SCHULTZ WINS COMP B&F

By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs proudly congratulates Wayne Schultz on winning the VAFA Division 2 Best and Fairest award on Wednesday night. (September 15).

Schultz polled 15 votes in 10 matches to win the Jack Fullerton Medal. Marcus Nolan of Old Paradians came second with 12 votes and Glen Eira’s Francis D’Agostino was third on 11 votes. Ivanhoe playing coach Ash Close finished equal sixth with nine votes and was also runner-up in the competition goalkicking with 38 goals in nine games.

Schultz, a super fit 39-year-old, was best-on-ground in two games and polled two votes in another four games in a season eventually cancelled on September 2 because of lockdown restrictions.

Schultz becomes only the fourth Ivanhoe senior player to win a competition B&F since the club joined the VAFA in 1934. Previous winners were Tony Balcolme (1982, B grade), Paul Harris (2012, Division 3), and Georgia Scarce (2018, Division 1).

In an interview with the VAFA media team on radio RSN Carnival last night, Schultz admitted the award had come as a bit of a surprise.

“A little bit unexpected I guess at 39. The role you play is more about the future and the kids and putting time into them,” he said. “There’s plenty of young kids at our club. It’s incredible at Ivanhoe at the moment, the culture, everyone is really buying in and chipping in on-field and off-field. And we’ve got some superb young players – it’s exciting for them – and I think with some of them they will get an opportunity soon to eventually play at a higher standard.”

Schultz said he thoroughly enjoyed playing at Ivanhoe alongside close mate Ash Close, whom he said was doing a great job juggling coaching with his work at Collingwood Football Club. He also praised president Rob Pearce for his outstanding work, “superhero” Peter Rawley, the committee and coaching staff, as well as the support he enjoys post-match from his young family. To hear the full interview click here and skip to 2hours, 14:38!

The award is the latest in a storied career. Schultz played VFL for North Ballarat, Port Melbourne, Bendigo Gold and Essendon. He won the Michelsen medal in the Bendigo Football Netball League in 2011 and was selected in the Vic Metro championship side in 2016. He was also runner-up in the Northern Football League’s Rosbrook medal when he was playing with Ash Close at Northcote Park. Close was impressed by Schultz’s positive influence on younger players on and off the field at Northcote. He was the first player he chose to recruit after his coaching appointment at Ivanhoe in late 2019.

The club has been most fortunate to have Schultz as a player. He joined Carlton as its AFLW acquisition and skills coach this year after working as an assistant coach with Essendon’s VFLM (2017-18) and VFLW (2019-20) teams. He missed just one game this season and it was for family reasons. While he can play both ends of the ground, Schultz usually lined up in the back half, providing a springboard for attack with precision kicks to teammates downfield. And he’s a real clubman off the ground too, with time to talk with everyone. Even during lockdowns, he was active via the club’s social media, encouraging players with tips on how to maintain fitness.

We salute you Schultzy! Well done and thank-you, champ.

FOUR NEW LIFE MEMBERS

By Phil Skeggs

Four new life members have been inducted into the club at a luncheon at Ivanhoe Park on Saturday (June 26).

Veteran players and close mates Lachie Roberts and Conor Mitchell, who have both given sterling service over the past decade, were honoured in front of proud parents and club faithful.

Club stalwarts Robert Moszkowicz and Dave Reilly were also recognised for their off-field roles over the decades, including the Thursday night bar initiative, ground marking, and early days as players and helpers.

“Moska” and Dave are in rare company as life members of both the cricket and football clubs at Ivanhoe. Their badges were presented by fellow lifers John Loton and Doni Valkanis. 

New Life Members, Dave Reilly, Conor Mitchell, Lachie Roberts and Robert Moszkowicz. Pic: Phil Skeggs

100 Club Games – Will Emerson

Ivanhoe AFC congratulates Will Emerson on his 100th club game last Saturday (June 19) against Powerhouse.

Emmo has been with the club since 2012. He played in both the 2014 Under 19 (North) premiership team and was a star forward pocket in the Hoers’ 2015 D2 reserves premiership. Both teams were coached by his dad Bill.

It speaks volumes of Emmo’s determination that he persisted in the reserves in 2016 and early 2018 when injuries took their toll. It wasn’t until Round 1 2019 that he played his first senior game. What Emmo lacks in stature, he more than makes up for with gut-busting running, crafty crumbing, a ton of courage and great team spirit.

Well done Emmo. We look forward to many more games in the black and white.

Will Emerson is chaired off after his 100th game for Ivanhoe AFC in Round 10 against Powerhouse. Pic: Phil Skeggs

BIG DRAW DATE, JULY 4!

After already delaying the 2020 Big Draw due to Covid, and the second delay earlier in 2021, we are pleased to announce that our vital Big Draw fundraiser is now locked in for Sunday 4 July (fingers crossed). Tickets are still on sale and we ask everyone to buy a ticket or two to help the club raise important funds.

Tickets are $50 each and entitle you to a lovely spit roast lunch, drinks from 1-3:30pm and a chance to take home $3,000!! Even if you can’t make it on the day, a $50 investment that helps our club immensely plus the chance to win the cash is pretty good! We’d love you to buy as many as you can afford!

Please contact Rob Pearce on either 0438 378 348 or at lrprint@i.net.au to support our club or if you have any questions!

IVIES HONOUR BOARD TO BE UNVEILED

By Phil Skeggs

The Ivies will have their own honour board mounted in the Ivanhoe Park clubrooms later this month. The board, to be named after Ivies foundation coach Bill Emerson, will be unveiled at a club function on Saturday May 15. Emerson coached the Ivies to finals in their first two seasons, making the Division 1 grand final in 2018.

Since their establishment in 2017, the Ivies have become the pride of Ivanhoe Park, with the club now fielding two women’s teams in the VAFA’s Premier C division. Mirroring the growing popularity of women’s football at AFL and VFL level, the club has seen a huge influx of talented young players who developed through Ivanhoe Junior Football Club. Several of the original Ivies are also into their fourth seasons with 40-plus games to their credit, providing inspirational leadership to their younger teammates.

The Ivies are astutely coached by two of our finest – Leighton Pearce and Ian Callahan. Pearce, a life member, was previously an assistant coach alongside Emerson, who took Ivanhoe’s under 19s to a premiership in 2014 and a reserves flag in 2015. Callahan’s partner Kath and daughters Sophie and Talya are also playing for the Ivies – probably a first in VAFA women’s footy – and underscores the club’s family orientation.

The Ivanhoe AFC committee is pleased to invite parents and partners of all Ivies – past and present – to join us in the clubrooms to mark this latest proud milestone in women’s football from 1.30pm onwards. A light lunch will be provided for the cost of a gold coin. North Brunswick players are also most welcome to join us.

The function will be preceded by two matches against North Brunswick. The Ivies reserves (white) match kicks off at Ivanhoe Park at 9.40am. The Ivies seniors (black) game begins at 11.40am.

Bill Emerson coaching the Ivies to finals in 2017. Pic: Phil Skeggs

250 GAMES FOR ROSS TOOGOOD

By Phil Skeggs

When Ivanhoe AFC’s reserves coach Ross Toogood was told at very short notice he would have to find another player to cover a late withdrawal in Round 4 (May 1), he had no hesitation in dusting off his well-worn black and white jumper.

Toogood, 44, had filled in as a top-up in previous seasons when the ressies were light on for numbers. And by the end of the 2019 season, his games tally was 249 – one match shy of a huge milestone. Only five other players in the club’s lengthy history have played more than 250 games.

Toogood, a primary school teacher, joined the Hoers in 1997 when the club was in B grade. He initially struggled to get a game in the reserves. But after the club was relegated to C and later D grades, opportunities arose and he was eventually rewarded for his hard efforts with a senior slot in the back pocket, wearing number 48.

What Toogood lacked in pace or height, he more than compensated for with courage, determination, efficient disposal and ability to read play.

With the support of his partner Amanda and their darling daughter Jasmine, he has remained actively involved as coach, assistant coach, runner, and committee member. He is also our website editor, a key administrator of social media platforms, and a proud life member.

For the record, Toogood brought himself on late in the first quarter and got several touches of the ball in a tight win over Yarra Valley Old Boys.

Well done Rossco, the club salutes you!

*For a complete list of Ivanhoe players who have played over 200 games, go to: https://ivanhoeafc.com/history/our-people/200-games/

50 GAMES FOR BIG WES

By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe AFC congratulates our resident gentle giant Wes Mayne on playing his 50th game for the Hoers in Round 4.

Wezza was a late convert to footy, joining the club in 2017 at the invitation of basketball teammates and club stalwarts Lachie Roberts and Conor Mitchell. He spent his first season in the reserves honing his skills and played in a semi-final at Elsternwick Park. By mid-2019 his image was on the cover of the amateur footy record and the VAFA were considering him for rep duties.

Wes is arguably the best ruckman in our comp. He never loses a ruck contest, never loses his cool, takes awesome grabs, and has straightened up in front of goals considerably in the past two seasons.

A very modest bloke, he is one half of a much-loved couple at the club – his partner Tess Vandergriff is a foundation member of the Ivies women’s team and also serves on committee. Well done Wezza, keep it going champ!

Wes Mayne cheered off after his 50th game for Ivanhoe AFC. Pic: Phil Skeggs