Mention Waikato Evergreens softball and one of the first names that come to mind is George woodcock. For the past 40 seasons George has been a driving force of Evergreens softball and a member of the inaugural 1971 side that played at the National Evergreens Tournament in Cambridge.
Softball has been a major part of George’s life, starting back in the mid 1950’s playing in school teams before joining the Hamilton Red Sox side at senior level.
He made his senior representative debut for Waikato in 1964 alongside names like Carl Mossman, Jack Mathews, Seph Porteous and Trevor Rowse at the national tournament at Hamilton’s Rugby Park.
Only on a couple of occasions has George not attended the Evergreens tournament but today he can be seen on the diamond either as a coach or manager.
Apart from playing in his favorite position of catcher and occasionally at first or second base he still continues to enjoy the company of the number of friends he has made over the years.
“I never got to pitch a game, I don’t think any of the teams were that desperate, but I have enjoyed being part of Waikato softball,” said George
George has fond memories of his club, Melville, in which he was a player, coach and administrator for more than 30 years.
He was also heavily involved in various roles within the Waikato Association, from coaching at school grades through to senior club and representative levels to serving as Association President.
Prepared by Peter Campbell for the 2012 Evergreens programme for the Waikato hosted National Evergreens Tournament.
George passed away at Waikato Hospital on 17 March 2020.
He will be sadly missed by all.