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

 

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 .

 

In 1988, Gary, at the age of 41, steered Sorrento in the MPNFL Second Division First- Semi Final against Carrum;and, in a game where both sides went ‘toe-to toe’for four fierce quarters, the match ended in a thrilling tie. In the ensuing replay, Sorrento was victorious; only to be knocked out of the ‘finals race’ the following Saturday by YCW in the Preliminary Finalby 31 points. Gary Evans kicked two of Sorrento’s ten goals that day.

 

Gary was appointed senior coach of Sorrento again in 1989 and celebrated his 42nd birthday that year. Sorrento reached the ‘final four’ once more but stumbled at the ‘first hurdle.’

 

In all, Gary played 271 gamesof MPNFL football and 55 games with DFC. He was selected at centre-half back in DFC’s ‘Team of the Decade’ (1976-85). Those who saw Gary Evans, in action at Dromana, will never forget his uncompromising attack on the ball, strong overhead marking, powerful kicking and, most of all, willingness to take on ‘all-comers.’

 

Ron Barassi once wrote that ‘consistency of performance’ is the most telling factor in defining a champion. On that basis, there would be little argument that Gary Evans was a champion (in the true sense of the word) of country football.

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

 

  • For younger readers, Gary Evans should not be confused with Barry Evans who coached DFC in 1987 and 1988. Barry Evans had a son (aka Barry Junior) who played a handful of games with Dromana when his father was the senior coach. Barry Evans (Jnr) played two AFL games with the Magpies in1981.
  • *Peter Oakes (see above) is a nephew of former club stalwart Eric Oakes. Peter coached Dromana FC for two seasons (1973-74) and won the club’s Best and Fairest trophy in 1973. Like Gary Evans,  Peter had a long and noteworthy career in country football. Peter retired at 39 years of age having played 460 senior games with various clubs including Chelsea Heights and Bena. It is documented that he also captained the Collingwood Under: 19’s in his teenage years.
  • It is said that in his early years of football, John Aldridge may have played with Melbourne Under: 19’s but it is hard to validate this notion; however he was listed in ‘VFA Recorder’ as part of the Frankston FC line-up (Number : 6) for the VFA clash against Caulfield on August 24th 1980.
  • John Aldridge coached Dromana for only one season (1983) and guided the club into the Preliminary Final against Crib Point. The Magpies won that encounter but lost to Pines in the Grand Final on the following Saturday. John Aldridge was a genuine star in the local league; and it was no surprise that he was awarded the John Coleman Trophy (for the DFC’s Best and Fairest player) that season. It was a disappointing day for the players and the supporters when the news broke that he was stepping down as the DFC coach.
  • After parting ways with Dromana FC in 1984, John Aldridge returned to suburban football; and played with Oakleigh FC in season 1985 including the VFA Second Division Grand Final against Brunswick at St Kilda Junction. On that day, John kicked four goals; and, according to the available archives, he was also reported for allegedly striking a Brunswick player (Gibson) in the third quarter of that match.
  • As documented in MPNFL records, John Aldridge played with Rye FC in 1988 and 1989 and was back in the headline news again. In the First Division Semi-Final against Mornington , John was involved in an on-field incident involving the Mornington FC runner. At the subsequent hearing, the MPNFL Tribunal suspended the Bulldogs runner for three years and fined the club $ 300.
  • Further research revealed that John Aldridge also coached Oakleigh Amateurs FC when that club affiliated with in the Eastern Suburban Churches Football Associationin 1992. John was the first-ever coach of the Oakleigh Amateurs FC.
  • Brian Cairns played 165 senior games with DFC, coached the club in 1985 and won the John Coleman trophy in 1987. Brian was awarded Life Membershipin 1989 and was selected in the ‘Team of the Era’ (1946-2015).
  • In his early days of local football, Brian Cairns was a creative and elusive wingman/ flanker. However, in later seasons he produced some of his best football in the back pocket and became a dashing and attacking defender. Brian represented the Nepean Football League at junior and senior level; and one of his highpoints of his career was when he was invited to pre-season training at Melbourne FC in 1985.
  • As a senior coach, Brian Cairns was innovative and contemporary; and based his game plan about a combination of hard running ‘both ways’ and quick transition of the ball into the forward zone. Brian’s long and distinguished career with Dromana FC was abruptly ended when he sustained a severe knee injury against Red Hill at Dromana in Round: 17 in 1988. Despite prolonged rehabilitation and several attempts, to return to competitive football, he was forced to retire in 1989.
  • In later years, Brian and Wendy Cairns moved to a new home at Great Western(near Ararat); and Brian became involved in support roles with the Stawell Warriors and Stawell clubs. Brian was also chosen to coach the Horsham District FL Under: 17 interleague squad in that period. Brian is currently a committee member of the Great Western Racing Club.
  • David Cairns( Brian’s younger brother) was an extremely talented youngster and trained with South Melbourne Under: 19’s. David received a serious facial/head injury in senior football; and, although he continued playing with a helmet for some time, he was forced into early retirement from the game which he loved and excelled. Brian’s son Tom also played with DFC Under: 18 team (on VCFL permit) when visiting the Cairns family on holidays,
  • Steve Matthews was an exceptional athlete and footballer. His powerful running and strong high-marking could tear opposition teams apart; and his ability to provide ‘first use’ of the ball for the Dromana rovers, at centre bounces and stoppages, was the striking aspect of his ruck work.
  • Steve Matthews won the club’s Best and Fairest trophy in 1984. After 64 games with the Grasshoppers, he was invited to undertake pre-season training with Melbourne FC, coached by Ron Barassi, in 1985. Steve was provisionally listed with the Demons but, in a strange twist of events, he ‘packed his bags’ and crossed the Nullarbor to play (with great success) with East Fremantle in the WAFL. Steve was chosen as the first ruckman in the Dromana FC’s ‘Team of the Era’ (1946-2015).
  • Mick Berwick was the Senior XVIII coach for in 1977-78 and he also coached the reserves in 1988. During his career (1974-87), Mick was a key forward, prolific goal kicker and a forceful footballer who always ‘took the battle’ to the opposition. He won DFC’s Best and Fairest trophy in 1977 and was granted Life Membershipin 1987 for his outstanding service to the football club. Mick was a big-hearted club man who generated team spirit and was a positive influence on the ‘young brigade.’
  • In 1988, as captain and coach of the DFC Reserve XVIII, Mick Berwick led his team into the MPNFL Second Division Grand Final against Karingal at Mornington. On that day, the Bulls (Karingal) 17.13. (115) defeated Dromana 11.12. (78). By the end of that season Mick (39 goals) and Gary Ferguson (53) had kicked a combined total of 92 goals; and both veterans had been prime factors in the ‘Hoppers fifteen home and away victories that year.
  • In 1989, Mick Berwick relocated to Queensland and was cleared to play for the Hervey Bay Bombers FC in the Bundaberg-Wide Bay FL.The Bombers won the consecutive flags from 1988- 1992 in that league.  Mick Berwick lived at Hervey Bay until his sad death on the 8th April 2016. Sadly , Mick passed away only a fortnight prior to being named in the DFC’s ‘Team of the Era’ (1946-2015).
  • Darren Guest was one of youngest players to win the George Osborne Medal (see below) for NFL’s Best and Fairest player in 1984. Darren was the first Dromana player to win the prestigious medal since Steve Jolleydid so in 1969. Darren polled 23 votes to win the medal in 1984. It was an impressive season for the fearless ‘pocket-sized’ rover and, along with Ross Bailey, Steve Matthews, Brian Cairns and John Whitwam, he provided continual drive and ample opportunities for the forwards. Darren played 46 games with DFC and was named in the ‘Team of the Decade’ (1976-85).

 

Note:It is most apt that the medal Darren won, in 1984, was named in honour of Dromana’s unfaltering and diligent official George Osborne.

 

 John Whitwam was a speedy and indefatigable wingman with great aerobic capacity and endurance (in a period when there were no bench rotations). Irrespective of the state of any game, John rarely ‘lowered his colours’.He played 134 senior games with the Grasshoppers and was selected in the ‘Team of the Decade’ (1976-85).

 

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION

Sources: (i)MPNFL Record’ 2010 – (ii) Wycheproof Narraport FC website. - MPNFL archives. –(iii) ‘Wisdom’ by Ron Barassi (2011)- (iv ) VFA ‘Recorder’ August 24th 1980.- (v ) Oakleigh Amateurs website.- (vi)DFNC publications – Demonwiki.- (vii) ‘MPNFL Record’ – (viii) 2008- Footypedia- (ix) Hervey Bay Bombers FC Archives.

 

Article reference: Gary Evans (Ref: 2017/5).  

 

The next title in this series: 1982: ‘Dromana Storms Home’ ( Ref: 2017/6)

 

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

 

 

 

THE 1995 LIST OF DROMANA PLAYERS

Ref: 2017/4

During the mid-1990’s, the DFC conducted an aggressive recruiting campaign to attract skilled and experienced players to Pier Street in the hope of building a team that was capable of winning a MPNFL premiership; and break the long and despairing ‘drought’ (the club’s last flag had been in 1971).

The strategy of enticing new recruits to the club was so fruitful in 1994-95 that it was like a ‘revolving door’ at DFC as players ‘came and went’.

 

In those two years of ‘great promise’, Glen Kendallwas the Senior XVIII coach; and, as the DFC honour boards indicate, Glen was a brilliant junior and senior footballer. Glen was one the best-ever teenage footballers in the club’s long history; and it came as no surprise that Glen was signed by St Kildain 1990 (pre-season draft: selection :37). Glen later had successful stints at Sandringham (VFA) and Seaford FC ( MPNFL ).He played 139 games, won four club Senior XVIII Best and Fairest awards with Dromana and was selected in the ‘Team of the Era’ ( 1946-2015) on the half back flank.

Jack Bateman, a popular and lion-hearted ruckman from Mornington FC, was the Reserves Grade coach in 1995; and he gained selection in the ‘Team of the Decade’ (1986-1995).

Although the Grasshoppers (as the club was then-known) were competitive and combative throughout those two seasons, the senior team narrowly missed the finals and, as most readers are fully aware, the club had to wait until 2013 to ‘nail’ that elusive flag.

The following DFC playing list is from the 1995 season and, hopefully, the names, mentioned below, will revive memories of the former players of that era.

 

  • DFC NUMBERS & NAMES : 1995

 

1.Peter Fenby 2. Jason Hardwick. 3 Andrew Rowler 4. Steven Kerr

5. Dick Cornish 6. Phil Watson 7. Scott Landsdown 8. Bob Bird

9. David Jordan 10. Jason Clarke 11. Glenn Kendall 12. David Ritchie  

13. Peter Johnston 14. Danny Rea 15. Garry Fowler 16. John Mellere

17. Tim Lanyon 18. Guy Kellett 19. Marty Fowler 20. Glen Clarke

21. Michael Slocombe 22.Brendan Trigg 23. Matt Breen

24. Damon Quigley 25. Colin Geisler 26. Darrell Fowler 27. Marc Corn

28. Grant Turnbull 29. Chris Ashton 30. Justin Emerson 31. Phillip Reeves 32. Jack Bateman 35. Geoff Bligh 36. Bryan Williams 37. John Walker

38. Darren Harmer 39. Chris Trigg 40. Mark Drobis 41. Mick Broadhurst 42. Trevor Rendall 43. Simon Morrice 44. Noel Corley 45. Gregg Bateman 46. Graham Potts 47. Dean Harris 48. Craig Compton 49. Noel Ormesher 51. Mick Neville 52. Matt Woods 53. Matthew Pfabe 54. Trevor Ormesher 55. Anthony Matthews 56. Aldo Corvi 57. Justin Fitzgerald

60. Noel Ashton.

 

FOOTNOTES:

 

  • Peter Fenby, Jason Hardwick, Peter Johnston and John Mellerehad crossed from Rosebud to play with DFC; and it was an  inflow of endowed footballers to DFC. Peter Fenby was a potent forward and an exhilarating high mark; and together with Phil Watson(Number: 6) created ‘nightmares’ for all opposition defenders. Phil and Peter were physically tough and hard hitting forwards; and there would be little argument,   that they were two of the most belligerent forwards in any era of Peninsula football.

Peter Johnston was an effective utility player and he became a most dedicated and well-regarded team leader. John Mellere was a speedy winger who ‘broke the lines’ with hard running and was a magnificent kick who rarely missed targets up-field.

 

  • Jason Hardwickwas a clever rover with an uncanny ability to be at the ‘drop of the ball’ and his goal-sense was second-to-none in local football. Jason was one of a quartet of skillful rovers at the club in 1995, the others being: Phil Reeves, Dick Cornish (ex-Rye) and Marty Fowler. After departing from DFC, Jason became a successful coach in the MPNFL and suburban football (e.g. VAFA ). His son Blake is currently listed with AFL team, Hawthorn.

 

 

  • David Jordanwas a courageous and loyal footballer who won three DFC Best and Fairest awards (1994-1999-2000). In a twelve year career at DFC, David played 164 senior games and captained the club for seven seasons. He was a tireless midfielder; and consistently polled well in the George Osborne Medal. In 1999, David was named in the ‘Nepean All-Star Team-of-the Year’and, as is well-known, he played a central role in rebuilding the club during its most problematic days.

Following a devastating knee injury, in a match at Red Hill in 2002, David stepped down from playing and handed his Number: 9 jumper to Michael Hunter who also wore it with great distinction. David Jordan was named vice-captain of the 1986-95 ‘Team of the Decade’; captain of the next decade’s best teamand he was also selected in the ‘Team of the Era’ (1946-2015).It should be mentioned that Dave, who is a steel fabricator/engineer, often assists the club with maintaining the facilities at the club

 

  • Anthony Matthews played more than 100 games with our reserves and was cleared to Rosebud FC in 2004. Since then Anthony has won a reputation as an outstanding administrator/secretary in NFL football. He has the unique honour of being a Life Member of both the DFNC and RFNC Clubs. Anthony’s brother (Michael) also played with Dromana for several seasons. Anthony and Michael are the sons of Colin Matthews, whose sad passing in late December (2016) was featured in the first edition of the 2017 ‘Tiger Talk.’

 

  • In 1995, ruckman Scott Landsdowne won the club’s Best and Fairest award. It is fair to say that, Scott was one of the most creative exponents of handball in local football; and he was ‘well ahead of his time’ with the use of ‘quick hands’. Scott was an unselfish footballer who never hesitated to ‘give off’ to a team mate in a better position. Scott played only 25 games with DFC but made a huge impact. His father (Norm) was a long-serving Director on the MPNFL Boarduntil 2016.

 

  • A ruckman who developed during that period was Chris Ashton( Number : 29). Chris commenced his football career in the reserves and, within two or three seasons, took his football to a new level to become a dogged and consistent performer in the Senior XVIII.

 

  • Graham Potts was a whole-hearted player in the reserves team in those years. Graham was admired by all his team mates for his ‘never-say-die’ attitude and the backing he gave to during the ‘re-building’ phase of the club.

 

  • Mark ‘Marty’ Fowler, who always wore Number: 19 at DFC, started his football with Rosebud juniors and then played with Sorrento (1984-86). Marty trained at VFL level as a teenager and was a star rover in MPNFL football. He was cleared to DFC in 1987 and he went onto play 76 senior games; and later became a mainstay of our reserves  as a player, assistant coach and selector. In 2001, a special tribute ‘roast’ was held to celebrate his 200th club game; and he was awarded Life Membership in 2003. Marty was selected in the DFC’s ‘Team of the Decade’ (1986-1995).Marty’s brother, Darrell, (Number: 26) was also a talented and tenacious footballer who played with Dromana in that era also.

 

  • Guernsey Number: 4that season wasworn by Steve Kerr. Steve played his first senior game with DFC in 1987 and during the next twelve seasons amassed 93 senior games. He was selected in the ‘Team of the Decade’(1986-95).Steve’s father ( John ) played with Dromana; and his uncle, Rod Kerr, played 103 games with Dromana between 1966 and 1973; Rod was a member of the 1971 premiership team and was also selected in the ‘Team of the Decade’( 1966-75). Steve’s younger cousin, Darren Kerr,was a gifted sportsman who played a handful of games for DFC in 1994 . Darren’s father, Ian (ex- Hawthorn), was a hard-hitting and ‘straight-through’ defender for the Grasshoppers in the late 70’s. Note:John Kerr was granted a Life Membershipof DFC in 1980.

 

  • Geoff Bligh(Number: 35) was a ‘no frills’ and resolute back man who had the capacity to shut down taller forwards with his close checking and strong body work. Geoff was awarded Life Membershipin 2002; and he was selected in the ‘Team of the Decade’ (1976-85). Geoff, Jason Clarke Grant Turnbull, Trevor Rendall, Peter Johnston, Michael Slocombe, Danny Rea and John Walker were part of a tight and tough backline throughout 1995. Geoff is still a keen supporter and is always ‘ready and willing’ to lend a hand in assisting the club with building projects and maintenance matters if and when required.

 

  • Noel Ormesher( Number: 49) was a ‘tower of strength’ in the reserves in that era. He won the club’s Reserves XVIII Best and Fairest on three occasions (1995-2002- 2003) and was awarded the MPNFL Reserves Best & Fairest Medal in 2002. Marty Fowler, rated Noel’s ability to palm the ball in ruck duels, as ‘first-class’. Noel received a DFC Service Award in 2016. Due to missing MPNFL records, there is some conjecture regarding the number of games that Noel actually played with DFC; but it is known that he played his 150th reserves match for DFC at Somerville in Round: 16 in 2005. After 15 years of dependable service, Noel retired from football in August 2006.

 

  • Gary ‘Chooka’ Fowler(Number: 15)was a ‘silky-skilled’ on-baller with splendid foot and hand skills. Gary had a lengthy career in football and was a member of our reserves team at the age of 44. He won the Reserves XVIII Best and Fairest award in 2000. Being part of a team meant ‘the world’ to Gary and he loved playing football at Pier Street.   Regrettably he passed away in 2011; and a Memorial Servicewas held in in his honour at the Dromana Oval. On theday, his two young sons (Brett and Dylan)   travelled from Tasmania to be in attendance at that special gathering of footballers, friends and family. In 2014, Gary was awarded a posthumous Life Membershipfor his on-field endeavours in more than 175 games with the club.

 

  • Damon Quigley’stwo sons (* Billy and Jack) play with Dromana; and Billy wears the same number (24)as his father did in 1995. Damon coached the Under:18team in 2010; and his wife, Debbie, is a current member of the social committee.

* Note:Billy is travelling to England to play cricket this year.              Marty Fowler’sboys (Jack and Sam) also played junior and senior football with DFC and Jack Bateman’sson ( Jackson)has played senior football with the club . Glen Kendall’sson (Aaron) played with our Under: 18 team for one season.

 

  • Guy Kellettprovided sterling service to DFC as a player and a coach in that era of the club’s history. When the club found itself without a senior coach at the start of the 1997 season, Guy stepped into the breach and gave ‘his all’ in trying to lift the team’s performances. Most would agree that Guy was one of the ‘unsung heroes’ of DFC for his Herculean efforts in keeping the club together during that stormy period of the club’s history.

All members were deeply shocked when Guy passed away in February 2009 (at the age of 46 years) after a brave battle with cancer.   A large congregation of officials, supporters and team mates assembled for his funeral on that day. During the service, Guy’s daughter, ( Jade )delivered a moving tribute to her father; while his son (Nick) presented a video of Guy’s journey through life and football. It was a poignant occasion and a sad day for the town and the club.

 

  • Marc Cornwas one of the youngest players on the above list and went onto to carve out an imposing career with DFC, Mornington and Frankston (VFA).Marc was a ‘ spring-heel-Jack’ and was renowned for his long kicking and also for taking spectacular ‘hangers’ by using the backs of opposition players as step-ladders in high-marking contests. Marc was selected in the ‘Team of the Decade’ (1986-95).

 

  • Jason Clarke( Number: 10) was another emerging youngster in 1995 who set the ‘world on fire’ with his ramrod style of football. As a half back flanker, Jason was a ‘human cannonball’ and his attack on the ball was ‘unswerving’ and ‘without hesitancy’ to say the least. Early in the 1995 season, Jason was virtually unstoppable; and after eight rounds led the ‘The Mail’ newspaper ‘Player of the Year’award with 14 votes.

Jason played 68 games (in two stints) with DFC and won the 1991 Best and Fairest award; he was also chosen in the Team of the Decade (1996- 2005).

Jason’s son, Shaun,is a current player of DFC and is a hard-hitting and direct player (like his father). Shaun is approaching his 90th senior game with the Tigers and he was a member of the 2013 premiership team; and was also selected in the ‘Team of the Decade’ (2006-2015).

 

  • In 1995, Matt Breen, another talented young recruit from Rosebud FC, played his first senior game for DFC; and accumulated 57 senior games. Matt was Senior XVIII captainof the club at one stage; and was included in the of ‘Team of the Decade’for the period 1996-2005.

 

  • After 50 senior games, Michael Slocombe, a primary school teacher, transferred from the area in 1995 and, consequently, was no longer able to continue playing with the club. Michael, a resolute half back flanker, was named in the ‘Team of the Decade’ (1986-1995). He will also be remembered, not only for his football prowess but also for his ingenious wit and his ability to make people laugh.

 

  • A story regarding Andrew Rowler ( Number : 3), who was a key player with DFC in that era, will be published on the DFNC Website History Pagesoon. In 1995, Andrew’s parents were heavily involved in the administration of the club as Les Rowlerwas the President and Pamwas the Treasurer.Les and Pam were long-serving club officials , still ardent supporters; and both are Life Membersof DFC. Nowadays, they (and Lorraine Kendall) never miss the chance to watch the Tigers play. Andrew, Les and Pam were featured in the first edition of the ‘Tiger Talk’ (2017) for their significant fund-raising efforts on behalf the club during 2016.

 

  • In 1995, there were five sets of brothers listed with the club: Brendan & Chris Trigg, Marty & Darrell Fowler, Noel & Trevor Ormesher, Jason & Glen Clarke and the Bateman brothers ( Jack & Gregg).

 

 

  • Players from the 1995 list: Noel Corley, Chris Ashton, Bryan Williams, Trevor Rendall, Craig Compton, the Trigg brothers, Damon Quigley, Marty Fowler, Steve Kerr, Andrew Rowler, Jason Clarke, the Ormesher brothers , John Walker (and others)  seldom miss being at Pier Street to watch a home game these days.  They have been trusty and keen supporters of the club through ‘thick and thin and, of course, they all look forward to and enjoy the Annual Past Players’ Reunion.

 

  • Although not a listed player in 1995, one personality who should neverbe forgotten, for her substantial contribution to the club is: Pam White. Pam was a club official for more than a decade; and she was awarded Life Membershipfor her administrative work (e.g. secretarial/typing, book-keeping skills, league liaison, minute taking etc. ) Few people were aware of the exceedingly long hours that Pam volunteered each week in managing the gamut of committee matters. Pam passed away suddenly in the summer of 1998and will always be remembered for her: (i) Attention to detail in her duties and (ii) Boundless generosity to DFC.

 

  • In 1995, the DFC Under: 18 team had twenty-five listed players including: Luke Gallimore, Jason McCartin, Dan Hyndman, Craig Bear, George Diakonidis, Sean Henderson, Matt Monk, James Kelly, Craig Baker, Stuart Ford, Darren Curry and Brian Bird; and a few boys on that list (e.g. Dan Nicolle, Casey Landrigan , Martin Hodgkins and Kevin Burns) graduated to play MPNFL Senior XVIII football in later years.

 

REFERENCE & RESEARCH INFORMATION:

  • Sources: MPNFL Record’ 1995- DFNC publications- personal history files.
  • Article reference: (Ref: 2017/4) .  
  • The next title in this series: Gary Evans ( Ref: 2017/5).
  • 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

    

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ERIC OAKES & NEW FACILITIES FOR DFC.
(Ref 2017/3)

All football clubs face the perpetual challenge of improving facilities for players and spectators. It is never simple or straightforward; and as far as country football clubs go in this regard, most club officials learn through experience, that ‘patience is an obligatory virtue.’

Throughout the long history of country (and suburban) football there has been a lack of support from the authorities (at all levels) and, consequently, improvements that may eventuate at football clubs have often been the result of:-

(i)    Hours of volunteer planning, coordination and labour.

(ii)  Intensive fundraising.

(iii)The generous support of the community and club’s sponsors.

Dromana FC is no exception; and since the formation of the club in 1896, virtually every major facility, at the oval, has been the result of the concerted and collective efforts of club members (e.g. changing rooms, social rooms, medical room, training lights, undercover seating, the electronic scoreboard etc.).

In the extract below, which was written more than twenty years ago, Dromana’s former President, Eric Oakes, described the protracted challenge that the club faced in building new changing rooms at the Pier Street Oval. This article is part of a lengthy essay that Eric wrote for club’s 1996 Centenary Book…

“ Dromana has not always had the facilities we now enjoy . Times have certainly changed. When I first came here our club room was an old tin shed and our canteen was an old timber shed attached to the Pier Street fence opposite the current scoreboard.

Sandwiches, scones and hot dogs were the order of the day. A few names I can recall from those canteen days were Dot Taylor, Addie Myers, Connie Cornish, Joyce Moorhead, Margaret Walker, Eileen Todd and my wife Alice.

It was these conditions that prompted me to write to a letter as Secretary of the Grounds Management Committee to all the local ratepayers seeking their support to update the facilities. This resulted in an appeal committee being formed under Jim Collins, President of the tennis club, and we raised $10,000 enabling the current dressing room pavilion to be erected and opened in 1970.” Source: DFC Centenary Handbook 1996 Page: 4

 

Further to that major achievement, Eric’s involvement in guiding the club in securing a social room was also testament to his vision and his unwavering determination to improve the amenities for the club.

In 1975, Eric organized an ambitious campaign to raise *$25,000 to go towards building a new social room ; and, with the combined backing of the DSA, the Dromana Lions Club and the benevolence and generosity of DFC Life Member Betty Plunkett, the target was finally reached. *Note: $25,000 in 1975 is equivalent to approx. $ 170,000 in 2017.

In June 1982, Eric’s ‘blueprint’ finally came to fruition; and the DFC honoured Eric with a Testimonial Dinner in appreciation of his dedicated and indefatigable efforts. A large number of players, officials, members and guests attended the special event; and it was described as one of the highlights of club during that decade.

During the proceedings that evening, the new building was ‘officially named’ ‘The Eric Oakes Social Room’ and the announcement was met with thunderous applause and acclamation.Eric was a most humble and selfless man; and he was stunned and genuinely moved by all that transpired in his honour that evening.

Eric first joined the committee of the DFC in 1959; and his long list of honors and duties while involved with the club included:-

  • 25 years as DFC President (1961-1985).
  • Life Member of MPNFL.
  • Vice-President of MPNFL.
  • VCFL Service Medallion.
  • League Delegate for 15 years.
  • DFC Timekeeper for 14 seasons.
  • Member of the 1996 Centenary Committee.

 

In 2000, Eric was awarded the Australia Medal in recognition for his service to Australian Rules football. Eric Oakes was a man ‘for all seasons’; and local residents were also aware of his deep commitment, not only to the club, but indeed to the township of Dromana. It is fair to say that Eric inspired others to take action by his example and leadership in so many community undertakings.

 

Sadly, Eric Oakes passed away on the 9th December 2002. Following his death, the DFC Board of Management dedicated the 2003 season to Eric’s contribution to club and MPNFL football. Consequently, the phrase ‘In Memory of Eric Oakes’ was often to be seen clearly and boldly printed on all publications and correspondence during that season.

In a tribute to Eric, Gary Ferguson, a Director of the Board of Management at that time, wrote…

“Eric was totally involved, not only in the Football Club but in many local organizations. With the many changes that have occurred in football over the years, not only on the fields, but also administration, the likes of Eric will certainly not be emulated.’

A BRIEF NOTE REGARDING THE   LATEST UPGRADE:

The current (April 2107) refurbishment of the club’s changing rooms is being funded via a grant under the Federal Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund (with additional support from the MPSC). The grant ( $150, 000) that the DFNC ( including the DJFC) received for the upgrade of  the existing facilities was made according to the guidelines of the program known as ‘Female Friendly Facilities’ which aims  to encourage greater participation of women in sport ( e.g. football and Netball).

 

NORM OSBORNE & BOB MOOREHEAD
(Ref 2017/2)

 

The following article was published in the Dromana ‘town notes’ which were a regular feature of the ‘Frankston Standard’ newspaper in earlier times. The brief article refers to two emerging youngsters in local football: Norm Osborne and Bob Moorehead from Dromana Football Club.

 

“Two lads playing first class football for Dromana are Norm Osborne, and Bob Moorehead. Norm Osborne, who is the son of George Osborne, a former secretary and player, was good at the game when attending Dromana State School and Frankston High School. He also played at. Bougainville with the Forces. Bob Moorehead is playing grandly on the centre wing. He is very speedy and plays the ball to advantage. Although the club has met with several defeats, players, officials and supporters are not the least down hearted. They expect the tide to turn in their favour soon.” Source : National Library of Australia: 75057818: ‘Frankston Standard’ May 30th 1945. Page: 6

 

 

 

As history shows, Norm and Bob enjoyed great careers in local football. Norm played 181 games with DFC and coached the senior XVIII in 1953 and 1956.

Bob played 251 senior games and was equal Best & Fairest (with Ken Brown) in 1954.

Norm and Bob were members of the 1950 premiership team; and were selected in two Teams of the Decade(s) (1946-55 and 1956-65). Further, Bob was selected as the second rover in the DFC Team of the Post War Era (1946-2015).

 

 

FOOTNOTES.

 

  • Further to the above, Bob and Norm were active figures in local football and the community of Dromana. Both became Life Members of the DFC and were keenly involved in supporting and building the club.
  • Bob Moorehead was club captain in 1958, vice-captain for three years and h played in the club’s Grand Final teams in 1946 and 1950.
  • Bob also served in several key areas of club administration in later years including one term (1961) as the club treasurer.
  • It may not be appreciated that Bob was an original member of the club’s ‘Team of Century’ sub- committee but sadly died, in September 2012, before the project was completed.
  • Bob was a dedicated member of the Dromana CFA. The obituary for Bob (Mornington Peninsula News- September 6th 2012) referred to him as a…
  •  

‘Life-long firey and soul of Dromana CFA…”

 

  •   6. Bob was also a fine tennis player for Dromana Tennis Club
  •  7. In 1948, Bob Moorehead and Norm Osborne were selected in the PFL   combined team.
  • The following season, Bob won selection in the Inter-league team for the clash against Gippsland (June 1949) . He was selected on the half forward flank that day. The other flanker, for the PFL in that game, was a brilliant teenager named Leigh Gloury from Frankston FC. Leigh later played twelve games with Melbourne in 1953-54.
  • A photograph of ‘young’ Norm Osborne can be seen in the 1931 Premiership team. On that historic day in the club’s history, Norm was the team mascot. His Father (George), a stalwart and long serving official of the club, can also be seen in the photograph.
  • George Osborne’s story with Dromana Football club is one of selfless sacrifice and commitment to local sport, young footballers and the town that he loved.
  • Norm usually played as a key defender; and reports indicate that he was an indomitable and fearless footballer. Like Bob Moorehead, Norm was also a member of the CFA; and served the football club in various duties when he finally hung up his boots.
  • Over the years, Norm Osborne often penned letters to the club. In 2011, Norm wrote a letter to Vicki Holt, the Editor of ‘Tiger Talk’ newsletter, complimenting her on the standard of the publication; and how much he enjoyed reading the latest news from DFC. At the time of writing to Vicki , Norm was living in Queensland
  • Norman James Osborne died in March 2014. Following his death, two moving tributes from his family and the Williamson family were published in metropolitan newspapers. The DFC obituary, regarding Norm, as carried in the ‘Herald Sun’ on 22/3/2014,  read as follows …

OSBORNE. Norman. The Board, Players and Members of the Dromana Football and Netball Club mourn the passing of Norm, ex player, coach, committeeman and Life Member. Sincere condolences to the family.”

 

  • Ken Brown (mentioned above) coached Dromana in 1954; and led the club into the Grand Final that season against Rye. On that day, defeated Dromana; and at the end of that season, Ken stepped down and Bill Morrison was appointed coach. Ken Brown was selected on the half forward flank in the DFC’s Team of the Decade (1946-55).

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  IN 1905
(Ref 2017/1)

This following article tells of the Annual General Meeting of the DFNC in 1905. It is interesting to read because the club was very well organized and had a sizeable number of enthusiastic office-bearers. Dr Somers and the Richmond FC were listed as a club patrons; and Ern Rudduck, who later played 14 games with Collingwood in 1907 , was named as the club captain that season. The Griffith family was most involved in club life in that era of the local football.

The Hon. Henry Bourne Higgins KC; MHR was the parliamentary member for the Federal electorate of North Melbourne and he became a authoritative figure in Australian politics and law. He rose to become, among other things, a  Justice of the High Court of Australia. 

 

MORNINGTON STANDARD’

APRIL 15TH 1905 PAGE: 5

Dromana Football Club, at a meeting of the Dromana football club, held on Tuesday night, the following office-bearers were elected:-

  • Patrons-Messrs:  J. Sheehan, R. G. Edwards; H. B. Higgins. M.H.R., L. Murphy, J. Mackenzie, J. Williams, Dr Somers and Richmond Football Club;
  • President-Mr A.V. Shaw; Vice-president-Mr J. C. Griffith jun.;
  • Captain -Mr E. Rudduck;
  • Vice-captain-Mr A. Griffith;
  • Committee -Messrs J. Boag, A. Griffith, W. G. Gibson, and secretary, treasurer, and president.

Correspondence was read in connection with the Sheehan trophy. The following clubs have stated their willingness to compete:-Mornington, Hastings, Sorrento, and Dromana. Word was received from Flinders, stating, that they were unable to get a club together, but no reply was received from Somerville, Moorooduc, or Frankston. The secretary was instructed to write, notifying the abovementioned clubs that a meeting of delegates would be held at Dromana on Tuesday evening, the 18th inst; at 8 o'clock, to discuss matters. Each club is to appoint two delegates, and Messrs E. Rudduck and J. C. Griffith, jun., were elected to represent Dromana .

  • Source:  National Library of Australia Article No: 65839243

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