Club 1864 Newsletter - April 2017
There has been a solid follow up by past players and officials to becoming financial members of our footy club. Over the last month the following have signed on as Club 1864 members:
Phil McTaggart, Len Kent, Ray Titter, Frank Jones, Gerard and Mandy Drew, Brad Lloyd, “Bulldog” Ind, Brian Nichols, Martin Vonier, Jason Chan, Stephen Masters, Tony Pastore, Peter McDonald, Phil O’Keefe, Andrew Howlett, Scott Clouston, Saadi Ghazi, Troy West, “Chops” Rickman, Graham Bird, Ray Moloney, Jessie James, Gerry Callahan, Eric Beitzel, Tom Russell, Michael Brown, John Sedeway, Trevor Monti, Brian Auld.
With 54 members we are half way to our Club 1864 target of 100+ financial members. Let’s see if we can “recruit” the next 50 by Round 1 on Easter Monday.
All past players and officials are encouraged to either contact the Club on 9391 0309 or complete the on-line membership form via the following link http://williamstownfc.com.au/membership.
1. Past Players and Officials Reunion
· Sunday 7th May 2017
· Rd 4 v Coburg Lions at Burbank Oval
Everyone is encouraged to attend this annual event. Once you are in the ground you are invited to the Seaview Room to enjoy the game and the company.
2. Club 1864 Quarterly luncheon
· Friday 30th June, 2017
· Railway Hotel, Anderson St, Yarraville
4 time Club Champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Kim Kershaw, hosts this luncheon. Come and join Kim for lunch and a few drinks all at bar prices.
3. Home game Presidents Luncheons
· Seaview Williamstown Events Centre
· 12 noon
4. Life Members – Presidents Lunch
· Sunday 4th June 2017
· Rd 7 v Geelong at Burbank Oval
· 12 noon
FEATURE – George Mazouris
This season sees us focus on the era of the 1960’s culminating in the announcement of a “Team of the Decade” at our Hall of Fame function on Saturday 6th May at the Seaview Williamstown Events Centre. One player to cross over the decades of the 50’s into the 60’s was local identity George Mazouris.
The following article by Geoff Van Wyngaarden is part of his series on Williamstown Sporting identities. We thank Geoff for this contribution.
George Mazouris is a favourite son of Williamstown and the local football club. Born in Cairns, Queensland in 1937 to Greek parents his family moved to Collingwood, 5 years later and then to Williamstown. With Greek being spoken at home, George had to learn English from others he came into contact with. George’s football career started with the Williamstown Methodists junior team at age 15 and then on to Williamstown Blacks competing in the open age Metropolitan Football League. His early teammates included Laurie Davies, Bobby Jones and Ron Briscoe.
Pictured: George Mazouris
In 1956 George received an invitation to play South Melbourne Thirds (Under 19) side where he played 6 games. He then decided to play with his mates at Williamstown Rovers Football Club in the Werribee Football League. The team won the premiership and George was best on ground and also tied for the League best and fairest award. The president of the Williamstown Rovers was the very well known identity Chas Dorgan and George’s good form enabled him to receive an invitation to join the Williamstown Football Club for the 1957 season.
George recalled that Laurie Davies’ father Vic Davies was chairman of selectors and had invited him down to training. This was of course just after Williamstown had won a hat trick of premierships in the 1954-55-56 seasons in the strong Victorian Football Association. The coach was the legendary Wally Carter. George played seconds (reserves) all year in a consistent season. It was very hard of course being a new player on the list to get a senior game. Unfortunately both the seniors and reserves went out in straight sets (2 losses). More so devastating for the seniors, a side that had been undefeated during the home and away season.
George made his senior debut for the Williamstown Football Club in season 1958. It was the second night game at the old Lake Oval at South Melbourne. It was a Monday night game and when Reg Ogden was unavailable for the game against Brunswick, George was promoted and received the 3 votes for the best on ground. Despite this worthy debut he was out the next match when Ogden was available.
George quickly found himself back in the senior side where he would become a champion player over the years. The season finished on a bright note for the club and the rapidly improving George. A drawn Grand Final against Moorabbin was followed a week later by a 42 point victory in the replay. Captain Coach of the club was Gerry Callahan in his first year in the role. George kicked 2-4 in the draw then 2 goals 6 behinds in the replay. The best players in the premiership win were George alongside Len Kent, Eric Beitzel, Johnny Martin and Ray Smith.
The 1959 season saw the powerful Williamstown club win their 5th premiership in 6 seasons. The roving brigade of Tommy Pelly, Daryl Ward and George was key to the success. Lou Richards writing for The Sun newspaper voted George best on ground. It was a phenomenal victory for the local side that at one stage in the last quarter kicked 9 goals in a 15-minute period to set up the victory over Coburg. George received 22 votes in the Liston Trophy VFA Best and Fairest Award and finished in 9th position. George won the local newspaper “The Williamstown Advertiser” best player award for the season.
Another Grand Final occurred in the 1961 season when the local team went down to Yarraville. George described the 1961 side as very tired. George kicked 5 goals and was best on ground in the Preliminary Final victory over Moorabbin. George describes the great man Gerry Callahan as a very disciplined and tough coach who always demanded fitness and the best from his players.
George last played for Williamstown in the 1963 season and finished with totals of 89 games and 126 goals and of course those 2 sensational premierships. He also fondly remembers Bill “Darky” Raffles a selector and committeeman, Bob Major the head trainer and George Bindless being a tireless worker.
The club song after victorious games was;
“We are the Seagulls, we come from Williamstown,
We never wear a frown,
We are the champions in the air,
Whoever we play,
We don’t care”
Followed, of course, by the usual rendition
“Where do we come from- Williamstown,
What do we sleep on - seaweed,
What do we eat—muscles,
How do we eat them- alive,
Did we win- we shit in!
Always a very popular figure George had the nickname “The Moose” whilst at Williamstown. He was the “players representative to the committee”. for 5 years and fondly remembers many social activities. With all games played on the traditional Saturday, after away games the players with their female connections would go to a local hotel. George Bindless would organise a dance in the clubrooms after home games. Money for the end of season trip was raised through raffles and the famous “pleasant Sunday mornings”. The boys had Lionel Rose down one Sunday and he sang a few songs. Of course Lionel would later on become a World boxing champion.
George also fondly remembers the club trainers including Bob Major the Head trainer, Bob (the mangler) Cairnscross, rub downs from Eddie Deller and Billy Taylor. There were no speeches at quarter time; half time was in the rooms and at the three quarter time break of 5 minutes when oranges and cordial were well received.
These days, fit, well tanned, and a young looking 80 years of age, George can be found most afternoons walking 2 to 3 kilometers up the beach, the Esplanade and through the Botanical Gardens. We all wish George continued good health.