Old Albanians can trace its roots back the Berea Park Hockey Club. When this club closed its doors to hockey, the majority of players opted not to join other clubs but to form a new hockey club, which found a home at the Pretoria Rugby Club. Playing hockey on rugby fields was a challenge – no flood lights and the fields were marked out for rugby! But plans were always made.
It was when a St Alban’s Old Boy was introduced to the team that negotiations with the College began. The finally the majority of the Pretoria Rugby Club hockey players moved across to St Albans and were joined by a few Old Boys. Thus in 1991 Old Albanians Hockey Club was born – playing under its blue and grey colours.
As with all new beginnings OAHS had its challenges. Club members had to erect scaffolding for the lights, and dig the trenches for the electric wiring, so practices could take place in the evenings. The commitment of these founders has helped shape OAHC today.
Subsequent years have seen continued development and improvement of the Club. Lighting and a new astro in 2011 saw extraordinary growth in the Club. The support of Tom Hamilton (Headmaster) during this period contributed greatly to the success of OAHC.
A further development took place in the Club with the advent of the Junior Section in 2012; today known as the Junior Academy. Currently 150 children are involved. Shortly after this, the first women’s masters team was established.
A significant development in the Club’s history was the signing of the first headline sponsorship with Malik. A new sponsorship deal has now been signed with Dita.
One of the highlights of the Club was celebrating the 25th Anniversary in 2016 and the opening of the new Club House – with thanks to the support of St Albans College.
Old Albanians has proved through the years that it is a dynamic club, committed to offering top class hockey to the community, developing talent and providing opportunities for all levels of hockey.