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Hockey Great King No Longer With Us

"The centre forward was renowned for her deft dribbling skills and scoring abilities. King served Lau­toka for many years as player, cap­tain, coach and mentor."
24 Apr 2019 10:08
Hockey Great King No Longer With Us
Julia King

The Fiji hockey fraternity is mourning the death of for­mer national and Lautoka captain and coach Julia King.

The centre forward was renowned for her deft dribbling skills and scoring abilities. King served Lau­toka for many years as player, cap­tain, coach and mentor.

Her niece Annie Tui said her 69-year-old aunt passed away after a short illness at her Lautoka resi­dence.

Former Suva and national rep Su­zie Yee said she also played against her in various tournaments in Suva, Levuka and Lautoka.

“She’s a great leader and being a forward she’s always dangerous when she’s in that circle especially on her powerful hits.

“I remember her so well and we played hockey together repre­senting Fiji in The World Hockey Championship in New Zealand in 1971 and Vancouver in 1979.”

Fellow national rep and team-mate Annie Ahtack Bakani said when she came into the sport in the 1970s, King was at her peak.

“She had great skills, very dedi­cated and disciplined. She was eell-mannered on and off the field. She was known for sending her wicked hit and the ball would hit the net.

“Those days she would captain the Fiji team when played visiting overseas teams from the UK and even the Royal Australian and New Zealand naval men’s teams.”

King was born in Nausori but raised in Lautoka. She started her hockey career as a 16-year-old with the Navutu Women’s Club.

She worked as a draftswoman for Larsen, Maybin and Holt alongside close pal Yee Kit Sue and principal architect Graham Walker.

The reguregu will be tomorrow and the funeral has been scheduled for Friday at 10am at the Wesley Methodist Church. She’ll be laid to rest at the Tavakubu cemetery.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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