Marjory Crossen has a message for any young aspiring WA athletes: “You have got to have passion, if you don’t there’s no point.”
Crossen (nee Rigg) was flown to Melbourne last week as she became the 15th West Australian to be inducted into the Hockey Australia Hall of Fame on the eve of the Champions Trophy.
Crossen, 82, played for WA between 1949 and 1960 and Australia from 1950-60 during a golden era when the women’s State team lost just one game in 11 years.
She was described as a true legend of the game as she was inducted alongside Australian games record holder Jay Stacy (Victoria) and Jim Abel (NSW).
Crossen, who has three grandchildren, said she felt humbled by her induction.
“I played with a lot of great players,” she said.
She said the reason there were so many players of her era recognised as greats was because the State women’s team always trained against men.
The left half-back captained both the WA and Australian sides and played in three world tournaments (1953, ’56 and ’59), but said she regretted the fact the international federation of women’s hockey of the time chose not to enter women in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
“I could have been a two-times Olympian,” she said.
She went on to coach in Australia and New Zealand.
Crossen, who still keeps an eye on Australia’s teams, said the sport had changed a lot — for the better.
“When we played there were too many rules, but it is much better now,” she said.
Sport ran in the blood, with brothers Bert and Basil Rigg playing Sheffield Shield cricket for WA.
She said she was always destined to play hockey as the daughter of WA’s first women’s hockey captain.