• By Mal Peter
  • 08 Aug, 2017

India Tait has been named as one of five finalists in the Anytime Fitness Rising Star awards. After a thorough deliberation process, the five nominees shortlisted to win the 2017 Anytime Fitness Rising Star Award are in.

Those shortlisted and in the running to take out the coveted award at next Monday’s Women’s Presentation Night are Charlotte Pooley (Collegians), India Tait (Old Brighton), Meg Hermann (Old Carey), Natalie MacDonald (Marcellin) and Sarah Cameron (SKOB Saints).

Although in its first year for the women, the Rising Star Award has long been an accurate prelude of future football success, with previous men’s winners including two-time Woodrow Medallist Brendan Iezzi (2007), VFL listed players James Fletcher (2015), Anthony Scott (2014), Lachie Ferguson (2012) and Nick Wynne (2009) and AFL player Dan Nicholson (2010).

India Tait played just seven games for the Tonners this season, but was named in the best on six occasions. She was named the Anytime Fitness Rising Star nominee for Round 7 after leading the way with two goals in her side’s Development Division 1 victory over Ormond.

What the club said: “India is a very courageous midfielder who always puts the team first. She is a multi-talented sportswoman who also is an excellent soccer player for Bayside United. Her all ’round ball skills make her a formidable opponent.”

You can tell us who you think will win the 2017 Anytime Fitness Rising Star Award by voting on the poll on the VAFA home page.

By Mal Peter 12 Jan, 2018
The 2018 PREMIER A fixtures for the Seniors and Reserves is now out and you can check it out of the FIXTURES page on the OBGFC website ( Click here)  or view it above.

By Mal Peter 29 Nov, 2017

2017 saw OBGFC celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Club in spectacular style.

 In a highly successful year for all playing groups, we won Grand Finals in the Firsts and   Reserves, propelling the Club into A Grade. The U/19s and Women’s team (in its debut year) only just missed out on playing in the finals, demonstrating the solid talent that we have coming through.

Overall, an exciting and dedicated player group demonstrated that Old Brighton is a force to be reckoned with.

All players, coaches and everyone who contributed to a great year for the Club.

This year’s Robinson Trophy for Best and Fairest went to Harry Hill in the Seniors. Harry had a magnificent season, also winning the GT Moore Best and Fairest in the VAFA B Grade competition with 25 votes and 7 Best on Ground performances. Congratulations to Harry.

Reserves Best and Fairest was Marty Ho and in the Under 19s Tom Wallace took out the honours.

India Tate was named as a VAFA Rising Star finalist and the inaugural OBGFC Best and Fairest for the Women’s team.

The John Priestley Trophy for leading goal kicker was a draw, between Michael Karayannis and Alex Mastromanno.

Congratulations to all our Award Winners on their outstanding performances in the 2017 year.

Coaches led by Greg Hutchison

Greg Hutchison has done a fantastic job coaching and mentoring our young men and leading the coaching staff to achieve great success for the Club, personally coaching the Seniors to a premiership. Congratulations and thanks to Hutchy on a superb year.

Our Reserves also bagged the Premiership, demonstrating the depth of our playing talent and our Coaching talent. Thanks, and congratulations must also go to Ross Stewart for guiding the Reserves through to their outstanding win.

Congratulations to Peter Grant and Andrew Grant, who brought together a group who had  not all played together before to form a completely new Women’s team. A challenge that was well met, with the team having great success, only just missing out on a berth in the Finals.

And to Ryan Joseph another outstanding season coaching the Under 19’s.

The leadership, player development and guidance provided by all our coaches is fundamental to the success of the Club. Their role in leading the strong culture of our playing group plays a big part in that success. In addition to the Coaches, all those who support the players and the game day football operations deserve our congratulations and sincere thanks.

In other news, we are excited to have gained the services of ex Reserves coach Joe Coy to be football operations manager effective immediately.

 Life Members

We are proud to recognise the outstanding contributions of Jack Geddes and Tup Mullet, by awarding them the status of Life Members of OBGFC. Both have brought so much to the life of the Club over many years, and we are pleased to honour them in this way.

Our No.1 Ticketholders

I would like to acknowledge the support of our joint No.1 Ticketholders, Felicity Frederico and Tim Wilson MP. We appreciate the time and interest that you dedicate to OBGFC.

The member for Goldstein’s resounding congratulations to Old Brighton in our national Parliament, was certainly a high point in the life of the Club, and it is all recorded in Hansard for posterity.

Thank you to Felicity and Tim.

OBGFC Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

Late November will see us start the process of reviewing the Club’s performance against our Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020. The 8 key areas of focus in the Strategy, first developed in 2016 are:

1 .   Governance and Organisational Structure

2 .   Facilities: Development of the Ground and Buildings

3.  Financials

4.  Player retention and recruitment

5.   Recruitment from BGS - BBFC

6.   Strong Presence in the local and wider community

7.  Form OBGFC Women’s Team

8.  Promotion to A Grade


1 .   Governance and Organisational Structure

As reported last year, in 2016 we surveyed around 60 players and the general feedback was that things feel like they are running well; things feel organised and players feel supported behind the scenes. I have no doubt that these feelings of being supported and things being well run, contributes to the players wellbeing and their ability to perform well on the field.

As we step up to A Grade, the level of competition will be tougher and our internal organisation will need to step up a level as well. A positive, unified and supportive culture on field and behind the scenes will be critically important to the Club’s success in A Grade.

At Old Brighton, we are very fortunate because the foundations of our Club - the hard work of past and present Committees; players; coaches, volunteers and supporters over time – all of this has given us a solid platform to continually build toward the future.

Starting in late November, the Committee will be working with a range of people including past and present players and past Committee members; coaches; supporters and friends of the Club to update our 5-year Strategy for Season 2018. This update is especially necessary this year because as a Club we have already achieved 2 of our 8 key goals. We have formed a highly competitive Women’s team, making OBGFC a foundation member of the VWAFA. We have also achieved our goal of promotion to A Grade.

Recognition and thanks must go to all Committee Members for their selfless efforts in ensuring that we remain relevant and progressive, continually seeking to improve all aspects of the Club in the community and in the top VAFA competition.

A special mention to outgoing committee member Louise Graham who has been a galvanizing strength in the forming of our Women’s Team in a whole new competition, developing our Club communications, organising the great success that was this year’s 60th Anniversary Ball and with her dedication to game day duties, including ensuring the successful operation of the canteen with Pauline Anthony. Louise’s contribution and service to the Club has been enormous and we are grateful to have had her as part of our hard- working Committee.

Another special mention and thanks to Rosie Jakobi for her continuous work, commitment and contribution to the Club, over many years.

The committee welcomed new member Richie Gee this year and Richie has done a fantastic job in increasing sponsorship and product in kind for raffles and auctions as well as rewards for the player group. Another great asset to the Committee.

2.   Facilities: Development of the Ground and Buildings

Negotiations with the Council continue, with ups and downs along the way. Most recently we went back to Council with a proposal for space that we believe is prudent for our operations, and is essentially similar to the space that we have now.  We now await confirmation from the Council in order to proceed with the architects on the actual layout. Special thanks to Frank Cavallaro who is leading negotiations on our part with support from Phil Anthony and myself.

It is evident at this stage that we may be required to establish a Building Fund.

3.  Financials

Details of our financial position are contained in the Treasurer’s Report but in summary we have continued to manage our position well. The Club will make a profit this year, although a small one because there were some significant costs incurred in re-merchandising across the whole Club. This expenditure was necessary because of a number of Sponsor logos on existing items were outdated and we also needed new uniforms to kit out the Women’s team.

4.  Player retention and recruitment

We are currently in the process of interviewing all players to determine their commitment to next season and we are confident that we will once again have a full list to put us in line of sight of finals in A Grade. Being an A Grade Club adds to the attraction of potential players coming to Old Brighton.

5.  Recruitment from BGS – BBFC

Things are looking positive with the likelihood of another influx of talented players from the school. Again, being an A Grade Club is attractive to potential recruits.

6.  Strong Presence in the local and wider community

We have continued and increased our engagement with the local community this year with involvement in Reboot and Orange Socks. The Club once again joined in the inspiring Connor’s Run and continued our support for local lad Will Murray. These last two causes concern young men from our local community who are known to many of our players, making our involvement truly meaningful for the Club.

Our women’s team also opens a whole other avenue for engagement with the local community.

Going forward, we will increase our efforts in ensuring the participation of more past and present players in these kinds of events.

7.  Form OBGFC Women’s Team

In 2017 OBGFC achieved one of its key strategic goals with the Women’s Team hitting the field in the Red and the Blue. A talented and highly motivated group, the Women’s team was coached to a highly successful season performance by past President and former Captain Peter Grant, together with his brother Andrew Grant. The players and coaches were supported by a Committee comprised of Louise Graham, Leanne Sargent, and Ben Verney. In this first year of the VWAFA, the team just missed out on the finals but displayed all the elements to get them to finals footy in the very near future.

8.  Promotion to A Grade

In my President’s Report last year, I wrote:

… if we continue to work on achieving our strategic aims and the things that all go to making a footy club great, then promotion to A grade will follow.

In 2017, in line with our Strategy, we have focused on the players, on recruitment and support, their welfare and wellbeing, we strived to make the Club inclusive for players’ families and other supporters. We have supported our coaches. We have built a Women’s team in a new competition. We continue to manage to ensure a healthy financial outlook and work towards building the facilities we need for the future. As a Club we sincerely engage with the Community.

A great footy club is only as good as it’s people, and we have some fantastic people at Old Brighton - that includes the players, coaches, the families and friends, the Committee, our fantastic volunteers, our generous sponsors and supporters. It is the positive, unified and focused energy and the culture of positive support that makes a Club strong. Season 2017 has been testament to all of that, and the result has been two Premierships, strong performances by our other 2 teams and promotion to A Grade. And we’ve had a lot of fun along the way. 

Go Tonners, and bring on 2018 .

By Mal Peter 22 Nov, 2017
The President & Committee invite supporters to participate in the 2018 OBGFC End of Season "Tiwi Island Fishing Adventure". This fully guided fishing adventure for Big Barra and 30 other river and coastal species is based on remote tropical Melville Island at possibly the best fishing lodge in the Northern Territory

This is the Club's 4th Biennial trip with ALL that have participated previously attesting to the value and the great time had by all. This fishing tour operator is fully accredited by the Northern Territory Government and has been operating since 1998.

The trip is for 5 NIGHTS with 4 DAYS ON THE WATER and is only $5,495 per person.

   - Return airfares from Darwin to Melville island - A scenic 30 minute flight
   - Melville Island Entry Permits
   - Professionally guided fishing in custom built 6.6 metre boats
   - Use of quality fishing tackle
   - All Meals and non - alcoholic refreshments 
   - Comfortable air-conditioned accommodation

(Note: Flights to Darwin return and alcohol are extra)

   - Numbers to be confirmed by December 31st 2017 - ONLY 15 IN TOTAL
   - 20% deposit required (non refundable) and invoices will be mailed to secure the booking
   - The 80% balance will be due no later than 30 days prior to the commencement of the trip
   - RSVP: Michael Wood 0418 592 790
By Mal Peter 10 Oct, 2017

The President and committee invites the Old Brighton community to attend its traditional Sport & Comedy fund raising event hosted by our great sponsors at Riva and featuring the ‘long late-lunch’ format with a focus on Sport & Comedy. Don’t miss AFL and media personalities that always attend as guests of Drewe Bellmaine. COST $120 per head of $1000 for a Table of 10.

Special Guests include, Sam Newman, Max Gawn and Shane Crawford




The Club encourages “The Faithful” devotees to assist in the putting together a table of ten, however, individual bookings or reservations for any number are welcome.

For bookings and enquiries please contact one of the following:

MICHAEL WOOD   0418 592 790

RICHIE GEE   0499 992 872

JOHN RAWLINSON   0404 885 661

DAVID PATERSON   0412 444 325

By Mal Peter 25 Sep, 2017
Old Brighton Grammarians confirmed its status as the top Premier B team this season by defeating Old Scotch in the Grand Final on Saturday by 36 points. It was the fourth time the two clubs have clashed this year and this was the best of them. Played in fine conditions at the Trevor Barker Oval, Old Brighton won a tough, desperately fought encounter before an enthusiastic crowd who was unsure of the result until well into the final term. Although leading all day and looking the winners, the Tonners needed a spectacular Pat Liston goal to answer the Cardinals’ late thrust, and an astonishing effort from Moore Medallist, Harry Hill, to seal the match with a few minutes to go. When Harry jumped on a superb piece of ruckwork by Tom King and charged out of the centre, he set sail for the distant goalmouth and launched the ball which was picked up by the breeze, and lifted through for the Tonners’ ninth goal. Minutes later, the dynamic Tonners’ skipper burst from a pack and dashed in to seal the Tonners’ fifth Senior premiership and the first since 2013.

For the full match report go to the "Match Reports" section of the OBGFC website.
By Mal Peter 17 Sep, 2017

Reserves through to the Grand Final after comprehensive win over Old Carey in Saturdays preliminary final!!

'Roscoes Ressies' will join the Seniors on Grand Final Day next Saturday after keeping Old Carey goalless in the first half and continuing the demolition in the 2nd half, winning by 51 points..

Both teams will play Old Scotch in a replay of the first week of finals in what shapes up as a huge day for the OBGFC.

By Mal Peter 13 Sep, 2017

Our champion co-skipper, Harry Hill, has blitzed the field in the Premier B, G.T. Moore Medal count, winning with 25 votes . Harry won by nine votes from Old Scotch skipper, Jack Bull. Our boys polled 90 of the 108 votes allocated to our matches. Harry produced a withering burst of form in the second half of the season, polling seven Best on Grounds in the last eight matches. One can only wonder what his tally would have been if he had not missed five games with a broken thumb! The radio commentators who spoke to Harry on air after the count, were gobsmacked when Harry clarified that “missing a couple”, actually meant five games!

Picking up a few in the first couple of matches, Harry wasn’t in the betting at the half-way mark, with team-mates Ben Jarick (11), Michael Karayannis (10), Andy Dewar (9) and Alex Mastromanno (9), all ahead of him. But those who had seen the Tonners’ matches were just waiting and rubbing our hands together in anticipation. Then came the rush! “Old Brighton … 3 votes … H. Hill”. It was like listening to a stuck record! Well done Harry. After claiming second place last year, you deserve this honour and we salute you. Harry might have stiffer opposition in our own vote count, but before then, there’s one more thing that needs to be done!

G.T.Moore Votes

Old Brighton Grammarians polled 90 of a possible 108 votes in the Premier B vote count for 2017.

Harry Hill                           25

Ben Jarick                         13

Michael Karayannis       10

Andrew Dewar                 9

Alex Mastromanno         9

Ben Jakobi                         4

Ollie Cavallaro                 4

Anthony Zimmerman     3

Nick Coroneos                 3

Dylan Verney                   2

Pat Liston                           2

Jimmy Davis                     2

Tom Fisher                         1

Tom King                           1

Matt Gadsden                 1

Brock Rawlinson             1


The Count provided the following fantastic result.

R1 v Peninsula:                 3- N.Coroneos                 2- H. Hill,             1 – M. Gadsden

R2 v Mazenod:                   3- A. Dewar                       2- B. Jarick         1 – H. Hill

R3 v Fitzroy:                       3 – A. Mastromano         2 – O. Cavallaro               1 – R. Angiolella (Fitzroy)

R4 v Monash Blues:         3- M. Karayannis             2- B. Jarick         1. D. Verney

R5 v Parkdale:                   3- B. Jarick                         2. A. Mastromanno         1. M. Karayannis

R6 v St. Bernards:             3. A. Dewar                       2. P. Liston         1. T. King

R7 v Old Carey:                 3. B. Jakobi                       2. M. Karayannis               1. L. Crozier (Old Carey)

R8 v Old Scotch:               3. A. Mastromanno         2. J.Bull (Old Scotch)       1. D. Verney

R9 v AJAX:                         3. N. Lewis (AJAX)             2. A. Dewar         1. M. Karayannis

R10 v Monash Blues:       3. K. Mason (Monash)     2. E.East (Monash)           1. T. Fisher

R11 v Fitzroy:                      3. H. Hill                             2. O. Cavallaro                 1. R. Angiolella (Fitzroy)

R12 v Parkdale:                 3. H. Hill                             2. M. Karayannis               1. A. Mastromanno

R13 v Peninsula:               3. H. Hill                             2. J. Davis                           1. M. Karayannis

R14 v Old Scotch:             3. H. Hill                             2. B. Jarick                         1. A. Dewar

R15 v St. Bernards:         3. C. Hughes (St.B)           2. T. Caven (St. B)             1. H. Hill

R16 v AJAX:                       3. H. Hill                             2. B. Jarick                         1. B. Rawlinson

R17 v Old Carey:               3. H. Hill                             2. B. Jarick                         1. A. Zimmerman

R18 v Mazenod:               3. H. Hill                             2. A. Zimmerman             1. B. Jakobi

By Mal Peter 10 Sep, 2017

OBGFC will return to the Premier Division for the first time since 2014 following their 23-point win over Old Scotch at Box Hill City Oval. The Tonners were in control from the outset as they kicked four unanswered goals in the first term, before keeping the Cardinals to just two despite having the bulk of the play in the second. Leading by 17 points after a heated first half, the minor premiers sent home another six goals to five in the second half to run out the game comfortable victors. Daniel Anthony and Anthony Zimmerman kicked two goals each and were named best for the Tonners

By Mal Peter 05 Sep, 2017

Thanks to all who attended and donated to the 6oth anniversary event. We raised more than $40,000 for the club via Auctions and Silent Auctions.

 A big thanks to The Factory Showroom, APN Outdoor Media, QMS Outdoor Media, Michaels of Brighton, Travel Leaders, Lovina Bali resort, Fox Footy, Sugar Baby, Pure Products, Lizie Clifton,Bond Night Club,RIVA, Yarramanua, Drummonds Golf, Camden Signage, Aptos Seafoods, Emerald Hotel, Steakout Meatworks Brighton.

 Also to the subcommittee-Pauline Anthony, Ted Jarick, Frank Cavallero,Rosie Jakobi, Jack Geddes and Marshall Hill - What a team!!!!!

By Mal Peter 03 Sep, 2017

We are excited to announce that Indi Tait and Morgan Mc Gregor have been selected to play in a "Young Guns" team which is a showcase game being conducted by AFL Victoria for up and coming talent in Women's football.

AFL Victoria surveyed AFLW clubs recruiting departments for nominations for players to participate in the game. A list of 140 was compiled from all competitions in Victoria and a short list of 44 was selected to participate in the game. Only 16 players from the VAFA made the final list.

The game will be held on Saturday 16th September at Coburg City Oval at 12:00 noon as a curtain raiser to the VFLW Preliminary final.
Congratulations to Indi and Morgs!!

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