during the Saints’ Greater Northern League clash with Tamar Churinga in Smithton on Saturday, playing in front of a home crowd was a special moment.

“My 300th was a memorable one!

“A standout moment would probably have been scoring a goal for the team, [it was] just not quite enough to get us over the line for the win,” he said of the four-all draw.

“It was also a special day as we were remembering a legend of the game from the Tamar Churinga Hockey Club. It was good to remember him.”
As a niggling back injury continues to plague House, the powerhouse is uncertain where his next season will take him but as son Ryder, a keen hockey player himself, begins to makes an impact in the game, he hopes to one day share the turf with his boy.

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