July 31 - 2020

Vol. LXVII No.11

President's Report

Season 2021 Coaching Appointments
The Old Scotch Football Club is delighted to announce the following senior appointments for our centenary year in 2021.

Football Director: Donald McDonald
Donald McDonald has been reappointed as the club’s Football Director for the 2021 season. He was appointed for 2020 however due to COVID-19 did not get the chance to see his work rewarded on match day. He has done a superb job to date in the role and we look excitedly towards 2021 for how all of our teams go. Donald has a wealth of playing, coaching and administrative football experience at AFL, VFL & community level. He played 155 AFL/VFL games for North Melbourne (1982-92). He was Captain-Coach of Werribee in the VFL (1993-99), premiership in 1993 and Coach of the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL (2000-02), premiership in 2001. Donald was Senior Coach at Hawthorn Football Club late in 2004, succeeded by Alastair Clarkson for 2005 and Assistant Coach at North Melbourne that year. He has since worked in number of key roles at the club, including Football Manager. Donald was senior coach of Avondale Heights Football Club (2017-19) in the premier division of the Essendon Football League.
Senior Men's Coach: Mark Gnatt
Mark Gnatt has been reappointed as Men’s Senior Coach for the 2021 season. Mark was appointed for 2020 however due to COVID-19 did not get the chance to coach the club on match day. He has done a fantastic job to date ‘off field’ in the role and we look excitedly towards 2021 for how the Men’s team will go in Premier ‘A’ section. Mark joined the Club in 2000 from VFL club Box Hill, debuting in our Men’s 1st XVIII and playing 84 games from 2000-06. In 2017 Mark was appointed coach of our under 19 reserves team, taking over the under 19 premier team during the season. In 2018 he coached our under 19 premier team to a Grand Final, where we were runners-up and in 2019 took the team to the VAFA Holmesglen Under 19 Premier Section premiership, our first since 1952.
Senior Women's Coach: Chris Goldstraw
Chris Goldstraw has been reappointed as the Women’s Senior Coach for the 2021 season. He was appointed for 2020 however due to COVID-19 did not get the chance to coach the club on match day. He has done a great job to date in the role ‘off field’ and we look excitedly towards 2021 for how the women’s team will go in Premier ‘B’ section. Chris was Senior Women’s Coach for the Waverley Blues Football Club in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League (2017-18) and Senior Men’s Assistant Coach for Forest Hill Football Club in the Eastern Football League in 2019. Chris was awarded Coach of the Month, nominated Coach of the Year and winner of the Young Gun Coach of the Year in the Eastern Football League, all in 2017.

Further coaching appointments for both the Men’s and Women’s football programs will progressively be announced in the coming weeks.
OSFC Wins Prestigious City of Boroondara Award

On Wednesday evening we were delighted to learn that we were awarded the City of Boroondara Inclusive Club of the Year Award. This award is recognition for our three year commitment to the integration of women’s football into the club’s program, enriching all for it. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding support we have received from MLC and the Camberwell Sharks Football Club (our formal partners), and Scotch College, who have generously provided ovals for MLC to host home matches on. 
Having been an exclusive male club for 97 years OSFC introduced their first women’s team in 2018. Women and girls participation at the club continues to thrive and grow each year with many now actively involved as players, team managers, physiotherapists, trainers, committee members and a variety of volunteer and coaching roles. The annual Boroondara Sports Awards program recognises the important role sports clubs play in enhancing community health and wellbeing, increasing participation in physical activity and fostering social connection.
The Sports Awards celebration was to be held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. With restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the awards were presented via on online video telecast by Nicole Livingstone OAM, former Olympian and current Head of Women’s Football - AFL.

The two minute award presentation video is well worth a look…

McQueen Park Refurbishments Update
The contractor is making some great progress on both the minor and major pavilions. The minor pavilion is on track to be completed in October and the major pavilion is on track to be completed in early 2021.
Below is an update on the progress of works as of Monday 20 July:

Minor pavilion progress:

  • Demolition works - completed.
  • Concrete & Formwork - 50% complete.
  • Structural steel – 25% complete.   
  • Brickwork – 85% complete.
  • Partitions – 5% complete - linings to change rooms commenced.
  • Electrical & security – 25% in ground works complete
  • Hydraulic – 35% Sewer drainage ready for slab pour.   
Major pavilion progress:
  • Structural steel – 75% installed.
  • Entry canopy steel installed.
  • Lintels complete.
  • Electrical and security – 35% rough-in cabling throughout.
  • Hydraulic – Internal sewer rough-in complete.
  • Partitions – 17%, wall linings, stud work and ceiling grids progressing.
  • Brick /blockwork – In fill 70% complete.
I take opportunity to sincerely thank the City of Boroondara for their outstanding, and prolonged, commitment to community sport. Our local ward Councillor Coral Ross has been a colossal support to the club for nearly two decades and has represented her community with dignity and aplomb. Thank you Coral!

Go Cardinals!

Tim Shearer
President, Old Scotch Football Club

Welcome back to this week’s edition of Crackers Chronicles. This week we focus on our 1931 fifth premiership players .

Click here to read the full story of our 1931 premiership stars...

Next week we will look at our premiership players of 1932.

I welcome any feedback to: gmccracken@oldscotchfc.com.au
Collingwood Football Club started life as ‘Britannia’, which played in junior competitions in the 1880s, but Collingwood residents wanted their club to join the senior body, the VFA.
A public meeting at Collingwood Town Hall on 12 February 1892 endorsed a proposal to disband Britannia and found a new club, Collingwood, to enter the VFA. Although the vote passed there was tremendous dissension, and some Britannia members defected to Fitzroy Football Club.
Also, the VFA told the new Collingwood club that it would have to change its red, white and blue colours (try and get Collingwood to change its colours now!), because Footscray, already in the VFA, wore those colours – so Collingwood adopted the now famous black and white stripes.  

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

Show us your smile – white is in style 

Riversdale Orthodontics – Chris Theodosi  Bronze Corporate Partner

Riversdale Orthodontics, located right in the Camberwell Junction, is your first stop when you’re looking for good orthodontists with a genuine interest in providing complete patient care. Since 1983, we have built a reputation for a family-friendly atmosphere with well-trained, friendly staff and knowledgeable professionals. Our Melbourne orthodontic clinic services Camberwell, Kew, Hawthorn, Canterbury, Balwyn, Toorak and the surrounding suburbs. Our orthodontists, Drs. Paul Schneider, Chris Theodosi, Alwyn Wong, and Michael Zhao.

Contact: Christopher Theodosi (Father of Premiership Stars player Alex and son, Andrew class of 2014)
Telephone: 9805 3000 / 0417 145 387
428 Riversdale Rd Hawthorn East VIC 3123

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