Seniors – Season Review from the Coach

Seniors Season Review

While we were disappointed to have not made finals in 2017, to be in a position to push for finals is a significant step forward for our Senior group and OCGAFC. Belief is an integral part of success and our group is building into a team that can win against anyone. We had some fantastic wins, many against the eventual finalists including a stirring win against Caulfield Grammarians’ at GBO. Importantly there was further improvement from our young Wellers and when combined with our more experienced players, we closed the gap in Premier C to become a highly competitive aside from a few losses we’ve learnt a lot from. But we want more.

There were some incredible individual achievements and milestones in 2017 and we have taken a huge step forward towards our goal to play finals football and challenge for the ultimate prize in 2018. Our aim is to continue improving through developing our current group and recruit over the off-season to bolster our depth for 2018 and beyond.

The Breakdown

  • The season started promisingly with back to back away wins against eventual preliminary finalists Marcellin Old Collegians & traditional foes Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ and set up what was to be a very competitive and tight Premier C season. At the halfway point, we turned with a 5 from 9 win ratio
  • Our belief and depth were tested after our great start as we suffer 3 large losses however I’m incredibly proud of the way our players bounced back from these. We responded with 3 strong  wins in a row, the most memorable being a scintillating display against another top 4 side Williamstown at GBO where we would kick 8 magical goals in the first quarter. That quarter along showed how much potential and ability we have.
  • The second half of the season ultimately cost us a finals berth as we recorded 3 wins from 9. For the players to have controlled many of these games for long periods and not record wins was heartbreaking. We know we were good enough in some of those games and it’s these games we will learn from and look to win next year to ensure we play finals football.
  • As if to further illustrate our capability, we recorded 2 of our best wins of the season with a comprehensive 24-point win against Old Geelong at Como Park and as mentioned above, a superb win over top of the table Caulfield in round 12.

The Highlights

  • We won 8 games during the year and improved on last year. Turning at 5/9 was our best start to a season for several years. We beat 3 of the top 4 sides during the year to give us a lot of belief going into 2018.
  • We missed finals by 1 game and genuinely believe we can significantly improve in 2018
  • Ben Hart won the Premier C League Best & fairest award – a sensational achievement and our first Senior Men’s League B&F since Graeme Ewart in 1993
  • Simon Bennett was selected in the Premier C team of the year – another outstanding achievement for one of our best and most consistent on and off-field clubmen
  • We played 3 Under 19s during the year – Josh Holding, Lachie Powell & Kellan Percy – who all acquitted themselves well and adjusted quickly to the pace of senior football and look to have bright futures in the years to come at the club.
  • Our new recruits Chris HensbyShaun McDonald, Angus Brettingham-Moore,Daniel Lattanzio & Gene Thorbecke played some great football and are eager for success in with the Wellers in  2018
  • Given the success and strength of our Reserves side in 2017, competition for spots was tougher which is a critical part of our future growth

The Milestones

  • Greg Tolson played his 200 th game for OCGAFC in round 5 with a best on ground performance and became a Life Member
  • Captain Ben Hart played his 150th game in round 18 on one leg
  • One of our leaders Rob Deev played his 150th in round 16.
  • Young leaders James Allen & Fraser Wells also play their 50th throughout the year.
  • James Allen won the Club Best & Fairest for the 2nd time and cemented himself as one of the premier midfielders in the competition
  • Nick Adamson kicked a personal best 38 goals and took his game to another level.

As we know, it takes a lot of off-field hard work to give our players the opportunity to play football on a Saturday. I would like to personally thank my fellow coaches Tim Killworthand Ken Darby for their amazing support and work throughout the season, our Team Manager Dave Frearson who was again brilliant throughout the year, Tim Cottrell for all his work around the club from pre-season onwards, our runners in particularly Alex Vickery who was a fantastic support to the players and myself throughout the year, Gavin Powell and Boyd Elliott for their great work with the Under 19s and for their support of the Senior group, Ken SchwabAndrew Romanin and Jay Tapscott for creating such a fantastic Women’s Team, all our trainers for training and Saturday’s, Sue Mullet and Richard Clarke for their ongoing work in the Canteen, all the Committee and perhaps most importantly my wife Lucy and kids for all their encouragement and support over the season.

Finally I’d like to thank the players for what was a hugely enjoyable year. Yes we didn’t get the chocolates but it’s a real privilege to work with you all. I know how hard you work and I’m looking forward to improving with you and having a massive tilt at next year. We are good enough to play finals football and push for the big prize.
Thanks finally to all our supporters for coming to watch or follow us online. We love having you there on a Saturday and know you thirst for finals football like us. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2018 and celebrating further success.

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

Reserves – Season Review from the Coaches

Reserves Season Review 2017

Stepping into the role as first time coaches, we were both a little uncertain how this year would pan out. Having both played a few seasons in the Reserves and playing with most of the players we were about to coach we were a bit unclear as to how the players would react and how we would be able to adjust from playing to coaching.

It was clear from the first training session however that all the players were willing and committed to listen to any instructions given. It was a real testament to the quality of the people in the playing group as neither of us felt at any stage of the season we didn’t have the respect of the playing group and their commitment.

It was a slow start to our season and at the half-way point were 3 wins and 6 losses. We decided to sit down with the playing group to decide what we wanted to make of the year and what we stood for. To their credit the boys drew a line in the sand and improved across the board to remain undefeated for the rest of year with 9 wins in row and having beaten every team above us to secure 4th spot.

Unfortunately we fell short to a quality Geelong outfit in the semi-final however the boys should be immensely proud of the commitment to each other and the improvement they have achieved this year. As coaches, we have taken much satisfaction from the genuine enjoyment from the group and the fact that a desire to win and improve was driven by the players.

The challenge with Reserves football has always been assembling a consistent team year on year however the team has benefited greatly from increased depth this year and a renewed commitment from players. It has been a unique year in that a healthy list has meant that many players deserving of a game missed out at various points during the year. We’d like to thank everyone for their attitude towards rotations during the year and how players made the most of their opportunities .

With a handy injection of the “Rat Pack” (GilmoreHuntsmanCristianiStone and Benson) we had some welcome fresh faces and led by Stayner and Urwin there was much optimism for the year. After a rather unforgettable start against Marcellin in Round 1 it took a while for the team to gel and get to know each other. We sat 1 win and 4 losses after round 5 as the competition found its feet and the gap between the top 3 teams and the rest of the pack was becoming apparent.

We strung together consecutive wins against Willy and Mentone however losses to Kew and Hampton where we led late in the game became the turning point of our season as we learnt the level of work required to win games of football.

Some memorable games for the year included holding off a fast finishing Caulfield who were undefeated at the time in Round 12 to win by a goal (and turning around an 80 point loss to Caulfield earlier in the year; thanks for the cameos DeSanctis and McGuigan!), coming from 2 goals behind at ¾ time at Geelong to kick 7 goals in the last and run over the top of them and a second half blitz in Round 16 against our closest rival Hampton to secure a finals position.

Finally some notable mentions for the year, Herbstreit as ruckman managed to surprise us each week with his ability to keep competing for 4 quarters and earnt a well deserved promotion to the ones late in the year, Kaiser took out the leading goal kicker for the competition with 48 goals, players working hard and coming into form late in the year (BannisterCampbell), the development during the year of a number of players including Gilmore and Warburton and finally it was great to see Edwards and Gorman back on the footy field and congrats to Russell for making it through the season after a few injury plagued years!

As always a special thanks goes out to Tim Cottrell for his tireless efforts during the year making sure we are organised on game day, Andrew for supporting us all year around the boundary and Jordan and the trainers for keeping us on the field

Tom Schipper & Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Coaches



Presentation Night – Sept 28th – The Winners

Presentation Night was held at Amora Hotel Riverwalk, Richmond on Thursday 28th September.

Presentation Night 2017

Given it’s now Friday, I can safely say I am fully recovered after the post-Presentation Night celebrations last Thursday. It was always going to be a challenge with four teams, particularly given the extraordinary season we’ve had as a club.

It was a night to celebrate and I know we will do better next year (talking during speeches) when it comes to giving the Club a chance to say ‘congratulations’ and ‘thank-you’ to all our incredible contributors and players but I’m excited about the positivity and energy on the night.

We will harness that next year, continue to enjoy the social occasions and drive for further on-field success if we stay together, as one,

One Wellers!

Steve Derry has kindly pulled together this newsletter to celebrate our Awards Winners. A huge thank-you and well done for some brilliant performances and contributions to our club.

I will write again next week to review our year and provide an update on all our plans for 2018.
What a year we have to build on and we intend to continue improving to make our club
that great place it is for all our community.

Adam Kyriacou

Committee Awards

President’s Trophy Katherine Bithavas
Ron Wooton Trophy (on & off field) Alex Vickery
Church Family Award (on field) Tim Cottrell
Rising Star Award Lachie Powell
U19 Best Clubman Boyd Elliot
Women’s Best Clubman Tim Wilson / Alex Osbourne
Life Membership Greg Tolson

Many thanks to our Trainers for the year:

  • Jordan Oliva (Head Trainer)
  • Talisa Wong
  • Emily Irvine
  • Ella Joseland
  • Rhys Upton
  • Jamie Tabacco
  • Rianna Percy
  • Brian Woo

Women’s Awards

Best & Fairest Rhiannon Green
Runners Up Samantha Anjou & Maggie Wilson
Most Consistent Stephanie Defina
Most Determined Katherine Mirabella
Coach’s Award Cassandra Nolan
Best in Finals Rhiannon Green
Rising Star Sophie Bangs
Goal Kicking Award Eloise Defina (31)


Best & Fairest Josh Holding
Runner Up Mitch Fletcher
Most Consistent Will Dalrymple
Most Determined Lucas Lewit-Mendes
Coach’s Award Declan Hudson-Mollard
Most Corageous (Matt Austin Award) Robert West
Best in Finals Kellan Percy
Goal Kicking Award Mike Schumann (52)


Best & Fairest James Allen
Runner Up Joe Arnold
Most Consistent Chris Hensby
Most Determined Simon Bennett
Coach’s Award Cameron Wilson
Most Improved Sam Powell
Goal Kicking Award Nick Adamson (38)


Best & Fairest  

Ben Mann

Runners Up Charlie Urwin & Tom Vogel
Most Consistent Tom Eastick
Most Determined Tom Stayner
Coach’s Award Taylor Stone
Most Improved Tom Pepperell


U19 Grand Final Review

How lucky are we as a football club to have this fantastic group of young men, our new Premiers – the Under 19s of 2017!

I can vividly remember one of the first games against Hampton Rovers away. It was a miserable afternoon and we didn’t bring our best footy but as was typical of this team, we worked out a way to win. The away change-rooms were small and as I watched the boys from the doorway, arms around each other’s shoulders, readying themselves to belt out ‘Cheers Cheers’, a number of Mum’s rushed past me to get in. Afterwards I asked someone why the rush? ‘These boys haven’t sung the some much during school footy and I wanted to see them sing it!’ From there to Premiers – what a story!

As with any success across sport, work and life, there are so many factors that need to come to together at the right time. What has been so inspirational for me has been watching the evolution of this team and the individuals in it across the year. I can still remember (just!) how apprehensive I was walking into the club as a 17 year old but I also remember how supportive and interested the club was in our young group. We’ve endeavoured to make 2017 no different and that’s down to a lot of people.

We have been blessed with an outstanding group of supporters. Lead brilliantly by their coach, Gavin ‘Cool Daddy’ Powell and Team Manager Boyd ‘Inkman’ Elliott, I don’t think we could have hoped for a better and more effective combination both on game day and throughout the week.  A huge thank-you to you both from all the OCGAFC community. Magnificent!

But the group is always more powerful than the individual and across the year so many have contributed I would only do someone an injustice by attempting to list them all here. Special mention though must go toJustine ElliottLisa Powell and the dedicated group of parents who were there week in week out. As I said at the Grand Final BBQ post-game, families and communities help shape great people and this group was wonderfully guided.

Premierships are never won by the team that runs out for the Grand Final. A football season is a lengthy challenge and a huge congratulations to each and every player across the whole year who has made this possible. We look forward to welcoming all of you back to the club over the years and hopefully as many of you as possible for 2018.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing many of you at our final club function for 2017 – the Presentation Night this Thursday 28th September.  Tickets still available.

We have a few more season reviews to come and I will sign-off before the end of September with a wrap-up and some plans for 2018.

Come on the Wells!Adam Kyriacou


Teams entering Premier C next season
Coming up from Division 1 are St Marys Salesians and PEGS.
Coming down from Premier B are Fitzroy and Peninsula

U19s Match ReviewThe Old Camberwell Under 19’s awoke to a cold and wet morning for their Grand Final against Melbourne High School Old Boys.  Each side had won its preliminary final convincingly, and were therefore entitled to approach the day with a degree of confidence.

The muddy and slippery conditions dictated the style of play.  It would be a tough, contested game – a game of territory.  Play the percentages, move the ball forward at all costs, and limit your mistakes.

Old Camberwell kicked with the slight breeze in the first quarter.  As expected, it was an arm wrestle early.  Kellan Percy was again dominant in the ruck, with Robbie West and Josh Holding winning plenty of the ball.  The boys’ tackling and pressure was outstanding, with Fraser MascitelliMitch McPherson and Harry O’Brien leading the way.

The first goal of the game came when Lachie Powell grabbed a loose ball and was taken high.  He kicked accurately from the resultant free kick from 35 metres out.  We continued to dominate the quarter, but couldn’t convert, adding a number of behinds.  MHSOB had few forays forward, but when they did, our defence was solid.  Harrison Lucas showed his class in a potentially dangerous two on two situation, when he attacked the oncoming ball, gathered it cleanly and used his pace to race away and clear the ball long to the wing.

We were able to add a deserved second goal late in the quarter when Harry Veitch was interfered with in a goal square marking contest.  He kicked truly, leaving us 16 points up at quarter time.

It was important to start well into the breeze in the second.  Lucas Lewit-Mendes and Harrison Lucas were rock solid down back, and Josh Holding continued his strong work around the ball.  Old Camberwell looked dangerous when allowed to move the ball quickly into an open forward line.  As others fumbled, the class of Powell was evident as he was able to pick –up on the run and fire a handpass out to Lucas who had drifted down from half-back.  His sliding goal gave the team enormous confidence.  Shortly after Schumann snapped a goal from the goal square when surrounded by three opponents in a further blow to MHSOB’s self belief.

To their credit, MHSOB lifted and continued to work the ball forward, finally posting the first goal.  Our boys responded immediately, with Josh Holding kicking long to an open forward line.  Powell punched the ball forward and ran onto the ball 50 metres from goal.  He took a bounce (why would you do that?), ran in and calmly slotted it home from 20 out, restoring our four goal lead.

MHSOB scored a late goal to keep themselves in the game going into half time.

At half time the coaches emphasised the importance of the first five minutes.  Early goals would likely crush the opposition’s resistance.  Again the boys came out firing.  Will Dalrymple and Dan Straw were instrumental in forcing the ball forward.  Declan Hudson-Mollard was engaging their loose defender allowing our other forwards to be one-out with their direct opponents.

Josh Holding kicked forward and Lachie Powell scooped the ball up, evaded two opponents and kicked his third to set the tone.  Soon after Jake Purcell booted a long bomb that cleared the pack and rolled through for a crucial goal.  We continued to pile on the pressure, with Harry Veitch cleverly centring the ball to Robbie West, who duly converted.  When Alex Dalla Riva goaled after marking a Jonathan Tan pass, the lead was out to eight goals.  Veitch again finished off with a late goal, and the game was as good as over.
Great credit must go to all defenders who again held MHSOB scoreless for the second time in three quarters.

With a 55 point lead at three quarter time the boys would have been entitled to just go out and enjoy the last quarter.  But showing great pride, we set ourselves the challenge of winning the quarter.  Lucas Lewit-MendesMitch Fletcher and Jake Purcell held firm in defence, and with Jonathan TanWill Dalrympleand Mitch McPherson driving the ball forward a final goal seemed inevitable.  And it came when Harry Veitch tackled the MHSOB full back as he tried to play in from a kick in.  His goal was our last for the game.

The final siren brought understandable joy to the boys, who had been duly rewarded for an outstanding season.  As we talked about after the game, a bond had been formed that would last forever.

The key to our performances during both finals matches was such an even contribution from all players, with everyone contributing at various times.  As the old adage goes, a champion team will always beat a team of champions!

Finally, to those boys that played during the year but not on Grand Final day, premierships are won by squads, not just 24 players, so be proud of the contribution you have made.

To all the parents and supporters, and the Club for its unwavering support, a big thanks to you as well.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Old Camberwell                 2.5.17   5.6.36   10.11.71   11.15.81
MHSOB                            0.0.00    2.4.16   2.4.16   3.8.26

Goals:   Powell 3, Veitch 3, Lucas, Schumann, Purcell, West, Dalla Riva
Best:  Lewit-Mendes, Percy, Powell, Holding, Lucas, Mascitelli, Tan, Dalla Riva, Purcell


Backs Lewit-Mendes Appleyard Elliott
Half-Backs Fletcher Lucas Purcell
Centres T Oliver Holding Tan
HalfForwards Dalla Riva Schumann Everett
Forwards O’Brien Powell Hudson-Mollard
Followers Percy Dalrymple West
Interchange Straw Mascitelli Terriaca
McPherson Veitch Soloman

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

Women’s Season Review

Season review
Writer’s note: It’s difficult to review a season such as we’ve had in few words, so apologies in advance for the length. Get comfortable.

As the exhilaration of the weekend’s events begins to settle, the magnitude of what this group have achieved this past year may not have dawned on them yet. In fact it may take years for them to realise the impact they have had on Old Camberwell Grammarians AFC – as a football club, community and home to many – and the generations of women to come who will take up their legacy. It is a legacy that will live with the club forever and should not be underestimated.

I commented to several people after Saturday’s game that in 50 years’ time a photo of 40 or so young women (and a few men) will hang in the clubrooms at Gordon Barnard Oval alongside a premiership cup and flag. Those present might not recognise the faces or know the names, but it will be genuinely celebrated and remembered as one of the most significant events in the club’s history. You can only be an inaugural women’s team and premiers once. Thanks to each of them, it’s now impossible to think of Old Camberwell without a women’s team at the heart of our club.

The fact that this team did not even exist 12 months ago, let alone the idea that it might at all, is a surreal thought. There are many thanks to be made to various people for why it does now, a lot of whom I’ll acknowledge later, but it’s only fitting to first recognise our ex-president Andrew Tsindos who was the brainchild, current president Adam Kyriacouand our super coach Ken Schwab for making this a reality. Their passion, commitment and vision have guided this team and its development. Without them it may not have happened at all.

Looking back to where it all began in late 2016, five girls turned up to the initial introductory meeting at the clubrooms, and not long after a small group of a 17 girls gathered at GBO for their first training session. They came from a range of schools and backgrounds. Some new each other, others did not. Without being there myself, I am confident they would have approached that first night with the same sense of enthusiasm, fun, comradery, determination and willingness to learn that has become characteristic of this team. A mix of abilities and expectations for what was to come were probably floating around, but the initial foundations had been laid.
Pre-season was different to what the average male footballer would experience. No gut busting sprints or gruelling runs, just the basics of the game. They literally started from scratch. While I was still training and considering playing myself, I was interested to look across at times and observe how they were going under the guidance of Alex Mackenzieand Schwaby. Kicks flying here and there, handballs missing targets, dropped marks. But also the occasional pinpoint pass and clean hands. Lots of chatter and encouragement, consistent numbers at training, but not huge. A sign of things to come.

Fast forward to a week or so before the first practice game and Schwaby had officially been appointed as coach. I had opted not to play due to a back injury and be Schwaby’sassistant instead. We were both excited and unsure about what the season had in store for us, but knew we had a great group to work with.

Our first practice games were at a round robin tournament at Marcellin College in Bulleen. Ironically, our first game was against Marcellin who had one team on the field and a whole other team on the bench – they would go on to win this year’s Premier Division. We had 16 or so from memory. Suffice to say we lost that first game, but followed it up by recording our first win in even more ironic circumstances against Old Carey. The following week our pre-season wrapped up with the VAFA Women’s Lightning Premiership at Elsternwick. Again we had about 16 give or take, but showed plenty of promise recording a great win against Oakleigh in our final game.

Given we were only just able to field teams for the practice games we were a bit unsure if we would have enough players committed to play throughout the year. Fortunately, and unexpectedly, in the few weeks between the Lightning Premiership and about Round 2 or 3 we had close to ten new players join – the likes of SturrockHarperHartSloaneKingRichardsStoyle and a second Bangs all fitted in seamlessly on and off the field. Selection was tough from then on.

Based on the pre-season, we thought if we could be competitive and win a few games then it would be a successful year. The only aim Schwaby and I discussed, and agreed on, was that we needed to create an environment and team culture that everyone enjoyed and felt a part of. If by season’s end all, or most of, the girls wanted to play again in 2018 then we would have done our job.

Prior to Round 1 the team appointed S. Defina to be our inaugural captain, supported by M. WilsonAnderson and Nolan who led the team with distinction all year. Then it was upon us, the first of three grading games. Up against Old Geelong at Como Park we got flogged by 80-plus points, but in the final minutes of the game who else but E. Definabecame the first woman to kick a goal for the club in a competition game. That initial loss turned out to be a rarity. We returned to GBO the following week for our first home game and turned that around to record our own 80-point win against Canterbury, uncovering some genuine stars. We backed up a week later on the top oval with a commanding win over Hawthorn who ended up winning the Development Division 4 flag.

Placed in Development Division 2 with our two previous wins still counting, we maintained our winning form in the season proper with a huge win against Yarra Grammarians under lights. With three wins on the trot an early season top of the table clash against Collegians established our season-long rivalry. After defeating Collegians in a tough game, it was probably then that we first thought we had a team that could seriously play and challenge for the flag.

This was confirmed a week later when we took on Ivanhoe in what turned out to be our most hard fought win. They were unfancied at the time and beat us physically early on. It wasn’t until C. Wilson ran straight from the bench and floored her opponent that the intensity lifted. It was a season defining moment. We clawed the lead back and held on in a heart stopper. I also recall reflecting on that game and the attitude of the team when we were down. The encouragement and incessant cheers from the bench were so loud, while Ivanhoe’s players began to abuse each other. I felt this really showed the calibre of our players, the respect they had for each other and the bond they were forming.

Another strong win against Old Carey was followed by a stinging 3-point loss to Oakleigh. Probably our low point for the year, but also pivotal to the rest of the season. The marginal loss came with an undermanned team showing the depth of the squad. Outstanding defensive efforts from Mirabella and Donkin in the absence of our key defenders, S. Defina and M. Wilson, was particularly impressive. The game also highlighted that we needed to be more physical. The loss hurt and we didn’t want to experience it again.

History will show that we didn’t. From that point on we won eight games straight to claim the flag. We put the loss behind us and flogged UHS-VU in a top of the table clash to regain top spot. Then went on and did the same to four teams in succession – St Bede’s, Ivanhoe, Old Carey and Yarra Grammarians. The juggernaut was gaining momentum and still we had players wanting to get on board. In the second half of the season we gave debuts to FranklinHillmanHamiltonHam and Collins. Again, the ability for the team to welcome new faces and see them become a part of the group so quickly is not something I have experienced with any other team. Unfortunately, we also said goodbye to the physical presence provided by Booth and speed of Kertes who went abroad.

Halfway through the season, Green and the Defina twins became the club’s first women Big V representatives. All three made the final squad, but unfortunately (and somewhat mistakenly it could be argued) missed out on being selected in the final 24. There were few other clubs that achieved this and hopefully in years to come we will have many more represent the Big V.

Our final home and away game was a precursor to the first semi-final and a test of how we would perform in the finals. Collegians were up for it and it took a serious effort to get over the line. The following week was not much different. By this stage we knew the flag was ours to lose. Beating Collegians and getting direct passage to the grand final was key. The most nerve-wracking finish all season came down to a goal-saving smother from Anjou in the dying seconds, allowing us to avoid a preliminary final.

Making the grand final was the minimum this team deserved. The week leading in was a mix of emotions and activity. We kicked it off with a training session at Trevor Barker Oval on the Saturday before. Over 20 girls made the effort to get there demonstrating they wanted to finish the job. The Monday night delivered our first women’s competition B&F and goal kicking award to Green and E. Defina respectively, while Tuesday and Thursday training were sharp with a buzz of excitement. Saturday came and there is no need to repeat the rest of it.
This year has been successful on the field, but it’s perhaps off it that the team has made their biggest impact. They have contributed enormous energy and enthusiasm to organising and being part of the social life of the club. The off-field shenanigans – player events, crap trap Thursdays, Super Saturdays – have been first rate with the girls often showing the guys how it’s done.

I was initially unsure how a group of women would fit into an environment dominated by men almost since its establishment. The attitude and level of interaction from both sides was always going to need an adjustment. Hindsight has shown this was never something to worry about. This year has gone a long way to building a better atmosphere and making GBO a place people want to spend time at. It has never been better in the 12 years I’ve been associated with Old Camberwell. Everyone I have spoken to has attributed this to the girls. In this instance a huge acknowledgment goes to KathAlexBec and Jo for their involvement on the committee, and Jules on game days. They have all put in considerable time and effort.

As much as the girls have embraced being a part of the club, so too have their parents, siblings and extended networks. The team and coaching staff have had continual support all year. A team where every single off-field job is filled week in week out has been a rarity in my time at Old Camberwell. We have been lucky to not have this problem, for which we can eternally thank Tim Wilson who has carried out his team manager duties to perfection. He has the entire admiration and respect of the playing group, as well as Schwaby and I.

Added to this are the goal umpiring and interchange feats of Michael Hook and Mitch Anjou. They have never hesitated to put their hands up for these roles. Our runner Stefan Anjou and sometimes controversial umpire Dave Anjou have similarly been there without fail. Stefan, in particular, has been a key member of the game day squad, and again has the respect of the whole playing group. In general, the WilsonAnjou and Hook familieshave been enormous support.

Mid-season, Jay Tapscott came along and began to help out with training and on game days. His patience and drive has been crucial to many of the girls improving their individual skills. The whole team and our performance has benefited greatly from having him around.

The team has stayed hydrated largely thanks to Jackson Eade who really took to being there every week without any expectation or having to be asked. He’s already signed up for next year. Emilia Fuller and Jade Bingley who are both players, but for various reasons have had interrupted seasons, and while not always getting on the field we never needed to ask them twice to help out running the boundary, water or filling other roles. Jordan and his team of trainers who have kept us on the field as players started to pick up injuries throughout the season. And as always, Tim Cottrell and Warren Earle (aka Wearly) for ensuring we were kitted out and fed/hydrated post-match or training.

I’m sure I have missed individuals, apologies if so. There are many who helped out at various points in the year. Thanks to all.

To tie it all up (thanks for sticking with me), I would (selfishly) like to say a very big personal thanks to the team, Schwaby and Adam. Some know that I returned to Melbourne late last year after a few years abroad. As always there is a transition period with these things and I looked to Old Camberwell as a place that was familiar. However, while I was still considering playing in early January I wasn’t so sure it was that place anymore. So when I opted not to play and said I would help out, I had very little sense of what that would mean. The excitement of being involved with something new, a new challenge and community was what triggered my interest.

Eight months down the track I can well and truly say that this team has had a profound impact on me, just as it has this club. The fun and enjoyment you have fostered, along with the improvement and success you have achieved, and the respect and friendship you show towards each other, and to me, has been a most fulfilling experience to be a part of. For me, you have made Old Camberwell that familiar place again and for that I’m very grateful.

Let this be the beginning of some thing special. Stick together. Cheers to the women and premiers of 2017. Onwards to victory!

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Assistant Coach


Women’s Grand Final Review


I will never write a newsletter like this again.

With the introduction of a Women’s Competition into the VAFA this year there was always going to be ‘firsts’ – the first OCGAFC Women’s Team led by our first leadership group – Steph Defina (C) alongside Maggie WilsonLou Anderson and Cassie Nolan, the first time we’ve had 4 women on committee – Katherine BithavasAlex OsborneJo Hookand Bec Kertes, our first Women’s Coaching group – Ken SchwabAndrew Romaninand Jayden Tapscott, our first Women’s Team Manager – Tim Wilson, our first dedicated Women’s runners – Steph Anjou and Jackson Eade, our first Women’s supporter and helper group lead by the Wilson’sAnjou’s and Hook’s, our first Women’s sponsor – Ray White Balywn, our first Women’s Jumper and Women’s Club Song!

But clearly this group wanted to create a few more firsts!

Our first Women’s Competition Best & Fairest and Best on Ground in a Grand Final – Rhiannon Green, our first VAFA leading goalkicker – Eloise Defina and to cap off a season we’ll never forget – OUR FIRST WOMEN’S PREMIERS! History makers you most definitely are!

Andrew Romanin has put together a superb wrap-up of not only the game but also the season. Thank-you Roma. Enjoy it along with some of the photos from Saturday.

I speak for every part of our large and widespread community and say a huge thank-you for it all and to you all. You have spoiled us. You have exceeded all expectations and made so many people so happy and proud to be a part of this club. Accolades, achievements and premierships aside, you are some of the finest young women I will ever have the privilege to know and deserve every last bit of your success. We can’t wait for next year.

Come on the Wells!

Adam Kyriacou

Women’s Grand Final Review

19 August 2017. A day that has been etched in the history of Old Camberwell Grammarians AFC. The women’s team took home the ultimate prize with an outstanding grand final performance against a determined Old Carey.

After a week of rain and bitter cold, conditions turned out to be near perfect at Trevor Barker Oval. With the team having mentally and physically prepared for wet and windy conditions, the added confidence and assurance that this offered was the perfect boost as the women ran through their final warm up. The feeling in the rooms, as it has been all year, was positive and upbeat. Hints of nervous energy were there, but the players were harnessing this and looked focused pre-match. Schwaby’s final message echoed the confidence in the room. The team had done the work, put in the hard yards week in week out and that’s all they needed to do again. Get on top early and we would win.

With that, a first quarter goal burst set up the day and we never looked back. Across the ground everyone was in the play early on, finding the footy and attacking the contest with a desire to impact the game. Led by a brilliant and tireless performance from the starting midfield trio of GreenAnjou and Anderson we managed to maintain control on the tempo of the game. While up against an athletic Old Carey ruck, Harper and Sincock won their share of the taps to provide first use all day.

We looked dangerous each time we attacked, setting up well across half forward and with our small forwards E. DefinaC. Wilson and Nolan applying forward pressure to lock the ball in. Our efforts were rewarded with two goals at the first change – a classy roving effort from Anderson and a classic big forward poacher’s goal to Sturrock.

As Old Carey worked their way into the game during the second quarter and began to get their share of the play our defence held up strongly. DonkinSam BangsMirabella and M. Wilson were in the thick of it, winning their one on ones but we were struggling to clear our defensive fifty for much of the second quarter. Conceding a goal during that critical period would have opened the door for Old Carey to take the momentum into the main break, so it was pleasing that we weathered their best while marginally extending our lead.

In absorbing their pressure, and with a comfortable but not an unassailable lead at half time, the “premiership” quarter delivered the most exciting and memorable performance for the year. Our run and link up game was in full stride with OpraySoph BangsElovaris and Mohamed using their pace to break away from the contest. Further up the field, our forwards were also providing a presence, playing their roles perfectly. Osborne was consistently playing in front, with Franklin’s physicality around the contest and Robison’s ability to continue to lead and present wearing down the Old Carey defence. At the other end of the ground S. Defina was imposing herself across the half back line and deep in defence, picking off the ball at will to dominate the second half. Meanwhile Bithavas played disciplined footy, sticking to her man and defensive duties.

The three third quarter goals not only put the result beyond doubt, but it did so with a statement. The quality of all three goals was unquestionable. Each one would win a goal of the round (maybe even season) award without doubt. Green’s effort to slot two almost identical goals in which she read the play beautifully, gathered the ball cleanly and baulked several players to split the middle from close to the boundary was pure class. Her two goals came either side of possibly the most magical goal E. Defina, and any women in the VAFA, has kicked all year (and she’s kicked a few). A crumbing effort after a long kick forward, gathering it with ease off the deck and snapping on her non-preferred from an acute angle to dribble the ball through. All three goals will be talked about for years to come. Our third quarter broke Old Carey, in the process delivering a display and brand of footy that exemplifies this team.

The final huddle for the year was enormous. It was an amazing sight to see and with the win virtually locked up there was a sense of relief. With a comfortable lead, the break offered the opportunity to mix it up a little. Strong final quarter contributions from Taverner and Edwards to nullify Old Carey’s effective No.7 was impressive, and in hindsight a call we should have made earlier in the day. They provided us with another level of energy around the contest as legs began to tire, continually finding space.

Despite the sting going out of the game, credit to Old Carey for their last quarter performance. They stuck at it and were rewarded with a final goal, which only slightly raised a few heartbeats.

As the final siren sounded the celebrations began. Green deservedly won the best on ground award to cap a memorable season. But all 24 who played on Saturday impacted the result in some way and can be proud of their contribution. The further 20 or so that did not take the field were just as important to our grand final win. Particular acknowledgment needs to go to Tori FotheringhamMaddy Sloane and Jules Hart who were desperately unlucky to miss out on selection this week. Every player in the squad has stood up this season at different times and this is the sole reason for our success.

The fact that this team did not even exist 12 months prior, let alone the idea that it might at all, is a surreal thought. There are many thanks to be made to various people for why it now does, a lot of whom were acknowledged on Saturday, but it’s only fitting to here acknowledge our ex-President Andrew Tsindos, current president Adam and our super coach Schwaby for making this a reality. Their passion, commitment and vision have guided this team and its development. Without them it may not have happened at all.

Congratulations to the team, we answered that one final question… Enjoy it, they really don’t come around often. Next year will be a bigger and more exciting challenge, but we get to do that as the reigning and inaugural premiers – a feat that everyone at Old Camberwell is, and will always be, proud of.

Goal Kickers: R. Green 2, E. Defina, A. Sturrock, L. Anderson
Best Players: R. Green, S. Anjou, C. Nolan, M. Wilson, L. Anderson, S. Defina

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Assistant Coach


Seniors Round 16 Review

Premiers this year are we!


I’m pretty sure most of you will by now have heard how our Women’sTeam won the inaugural Women’s Development Division 2 Premiership against Old Carey on Saturday. It was a perfect day that capped of an incredible season for all the group and we felt it only fitting to put out a special edition newsletter to give all the details and some photos. As we’re pulling together a lot of information including photos we’ll send full details either Wednesday or Thursday this week and hope you enjoy what will be a captivating and remarkable season of achievement for our Women.  Thank-you for your patience but we think it will be worth the wait.

Importantly and critically for the club, our Seniors, Reserves and Under 19s had big games on Saturday. I know as a club we will come together for the remainder of the season and bring home all our teams who all have everything to play for in their remaining games.

Our Seniors had one of those games where it seems things didn’t click. After some wayward kicking in the first quarter and with a Hampton side facing the prospect of the drop, we couldn’t make the most of our chances and suffered a disappointing loss. With 2 games to go, next week’s game against Kew is a must win to consolidate our season and finish as we know we can.

Our Reserves continued their astonishing run taking their unbeaten streak to 7 games with an empathetic win over a good Hampton side. With 2 rounds remaining finals are confirmed which is a superb achievement for this group after a slow start to the season. Confidence is clearly strong and it will be a very competitive few weeks on the training track and remain game days given the depth of the playing group this year.

Hugely impressively, our Under 19s secured a top 2 spot in their penultimate game against Old Paradians at home. In a sometimes spiteful game, our boys kept their heads brilliantly and played outstanding football as they have all year to record another 100 + points victory. Our final game is away to Williamstown CYMS after which we’ll have a week off as the Under 19s have a final 6 with the top 2 sides earning the week off. I know I’ve said it before but we have a great group of young men and we can all be proud they’ve secured finals football for OCGAFC. We’re looking forward to getting right behind their final series.

Finally we’d love to see you all for a casual Spit Roast Lunch for the final Home & Away game for our Seniors & Reserves and GBO on September 2ndDetails available here and you can book online (preferable) or pay on the day.

Congratulations again to all our Women’s Team.  A weekend that will live in the memory forever.

Come on the Wells

Adam Kyriacou

SeniorsRound 16 of the home and away season saw us hosting Hampton at Gordon Barnard Oval. After a gritty win away to Old Geelong the previous week, we were hoping to bring some momentum through the last 3 rounds of the year and push into the top 4.

Our first quarter showcased the game style we have been working hard on all year. Quick ball movement and high defensive pressure saw us control the quarter. Unfortunately our finishing let us down and we went into quarter time having dominated the quarter, however only kicking 3 goals and 6 behinds. Hampton on the other hand made the most of their chances and were able to get 2 goals despite not having much of the ball.

After quarter time Hampton upped their intensity and we were unable to match them. Though we still had our fair share of chances, our skills and finishing consistently let us down both through the middle of the ground and up forward in front of goal. An inaccurate second term again cost us and we went into halftime with a score line of 3.12, compared to Hamptons 6.7.

Despite our poor play, we managed to stay in the game through determination and some outstanding individual efforts – namelyJimmy Allen and Nick Adamson. We were well in the game at ¾ time, only 4 points down with a score line of 6.16 to 8.8. Alas it was not to be and we ended up going down 70 (9 goals 16 behinds) to 89 (13 goals 11 behinds). It was a disappointing result after such a positive win the week before. The challenge for the group now is to stick together and finished the year off on a positive note. We have 2 very important games left and there is no reason that we can’t go 2/2 to finish the year off!

Goal Kickers: J. Allen 3, M. Trait 2, F. Wells, N. Latsas, A. Taverner, N. Adamson
Best Players: J. Allen, N. Adamson, R. Deev, S. Powell, C. Hensby, A. Clarke

Ben Hart
Senior Captiain


1 Caulfield Grammarians 16 14 2 0 0 0 1703 1056 161.27 56
2 Old Haileyburians 16 10 6 0 0 0 1511 1103 136.99 40
3 Marcellin OC 16 9 7 0 0 0 1490 1248 119.39 36
4 Williamstown CYMS 16 8 8 0 0 0 1562 1352 115.53 32
5 Old Geelong 16 8 8 0 0 0 1354 1220 110.98 32
6 Old Mentonians 16 8 8 0 0 0 1361 1410 96.52 32
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 16 7 9 0 0 0 1213 1406 86.27 28
8 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 16 7 9 0 0 0 1119 1347 83.07 28
9 Hampton Rovers 16 6 10 0 0 0 1001 1370 73.07 24
10 Kew AFC 16 3 13 0 0 0 918 1720 53.37 12

ReservesThe Ressies faced an in-form Hampton side on Saturday and with both sides’ seasons more or less on the line it was another fiery encounter.  After a strong 2nd half performance we were able to pull away and book ourselves a spot in the finals with a 37 point win!

Following on from a tough outing against Geelong the boys knew they were up for another arm wrestle. Earlier in the season we lost narrowly to Hampton in a close and physical game and were keen to test how much we have improved over the second half of the year. With a few injuries / niggles carrying over from last week, several players had the opportunity to stand up and play a key role in the game: Stanboultgis led from the front all day in the centre, Simon relished playing at full forward with plenty of spark and a 4 goal haul and we welcomed backParker, Warburton and Emery

The rain came down right on cue as the game started and after a scrappy few minutes we managed to get our hands on the ball and lock it in our forward line with repeat entries. It took us a little while to adjust to the conditions and were guilty of over possessing the footy in the greasy conditions however we looked dangerous when we were able to move the ball laterally and get out into space. Hampton worked their way into the game and were able to kick a couple of quick goals to lead by 1 goal at quarter time despite our early work.

The clouds disappeared as quickly as they had arrived for the 2nd quarter and with a few tweaks to our forward line structure we were a lot more dangerous in attack with Kaiser (4 goals) and Allen’s (1 goal) speed at ground level. With Pepperell finding plenty of space and Vogelfinding plenty of the footy we were able to move the ball forward quickly however were a little wasteful kicking 3.5 for the quarter to Hampton’s 2.1

Watching from the sidelines this was shaping up to be a real 4 quarter arm wrestle however the boys came out firing in the 3rd quarter. Despite some distractions from several errant Hampton elbows and fists the boys were able to focus on the footy and pile on 5 goals to nil for the quarter. The difference being our smarter ball use, fast movement in the forward line and intensity at the footy with Huntsman and Gorman leading hard all day. We also sharpened up a bit defensively and cut off Hampton’s run from half back with Mann and Cottrell setting us up well

With the game threatening to boil over, Herbstreit somehow found another gear (and is fast becoming our 4th quarter specialist) and gave us first use in the last quarter and we started to out run our opponents to kick another 3 goals from some excellent end to end ball movement. It’s great to see the boys enjoying their footy so much and making the most of our opportunities. We have certainly benefitted from increased depth this year so it important that we work hard over the remaining 2 games to keep the momentum up

Goal Kickers: J. Simon 4, S. Kaiser 4, G. Tolson, C. Allen, C. Gorman, H. Crothers
Best Players: L. Stanboultgis, J. Huntsman, T. Pepperell, S. Kaiser, Z. Herbstreit, T. Vogel

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach


1 Marcellin OC 16 14 1 1 0 0 1589 571 278.28 58
2 Caulfield Grammarians 16 14 2 0 0 0 1488 615 241.95 56
3 Old Geelong 16 10 5 1 0 0 1292 750 172.27 42
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 16 10 6 0 0 0 1214 991 122.50 40
5 Hampton Rovers 16 7 8 1 0 0 1047 1052 99.52 30
6 Old Haileyburians 16 7 9 0 0 0 1128 1253 90.02 28
7 Williamstown CYMS 16 5 10 1 0 0 772 1228 62.87 22
8 Kew AFC 16 5 11 0 0 0 856 1398 61.23 20
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 16 3 13 0 0 0 870 1429 60.88 12
10 Old Mentonians 16 3 13 0 0 0 694 1663 41.73 12



The Unders took on a 17 man Old Parade side on a beautiful (if a little cold) afternoon at GBO knowing that a win would make certain of a top two ladder finish.

Kicking in to a slight breeze, the boys were quickly into stride, with Matt Appleyard’s ruck dominance giving onballers Wil Dalrymple, Robbie West and Fraser Masciatelli an armchair ride, of which they took full advantage.  Up forward Stephen Everett was dominant, and Lucas Lewitt-Mendes repealed many attacks from half back.  We took a 27 point lead into the first break, after holding the opposition goalless.

Our boys really kicked into gear in the second quarter.  Slick ball movement allowed us to ram home seven goals for the quarter, with Alex Dalla Riva and Mike Schumann each kicking two.  Mitch McPherson was outstanding through the middle of the ground, whether it be marking, tackling or simply clearing contests.  Matt Appleyard continued on his merry way in the ruck, and Tom Oliver found plenty of space and plenty of ball on the wing.  In his return from injury, Mitch Fletcher, together with Kallan Percy, made scoring impossible for our opponents.

With the game all but over at half time, we took the opportunity to rotate and rest some players in preparation for the weeks ahead.  Given an opportunity on the ball, Jake Purcell excelled, and Josh Holding and Alex Dalla Riva were excellent up forward.  Harry O’Brien and Tom Oliver controlled the wings, allowing us to add five goals for the quarter.  The unselfish nature of the team was highlighted by a great shepherd on the line from Jonathan Tan that allowed Everett’s long shot for goal to sail through untouched.

With a number of key players rested during the last quarter, an opportunity presented for other to step up.  Rohan Solomongathered a number of touches when running on the ball, and Anthony Stefanos kicked a booming goal.  Jonathan Tan continued with his great pressure acts, and really finished the game well.  The match ended in victory by 112 points.

I know a number of boys are looking forward to a closer contest – rest assured, that will come.  In the meantime, the chance to hone our ball movement and skills is welcome.  With one game to go, we have assured ourselves of finishing first or second, thereby giving ourselves the best chance of the ultimate success.  However, there is much hard work to be done over the next few weeks, so down to training lads and let’s finish the home and away season strongly.

Goal Kickers: A. Dalla-Riva 5, J. Holding 3, M. Schumann 3, S. Everett 2, F. Mascitelli 2, A. Stefanos 2, H. O”Brien, W. Dalrymple
Best Players: A. Dalla-Riva, M. McPherson, M. Appleyard, S. Everett, K. Percy , T. Oliver

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach


1 De La Salle 15 12 3 0 0 2 1367 696 196.41 56
2 Old Camberwell Grammarians 17 13 4 0 0 0 1518 667 227.59 52
3 Oakleigh 16 11 5 0 0 1 1278 948 134.81 48
4 Melbourne High School Old Boys 16 10 6 0 0 1 1186 950 124.84 44
5 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 16 9 7 0 0 1 1090 877 124.29 40
6 WIlliamstown CYMS 15 7 8 0 0 2 930 973 95.58 36
7 Hampton Rovers 17 8 9 0 0 0 1057 1010 104.65 32
8 Aquinas OC 17 7 10 0 0 0 1036 1007 102.88 28
9 Old Paradians 17 6 11 0 0 0 953 1375 69.31 24
10 Peninsula OB 17 3 14 0 0 0 898 1530 58.69 12
11 La Trobe University 14 3 11 0 0 0 628 1484 42.32 12
12 Fitzroy FC 14 1 13 0 0 0 456 1890 24.13 8

2007 Premiership Reunion & End of Season Lunch – 2nd September



Join us for the last game of the home and away season for the Club as our Seniors and Reserves take on Marcellin and we host many of our 2007 Premiership Team to raise a glass or two for their 10 year anniversary.

No doubt some of our Women’s Premiership Team will be there as well.  A spit roast lunch and a perfect chance to catch-up with friends and family. It’s a casual affair and we’ll get started around 11.30am. No speeches other than the impromptu ones and a chance to properly catch-up at GBO.

$30 per head. Book online or pay on the day.

Drinks at Wearlwind Bar prices!

We’d love to see you.

WHEN: Saturday 2nd September, 11:30am onwards
WHERE: GBO Clubrooms
COST: $30 Includes spit roast lunch
Drinks @ bar prices