Club History

The Old Camberwell Grammarians Amateur Football Club was formed in 1960 & joined the Victorian Amateur Football Association E Grade in that season. The club’s first home was Albert Park, however apart from one season in 2000, the club has been located at Gordon Barnard Reserve since 1961.

During the first two seasons, the club only had sufficient numbers to field a Senior side only. It was not until 1962, when a recruiting drive enabled the club to field a Reserves side that there was sufficient depth & talent to reach the finals. The club played in the 1962 E Grade final series, also making an appearance in 1963 & 1964. Unfortunately the club was unable to do better than a draw in the 1964 Preliminary final.

It was not until 1970 that the club again reached a finals series; however this success was followed by complete failure when the club was relegated to F grade the following year. The club rebounded with a strong year in 1972 winning the Premiership as Champions of F grade & a prompt return to E grade for 1973. The 1972 season served as a springboard for the club moving up through the grades from this point. It also saw the Reserve Team make the finals for the first time. Finals in 1973 saw promotion to D grade, with strong performances in 1976 & 1977 resulting in a Premiership in 1978 & promotion to C grade. In 1980 the higher standard encountered was not met consistently enough to make finals, however with the formation of the first Under 19s Team in 1981, the club surged to a Premiership in 1982 & promotion to B grade.

Unfortunately the club was not up to the standard & it promptly returned to C grade for the 1985 season. Although the club saw finals action in 1985 it was the start of a lean period for the club. The club did not enter an Under 19s team after the 1986 season & had dropped to E grade by the end of the 1992 season. Some moves had been taken off field to turn things around & this started with the reformation of the Under 19s in 1991. Although the Senior club had a poor 1992, the Under 19s succeed with a Premiership.

With the Under 19s filtering through to the seniors in 1993 the club rebounded with Premierships for both the Seniors & Reserves, promoting the club back to D grade. 1994 & 1995 saw further finals action, however with little return the club’s growth started to stagnate. A poor year in 1997 saw the club drop to E grade for the 1998 season, and unable to enter an Under 19s team for that year.

In the later half of the 1997 season a concerted recruiting effort was started which bore some fruit in 1998, with the club having a strong year on the field. Although the Premiership was not achieved, the club did make finals & promptly returned to D grade later renamed D1 grade.

1999 saw the return of the Under 19s team marking the start of a very successful period for the club. Since 1999 the club has won 5 under 19 Premierships 4 in a row from 1999 to 2002. The Reserves have won 1 Premiership & usually have been playing in the finals since 2001. The Senior team has won 2 Premiership in 2001 & 2007 which has seen the club progress from D1 in 1999 to be playing in B grade for the 2009 season.