March 27th 2019 is the 120th anniversary of Wales’ Ladies first ever international match.
It was reported that ‘The ladies of Wales met their sisters from the Emerald isle’ at Llandudno Cricket Field on 27 March 1899 at 3.00pm. The match was played under a ‘beautiful azure sky’ and Ireland beat Wales by five goals to nil. The first ever Welsh ladies side was chosen for this match following a trial game at Wrexham on Friday 17 February 899 where the North beat the South of Wales by two goals to nil. The first ever side to represent Wales was:
GK: Miss Andrews – Gresford
BK; Miss B Evans – Llandudno
BK: Miss S Smith – Abergavenny
HB: Miss E Walford – Abergavenny
HB: Mrs AM Baker Gibb – Abergavenny
HB: Miss K Glyn Griffith – Llandudno
Miss M Jones – Portmadoc
Miss Evelyn Wyburgh – Gresford
Miss M Wotton – Abergavenny
Miss L Peers – Llandudno
Miss H Homfray – Portmadoc
The Wales ladies continued to play international matches until 1907 and there was a sixteen year gap. On 3rd March 1923 the South Wales Hockey association was founded at Newtown and the constitution drafted at Shrewsbury in May of that year. Wales’ first international win was in 1923 when they defeated Ireland by four goals to two at Colwyn Bay and this was followed up by a 2-0 victory against the USA at Merton Abbey in 1924.
These are great memories of our beloved sport, and long may our future memories be created.