Vipers begun from founding members Derrick Cant, Dallan Kahui and current club president Stephen Young in 2005. All three players wanted a more even competition and a spread of talent across all Men’s team in the EPTA Sunday A grade competition.
Derrick and Stephen were both members of Triton touch club and Dallan having returned from injury decided to form their own team called Vipers.
Derrick went to work on the very first Vipers logo to be placed on the shirts while Stephen and Dallan went about trying to secure a sponsor and players for the Men’s team.
Powersource promotions came on board to help out with the shirts and the dream was realised. During the same period Dallan and his now wife Sharon begun a new competition in the South Eastern Suburbs at Moorabbin and Vipers along with many other teams ventured from the traditional venues to be part of the new comp. Vipers fielded 3 teams at the Moorabbin competition with Men’s, Women’s and Mixed and having filled it’s teams with experienced players delivered 3 premierships and a clean sweep of the competition.
Vipers also enter a new era with it’s first team at the EPTA Sunday comp in the highly competitive Men’s A grade. The inaugural year saw many new comers to the A grade division who would not have received the same opportunity at the other teams, although finishing out of the finals in 2006 the team delivered on that initial objective and begun the even spread of players for years to come.
In 2006/07 Vipers looked for a more professional approached and look with Dessie’s Viper logo getting a overhaul and evolving into the current Vipers emblem which is displayed on all uniforms on and off the field. Along with the new image came a new uniform this provided Vipers with a presence that other teams envied and aspired to achieve.
What a difference a year can make those loyal to the cause continued to develop their skills and 2006 became the year that Vipers Men’s team made the much converted EPTA Men’s A final for the first time only to be narrowly beaten by one touchdown in a fast and furious conclusion to a closely fought season.
2006 also saw another milestone in the history of the club with Vipers also entering a Women’s A team into the EPTA Women’s A with many of the ladies having State representative honours Vipers looked destined to have 2 finalists. A simialr scenario faced the Women’s team as the Men’s in their inaugarul year in the EPTA competition with a small wait until they made their first EPTA Women’s A final in 2008/09t o be graciously defeated at the final hurdle.
In 2007 Vipers Sports Club Inc. was born from those humble beginning just 2 years earlier, Vipers took things to a whole new level and with the introduction of the Victoria Touch League (VT League) lifted a amateur sport and club into a professionally administered and viable club for years into the future. The club was incorporated and a new era begun with committee members, new sponsors and a growing list of players looking to be part of Vipers Sports Club Inc. founding member Stephen Young worked tirelessly to deliver a club with financial stability through sponsorship and grants and developing clear direction for the future of the club. The decision to be called a Sports Club rather then a Touch Club demonstrates the forwarding thinking of the founding members that for the club to continue long term and be of a benefit to amateur sportspeople it had to attract new members from outside of touch football and attract other sports to the club. Vipers vision has grown into supporting the aspiration of many amateur sports people, with Triathlon, Cycling and Netball all having been launched in 2009.
2007 saw Vipers Sports Club Inc form an alliance with one of the powerhouse’s schools in touch football within Victoria in Haileybury Secondary College through Tony “Spud” Taranto, this partnership not only provides for the future sustainability of the club but allows access for Haileybury players to develop skills from some of the best touch players in the State as they are given opportunities to play with the Vipers teams.
2008/09 was a very important and successful year for the club as the members numbers grew and more teams were added to competitions throuhgout Melbourne. The addition of the Men’s B and Men’s D grade to the EPTA competition provided the club with 4 quality teams in the competition. Vipers also fielded 2 teams in the EPTA mixed competition on Wednesdy night and a further Mixed team in the Fawkner Park competition. All teams competing in 08/09 made their respective competitions finals with 3 going onto the grand final and 2 premierships for the club at park competition level.
Vipers Sports Club Inc. has 180 members with teams competing in the summer and winter competitions of Touch football throughout Melbourne plus Netabll and Basketballteams and a enthusiastic group of Cyclists and Triathletes, so if you like to join the club as a individual, couple or may wish to bring your entire team across to enjoy the benefits Vipers offers through its sponsors and social atmosphere then contact the club.
Vipers Mission Statement
“Vipers Sports Club Inc. will promote and encourage the development and participation of all players through a professional club environment and atmosphere”.
Vipers Sports Club is proudly supported by Tropical Gaze Pty Ltd, Multiple Property Services, Heinz Australia, Brazilian Butterfly Oakleigh, Young & Grant Accountants, Promolab, Cyclespeed, Underarmour, Bitemark, Wagamama and Sandringham Sports Medicine.