Welcome to South Melbourne District Sports Club
We service the community of the City of Port Phillip and beyond and offer a wide range of sports throughout the year to suit all ages from kinder to seniors. Our aim is to encourage everyone in the local area to take an active role in sport and their community, by joining us either as players, coaches, volunteers, supporters – or even as spectators.
In a generous new initiative to help the Club reach its fundraising target, Directors and Major Sponsors, John Holdsworth and Greg Hocking of Greg Hocking Holdsworth Real Estate in Albert Park, have announced they will donate to the Club 5% of every commission earned on sales of homes of SMDSC families and friends.
Here’s a great way you can help your Club finish off the renovations!
If you’re considering selling your home … and would like a FREE consultation to discuss the possibilities, call Director John Holdsworth on 0417 318 271 … and remember to mention your involvement or connection with the Districts!
SMDSC is thrilled to announce that Podium Sports is a new silver sponsor for the 2013 season. Podium Sports is an SMDSC family owned sports store chain dedicated to supplying leading sporting and training brands in apparel, footwear and equipment.
Podium Sport South Wharf DFO South Wharf Basement – Shop 104, 20 Convention centre Place, South Wharf, VIC 3006
and Hall of Fame DVD
South Melbourne District Sports Club
from footy beginnings to sporting diversity
A Centenary History 1912–2012
Written by Dr Robert Grogan
Image taken from the front cover
click here for PDF of the full front & back covers
Cost of book is $40 (inc gst) and DVD is $20
Yours to own, just download the form below and post with payment to:
History Book & DVD, SMDSC, PO Box 135, Albert Park, 3206.
Or scan and email with credit card details to:
Or call Maureen McGee on 0419 526 670
Postage – Additional $15
Also available for purchase from
- The Bay & Bridge Hotel, Bay St, Port Melbourne
- Victors Dry Cleaning, Armstrong St, Middle Park
- Sweat Gym, 1 Armstrong St, Middle Park
- La Catalana Hair, 38 Armstrong St, Middle Park
- Coventry Bookstore, 265 Coventry St, South Melbourne
- Retravision, 310 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
- Avenue Bookstore, 127 Dundas Place, Albert Park
- Melbourne Sports Books, 51 Brunswick Road, East Brunswick
The Districts on Channel 31
2012 WAS THE CENTENARY YEAR OF
The Club celebrated its centenary in 2012. Although the Club had only one senior football team for almost 50 years, it is now a multi sports Club that caters for more than 1,000 junior and 100 senior participants, supported by many helpers across junior and senior football, junior and milo cricket, senior and little athletics.
Whilst the Club ostensibly began in 1912, its origins probably go back to the mid 1890’s when it was known as Pembroke Juniors. A common set of officials and players then moved from suburb to suburb in search of a ground. It did not in fact have a regular home ground until the mid 1930’s when it was granted use of an oval in Albert Park.
From its beginnings it had a close association with the South Melbourne Football Club. It was an important feeder club until the Swans relocated to Sydney. South Melbourne reciprocated by assisting with the appointment of playing coaches and providing young players not yet mature enough for League football.
There are many famous ex-players such as Keith Forbes (Essendon Team of the Century), Danny Jacobs, Alan Miller (coach of South Melbourne) , Jack “Basher” Williams, and the best known of all – Roy Cazaly.
Originally called Vickick – started in 1987 by two energetic and enthusiastic parents, Sandra Cheevers and Steve Ollington. Today it is a thriving ‘Super Club’ with almost 350 children between 5 & 8 taking the field on Saturday mornings. A veritable army of volunteer parent helpers continues to ensure that the kids have great fun as they develop their footy skills.
When the senior club wanted to change leagues in the 1970s, it was necessary to have a junior footy club that would be supported by the Senior Club. So the first junior football team was an U13 team formed in 1973. Junior football has grown exponentially over the years, now fielding 14 teams from U9s to U17s, all playing in the South Metro Junior Football League.
Commenced in 1969 and in 1975/76 an Under 13 team was entered into the newly formed Port Melbourne and District Junior Cricket Association. From the 1980/81 season the Club has entered junior teams in the City of Moorabbin Cricket Association and now fields up to 11 teams each season.
Started in 1997 thanks to the efforts of Noel Jones. There were 5 boys and girls and numbers grew to 51 by the end of the season. The following year there were 95 registered and it has been maintained at around that level since. Milo cricket has been a great feeder to junior cricket.
The South Melbourne Athletics Club (SMAC) began in 1929 and over the years has had a number of Australian and Victorian representatives in track and field events and road racing. The South Melbourne Athletic Club came under the umbrella of the Club in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, attracting former Olympians and World Champions to the Club.
Commenced in 2006 on a 300 metre grass track after many years of campaigning by Peter Logan. Almost 200 girls and boys signed up in its inaugural year under the leadership of Darren Olney-Fraser. After a further campaign by the local community the Club moved to the new State Athletics track at Lakeside Oval in September 2011.
The Club has weathered the changes that have occurred in the inner city since its formation and has dealt with the challenges presented to it because of the loyalty of its players and supporters, its role in the local community, a succession of skilled administrators and financial prudence.
Summary of activities from all SMD Club Sections for 2013.