Club 1864 Newsletter - September 2017

 

HOME FINAL:

 

Our strong win over Werribee two weeks ago, guaranteed Willy a top two finish on the ladder and a home final.

 

We will now host a qualifying final at Burbank Oval during the first week of the 2017 finals series on Saturday 2nd September.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity for us Past Players and Officials to go along and support our team.

 

The “Can Bar” at the home race is a great place to gather.

          

 

2017 FINANCIAL PAST PLAYERS and OFFICIALS:

1

Brian Harvey

36

Stephen Masters

71

Bernadette O’Sullivan

2

George Bindless

37

Tony Pastore

72

“Doc” Gilani

3

George Mazouris

38

Peter McDonald

73

David Utber

4

Peter Lausch

39

Phil O’Keefe

74

Ernie Poole

5

Graeme Buchanan

40

Andrew Howlett

75

Ben Davies

6

Dean Humphries

41

Scott Clouston

76

Clint Rippon

7

Bob Jones

42

Saade Ghazi

77

John Whittington

8

John Williams

43

Troy West

78

Mark Fotheringham

9

Ray Smith

44

“Chops” Rickman

79

Graeme Kennedy

10

Bruce Wookey

45

Graham Bird

80

Barry Height

11

Lou Raunik

46

Ray Moloney

81

Mick Baker

12

Terry Wheeler

47

Jessie James

82

Todd Clark

13

Mark Cross

48

Gerry Callahan

83

Richard Evans

14

Michael Mulligan

49

Eric Beitzel

84

Mark Szalay

15

Matt Cape

50

Tom Russell

85

Rollo Goetz

16

Jason Chan

51

Michael Brown

86

Les Quinn

17

John Grieve

52

John Sedeway

87

Ray Green

18

Bill Ritchie

53

Trevor Monti

88

Geoff Dougall

19

Bob Pearman

54

Brian Auld

89

Max Everitt

20

Leigh Sheehan

55

Lindsay Murphy

90

Kim Walsh

21

Glen Smith

56

Arnel Davis

91

Ray Powelly

22

Peter Ryan

57

David Smith

92

Richard Lewczuk

23

WJ Dooley

58

Luke Kovanovic

93

Rick Slevison

24

Larry Simmons

59

Max Munday

94

Joe Patterson

25

Kim Kershaw

60

Rod Williams

95

Greg Tweedly

26

Mandy Drew

61

Mal Macpherson

96

Vinnie Turcinovich

27

Gerard Drew

62

Ken Evans

97

Brad Mangan

28

Ray Titter

63

George Major

 98

 

Colin Colquhoun

29

Phil McTaggart

64

Brian Patterson

99

 

Les Meyers

30

Len Kent

65

Jim O’Toole

100

Marcus O’Connor

31

Frank Jones

66

John Fanning

101

Ken Reed

32

Brad Lloyd

67

Graeme Cole

 

 

33

“Bulldog” Ind

68

Garry Jeremiah

 

 

34

Brian Nichols

69

Craig Nankervis

 

 

35

Martin Vonier

70

Graeme Crocker

 

 

   

UPCOMING FUNCTIONS:

 

1.            Club 1864 Luncheon - No. 3

·         Friday 1st September, 2017

·         12.30pm

·         Steampacket Hotel, Williamstown

This, our pre-finals luncheon has co-hosts, 4-time Club Champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Kim Kershaw and one of the 6 "Legends" of our Club Ian "Chops" Rickman. Come and join them for lunch and a few drinks all at bar prices.

 

2.            Club 1864 Social Event - No. 2

President, Phil McTaggart, has reported difficulties in securing a bowling date due to clashes with the opening of the Bowls season. He has not given up yet, so we will keep you all posted.

 

 

FEATURE STORY - Ian "Hucky" Johnston

 

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 champions and personalities over the years. Ian “Hucky” Johnston is one of these colourful characters. 

 

He was born in 1944 at Binya near Griffiths in NSW and nicknamed “Hucky” after Huckleberry Finn by his Grade 6 female teacher at Newport State School. He first played football at Newport State School then joined the West Newport Under 16 team. At West Newport, Hucky found his way and a few years later was in the senior team coached by former Williamstown legend Johnny Martin. Hucky played one year of senior footy at West Newport and showed such great promise that Johnny Martin told him to go down to Williamstown and try his luck in the VFA.

                

Ian “Hucky” Johnston 

Team of the Decade – 1960’s Half Back Flanker

 

 

He made his senior debut under legendary coach Gerry Callahan in 1967 and finished the season being equal second best and fairest in the reserves. In season 1968 the reserves coach was Jocka Mellis and the new senior coach was Max Papley. Hucky made an instant impression and played to 1972 in 64 senior games with 6 goals and a further 20 reserves games. His achievements indicate his importance to the club with a senior best and fairest award in the premiership year of 1969 and inclusion in the club 1960’s Team of the Decade earlier this year.

He still fondly remembers his victory in the 1969 senior best and fairest award. Also winning the VFA Most Courageous Award in 1969, which was a pewter mug from the VFA sponsored by Courage Breweries.

The 1969 Second Division Premiership victory over Sunshine at Toorak Park was very memorable with Hucky having a great season starting on the half back flank and then in the back pocket.

Hucky enjoyed his time at Williamstown “because no one was selfish”.  Great players he played alongside included Eddie Syszka, Max Papley, Micky Mulligan and Brian Harvey amongst many others. He fondly remembers his number 31, followed by Egghead (Ken Barnes) 32 and fellow West Newport man Cashews (John Allard) wearing number 33.

“ We initially got paid $3 a win or zero for a loss in the reserves and $7 a win the seniors.  When Max Papley took over the match payments increased.” 

Hucky enjoyed training under Max Papley especially when we reached the First Division Grand Final in 1970 and because “we trained in systems.“ In 1972 Hucky became captain-coach of the reserves but unfortunately he had a few injuries.

“ Personalities at the club included John “Cashews” Allard who was a funny man, he would play tricks with the football on the field to upset his opponents. One match day Cashews wasn’t playing so he went down the back beach and brought back live crabs and seaweed which he put in the hot baths just before the players jumped in.”

He also remembers when Bobby Ware pulled a trick on Max Papley by telling all players not to laugh at any of Papley’s jokes. Hucky fondly remembers legendary club trainer Kelly Brent. Personally Hucky had no need for trainers or rub downs. He always had a hot bath at home after the games.

One end of season trip stands out for Hucky when his mate “ John “Cashews” Allard stood out on the deck all night vomiting because he was seasick. The boat, the Princess of Tasmania, was rolling up and down all night in Bass Strait.

Hucky later on went to the Northern Territory for work and played about 6 games for the Darwin Buffaloes side. He went there for work and they called him Huck on the radio. He suffered a crook hip (he got a new one in 1999) and a crook ankle.

 

This was a memorable career for a great man. Well-done, Ian “Hucky” Johnston!

 

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