Waverley Hockey Club
|League||Hockey Victoria Competition|
|Team history||Mount Waverley Hockey Club
Waverley Hockey Club
|Based in||Waverley, Melbourne|
|Arena||Waverley Hockey Ground in Ashwood|
|Head coach||Adrian Kucyk (State League 1 Men), TBD (State League 1 Women)|
Waverley caters for players of all ages and skill level, with top level senior men's and women's teams as well as junior teams from under 9 to under 17 age groups. Waverley runs a Minkey program for children under 7.
It had its beginnings in 1958. It has boasted seven Australian Representatives and has produced countless Victorian Representatives as well as VIS scholarship holders, in both its Men's and Women's units.
In the years prior to 1958 the Elsternwick Hockey Club had seen many of its talented players cease playing when they married, as they purchased homes in the developing areas on the outskirts of Melbourne, and found it difficult to stay active members of the club. In 1958 the Mount Waverley area was one of the most rapidly developing suburbs in Melbourne. It was realised that at least nine Elsternwick players lived in this area, which prompted the Elsternwick hockey club secretary at the time, Arthur Slade to write letters to each, with the suggestion of forming a new club in the Mount Waverley area. So with the contacting of other players from other clubs who also lived in the area, there was enough support for the formation of the new club, and on 30 October 1958 at an informal meeting, the Mount Waverley Hockey Club was formed.
On the field
In its inaugural year, the Mount Waverley Hockey Club consisted of one team in C grade. Immediate on-field success followed and this team won three premierships in a row and promotion to B grade. A second team was entered in 1960, a fourth team in 1969, a seventh team in 1979, and a veterans team in 1981. Team numbers stabilised at eight. The Waverley men's team first played in the top grade in 1974.
With increasing development in the Waverley area, it was felt that the title of “Mount Waverley Hockey Club” was inappropriate, so in February 1964, the club was renamed the “Waverley Hockey Club”.
The first junior team was entered in 1961, numbers increased rapidly to five in 1969, ten in 1974, twelve in 1981, and have now stabilised at nineteen. The junior teams consist of girls, boys and mixed teams ranging from under 9 to under 17. Waverley has one of the largest junior membership in Victoria.
In 1969 two recent school leavers from Mount Waverley High initiated moves to form the Waverley Women's Hockey Club. One team (mostly schoolgirls) was entered in the lowest grade of competition and finished fourth. A second team was entered 1970 and a third in 1972. The women won their first premiership in 1972. The number of teams increased to four in 1974, and to six in 1979. The women reached the top grade in 1985.
The men's and women's clubs operated separately but co-operatively from 1969, until their amalgamation in 1980.
Waverley has won the first grade men's competition on eight occasions and the women's five times and numerous premierships in the juniors and other grades. Many players have gained representative honours at state, national and Olympic level.
The rapid growth in team numbers and the competition format limiting play to Saturdays meant that the club had to operate from a number of venues for many years. These venues included Syndal State School, Syndal Technical College, Sixth Avenue Reserve, Burton Street Reserve, Essex Heights Reserve, Larpent Street Reserve, Electra Avenue, Jingella Avenue, Waverley High School, Glen Waverley High School, Waverley Meadows Primary School, Gladeswood Reserve and Jells Park. The club did not have access to a pavilion until its thirteenth year of operation.
In the mid 1970s the Waverley council provided two grounds at Electra Avenue and a Pavilion. One of these grounds was subsequently upgraded to an en-tout-cas surface, ground lighting was installed at club expense. Council subsequently extended an existing building at this reserve to provide excellent facilities shared by the hockey club and a senior citizens group. Waverley Hockey Club with the support of the City of Monash consolidated at Winbirra Parade, Ashwood and pioneered the installation of modern synthetic surfaces at club level. The ground at Ashwood was laid in May 1986. Clubroom facilities were added in two stages through the 1990s. The two grass grounds provided at this venue were relinquished in the mid-1990s as more clubs installed synthetic surfaces.
Waverley boasts over 40 teams entered into all levels of indoor and outdoor hockey. The successes achieved are due to the quality of the facilities, a strong relationship with the City of Monash, support from local businesses, good coaching, sound administration and the involvement of members and parents.
50th Year celebrations
Waverley celebrated its 50th year in 2009.
The premierships it has achieved at the highest club level (State League 1) are:
- Men's SL1 - 1981, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011
- Women's SL1 - 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2010
Waverley has had success in producing and recruiting elite state level representatives in the past and present. Waverley has six players in the Vikings & Vipers Squads: Stacia Joseph, Leah Merrett, Emily Paton, Luke Young, Stephen Jarvis, and Tim Wischusen. The Vipers were previously coached by Waverley player Toni Cumpston.
The club boasts several past and present Australian players which include Renee Trost, Stacia Joseph, Leah Merrett, Colin Batch, Craig Fairbrother, Nigel Patmore, Matthew Dipnall, Treva King, Stephen Purcell, Stuart Carruthers, Brett Gray, Brett Thompson, Tim Thompson, Travis Brooks, Stephan Mowlam and Luke Doerner.
The Waverley Hockey Club holds teams in all top divisions and has teams registered in the following divisions of the Hockey Victoria winter competition:
- State League 1
- Pennant A
- Pennant B
- Pennant C
- Metro 1 - East
- Metro 2 - East
- Metro 2 - South
- Metro 3 - East
- Veterans D - East
- U17 - Ric Purser Shield
- U17 Pennant South-East
- U17 South
- U17A Girls - Ron Penpraze Shield
- U17 Girls District
- U15A - George Stapleton Shield
- U15A Girls Pennant South-East A & B
- U15 Pennant South-East
- U15 South
- U15 East
- U13A - Ron Ford Shield
- U13A Girls - Ken Parkin Shield
- U13 Girls Pennant
- U13 Pennant South-East
- U13 South
- U11A - Keith Thornton Shield
- U11 Pennant South-East
- U11 South
- U9 East A & B
- Minkey Hockey Teams
Summer and indoor
During the summer months the Waverley Hockey Club enters in social and competitive summer hockey as well as indoor hockey teams.