ROUND 11 - 2017


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When we scheduled eight games at Xavier College last week, we thought we might go a little better than 3 wins. St Kevin's beat us in five of seven contests on the afternoon, a disappointing result for our club.

SKOB is a club on a mission and is strong through the sections. They will be difficult to beat, as Saturday proved. However, as they say in the classics, you only have to beat them once. Nothing would suggest, in most sections, that we can't do that later in the year, but we will need to be at our best. And we will need to beat plenty of others to earn another crack.

Get well WOK!

Get well WOK!

Another sour note from Saturday was the broken jaw suffered by Marc Johnston. As I said last week, we don't like to see anyone injured, and his accident has and will continue to cause him some discomfort for a couple of months. We are awaiting the footy gods to smile on him and his teammates again.

Before we remove last week from our memories, our thanks again to Chris Hayes, Gary Rosewarne and the ground staff at Xavier for their great assistance.

The XC grounds were in great condition, as always, and the College gave us a lot of help to get our teams on the field.


And don't forget! 



You can dine with His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) on Wed July 26 from 6pm at Xavier College's annual fundraiser for the Ignatius Education fund.

You can bring a bottle for the table and wine and beer will be available at the bar.

$120 a head. All men and women of Xavier Nation are welcome.

Bookings have started on Trybooking.  Here is the link -






A week ago, we lost another of our 1948 premiership team, when Paul Fitzgerald passed away aged 94.

Paul lived a brilliant life and achieved great things as a portrait artist.

His funeral Mass is this morning and we extend our best to his family and friends. You can read more about Paul here.




It's never too late to get on board. By joining us officially, you are fully vested in our success as a club. We are dedicated to our players and volunteers who give so much to the Red 'n' Blacks so that we remain strong. We are as proud of our past as others are jealous, but our outgoings rise every year and we need more people on board to spread the burden. We'd be grateful if you sign up if you haven't already committed.

We are truly grateful to the following for their financial membership 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 Barry, Bernadette 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, Shane & Bernadette Healy, 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, Hayden & Jacqui Morris, Liz Mullins, Steve and Anne Parsley, Gerard, Deborah, Max and Georgia Phillips, Karen Pintal and Chris Thornton, Brigid Pitney and Michael Nunan, Jack Rush, 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, Mark Bowden, 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, Cameron Lucas, James and Alice McDonnell, Alex McHarg, Ray McLean, Scott Mollard, David Morton, Nick Mitsios, Carl Nunan, Kieran O'Brien, Matthew O'Hanlon, Paul O'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

This week, our teams are back in more familiar surroundings. The seniors return to Waverley Park, where we have a great record. Beating De La is never easy and we will need to be on our game. Our spot in the top four is at stake and we know how hard the Red and Blacks fight with backs to the wall. See you tomorrow!

Go Xavs!

Bill Denton, OXFC President


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Terry "Lemon" Landrigan is again packing the Bowen's Wagon Queen Family Truckster for the trip to Dairy Bell.

"The Waverley Park ground is one with which I am very familiar. I spent many afternoons there, teaching my daughter Kerry's kids Charlie and Harry how to kick on the left foot, how to handball on the run, how to play like a real Red and Black.

When they'd mess up an easy shot for goal, or drop a chest mark, they'd say to me 'Gramps, we're playing as bad as those guys who play here on Saturday arvo.' I'd tell 'em to keep at it like good young Xavs and then usually drag them across the road to buy them an ice cream, which they seemed to enjoy more than the football.

"Chachi often joined us and he was their hero. Young Charlie used to wear his #4 Xavs guernsey to Toorak Park games and sell the Record. I reckon the young fellow made a handsome profit from those sales too. And probably spent it all at the ice-cream shop.

"Anyway, with Old Xavs footy so ingrained in them, we counted the years until they came through school. Then, horror or horrors, they pitched their tent at De La Salle and signed on to play there. 

"'Yeah, Toorak Park is great, Gramps, but it doesn't have a Dairy Bell across the road. Thickshakes and/or ice creams are a must after training and after a tough match. Or even before,' they reasoned.

"Some bloke from De La Salle told it me it was payback for Damien Orlando, who went to De La but played at Xavs. I told him that Orlando was actually payback for Peter McDonnell, who went to XC but played in the Blue and Gold. (Actually, I hadn't known that. Orlando was as quiet as Bruce Doull and never told anyone anything much!) Anyway, there are quite a few Old Xavs still supporting DLS from their time there in the 1970s, which makes our clashes very interesting.

"Anyway, soon after the boys' defection, I stopped buying them ice-creams - I'm not a vengeful man, but enough is enough. Then the old Dairy Bell factory closed, so I guess that did for the grandsons - these days they are playing elsewhere, near some other ice-cream shop.

"Chachi still won't forgive them. Then again, he's too busy kicking goals in the Crocs, though each week, another rival to his crown arrives. With Jake Williams back on board, the goal pie is shrinking a bit, though old #4 has a few tricks up his sleeve yet.

"It's been a busy fortnight for bad injuries and I just hope that Skeney and Wok are doing OK. The Bowens Wagon Queen Family Truckster is loaded and the senior kit has a couple of new senior guernsey numbers this week. Let's make sure me have a win at the Dairy Bell tomorrow. The Abbotts Lager always tastes better after a victory. Real Xavs prefer a pot to an oversized ice-cream cone.



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Tomorrow’s games


Upcoming Premier Section clashes







Here's the ladder after Round 10

Last week: Blues were too good for OMs, who went in without some of its stars, though to be fair, the Uni team was down Kieran Harper, who leads the Premier goal kicking. 

Collegians got home by ten points against a fast-finishing SBMT, who are now in the drop zone.

Blacks lifted themselves out of that danger area by finishing stronger than Old Trinity. The scores were level at the half, but four goals to none in the third set up the Varsity victory.

De La Salle lost the lead near three quarter time, but danced home with a seven goal to one final stanza against Beaumaris. 

Xavs, as we know, trailed SKOB for most of the afternoon and just when the Red 'n' Blacks looked to be turning the tide, Kevs raced away.

This week is the final game before the Representative Match weekend bye.

The Predictor on the VAFA site throws up these Round 11 prognostications.

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And here’s what we say . . .

Ts @ SBMT:  The Hedgeburners have lost four on the trot. Their concern now is survival rather than making the four. The Tiges have one just once at Brindisi Street, against DLS, but one suspects their game suits their home park better than Trinity's style does. An absolute must win for both teams, so someone is going to be disappointed. We think the Seasiders will win here.

Blacks @ Blues: This intra-varsity game is always full of interest to VAFA fans, but the facts are that Blues has won six of the last seven of these derbies. In recent weeks, Blacks have been building up their strength and it would be wonderful to see them pull off a victory here. But alas, we don't believe it will happen. Blues by a fair bit in a tough encounter.

Beauy @ OMs: Peter O'Toole was nominated eight times for the Best Actor Oscar, but never saluted. The Sharks are a bit like that . . . hassle, take over games, dominate, and in the end, fail to win. How will they travel at HQ against OMs, who have been up and down and a bit unlucky with unavailabilities. One would think OMs will win the day, but we can't be sure. Beauy might yet shape the four in a big way. But they haven't won, so why would they start now against a team that believes it can still be around in September? OMs. Just.  

Collegians @ St Kevin's: Last time, Colls absolutely poleaxed the SKOBs, a week after the latter had edged the Xavs. The Purples were brilliant on the Trott, but this time the Kevs are home. Well, they are at St Kevin's College, where they lost last year to Old Carey. We suspect that the Lions will again play well, but will their return to top form be enough to upset the pre-season/mid-season premiership favourites? The game will be on 96.5 Inner FM. We think SKOB in a close one.  

The game of the day, for the tenth week in a row, surprisingly features Old Xaverians, who face off with De La Salle at Waverley Park.

The first round this year saw Xavs come from behind in the final term to snatch an emphatic win. Remember this?


Here's a snapshot of the Red 'n' Blacks in their first ten games of 2017 versus 2016:

NB: in 2016, Xavs had played STRUGGLING ST BERNARD's TWICE - IN 2017, IT has played TOP TEAM ST KEVIN'S TWICE.

NB: in 2016, Xavs had played STRUGGLING ST BERNARD's TWICE - IN 2017, IT has played TOP TEAM ST KEVIN'S TWICE.

  • Xavs have had one more scoring shot this year, but accuracy is down. 
  • Xavs have conceded about 16 % more shots this year at the cost of one goal per game.

Comparative stats in 2017: DLS v OX

  • Most points scored in a game: DLS 104, Xavs 121
  • Most points conceded in a game:  DLS 93, Xavs 106
  • Top Goalkicker: DLS - Indovino 21, Xavs - Handley 23
  • Players with multiple goals in game: DLS 10, Xavs 8
  • Most goals scored in a quarter: DLS 7, Xavs 7
  • Most goals conceded in a quarter: DLS 7, Xavs 6
  • Points scored per game: DLS 75, Xavs 79
  • Points conceded per game: DLS 69, Xavs 76
  • Players used: DLS 36, Xavs 35
  • Players played every game: DLS 9, Xavs 11
  • Home record: DLS 3/5, Xavs 4/5
  • Road record: DLS 3/4, Xavs 2.5/5

The stats indicate there is not much between the two sides. Both played well against Collegians (and beat them on the scoreboard, if not in the record books. Both were beaten by Kevs and Uni Blues.

We can expect the usual run and gun style from the Blue and Golds, which doesn't quite suit Xavs, but the Red 'n' Blacks style usually goes down a treat against the Sallies. While the results are usually pretty close, Xavs have won five in a row on this park. However, that was then, this is now.

De La has plenty of star power . . . #2 Jake Williams, the two-time Woodrow medalist, his brother #17 Sam, former AFL on-baller #5 Jason Tutt, forwards #27 Adrian Indovino, #16 Sam Pickett and #56 Sean Fisher, and defenders # 7 Tom Humphrey, #26 Brendan Close and #31 David Convery have all performed well over the first half.

Veterans #10 David Lowe and #12 Matt Fieldsend, who shared the Woodrow in 2009, are no slouches either. Then big Anthony #24 Forato in the ruck and #28 in the man bun, Sam Haslem, are never out of it.

De La loves to run the ball and set up loose players. They probably bounce the Sherrin more times than any other team and often become frustrated when the game is played tight, which is Xavs' preferred mode. The weather should be perfect for skills to come to the fore. 

Winning first touch from the middle will be important, as many goals can be scored here from stoppages. When Brendan Goss and Matt Handley have fired here, the Xavs have won. Methodical entry into the forward half will be critical as De La has plenty of mean defenders. In addition, De La likes to build its attack from deep in defence, often from the kick-ins.  

Xavs have won four straight at Dairy Bell after losing three straight there 2010-2012.

2009* Old Xaverians win - a record crowd saw a monster game won by the Red 'n Blacks, despite eight goals from DLS star Leigh Harrison. In a game rated as one of the best of all time, the big glazed ham Damien Lynch booted five in the win.

  • De La Salle       4.4     7.9    10.13    15.18 (108)
  • Old Xaverians   2.1     7.2     12.8      18.8 (116)

Goals: D. Lynch 5, J. Agius 3, J. Mercuri 3, M. Handley 2, E. Prowse 2, T. Clarke, S. Johnston, T. Fleming.                                         Best: E. Prowse, C. Larkins, J. Mercuri, T. Ruyg, B. Rogerson, D. Lynch

2010* De La Salle win

2011 De La Salle 54 Old Xaverians 37

2012 De La Salle 93 Old Xaverians 53

2013* Old Xaverians win comfortably with the Glimmer Twins matching De La's score between them.

  • De La Salle       1.2-8      3.3-21     6.4-40      9.7-61
  • Old Xaverians  3.4-22   5.7-37   11.10-76  15.16-106

Goals: B. Goss 5, M. Handley 4, M. Allan 2, J. Williams 2, M. Ambrose , C. Waller
Best: M. Ambrose, C. Waller, P. Ambrose, B. Goss, E. Prowse, S. Tagliabue

2014 Old Xaverians win - a fast start by the Xavs does the trick over the faster-finishing DLS, who had been held goal-less to the half. Many anxious moments and some De La chances before the siren finally sounded.

  • De La Salle        0.0-0       0.7-7     4.12-36     9.16-70
  • Old Xaverians  5.9-39    6.10-46   9.14-68      10.16-76

Goal Kickers: B. Goss 3, M. Handley 2, C. Waller 2, C. Larkins , C. Beetham , M. Allan
Best Players: , D. Ryan , E. Prowse , L. Smith , C. Waller , M. Handley , M. Allan

2015 Old Xaverians win - Marcus Allan was best afield and a massive lunge from Josh Anderson to spoil in the dying minutes kept the points safe.

  • De La Salle      5.3-33   7.5-47   8.9-57   12.13-85
  • Old Xaverians 2.4-16    7.9-51   11.9-75   13.12-90

Goal Kickers: J. Hannan 4, M. Margin 3, J. Douglas , M. Allan , E. Prowse , P. Tiernan , M. Handley , N. Wynne
Best Players: M. Allan , P. Tiernan , C. Beetham , N. Wynne , L. Denton , M. Darvell

2016* Old Xaverians win - an emphatic performance from the Red 'n' Blacks, with the Glimmer Twins booting ten between them and the big horse John Shaw masterful in the ruck.

  • De La Salle       1.4-10      2.7-19    5.9-39     9.14-68
  • Old Xaverians  3.4-22    7.8-50   13.8-86  16.10-106

Goal Kickers: B. Goss 6, M. Handley 4, M. Darvell 2, J. Shaw, T. Johnston, T. Thomas, R. Ralph
Best Players: J. Shaw, N. Serafini, C. Johnston, M. Darvell, B. Goss, L. Tiernan

* Xavs premiership year.