BORN IN A SHED
The journey started in the late 1970’s with Peter Haselhurst a young Australian Hockey player, keen surfer and tertiary physics student frustrated by his Hockey sticks continually breaking. Peter decided to experiment with fibreglass and resin systems to repair hockey sticks finding not only that the repaired sticks lasted longer but also were much stiffer so they were better to play with. They had better feel when trapping, dribbling and far better ball speed for hitting and pushing.
Peter as the budding entrepreneur was making money by fixing sticks and on-selling re-engineered sticks to players in the local Perth league with a spray-painted stencilled “Gryphon” as a signature for his work. In the early 1980’s Peter formally co-founded with teammate Richard Charlesworth, the company and brand GRYPHON with the sale of a car for working capital, a journey was undertaken to Pakistan to set in motion the business of having manufacturers make sticks the GRYPHON way.
A Dynamic progression
Since its origin GRYPHON has been influential in the progression of stick manufacturing. Fast-forward over 30 years and the brand is still pushing the limits in a dynamic global market, proudly displaying its Australian heritage..... Based on years of experience we create unique sticks lay-up, we design moulds and shapes in accordance with the evolution of the game, we develop gear to protect and enhance all players alike time on and off the field.
Ric Charlesworth (left), the 1988 Olympic Gold Australian team (middle) & Peter Haselhurst (right).
Photos taken at Perth Hockey Stadium in 1988.