3 September 2013

University of Queensland Hockey Club has been crowned the best club in Brisbane men's hockey for the first time in its history.

This season all but one of the club's nine teams qualified for the semi-finals, with University's first-grade side contesting the playoffs for the first time since 1992.

That success saw the Redmen win the Merv Harris Memorial Shield as club champions at the Brisbane Hockey Association awards on Saturday night.

UQ Hockey Club President Richard James said news of the club's champion status was met with "a lot of satisfaction and a lot of pride" from members.

"It's not something that we have actively aimed for but it's one of those pleasant honours," James said.

"It certainly is (due to) a lot of work by a lot of people in the last five years in particular.

"The members are very loyal to the club and people generally are very proud of the club and seem to be tighter as mates.

"That's largely because we feel we're a country club playing in the city.

"Ninety-five per cent of our players are from the country and I think that gives the club quite a unique feel, apart from the university student aspect of it."

Lachlan Brownhalls polled the most votes for University in the Brisbane Hockey League player of the year award, won by former UQ player Jake Burns, now at Commercial.

University of Queensland Hockey Club will turn 90 years old in 2014.