ROUND 8 - 2017


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Last week's round was a better one for our club, with six of our eight teams landing wins. It's tough out there in all sections, as our men and women continually face teams that rise to the occasion when they play us. Ask every other club whom they'd most like to beat and most of them would say Xavs. Still, we're not complaining about being the hunted. We are because we have been successful and we would very much enjoy continuing to be the yardstick by which success is measured. Still, that requires a commitment from all of our players to stay strong, keen and hungry.

We saw Beaumaris push our seniors last weekend. The Sharks are yet to win a game this year, but they were switched on and looked like stealing the points at Toorak Park until very late in the piece, when our boys rallied and found a way to win. It was good to see the Ressies bounce back against the third-placed team, though it wasn't exactly a sparkling performance. Our two teams in the Thirds comp, the Menages and the U23s, are doing well, as are our U19s - especially the Rs under first year coach Pat Allan. The Women have hit a down patch in the Premier section, though they will no doubt soon return to the winners' list. The Crocs roll on, and again seem headed for finals.


We are truly grateful to the following for their membership commitment in 2017:

Legend: Jack and Meg Bowen, John and Marg Noonan, Mark Mattioli, Michael (RIP) and Sara Hennessy

Hero: John Burnes, Chris and Mary Callinan, Peter and Debbie Darvell, Michael Fitzgerald and Janette Parr, Lachlan and Natalie Ford, Rolly and Lindy Howard, Michael Logan, Nicholas Martin, Peter and Marg McDonnell, Kevin and Cheryl O'Hanlon, John and Tracey Prowse, Philip and Sue Prowse, Peter Rhoden, Anthony Rohan, Nick West

Family: Paul and Joan Hamilton, Jim Avgerinos, Trevor Barrot, John and Carol BarryBernadette Batten, Steve and Kaye Beetham, Damian and Libby Berry, Michael and Biddy Blood, Phil Carey, John Carmody, John and Chris Cavanagh, Anthony Duggan, Neal and Rachael Dunne, Richard and Ro Foley, John Gilbert, Michael Green, Florian and Louise Greene, Pat Hawkins, David and Nina Hummerston, Simon and Andy Hunt, Michael Johnston, Paul and Jo Lachal, Jim Lally, Michael and Jenny Lefebvre, Simon Lethlean, Peter and Marianne Margin, Tim and Patricia Meehan, Joseph Monaghan and Meredith Shaw, Liz Mullins, Steve and Anne ParsleyGerard, Deborah, Max and Georgia Phillips, Karen Pintal and Chris Thornton, Brigid Pitney and Michael Nunan, Elvia Russo, Marg and Michael Ryan, Renato and Pauline Serafini, Michael and Dorothy Shaw, Damien and Caroline Silk, Peter and Heather Simpson, John and Effie Symeopoulos, Kevin and Margie Ulbrick, Gavan and Stephanie Woodruff, Russell and Julie Wynne

Loyalty: Michelle Agius, Anthony Barr, Michelle Barret, Michael Barrett, Michael D Blood, Matthew Bourke, Nicholas Burne, Don Collins, Paul Connors, Phil Cramer, Steve Curtain, Rohan Davis, Ed Delany, Edward Delany, Gerard Delany, Andrew Dillon, John Dillon, James Dynon, Tom Fanning, Joe and Andy Forrest, Phil Francis, Mark Gibson, Theresa Goss, Adrian Gray, Daniel Hannebery, Bernard Heaphy, Paul Henderson, Margot Hulett, Alan Johnston, Colleen Jreissati, Elias Jreissati, Scott Keck, David King, Adrian Larkins, Paul Lefebvre, Andrew Leoncelli, Stewart Lopez, James Lowe, James and Alice McDonnell, AlexMcHarg, Ray McLean, Scott Mollard, David Morton, Carl Nunan, Kieran O'Brien, Matthew O'Hanlon, PaulO'Leary, Michael (Ralph) O'Shaughnessy, Bill Peppard, Anthony and Anne Prowse, Jeremy Pytel, Barry Richardson, Daniel Richardson, Terry Rogers, Charlie Rohan, Chris Samartzis, Elizabeth Shaw, Stephen and Helen Silk, Richard Stanley, Michael Sweeney, Luke Tuddenham, Andrew Wardlaw, Chris Warry, John West, Luke Westmore, Lucy Wilcox, Michael Yates, John Zachariah

Supporter: Martin Amad, Matthew Ball, Kevin Barge, Nick Bourke, Michael Brennan, Frank Burke, Andrew Cookesley, Bernard Cussen, Justin deBroughe, Tim Dickinson, John Elligate, Adrian Janiszewski, Tim Johnston, Pat Kennedy, Craig Kilby, Josh Kitchen, Brian Lawler, Pip Lees, Michael Lefebvre Snr, Tony Long, Peter Luff, Michael McCarthy, Tom McCarthy, Matt McNamara, Ambrose Meehan, Louis Megas, Bulled Mikela, Declan Mitchell, John Nankervis, David Niall, Chris O'Neill, John Pereira, Will Pereira, Gretal Rohan, Michael Rohan, Sonia Rohan, Damian Schinck, Joshua Schinck, Renzo Sgarbossa, Jacqui Smith, Paul Smith, Gerry Walker, Graeme Williamson, Donna Williamson, Brett Yorgey, Judy Zapparoni

Membership kits were mailed out at the beginning of the season and we thank those who have responded accordingly. Let's all get behind our young men and women and not leave it to someone else.

We need everyone to contribute so that we can cover such extras as increased player insurance cover, St John's attendance at Stradbroke Park, fully furnished medical kits, extra trainers and costs of communications. There's a level of membership to suit all of our supporters, so please contribute today. We are relying on YOU! 

See you tomorrow.

Go Xavs!

Bill Denton, OXFC President


August 1994: The Crocs had won another flag, and three-peat master coach Scott "Dusty" Denison was interviewed post game. Scooter was a happy man. Assistant coach Ralph O'Shaughnessy, the only man besides Jock McHale to have coaching duties at Collingwood and Old Xavs simultaneously, was there to take his share of the credit. Bill Denton played his final game and kicked a goal with his last kick in footy, a boomer to the scoreboard end. A young Dermot Dann, still bleary-eyed from a big Saturday night, watches the action. Age has not wearied them!


The Boots 'n All Lunch on 11 August is an ideal opportunity for you to entertain your business clients. We have pulled together a star cast of characters, so click the pic and then book your table now. Over 90% of seats are committed, so get in quickly to avoid disappointment. If you haven't yet paid, please do so, because we won't be leaving any seats empty!



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Terry "Lemon" Landrigan spoke to us last night after training.

"We got there in the end, and it's always good to win at home.

I was thankful to everyone for their best wishes on my birthday. Most of the teams won, Chachi kicked another six in the Crocs, everyone returned their guernseys. The cake was good, the beer was cold and I was home in bed by 9:00. Perfect!

"I woke up this morning to read about Andrew Leoncelli's ordeal on that plane. Brave man, Chell! We're all thankful that you are OK."

"This week, back at home again, and time for another win. With all the changes to the teams these days, it's extra work switching kits before hanging those new numbers on the Bowens hand-crafted timber hangers, so leave me alone so I can get my work done."


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Tomorrow’s games


Upcoming Premier Section clashes



24 JUN - R10 v ST KEVIN's @ XC

1 JULY - R11 @ DLS




Here's the ladder after Round 7:

LAST WEEK: De La topped the previously unbeaten Collegians, a result we told you last Friday was a big possibility. OMs stayed hot with a win at Brindisi Street, Blues won relatively easily out at Trinity and Kevs walloped Blacks. Last week, Xavs had to fight every inch of the way against Beauy. Some great goal-kicking from Matt Handley, Brendan Goss and Tommy Gilbert, plus some stout defending from Murphy Ambrose and Nick Serafini saw the X Men gradually get a grip on the game and push through for the victory. Reigning club champion Tomi Johnston was again outstanding. Based on that performance, Beaumaris will surely break through sooner rather than later.

The Predictor on the VAFA site throws up these Round 8 prognostications.

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And here’s what we say . . .

SBMT @ Beaumaris: A critical game in the relegation scheme of things, with the Sharks coming off their best performance of the year. The Tiges couldn't get there at home against OMs, but we don't know whether this says more about the Seasiders than it does about the Dark Blues. Beauy will fancy themselves in the spaces and have the height to worry a lot of teams. The Predictor says they will go down in a low scoring affair, but we are tipping a win for the home team at Banksia.

De La @ Old Trinity. The Ts coughed up their contest against Blues when the Uni team booted seven goals to none in the second term. It's not the Hedgeburners' way, or hasn't been in recent years. De La is in good form, but will they maintain it on the bigger ground? The Predictor gives it to the Greens, who have beaten the Bellers two out of the last three here. We think that De La might even the score this week, and if this is the case, then the home team will find it difficult to clamber back up the ladder. DLS, on the other hand, is still set on playing finals.

OMs @ Kevs: The Predictor says it's the easiest game of the round. We don't agree. The Dark Blues are building and seemingly getting stronger by the week. They will remember the 2015 Premier B GF, which they should have won after having the Kevs on the rack. They will approach this one with some confidence, though TH King is proving difficult for visiting teams.  OMs lost by just a few points here last season and will be keen for another crack. Kevs, however, had the opportunity to find their mojo again last week and did it easily, with Schulz kicking six and the team winning big against the Blacks. A good game, but we believe the Tricolours will be too good.

Collegians @ Uni Blues: We've seen some pretty good Lions' teams go down at the Uni and this week's contest under the spires could see that happen again. Blues are red hot, while the Lions will need to lick their wounds and bounce back. Plenty of stars in each team's lineup, but one needs to be brave to bet against the Blues at home. We can't see either team kicking 100 points, and if one of them does, it will win. We suspect that the home team will score the points.

The game of the day for the eighth week in a row again features Old Xaverians, and Inner FM Radio will be at Toorak Park to cover the tilt with Uni Blacks.  Blacks have won just once this year, a R5 victory against SBMT at the Uni, and they come to Orrong Road desperately in need of another win. 

Blacks certainly have players to worry most teams, but they've had consistency from too few. #43 Al Robbins and #5 Lochie Dornauf are class forwards, #42 Charlie Richardson and #10 Bede Mahon creative on-ballers and #1 Josh Steadman has been an effective big man. #53 John Vrodos has booted three goals twice in three weeks, and #7 Hugh Curnow and the recently-returned #13 Angus Drysdale are classy players too. #9 Joel Ernest can be deadly in front of the sticks if given opportunities.

Comparative stats on 2017:

  • Most points scored in a game: Blacks 106, Xavs 121
  • Most points conceded in a game: Blacks 132, Xavs 106
  • Times conceded 120 pts in a game: Blacks 2, Xavs 0
  • Top Goalkicker: Blacks - Dornauf 16, Xavs - Handley 19
  • Players with multiple goals in game: Blacks 10, Xavs 7
  • Most goals scored in a quarter: Blacks 8, Xavs 7
  • Most goals conceded in a quarter: Blacks 11, Xavs 6
  • Points scored per game: Blacks 72, Xavs 80
  • Points conceded per game: Blacks 94, Xavs 79
  • Players used: Blacks 30, Xavs 34
  • Players played every game: Blacks 12, Xavs 13
  • Home record: Blacks 1/4, Xavs 3/3
  • Road record: Blacks 0/3, Xavs 2/4

These numbers would seem to suggest another close game. Compared with last season's first seven games, in which the Red 'n' Blacks went 3-4, their production is down by about two goals a game, while the defence is conceding three points a game more. Blacks goal production is also down by two goals a game on the first seven rounds last year and their defence is allowing an extra 15ppg. 

Coach McDonald has plenty to work with in this 2017 Claret and Stout squad, but will be seeking four quarters of pressure to stop the Blacks. Their spread of sharpshooters outstrips Xavs and the Red 'n' Blacks defence will need to be tight.

Tomorrow's clash is one neither club can afford to lose. Xavs can go to the QB break at 6-2 and must do that, as the set of three games that follow the bye are against Colls (A), Kevs (XC) and DLS (A). All of these are serious contenders, and then there is the clash with Blues after the Rep weekend. The Red 'n' Blacks might now be close to avoiding relegation, but need to clock up a lot more wins for the best possible shot at September.

2016 Head-to-Head:

Uni Oval - R5:

  • University Blacks    3.3-21    8.4-52     14.7-91    18.12-120
  • Old Xaverians         6.0-36   9.0-54      11.3-69    14.5-89

Uni Blacks had nine goal-kickers and overcame a fast start from Xavs. Mid-way through the first term, it seemed "how far the Claret and Stout", but the home team dominated thereafter, despite seven from Chopper Handley and three from the Warragul Wizard.

Toorak Park - R14:

  • Old Xaverians            5.1-31      6.4-40      10.6-66     14.8-92
  • University Blacks       1.2-8       4.4-28        5.5-35     6.8-44

Another fast start from Xavs and a better finish. Mick Darvell was best as the Red 'n Blacks had six multiple goal-scorers.


  • Old Xaverians          2.3-15    6.4-40     10.8-68     14.9-93
  • University Blacks    5.2-32    8.7-55     11.11-77       11.12-78

Blacks got away to a fine start and Xavs spent most of the afternoon chipping away at their lead. Six goals from Brendan Goss in a brilliant BOG performance got the Claret and Stout home in the end.


Our great video man Ian Bonnitcha put together a short Tim Dynon tribute after Shovel's last game. Take a look!