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STATE LEAGUE PLAYERS WANTED
Have a Go Baseball Session 19th Aug 2018 - 12pm - 3pm
Girls Can Play Baseball with launch of new Girls program
Wembley is a family-friendly baseball club that welcomes players of all ages, from 7 years up. We aim to field teams to suit all players from sociable teams for beginners and old-timers, to highly competitive teams for elite players. In the 2017-18 season, Wembley had approximately 160 players across 14 teams, including a team in Perth's top competition, the State League.
The establishment of a baseball club in Wembley came about because of a run of disappointing form from Wembley’s existing cricket teams. In 1950 the Wembley Athletic Club, of which the cricket club was a member, approached Reuben ‘Snow’ McFarlane of the Perth Baseball Club to establish a baseball team at Wembley. One of the key aims of establishing the baseball club was to improve the skills of the cricket team, especially fielding skills.
McFarlane set about attracting other baseballers to the newly formed club as well as supplementing the team with cricketers from Wembley. In its first season in 1950 the Wembley club, with McFarlane as coach, saw its A Reserve side promoted to A Grade and the B Grade side competing in the Grand Final.
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 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.
To build and develop the sport of baseball within our community, and become one of the top baseball clubs within WA.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John (Fred) Everett
Leonie Hockey nee Frost
Robert Di Russo