In October 1973 a small group of hockey players living in the Doncaster and Templestowe area met to discuss the possible formation of a hockey club to represent the area and cater for the needs of the residents.
A steering committee was formed of Ross McDonald, John Henry and John Broadbent, backed by Jim Wellard and Ken Wensor. An approach was made to local councillors, who were favourably impressed with the proposal.
A survey had shown that there were at least 90 senior hockey players living in the Doncaster Templestowe area, many of them travelling considerable distance to play with their "home team", more importantly, many of them had children already eligible to play hockey - indeed, canvassing of three primary schools produced over 90 enthusiastic youngsters, sufficient to enter a total of 6 junior teams in under 12, 10 and 8 competitions.
Following inspection of many of the ovals in the area, negotiations were commenced with the council for the use of Timber Ridge Reserve for the 1974 winter season. The club also gained representation on a council inspired committee to advise the council on the future development of the George St Reserve. Council have since adopted a recommendation to include two hockey fields on this reserve, one to be of international standard in the centre of a fenced A grade athletics track.
Initially it was not intended to enter teams in the Senior competition, however, such was the interest that 2 senior teams were formed and part way through the season a third senior team was entered.
In the setting-up of these senior teams, it is interesting to note some of the original clubs of the members - Brunswick, Carey, Fairfield, Geelong, Greensborough, Kew, MHSOB, MCC, OEG, and Strathmore.
It was on March 25th, 1974 that a special General Meeting was held and the first Executive Committee of the club was elected - various junior, support and finance committees were appointed and the club was really on the way.