Williamstown Lacrosse Club has a long and proud history. Of all the sports clubs in Williamstown, the Lacrosse Club is perhaps the club that represents the spirit of this once quiet seaside village and now sought after suburb of Melbourne in the truest sense. The club was established in 1898 at a meeting held at the Baptist Church convened by Arthur Whitely, the son on the Baptist Minister of the time. Arthur Whitely would later become the Club’s first Captain. 122 years later the club is still going strong providing local youths from as young as 7 years a chance to play, stay outdoors and active in a healthy, supportive and inviting club atmosphere. Testament to this fact is the number of players and their families who continue to play and be involved well past their playing days.
Following the formation of the club it quickly became the largest sporting club in Williamstown, fielding sides in all grades of the then Victorian Amateur Lacrosse Association. By 1936 the club established a record when it fielded 8 teams and had 139 registered players, which reputedly made Williamstown Lacrosse the largest amateur sporting club in the Southern Hemisphere at that time. In 2019 we fielded 11 teams with over 150 registered Junior and Senior players.
Initially playing its games at the Williamstown Cricket Ground at Point Gellibrand (at which stage the famous Williamstown Football Club had only one team) the club moved to the Gardens Reserve in 1910 whilst a velodrome still circled the ground. The Gardens Reserve was later renamed the Fearon Reserve in honour of Captain James H Fearon. Captain Fearon was commonly known as “the skipper” as he was a Sea Pilot, kept the Club running as a player and administrator in its formative years. The ground and Williamstown’s State League team proudly maintain the Fearon name to this day.
The year 1963 began the golden years when the club won its first A Grade Premiership 22-14, against traditional rivals Malvern. Since 1963 the club has won 34 State League premierships at the top level of State competition, in addition to National Club Championships and countless other Senior and Junior divison premierships.
Success at the club level has also seen scores Williamstown Players represent the Western Suburbs, Victoria and Australia at the National and International Level. Moreover the club has provided a platform for scores of players to head to the United States on Athletic and Academic Scholarships at prestigious High Schools, Universities and Colleges. Very few other sports provide that sort of realistic opportunity to young players while in lacrosse it is a very real possibility.
For a comprehensive review of playing statistics kept since 1963 please visit out Club Statistics page.
In 2020 Williamstown will field teams in the following Lacrosse Victoria competitions:
- State League
- Division 1
- Division 2 (TBC)
- Division 3
- Under 17’s
- Under 15’s
- Under 13
- Under 11’s (3 teams)