The inaugural OCGFC Hame of Fame evening was celebrated with the induction of four highly deserving members.
Matthew first played for the club in 1997, for a total of 115 Senior games. Initially a ruck rover, Matthew later became a defensive general at CHB. He was the Senior Coach from 1998 – 2000, as well as captaining the club from 2000 – 2003, including the Senior 2001 Premiership. Matthew won the Senior’s Best & Fairest award in 1998, the year he remarkably also coached the team to a losing Grand Final. He was also a member of the Premiership Club 18 team of 2008, but was unable to play the Final due to injury.
Off-field, Matthew continued to aid the club as an assistant coach, and was an important mentor to many of the younger players in the later stages of his playing career. A member of the committee that organised celebrations for the club’s 50th anniversary, Matthew was made a Life Member of the club in 2008.
Ken was a foundation member first playing in 1960, with a total of 204 Senior & Reserves games. As the Captain of the Seniors for 9 years (’62 – ’70), including Captain/Coach in 1965, Ken won the Association Best & Fairest Award for E-Grade twice (1962, 1965), and the Senior’s Best & Fairest an astonishing 7 times! He also won the Reserve’s Best & Fairest in 1972.
Off-field, Ken served on the Club Committee for a number of years from 1962 – 1973; served as Vice President from 1968 – 1973; Social Committee member in 1969 and involved in a number of sub-committees.
Ken was made a Life Member of the club in 1970.
David first played for the club in 1964, playing 2 Senior matches whilst still at school. He played his first full season for the club in 1996, with a total of 118 Senior and Reserve matches, captaining the Seniors in 1971.
David served on the Club Committee from 1969 – 1972, and was a member of the Selection Committee in 1974. David served as Vice President in 1975, the same year he was made a Life Member of the club. David was the U19’s Team Manager in 1996 and 1997, and has also served on the Committee of the Wellsman.
David has been a long-standing supporter of the club, and has been present on the sidelines most weeks, both home and away, for many years.
Warren first played for the club in 1987, playing 114 Reserves and Club 18 games.
Off-field, Warren has been involved on just about every level, helping out as boundary umpire, goal umpire, time keeper, interchange steward and team runner on countless occasions. Warren was the Senior and Reserves Team Manager from 1989 – 1992, and 1996 – 1998, and Club 18 Manager in 1999 and 2000. Warren has served as the Club Secretary from 2001 – 2003, and the club delegate to the VAFA for a number of years.
Most famously, “Wearly” has managed the club Bar from 1988 – 1992, and again from 2001 to his current managerial post at his now namesake bar.
Warren has won the Clubman award on 4 occasions, and was made a Life Member of the club in 1997.
People like these four are what make clubs like ours such a wonderful place to be around, and the clubs gratitude for their involvement and commitment over many years is now suitably solidified in our Hall of Fame forever.