PAST PLAYERS DAY - RD1 Saturday 6th April

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The Waverley Blues Football Club would dearly love to invite all past players, committee members, volunteers & supporters to attend the first Past Players’ Day of the 2019 season.

The Day will be held on April 6th at Mount Waverley Reserve which is our first game of the season, to be played against Donvale.


For the price of $35 you will get entry to the ground, lunch and drinks from Noon until 3pm or half time of the Seniors! For paid up members the price will be discounted to $15 so to get the basic, social membership and entry to the Past Players event will set you back just $65! That’s more unbelievable than a Maxy Wiseman cartwheel!

Tickets can be purchased at the club on the day or purchased online on the Waverley Blues website . If you can’t make the day but would still like to support with the club with a membership, packages are also available online at our website. If you intend to turn up on the day without pre-purchasing your ticket, please RSVP by reply email to Glenn Hislop so we can have an estimate of numbers for catering purposes.

We look forward to seeing you on the day and catching up on how great we all were and inspiring the current playing group with tales of our heroic deeds!

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We are thrilled to announce Mick Molina as our new Senior Women’s coach for season 2019!

Mick is a past player at the Waverley Blues, a star cricketer and runner, and last year was assistant coach and runner of our Senior Women’s team. By already being familiar with our Club and our Women’s team Mick has already hit the ground running by taking preseason training in Nov/Dec at Wesley College and will kick off the 2019 preseason with the Women’s team on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Pinewood Reserve from 6pm - starting on Tuesday 29th January. The Women’s season is likely to commence in late April. It’s an exciting time to be involved in our Women’s team with the upgraded Pinewood rooms now complete.

Mick will be supported by last years assistant coach Liam Gardner, however the Club is seeking more assistant coaches to help both Mick and Liam. If interested in coaching please contact . The Waverley Blues supports all coaches by paying for their AFL Level 1 Coaching Course Fees and being involved in our ‘Coach the Coaches’ program led by Senior Coach Bryce McGain.

The Club would also like to say a massive thank you to departing coach Chris Goldstraw who takes a break from coaching in 2019. Chris has single handedly led the success of our Women’s football team from day one in January 2017 (where we had 6 players turn up), leading them to a Grand Final berth in its first season and finals in 2018. We now have a very strong and committed Women’s team who look out for each other both on and off the field and are all becoming great Club people!

If interested in playing or supporting our teams in 2019 please let us know. For more details about player registration refer too:

More details on Women’s & Youth Girls Football at the Waverley Blues:

Preseason -

Club Rego Night - Wednesday 6th Feb 2019 at Pinewood Reserve from 6pm

Mick in action for the Waverley Blues - a raking right foot from the backline!

Mick in action for the Waverley Blues - a raking right foot from the backline!


Join us on Thursday 28th March 2019 at Waverley Reserve from 6pm for our ALL Club Season launch for 2019. On the night the Senior Men & Ladies teams will be presented with their jumpers and a BBQ will be running with the bar being open for drinks.

Also on the night we will be drawing our winner of the Major Scoreboard Sponsor Raffle! Ticket details are below and include free drinks and food on the night for each ticket holder. Tickets are $100 each or 3 for $250

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Become the major sponsor of our electronic scoreboard for season 2019!

Receive unrivaled exposure from your business during all games at Mt Waverley Reserve for all Men’s, Women’s and Junior Games.

Drawn at our Season Launch event on Wednesday 27th March at Mt Waverley Reserve at 730pm.

All tickets include drinks and food at our season launch event - even if you don’t win! (must bring copy of purchased ticket receipt to show at bar/BBQ).

Winning ticket receives:

  • Sponsor Logo or Video after all goals, start count down clock and each quarter (other options available)

  • We can add still images and videos with sounds, and update each fortnight to suit your advertising and activation needs

  • One permanent boundary fence sign for promotion during the week.

  • Free entry for 2-4 people at our 2019 sponsors event (includes drinks and food)

  • Weekly advertising in the EFL record each round (logo will be viewed by over 10,000 people across Eastern Melbourne each weekend)

  • Club Room advertising signage - TV Screens & on sponsorship wall

  • Club website advertising and links to home page

  • Club Blues News email advertising throughout 2019

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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:>

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:>

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 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

·        To apply please send through your resume and/or cover letter to


·        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