ClUB History

1984 to Now

OUR HISTORY

  • 2016 - Who are we now?

    Waverley Warriors is steeped in history dating back all the way to 1984.  As it stands now Waverley Warriors is an amalgamation of other historical clubs.  The final merger occurred in late 2011 when the Knox Lions and the Eastern District clubs came together to play the first season together in 2012 at Mitcham's home ground.  In 2013 Waverley Warriors moved to the old Waverley VFA ground where we stayed until 2015.  In 2016 the Warriors had to move due to ground over-utilisation and now have a permanent home at Meade Reserve in Clayton where the metro league Clayton Footy Club and also netball club and cricket club live. 

    In 2016 Waverley Warriors Over 35s reserves made the grand final against Parkdale but we were beaten on the day. 

  • 1884 to 2011 - Eastern Districts Masters Footy Club

    Eastern Districts Superules FC was formed late in 1983, ready to play in the inaugural Superules 1984 season. The club chose its home base at Wantirna Sth FC.

    The first year of football was very successful, exceeding all expectations and the team played off in the first ever Superules Division 1 Grand Final.  They played Diamond Valley but unfortunately a maiden premiership did not eventuate and the team lost on the day.

    Players came & went over the years, but a core of dedicated people played for & ran the club through the ups & downs that every football club experiences.

    The team moved to Scoresby FC in 1991, playing there until 1995. A move was then made in 1996 to Heathmont FC. We moved again to Ferntree Gully FC in 2007, staying until 2011, when the club merged with Knox FC.

    Over the years there were some very special individual efforts with Barry (Smokey) Dawson winning the League Goal kicking award in 1995, 1996 & 1999. 1996 saw Gary Halbert win the League Best & Fairest award and there were numerous “All Australian” players. They were: Kingy & Georgie Bissett 1985, Tony O’Meara 1992, Kingy 1993,Keithy & T Benham1995, Muddy (including being MR B&F for the Carnival) & Tony O’Meara 1997 and Brains 2001.

    Apart from playing in the first ever Superules Grand Final, Eastern Districts played in the 1993 Division 2 GF vs Footscray & the 1998 Division 1 GF vs Oak Park. Unfortunately the team did not experience the ultimate success.

    There have been some great milestones achieved over the years with Rob (Brains) Winnen, Ted (Teddy) Payne & Ron (Kingy) King all playing more than 150 games. Others to play more than 100 games are: Tony O’Meara, Geoff (Muddy) Allen, Keith (Keithy) Hodgson, Kevin (Raffo) Raftis, Michael (Pogz) Pogrzeba, Alistair (Macca) Macdonald, Andrew (Dermie) Smith & Andrew (Butts) Butler. There are 23 Life Members associated with the club, the board not showing later Life members including Jason (Roudy) Griffiths.

  • 1994 to 2011 - Knox Lions Masters Footy Club

    Knox Lions was originally called South Wantirna Warriors and introduced a team in the Eastern District Vets competition in 1994.  In 200o they moved to the Super Rules Masters competition, renamed as Knox Warriors finally to move to Fairpark Reserve to become the Knox Lions where they remained until the merger in 2011.

    Stay tuned for information on Knox Lions History

KEY HISTORIC EVENTS

  • 2016Sep

    Made Grand Final

    Lost to Parkdale

  • 2015Sep

    Moved to Clayton

    Meade Reserve as Home Ground

  • 2011Dec

    Club Merger

    Eastern Districts & Knox Lions

  • 1994Jan

    Knox Lions Born

    Inaugurated as a club

  • 1984Jan

    Eastern Districts Born

    Inaugurated as a club