Club 1864 Newsletter - May 2017

 

MEMBERSHIP:

 

All past players and officials are encouraged to either contact the Club on 9391 0309 or complete the on-line membership form via the website www.williamstownfc.com.au.

 

We are now in reach of our target of 100 past players and officials weighing in and becoming financial members of the club.

 

If you are one of them, “good on ya”, your support is very much appreciated. If you’re not one I’m sure you’re thinking about it!

          

 

 

Our thanks to:

 

1

Brian Harvey

34

Brian Nichols

67

Graeme Cole

2

George Bindless

35

Martin Vonier

68

Garry Jeremiah

3

George Mazouris

36

Stephen Masters

69

Craig Nankervis

4

Peter Lausch

37

Tony Pastore

70

Graeme Crocker

5

Graeme Buchanan

38

Peter McDonald

71

Bernadette O’Sullivan

6

Dean Humphries

39

Phil O’Keefe

72

“Doc” Gilani

7

Bob Jones

40

Andrew Howlett

73

David Utber

8

John Williams

41

Scott Clouston

74

Ernie Poole

9

Ray Smith

42

Saade Ghazi

75

Ben Davies

10

Bruce Wookey

43

Troy West

76

Clint Rippon

11

Lou Raunik

44

“Chops” Rickman

77

 

12

Terry Wheeler

45

Graham Bird

78

 

13

Mark Cross

46

Ray Moloney

79

 

14

Michael Mulligan

47

Jessie James

80

 

15

Matt Cape

48

Gerry Callahan

81

 

16

Jason Chan

49

Eric Beitzel

82

 

17

John Grieve

50

Tom Russell

83

 

18

Bill Ritchie

51

Michael Brown

84

 

19

Bob Pearman

52

John Sedeway

85

 

20

Leigh Sheehan

53

Trevor Monti

86

 

21

Glen Smith

54

Brian Auld

87

 

22

Peter Ryan

55

Lindsay Murphy

88

 

23

WJ Dooley

56

Arnel Davis

89

 

24

Larry Simmons

57

David Smith

90

 

25

Kim Kershaw

58

Luke Kovanovic

91

 

26

Mandy Drew

59

Max Munday

92

 

27

Gerard Drew

60

Rod Williams

93

 

28

Ray Titter

61

Mal Macpherson

94

 

29

Phil McTaggart

62

Ken Evans

95

 

30

Len Kent

63

George Major

96

 

31

Frank Jones

64

Brian Patterson

97

 

32

Brad Lloyd

65

Jim O’Toole

98

 

33

“Bulldog” Ind

66

John Fanning

99

 

 

 

UPCOMING FUNCTIONS:

 

1.            Past Players and Officials Reunion

·         Sunday 7th May 2017

·         Rd 4 v Coburg Lions at Burbank Oval

·         1.00pm

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

·         12.30pm

·         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

This is a great opportunity for gathering players and officials, of your era, together for a day of stories and catch-ups. Bernadette O’Sullivan (Club 1864 Committee) will assist you with contacts and making it a great afternoon at the footy. You can contact Bernie via our Club 1864 email address, which currently is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

4.            Life Members – Presidents Lunch

·         Sunday 4th June 2017

·         Rd 7 v Geelong at Burbank Oval

·         12 noon

Life Members are an integral part of our clubs history and identity. The contribution of so many has made us the proud and inclusive club that we are today. It would be wonderful to see as many Life Members s possible contact Rana at the club and book a place at this luncheon by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 9391 0309.

 

 

FEATURE – Jim O’Toole

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 events centre. One player of that era is local resident Jimmy O’Toole.

The following article by Geoff Van Wyngaarden is part of his series on Williamstown Sporting identities. We thank Geoff for this contribution.

 

Williamstown Football Club has had many great players over the years.  The local area has always been a breeding ground for future senior players.  Jimmy O’Toole fits this mould, born in 1942 and growing up in Williamstown and, not unusual for this suburb, played junior lacrosse for Williamstown.  At this time there was no  “Under Age” football teams in Williamstown except for the V.F.A. Under 19 sides. Williamstown Thirds was where Jimmy made his football debut in 1957 and the age of 15.   His first oach was Murray McRae and later on Bill Sheahan.  In total Jimmy played 50 Under 19 games.

In 1960 Jimmy played reserves football and within a year was playing senior V.F.A. football. His first senior game was at the Sandringham ground under the legendary coach Gerry ‘The Monster’ Callahan.   Jim describes Gerry as  “a great coach, always hard but fair”. Jim played in the runners-up team that lost the 1961 Grand Final to Yarraville.

“My best season was in 1964 when we had a great team but lost the Grand Final to Port Melbourne at the North Port Oval. The best players I played with in my career were Ray Smith, Tommy Russell, Ken Barnes, Lindsay Murphy, Bobby Ware, Daryl Ward, Graeme Clough, Alan McAsey, George Mazouris, Terry O’Mara, Ian “Hucky” Johnson and Bobby Smith.” 

 

“In 1967 we beat both the Grand Final teams Port Melbourne and Dandenong, but lost the other 16 games and were relegated.  1967 was the last year that Gerry was coach and he was replaced by a new playing coach, Max Papley.  Max was a good bloke, a great coach and had good ideas. His training was more professional and there was more variation in his training.  I didn’t want to play in 1968 but Max talked me into it. I said I would play till I get dropped, so I played the first 5 games and got dropped and then retired from the club.”

Jimmy recently received Life Membership for his services to the club. Jim originally played for the club as a ruckman and in the forward pocket. Later on he became a fair, but hard and very tough, uncompromising back line player.  Jimmy upset opposition forward lines. In total he played approximately 200 games for the 3 teams of the club. Sometimes he would double up and play 2 games on the same day as both the Under 19’s and Reserves played at the same ground on the Saturday afternoon.

               

                                         Picture: Jimmy O’Toole with his team photo.

 

He officially played 88 senior games and at least 50 reserves games.  Jim wore a variety of jumper numbers starting with 32 then 10 then 14 which he took over from Les Finch. Jim’s rates his best captain as Doug Kellett in the Under 19’s who just continually motivated his teammates to perform. Doug won an Under 19 competition best and fairest award. Jim’s hardest opponent to beat was Chris Barren from the Dandenong club.

“Training in the 1960’s was 2 nights per week, mainly doing circle work and run throughs. The only lighting was 2 floodlights on top of the grandstand. In those days, nearly every player rode their bike to training. Some even came by train. Nearly everybody used to smoke at the breaks during the game. The trainers included Bobby Cairncross (the mangler), Kelly Brent, Neville Brent, Jack ‘Tooka’ Orr, Bob Hyde and Kevin O’Brien. Bob Major was the Head Trainer.

Some Sunday games were first played in 1962 and 1963.  After Saturday games there was always drinking at the ground. I fondly remember parties at Beryl and Lindsay Murphy’s house, the Williamstown Ball at the Williamstown Town Hall and some Sunday morning barrel’s down at the ground. The Reserves and Under 19’s operated as separate clubs with separate committees and selection committees. They even had separate social functions. End of season trips were held in a variety of country Victoria venues including Horsham and Maryborough.

After his time at the Williamstown Football Club, Jim played with West Footscray from 1968 to 1970. Jim has kept himself exceptionally fit since this time, running nearly every day until recently and completing six full 42km marathons.  In recent years he can be seen power walking at least 15km per day around the streets of Williamstown. Jim and his wife Brenda have 3 children, Jane, Wade and Luke.  Luke played Under 19’s and Reserves at Williamstown and Wade played Under 19s at Williamstown before transferring to Altona. A third generation James O’Toole, the son of Wade is currently showing promise with the Under 11’s at the Williamstown Juniors Football Club. We wish young James the same great memories that his Grandad enjoyed with Williamstown.

 

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