Welcome back to “Crackers Chronicles”. This week we will trace some of the history of the Old Scotch Football Club by recounting the contributions made by some of our Reserves teams.
In 1958, the club founded a second senior team to afford players who failed to attain selection in our senior team the chance to play football. Following a meeting between six interested clubs, Old Scotch, Ivanhoe, Old Caulfield Grammarians, Old Xaverians, Old Paradians and Old Melburnians, it was decided to institute a premiership 2nds competition with an organised draw. The matches would be curtain raisers to “A” grade matches and would be umpired by the Association umpires. They were determined to prove to the VAFA that a reserve grade competition was a necessity in the Association.
In 1958 & 1959, the teams operated as an independent competition. The annual fixture consisted of games against other VAFA clubs who could field a second team. However, in 1960 the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club was a prime-mover, together with Old Paradians, in formalising a ten-team 2nds competition under the VAFA banner. In 1961 it blossomed into two sections of ten teams each and by 1965 into five Reserves grade sections aligned to the Senior sections.
In the 58 years from 1960 to 2017, our Reserves have appeared in 18 Reserves Grand Finals, winning 8 and losing 10:
1961 Captained by Don Vale and coached by John Gifford. Best & Fairest Neil Scott
Old Scotch 9.9.63 defeated University 3.7.25 – North Reserves Premiers
Old Scotch 8.9.57 then defeated Ormond 2.6.18 (South Reserves Premiers) – Champions of Reserves Sections
1962 Captained by Bill Hughes and coached by John Gifford. Best & Fairest Chris Nixon
Ivanhoe 8.12.60 defeated Old Scotch 6.5.41 – North East Reserves Runners Up
1964 Captained by Leigh McGregor and coached by Arthur Marshall. Best & Fairest Peter Cornish
Old Scotch 6.5.41 defeated Commonwealth Bank 1.17.23 – Reserves Section 2 Premiers
1967 Captained and coached by Ray Sneddon. Best & Fairest David Temple
Old Scotch 7.14.56 defeated Collegians 6.7.43 – A Reserves Premiers
1969 Captained by John Beaurepaire and coached by Leigh McGregor. Best & Fairest Alan Harwood
Old Scotch 9.4.58 defeated St Bernards 6.12.48 – B Reserves Premiers
1973 Captained by Gregor Evans and coached by Leigh McGregor. Best & Fairest Bob Welch
Old Scotch 10.11.71 defeated University Blacks 6.9.45 – B Reserves Premiers
1976 Captained by Bob Welch and coached by Laurie Aghan. Best & Fairest Bob Welch
Ivanhoe 8.12.60 defeated Old Scotch 4.10.34 – B Reserves Runners Up
1977 Captained by Peter Clarke and coached by Laurie Aghan. Best & Fairest John Nickless
Ivanhoe 14.13.97 defeated Old Scotch 10.8.68 – B Reserves Runners Up
1980 Captained by Ross McLean and coached by Laurie Aghan. Best & Fairest Phil Treyvaud
Old Scotch 17.12.114 defeated Old Xaverians 8.9.57 – B Reserves Premiers
1991 Captained by Brad Crump and coached by John Coldham. Best & Fairest Jon Kerr
De La Salle 11.7.73 defeated Old Scotch 9.10.64 – A Reserves Runners Up
1993 Captained by Gary Jackson and coached by David Kay. Best & Fairest Marty Newnham
Old Scotch 5.12.42 defeated De La Salle 5.6.36 – A Reserves Premiers
1997 Captained by Nick Hooper and coached by Simon Illingworth. Best & Fairest Nick Hooper
Old Xaverians 14.18.102 defeated Old Scotch 4.3.27 – A Reserves Runners Up
1998 Captained by Nick Hooper and coached by David McComack. Best & Fairest Stuart Gibbs
Old Xaverians 27.16.178 defeated Old Scotch 8.11.59 – A Reserves Runners Up
2004 Captained by Lachlan Freeman & Scott Lillingston and coached by Serge D’Angelo. Best & Fairest Simon Dumaresq
University Blues 22.22.154 defeated Old Scotch 9.5.59 – A Reserves Runners Up
2005 Captained by Tyson Beattie & Glenn Carroll and coached by Serge D’Angelo.
Best & Fairest Jeremy Sutcliffe
Old Scotch 17.15.117 defeated Old Melburnians 10.9.69 – A Reserves Premiers
2006 Captained Tyson Beattie and coached by Serge D’Angelo. Best & Fairest Nich Hildebrandt
Old Xaverians 9.9.63 defeated Old Scotch 2.7.19 –A Reserves Runners Up
2013 Captained by Sean Leith and coached by Christian Neeson. Best & Fairest Rupert Wills
Old Xaverians 11.11.77 defeated Old Scotch 5.7.37 – Premier Reserves Runners Up
2016 Captained by Henry Dick and coached by Tristan Foenander. Best & Fairest Charlie Dixon
Beaumaris 11.13.79 defeated Old Scotch 4.6.30 – Premier B Reserves Runners Up
Well folks, that about covers our past Reserves grand final appearances. Good luck to our boys in this year’s Reserves Grand Final.
Check in again next season when we will focus on our 34 club captains.
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