Maccas Milestone 250th
12 April 14
Alex MacKenzie - 250th Game
Alex "Macca" MacKenzie plays his 250th game for the club on Round 2 - April 12th @ Gordon Barnard. Alex joined the Wellers in 1999 with the U19 premiership side. He started playing Seniors in 2000 and was part of the 2001 Reserves premiership side. He was made a life member in 2009 after playing 200 games. He has been Captain of the Ressies in (2002, 2007-2009) and runner up in the B&F in 2010. He is a stalwart of the club, and it would be great to see a crowd there to support him. >
Player Sponsorship & Subs
01 April 14
Every player needs to be paid up. This can be via paying your subs yourself, or finding a player sponsor to cover your subs and promote their business to the club community.
It costs the club around $1100 per player to run the club. We ask that you find $400 of that, and the committee will raise the rest via social functions, sponsorship and other fundraising activities.
Your subs/sponsorship cover a range of things. It costs $30k just to belong to the VAFA. We spend $25k a year on trainers that look after you. We spend $6k just on tape. Another $3k on footballs for training. All this stuff costs money, and we need all players to do their bit.
Deadline is Round 4 for everyone. Seniors are expected to be paid up in full by Round 1.
Forms are available here:
Start looking for a sponsor now!
April Update - Round 1 this week!
01 April 14
Our first game is this weekend when the Wellers take on Monash away, and the Unders take on Therry Penola with an early start of 9:20am in Oak Park. Spectators most welcome to come along. You could do all three!
U19 9:20am - John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve, Francis St, Oak Park
Ressies 11:40am - Frearson Oval - Monash University, Wellington Street, Clayton
Jumper presentation on Thursday night from 8pm @ GBO. All welcome!
Football Operations Manager Appointed
It is with great pleasure the committee announce the appointment of Paul Gregor to the position of Football Operations Manager. Paul has over 22 years of football experience in coaching and committee roles, and brings a wealth of experience along with him in both Amateur and other local footy clubs. Please make him feel welcome when you see him.
Full newsletter available here
Practise Matches - 29th March
29 March 14
The final round of practise matches are on this Saturday 29th March at Gordon Barnard Reserve, Balwyn. Game times are below. Arrive an hour before your team starts.
We are playing all games on the top oval.
If you require Shorts and Socks, you can buy them from Steve Derry at 11am in the pavilion. Shorts are $30 each and socks are $10 a pair. Bring cash as EFTPOS machine is broken.
If you didn't train last night or your name didn't appear on a team for Saturday and you want to play, please contact Robbo - 0478 800 820 (this is my new number)
Note - if you just turn up tomorrow expecting a game without notifying Stuart or myself, you may be disappointed - we now have to run 34 players through the reserves 28 for seniors and there are a dozen players unavailable.
The club decided to withdraw the THIRDS two weeks ago due to lack of numbers and save ourselves the headache of chasing numbers every week - so a lack of commitment and communication may result in many players missing out on a match for round 1 - those who have trained will get priority. Competition for spots is now on.
I'm sure you understand and appreciate the position we now find ourselves in. We will mangage best we can tomorrow but there are no guarantees for anyone - that they will get a full game especially in the reserves. 1 or 2 quarters may be the best we can offer
RELENTLESS UNITED DISCIPLINED - Over to you
Wellsmen Golf Day - 31st March
28 March 14
The Wellsmen annual Golf Day is coming up and we encourage any keen golfers out there to get involved. The Wellsmen are the major sponsor of the club, and events like these allow them to continue to support the Wellers.
Please be advised of updated times for the structure of the day as follows:
12.00pm Registration and lunch
1.00pm Shot gun tee off
We have 10 groups and sponsors committed for the day so far. Thanks to those that have pledged your support!! There are a number that have indicated they would like to play but yet to commit so for those of you interested please let me know ASAP so we can sort the field. We would ideally love to have another 5 groups involved. All proceeds for the day assist us with continuing our major sponsorship of OCGFC so your involvement is greatly appreciated.
Please contact Peter Lenton 0409 899 309 or Alex Dance 0413 632 781 to get involved. It is a great day out!
U19 Coach Appointed
20 March 14
In a short space of time we went from having no candidates to two very worthy applicants. It was a tough decision, and the committee are very happy to announce the new coach for the U19's this year - Michael Ericson.
has played for the club a while back in the Unders when Anson Brownless
was coaching. Since then Michael has coached U19s at Old Carey, been involved with Greythorn
junior football club, and is currently involved extensively with the Northern Knights elite juniors. Michael brings with him a passion for coaching and development of junior footballers.
Congratulations to Michael and please make him feel welcome. His details are below. If you are interested in playing Unders, as we could do with a couple more email@example.com
0432 763 656
Practise Matches - 15th March
15 March 14
Saturday 15th March vs Old Ivanhoe @ Seddon Reserve, Oriel Rd, West Ivanhoe
Unders/Ressies arrive 11:30am
Seniors arrive 12:30pm
Arrive with plenty of time to get strapped if required.
Any queries, please contact Coach Ben Robertson on:
0478 800 820
U19 Coach Needed
12 March 14
U19 Coaching Ad >
Unfortunately, our U19 Coach Andrew Tsindos
has had to unexpectedly relocate to Newcastle due to work a commitments. Whilst Andrew still wants to stay involved on weekends, we need a full time coach to lead what is a very talented group of young players. We have advertised in various locations and hope to fill the position asap. In the meantime Anson Brownless
will fill in to assist with training and upcoming practise matches.
If you know of anyone interested, please get them to contact Steve Derry
on 0422 573 400
16 February 14
Practise Matches - Lock these dates in the diary now:
Saturday 29th March vs Mazenod @ GBO Balwyn
More information will be posted closer to the dates regarding times etc. There will be U19, Thirds/Ressies, and Senior matches so everyone gets a run.
Any queries, please contact Coach Ben Robertson on his NEW contact details:
0478 800 820 >
February Schedule - Preseason
10 February 14
Attached is the pre-season schedule for February. Most session to be held at GBO but we have a few changes in there to mix it up.
21 January 14
OLD CAMBERWELL invites expressions of interest from SPORTS TRAINERS to be part of our medical team for season 2014. We are also looking for an experienced HEAD TRAINER to lead and develop our dedicated team of trainers.
Trainer duties involve injury management, taping and sports massage. We have flexibility with training sessions, however all staff are required to work match days. Applicants will need to have a minimum of Level 1 Sports Trainer accreditation.
Attractive remuneration is available and is to be negotiated with the successful applicants. Our club has excellent facilities in Balwyn and a great club culture.
All enquiries will be kept strictly confidential.
Applications via firstname.lastname@example.org or for further information contact Fitness Director Rosie Butler on 0400 625 456.
Pre-season Recommences 29th January
17 January 14
Welcome back for season 2014
Hopefully you've been able to maintain some level of fitness over the break in preparation for a big pre season
As some of you may be aware the gym has be refitted with equipment and is open for business - thanks TC for organising.
The club has also purchased several heart rate monitors to gauge workloads and intensity during pre season and with new footballs on the way the resources are in place.
All we need now is committed players. Committed to improving in all areas with a special emphasis on building a strong fitness base.
With new additions to the coaching staff - (Robbie Campbell, Anson Brownless and Stewie Hillier) eager to share their knowledge and passion we are ready to roll starting Wednesday 29th January
There have been several new faces to the club with more on the way, therefore we hope to see as many players attend as many sessions as possible and start to build a culture of success.
Pre seasons have and always will be physically demanding, they are designed to sift out those committed, compared to those who are merely involved.
With such a disappointing 2013 behind us it will be interesting to see who answers the call to stand up and be counted.
Rain, hail or shine we hope to see as many of you at the first session
Wednesday 29th January
GBO 6:15pm start
The wheel can turn pretty quickly, but only if you're prepared to do the hard work and push it.
Coach Robbo >
OCGFC Xmas Breakup - Barefoot Bowls
11 December 13
A chance to wind down before xmas and enjoy some social barefoot bowls...
WHEN: Wednesday 11th December - 6:30pm
WHERE: Camberwell bowls club (just behind Camberwell Sports ground) 1 Bowen St, Camberwell
COST: Free! Club funded - includes bowls, BBQ and a drink on arrival
WHO: Everyone is invited! Especially parents of new and existing players.
Competitions and raffles will be held.
RSVP to Ben Hart, Blake Hillier or Coach Robbo by Sunday 8th December as we need to book in numbers
Get down and enjoy the festivities.
Changes to Pre-season sessions
02 December 13
** Apologies for the late notice **
Pre-season has kicked off with a great turnout last Wednesday on a warm day.
This phase is more about getting the group together and if the rumours are right, an opportunity for some to show off their new lean physiques.
The dates for pre-Christmas have changed
The official sessions are now:
· Wednesday 27th November 6:15 @ GBO
· Wednesday 4th December 6:15 @ GBO
· Wednesday 11th December – Barefoot Bowls (see website for details)
As you can see we’ve deleted the two Monday sessions (December 2nd and 9th) and the last session on the 18th December
In place of these sessions we will be providing a fitness program for you to complete individually or as a small group (using your own initiative)
It would be great to have as many as possible attend the dates above and then organise yourselves into groups to start and build your fitness base.
FYI – at this stage pre-season is scheduled to begin on Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Further information regarding training dates, camps, practice matches and social activities throughout the pre-season, will be distributed during the pre-Christmas period.
I look forward to seeing you all next week and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
0458 338 636
2013 OCGFC Xmas Running Program.pdf
Wellsmen Xmas Luncheon
29 November 13
Our platinum sponsor, the Wellsmen, are holding their annual xmas luncheon on Friday 29th November
We encourage as many supporters as possible to spread the word and bring along their friends. It is a great opportunity to take a break from work amidst the rush before the holiday season
Date: Friday 29 November 2013
Venue: The Boulevard, 121 Studley Park Rd, Kew
Time: 12 noon for a 12.30pm start
Cost: $60 cash or credit payable on the day