CHANGING OF THE GUARD

By Phil Skeggs

A new committee was enthusiastically endorsed at the Ivanhoe footy club’s AGM on Monday night. The club’s longest serving president Rob Pearce passed the baton to club games record holder Peter Rawley (pictured below).

Rawley asked about 30 members in attendance for a much-deserved standing ovation for his predecessor. Joining Rawley on committee are former junior club president Mark Centofanti, who replaces Dom Mitchell as vice-president. 2021 Reserves coach and website editor Ross Toogood steps into the role of secretary, which Pearce also held over the past two seasons. Liz Valkanis takes over as treasurer from Kate Drapac after four years. Drapac, a supporter since she was 15, confirmed that the club was back in the black.

Rawley started as an under 19 in 1987 and was football operations director this year. He is convinced, especially after experiencing the great club vibe at presentation night on Saturday, that Ivanhoe is ready to go to a whole new level on and off the field next year.

Rob Pearce was president for a total of 10 years. His first stint was from 2000-04, then 2010-11, and 2019-21.

Rawley played 370 games, including a stint as senior captain, and is a member of the Ivanhoe Hall of Fame. Ross Toogood has played 255 games for the club.

Outgoing President Rob Pearce (left) with incoming President Peter Rawley (right). Pic: Phil Skeggs

WRITE THEIR NAMES IN GOLD!

By Phil Skeggs and Peter Rawley

Ivanhoe’s hardest working players were the big winners in our 2021 season best and fairest awards on Saturday night. Men’s seniors co-captain Danny Jones picked up the Hec Rutherford Medal, edging out comp B&F Wayne Schultz and winger Connor O’Brien, who was also runner-up in 2019. Hard-running Ivies midfielder Rachel McLean, runner-up in the B&F in 2019, capped an ultra-consistent season in which she played in all 11 games, including the semi-final, to earn the Ida Marcon Medal. Ivies captain Emilia Bisogni, who missed four games through injury, was runner-up alongside another polished performer Cate Riddington, who played in nine games.

In a season interrupted by pandemic lockdowns, Jones was most consistent in nine senior men’s games as our top rover and also bagged 7 goals. Schultz and O’Brien played in 10 of the 11 games and also regularly polled well, as did coaches award recipient Nick Geary. Senior coach Ash Close, who was unable to attend the big night while awaiting the result of a Covid test, praised award winners for their work ethic.

“Danny has been our best pressure player and it’s what I value very highly,” said Close. “We all know how important Schultz is to the club and it’s good to see him get rewarded. I think Connor put in a really good year. He has learnt a lot about himself and where he can get his football and it’s good to see him get recognition.” He said coaches were unanimous in choosing Geary for the coaches award. “His attack on the footy and his willingness to do whatever we asked meant his award was a no-brainer. We expect a big year from him next season as well.”

The Colin McDonald Medal for the best player in the men’s reserves went to another hard-running player, Brad Dawson, who also played three games in the seniors. Ivies whites star Charlotte Williams, who also got a couple of senior games, enjoyed an outstanding debut year as a forward and was awarded the B&F from coach Ian Callahan.

About 75 people attended the awards night at East Ivanhoe Bowls Club on Saturday November 27. Club president Rob Pearce and Ivies coach Leighton Pearce gave heartfelt speeches as they announced they were stepping down from their roles in 2022, but were looking forward to being around the club to watch and support all involved. Ian Callahan will be coaching both Ivies teams next season. Several other volunteers and support staff were acknowledged for all their help throughout the year. A big thanks to the organisers and our MCs Fiona Tansley and Conor Mitchell for making this a special night for all involved. It’s understood the vast majority of players have indicated intentions to pull on the boots next season.

Award recipients:

Senior Mens: 1st Danny Jones, 2nd Wayne Schultz, 3rd Connor O’Brien. Coaches Award: Nick Geary

Mens Development Team: 1st Brad Dawson, 2nd Karl Kaldawi, 3rd James Pititto. Coaches Award: Jim Leahy

Mens Thirds: 1st Thomas Gibson, equal 2nd Flynn Bergman and Tyler O’Neil equal 3rd Ben Cococcia and Declan Cremasco Coaches Award: Lucas Keyhoe. Most Courageous: Aido Cullinane. Competition Leading Goal Kicker: Ben CococciaIvies

Ivies Black: 1st Rachel McLean, 2nd Emilia Bisogni, 3rd Cate Riddington. Coaches Award: Rihannon Campbell. Most Valued: Megan Tsilemanis. Most Determined: Molly UwlandIvies

Ivies White. 1st Charlotte Williams. 2nd Georgia McKenzie 3rd Charly Rouch. Coaches Award: Lauren Beveridge. Most Determined: Sophie Akther. Coaches Award: Lauren Beveridge. Goal Kicking: Sophie Callahan

John Miles Award for best clubwoman: Tess Vandergriff

Tim Robinson Award: The Callahan Family

The President’s Award: Jessica Apps

GREAT SCOTT! SELWOOD TO PLAY FOR IVANHOE

By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs has enlisted former AFL midfielder Scott Selwood for season 2022.Selwood, 31, accepted an invitation to Ivanhoe Park from his Collingwood workmate and Hoers playing coach Ash Close this week.

In the recruiting coup of the preseason in VAFA Division 2, Selwood will join this year’s competition B&F Wayne Schultz in the midfield.Selwood said he was looking forward to playing alongside Close and Schultz and will start preseason training at Ivanhoe next week.

“I am nearly 32 and I am moving like an ox, but hopefully that will change,” he said. “I haven’t finished scratching that itch (to play again).” Selwood has his sights set on helping Close take the club to finals and a shot at breaking a 51-year senior premiership drought. He is also happy to assist in mentoring younger teammates and juniors.

Selwood, aka ‘Scooter’, is the youngest of the four Selwood brothers. He played 169 AFL games in 12 seasons – 135 for West Coast between 2008 and 2015, winning the John Worsfold Medal as B&F in 2012. He played 34 games for Geelong between 2016-19.Selwood joined the Magpies as development coach at the end of 2019 and was appointed midfield coach in mid-2021. He remains under contract at Collingwood for next year and work commitments mean he won’t be available to play every round.

Ivanhoe’s director of football Peter Rawley welcomed Selwood’s decision, saying the club was moving to a more professional approach to coaching in 2022. “One of the strategic pillars we are implementing in 2022 is around elite coaching and development. As such, we want to implement a program that is best practice when it comes to the practical and theoretical elements of coaching and player development,” Rawley said. “Across our senior men’s team we already have a great coaching line up – Ash Close (Collingwood development coach), Wayne Schultz (Carlton AFLW) and Nick Carlyon (successful coach at senior NFNL clubs). But having a person of Scott’s quality to support the ongoing growth of our players and coaches across not only our men’s teams, but also our women’s and juniors programs is a huge boost for the whole club.”

Ivanhoe’s preseason starts on Monday November 29. Training sessions will be on Mondays and Wednesdays over summer. The club fields three men’s teams (seniors, reserves and thirds) as well as two women’s teams (our magnificent Ivies) in Premier C division. Ivanhoe is a community sports club and new players and families are welcome. For more information, contact Peter Rawley on (m) 0437110865.

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