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About Us
Mission

To build and develop the sport of baseball within our community, and become one of the top baseball clubs within WA.

Vision

To promote a positive and competitive baseball experience to players of all skills and experience, enabling them to reach their fullest potential both on and off the baseball field.

Values

We treat all players, coaches, officials and volunteers with fairness and respect, and value their contribution

We strive to provide a competitive, fun and safe environment for baseball

We respect and comply with the rules and laws of the game of baseball

We meet the highest ethical standards and transparency

Our History

2011-

After 50 years Baseball moves to Wembley Sports Park

The Wembley Athletic Club took possession of their new home following the Town of Cambridge handing Wembley Sports Park Pavilion in 2016. The $3 million redevelopment involves refurbishment of the old pavilion with visiting teams change rooms plus storage facilities for senior and junior cricket. Terraced seating separating the two buildings will be covered, providing a seamless link between the pavilion buildings and giving protection to spectators in all weather conditions.

2001-2010

1991-2000

THE NINETIES FOR THE CLUB

Unfortunately by 1990 there were not enough players for the women’s teams to continue and the remaining softballers pursued their interest in the sport elsewhere.

Due to financial pressures the number of imports coming to the club declined, however the club continued to be strong and in 1992/93 the club won its first State League grand final since 1980. Coached by Ken McGee the team contained players such as Corey Loehr and Paul Stafford. The AAA side also won the grand final in 1992/93 and followed that up with a grand final win the following year.

Juniors such as Adam Stafford, Rob Leader, Adrian Scatena and Luke and Ben Risinger pressed for selection to senior ranks. During the 1990’s Heath Gillard’ sister Jodie was the first female to play baseball for the Wembley club. Even after the collapse of a women’s team which was started in 1995/96 she remained at Wembley and played for the men’s B grade team.

1981-1990

TEEBALL - THE BEGINNING

At the beginning of the 1980s Wembley began experimenting with importing players from America. The first to arrive was Todd Di Vittorio, followed by John Greenleaf. Greenleaf proved a bonus as he represented Wembley in both baseball and basketball.

Di Vittorio eventually returned to North America but Greenleaf stayed, married into the Gillard family and became an integral part of the club.

Over the years that followed, the Wembley club continued to import players each year, with varying degrees of success. In 1986/87 the club’s first softball team was formed and the following year two teams took to the diamond, the B3 team winning the premiership and the B5 team losing in the grand final. The following year both teams were promoted but lost in the finals.Throughout the 1980s the Wembley club was still a force in baseball in WA but not to the extent it had been in the 1960s and 1970s. As well as imported players who performed well, local talent such as Heath Gillard not only played for Wembley but also represented both Western Australia and Australian teams.

1971-1980

TEEBALL - THE BEGINNING

In 1974 Wembley players and officials held a fun day at Teakwood Oval in Woodlands. At this gathering a modified form of the game was tried – tee ball. By October of the same year a number of tee ball teams were formed in the metropolitan area, four of them from the Wembley club. In 1975, mainly due to the rapid growth of tee ball, the club divided baseball administration into senior and junior sections.

The growth of tee ball was such that by 1977 there were over one thousand youngsters involved in tee ball across Western Australia.

1951 - 1970

WEMBLEY BASEBALL CLUB BEGINNINGS

In 1951 the Wembley Baseball Club commenced the season with four teams (including juniors). The junior team, comprising boys from Wembley and Jolimont were the most successful, reaching the Grand Final. By 1954 the baseball club was fielding five teams and in that year all five teams reached the finals. In the years that followed Wembley contested many finals across different grades without winning a premiership.

However, in 1958 the drought was broken and the B Grade side won the premiership under coach Bill Chiew. The following year the U17 side were successful in winning the premiership, a member of that team being Barry McFarlane who was the bat boy in the inaugural 1950s team. One of Wembley’s outstanding players during the 1950s was Doug Stewart. Not only did Stewart win a number of Best and Fairest Awards for the Wembley club but also played in West Australian and Australian sides. Other Wembley players to make their mark in this decade were Frank Day, Bill Chiew, Jim Smith, Ron Herbert John Wheeler and Ray Gimm.

CLUBROOMS IN THE EARLY DAYS

Because of the inadequate facilities at Henderson Park, baseball families from the Wembley area opened their homes for many of the social gatherings. One family in particular were well known for their hospitality. Max and Betty Gimm, who lived at 112 Jersey St, became the unofficial clubrooms for the baseballers and the place where ‘the keg’ could be found after many of the games.

The Gimm’s daughters Marlene and Carol were also scorers for many years. At the end of the 1963 season baseball changed from a winter to a summer sport. The Wembley club continued to field five teams and, with the change to a summer sport, now became a sport in its own right rather than being a sport intended to improve the skills of the cricketers.

1926

Establishment of the Wembley Athletic Club

The Wembley Athletic Club was founded in 1926 by a group of gentlemen playing cricket. It grew rapidly to include basketball and then football. Soon afterwards baseball followed by Vets Football and finally netball joined in 1995.

The Wembley Athletic Club and its history is well documented in "A Club for All Seasons" by Andy Collins and Ken Spillman, published in 1997.

The club was originally based in East Perth and moved its headquarters to Henderson Park Jolimont in 1966. In 2016 the club moved around around the corner to its new headquarters at Wembley Sports Park in Jolimont.

Wembley Athletic Club is now made up of six major sections. Cricket which includes senior and junior sections; Football and Vets, Baseball which combines both seniors and juniors, Basketball and Netball.

Life Members - Wembley Athletic Club

1929

Hadge Bryant

1930

Arthur Levy

1931

Eric Erikson

1933

Barney Giles

1934

Frank Fuhrmann

1935

Vic Erikson

1936

Bob Dalzeill

1937

Ernest Jones

1938

John Bowe

1939

Harry Armstrong

1940

Fred Gulley

1941

Bill Robinson

1946

Football

Norm Snashall

1947

Bill Golding

1948

Keith Bennet

1949

Rigo Gimm

1951

Frank Boylan

1952

Football

Ray McMahon

1953

Allan Bennet

1954

Football

Harry Larcombe

1955

Baseball

Reuben McFarlane

1956

Football

Jack Gourdis

1957

Football/Cricket

Doug Herd

1958

Baseball

Max Gimm

1959

Cricket/Football/Baseball

Kevin OConnor

1960

Cricket/BasketballBaseball

Des Prunster

1961

Baseball/Cricket

William Chiew

1962

Cricket/BasketballBaseball

Brian Holder

1963

Football

John McMahon

1964

Reg Wright

1965

Baseball

Glenn Clohessy

1966

Baseball

Paul McCavanagh

1967

Baseball

Ray Smith

1968

Cricket/Basketball/Baseball

Les McMahon

1969

Baseball/Cricket

Frank Chiew

1969

Football

Kevin Smyth

1970

Football

Brian Featherby

1970

Mary Giles

1971

Cricket

Ray Maloney

1971

Cricket

Frank Maloney

1972

Baseball

Don Bell

1973

Football

Gary Sloss

1974

Baseball

Frank Williamson

1975

Baseball

John Gillard

1976

Football

John (Fred) Everett

1976

Football

Don Baker

1977

Baseball/Basketball

Barry McFarlane

1977

Cricket

Eddie Piper

1978

Football

David Tanner

1979

Baseball/Football

Richard Gillard

1980

Cricket

Lionel Allen

1981

Cricket/Football

Merv Doig

1982

Baseball/Basketball

Keith Gillard

1983

Football

Bob Tanner

1984

Football

Des Ryan

1985

Baseball

Barry Kirk

1985

Cricket

Colin Webb

1987

Football/ Baseball

Terry Cranswick

1987

Cricket

Geoff Povey

1988

Baseball

Ray Michell

1988

Football/ Cricket

Alan Cockram

1989

Cricket

Richard Langley

1989

Football

Graeme Matcham

1990

Cricket/ Football

Michael Somerford

1991

Cricket

Peter Hayes

1992

Football

Bill Payne

1992

Football

Terry Goddard

1994

Football/ Cricket

Alan Carter

1994

Basketball/ Baseball

Scott Overstone

1995

Football

Simon Proud

1996

Cricket/ football

Peter Somerford

1996

Football

Gary Dial

1997

Baseball

Eric Lake

1997

Football

Gary Watkins

1998

Baseball

Roma Mackenzie

1998

Football/ Baseball

Ken Reynolds

1999

Cricket/ Football

Brett Bowker

1999

Football/Baseball

Craig Austen

2000

Football

Gary Ackland

2000

Baseball/Basketball

John Greenleaf

2001

Cricket/ Football

Jeff Dial

2001

Basketball/Football

Ray Tuohey

2002

Cricket

Brad Wheatley

2002

Football/ Vets

Alan Howe

2003

Geoff Brayshaw

2003

Cricket

Malcolm Quekett

2004

Football

Denis Day

2004

Netball

Marita Somerford

2005

Basketball

Mark Stampalia

2006

Cricket

Bruce McLean

2006

Football

Phil Corbett

2007

Bernie Beard

2007

Basketball

Cynthia Gleeson

2008

Football

Sean Sargent

2008

Football

Rod Taylor

2008

Cricket/ Football

Michael Viney

2009

Football

Joseph Radici

2009

Cricket/ Football/ WAC

Bob Kitchin

2009

Football/ Vets

Colin Hamer

2010

Netball

Leonie Hockey nee Frost

2011

Baseball

Tim Cooper

2011

Cricket

Gavin West

2012

Cricket

Simon Verco

2012

Football

Leigh Turner

2012

Football

Terry Bennett

2013

Netball

Anna Gason

2013

Football/ Cricket

Alan McCaw

2013

Football

Christopher Shine

2014

Football

David Connell

2014

Football

Tony Gooth

2016

Cricket

Robert Di Russo