Waverley Football Club

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Waverley
Names
Full nameWaverley Football Club
Nickname(s)Panthers
Club details
Founded1908
Dissolved1987
Colours     Red      Black
Competition Victorian Football Association (1961–1987)
PremiershipsVFA (D1): (1) 1965
Ground(s) Central Reserve

Waverley Football Club, nicknamed the Panthers, was an Australian rules football club which played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) from 1961 until 1987. Waverley wore red and black as their club colours and was based at Central Reserve in the Melbourne suburb of Glen Waverley.

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Central Reserve cricket and Australian rules football ground in the suburb of Glen Waverley, in the south-east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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History

Waverley Football Club

Waverley started out in the Caulfield-Oakleigh District League as the Glen Waverley Football Club, and in 1961 joined the newly formed VFA 2nd Division. They changed their name to Waverley to better reflect their representation of the region, and adopted the nickname Panthers in 1963. [1] They started strongly, winning half of their 18 matches that year, and then in 1963 finished runners up to Preston at Toorak Park. The club was promoted at short notice to the 1st Division in 1964 to fill the spot left after Moorabbin was suspended from the Association. [2] In its first season in Division 1, the club survived relegation back to Division 2 by winning the last game of the season against their nemesis from the previous season, Preston. [3]

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The club's breakthrough year came in 1965 under the coaching of Ian Thorogood when, despite competing in just their second season in the top division, they claimed the premiership with a 12-point victory over Port Melbourne in the Grand Final at Port Melbourne's home ground. The following season they met again in the decider, but this time Port Melbourne was too strong. In 1970 they finished third, but in 1972 the club finished last and was relegated to Division 2, ending its nine-year stint in the top division. [4]

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The club struggled for support in Division 2, and were also hindered by the opening of VFL Park in nearby Mulgrave, as many locals preferred to watch the VFL game played at the ground every Saturday than watch the Panthers on a Sunday. [5] In the mid-1970s when Association-wide crowds were averaging more than 4,500, Waverley still seldom drew more than 1,000 fans to games. [6] The club was runner-up in Division 2 in 1981, and earned promotion to the expanded 12-team Division 1 for 1982, [7] but returned to Division 2 in 1984 after two wooden spoons at the top level. [8] Waverley was Division 2 runner-up in its final season, 1987, then abruptly folded one month before the 1988 season due to financial difficulties. [9]

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Honours

VFA premierships (1)

Waverley 14.13 (97) d. Port Melbourne 10.25 (85)

J. J. Liston Trophies (2)

Notable players

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Post-VFA

The club reformed in 1990 by merging the VFA club with the Clayton Saints from the VAFA and entered the Eastern Districts Football League and played there until 1998 when it decided to merge with the Mt Waverley-Burwood Football Club to form the Waverley Blues.

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Mt Waverley Football Club

Formed in 1924, the Mt Waverley Football Club played in the Federal League, then the Oakleigh Caulfield District Football League, and then the South East Suburban Football League. The club won a premiership in 1964. As the SESFL grew, Mt Waverley played all its games in its top division. The SESFL became the Southern League and MWFC continued in First Division until 1993. [10]

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The club participated in First Division in the Southern Football League from 1994 to 1997, until it merged with the Waverley Football Club to form the Waverley Blues. [11] During the 1998 season, the committees of both the Waverley and MWBFC decided to merge the two clubs to form a new dynamic entity that would represent the Waverley area of the City of Monash.

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References

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  2. Peter Stone (4 April 1964). "V.F.A. suspends Moorabbin for season". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 20.
  3. Scot Palmer (31 August 1964). "Port puts in its bid". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 45.
  4. Geoffrey Fithall (28 August 1972). "And Port Melbourne misses 'four'". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 21.
  5. Fiddian, Marc (2004); The VFA; A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877-1995; p. 188
  6. Marc Fiddian (25 June 1976). "Crowds up at VFA". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 23.
  7. Marc Fiddian (8 September 1981). "Oakleigh potential fails to sway VFA". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 45.
  8. Marc Fiddian (16 July 1983). "Panthers head for record and relegation". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 29.
  9. Paul Cunningham (12 March 1988). "$ crisis sinks Waverley". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 94.
  10. http://www.wbfc.com.au/history/
  11. http://www.wbfc.com.au/history/
  12. http://www.wbfc.com.au/history/