June 19 - 2020

Vol. LXVII No.8

Great to see some Thursday night training action at McQueen Stadium. 


President's Report

Only 3 more sleeps until D-Day!

The answer to the one question I have not been able to answer until now, should have an answer after Monday night. The VAFA board will meet on Monday night (22 June 2020) to decide if we will have a football season this year. VAFA have to consider a number of key issues before deciding which way to go.
  • The health and wellbeing of our VAFA community
  • The financial viability of all clubs – short and long term
  • VAFA Club sustainability
  • The burden on club volunteers
  • Legal liability (insurance)
  • The possibility of a compromised season
  • Further COVID19 outbreaks impacting some competitions
I refer you to the latest VAFA communication on our club website via the link below, for more details.

OSFC Covid-19 Response Strategy
The club retuned to training at McQueen Stadium on 2 June and the boys and girls have been going strong for 3 weeks now. We have been following the Return to Training (RTT) guidelines provided by the governing authorities. All credit to the players, coaches, physios/trainers and administrative staff for buying into the guidelines and making it work seamlessly.
The committee met this week and did an in depth workshop of our club’s strategic approach to COVID-19. The club has appointed Robin Halse to the committee position of overseeing our governance for COVID-19, working closely with General Manager Peter Simpson and the committee to ensure the club is doing everything it can to look after the safety and wellbeing of our people.
The committee agreed unanimously that if the relevant protocols and guidelines are implemented and followed, it is safe for our players, staff and volunteers to participate in a VAFA football season for 2020. VAFA have indicated the likely start date could be either 25 July or 1 August. The club’s detailed COVID-19 response strategy is outlined on our website via the link below.

Tax deduction time
It’s not too late to support the club, particularly with footy now on the horizon. I ask that you consider either taking out a Standard Membership or joining the Old Scotch Football Club FoundationIt will help your club hit the ground running in the event that we get to play this year and assist us make our way through the tunnel as we head towards the light!

And you get a tax deduction with 30 June fast looming!

Go Cardinals!

Tim Shearer
President, Old Scotch Football Club


Is Don, is good!
Interview with Donald McDonald, OSFC Director of Football.

Donald, you have had an incredible career in football. It is like you were born with a Sherrin in your hand! You played 155 games for the Kangaroos between 1982-1992. And the following year you coached Werribee to a premiership! Some years later you backed this up with another premiership coaching the Box Hill Hawks in 2001 to defeat the team you formerly coached, Werribee! That makes you a dual premiership coach, that’s awesome.
Yes, I have had a very long career in football and have been very fortunate to have been at some great clubs full of fantastic football people.
My passion for football was instilled into myself as a young one eyed Collingwood supporter and my parents had reserved seats behind the goals at Victoria Park and there was no better sight in football when I was a kid seeing my favourite player, Peter McKenna lead out from full forward and kick a bag full of goals.
I was brought up in a hotel in the city which gave me a great feel for people, sober ones and drunk ones!!! And I went to boarding school for many years in Ballarat and Hamilton so it was footy and cricket and not much homework!
When I came back to Melbourne as a 16yo I played local football for a team in Flemington and it was there I learned to stand up for myself as it was a very tough competition. Our team had many boys from the high rise commission flats in Flemington and Kensington and we were a very tight group.
From there I went to North Melbourne and 14 years later I had played, 19s, reserves and senior footy, played in great teams and battling teams and learned about the Shinboner spirit and along the way met my wife Terry at the North Melbourne disco. So my life has certainly revolved around the Mighty Roos.

Tell me about the bloodbath in Great Britain versus Carlton?
One of my more infamous moments was the Battle of Britain where I did throw the first punch and then proceeded to cop the next 100 punches that were thrown!
I must admit the English beers we downed that night were very hard earned. We had a good fight and a great win and were basically on a football trip overseas so does life get any better than that!!!

After finishing up at North, you then moved on to Hawthorn as an assistant coach, and ended up coaching Hawthorn in 2004 replacing one of Hawthorns’ favourite sons, Peter Schwab, only to be usurped by former team mate and Battle of Britain survivor, Alastair Clarkson.
Once my AFL career was over I proceeded to coach over 200 games in the VFL with Werribee and the newly formed Box Hill Hawks and was fortunate enough to coach both clubs to their first ever premierships. I was a playing coach at Werribee and non playing at Box Hill, so two different types of experiences but both very satisfying.
After Box Hill I moved to the Hawthorn Football Club as an Assistant Coach and for five games I was the senior coach of the mighty Hawks. It was a fantastic experience and a real highlight to achieve a lifetime ambition to coach an AFL Club.

How did this sit with you and was Hawthorn back then in the premiership window?
I was never a realistic chance to coach the Hawks permanently as they wanted a younger coach and they were very fortunate to select Alistair Clarkson who has done a magnificent job.

In 2004, you then moved back to the Kangaroos and spent a life time fulfilling a number of different roles including Chief of Football, assistant coaching and commercial relationships.
I loved my time at the Hawks however I still had a dream to coach and so went back to NMFC as an Assistant initially before taking over as Football manger until my son Luke was drafted which stopped any football involvement with the club. So I moved into a Fundraising/Relationships role which has been very enjoyable and I have met many wonderful people along the way.

On 14th March 2013 you stepped aside as Chief of Football at North Melbourne to clear the pathway for your son Luke to join the club and remove any perceived bias you could have had as effectively being your son's boss. Luke has now played 100 plus games for the Kangas. How is he travelling, and can you describe how proud you are given how difficult it is to follow in your parents foot prints?
To have watched Luke build his own football career has been very exciting and filled my wife and I with great pride and joy. The main thing is he has a real passion and spirit to play with his mates and I hope he gets a chance to play finals again as this is why we ultimately play for the chance to be part of a Premiership team.

It is no wonder they call you “The Don”! Why is Old Scotch so fortunate to have secured your services?
In the past three years I have coached Avondale Heights in the Essendon Football League, it was a different experience coaching a struggling club trying to avoid relegation. However it has rekindled my passion for a hands on involvement and this has led me to my current role here at Old Scotch in my first involvement with a VAFA club.
This is an extremely exciting role to be involved at a club with such quality young men who play for the love of the game. Our goal is to continue to build on the great foundations that have been laid and create a football club we can have tremendous pride in.
There are no guarantees in football however the work that Tim, Simmo and the Committee have put in and the appointment of Mark Gnatt as our senior coach will be terrific building blocks for what we hope is a very successful future here at Old Scotch Football Club.
It is also very exciting for me to play a small part in helping support our Women’s program and to also create a great pathway for future Old Scotch and Stars players from our local community.
My wife Terry and I have three great children, Rebecca, Luke and Sally and we have lived in Kew for nearly 30 yrs. So it is awesome to be involved at a club so close to my home.

You have a great story to tell. If there is one piece of advice you would offer to our players at Old Scotch, what would it be?
A message to Old Scotch and Stars players is, in life we all get an opportunity to earn people’s respect through our actions. Being a great team member involves a commitment to do your best game day but win, lose or draw just as importantly is the opportunity post match to socialise and get to know each other better which will make us a very spirited club and a club people will want to be a part of as we will be respected.

Thank you Donald.

Welcome back to this week’s edition of Crackers Chronicles. Each week in this column we will trace some of the history of the Old Scotch Football Club by recounting the contributions made by our senior premiership players. This week we focus on our 1924 second premiership players.

Click here to read the full story of our 1924 premiership stars...

Next week we will look at our premiership players of 1926 ...

I welcome any feedback to gmccracken@oldscotchfc.com.au
Players taking holidays in the middle of the season is apparently not a new phenomenon. Take the case of Fred Leach, a star centreman with Collingwood from 1897 to 1903. At one stage of the 1901 season he went on a three-week holiday to Sydney and Brisbane.
Then, after a string of injuries he retired in 1903, but he had twice before ‘retired’, and Collingwood expected him to come back after a few weeks. However he stayed out of football until 1905, when he applied for a clearance to Melbourne.
When Collingwood refused the clearance he played with his old club, Boroondara, which had just merged with Hawthorn. Tragically, three years later he died of typhoid fever.

Items for ‘Asho's Archives' come from Jim Main’s Our Game – Classic Aussie Rules Stories.


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The Auburn Hotel

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And, there’s always something happening at the Auburn Hotel. We offer weekly lunch and dinner specials, as well as live sport on big screens, with TAB facilities available.

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To get our house in order we need your support
In the lead up to our Centenary Anniversary in 2021, and particularly during these difficult times, now more than ever, your support is vital. The Committee has stressed that we all rally at the call, and the entire Old Scotch community get behind the club. 
To renew your OSFC membership click here

In these extraordinary times we are calling on all supporters to either buy a membership or at the very least make a donation and the good news is that all payments are tax deductible.

For all other queries including paying by instalment, donations, five year commitment and foundation membership contact Peter Simpson 0418 382 025 or peter.simpson@scotch.vic.edu.au

Why not sponsor your daughter, son or your favourite player and write off the cost as a business deduction?
Player sponsorship packages are $1000 + GST and include the following benefits:
  • Tax deductable
  • Sponsorship includes the player’s registration fees
  • Player and sponsor featured on the club website with link to your business website
  • Listing in OSFC Business Directory
  • Player and Sponsor featured in E-Newsletter
  • Function room and digital signage
  • OSFC membership and membership card
  • 1 ticket to game day partners/sponsors luncheon on 25th July 2020

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Join the Network Directory which is available only to Members*, Corporate Partners and Player Sponsors.
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