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May the 21st is our first major function for the year, and function season kicks off with a bang with our Past Players & Officials Lunch. We welcome all players and officials from all eras to help us fill the room with a great vibe, as you catch up and reminisce with old teammates.

 

This year will we will be paying special tribute to our 1971 Senior Premiership, 19991 Reserves Premiership, 1962 Senior Premiership and 2002 Reserves Premiership teams.

Tickets are $50 for a two course lunch, and bookings can be made via TryBooking at the attached link (Legends Club members receive complimentary entry to the lunch. Please contact Stephen Philp for your promotion code)

If you have any questions, or dietary requirements, please contact Stephen Philp on 0418 507 848, or email at events@oldparadiansafc.com

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CELEBRATING THE 1951 PREMIERSHIP

Old Paradians Football Club celebrated our first Premiership, the 1951 “B” Grade flag, with their last 5 surviving team members - Ray Hangan, Maurie Considine, Denis Toner, Brian Turner and Brian Hill (who travelled from Canberra) at the RACV Club on Wednesday 9th March.

The 70-year Premiership Anniversary was scheduled for September 2021 but was delayed due to covid. At that time, we had 7 surviving members but sadly we lost 2 very special men; Geoff Kenny just before Christmas and Geoff Hill (Brian’s brother) only a few weeks back.

Like most clubs post WWII, where almost 1,000 Paradians served their country, we struggled and were relegated back to C Grade. After a few years of consolidation, the Club was promoted back to “B” Grade for the 1950 season, after losing the 1949 “C” Grand Final to North Alphington.

To finally taste premiership success was a great reward for the club foundation members such as Lou Arthur, Percy Matthews and Frank Mount (who’s Grandson is now SKOBFC President).

The Mount and Arthur Families have been financial supporters of our Club since 1929 and we are so grateful for their continued contribution to the Parade Community.

In a strange historic twist, we had to playe Alphington twice to claim the Premiership. In the first decider we prevailed by a single goal (11-10-76 to 10-10-70).

However, an old VAFA rule allowed the team that finished on top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season (Alphington finished 1st and OP’s finished 3rd) the “Right of Challenge” if they lost the Grand Final.  This allowed Alphington to request to play again the following week in the Grand Final, which they did. We triumphed again (16-11-107 to 3-4-22), to put a huge exclamation mark on the season.  Alphington didn’t challenge again 😊

The day was a wonderful celebration for the surviving members of the Team and for the Club as a whole, and the we would like to thank the VAFA for access to their archives, and to George Voyage and Frank Dunell for attending.

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Marcus Nolan captured his third Seniors B&F award at our (online) Presentation Night on Friday night.


It was a tremendous season in which Nolesy polled the full 18 votes on four seperate occasions, on top of it being his first as Captain of the club. He is now one of only four players to capture three B&Fs and he is one shy of his uncle Frank Gleeson who leads all comers with four.


Rob Valente took out the Reserves top gong, with James King prevailing in the Under 19s vote count.

Details of all the winners can be found [HERE]

VAFA CLUBS IN FOCUS PODCAST

In a year full of bad news, we received quite the opposite recently, when we were asked to take part in the VAFA podcast series called "Clubs In Focus".

Nick Armistead and Joe Pignataro from the VAFA have sat down and had a chinwag with Vin Arthur, Pat Mount, Dom Spillane, Peter Brabender, Daniel Spitty and Chris Kandilakis about our great club and you can listen to it here

FEE-FREE FOOTY FOR 2022

The Old Paradians Football Club has responded to the societal pressures posed by COVID-19 lockdowns in introducing fee-free football for all its players - seniors reserves and Under 19s - who take to the field for season 2022.

Senior players were required to pay $360 in annual fees and Under 19 players $120 through what was ultimately a lost season of 2021. But Old Paradians FC President Chris Bibby confirmed that the club’s fee-free initiative – for the love of the game – had gained formal sign-off from the Victorian Amateur Football Association.

“The Old Paradians Football Club is extremely proud to officially announce fee-free footy for all players in 2022,” Chris said.

“The club is very aware of the financial stress and the mental health issues that the past two years have imposed on all connected with the Parade community. The Old Paradians Football Club wants to provide an inclusive, fun and positive environment where the young men of our community can come together, have a kick, get fit, be healthier and unite as a community to support each other.”

Chris noted that the club’s fee-free arrangements with its players to each taking the field - had only materialised through the generosity of its sponsors and members.

Though the fee-free arrangement is currently only in place for the ’22 season, Chris indicated that as the Old Paradians Football Club neared its Centenary “we hope to expand it into future years or at the very least reduce player subs to a minimum, so more young men can enjoy both the social and health benefits of our great footy club”.

The football club’s 2022 campaign, under the watch of newly-appointed Senior Coach Justin Whitcher, is now underway. The club extends an initiative to current and former students of Parade, as well as prospective players in the local area, to take advantage of its fee-free arrangements.

Players interested in representing the Old Paradians Football Club through its fee-free season of 2022 are urged to contact secretary Damian Hannam via oldparadiansafc@gmail.com

NEW COACH - JUSTIN WHITCHER
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The Old Paradians Football Club would like to welcome Justin Whitcher as our new Senior Coach. Justin played at Reserves level with both Carlton and Collingwood, before spending three years with South Fremantle in the WAFL. Justin returned to Victoria to play in a premiership with East Burwood in the Eastern Football League, before finishing his playing career with Montmorency.

After his playing days, Justin was assistant coach with Macleod, where they won the NFL A-Grade premiership, and more recently in a player development role with the Calder Cannons and Coburg Football Clubs.

Justin is also an outstanding cricketer, and is currently captain / coach of the Heidelberg Cricket Club.

Please join us in welcoming Justin to the Garvey. An interview with the new coach will be posted soon.

BUSINESS DIRECTORY

Help those that help our club.  We have so many valuable sponsors, and we'd like to encourage as many people as possible to utilise their services.  Whether it's sorting out your finances, grabbing a set of new tyres, or getting some plumbing or electrical work done, our sponsors can offer this and more.

Goto our business directory for everything you need.  They will be more than happy to help

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