To all current and new Waverley Blues Players - Happy New Footy Year!!
I trust this message finds you all well and refreshed over the holiday period.  We are looking forward to sharing an outstanding 2019 at the Waverley Blues.
*  Sorry for the long message but important to get you all this info now to plan your yourself and commit into the pre-season

We have implemented a great coaching structure to guide the players individually and the team as a whole.  The senior Waverley Blues club work all together - our U19 and Women's teams are an important extension of our senior club and accordingly we train, prepare and represent our club as a whole on match days.
We are very pleased to have Marc Luxa as our U19 coach for 2019 & beyond.  Marc has a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for Waverley Blues being a life member, and having a football resume which would see him as THE most qualified U19 development coach in the EFL.  Marc joins Head Coach Bryce McGain, Senior Assistant Craig Lovett, Development Team coach Chris Hale and assistants Adam McConaghy & Paul McNamara.  
Read more about our Waverley Blues coaches on our website:> http://wbfc.com.au/coaches/

Player communication will be via a WhatsApp Group where we will notify specific updates.  Make sure you have downloaded WhatsApp on your phone (you will be added to the group).
A clear expectation of ALL PLAYERS is that they check in and communicate to the group, whether they can make training, will be late or any other squad information.  All players are expected to attend ALL sessions even if injured.  Communication to coaches is critical and will maintain a strong trust within our Club. 

The Player Facebook group will also have our players connected as a backup for communication - but all day to day messages will be ONLY on WhatsApp (make sure you have it now!)

Please action this ASAP to ensure you are covered for insurance at training and practice matches.
Connect to our Waverley Blues Web site for process:> http://wbfc.com.au/player-registration/

Your commitment is required!
Pre-season is about 90 days to Round 1 v Donvale - Sat 6 April.  We need all players to commit to the complete program (outlined below) to ensure WE are prepared for OUR best ever footy season.  It's not all about "fitness" but sharing an FUN journey together to make certain we have connected, well planned, organised and cohesive teams representing Waverley Blues in 2019.  

Commit to attending every session for your best ever footy season and 4 Premierships for Waverley Blues in 2019!

Summary ...
3x Practice Matches
2x Testing Days
2x Tan Runs (+ breakie)
1x Dragon Boating Team building
20x Training sessions 

Mon 14 Jan - Pinewood Reserve, 5.45pm start (8pm end).  Skills + Craft Session 
Wed 16 Jan - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Game sense + Strategy Session
Sat 19 Jan - AAMI Park, 11.30am. ACE Performance Testing (followed by optional player lunch) [combined session with women's team]
Mon 21 Jan - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill + craft session
Wed 23 Jan - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session
Mon 28 Jan - DAY OFF. No training
Wed 30 Jan - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session
Sat 2 Feb - Botanical Gardens The Tan, 8.30am (9.30am end) Running session (followed by optional player breakfast). [combined session]

Mon 4 Feb - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill + craft session

Wed 6 Feb - Pinewood, FULL CLUB NIGHT 
Junior Club Rego Night - player clinic 5.30 - 6.30pm.  

Senior Player Skill session 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Mouth Guard Fitting for All Players - 6.30pm - 8.30pm (no need to go to the dentist to get your fitted mouthguard - we bring them to you!)

Sat 9 Feb - Docklands 11.30am (2pm end) Compulsory session, physical training & team building - DragonBoat (followed by lunch)
Community Boating Hub 912 Collins Street, Docklands.  [combined session]

Mon 11 Feb - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill + craft session
Wed 13 Feb - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session
Mon 18 Feb - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill + craft session
Wed 20 Feb - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session
Sat 23 Feb - The Tan, 8.30am. Running session (followed by optional player breakfast). [combined session]

Mon 25 Feb - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session
Wed 27 Feb - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session

Fri 1 March to Sun 3 March - Practice Match 1 weekend [combined] - VS South Bendigo FC

4 games - Women's, U19, Development and Senior practice matches Sat

Pool Recovery Sunday am, Accommodation and logistics tbc

Mon 4 Mar - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Recovery session + stationery skillscraft session
Wed 6 Mar - Pinewood Reserve, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session

Sat 9 Mar - LABOUR DAY WEEKEND. No activities

Mon 11 Mar - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session
Wed 13 Mar - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session

Sat 16 Mar - Practice Match 2 v LARA FC (AWAY)
3 games - U19, Development and Senior

Mon 18 Mar - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session
Wed 20 Mar - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session

Sat 23 Mar (or Sun 24 Mar) - Practice Match 3 v SILVAN FC
3 games - U19, Development and Senior

Mon 18 Mar - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session
Wed 20 Mar - Pinewood, 5.45pm. Skill, game sense + strategy session

Sat 30 Mar - AAMI Park, 11.30am. ACE Performance Testing (followed by optional player lunch) [combined]

Tues 2 Apr - Mt Waverley Reserve, 5.45pm. Training
Wed 3 Apr - Mulgrave Country Club - Season Launch. Compulsory for all Waverley Blues players, staff and families  [combined]
Thurs 4 Apr - Mt Waverley Res, 5.45. Training and 1st Selection Night
Sat 6 Apr - R1 v Donvale (home)
Sat 13 Apr - R2 v Glen Waverley Hawks (Central Res)

Fri 19 to Sun 21 Apr - EASTER WEEKEND. No footy
Sat 27 Apr - R3 v South Belgrave (home)

ACE PERFORMANCE [Combined Program]
Don't waste your time just going to a gym and moving stuff around randomly - consolidate your training specifically for your football development.  Our conditioning partners ACE Performance have offered a 30% discount to $35 per week (normally $50) for all Waverley Blues players to join their AthElite program.

This will provide specific individual High Performance strength, power and sprint technique development and work in completely with our Football Training Program for 2019.
They will offer sessions 2 mornings and 2 evenings per week.  Program is currently at AAMI Park but will be active at Chadstone (Salesian College) if we get the suitable numbers.
Register your interest for the program by emailing them on info@accelerationmelbourne.com.au and they will get the sessions underway.  

Our preferred Sports Practitioner is Dr Luke Nelson director at Chiropractic Solutions.  Luke is a completely holistic sports practitioner, has supported our club for 3 seasons and has enormous experience - not in the least with his 10 years at Collingwood.  Dr Luke will provide priority appointment, complete and immediate diagnosis for each condition and report with the clubs coaches and trainers to the recovery plan.  He will manage the complete process professionally ensuring your are back on the field promptly and safely.
Always mention Waverley Blues FC for priority and concessional rates.
Dr Luke Nelson
0403 015 673
685 Centre Road
Bentleigh East
Ph: 9557 0251

or Mont Albert practice as well.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 14th Jan and preparing for Waverley Blues' and YOUR best ever footy season.
Go Blues!!

Bryce McGain - 0411 091 873
Craig Lovett - 0403 229 136
Chris Hale - 0423 026 792

Marc Luxa - 0458 493 907


Position Title: Football Operations Manager



·        The Waverley Blues are seeking expressions of interest for a Football Operations Manager for the 2019 season to start immediately.

·        The position will report directly to the President and Club Executive Committee and work closely with the Senior Coaching Staff. The new Football Operations Manager will be aptly supported by the Committee, Coaching Staff and past Football Managers.

·        Remuneration is available for appropriate applicants.

·        The role is a fantastic opportunity for someone to develop their football administration and operations skills in a semi-professional environment, whilst supporting a vibrant and growing Community Football Club.


Queries and Applications

·        Please contact Dwayne Wathen for further information on 0402853218 or dwaynewathen@hotmail.com

·        To apply please send through your resume and/or cover letter to waverleyblues@efl.org.au


·        To co-ordinate all off field football activities for the Clubs teams to ensure that all players and off field staff are provided with the highest level of support to enable them to compete and perform at the highest level

·        To provide support to the Executive and Committee members to ensure the efficient operation of the Club


·     Manager: The President and Club Executive.

·     Direct Reports: Team Managers, Trainers & Medical Staff, Runners, Boundary Umpires, Timekeepers, Other Match Day Volunteers

·     In-Direct Reports: Senior coaches and players, official Club suppliers & other key stakeholders

Pre Season

·     Coordinate formulation of the Football Operational Plan (currently already underway)

·     Formulate remuneration packages and contracts for players and coaches and ensure the contracts are executed (currently already underway)

·     Ensure that all contacts fall within the allocated budget and that variations are brought to the Club Executive prior to the Club being committed to the variation (currently already underway)

·     Appoint appropriate personnel, or ensure they are appointed, team managers, trainers, runners and other team support staff to ensure smooth running on game days.

·     Negotiate all clearances and player registrations in accordance with the league rules

·     Ensure all training venues, equipment and footballs are organised and maintained (currently already underway)


During season

·     Coordinate delivery of the Football Operational Plan.

·     Provide documentation in consultation with the Treasurer, all player payments and coaching fees.

·     Liaise between players, coaches, Club Executive and General Committee.

·     Ensure all equipment is available as required by Coaches and that it is in good working order – includes match balls.

·     Ensure all support staff are in attendance and are provided with appropriate equipment to undertake their specific role.

·     Oversee the maintenance and management of all training and match equipment

·     Coordinate submission of team sheets and match reports after both home and away games.

·     Ensure players attending League tribunal hearings are supported by quality advocates.

·     Ensure equipment, e.g. jumpers and footballs owned by Club are retained by Club.


·     The Football Manager is accountable to the President and Executive

·     The Football Manager shall seek ratification from the Executive Committee of a football budget that includes all Coach, player and trainer payments and shall thereafter have the authority to act within the limits of that budget without reference to the Executive

·     Provide a report on portfolio operations to the monthly Committee meeting

Waverley Blues AGM - Wednesday 14 November 2018

Notice is hereby given that Annual General Meeting of the Waverley Blues Football Club

Incorporated will be held on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at the Club Rooms

Charles Street Mount Waverley commencing at 7:30pm.

As all executive and committee positions will be declared vacant, nominations for

positions must be handed to the Secretary no later than 7:15pm on the

14th of November.

Committee members will be invited to take on roles in 2019 such as football operations,

sponsorship, social co-ordinator, volunteer co-ordinator, property steward,

communications and more.


Good club members always make time to attend their AGM - it is a reflection on how members are engaged with their club and what interest each member chooses to take in their club. AGMmeetings are not just a corporate governance event to demonstrate consumer affairs responsibility, it is a time where an active community club like Waverley Blues reports and communicates performance results, highlights and disappointments both on and off the field for the preceding season to their members.


It is also the time to further define the club values and outline the charter for the following season once the officer bearers have been installed. It gives rise for all members to ask questions, challenge the committee and likewise display support for the committee. The open forum is just that, public debate, open and honest dialog is extremely healthy, it can provide real traction toward development and improvement. It is the time for people who are unable to take up a committee position to have their say about their club. We can stimulate many positive and different thoughts for the club to consider as a result of having greater diversity collected for the meeting. This is provided all Waverley Blues supporters are able to commit to being in attendance.


Why attend?

  • If you are interested in how your club is operating and planning on operating you should be in attendance

  • Coaches, players, members, supporters, parents, neighbours, stakeholders that either call themselves club first people or have concern or appreciate how the club is operating should be in attendance

  • To all the quality Waverley Blues people that care about our club and seek success across all performance metrics you must be in attendance

It is well documented many people choose not to attend AGM’s for a number of reasons. I’m informed primarily out of concern that committee roles may be attempted to be thrust upon them. We understand this can lead to a deflection with your motives to attend and we would consider this a failing on our behalf if Waverley Blues people feel any sort of pressure towards over committing.


For those that are ready and able to provide a commitment to take on a committee role or in fact become a part of the executive we welcome and invite you to forward your nomination. Driving club strategies, advancing performance and improving the club environment is an enriching experience as you serve your community. Waverley Blues club life is rewarding, it stimulates and creates many networking opportunities as we “give back” to our younger generations in their pursuit of playing the best sport in the world in a safe positive environment.


Excluding committee roles that can be a commitment out of reach for most with time constraints, our club does need more helpers throughout the year to take on various very small tasks that are important. Most of these important tasks often go unnoticed by people not in the know and they may only take 30 mins a week to complete. Volunteers are the life line of any community sporting club like Waverley Blues. The challenge is when numbers drop away, clubs “burn out” the heart and soul of a club being the people that donate enormous amounts of time, that in many cases they don’t have. When these characteristics occur in a club it places tremendous risk around sustainability - the fundamental objective for any community-based club is longevity and sustainability. Sharing the "responsibility load across a broader helper force" is the key to achieving these objectives.


This week we finally received what many of us have been working towards for a number of years and that is a pledge from the State ALP Government. Once re-elected on November 24th, an ALP State Government will fund a Monash Council Master-Plan a $150K grant which is required in order to enable a "shovel ready” Mt Waverley Reserve development plan that would be generated over the next twelve months. This would then likely pave the way for funding to be generated across the three tiers of government to build a new sports/community facility on the Mt Waverley Reserve. While there is still plenty to do before we can celebrate, this pledge provides a tangible position that dictates our dream is now a reality and is achievable before AFL football will turn 100 years of age at the Mt Waverley Reserve in 2025. If ever anyone associated with our club needed some type of incentive to get more involved or consider some form of contribution the time is now.


The committee is throwing the challenge out to all Waverley Blues people. All community minded people who may be new to our club or area, have or have not been involved with our club in the past, we are appealing to all of you to make every effort to be at our AGM this year!!


Once you commit to attend and if you hear plans that you like and have a small amount of time each week, place your name on our "HELPERS REGISTER” with an idea or comment on what you think you can do to contribute toward our great club in 2019. 


It is time we call upon all related people remotely or heavily involved or anywhere in between with the Waverley Blues to display a real show of strength and attend our AGM on November the 14th at 7:30pm.


If you care please be there!


We thank you in advance.

Best regards Steve


Stephen Pewtress

Waverley Blues 




Our Seniors Men's and U19s teams begin preseason training on Monday Night 19th November 2018!

Venue: Pinewood Reserve, Mt Waverley (TBC Pending approval)
Time: from 6pm
Training will be held each Monday and Wednesday night at the same times (unless otherwise stated). Saturday morning fitness sessions will also be announced during the preseason

All new players welcome! Come and work on your fitness and skills in a welcoming environment!

Contact Senior Coach Bryce McGain for further information 0411091873 or join our Men's Facebook page for players and support staff:




Our Seniors Women's team begin preseason training on Tuesday Night 13th November 2018!

Venue: Wesley College, Glen Waverley
Time: from 6pm
Training will be held each Tuesday and Thursday night at the same times (unless otherwise stated)

All new players and all abilities welcome! Come and try our great game and practice your skills in a welcoming environment - 

Contact Senior Coach Chris Goldstraw for further information 0452336701 or join our Women's Facebook page for players and support staff:





Mt Waverley Reserve Facility Update


The Waverley Blues Football Netball Club is excited to let you know that we have secured an election commitment from the State Labor Government, should they be re-elected at the upcoming State Election on 24 November, for $150,000 of funding to be put toward a masterplan for the redevelopment of the facilities at Mount Waverley Reserve.

The continued and recent growth in participation in our male, female and junior age groups towards Tennis, Cricket, Netball and Football has been significant and it is time our facilities reflected this community engagement enabling our clubs to service the demand.

Labor candidate for the seat of Mount Waverley – Matthew Fregon and sitting upper house member for the Eastern Region – Shaun Leane, have secured this funding commitment which will be a critical first step in redeveloping our facilities at Mount Waverley Reserve and securing our future as the community football Club of choice in the eastern suburbs.

Over the last 12-18 months, our Club has been in ongoing dialogue with the Mt Waverley Cricket Club and Mount Waverley Tennis Club about developing a shared vision for a mutually beneficial redevelopment of the sporting and community facilities. Importantly, we have been able to build a strong relationship across all parties and alignment in a vision for a future redevelopment.

When we had the opportunity to engage with Matthew and Shaun in recent months, this collaboratively relationship and shared vision were critical in enabling them to prosecute our position within Government and secure this starter funding.

Subject to the outcome of the election, we will now continue to work together with the State Government, Monash Council and other key stakeholders to develop the master plan and eventually and funding plan for a redeveloped Mount Waverley Reserve.

The Club would like to acknowledge and thank Matthew and Shaun for the proactive way they have engaged with our Clubs. They have done what they said they would do and we now have a clear pathway forward to a securing a redevelopment that will serve our Club and community well into the future.