History of our club
The Warrnambool Wolves Football Club, formerly known as the Warrnambool Junior Soccer Club was established in 1992 by John McMillan, an advocate for grass roots football.

John had and continues to have a passion for the game at all levels of the game but particularly at junior level. This passion for the game has him at the forefront of the development of the code in Warrnambool as the instigator of many of Warrnambool's football programs including the club's junior development program, Academy programs, Mens and Womens Twilight competitions, Warrnambool Wolves senior teams, Junior and Womens country championship squads, organising and running the annual South West Games tournament, as well as being an active participant in the Warrnambool Wolves Masters Team.

The club was initially formed to satisfy the needs of one enthusiastic boy, Peter Luke and it soon grew from there. For many months the equipment was stored in the back of Johnny's car.

With the assistance of some hardy helpers including Delia Jenkins, Pat Caveny, Mickey Taylor, Joe Jacobs and many others the club continued to grow in size resulting in annual increases in participation levels.

With participation numbers continuing to grow the club was able to expand its Harris Street Clubrooms on the 14 th November 1999.

2002 being the clubs tenth anniversary saw 180 children register, 100 men play twilight football under newly installed lights, a senior team play in the Geelong league where the nickname The Wolves has become synonymous with football in Warrnambool. 30 women players also registered as the forefront to a womens twilight league being formed.

2005 has continued to be a successful year for the Warrnambool Wolves with the club continuing to be served by an excellent band of skilled coaches and volunteers assisting John McMillan in every way. These include: Steve McDonald, Jack O'Connor, Des Shannon, Mickey Taylor, Bruce Sheedy, Joe Jacobs, Carlos Del Rio and Mike Neoh, to name a few.

The aim is to continue to develop the game at junior levels by providing quality sessions run by quality coaches. The future looks bright with the under 6 age group continuing to provide a sound basis for the club.

The Warrnambool Wolves program consists of:

  • Twilight Football for women (Monday nights) and men (Wednesday nights) with both competitions providing competitive football in a social environment. It has provided an opportunity for experienced players and newcomers to enjoy the game, as well as providing our up and coming juniors an opportunity to step up a level.

  • Academy squads and Country squads train on a regular basis with a view to advanced training programs in readiness for up and coming tournaments.

  • Junior program for children, boys and girls, from 5 years of age through to 16 years. Sunday morning sessions for the under 6's comprise skills, games and fun with a view to giving the children a basis to continue further with the game as they grow older. The under 8's through to under 16's split their Sunday sessions with a skills session and a competitive, league game. Games against teams from the South West are arranged on a regular basis.

  • Regular games are played throughout the year against other teams at both junior and senior level as well as internal games such as our Country Championships team versus a Twilight select squad, so that a full range of players can get the opportunity to play.

2005 provided the following highlights:

  • Gemma Gray and Ellen Wines have continued to shine in the junior program as well as the Womens Twilight competition and were selected to represent the Victorian under 14 Country Girls team in the Friendship Games in Sydney. Renae Billington also trialled for this squad and was unlucky not to progress further.

  • Hamish McDonald (under 13's) and Rowan Duffield (under 15's) both trialled in their respective age groups for Victorian squads and were unlucky not to progress further but the future looks bright for these two boys.

  • An under 13 mixed squad performed creditably at the Country Championships in Swan Hill, with the players realizing that they have the capability of performing well at this level.

  • A Womens squad will compete in the Country Championships on the synthetic pitches at Darebin on October 22 & 23. We are confident of a sound performance.

  • Our over 40's Master's team is heading to Adelaide on 8 October to compete in the Australian Masters Games and body's willing are hopeful of a successful tournament.

  • Gemma, Ellen and Renae as well as Ursula Hughson and Ruby Fitzgerald will all be playing in the Girls State Championships on October 15 and 16 hopefully with a view opening up further representative honours. We wish these talented girls well.

  • Matthew Park, a junior player in the late 1990's, represented the under 17 Australian team, “The Joey's” at the under 17 World Cup held in Peru. Whilst only having limited playing opportunities, Matt played well when on the field and the future bodes well for this former Warrnambool Junior.

  • The Warrnambool Wolves continue to organise the Football competition for the South West Games, every November, irrespective of which town hosts the overall games. This year we will be hosting over 50 teams and 500 players over two weekends from under 8's through to senior men plus a womens and girls competition, with teams coming from Mount Gambier, Hamilton, Horsham, Stawell, Ararat, Ballarat, Sherbrooke and other Melbourne sides. It is a magnificent opportunity for our players but particularly our juniors to compete against quality opposition in our own backyard.

  • The mens twilight competition continues to flourish into its fifth year and tenth season, with the 2005 Winter season looking to be the closest result with 7 of the 8 teams within four points of each other with 2 rounds to play.

  • The womens twilight competition continues to go from strength to strength and has provided and sound base for our Country Championship s squad, with the enthusiasm and enjoyment filtering throughout the club.

  • A busload of Wolves players went to Melbourne to support the Melbourne Victory in the newly formed A-league. Hopefully this will become a regular event.

The Warrnambool Wolves both juniors and seniors have continued to foster the game throughout Western Victoria with Matches played this year against Colac, Horsham, Ballarat Masters, Bendigo (womens) and a Mount Gambier under 23 representative squad.. It was disappointing that Hamilton were unable to provide a team for their annual Charity Cup, hopefully in 2006. Millicent have also advised that they aim to visit in 2006 to try and win back the Red Cross shield.

During the year the club continued it's ongoing support for community issues outside of football and raised funds for the Tsunami Relief Fund as well as it's annual fundraiser, ‘The Daffodil Cup”, raising funds for cancer research.

During 2005, the club was happy to welcome a new major sponsor on board being, The Savings & Loans Credit Union. We are looking forward to a sound relationship with Grant Howland and his team, with their sponsorship fitting well with the clubs other longterm sponsors: Soulsby & Struth; RA Steel; Only Sport and Maceys Bistro.

If 2005 was a busy year for the Warrnambool Wolves, then 2006 will be even more hectic with Country Championships to attend, junior development to continue, twilight competition to continue as well as our annual events such as the Presidents Cup, the Daffodil Cup and the South West Games.

The Warrnambool Wolves will also be looking to construct its new, expanded clubrooms following a Government grant however awaits formal Council support for the project.

Warrnambool Wolves Club History

Constitution 2014