Warrandyte Cricket Club's Women's team commenced 1975/76 with a squad of 16 players formed by sisters Suzanne Martin (Chapman) and Jenny Chapman who both gained clearances from Mitcham Cricket Club.
Coached by Allan Chapman (until his death following the 1980/1 season) the team won every game of the 1975/76 season including an outright win in the Grand final.
The initial squad included future stalwarts of note: Maria McGhee, Teresa Prince, Sandra Jeffs and Jenni Chapman (McLaws). Following the death of Allan Chapman the team was coached by Maria McGhee and then Peter Adams til the end of 1983/4. Brian Chapman commenced as coach in 1984/85 and remained until the cessation of the team in 1993. The team played 18 seasons reaching the finals on 9 occasions, making the grand final 4 times and winning the premiership twice 1975/6 and 1991/2. The team was supported by scorer Ben Jones (14 seasons) and regular spectators including Ian Hook, Jean Chapman and Alma Gray. The picturesque No.2 Oval Taroona Avenue was home to the Women's X1 for 18 seasons.
Games were played as far a field as Geelong and Frankston. Warrandyte played on matting until mid 1980's when a synthetic pitch was laid. Occasionally games were played against district teams such as Melbourne, Collingwood and Hawthorn where away games were played on turf pitches. Within 5 years of the inception of the team the Men's senior X1 won the premiership of 1979/80 thereby gaining admission to Chandler Shield. This meant that the club were in the top level of the R.D.C.A. and in A grade of V.W.C.A.
For many seasons the club had 5 men's teams who together with the Women's X1 created a great atmosphere and the club was very successful on the field and socially.
Three players were inducted as WCC life members:
Played 1975-93, 180 games, 5013 runs, @ 29.32, 2 Centuries, H/S 127
468 wickets @ 11.31, 5 wickets in an innings on 31 occasions, 100 catches
Premiership player 1975/76 & 1991/92, both as vice captain. Committee member
Jenni Chapman (McLaws)
Played 1975-93, 180 games, 5687 runs, @ 29.93, 10 Centuries, H/S 184
369 wickets @ 17.81, 5 wickets in an innings on 21 occasions, 71 catches
Premiership player 1975/76 & 1991/92, Captain 1991/92, Committee member, Treasurer, V.W.C.A. Representative
Played 1975-93, 158 games, 1303 runs, @ 9.00, H/S 87
318 wickets @ 16.89, 5 wickets in an innings on 12 occasions, 48 catches
Premiership player 1975/76, Committee member, V.W.C.A. Delegate / Committee member
Warrandyte 4 dec/211 (Sandra Jeffs 100no)
Mitcham 68 & 50 (Jenny Chapman 9/17)
Warrandyte 165 & 107 (Margaret World 49, Suzanne Martin 48no)
Doncaster 97 & 67 (Jenny Chapman 11/57 combined)
Suzanne Martin finished the year with a batting average of 113.
Jenny Chapman took 91 wickets for the year.
Premiership Team – Suzanne Martin (Chapman) (C), Jenny Chapman (VC), Sandra Jeffs, Margaret World, Maria McGhee, Sandra Burton, Debra Lamb, Jenni Chapman (McLaws), Teresa Prince, Judith Davis, Robin Dalli.
The season of 1991/92 was remarkable. A year earlier Angela Tunbridge had been a low order bat until she was surprised with the fact that she was to open the batting with the most prolific run scorer Jenni Chapman. The two formed a strong opening partnership as Angela transformed her batting, finishing with 4 Centuries in a season.
Round 4 - A. Tunbridge 103
Round 6 - A. Tunbridge 139no
Round 7 - Jenni Chapman 105no
Round 8 - A. Tunbridge 109no
Semi Final - A. Tunbridge 118
Round 7 saw Jenni Chapman compile her 10th Century for the club, an incredible effort for an opening bat who also opened the bowling.
Warrandyte 296 (A.Tunbridge 118, Jenni Chapman 76, Sharyn Egeberg 52)
Monash University 9/229 (Jenni Chapman 4/44)
Warrandyte 191 (Jenni Chapman 64, Sharyn Egeberg 42)
Melbourne 117 (Sharyn Egeberg 4/20)
Premiership Team – Jenni Chapman (McLaws) (C), Jenny Chapman (VC), Angela Tunbridge, Elizabeth McGhee, Colleen Farrelly, Sharyn Egeberg, Nadine Richings, Kathleen McGhee, Amanda Utt, Cath Wangerman, Karen Mooney.
Most run scored
Jenni Chapman (McLaws) 5687 @ 29.93 10 Centuries
Jenny Chapman 5013 @ 29.32 2 Centuries
Sue Martin (Chapman) 2417 @ 51.53 2 Centuries
Angela Tunbridge 2097 @ 38.83 4 Centuries
Most wickets taken
Jenny Chapman 468 @ 11.31 5 wickets in an innings 31 times
Jenni Chapman (McLaws) 369 @ 17.81 5 wickets in an innings 21 times
Maria McGhee 318 @ 16.89 5 wickets in an innings 12 times
Jenny Chapman 180
Jenni Chapman (McLaws) 180
Maria McGhee 158
Teresa Prince 120
Highest team score
1990/91 2nd Wicket Angela Tunbridge & Elizabeth McGhee 260 runs
Highest individual scores
Jenni Chapman (McLaws) 1985/86 184
Jenni Chapman (McLaws) 1985/86 152
Angela Tunbridge 1991/92 139no
Most runs in a season
Jenni Chapman (McLaws) 1985/86 754 runs
Angela Tunbridge 1991/92 704 runs
Jenny Chapman 1985/86 570 runs
Most wickets in a season
Jenny Chapman 1975/76 91 wickets
Jenny Chapman 1977/78 57 wickets
Compiled by Brian Chapman