Jean Wolfe (nee Monckton) was born at Manly in 1916. Jean’s father was Hilary Monckton from El Paso, Dalgety and her mother’s family were the Crisps of Ironmungie and Jimenbuen in the Dalgety area.
Jean was educated firstly at Manly and then at Frenscham School at Mittagong where she was sports captain. Jean excelled in a number of sports including tennis, cricket and hockey.
While hockey was he number one sport she also made a name for herself by playing first grade cricket in Sydney where her major talents were with the bat and in the field.
In hockey, Jean was a member of the Sydney Metropolitan Representative Team and from there was selected to play for New South Wales on a number of occasions. These included tournaments in Tasmania and in South Australia.
Following the Adelaide tournament Jean was selected as a member of the All Australian Team for the year of 1939 and in addition, was also selected to play as a member of the All Australia Team for the year of 1939 and in addition, was also selected to play as Right Half as a member of the 1939 Australian Touring Team. This team was scheduled to play against teams representing England, Scotland and Wales in the 4th International Women’s Hockey Association Tournament which was to be held at Bournemouth, England.
As Jean put it, “The team was all ready booted and spurred’ to get on the boat for England when they received a telegram to say the Tournament was cancelled owing to the outbreak of World War II. Great was the disappointment of course and it was a double disappointment for Jean as it meant the end of her representative hockey because of the prolonged years of the war.
Jean returned to Cooma after the war and when hockey commenced on Monaro she coached the Cooma Women’s Hockey Team who managed to win the 1972 Premiership.