Gavan Woodruff played 170 games as a forward, but as it was hard to break into the senior team at the time, too many were in the Reserves. Woody's finest effort was perhaps a day at Elsternwick Park, where he kicked 10 majors for the afternoon. Gavan has done every job at the club except President, and was awarded life membership in 2016.
John Noonan played 141 games in the red and black, was a premiership captain in 1978, 1980 and 1981 and won the Best and Fairest winner in 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980. John was among those chiefly responsible for pulling Xavs from the depths of D Section in 1976 to its first A Section premiership in 1981. His 5 best and fairest wins, place him alongside Frank Higginbotham. A ruckman of outstanding skill, who is the father of premiership player and 2017 captain, Dan Noonan.
Matthew Hannebery came to the club after a career at the Western Bulldogs, and was responsible for laying the foundations for the success over the past three decades. One of the hardest men to play in red and black, he was captain of the club in 1992, coach in 1993 and 94, and returned as premiership captain in 1995 and 1996. Hanna was determined, and skilful, and put fear into the opposition with his relentless attack on the football. Matt has also served as an assistant coach and Director of Football and was elected to life membership in 2016. He is the father of Sydney Swans star Dan Hannebery.
Luke Louis Hannebery played 190 games for the club in a career that was littered with injury. Few players would have had as many surgeries as Louis, and it is a credit to his love of the game and club that he persisted. After three shoulder reconstructions, and an ankle reco, plus surgery to have 3 plates inserted in his forehead, he developed the reputation as the toughest man in football. But then Luke retired midway through 2003 after injuring his knee. He was a member of the 1997 senior premiership side, and played in a couple of reserves flags. Luke served as Vice President and in other committee roles and was for some time the senior club runner, where he excelled in giving messages to Old Xavs players and sharp advice to the opposition.
Pasha burst on to the senior scene in 2003 after winning the CR Newbury Medal for best and fairest in the VAFA U19 competition in the year prior. Occasionally employed on the ball, but more often as a small forward, the nuggety left-footer wreaked havoc in front of the sticks. With a turning circle wider than the Queen Mary, Pasceri snapped plenty of goals and when kicking from a set shot, his lengthy run-up featured both stutters and stammers, but he rarely missed. Not overly endowed with speed, he had trouble with his knees and consequently with his weight. However, he overcame those issues and continued to play until 2010, often being involved in big wins in the seniors, but dropping back to the Reserves when others returned. Pasha showed great strength of character in the face of disappointment, winning the admiration of teammates, coaches and supporters for his determination.
Other Notable #3s
Peter Williams was a very skilful rover, whose football took second place to cricket. He was slightly built and very handy around the goals. His contribution to the club in the early 1960s extended to helping produce the weekly news sheet and was the social secretary, organising functions weekly, and raising funds for the club. Williams played cricket with University and Richmond, where he was club captain and also represented Victoria.
Richard was an outstanding all round sportsman at school with great height and a high jumper's leap. Unfortunately we did not have him as a player for more than a couple of seasons in the 1980s, as injury and study deprived the club of his talents.
Dan is the son of John Noonan. After representing the Big V U19s as a forward, his real introduction to senior football came as a defender in 2010. Dan played n the premiership team that year, then spent five seasons at Port Melbourne, winning selection in the VFL Representative team. He returned to the Old Xavs in 2016, was vice-captain in the premiership side and was named captain for 2017. He assumed his father's number 3 after wearing numbers 21 and 2 in his previous premiership years at the Xavs.