Club 1864 Newsletter - July 2017

 

MEMBERSHIP:

 

Let's find our "lost Seagulls" and encourage them to either contact the Club on 9391 0309 or complete the online membership form via www.williamstownfc.com.au/membership.

 

 

          

 

 

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

John Whittington

12

Terry Wheeler

45

Graham Bird

78

Mark Fotheringham

13

Mark Cross

46

Ray Moloney

79

Graeme Kennedy

14

Michael Mulligan

47

Jessie James

80

Barry Height

15

Matt Cape

48

Gerry Callahan

81

Mick Baker

16

Jason Chan

49

Eric Beitzel

82

Todd Clark

17

John Grieve

50

Tom Russell

83

Richard Evans

18

Bill Ritchie

51

Michael Brown

84

Mark Szalay

19

Bob Pearman

52

John Sedeway

85

Rollo Goetz

20

Leigh Sheehan

53

Trevor Monti

86

Les Quinn

21

Glen Smith

54

Brian Auld

87

Ray Green

22

Peter Ryan

55

Lindsay Murphy

88

Geoff Dougall

23

WJ Dooley

56

Arnel Davis

89

Max Everitt

24

Larry Simmons

57

David Smith

 

New members this month….

25

Kim Kershaw

58

Luke Kovanovic

90

Kim Walsh

26

Mandy Drew

59

Max Munday

91

Ray Powelly

27

Gerard Drew

60

Rod Williams

92

Richard Lewczuk

28

Ray Titter

61

Mal Macpherson

93

Rick Slevison

29

Phil McTaggart

62

Ken Evans

94

Joe Patterson

30

Len Kent

63

George Major

95

Greg Tweedly

31

Frank Jones

64

Brian Patterson

96

Vinnie Turcinovich

32

Brad Lloyd

65

Jim O’Toole

97

Brad Mangan

33

“Bulldog” Ind

66

John Fanning

 

 

  

 

UPCOMING FUNCTIONS:

 

1.            Club 1864 Luncheon - No. 2

·         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.

 

2.            Club 1864 Luncheon - No. 3

·         Friday 1st September, 2017

·         12.30pm

·         Steampacket Hotel, Williamstown

 

3.            Club 1864 Social Event - No. 2

President, Phil McTaggart, is following up with our top-line lawn bowlers, Chops Rickman, Jesse James and the Hodges brothers, to organise our final social event for the year. Next month's Newsletter should hold all the details for this grand finale! 

 

 

 

AFL HALL OF FAME - Ron Todd

Last week, revered and legendary Seagull Ron Todd, was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. 187cm tall and weighing in at 82kg, Todd attracted crowds of thousands to see him in action. A gifted athlete, he had tremendous pace, was a spectacular leap and a long kick for goal.

 

Having kicked 120 goals in 1938 and 121 goals in 1939 for Collingwood, Todd made his move from the 'Pies' to Williamstown (VFL to VFA) at the peak of his powers, which is to this day one of the most talked about moves in football history.

 

 

                                                                                       (AFL Hall of Fame Inductee - Williamstown's Ron Todd)

 

At age 23, Todd made his debut for the Seagulls in an away game at Yarraville on April 20, 1940 in front of 16,000 fans who packed out the small venue. He would go on to kick 99 goals in that first season.

 

The VFA then went into recess due to the War and would not re-commence until 1945 in, in what would turn out to be Todd's greatest season. Aged 28, he kicked a staggering 188 goals (the State League record that still stands today) and was instrumental in delivering Williamstown the 1945 premiership against old rivals Port Melbourne.

  

Todd was appointed captain for the 1948 and 1949 seasons, leading the Club to a heart-breaking grand final loss by nine points to Brighton in 1948. He then achieved a second premiership success with the Seagulls, winning the 1949 premiership against Oakleigh by three points.

 

The 1949 grand final would be the last time that Todd would pull on the famous blue and gold guernsey. The Club's leading goalkicker again with 95 goals, he kicked five goals in that grand final. With a total of 999 career goals in both the VFL and VFA football o that point, he famously handballed to a teammate in the last quarter that resulted in the winning goal.

 

Todd played a total of 141 games and kicked 672 goals for the Seagulls. He kicked ten goals or more in a game on 14 occasions, including a bag of 20 goals against Oakleigh in one game in 1945.

 

Coming out of the depression years of the 1930's, Todd was the excitement machine that reignited a club that went on to an amazing period of sustained success through the 1950's. He is the most revered figure in the Club's history, a legacy that will live on forever.

 

Todd then moved to Queensland later in life, and passed away in 1991.

 

In 2003, Todd was selected at centre half-forward in the Williamstown Team of the Century, an award that was accepted by his niece and celebrated Olympic swimmer, Dawn Fraser.

 

In 2014, he was the first Williamstown Football Club Hall of Fame inductee to be elevated to Legend status.

 

In 2015, the Club officially submitted a nomination for Ron Todd to be inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

 

For a video tribute on Ron Todd put together by Bruce Davis, click here.

 

For the story on the time when Todd joined forces with fellow future hall of famers Harry "Soapy" Vallence and Des Fothergill for a season, click here.

 

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