It is with great enthusiasm that all players, coaches and volunteers have started the 2018 hockey season.

In Premier League, we hope to build on the fantastic 2017 season where for the first time in our history, both Men’s & Women’s PL & PLR teams played finals.  No stone has been left unturned over the pre-season to ensure that we continue to build teams of skill & character. Winning is important & playing the game in good spirits is equally important.

Our Juniors are looking in tremendous shape. With large numbers of girls & boys coming through various programs and with a dedicated group of volunteers assisting us, we will again field healthy numbers of sides across all age groups.

With a talented group of coaches & team managers supported by a hard working & enthusiastic Board we do our absolute best to look after all the player’s preparations & welfare. One of the most important initiatives in recent times is the Clubroom’s redevelopment which promises to deliver fantastic facilities to our members & supporters. We have been working closely with Council for some time now and with a firm capital commitment to the Project we may see works commence late in 2018 – stay tuned.

The Brendan Sheehan Field, F2, has been ruled as unsuitable for matches because sections of the surface have lifted due to subsurface instability. We have worked with Council to establish the best course of action both in the immediate term to get us back playing matches asap; & also for a longer term plan.

We continue to build on the great legacy of prior committees and volunteers. We can never have enough support though. All volunteers will tell you they get more out of their involvement (and the knowledge they are assisting a large number of people) than the “cost” of their time. Please reach out if you have ANY capacity to help in ANY way.

Remember to check out the various social media platforms. Our website https://www.footscrayhockey.com.au was upgraded at the end of last season & is regularly updated with all things relevant to FHC.   In addition there are Facebook pages for Footscray Hockey & Footscray Junior Hockey.

Our great club now has 84 candles on the cake. The club’s first informal meetings began in September 1934, but our first formal activity (and therefore the birth our club) was our first AGM which was held in February 1935. Our first team activity saw the men taking the field in 1935 (playing in mens ‘D’ grade), with our first ladies team (‘C’ grade) debuting the following year

Healthy levels of Sponsorship are important to the strength of our hockey club and contribute to our capacity to keep player subs at one of the lowest across metropolitan Melbourne. All members of our Premier League squads find personal sponsors and we actively seek corporate sponsors – if you are able to identify and/or put us in touch with potential sponsors it would be of tremendous help to the Club. You can contact me at president@footscrayhockey.com.au with all sponsorship queries.

Finally, to our playersPLEASE REGISTER AND PAY YOUR SUBS.  For the club to remain viable and pay substantial running costs – we need these subs to be paid. If you have particular financial circumstances that may make this difficult – please reach out to one of the committee and we will endeavour to assist.

We look forward to seeing all supporters around the Club.

GO DOGGIES