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CLUB CHALLENGE

The Club Challenge (intra-club tournament) is a now major event on the Club’s calendar.

Introduced in 2006, it was both inspired by and loosely based upon intra-club games regularly held over 50 years ago on Sundays at the Club’s then headquarters at the St Kilda Sea Baths.

It was conceived with intent to bring all members together, to promote a Club culture, to develop all playing, referee and coaching skills and to prepare teams for local competition. It has certainly achieved this and contests are always keen and hard fought (often more so and with sometimes more at stake, than in the local competitions).

Initially the event was conducted with preliminary rounds over several weeks and culminating in a Finals play-off. As reward for victory, teams play for the John “Willo” Wilson shield.

“Willo” was an integral part of the Sunday Sea Baths games and striking this award in his name is fitting recognition of both the history of the Club and John’s commitment as player, committee member and Club President over many years.

In 2010 the Club Challenge was held over one Gala day at the Hawthorn Aquatic Centre. Sixteen teams played in 15 games. It was branded the ‘Clash of the Titans’ contested between the Club’s Heroes and Villains.

The Villains won out in the last quarter of the last game with the two Villain captains, Anthony Edwards (Men’s) and Grace Gaylard (Women’s) delightedly accepting the John “Willo” Wilson Shield.