1990 - 1999 THE SUCCESS CONTINUES

1990

In 1990 the amalgamation of the South Australian Hockey Association and the South Australian Women's Hockey Association took place. The Club President expressed concern about the increasing amount of money required to administer the activities of the SAHA Board of Directors and The Pines Stadium. As a result of this the participation costs for players was increasing each year.

Inaugural South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) scholarships were awarded to Steve Button, Andrew Meredith and John Petruzzelli. Steve Button and Andrew Meredith were also awarded visiting scholarships to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Perth.

Trevor Stockley advised of his unavailability as Club Treasurer for the ensuing season. When he took office in 1983, the Club Balance Sheet showed assets to the value of $64,000. When he stood down at the end of 1990 the Club was in an extremely healthy position, having assets of $505,000 - a very substantial improvement indeed.

Staffing of the canteen on a roster basis of all senior teams was introduced this year and proved very successful. An excerpt from the President's Annual Report stated:

`The canteen is not only very important from the income which it generates, it continues to enhance the Club 's reputation for the facilities and friendliness it provides to all visiting club members and supporters. '

Club strength was maintained at 20 teams and premierships were won in Divisions 2, 3, 6, Under 17, Under 15 and Under 11 grades in the men's competition. The allocation of State League matches to club grounds dropped significantly, with Adelaide University allocated 6 matches, Port Adelaide 13 and Woodville 10.

Club Sponsors:

Quins of Port Adelaide (Major Sponsor), South Australian Brewing Co Ltd, Coca Cola, Kookaburra Australia, Gryphon, Glanville Hotel, Wee Willies Tavern, Superior Grasse Pty Ltd, Pizza Haven and Foundation SA.

Best & Fairest Trophy Winners:

State League:

Chris Collett

Kaylene Bowdren

Division 2:

Bill Drewett

Marg McDonald

Division 3:

John McGrath

Lois Carson

Division 4:

 

Karen Hood

Division 5:

Wayne Thompson

Joanne Keal

Division 6:

Gary Victory

Joan Tutton

Division 7:

Brenton Lawrence

 

Awards

Best Club Member:

John Collett

Best Team:

Division 6 Men

Team Results - 1990:

Men:

State League:

2nd

7th

Division 2:

Premiers

8th

Division 3:

Premiers

8th

Division 4

 

4th

Division 5:

5th

10th

Division 6:

Premiers

4th

Division 7:

3rd

 

Under 17A:

2nd

4th

Under 17B:

Premiers

 

Under 15A:

Premiers

 

Under 15

5th

 

Under 13A:

2nd

2nd

Under 11:

Premiers

 

State Representatives:

Seniors:

Steve Button
Andrew Meredith
John Petruzzelli

 

Under 21:

Steve Button
Andrew Meredith
Bruce Baulderstone (Coach)

 

Under 17:

Kris Schiller
Graham Selby (Manager)

 

Under 15:

Sean Pearce

 

1991

In 1991 the Club won the Men's Pre-season Foundation Cup Tournament, the State Junior Under 15 Championship and were runners-up in the girls State Junior Under 17 Championship. The major highlight was achieved by the Women's State League team in reaching the finals for the first time, finishing third, under the coaching of Sandy Pisani, who continued in that capacity for the following three seasons.

SASI scholarships were again awarded to Steve Button, Andrew Meredith and John Petruzzelli. Amy and Robyn Hampton were selected in the Women's SASI squad. Charmaine Simms was selected for a full-time scholarship at the AIS (Perth) and was subsequently selected in the Australian Under 21 Squad that toured Holland and Spain with the AIS team. Andrew Meredith was selected in the Australian Under 21 team and in the AIS team that toured the United Kingdom. He was leading goalscorer for that tour.

There was talk of a Quiz Night being promoted and it was suggested that Mark McKenzie be the compare. There was some concern about this as at a recent Friday night draw he was talking a combination of shorthand and left-hand Swahili - any other suggestions!

During this season there were only four State League matches played at the Club, two men and two women, with a similar allocation to both Adelaide University and Woodville grounds. All other State League matches were played at The Pines Stadium. This allocation of matches had a severe impact upon both bar and canteen trade.

Premierships were won by the Men's State League (first since 1983) and Division 2 (sixth in succession) and Division 6 women. The Under 15 boys won the State Junior Championship. Apart from these premierships there were five teams that finished second and four teams that finished third. An excellent result from 10 men's and 8 women's teams.

A comment from a visitor at a Club social function - `You have a lot of animals at this Club!' He was referring to Horse (Steve Harris), Ox (Geoff Allen), Dogsy (Jack McGrath), Camel (Brett Arriola), Moose (Mark Moore) and Wombat (Bill Drewett).

The Arthur Weir Trophy for the Best Club Member was awarded to David McGrath and the Men's State League team won the Allan Drever Trophy for the Best Team Performance.

Club Sponsors. :

Kookaburra Australia, Superior Grasse Pty Ltd, Coca Cola, South Australia Brewing Co Ltd, Glanville Hotel, Wee Willies Tavern, Sizzler and Lucozade.

Team Results - 1991:

 Men:

State League

Premiers

3rd

Division 2

Premiers

5th

Division 3

2nd

7th

Division 4

 

5th

Division 5

2nd

 

Division 6

2nd

Premiers

Division 7

3rd

4th

Under 17A

2nd

5th

Under 17B

6th

 

Under 15A:

2nd

6th

Under 13A

3rd

 

Under 11

3rd

 

State Representatives

Senior:

Steve Button
Chris Collett
Andrew Meredith
John Petruzzelli

Charmaine Simms

Under 21:

Chris Collett
Andrew Meredith
Andrew Robinson
Kris Schiller

Charmaine Simms

Under 18

 

Tobi Cibich
Amy Hampton
Jo Venning
Trish Heberle (Coach)

Under 16

 

Kelly-Gene Young

Under 15:

Michael Bevan
Adam Jeffrey
Sean Pearce

 

1992

1992 could be called Sandy Pisani's year. As Captain-Coach of the Women's State League team she won the SAHA Best and Fairest Player Trophy and was appointed as an Australian Selector by the Australian Women's Hockey Association. She was also selected as Coach of the Year by her fellow senior team Club coaches. The women's State League team rating was elevated from 7`" to 2°d position in two years under her coaching.

Paul Lewis was at the Australian Institute of Sport in Perth and he gained selection in the 1992 Olympic team. He was strongly supported by the Club during the time he was with the AIS, including a money raising function at the Club. A copy of a letter from him to the Club President, Dennis Meredith, was published in The Magpie, April 1989 stated:

'.Just a short note to thank you for your support and encouragement over the past couple of years. Also thanks to the Club for its support. Now all I have to do is try my hardest to stay there. Hope the Club has a successful year and definitely looking forward to playing for Port when I come back to Adelaide. '

However, on his return to Adelaide he chose to play Club hockey at Grange, a decision that lowered his standing of loyalty to zero.

Team numbers were down this year to 10 men and 6 women and premierships were won by men in Division 2 (7th in succession), Division 3 and Under 15. Andrew Meredith was awarded a full-time AIS scholarship in Perth in preparation for the World Junior Cup and Kelly-Gene Young was selected in an Australian Under 16 team.

All underage teams performed very well this year with one premiership (Under 15 boys), two runners-up, a third and a fourth, while the Under 17 boys won the State Junior Championship at that level. However, there was some concern about the number of players who were available. Some boys played at two levels to make up the numbers in the Under 13 and Under 15 teams.

It was anticipated that the clubs with synthetic turf grounds would receive an equitable number of State League matches on their home grounds during this season. However, this did not eventuate. A total of 19 matches were played at the satellite stadiums - Adelaide University 6, Brighton 2, Port Adelaide 3 and Woodville 8 - with the remainder of games played at The Pines Stadium.

This was the last year in which the Australian Men's Senior Championships were played at the one location. A long-standing event that was hosted by the individual State Associations on a rostered rotation basis, giving each State's hockey supporters and players the opportunity to witness Australia's best players in intense competition. This tournament, which usually ran for 12 days, was recognised by its standards of play and organisation as one of the best in the world for a National Championship. Many hockey supporters were disappointed when the Championship format was changed to a National Hockey League system.

Club Sponsors. :

Y-Climb and Ron Heath the Tyreman (major sponsors), Pizza Haven, Wee Willies Tavern, Lucozade, Kookaburra Australia, South Australian Brewing Co. Ltd, Glanville Hotel and Tip-Top Dry Cleaners.

Best and Fairest Trophy Winners:

State League:

Chris Collett

Sandy Pisani

Division 2:

Rick Rundle

Kaylene Bowdren

Division 3:

Adrian Buckley

Kathy Benn

Division 4:

 

Jill Van Dokkum

Division 5:

Russell Turbill

 

Division 6:

Derek Hutchins

 

Division 7:

Mark Rice Division 7:

Cathie Pointon

Awards

Best Club Member:

Sam Clohessy

Best Team:

Division 2 Men

Team Results 1992:

Men:

State League:

3rd

2nd

Division 2:

Premiers

8th

Division 3:

Premiers

5th

Division 4:

 

3rd

Division 5:

2nd

 

Division 6:

3rd

 

Division 7:

4th

2nd

Under 17A:

2nd

3rd

Under 15A:

Premiers

 

Under 13A:

4th

 

Under 11:

 

2nd

Australian/State Representatives:

Men:

Australia:

 

Sandy Pisani (Selector)

Australia Under 21:

Andrew Meredith

 

Australia Under 16

 

Kelly-Gene Young

Senior:

Steve Button
Andrew Meredith
Mark Robinson

Sandy Pisani
Charmaine Simms

Under 21:

Chris Collett
Andrew Meredith
Kris Schiller

Charmaine Simms
Robyn Hampton
Jo Venning

Under 18:

 

Jacqui Lapsley
Jo Venning
Kelly-Gene Young
Trish Heberle (Coach)

Under 17:

Adam Jeffery
Sean Pearce
Troy Clohessy
Ryan McGrath

 

Under 15:

Danny Katschner

 

1993

The 1993 season must be recorded as a further milestone in the already illustrious record of the Club, with both the men's and women's State League teams winning a premiership double. This was a first ever for both Port Adelaide and South Australian hockey. Congratulations to coaches Trevor Cibich and Sandy Pisani and to all players and officials of both teams. Premiership success was also gained by the men's Division 2 and Under 18 teams and the women's Under 18 team.

Andrew Meredith won the SAHA Best and Fairest Player Trophy, as well as being the State League's top goalscorer. He represented South Australia at senior level as well as captaining the State Under 21 team at the Australian Championships. Kelly-Gene Young was selected in the Australian Under 18 team.

Club President, Dennis Meredith, reported in the Annual Report:

`The administration of a Club such as Port Adelaide continues to be a challenge. The efforts of your management committee over the past season has been great. We continue be envied by other Clubs for our administrative expertise, and all members of management have made great contributions during 1993. The extra responsibilities Terry Victory assumed when he had to take on the role of Secretary of both the men's and women sections of the Club is worthy of special mention.

I am pleased to report that following negotiations with the Port Adelaide Council, the loan for the synthetic turf has been re-financed over the next five years. This re-financing w enable the ground to be paid off over 5 years, rather than 10 years. I record my thanks those officers of the Port Adelaide Council who have facilitated these arrangements. '

And some excepts from the Senior Coaches in the Annual Report:

'Finally, to the administration and supporters of the Port Adelaide Hockey Club may extend my sincere thanks. Coaching is not an easy task but is made much easier due to t expert administration and loyal support from players and members.' Trevor Cibich

`Well done team! I would hope that this effort will not stand alone, and that we w continue to be a strength in the Women's State League. '        Sandy Pisani

On Thursday nights after training meals were provided for players and other members. Steve Jeffery, Pam Searle, Marilyn Young and Lorraine Line were mainly responsible for this popular feature.

The allocation of State League matches to satellite stadium grounds was a vast improvement on the previous three years - Adelaide University (8), Port Adelaide (21) and Woodville (11).

Club Sponsors:

Y-Climb and Ron Heath the Tyreman (Major Sponsors), Wee Willies Tavern, Lucozade, Tip-Top Dry Cleaners, Maughan Thiem Ford, Rossi Smallgoods, Charlesworth Nuts, Australian Airlines Express, Port Sports, Makita Australia, Petroleum Consulting, Port Adelaide Auto Repairs, PJ's Bakery, Carlec Auto Electrical, Symons & Clark Transport, J & P Cabinets and Glanville Hotel.

Best and Fairest Trophy Winners:

State League:

Steve Button and Andrew Meredith

Charmaine Collett

Division 2:

Peter Simms

Julie Graham

Division 3:

Adrian Buckley

Sally Gill

Division 4:

Jason Millar and Gary Victory

Libby Williams

Division 5:

Darren Pettrey

 

Division 6:

 

Kris Dunne

Division 7:

Steve Martin and Malcolm Hunt

 

Awards

Best Club Member:

Alan Harris

Best Team:

Stage League Men and State League Women

Team Results -1993:

State League:

Premiers

Premiers

Division 2:

Premiers

5th

Division 3:

2nd

6th

Division 4

4th

3rd

Division 5:

6th

 

Division 6

 

4th

Division 7:

 

5th

Under 18:

Premiers

Premiers

Under 16:

2nd

 

Under 14:

6th

 

Under 12:

2nd

 

Division 4:

3rd

 

Australian/State Representatives:

Australia Under 18:

 

Kelly-Gene Young

NHL:

Steve Button
Chris Collett
Andrew Meredith
Mark Robinson

Charmaine Collett
Jacqui Lapsley
Jo Venning
Emma Voigt

Under 21:

Andrew Meredith (Captain)
Kris Schiller

Robyn Hampton
Melissa Kenley
Jacqui Lapsley
Jo Venning

Under 18:

Troy Clohessy
Adam Jeffery
Ryan McGrath
Sean Pearce
Mark Victory

Rachel Hampton (Captain)
Tobi Cibich (Vice-Captain)
Emma Voigt
Kelly-Gene Young

Under 15:

Bradley Pentecost

 

1994

The 1994 season was without doubt another vintage year for the Club. It remained the Premier Club of South Australia, winning the men's Quit and Win Cup and men's State League premiership for the second year in succession, being runners-up in the women's State League, winning a further 6 premierships, as well as being runners-up in two other grades. Congratulations to Trevor Cibich and Sandy Pisani for their supreme efforts as State League coaches. Trevor indicated that he was taking a spell from coaching, after 11 of the past 14 years as the senior men's coach. He had tremendous success during this period, and the Club will be forever grateful for his magnificent contribution. Trevor's efforts with the Club were recognised by the South Australian Hockey Association with his being awarded a State Award in recognition of outstanding service to hockey in South Australia.

During May the Club hosted the State Under 16 Girls Championships and the following month several grades of the State Country Championships were also played at Port Adelaide. Sandy Pisani was re-elected as a National Women's Selector and because of the time involved in that role, together with her role as a Director on the SA Hockey Board she advised the Club that she would not be continuing as coach in the ensuing season. In her four years with the Club, she brought the women's State League team from virtual obscurity to playing off in the past three grand finals (with one premiership success).

In her report as the State League Women's Coach in the Annual Report she said:

`Port Adelaide is an exceptional Club, managed professionally and competently - one which has the desire to succeed and the determination to continue to be number one in the State, both in men and women. The necessary ingredients are in place to ensure that those members and players at Port Adelaide will continue to achieve success. '

Premierships were also won by the men's Divisions 2, 3, 7, 8 and Under 14 and by the women's Under 18 teams. This made a total of seven Premierships for the year, plus the pre­season Quit and Win Cup. A record for the Club!

Special mention was made of the efforts of the Men's Division 2 team, very ably coached by Steve Harris. This team won its 9th successive premiership in this grade - an exceptional achievement.

Adam Jeffery won the Best Player Trophy at the Under 21 Australian Championship and was the top goalscorer in the State League competition. Kelly-Gene Young was selected in the Australian Under 18 team. Strong representation continued in State teams by both men and women at Senior, Under 21, Under 18 and Under 15 levels. In addition, Adam Jeffery, Ryan McGrath and Sean Pearce were selected in the Australian Under 18 train-on squad and Tobi Cibich in the Australian Women's Senior Development Squad.

In 1987 Dennis Meredith gave a commitment to serve as President for three years. Eight years down the track he declared it was now time to step down from that office. The service and commitment which he showed in that period was of inestimable value to the Club.

Steve Jeffery, Sam Clohessy, Marilyn Young, Pam Searle, Margaret Bevan and Lorraine Line again combined to provide after-training counter meals on Thursday evenings. The Annual Dinner was again a great success with approximately 130 members attending. It was held at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron at Outer Harbor.

One disappointment for this season was the limited number of State League matches that were played at the Club ground.

Club Sponsors:

Ron Heath the Tyreman and Y-Climb (Major Sponsors), Charlesworth Nuts, Makita Australia, Glanville Hotel, Carlec Auto Electrical, Ansett Australia, Coca Cola, Rossi Smallgoods, Symons & Clark Transport, Rover Mowers, Petroleum Consulting, J & P Cabinets and PJ's Bakery.

Best & Fairest Trophy Winners:

State League:

Chris Collett

Emma Voigt

Division 2:

Nick Petticrew

Kathy Benn

Division 3:

Alan Harris

Margaret McDonald

Division 4:

Gary Victory and Ling Tan

Annette Cook

Division 7:

Mark Moore

 

Division 8:

Simon Jones

 

Under 18:

Danny Katschner

Belinda Redan

Awards

Best Club Member:

Ross Tapping

Best Team:

Under 18 Women

Team Results - 1994:

Men:

State League:

Premiers

2nd

Division 2:

Premiers

2nd

Division 3:

Premiers

7th

Division 4:

3rd

9th

Division 7:

Premiers

 

Division 8:

Premiers

 

Under 18:

2nd

Premiers

Under 16:

3rd

 

Under 14:

Premiers

6th

Under 12:

8th

 

Australian/State Representatives:

Australia Under 18

 

Kelly-Gene Young

NHL:

Steve Button
Chris Collett
Adam Jeffery
Paul Lewis
Andrew Meredith

Melissa Kenley
Jo Venning
Emma Voigt
Tricia Heberle (Coach)

Under 21:

Adam Jeffery
Ryan McGrath
Sean Peace
Kris Schiller

Tobi Cibich
Rachel Hampton
Melissa Kenley
Jacqui Lapsley
Jo Venning
Emma Voigt
Kelly-Gene Young
Tricia Heberle (Coach)

Under 18:

Michael Bevan
Shaun Cox
Adam Jeffery
Ryan McGrath
Sean Pearce (Captain)

Sara Fuller
Belinda Redan
Kelly-Gene Young

Under 15:

Greg Moore (Captain)

 

1995

A Club is often judged by the performance of its most senior teams and 1995 saw both the men's (its third in succession) and women's State League teams win their respective premierships. The Division 3 men were also successful.

At the close of the 1994 season Trevor Cibich advised of his intention to `have a spell from coaching'. However, his appointment as coach of the State League women's team for 1995 was warmly applauded and his spell from coaching put on hold. Anthony Haynes was appointed as coach of the men's State League team. A great result for both coaches, premierships first up for each of them in the men's and women's State League. Of the five senior men's teams all made the finals in their respective grades. The women fielded four teams.

Dennis Meredith's significant contribution to hockey in the State was recognised with Life Membership of the South Australian Hockey Association.

Other highlights for the season included - Tobi Cibich and Kelly-Gene Young selected in the Australian Women's Youth Squad, Kelly-Gene Young captain of the Australian Women's Under 18 team and State League highest goal scorers were Emma Voigt and Adam Jeffery. Marilyn Young and Neil Pentecost were elected Life Members.

Club Sponsors

Y-Climb and Ron Heath the Tyreman (Major Sponsors), Symons & Clark Transport, Petroleum Consulting, J & P Cabinets, Golden Ox Meat Store, Charlesworth Nuts, Makita Australia, Glanville Hotel, Carlec Auto Electrical, Maughan Thiem Ford, Rover Mowers and Sunshine Bakery.

Team Results -1995:

Men:

State League:

Premiers

Premiers

State League Reserve:

4th

5th

Division 3:

Premiers

7th

Division 4:

2nd

10th

Division 7:

2nd

 

Under 18

 

3rd

Under 16:

8th

 

Under 14

 

3rd

Under 12

5th

 

Under 18:

3 `d

 

Australian/State Representatives:

Australia Under 18:

 

Kelly-Gene Young (Captain)

NHL:

Steve Button
Chris Collett
Adam Jeffery
Sean Pearce
Kris Schiller

Tobi Cibich
Charmaine Collett
Rachel Hampton
Melissa Kenley
Jo Venning
Emma Voigt
Kelly-Gene Young

Under 21:

Michael Bevan
Troy Clohessy
Adam Jeffery
Sean Pearce
Mark Victory
Anthony Haynes (Coach)
Sam Clohessy (Manager)

Tobi Cibich
Belinda Baldissera
Rachel Hampton
Jacqui Lapsley
Melissa Kenley
Jo Venning
Emma Voigt
Kelly-Gene Young

Under 18:

Bradley Pentecost

Bronte Pickett
Kelly-Gene Young (Captain)

Under 15

Craig Victory

 

1996

By 1996 the number of teams had decreased significantly since the late 1980's when in 1988, 1989 and 1990 the Club fielded 20 teams. This year the Club fielded 14 teams. However, there were five underage boys and girls teams, three of which were successful in winning premierships. This was an encouraging sign for the future.

The women's Premier League team won its second consecutive premiership and the men's Premier League Reserve team was also successful.

Unfortunately, 1996 was a poor one as far as the finances of the Club were concerned, and a number of factors contributed to this. It was proposed that restructuring of some areas within the Club's operation would occur in the ensuing year. The President in the Annual Report emphasised the necessity for all members to honour their commitments to allocated duties in the interests of the Club.     There was some improvement in the number of home matches for the Premier League teams this season - a total of nine matches.

The Premier League fixtures were very controversial to many. After a complete round of matches were played the teams were then graded into two pools, with another two complete rounds being played in each pool. Finals matches were then played in each pool. Fortunately, this system was not used again in the following and subsequent seasons.

Premier League coaches were Brian Jordan (men's team) and Trevor Cibich (women's team). Tobi Cibich and Kelly-Gene Young were again selected in the Australian Women's Youth Squad, and the good representation in the various State teams continued. Bill Drewett and Jeff Wait were selected in the Australian Veterans team.

Premierships were won by the women's State League, Under 16 and Under 14 teams and the men's Under 16 team.

The sterling work of Charmain Wait, Jan Victory and Lorraine Line in the canteen continued throughout the season, work for which the Club is very much indebted.

Club Sponsors.­

Y-Climb and Ron Heath the Tyreman (Major Sponsors), Symons & Clark Transport, Petroleum Consulting, J & P Cabinets, Makita Australia, Glanville Hotel, Carlec Auto Electrical, Maughan Thiem, Rover Mowers, Charlesworth Nuts and Sunshine Bakery.

Best & Fairest Trophy Winners:

Men:

Premier League:

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