A Patron is a person of distinction who can be called upon at anytime for advice or guidance on club strategy, operations and activities as needed.
The Patron of the Waverley Hockey Club is Russel Hannan, who the club has called on over the years to help with numerous issues the club has faced during its growth.
The following is a summary of efforts Russell in helping grow the Waverley Hockey Club:
- Russell was elected to Waverley Council in 1980 and retired when amalgamations occurred in 1995. He was the Mayor of the City in 1985/1986 and again in 1991/1992.
- Russell was introduced to the Waverley Hockey Club via Bob Trewin, when he was a councillor with the City of Waverley. Bob and the club’s management were seeking a permanent home for the Waverley Hockey Club due to issues arising with the clubs location in Electra Avenue. With the help of Russell’s West Ward Councillors, Russel convinced the council with approvals and funding to consolidate at Winbirra Parade, Ashwood in 1986.
- In 1986 further funds were required to install the first synthetic grass surface at the Club.
- Russell was approached again by the Club when it became evident the club desperately required clubroom facilities.
Again permits and monetary assistance were required, and in the 1990’s clubroom facilities were added in two stages
Russell opened the Bob Trewin Pavilion in what he notes was one of his proudest moments on Waverley Council.
- Russell was then asked to be Patron of Waverley Hockey around 1994 and was informed by the Club in its history had never had a patron. Russell saw that as a great honour.
- Whilst not on council when a new synthetic surface was needed by the Club, Russel was approached by the then President and assisted with council and others to raise the funds required.
- In 2008 the club contacted Russell for advice on how to approach a second ground for Ashwood Reserve. Russell provided advice on a strategy to follow. The strategy was successful and the Brumby ALP government made a commitment in 2010 that if re-elected, it would commit $500,000 to the development of a second ground. History tells us that the Brumby government was not re elected and the funds were no longer available.
- Russell kept in regular contact with the club devising a strategy to attain a second ground. In 2013 a strategy was in place to try and secure funds at the 2014 State election. With a lot of effort and lobbying over a 14 month period, Russel was able to secure a commitment from the Napthine Liberal Government that if re-elected, it would commit to fully funding the development of a second ground. Unfortunately for the club, the government was not re elected and the work to secure a second ground continues, with Russel providing valuable assistance.