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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0438 378 348
Full details of all Events, Memberships and Sponsorship opportunities to be posted here and on our Website in coming weeks.