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)