By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe young gun Viv Blackmore-Moore’s breakout season reached a new high on Saturday (June 25) after he received a late call-up to debut for Collingwood’s VFL team.

Viv was originally named as an emergency by the Magpies, but a late change to their AFL line-up created an opening on the interchange.

With his mobile on loudspeaker, Collingwood’s VFL coach Craig Black called Viv at work on Friday afternoon to spring the surprise news.

Hoers coach and Collingwood development officer Ash Close recorded the magic moment.

Black: “Can you do us a favour, I need you to ring Moose (Close) and let him know you can’t play for them tomorrow.”

Viv gasps: “Oh … you beauty!”

Ash chimes in: “You don’t need to ring me.”

Viv was presented with the number 67 jumper on Saturday morning and given a role to play off the bench as a high forward against Brisbane at the AIA Centre.

He repaid their faith, booting two goals in the first half.

A live stream of the match was eagerly followed by mates and supporters at Ivanhoe Park.

Images of Viv snapping a goal and celebrating were published on Collingwood VFL’s Twitter feed.

Viv is one of two rookie-listed Ivanhoe players on the Magpies VFL list this year.

The other is key forward Billy Drake, who top-scored with seven goals in a 30-point win over finals aspirant MHSOB.


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates Ivies captain Emilia Bisogni on her 50th game for the club in Round 11 (June 25).

“Milz” played in the Division 1 grand final in 2018 and was runner-up in the Ivies B&F last year, despite missing four games through injury.

Emilia is a natural team leader whose loyalty and dedication is much respected.

A fast and fierce competitor, Emilia always strives to beat her opponent. And when she gets the footy, she has a happy knack of making something happen.

She can play either end of the ground and also rotate through midfield, making her a huge asset to the team.

Even when she had a broken hand last season, she trained one-handed to support her teammates.

Emilia is the fourth foundation player of the Ivies to reach this key milestone.

A big well done to our perfect number 10. You are truly one of the greats.

To watch Emilia run through that banner, click here!


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates Ash Close on his 100th game for the club in Round 10 (June 18).

It’s been a decade since Ash, aka Moose, helped take the Hoers to the D3 grand final, topping the competition goalkicking with 104 goals and scoring 13 more in the finals. And since his return to the club as senior playing coach in 2020, he’s lost none of that brilliance in front of the big sticks.

Ash is one of the top guns on the D2 sharpshooters list, with 28 goals, including three in a strong win over finals aspirant Brunswick in Round 10.

Ash started as a junior at Ivanhoe, played under 19s in 2010, and by 2011 was kicking bags of goals for the seniors in D3. He donned the Big V for the VAFA tour of Ireland in 2013.

Ash has developed into a highly respected leader and astute tactician, sharing his knowledge from several years working at Collingwood, playing in the Magpies’ VFL team and at Northcote Park in the Northern league.

He has taken the Hoers to the top of the D2 ladder this season, having won eight straight to date. Everyone at Ivanhoe AFC is enormously proud of Ash’s achievements so far and genuinely excited about the prospect of finals action “for the good old black and white”.

Looking forward to those mock antlers coming out again for another bag of 10 one day soon, Moose. Keep it going!

Click here for video footage of Moose being chaired off after his 100th game.


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates our very own ‘energiser man’ Tim Constantinou on playing his 50th game in Round 8 (May 30).

Tim is a very fit, composed and speedy defender with an assassin’s smile who returned to the club where he played his juniors in 2018.

He quickly became an important presence playing off half-back, bringing the same great energy he takes to training and social events.

Tim’s ability to take on the opposition is exciting to watch as he turns defence into attack, setting up scoring opportunities.

Tim also sports the best man bun at the club and literally let his hair down for a best-on performance in the reserves on Saturday.

Love your work Tim, keep on motoring!


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates dedicated clubwoman and foundation women’s team member Tessa Vandergriff on her 50thgame in Round 7. (May 22)

Tessa has been a keen learner of the game since she first pulled on the boots for the Ivies in 2017.

She’s developed into a smart and versatile player and continues to strive for personal improvement.

Tessa mainly plays in defence, reading opposition attacking moves and shutting them down with reliable hands and rebounding with clean and accurate passes.

She has also had active roles on committee in sponsorship and recruitment, sharing the best clubman award in 2018 and winning it again last year.

She is only the third Ivies player to clock up 50 games this season.Keep on shining number 9!  


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates Ivies player Fede Frew on being selected to play for Essendon’s inaugural AFLW team next season. Fede is still a listed Ivanhoe player but due to VFLW commitments, doesn’t get to pull on the black and white these days.

The star onballer played 13 games for the Ivies, earning the coaches award in 2018.

She made it onto Essendon’s VFLW list in early 2019, becoming the first Ivies player to graduate to a major league team.

She is currently leading the goalkicking in the VFLW on 27 goals. With three rounds to go, Essendon’s VFLW team remain undefeated.

Good luck Fede in the finals and the next stage of your footy career.

To see what Essendon say about our star Fede (though they forgot to mention us!), click here!

Fede Frew in action for the Ivies in 2018. Photo – Phil Skeggs


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates four of our finest on playing their 50th games for the club.

Gerrard Williams and Adam Pipakis played their 50th games in Round 4, while Fonda Kyriakos and Aaron Marks recorded their milestone games in Round 5.

Former Ivanhoe Junior Gerrard and Fonda played in Ivanhoe’s Under 19s together in 2018 – Fonda winning the Under’s 19s B&F.  

They have been regular seniors teammates since 2019. ‘Gezza’ Williams has developed into a solid  and mobile ruckman with a great leap who gives onballers like Fonda a consistent advantage at the stoppages.

It’s been a longer journey for Aaron, who began with the club in 2017 and has had injury setbacks, and ‘Pippa’, who was playing in 2015 when the Hoers reserves won the D2 premiership.

Both have found consistency after settling into their roles as senior D2 players last year.

Well done, and keep it going you fab four Hoers!


Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates Ivies original Georgia Aanensen on playing her 50th game for the club in Round 4 (April 30).

Georgia has been a loyal and committed Ivies player since the opening season in 2017.

A versatile player, Georgia has lined up in most positions. She can play tall and take a good grab up forward and her athleticism ensures she gets to many contests and wins ball at ground level as well.

As a key defender last season when the Ivies made the Premier C finals, Georgia was a pillar of strength and a role model to younger teammates who enjoyed her calm and friendly demeanour.

Long may our lucky number 13 continue her commitment to the club – on and off the field.


A quick post to thank EVERYONE that attended The Reunion at Ivanhoe Park on Saturday night.  It was wonderful to see so many past players, coaches, volunteers and supporters enjoy each other’s company and reconnect again in our social rooms. With over 120+ past Ivanhoe AFC people in attendance, plus another 100 from our current Men’s and Women’s teams, the rooms were certainly pumping after a good win by the men’s senior team under lights.

A special mention to John Matthew who supported us in getting the word out in year 1 – thanks Matto!  We hope to make this an annual event and build the numbers of people who can attend year on year (I promise not to put it on a long weekend again next year 😊). #rookiepresident

As mentioned on the night we will have a few more events/opportunities later in the year that we would like to open up to all past Ivanhoe people:

* IAFC BIG DRAW – Saturday Night – 16th July – 7.30pm- 12.00am – Ivanhoe Park Social Rooms

* Life Member Dinner – Induction of new life members / Hall of Fame – Ivanhoe Park Social Rooms – Date TBA

And finally, a special thanks also to those people who joined the Black & Whites membership group and we hope to have many more jump on board in the coming weeks. Your financial support has never been more important to the future of our club in a post-covid environment and to our plans moving forward. For details on the various membership options for season 2022 please contact Rob Pearce on  or 0438 378 348

Full details of all Events, Memberships and Sponsorship opportunities to be posted here and on our Website in coming weeks.

Thanks again Pete Rawley and the IAFC committee.

#GoHoers #IAFC2022 #AlwaysIvanhoe


Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates Fiona Tansley on becoming our first women’s player to clock up 50 games in Round 2 (April 9).

Fiona is a foundation member of the Ivies, joining the club in 2017.

She won the coaches award in her first season when she played in the ruck and as a forward.

Fiona developed a reputation as a fearless and courageous leader as captain in 2018 – the year the Ivies reached the Division 1 grand final.

She also took on the job as club secretary that year – a massive undertaking.

Fiona is one of several Ivies originals still playing for the club and we all appreciate her ongoing commitment despite injuries over the journey.

Congrats to our great number 8!