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Topical news and updates from the club and hockey world and conversations with figures within the club and wider community.

Season 2 Episode 03 - Tokyo Olympics

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This week Wansey and Ando return to host. David Wansbrough of-course is an Olympic champion himself and is currently transforming our women's premier league group as head coach.

Lachlan Anderson heads up high performance for Hockey Victoria and is head coach of our men's premier league group, currently playing great hockey and sitting at the top of the Victorian premier league.

We're super excited that the guys are presenting, fresh from Tokyo; Kookaburras assistant coach Anthony Potter and Hockeyroos assistant coach Katie Allen.

Pottsie is a past camberwell state league player. Plying his trade in the Don Argus era. You can hear more from Pottsie with Colin Batch in series 1 episode 8. KA is a Commonwealth, World Cup and Olympic gold medalist and member of the Australian Women's Team of the Century. She was, I believe, the first female head coach of a Victorian men's premier league team; winning a premiership in her first year. You can hear more from KA in series 1 episode 12.

Listening to hear all about the Olympic campaign with our two great coaches giving insight into everything including preparation, selections, opposition analysis, shootouts and the village vibe.

There's no chapter markers in this episode because it's so good, just play it through.

Aug 24 2021



Season 2 Episode 02 - Pride Cup Round

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At our club or workplace, we all want everyone to feel welcome. To feel included, valued, respected and safe.

Unfortunately, this may not always be a given.

In this episode of the Camberwell Hockey Podcast, you’ll meet members of our Pride Committee and hear about what they’re doing with the club and wider associations to raise awareness and education to make it so.

Tom Winter returns to host CHC Pride Committee chair Stacy Clarke and members Julie Patterson & Sam Daily. You’ll learn about inclusion, the committee’s goals, The Pride Cup and understand how some simple thought about the pronouns used to address a person can be so welcomed and so important.

You can reach the Pride committee on email pride@camberwellhockeyclub.com.au

Jul 20 2021



Season 2 Episode 01 - Matt DeFina

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Sporting clubs around Australia have been wearing blue socks in support of Men's Health week with special events to promote the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

In this timely & pertinent first episode of season 2, Tim "Frosty" Everist joins the hosting crew to present Matt DeFina and Camberwell junior player Jack Brant.

Matt is a former Camberwell player, a state representative and current premier league goalkeeper with Powerhouse St. Kilda hockey club. https://phskhockey.org.au

Professionally Matt is a registered Psychologist working a Head of Programs at the Man Cave, which delivers programs empowering boys to become great men. You can contact Matt, and find out more about the Man Cave programs at https://themancave.life or on twitter @themancave_aus

Please visit menshealthweek.org.au for more information on Men's Health Week.

If you or anyone you know needs help or someone to talk to, please reach out to any of the following services:

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Mens Line Australia 1300 78 99 78

Dads in Distress 1300 853 437

The hockey club also has a number of members accredited with the Mental Health First Aid Australia program. Check out https://camberwell.hockey/wellness for more information.

Jun 22 2021



Episode 30 - Phil Merriman

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Episode 30 - Phil Merriman
Hamish Ridland presents Phil Merriam, who joined Camberwell in Minkey and played through the ranks to State League 1. Phil then moved into coaching with stints at TEM, Powerhouse and Footscray before moving to the AFL industry working in High Performance with Hawthorn Football Club and is currently head of Strength & Conditioning at Melbourne Football Club.

You'll hear how Phil got into hockey and played a role linking our generational players in the early 2000's. You'll hear the guys' memories of Jesse Foster and learn about Phil's instrumental role in establishing the Jesse Foster Cup which is played each year between TEM and Camberwell to highlight Men's Mental Health.

Listen to learn about how Phil moved into AFL strength and conditioning, working at Hawthorn and Melbourne football clubs and discover some great insight on hockey training and recovery.

Season Break

This is episode 30 which is the last in series one. We'll be taking a break over the summer period but will be continuing to record and produce content, and will be back with series 2 in the New Year.

Thank you to all our guests, hosts and listeners over season 1 and thanks to the backroom comms team including Sara, Britt & HP for all the work over the year.

Nov 10 2020

1hr 31mins


Episode 29 - Junior to Senior Transition

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In this episode we'll look at what's next for our top aged juniors as they transition into seniors. We'll canvas common questions and concerns from players and families on issues including communication, selection and player safety; and we'll meet a couple recently graduated players to hear about their experiences of the program and playing senior hockey.

Men's and Women's coordinators Tim Oldham and Pip Mann will detail the transition programs and pre-season arrangements. We'll hear from five recently graduated players on topics including differences playing senior hockey, balancing school commitments and getting involved in other areas of the club.

You'll hear how the senior sections manage player communications and how team placements and weekly selections are managed.

In the final section we presenting the audio from the junior section awards which were held on zoom last month. You'll first hear an introduction from club president Simon Winter before Junior Chair Steve Laussen announces the awards.

If you have any questions please contact the coordinators or section chairs at any time.

Tim Oldham
Men's Transition Coordinator
0403 446 665

Pip Mann
Women's Transition Coordinator
0407 565 908

Steve Prior
Mens Section Chair
0414 514 954

Sara Conyers
Womens Section Chair
0438 096 105

Steve Laussen
Juniors Section Chair
0402 894 294

Nov 02 2020



Episode 28 - WPL Coaches Geoff Perriman & David Wansbrough

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Liv Bell joins our hosting crew to present Women's Premier League coaching team Geoff Perriman & David Wansbrough.

Geoff Perriman as you'll learn has extensive experience. An AHL player himself he has coached Waverley and Hawthorn Women's Premier League, the Tasmanian Tigers state team and secured no less than 9 APS premierships with the Caulfield Grammar girls.

Wansey needs little introduction to our hockey listeners: Camberwell Life Member, Left Inner in the club's Team of the Century and Olympic Kookaburra with over 200 international caps. He's previously coached our Men's Premier League and many junior club and state teams.

With some personnel moving on, others in Perth with the national program, young players pushing for selection and a new coaching team; 2020 was to be an exciting transformational year for our Women's Premier League group. you'll hear about the coaches' careers, how they managed the challenges of 2020 and kept the group connected, our development progress and how they see season 2021 developing. (players, keep listening after the ending theme 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️)

Oct 26 2020

1hr 7mins


Episode 27 - Lachlan Anderson

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Episode 27 - MPL coach Lachlan Anderson

Around this time last year our Men's Premier League program were looking to appoint a new head coach; and after some discussions were delighted to secure top candidate in Lachlan Anderson. A strong start to the pre-season ensued with renewed purpose and determination. As you'll hear a terrific off-site camp focusing on conditioning, trust and teamwork led into training and practice matches featuring some very encouraging passages.

The COVID pandemic then arrived and ultimately cancelled the season; denying many of our supporters and members the opportunity to see the group's progress and meet new coach Ando.

Listen to hear about Ando's early career; playing with the Vikings and Junior Australian teams, his move into coaching at club and representative level and insight into coaching both men's and women's groups at Premier League. You'll hear Ando's thoughts on Hockey One, challenges dealing with the interrupted season and impressions coming across to the club.

Oct 20 2020

1hr 10mins


Episode 26 - Desiree Yap

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Episode 26 - Desiree Yap
This week we get to know one of our members. Suz Cannell presents an entertaining chat with masters player Des Yap who was encouraged into returning to our summer competition four years back and has continued playing ever since.

Outside hockey, Dr Desiree Yap is a specialist O&G with a passion for women’s health.She is a qualified specialist in both Australia and the United Kingdom and has a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University. On 26 January 2020, she was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for her ‘significant service to women’s health and to medicine.’

Des was on the board of Women's Health Victoria for eight years and served as their chair for two. She is the past president of the Australian Federation of Medical Women, The Victorian Medial Women's Society and worked in China as a Team Leader for the World Health Organisation during the initial SARS outbreak in 2003.

You can access some great resources from Women's Health Victoria with a focus on health, equality and the prevention of violence against women.

Listen to hear about Des' career and achievements and her strong advocacy for women's health and professional equality. Learn about her mentors, leadership role and her thoughts and advice for young practitioners and new mums during a pandemic.

00:01:14: Introduction
00:06:13: Career
00:09:48: Advocate Women's Health
00:12:50: Empower Women's Health
00:19:41: Mentors
00:22:14: Advice for Young Practitioners
00:30:47: Order of Australia
00:33:14: Achievements
00:35:43: Medical Field Equality
00:38:11: Being a Leader
00:39:39: Health in the Pandemic
00:44:52: Advice to New Mums
00:48:32: What's Next?

Oct 06 2020



Episode 25 - Minka Woolley & Aleisha Neumann

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Episode 25 - Minka Woolley & Aleisha Neumann
Back in episode 5, Soph Sheahan hosted Camberwell’s Jim Unkles, Sherie Patterson and Vanessa Ponza to discuss all things umpiring. In this episode Jim takes the hosting chair to present legendary Australian Umpire and Umpire Manager Minka Woolley and Queensland international umpire Aleisha Neumann.

Minka Woolley is the Umpire Manager for Tokyo, her fifth Olympic event while Aleisha Neumann will be officiating at her first games in Tokyo.

You'll hear about their journey into umpiring, their memories of Olympic selection and get an insight into the onerous physical and mental preparation required by a modern official at this level.

Just this week Minka received an Award of Merit from Hockey Australia with awards committee member Peri Buckley saying

“Minka Woolley is highly respected at all levels of hockey for her honest, dedicated, compassionate and professional approach not only as an Umpires Manager but also for her overall coaching, encouragement and development of umpires."

Peri continues

"She is an outstanding role model for the sport.”

Congratulations Minka!

Aleisha obtained her FIH international badge in 2014 and Tokyo will be her first games. Aleisha also plays hockey at AHL level with the Brisbane Blaze and has had to choose to concentrate on her umpiring.

Thanks for both for your time and best of luck in Tokyo.

Sep 29 2020



Episode 24 - Rachael Lynch

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Episode 24 - Rachael Lynch

This week Tom Winter returns to present Victorian and Hockeyroos superstar, 2019 FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, Rachael Lynch.

In this candid chat you'll learn about Rachael's early sports mad childhood in Warrandyte and reflections on her selection progression and challenges through her representative debut, move to Perth and selection for the Rio Olympics.

You'll about Rachael's shootout preparation, Stomp Goalkeeping coaching initiative, advice for young goalkeepers and her career highlight; and also learn about her ambassadorial role with RUOK ? and balancing her fulfilling nursing career with hockey commitments.

RUOK work in the area of suicide prevention. Their vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide.

Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

You can read more on the website at RUOK.org.au

You can find out more about Rachael on her site rachaellynch.com.au and follow her on twitter @RachLynch27

Sep 22 2020

1hr 3mins


Episode 23 - Mental Health First Aid

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Episode 23 - Mental Health First Aid

For many years the club has had an excellent physical health program. First team doctor Roy Carey literally wrote the book on sports medicine in Victorian Hockey, Dr Malcom Clark has generously supported the club with first aid supplies and training; and a host of physiotherapist and specialist coaches support the playing group.

Last year however, following the tragedy of one of our junior players taking their own life, we realised our mental health support could be improved. Through the counsel of Dr Michael Carr Greg the club embarked on a groundbreaking program to equip a large cross section of our members with the knowledge and skills to offer first aid for mental health problems.

This week Tom Winter presents Liz Grant, Kerri Hendry and Julia Patterson; three of the more than twenty members who have completed the Mental Health First aid training course. You'll hear how the Mental Health Working Group came about, it's objectives and reflections of the training from perspective of our three guests.

Mental Health first Aid Australia Training Course

Beyond Blue Managing your mental health – taking control in uncertain timeshttps://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/managing-my-daily-life/staying-connected/taking-control-in-uncertain-times.html

Reach Out


Sep 15 2020



Episode 22 - Meg Lanning

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Episode 22- Meg Lanning

Back in March this year, on International Women's Day, over eight-six thousand fans packed the MCG to witness Meg Lanning's Australian team defeat India to win their fifth world cup title. Only the third cricket captain, male or female, to secure a World Cup on home soil; Meg has become one of the biggest names in world sport and sits amongst our most successful athletes of all time.

This week we're excited to introduce a new hosting team. Sarah Forsyth is joined by her sister Steph for a chat with their great friend Meg. We'll hear about the drama of that World Cup tournament including the rain in Sydney and Katy Perry on stage in Melbourne. We'll also hear about Meg's early career where she picked up a premiership with Hawthorn Hockey Club, juggling injuries and commitments as a professional sportsperson and learn about a packed forthcoming schedule including, for the first time, cricket at the Commonwealth Games.

You can find Meg on Instagram at meglanning7

Sep 08 2020



Episode 21 - Rob Dalton

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Sport Australia is a peak government body managing a $400m budget and overseeing around 100 national sporting associations with a brief covering everything from grass roots participation to elite performance programs.

This week Wansey is back presenting Sport Australia CEO Rob Dalton.

Before his Sport Australia role, Rob of-course will be familiar to many listeners for his 10 year tenure as chair of Hockey Victoria. He should also be well know to Tigers fans as a board member who inherited a $6m debt in 2004 and oversaw a program that revitalised the finances, developed alternative revenue streams and now sees the club with some $35m in the bank - and a couple of premierships along the way.

Closer to our hearts though you’ll hear how in 1979 Tony Thornton & Al Carnell had a chat with a young Rob Dalton and encouraged a move over to Camberwell Hockey Club.

Rob became a premiership player, a member of our Team of the Century and with coach Argus and superstar players like Wayne Thornton and Wansey himself ushered in the golden era of the 80s and laid the foundations of our continued success today.

CEO of Sport Australia and past chair of Hockey Victoria, Rob Dalton is a Camberwell premiership player and member of our Team of the Century who with coach Argus and superstar players like Wayne Thornton and David Wansbrough ushered in the golden era of the 80s and laid the foundations of our continued success today.

Sep 01 2020



Episode 20 - Remote & Flexible

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With Melbourne in hard lockdown many businesses are closed, outdoor movement is restricted and an evening curfew is in force. This has caused our schools to substantially close and moved the great majority of students to remote and flexible learning from home.

We asked three of our members, all education professionals, how this was working and to share their experiences and insights during this most unusual year.

Caitlin Smith, Premier League Goal Keeper and Kindergarten Teacher is joined by Lena Perriman, Women's Pennant A player, club Mental Health First Aider and Primary School Teacher; and Lachie Hunter from episode 15 returns, Men's Pennant A player and Secondary School Teacher.

We're excited to introduce Kelli Simmons to the hosting team. Kelli has been a member of the club since about 2002, when her daughter Britt started playing. Kelli has coordinated the Minkey program, now known as HookIn2Hockey, served on Junior Committees, dabbled in playing Masters and has recently trained to be one of our 25 Mental Health First Aiders.

Throughout her career, Kelli has taught in all three Victorian education sectors within Melbourne and rural Victoria. She has worked in classrooms, school leadership teams and system leadership teams.

Currently, Kelli works as a Learning Leader & Co-Designer with Ed Partnerships International. Her role entails the co-design, co-facilitation and evaluation of professional learning programs, research, curriculum and Department of Education initiatives. Kelli is also a mentor to a number of teachers at different stages of their careers.

Aug 25 2020

1hr 1min


Episode 19 - Greg Chappell

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Episode 19 - Greg Chappell MBE

This week Wansey presents past Cricket Australia captain and Indian national coach, Sports Hall of Fame member Greg Chappell MBE

Tune in to hear about the development of Greg's signature on-drive amongst his backyard fruit trees, his time as captain during the World Series breakaway and thoughts on mental preparation and selecting perhaps not the best players but the best team.

Learn about Greg's coaching career in India and insight into the modern Indian team, and discover Gregs latest work with the Chappell Foundation assisting homeless youth in Australia.


Aug 18 2020



Episode 18 - Shabaz Ahmed

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Wansey this week presents Shabaz Ahmed, whom he calls "The greatest player that's played the game."

He's not alone. Emmad Hameed, writing in the Express Tribunesays:

"But one man arguably ranks higher than any player in the history of the game; his control of the hockey ball, lightening runs from one end of the field to another, razor sharp and accurate passes for the centre forwards made him the ‘Maradona of hockey'."

Wikipedia adds:

"no player in the history of Field hockey has left so much impact"

This clip shows a little taste of the man in action and here the 1990 World Cup Final goal.

We're grateful for his time and thrilled this week to present Pakistan superstar Shahbaz Ahmed. Learn about hockey in Pakistan and hear Shabaz's playing memories and training ethos; playing against multiple taggers and managing the weight of the national support.

Aug 11 2020



Episode 17 - Don Argus AC

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This week Wansey is back hosting Don Argus AC.

A prominent business leader, as CEO of the National Australia Bank Don created the number one valued Australian business by capitalisation of the time, lifting the company from 5.5 to 37 billion dollars.

Later as chair of BHP, Don oversaw the sale of the steel division and dual listing with Billiton; increasing market cap throughout his tenure by over 200 billion dollars.

Don is also a Camberwell player, supporter, Camberwell Team of the Century member and one of our most successful coaches in history. An enduring influence that helped create the culture, processes and succession that underpin our ongoing success today.

Tune in to hear about Don's arrival at the club and taking on the State League coaching role. Hear about his coaching philosophy, players from that era and balancing his career with love of sports. Learn about the 2011 “Argus Review” into the Australian Cricket Team’s performance and delve into a little business with Don's recollections from NAB and BHP.


Don Argus Wikipedia

Camberwell Team of the Century

Cricket Australia “Argus Review”

Aug 04 2020



Episode 16 - Medical Members

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This week we get to know three of our members who all also happen to be medical professionals. Milly Bell presents Professor Julie Miller, Dr Adam Levin and Dr Samantha Daly for a deep dive into the impact of the COVID pandemic, dealing with masks and PPE supplies, balancing busy work with hockey and some general advice on looking after your physical and mental health in lockdown.

Jul 28 2020



Episode 15 - Men's Pennant A

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This week Tom Winter presents a panel discussion about our Men's third team, our Men's Pennant A. A group now including more than 100 players who have won 12 out of the last 14 premierships and the last 8 in a row.

Listen for some greatest hits, recollections and anecdotes; but also discover an intriguing insight into how this group instilled professionalism, resolve and accountability. How they doubled their training efforts, engaged specialist coaches; and embraced detailed match statistics, video and opposition analysis. Preparation not generally seen in club hockey outside Premier League.

Jul 21 2020

1hr 7mins


Episode 14 - Sports Training in Lockdown

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The physical and mental benefits of regular exercise are wide ranging and profound. What are the issues though arising from lockdown? How do we stay healthy, focused and connected? How can we resume training safely, increase our body’s loading and avoid common injuries; and where can we seek help when it’s needed.

Milly Bell returns this week hosting Brooke Patterson @Knee_Howells; an AFLW player and Physiotherapist investigating ACL injuries for her PhD studies and Dr Paul O'Halloran @latrobe; Deputy Director of the Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focused Area at La Trobe University and a practicing psychologist in the areas of sport, physical activity and mental health.

Exercise at Home Resources

We use the Centr app which is a subscription $10 month but I think its worth it - has so many different work outs, meditation and recipes and shopping list function https://centr.com/join-us

Mick Hughes You Tube Channel

La Trobe TREK Exercise Site

Jul 15 2020