20 September


By Phil Skeggs

More than 100 people packed into the Streeton Room for the club’s annual presentation night at The Centre, Ivanhoe, last night. This was a chance to acknowledge some fine individual efforts on and off the field and thank  committee, coaches and volunteers for their tireless work in making Ivanhoe AFC such a great community club. The club also took the opportunity to thank major sponsor Nelson Alexander Real Estate of Ivanhoe for their ongoing support – senior auctioneer Nick Smith and his partner enjoying the banter around the president’s table. Our special thanks to Claire Tipping for organising a very successful night. There was a really warm vibe in the room and it was encouraging to hear so many players talking about the season ahead. My personal thanks to Ivies photographer Alistair Knox, who gave me a night off with the camera.

Our award winners are:

Under 19s B&F

Under 19s B&F winner, Fonda Kyriakos. Pic: Alistair Knox

1st. Fonda Kyriakos

2nd Viv Blackmore-Moore

3rd. Connor O’Brien

Best team player: Connor O’Brien

Coaches award: Gerrard Williams


John Miles award for best club members

One of the joint John Miles Award winners, Ben Joyce. Pic: Alistair Knox

Ben Joyce (treasurer) and Tessa Vandergriff (sponsorships)





Tim Robinson award for senior-junior club liaison

Tim Robinson Award winner, Jack McDonald. Pic: Alistair Knox

Jack McDonald





Reserves B&F 

Reserves Coaches Award winner, James Meroiti. Pic: Alistair Knox

1st Cam Bath

2nd. Sam Criscione

Best team player:  Jack Wright

Coaches award:  James Meroiti


Women’s B&F

Ivies’ B&F winner, Georgia Scarce. Pic: Alistair Knox

1st Georgia Scarce

2nd Tahlia Day

Best team player: Ireland Hall

Coaches award: Fede Frew

Best finals player: Tahlia Day

Seniors B&F

Seniors B&F winner, Sam Tansley, with Senior Coach Leigh Cole. Pic: Alistair Knox

1st. Sam Tansley

2nd. Lachie Bown & Stefan Zervides

Best team player: James Course

Coaches award: James LaGreca


21 August


By Phil Skeggs

Sam Tansley is the Seniors B&F 2018. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Ruckman Sam Tansley is Ivanhoe’s 2018 best-and-fairest after polling 24 votes in 11 games.

Sam, a former Warrandyte player who joined the club this season, polled votes in consecutive games between Rounds 3 and 9.

He played his last game against Hampton Rovers in Round 11 before heading overseas to complete law studies.

Sam was invited to play at ’Hoe Park by coach Leigh Cole after coming down to watch his sister – Ivies captain and club secretary Fiona Tansley – play in a practice match in early 2017.

Runner-up honours in the B&F were shared by another first-year player Lachie Bown, 19, who has had an arduous task as full-back in a tough season, and midfielder Stefan Zervides, playing his sixth season in the seniors. Both played polled 22 votes.

Lachie Bown, equal 2nd in club B&F. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Stefan Zervides, equal 2nd in club B&F. Pic: Phil Skeggs










The club congratulates all of these players on their individual successes and very much looks forward to seeing them back on the park for a red-hot crack in Division 2 next season.

The vote count was held at major sponsor Barr’d wine bar in East Ivanhoe on Sunday.  A special thanks to Ari Menelaou and his crew for hosting our end-of-season drinks.

15 August


Congratulations to all involved with the mighty Ivies on getting through to the VAFA Women’s Division 1 Grand Final this coming weekend. On Sunday the Ivies had a tough 11 point win over St Bedes/Mentone to make their way to the decider against rivals Hawthorn this coming Sunday. It would be great to see all Ivanhoe AFC people get there to support our ladies. Regardless of the result, the Ivies will gain promotion to Premier B White in 2019, however a premiership flag would top off a wonderful year for the ladies. The match will be held at Elsternwick Park, on Sunday 19 August at 9:30am. GO IVIES!!!


Georgia Scarce and the league B&F medal. Pic: Emily Jane Johnson

On Monday night Ivies superstar, Georgia Scarce, was presented with the VAFA Women’s Division 1 competition Best & Fairest. The vote count was held live on 96.5 Inner FM last week. At the mid point of the season Georgia sat on 8 votes but stormed home in the second half of the season to finish with 21 votes, including three best on ground performances. Teammate, Sarah Kerr, was equal third on 17 votes. Congratulations to both ladies and good luck in the Grand Final this weekend.

30 July


Ivanhoe Amateurs welcomes CONOR MITCHELL on 100 club games this season. Conor made his senior debut in 2010, captained the under 19s in 2011, and played in senior grand finals in 2012 (D3) and 2015 (D2). Noted for his iron determination and coolness under pressure, Conor is a brave and reliable defender with great all-round skills. He has taken on a leadership role in the backline and is a shining example to younger teammates. Well done Conor!

Conor Mitchell

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates ANGUS WOODWARD on 50 club games for the Hoes last month. Gussy was a relative latecomer to footy, coming from basketball to play with mates at Ivanhoe Park in 2015. He picked a good year – the reserves won the D2 premiership and he played a key role as a strong marking forward with a happy knack of slotting goals in clutch situations. He got his chance at seniors as a second ruck the following season in D1 and hasn’t looked back. A wise old head and a champion bloke. Well done Gussy!

Angus Woodward

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates club vice-captain JAMES MORRISON on his 50th club game this season.  Moz started as an under 19 at ’Hoe Park in 2010 and after a stint at Old Xavs returned to Ivanhoe in 2015. A hard-running half-back flanker who regularly turns defence into attack with pinpoint passes, Moz was best-on-ground in the D2 reserves premiership in 2015. He has been a seniors regular ever since. He’s a popular clubman and has helped bring many quality mates into our ranks. Well done Moz!

James Morrison

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates STEFAN BETTIOL on his 50th club game earlier this season. Trazzler began as an under 19 in 2012 and played mainly ressies in his first few seasons. He was a member of the 2015 reserves D2 premiership team, though he had the misfortune to break a leg early on. He has since stepped up to become a seniors regular as a hard-running onballer who absolutely loves a goal. Well done Trazzler!

Stefan Bettiol

23 July


Calling all past players, put a red asterix on Saturday August 11 in your calendars. It’s that one day of the year when everyone’s a champion again. And we’d love to see the rooms packed to the max with your big ugly mugs. The club has three matches on: under 19s host PEGS at 9.20am, ressies and seniors play West Brunswick. For catering purposes, please let Rob Pearce know if you’re coming. Text him on 0438 378 348 or email by Friday August 3. Carna Hoes!

14 May


By Phil Skeggs

Conceptual image of Ivanhoe’s electronic scoreboard. Pic from Electronic Signage Australia

THE push is finally on to install an electronic scoreboard at Ivanhoe Park.

The fundraiser is being overseen by the Ivanhoe Sporting Club – the umbrella body for not only Ivanhoe Amateur Football Club but Ivanhoe Cricket Club and Ivanhoe Junior Football Club.

The scoreboard is worth about $50,000 and the sporting club has had pledges for about half that amount so far.

Donations are coming in from individuals and families in the form of Foundation Family bricks, valued at $1000 and $500 each. There are a couple of dozen $1000 bricks still available and about 37 $500 bricks remaining.

These contributions are being administered through the Australian Sports Foundation and are fully tax deductible.

This is a cause very close to my heart. As an East Ivanhoe primary school kid, my mates and I would often man the old wooden scoreboard on a Saturday afternoon. That was back in the late 1960s and  it seemed like a bit of a relic even then. It’s believed to have been built in the late 1950s, which makes it about 60 years old.

Club record score against Monash Gryphons reserves Round 15 2015. Pic: Phil Skeggs

About 20 years ago, I made an unsuccessful approach on behalf of the senior club to a well known local businessman about sponsoring an electronic scoreboard. The price was less than half of today’s project.

So, as a combined sporting club, let’s get the score on the board and show that we are a modern 21st century community sports club.

For more information about how to donate a Foundation Family brick, contact Andrew Smith on 0417115560, Mark Walkley 0414338866, or Tim Donohue 0418326704.

Alternatively you can click on the Donate Image at the top left of this page or this link here:

Note: If you’re wanting to donate $1000, choose “other” amount and then type in the amount.

Donations can be made via EFT or credit card. Credit cards incur a 1pc transaction handling fee.

If you choose EFT, the ASF’s website will quickly email it’s account details to you:

Bank: Westpac   Account Name: Australian Sports Foundation Donations BSB: 032776  Account: 130159

A donor reference number is also given and must be included in your electronic banking payment.

An official tax receipt will be provided once the transaction has been completed.

10 April



Invites you to join with them to celebrate a

Life Members’ Luncheon

On Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 12.00 noon in our clubrooms

Apologies for such short notice. We would love you to be a part of this day as we welcome





Luke Blackwood  –  Leighton Pearce  –  Daniel Adams  –  Ben Fleming

to life membership of our football club

All have been wonderful servants of this club for many years

The cost is $25.00 per person.  For full Black & Whites Members the lunch is free of cost.  Please if you would respond to or message Rob on 0438 378 348 by Monday 16th April 2018.

28 March


By Don Blackwood and Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs mourns another great clubman of yesteryear, Geoff Hickox, who died on March 18. Born in 1934, Geoff was a member of Ivanhoe’s 1953 Under 19 premiership team, the 1954 B grade premiership and 1956 A grade premiership.

Geoff Hickox, 1956 A grade premiership player

Geoff was a popular member of the club with a lively sense of humour and a classy small forward who always made his presence felt. Former teammate Ian Anderson said Geoff, who was 20th man in the 1956 premiership side, was a brilliant mark. “He didn’t take a lot of them, but by jeez he could take a speccie and he was only little,” Ian said. Ian recalled one game at Warringal Park in Heidelberg when Geoff got accidently knocked over by burly centre-half back Lloyd Williams. “He was 19th man and someone got injured and Hickox ran on to the ground and he got in Lloyd’s way. He got absolutely flattened, broke ribs, punctured his lung, and he went off coughing up blood and straight to hospital. But he recovered very well and was back on deck in a couple of days … he had to look after himself of course.” He said his old mate was also a bit of a wag and there are some memorable tales from club footy trips.

With Geoff’s passing, it’s believed there are fewer than eight or 10 players remaining from the immortal ’56 team – the club’s only A grade premiership. Geoff was also a regular member of the Ivanhoe Cricket Club and was a capable wicketkeeper in the first eleven for many years. He dropped into both clubs over the years for reunions or just to pay a visit. Ivanhoe Park was very much his home in earlier years.

Both the IAFC and ICC mourn Geoff’s passing and we pass on our sincerest condolences to his wife Barbara, sons Craig, Scott and Matthew, and grandsons Toby and Lachlan.

His funeral will be held at Tobin Bros, Seasons of Life Chapel, 331 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood at 10am on Wednesday, March 28.

20 March


It is with sadness that we share the news of past player Scott ‘Wally’ Parkinson’s passing. Wally was a member of the U19s team that won the Premiership in 1987 (circled in picture below), also coming second in that year’s B&F. ‘Wally’ came to the club the previous year from Macleod, and also played finals that year. A tough but accomplished half back flanker, ‘Wally’ played 2 seasons of Senior football at Ivanhoe before heading to Heidelberg in the then DVFL.

Scott ‘Wally’ Parkinson’s funeral (service and wake) will be held at Heidelberg FC, Warringal Park, Beverly Rd, Heidelberg at 1pm this Friday.

Scott ‘Wally’ Parkinson (circled) with the 1987 U19 Premiership team

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, available 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.


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