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.

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.

2 August


200 Club Games

Joe Mazzocca has clocked up 200 games since he joined Ivanhoe AFC in 1998. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates evergreen reserves defender Joe Mazzocca on his 200th game for the club in Round 14. Joe started at Ivanhoe in 1998 and has missed just two seasons (2016, 2013). An Ivanhoe life member, Joe played his only senior game in 2003. He played a couple of Club XVIII games in 2015 and returned for another run this season, telling ressies coach Peter Rawley he was happy to help out with running boundary and other duties and would pull on the boots if the team was ever a player short. That attitude has earned him another nine games so far this year. Well done Joey, you are the ultimate clubman.



150 Club Games

Mali Jacobs has played more than 150 club games for Ivanhoe AFC. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Congratulations to on-baller Mali Jacobs on his 150th club game for Ivanhoe Amateurs in Round 8. After under 19s, Mali made his senior debut in 2011 and has been a key member  ever since.  Mali consistently trains hard and plays harder  – all the time maintaining his trademark cool exterior. His mobility and strong marking have been a hallmark and earned him the seniors’ B&F in 2015 when the Hoes made the D2 grand final. Onwards and upwards, Marls!





100 Senior Games

Reece Cotter has played 100 senior games for Ivanhoe AFC. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates mercurial defender Reece Cotter on his 100th senior game in Round  8. Reece made his senior debut in 2010 when he was still an under 19. Reece typifies the small who plays tall. His courage, speed and skills are exemplary, whether it be backing into a pack for a mark, tackling big blokes twice his size,  running the ball out of defence or snagging inspirational goals. We love your work, Cotts!




100 Club Games

100 club games for Ivanhoe’s James Lagreca. Pic: Phil Skeggs

It’s hard to believe but our popular smiling assassin James Lagreca last month clocked up over 100 club games for Ivanhoe Amateurs, including 26 in the seniors. “Shanga” was co-captain of Ivanhoe’s drought-breaking under 19s premiership team in 2014. He is one of the few to have celebrated back-to-back flags as a member of the Hoes’ D2 reserves premiership team in 2015. “Shanga” became a seniors regular last season and has displayed tenacity and footy smarts in equal measures. A big well done, Shanga!




100 Club Games

Ben Grigg notches his 100th club game in Round 15 for Ivanhoe AFC. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates Ben Grigg  on his 100th club game in Round 15 this Saturday. “Grigga” has been a key position player for the Hoes reserves for most of the journey.  After under 19s, he got his first senior game in 2015 and was a pivotal member of the reserves premiership team in the same year. Blessed with safe hands, natural athleticism, and great goal sense, “Grigga” can play either end – qualities that have earned this quiet achiever more senior games in recent times. Keep on motoring, Grigga!




50 Senior Games

Reuben Blackmore-Moore plays his 50th senior game on Saturday. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates star on-baller Reuben Blackmore-Moore on his 50th senior game in Round 15 this Saturday. Since joining the seniors in 2014, “Nosha” has developed from a clever opportunist forward to a tough, battle-hardened on-baller. He loves a goal and if ever there’s an Ivanhoe player to win an Almost Footy Legends segment one day, it will be “Nosha”. Runner-up club B&F last season and enjoying another very consistent season in 2017. Be the brick, Nosha!





16 July


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe’s women’s team coach Bill Emerson has obviously won the total respect of his team in their first season.

Emerson was a bit taken aback when confronted with a huge banner and a guard of honour from the Ivies before their game against St Bedes/ Mentone Tigers at Centenary Park East last Saturday (July 15). The banner, declaring him a “Super coach”, was erected to celebrate his 300th game as a coach.

Ivies coach Bill Emerson runs out for his 300th game as coach. Pic JANICE WRIGHT

Emerson, who coached at Hawthorn YCW from 1981-86, also coached juniors for seven years from 2004-11 before guiding Ivanhoe’s under 19s and reserves to recent premierships.

The Ivies went on to record an emphatic sixth win and are in fifth spot in Division 2, firming as a smoky for the finals. Emerson says the Ivies are all stars in his eyes and he’s keen to coach them next season too.

11 July


By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe trainer Harry Jebb aged 19 in 1921.

The club has finally got some names for a photo of its 1921 Heidelberg District premiership team. A copy of the team photo graced the clubroom walls for many years, but without a caption to identify any players or officials. A former Ivanhoe bank manager Graeme Jebb has provided nine names, including his father Harry Jebb who was a 19-year-old trainer with the team at the time.

Graeme, who is now 83, had the team photo on display at the Commonwealth Bank in Ivanhoe when he was manager during the 1980s. “I put a note on it to see if anyone could identify any of the players and a few customers were able to do so,” he said.

The club only learnt the names of the premiership team after being granted special permission to view bound volumes of fragile copies of the Heidelberg News by the State Library two years ago. The grand final team was listed in an extensive match report, but no team photos were published.

Ivanhoe’s 1921 premiership team

The faces identified with Graeme Jebb’s help are:

Harry Jebb (trainer), who is first on the left in back row with a towel over his shoulder.

Mr Veall, believed to be a club official.

Merv Lavender, who didn’t play in the grand final, but had been a team member since the club rejoined the HDFA in 1920. His father E.F Lavender was club secretary when the club joined the Heidelberg District league in 1912.

George Cheswass, who played on the half-back flank in the 1921 premiership and was also a member of Ivanhoe’s 1913 HDFA premiership team. His brother was vice-captain T. Cheswass.

Mr J. Morris, who was a vice-president.

Des Farr, who was the 1921 premiership ruckman.

Mr J. ‘Dad’ Gough, who was club secretary and league delegate. He was also a club official in the 1913 premiership photo.

John Benson, wearing a beanie in the team photo, was a forward who kicked two goals in the grand final.

W.Millsom , who was captain in the losing 1920 grand final and among the best players as rover in the 1921 premiership.

Ivanhoe had a runaway win over Heidelberg in the 1921 grand final played at Templestowe on September 10, 1921. Final scores were Ivanhoe 13.19 (97) to Heidelberg 4.9 (33). The Heidelberg District league was disbanded after 1921 and Ivanhoe joined the Sub-District League. Several Ivanhoe players from 1921 were invited to Collingwood, including Laurie Murphy who went on to play 79 games for the Magpies and represented Victoria three times.

Graeme Jebb, son of Ivanhoe’s 1921 trainer Harry Jebb, at Ivanhoe Park. Pic Phil Skeggs

Graeme Jebb, who was a friend of the Farr family, said his father Harry went on to be an engineer “and a good Collingwood supporter like his father”.  It is not known how long he was a trainer at Ivanhoe. As a boy growing up in Ivanhoe, Graeme attended Ivanhoe Primary with many others who later played at Ivanhoe Park during the 1950s. Graeme returned to see the Hoes in action and admire the new clubrooms earlier this season and has rocked up to a few more home games, including last Saturday’s excellent win over Preston.

A rare photocopy of an Ivanhoe team from circa 1933 (pre-VAFA) was also given to me recently via 1956 premiership player Ian Anderson. A few names had been pencilled in and the most important player identified was a very young Hec Rutherford, whom the club’s Best and Fairest medal is named after. The photo wasn’t dated but my research has revealed the club got new jumpers later in the season and if you look at those tops in the photo they are looking very worn and tattered. Club stalwart and life member Russell Knight has the club’s premiership photos in safe-keeping until wall spaces in the new rooms are apportioned.

Ivanhoe FC circa 1933

If you have any old team or player photos from yesteryear that might be of interest for the club’s new Picture Trove, please email them to

To view Picture Trove, click here. For more details about Ivanhoe’s 1921 premiership, click here.

4 July


A few of our past players from 1913!

You’re invited to the Ivanhoe Amateur Football Club 2017 Past Players day, incorporating the 30 year reunion of the 1987 Under 19’s and B Grade Reserve Premiership sides.

Time and Date: August 5 at our home game v Therry

Entry: $10 fee for finger food. Free for $300 black and white members.

Please spread the word, we want as many past players along as possible.

So we can cater, please rsvp to or to the post on the club’s Facebook page.

3 July


John Milinkovic at the Black & Whites luncheon on June 24

By Phil Skeggs

Long before social media selfies were the craze, devoted fans would collect signatures of their footy heroes in autograph books. I can’t say I’ve ever got too excited about autographs, although I do have a Carlton cap signed by legends Stephen Silvagni, Craig Bradley and Anthony Koutoufides. So when Black & Whites luncheon guest John Milinkovic ** pulled out a couple of old photocopies of autographs he’d been given about 30 years ago, I must admit to feeling initially underwhelmed.

Collingwood 1938 Grand Final players’ autographs. Pic PHIL SKEGGS

More 1938 Magpies legends signatures. Pic PHIL SKEGGS



That was until I had a closer look at the 28 names under the hand-written heading Collingwood 1938. “John,” I said, “do you realise there are three blokes who played for Ivanhoe among those signatures?” John said he had no idea that Brownlow medallists Harry and Albert Collier had played at Ivanhoe in the early 1920s before finding fame and multiple premiership glory with the Magpies. Harry had captained the Pies between 1935-39 and the brothers were both in Collingwood’s Team of the Century. Nor was he aware that Ron Dowling was another Ivanhoe star who played on the wing in the 1938 VFL Grand Final.  Ron played 72 games for the Pies between 1936-40 before returning to Ivanhoe Park.

Albert Collier

Harry Collier, Ivanhoe’s 1924 B&F winner

Ron Dowling. Pic source







Albert Collier’s signature. Pic PHIL SKEGGS

Harry Collier’s signature. Pic PHIL SKEGGS

Ron Dowling’s signature. Pic PHIL SKEGGS




Collingwood lost the 1938 Grand Final to Carlton by 15 points, so perhaps these signatures weren’t as highly prized by our anonymous autograph collector. On the other hand, it was a controversial season. And Harry Collier, who was at the centre of that controversy, signed his autograph even though he didn’t play in the Grand Final.

The champion rover had been suspended for 14 weeks after Carlton accused him of striking

wingman Jack Carney. The bizarre thing was that no umpires had made a report, yet Harry admitted the offence and apologised. Harry was so popular that 2500 Collingwood supporters signed a petition demanding that his suspension be overturned. What is also significant about these signatures is that Albert stood in as captain in Harry’s absence, and the word “Capt” was conspicuously penned in alongside his autograph. You can’t help feeling the Magpies thought they would have won it if Harry had been playing.

Ron Todd. Pic source

Jock McHale. Pic source Wikipedia

Footy memorabilia aficionados will also appreciate the signatures of Collingwood’s greatest coach Jock McHale, a tactical genius who took the Magpies to eight premierships, one of the all-time great full-forwards Ron Todd, who kicked 327 goals for the Pies between 1935-39, Collingwood Team of the Century full-back Jack Regan, Magarey medallist Marcus Boyle, 1939 Brownlow medallist Marcus Whelan, Team of the Century forward and dual premiership coach Phonse Kyne, 1940 Brownlow medallist and Team of the Century half-forward Des Fothergill, and dual premiership players Vin Doherty, Alby Pannam  and Jack Carmody. Pretty impressive roll call really! Even the umpire Bill Blackburn signed the book.

The 1938 Grand Final was attended by a then-record 96,486 spectators at the MCG.  The ground wasn’t big enough to hold such a huge crowd – 84,000 was maximum capacity – and the fence in front of the scoreboard collapsed under the strain before the game, resulting in some spectators watching from between the fence and boundary line. That attendance record stood until 1956.

Yes, there was certainly some history attached to those humble autographs and those of the Colliers and Dowling will hold pride of place among our club’s history trove. The photocopies will also be given to IAFC secretary Peter Marshall, who does voluntary work at Collingwood FC archives.

*If anyone has old photos or other items of historic interest for Ivanhoe football club’s website’s new IAFC Picture Trove please email or website editor Ross Toogood

**John Milinkovic played for Collingwood’s under 19s and reserves between 1971-74 and captained the under 19s in 1973. He is a good mate of club stalwart and life member John Loton.

10 June


The IAFC Black & Whites invite all supporters to our June Lunch. We warmly welcome our special guest, Jess Dal Pos who has a wonderful Ivanhoe story.  Our trainer in 2016 she was drafted as a priority player selection to Great Western Sydney Giants Women’s AFL, and after a wonderful season, All Australian Selection in the inaugural year of AFLW and recently re-signed by the Giants (click here to read about it!). Black & Whites members: no cost, non-members: $25. For Catering purposes, please RSVP text to Rob on 0438378348 or email by Thursday16th June   

Jess in action for GWS. Pic: courtesy GWS website

1 June


You are all formally invited to the 2017 IAFC Annual Ball on Saturday 29 July.
The evening will consist of plenty of food, drinks and dancing.
Event is black tie and everyone is expected to bring a partner.
There will be a silent auction and other fun things going on throughout the night… maybe even another rendition of Sam Mowat’s ‘Working Class Man’

Please click this link to purchase your tickets and make sure you do so ASAP

Ticket includes:
– Canapes on arrival
– 3 course meal
– Unlimited drinks from 7pm-12am

29 May


As many of you will know, Ivanhoe Park is home to the Ivanhoe Amateur Football Club, Ivanhoe Cricket Club & Ivanhoe Junior Football Club.

These clubs (combined) field 31 teams comprising over 525 participants, ranging in age from 8 years to masters (over 45s).

The Ivanhoe Park facility & its member clubs have been the pre-eminent community hub for hundreds of local families for over 100 years.

Over the past 18 months these shared clubrooms have undergone a major rebuild and refurbishment to more suitably cater for these sports as they continue to grow, particularly with the introduction of female teams in recent years.  With the clubroom build now complete there remains much still to do to enable the facility to be fully & effectively utilised.  This includes such things as basic furniture, catering equipment, audio visual equipment, storage facilities, a modern scoreboard and new coaches boxes.

The Ivanhoe Sporting Club (ISC) Inc. has been formed as a Joint body of our co-tenant clubs with the Presidents’ and Secretaries’ of each club on the Board. It is chaired by Tim Donohue, a member & participant in all 3 clubs for over 30 years.

The ISC’s role is to transparently manage funds raised now and over the coming years under the auspices of the Ivanhoe Sports Club Development Fund, through the umbrella organisation, the Australian Sports Foundation.  Our partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation enables all of your donations to be fully tax deductible.

All funds donated by club members and sponsors will be fully tax deductible and will be utilised to complete the required works at these newly completed multi-purpose clubrooms.

Please consider making a contribution to what will be an amazing community centre for hundreds of local families for many years to come. Be part of something great.  To donate, click on the button on the top left of this page or the donate button at the top of this article.

We will be offering Foundation Donor Status as well as other optional levels of donations.

29 May


Jamie Lee Puautjimi celebrates a win with the Ivanhoe Ivies during Indigenous Round. Pic by Janice Wright

Ivanhoe’s Women’s team, the Ivies, had extra reason to celebrate the national Indigenous Round last weekend. The Ivies, who play in Women’s Development Division 2, were granted a permit to play Tiwi Islander Jamie Lee Puautjimi. Ivies coach Bill Emerson said Puautjimi, who plays for NTFL Women’s Premier League club St Marys, was visiting Melbourne for the Dreamtime game at the MCG. “She has a cousin Natasha who played for Ivanhoe Juniors several years ago and we were lucky enough to get her down for a game.

Jamie Lee Puautjimi in the Ivies huddle at three-quarter time. Pic by Janice Wright

Jamie Lee Puautjimi playing for Ivanhoe Ivies in Indigenous Round. Pic by Janice Wright

Jamie Lee Puautjimi playing for St Mary’s in the NT league. Image copied from Facebook copy via NTFL






In the last quarter she (Jamie Lee) just turned it on,” said Emerson. The Ivies beat Oakleigh by 15 points at Ivanhoe Park, 4.6 to 2.3, and Puautjimi starred, kicking three goals.

– Phil Skeggs

20 May


Ivanhoe defender Will Cuthbert in action. Pic Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates Will Cuthbert on his 50th senior game for the club in Round 6 today.

Will has established himself as a top defender and team leader in a relatively short time. He was a back pocket in the Under 19 North 2012 Team of the Year and backed that up with selection as full-back in the Under 19 North 2013 Team of the Year.

Will made his senior debut for Ivanhoe in 2014 in Division 2 and was runner-up in the club’s B&F in 2015 when the Hoes made the D2 grand final. Will was also named as back pocket in the D2 Team of the Year that season.

Will Cuthbert in action against Old Paradians last season. Pic Phil Skeggs

A brave and determined backman who regularly puts his body on the line, Will was made a vice-captain when the Hoes returned to Division 1 last year. He has had to overcome a back injury over summer and everyone is rapt to see him on the park and returning to full stride.

Well done Will!

– Phil Skeggs

4 May


By Phil Skeggs

The Ivies’ major sponsor is heating firm Gastek. The Ivies wore their new tops for the first time last Saturday at Ivanhoe Park. Pic PHIL SKEGGS

Ivanhoe’s women’s team are proudly sporting new tops after Melbourne heating firm Gastek agreed to be a major sponsor.The Ivies’ new playing strip is like the senior club’s tops, except that the colours and motif were reversed to be black on white.

Club president Luke Blackwood said the sponsorship deal was worth $3000. The club has covered the cost of the Ivies’ shorts and socks. The Ivies wore the tops for the first time in a curtain-raiser grading game against Melbourne University (2) at Ivanhoe Park last Saturday (April 29). The Ivies hung on to record a memorable six-point win over the uni team, giving them their second victory of the season.

Ivanhoe Ivies are all smiles after a win over Melbourne Uni last Saturday. The Ivies wore new tops that have come courtesy of a $3000 sponsorship from heating firm Gastek.

A big thankyou to Gastek from everyone at Ivanhoe Amateurs! If you’re needing ducted heating or evaporative cooling repairs, give them your support. Contact Gastek on (03) 9489 5747, or go their website at

28 April


Saturday 22 April will hold a special place in the hearts of Ivanhoe AFC people, marking the date our Women’s team won their first regular season match. It was a wonderful day for our women and club. Check out what the Heidelberg Leader (Phil Skeggs) had to say about the win!

The women celebrate a historic win!

7 April


Golden Bill Jackson plays his 150th club game in Round 1. Picture Phil Skeggs

Bill Jackson in the game against Whitefriars last season. Picture Phil Skeggs










Ivanhoe Amateurs congratulates Bill Jackson on his 150th game for the club in Round 1.

As his nickname implies, “Golden Bill” hasn’t lost any of his lustre as a senior player after several seasons. Bill debuted for the seniors as an under 19 in 2010 and established himself as a feisty, hard working small forward with good hands and goal sense. He was a member of the 2012 D3 grand final team and the 2015 D2 reserves premiership. Bill’s dedication to his club and teammates is without question.  May we hear the chant of “Golden Bill” many more times after the team song is sung this season.

Phil Skeggs


Alex Purtell in action against Whitefriars last season. Picture Phil Skeggs

Alex Purtell spoiling to good effect against PEGS last season. Picture Phil Skeggs









Congratulations to Ivanhoe Amateurs’  iron-fisted defender Alex Purtell on his 100th club game in Round 1.

“Purta” played nearly 50 games in the Under 19s before his senior debut in 2013. He was full-back in the U-19 (North) team of the year in 2012 and also played in the 2015 D2 grand final. As a key member of Ivanhoe’s back six in recent seasons, Purta has honed his defensive skills against some of the best forwards in D2 and D1. A smart reader of the play, Purta backs his judgement with a calm, no nonsense approach, spoiling to advantage and launching rapid transitions out of the back half. Well done Purta. May you continue to excel for the Hoes.

Phil Skeggs

3 April


To all Ivanhoe Supporters and Past Players.

The Black and Whites has changed this year to combine our past players and social members under the one banner.

There are two tiers of membership:

$300 includes 15 drinks, entry into the end of season members dinner, 3 match day lunches and entry into the past players day.
$100 gets you 15 drinks and entry into the past players day on August 19 (this event is open to all supporters and finger food will be provided on the day).

We’re trying to build the Black and Whites into something big to ensure the club’s viability going forward. At the moment 46 people have indicated they are joining but we need a lot more.

If you are not already a member and are interested in joining, please email and we will be in touch soon.

Colin McDonald
IAFC Committee


The first three rounds of the inaugural VAFA Women’s competition has been released. This will involve six grading groups that will help form the grades for the remained of the year. It truly is exciting times for the VAFA and our Ivys! Round 1 we take on Old Carey, this Saturday at 2pm. It will be played at Spicer Oval, Carey Sports Complex, so get along and get behind the ladies! For more information on the fixture, click here.


Well done to our Ivys Women’s team on a fantastic effort at the VAFA Women’s Lightning Premiership on Saturday. Each team played 3 games before the top two teams played of for the premiership (two sections). Our women faced Collegians, Oakleigh and South Melbourne in our three games, coming away with two victories. Our only loss was to eventual runners up Oakleigh, with our two wins showing great potential for the year ahead. Well done ladies, now the real stuff starts, Go Ivys!!

The Ivys taking on South Melbourne on Saturday. Photo courtesy the VAFA.

16 February


The IAFC Mens and Womens Teams train together for the first time. Pic: Phil Skeggs

The IAFC Mens and Womens Teams train together for the first time. Pic: Phil Skeggs

For the first time in Ivanhoe football club’s long history, a pre-season training session involving male and female players was held at Ivanhoe Park on February 15. And judging by the positive feedback from those involved, it will be happening a lot more this season. About 55 players, including a dozen women and a handful of under 19s, were put through a series of skills drills and games under the direction of senior coach Leigh Cole, under 19s coach Ross Henshaw, reserves coach Peter Rawley and women’s team assistant coach Leighton Pearce. The session ended with a barbecue on a beautiful mild summer night. The women also met their new team patron, former Ivanhoe Junior Football Club president Jan Wright, who is keen to see the inaugural women’s team flourish for generations to come. Club secretary Peter Marshall said Ivanhoe will be fielding a team in the VAFA women’s lightning premiership on April 1-2. For more information about Ivanhoe’s women’s team, contact Peter Marshall on 0417203601 or email

Pic: Phil Skeggs

Pic: Phil Skeggs

Pic: Phil Skeggs

Pic: Phil Skeggs

Pic: Phil Skeggs

Pic: Phil Skeggs

Pic: Phil Skeggs

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30 January


By Phil Skeggs

Lie Member Ron Tucker with the chefs apron on during a club luncheon in May 2015. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Lie Member Ron Tucker with the chefs apron on during a club luncheon in May 2015. Pic: Phil Skeggs

It’s fair to say that Ron Tucker lived up to the Ivanhoe Cricket Club’s motto of “Not for self but for club”. Ron had the rare distinction of being a life member of both the Ivanhoe cricket and football clubs. He was in the class of ’59 at Northcote High and one of many alumni to join Ivanhoe during the 1960s and 70s. Ron played football and cricket as a young bloke at Northcote. His nickname as a ruckman-forward was “Autumn Leaf” because he had a habit of falling over. But Ron enjoyed much greater success as a cricketer, having played in premiership teams in Northcote’s lower grades during the 1960s. His clubmates included Test legends Bill Lawry and Rodney Hogg.

At Ivanhoe, he played 125 games between 1974 and 1989 – 67 in the First XI. He joined the club as a paceman and became captain-coach in the 1977-78 season. According to the Ivanhoe Cricket Club’s centenary  book One Hundred Years,  Ron topped the club’s First XI bowling averages in 1974-75 (26 at 13.19) and in 1975-76 (21 at 15.86). He topped the Second XI’s bowling averages in 1978-79 (22 at 12.55) when he was the twos captain. He was still motoring in the 1985-86 season, winning the Fourth XI’s bowling averages (13 at 11). His best figures were 8 for 42 against Coburg in First XI in 1974-75 season. He also got 7 for 31 against Ormond in the Second XI in 1976-77. In total, Ron took 190 wickets between 1974-75 and 1987-88 seasons.  This included 110 wickets for the First XI at an average of 18.55. Ron’s influence also helped bring top players to Ivanhoe CC from Northcote, including Ryder medallist Andrew Wildsmith, who was a five-time club champion for Ivanhoe.

As an accountant by profession, Ron was a highly proficient cricket club treasurer from 1985-86 season to 1990-91. This included when Ivanhoe won the First XI East Group premiership and VSDCA championship in 1988-89 season. He was much respected by cricket club presidents for his sage advice on financial matters as well as being a straight shooter on broader issues. He was also an ever-so-meticulous scorer when Ivanhoe won their next senior premiership and championship in the 1998-99 season. Anyone who has ever done cricket scoring knows it takes great concentration to make sure the scorebooks tally. And back then, Ron had the added difficulty of a loud mob of thirsty Ivanhoe supporters (myself included) standing directly behind him at the bar. He was also highly regarded in the Heidelberg District Cricket Association as a club delegate and as a tribunal member for Diamond Valley Football League for many years.

Ron’s wise counsel was greatly valued by Rob Pearce during his presidency at Ivanhoe Amateur Football Club.  Ron had a tough job as treasurer from 2001-04 and his battles with then VAFA treasurer Noel Rundle were legendary. The bottom line was that he helped keep Ivanhoe football club afloat at a time when district clubs were out of favour at VAFA headquarters. It gave Ron enormous pride to watch his son Chris rise through the ranks of the Ivanhoe football club, starting as a premiership under 19s player in 1987. Chris eventually became club captain, club president (2006-09), life member, and a Team of the Century member. Even after Chris passed the baton as president, Ron stayed involved by helping out with meals after training on Thursday nights, and also catering for Black & Whites luncheons with his lovely wife Sue, who is also a footy club life member.

Ron Tucker (centre) with Dave Reilly and Matt Ebbage at the last home game at Ivanhoe Park in April 2016. Pic: Phil Skeggs

Ron Tucker (centre) with Dave Reilly and Matt Ebbage at the last home game at Ivanhoe Park in April 2016. Pic: Phil Skeggs

He was the inaugural winner of the Black & Whites’  “Harry” award in 2007 in recognition of his great contribution to the football club. Ron was still coming along to home games even when his eyesight was shot as a result of illness in recent years. Very few families have given so much to Ivanhoe football club – on and off the field – and for that our wise old owl Ron Tucker deserves eternal thanks.

After lengthy battles with cancers and melanomas, Ron died peacefully at the Olivia Newton-John Centre in Heidelberg on Friday January 27.  He was aged 75. Ron is survived by wife Sue, sons Chris and Paul and daughter Carolyn, and 11 grandchildren. A funeral will be held at Heidelberg Golf Club next Monday (February 6), time to be confirmed.


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