A Century of the Red & Black

Life Members

Matthew Handley


Such is the esteem in which Matthew Handley is held by all, he is the first current player ever to have been accorded Life Membership of the Club. ‘Chopper’ dominated the U19s in 2005 before ascending to the seniors in R4 of 2006, putting on a show in his first game and for many seasons since.For over 16 seasons, he has patrolled the goal front, with occasional stints on the ball, monstering opponents and booting more than 800 goals in over 250 games and five senior premierships. He has captained the VAFA representative team and worn the famous Big V jumper 15 times, and in International Rules games during the 2015 VAFA Ireland Tour. He was an assistant coach of the inaugural WOX program in 2017. Despite his extraordinary football CV, he has never sought guarantees, and in 2021 has played in the Reserves, inspiring younger teammates with his unselfish attitude, determined approach and great leadership.