Hockey is the Northern Territory’s most successful sport when measured by Olympic success. Hockey was first played in Darwin in 1938 with two teams from the Darwin Garrison and a town team named Palmerston. During the war years prior to the Bombing of Darwin there were as many as 28 defence force teams playing in regular competitions in Darwin. The Northern Territory Hockey Association was formed in Darwin in 1948. Alice Springs also formed a hockey competition in 1953. Since that time the game has grown from strength to strength.