Looking for good hockey in Melbourne

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  1. thefloppy1

    thefloppy1 FHF Starter

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    Willowsacorns,
    What sort of schools are you after? The Private Schools (Self Funded) alot of them are around inner city there are 4 big clubs in the inner east area, and lots of smaller clubs. The Big clubs Being TEMS, Hawthorne, Warvely and Camberwell. Powerhouse is a good club for expats, they are based in St Kilda/Albert Park (near the GP street Track).
    But housing in these areas is not cheap. (That said sometimes you can get bargains in St Kilda).

    To the West is cheaper housing, a couple of big clubs, in Footscray and Altona, but I can't say much for the schools, I did used to work out there, and really didn't enjoy it at all. I went from a country boy to inner east at uni.

    Possibly one of the best if not the best highschool in the east is Balwyn High, the feeder schools are meant to be quite good as well. Housing is not cheap but not as expensive as inner east. and it is close to all the big clubs, including Greensborough in the north.

    The inner southeast, has good housing, am not sure about the schools, you can get into any of the clubs quickly in the inner east and south east. Like Southern, Waverley. I know people at all these clubs and they are all pretty good clubs, they have good structures there for Juniors, and Vets hockey for those over 35. I would steer clear of any of the smaller clubs and some of the Uni Clubs, they are really transition clubs, they don't have the same support there for junior hockey the bigger clubs offer.

    I am currently in the US, I have a daughter that is close to 3 we move back to Melbourne in just over a year, so I am going to have to do the schools thing when I get back as well. We were part of Greensborough, and will most likely move back to be close to there, (although I have played for Powerhouse, TEMS and Swinburne in the past, if only I had of known how hockey works in Melb when I first moved there for uni)

    There are loads of Hospitals in the inner/outer/south east as well

    Good luck with the decision making.
     
  2. Stretch

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    Edit: some duplicate info with Floppy - I was typing...too late to change now!

    The biggest children's hospital in Melbourne is the royal children's hospital in parkville. It is also right near a very big general hospital, the royal Melbourne and also the women's hospital. Parkville is just north of the CBD.

    Other big hospitals in Melbourne include St Vincent's, which is in east Melbourne (also on edge of CBD) and the Alfred is south-south east of the CBD, technically still in Melbourne but getting close to Albert park, st Kilda, prahran and south yarra.

    In the outer suburbs there is the monash in Clayton, the northern in Epping...ummm yeah pretty much hospitals anywhere you care to go really!

    Hockey clubs with (junior programs) near the 'royals' are Brunswick and Essendon. Brunswick men's are in VL1 I think, Essendon is an elite club with men and women in premier league.

    St Vincent's doesn't really have a club nearby.

    The Alfred would lead you towards Powerhouse & StKilda (my club, opinion is biased I suppose!) or MCC. We have a good junior program which we are working hard to build up even stronger. Our men are top of VL1 comp this season hoping for promotion. Our women are in prem, but were promoted to the top league last year and if I'm honest, we'll be lucky to consolidate (never say never though! We've still got some hockey to play this season :)).

    The rest of the elite clubs are either in the outer north/north east (Doncaster, greensborough) or in the inner to Mid East (camberwell, hawthorn, toorak east Malvern, Waverley) with two in the inner west also, being Altona and footscray. All of the elite clubs have good junior programs - it's actually a condition on participating in the top leagues now!

    Have a look at the Hockey Victoria website (http://www.hockeyvictoria.org.au) for more info on comps in Melbourne and also for a full list of clubs and locations including regional associations.

    We have a really nice junior zone system in Victoria for talented player development which I think your boys would probably love trying out for! Might be similar to your county system? The state is divided into 9 zones and representative selected teams train then play a tournament (happening right now). The age groups are U13, U15 & U18.

    Melbourne is a great city and Victoria is a beautiful mix of many different natural environments, I really do love it. My club has a lot of British ex-pats, granted more of the young ones who haven't started families yet but have moved here due to economic hardships back home. Still, they seem happy here ;)

    Be warned though, try to live as close to your job as your budget allows. Traffic congestion is horrendous and our public transport is okay, but only going straight in or out of the CBD (like spokes on a wheel). Outer suburbs are poorly connected to each other (buses if you're lucky). Really, if you're commuting you've got to be living and working on a single train line. In the inner suburbs, it's better. There are trams as well as trains and the trams are a bit better spread around than trains.

    Property prices were getting a bit crazy in close, but we've slowed a little in the past 18months so it's getting better now. You have to pick your suburbs...

    Don't rule out Geelong either - its a nearby large city, on the bay with a train trip into Melbourne CBD of around an hour. It has a decent hockey club (VL level at the moment) of its own and a decent sized hospital as well. And it is right on the doorstep to the bellarine peninsula and the south west coast - google them ;)

    Good luck!
    <3 from a passionate Victorian hockey player ;)
     
  3. Willowsacorns

    Willowsacorns FHF Legend

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    Brilliant answers, thank you both.

    I am based in London so property prices and travel are something I have come to cope with but really appreciate the heads up. I know people who used to play at MCC and Altona others live out in Geelong but understand that is too far out to be considered commutable.

    My missus is very much a specialist nurse so the childrens hospital sounds ideal and I will use that as a guide. Hockey wise I am edging towards veterans (big 40 coming up in a couple of years) but still manage to hold my own with the youngsters at 2nd team level.

    All of this is great food for thought and the passion for the state, city and hockey shines through.

    Thanks again
     
  4. thefloppy1

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    Other Hospitals that we have forgotten.

    Austin and Mercy womens Hospital in Heidelberg (north east) and Box hill Hospital and Eastern Hospital (both outter east)

    good luck with the decisions.
     
  5. Stretch

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    Yeah, and regarding children's specific hospitals, there is the monash children's which has locations in Clayton, Dandenong and Casey.
     
  6. Snakepitlad

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    Involved at Altona HC, club is very tight-knit and community minded. It would be considered one of the smaller Premier League Clubs but all players are supportive of all other grades. We have a few English players and if you go to AHC webpage it gives an overview of the club. There are testimonials from OS players annd also from people who have made Altona their home from overseas. Website is
    www.altonahc.org.au
     
  7. babby

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    I play for Waverley HC and my brother plays for TEM. We both play goalie in juniors and I play metro 3 womens as well. They are both very family friendly clubs with great junior sections from my experience, however TEMs is a lot closer to the inner suburbs than Waverley (in the east but closer to Monash Childrens Hospital). It all depends on where you want to live.
    You can use this club finder if you have an idea:
    http://www.hockey.org.au/Participate/Club-Finder
     
  8. Andrew Carrigan

    Andrew Carrigan FHF Top Player

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    G'day,

    Just some additional info on the Zone system in Victoria.

    The state is split into 10 Zones there are 6 zones from Metropolitan Melbourne/ Mornington Peninsular and 4 Country Zones. The Country Associations play a Championship (JCC) over a weekend in May which is used to select the Country Zone teams for the Junior State Championship (JSC) which are over a week in July. The ages for JCC and JSC are U13, U15, and U17.

    This year Hockey Victoria also ran another State competition over 4 weekends in October and November called the Zone Challenge, the age groups for this were U12, U14, and U16, bottom age JSC players received automatic selection to their appropriate team for ZC. The Zone Challenge was introduced because HV found that about 40% of Junior players were playing in JSC when top age but missing out when bottom age, the Zone Challenge means that all players are top age for either JSC or ZC every year. There were some issues with how the ZC was run, ie close to exams for VCE and a lot of traveling for the country kids, but our twin boys enjoyed it (they played in U14 Lightning) and with some tweaking it can only be good for hockey in Victoria.


    Cheers,

    Andrew.
     
  9. Martindk

    Martindk FHF Top Player

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    Great tournament for the kids & teens, i enjoyed the time there both coaching and watching some players

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  10. Hamish.H

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    Powerhouse? Me too. An excellent club.
     

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