Team of the Century Contenders

The squad of 40 players for the Camberwell Hockey Club Team of the Century is listed at right.

From this group our Team of the Century (11 players, 4 interchange, including a goalkeeper, and a coach) was chosen.



Peter Beaumont Half Back
Ken Birkett Back
Harold Boileau Forward
Alan Carnell Forward
Martin Cashmere Forward
George Cook Forward
Mike Craig Forward
Robert Dalton Back
Steve Dalton Forward
John D'Arcy-Evans Back
Robert Dowling Goalkeeper
Lachlan Dreher Goalkeeper
Stuart Grimshaw Half Back
Andrew Henderson Forward
Bill Horman Back
Stewart Jamieson Half Back
Ron Legg Half Back
Rex Lind Half Back
Andrew McDonald Back
Andrew Minter Half Back
Charlie Morley Half Back
Andew Parsons Half Back/Forward
Graeme Parsons Forward
Laurie Provan Goalkeeper
John Purser Half Back/Forward
Rick Purser Forward
Greg Read Half Back/Forward
Arthur Reid Back
Eric Shade Forward
Don Smith Half Back
Jay Stacy Forward
Doug Stewart Forward
Jock Stewart Forward
Anthony Thornton Forward
Keith Thornton Back
Wayne Thornton Forward
Colin Wansbrough Half Back
David Wansbrough Half Back/Forward
Doug Watson Forward
Graham Wood Half Back


Player Profiles



U/21 State 1952 to 1956 inclusive.  State Seniors 1961.  Safe solid defender.  Original “Kicking” Back in 1956 Premiership side, only allowing nine goals for season.


State U/21 1961 to 1964 inclusive and Captain in 1964.  State Seniors 1969.  Talented player with good ball skills.


State U/21 1956 and 57.  State U/21 Captain 1957.  State Seniors 1958 to 1962 inclusive.  Skilful forward with excellent ball skills who played in the premiership sides of the late 1950’s.  Also a valuable Half where he played for Victoria in 1960.


Victorian Indoor Team for 14 years and in Australian Indoor Squad for 7 years.  Played mainly Right Wing in the premiership teams of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Fast, skilful forward with good positional perception.

COOK, George

State Seniors 1934, 35, 37, 38 and 39.  Learnt his hockey in Ireland.  Joined Camberwell in 1934 and was one of the instigators for our ground’s present site.  Very skilful forward and member of the 1938 and 1940 premiership teams.

DALTON, Robert

U/21 State for 4 years 1980 to 1983.  State Seniors 1984.  A dynamic back who served Camberwell admirably until his back injury.  Premiership side 1984.


State U/21 1948 to 1951 inclusive.  Captain 1950.  State Seniors 1952 to 1962 inclusive.  State Captain 1957, 59, 60, 61, 62.  Australian representative 1960 and Olympic Captain 1960.  Played in all positions on the forward line for Camberwell from 1948 to 1960’s.  Leading goal scorer on more than one occasion.  Had a distinguished interstate career capped off by selection as Captain of 1960 Australian Olympic team.  A dynamic, skilful, hard working player who was always looking for ways to improve.  A lucid, thoughtful hockey brain.  Played in many premiership teams.


Played in several Victorian sides in the 1930’s.  Very talented player who learnt his skills in India.  Played for Australia in the famous match against India in 1935.


Played for Australia 1984 Junior World Cup.  U/21 State 1981 to 1984 inclusive.  State Seniors 1985, 86 and 87.  Extraordinarily talented forward whose greatest aim was to score goals.  Played in three Premierships in 1980’s.


U/21 State 1979, 80.  State Seniors 1980, 81, 82.  Accomplished full back who could turn defence into attack with his accurate passing.  Premiership player in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.


U/21 State 1979, 80.  State Seniors 1981 to 1985 inclusive.  Club goalie in five premierships in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  Brilliant attacking and aggressive keeper.

DREHER, Lachlan

Australian representative 1989 to 2000 inclusive.  Played in 2 Olympics, 2 World Cups, and 11 Champions Trophy tournaments.  Has played 140 games in total for Australia.  State U/21 1985 to 1988 inclusive.  State Seniors 1988 to 2000 inclusive.  An energetic sure-footed keeper who has served country and state well.  Appears to be fearless in goals and attacks the ball with gusto.  Played in 2 State League premiership teams.


U/21 New Zealand representative and 1984 Olympian with New Zealand.  An exciting “never say die” player who played in all half positions.  Played in all premierships in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  He became Club Captain and then captain/coach.  When a Back was required he more than ‘filled the bill”


State U/21 1987 to 1990 inclusive.  State Seniors 1991 to 1994 and 1996 to 2000.  Talented player who gives his all every game.  Premiership player 1980’s and 1990’s and current Club Captain.  Has been used successfully on Half line.


U/21 State 1950 to 1953 inclusive.  Captain 1952 and 53.  State Seniors 1954 to 1965 inclusive.  Played in premiership teams in the 1950’s.  Scrupulously fair, very quick Back.


State Seniors 1952 and 1953.  Right half in premiership sides 1946 to 1953.  A solid “no frills” player who was always there when needed.


Member of three premiership sides in the 1950’s.  One of the most reliable halves in Camberwell teams.  He achieved this with impeccable position play.


State representative 1934.  Again in 1946 but withdrew through injury.  Another player whose career in hockey was interrupted by the War.  Played in premiership sides up to 1951.  Solid and dependable Centre Half or Back.  If you messed with a Camberwell player you messed with Rex.  Later became Club President.

McDonald, Andrew

Australian Junior World Cup member 1988, premiership player 1986, Victorian Colts. Victorian Seniors, Tasmanian Seniors.  A safe, quick, solid defender.

MINTER, Andrew

A Left Half of many years standing.  Played in premiership teams of 1980’s and early 1990’s.  An umpires’ friend who helped them in many a game.  You might get past his stick but his hips were a different matter.  A solid attacking Half.

MORLEY, Charles

State Seniors 1937, 38, 39, 46, 47, 49, 50 and 51.  Australian representative 1948, Australian Captain 1948, Australian Coach 1948, 50, 60, 64 and 66.  State Coach 1946 to 1965 inclusive.  Captain Coach Camberwell.  Another player whose hockey career was interrupted by the War.  Left Half in the premiership teams of the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Brilliant hockey “brain” who in many respects was ahead of his time.  Finished his playing career on the forward line.


Club Captain 1976 and 1977.  Talented athlete and accomplished player who worked hard to re-establish Camberwell as a hockey force once more.


Club Captain 1973, 74 and 75.  Talented player who led the Camberwell revival in the early 1970’s.  Later moved to Darwin where he represented Northern Territory.

PROVAN, Laurie

State Seniors 1946.  A dour stay-at-home goalkeeper who played in many premiership teams between 1946 and 1951.


State U/21 1955 and 56.  State Seniors 1956, 57 and 58.  Tenacious player with many skills.  Played in three premiership teams in the second half of the 1950’s.  Later transferred to help start Greensborough and then Waverley.


State U/21 1951, 52.  State Seniors 1953 to 58, 60 and 61.  A leading Victorian forward with a multitude of skills.  Vied with Mike Craig for leading goal scorer.  Transferred to start Greensborough Hockey Club in 1961.  Became a successful coach and coached U.S.A. for 5 years.

READ, Greg

State Representative 1984 to 1992.  Junior World Cup 1984.  Australian representative 1985.  Coach of U/21 State Team 1998 to 2000.  Coached Camberwell State League team for three years in the 1990’s.  An extremely talented player who could play both Half and Forward.  Played in four premiership teams.

REID, Arthur

State Seniors 1939, 46,47, 48.  State Captain 1948.  A safe dependable full back respected by everyone.  His hockey career was interrupted by World War 2.


State U/21 1961 to 1964 inclusive.  State Seniors 1964, 65 and 68.  Camberwell Coach 1969 and Camberwell Captain 1970 to 1972.  Accomplished Forward mainly on the Wing whose dedication to training was a fine example.  Also a very successful cricketer with Prahran, Hawthorn East Melbourne and Victorian Shield Team.


State Seniors 1976, 1977.  State Indoor 1977, 1978.  Captain State Indoor 1977.  Club Captain.  Reliable Half who could also play on the forward line.



Australian representative 1988 to 2000 inclusive.  Has played in 3 Olympics, 3 World Cups, 13 Champions Trophy Tournaments, and Commonwealth Games.  Played over 300 games for Australia and was named as the International Player of the Year in 2000.  An outstanding record for an outstanding player whose strength and mobility on the ground is amazing.  Played State hockey on many occasions and a premiership player for Camberwell.


State U/21 1946.  State Seniors 1946, 47, 49, 50, 51.  Elusive Inside Left who scored many goals.  Member of the premiership teams from 1946 to 1951.


Irish International before coming to Australia.  Joined Camberwell from Kew and played in the premiership sides before the War.  Represented the State in 1934.  Prolific goal scorer from Inside Left.  Father of Doug Stewart.


State U/21 1977, 78.  State Seniors 1979, 80.  Talented Forward or Half with excellent ball skills.  Played in premiership teams of early 1980’s.  Former Club Captain.


Australian representative 1948 and 1950.  State Seniors 1946 to 1953 inclusive.  State Captain 1952 and 1953.  Brilliant full back with an impressive record.  Played in all premiership teams between 1946 and 1953.  Later to become Club President and then Patron.  Playing career curtailed too soon.  Father of Anthony and Wayne.


State U/21 1976 to 1980 inclusive.  State Seniors 1977 to 1983 inclusive.  Australian representative 1980 and 1981.  Former Club Captain.  An extremely talented player who from an early age represented the State from U/12 through to Senior level.  Excellent ball skills, which caused havoc with many team's defences.  Premiership player of 1984 & 1986. Fin McNab Medallist 1982 & 1984.


State U/21 1954, 55,56.  State Seniors 1956, 57, 58, 61, 62, 63.  Captain U/21 State Side 1955, 56.  Premiership player 1956, 58, 59.  Fast reliable Centre Half and epitomised the Camberwell player of the fifties.  Said to have the best hips in the State.  Became Club President later.  Father of David.


Australian representative 1985 to 1998 inclusive.  Played in 2 Olympics, 3 World Cups, a Junior World Cup and 9 Champions Trophy Tournaments.  Played in well over 200 games for Australia and represented the State Seniors from 1985 to 1998 after having played in representative sides from U/12 through to Seniors.  Magical player whose ball skills and disposal at times seem unbelievable.  Former Club Captain and present Club Coach.


Played for many years for Camberwell.  U/21 State representative.  A solid reliable player either Forward or Half.  Affectionately known as “the old war horse”.  Great contribution to Camberwell.

WOOD, Graham

State Seniors 1956 to 1967 inclusive.  State Captain 1965, 66.  Australian representative 1960, 63, 64.  Olympian 1960 and 1964.  A talented Half who didn’t know the meaning of defeat.  Played in three premiership teams in the 1950’s.  Club Captain mid sixties.


Coach Profiles



Coached the State League team for 12 years from 1980.  Came to the Club from Queensland where he had success coaching Redcliff.  He is uncanny in his ability to read the play and, more importantly, the players.  Extremely successful with Camberwell coaching five premierships.  He has never coached a team anywhere that has not finished the season in the “Four”.


Coached State U/21 1978, 79, 80.  State Seniors 1981, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87.  Camberwell 1967, 68, 70 to 78 inclusive.  He has been sought after for many varied coaching positions from coaching for many years in Japan at National Level to State Over 50’s Veterans.  He has the ability to coach and be understood at all levels.  It is largely due to him that Camberwell survived the 1970’s.

MORLEY, Charlie

Australian Coach 1948, 50, 60, 64, 66.  State Coach 1946 to 1965 inclusive.  Club Coach 1941 to 1966 inclusive.  Camberwell achieved 10 premierships under his coaching.  A brilliant hockey brain who was generally thought to be ahead of his time.