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Judith Burgess (nee Humphries)

Judith Burgess (nee Humphries)

Member 1987

b. 4 March 1939

Judy is often referred to as Tasmania's greatest hockey player. She first played for Tasmania in 1956, when only sixteen, as goalie against the touring England team. England beat Tasmania 4-3 at Queenborough Oval, Hobart, but the highlight of the match was the young Tasmanian goalkeeper's performance. Players of both teams clapped her from the field.

Judy was selected the following year for the National Championships in Adelaide and retained her position in the Tasmanian team until her retirement at the end of 1970. Judy played 69 games for Tasmania: 65 interstate, and games against Japan, Malaya, England and New Zealand.

Judy's great qualities of concentration, skill and unswerving determination ensured her a long and outstanding career as the Australian goalkeeper. Judy first gained selection on the Australian team in 1959. She retained her position as the Australian goalkeeper in 1961, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69 and 1970.