WANTED: Head Trainer

Old Camberwell are seeking an experienced HEAD TRAINER to lead and develop our dedicated team of trainers. Trainer duties involve injury management, taping and sports massage. We have flexibility with sessions, however all staff are required to work Saturdays.

Applicants will need to have a minimum of Level 1 accreditation and First Aid. An attractive remuneration is available and is to be negotiated with the successful applicants.  Our club has excellent facilities in Balwyn and a great club culture. Visit our web site to find out more information about the club at www.ocgfc.com.au. All enquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

Duties include:

  • Organise the ordering all medical supplies.
  • Oversee all trainers and medical staff, including allocating trainers to practice/match sessions.
  • Keep a register of all injuries and refer for medical advice if required.
  • Co-ordinate rehab activities (in conjunction with the team Physio if applicable).
  • Diagnose and treat injuries, refer for further medical attention if required.
  • Ensure concussions are recorded and that players seek medical attention before playing again.
  • Strapping and taping where required.
  • Update the Football Operations Manager on regular basis with injuries and any player concerns.
  • Ensure the rooms are open pre-training and pre-match. Ensure they are locked at the completion of training / matches.


Please direct expressions of interest to:

Adam Kyriacou (President)  0499 333 571  president@ocgfc.com.au

Anson Brownless (Senior Coach)  0403 301 825 anson.brownless@reece.com.au

Vale Christine (Chris) Wilson

Old Camberwell and our extended community mourn the passing of Christine (Chris) Wilson.

The Wilson family’s connection with our football club is long and deep. Chris’s husband Bruce is  an old boy and played a season for the club in 1964. He became heavily involved with the club when his eldest son James started playing in 1989 and sponsored the club through his business Reece Plumbing. Bruce was made a life member in 1993 and continues to support the club today.

Chris’s youngest son Andrew (Coxy), also an old boy, played briefly with the club straight from school in the early 90’s. Chris’s eldest son James first played in 1989 and went on to play 9 seasons and 136 games. He played a key role in the double Premiership season in 1993 and captained the Seniors in 1997 and 1998, winning promotion that year. He was named in our team of the ’90’s and is an integral part of our club’s history.
I was fortunate to play with both brothers and have known the Wilson family since I was 4 years old. Chris and Bruce rarely missed a game or social occasion and formed the core of our supporter group during the years their sons played. Chris was an incredibly kind, engaging and loving person always with a word of encouragement and always able to bring a smile to any occasion.  She will be missed by all who met her and deeply missed by all who knew her well.

Our condolences, love and thoughts are with Bruce, James, Andrew, Pennie and their families at this time.

Fondly remembered and never forgotten.

Adam Kyriacou

Happy Holidays


It’s unbelievable we’re about to bid farewell to 2017 as it seems like yesterday I was running like a madman across Sandringham and Elsternwick ovals celebrating our Premierships. Combine that with our Reserves Final and the Seniors improvements and we were spoilt indeed this year. Thanks again to everyone involved at OCGAFC and we’re already looking forward to 2018.

We held our AGM a few weeks ago and a new Committee has been appointed for 2018. Before I go into the new team I would like to thank a few people.

Firstly Andrew Tsindos and Steve Derry who are officially stepping down from the Committee. Sos and Dez are the real deal – genuine Wellers and I think it is not unreasonable to say have kept our Club alive over the last decade. Their contributions have been IMMENSE and I could not have done my role this year without them. Steve will continue to support many things in 2018 and Sos will enjoy a very well earned break but I’m sure we’ll see him around. Please thank them when you see them.

I’d also like to thank Greg Tolson who is stepping down from the Committee. With a young family and a business to run he has his hands full. Thank you Greg. You are another great Weller and we look forward to seeing you at the Club in 2018.

Our Committee for 2018 is the following –

NEW – Boyd Elliott – Vice-President – a massive contribution in 2017 and we’re thrilled to have him in 2018
NEW ROLE – Katherine Bithavas – Secretary – fantastic to see Kath step up into this role
James Way – Treasurer
Alex Osborne
Alex Vickery
Jo Hook
John Lagzdins
Rebecca Kertes

We’re also delighted that Anson Brownless will continue in 2018 with the Seniors along with Tim Killworth and Gavin Powell as Assistant Seniors Coaches. Massive congratulations to Tim for his current role with the Western Bulldogs AFLW Team.

Ken Schwab, Andrew Romanin and Jayden Tapscott are all continuing with our Women’s Teams and we are building well towards fielding a second Women’s Team in 2018.

I am also in conversations with people regarding Football Operations and hope to make an announcement in January for someone to support Tim Cottrell in 2018.

Our pressing needs are to identify coaches for the Reserves and Under 19 teams. We are in conversation with the VAFA about keeping the 2017 Under 19 team together. I WOULD WELCOME EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST AND IDEAS FOR THESE TWO ROLES AS A MATTER OF URGENCY. Please contact me on 0499 333 571.

I would again like to thank all our incredible sponsors and financial supporters. We cannot dare to dream without your backing and are always hugely appreciative of your generousity and backing.

Pre-Season 2018 begins January 22nd and I will update everyone regarding several 2018 initiatives early in the year including a HUGE GALA BALL which will form the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts for 2018.

As always we warmly welcome any offers to help on game days and throughout the year. It is EVERYONE’S club so if you can, be a part of it and help make 2018 another great year for the might Wellers!

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful 2018.

Go Wells


Notice of AGM – 23rd November


Old Camberwell Grammarians Football Club
ABN 31 400 615 100

Notice is hereby given that this year’s AGM will be held:

Date: Thursday 23rd November 2017
Venue: Camberwell Grammar School – Development Office
Time: 7:00pm

All are welcome to attend.

IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE COMMITTEE – you need to advise the Secretary beforehand. We welcome all interested parties to get involved. The club relies heavily on volunteers, and many hands might light work.


1. Welcome & Apologies

2. Confirm minutes of the Annual General Meeting held in October 2016.

3. Presidents Report

4. Treasurers Report & Annual Accounts.  Receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements for the financial year ended 30 September 2017.

5. Election of Office Bearers and Committee for 2018 Season.

6. Any special business of which notice has been given in accordance with the Club’s Rules
Any questions or nominations should be made to secretary@ocgfc.com.au

– By Order of the Committee


Stephen Derry
Secretary OCGFC
0422 573 400

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