Camberwell lacrosse club history

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Formation and Progress

The club was formed in 1927 when members of the Kooyong (1909) and Canterbury (1909) clubs merged. The club had considerable on-field success in the pre-World War 2 years with great players including legendary goal-keeper Sam McCorkell, Ian Nisbett, Bev Kerrigan, Frank Fox, George and Horrie Smith and Jack Quilky. In 1952 a merger was made with neighbouring Glen Iris club (formed 1929) bringing stalwarts Bob, Earl and Dave Worrall and Cliff Jacobs to the club. The club played as Camberwell-Glen Iris until 1979 when the combination name was discontinued.

Camberwell has not yet achieved the coveted senior Victorian league premiership but has won numerous junior and divisional senior league flags over its history.

In 1969 the club was at its lowest ebb with no junior teams and insufficient players to field a senior team. Rather than disbanding, an ambitious new junior program was started and the senior players stayed together and migrated to play with the Surrey Park club. Within a few years the club had lifted its player numbers to over one hundred and has maintained this level ever since.

International Representatives

The club boasts a long list of national and international players including

  • Eric Nicholls (1967 Australian Team)
  • Doug Fox (1968 - 1974 Australian Team Captain)
  • Graeme Ross (1970 Australian Team)
  • Ron Twomey (1970 - 1974 Australian Team)
  • Retlaw Compton (1982 Australian Under 19 Team)
  • Mark Jackson (1988 Australian Under 19 Team)
  • Keir Jarvis, Matt Roberts, Simon Barwell, Russell Fox, Jason Davenport and Chris Weisse (1992 Australian Under 19 Team)
  • Jason Davenport was named in the World Under 19 All Stars team in 1992
  • Suthy Thoeun (1996 Australian Team)
  • Robbie Proctor (1999 Australian Under 19 Team)
  • Brad Ross (2002 Australian Senior Team)
  • Brett Melville, Andrew Hadden, Sabian Johnson, Simon Baker and Daniel Pusvacietis ( 2003 Australian Under 19 Team)
  • Daniel Pusvacietis (2006 Australian Senior Team)
  • Ben Greenwood (2016 Australian Under 19 Team)

College Players

A number of Camberwell stars have represented the club in the United States on college lacrosse scholarships -

  • Bill Kent (Rutgers)
  • Tim Murphy (Adelphi)
  • Adam Jackson (Roanoke)
  • Jason Davenport (Roanoke)
  • Brad Ross (Adelphi)

In most years since 1982 the club has hosted one or two visiting international players. These have included Chris O'Brien (Maryland & Mt Washington), Paul Cannon (Syracuse) and Jamie Symington (Syracuse & England National Team)

State, National and International Officials

The club has provided officials to senior national and international administration, management and coaching roles including

  • Doug Fox (1971-73 Victorian Lacrosse Association General Secretary, 1986 Australian Team Executive Director, 1991-1999 Australian Lacrosse Council Director, 1994 -98 Australian Lacrosse President),
  • Eric Nicholls (1961-64 Member of the VALA Executive Committee, 1974 Member of the World Series Committee, 1979-81 Lacrosse Victoria Treasurer, 1988-91 VLA Treasurer)
  • Bob Jackson (1989-92 Victorian Lacrosse Association President, 1996 Australian Under 19 Team Executive Director)
  • Graeme Ross (1990-99 Australian Under 19 Team Head Coach),
  • Leighton Beamsley (1993- 99 Australian Lacrosse Council Director, Current - Australian Lacrosse President Indoor Lacrosse)
  • Jan Jackson (2012-current FIL Women’s Rules Chair)

In addition to its large field lacrosse program, the club runs a major indoor lacrosse competition which was established in 1994. The Melbourne Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL) is a non-contact mixed gender competition played on Monday nights throughout the year in the magnificent Ashburton Sports and Recreation Centre. New competitions commence every eight weeks and new team entries are welcomed.

Life Members

  • Hilary Glennon *
  • Horrie Smith *
  • Cliff Jacobs *
  • Morrie Aitken
  • Robert Jackson
  • Eric Nicholls
  • Doug Fox
  • Alan Olsson
  • Graeme Ross
  • Joe Downie
  • Janet Jackson
  • Matthew Foster

* deceased

 

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