From the Chair #3

Updated: Jul 26, 2019

Hi Fellow Members of the Yellow and Black Army,


Here we are at round 13 – Men’s Round – how quickly the season is progressing!

So much has happened since I last wrote From the Chair.


Our teams are kitted out in our new uniforms and don’t we look great. While it has been an exhausting task for those involved in sourcing these I think you will agree with me that it is fantastic to see the whole club decked out in a common kit. Well done Jayden and the team!


All our teams have begun their season well and are working hard to be the best they can be. At the time of writing this our team positions:


We still have lots of hockey to play and I encourage everyone to attend all training sessions to ensure every team is well prepared and able to do their best. Good luck everyone for the second half of the season – looking forward to seeing many of us in the finals.


A great night was had by the approximately 100 members who joined our Whole of Club Training night –members from across the Club came together having fun while fine tuning their skills. Thanks everyone.

Casey Tunstall and her great band of helpers have concluded a very successful Hook in 2 Hockey program in term 1 and are well into this term’s Wyndham District Hockey League – a competition for beginners and primary school kids on Tuesday nights at 5:30pm. This will continue into term 3 – if interested contact Casey on wdhl.whc@gmail.com


It was great to see Grant Smith, an ex President, play his 500th game this week in the Men’s Masters. Great contribution and effort Grant. Looking forward to seeing you on the pitch, Smitty, for many more games.

We have enjoyed a couple of great social nights at the Club – the major one being the Trivia Night. This was not only a great night – enjoyed by all who attended but a financially successful one as well. Thanks to the Social Team for organising and running the event.


We held a successful women’s round. Raising approx. $600 for BCNA. Congrats to the following on winning the Women’s Round Medals: VL1 – Emma Tivendale, VL1R – Lynda Tivendale, Masters – Sue Jones.


This coming week is Men’s Round – come along and support the teams playing in their blue socks and support the fund raising opportunities that raise money for men’s health.

Keep your eye on Facebook for information re upcoming events – we still have Pride Round (previously known as Fair Go Sports round), $1000 Raffle, end of season round and presentation nights to come.


Congrats to our three junior girls, Natasha Smith, Molly Eldridge and Mackenzie Condon, and to Cooper Hillyer (men’s) who were selected in the Western Wildcats teams to participate in the Junior State Championships in the July holidays.


It is also great to see our junior umpire development program taking shape under the leadership of Peta Swanton and other senior umpires. I am sure we will see great development in the youngsters who are giving up their time to learn the important skill of umpiring.


We have received lots of positive feedback about our Tech Bench – while the facility is fantastic we still need more people to be trained – check out the following site for training sessions and speak to me re getting you some practical experience.


We have successfully joined with The Tigers Clubhouse in a significant sponsorship deal. We look forward to enjoying this partnership and encourage you to support their functions and if looking for a great meal go along and let them know that you are from Werribee Hockey Club. Each section of the Club is encouraged to enjoy a night out there – several groups have done so already and had a great night. If you haven’t done so already how about organising your team/s to enjoy a great social night. We get free membership benefits of the Tigers Clubhouse.


Please complete the form at the canteen to sign up.


Don’t forget to support our other Club sponsors: Werribee Mitsubishi, Victorian Fireplaces, & Growth Steel. We also thank: Hoppers Crossing Family Chiropractic Centre and Hoppers Health Denture Clinic who provided Bronze Player Sponsorship for Natasha Smith; JBS Australia (Brooklyn) for providing Bronze Player Sponsorship for Jackson Parker; Retreat and Outdoor Living – Entry level Player Sponsorship for Michael Olzen; Hudson’s Cleaning for 2 player scholarships and Quest for a player scholarship. Without such support it is very difficult for our Club to grow – please show your gratitude to these business with your support.


Unfortunately, we recently had two break ins – this resulted in us losing in excess of $16,000 of equipment – goalkeeping kits, gazebos, a wheelchair, gas heater, etc. Fortunately, our insurance will cover most of this (less the $1000 – 2 x $500 excess costs) but it will take time to source and get these items replaced. We have improved the locking mechanisms and will look at alternative storage for some of these items. If you see any of this gear on for sale sites please let me know so I can inform the police.


What are you going to do to help “Maintain the Roar”? Offers of help in the canteen, general tidying up around the Club, selling raffle tickets on home games, promoting the Club at every opportunity are just some of the ways you can do your bit.


It is also vital that we remember that we all have Codes of Behaviour to abide by. Werribee Hockey Club prides itself on being a welcoming, family orientated, diverse club that values all members of both our hockey club and the hockey community. Please help us to ensure this is the message we convey at games, social events and training.


Looking forward to the rest of the 2019 season.

Lyn Tout - Chair of the Board



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