Waverley welcomed Yarra Valley to the Hedley Hull field for their first home game of season 2017. It was a big unknown as it was the first year after a long spell from the top league that Yarra returned to both Men’s and Women’s Premier League competition.
The ladies took to the pitch first and were shell shocked at half time with Yarra jumping out to a strong 2 nil lead at the break. Half time saw coach Con D’Cruz take a calm approach with the girls, reaffirming the game plan and tweaking their approach.
As the whistle blew for the start of the second half the girls took a while to find some flow in their game. To their credit they persisted and continued to attack Yarra. Finally after tireless work the Panthers found the net through Ally Rake Bolt, the catalyst the girls were looking for to kickstart their comeback.
Yarra again found the back of the net re-establishing their 2 goal lead and it looked all over for Waverley. But the girls dug deep and found belief. Lauren Head showed composure in the circle to slot Waverley’s second and kept the hope of victory alive. It wasn’t long before some nice work on the reverse by Lauren Law saw Waverley draw level with less than 10 minutes to go.
The last 10 minutes saw both teams have opportunities to break the deadlock at 3 all. Waverley’s persistent attack saw them earn a PC, an opportunity to take the lead. The shot was save and as the ball was cleared through the top of the circle Rachel Guy found the ball on the end of her stick, putting Waverley into the lead with a beautifully executed drag flick.
Yarra had the opportunity to draw level inside the last 4 minutes, earning a PC but the Panthers stood strong in defence and as the clock ticked down to zero a jubliant crowd enjoyed the celebrations of victory. Final score Waverley 4-3 Yarra Valley
Goals: A Rake Bolt, L Law, L Head, R Guy.
From time to time some of our new players arriving from regional and overseas seek assistance for various reasons to help with relocation and living costs while playing their hockey at Waverley.
We regularly receive enquiries from overseas and country or interstate players to come play at our club. These young men and women generally weigh up the reputation of the club in how it is coached and able to offer guidance/assistance to make their stay both rewarding and enjoyable when considering where to play. Read More
As the club approaches its 60th year, a group of Waverley hockey aficionados are opening the vaults and putting together a detailed history of the Club. To assist this process, we are looking for a copy of the first club history publication, “Hockey in Waverley : the first 25 years” Read More
Senior Registration and Fee Structure – 2017
We are gearing up for another exciting hockey season at Waverley in 2017! Over the summer we have had a number of successful teams in indoor competitions and pre-season training is well underway. We have also had a lot of Waverley members enjoying summer hockey at a variety of venues including our Wednesday night intra-club competition. Read More
The club would like to congratulate Stacia Joseph on being named the interim Head Coach of the VIS Women’s Hockey Program. Stacia has played and coached at a high level for a long time and adds this position to an already packed resume. More extensive details can be found on the VIS here. Read More
The Senior Registration information released on the website in February there included a Social Membership option. For non-playing family, friends, spectators, Club Administrators or other supporters of Waverley the social membership is a great way to support the Club. Read More
Waverley Hockey Club Working Bee this Saturday 19th March from 9:00am to 4:00pm. There are a number of things to achieve on the day to get the ground and clubrooms up to scratch for the start of the season. If you are available please consider coming down for a few hours to help out where you can.
Attendance will also provide up to 20 volunteer points under the new volunteer policy!
There have been some changes to the Executive Committee at Waverley. The following people have needed to resign their positions:
- Mike Brooks, held the position of Junior President
- Roger Head, held the position of Vice President
- Don Larter, held one of the General Committee positions
As announced as part of the fee restructure for 2016, a $50 volunteer levy has been introduced. The volunteer levy will work by way of a points system.
If you achieve 50 points over the season you will get a refund of the levy to the value of $50. Each piece of volunteer work will be worth a certain number of points. Read More