History

‘Preserving our Past’

This page of the club website is devoted to articles about the history of our club. Dromana FNC has a rich and vibrant history; and it is hoped that this special page will shed further light on the hundreds of people who built our remarkable club.  The page will also publish some of the ‘forgotten’ highlights and events of earlier times. Articles regarding our club’s ‘olden days’ will be posted on this website every two weeks throughout the football season.  It is hoped readers will, not only enjoy reading the stories, but may be able to contribute further information and anecdotes regarding each article.

Hopefully, everyone can all play a part in building our club’s history file. Please feel welcome to contact Roger Spaull if you have items of interest (e.g. newspaper cuttings, memorabilia and league/ club publications related to the history of our club)

 

 

DFNC HISTORY PAGE

 

PRESERVING THE PAST IN PICTURES

 

 

AS WAR CLOUDS GATHER

 

1914

 

DROMANA VERSUS HASTINGS

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ERIC GUY

 

‘THE TANK’ FROM PIER STREET

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A JOURNEY IN FOOTBALL

 

FROM PIER STREET TO AN AFL PREMIERSHIP

 

SAM ROBERTSON

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UNDER : 17 PREMIERSHIP TEAM

 

1966

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT AT DROMANA

 

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1908-110 YEARS AGO

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WALTER DOUGLAS CHAPMAN

THE CHAMPION OF DROMANA

 

 

 

WALTER DOUGLAS CHAPMAN   1889-1975

 

(Ref: 2018/8)

 

1908- NATIONAL BACKGROUND

 

1908 was a significant year in the history of Australian Football because in August, that year, a national carnival of football (promoted as the ‘Jubilee of Australasian Football’) was organized in Melbourne. The sides that took part in that football extravaganza were: Victoria, Tasmania, West Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and a combined team from New Zealand.

 

The Prime Minister of Australia, Alfred Deakin, played a prominent role in the pre-carnival festivities; and the series of matches gained plenty of coverage in the newspapers. Victoria dominated in all matches and thrashed the hapless New Zealand combination by more than 20 goals.

 

In 1908, Carlton won the VFL premiership; and Dick Lee, the Collingwood legend, won the goal kicking with 54 goals.

Younger readers may not be aware that the Brownlow Medal was not instituted until 1924; but the leading players in that era included : ‘Pompey’ Elliott ( Carlton), Bill Busbridge ( Essendon ) , Jim Sharp ( Fitzroy), Vince Coutie ( Melbourne) and Dave McNamara ( St Kilda).

 

THE LOCAL CLASH-110 YEARS AGO

 

While the local fixture between Dromana and Flinders could hardly boast the same amount of ceremony and pageantry as the 1908 Jubilee of Football, it was never-the-less an important game between two coastal towns on the Southern Peninsula.

 

Note: Flinders would best be described as a ‘coastal village’ in those years. According to the official Census of 1901, there were only 181 permanent residents of Flinders (87 men ; 94 women ) and just 34 occupied dwellings. On the other hand, the population of Dromana, in the same census, was given as 736 people including 372 men.

 

In 1908, Dromana competed in the Peninsula Football Association. The other affiliates were: Frankston, Tyabb, Hastings, Mornington, Flinders and Somerville.

The match was played at Flinders and, as can be imagined, the occasion aroused a degree of local interest. The review was published in the ‘Mornington-Dromana Standard’ on the 10th October which infers that the game took place in late September or possibly in early October.

 

There seems to have been a degree of ad-hoc organization to the

fledgling local competition in those days; and it is known that Flinders FC joined the league well after the actual season had commenced. It is documented that, in order for Flinders’ to field a team that year, the club had recruited several men from Shoreham.

 

DOUG CHAPMAN RETURNS IN TIME

 

Dromana FC had experienced difficulties early in 1908 as two of the club’s stars Ernie Ruddock and Doug Chapman were unavailable. Ernie, who had played at Collingwood in 1907, was said to be ‘otherwise busy’ and Doug Chapman was playing with Richmond.

 

For Dromana FC, 1908 had started unsteadily but had gone from bad to worse as season unfolded. One reliable source stated…

At the half way mark Dromana had only one win and that was a forfeit…”

 

Just when things seemed hopeless, the ‘cavalry’, in the form of Doug Chapman, arrived to save the situation.

According to AFL records, Doug Chapman had played eleven games for Richmond in 1908 ( see below) ; his last VFL game for that season was against St Kilda in Round: 18 on September 5th at Punt Road.

The date is important because Dromana had played Flinders after that date which, consequently, allowed Doug to play with DFC.

Dromana officials were delighted with Doug’s return from the ‘big smoke’ but at least one other club (see below) believed that his selection should have been disallowed.

 

THE MATCH

 

The match report, as carried in the newspaper, was short on detail but it was described as an ‘exciting affair.’ It was a close contest and Dromana hung onto overcome Flinders in a dour battle by seven points. As can be seen, Doug’s Chapman’s influence on the outcome was substantial.

 

The final scores were:

Dromana 7.9.51 defeated Flinders 6.8.44

 

Goal kickers for- Dromana: D. Chapman 4 McLear   Lawrence   McDonald

Goal kickers- Flinders:   Eadie 2 Cleave 2 O’Neil 2

 

Best players- Dromana: Chapman Wyatt Gibson Hoskins Evans MacDonald Callanan Clydesdale and Wilson.

Best players - Flinders: O’Neil and Eadie.

 

It was noted in the newspaper that Doug Chapman had...

 

“…rucked for four quarters and was always prominent and finished with 4 goals.”

 

FOOTNOTES REGARDING DOUG CHAPMAN & OTHERS

 

1. Walter Douglas Chapman (born in Dromana in 1889) was a tall (191 cm) and skilled ruckman. Doug had been a captain of Dromana before joining Richmond in 1908. This fact, in itself, is quite amazing as Doug was just 18 years when he made his debut for the Tigers against Fitzroy at the Punt Road Oval. Fitzroy won by 25 points. The Richmond team had several notable players listed that day including Charlie Pannam (also Collingwood), Bob Bowden (also St Kilda-150 games), Dick Condon (also Collingwood-181 games) and Billy Schmidt who had played VFL football with St Kilda.

 

2. Doug Chapman’s ability cannot be under-rated and his long kicking was said to be exceptional. As stated in the ‘Standard Newspaper’, one of Doug’s five career- goals for Richmond was indeed a ‘long bomb’….

 

“ DROMANA'S BRIGHT YOUTH….Douglas Chapman from Dromana, was playing remarkably well in the League. Playing at Richmond, he kicked a goal 78 yards out. At the age of 17 years, just before he started with Richmond, he kicked a goal from 65 yards for Dromana at Mornington. ‘The Standard’ July 22nd 1921 Page: 4

 

3. It is believed Henry Morley Kidgell was another Dromana footballer who played VFL football with South Melbourne (5 games) in 1904. His last game for South Melbourne was in round: 17 against Geelong at the Corio Oval. It is difficult to unearth more about Henry as a footballer but the name ‘Kidgell’ is prominent in local community affairs in those years.

 

4. A mentioned above, Ernie Rudduck played VFL football with Collingwood in 1907. His first VFL match was against Essendon in Round:5 and Collingwood won by 9 points. It must have been an enormous thrill for the 23 year debutant from Dromana because Collingwood was star-studded outfit with players such as: Jock McHale, Eddie Drohan, Arthur Leach, Bob Rush and an amazing teenager named Dick Lee.

 

5.‘The Standard’ newspaper in July 1921 stated that Ern Rudduck had also played for Richmond but there is no evidence that he ever played a senior match with the Tigers. In later years, Ern Rudduck became a highly enthusiastic and committed official at DFC and he worked incessantly to lift the club.

 

6. The match report intimated that ‘Wattie’ Gibson had been injured in that game. There is some possibility that ‘Wattie’ and Billy Evans may have trained with VFL club Fitzroy but there are no VFL records which can verify this. One of the things thatmakes the history of Dromana FC so difficult to piece together, during the formative years of the club,   was the lack of official league and club documentation.

 

7. In the earlier clash between the two clubs that season Dromana had won 12-15 (87) to Flinders 2-6 (18). It was stated in the match report that, in the second quarter, Ern Rudduck played for Flinders to try and even-up the proceedings. The fact that Ern played for Flinders supports the earlier view that local football was vastly different to modern times. George McLear kicked 3 goals that day and the club’s best players were listed as: Gibson, Clydesdale, Hoskins, Murphy and Hazeldine.

 

8. A search of local newspapers uncovered the results of a few other games in which Dromana had played in 1908:-

  • Somerville: 10.14. (84) defeated Dromana: 5.4.( 34)
  • Hastings:     10.22. (82) defeated Dromana: 2.3.(15)
  • Mornington: 5.2. (32) defeated Dromana: 2.10.(22)

9. Dromana tasted success in a brave win against Frankston at Dromana in July that year. The game was played in dreadful conditions and Dromana hung on to clinch a narrow Victory. The final scores were: Dromana 4. 5. (29) defeated Frankston 3.7. (25).

 

10. Doug Chapman played in that game (much to chagrin of the Frankston officials) and the stars in the victory were: McLear, Clydesdale, Wilson and mention was made of two players Garvey and Vickers. The issue of Doug Chapman playing (while a registered VFL player) was said to have been ‘taken up’ by Frankston officials. FFC protested about Doug playing   for Dromana. The result of dispute is not known.

11. In 1908, Dromana wore black and yellow colours and listed family names known in that season included: McLear, Clydesdale, Gibson, Hazeldine , Purvis, Murphy, Rudduck, Chapman, Evans, Callanan, Wilson, Griffith, Wyatt, Cleine, Hoskins, Lacco, Counsel and George.

 

DOUG CHAPMAN IN LATER YEARS

 

In 1909 Doug returned to Richmond FC and played a further 12 games. It was tough season for Doug as he only played in two winning Richmond teams that season (i.e. St Kilda twice).

 

For many years, it was a mystery where Doug played his football after 1909. However, records indicate that he was cleared to a club known as Essendon Town (later called Essendon ‘A’) in the Victorian Football Association.

It appears that Doug played in the Essendon VFA in 1910-11-12. Doug is said to have been a member of Essendon Town’s premiership team in 1912. On that day Essendon ‘A’ (or Town) played *Footscray (see below) at the **North Melbourne Oval in front of 25,000 fans. Doug Chapman received warm but brief praise in the suburban magazine ‘Punch’ for his fine game in the ruck that day…

 

“Hoare was a fine rover for Essendon against Footscray, receiving able assistance from Sevior and Chapman, the latter of whom followed nearly the whole of the game.” ‘Punch’ October 3rd 1912 Page: 42

 

Note: Essendon Town played in the VFA from 1900-1921 and was known as the ‘Dreadnoughts.’ Essendon Town played its home games at the Essendon Recreation Reserve better known as Windy Hill .

 

It may surprise some readers that Doug actually returned to VFL football in 1913 and played with Melbourne. He was 23 years of age when he debuted for Melbourne against Collingwood at the MCG in Round: 1 that year. Doug’s decision to cross to Melbourne after a lay-off of some three years caused a few ructions…

 

“ D. Chapman, who last week was granted a clearance by the Association to transfer from Essendon (Association) to Melbourne. The only difference is that Chapman has no residential qualification to urge in his favour. He originally played with Richmond before transferring to Essendon. Now, when he applies for a clearance to Melbourne he claims Clifton Hill as his residence. The inconsistency of the two decisions is being freely commented on” ‘The Argus’ May 1st 1913 Page 5

 

He played ten games with Melbourne; and Doug’s last game for Melbourne was against South Melbourne on August 2nd 1913. South Melbourne won easily in a low scoring affair.

 

The MFC history website ‘Demonwiki’ also offers a clue as to where Doug went after playing with MFC. It seems that Doug crossed to Hawthorn ( VFA) at the a start of the 1914

 

“ Doug Chapman ….Debuted for Richmond in 1907 and played two seasons there before joining the Essendon Association VFA side. After winning a premiership with the Dreadnoughts in 1912 he returned to the VFL for one season with Melbourne. After 10 games he was cleared to Hawthorn in April 1914.”

 

Note: Hawthorn *Footscray and **North Melbourne (see above) did not affiliate with the VFL until 1925. It is difficult to say, with certainty, but Doug probably played with Hawthorn in the VFA or perhaps with the Hawthorn Rovers, which competed in the Eastern Suburbs Football Association.

In summary, during his VFL career (1908-13), Doug Chapman played 33 senior VFL games and kicked 12 goals. He was 24 years when he stepped down from VFL football.

 

Doug Chapman died at Box Hill in 1975, aged 86 years.

 

THE END

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION

Sources: DFNC archives –National Library of Australia - Personal files & DFNC publications- Demonwiki website- ‘Encyclopedia of AFL footballers’- AFL Tables.  

Researched and written for DFNC by: Roger Spaull –April-2018.

DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

Email contacts: historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

RON HUNTER SENIOR

 

FOOTBALL IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

 

Ron Hunter was born in January 1928 and spent his younger years in the small Mallee township of Wychitella on a wheat farm with his 10 siblings. Wychitella is 17km north of Wedderburn and in 1921 had a population of just 218 people. It believed that Wychitella is an aboriginal word meaning a: ‘swamp rush ( i.e. reed).’

Football History Note 1: Wychitella was the birth place of Clarence Melville Hindson(born: 1907) who played 90 games with St Kilda ( 1930-36). Clarrie also captained St Kildaand later starred with South Bendigo FC. According to the World War: II Nominal Roll, Clarrie ( Service No: V211909) served as a Signalman in the Australian Armyfrom 1942 until 1947 ( Clarrie was placed on Reserve in 1945).

Arthur Hando, who played with South Melbourne ( 1922-24) was also born at Wychitella. One text stated that it was a miracle that Arthur was able to play football, after returning from active service with the 5th Battalion during World War: I, as he had been shot in both knees during battle at Gallipoli. Private Arthur Hando (Service No: 1555 ) was one of the original ANZAC’s and appears to be a robust and ‘larger- than-life' character…

“…( Arthur) received gunshot wounds to both knees. He would re-join his unit after a month in hospital. Later Arthur would receive another injury rendering him blind in the left eye and he would have to be invalided home. A talented footballer, he went on to play 46 games for South Melbourne…” Source: ‘The Charlton Community Newsletter’ June 2015.

According to the available statistics, Arthur Hando was 30 years and 362 days of age when he made his debut for South Melbourneagainst Carlton in Round: 5 in 1922 at the Lake Oval.

It seems as though Clarrie Hinsonand Arthur Hando of Wychitella were part of a ‘tough breed of men.’ Furthermore,   research from the country newspapers, of that period, also suggests that the ‘Hunters of Wychitella’were of a similar mould.

Football History Note 2: It is known that Wychitella FC was once affiliated in the Gladstone Football Association. Other teams in that minor league included Buckrabanyule, Borungand Mysia (near Boort).  It is recorded that Wychitella won a premiership in 1913.

 

Ron’s first job was excavating water channels across the Mallee. In later years, he was involved in earthmoving; and worked on constructing dams, roads etc. for private companies such as the renowned Theiss Brothersand other road building and infrastructure contractors.

Ron then commenced working for the Country Roads Board(CRB); and his work took him far and wide to such country towns as Traralgon, Erica, Mansfield, Trawool (near Seymour), Broadfordand Alexandra.                

Whilst working in the Mansfield area, Ron met a young girl from Bonnie Doon, Dorothy Lockhart; and in 1955 they married.                      

Fifteen years later, the Hunter family moved to Dromana when Ron was engaged to supervise the construction of the first section of freeway from Dromana to Jetty Road, Rosebud.

It is at this juncture in Ron’s life that his long association with DFNC began. Ron loved sport, particularly football, and he became an active volunteer at DFNC.                                                                                         Ron was always a ‘willing and able’ worker behind the scenes. Each training night and match day, Ron ‘rolled up his sleeves’ and undertook those vital, but often unseen, tasks such as line marking, sweeping rooms, cleaning the showers and collecting match day litter.

Ron lives directly across the road from the Dromana oval and, consequently, he has always been the first ‘port of call’ for those people requiring assistance at the club. He has also been the ‘unofficial security guard’ and has kept an ever-watchful eye on the ground and facilities during the week.

Ron’sfour sons-Ron (Junior), Jim, Gregand Graeme all played football for Dromana at some stage; and his five grandsons Adam, Michael, Matthew, Jarryd and Aaron wore the club’s colours at times and in the various grades of the Nepean Football League.

Michael and Adam played in the historic 2013 Senior Grade Premiership team and both were selected in the club’s ‘Team of the Post War Era’   (1946-2015). Jim Hunter played 65 senior games for DFNC in the period 1973-80 and gained a reputation as a fearless competitor in local football. Ron Juniorhas been honoured with ‘DFNC Club Person of the Year’on two occasions.                  

Note: Matthew Hunterwas a talented footballer and like his father (Jim), he played with boundless spirit. Sadly, Matt passed away in May 2004; and  following his death, the Senior Football Club named the ‘Third XVIII ‘Most Determined’award in honour of Matthew. Past winners of the trophy include:   Jack Powell, Adyn Musgrave, Jason Buchanan, Jordon McCulley, Dean Waugh, James McIlfatrickand Danny Vance.              

In 1982, Ron Hunter (Senior) was granted Life Membershipfor his enduring service to the club; and in 2002 he also received an AFL Certificate of Appreciation for 25 years of voluntary serviceto Australian Football.

As club records indicate, five members of the Hunter family are Life Membersof the Dromana Football Club: Ron (Senior-1982), Ron Hunter (Junior-1992) , Christine Hunter(2004), Michael Hunter (2017);  and, in 2016, Adam played his 175th game for the club, in the clash against Rye in Round: 16, which qualified him for Life Membership of DFNC.

Readers will be interested to know that Ron Hunter (Senior) is the brother-in-law of former Richmond rover Robert Lockhart whoplayed 13 games (7 goals) with RFC in 1961-63. The highlight of Robert’s career at Punt Roadwas his brilliant performance in Richmond’s 1962 Night Premiership victory. Robert Lockhart was recruited to Richmond from Mansfield (after initial discussions with the legendary Jack ‘Captain Blood’ Dyer at the Maindample Hotel). Robert later played with country clubs Thornton and Bonnie Doon; and   following a stellar career in country football, Robert retired to a farmlet near Yea. Robert passed away in 2010.                      

Ron recently celebrated his 90th birthday; and it was a day of great festivity for his family and many friends from Dromana and beyond. Although Ron is a most humble and unassuming man he was the ‘centre of attention’ that day.

Ron has been an avid supporter of the club for nearly 50 years; and, in that time, has witnessed many changes on and off the field at Pier Street. He has long been an integral part of the band of faithful volunteers who has taken the club ‘onwards and upwards’ to better things.

In closing this article, the club is appreciative of Ron’s faithful service and the role that he and his family have played in building and consolidating the club since 1970.

RESEARCH AND REFERENCE INFORMATION.

  • DFNC history archives and personal library files.
  • Information as supplied by the Hunter family.
  • ‘Encyclopaedia of AFL Footballers’- Holmesby & Main.
  • World War: II Nominal Roll.
  • ‘Harder than Football-League Players at War’ – Barbara Cullen ( 2015).
  • AFL Tables and Australian Football.com
  • ‘The Weekly Times’ ( 1869-1954).
  • National Library of Australia : Ref: 224444120 ‘Victorian Towns: Wychitella’
    • ‘Korong Vale Lance’ and ‘North West Advertiser’ Saturday 17 July 1915 Page: 3
  • Researched and written for the DFNC History Page by Roger Spaull in April 2018.

 

 

 

 

NICK MCGRATH

THE GATEKEEPER FROM DROGHEDA

COUNTY LOUTH -IRELAND

 

NICK MCGRATH (1927- 1995)

 

The noted American writer Arthur Schlesinger Jnr once said: “That history is full of surprises.” In the case of the life of Nick McGrath, Arthur was ‘centimetre perfect’ because Nick’s extraordinary life is the ‘stuff’ of which books can be written.

Nicholas Joseph McGrath was born in County Louth, Ireland in 1927. He was one of two children born to Joseph and Kathleen McGrath.

Note: ‘McGrath’ is an Irish clan name which is said to mean: ‘to prosper.’

 Nick’s early years were spent in Drogheda; a town which lies between Belfast and Dublin and on the famous River Boyne. Following his school years, Nick was employed with the ESB (Electricity Supply Board of the Republic of Ireland); and it was during these years that he became actively involved in the Gaelic Athletics Association. The GAA is an amateur organisation which promotes sport and outdoor pursuits.

Nick was well-known for his compassion and empathy towards others; and his willingness’ to assist disabled people was typical of his generous attitude to life. In 1964, Nick was nominated to travel to Tokyowith the Irish Paralympics Athletics Teamas a trainer/ support official.

It was a great honour for Nick; and, although Ireland failed to win a medal, the courageous efforts of that Irish team were to remain a highlight of Nick’s life.

In 1966, Nick travelled, alone, to New Zealand to help establish a wheelchair athletics association; and thenhe worked on the construction of the Manapouri Hydro Power Station, situated in the Fiordland National Park, on the South Island. The following year, the family sailed to New Zealand aboard the SS Australisand joined Nick and a new and exciting life began for the ‘McGraths of Drogheda.’

 Note: The names of the six McGrath children are: Marion, Theresa, Dorothy, Nick (Junior), Margaret and Claddgha. Claddgha was the only child not raised in Ireland. Claddgha was born at the Mackay Base Hospital, Queensland in 1971. ‘Claddgha’ (which means the ‘shore’) is of Irish origin and the name given to a suburb of Galway City.

 Four years later, the McGrath family arrived in Dromana where Nick worked on the sewerage tunnel that was laid under Arthurs Seat.

Note: The family also spent a brief period of residency in Mackay in Queensland, During that time, Nick was employed on the site of the Peak Downs Coal Mineat Moranbah-160km south west of Mackay).

 It was in Dromana that Nick found a liking for Australian Rules football; and despite the ball being different in shape, there were some similarities in skills with the Irish national game. Although Nick’s first love was Gaelic football, he offered, with some warm encouragement from Graham Stelling, to become involved in the operations of the Dromana Football Club sometime in the early 1980s.

 Note: In those days, Nick shared his spare time between the Dromana Football Club and the Gaelic Sports Club at Keysborough(off Perry Road) where he was an active and influential personality in the life of the GAA. He also served as President of Gaelic Park during his years there.

 Nick became the gatekeeper on match days at Pier Street; and steadily won a reputation as a friendly, obliging and witty official who found time to welcome (and chat in his lilting Irish brogue) all supporters as they entered the gate at home games.

Nick appreciated the responsibilities of a gatekeeper like the ‘back of his hand’; and he was ‘well-drilled’ and business-like in checking membership tickets, controlling entry and safeguarding gate receipts.

It has become part of DFNC folklore that: “Nick was so proficient, regarding his duties on the gate, that the wind had trouble getting into the ground.”

Such was Nick’s contribution to the club (in many quiet and unseen ways) that an annual club award known at the ‘Nick McGrath Trophy for the Most Determined Player’ was struck in his honour.

 Recent winners of the trophy include: Dustin Douglas ( 2000) , Brad Allen ( 2003), Michael Gillis ( 2004) , Andrew Bakker ( 2007), Aaron Coyle ( 2014) ,Billy Quigley ( 2015),  Daniel Marchesani ( 2016) and last season Jackson Quigleytook out the coveted award.

Sadly, Nick died on the 28th April 1995. It was a sorrowful and testing period in the club’s history as another of the Dromana’s notable characters, Eddie Moule, had passed away just one week earlier. Nick McGrath’s burial service was held at the Gaelic Park; and hundreds of members of the Australian-Irishcommunity packed into the GAA Hall to pay their respects and say ‘farewell’ ( as only the Irish can do ) to their genial friend.

 Several membersof DFNC also attended the service; and it was regarded, by all, as a truly moving and fitting celebration of the life of an ‘Irish gentleman’ who had worked so hard to make life better for others in Australia. One of the listed speakers who paid tribute to Nick McGrath was Melbourne’s champion ruckman Jim Stynes.

Very few people are aware that on Jim Stynes’ arrival, in Melbourne to play with the Demons, Nick McGrath, along with other Irish compatriots, was instrumental in helping Jim settle into his ‘new surrounds.’

A note about Jim Stynes: Younger readers may not be aware that Jim Stynes (born in Dublin ) was one of the first Gaelic footballers to play Australian Rules Football. Not only did Jim embrace the idea of the game but he became a dominant player in AFL ranks. Jim Stynes played 264 AFL games with Melbourne FC; and, among a long list of honours, won four club Best & Fairestawards and was awarded the Brownlow Medal in 1991. Jim was also selected in the Melbourne Team of the Century.

Jim passed away in 2012 at the ‘young’ age of 45 after a lengthy, brave but exhausting battle against cancer.

 Other Gaelic footballers to be recruited to Australian Rules football in those early days of the ‘Irish Experiment’ include: Sean Wight, James Fahy, Paul Early, Brian Stynes, Tom Grehan, Dermott McNicholl and Tadg Keneally. What started as ‘slow trickle’ has now become a rivulet of Gaelic footballers ‘trading places’ and ‘swapping codes.’

Nick McGrath is buried at the Mornington Cemetery; and his daughter, Theresa ( Stelling),remembers her father as man who gave his time willingly to others and centred his life about helping those in need.

Nick McGrath would be extremely proud of what his family has done for DFNC over the years. His son (Nick Jnr) played football for a short while; and his daughter Margaretserved on the DFNC Board of Management in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Furthermore, his Granddaughter Cathy Stellingwas an enthusiastic and active member of the DFNC Board of Management. Cathy, her sister, Tara Borthwick, and cousin, Clare Harvey, have also been involved in club life in various roles and duties including gatekeeper over the years.

With the introduction of an electronic scoreboard at Pier Street in 2017, Nick’s Grandson, Tom Harvey, nowplays a vital role in operating the board at both Senior and Junior home games.

As is well known, Graham and Theresa Stelling are Life Members of the DFNC; and Nick’s Granddaughter, Erin, was granted Life Membership of the DJFNCin 2017.

Nick would marvel at the strides that his Great-grandson Zac Stellinghas made in junior football ranks. Zac is the current DJFNC Under:15 Best & Fairest player which ‘backed up’ his win in the Under: 14 Best and & Fairest trophy in 2016. Zac is an emerging talent at Dromana and he has represented the MPJFL on several occasions; and he is always a willing and trusted helper around the club.

Even though Zac never had the good fortune to meet his Great-Grandfather he feels a strong bond with Nick via family albums, memoirs, anecdotes and stories about the ‘old days.’ These are the invisible connections that build families, communities and, in turn, clubs like Dromana FC.

Jordon Nicholls, a grandson of Nick, also loves football; and following several years at junior level (on Sundays) and a boundary umpireon Saturdays, Jordan opted to become an umpire. Jordon has worked hard on his fitness and knowledge of the rules and has developed into a competent and respected umpire in local football.

As can be seen from the above pen sketch of Nick McGrath, Dromana Football Club has been an integral part of the lives of his family. It all began when Nick offered to ‘give the club a helping hand’. From ‘little things, big things grow’ and it seems as though Nick’s family will continue to be part of the life of DFNC for many years to come.

Finally, as written at the beginning of this article, ‘history is full of surprises’; and the story of the Nick McGrathis one worth telling and recording for future generations to appreciate.

THANK YOU

Thank you to Theresa Stelling for her kind assistance and the wealth of information regarding Nick’s early years in Drogheda, his involvement with disabled athletes, the Irish Community and GAA in Australia.

Research and reference information.

 

REG BEAVIS

 

A LOYAL STALWART OF DFNC

 

Reginald Andrew Beavis ( born: 1908) was born in Melbourne and grew up in Doncaster and later moved to a small country town called Yeo ( near Colac).

On the 4th of August 1941, Reg took an important journey to Royal Park Army Recruiting Depot and enlisted in the Australian Army. During his years of military service, Reg ( Service No: VX61015) was a Driver for the 148th Australian General Transport Company.

 

Reg was discharged from the Army on December 4th 1945 and, not too long after that date, he arrived in Dromana. Reg did not hesitate to become involved in the life of the local community, particularly the football club; and his first official duty for DFC was as the team’s goal umpire. He then became a trainer, served for some time as a committee memberand was also the club’s property stewardin later years.

 

In his time with the Dromana Football Club, Reg witnessed ( and helped bring about) many changes at the Pier Street Ovalincluding the erection of the boundary fence, the upgrading the facilities, resurfacing of the oval and the construction of a fence along Pier Street.

One of Reg’s most lasting memories, during all his years at Dromana, was the historic victory over Somerville, at the Frankston Oval, in the 1950 ‘B Grade’ Grand Final. The scores that day were: Dromana 8.15 ( 63) defeated Somerville 8.3 (51).

 

In 1990, Reg was granted Life Membershipof the DFNC; and it was an fitting reward for his invaluable contribution to the club. Reg was also a Life Member of the Dromana Cricket Cluband the Fire Brigade.

Some of the readers of this page may remember Reg as the crossing supervisor at the Dromana State Schoolduring the 1980’s.

Reg Beavis passed away in 2003 and he will always be remembered as a willing worker, a kind-hearted official and a gentleman of the first order.

 

THANK YOU

  • Sincere thanks to Reg’s son, John Beavis, for his assistance in clarifying the early parts of Reg’s life. John was the official boundary umpire for Dromana for two years ( 1949-50); and he vividly remembers the team’s courageous fightback to win the flag in 1950.
  • A special ‘thank you’ to Reg’s granddaughter , Wendy, for her kind assistance in providing the above photograph of Reg Beavis for this website article.

Research and reference information.

  • DFNC history archives and personal files.
  • World War: 2 Nominal Roll- Service records. C of A -2002
  • Researched and written for the DFNC History Page by Roger Spaull in March 2018.

 

 

DFNC MEMORIAL SERVICE

 

FOR

 

GARY FOWLER

 

THURSDAY 20/1/2011

 

( Ref: 2018/3)

 

 

 

Former DFC player and stalwart Garry Fowler passed away in January 2011. After suffering illness for some time, Gary died at the Smithton Hospital ( Tasmania ) on 7.1.2011.

 

Gary better known as Chooka’, had played with Dromana from 1986 until 1999; and, in total, had amassed played 157 senior games. Gary had won numerous club awards including the Reserves Grade Best and Fairest Player in 2000.

 

MEMORIAL SERVICE - JANUARY 2011

 

A Memorial Service was held in honour of Gary at the Dromana Football Club rooms on the 20th January 2011; and a large crowd of family, friends, past and present players and officials attended.

 

During the service, the following tribute was delivered on behalf of the DFNC…

 

“Thank you all for coming to this Memorial Service for our friend and former team-mate. Brett, Dylan and their family value your attendance at this service and the respect you have shown towards Gary today.

 

It is appropriate to acknowledge the presence of the Club’s Life Members in attendance today.

 

As has been mentioned, ‘Chooka’ arrived at our club from Ashburton FC ;and immediately impressed with his ball handling skills, accurate foot-passing with both feet and his ability to play with injury. He was a hard and strong-willed footballer.

 

Over the next decade, ‘Chooka’ took the club to his heart and gave much energy and time to playing for Dromana. The club became a central part of his life; and the people who have gathered here today became a focus of his winter months.

 

As a young man, he was a star in suburban football and, as he aged, he became the proverbial ‘war horse’ at Dromana Football Club.

 

While his club games, numerous awards and trophies are important achievements; it was what he gave to the club, in those dark and difficult years when we languished at the bottom of the MPNFL Ladder, was so significant and lasting to our club.

 

As part of the Reserves leadership group of Chris Veale, Merrick Bradford, Marty Fowler, Graham Potts and Ray Robertson, ‘Chooka’ contributed to the survival of the club and the rebuilding of the club in that challenging period.

 

‘Chooka’ played on well into his 40’s and the advice and help he gave to young players was significant at training and on match days. Many people will be unaware, that in the year 2000, at the age of 45 ‘Chooka’ played 18 games and won the Reserves Best and Fairest Trophy with 62 votes. His great friend Noel Ormesher was Runner -upwith 56 votes.

 

In that season, the team’s motto was: ‘Lift our sights and raise the standard’. As a team leader, ‘Chooka’ was positive and tried to make the club stronger and more competitive. He played his ‘heart out’ for the club in that crucial season.

 

He also later coached the Reserves after injury had taken its toll and he was sidelined for a season.

 

‘Chooka’ is the classic example of the affliction that affects footballers. It is called ‘itchy feet syndrome’. The need to keep playing football was very strong and at the age of 52 he played in premiership at Brett’s club in Tasmania.

 

 At this point it is fitting to thank the club for what it gave to ‘Chooka’ and his boys. Often, the role that sport, particularly football, plays in our lives is overlooked or under-rated. In Gary’s case, the club supported him in gaining employment, gave him lasting friendships and lifted his spirits in times of personal trouble and hardship. The comradeship engendered by the club was a powerful force in his life.

 

Dromana Football Club has a special place in the hearts of Brett and Dylan …We should be thankful for what our club does for so many young men; and, of course, we should be very proud of how we survived, rallied, gathered momentum and rebuilt our club.

 

People like ‘Chooka’ deserve to be recognized for staying on, when the club struggled, while others walked away. His fighting spirit and his deep love of football helped see the ‘club through.’

 

Finally….Brett and Dylan deserve special praise for the manner in which they have organized the funeral and this Memorial Service for their Dad today.

 

How can we ever forget ? …

 

When Brett was only 10 years of age, our Reserves players presented Brett with a football to thank him for all the things he had done for our team during the season. He was a trusted, reliable and generous boy and ‘Chooka’ was so proud of him in the Carrum FC visitors’ room that day.

 

Brett…you have shown maturity, personal strength and remarkable integrity during this time of sorrow.

 

Brett and Dylan… You have impressed everyone with your dedicated efforts to do the very best for your Dad. No father could have wished for more and no sons could have done more.

 

Thank you again Erika (Civil Celebrant) and everyone who has gathered here to today to make this such a meaningful and lasting occasion for Brett, Dylan and their family.

 

Rest In Peace.

 

NOTE: In 2014, DFNC bestowed upon Gary a posthumous Life Membership in recognition of his 175 games with DFNC.

 

 

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION:

 

 

 

Sources: DFNC Records –Tiger Talk- DFNC Handbook-Personal files.

 

Article reference: (Ref: 2018/3)

 

The next title in this series: 1908-Doug Chapman ( Ref:2018/4).

 

Written and researched for DFNC by: Roger Spaull –December 2017

 

DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

 

Email contacts:historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 THE PAST IN PICTURES

 

1954- SOCIAL COMMITTEE

 Caption: The Football Club Social Committee raised 280 ( pounds) this year. Here are some of the members: Mrs Norm Osborne , Mr J. Baker, ( Pres), Mesdames A. O’Malley, T. Couacouad( Treas.), F.E. Colthurst ( Sec.).

 

  • Source: Weekly Times. September 22nd 1954 Page: 20.
  • Reference: NLA 224554436

 

DROMANA FOOTBALL CLUB

AWARD WINNERS 2000-2017

( Ref: 2018/2)

INTRODUCTION

One of the main projects of this DFNC History Page in 2018 is to research and publish the names of those Dromana footballers who have won awards and other citations at club, league (i.e. PFA, NFL, MPNFL) and other levels of football (e.g. interstate, VFA /VFL/AFL) since the official inception of our club in 1896.

DFNC IS SEEKING YOUR ASSISTANCE - CAN YOU HELP?

Recent award winners have been comparatively easily to research but, sadly, for the earlier years of the club little information exists. Those readers who are aware of DFC award winners in the period 1920- 1999 are encouraged to contact the club and have such details recorded.

Thank you for your assistance with this project; and, hopefully with your involvement, some of the missing gaps from this important aspect of Dromana Football Club’s history can be filled. Thank you Roger.

DFNC AWARD WINNERS   2000

  • 2000- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Dave Jordan

Runner-Up - B& F

Greg Hilton

Most Consistent

Dale Minchington

Most Determined

Dustin Douglas

Coach’s Award

Aaron Hura

Goal-kicking

Heath Laube

Best Team Man

Daniel Hooper

Best Club Man

Adam Handley

 

  • 2000 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Gary Fowler

Runner-Up-B& F

Noel Ormesher

Most Consistent

Ashley Williams

Most Determined

Michael Neville

Coach’s Award

Marty Fowler

Goal-kicking

Mark Bowman

Best Team Man

Michael Kotsifakis

Encouragement Award

James Osborne

 

  • 2000 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Dean Ipaviz

Runner-Up B& F

Ben Jenkins

Most Consistent

Adam Hunter

Most Determined

Simon Fraser

Coach’s Award

Daniel Harmes

Goal-kicking

Dean Ipaviz

Most Improved

Andrew Wood

Encouragement Award

Kevin Bell

Best Team Man

Chris Young

Best First Year

Michael Hunter

 

DFNC AWARD WINNERS   2001

  • 2001- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Dean O’Kane

Runner-Up - B& F

Aaron Hura

Most Consistent

Brett Dunn

Most Determined

Doug Haskett

Coach’s Award

Luke Popov

Goal-kicking

David Marsden

Best Team Man

Joel Norford

Andrew Fallon

Most Potential

Dean Ipaviz

 

  • 2001 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Merrick Bradford

Runner-Up-B& F

James Osborne

Most Consistent

John Walker

Most Determined

Luke Martin

Coach’s Award

Marty Fowler

Goal-kicking

Craig Smith

Encouragement Award

Ben Jenkins

Best Team ‘Men’ Award. A special award for 2001.

Gary Fowler

Brett Fowler

 

  • 2001 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Clinton Liardet

Runner-Up B& F

Chad Wilde

Most Consistent

Luke Donnelly

Most Determined

Simon Fraser

Coach’s Award

Stuart Shanks

Goal-kicking

Tim Moran

Encouragement Award

David Boyle

Best Team Man

Michael Hunter

Most Improved

Adam Collette

Best First Year

Paul Minchington

 

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AWARD WINNERS   2002

  • 2002- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Michael Prentice

Runner-Up - B& F

Dale Minchington

Most Consistent

Doug Haskett

Most Determined

Bryce Wilson

Coach’s Award

Michael Gillis

Goal-kicking

Heath Laube

Most Versatile

Dean Ipaviz

Encouragement Award

Denis Nona

 

  • 2002 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Noel Ormesher

Runner-Up-B& F

Craig Smith

Most Consistent

Merrick Bradford

Most Determined

Stuart Marsden

Coach’s Award

George Papalas

Goal-kicking

Craig Smith

Best Team Man

Stuart Shanks

Encouragement Award

Andrew Burnham

 

  • 2002 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Michael Hunter

Runner-Up B& F

Brenton Payne

Most Consistent

Paul Minchington

Most Determined

Toby Banks

Coach’s Award

Joshua Robertson

Goal-kicking

Damien Jones

Encouragement Award

James Fisher

Most Improved

David Boyle

Best Team Man

Adam Collette

Best First Year

Damien Jones

 

Other awards in 2002 included:

  • MPNFL Reserves Best & Fairest : Noel Ormesher
  • Commonwealth Sports Award : David Jordan
  • DFNC Tribute Plaque: Alex McPhail
  • TAC Listing ( Stingrays): Paul Minchington

AWARD WINNERS   2003

  • 2003- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Michael Hunter

Runner-Up - B& F

Tim Allen

Most Consistent

Michael Prentice

Most Determined

Brad Allen

Coach’s Award

Craig Corfield

Goal-kicking

Heath Laube

Encouragement Award

Michael Gillis

Most Versatile

Adam Todd

 

  • 2003 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Noel Ormesher

Runner-Up-B& F

Matthew Martin

Most Consistent

Joel Norford

Most Determined

Andrew Burnham

Coach’s Award

Chris McVeigh

Goal-kicking

Craig Smith

Best Team Man

John McGrath

Encouragement Award

Jason Donnelly

Best First Year

James Osborne

 

2003 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Damien Jones

Runner-Up B& F

Paul Zaffarese

Most Consistent

Toby Banks

Most Determined

Tim Elder

Coach’s Award

Glenn Collett

Goal-kicking

Brett Whitwam

Encouragement Award

Aaron Coyle

Most Improved

James Fisher

Best First Year

Mitchell Cook

 

Other awards in 2003 included:

  • DFNC Best Clubman : Don McKenzie
  • Life Membership: Geoff Bligh

 

AWARD WINNERS   2004

  • 2004- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Michael Hunter

Runner-Up - B& F

Tim Johnston

Most Consistent

Luke Donnelly

Most Determined

Michael Gillis

Coach’s Award

Rikki Johnston

Goal-kicking

Rikki Johnston

Most Versatile

Chad Wilde

Encouragement Award

Shaun Fletcher

Most Unselfish

Dale Minchington

 

  • 2004 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Andrew Scott

Runner-Up-B& F

James Fisher

Most Consistent

Noel Ormesher

Most Determined

Clinton Liardet

Coach’s Award

Jason Donnelly

Goal-kicking

Craig Smith

Encouragement Award

Keedon Rotteveel

Most Improved

Nick Willmott

Best Team Man

Doug Haskett

 

  • 2004 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Travis Sheean

Runner-Up B& F

Paul McLean-Wilson

Most Consistent

Aaron Coyle

Most Determined

Glenn Collett

Coach’s Award

Brandon Mulcair

Goal-kicking

Brett Whitwam

Encouragement Award

Rhett Defreitas

Most Improved

Mitchell Cook

Best Team Man

Shane Boyington

Best First Year

Cody Mulcair

 

Other awards in 2004 included:

  • DFNC Club Person of the Year : Vicki Holt
  • Life Membership: Anthony Matthews

 

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AWARD WINNERS   2005

  • 2005- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Michael Hunter

Runner-Up - B& F

Paul Minchington

Most Consistent

Brad Allen

Most Determined

Shaun Fletcher

Coach’s Award

Bill Peagram

Goal-kicking

Paul Minchington

Most Unselfish

Nick Willmott

Most Versatile

Rikki Johnston

Encouragement Award

Toby Banks

 

  • 2005 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Adam Garry

Runner-Up-B& F

Andrew Burnham

Most Consistent

Carl Tung

Most Determined

Scott Hines

Coach’s Award

James Fisher

Goal-kicking

Phil Maestrale

Best Team Man

Daniel Maestrale

Most Improved

Dwayne Day

Encouragement Award

Brandon Mulcair

 

  • 2005 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Travis Sheean

Runner-Up B& F

Jarryd Cook

Most Consistent

Tom Wright

Most Determined

Andrew Tarasuik

Coach’s Award

Tristan Voelkl

Goal-kicking

Travis Sheean

Encouragement Award

Glenn Jones

Most Improved

Ricky Kent

Best Team Man

Mark Crawshaw

Best First Year

Chris O’Connell

 

Other awards in 2005 included:

  • MPNFL Team of the Year: Adam Hunter and Paul Minchington
  • Life Membership: Chris Hunter
  • DFNC Club Person of the Year: Ron Hunter

 

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AWARD WINNERS   2006

Records of major awards DFNC winners for season 2006 are currently being researched. However, the following award/trophy winners are known:

  • Senior Best & Fairest Award: Adam Hunter
  • Senior Runner –up-B& F : Rikki Johnston
  • Seniors Most Consistent : Steve Hamill
  • Senior Players’ Player: Rikki Johnston
  • Senior Goal Kicking: Simon Goosey
  • Reserves Best and Fairest : Matthew Shaw
  • Reserves Runner-up B& F : Matthew Martin
  • Reserves Most Consistent: Glen Boyington
  • Thirds Best and Fairest: Jarryd Hunter
  • Thirds Runner-up B& F: Andrew Burns
  • Thirds Most Consistent: Jarryd Cook

 

Other notable awards in 2006:

  • MPNFL ( Nepean ) Equal Best & Fairest : Adam Hunter
  • MPNFL ( Nepean) Most Valuable Player: Adam Hunter
  • DFNC Club Person of the Year: John Kelly
  • MPNFL ( Nepean) Team of the Year : Adam Hunter , Simon Goosey and Rikki Johnston

Please note: Any member who has records of other award winners for 2006 are kindly asked to contact Roger. Thank you.

AWARD WINNERS   2007

  • 2007- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Rikki Johnston

Runner-Up - B& F

Adam Hunter

Most Consistent

Brad Allen

Most Determined

Andrew Bakker

Coach’s Award

Michael Hunter

Goal-kicking

Simon Goosey

Players’ Player

Adam Hunter

Most Unselfish

Luke Donnelly

Encouragement Award

Paul Minchington

 

  • 2007 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Michael Gillis

Runner-Up-B& F

Matthew Shaw

Most Consistent

Doug Haskett

Most Determined

Stuart Shanks

Coach’s Award

Ryan Hines

Goal-kicking

Jesse Albrecht

Best Team Man

Lachlan Donnelly

Most Improved

Dale Parkins

Encouragement Award

Tom Hofert

 

  • 2007 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Jay Hutchinson

Runner-Up B& F

Jarryd Hunter

Most Consistent

Rian Kelly-Flanders

Most Determined

Sam Banks

Coach’s Award

Tim Carley

Goal-kicking

Jay Milward

Best Team Man

Ryan Worn

Encouragement Award

Klayton Donnelly

Most Improved

Ray Saunders

Best First Year

Luke Minchington

 

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AWARD WINNERS   2008

  • 2008- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Adam Hunter

Runner-Up - B& F

Tim Johnston

Most Consistent

Steve Downes

Most Determined

Braeden Dennis

Coach’s Award

Michael Gillis

Goal-kicking

Simon Goosey

Players’ Player

Rikki Johnston

Encouragement Award

Andrew Burns

Best Finals Player

Paul Minchington

Most Unselfish

Stuart Keel

 

  • 2008 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Jarryd Hunter

Runner-Up-B& F

Travis Sheean

Most Consistent

Jesse Albrecht

Most Determined

Tom Hofert

Coach’s Award

Dale Parkins

Goal-kicking

Jesse Albrecht

Encouragement Award

Daniel Jennings

Best Team Man

Brett Stephens

Players’ Player

Tom Wright

Most Improved

Paul McIntosh

Best Finals Player

Ryan Pitcher

 

  • 2008 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Jay Hutchinson

Runner-Up B& F

Luke Minchington

Most Consistent

Jarrad Wood

Most Determined

Kierran Voelkl

Coach’s Award

Dean Ritchie

Goal-kicking

Jay Milward

Players’ Player Award

Luke Minchington

Most Improved

Matt Beardmore

Most Dedicated

Jay Milward

Best First Year

Ryan Thompson

Encouragement Award

Kai Williams

Best Team Man

Tom Blake


Other awards in 2008 included:

  • MPNFL Reserves Premiership Cup.
  • Life Membership: Allan Minchington
  • DFNC Club Person of the Year: Dave Dunlop

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AWARD WINNERS   2009

  • 2009- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Rikki Johnston

Runner-Up - B& F

Paul Minchington

Most Consistent

Michael Hunter

Most Determined

Ricci Quinn

Coach’s Award

Scott Hines

Goal-kicking

Adam Hunter

Players’ Player

Michael Hunter

Balcony Award

Rikki Johnston

Best Finals Player

Tom Wright

 

  • 2009 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Aaron Pasquill

Runner-Up-B& F

Robert Kemp

Most Consistent

Daniel Gibbs

Most Determined

Jay Hutchinson

Most Improved

Jay Milward

Goal-kicking

Jay Hutchinson

Players’ Player

Robert Kemp

 

  • 2009 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Jack Powell

Runner-Up B& F

Tom Carter

Most Consistent

Josh De Souza

Most Determined

Shaun Clarke

Coach’s Award

Aaron Hunter

Goal-kicking

Tom Carter

Players’ Player

Jack Powell

Most Improved

Adam Ross

Most Dedicated

Jack Powell

Best First Year

Cade Williams

 

Other awards in 2009 included:

  • Life Membership; John Joyce

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AWARD WINNERS   2010

  • 2010- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Rikki Johnston

Runner-Up - B& F

Braeden Dennis

Most Consistent

Ryan Slocombe

Most Determined

Jay Hutchinson

Coach’s Award

Chris Baker

Goal-kicking

Rikki Johnston

Players’ Player

Braeden Dennis

Balcony Award

Braeden Dennis

   Most Unselfish

Brad Allen

 

  • 2010 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Bill Peagram

Runner-Up-B& F

Robert Kemp

Travis Sheean

Most Consistent

Clinton Liardet

Most Determined

Chris McVeigh

Most Improved

Josh De Souza

Goal-kicking

Ryan Hawkins

Players’ Player

Kierran Voelkl

 

  • 2010 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Tom Carter

Runner-Up B& F

Darren Minchington

Most Consistent

Jackson Quigley

Most Determined

Jack Powell

Coach’s Award

Shaun Clarke

Goal-kicking

Tom Carter

Players’ Player

Darren Michington

Most Improved

Kyle Gainsford

Most Dedicated

Cade Williams

Best First Year

Scott Joyce

 

Other awards in 2010 included:

  • DFNC Club Person of the Year: Val Knight
  • AFL Service Award (50 years) : Colin Matthews.

AWARD WINNERS   2011

  • 2011- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Rikki Johnston

Runner-Up - B& F

Liam Hogan

Most Consistent

Jarrad Wood

Most Determined

Seamus Thomson

Coach’s Award

Ryan Hawkins

Goal-kicking

Steve Gaertner

Players’ Player

Rikki Johnston

Balcony Award

Liam Hogan

 

  • 2011 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Bill Peagram

Runner-Up-B& F

Daniel Maestrale

Most Consistent

Rhys Dunne

Most Determined

Sam Banks

Coach’s Award

Kai Williams

Ben Homa

Goal-kicking

James Darcy

Players’ Player

Jarryd Hunter

Most improved

Kyle Gainsford

 

  • 2011 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Daniel Geurts

Runner-Up B& F

Tyle Williams

Most Consistent

Jackson Quigley

Most Determined

Aydn Musgrave

Coach’s Award

Mitchell Heggen

Goal-kicking

Josh Britllff

Players’ Player

Daniel Geurts

Most Improved

Jake Kearsely

Most Dedicated

Nick Wearne

Best First Year

Jonathon Rossi

Other awards in 2011 included:

  • DFNC Club Person of the Year: Gayle Collery.
  • MPNFL Team of the Year: Steve Gaertner, Rikki Johnston and Liam Hogan.
  • Drafted to AFL: Darren Minchington.
  • Historical Note: 2011 was a significant year in the history of DFC as the Senior, Reserves and Under:18 teams played in the MPNFL Finals Series.

AWARD WINNERS   2012

  • 2012- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Adam Hunter

Runner-Up - B& F

Steve Gaertner

Most Consistent

Terry Wheeler

Most Determined

Jay Hutchinson

Coach’s Award

Jed Savage

Goal-kicking

Steve Gaertner

Players’ Player

Rikki Johnston

Balcony Award

Steve Gaertner

Best Finals Player

Jay Neratzaglou

 

  • 2012 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Brad Allen

Runner-Up-B& F

Kierran Voelkl

Most Consistent

Andrew Burns

Most Determined

Jared Terry

Coach’s Award

Jack Powell

Goal-kicking

Travis Sheean

Players’ Player

Kierran Voelkl

Most Improved

Chris Taylor

 

  • 2012 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Aydn Musgrave

Runner-Up B& F

Jack Fowler

Most Consistent

Josh Britliff

Most Determined

Jason Buchanan

Coach’s Award

Ollie Houghton

Goal-kicking

Josh Britliff

Players’ Player

Aydn Musgrave

Most Improved

Brent Theodore

Most Dedicated

Jacob Anwyl

Best First Year

Corey Osorio

Other awards in 2012 included:

  • MPNFL Best & Fairest Award: Rikki Johnston
  • MPNFL Coach of the Year: Gavin Artico
  • MPNFL team of the Year: Rikki Johnston, Paul Minchington and Steve Gaertner.
  • Life Membership: Vicki Holt
  • DFC Club Person of the Year: John Perry
  • Special DFNC Tribute : Damon Lawrence

 

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DFC AWARD WINNERS   2013

  • 2013- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Terry Wheeler

Runner-Up - B& F

Paul Minchington

Most Consistent

Anthony Bruhn

Most Determined

Daniel Waddell

Coach’s Award

Sam Geurts

Goal-kicking

Anthony Bruhn

Players’ Player

Daniel Gormley

Balcony Award

Anthony Bruhn

Best Finals Player

Michael Hunter

 

  • 2013 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Damon Lawrence

Runner-Up-B& F

Kierran Voelkl

Most Consistent

Ryan Worn

Most Determined

Tom Wright

Coach’s Award

Seamus Thomson

Goal-kicking

Ryan Hawkins

Players’ Player

Damon Lawrence

Most Improved

Jack Quigley

Best Finals Player

Damon Lawrence

 

  • 2013 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Jack Fowler

Runner-Up B& F

Richard Sydenham

Most Consistent

Sam Williamson

Most Determined

Jason Buchanan

Coach’s Award

Reece Wilde

Goal-kicking

Jack Fowler

Players’ Player

Jack Fowler

Best First Year

Billy Quigley

Most Dedicated

Bryce Angell

Most Improved

Daniel Marchesani

 

Other awards in 2013 included;

  • MPNFL Senior Premiership.
  • MPNFL Reserves Premiership.
  • Life Membership: Phil Barnes and John Kelly
  • DFC Club Person of the Year: Kai Williams
  • Special Service Award: Dave Dunlop
  • MPNFL Team of the Year: Christian Ongarello, Rikki Johnston, Anthony Bruhn, Paul Minchington and Jay Neratzaglou.
  • VCFL Representatives: Paul Minchington and Rikki Johnston.
  • MPNFL Interleague Squad Representatives: Daniel Gormley, Daniel Waddell, Jay Neratzaglou, Rikki Johnston, Adam Hunter, Paul Minchington and Anthony Bruhn.

 

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DFC AWARD WINNERS   2014

  • 2014- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Anthony Bruhn

Runner-Up - B& F

Terry Wheeler

Most Consistent

Christian Ongarello

Most Determined

Aaron Coyle

Coach’s Award

Shaun Clarke

Goal-kicking

Anthony Bruhn

Players’ Player

Christian Ongarello

Balcony Award

Daniel Waddell

Best Finals Player

Christian Ongarello

 

  • 2014 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Tom Carter

Runner-Up-B& F

Seamus Thomson

Most Consistent

Jarryd Hunter

Most Determined

Dylan Norton

Coach’s Award

Josh Britliff

Goal-kicking

Jae Williams

Players’ Player

Jackson Quigley

Most Improved

Nick Wearne

Best Finals Player

Daniel Maestrale

 

  • 2014 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Reece Wilde

Runner-Up B& F

Matthew Acocks

Most Consistent

Richard Sydenham

Most Determined

Jordan McCulley

Coach’s Award

James McIlfatrick

Goal-kicking

Dane Leyden-Kozikas

Bryce Angell

Players’ Player

Reece Wilde

Most Improved

Jackson Dobinson

Most Dedicated

Dane Leyden-Kozikas

Best First Year

Billy Tovey

 

Other awards in 2014 included:

  • DFC Club Person of the Year: John Kelly.
  • MPNFL Team of the Year: Christian Ongarello, Anthony Bruhn, Jay Neratzaglou and Terry Wheeler.
  • Life Membership: Theresa Stelling, Mark Crawshaw ,   Rikki Johnston and Daniel Maestrale.
  • Southern Umpires Association Club Recognition Award
  • MPNFL Award: Most Disciplined Club for 2014 Season.

 

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DFC AWARD WINNERS 2015

  • 2015- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Matt Jones

Christian Ongarello

Runner-Up - B& F

Terry Wheeler

Most Consistent

Daniel Geurts

Most Determined

Billy Quigley

Coach’s Award

Jason Buchanan

Goal-kicking

Sam Fowler

Players’ Player

Christian Ongarello

Balcony Award

Jae Williams

 

  • 2015 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Nick Wearne

Runner-Up-B& F

Jared Terry

Most Consistent

Heath Burriss

Most Determined

Dylan Norton

Coach’s Award

Rory Brown

Goal-kicking

Justin Norton

Players’ Player

Nick Wearne

Most Improved

Kyle Gainsford

 

  • 2015 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Reece Wilde

Runner-Up B& F

Richard Sydenham

Most Consistent

Bryce Angell

Most Determined

Dean Waugh

Coach’s Award

Matt Acocks

Goal-kicking

Dane Leyden- Kozaris

Players’ Player

Reece Wilde

Most Dedicated

Nathan Stephens

Most improved

Ryan Bennett

 

Other awards in 2015 included:

 

  • Life Membership: Val Knight & Dave Dunlop
  • C DFC Club Person of the Year: Cathy Stelling
  • Life Membership: Jared Terry
  • MPNFL Team of the Year : Christian Ongarello
  • MPNFL Under 19 Best & Fairest: Reece  Wilde
  • MPNFL Award: Premiership Cup: DFNC Under: 19 team.

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DFC AWARD WINNERS   2016

  • 2016- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Ethan Johnstone

Christian Ongarello

Billy Quigley

Runner-Up - B& F

Terry Wheeler

Most Consistent

Daniel Geurts

Most Determined

Daniel Marchesani

Coach’s Award

Beau Cosson

Goal-kicking

Beau Cosson

Players’ Player

Christian Ongarello

Balcony Award

Ethan Johnstone

 

  • 2016 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Jared Terry

Runner-Up-B& F

Nick Wearne

Most Consistent

Daniel Gibbs

Most Determined

Dylan Norton

Coach’s Award

Josh De Souza

Goal-kicking

Brendan Lee

Most Improved

Daniel Grant

 

  • 2016 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Ben Olfers

Runner-Up B& F

Alex Bird

Most Consistent

Billy Tovey

Most Determined

James McIlfatrick

Coach’s Award

Luke Martin

Goal-kicking

Billy Tovey

Players’ Player

Ben Olfers

Most Improved

Dylan O’Kelly

Most Dedicated

Aeron Morgan

Best First Year

Ben Olfers

 

Other awards in 2016 included

  • Life Membership:  Adam Hunter & John Greer.
  • DFC Club Person of the Year: Graham Stelling.
  • MPNFL Team of the Year: Christian Ongarello.
  • Special TAC Award : Sam Fowler ( Team of the Year).
  • MPNFL Award: Most Discipline Club for 2016 Season.

 

DFC AWARD WINNERS 2000- 2017

 

  • 2017- SENIORS

Best & Fairest

Shaun Clarke

Runner-Up - B& F

Rory Gregg

Most Consistent

Sam Geurts

Most Determined

Jackson Quigley

Coach’s Award

Jay Hutchinson

Goal-kicking

Ethan Johnstone

Players’ Player

Sam Geurts

Balcony Award

Jay Hutchinson

 

  • 2017 RESERVES

Best & Fairest

Kierran Voelkl

Runner-Up-B& F

Jon Marshall

Most Consistent

Daniel Maestrale

Most Determined

Jake Snehotta

Coach’s Award

Jacob Houghton

Goal-kicking

Justin Norton

Players’ Player

Jon Marshall

Most Improved

Ryan Lee

 

  • 2017 THIRDS

Best & Fairest

Luke Martin

Runner-Up B& F

Wade Chamberlain

Most Consistent

Sean Ross

Most Determined

Danny Vance

Coach’s Award

Lachlan McKenzie

Goal-kicking

Lachlan McKenzie

Players’ Player

Alex Bird

Most Improved

Oliver Di Pofi

Most Dedicated

Luke Martin

Best First Year

Ben Tovey

 

Other awards in 2017 included:

  • DFC Club Person of the Year: Ron Hunter

 

CAN YOU HELP ?

If any reader is aware of any DFNC trophy winners in the period 1920 -1999 please contact Roger so that the information can be recorded, correlated and posted at a later date. Thank you.

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION:

 

Sources: DFNC Records –Tiger Talk- DFNC Handbook-Personal files.

Article reference: (Ref: 2018/2)

The next title in this series: Tribute to Gary Fowler ( Ref:2018/3).

Written and researched for DFNC by: Roger Spaull -February 2017

DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

Email contacts:historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

DFNC   2018      

 

CLUB HISTORY PROJECT

 

(Ref: 2018/1)

 

1896-2017

 

‘HAVE WE GOT YOUR NUMBER?’    

 

is a special history project for the club which attempts to record the guernsey numbers

 

of past Dromana footballers. The chart (below) lists players who wore jumpers with numbers between 1 & 40.

 

 Note: It was necessary, in this first stage of the research, to ‘draw a line’ at jumper number 40, simply because it was such a time consuming activity.

 

 CAN YOU HELP?

 

While there are some 400 names of former players on the chart below, it is fully appreciated that many players from our club’s history are not listed.

 

Consequently…

 

  • If your name is not listed and you wore a DFC jumper with a number between 1 & 40, please inform the club and your name and jumper number will be published later in the season in ‘Tiger Talk’.
  • If your jumper number at DFC was greater than 40, please inform the club; and such names will also be collated and published at a further date.
  • If a family member or friend (e.g. grandfather, father, uncle etc.) played with DFC and his name/number is not shown below, please feel welcome to inform the club by email at: admin@dromanatigers.com.au or let Roger Spaull or Vicki Holt know the relevant information.

 

Thank you for your interest and assistance with this history research project.

 

 

Roger Spaull and Vicki Holt.

 

HISTORY OF JUMPER NUMBERS DFNC  

 

1896-2017

 

NUMBER 1

NUMBER 2

NUMBER 3

NUMBER 4

Wally GUY  

John SEYMOUR

John NIX

Ray BRINDLEY

Greg JAMES

John KELTON

Peter OAKES

Gary EVANS

Steve EDWARDS

Peter FENBY

Bob BIRD  

Aldo CORVI  

Grant HITCHINER

Mark JACOBSON

Dan NICHOLLE

Merrick BRADFORD

Jon LANYON

Peter MARTIN

Craig CORFIELD  

Adam HUNTER

Dan GEURTS

Ken COY  

Bob COUACOUD    

Ray BRINDLEY    

Malcolm McCRINDLE

Brian CAIRNS  

Glen KENDALL

Rod RODDA

Dean REILLY

Brandon COUGHLAN

Andrew ROWLER

Merrick BRADFORD

Roger ARNOTT

Jason HARDWICK

Paul MINCHINGTON

Clinton LIARDET

Justin McLEARY  

Sam GEURTS

Craig CHRISTIE

Ken BROWN  

John HOGAN

Brian CAIRNS

Andrew ROWLER

Tony HORVAT

Adam HANDLEY

David MARSDEN

Joel NORFIELD

Paul BASILE

Greg HILTON  

Michael GILLIS  

Scott JOYCE  

Matt JONES

Rory GREGG

Ken TAYLOR

Bill MARTIN

David GOURLAY

Bob CASTLES  

Robert WORK

Marc DOYLE

John WHITWAM

Steve KERR

Dean O’KANE  

Simon GOOSEY

Chad WILDE

Ryan SLOCOMBE

Steve GAERTNER

Ash WATERSTONE

Mitch GILL-FURNESS

NUMBER 5

NUMBER 6

NUMBER 7

NUMBER 8

Eric GUY

Des SINGLETON

Colin MATTHEWS

Fred COOK

Paul COOPER

Trevor WOODFORD

Danny REA

Andrew KELLY  

Dick CORNISH

Brett McLAUGHLIN

Marc SUCKLING  

Anthony MATTHEWS

Steven RASPIN

Dean IPAVIZ

Steve DOWNES

Toby BANKS

Zac MUSCHIALLI

Brian GRIFFITH

Bob BRINDLEY

Ray FYSON

Jim HUNTER

Alan COUTTS

John WALKER

Phil WATSON

Doug HASKETT

Braeden DENNIS

Nick WILLMOTT

Rohan BLEEKER

Jared TERRY

Rikki JOHNSTON

Norm OSBORNE

Ken MYERS  

John McCORMACK

Andrew CROUCH

Scott LANSDOWN

Troy ARNOTT

Adam TODD

Daniel HOOPER

Brett STEPHENS

Brett DUNN    

Jared TERRY  

Matt NERATZOGLOU

Anthony BRUHN  

Rohan BLEEKER  

Kyle BUSUTTIL-INGLIS

 

Bob MOOREHEAD  

Brian TAYLOR  

Dave WILLIAMS  

Richard IVEY

Peter CROZIER

Neil WATSON

Tony WILLIAMS

Bryce WILSON

Ashley WILLIAMS

Paul THOMAS  

Rob BIRD

Robert NORRIS  

Jeremy GARDINER

Glen BOYINGTON  

Jae WILLIAMS  

Daniel WADDELL

Beau COSSON

NUMBER 9

NUMBER 10

NUMBER 11

NUMBER 12

Harold FLETCHER

Keith McLEAR

Ray FYSON

David ROSE

Dave JORDAN

Andrew BURNS

Michael HUNTER

Christian ONGARELLO

Jeremy DANIEL

Harold PARKES  

Peter DEMPSEY  

Ross BAILEY

John ALDRIDGE

Keith SECKER

Jeff HILTON

Andrew MEAD

Darren GALLAGHER

Trevor LAW  

Steven TOBIN  

John JOYCE

Jason CLARKE  

Craig BAKER

Brad ALLEN

Jay HUTCHINSON

Tom CARTER

Cade WILLIAMS

Ryan SMYTH

Colin McLEAR

Daryl GROGAN

Brian CAIRNS

Brett MULLAN

Ken HUTCHINSON

Merv KENNEDY

Mick RENDALL

Glen KENDALL

Marc CORN

Jarrod PEACOCK

Dale MINCHINGTON

Luke DONNELLY

Liam HOGAN

John McCRINDLE

Colin PENTLAND

Dick CORNISH

Colin GEISLER

David KEATING

Callan PARK

Kierran VOELKL

Doug GOAD

Brian McCORMICK

Paul COOPER

Darren GUEST

John McCRINDLE    

Davie RITCHIE

Andrew JOHNSTON            

Paul STEVENS

John PAYNE

Matt BREEN

Robin PANOZZA

Ashley SIMMONDS

David GIDDINS

Aaron HURA

James FISHER

Dom PINNERI

Chris BAKER

Michael FALCONER

Matt MILLER

Brett OLDHAM

Steve GAERTNER

Mitchell COOK

Braeden DENNIS

NUMBER 13

NUMBER 14

NUMBER 15

NUMBER 16

Jim CLYDESDALE

Dave BIRCH  

Andrew EMERSON  

Glenn FYSON        

Steve KERR  

Graham KIRK    

Ken TAYLOR

Stan MICHALAS

John ALLEN

Peter JOHNSTON

John RUSH

Jed SAVAGE

Luke DONNELLY

Travis SHEEAN

Bryce ANGELL

Cameron CARMODY

Lindsay EDGERTON

Daryl MOULE

Phil REEVES  

Neil WATSON  

Danny REA

Andrew GREEN

Matt BEDGOOD

Andrew MORRISON

Adam GARRY

Michael GILLIS

Stuart KEEL

Dan JENNINGS

Travis SHEEAN  

Jay NERATZOGLOU

Alex BIRD

Fred BRASSER  

Peter BURNS

Ian MATTHEWS  

Alex MATTHEWS

Owen GRIFFITHS  

James SHOREHAM

David CAIRNS

Steve MATTHEWS
Garry FOWLER  

Jeff HILTON

Shaun FLETCHER

Tim ALLEN

Jason DONNELLY

Nick DUNCAN

Gareth VELLA  

Daniel LEE  

Daniel GORMLEY                  

Beau McMURRAY

Jack DUNCAN

Trevor CLAY

Mick BERWICK  

Graham JOYCE

Bob BIRD

Tim RYAN

Aaron SMITH

Jeremy NICHOLLE

John MELLERE

Andrew THOMPSON

Josh McLEARY

Shaun LEWIS

Aaron PASQUILL

Ashley WATERSTONE

Anthony BRUHN  

Sam FOWLER  

 

NUMBER 17

NUMBER 18

NUMBER 19

NUMBER 20

Kevin CLYDESDALE

Geoff BIRCH

Peter MILLER

Graham HUNTER

Paul BAILEY

Steve JACKSON

Steve GOWER

Guy KELLETT

Matthew BROWN

Tim LANYON

Steve HAMILL

Paul McLEAN-WILSON

Aaron COYLE

Andrew HANNON

Jared TERRY

Sam FOWLER

 

Vern HUMPHREY

Steve JOLLEY

Shane BURDON

Ben HARVEY

Greg DAVIDGE

Dave HARVEY

Guy KELLETT

Adam HANDLEY

Matt KILLEN

Paul BLASIUS

Mitchell COOK

Glenn BOYINGTON

Josh HEINRICH

Aaron COYLE

Luke O’NEILL

Brad GROVE

Jared TERRY

Adyn MUSGRAVE

George JOHNSON

Leo DOOLAN

Bob BRIGHT

Theo VAN-ROY

Ken EDWARDS

Graeme GOURLAY

Geoff BLIGH

Marty FOWLER

Peter SCOBLE

Noel ORMESHER

Brett STEPHENS

Paul SIMPSON

Damon LAWRENCE

Gavin ARTICO

Jack FOWLER

Max GORSUCH  

Rod KERR  

Gary FERGUSON  

Jason CLARKE  

Tim COYLE

Andrew SCOTT

Brett KING

Glen CLARKE  

Massi LUFTI  

Paul McLEAN-WILSON

Tim JOHNSTON  

Beau McMURRAY

Jackson QUIGLEY

NUMBER 21

NUMBER 22

NUMBER 23

NUMBER 24

Adrian BURNS  

Brent BURNS

Robert MERCER

Gareth ANDERSON

Geoff BLIGH  

Peter WALKER

Michael SLOCOMBE

Dan JENNINGS

Tim JOHNSTON

Anthony FERRARO

Nick LAWLESS

Justin NORTON

Jackson BATEMAN

Stuart CLEEVE

Sam GEURTS

Darrell FOWLER

Steve MILLER

Paul BAILEY  

Noel CORLEY

Bill SAKER

Michael PRENTICE  

Brendan TRIGG

Scott HINES

Troy DOCHERTY

Michael HUNTER

Steve DOWNES  

Jarryd HUNTER

Reece WILDE

Andrew JOHNSON

Ron FERGUSON

Shane GUEST

Paul PEARDON

Brett RYAN

Liam DEFREITAS

Matt BREEN

David BARNES  

Steve O’DONNELL  

Darren KERR  

Bill PEAGRAM  

Adam HUNTER

 

Tom COUACOUD  

Mick JAMES

Graham KIRK

Wayne BRASSER

Doug LAW

Aaron WEBBER

Mark BOWMAN

Simon ILES

Michael ANDERSON

Damon QUIGLEY

Jai THOOLEN    

Peter SCOBLE  

Rod HAYNE

Ben JENKINS

Andrew BAKKER  

Jarryd HUNTER

Luke O’NEILL

Andrew KIELY  

Stuart CLEEVE  

Billy QUIGLEY

NUMBER 25

NUMBER 26

NUMBER 27

NUMBER 28

Rod KERR

Brian MOILER

Travis KNIGHT  

Anthony SMITH  

Dale MURPHY

Colin GEISLER

Aaron JARMAN

Sean KAVANAGH

Aaron PASQUILL  

Rikki JOHNSTON

Shaun CLARKE

Alan TRIGG

Michael COMPTON

Scott HITCHENER  

Ray THOMAS

Darrell FOWLER

Mitch CULLEN

Marcus RAMSAY

Daniel ANDERSON

Luke POPOV  

Mark WHITEMAN

Seamus THOMSON  

Brendan LEE  

Daniel GIBBS

John WILLIAMSON

Bill THEOHARIS

Trevor RENDALL

Mark MULQUINNEY

Des O’NEILL

Luke WALTER

Adam TODD

Phil FISHER

Ryan PITCHER

Jarryd HUNTER

Terry WHEELER

Bill SPENCER

Grant TURNBALL  

Scott LANSDOWNE  

Andrew BALDWIN  

Colin GEISLER

Adam GARRY

Luke MARTIN

Paul ZAFFARESE

Sam BANKS

Dan GEURTS  

Cade WILLIAMS  

Jay HUTCHINSON

NUMBER 29

NUMBER 30

NUMBER 31

NUMBER 32

Ian KERR

Chris ASHTON

Bruce SAWYER  

Simon THOMPSON

Brian STONE

Daniel GIBBS

Justin RANKIN

Keeden ROTTEVEEL

Glen MINCHINGTON

Paul ZAFFARESE

Toby BANKS

Tom WRIGHT  

Jarrad WOOD    

Joel DALTON  

Richard SYDENHAM

Alan HOLMES  

Paul BASILE  

Michael RITCHIE

Julian PRZESMYCKI  

Jason DIWELL

Justin EMERSON

Adam HUNTER

Jared TERRY

Matthew MARTIN  

Dwayne DAY  

Clinton LIARDET

Adam LOUREY

Braeden HYDE  

Sam WILLIAMSON

Phil ASHTON

Chris VEALE  

Gary ZAMMIT

Aaron SMITH

Matt BRADY  

Phil REEVES

Doug HASKETT

Daniel NEWPORT

Tom HOFFERT

Sam BANKS

Jake KELLER

Joshua De SOUZA

Tom JARMAN

Glenn HUGGAN

Jack BATEMAN

Stuart SHANKS

Tim HEPNER

Heath LAUBE

Chris JORDAN

Will SANGHVI

Jesse ALBRECHT

Ryan WORN

Darren MINCHINGTON

Aaron COYLE    

Jason BUCHANAN

Mitchell COOK

NUMBER 33

NUMBER 34

NUMBER 35

NUMBER 36

Adrian GUEST

Kevin SHAKESPEARE

Michael NEVILLE

Phil REEVES

Michael GOWER

Shane MATLOCK

Kane NICHOLLS

Brett STEPHENS

Ben VEGAR

Matt SHAW

Daniel MAESTRALE

Gary McGAFFIN

Paul MARSHALL

Bruce GRAHAME

Glen WADLEY

Mark HILL

Andrew HUMPHRIS

Martin MAIN

Murray MAKEPEACE

Noel ORMESHER

Mark HOLMES

Stuart BARKER

James DARCY

Mitch BARTON

Daniel LEE

Adyn MUSGRAVE

Nick WEARNE

Steve MATTHEWS

Geoff BLIGH

Dustin DOUGLAS

Les RUSDEN

Bill SPENCER

Jared TERRY

Phil MAESTRALE

James FISHER

Justin NORTON

Jay HUTCHINSON

Mitchell HEGGEN

Dean WAUGH

Phil McINTOSH

Brian WILLIAMS  

Wesley SPENCER

Graham POTTS

Ben BOYD    

Steve PARIS

Brian COLLERY  

Jason RYAN

Ash VAN HATTUM  

Jay MILLWARD

Tim JOHNSTON  

Phil MAESTRALE

Jackson QUIGLEY

 

NUMBER 37

NUMBER 38

NUMBER 39

NUMBER 40

Phil LePOIDEVIN  

Steve CURRIE  

John WALKER  

Andrew NEVILLE

Tom WRIGHT  

Jarryd HUNTER    

Kyle GAINSFORD

Jake SNEHOTTA

Tony WOODS

Tim LANYON

Mark DROBIS

Craig WHELAN

Joe MELHAM

Vik SAMY

Glen MINCHINGTON

Paul BASILE

Sam ROBERTSON

Steve PARIS  

Chris McVEIGH

Tom CARTER  

David LEVER  

Kierran VOELKL  

Ethan JOHNSTONE

Darren HARMER

Dave KEANE  

Peter CROZIER

Michael RADECKI

Adam TAYLOR

Dean HUNTER

Chris TRIGG  

Shane BURGESS

Craig STEVENSON

Darryl BEARDS

Lachie DONNELLY

Sam BANKS  

Tim HINES

Jay HUTCHINSON

Michael GILLIS

Nick WEARNE

Dane LEYDEN-KOZIKAS

Rohan LEES  

Scott McKENZIE

Chris VEALE

Glenn BENNETTI

Damian CHRISTMAS

Matthew BREEN

Marc BROOMHALL

Stuart SHANKS

Luke MINCHINGTON

Jack POWELL

Cade WILLIAMS  

Adyn MUSGRAVE

Kierran VOELKL

Jamie WYATT

Liam BRADFORD

 

 

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION:

 

  • Sources: MPNFL Record’ –Nepean FL sources- Tiger Talk- DFNC Handbook-Personal files –DFNC memorabilia (with thanks to Gary Ferguson).
  • Article reference: (Ref: 2018/1)
  • The next title in this series: Major Award & Trophy Winners ( Ref: 2018/2).
  • Written and researched for DFNC by: Roger Spaull –January 2018.
  • Graphics and Layout: Vicki Holt.
  • DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.
  • Email contacts:historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

SUMMARY OF HISTORY ARTICLES IN 2017

 

( Ref 2017/14)

 

At the beginning of the 2017 season, it was decided to research, write and post articles regarding our club’s history on the DFNC website. Not only is it a way to honour the dedicated work of those ‘who went before’; but it is also hoped that the ‘History Page’ may serve as a permanent reminder of the importance of the football club to the township of Dromana.

 

The following table is a summary of the history article stories posted on the DFNC website throughout 2017.

 

STORY REFERENCE

NUMBER

TITLE

TOPIC

OR

THEME

2017/1

AGM -1905

The Annual General Meeting and the election of DFC office bearers in 1905.

2017/2

NORM OSBORNE & BOB MOOREHEAD

The story of two young emerging DFC players in 1950.

2017/3

ERIC OAKES & NEW FACILITIES FOR PIER STREET

The story of Eric’s campaign to build new dressing sheds for DFC.

2017/4

THE 1995 LIST

Details regarding the DFC players of 1995.

2017/5

GARY EVANS - A CHAMPION OF PIER STREET

A profile of Gary Evans who first played with Dromana FC in 1973.

2017/6

DROMANA STORMS HOME-1982.

A match review of the 1982 clash between Dromana and Pearcedale.

2017/7

ANDREW ROWLER

A pen sketch of former DFC star Andrew Rowler.

2017/8

80 YEARS AGO SEASON -1937

After a problematic start in 1937, DFC win the flag .

2017/9

30 YEARS AGO SEASON- 1987

Highlights from the 1987 season.

2017 /10

20 YEARS AGO SEASON- 1997

A look at one of the hardest seasons in DFC’s history -1997.

2017 /11

10 YEARS AGO SEASON-   2007

A report on the victory over   Rye in Round: 13 in 2007 .

2017/12

2007- SEASON SUMMARY

Highlights of the 2007 season.

2017/13

2017- THE STREAK

Seven successive victories in 2017.

2017/14

SUMMARY & INDEX

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU

 

 

 

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Graham Stellingand Vicki Holtfor their assistance in bringing this history project to fruition. The presentation and posting of the stories on the club’s website were challenging; and Graham and Vicki worked diligently in trying to eradicate the ‘IT glitches’ that have occurred at various times. Sincere thanks to both these DFNC Life Members for their willing support of this project.

 

 

 

THE FUTURE OF OUR HISTORY PAGE

 

 

 

The DFNC has an absorbing history; and it is hoped that all former players and members may consider recording their memories and anecdotes of football at Dromana on the website page.

 

While there are some riveting chapters in the story of DFNC, much has been hidden in the ‘shadows of time’ and it is hoped that everyone can play a part in bringing our history into the ‘light of day.’

 

 

 

Please contact me if you would like to assist in building the website history file for others to read and enjoy.

 

 

 

UNTIL 2018.

 

 

 

Sincere thanks to those people who have provided positive feedback about the website page throughout 2017; and my appreciation to the DFNC Board of Management for its backing of this project for our club.

 

 

 

Finally, research is underway for further articles regarding the history of the DFNC for the website in 2018. Until next season… Best wishes to all our players, members and supporters.

 

 

 

Roger Spaull.

 

August 2017.

 

 

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION:

 

 

 

Sources: N/A

 

Article reference: 2017 Summary of Articles (Ref: 2017/14 )

 

The next title in this series: New series in 2018:

 

Written for DFNC by: Roger Spaull –August 2017.

 

DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

 

Email contacts:historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

 

A HIGHLIGHT OF THE 2017 SEASON

 

‘THE SEVEN GAME WINNING STREAK’

 

(Ref 2017/13)

 

One of the outstanding highlights of the 2017 season was Dromana’s seven game winning streak from Round: 6 to Round: 12. There have been other impressive consecutive victories in the club’s long history; but few, if any, were as important in carrying the club forward as that witnessed in 2017.

 

At the end of Round: 5, Dromana had secured only one victory and was languishing near the bottom of the Nepean FL Ladder. However, in an amazing surge and form reversal, the Tigers were in the Five by the end of Round: 12.

 

It was a meteoric rise up the ladder and the transformation in form was startling. Coach Rikki Johnstonreceived great credit for the ‘turnaround in fortunes’ because, despite the early losses, he coached with unwavering conviction and confidence. As is often the case in coaching sporting teams, Rikki’s belief in the ‘process and the cause’ was infectious and spilt over to his young playing group.

 

Following a sluggish start, by mid-season, the Tigers were playing a very attractive brand of running-possession football; and the emergence and maturation of the ‘younger brigade’ during that period was apparent.

 

It was a classic case of ‘boiled lollies to chocolates’ during the winning streak; and the officials, members and supporters were impressed with what unfolded in those matches. The seven successive victories included two 10-goal margins and on two occasions Dromana kicked in excess of 120 points.

 

Note: Younger readers of this website may be interested to know that the longest winning streak in AFL football was recorded by Geelong (23 consecutive wins) in 1952-53.

 

Results and details of Dromana’s ‘Streak’ in 2017 were:

 

Round: 6  at Dromana

Dromana:   19.18. 132 defeated Pearcedale: 15.12. 102

Goal kickers : A. Hunter 3 R. Wilde 2 R. Johnston 2 D. Leyden-Kozikas 2 B. Cosson 2 E. Johnstone 2. W.Geurts J. Quigley J. Hutchinson J. McLeary C. Christie S. Geurts

Best Players: Z. Muschialli E. Johnstone D. Leyden-Kozikas D. Waugh T. Wheeler

 

Round7 at Crib Point: The MPNFL Indigenous Round

Dromana: 22.17.149 defeated Crib Point: 9.12.66

Goal kickers: S. Fowler 4 E. Johnston 4 R. Wilde 2 S. Clarke 2 J. McLeary 2 J. Hutchinson 2 Z. Muschialli T. Wheeler W. Geurts J. Quigley R. Johnston S. Geurts

Best players: E. Johnstone S. Geurts S. Clarke Z Muschialli T. Wheeler R. Wilde

 

Round: 8 at Somerville:    The MPNFL Quit Round

Dromana:14.9.93 defeated Somerville: 10.17.77

Goal kickers: R. Wilde 4 S. Fowler 3 B. Cosson 2 D. Leyden-Kozikas R. Gregg S. Geurts M. Price T. Wheeler

Best Players: J. Hutchinson S. Clarke C. Christie M. Price

 

Round: 9 at Dromana: Queen’s Birthday Round

Dromana: 14.16.100 defeated Red Hill: 4.15. 39

Goal kickers: E. Johnstone 5 W. Geurts 2 S. Clarke 2 A. Hunter 2 J. Hutchinson R. Johnston T. Wheeler

Best players: E. Johnstone S. Geurts D. Waugh Z. Muschialli S. Clarke

 

Round: 10 at Rye: Special Club Round: Rikki Johnston’s 200th Senior Game for DFC

Dromana: 12.11. 83 defeated Rye: 5.8.38

Goal kickers: E. Johnstone 4 L. Bradford 2 W. Geurts 2 Clarke 2 Cosson Gregg

Best players: D. Waugh L. Bradford Z.Muschialli A. Musgrave S. Clarke

 

Round:11 at Dromana

Dromana: 14.15.99 defeated Devon Meadows: 5.9.39

Goal kickers: E. Johnstone 3 B. Cosson 2 R. Gregg 2 S. Clarke 2 A. Musgrave S. Geurts J. Schenotta W. Geurts R. Johnston

Best Players: S. Clarke S. D Geurts R. Gregg J. Quigley A. Musgrave

 

Round: 12 at Tyabb: The MPNFL Pink Round

Dromana: 23. 10. 148 defeated Tyabb: 10.16.76

Goalkickers: E. Johnstone 6 Hutchinson 4 Fowler 4 A. Hunter 3 S. Geurts 2 W. Geurts 2 R. Gregg L. Waugh

Best Players: S. Geurts E. Johnstone J. Quigley S. Clarke R. Johnston J. Hutchinson

 

 

At that stage of the season, the Tigers had worked their way into the Five and sat in fifth position on the NFL Ladder with 8 wins and a percentage of 120.22%. The other clubs making up the Five were: Sorrento, Rosebud, Frankston and Hastings.

Sadly in life and football, all good things come to an end; and the seven-game winning streak concluded at Pier Street in Round: 13 when Frankston: 13.9.(97) defeated Dromana: 11.9. (75).

 

Note:At the time of writing this article for the DFNC website, the Final Five for the NFL is yet to be decided. Dromana sits just outside the Five with ten wins and a percentage of   120.12%.      Red Hillsits precariously inside the Five with ten wins and percentage of 121.76%.

 

The percentage difference between Red Hill and Dromama is a mere 1.64%.With everything depending on the next (and final) round of the home and away series, time will tell if Rikki Johnston and his young team will be playing in the 2017 finals.

 

 

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION:

 

Sources: Personal files.   MPNFL archives , DFC team sheets, MPNFL Record 1997

Article reference: (Ref: 2017/13 )

The next title in this series: Index for 2017 ( Ref: 2017/14)

Written for DFNC by: Roger Spaull –August 2017.

DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

Email contacts:historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

10 YEARS AGO

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2007 SEASON

 

(Ref 2017 /12)

 

  • As mentioned in the previous article (Ref 2017/11), Steve Hamill coached the club in 2007; and the hopes of playing in the finals series were very much alive up until the ‘final siren’ of the home and way series.
  • In an amazing conclusion to the 2007 season, Dromana missed playing finals football by 0.41%(approximately two goals) and Rye held onto fifth place with nine wins and a percentage of 117.24%. DFC also won nine games but had a smaller percentage (116. 83%). It was the thinnest of margins but underlined the old football maxim: ‘Every kick counts’ and accurate conversion is a key to success.
  • New players to the club that year included: Andrew Bakker, Andrew Green, Andrew Prowd, Josh Wilmott, Jay Milward, Seamus Thomson, Joel Tuddenham, Chris Holmesand a promising young player from Rye named Ryan Worn
  • The club’s major sponsors in 2007 were: Hillview Quarries, Bendigo Bank, The Bays Eye Centre, VinsBins and the Dromana Hotel.
  • Andrew Burnswas selected in the Under: 18 ‘East-West Challenge’match in 2007.
  • Mitchell Cook’sbrother, Ryan, who had played junior football with DJFC, was listed with Collingwood FC that season.
  • During 2007, long-time supporter and former cricket champion Bob McGregor, aged 94,   passed away.
  • Adam Hunternot only played for the VCFL against the VAFA that season but won the George Osborne Medalfor the second time.
  • Adam Hunterand Rikki Johnstonwere selected for the 2007 MPNFL Team of the Year.
  • Simon Gooseyfinished third on the Nepean FLgoal kicking table with 67 goals in 2007.
  • DFC finished sixth on the NFL Club Championship table with 58 points. Langwarrin won the award with 101 points.
  • The Reserves XVIII team, which was coached by Matt Shaw, also finished in sixth position with 7 wins; and the Under: 18‘s (coached by Mark Crawshaw) finished well down the ladder with five wins.
  • Rikki Johnstonwon the club’s Best and Fairest trophy in the seniors; Michael Gillistook out the reserves trophy and a youngster named Jay Hutchinsonwon the Under: 18’s trophy.
  • John Kellywon the Club Person of the Yearaward.
  • Allen Minchingtonwas awarded Life Membership.
  • Adam Garry, Michael Hunterand Luke Donnellybrought up their 100th club games (i.e. Senior/Reserves and Under: 18 games) in 2007; while Paul Minchington, Mitchell Cook, Jared Terry, Rikki Johnstonand Adam Hunterplayed their 50th senior games for DFC .
  • The Executive Officers on the Board of Managementthat season were: Danny Mongan(President), Graham Stelling (Administrative Director),   Finance Director Allen Minchingtonand the Football Manager was Mark Crawshaw.
  • The Junior FC Executive Officers were: Russell Heggen (President) and Bob Williamson (Vice-President). Mrs Carmel Swan assumed the role of Secretary in 2007.
  • In 2007, DFJC ‘s Under: 16 coach, Peter Ball, volunteered to paint the club’s changing rooms. Other junior coaches that season were: John Joyce, Brad Harrisand Ray Carter.
  • The Mid-Year Ballat the Dromana Hotel was a night of celebration as all three teams had secured victories against Tyabb that afternoon. Because a major upgrade at Tyabb Reserve was underway, the Round: 12 fixture was transferred to the Hastings Oval.
  • The match at Hastings was played in wintry conditions; and all players, umpires, medical staff and supporters were relieved when the final siren sounded and brought the bitterly cold day of football to an end. The players enjoyed the festivities at the hotel that night not only because of the meal, wine and music but because they had finally ‘thawed out’ after their day in ‘Siberia.’
  • One of the biggest controversies that the club faced that season centred about the DFC Board’s strong action in proclaiming that the playing surface at the Pearcedale ground was ‘unsafe’ for senior grade football. Following serious, discussions and inspections with the MPNFL officials, the match was transferred to the ‘back’ oval at Pearcedale.

 

 

 

Experienced football officials and those with any knowledge (in the complicated issues involved in (i) OH&S, (ii) sports risk assessment and (iii) the legal ramifications of player injury and grievance) fully appreciated the reluctance of the DFC to play on the oval. It was wise assessment as the pre-match inspection, on the morning of the match, revealed the potential dangers to players on such a hazardous surface.

 

However, the decision was greeted by overt antagonism by a small group of Pearcedale supporters; and throughout that afternoon, Dromana’s senior players were continually berated and harangued. To worsen an already unpleasant situation, the Tigers were defeated by 19 points on a day that is best forgotten.

 

Amity between the Dromana and Pearcedale clubs was ‘stretched to breaking point’ that day; and regrettably, it took several years for the harmonious relations between the two clubs to be normalized.

 

  • One of the social highlights of the season was the ‘Players Revue’which was orchestrated by Peter Allen, Sharon Boyingtonand Des Fitzpatrick. The revue, which was held at the Dromana Primary School Hall,involved nearly every player on the senior list. It was one of the most entertaining events in the club’s history; and the players were still talking about their ‘night in the spotlight’ long after the show was ‘done and dusted.’
  • In a sign of things to come, a local youngster named Darren Minchington was selected in the Under 14 MPJFLinterleague team that year. Darren is currently (i.e. 2017) playing with St Kilda FCin the AFL. Darren was the fifth Minchington boy to play for Dromana FC as his brothers Glen, Dale, Paul and Luke were talented players for the Club.
  • Sam Bankscreated some sort of record when he kicked a goal with his first kick in senior football against Red Hill.
  • DFC was the envy of all other local clubs that season as it had a very knowledgeable and dedicated medical/training   staff which included: Sharon Boyington, (Head Trainer) Val Knight, Des Fitzpatrick, Peter Allen, Reg Brookes, John Greer, Gary Ferguson, Chris Johnson, Terryn Boyington and Kathy Fisher.
  • In 2007, Simon Gooseymade the news when he was guest at the Dromana Primary School. The children were very excited when Simon arrived at the school to present awards and talk to the students. As many readers will know, Simon was not only a remarkable footballer but a great ambassador for Australian Rules football. He loved football with a fierce passion and never tired of talking about the game and its history. Ray Robertson, who is a Life Member of DFNC, was the principal of the Dromana Primary School in that period.
  • Jennie Loughnanfrom North Melbourne Football Clubwas the guest speaker at the 2007 Ladies Luncheon; and well-known AFL umpire John Russoalso visited the club during that year.
  • Senior Coach Steve Hamill(see story 2107/11) was re-appointed for the following season; and after having built a solid foundation in 2006 and 2007, Steve would take the club to new heights in 2008.

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION
Sources:
MPNFL Record’– DFNC publications- personal files.
Article reference: Ref: 2017/12. 
The next title in this series:
‘The Streak of 2017’ Ref: 2017/13
Researched and written for DFNC by
: Roger Spaull in August 2017.
DFNC website administrator:
Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

 

Email contacts: historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or         admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

 

10 YEARS AGO

2007 DROMANA DEFEATS RYE IN A THRILLER

(Ref: 2017/11)

In 2007, the MPNFL involved 32 teams drawn from a region which extended from Aspendale to Sorrento and then across to Pakenham. There were three divisions or leagues: Peninsula, Nepean and Casey-Cardinia.

Dromana FC was affiliated in the Nepean League; and the other clubs were: Sorrento, Frankston, Langwarrin, Rosebud, Rye, Tyabb, Somerville, Red Hill, Crib Point and Pearcedale. In terms of structure, geography, history and the listed talent at each club, it is not an exaggeration to say that the Nepean FL was one of the best football competitions in the VCFL (Victorian Country Football League) during that period.

Following the disastrous events and results of 1997, Dromana was forced to take stock; and, slowly (but sometimes unsteadily), things began to improve as the ‘rebuild’ of the club gathered momentum.

After 1997, changes in structure, administration, coaching staff, targeted recruitment, the influx of new players and a stronger financial position began to impact ‘on and off the field.’

By the mid-2000’s, Dromana had become competitive in all grades of MPNFL football and had begun to ‘ruffle a few feathers.’

DFC had narrowly avoided ‘extinction’ in 1997; and, as the years passed, the club’s survival and consolidation had demonstrated that the cynics and pessimists had been wrong about the club’s future. DFC was ‘alive’, active and competitive; and the detractors of the club were silenced by the ‘new look’ DFC led by Steve Hamill.

Steve Hamill, who was appointed as the senior coach in 2006, was a well-travelled and skillful footballer with an impressive ‘resume’ as a player and imposing credentials in coaching country football teams.

During his lengthy career, Steve had played at Mulgrave, St Kilda (Under: 19’s), Snowy Rovers, Frankston Dolphins (VFA-captain for three years) Tooradin and Hastings; and had held a coaching position at various clubs for a total of 12 years.

The feature of Steve Hamill’s coaching at Pier Streetwas his emphasis on players’ fitness, resilience and team unity. He was a powerful orator and dedicated in his role as coach. Very few people really knew the long hours that Steve he gave to:

  • The thorough preparation he put into training sessions.
  • After-match discussions/meetings with his assistant coaches and team leaders.
  • Talking to players (directly or by the phone during the week).
  • His written post- match assessments, ratings and analysis of match statistics.
  • Planning for match days.

From his very first meetingwith DFC officials, regarding signing with Dromana FC, Steve Hamill was unwavering in his objective to lead the club into MPNFL finals football. Not only did Steve bring a wealth of knowledge to the club but his style of leadership engendered confidence in the playing group.

Steve was also successful in recruiting two proficient and hardened footballers: (i) Simon Goosey, the VCFL’s champion full forward from Mornington FC and (ii) Brian Collerywho was a shrewd and tough defender from Donvale.

Simon Goosey’s role in tutoring young footballers cannot be overlooked; and he was an excellent mentor to the young players in the club at that time. A non-player but a key assistant was Bruce Mesley who assumed the role as fitness advisor and team runner. Bruce had a strong background in amateur and professional athletics, football, cricket and sports science.

Under the guidance of Steve Hamill, Simon Goosey and Bruce Mesley the Tigers had played finals in 2006 and performed creditably. The tag ‘easy beats’ had been shrugged off and the Tigers began to take a few ‘prize scalps’ and was seen by the pundits as a club ‘on the rise.’

ROUND : 13 V RYE 2007

Season 2007 was a ‘year of possibilities’ and, after several significant victories, the Round: 13clash against Rye at Pier Streetwas a pointer to where the club would ‘sit’ at the end of the home and away series.

Rye was highly fancied to win; and most pundits believed that the Demons were ‘in the mix’ to see some September action (i.e. finals football).

Selection for that game posed problems for DFC as Adam Hunterwas away on MPNFL Interleagueduty; and Chad Wildeand Steve Hamillwere unavailable due to injury. The team that was announced on that Thursday evening was, in the main, a group of enthusiastic but inexperienced youngsters:

THE TEAM

 

Backs

Paul

Zaffarese

Mitchell

Cook

Scott

Hines

HBacks

Michael

Hunter  

Seamus Thomson  

Mick

Gillis

Centre

Aaron

Pasquill  

Paul Minchington

Jared

Terry

HForw’d

Luke

Donnelly  

Rikki

Johnston

Andrew

Green

Forwards

Brad

Allen

Simon

Goosey

Toby

Banks

Rucks

Andrew

Bakker

Anthony

Ferraro

Paul McLean-Wilson

I/C

Glen

Boyington  

Dwayne

Day

Ryan

Hines

 

MATCH SUMMARY

As the quarter by quarter scores indicate, despite a sluggish start, Dromana set Rye ‘back on its heels’ as the game unfolded and gradually took control. The conditions and the small Pier Street Oval suited Dromana; and the Tigers played with spirit and led by 28 points at the big break. The Demon’s forwards threatened at times but failed to exert any lasting authority in the second half.

At three quarter time, Steve Hamill warned his ‘troops’ that a late rally by Rye was ‘on the cards’ and he urged the Tigers to remain focused and disciplined. In the final quarter, Dromana ‘broke the shackles’ and surged to boot four goals and secure victory in a most convincing style by 23 points.

The undoubted star for Dromana that was day was Andrew Bakker(ex-Devon Meadows/ Tyabb).  Andrew played some of the best football in his long career, under the tutelage of Steve Hamill; and, in that game, he rucked virtually ‘unrested’ for the entire 120 minutes.

Andrew’s hard work nullified the Demon’s drive from stoppages and at centre bounces and gave the Dromana small brigade (Paul McLean-Wilsonand Toby Banks) plenty of opportunities to gather possessions. Andrew not only won accolades for his ‘lone hand’ against great odds but was the recipient of a major club award (a $50.oo meal voucher from a local sponsor: ‘The Backyard Bar’).

Simon Goosey, who was playing his 265th game of senior MPNFLfootball on that day ‘reigned supreme’ at full forward; and his strong contested marking and accurate conversion were again major factors in the Tiger’s unpredicted victory. Simon overcame the heavy attention paid to him by Rye defenders and regularly broke free to slot six goals (which brought his season tally to 47 goals).

As numerous MPNFL full backs discovered in that era, it was a ‘mission impossible’ to negate Simon Goosey’s influence across the entire 120 minutes of a game. An exceptional (and often disregarded) characteristic of Simon’s persona was his physical and mental strength to withstand heavy (sometimes unfair) punishment and stay fully focused upon his role as the team’s spearhead.

While Simon and Rikki Johnston(2 goals) were foremost contributors to that victory, the young defenders (Paul Zafferese, Scott Hines, Michael Hunter, Mitchell Cook, and Michael Gillis) were commended by Steve Hamill for subduing the talented Rye forwards that day.

One of Dromana’s best ever-midfielders, Paul Minchingtonwas dynamic; and his capacity to run hard, across four quarters, and continually find space with his creative play left the Rye defence in tatters in the second half.

Paul McLean-Wilson was in the ‘thick of things’ and was instrumental in setting up scoring opportunities for the Tigers. As always, Brad ‘Snowy’ Allenwas courageous and toiled hard when the ‘going was toughest.’ Dwayne Day, who was enjoying a fruitful season in senior football in 2007, played well and his two goals were important in the context of the game.

It was not only a well-deserved victory for Dromana but the result ‘threw a cat among the pigeons’ in terms of the composition of the league ladder. Dromana’s victory carried it into the ‘Five’ and Rye slipped back to sixth position.

MATCH DETAILS.

The Quarter by Quarter score:

 

Dromana:          2.3     7.6     11.9   15.13.103

Rye:                   3.2     5.3       7.5    12. 8.   80

 

Goal kickers: Simon Goosey 6, Rikki Johnston 2, Dwayne Day 2, Mick Gillis, Toby Banks and Aaron Pasquill

Best players: Andrew Bakker, Paul Minchington, Paul McLean-Wilson and Brad Allen

DFC sponsor/award winners that day were: Paul McLean-Wilson, Andrew Bakker, Paul Minchington and Mitchell Cook.

 

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION

  • Sources: MPNFL Record’–DFNC publications- personal files-club statistics.
  • Article reference: Ref: 2017/11.  
  • The next title in this series: Summary of 2017 articles. Ref: 2017/12
  • Researched and written for DFNC by: Roger Spaull –July 2017.
  • DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.
  • Email contacts:historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

DROMANA FOOTBALL CLUB

SEASON SUMMARY

1997: 20 YEARS AGO

(Ref: 2017 /10)

 

In 1997 there were three divisions of the MPNFL: Premier, Northern and Southern. Dromana was affiliated with the Southern League that season and the other nine clubs were:- Rosebud Frankston, Pearcedale, Devon Meadows, Sorrento, Tyabb, Crib Point, Somerville, and Mt Eliza.

 

Without any doubt, I997 was the most challenging season in the history of the Dromana Football Club and it is impossible for anyone to ‘sugar-coat’ that fact. Not only did the club lose every game by an average of 47 goals, but it lost players and supporters; and worst of all, the township of Dromana nearly lost its one hundred year-old football club.

 

There has been much written and said about that disheartening season. However, very few people (outside the club in 1997) know the truth of what transpired; and it is not the aim of this club history article to open ‘old wounds.’

 

During 1997, the club became known as the ‘easy beats’ of the Southern League and was the butt of many scornful jokes. The news of the club’s massive defeats often hit the metropolitan airwaves; and, on several occasions, the club’s performances became topics for discussion on Kevin Bartlett’sradiobreakfast program.

 

All football clubs have ‘fair-weather followers’. However, in that season many of the Grasshopper’s supporters ‘walked away’ because of the discomfiture of being associated with a club which had become the ‘whipping boy’ of the league.

Things were looking ominous at the start of that season when the senior coaching position was thrown into confusion due to unfolding circumstances. With ‘nowhere to turn’, the committee called upon the Reserve XVIII Coach Guy Kellettto ‘step up’ and take on the senior coaching position. The request to Guy was made on the ‘death knell’ of the season’s first game; and the club was more than relieved when Guy, probably against his best interests, accepted the offer.

 

DFC probably owes its survival to Guy Kellettand the players who ‘stayed and played’ at Pier Street that season.

 

A week prior to the first round of 1997, things were again desperate as the DFC was unable to field a Reserves XVIII. At the last moment, Frankston YCW FC came to the rescue and offered to provide a dozen or so players every Saturday to make up the numbers for the DFC’s reserves. It was a satisfactory and, in time, a most agreeable, arrangement and the team became known as the ‘Stone-Hoppers.

By Round: 6 that season, matters had deteriorated to the point where the club was in grave danger of becoming defunct; and this, in turn, led to serious discussions which included amalgamation and/or joining the VAFA.

However the return of David Jordanand Steve Kerr coupled with the arrival of several recruits such as: Murray Makepeace(Caramut), Colin Geisler(Tootgarook/Rosebud), Andrew Nevilleand, a robust utility player, Jeremy Gardiner, offered a modicum of hope. Consequently after deliberation, the DFC officials decided to ‘press on’ and ‘see out’ the season.

It took some courage to continue to ‘get bashed up’ each week but, in hindsight, it was a wise decision for the town and its people. It cannot be denied that there were times when the situation seemed impossible and there appeared to be no positive way forward.

Nonetheless, through sheer perseverance and the true grit (perhaps obstinacy) of a small group of committee members , the players (and their families) and the remaining ‘true believers’ the club hung on, ‘weathered the storm’ and ‘turned the tide.’

If the above sounds a little like a meteorological report then it was …as ‘Cyclone Torment’ and, the associated storms, threatened to ‘blow away’ the Dromana FC.

 

Perceptive members and officials from other MPNFL clubs: Neil Hose(Tyabb), Mornington FC, John Martello(Pearcedale), Janet Murnane & Tony Blackford(Frankston Bombers), Mr Boland(Mt Eliza FC),   David Blick (YCW), Rob and Pam Nicholls (Rosebud), Harry Reinets(Pearcedale), Geoff Morgan(Sorrento), Paul Kennedy & Trevor Woodward (Rye), Darrell Smith(SUA) and Phil Gannon(‘The Local’ Newspaper) will always be remembered for the way in which they aided Dromana FC in small but meaningful ways during that ‘winter of discontent.’

The DFC Under: 18 teamwas in a rebuilding phase; and players were limited and, on some occasions when list numbers were thin, other clubs would ‘lend’ players to DFC to enable a match to be played.

 

THE SENIOR PLAYING LIST FOR 1997

 

In the last week of March, Guy Kellettand the selection committee ‘cobbled together’ a team for the Round: 1match against Rosebud.The list of all registered players of DFC, as forwarded to the MPNFL, was as follows:

 

John Lanyon, Trevor Rendall, Mark Hill, Graham Potts, Mick Neville, John Walker, Tim Hepner, Andrew Rowler, Casey Landrigan, Brendan Trigg, Chris Trigg, Noel Ormesher, Tim Coyle, Daniel Nicolle, Craig Compton, Guy Kellett. Luke Gallimore, Tim Lanyon, Craig Whelan, Phil Reeves, Anthony Matthews , Marty Fowler, Steve Currie, Darren Currie, Noel Corley, Tony Woods, Matt Woods, Chris Ashton, Jason Hill, Jeremy Gardiner, Craig Bear, Jason Diwell , Steve Kerr, Craig Baker, Troy Hicks and Aldo Corvi.

 

Note:During the 1997 season, the following players were also selected for one or more gamesin the Senior XVIII: Col Geisler, David Jordan, Murray Makepeace, Andrew Neville, Jamie Burke, Andrew Chance, Matthew (not Gary) Zammit, Anthony McMahon, Shane Reid, Alex Leonard, Paul Diehl, Mark Edwards and Mick Fisher.

 

THE UNDER: 18 PLAYERS’   LIST FOR 1997.

 

The following boys played at least one game for the DFC Under: 18 team in 1997: Rodney Bryant, Damien Christmas, Marty Dellagatta, Luke Griffiths, Jarrett Leah, Adrian Lombardo, Matt Monk, Jai Spence, Jeremy Sword, Paulo Tam, Luke Templer, Ben Kerr, Adam Klan, Jason Taylor, Jay Nemec, Shannon Secker, Aaron Jarman, Michael Bond, Paul Barber, Mark Andrews, Glen Minchington, Chris Monk, Chris Paton, Michael Matthews, Leigh Brewer and Ptu Robinson.

 

There is little need for comment on each game as the results of the Senior XVIII fixtures in 1997, as shown below, will tell the tale of a club in genuine crisis.

 

THE RESULTS: SENIOR XVIII MATCHES IN 1997:

 

ROUND : 1 @ ROSEBUD

Rosebud 53.40. (358) defeated Dromana 1.1 (7)

Goal: Craig Whelan

Best: C. Whelan, J. Walker, C Geisler, N. Ormesher, A. Matthews,

G. Potts

 

ROUND : 2 @ HOME

Sorrento 54. 18. (342) defeated Dromana 0. 6. (6)

Best: J. Lanyon, T. Lanyon, J. Walker, C. Whelan, G. Kellett, J. Gardiner

 

ROUND: 3 @ FRANKSTON

Frankston 50.37. (337) defeated Dromana 0.0. (0)

Best: A. Rowler, N. Ormesher, M. Makepeace, C. Geisler, J. Lanyon,

A. Neville

 

ROUND: 4 @ HOME

Devon Meadows 48.24. (312) defeated Dromana 1.0. (6)

Goal: Tim Coyle

Best: C. Geisler, B. Trigg, T. Lanyon, A. Rowler, A. Neville, J. Walker

 

ROUND: 5 @ PEARCEDALE

Pearcedale 44.26. (290) defeated Dromana 1.2. (8)

Goal: B. Trigg

Best: J. Lanyon, T. Lanyon, N. Ormesher, J. Gardiner, A. Matthews,

C. Compton

 

ROUND: 6 @ CRIB POINT

Crib Point 48.30. (318) defeated Dromana 1.4. (10)

Goal: J. Gardiner

Best: J. Gardiner, J. Lanyon, A. Neville, T. Hepner, A. Rowler, C. Geisler

 

ROUND: 7 @ HOME

Mt Eliza 40.23. (263) defeated Dromana 6.5. (41)

Goals: S. Reid 2 S. Kerr 2 T. Lanyon 1 S. Morrice 1

Best: B. Trigg, T. Lanyon, J. Walker, J. Gardiner, T. Hepner, G. Potts

 

ROUND: 8 @ SOMERVILLE

Somerville 52.23. (335) defeated Dromana 0.1. (1)

Best: T. Hepner, A. McMahon, J. Gardiner, J. Walker, G. Potts,

M. Zammitt

 

ROUND: 9 @ HOME

Tyabb 50.29. (329) defeated Dromana 0.0. (0)

Best: M. Makepeace, J. Leah, T. Hepner, M. Zammit. J. Walker,

C. Geisler

 

ROUND: 10 @ HOME

Rosebud 55.22. (352) defeated Dromana 2.0. (12)

Goals : A. Matthews T. Coyle

Best: J. Gardiner, Makepeace, G. Kellett, T. Hepner, B. Trigg, C. Geisler

 

ROUND: 11 @ SORRENTO

Sorrento 34.23. (227) defeated Dromana 2.3. (15)

Goals: T. Coyle T. Hepner

Best: T. Lanyon, T. Hepner, P. Diehl, M. Makepeace, B. Trigg, G. Potts

 

ROUND: 12 @ HOME

Frankston 50.31. (331) defeated Dromana 0.0. (0)

Best: T. Hepner, G. Potts, B. Trigg, C. Geisler, P. Diehl, T. Lanyon

ROUND: 13 @DEVON MEADOWS

Devon Meadows 52. 25. (337) defeated Dromana 0.0. (0)

Best: B. Trigg C. Trigg T. Hepner T. Lanyon J. Gardiner N. Corley

 

ROUND: 14 @ HOME

Pearcedale 63.27. (405) defeated Dromana 1.2. (8)

Goal: T. Woods

Best: D. Jordan, G. Potts, J. Walker, G. Kellett, J. Gardiner, C. Taylor

 

ROUND: 15 @ HOME

Crib Point 35. 26. (236) defeated Dromana 2.3. (15)

Goal: S. Kerr

Best: J. Walker, B. Trigg, P. Reeves, A. Rowler, T. Hepner, G. Kellett

 

ROUND: 16 @ MT ELIZA

Mt. Eliza 43.18. (276) defeated Dromana 2.1. (13)

Goals: C. Howson T. Coyle

Best: C. Geisler, D. Jordan, T. Hepner, M. Makepeace, J. Gardiner,

J. Walker

 

ROUND: 17 @ HOME

Somerville 33.20. (218) defeated Dromana 3.4. (22)

Goals: B. Trigg D. Jordan   S. Morrice

Best: D. Jordan, T. Hepner, B. Trigg, J. Gardiner, A. Rowler, C. Geisler

 

Round: 18 @ TYABB

Tyabb 48.18. (306) defeated Dromana 5.2. (32)

Goals: T. Coyle A. Matthews G. Kellett C. Whelan D. Jordan

Best: C. Geisler, D. Jordan, A. Rowler, C.Whelan, A. Jarman, J. Leah

 

 

THE FINAL SIREN FOR 1997

By the time the siren sounded at Tyabb, it looked as though the Grasshoppers had survived a fifteen-round title fight against Joe Frazier. The players were beaten, bruised and battered but still standing.

 

The scoreboard once again reminded the club of how gruelling things were at that time. Guy Kellettand his team had ‘stayed the distance’. Guy had tried so hard throughout 1997 to keep the DFC ‘alive’ and his efforts had offered some hope for the club to go forward in the future.

 

For the mathematically minded, 1997 the Dromana Seniors XVIII had scored a total of 27 goals and 34 behinds;   while the combined opposition teams had booted a tally of 851 goals and 461 behinds.Dromana had finished the season with an all-time low percentage of 3.5%

Dromana had failed to score one goal in five games; while the opposition teams had scored more than 50 goals or moreon nine occasions

The Reserves (YCW/Dromana combine) led by Dromana’s Marty Fowler) won four games and the Under: 18’sfinished the season winless with a percentage of 10%.

 

A BRIGHT SPOT IN A DARK YEAR

 

In the Southern Division’s George Osborne Medal in 1997, Dromana polled just four votes that season (David Jordan2 votes and John Lanyonand John Walkereach one vote).

 

However, when the last votes in the Bill Bosse Medalwere called at Somerville Social Roomon that night in September 1997, Dromana’s Under: 18 captain Jarrett Leahhad tied with Mt Eliza’s Will Sanghito take out the prestigious award.

 

Jarrett polled 17 votesin ten games and was deemed to be best on the ground (3 votes) on three occasions.

 

It was a most warranted award for Jarrett. He loved playing football and had always dreamt of the chance to play with the Southern Stingrays. It has remained a puzzle, to DFC officials, why Jarrett was never invited to at least train with the regional Under: 18 team in 1997.

 

Most well-informed observers thought that Jarrett Leah was by far the most spirited and courageous footballer they had seen in junior ranks that season.

 

In the club’s Best and Fairest award Tim Hepnerwon the Senior XVIIItrophy that season.

 

As the curtain fell on the 1997 season, Dromana FC officials had much upon which to ponder during the summer months. There were many things to be learnt from the events of that past season; but the most important message to be taken from the dismal results in 1997 was that: ‘In any football club disunity is death.’

In 1998 an ambitious recruiting program was put in place as the re-build at DFC began.

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION:

 

Sources: Personal files, MPNFL archives, DFC team sheets, MPNFL Record 1997.

Article reference: (Ref: 2017/10)

The next title in this series: Dromana v Rye 2007( Ref: 2017/11)

Researched and written for DFNC by: Roger Spaull – July 2017.

DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

Email contacts: historian@dromanatigers.com.au.

or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

SEASON SUMMARY: 1987

 

30 YEARS AGO

 

(Ref: 2017/9)

 

  • A substantial restructure took place at MPNFL level in 1987with the introduction of a seven-man Board of Directors to oversee two divisions of football on the Mornington Peninsula.

 

  • Dromana FC was a member of the 12 team Division: 2 competition.The other affiliates were: Tyabb, Karingal, Langwarrin, Pearcedale, Red Hill, Carrum, Frankston, Rosebud, YCW, Edi-Aspendale and Sorrento.

 

  • Dromana’s coaching panel in 1987 was: Barry Evans (Seniors XVIII), Gary Ferguson (Reserves XVIII) and Tony Nash (Under: 17’s).

 

  • The President of DFC was Graham Stelling; while Jacki Ross(Secretary) and Bill Wakefield(Treasurer) were the other senior-executive officers.

 

  • The club wore a newly designed jumper which was green with gold vertical stripes; and the club was known as the ‘Grasshoppers’.

 

  • In the opening round of the season, a dominant combine, Edi- Aspendalecoached by Ken Little, swamped Dromana to win by 25 goals. The final scores were: Edi-Aspendale 36. 23 (239) defeated Dromana 11.9. (75). John Whitwam(4 goals), Andrew Rowlerand Mick Jameswere the best for Dromana on a day when good players were hard to find.

 

 Sorrento ‘pipped’ Dromana on the post in Round: 2 in a high scoring and free flowing affair at Pier Street. Sorrento 20.9 (129) defeated Dromana 18.11 (119); and to further ‘rub salt into the wound’, the Under: 17’s lost by a solitary point.

 

  • In Round: 3, Dromana ‘broke the ice’ and in a definitive display defeated Red Hilleleven goals. Neil Watsonwas at his creative best that afternoon and booted six goals. Tony Williamsand Brian Moilerwere prominent; and a young recruit from Tootgarook, named Tony Abschinski,was imposing in defence. It was a notable occasion for DFC as it was not only the ‘local derby’ but Dromana’s three teams won that day.

 

  • Dromana won a thriller against Tyabb in Round: 4. Dromana 17.12 (114) defeated Tyabb 15.14. (104). With the game ‘up for grabs’ and the clock ticking down, Mick Comptontook possession and snapped the sealer. The Grasshoppers were well served by Marty Fowler, John Whitwam, Mick Rendall(3 goals) and once again, Mick Jamesstood tall in the ‘heat of battle.’ Peter Crozierwas busy across the half forward line with two goals; and Dromana’s plucky and diminutive rover Phil Reevesalso chipped in with two important majors to help his team secure a well-deserved victory.

 

  • Dromana hit a ‘purple patch’ when it defeated Frankston by 39 points in Round: 5. Mick James starred again and polled three votes in the ‘Independent News Player of the Year’award in that game.

 

  • Round: 6against Karingal was another hard fought victory over the Bulls.Dromana was again ‘taken to the line’ but desperately held on to win by 9 points. DFC was best served by: Gary Fowler, Brian Cairns, Paul Cooper, Peter Crozier, Mick Berwickand back pocket Brian Moiler.

 

  • The Round:9 clash against Rosebud was tough and tense all day; and once again the luckless ‘Hoppers went down by just one kick. The final scores were: Rosebud 16.14. (110) defeated Dromana 16.10. (106). In a rare twist, Gary Evans (Jnr) and another Gary Evans(ex-Dromana coach) were in the best for the respective teams. Paul Cooper, Brian Cairns, Andrew Rowlerand Marty Fowler played their ‘hearts for’ out for DFC that day; and it was a brave but none-the-less disappointing result for the club.

 

  • Dromana FC under Barry Evans’leadership was an intriguing proposition in MPNFL that season. The team was competitive and laden with talent but still lacked the crucial manpower to ‘mix it’ with the top echelon in Division: 2 (e.g. the Northern clubs such as Edi-Aspendale, Pearcedale and YCW). At the mid-point of the season, Dromana sat on the eighth rungon the MPNFL Ladder. With nine games to play in the season, hope still existed for a late surge to the finals; but most believed that DFC was not a contender that year. The second half of the season would prove the pundits accurate in their assessment.

 

 

 

  • Pearcedale thrashed Dromana by 10 goals in Round: 11but the following week the ‘Hoppers bounced back in fine style and trounced Langwarrin by 73 points; Dromana 25.13. (163) overwhelmed Langwarrin 14. 6. (90). Neil Watson ran amok and kicked seven goals and, one of the greats of local football in that era, Mick Berwick,kicked five at full forward. In a strong team display the better players were: Marty Fowler, Mick Compton, Tony Williams, Andrew Rowler, Phil Reeves and a young half forward, named Andrew Johnston, was impressive again.

 

 

 

  • Barry Evans Jnrwas the only bright spot on a dark day when Edi-Aspendale whipped Dromana in Round: 12. Barry, who had played for Collingwood in 1981, kicked three goals that day. It was surprising that Barry had not achieved greater success at AFL level because his ball control and kicking skills were exemplary and, above all, he was a fearless player in the last metre of a contest.

 

 

 

  • Paul Cooperwas not only a loyal club man but he was one of the hardest working ruck men in the MPNFL in that era. Paul was never intimidated by the opposition; and he was an old-fashioned ruckman who rarely rested during a game. Throughout 1987, Paul had caught the ‘eye of the experts’ and polled consistently the ‘Independent News’ voting.

 

 

 

  • Brian Moiler, a steady defender that season, broke his arm against Sorrento in Round: 13. It was an unfortunate fracture for Brian who was enjoying his best-ever year of senior football.

 

 

 

  • In probably the finest performance of the season, Dromana defeated Red Hill in the Round: 14clash by 13 goals. It was a convincing victory and a badly needed ‘injection of confidence’ for the players (and the coach, Barry Evans). Tony Williams, who had played all of his senior football in defence, went forward that day and booted six goals. The veteran of the team, Mick Berwick, was on-target with seven goals; and other players to come under notice included: Peter Crozier(3 goals), Brian Cairns, Neil Watson(3 goals), Barry Evans (Jnr) and Chris Ashton.

 

 

 

  • Barry Evans (Jnr)broke his ankle in the match against Frankston; and in an indication of his raw courage, he had the injury strapped and limped back into the fray to battle out the game. Frankston won that day but Marty Fowler was again the best rover on the ground with 4 goals.

 

 

 

  • Dromana’s ‘roller coaster’ ride that season proved to be frustrating for the supporters and the players. Losses to Tyabb and Frankston stung; and it was hard to see any light at the ‘end of the tunnel.’ Then, as if under a hypnotic trance, an almighty form reversal transpired and the ‘Hoppers claimed a courageous victory (in heavy conditions) against Karingal. Ron Saunderskicked three goals in a low scoring affair; and the best players in that fighting win were: Phil Reeves, Andrew Johnstonand Brian Cairns.

 

 

 

  • Steve Kerrplayed his first senior game for DFC in Round: 17against Karingal in 1987. He would go on to play 93 senior games with DFC.

 

 

 

  • The MPNFL Final Four that season was Edi-Aspendale, Rosebud, YCW and Pearcedale. Dromana FC was a long way ‘off the pace’ and finished in 8th position with a percentage of 90%. While some said that the ‘Hoppers had shown a definite improvement throughout the 1987 season, there was still much to do in recruiting new players and honing skills.

 

 

 

  • Throughout 1987, Gary Ferguson’s Reserve XVIII had been spirited and competitive and finished in the middle bracket on the ladder. The Under: 17’stoiled honestly but were badly undermanned and, as usually occurs with a short list of players, the workload on the core of key players became onerous. Under: 17 players who made a mark that season included: Steve Tobin, Mick Carter, Chris Veale, Rohan Lees, Andrew McGaffin, Daryl Mageean, Steve Henryand Danny Rea.

 

 

 

  • The MPNFL finals were played the Frankston Ovalin 1987.

 

 

 

  • During the next few seasons, the divisional structure of the MPNFL changed quite markedly as the gap between the more powerful clubs and the ‘cash-strapped’ smaller clubs widened.

 

 

 

  • In 1987, Brian Cairnswon the John Coleman Medalwhile John Williamsonwas the Best & Fairest in the Reserve XVIII. At the club’s Annual Presentation Night,at the Dromana Community Hall,on October 3rd that year, Mick Berwickand Ian Watsonwere awarded Life Membershipsof the club. During the evening, it was also announced that Barry Evanshad been re-appointed as the Senior Coach for the 1988 season.

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION:

 

Sources: MPNFL Record’ 1995- DFNC publications- Personal files.

 

Article reference: (Ref: 2017/9)

 

The next title in this series: Season: 1997 (Ref: 2017/10)

 

Written for DFNC by: Roger Spaull – July 2017.

 

DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

 

Email contacts:historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

1937: TOUGH TIMES AND A FLAG FOR THE DROMANA DISTRICT.

Ref: 2017/8

 

During the economic downturn in the 1930’s, life was extremely hard for most people; and, of course football clubs, struggled to stay afloat during the Great Depression. As can be seen, from the following newspaper article, Dromana FC faced testing times in that era (as most country football clubs did).

 

1937 started on a bad note for DFC. Not only did the club lose its President, Mr Ryan, but there was difficulty in finding enough players to field a competitive team in the ‘A’ Gradecompetition of the Peninsula Football League.

 

Following an uncertain start to the season, Wally Guy worked hard to steady the club and then, despite some significant obstacles,     drove the ‘local team’ (see below) forward to win the Peninsula Football League’s ‘B’ Gradepremiership pennant that season.

 

The following report, regarding a special meeting of Dromana Football Club, was published in the ‘Frankston & Somerville’ on May 7th 1937 (Page: 6). The article is of interest because it shows how the club rallied around Wally Guy and how his unequivocal leadership quickly welded the group into a winning combination despite the problems that the club faced in May that year…

 

“ FOOTBALL AT DROMANA…At a special general meeting held on Monday night, the president, Mr. T. J. Ryan, resigned the president-ship of the club, as he felt he could not give as much time to the club as he would like to on account of business pressure. His resignation was accepted with regret, but the club will still have Mr. Ryan's support.

Nominations were then called for the position and Mr. H. Hosking, who was present at the meeting, was nominated and elected unanimously. Mr. Hosking, who is now in business in Dromana may seem a stranger to some folk but he is one of Dromana's oldest footballers who played with Ern Rudduck, Jack McLear, Walter Gibson. The club is sure that Mr. Hosking is the right man in the right place.

 

It was felt that after the muster on Saturday last when a practice match was played against Mornington that there was not much hope of running a team, as only fifteen men turned up, including lads that never played before, and with little prospect of any more to come in with such a team in A grade it is going to make the game look ridiculous.

 

It was decided to instruct the delegates at the meeting to be held on Wednesday night to try and get back to the B grade. If this is refused the old stalwarts of the club said they were willing to carry on as it was only a game of football and it is hoped to build the team up as the season went on as was done years ago. One of the club's oldest supporters, Mr. Alex. Clydesdale, came along with his donation of £1/1/, and Mr. Littlejohn gave the club 10/6. It is hoped that others will follow.”

THE 1937 PREMIERSHIP VICTORY

Up until last year (2015) the details of the club’s premiership in 1937 were somewhat obscure and virtually impossible to confirm; but a brief newspaper report of that Grand Finalhas come to light (via the National Library of Australia) which provides some information about the players, the venue and the result.

Dromana’s premiership in 1937 was a genuine ‘rags to riches’ story. From a troubled and hesitant start in May that year, the club not only found enough players, to be competitive, but went on to win the Peninsula Football Association ‘B’ Grade premiership.

 

Another recent source, provided by well-known Red Hill historian, Jim White, stated that …

“…the hotly debated meeting to introduce…zoning which put smaller clubs under much pressure. Red Hill decided to pull out and many players joined the newly formed Dromana/Rosebud district side.” Jim White RHFC.

 

Jim White’s latest research supports an earlier point of view that, in actual fact, while Dromana FC has always claimed the flag in its own name, the correct title of the teamthat won the 1937 ‘B Grade’premiership was: ‘Dromana District’.

 

The fact that some of Red Hill’s players joined forces with a core group of Dromana locals, as suggested in Jim White’s document, also explains how the team gathered strength and talent so rapidly that season.

 

The Grand Final match was played against Frankston on the first Saturday of September at Alexandra Park in Mornington.

 

The Dromana team that day in September 1937 was:

 

E. Pritchard, R. Hosking, F. White. G. Humprey, A. Waldron R. Edwards, T. Cleine, B. Temby, R. Trewin, P. Branchi, G, Gourlay, C. White, Wilson, I. Wilson, G. King, J. Russell, L. Wiseman, A. Murray and H. Holmes

Note: There is no mention of Wally Guy in the article; and it may indicate that he was injured or not listed for other reasons e.g. a printing error or an oversight by the scribe. However, Wally is not listed in any available reports of that game; and the recent document, provided by Jim White, also supports the proposition that Wally did notplay in that game.

 

The five umpires appointed in the Grand Final were: Mr. Holden (central), T.W. Hutchins & R. Aik(goal) and F. Davies & K. Hodgins (boundary).

 

Note:A search of umpires on the VFL panel,in that era of football, failed to unearth the name ‘Holden’; and perhaps he was a ‘local’ umpire as was often the case in those days.

 

The newspaper report of the match carried few details regarding the game itself; but mention was made of the disappointing attendance and contest was simply described as a ‘good fast game’.

 

It was a tight and tense affair; and, in an exciting stanza of play, during the last quarter, Dromana Districtkicked a string of goals to secure the Peninsula Football Association ‘B’ Gradeflag by eighteen points.

 

Quarter by quarter scores were:

 

  • Dromana :   1.1  4.5. 5.11. 11. 14 (80)
  • Frankston : 2.2. 3.6. 5.10.     8.14 (62)

 

The goal kickers in that memorable victory were not listed but the better players were reported as: Brandi, Murray, Wiseman, Trewinand J. Russell.

 

The match review made no mention of the post-match celebrations that transpired following that hard fought victory. However, news of the triumph would have brought the town ship to life; and a ‘warm welcome’ was probably afforded to the ‘conquering heroes’ of Pier Street.

 

WALLY GUY: THREE DECADES OF FOOTBALL  AT DFC.

 

In the history of DFC, Wally Guylooms large; and he is a valiant character in the way he drove and guided the club onward and upward for nearly three decades (1930-58).

 

Wally (born: 1910) coached DFC for at least DFC eight seasons; and took the club to PFA premierships in 1931-37- 40and 1950. While the filing and storage of the hand written records, in those early days of local football, were sometimes unsystematic, it is known that Wally played at least 185 gameswith DFC and won two club Best and Fairest awards in 1935 and 1946.

 

Following World War: II, Wally continued to play for Dromana FC and won the Best and Fairest awardin the Peninsula Football Associationin 1946.

WALLY GUY’S VFL CAREER

 

In 1934, Wally went to the ‘big smoke’ and played with North Melbourne. He played eight VFL games (4 goals) with the Shinboners (as they were once known).

 

According to the available VFL records, Wally’s first game of VFL football (at the age of 23 years) was against Essendon at Windy Hill in Round: 8.   On that day, his team mates included such famous VFL names as: Jack Wrout, George Jerram, John Lewis, Wally Carter, Dick Taylor and the legendary Tom Fitzmaurice. Essendon thrashed North by 87 points on that occasion but Wally kicked a goal.

 

His last VFL game was against Melbourne at the MCG in Round: 16that year; and Wally also kicked a goal that day. Wally returned to Dromana FCin 1935 and became intensely involved in organizing, playing and coaching football at Dromana for the next 23 seasons. In 1950, the ‘Weekly Times’ carried the following short report regarding Wally’s retirement:

 

“That great Dromana footballer, Wally Guy, after leading his team to the "B" grade premiership this season, announced his retirement. Guy was one of the best players ever seen on the Peninsula and was a splendid captain.” October 11th 1950 ‘Weekly Times.’ Page: 74.

 

Wally, who passed away in 1978, was selected as the coach of the club’s ‘Team of the Era’ 1946-2015 and will always be revered as an iconic figure of the Dromana Football Club.

 

ERIC GUY- ‘THE TANK’

 

Wally’s younger brother, Eric, also played 26 games with Dromana before embarking on a brilliant career with Oakleigh (VFA) and later with St Kilda FC. Eric (born: 1932) was regarded as the Saint’s ‘tough man.’ Between 1957 and 1962, he played 93 games for the Saints, mainly on the half back flank. He acquired the nickname ‘The Tank’ because of his hard- hitting and ‘straight through’ style of football. Eric Guy was vice-captainof St Kilda for some years and represented Victoria in interstate matches on three occasions. Following his retirement from AFL ranks, he played with Carrum. Eric was named in DFC’s ‘Team of the Decade’ (1946-55).

 

Ivan Guy (Wally’s other brother) also played with Dromana in 1958.

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION

Sincere thanks to Jim White (Red Hill FC Historian) for his collaboration and assistance in clarifying the name of the team that won the 1937 flag (i.e. Dromana District).

Sources: (i) National Library Of Australia: 75003200 ‘Frankston & Somerville          Standard’ May 7th 1937. Page: 6. (ii) National Library Of Australia 75004248 ‘Frankston & Somerville Standard’ September 10th 1937 Page: 6. (iii) DFNC publications and files (iv) “The Weekly Times” October 11th 1950. (v) MPNFL records. (vi) VFL/AFL archives (vii) Personal files.

Article reference: Ref: 2017/9.  

The next title in this series: ‘Season 1987’ (Ref: 2017/9).

Researched and written for DFNC by: Roger Spaull -May 2017.

DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling-DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

Email contacts:

historian@dromanatigers.com.au. Or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

ANDREW ROWLER

 

Ref: 2017/7

 

Andrew Rowler played his first game of football with the Dromana juniors at the age of six and took to competitive sport like a ‘duck to water.’ He quickly gained a reputation as a youngster with great potential; and, in time, won four Best & Fairest awards while in junior ranks.

 

Andrew graduated to senior football at the age of the age of sixteen.   In his first year of senior football, ‘young Andrew’ reminded onlookers of that famous and fearless 20th Century Fox super-hero ‘Mighty Mouse’ as he bounced off bigger opponents, tackled ‘giants’ and burst through packs.

 

Andrew impressed with his unswerving attack on the ball and capacity to absorb heavy hits during the course of the game. He was a spirited footballer with a ‘real turn of speed’ and, although best suited to a wing, he often played as a defender, rover or as a flanker in attack.

 

In his 15 years of senior years of football, he played 124 senior games, won the club’s Best & Fairest award in 1998 and was chosen in two ‘Team of the Decade’ selections (1986-95 & 1996-2005).

 

The following article, regarding Andrew, was written by Vicki Kotsifakis and originally published in the club’s newsletter ‘Tiger Talk’ in 2000.

 

“…After saying he would retire Andrew Rowler came back and played in Round: 3 against Somerville only to receive the award for the ‘Best on the Ground.’ However, he has made it firm and clear that he is retiring from senior football…Andrew has been with the club since the age of six ….and has served the club for 25 years at Dromana.

 

The dedication of his parents, Pam and Les, cannot go without mention. Their support of Andrew every weekend and their input is set as an example to all community folks and parents …Andrew has stayed with Dromana through its up and downs and has made some life-long friends along the way, such as Noel Ormesher, Chris Veal, Tony Woods, Trevor Rendell, Noel Corley and Phillip Reeves.

 

In 1981 Andrew was voted Club Champion (Under: 13’s) and also won four best and fairest awards with the juniors Andrew has played about 159 junior games and, approximately, 120 senior games for Dromana.

 

Dromana Football Club considers Andrew as a great contributor and club man. We wish him all the best.”

 

Source: ‘Tiger Talk’ Volume: 1 Issue: 3 June 2000.

 

FOOTNOTES~   RE: VICKI KOTSIFAKIS

 

  • The Editor of the ‘Tiger Talk’ in those early years was * Vicki Kotsifakis (see below). Vicki worked determinedly and conscientiously for three seasons in establishing the newsletter.
  • When Vicki Kotisfakis relinquished the role at the end of 2002, Vicki Holtvolunteered to take over the duties of editor and, for the past fifteen seasons, has carried out that responsibility in a most diligent manner.
  • Sadly, Vicki Kotsifakis   passed away in November 2011following a valiant battle against cancer. Vicki was just 41 years of age when she died; and those who knew her were deeply saddened by the news .Vicki was a sincere and gentle person and, in her short but active years at DFC, she was involved in:- (i) Organizing social activities, (ii) Establishing a crèche for the players’ children on match days and (iii) Publishing the ‘Tiger Talk’ newsletter.

 

“…She (Vicki Kotsifakis) loved the club and worked for years as a fund raiser and volunteer with grace and enthusiasm; and through her legacy of ‘Tiger Talk’ her memory lives on. Sincere condolences to her family.” Written by: Vicki Holt, Editor of ‘Tiger Talk’ in April 2012.

 

  • It is fair to say that thanks to the dedicated work of the Vicki Kotsifakis and Vicki Holt, ‘Tiger Talk’ has developed into one of the better newsletters in country football circles. The newsletter is an important publication for supporters and sponsors to keep up to date with the club news. ‘Tiger Talk’ is also a permanent record of the names of hundreds of local people who have maintained and strengthened the club over the years.

 

 

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION

 

Sources: MPNFL archives – ‘Tiger Talk’ 2000- DFNC publications.

 

Article reference: Andrew Rowler (Ref: 2017/7).  

 

The next title in this series:  ‘Tough Times and a Flag: 1937’   (Ref: 2017/8)

 

Researched and written for DFNC by: Roger Spaull -May 2017.

 

DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.

 

Email contacts:historian@dromanatigers.com.au. or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

 

 

1982- DROMANA STORMS HOME
(Ref: 2017/6)

Over the years, games between the Dromana and Pearcedale have often
produced fireworks but in 1982 Dromana , coached by former Geelong
ruckman, Lindsay Edgerton, doubled Pearcedale’s score in a decisive
victory.  The match was played at Pier Street and Dromana’s line-up that
day looked something like this:
 

 

 

Backs

Tom

Jarman

Mick

James

Lindsay

Edgerton

HB

Grant

Hitchener

Malcolm

McCrindle

John

McCormick

C

Brian

Cairns

Ross

Bailey

John

Whitwam

HF

Greg

Hilton

Peter

Crozier

Neil

Watson

F

Darren

Guest

Gary

Ferguson

Glenn

Fyson

Rucks

Steve

Matthews

Steve

Edwards

Ray

Fyson

 

Although starting favourites, Dromana struggled early and failed to make
headway against the gritty defence of Pearcedale.  Dromana’s wayward
goal kicking didn’t help the cause; and the Hoppers forwards booted six
behinds before registering their first major of the match. 
 attack.  At half time, the game was in the balance; and Lindsay Edgerton called upon his young team to ‘break the shackles’ and be enterprising in attack.

His words rallied the team and, in a sparkling second half of
football, Dromana lifted its work rate; and the midfielders’ (led by one of
the club’s greats of that era, Ross Bailey) took control and the Hoppers
attacked time and time again.

As often happens in the second half of football matches, the pace
slowed, the game ‘opened up’ and chances to attack were created.

Things ‘clicked’ in attack as the Dromana forwards found space and
converted with greater accuracy.   Spearhead Gary Ferguson (5 goals) led
the charge that day and Steve Edwards also ran amok. Young Greg
Hilton was busy across half forward and chipped in with three majors.
Veteran rover Ray Fyson provided constant drive from centre bounces
and around the ground stoppages while Neil Watson, an inventive,
perhaps ‘freakish’ small forward, booted two goals for the home side.

Dromana dominated the second half and capitalized on Pearcedale’s lack
of run as its resistance crumbled. The Hoppers stormed home in
definitive style and, by the final siren, the Panthers’ defence was
flummoxed and in complete disarray as its midfield almost ‘stopped to a
walk.’

Dromana had ten goal kickers that afternoon. It was a stunning secondhalf
revival that produced 12 goals and delivered victory by 81 points.

FINAL SCORES:

Dromana 22 .20. (152)
defeated
Pearcedale 10.11. (71)

Major goal kickers for Dromana:
Ferguson 5 Edwards 5 Hilton 3 Watson 2 Fyson 2.

Best players for Dromana: Edgerton Bailey Edwards Hilton Jarman
McCormick Fyson.

Hopes of playing finals were high throughout 1982; but, sadly and
unexpectedly, the team faltered in the last two rounds of the season and
finished in sixth position on the ladder.  With such a sprinkling of stars in
that line-up there was every reason for Lindsay Edgerton and his young
team to be disappointed in not playing finals football.
 
FOOTNOTES:- 
 
• Dromana’s young rover, Darren Guest won the NFL’s Best and
Fairest trophy (known as the (George Osborne Medal) in 1984. 
Mick James won the club’s Best and Fairest award in the 1982 season.
Mick went on to play more than 200 games for DFC and was
selected in the DFC ‘Team of the Era’ (1946-2015)
• In 1982 Phil Ashton was the reserves coach.
John McCormick commenced his football career at Heyfield FC in
the Latrobe Valley FL; and played his first senior game with
Dromana in 1976.  John played 76 senior games with DFC.  John
was also actively involved on the committee as secretary and other
duties.  John played a significant role in re-establishing our Under:
18 team in 1995.  He was selected in the ‘Team of the Decade’ for
the period 1976-85.  John’s son (Tim) played with the DFC juniors
and Under: 18 team. His daughter Jenna played with DFC Juniors also.
• In 1982 Eric Oakes was DFC president and Graham Stelling was the
secretary.
• In that year,  Ray Fyson and Ron Hunter (Senior) were nominated
for Life Memberships of DFC. 
Gary Ferguson is a long serving member of DFC who was granted
Life Membership of the club in 1983.  Gary played in excess of 200
games with the Seniors and Reserves and was selected in the
‘Team of the Decade’ for the period 1976-85.  Gary’s son, Kane,
played with DFC juniors and Under: 18 team.
Steven Matthews won the club Best & Fairest in 1984 and was listed with Melbourne FC in 1985 but crossed to Perth and played in the WAFL that season. See article
Ref: 2017/5 for more information regarding Steve’s football
career)
Greg Hilton completed pre-season training at Melbourne FC under
Ron Barassi in 1985 but was not listed by the Demons.  Greg
returned to Dromana and was later cleared to Frankston (VFA);
and, following an impressive few seasons with the Dolphins,
returned to coach Rye FC. Greg was appointed coach of DFC
1990- 92 and also coached Red Hill before ‘hanging up’ his boots. 
Geoff Bligh played his first senior game in 1982.
Lindsay Edgerton and Phil Ashton stepped down as coaches at the
end of 1982.  John Aldridge was appointed as the Senior XVIII
coach and Gary Ferguson took over from Phil Ashton for the
following season.  
John Aldridge (DFC coach in 1983) was a hard-edged, adept and
aggressive footballer who gathered quite a reputation during his
career in VFA football. John coached DFC for only one season but
impressed all players and officials with his fierce desire to win and the example
he set for fellow players on the ground.       
Note: See the previous article (Ref: 2017/5) on this website for
comprehensive notes on John’s VFA career. 
John McCormick, Ross Bailey and Glenn Fyson stepped down from
Senior XVIII football at Dromana in 1982. 
Brian Cairns coached Dromana in 1985 and won the club’s Best
and Fairest Trophy in 1987.  Brian played 165 senior games with
DFC and was awarded Life Membership in 1989.  Brian’s son (Tom)
played with Dromana, on VCFL permit in later years. 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION 
Sources: MPNFL archives - DFNC publications.
Article reference: 1982: ‘Dromana Storms Home’ (Ref: 2017/6).  
The next title in this series:   ‘Andrew Rowler’ (Ref: 2017/7)
Researched and written for DFNC by: Roger Spaull -May 2017. 
DFNC website administrator: Graham Stelling. DFNC Secretary-Board Member.
Email contacts: historian@dromanatigers.com.au or admin@dromanatigers.com.au

 

 

GARY EVANS

 

A CHAMPION OF PIER STREET

 

Ref: 2017/5

 

 

Gary Evans was one of the real ‘journeymen’ of suburban and country football; and it is known that he played more than 500 games of senior grade football and also represented the QFL in interstate football.

 

Gary had gained a prominent status in metropolitan junior football and was then lured to Hawthorn Under: 19’s from Ferntree Gully FC in 1968. And so began a journey of playing football in VFL Third XVIII’s, Gippsland, Central Victoria, Queensland and the Mornington Peninsula that lasted more than twenty seasons.

 

Gary was another of country football’s ‘wandering stars ’ because he seldom let the ‘grass grow under his feet’ and was forever ‘on the move’ seeking out a new club with which to play. Gary’s name was well known in VCFL football circles; and his handsome reputation always preceded him.

 

Throughout his stellar career there was never any shortage of clubs seeking his signature. In 1973 Dromana’s coach *Peter Oakes encouraged Gary to join the ‘Hoppers’ and his standing burgeoned to the point that he became a ‘wanted man’.

 

In 1975 he was coaxed to Rosebud then he moved on to Rye FC before heading to North to play with Wycheproof FC for four seasons. During his stint with Wycheproof FC, he was runner-up in the North Central Football League’s Best and Fairest voting (known as the Keith Chalmers award) in 1982.

 

Gary was a ‘man on the move’ and he packed his bags and returned from Wycheproof to Dromana FC in 1983…

 

He (Gary) remembers with great fondness the people of Dromana. with good players like Brian Cairns, Steve Matthews, Mick Berwick, John Whitwam and Darren Guest were some of the stars of the team.” ‘MPNFL Record’ April 3rd 2010 Page: 5.

 

(See the footnotes below regarding these former Dromana players)

 

On his reappearance at Pier Street, Gary performed brilliantly. His skill and versatility were of immeasurable value to the team as he could either play the role of an intrepid defender or, at the ‘drop of a hat’, become a rampaging forward.

 

John Aldridge(ex-VFA) was the coach in 1983 and Dromana performed creditably and played in the final series that season. John was a forceful and inspiring on-field leader but, for reasons best known to a few, he coached for just one season before returning to the city. Consequently, Gary Evans was appointed coach in 1984; and although the club achieved considerable success under his leadership, DFC faltered once again in the ‘home straight.’

 

In 1983-84, Dromana was a strong combination, laden with brilliant individuals and, it is agreed by many, a real chance to win a flag ‘went begging’ in those two seasons.

 

The following year, Gary Evans attained his 50th game milestone with the club; but once again, driven by a mighty wanderlust, he applied for a clearance to Rosebud FC at the end of the 1985 season.

 

Gary sustained his individualistic brand of direct and ‘no-nonsense’ football at Olympic Oval. By that stage of his career, Gary was in the ‘veteran class’; and, as a hardened footballer, he knew all the ‘tricks of the trade’ and could ‘still find the ball.’

 

There was something in Gary’s DNA that kept him playing competitive football when other ‘mere mortals’ had ‘hung up their boots.’ Although it seemed that his travelling days were over, he surprised onlookers (again) when he accepted an attractive offer to play with Sorrento FC and, consequently, said ‘farewell’ to Rosebud .