Women’s History

Box Hill’s women have enjoyed enormous success since the turn of the 20th century, winning the first of their nine WPL titles in 2001.

Fourth in 2002, Box Hill then reclaimed its title in 2003, beginning a run of four straight championship wins. Heidelberg United defeated Box Hill in the 2007 Grand Final to break the winning sequence but Box Hill avenged that loss in 2008 to win back its crown and they were again successful in 2009 and 2010. After slipping out of the finals in 2011, Box Hill returned stronger than ever and became the first team in the modern era to not only win an unprecedented treble of the Minor Championship, Cup and Grand Final but also remained undefeated for the whole season. 2013 saw Box Hill finish second in the regular season before falling in the finals in straight sets. 2014 and 2015 has been a rebuilding period for the club with the team finishing mid-table.

During the same period, Box Hill players have also claimed the WPL’s gold medal for player of the season on five occasions; Louisa Bisby in 2003, Anthea Vardakas in 2005, Georgia Koutrouvelis in 2006, in 2008 there was a tie between Vardakas and teammate Daniela Digiammarco and in 2012 the Bisby capped off a brilliant season for the club winning the award for a second time in Box Hill colours.

A stalwart of the club, Melissa Barbieri represented Australia between 2002 and 2015 as well as being named captain in 2010–2013. In 2015 she was also inducted into the FFV Hall of Fame for all her achievements. Bisby and Selin Kuralay were two other players that represented Australia and with Digiammarco, Tal Karp, Marlies Oostdam, Jessica Humble & Emily Hulbert, has played with Melbourne Victory.

WPL Champions: 2001 (First-past-the-post), 2003 (First-past-the-post), 2004 (Defeated Cranbourne Comets 1–0 in Grand Final), 2005 (Defeated Cranbourne Comets 1–1 [4–3 on penalties] in Grand Final), 2006 (Defeated Heidelberg United 1–0 in Grand Final), 2008 (Defeated Heidelberg United 1–0 in Grand Final), 2009 (Defeated Heidelberg United 2–0 in Grand Final), 2010 (Defeated Heidelberg United 2–1 in Grand Final), 2012 (Defeated Bundoora United 3–3 [4–3 on penalties] in Grand Final)