Karen Porteous (aka Brownie) has been a stalwart of the club as player, coach, manager, committee member and vice-President, daughter and mother for over 30 years. Her blood runs yellow and black.
Brownie joined the club in 1982 when the games were played on grass at Rosealde. This meant a trip into the countryside of Albany, walking over a one lane bridge and the hockey building was a tin garage. Brownie used to do club fundraising by marking out the grass fields with the line roller.
She played for the Prems for 22 years between 1983 and 2005 - over 400 games which is a club record. Her last Prem game was a Grand Final loss against HDF which still hurts over 15 years' later. Karen continues to proudly represent North Harbour and New Zealand at Masters level.
Her parents were patrons of the club with mother, Heather, still continuing in this role. Daughters Caitlyn and Michaela have also played for ABC.
Today Brownie plays in Division 1 where she is a much respected player providing wise counsel and gentle leadership to a new generation of players.