Season Update - 14th September

Monday 14 September 2020

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Old Camberwell Season Update - 14th September 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter and the final wrap up for the Future Footy Festival. It really is hard to believe we launched the Festival almost three months ago and a little sad to bring it to a close. The sense of community it has given me during these isolated times has helped me remember we are part of something bloody special that gives a lot of people a lot of joy.

Before I given the final numbers, I wanted to acknowledge our most recent new members. As with every week, there were again several anonymous joiners and we thank them for their support.

  • Graeme Ewart ‘Come on the Wells’
  • Matthew Todd ‘Cheers Cheers’
  • Ian Mason ‘Come on the Wells’
It is somewhat fitting that Ian Mason should be our final donor member in 2020. Ian was one of several who helped found the club in 1960 and recounted a story this week about the early games. We were struggling with numbers and only had 14 just before the bounce of an early season clash. Two spectators were quickly co-opted to make up the minimum 16 players. Straight after the game started, they promptly left the ground for not wearing the proper uniform. We played with 14. Not surprisingly we lost and to rub it in, were duly fined for not having the requisite numbers! Humble beginnings but beginnings they were which have remarkably built a club that could well field six teams next year. Cheers Cheers to our founders.

It is with enormous gratitude that I can report the Future Footy Festival for OCGAFC has raised $28,750. This would be a wonderful result for our football club at any time but given where we and Victoria find ourselves, it is a special achievement and testament to our legendary community. On behalf of the committee, coaches, staff, players and myself, I would like to thank everyone who has come on board. You have helped secure the club’s immediate future as we face uncertain times. We will be forever grateful.

Below is a list of all those who have joined. As I have said from the start, every donation mattered to us. While some have made extraordinarily generous contributions, every member donor has humbled us with their action and we thank and acknowledge everyone.

In summary:
  • We raised $28,750 against our goal of $30,000 which is a mighty effort. These funds have helped cover the costs of the VAFA affiliation fees, insurances, training resources including trainers and physios, coaches fees and our new website.
  • Funds remaining will form the basis of our 2021 Better Than Ever Plan which includes updating facilities for our social facilities, implementing a permanent wellbeing program for our players, coaches, staff and volunteers and ensuring we have sufficient reserves available given the uncertainty we face.
  • We wanted to engage with past/present supporters and players who want to be part of the future of our great club and community. Our goal was to have 100 members join the Festival and we had 148. This is perhaps the best thing to come from the Festival and we will be following up with everyone in different ways over the coming months.
  • We aim to run the Future Footy Festival annually as this will transform Old Camberwell’s financial sustainability and move us away from year by year financial management.


Onwards to Victory The Thunder Come on the Wells’ Cheers Cheers
John Steven Phil Hart Steve Derry Bruce MacIntosh
Andrew Lane Boyd Elliot Niamh Barker Nat Edwards
John & Audrey Steven Phil Cramer Josh Holding Catherine Parker
Stephanie Vanin Daniel Hanson Richard Clarke Will Kanz
Irving Lenton Brad Leitch Neal & Megan Dalrymple Mary Huntsman-Allport
Peter Lenton David Provan Sam Bangs Annabelle Parker
Bruce Wilson Andrew Gibbs Tim Wilson Paige Adgemis
Angus Dunn Matt Cottrell Emily Holding Penne Ebbbage
  Graeme Ballard Cameron Wilson Libby Parker
  Chris Bester Ron Vienet Sam Guss
    David Crothers Graham Taylor
    Maggie MacKenzie Adrian & Mandy Campbell
    David Frearson Sam Boyce
    Glen Oliver Ross Boyce
    Gavin Powell Anthony & Luisa Allen
    Harry Crothers Travis Hardman
    Matt Hanson Tom Oliver
    John Lagzdins Richard Spurritt
    Andrew Romanin Alex Taverner
    Clint Jellis Sam Powell
    Graeme Ewart Anna Sallows
    Ian Mason Damian McGuigan
    Anthony & Luisa Allen Peter Robinson
    Michael Armstrong David Richmond
    Mark Deev Nornie Vickery
    Peter & Karen Taverner Oli Schieber
    Olive Burnside Mitchell Anjou
    Tom & Mat Vogel Kathy Vogel
      Scott Kertes
      Nerida Cleland
      Ana Smith
      Nikki Goodrick
      Marlene Bernau
      Sarah Goldblatt
      Alex Osborne
      Kirsty Phelps
      Kate Vickery
      Rachael Kertes
      Louise Anserson
      Jill Anjou
      Rebecca Kertes
      Annie Shaw
      Jemma Pentalow
      Hamish Shearer
      Julie Vickery
      Di Vickery
      Nicola Williams
      Ella Taverner
      Arj Chandra
      James McNicol
      Georgia Ellis
      Jackson Whittaker
      Paul Kerte
      Dave Smith
      Simon Kawanishi
      Megan Buckle
      Mike Kertes
      Val Bourke
      Claire Elovaris
      Lexi Kowal
      Mandi Bramwell
      Tyler Phelps
      Katrina Young
      Max Bramwell
      Shaz & Grant Bramwell
      Jake Marnie
      Leigh Hodgson
      Matt Williams
      Andy Bentley
      Sam Bramwell
      Helene Froisland
      Jacquie Kertes
      James Allen
      Chris Town
      Alex Beveridge
      Sean Crundell
      Alisia Romanin
      Greg Tolson
      Matthew Powell
      Peter Woodbridge
      Garth Rowe
      Peter Lausch
      Bill Jenkins
      Matthew Todd

I look forward to speaking with many of you this week as I continue to work through all our donors. If you think I might not have your contact details PLEASE send them to or 0499 333 571.
Thank you again to everyone. We are now in a solid position for 2021 and I look forward to providing further updates soon on the club and our community.

Onwards to Victory!





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Season Update - 14th September