Club historian Associate Professor Rob Hess has verified that the Club first fielded a women’s team in the Victorian Women’s Football League in 2001. In fact, the Club has a long history of supporting women’s teams, including the possibility that women from Mentone may have played in a match (umpired by women) at Mordialloc Oval in 1956.
Women from the Mentone Life Saving Club, calling themselves the ‘Mentone Maulers’ also played at least one game in 1961, and on 26 July 1970 the ‘Mentone Maulers’ squared off against the ‘Glenhuntly Fairies’ in a match at Glenhuntly Reserve.
Closer to home and more directly linked to the Club, during the late 1970s former player Michael Eden coached a ‘Ladies Football Team’ (possibly for a couple of seasons). In 1978 they played three games, including a ‘grudge’ match against Parkdale and two games against Cheltenham. The report from Michael (right) highlights that Melbourne champion Robert Flower umpired one of the games, and the women played for a ‘perpetual cup’.
St Bede’s/Mentone Tigers AFC has a long and rich history, stretching back to the late nineteenth century. Our past and current female players are a significant part of the story that underpins our Club’s unique history.
The availability of any personal memorabilia such as photographs or medallions that could be used for future display or publication purposes should also be noted.
The 2004 Centenary Year included the inauguration of 100 Hall of Fame members including ten Legends of the Mentone Football Club, St Bedes Old Collegians Football Club, Mentone Junior Football Club and the club that evolved from them all, the St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Amateur Football Club.
The Hall of Fame is open to all players, coaches, officials, match-day helpers and supporters. The criteria for nomination to the Hall of Fame covers the following areas:
In the inauguration of the Hall of Fame, there has been a conscious attempt to capture a representation of people and events in the various histories of the clubs from 1904 to 2004 and to find a balance between players, coaches, officials and helpers in the various decades.
Obviously any such attempt is subjective and open to debate. After sifting through annual reports and minutes of committee meetings, checking local papers and history books, and cross-checking assessments with key personnel of the various eras, the problem was not so much who should be included, but rather the dilemma of leaving out so many outstanding contributors to the history of the clubs in order to restrict the numbers to 100 (representing one person for each year of the centenary).
The club seeks to recognise and honour the significant achievements of its players, officials and supporters by the creation of a permanent Hall of Fame. In season 2004, the centenary year of the club, the Mentone and St Bedes Old Collegians Football Club Hall of Fame was launched by the induction of one hundred persons. Ten of those persons also had the status of Legend conferred upon them. Other persons will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and/or be designated Legends in future seasons. It is anticipated that inductions to the Hall of Fame will be part of an annual club event (such as an annual ball, past players’ reunion, or annual general meeting) whereby appropriate recognition is given to new inductees.
The Hall of Fame Sub-committee is responsible for making all decisions relating to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Sub-committee consists of six persons, namely the honorary Club historian, one representative from the Mentone Football Club, one representative from the St Bedes Old Collegians Football Club, one representative from the Mentone Junior Football Club, one nominee from the Executive, and one inducted Legend (in future years)]. The Executive of the club ratifies all appointments and decisions of the Hall of Fame Sub-committee.
The Sub-committee is responsible for receiving, evaluating, and recommending nominations for the Hall of Fame. Written nominations, with some brief background material concerning the nominee, may be submitted to members of the Sub-committee at any time, but preferably prior to 01 March each year. Criteria to be considered will include:
Legend Status will be conferred by the Sub-committee on those individuals considered to have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the culture, heritage and development of the club. It is recommended that no more than 10% of the total number of Hall of Fame inductees shall be designated as Legends.
It is anticipated that the profiles of Hall of Fame members and Legends will receive prominence in the clubrooms, on the club website, and in publications produced by the club. The Hall of Fame Sub-committee shall recommend appropriate forms of recognition to the Executive of the club. Recommendations on other outcomes associated with the Hall of Fame (eg., Player reunions, Teams of the Decade, etc.) may also be made by the Sub-committee in future seasons.
Hall of Fame Committee: Mark Beasley, Robert Hess & Brett Marchant