‘Since 1910’

7 March


Please see the attached letter from the committee outlining the player subscription fees for 2018. In great news, they have remained the same as 2017. Payment forms will be available at the club for those wishing to pay by credit card, or simply transfer via direct debit (details in the attached letter). For more information please read the letter by clicking here.

5 March


Apologies from the website administrator for the delay, but we have finally updated the 2018 Committee list. We have had a great increase in the number of people who will help run the club this season. A big welcome to all the new committee members, and a welcome back to those continuing. We owe you all a big thank you and we can’t wait to get the season underway. To check out just who our committee is for 2018, simply click here.

16 November


Following Monday’s AGM the club is seeking past players, players’ family members, players or supporters to join the committee for 2018. There are major positions that need to be filled and this is vital for our ongoing success and survival. Please either consider taking on a role yourself or asking someone you know to take on a role. For more information please read the letter from the current committee by clicking here.

7 November


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe team pic believed to be taken May 21, 1921, at Ivanhoe. Pic courtesy David Martin

They say a picture can tell a thousand words, but I’ll keep this briefer.

This historic Ivanhoe team photo surfaced from David Martin’s family album a couple of days ago. David, a long-serving treasurer of Ivanhoe Junior Football Club and life member, had a grandfather who played for Ivanhoe nearly 100 years ago. There was no caption or date on the snap, but the player lying in the left foreground is David’s grandfather Cecil Martin. Several of the players from the 1921 premiership team photo are instantly recognisable.

Ivanhoe had a gun forward and captain in the 1921 HDFA premiership season, and local press reports always referred to him as “Jimmy” Martin. There was no one else of that surname playing at Ivanhoe during the era and he wouldn’t be the first to cop a nickname different to his christian name. I’m convinced this photo was taken on May 21, 1921, in front of the original clubrooms at Ivanhoe Park.

A report published in the Heidelberg News on May 28, 1921, told how the start of the grand final rematch between Ivanhoe and Heidelberg at Ivanhoe Park had been delayed by half an hour because team photos were taken before the game. Ivanhoe had lost the 1920 Heidelberg District Football Association grand final to Heidelberg and the rematch on May 21, 1921, was a much-anticipated local derby.

The report states: ‘‘Ever since Ivanhoe entered the HDFA great interest has been shown when the above teams met, and although there was a big difference in the scores on Saturday last, the game was not lacking in interest from start to finish. What seems to (be) becoming a regular thing happened again on Saturday – that is, a late start. First of all Ivanhoe had a photo taken of the team, and then Heidelberg, and by the time that was finished it was 3.30 before the game started, which resulted in the match finishing in poor light.”

For what it’s worth, the Hoes flogged the Bergs, 11.13 (79) to 12 behinds! Martin top-scored with five goals and was among the best players.

Martin was top goalkicker for Ivanhoe over three seasons in 1921-22-23. He topped the goalkicking with 65 goals in 1921, including a record 13-goal haul against Templestowe on May 14, 1921. He handed over the captaincy to a new coach early in the 1922 season but remained a model of consistency, clocking up 50 consecutive games and 154 goals at centre-forward by July 29, 1922.

The News noted that Martin was presented with a gold-mounted pipe “as a small token of appreciation from club officials for his valuable service. ‘Jimmy’ in a neat little speech thanked the club for the present, and stated that he hoped to take his place in another 50 games with the same success”.

David Martin says his grandfather was persuaded to quit footy after the 1923 season because “grandma was sick of the smell of liniment” on him after games.  Which was a pity because the club went to the finals the next year with the Collier brothers on-board and even got to play on the MCG.

What makes this photo so special is that it’s also a virtual time capsule as an informal club portrait. It’s not just the players in their kit, or the two players Laurie Murphy and Len Ludbrooke who went to Collingwood standing next to teammate John Benson with his trademark beanie on, it’s all those supporters including women and children as well as trainers and officials.

And it’s the first time we’ve ever had a glimpse of what the original modest wooden pavilion looked like. This pic will take pride of place in the Ivanhoe Pic Trove on the club’s website. To see other historic photos, click here.

6 November


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe’s 2017 B&F Reuben Blackmore-Moore, with runner-up Reece Cotter (left) and coach’s award recipient Bill Jackson. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Midfielder Reuben Blackmore-Moore is the senior club’s best and fairest for season 2017. Blackmore-Moore narrowly led the voting at the halfway mark of the season, with defenders Reece Cotter and Liam Jacob close behind. But after Round 18 he had 18 votes and finished well clear of runner-up Cotter on 11 and six players who tied for third on eight votes each – Bill Jackson, Liam Jacob, Danny Jones, Mitch Lovell, Nick Thornley and Alex Whitehead. The Hec Rutherford medallist’s thank you speech was delivered with trademark panache that left the crowd of 75 in fits of laughter. No one was overlooked in his nod to the people that keep the club ticking, from coaches to committeeman and our loyal sponsors. Other award winners included Mitch Lovell, who picked up the Ron Smith Medal as leading goal-kicker with 38 goals – the same haul as in 2016. The skipper’s tally is especially impressive, given that he spent a lot of match time playing up the ground. The coach’s award went to one of the hardest-working blokes on and off the field “Golden” Bill Jackson, who clocked up his 150th club game in Round 1.

Ron Smith medallist Mitch Lovell, who kicked 38 goals in 2017. Pic: Phil Skeggs

The leading vote winners in the reserves were ruckmen Luke Fitt (9), Dave Ioannou (8), with forwards Billy Zagontinos, Ben Fleming and James Pititto tied on third with six votes. Fitt played nine games in the reserves before earning senior selection in Round 15 and got two more senior games before the finals. The Colin McDonald medallist joined the club in 2016. Zagontinos bagged 18 goals in 10 games to be the reserves’ top goal-kicker, including seven against Whitefriars in Round 10. He also stepped up to play nine senior games this season. Pititto kicked 14 goals in 14 games and will also be looking to build on a consistent debut season. The coach’s award went to defender Mitch Rees, who was also best player in the semi-final against St Mary’s Salesian.

Ivies B&F Tahlia Day (centre) with runner-up Sarah Kerr (left) and coach’s award recipient Fiona Tansley. Pic: Phil Skeggs

The inaugural Ida Marcon Medal for the Ivies best and fairest medal was won by Tahlia Day, while Sarah Kerr was runner-up and Georgia Scarce third. Day also picked up the goal-kicking medal for her tally of 10 goals. Bill Emerson awarded the coach’s medal to hard-working ruck Fiona Tansley. Club president Luke Blackwood was effusive in his praise of the amount of work shouldered by club secretary Peter Marshall this year, particularly his role in establishing the Ivies. Marshall, who was recognised with the John Miles best clubman award, spoke of how open and warming the club has been from the day he became involved last year and he plans to  continue helping Ivies coach Emerson next season.

Hall of Fame inductee Peter Rawley. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Club games record holder and outgoing reserves coach Peter Rawley’s legend status was formalised when he became the 19th member of the IAFC Hall of Fame*. Rawley spoke of how much enjoyment he has received from his involvement with the club since playing in an Under 19s premiership in 1987. He will have a senior role on committee next season and has urged past and present players to also get involved.

Blackwood said the club will bestow life memberships at an inaugural life members’ luncheon at the start of 2018 season. Senior coach Leigh Cole said the groundwork for a successful 2018 season would start in four weeks when pre-season training commences.

*A complete list of Ivanhoe’s Hall of Fame members can be found in our history section, click here.


Ever wonder who Hec Rutherford was and why our B&F is named after him, or perhaps you’ve never heard of Ivanhoe Ida? Well we’ve just added some new pages that introduce you to the names behind our medals, include John Miles, Hec, Ron Smith, Colin McDonald, Rob Pearce and of course Ida Marcon.

So please, click here and find out more about these important Ivanhoe figures.

31 October


The Ivanhoe Amateur Football Club will be holding its AGM on Monday 13 November. It will be held at Ivanhoe Park, starting at 7pm. All players, committee, parents and supporters are invited to attend.

23 September


By Phil Skeggs

Life member, former juniors and under 19s coach and past player Dave Bartlett. Pic PHIL SKEGGS

Ivanhoe Amateurs life member David Bartlett will be in the AFL Grand Final Parade after being honoured with two major awards by AFL Queensland this week. Bartlett picked up the State Volunteer of the Year award and the QAFL Club Volunteer of the Year for his work with Sherwood/Western Magpies at Queensland footy’s night of nights at the Gabba on Sunday. In his 34 years of volunteering with the Magpies, where he is also a life member, “Barts” has done everything from fitness coaching to cooking and handyman work. Along with fixtures maintenance for the Magpies, he ran a very successful “Barts’ Burgers” on match days and also worked with junior teams.

“Barts” was a popular Ivanhoe juniors and Under 19s coach in his playing days in the VAFA’s A and B grades during the 1970s, taking the Under 19s to the top of Junior Section 1 and a grand final in 1977, as well as a Colts grand final in Yarra Junior league the previous year when he played in the B section reserves premiership. His assistant coach was another club life member Andrew Ireland, who is CEO of the Sydney Swans and an AFL life member. The pair tell me they still keep close tabs on the Hoes’ progress each season. Barts regularly returns to Ivanhoe Park to watch a match and catch up with old faces whenever he is in town.

Ivanhoe’s Under 15s in 1974, coached by David Bartlett and Andrew Ireland

In his acceptance speech, the retired teacher told the audience he enjoyed seeing boys develop into senior footballers who love the game and become good citizens. He said the Magpies had a focus on developing young footballers to play at the highest level possible. Barts will be given the full VIP treatment by the AFL during Grand Final week, including free air tickets, an appearance in Friday’s street parade, a gala dinner and tickets to the big game.

Despite being on crutches after undergoing hip replacement surgery a fortnight ago, he says he is already in training to walk the length of 1.5km Melbourne street parade with the aid of a walking stick.

We sure breed them tough at Ivanhoe Park!

To read more about David Bartlett, click here.

19 September


By Phil Skeggs

Tahlia Day in action this season. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates Tahlia Day on winning the Ivies inaugural best and fairest award on Sunday. Tahlia, who played in the ruck and also provided a focal point in the forward line, polled 73 votes in 10 games including the semi-final. Midfielder Sarah Kerr, who played in all three grading games, nine home and away matches and the semi, finished second with 68 votes. Ruck-rover Georgia Scarce, who also played 10 games, was third with 67 votes.

Sarah Kerr handballs clear. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Georgia Scarce getting a clearing kick away. Pic: Phil Skeggs










The talented trio were all prominent in the semi-final against Old Carey – Tahlia kicking two of our three goals.  And they’ve all indicated they will be lining up with the Ivies next season. Sarah, who came third in the Division 2 B&F, was one of 14 VAFA Women’s players invited to showcase their talent in front of AFLW recruiters as part of AFL Victoria’s Female Young Guns match at Coburg City Oval on September 9.

In accepting her B&F award on Sunday, Tahlia said she first came to Ivanhoe Park for a training run out of curiosity to see what it was like playing football. She was immediately made welcome by her new teammates and the rest, as they say, is history. Her name will forever be first on the Ivies  honour board.

Coach Bill Emerson said the Ivies’  team ethic was “second to none”. The Ivies had 46 players in their first season, with up to 36 becoming regulars. He said a dozen women continued training together post-season, such was the enthusiasm for next year, and he has already had a call from a potential recruit. Ten players who have graduated from Ivanhoe Juniors  Youth/Under 18 girls will be invited to pre-season as well. IAFC secretary Peter Marshall has indicated he will be Ivies team manager next year, and the search is on for a new assistant coach.

Pre-season training starts on Wednesday, November 15 and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays before Christmas. For more information about the Ivies and pre-season training, contact Bill Emerson on 0407 921 951.

15 September


Leighton Pearce as assistant coach with Ivanhoe’s women’s team this year. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs is pleased to announce that Leighton Pearce will coach the Under 19s next season. Leighton was assistant coach to Bill Emerson with the Ivanhoe Ivies women’s team that reached the semi-finals in their first season this year. Leighton also worked alongside Bill in 2014 when Ivanhoe’s  Under 19s won a premiership in North Division. The dynamic duo went back-to-back, coaching  Ivanhoe’s reserves to a flag in Division 2 in 2015.

Leighton was a brilliant midfielder and onballer in his playing days. He was a three-time winner of junior club B&Fs in the early ’90s and equal B&F in under 19s. He played 117 senior games in B, C and D grades during the mid to late 90s, including the 1995 C grade grand final. He was also a runner-up in the seniors B&F. Knee injuries curtailed his playing career, but Leighton assisted his dad – club doyen Rob Pearce – in coaching Ivanhoe junior teams.  He continued as an assistant coach with seniors and reserves  under the tutelage of senior coaches John Matthews and Doni Valkanis.

A popular teacher at Ivanhoe Primary, Leighton and his partner Kim have an 18-month-old daughter. Ivanhoe president Luke Blackwood welcomed Leighton’s decision to coach the Under 19s. “Leighton has served a very successful apprenticeship as an assistant coach in recent seasons and he is more than ready to step up and coach under 19s,” said Blackwood. “He has taken on a role that is vital to the long-term future success of the club.”

Leighton Pearce as assistant coach with the Ivies this year. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Leighton said he was looking forward to working with the next generation of Hoers. “Under 19s can be heaps of fun for young blokes wanting to stick tight, keep fit  and play footy together after they leave school. But it is also that stepping stone in their development from juniors to seniors,” he said. “I really look forward to meeting everyone. Next season  will be a great challenge.  As a player I loved the competitive nature of football and was hungry for success. I’m sure that will translate as a coach towards achieving our team goals in 2018.”

Ivanhoe’s Colts enjoyed training sessions with the seniors this year and the Under 19s will be invited to do pre-season work with the seniors over summer. More details to be announced soon.

For further information about Under 19s football, contact Leighton Pearce on 0402 421 653, or recruiter Jack McDonald on 0447 361 444.

12 September


200 club games

Ben Fleming in 2017. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates our affable resident mathematician Ben Fleming on his 200th game for the club in Round 16. “Flemmo” joined the Hoes a decade ago and became a regular in the seniors as a handy backman for six seasons. He was among the best players in the 2012 D3 reserves grand final and the 2014 D2 reserves grand final, and star centreman and co-captain of the Hoes D2 reserves premiership team in 2015. He was a runner-up in the reserves B&F last year and was a vice-captain this season when they made the semi-final. Flemmo has no plans to retire just yet, which is a plus for us.


100 club games

David Ioannou 100 club games. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Dave Ioannou clocked up his 100th club game in Round 17 for Ivanhoe AFC. Dave is a quiet achiever in the reserves, preferring to let his actions do the talking. Team-mates dubbed him “Hanger Dave” for his ability to pluck big grabs each week. Dave started in 2012 and was a member of the Under 19s 2014 premiership team.  He continues to develop as a key forward and second ruck.



50 club games

Liam Jacob, aka Grim Sweeper. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Congratulations to talented centre-half back Liam Jacob on his 50th club game for Ivanhoe in Round 18. Liam started in 2015 in the Colts (under 18s) and soon came to the notice of senior coaches for his strong marking and spoiling abilities. He was a runner-up in the club B&F last year. Wearing the #13 jumper in the seniors, Liam was dubbed  “Grim Sweeper”  this season for his solid work ethic thwarting opposition attacks and sweeping the ball out of defence.


50 club games

Julian Mancuso 50 club games. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Julian Mancuso ran out for his 50th club game in the D1 reserves semi-final at Sportscover Arena and was among our best players in the backline.  Jules debuted in 2015 and won the reserves B&F last season.  Known for his speed, poise and all-round skills, Jules has started to make his mark as a senior player.




50 club games

Jack Wright 50 club games. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Popular clubman Jack Wright played his 50th club game in Round 18. “Herman” began as an under 19 in 2012 and missed a couple of seasons before returning to play Club 18 in 2015. He has been a keen member of the reserves over the past two seasons and also impressed as a witty MC at the club trivia night this year.



30 August


Coach Leigh Cole. Pic: Phil Skeggs

By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs has reappointed senior coach Leigh Cole for season 2018 after another year of consolidation in VAFA Division 1. Club president Luke Blackwood said several first-year players had benefitted enormously under the tutelage of Cole and assistant coach Ross Henshaw. Ivanhoe has also reappointed women’s coach Bill Emerson, who took the Ivies to the finals in their first season in Division 2.

You can read more about the coaching appointments on the Leader sport website, simply click here.


Pic: Phil Skeggs

Whilst the season has ended for our Men’s and Women’s Senior teams, this weekend our Men’s Reserves team play an semi final against St Mary’s Salesian. The game will take place at Elsternwick Park on Saturday starting at 11:50am. We’d love to see a sea of black and white at the game to help cheer the boys to victory.