Save the Date - 2016 Breakfast with the Stars

In 2016 Hockey Victoria will host Breakfast with the Stars as part of Women's Round.  Women's Round will run from May 5-12.

Breakfast with the Stars will be held on Friday 6th May, 7:30am-9:30am.

  • Theme: Preparing Teams for Success
  • Guest Speaker: Patricia Herbele (Olympian and ex Hockey Australia High Performance Director)
  • Olympic Panel: Lisa Carruthers (nee Powell), Katrina Powell and Andrew Smith
  • Venue: Aerial, South Wharf

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Women and Girls team entry numbers 2012 -2015

Women and Girls team entry numbers 2012 -2015

Hockey Victoria has devoted much time and resource over the past 3 ½ years to increase the participation of women & girls.  Strategies such as the introduction of U10 girls only competitions and educating clubs and parents about the benefits of Girls only competition has led to significant changes.  Other strategies employed by clubs include:

·        Mentor programs

·        Summer transition programs

·        More female coaches

·        Creating more inclusive and welcoming environments for women (e.g. cleaning up facilities, diverse boards, )

·        Appointing Club Inclusion Ambassadors

·        Recognising the contribution of all women & girls during Women’s Round





U10 Girls



U12 Girls

7 teams (2013)


U14 Girls



U16 Girls



Senior Women



Master Women



 * U12 Girls data is from 2013 when the age was changes from U13 Girls


Women's Round Wrap Up 2015

Hockey Victoria celebrated Women’s round from Friday the 8th to Wednesday 13th of May. During this round Clubs celebrated the achievements of women & girls throughout the hockey community.

This year’s round kicked off in spectacular fashion with a very successful Women and Girls breakfast.  Two-hundred and twenty two (222) people attended the event. The breakfast was held at the wonderful Ariel (South Wharf) which is situated on the water, with spectacular city views and great food. This year’s guest speaker, Senator Nova Peris OAM had an amazing story to share with the attendees. Her story is one of inspiration, persistence, making the most of your opportunities and highlighted the need to “dare to dream”. Her story left many people in the room speechless, and thinking about their own lives.

Hockey Victoria would like to thank all those who bought tables to attend the breakfast.  These Clubs include Camberwell (2), Essendon Ladies (2), Doncaster (1 1/2), Altona (1), Greater Dandenong Warriors (1), Greensborough (1), Power House St. Kilda (1), La Trobe University(1), Southern United (1) and Bayside (1). Special thanks must go to Bialik College and Tandem Building (2) who bought along students and staff to share in this special occasion.  Finally thanks to all the individuals who attended the event.

Hockey Victoria also would like to take this opportunity to thank Leigh, Nicole and the whole team at Food and Desire for the amazing venue and breakfast. If you loved the venue and food and are looking for a venue for your clubs next function or presentation night, check it out, and make sure you mention you’re with Hockey Victoria when you book. The owner Leigh is a hockey parent and he and his team will take great care of you.

The celebrations continued over the next 5 days, with a large number of clubs from all across the State turning their clubs Pink to celebrate Women’s round. It has been fantastic to see the number of clubs taking part in the round this year, from university clubs, to big metro clubs to small country clubs. We’ve seen pink club logos, banners, the Pink Socks, head bands, junior mascots running on to the field with the senior hero’s, local MP’s and councils invited to toss coins  and afternoon teas galore to name just a few things.

The round also saw medals given out in Women Premier League(WPL),   WPL Reserves, Vic League 1 (VL1) and VL1 Reserves for the most valuable player during the women’s round matches (A list of the winners can be found at the end of this article).

Hockey Victoria would like to thanks all the clubs who took part in the celebrations throughout women’s round and thank them for their ongoing support for the Women and Girls initiatives. We look forward to the continued growth of this round in the future.

Hockey Victoria would like to congratulate the following players on being voted Most Valuable Player for their respective teams and match during Women’s round 2015.

PL and PLR Matches

Footscray vs. Hawthorn - Claire Messent

Mentone vs. ELHC – Emily Seccull and Jo Francis

Doncaster vs. KEW – Meg Pearce and Sami Pikia

TEM VS. Waverly – Chris Gaven

Camberwell vs. MCC – Sarah Forsyth and Dee Jennings

Altona vs. Greensborough –

VL and VL1 Matches

Yarra Valley vs. Greater Dandenong Warriors - Jamie McKenzie and Pili Caivano

LaTrobe University vs. Melbourne University - Sioban Moran and Georgia Mutton

Monash University vs. Powerhouse - Therese McArthur and Lucy Fogarty

Brunswick vs. Hockey Geelong – Keira Offer and Alison O’Reilly

SUHC vs. Knox -

Mornington Peninsular vs. CV Blazers – Courtney Taylor

(Please note that all clubs who hosted games have been asked to provide the names of the medal winners, where there is only one name or non-names clubs have not notified Hockey Victoria of the winners)



Women and Girls Programs 2015

In 2015 Hockey Victoria aims to continue to work towards;

  • Increasing participation and development opportunities for all women and girls in hockey (both on and off the field);
  • Creating safe, inclusive and welcoming environments for women & girls in hockey.

Events and programs that will run in 2015:

Female Coaching Scholarship

Female Umpiring Scholarships

Women’s only coaching course

Women’s only umpiring course

U10 Girls Carnival (March 2015)

U10 Girls only half field competition

Girls Hockey/Cricket clinic (5-12 yr olds) March 2015

Women’s Round – Friday 8th May – Wednesday 13th 2015

Women & Girls breakfast – Friday 8th May 2015

Mentor program for tier 5 VIS female athletes

Pilot Clubs – Developing strategies to achieve overall project goal.  Clubs involved include: Waverley, Melton, Southern United, Camberwell, La Trobe Uni, Brunswick, TEM

Women’s Hockey Network

Women’s Awards – female Club administrator, female coach, female official

Professional development for females

Inclusive Club workshops

Member Protection Information Officer training


Sports Medicine Australia - Women's Fact Sheets

Victorian women of all ages now have access to the latest exercise, health and nutrition research and advice thanks to a series of factsheets designed to give women the right information to make the right choices at different stages of their lives. The Active Women in Sport factsheet series, developed by Sports Medicine Australia – Victoria, provides advice on topics ranging from nutrition and bone health for active women, to exercise during pregnancy to exercising at a young and older age.


TEM Hockey Clinic for over 100 Yr 6 Girls

Another great story from a local hockey club, TEM Hockey Club did a clinic with over 100 Girls.

On Monday, 13th October TEM Hockey Club (on H1 & H2) were inundated with over 100  Yr 6 girls from Lauriston, Fintona & Ruyton – what a great sight to have so many young girls getting a chance to participate in this great sport.

The day started with a half hour warm up and introduction to hockey, followed by one hour of various skills (six stations set up over the two fields) – the girls seemed to enjoy having different coaches at each station and different drills.  We took a 20 minute break and then went into 7 a side matches across the field for the next 1 ½ hours (two games on each field).  The day finished up around 1pm.

As you can see from the attached photo, a great day was had by all – we look forward to being involved again next year. 


Women's Awards 2014

Women's Awards 2014

Coach of the Year - Female

Winner - Alana McQueen, Greensborough Hockey Club

Alana McQueen began her coaching career at Greensborough Hockey Club in 2013 coaching a junior team during the winter season and in the Club’s Development Program over summer. On top of this commitment Alana gained experience by being assistant coach for the Under 14 Girls Red Devils team during the 2013 Zone Challenge.

In 2014, Alana places more time and energy into her coaching; once again coaching two junior sides at Greensborough and also holding a Hockey Victoria Women & Girls Coaching Scholarship. Since being involved in the program, Alana has been actively coaching in representative hockey including Head Coach of the Under 15 Girls Red Devils team and was also appointed as an Apprentice Coach of the Under 15 Girls State Team. Due to certain circumstances, Alana was elevated to Assistant Coach and then to Head Coach just before this tournament.

Over the year, Alana has shown a huge wiliness to learn and has developed her confidence in sharing her ideas with fellow players and coaches. This has helped Alana develop her skills allowing her to take on greater responsibly in her coaching as well as balancing a working, studying and playing life. Alana is a role model to all young players and coaches and well deserves the accolade of Female Community Coach of the Year.


Finalist – Gabrielle Hutchins, Demons Hockey Club (Glenelg Region Hockey Association)

Finalist – Penny Croucamp, Box Hill Whitehorse Hockey Club


Administrator of the Year - Female

Winner – Brenda Boucher, Mentone Hockey Club

Brenda Boucher has worked tirelessly for the Mentone Hockey Club in a range of capacities over an extended period of time, including multiple years as Club President.  Her dedication to the role of Treasurer has put the Club on a very sound financial footing and has enabled the retirement of a substantial amount of debt and has greatly assisted with future financial planning for the club.


Brenda also manages the Women’s Premier League team and is constantly at the club during training, social events and any working bees. Brenda is acknowledged as one of the hardest working members of the Mentone Hockey Club and as such is the perfect recipient for the Female Administrator of the Year Award.


Finalist – Anna Jennings, Southern United Hockey Club

Finalist – Andrea Snow, Doncaster Hockey Club

Elaine Dunk Award – Female Umpire of the Year

Janelle Bond



Women’s Round Wrap 2014

Hockey Victoria celebrated Women’s Round from June 20 – 29.  During this round Women & Girls celebrated women in hockey in a number of ways.  Some chose to attend Hockey Victoria’s Women & Girls Breakfast that was held at the Carousel at Albert Park Lake.  One hundred and seventy-six people attended the breakfast to hear Leigh Russel and Loren Bartley speak.  It was a great professional development opportunity for everyone and by all accounts was enjoyed by many.

Others were involved in the U10 Girls only carnival.  Twenty-one teams of U10 girls participated across three venues in a Girls Carnival that was hosted by the VIPERS.  The girls enjoyed skills clinics with the VIPERS and playing lots of games of quarter field hockey with other girls.  The feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive.  Girls from the Gippsland region joined girls from the metro region in a fun filled morning.

Others chose to celebrate Women’s Round with club activities.  Thanks to all those clubs that celebrated Women’s Round this year.  It was wonderful to hear that many of our country affiliates joined in the celebrations this year.  A number of clubs got into the spirit by wearing pink socks, pink headbands, making banners for junior mascots to run through, invited local MP’s down to toss coins, engaging the services of masseurs for the women, afternoon teas with a pink theme, recruiting the local childcare worker to look after the kids, serving up a pancake breakfast and presenting “Most Valuable Player” medals.  Even our Premier League umpires joined in the celebrations by wearing pink polo shirts on the day.

It was also wonderful to see that many clubs chose to use this round to raise money for different charities.  WestVic asked for a gold coin entry donation of which they raised money for Women’s Health Grampians.  Box Hill Whitehorse HC raised $1200 for cancer research.  Melbourne Uni HC used the round to support the White Ribbon campaign which aims to stop violence against women.  The Club raised $1000 for the White Ribbon campaign and its important work in primary prevention. Melton HC raised money for Breast cancer research.  Brunswick HC chose to support a local children’s charity.


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