BORN JULY 26TH, 1926 Derrick began his hockey career in the Sunday practice sessions at St Moritz in St Kilda during the Second World War. When the sport resumed in 1946, he played for Western Suburbs under Ellis Kelly. They became the Blackhawks in 1947 and Derrick played left wing with Jim Lawrence and Ron Amess in one of the highest scoring combinations of the time. Warwick Harrison supplied the trio from the blue line, wreaking havoc on the slow, defensive combinations that were common among opposition teams of the day. By 1956 Derrick was renowned for having played every Blackhawks game, scoring 100 goals and about 150 assists in his first 120 outings.  He totalled 272 games in a 19-year club career, 1947 to 1966.
Derrick won five Goodall Cups for Victoria in consecutive years, 1951 to 1955, then five more in 1961, 1962, 1965 to 1967. Like many others, he became a student of the game under the influence of Chook Tuckerman, and later teamed-up with Dave Cunningham and various others to produce some of the greatest offensive setups in the Australian game. Derrick possessed a long, smooth skating style that made him a favourite with fans, and his steady but deadly shot made him the top point scorer of several seasons. By the mid-fifties he was standing in for Al Sengotta as the Blackhawks coach. 
Ice Hockey Victoria Life Member. Life Member IHA, 2000. The Noel Derrick Trophy is awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player in the IHV Premier A League. It was first awarded to Alain Glacque (Goaltender, Demons IHC) in 2008.
Ross Carpenter, 'Derrick, Noel Edward (1926 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/bio-derrick.html, accessed online .
 Ice Hockey Guide, 27 July 1956, p 11. The Men in Our Game.