In my first year as President the board identified the club’s largest priority was to bounce back after 2 years of interrupted seasons due to the pandemic and regain our pre COVID-19 program on field. Off field we aimed to ensure operations, events and projects were set up for success for the year and producing yet again a solid financial status by the end of the season.

The first priority of the board was to ensure that we were welcoming and engaging with returning and new members to the Juniors, Women’s, Men’s and Masters section to field full and competitive teams. Fielding 8 Men’s, 8 Women’s, 6 Masters and 25 Junior Teams, plus the U6 Hookin2Hokcey Program. Together with summer indoor and outdoor, 630 members have enjoyed the services the club provided.

To top off the 2021 award of Hockey Victoria Community Club of the Year, in 2022 we were awarded the Victorian Club of the Year at the Victorian Sports Awards. A huge achievement and recognition for all the hard work the club has done through the pandemic years, recognising how well we have regained our 2019 success and status. Congratulations to Mel Morton who was awarded with HV Administrator of the Year, Sam Cutrale who was a finalist for the Community Umpire of the Year and I received a HV Award of Merit.

Key Highlights:

  • 2022 membership grew to 630, pre pandemic 2019 membership was 602
  • One of 3 clubs to exceed their 2019 membership out of 70 metropolitan clubs, the only Premier League club to do so
  • Healthy, sustained financial position, exceeding expectations
  • Most significant canteen profit in FHC’s history.
  • Hosted 4 key tournaments, Men’s Country Championships, Junior Country Championships, Stand Out Cup, Junior Country Championships
  • BSF dugout competition
  • After a 4-year McIvor Reserve Power supply issue, upgrade completed by council/Jemena in October 2022
  • Secured council contribution of 25k rectification of the Watering System
  • Met the 2022 Premier League Entry Criteria
  • Greatest junior representation in Western Wildcats, HV Academy, Victorian State Teams in several years
  • Inclusion initiative and event explosion – NAIDOC, STARS program, Men’s Health Round, Women’s Round, Pride Round, Change Maker Program, Mental Health Round, Upstander Training, SALT wellbeing training and much more!
  • 12 senior teams in finals, 4 junior teams in finals, 5 premiership flags
  • ASF dugouts, spectator grandstand seating, landscaping in the McIvor Reserve Masterplan Draft
  • LED lighting upgrade of ASF, BSF & the cage project confirmed by council, separate to McIvor Reserve Masterplan
  • Upgrade of carpet, social space roofing and LED lighting in the clubrooms works locked in early 2023
  • Expansion of volunteerism and volunteer sub-committees
  • Best year to date for grant and sponsorship income to the club
  • Competitive Premier League & Reserves WPL Runners Up, WPLR Premiers, MPL 3rd, MPLR 9th

At the last AGM the board reported FHC will undertake tree planting between the soccer and hockey club, a note that the McIvor Reserve masterplan has proposed an alternative concept for that space being utilised for grandstand seating. Tree planting and new vegetation is proposed for other boundary areas around the club in the Master Plan.

2023 Plan

Looking ahead in 2023 the board will be working on the following projects:

  • Ensuring our membership numbers match or exceeds 2022
  • New Strategic plan 2023 – 2026
  • Negotiating Council Lease Agreement
  • Fulfilling 2023 League Entry Criteria
  • Completion of black cyclone fencing around the whole center including the “cage”
  • Delivering Stand Out Cup (Feb), Men’s Country Champs (June), Junior State Champs (July), and Golden Oldies (Oct)
  • Watering system on ASF ground to bring it back to playing on a wet surface
  • Westgate Tunnel Project – for them to rectify the damage to the car park
  • LED lighting project with Council (replacement of leaning light tower on F2 and then completion of concourse concrete)
  • Projects to fit out our spaces for optimum use and functionality, i.e. canteen, Hockey HQ, Players Meeting Room, Gym, Board Room, shutters, signage, water bubblers

I wish to thank all the Board members for their many countless hours of dedication to the Club that we all love and aim to promote for the benefit of all members. Your time and energy are appreciated by me as Chairperson and by all the members. Thank you to all the coaches, team managers, coordinators, canteen volunteers and every single person who contributed to the betterment of the club.

Thank you to Sally Walsh our canteen manager for your continued work and all the extra hours you volunteer on top of your role. Special thanks to Graeme Veitch for stepping into the kitchen for all the tournaments and work on the maintenance of the grounds and surrounds. We remembered Leon Gale, treasurer of 30 years in a fitting tribute and service to his life after he sadly passed away this year.

I wish to thank the retiring Board members Rodney Johnstone, Nick Gill, Simon Borger and Mel Morton for their terrific contributions. In particular Rodney Johnstone, service of 20 years on the board in a variety of port folios and chairperson of 8 years.

All the best for the festive season and we hope to see everyone’s smiling faces in 2023.

Nicole Virtuoso President


It was great to have a full year of hockey and inclusion activities for 2021! I am particularly proud of being awarded the 2021 Community Club of the Year at the VicSport Awards in June. It is thanks to our members and volunteers that we were able to achieve this.


It has been fantastic to continue to work with our inclusion committee over the course of 2022 to deliver a comprehensive inclusion program across our 5 pillars of inclusion:

  • Cultural Diversity
  • First Nations
  • Access All Abilities
  • Mental Health

We continued our participation in the Change Makers Program run by Victoria University and our work with Welcoming Clubs. These programs are focused on building our club’s capacity in relation to cultural diversity. We enjoyed having Welcoming Clubs at FHC to deliver their upstander training this year and we will continue to work with them in 2023 to progress our work in this space.

It was fantastic to hold our first Mental Health Round and utilise grant funds to support the delivery of mental health and wellbeing training to our members. We are grateful to have continued our work with Sport and Life Training through their ‘Clubs With Heart’ program. We will continue our work with this program to create a more positive and welcoming club culture.

We hosted our first Access All Abilities come and try sessions with SCOPE in late November and we are looking forward to hosting the full program in early 2023. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the come and try sessions so successful, in particular John Munro, Ally Sheehan, Kaila Ducret and Julie-Anne Sheehan!

I thank the members involved in these programs as it has required some considerable time commitments.

NAIDOC Week Family Day 2022

It was great to have our second NAIDOC Week Family Day which celebrated the theme “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!”. We are very grateful to the organising committee for their contributions to the day and to everyone who attended the event to make it so successful. We also acknowledge and appreciate the First Nations People who contributed to the day.

We have been awarded grant funding towards a Reconciliation Plan in 2023 and look forward to the development of the plan and delivery of training in this area next year. As well as another exciting NAIDOC Family Day!

Social Media

Thank you to everyone involved in the social media team and in particular to Rod Fuentes, Nicole Virtuoso, Mel Sanders, Romani Kenworthy, Bec Thomson and Rick Wiseman for their work to make sure we are up to date.

Governance Review

We have completed a thorough governance review and will continue to ensure that all policy documents are up to date and maintained.


A huge thank you to all board members for their considerable contributions to my portfolio over the last two years. It has been greatly appreciated.

Finally, I’d like to acknowledge and thank the work of my inclusion sub-committees Renee Boyle, Helen Morton, Georgia Cutrale, Kaila Ducret, Jodie Weerasekera, Tahlya Sleep, Elliott Thomson, Jye Walters Maddie Bezzobs and Oskar Hayes. All are absolutely full of ideas and I am immensely grateful for their contributions this year!

What’s happening in 2023?

We have such an exciting 2023 planned! We have the following events to look forward to plus much more!

If anyone would like to be involved in these events, inclusion or communications, please get in touch. We would love to have as many members as possible involved!

Melissa Morton Secretary



The aim of the 2022 season was to bounce back from 2 pandemic seasons and field 8 teams successfully, and that we did with the best season to date in my 20-year tenure as Women’s Director. 6 out of 8 teams made the finals with 2 premiership flags.

The recruitment and the welcoming of many new members to the pre-season certainly was exciting for the pending season.

The power issues of McIvor reserve had a significant impact on the training, organisation and selection of teams due to Pennant and Metro training moving to Monday evenings, with PB continuing Tuesdays late session. However, it also pulled groups together closer to be able to put their best foot forward for the season. I’d like to thank everyone involved in making that as successful as it could be.

Premier League Squad

Alex Shirley finally coached a full season of hockey after a 6 pre-seasons across 2020, 2021 and 2022, and 10 games of the 2021 season. With the best defence in the entire PL competition, finishing 3rd on the ladder and Runners Up Premiers. Phil Frost coached the Reserves team in his 8th a final year and a sensational minor premiership and premiership standing. Huge thanks to Frosty for your 8 years of contribution, time for a well earned rest. Shirls and Frosty implemented a terrific women’s premier league squad culture and development of the squad. We welcomed a few new faces to the group who settled in extremely well.

Carly James was involved in Hockeyroos camps and development opportunities. Megan Alakus, Rosie Villagra and Carly James were selected in the Hockey Club Melbourne Squad finishing minor premiers, 4th. Maz Stonehouse and Teri Burke were selected in the Victorian Masters.

Premier League 13 3 3 66 15 51 42 3rd RU
Reserves 18 0 1 96 7 91 55 1st Prem

Pennant & Metro

David Gorton led Pennant A (Semi Finalists) and after recruiting back many players to the club had their best season since entering the competition 9 years ago. Tahlya Sleep coached Pennant B in another solid year for their second year in this grade. Helen Morton Pennant D (Prelim Finalists), Karen Johnstone PE Red (Premiers), Nicole Virtuoso PE Blue (Runners Up Premiers) and Tania Bezzobs Metro 1.

Pennant A 12 2 4 58 16 42 40 3rd Semi
Pennant B 6 4 6 30 23 7 24 5th
Pennant D 7 4 6 43 31 12 22 2nd Prelim
Pennant E Red 16 1 1 96 12 84 49 1st Prem
Pennant E Blue 12 4 2 61 24 37 38 2nd RU
Metro 1 2 14 1 13 46 -33 7 10th


Thank you to all those who contributed to the administration support and social support. Karen Johnstone, Angela Thompson, Sue Milford, Rick Wiseman, Heather Shaw, Amanda Bradfield, Mel Morton, Mel Sanders and Lynda Thomas.

Thank you to our terrific team managers, Harry Zac PL, Katie Mitchell RES, Kristen Kosowski PA, Brianna McLaughlin PB, Jim Morton PD, Dee Ruane PE Red, Scarlett Fitzpatrick PE Blue, Sharon Pollard M1.

Thanks to our sponsors who had committed, we hope you are back on board in 2023.

Looking Ahead

We look forward to next season, consolidating the 2022 results and going one better. We are really pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Hyslop (aka Disco) in the PL Reserves Role, PA David Gorton, PB Tahlya Sleep, PD Phylicia Veitch, PE Karen Johnstone, Metro 1 TBC, Metro 2 Tania Bezzobs.

We look forward to training uniting again on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the ASF watering system being repaired.

Thanks again to everyone, have a great 2023 year.

Nicole Virtuoso Women’s Director



After one cancelled and one partial season it was always going to be a challenge to get back into the cut and thrust of a winter hockey season. With 8 teams entered for the men’s section we were able to achieve 4 out of 8 teams playing finals, three teams missing finals by only 1 win or less and ultimately two premierships, Pennant E and Metro 1. A fantastic result! Thanks to everyone who did their part to assist with the men’s section administration over the course of 2022.

Premier League Squad

We welcomed Dan Mitchell to the club as PL coach with Hernie continuing with PLR for the second full season after beginning in 2019.

PL finished 3rd and were in the top 4 for the majority of the season. Despite a number of injuries and interruptions throughout the year it was although disappointing to not progress past the semi finals the team played some exceptional hockey during the year. PLR finished the year in 9th position and at times played some very competitive hockey against the strong teams while still being able to introduce a number of juniors into the greater PL squad. 13 new players/debutants introduced to the squad. With a full season under the belt for Mitty, we are excited to see the progress of the PL team in the coming seasons.

Congratulations to Luke Noblett for being named in the Premier League All Star team. Dan Mitchell for coaching the Vic U21s to a gold medal at the national championships and assistant coach of HCM Womens who finished 4th. Along with our talented juniors playing seniors for selection into Vic State teams, U18 Sam O’Brien, U15 Angus Le, Lachlan Toussaint, Seb Dabner and Jye Walters. Bright futures ahead!

Team Wins Draws Losses For Against Diff. Points Position
Premier League 13 1 5 73 38 35 40 3rd
Reserves 8 1 10 44 54 -10 25 9th

Pennant & Metro

Tom Hogan led Pennant A in what was a challenging season with the team finishing 1 point clear of relegation after a late season surge of results. Pennant C after some early season challenges, Josh Walsh and Kyle Lewis stepped up to lead the team to 2nd position, promotion and runners up! Pennant D led by Adrian Randall a solid year finishing 5th and narrowly missing finals. Pennant E headed up by John Shearer and a number of returning players to the club had an excellent season capped off with a premiership. Our mainstays of Metro 1 doing what they do best and winning another premiership. And the team which was most hard done by for the year Metro B headed up by Alex Fensome narrowly missing finals but doing a great job giving some of our freshly out of juniors a pathway to seniors. In hindsight the 8th team hastily entered for the year meant that the men’s section was stretched every week to fill our teams fully. A review will be required on what the ideal number of teams and structure for the men’s section is for 2023.

Team Wins Draws Losses For Against Diff. Points Position
Pennant A 5 3 10 34 46 -12 18 7th
Pennant C 12 1 3 33 16 17 37 2nd
Pennant D 8 1 8 53 43 10 25 5th
Pennant E 15 0 3 98 26 72 45 1st
Metro A 16 0 0 96 11 85 48 1st
Metro B 10 0 8 49 47 2 30 5th

Thank you to the many people who contributed big or small when it comes to the administration, support of our teams. David Braiden, Phylicia Taylor, Karen Johnstone, Dave Sanders, Graeme Veitch, Scott Walters, Nick Gill, Hernie Isorena, Haydn Shaw, Ryan Hopkins, Wayne D’Souza, Tung Le, Anthony Santoro, Alex Fensome and all of the FHC Board Members. All contributed positively to the mens section throughout the year. Without a doubt I have missed many people that have also helped out through the year. Anyone who offered their time to help the mens section run, thank you!

Thanks to Heather Shaw for the after match meals for our PL/PLR teams and exceptional service of schnitzels for Thursday training throughout the year along with the guys that jumped in behind the bar to help out.

A big shout out to all of the members who willingly and happily doubled up for many weeks throughout the year. With some playing up to 27 games for the season due to double ups or playing across multiple teams to help out where needed, we can’t thank you enough.

I would like to acknowledge Harry Zachariou again who played his 500th (and final) club game on what was a very special day.

Along with a number of significant games played milestones that were achieved for the year.

300 – Paul Duffy

500 – Andrew Shand and Harry Zac 600 – Wayne D’souza

700 – Rodney Johnstone

2023 – The Year Ahead

Into 2023 we are looking forward to welcoming a new Men’s Director to the position and we are currently undergoing the process to appoint coaches throughout the grades. There’s no reason why all of our teams from 2022 can’t improve into 2023.

With the lighting issues now resolved on BSF we are looking forward to getting back into a routine where all of our teams have full pitch access for training and hope to see increased numbers to preseason and throughout the season.

If you have any thoughts, ideas or the time to help make the mens section even better, please put your hand up or offer your help. The more people that contribute and help out the better our club will be.

Andrew Wiseman/Simon Borger Chairman of Selectors/Men’s Director



Season 2022 has really been my first proper season as Junior Director. It has been a really interesting year, and losing the last two years of hockey has really been on show across all of our grades.

We’ve had kids start full field Under 14 Shield with only 10 games of Under 12’s under their belt from last year.. We’ve had to re-learn our basic skills, right the way down to how our Under 8 and Under 10 programs are structured. We have been trying to balance Premier League club expectations, with learning how to play hockey again – and really – learning how to be around people again!

But I truly mean it when I say that watching the kids play on the weekends is one of my most favorite parts of this job. And you can see the improvement across all of the age groups.

The Come and Try program stated the year of strong, as Nicole says every year “It was our biggest year yet”

We have had a huge year of rep hockey with solid numbers of athletes selected in the Hockey Victoria Academy programs. We have had wonderful representation across Hockey Victoria teams and School Sports Victoria teams.

To start us off, Angus Lee has been selected in the Under 16 Boys Hockey Club Melbourne team.

Evelyn Boyle selected for the Under 16 SSV team with Angus selected as an emergency for the boys.

We had 7 athletes selected for the U15 nationals, Zoe Brown, Jaime Lam, Renee Mcalinden, Angus Le, Lachlan Toussaint, Sebastian Dabner and Jye Walters.

6 young athletes were selected in the 12 and Under School Sports Victoria team – Freya Hudson, Sage Toussaint, Hannah Mannix, Adi Sanders and Max Dolance with Emmy Wynn as an Emergency for the girls.

We had 7 athletes who have been selected for the Under 13 nationals – Ruby Gorton, Zoey Sykes, Jack Tamblyn, Renee Brown, Audrey Boyle, Charlie Hill and CJ Wickson.

The following athletes have been selected in the Victorian State Indoor teams who will compete in Queensland in 2023 – Angus Lee, Lachlan Toussaint, Ruby Gorton & Zoey Sykes with Jaime Lam as an emergency.

We had almost record numbers selected in Wildcats teams for the State Championships, 45 FHC athletes – and I am super keen to build on that next year.

The year wrapped up with 4 of our teams making finals and one narrowly missing out on goal difference.

Shoot outs were our enemy this year and I think all coaches have them at the front of their minds for next season!

U12 girls made it to the big dance and were toe to toe with Brunswick all game, only going down in sudden death shootouts. A huge effort and such wonderful composure from a team of athletes that range from 10 to 12 years old, lots of which are in their first year of full field hockey.

The year has ended with the introduction of the Western Elite Hockey Academy. Many thanks to Andrew Boyle, Dan Mitchell and all the coaches who have come together to improve our elite junior’s skills and game play!


Finally many thanks to:

  • The FHC board
  • The amazing Junior Coaches – the kids all adore you.
  • The two people with the biggest workload, my Under 8 coordinator Erin and the Under 10 coordinator Kylie.
  • The wonderful Team Managers
  • The umpires that I beg every week and to my permanent umpires who followed their teams around the city for games
    • Charlie Keating
    • Ned Graham
    • Hunnar Sandhu
    • Elliott Thompson
    • Nikita Dhar
  • Sally for her work in the canteen and Russ Wickson for just saying yes on a Thursday night when I can’t be there.
  • Absolutely everyone who I have tapped on the shoulder this year

And finally to my husband Dave and my daughter Adi, who just nod and smile and don’t question my late training nights, endless board meetings, phone calls or late Friday nights when I get caught up watching games.

Mel Sanders Juniors Director


We had 6 teams on the park this year with the fantastic addition of a Women’s 45s side. A big thanks to Nicole Virtuoso for her work behind the scenes in helping to get this team off the ground.

It was a very successful season for our Masters’ section this year with two Grand Final appearances resulting in one Premiership and one Runner-up – so there’s lots to celebrate and be proud of.

Many thanks and gratitude to all the team managers and captains this year – Tony Grey & Raj Patel (45 Mens), Jo Torr (45 Women), Fabienne Parker (35B Women), Guilia Wiseman (35A Women), Heather Shaw (60s Men) and Greg Hopkins (50B Men).

Again a big thanks to Nicole Virtuoso for her support throughout the season. A big thanks also to the other Board members for their work this year – they are an amazingly committed, hard-working and generous group and we should all be very thankful for the visible and invisible work that they do to.

Thanks to the one and only Sam Cutrale for coordinating Masters games umpiring on Monday and Wednesday nights at FHC – we appreciate all of the work Sam does behind the scenes to ensure that we have good umps on the pitch, especially during the cold, wet months.

Men’s 60s

It was an up and down season for the 60s, despite having a coach. This team certainly knows how to turn on the after-game feast – Heather’s sandwiches are famous and the 50s guys appreciated them too. They had a mixed bag of a season with 7 wins, 4 draws, 6 losses and a forfeit leaving them in fifth place and missed the 4 by a game.

Men’s 50Bs – PREMIERS

This team had an extraordinary season which was the culmination of 2+ years build up over two COVID interrupted seasons. We were undefeated across two seasons, took out the minor Premiership and won the Grand Final convincingly against Yarra 4-1. Key to their success was a committed group of 20 guys who contributed to this team’s success in 2021 and this year. Here’s to the challenges they will face in A Grade in 2023. Special mention to their goalie, Steve Ferry, who also kept for the Men’s 45s during the season and played two games a week for the whole season.

Women’s 45s – RUNNER-UP

What a season this team had – 8 wins, 7 losses and 3 draws – they crept into the 4 by winning the last game of the season and had the team above them lose their last game. They then won a place in the GF by beating Razorbacks 1-0 after they didn’t concede a PC all game, put 11 players behind the ball and didn’t let the opposition score – an amazing and exciting season for this team.

Men’s 45C

This team finished 8th in a season characterised by inconsistencies. One week they were knocking off the top team on the road, the next they were losing to the bottom team at home – 5 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses.

Here’s to a better season in 2023 with an injection of some youth and some consistency across the season. Big thanks to Raj and Tony for managing the team and maintaining a healthy team morale, reflected in the end of season team dinner.

Women’s 35A

These ladies have been our most consistent Masters’ team for the last 6 years in a row and they had a pretty solid season again in a very tough competition. Fair to say that this team punches well above its weight. Finished 5th again (same as 2017, 2018 and 2019) with 6 wins, 9 losses and 1 draw. Narrowly missed playing finals…again. Thanks to Guilia Wiseman for managing and looking after the side.

Women’s 35B – new team in 2022

This team was a new Masters team for us and they enjoyed a tough but enjoyable debut season. Finished 5th with 7 wins, 9 losses and 2 draws – looking forward to seeing this team improve next year. Thanks to Fabienne for her management and organisation through the year.

Representative Teams

Congratulations to the following players on their recent selection in the Australian squads for 2023:

  • Maz Stonehouse (O40)
  • Teri Burke (O50 train on)
  • Nigel Toussaint (O45 Vice Captain)
  • Greg Robertson (O45)
  • Phil Frost (O60 Captain)
  • Neil Coster (O70)

Congratulations to the following FHC Masters players who represented Victoria in 2022:


Men O40 Div 1

–          Alex Grosz

–          Mark Wiseman

–          Thom Hogan

Men O45 Div 1

–          Nigel Toussaint

–          Greg Robertson


Men O50Div 1

–          Geoff Peacock


Men O55 Div 1

–          Greg Hopkins

–          Phil Frost

–          Manager – Heather Shaw

Men O60 Div 2

–          David Fitzgerald


Men O65 Div 1

–          Geoff Lewis

–          Ian Sheppard


Men O65 Div 2

–          Ron Shadbolt

Men O70

–          Neil Coster

Men O75

–          David Sinclair

Women 35s

–          Maz Stonehouse

Women 45s

–          Chris Henderson (Team Manager)


–          Teri Burke

A big congratulations to Nigel Toussaint who represented Australia and brought home a silver medal at the World Cup this year in Nottingham. Well done to all of those players – it certainly should make us proud that we have such amazing representation at a state and national level.

Damien Toussiant

Masters Director



We finally got our first full season in the canteen since the renovation.This has helped us to streamline processes such as our new Square register which makes it easier for volunteers to find items compared to our old cash register. It also helps with the back-end administration which has also be streamlined.

Thanks to all those who volunteered this year with guidance from Sally (Canteen Manager) we were able to keep the canteen humming. This year we hosted a number HV & school tournaments and had a number of large weekends such as Naidoc Day which has helped the canteen be more profitable than expected.

Thanks to all those that volunteered in the canteen throughout the year especially Graeme Veitch, Stevie Carew, Mel & Dave Sanders, JA, Heather Shaw and RJ who helped out numerous times during our tournaments which was greatly appreciated.

This year was the hardest year to get people to volunteer without weekly reminders which I have never had to do from round 1, it would usually be around mid-season before reminders were required. Every year once you tick the box to complete your canteen duty you automatically receive a $100 discount on your fees. We have some players who pay the $100 extra upfront as Canteen opt-out so they are not required to do their duty, people who complete their duty, and then those that tick a box and then don’t do their duty and still get $100 discount on fees – which is probably not fair to all players.

To ensure that we are fair to all members right across the Club we will be bringing in a Canteen Levy which has been reduced to $50 and will be applied to all players, from U12 to Masters. This Levy will be refunded once a players canteen duty has been completed. There will be some exceptions for those who already contribute to a role in the club.

Hockey HQ

A big thanks to Jenny Hilton, Bec Thompson & Merryn Brown for helping keep HQ opened on training nights in 2022. Also thanks to Jenny & Mel Sanders for helping out during tournaments when required. We couldn’t have done it without you.

With the help of Bec Thompson we are looking at an online option for 2023 uniform pre – orders. Once setup is finalised a link will be available via our website and will be sent out our members to place orders.

As 2024 will be our 90th year we are looking at the possibility of updating our on-field uniform. We will be looking for volunteers to form a subcommittee so If you would like to be part of the process, please email

This year the Retail section was able to produce an $85.5k profit. All funds raised by the Retail section go to covering the costs of running our club / teams which therefore helps keep the cost of our fees down – bring on 2023.

Karen Johnstone Retail Director


Special thanks to my predecessor, Neil Coster for all of his time and effort in driving the club forward for many years (decades) and positioning us as one of the top Hockey Facilities in the Country and certainly the best in Victoria.

2022 saw the return to a full year of hockey for the FHC Complex including a wide range of HV Competitions in Summer and Winter, JCC Tournaments, JSC Tournaments, State Schools Victoria Trials and Training, Hockey Club Melbourne Development Trials, Hockey Victoria High Performance Training for Juniors through to Masters, as well as some fantastic events in Pride Round, Naidoc Round and Diversity & Inclusion programs.

We managed to navigate this pretty well overall despite some challenges from our local power supplier in Jemena meaning we had training sessions running late into the night and suffered one major power outage during some Junior Finals matches which despite being embarrassing at the time, was in no way a blight on FHC’s efforts to accommodate Hockey throughout the year working to a lighting plan with our neighbouring clubs.

We have continued with some key projects further enhancing the club presentation, accessibility and usage with the following completed or due for completion by the end of 2022 –

Watering system – Council have approved expenditure and Thinkwater have been booked for December 2022 on ASF

ASF Ground to be Cleaned and Groomed once ThinkWater have completed works (ASF will be the BEST Water Based Ground outside of SNHC in Melbourne

Jemena finally upgraded the power supply to McIvor Reserve with FHC doing the lion’s share of the heavy lifting, negotiating and influencing

Lighting issues to be rectified with replacement globes through Council in December 2022

Signage – Proposal to install signage options to the front of FHC wall

Car park restoration to be completed by the Westgate Tunnel Project in December 2022 / January 2023

Waste Management – Maribyrnong Council supplied 10 Waste Bins for Weekly Collection – FHC requested 10 more due to traffic and usage and is currently negotiating

Security – alarm installed to club rooms with Security Camera’s coming to support

High Performance Camera Project – currently in progress to elevate FHC to the clear number 1 Club Hockey Facility in Victoria and “GO-TO” Centre of Excellence for HV when the SNHC is unavailable

Thanks to all members who have supported in our efforts to maintain a great facility and in particular to Graeme Veitch and Dave Sanders for their selfless clean-up work around the club.

Andrew Boyle Grounds/Bookings Director


As you would all agree, it was great to get back to a full playing season of Hockey, and the energy generated around our Hockey Centre only fueled my enthusiasm to get the best out of our club.

After a couple of dormant years, it was a pleasure to ensure the honour boards were updated, to honour those deserving individuals on their achievements.

At the time of writing, the BSF team dugouts and technical bench, were due to be handed over to the club, but a final check by FHC pointed out that a few items were incomplete, thus creating another delay after a frustrating three year process. Hold ups due to Covid, lack of interest from contractors forcing the project to be re-tendered, and spiralling material costs, have all hampered progress on this project. We look forward to finally enjoying these dugouts and to fully utilise the additional storage areas that they bring after Christmas.

We are working closely with the Maribyrnong City Council, to ensure our future needs are met and opportunities are explored and supported when Grant opportunities arise.

Upcoming capital works will see the northern and western perimeter fencing being upgraded to align with the new fencing around BSF.

We have also just recently met with Council to view the preliminary drawings for the ceiling, lighting and carpet upgrade for our social area. We have passed on a few suggestions that will give us more flexibility with our internal lighting. This project is expected to begin late Jan./early Feb.

On the subject of lights, Council has sourced funding to develop designs for the upgrade of LED lighting across all three of our pitches. Upon receiving the new lighting designs, cost plans will be developed and discussions regarding funding sources will take place once an understanding of cost is obtained. History shows that it will take some time for implementation, but we are encouraged that our future needs are being supported by Council.

We also look forward to supporting the Council’s Master Plan for McIvor Reserve, which will give us improved carpark lighting, new dugouts/tech bench, storage area, and seating for ASF,

and revised landscaping around grounds to protect the playing surfaces from foliage and root damage.

I sincerely thank the Grants Sub Committee for their efforts the year. In particular, I would like to thank Melissa Morton on her tireless work on her successful Grant submissions and Brietta Keel, for her continual support.

With a lot of competition to source funding from local and state government authorities, we have had mixed success for our efforts. Funding was approved for Mental Health and Wellbeing Training early in the year and we look forward to utilising funding received to initiate a program to run inclusive, fun clinics in local schools to encourage young schoolgirls into Hockey. We look forward to shortly announcing details of major Grant success, which will strengthen our ties with the local indigenous community on the back of our success with the NAIDOC events run.

From a player/team’s planning perspective, the work of all section Directors cannot be underestimated, as we continued to expand our team numbers, despite the general trend amongst HV that numbers are declining. The success of the ‘Come and Try’ sessions and the buzz and excitement generated around the club by our youngest members, will serve us well into the future.

I thank Andrew Boyle and Mens Head Coach Daniel Mitchell for the implementation of our own WEHA (Western Elite Hockey Academy), which aims to develop our future elite players as well as providing valuable experience for our up and coming coaches.

Planning is well under way for our Womens, Mens and Junior programs for 2023, and we look forward to ensuring that all sections have all the resources available to develop and to have an enjoyable and successful year.

Lastly, thank you to all the 2022 Board of Directors for your continual hard work in ensuring we provide the best we can in representing the members of our Hockey Club.

Greg Hopkins

Planning and Performance Director


2022 was a successful year from a sponsorship point of view. The winter season was 100% completed and the funds raised were equal to the budget (with a $5,000 catch up payment from Club sponsors Compton Green). We managed to organise a 2021 Sponsors Day as well as the 2022 Sponsors Day with both days being well attended from both sponsors and VIPs.

We have five ongoing Club Sponsors (Hardimans / QUBE / Compton Green / Big5 Fitness and Dennis Family Homes) and the ability to add further businesses to that list with some further follow-up.

Hopefully the next Sponsorship Director can boost the endeavours needed to attract further sponsors and help the social committee to raise further funds from Club events. If you have a name of a business or can suggest someone to talk to about becoming a sponsor please let the new director know. If you want to join the Sponsorship team, please also make contact.

In late 2021 we introduced mobile app iSponsor for members to sign up. Members can then shop for anything either in-store or online via the app and each purchase can earn the Club sponsorship dollars. There are no extra costs in fact some great discounts are on offer via the iSponsor app from the many national brands and local shops on the app. If every member signed up and used it just once, we could raise several more thousand towards our clubs finances each year.

Rodney Johnstone Sponsorship Director


See separate Finance Booklet for details.





 19 November 2022

 Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Footscray Hockey Club Inc.

 Dear Member,

This notice is to advise you of the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the members of Footscray Hockey Club Inc. The details of this meeting are as follows:




Sunday, 11 December 2022




10:30am (arrive at 10am)




Footscray Hockey Club, Fogarty Ave, Yarraville VIC 3013

Join Teams Meeting:

Attached are:

  • Annexure A: The agenda for this meeting;
  • Annexure B: The minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting;
  • Annexure C: Draft amendments to Constitution;
  • Annexure D: Proxy form;
  • Annexure E: Nomination of director form; and
  • Annexure F: Directors Roles and

At the meeting, members will have the opportunity to:

  • find out about Footscray Hockey Club ’s operations and finances;
  • ask questions about the operations and finances of Footscray Hockey Club;
  • speak about any items on the agenda
  • nominate a member for life membership; and
  • vote on any resolutions

At the meeting, members will be asked to vote to:

  • elect directors;
  • accept the minutes of the last annual general meeting;
  • accept the annual report;
  • accept the auditor’s report;
  • accept the annual financial statements; and
  • appoint an

The following special resolution/s will be proposed at the annual general meeting:

  • That the current constitution of Footscray Hockey Club Inc. be amended to incorporate the changes set out in Annexure “C” and that the amended Constitution take effect at the conclusion of this Annual General Meeting.


Any member who is entitled to vote can nominate a proxy for the meeting. You can do so by completing the enclosed proxy form and returning it to the general secretary no later than 10:30am on Friday, 9 December 2022.

If you would like assistance with the form, please contact Melissa Morton (0430 013 255 or

Election of Directors

At the meeting each of the director’s positions will be declared vacant and then 2023 directors will be elected.

This year we are starting the transition into 3-year director terms. This transition will be completed over the next 3 years until all directors are on 3-year terms.

This change was introduced at the last AGM to assist with continuity and succession planning. It is important that knowledge can be passed on to new Board members and 3- year terms will facilitate this process.

Directors can resign prior to the end of their 3-year term in the event their personal circumstances change, and they are no longer able to meet the requirements of the role.

Accordingly at this meeting, the following positions will be elected for a period of 3 years:

  1. Women’s Director
  2. Master’s Director
  3. Retail Operations Director
  4. Planning and Performance Director

The rest of the board positions will be elected for a period of 1 year.

If you would like to become a director of FHC, you are able to nominate for any of the positions. The position descriptions are available in Annexure F to this document.

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact any board member and they will be happy to discuss it with you.

You can nominate by completing the attached form E and arranging for it to be signed by another member.

The table below sets out the board positions, who was director in 2022 and who’s nominations have been received to date.

Position 2022 Director 2023 Nominating (term)
Treasurer Nick Gill (1 year)
Secretary Melissa Morton (1 year)
Retail Operations Karen Johnstone Karen Johnstone    (3 years)
Sponsorship Rodney Johnstone (1 year)
Grounds Andrew Boyle Andrew Boyle           (1 year)
Planning and Performance Greg Hopkins Greg Hopkins          (3 years)
Womens Nicole Virtuoso Nicole Virtuoso        (3 years)
Mens Simon Borger Colin Keating             (1 year)
Juniors Mel Sanders Mel Sanders              (1 year)
Masters Damien Toussaint Damien Toussaint  (3 years)

Life Membership

This year also marks the beginning of a new life membership process. At the AGM, members will be able to nominate a member for Life Membership. Which will be considered by the Life Membership Committee during 2023.

Nominations for Life Membership can also be provided throughout the year, with recipients to be announced at our next AGM.

The Annual Report will be sent out separately in advance of the meeting. The 2023 Budget including 2022 financials will be available for review at the meeting.

Regards, Melissa Morton Secretary

Annexure A

Agenda for the Annual General Meeting of Footscray Hockey Club Inc.




Sunday 11 December 2022








Footscray Hockey Club, Fogarty Ave, Yarraville VIC 3013 Join Teams Meeting:

The agenda for the Annual General Meeting is as follows:










Welcome and introductions






Acknowledgement of Country












Acceptance of minutes of previous annual general meeting






2022 Snapshot






Director’s reports






Questions to directors







Proposed resolutions




Proposed resolution


Moved by


Special Resolution: That the current constitution of Footscray Hockey Club Inc. be amended to incorporate the changes set out in Annexure “C” and that the amended Constitution take effect at the conclusion of this Annual General Meeting.




Melissa Morton




Acceptance of financial statements






Acceptance of annual report






Appointment of and questions to the auditor






Election of directors:


12.1  Treasurer (1 year)


12.2  Secretary (1 year)


12.3  Retail Operations (3 years)


12.4  Sponsorship (1 year)


12.5  Grounds (1 year)


12.6  Planning and Performance (3 years)


12.7  Womens (3 years)


12.8  Mens (1 year)


12.9  Juniors (1 year)


12.10  Masters (3 years)


Returning officer





Nominations for:


13.1 Life Members






General Business






Meeting close



Annexure B

Footscray Hockey Club Inc.

Minutes of 88th Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 19th February 2022 at the McIvor Reserve Pavilion

Meeting Commenced at 10.30am

  1. Welcome & Members Present
Present: 63 members present


2. Apologies: John Traill, Carol Burt, Scott Shaw, Haydn Shaw, Jake Brady and David Gorton


  1. Minutes of previous Annual General Meeting

The minutes of the previous AGM were circulated for approval.

Moved that the previous minutes be accepted: Mel Sanders – Seconder: Harry Zachariou

  1. 2021 Snapshot and presentation of
  • Challenging year with break in the middle of the
  • Celebration of Day on the Fields and lifes of Alby and Brendan
  • Comiserations to family of Karen Veitch for her passing
  • Completion of BSF and renaming of ASF
  • Pavilion defects completed but some further works to be completed
  • Congratulate Neil Coster for being made HV Life Member
  • HV Community Club of the Year
  • Congratulate Alex on work being done in womens
  • Thank Tim Strapp for work with mens for 12 months
  • Welcome to Daniel Mitchell as PL coach
  • Hosted Junior Country Championship and NAIDOC Family Day
  • Introduction of app called ISponsor
  • Number of State Representatives through juniors, seniors and masters
  • Few things we’re working on:
    • Watering system on ASF
    • McIvor reserve power issue (resolved in next month)
    • Fencing to be completed around the entire of FHC
    • Dugouts on BSF to be completed (out for tender currently)
    • Dugouts on ASF to be replaced with same as BSF
    • Leaning tower next to BSF to be fixed
    • Concrete next to BSF to be replaced


Harry Zac: Any plan to modify fencing to allow access from one side of the field to the other (ASF and BSF)? Chris Henderson: Issue with safety for tech officials

RJ: We will work with Council to increase security and to allow access

Rick Wiseman: is there anything going to be in place to prevent the tree debris falling onto ASF? RJ: Need to liaise with Council to have trees removed. Work in progress


  1. Awarded by Mel Sanders: Ron Smalley Memorial Award – Most Promising Junior Umpire – Zac Wickson
  2. Awarded by Tayla Wilmot: Junior Female Club Champion – Maddie Bezzobs
  3. Awarded by Les MacAlinden: Junior Male Club Champion – Adrian MacAlinden

Adrian gave a thank you speech

RJ: congratulations to Mel for a successful year in juniors

  1. Directors Reports: As per written reports

President – as read

Vice President – as read

Secretary – as read & thank you to volunteers and reminder about stand out cup

Women’s Director – as read – thank you to coaches, players and volunteers

Mens Director – as read thank you to helpers

Junior Director – as read

Masters Director – as read and thanks to Nicole for support in women’s teams – acknowledge Sam Cutrale and Kevin Protheroe for their umpiring help

Retail Operations – as read and just a reminder for volunteers for stand out cup & other tournaments for canteen & Hockey HQ. Thank you to Volunteers and Board for the year. Specific acknowledgement for 3 HQ volunteers & Mel for HQ on JCC in 2021

Grounds & Pavilion – as read

RJ: acknowledgment of Neil Coster for his considerable contribution to the Club – retiring from Board at this AGM.

Planning and Performance – tree issue note in masterplan

Sponsorship – 2 sponsors day this year (one for 2021 and one for 2022) First is on 9th of April Moved that the previous minutes be accepted: (Proposer –, Seconded –) – Carried.

  1. Financial Report: Nick Gill

Thank you to:

  • Members
  • John Traill
  • Cindy Poole
  • Karen Johnstone
  • Financial Statement 2021

Nick highlighted key elements of the Club’s financial performance through 2021, and then proposed that the report be accepted by the gathered membership.

It was subsequently “Moved that the 2021 Financial Statement be accepted” by Heather Shaw and Seconded Graeme Veitch – motion carried

  • Proposed 2022 Budget

Nick highlighted key elements of the Club’s recommended 2022 budget (1 Oct 2021 – 30 Sep 2022), reminder and then asked for questions from the gathered members

  • Fees for 2022 – Nick went through the proposed fees for 2022 (see attached reports)
  • Reminder about 30% discount code for members for 2022
  • Lynn Gale thank you to Nick for taking on treasurer role

Rodney proposed that the 2022 budget as recommended be considered for adoption by the membership.

Neil Coster moved “that the 2022 Budget & fee structure as presented be adopted (including the proposed fee structure)” Seconded Karen Johnstone. Carried.

Rodney proposed Annual Report be approved – Mel Sanders moved Harry Zac seconded

  1. Appointment of John Traill as auditor for 2022

Moved: Chris Henderson and Seconded by Lynn Gale

  1. Move that the new constitution be adopted in accordance with the Special

Moved by Melissa Morton, Seconder Julie Anne Sheehan – unanimously approved by members present.

  1. Election of Office Bearers

RJ expressed thanks to Andy Shand and Neil Coster for their efforts serving on the Board over the year – he will not be re-nominating.

All positions were declared vacant by the Chairman

6.1 Treasurer Nick Gill Lynn Gale Heather Shaw
6.2 Secretary Melissa Morton Harry Zachariou Tania Bezzobs
6.3 Retail Karen Johnstone Heather Shaw Ellen Druce
6.4 Sponsorship Rodney Johnstone Harry Zachariou Neil Coster
6.5 Grounds & Pavilion      
6.6 Planning & Performance Greg Hopkins Georgia Hopkins Julie-Anne Sheehan
6.7 Womens Nicole Virtuoso Mel Sanders Georgia Hopkins
6.8 Mens Simon Borger Liam Braithwaite Romani Kenworthy
6.9 Juniors Mel Sanders Nicole Virtuoso Harry Zachariou
6.10 Masters Damien Toussaint Mel Sanders Clive Quick


All elections carried. Grounds and Pavilion vacant and to be filled by board during year.

  1. Other Elections

Patron:                         Harry Zachariou             (Heather Shaw, Graeme Veitch, Carried. Harry Zachariou: thank you to board and looking forward to 2022.

Life Member: No life members nominated

  1. General Business:

JA: Thank you to the board for their work in 2021.

Kelly Harris: Thank you for making us feel welcome to the club.

Meeting Closed: 11:27am

Annexure C



Footscray Hockey Club Incorporated

Registration No: A0000173K

Adopted # 2022


In accordance with the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic)


    • Definitions

In this Constitution unless the contrary intention appears, these words shall have the following meanings:

  • Affiliate means a Hockey club or association (whether incorporated, unincorporated or otherwise) which is a member of Hockey Victoria.
  • Annual General Meeting means the meeting of Members held each year within 5 months of the end of the Financial Year.
  • Act means the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic).
  • Board means the body consisting of the Directors under Rule
  • By-Law means any by-law, regulation or policy made by the Board under Rule
  • Club means Footscray Hockey Club Incorporated, an association incorporated in accordance with the Act.
  • Delegate means the person elected or appointed from time to time by the Club to act for and on behalf of the Club in relation to Hockey Victoria and represent the Club at general meetings of Hockey Victoria or as may be otherwise required by Hockey
  • Director means a Member person elected under Rule 25 or Rule 3.
  • Financial Year means the twelve (12) month period commencing 1 October and ending 30 September in any year.
  • General Meeting means the annual or any special general meeting of Members of the Club.
  • Hockey means the sport of hockey and includes both field hockey and indoor
  • Hockey Australia means Hockey Australia Limited, being the national peak body for Hockey in Australia.
  • Hockey Victoria means Hockey Victoria Incorporated, being the peak body for Hockey in Victoria.
  • Intellectual Property means all rights or goodwill subsisting in copyright, business names, names, trademarks (or signs), logos, designs, patents or service marks (whether registered or registrable) relating to the Club or any event, competition or
  • Life Members; and
  • Honorary
  • Playing Members
  • A Playing Member is a Member of the Club who has attained the age of eighteen

(18) years.

  • A Playing Member shall be required to pay an annual subscription fee applicable to that class of Membership and such other fees, costs or levies as the Board may determine from time to time.
  • The Board may determine sub-classes of a Playing Member from time to
  • A Playing Member shall have the following rights:
  1. to attend and vote at all general meetings of the Club;
  2. to propose and/or second persons who wish to apply for Membership of the Club;
  • ii) to be elected to the Board; and
  1. iii) to use all facilities and the premises of the Club in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Constitution and the By-Laws.
  • Underage Playing Members
  • An Underage Playing Member is a Member who is yet to attain the age of eighteen

(18) years.

  • An Underage Playing Member is required to pay an annual subscription applicable to that class of membership and such other fees, costs or levies as the Board may determine from time to time.
  • An Underage Playing Membership shall confer have the following rights:
  1. to attend all general meetings of the Club; and
  2. to use all facilities and the premises of the Club in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Constitution and the By-Laws, subject to the requirements of the Liquor Act.
  • An Underage Playing Membership shall not have the right to:
  1. vote at a general meeting of the Club; or
  2. propose nor to second persons who wish to apply for Membership of the Club; or
  • ii) be elected to the Board of the
  • Social Members

  • A Social Member is a Member who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years but is not another class of Member.
  • A Social Member is required to pay an annual subscription applicable to that class of membership and such other fees, costs or levies as the Board may determine from time to time.
  • A Social Member shall have the following rights:
  1. to attend and vote at all general meetings of the Club;
  2. to use all facilities and the premises of the Club in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Constitution and the By-Laws; and
  • vote at a general meeting of the Club;
  1. iii) propose nor to second persons who wish to apply for Membership of the Club; and

  2. iv) be elected to the Board of the
  • Life Members

  • Any Member many nominate a Member to be considered for life membership in the prescribed form and submit the nomination to the Board or at the Annual General
  • On receiving the nomination in accordance with Rule 8(a), the life membership committee shall consider the nomination with reference to the following:
  1. the duration of their membership of the Club, which must be a minimum of 15 years;
  2. the exemplary service of the Member to the Club; and
  • any other matters the Board determines from time to
  • Once the life membership committee has reviewed the nomination in accordance with Rule 9.8 (b), they shall make a recommendation to the Board.
  • Once the recommendation of the life membership committee is received by the Board, the Board shall consider the nomination with reference to the recommendation and criteria set out in Rule 9.8 (b) (i) – (iii)
  • Subject to Rule 8(h), once considered, the Board may endorse, by Special Resolution75% majority of the Board, a nomination for life membership. That person’s life membership shall commence from the next Annual General Meeting.
  • In the event that the Board does not endorse a nomination for life membership, the Secretary must advise the Member and the person who nominated them of the
  • Any Member may make a written or oral submission in support of a Member being nominated for life membership to the Board within 6 weeks following the Annual General Meeting.
  • If the nomination for life membership is endorsed by the Bboard, the nominee shall be notified that they will become a life member commencing from the next Annual General Meeting.
  • A Life Member shall have the following rights:
  1. to attend and vote at all general meetings of the Club;
  2. to propose and/or second persons who wish to apply for Membership of the Club;
  • ii) to be elected to the Board; and
  1. iii) to use all facilities and the premises of the Club in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Constitution and the By-Laws (if any) of the Club.
  • Honorary Members

  • Parents or guardians of Underage Playing Members who are not otherwise Members will, unless otherwise resolved by the Board, be deemed to be Honorary Members of the Club while their child or children remain as Underage Playing Members; and
  • Players, officials and umpires of other clubs registered with Hockey Victoria, Hockey Australia, the Federation of International Hockey, any State Sporting Organisation or National Sporting Organisations, who shall have been competing against the Club at the Club’s sports ground and who are not otherwise eligible Members will, unless otherwise resolved by the Board, be deemed to be Honorary Members of the Club for the day of the competition only.
  • Subject to their compliance with the terms and conditions of this Constitution and the By-Laws, Honorary Membership shall confer the right to use all facilities and the premises of the Club.
  • Honorary Membership shall not confer the following rights, to:
  1. attend all general meetings of the Club;


  1. vote at a general meeting of the Club; or


  • propose nor to second persons who wish to apply for Membership of the Club; or







  1. iii) be elected to the Board of the


  • Creation of New Categories
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The Board has the right and power from time to time to create new categories of membership with such rights, privileges and obligations as are determined applicable (other than voting rights). No new category of membership created under this Rule

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9.10 may be granted voting rights. Where the Board has created a new category of membership under this Rule 9.10 it must notify the Members of the new category at the next Annual General Meeting.

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9.109.11          Minimum Number of Members

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The Club must have at least 5 Members.





  • The annual membership subscription, fees and any levies payable by Members to the Club, the basis of, the time for and manner of payment shall be as determined by the Board from time to time.


  • Any Member which or who has not paid all monies due and payable by that Member to the Club shall (subject to the Board’s discretion) have all rights under this Constitution immediately suspended from the expiry of the time prescribed for payment of those monies. Such rights will be suspended until such time as the monies are fully paid or otherwise in the Board’s discretion. In the meantime, the Member shall have no automatic right to resign from the Club, and shall be dealt with in the Board’s discretion, which includes the right to expel, suspend, disqualify, fine, discipline or retain that Member as a Member, or impose such other conditions or requirements as the Board considers appropriate.


    • Secretary to Keep Register

The Secretary shall keep and maintain a register of Members in which shall be entered such information as is required under the Act from time to time.

  • Inspection of Register


  • Having regard to privacy and confidentiality considerations, an extract of the register, excluding the address of any Member shall be available for inspection (but not copying) by Members, upon reasonable request.


  • The Club shall provide a copy of the register at a time and in a form acceptable to Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia and shall provide prompt and regular updates of the register to Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia upon request.









    • Grievance by a Member


  • The grievance procedure set out in this clause applies to disputes under this Constitution between a Member and:


  1. another Member;


  1. the Board; or


  • the


  • A member must not initiate a grievance procedure in relation to a matter that is the subject of a disciplinary procedure until the disciplinary procedure has been


  • The Member commencing the grievance procedure must notify the Secretary of their dispute in writing (Grievance Notice).


  • The Grievance Notice must:


  1. identify the party against whom the Grievance is being raised;


  1. the nature of the dispute;


  • what steps, if any, have been taken to resolve the dispute prior to commencing the grievance procedure; and


  1. any other matters which the Board may consider necessary from time to


  • The parties to the dispute must attempt to meet (which may, if agreed by the parties, take place by using any technology that allows the parties to communicate with each other clearly and simultaneously) and discuss the matter in dispute, and, if possible, resolve the dispute within fourteen days of the Grievance Notice being given to the


  • If the parties are unable to resolve the dispute within fourteen days, either party may refer the dispute to the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (Department of Justice) for resolution.


  • The Board may prescribe additional grievance procedures in the By-Laws consistent with this Rule 15.






  • An Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held in accordance with the provisions of the Act and this Constitution and on a date and at a venue to be determined by the Board.







  • has power to perform all such acts and things as appear to the Board to be essential for the proper management of the business and affairs of the Club; and


  1. the Board as the controlling authority of the Club shall be responsible for acting on all issues in accordance with the Objects and shall operate for the collective and mutual benefit of the Club and Hockey throughout Victoria.


    • Board Composition

The Board shall comprise at least six (6) Directors elected by the Members in accordance with Rule 25.


  • Chair and Deputy Chair

The positions of chair and deputy chair shall be appointed by the Board from amongst the Directors as soon as practicable after each Annual General Meeting. The appointees will hold the respective positions until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting following their appointment. A n Elected Director may be re- appointed to either position.


  • Portfolios

If the Board considers it appropriate, to further the Objects, it may allocate Directors to specific portfolios, with specific responsibilities, as determined in the discretion of the Board.


    • Qualifications for Directors


  • Nominees for Director positions on the Board must be over the age of eighteen (18) years, reside in Australia and meet the qualifications as prescribed from time to time by the Board and set out in the By-Laws.


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  • Nominees for Directors must be a Member but not an Honorary


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  • Nominees for Director positions on the Board must declare any position they hold in Hockey Victoria or Hockey Australia including as an office bearer, director or a paid


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  • Directors elected in accordance with Rule 2 or appointed in accordance with Rule

26.3 must be Members. If a Director elected in accordance with Rule 25.2 is not a member at the time of the Annual General Meeting, they are required to make an application for membership (in accordance with Rule 9.2) within 60 days of the Annual General Meeting.


  • In all elections Rule 4 must be observed.








  • becomes of unsound mind or a person whose person or estate is liable to be dealt with in any way under the law relating to mental health;


  1. resigns his office in writing to the Club;


  1. is absent without the consent of the Board from two consecutive meetings of the Board;


  1. holds any office of employment of the Club;


  • without the prior consent or later ratification of the Members in General Meeting holds any office of profit under the Club;


  • is directly or indirectly interested in any contract or proposed contract with the Association and fails to declare the nature of his interest;


  • fails to comply with their Duties under the Act;


xi)xii) would otherwise be prohibited from being a director of a corporation under the Corporations Act or is disqualified from office under the Act.


  • Removal of a Director


  • The Club in a General Meeting may by Special Resolution remove any Director before the expiration of their term of If a Director is removed in accordance with this Rule the office of the Director becomes vacant and shall be filled in accordance with the procedure set out in Rule 26.3.


  • Where the Director to whom a proposed resolution referred to in Rule 2(a) makes representations in writing to the Secretary and requests that such representations be notified to the Members, the Secretary may send a copy of the representations to each Member or, if they are not so sent, the Director may require that they be read out at the meeting, and the representations shall be so read.


  • Casual Vacancies


  • The Board may appoint an eligible member of the Club to fill a position as a Director on the Board where the position:


  1. has become vacant under Rule 1 or Rule 26.2; or


  1. was not filled by election at the last Annual General


  • A Director appointed in accordance with Rule 3 will hold office until the next Annual General Meeting.







  • No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall be employed in the


  • No payment or part payment to an Officer or Servant of the Club shall be made by way of commission or allowance from the receipts of the Club for the supply of


  • No liquor shall be sold or supplied for consumption elsewhere than on the Club premises unless the licence under the Liquor Act authorises the sale of liquor for consumption off the Club Any liquor so sold must be removed from the premises of the Club by the Member purchasing same.


  • No member or visitor shall be served with liquor except in accordance with the Club Licence held by the Club under the Liquor Act.


  • No person shall receive a greater profit, benefit or advantage from the Club than that received by every Member thereof other than a remuneration or honorarium as approved by the Board for work done by the Secretary, Treasurer or other Officer of the Club or salary or wages paid to employees.


  • The Club may, with the authority of the Board make application from time to time:


  1. for a Limited Licence to authorise the sale and disposal of liquor on occasions or in locations not authorised by the Club Licence;


  1. for an Extended Hours Permit to authorise the sale and disposal of liquor within the premises of the Club at times to which the hours authorised by the Club Licence do not ordinarily extend.


  • Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary contained in this Constitution while and as long as the Club is the holder of a Club Licence under the Liquor Act:


  1. the facilities of the Club shall be provided and maintained from the joint funds of the Club; and


  1. no person shall be entitled to receive nor shall receive a greater profit, benefit or advantage from the Club than that to which any member is entitled or