The Sixties


Camberwell performed poorly in 1960, and finished fifteenth in the VFA’s seventeen-team competition of that year. Not surprisingly therefore the Wells found themselves in the lower tier of the two-division structure adopted by the VFA for the 1961 season. Camberwell had actually voted against the change and would have protested even more loudly if it had been able to foretell the future – nineteen continuous seasons in the lower-grade. The Wells did however contest the 1961 Second Division Finals, winning the First Semi Final against Preston but losing to Dandenong in the Preliminary Final (see details below). Camberwell’s 1961 VFA finals series was the club’s only appearance in VFA finals from 1946 to 1973. The sixties turned out to be a dismal period for the Wells, with each succeeding season worse than the previous one until the decade of decline culminated in the ignominious season of 1969 – the club’s fourth wooden spoon year and the third occasion in the club’s VFA history when extinction seemed likely if not inevitable. 1

Financial Crisis for CFC - circa 1969
Financial Crisis for CFC - circa 1969


A Call For Funds 1969
A Call For Funds 1969


The perennial theme of complaint from Camberwell’s history – the apparent lack of support from business people and residents – was uttered over and over again throughout the sixties. In 1969 the club was on the verge of disbanding half-way through the season and cried out for urgent financial assistance. 2 Tragedy also stalked the Wells. Seconds ruckman Tony Lancaster, only 22, died from a neck injury after a practice match collision before the start of the 1964 season, and in February 1967 another Seconds ruckman, Vic Pomroy, also 22, was killed in Vietnam. 3 In the midst of all this gloom Camberwell Football Club in 1963 celebrated its first ever VFA premiership, albeit a premiership in the Second Division Seconds competition. 4 The premiership was inspired by veteran and captain-coach Gordon Duff who also took out the VFA Second Division Seconds best and fairest award. The 1963 Seconds premiership line-up was as follows:

B: Bruce PatonRon WinsallOscar Skalberg
HB: Mick JonesGordon DuffRoss Telfer
C: Ron Cripps
HF: Peter QuinnLaurie BeetBill Anderson
For: Dick KissJohn SmithRay Panzic
Foll: Bill PearsonBarry ThompsonKeith Smith
Res: John BarnettJohn WilliamsNeil Gooden


Further fundamental change in the make-up of Association football in this period involved the institution of Sunday matches and the introduction of television coverage. The first ever VFA Sunday games were played in 1960, with Camberwell playing its first Sunday match against Prahran at Toorak Park on April 30, 1961. It was not until 1967 however before Camberwell played a game at home on a Sunday. VFA games were first televised – by Channel 0 – in 1967.

YEARLADDERTEAMSWONLOSTDRAWPERCENTAGE
19601517414 66.7
Division Two
19614899 108.9
196268610 87.2
196379511 82.6
1964786 12 82.0
196589312173.4
1966910414 74.6
19671010315 68.6
1968910413 63.5
19691010116147.9


Camberwell – Match Results


Camberwell 1960


Round 1 v Mordialloc (Away)

Mordialloc 5.5, 9.10, 13.12, 19.15
Camberwell 1.2, 1.6, 3.7, 7.7
Whitten, Ellis, Chaplin, Kent, Kilpatrick, Collett
Kilpatrick 2, Skalberg, R.Thompson, Quirk, K.Johnson, J.Thompson

Round 2 v Sunshine (Home)

Camberwell 2.6, 2.9, 6.10, 8.11
Sunshine 1.2, 4.5, 5.8, 7.12
Whitten, K.Johnson, Bailey, Long, Commons, Skalberg
B.Johnson 2, R.Thompson 2, Whitten, Commons, Quirk, O’Neill

Round 3 – bye


Round 4 v Brighton (A)

Camberwell 1.2, 3.5, 5.8, 12.11
Brighton 1.4, 1.6, 2.7, 2.9
Whitten, Kent, Johnson, Commons, Eades, London
London 4, Commons 2, Kent 2, Eades, Kilpatrick, Quirk, Collett

Round 5 v Dandenong (H)

Dandenong 1.0, 2.6, 4.11, 6.13
Camberwell 1.2, 3.3, 4.6, 5.6
Whitten, Eades, Skalberg, Commons, B.Ellis, K.Johnson
Commons 2, Kent, Eades, London

Round 6 v Moorabbin (A)

Moorabbin 2.2, 9.9, 9.11, 13.14
Camberwell 1.2, 2.2, 5.5, 5.5
Skalberg, Eades, Freiberg, Kent, B.Ellis, Bailey
London 2, Gibson, Commons, Quirk

Round 7 v Box Hill (at Northcote)

Box Hill 0.1, 6.7, 6.10, 12.13
Camberwell 5.7, 7.7, 10.12, 11.12
Skalberg, Quirk, Chaplin, London, K.Johnson, J.Thompson
London 5, Quirk 2, Whitten 2, Long, G.Ellis

Round 8 v Oakleigh (H)

Oakleigh 6.0, 8.7, 13.13, 15.17
Camberwell 3.0, 6.1, 7.3, 11.6
Commons, Chaplin, Whitten, K.Johnson, Gibson, Skalberg
London 3, Gibson 3, Whitten, Quirk, Ellis, Kent, Fisher

Round 9 v Sandringham (H)

Sandringham 6.5, 11.13, 18.21, 25.30 (Oakley 9 goals)
Camberwell 3.1, 6.2, 9.4, 12.5
Skalberg, Commons, Gibson, O’Neill, Whitten, B.Johnson
O’Neill 5, Commons 3, Gibson 2, Freiberg, London

Round 10 v Williamstown (A)

Williamstown 3.6, 8.13, 13.14, 20.19
Camberwell 3.2, 4.4, 9.5, 10.6
Thompson, K.Johnson, Chaplin, Freiberg, Kent, O’Neill
Freiberg 4, O’Neill 3, Gibson, Kent, Commons

Round 11 v Mordialloc (H)

Mordialloc 6.7, 7.9, 13.14, 14.15
Camberwell 1.0, 5.6, 7.7, 10.11
Quirk, J.Thompson, Whitten, Skalberg, B.Johnson, Commons
Quirk 3, Commons 2, Freiberg 2, O’Neill, Gibson, Ellis

Round 12 v Sunshine (A)

Camberwell 2.6, 7.10, 11.12, 15.15
Sunshine 2.1, 4.3, 5.5, 7.11
O’Neill, Chaplin, Commons, G.Ellis, B.Johnson, Thompson
O’Neill 6, Freiberg 3, B.Ellis 2, Kent, G.Ellis, Gibson, McGuinness

Round 13 v Prahran (H)

Camberwell 1.3, 2.5, 6.10, 8.12
Prahran 0.1, 2.2, 3.4, 5.7
B.Johnson, Whitten, Commons, G.Young, McGuiness, Skalberg
McGuiness 3, O’Neill 2, B.Ellis, Freiberg, Commons

Round 14 v Brighton (H)

Brighton 0.0, 1.6, 3.10, 8.17
Camberwell 2.9, 4.9, 6.12, 8.13
O’Neill, K.Johnson, Whitten, Commons, B.Ellis, B.Johnson
O’Neill 4, G.Ellis 2, Commons, Condon

Round 15 v Dandenong (A)

Dandenong 3.6, 5.9, 12.14, 15.16
Camberwell 2.2, 6.4, 7.5, 11.12
Gibson, Commons, O’Neill, Douglas, Quirk, Whitten
O’Neill 7, Douglas 2, Saunders, London

Round 16 v Moorabbin (H)

Moorabbin 5.2, 9.5, 14.6, 18.7
Camberwell 5.5, 6.7, 9.12, 10.14
Whitten, Thompson, Chaplin, Gibson, O’Neill, Commons
O’Neill 4, Whitten, Freiberg, G.Ellis, Gibson, Saunders, London

Round 17 v Box Hill (A)

Box Hill 2.2, 6.11, 10.13, 15.15
Camberwell 3.4, 4.5, 7.7, 10.11
Young, J.Thompson, Watts, Commons, B.Johnson, Gibson
London 4, O’Neill 3, Watts, Freiberg, Quirk

Round 18 v Oakleigh (H)

Oakleigh 3.2, 7.6, 12.6, 19.9
Camberwell 2.5, 2.5, 5.9, 5.9
Freiberg, B.Johnson, Chaplin, Quirk, Commons, Whitten
London 2, Watts 2, Freiberg

Round 19 v Sandringham (A)

Sandringham 8.9, 13.9, 21.12, 28.16
Camberwell 1.1, 4.6, 5.7, 6.13
Freiberg, Skalberg, Bailey, Gibson, Johnson, Young
O’Neill 2, Freiberg 2, Commons, Douglas

Camberwell 1961 – Second Division


Ladder after 18 Rounds

Northcote 16, 2, 0, 1726, 985, 175.23, 64
Dandenong 14, 4, 0, 1799, 1459, 123.30, 56
Preston 11, 7, 0, 1728, 1193, 144.84, 44
Camberwell 9, 9, 0, 1666, 1530, 108.89, 36
Prahran 9, 9, 0, 1386, 1422, 97.47, 36
Waverley 8, 10, 0, 1603, 1546, 103.69, 32
Sunshine 5, 13, 0, 1554, 1602, 97.00, 20
Brighton 0, 18, 0, 761, 2621, 29.03, 0

First Semi Final – August 19 – Toorak Park – Umpire Trewin 5

Camberwell 2.7, 5.17, 10.21, 15.24 (114)
Preston 4.2, 6.6, 7.6, 8.9 (57)
Best – Camberwell – Whitten, Young, O’Neill, Gibson, Thompson, Hobill
Best – Preston – Zorzi, Howard, McLaughlin, Hancock, Murphy, Muir
Goals – Camberwell – O’Neill 6, Quirk 4, Thompson, Collett, Hobill, London, Ellis
Goals - Preston – Zorzi 3, Murnane 2, Howard, Cannon, Short

Preliminary Final – September 3 – Toorak Park – Umpire McMaster

Dandenong 5.2, 11.8, 14.12, 18.15 (123)
Camberwell 7.2, 10.3, 14.8, 17.16 (118) 6
Best – Camberwell – Gaudion, Quirk, B.Johnson, O’Neill, Jones, Young
Best – Dandenong – T.Waters, Dineen, Delanty, Pennefather, Minotti, Gray
Goals – Camberwell – O’Neill 4, Quirk 4, Gibson 3, Ellis 2, London 2, Whitten, Jones
Goals – Dandenong – T.Waters 4, Gray 4, Minotti 3, Morris 3, Delanty 2, Little 2

Camberwell Statistics – Preliminary Final - September 3, 1961.


NameAgeHeightWeightNumber
G.Mason28 6.0 13.0(1)
B.Gaudion24 6.0 13.0(2)
O.Skalberg (capt)30 5.10 13.0(3)
J.Thompson25 6.2 13.10(5)
J.Collett22 6.0 14.0(6)
R.Gibson21 5.9 12.7 (8)
I.Whitten25 5.10 12.7 (10)
D.Hobill22 6.0 12.0 (11)
M.Jones26 5.9 11.7 (12)
G.Bailey24 5.10 12.7 (15)
R.Quirk22 5.10 12.0 (16)
R.O’Neill20 5.10 half 12.0 (18)
K.Johnson25 5.10 half 13.0 (19)
G.Young21 6.0 14.10 (20)
B.Johnson (Vice-capt)26 6.1 14.0 (21)
K.Douglas21 5.11 12.7 (22)
B.Bennie26 6.1 13.2 (23)
R.London21 6.0 13.0 (25)
G.Ellis20 6.1 11.7 (26)
K.Stephenson20 6.2 14.0 (28)
K.Chambers28 6.1 15.0 (29)
K.Freiberg23 5.9 13.0 (30)
K.Smith21 5.4 10.7 (34)
G.Brunning22 5.10 12.0 (36)

Coach – C.Campbell


VFA Recorder September 3, 1961
VFA Recorder September 3, 1961

VFA Recorder September 3, 1961
VFA Recorder September 3, 1961



1961 Camberwell team - courtesy David Barker email April 14, 2017
1961 Camberwell team - courtesy David Barker email April 14, 2017



1962 Camberwell team
1962 Camberwell team

1962 Camberwell team (Seconds) At Preston
1962 Camberwell team (Seconds) At Preston


1963 Camberwell team (2nd Div) Seconds Premiers
1963 Camberwell team (2nd Div) Seconds Premiers

1963 Camberwell team (2nd Div) Seconds Premiers
1963 Camberwell team (2nd Div) Seconds Premiers


1965 Camberwell team
1965 Camberwell team

Back row - T.McNamara, M.Adams, R.Peck, P.Cockrem, J.Smith, B.Cooper. Third row - J.Curry (trainer), L.Allemand, R.Kiss, V.Pomroy, K.Douglas, K.Pemberton, R.Hannaford (head trainer). Second row - R.Panzic, D.Mackie, L.James, B.Gaudion (capt.-coach), R.Gibson, K.Freiberg. Front row - B.McKernan, D.Zantuck, R.Withers, M.Brettagh, R.Fisher, K.Smith, P.Hafey.

1968 Camberwell final list

OLD – R.Allison, I.Armstrong, D.Boyd, L.Boyd, G.Brayne, M.Conyers, M.Delanty, G.Docker, K.Freiberg, J.Djordevic, R.Kiss, T.McNamara, N.Mills, R.Peck, J.Smith, K.Smith, F.Smith, J.Viney, M.Walsh, J.Wicks, D.Zantuck.
NEW – T.Collins, K.Freestone, P.McKinlay, P.Quinn, J.Rieschel, P.Stafford, B.Norman, L.Tucker.
SUPPLEMENTARY – R.Elleray, D.McGregor, M.Thomson, J.Wolff, J.Sala, R.Guthrie, T.Roberts, I.Reid, J.Higgins, G.Lord, R.Perry, F.Cleary, A.Thomas, E.Thomas, M.Brettagh.
TO BE CONSIDERED – D.Wilson, K.Pemberton, A.Bray, J.Winkleman, M.Malone, P.Lionors, M.Adams, G.Yunghanns, M.Daniels.
OFF – B.Grace, K.Douglas, R.Morrison, L.James, P.Cockrem, W.Adams, G. Ewenson.

1968 Camberwell team July 20
1968 Camberwell team July 20

1969 Camberwell Seconds - August 3rd at home
1969 Camberwell Seconds - August 3rd at home


Mike Delanty Camberwell Coach 1967-1969
Mike Delanty Camberwell Coach 1967-1969



Stars of the Sixties


Ron O’Neill

Sharp-shooting full forward Ron O’Neill was a stand-out player for the Wells in a decade that produced few highlights and many lowlights. O’Neill, who was not tall (only 178 centimetres), possessed the rare ability to kick goals from near impossible angles and one can only imagine how many goals he would have racked up – certainly more than his final Camberwell tally of 351 goals in 84 games – if he had been playing in a strong side. Graduating from Camberwell’s Third Sixteen in 1960, O’Neill kicked 39 goals in his first season with the seniors and then tallies of 95 (1961), 52 (1962), 77 (1964), and 80 (1966). In 1965 O’Neill played for South Gippsland club Yarram, although he returned in 1966, as captain, to give Camberwell one more year. Unfortunately O’Neill’s fiery temperament occasionally landed him in trouble, most famously when he broke coach Colin Campbell’s nose at half-time in a 1963 match at Sunshine and was suspended by the club for the rest of the season. 7

Ian Whitten

A centre man who thrilled Camberwell fans with his long left foot kicking. An orchardist at Wantirna, Whitten went to Bowen Street in 1958 after previously playing for Melbourne Thirds (1953 premiership team) and Doncaster. (In 1955 he was at Essendon and close to senior selection). Camberwell best and fairest 1960, 1962. Second in VFA Second Division’s J.Field Trophy in 1962. Camberwell vice-captain 1963. Camberwell Team of Century (half forward flank). Camberwell 84 games (1958-63).

Notable Players – 1960-69


Ivan ‘Oscar’ Skalberg

Started with North Melbourne Thirds in 1948 and played 12 senior games for North. Skalberg crossed to Bowen Street in 1954 with newly-appointed Camberwell coach Ted Jarrard. A tough, determined utility player (5.10, 13.3) who temporarily held the Camberwell games record (150 games, 1954-62). Camberwell captain 1960, 1961, 1962. Member Camberwell Team of the Century Organising Committee 2003. 8

Ken Freiberg

A footballer who stuck loyally to Camberwell throughout its most frustrating decade. 150 games (1959-69). Member Camberwell Team of the Century Organising Committee 2003.

Bert Gaudion

68 games (1961-65). Camberwell captain-coach 1964-65.

John Smith

Former Camberwell Thirds ruckman. 105 games (1964-1968, 1970-71). Camberwell best and fairest 1966, 1967, 1968. Played for Oakleigh District 1969. After leaving Camberwell John Smith won 1976 Chandler Medal for best and fairest Eastern Districts League (runner-up 1974). Won Blackburn Football Club best and fairest three times. Member Camberwell Team of the Century Selection Committee 2003. 9

Bob Gibson

Ex-Hawthorn Seconds. Camberwell 106 games (1960-66).

Ken Douglas

Ex-Hawthorn Seconds. Camberwell 112 games (1960-67). Camberwell best and fairest 1963.

Graham Young

Ex-Hawthorn Seconds. Camberwell 61 games (1960-65). Ruckman who represented VFA versus Tasmania 1962.

Ted Bailey

Half-back flanker. 58 games (1960-63). Camberwell best and fairest 1961.

Ken Pemberton

Centre half back. 44 games (1963-65). Camberwell best and fairest 1964. Represented VFA versus Tasmania 1965.

Don Mackie

25 games (1964-65). Camberwell best and fairest 1965.

Mick Conyers

72 games (1967-72). Camberwell best and fairest 1969. Camberwell captain 1970-71. Camberwell coach 1971 (part).

Keith Smith

Ex-Hawthorn Seconds. A rover who kicked 34 goals for Camberwell in season 1965. 53 games (1960-67).

Ray Panzic

Ex-West Perth. A centreman with the remarkable capacity to play good football despite being stone deaf on the football field. 39 games (1963-66).

Ron Peck

A nephew of star Hawthorn full forward John Peck. A ruckman who graduated from Camberwell High School team and Camberwell Thirds. Later proved to have exceptional leadership qualities and became Camberwell’s most successful President, leading the club to two Second Division premierships and hence back into VFA First Division. Suspended sixteen weeks in two visits to VFA Tribunal in second season (1966). Camberwell 62 games (1965-70).

John Winkleman

Diminutive rover. Second Camberwell best and fairest 1966. 26 games (1966-67).

Cyril Collard

Ex-Subiaco (WA). Hawthorn 13 games (1957-58). Camberwell 9 games (1962). A rover with aboriginal (indigenous) heritage.

Peter Hafey

Rover and brother of famous Tom. 58 games (1962-67).

Des Healey

Camberwell coach 1966. A brilliant Collingwood wingman who was a member of the Magpies’ 1953 premiership team. Involved in tragic collision with Melbourne’s Frank ‘Bluey’ Adams in 1955 Grand Final. Collingwood 149 games (1948-55).
1951 Kornies Footballers In Action Des Healey
1951 Kornies Footballers In Action Des Healey
1954 Argus Football Swap Cards Des Healey
1954 Argus Football Swap Cards Des Healey
1954 Kornies Champion Footballers Des Healey
1954 Kornies Champion Footballers Des Healey
1954 VFL Coles Footballers Series 1 Des Healey
1954 VFL Coles Footballers Series 1 Des Healey
1955 Coles Victorian Footballers Series 3 Des Healey
1955 Coles Victorian Footballers Series 3 Des Healey

Mike Delanty

Camberwell coach during one of the club’s darkest periods (1967-69). Collingwood 87 games (1957-62), North Melbourne 54 games (1963-66). Centre half back in Collingwood 1958 VFL premiership team. Camberwell 52 games (1967-69). Kicked 33 goals for Camberwell 1968.

Bill Serong

Played one solitary game for Camberwell in 1967 after a stellar VFL career - Collingwood 98 games (1956-61) and North Melbourne (16 games 1962). Half-forward flank in Collingwood 1958 VFL premiership team. Shared second place (14 votes) 1959 Brownlow Medal.

Geoff Lord

Played one solitary game for Camberwell senior team in 1967 after graduating from the Third Sixteen. A successful businessman who served as Hawthorn Football Club President 1993-95 (to be followed by another former Camberwell player – Brian Coleman). A founder of Melbourne Victory soccer club.

Colin Campbell

Camberwell non-playing coach 1960-63. Ex-coach Hawthorn City (Metropolitan League).

Geoff Mason (see ‘Fifties’)

Kevin Johnson (see ‘Fifties’)

Ken Chambers (see ‘Fifties’)


Goals 1960-69

1960 – O’Neill 39, London 24, Freiberg 16, Commons 15, Quirk 11, Gibson 10, G.Ellis 7.
1961 – O’Neill 95, G.Ellis 26, Gibson 25, Quirk 25, London 24, G.Young 16, M.Jones 15, J.Thompson 13.
1962 – O’Neill 52, G.Ellis 33, Collett 15, Quirk 11, Collard 10, Reynolds 9.
1963 – G.Ellis 22, Hafey 18, Renwood 18, Quirk 18, Freiberg 12, O’Neill 8, Whitten 8, McKernan 8.
1964 – O’Neill 77, J.Smith 23, Quirk 16, Hafey 15, Elliott 12, K.Smith 11, Freiberg 9.
1965 - K.Smith 34, J.Smith 16, R.Peck 14, D.Boyd 11, Hafey 10, Cockrem 9, Quirk 8, Anderson 8.
1966 – O’Neill 88, Winkleman 34, J.Smith 14, D.Boyd 14, W.Adams 13, Filloppni 11.
1967 – J.Wicks 58, T.McNamara 27, Winkleman 19, Delanty 17, J.Smith 12, Djordevic 11, D.Boyd 10, Freiberg 9, Viney 9, Peck 9, L.Boyd 9.
1968 – Delanty 35, Wicks 29, L.Boyd 15, McNamara 14, Brayne 12, Freiberg 12, Rietschel 12.
1969 – Brayne 35, Delanty 19, J.Floyd 16, L.Boyd 12, J.Taylor 12. G.Yunghanns 10.

Games played 1961-69

10

(Season - games, progressive total); Annual Report corrected (asterisk); Annual Report mistake (two asterisks)

O.Skalberg (1961 – 20, 138) (1962 – 13, 151)
B.Johnson (1961 – 18, 62) (1962 – 8, 70)
B.Gaudion (1961 – 15, 15) (1962 – 8, 23) (1963 – 15, 38) (1964 – 15, 53) (1965 – 15, 68)
E.Bailey (1961 – 20, 37) (1962 – 16, 53) (1963 – 5, 58)
B.Quirk (1961 – 19, 36) (1962 – 10, 46) (1963 – 11, 57) (1964 – 12, 69) (1965 – 4, 73*)
M.Commons (1961 - 0, 32) (1965 – 9, 41*)
K.Freiberg (1961 – 9, 44) (1962 – 9, 53) (1963 – 15, 68) (1964 – 17, 85) (1965 – 10, 96**) (1966 – 16, 112) (1967 – 18, 130) (1968 – 13, 143) (1969 – 8, 151)
R.O’Neill (1961 – 18, 31) (1962 – 12, 43) (1963 – 5, 48) (1964 – 18, 66) (1966 – 17, 83)
R.Gibson (1961 – 20, 36) (1962 – 14, 50) (1963 – 12, 62) (1964 – 13, 75) (1965 – 14, 89) (1966 – 17, 106)
J.Thompson (1961 – 20, 36) (1962 – 14, 50) (1963 – 4, 54)
I.Whitten (1961 – 9, 53) (1962 – 15, 68) (1963 – 15, 83)
K.Johnson (1961 – 15, 114) (1962 – 5, 119)
J.Collett (1961 – 18, 30) (1962 – 16, 46)
D.Hobill (1961 – 11, 11) (1962 – 12, 23)
K.Douglas (1961 – 8, 16) (1962 – 15, 31) (1963 – 16, 47) (1964 – 18, 65) (1965 – 16, 81) (1966 – 14, 95) (1967 – 17, 112)
R.London (1961 – 20, 33) (1962 – 5, 38)
K.Kilpatrick (1961 – 1, 6) (1962 – 9, 15)
M.Jones (1961 – 17, 19) (1962 – 15, 34) (1963 – 4, 38)
B.Saunders (1961 – 0, 4) (1962 – 2, 6)
K.Smith (1961 – 6, 7) (1963 – 2, 6**) (1964 – 15, 21) (1965 – 16, 37) (1966 – 10, 47) (1969 – 3, 50)
G.Ellis (1961 – 18, 30) (1962 – 16, 46) (1963 – 13, 59)
G.Young (1961 – 20, 31) (1962 – 7, 38) (1963 – 16, 54) (1965 – 7, 61)
L.Wright (1962 – 14, 14) (1963 – 16, 30)
R.Winsell (1962 – 6, 6) (1964 – 11, 11*)
P.Hafey (1962 – 8, 8) (1963 – 16, 24) (1964 – 18, 42) (1965 – 15, 57) (1967 – 1, 58)
K.Pemberton (1963 – 13, 13) (1964 – 17, 30) (1965 – 14, 44)
B.McKernan (1963 – 13, 13) (1964 – 13, 26) (1965 – 15, 41) (1966 – 18, 59)
M.Adams 12 (1963 – 12, 12) (1964 – 15, 27) (1965 – 16, 43)
R.Panzic (1963 – 10, 10) (1964 – 11, 21) (1965 – 10, 31) (1966 – 8, 39)
R.Cripps (1963 – 10, 10) (1964 – 14, 24) (1965 – 2, 26)
L.Harmon (1963 – 9, 9) (1964 – 2, 11)
P.Quinn (1963 – 4, 4) (1964 – 4, 8) (1968 – 8, 16)
R.Telfer (1963 – 3, 3) (1964 – 5, 8)
R.Kiss (1963 – 2, 2) (1964 – 4, 6) (1965 – 14, 20) (1966 – 17, 37) (1967 – 14, 51) (1968 – 4, 55)
W.Anderson (1963 – 2, 2) (1964 – 10, 12) (1965 – 11, 23) (1966 – 12, 35)
L.Jones (1963 – 1, 1) (1964 – 6, 7)
J.Smith (1964 – 17, 17) (1965 – 10, 28**) (1966 – 18, 46) (1967 – 16, 62) (1968 – 17, 80)
G.Elliott (1964 – 16, 16) (1966 – 5, 21)
D.Mackie (1964 – 10, 10) (1965 – 15, 25)
R.Withers (1964 – 10, 10) (1965 – 3, 13) (1966 – 15, 28) (1967 – 12, 40)
P.Cockrem (1964 – 5, 5) (1965 – 13, 18) (1966 – 14, 32) (1967 – 2, 34)
D.Zantuck (1964 – 1, 1) (1966 – 2, 3) (1967 - 2, 5) (1969 – 8, 13)
D.Boyd (1964 – 1, 1) (1965 – 10, 11) (1966 – 17, 28) (1967 – 17, 45) (1968 – 14, 59) (1969 – 15, 74)
R.Morrison (1965 – 5, 5) (1966 – 1, 6) (1967 – 2, 8)
L.James (1965 – 4, 4) (1966 – 18, 22) (1967 – 11, 33)
B.Cooper (1965 – 4, 4) (1966 – 11, 15) (1967 – 8, 23)
T.McNamara (1965 – 5, 5) (1966 – 9, 14) (1967 – 18, 32) (1968 – 17, 49) (1969 – 12, 61)
R.Peck (1965 – 11, 11) (1966 – 4, 15) (1967 – 16, 31) (1968 – 15, 45**) (1969 – 13, 58)
J.Winkleman (1966 – 18, 18) (1967 – 8, 26)
L.Mackrall (1966 – 6, 6) (1969 – 2, 8)
K.De Costa (1966 – 5, 5) (1967 – 7, 12)
G.Yunghanns (1966 – 2, 2) (1969 – 4, 6)
L.Boyd (1966 – 2, 2) (1967 – 7, 9) (1968 – 13, 22) (1969 – 13, 35)
G.Guest (1966 – 1, 1) (1969 – 3, 4)
T.Armstrong (1966 – 1, 1) (1967 – 7, 8) (1968 – 7, 15)
G.McLachlan (1967 – 1, 1) (1968 – 2, 3)
J.Wicks (1967 – 18, 18) (1968 – 15, 33)
M.Delanty (1967 – 18, 18) (1968 – 17, 35) (1969 – 17, 52)
G.Docker (1967 – 17, 17) (1968 – 13, 30)
N.Mills (1967 – 1, 1) (1968 – 1, 2) (1969 – 2, 4)
M.Conyers (1967 – 13, 13) (1968 – 16, 29) (1969 – 18, 47)
P.Mawson (1967 – 5, 5) (1969 – 6, 11)
R.Allison (1967 – 11, 11) (1968 – 8, 19) (1969 – 9, 28)
J.Viney (1967 – 9, 9) (1968 – 1, 10) (1969 – 5, 15)
F.Smith (1967 – 4, 4) (1968 – 13, 17)
G.Brayne (1967 – 9, 9) (1968 – 15, 24) (1969 – 18, 42)
P.Stafford (1968 – 17, 17) (1969 – 16, 33)
P.Mackinlay(1968 – 17, 17) (1969 – 15, 32)
D.Wilson (1968 – 8, 8) (1969 – 13, 21)
N.Richardson (1968 – 8, 8) (1969 – 5, 13)

ONE SEASON ONLY

P.Barclay (1961 – 1, 1), E.Eades (1961 – 0, 7), K.Stephenson (1961 – 5, 5), H.Long (1961 – 1, 17), G.Mason (1961 – 14, 123), J.McCoubrae (1961 – 3, 3), B.Bennie (1961 – 9, 24), K.Prior (1961 – 4, 4), G.Bunning (1961 – 6, 6), E.Chaplin (1961 – 2, 60), K.Chambers (1961 – 3, 48), G.Reynolds (1962 – 12, 12), B.Richards (1962 – 5, 5), C.Collard (1962 – 9, 9), S.Blackshaw (1962 – 1, 1), B.Thompson (1962 – 2, 2), K.Wright (1962 – 3, 3), N.Watts (1962 – 1, 50), L.George (1963 – 15, 15), B.Renwood (1963 – 12, 12), K.Welsh (1963 – 8, 8), W.Pearson (1964 – 9, 9), G.Pratt (1964 – 4, 4), L.Beet (1964 – 3, 3), T.Smith (1964 – 2, 2), R.Fisher (1965 – 7, 7), L.Allemand (1965 – 11, 11), W.Adams (1966 – 16, 16), H.Filliponi (1966 – 13, 13), E.Ewenson (1966 – 8, 8), P.Bennett (1966 – 5, 5), D.Osbourne (1966 – 5, 5), B.Grace (1967 – 3, 3), K.Haig (1967 – 2, 2), J.Sala (1967 – 11, 11) , J.Djordevic (1967 – 11, 11), J.Papygiotis (1967 – 1, 1), R.Thompson (1967 – 5, 5) , W.Serong (1967 – 1, 1), G.Lord (1967 – 1, 1), T.Collins (1968 – 4, 4), J.Rietschel (1968 – 14, 14), B.Norman (1968 – 1, 1), N.Daniels (1968 – 9, 9), L.Tucker (1968 – 1, 1), R.Casey (1968 – 7, 7), R.Elleray (1968 – 3, 7), D.Robertson (1968 – 3, 3), E.Thomas (1968 – 1, 1), J.Oborne (1968 – 4, 4), K.Cooksley (1969 – 2, 2), J.Floyd (1969 – 13, 13), A.Laidlaw (1969 – 13, 13), J.Taylor (1969 – 17, 17), P.Edwards (1969 – 8, 8), D.McGregor (1969 – 16, 16*), F.Watsford (1969 – 3, 3), A.Jenkins (1969 – 2, 2), J.Holt (1969 – 3, 3), G.Weinert (1969 – 4, 4), D.Wallace (1969 – 2, 2), G.Fraser (1969 – 11, 11), F.Panetta (1969 – 9, 9), T.Westacott (1969 – 5, 5), G.King (1969 – 2, 2), G.Pittock (1969 – 6, 6), G.Gibbs (1969 – 1, 1), R.Butler (1969 – 1, 1), I.Reid (1969 – 1, 1).


The Seventies


YEARLADDERTEAMSWONLOSTDREW%
19701010216063.8
1971710611173.9
1972610711094.7
19734101071106.8
19744101080112
19752101341131.5
19765101080106.4
19773101440124.8
19782101440153.3
19791101440146.4


Camberwell Football Club started the seventies decade at the very bottom of the VFA Second Division Ladder and finished it at the very top. In 1970, not for the first time, Camberwell was warned by the VFA to ‘pull up its socks’. The club simply had to revive or lose its place in the VFA. 11 The revival began in 1971 when the newly-named ‘Cobras’ won six matches. 12 Their continuing improvement in 1972 included a massive 121-point victory over Mordialloc, a club record. 13 By the time Mike Bowden, formerly of Richmond, took over as captain-coach in 1975, Camberwell, not so long ago the VFA’s whipping-boy, had built a strong and exciting outfit.14 With Hawthorn’s move to Carlton in 1974, the crowds started to return to Bowen Street and the future looked rosy.

1975 was Camberwell’s most successful season in twenty-nine years. The Cobras won the first thirteen matches, finished second on the home and away ladder, and progressed through to the Grand Final, their first appearance in a VFA Grand Final since 1946. Camberwell played in the VFA Second Division finals in each of the following seven years, except 1976 when they finished fifth. In 1979 the Cobras, under new coach Graeme Phillips, achieved the ultimate – the club’s first senior premiership in their 51 years of VFA competition. After heading the ladder for the first time since 1946, Camberwell lost the Second Semi Final to Oakleigh but recovered in spectacular fashion, defeating Mordialloc in the Preliminary Final and Oakleigh in the Grand Final (after kicking 6.2 to 2.3 against the wind in the second quarter). Participation in Division One beckoned at last. Camberwell had become notorious in the seventies for kicking mammoth scores. 15 The club boasted several prolific goal kickers, in particular star full forward Gary Hammond (see below). Hammond spearheaded the charge to the 1979 premiership but there were many outstanding players (see below). Special mention should be made of Camberwell’s coach Graeme Phillips who with calm encouragement, and astute tactical nous, was a major contributor to the historic 1979 victory. On September 12, 2004 Camberwell Football Club supporters celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1979 Second Division premiership. The booklet printed for the occasion remains the most detailed treatment of that most successful season. I have reproduced below some of the information contained in the booklet. 16

Camberwell – Match Results 1970-1979


1970

Lost Box Hill 11.14 – 15.17
Lost Coburg 9.17 – 28.24
Lost Werribee 10.11 – 17.10
Lost Brunswick 6.6 – 18.14
Lost Sunshine 9.13 – 22.16
Lost Caulfield 11.10 – 16.22
Won Mordialloc 12.15 – 10.8
Lost Frankston 10.12 – 18.7
Lost Northcote 15.11 – 14.25
Lost Box Hill 12.9 – 14.13
Lost Coburg 5.4 – 20.18
Won Werribee 11.9 – 9.16
Lost Brunswick 9.7 – 14.12
Lost Sunshine 5.5 – 17.15
Lost Caulfield 11.9 – 12.12
Lost Mordialloc 9.10 – 15.9
Lost Frankston 17.6 – 16.14
Lost Northcote 11.21 – 17.6

Dennis Boyd - Best And Fairest 1970
Dennis Boyd - Best And Fairest 1970


1970 Camberwell First Sixteen
1970 Camberwell First Sixteen

Back row - R.Tucker (head trainer), P.Ward, D.Wilson, R.O'Donnell, R.Stewart, G.Knight, R.Peck, P.Edwards, J.Taylor, T.Westacott, F.Panetta, W.Brodie, G.Brayne, W.Mitchell (trainer).
Centre row - L.Boyd, R.Bruce, J.Gibb, P.Brenchley (coach), M.Conyers (captain), D.Boyd (Vice-captain), N.Mills.
Front row - J.Smith, J.Brodie, G.Love, D.Gneil, P.Fox, P.Mackinlay, J.Viney.

1970 Camberwell Second Sixteen
1970 Camberwell Second Sixteen


1971

Won Box Hill 14.24 – 11.10
Lost Northcote 6.16 – 14.15
Won Caulfield 14.10 – 13.13
Draw Frankston 19.13 – 19.13
Lost Yarraville 7.21 – 24.8
Won Werribee 12.17 – 13.8
Lost Brunswick 10.4 – 10.18
Lost Sunshine 17.13 – 21.29
Won Mordialloc 10.18 – 10.16
Lost Box Hill 7.8 – 17.17
Won Northcote 10.9 – 4.19
Lost Caulfield 9.12 – 30.23
Won Frankston 18.9 – 13.18
Lost Yarraville 6.10 – 14.20
Lost Werribee 11.9 – 14.10
Lost Brunswick 8.11 – 20.24
Lost Sunshine 10.11 – 13.29
Lost Mordialloc 21.10 – 23.12

1971 Camberwell First Sixteen
1971 Camberwell First Sixteen


1972

Won Frankston 21.11 – 20.11
Lost Box Hill 8.11 – 11.17
Lost Yarraville 15.13 – 22.19
Won Werribee 30.14 – 16.9
Lost Geelong West 11.10 – 20.15
Lost Brunswick 13.17 – 14.20
Lost Caulfield 12.17 – 23.18
Won Mordialloc 32.19 – 14.6 (Hammond 9)
Won Northcote 20.20 – 20.11
Won Frankston 21.14 – 18.14
Lost Box Hill 15.9 – 15.21
Won Yarraville 19.20 – 12.15
Won Werribee 21.11 – 13.10
Lost Geelong West 8.13 – 23.19
Lost Brunswick 15.15 – 21.19
Lost Caulfield 15.14 – 20.26
Lost Mordialloc 11.12 – 17.21
Lost Northcote 18.11 - 21.12

1972 Mid-Season Notebook
1972 Mid-Season Notebook


A Camberwell Scrapbook 1970-74
A Camberwell Scrapbook 1970-74



1973

Won Box Hill 17.24 – 7.8
Lost Northcote 9.17 -14.14
Lost Yarraville 12.18 – 13.13
Won Frankston 18.16 – 11.15
Won Caulfield 19.18 – 16.21
Lost Brunswick 17.13 – 20.14
Lost Werribee 15.8 – 18.15
Won Mordialloc 16.14 – 8.16
Lost Waverley 5.10 – 13.22
Won Box Hill 13.16 – 9.9
Won Northcote 16.9 – 10.11
Won Yarraville 15.12 – 13.9
Drew Frankston 14.20 – 16.8
Lost Caulfield 12.16 – 17.28
Lost Brunswick 17.14 – 21.17
Won Werribee 18.21 – 15.11
Won Mordialloc 19.16 – 14.14
Won Waverley 15.17 – 15.16

1973 First Semi Final, August 19, Toorak Park, Umpire Torney
Brunswick 4.6, 6.9, 13.13, 18.14
Camberwell 1.5, 5.10, 7.12, 10.18
Best – Stone, Hammond, Simpson, Humphrey, Brayne, Hook
Goals – Stone 3, Humphrey 3, Andrews 2, Simpson 1, Paturzo 1.

1973 Camberwell First Sixteen
1973 Camberwell First Sixteen


1974

Lost Waverley 14.14 – 23.11
Lost Coburg 12.4 – 15.21
Won Werribee 13.11 – 12.16
Won Frankston 21.18 – 20.16
Won Yarraville 23.22 – 13.10 (at Camberwell; M.Moore 10).
Won Mordialloc 17.21 – 13.9
Lost Brunswick 14.7 – 12.20
Won Northcote 17.15 – 14.12
Won Box Hill 18.13 – 9.5
Won Waverley 31.13 – 10.15 (at Camberwell; M.Moore 8, Stone 7, Simpson 6).
Lost Coburg 17.10 – 23.8
Won Werribee 31.19 – 12.13 (at Camberwell; Andrews 11, Simpson 5).
Lost Frankston 5.10 – 10.9
Won Yarraville 13.8 – 7.11
Lost Mordialloc 11.14 – 20.11
Lost Brunswick 9.10 – 24.13
Lost Northcote 10.14 – 12.11
Won Box Hill 14.10 – 7.16

1974 First Semi Final.
Brunswick 4.3, 6.6, 9.7, 12.8
Camberwell 4.4, 5.5, 8.12, 11.12
Best – Stone, Simpson, Karvelis, Kennedy, Spithill, Hazlett
Goals – Andrews 3, Kennedy 2, Bryce 2, Karvelis 2, Linnell 1, Simpson 1.

1975

Won Waverley 21.17 -12.13 (Hammond 10, Andrews 7).
Won Box Hill 14.21 – 14.14 (Hammond 3).
Won Werribee 29.22 – 8.11 (At Camberwell; Hammond 11, Simpson 5).
Won Yarraville 18.14 – 11.15 (Hammond 8).
Won Sunshine 12.15 – 11.8
Won Northcote 24.13 – 8.16 (at Camberwell; Hammond 6).
Won Mordialloc 12.14 – 11.9 (Hammond 4).
Won Brunswick 18.14 – 13.21 (Sauerberg 6, Hammond 4).
After 8 Rounds – Camberwell on top of ladder – 8,0,0,1018, 635, 160.31, 32 (Brunswick and Frankston 6.2 each).
Won Frankston 18.11 – 13.12 (Hammond 8).
Won Waverley 18.16 – 17.18 (Hammond 7).
Won Box Hill 17.20 – 10.15 (Hammond 5).
Won Werribee 21.16 – 13.13 (Hammond 10)
Won Yarraville 13.19 – 7.10 (Hammond 4)
Lost Sunshine 11.17 – 12.15 (At Camberwell; Hammond 6)
Lost Northcote 14.18 – 15.16 (Hammond 1)
Drew Mordialloc 22.16 – 22.16 (At Camberwell; Hammond 6)
Lost Brunswick 12.9 – 14.24 (Hammond 6)
Lost Frankston 15.8 – 15.20 (Hammond 4)

1975 Second Semi Final – August 24 – Toorak Park – Umpire Abbott
Brunswick 6.7, 12.14, 16.22, 24.31
Camberwell 4.8, 11.9, 14.13, 14.14
Best – Stone, Kennedy, Spithill, Hook, Storey, Oliver
Goals – Kennedy 5, B.Smith 4, Storey 2, Simpson 1, Hammond 1, Hook 1.

1975 Preliminary Final – August 31 – Toorak Park – Umpire Wenn
Camberwell 3.2, 8.5, 13.9, 15.12
Sunshine 2.1, 5.3, 9.5, 15.9
Best – Stone, Bowden, Sauerberg, Spithill, Wilson, Hook
Goals – Hammond 4, B.Smith 3, Stone 3, Kennedy 3, Andrews 1, Oliver 1.

1975 Grand Final – September 7 – Toorak Park – Umpire Wenn – crowd 11,328.
Brunswick 6.8, 9.14, 14.21, 18.22 (130)
Camberwell 1.3, 5.4, 9.7, 12.11 (83)
Best – Stone, Oliver, Parsons, Wilson, Bowden, Hook
Goals – Hammond 4, Stone 3, Kennedy 2, Simpson 1, Andrews 1, Sauerberg 1.

VFA Recorder June 29, 1975
VFA Recorder June 29, 1975

VFA Recorder July 13, 1975
VFA Recorder July 13, 1975


1975 Camberwell players
1975 Camberwell players

Back row - I. Phillips, M. Moore, G.Brayne, P.McCulloch, B.Smith, W.Halbert, M.Robertson (Robinson?), P.Parsons, M.Bowden (coach), P.Oliver, J.Hook, T. Andrews, P.Crowe, G.Spithill, P.Sauerberg, M.Mack, B.Burton, Curly Thomas (trainer). Front row - B.Cameron (trainer), F.Charles (trainer), J.Dobson, J.Bolger, B.Lawrence, G.Simpson, I. Wilson, G.Stone, B.Linnell, P.Fox, L.Thornton (trainer), (runner).

1975 Camberwell players - apparently mainly Seconds players
1975 Camberwell players - apparently mainly Seconds players

Back row includes - M.Moore, I.Phillips, P.Parsons, P.Lees, B.Smith, P.Sauerberg, B.Linnell, T.Andrews, J.Dobson, W.Halbert, P.Crowe, G.Bryans, M.Mack, Curly Thomas (trainer), official. Front row includes - F.Charles (trainer), M.Robinson, B.Lawrence, J.Bolger, G.Brayne.

1976

Lost Sunshine 11.20 -14.17
Lost Mordialloc 20.6 – 26.14
Lost Frankston 16.10 – 18.12
Won Williamstown 21.13 – 15.20 (At Camberwell)
Won Box Hill 20.10 – 13.19
Won Werribee 18.14 – 14.11
Won Waverley 12.17 – 7.7
Won Yarraville 33.27 – 12.20 (At Camberwell; Hammond 14, Kennedy 4, Bowden 3, Curran 3; Best – Howard, Fitzgerald, Judd, Kennedy, Hammond, Fox).
Camberwell 10.4, 19.15, 23.21, 33.27
Won Northcote 21.17 – 16.16
Won Sunshine 23.15 – 23.8
Lost Mordialloc 14.7 – 23.28
Lost Frankston 13.12 – 16.22
Lost Williamstown 18.11 – 25.24
Won Box Hill 25.22 – 13.19
Lost Werribee 15.13 – 28.15
Won Waverley 22.21 – 14.14 (B.Smith 8*, Hammond 7). 17
Won Yarraville 16.19 – 8.8
Lost Northcote 14.16 – 20.20

VFA Recorder May 30, 1976
VFA Recorder May 30, 1976

VFA Recorder August 8, 1976
VFA Recorder August 8, 1976


1977

Won Frankston 19.11 – 13.13
Won Oakleigh 22.6 – 21.11
Won Northcote 26.13 – 16.17 (At Northcote; Hammond 10)
Won Yarraville 26.16 – 14.11 (At Camberwell; Hammond 12)
Won Waverley 16.16 – 11.14
Won Werribee 27.12 – 17.8 (At Camberwell; Hammond 8)
Won Box Hill 16.16 – 11.14 (Hammond 9)
Won Sunshine 25.15 – 14.16 (Hammond 8)
Lost Mordialloc 8.11 – 12.11
Lost Frankston 16.6 – 20.15
Lost Oakleigh 12.6 – 17.19
Won Northcote 15.7 – 13.9
Lost Yarraville 7.24 – 19.16
Won Waverley 26.22 – 9.6 (At Camberwell; Hammond 13)
Won Werribee 15.14 – 11.10 (Hammond 6)
Won Box Hill 22.12 – 21.11 (Hammond 10)
Won Sunshine 20.15 – 14.11 (Hammond 7)
Won Mordialloc 18.8 – 14.15 (Hammond 8)

1977 First Semi Final – August 21 – Toorak Park
Camberwell 5.2, 10.4, 20.9, 25.12
Oakleigh 2.3, 3.6, 8.8, 11.13
Best – B.Smith, Hammond, Spithill, Atkinson, Phillips, Harrop
Goals – Hammond 9, B.Smith 4, Harrop 3, Howard 2, Kennedy 2, Wallace 2, Hook 1, Fitzgerald 1, Atkinson 1.

1977 Preliminary Final – September 4 – Toorak Park
Mordialloc 6.2, 9.4, 13.8, 16.9
Camberwell 2.5, 3.8, 6.11, 12.15
Best – Wallace, Howard, Judd, Hazlett, Hammond, Alexeeff
Goals – Hammond 5, B.Smith 2, Wallace 2, Howard, Harrop, Hazlett

VFA Recorder May 8th, 1977
VFA Recorder May 8th, 1977


Gary 'Happy' Hammond 1977
Gary 'Happy' Hammond 1977

Ray Smith 1977
Ray Smith 1977

Terry Wallace, Roy Kennedy, Bruce Smith 1977
Terry Wallace, Roy Kennedy, Bruce Smith 1977


1978

Won Box Hill 21.15 – 10.13 (Harrop 9)
Won Frankston 20.7 – 11.25 (At Camberwell; Hammond 7; crowd 4000; first match televised at Camberwell since 1971 - Camberwell v Mordialloc)
Won Sunshine 23.20 – 5.9 (Hammond 8)
Won Yarraville 25.22 – 14.16
Won Camberwell 15.17 – 12.19
Won Northcote 16.10 – 13.14
Won Werribee 32.16 – 12.9 (At Camberwell; Harrop 13, Hammond 6)
Won Williamstown 22.14 – 12.5 (Hammond 8, B.Smith 5)
Lost Oakleigh 14.17 – 18.18
Won Box Hill 23.14 – 7.18 (B.Smith 11)
Lost Frankston 11.20 – 16.16
Lost Sunshine 17.11 – 17.18
Won Yarraville 10.15 – 10.11
Won Waverley 28.12 – 7.17 (At Camberwell; B.Smith 8)
Won Northcote 12.15 – 6.14
Won Werribee 20.15 – 16.17
Won Williamstown 22.28 – 8.3
Lost Oakleigh 13.9 – 16.15
Camberwell on top of ladder after 15 Rounds (12-3, 157.73%).
Camberwell second (to Frankston) after 18 Rounds (14-4, 154.32%).

1978 Second Semi Final – August 27 – Toorak Park
Frankston 2.1, 7.7, 12.7, 18.12
Camberwell 5.4, 7.5, 12.8, 16.8
Best – Simpson, Hook, Hammond, Barr, Oliver, R.Smith
Goals – Simpson 6, B.Smith 4, Wright 2, Neilson 2, Harrop 1, Alexeeff 1.

1978 Preliminary Final – September 3 – Toorak Park
Camberwell 6.3, 10.9, 12.23, 15.26
Oakleigh 3.3, 3.12, 6.15, 10.19
Best – Oliver, Neilson, Hazlett, Innes, Hook, Hirst
Goals – Hammond 6, B.Smith 5, Simpson 2, Hirst 1, Chamberlain 1.

1978 Grand Final – September 10 – Toorak Park – crowd 12,921
Frankston 1.2, 7.7, 9.8, 15.13
Camberwell 2.4, 5.5, 9.11, 13.11
Note: Camberwell kicked with breeze in first quarter.
Best – Spithill, Hirst, B.Smith, Wright, Hammond, K.Curran
Goals – Hammond 5, B.Smith 3, Withers 1, Adgemis 1, Hirst 1, Wright 1, Spithill 1.

Three stars of the seventies - John Hook, Gary Hammond, Peter Oliver
Three stars of the seventies - John Hook, Gary Hammond, Peter Oliver


Camberwell Firsts and Seconds combined team photo 1978
Camberwell Firsts and Seconds combined team photo 1978

Back row (several names missing) - S.Teakel, G.Pittock, R.Wright, P.Neilson, T.Bryce, T.McCarthy, P.Oliver, K.Innes, B.Smith, B.Harrop, M.Alexeeff.
Centre row (several names missing) - G.Adgemis, A.McNamara, A.McGrath, S.Cowley, R.McPhee, G.Withers, G.Hammond.
Third row - T.Kelleher, J.Daniels, G.Bryans, A.Moore, B.Armstrong, I.Phillips, L.Curran, C.O'Brien, K.Curran, P.Hirst, G.Barr, N.Chamberlain.
Front row - G.Simpson, G.Spithill, J.Hook, Ray Smith (captain-coach), Graeme Phillips (Seconds captain-coach), G.Brayne, B.Hazlett, C.Judd.

1979

Won home Sunshine 29.26 – 14.13
Lost away Williamstown 16-16 – 19.18
Won home Box Hill 34.27 – 9.17
Won away Oakleigh 19.19 – 14.11
Won home Werribee 32.21 – 16.8
Lost away Northcote 16.12 – 16.19
Won home Yarraville 16.18 – 11.13
Won home Mordialloc 13.9 – 8.12
Won away Waverley 28.16 – 12.20
Won away Sunshine 16.19 – 15.14
Won home Williamstown 18.19 – 13.17
Won away Box Hill 17.25 – 14.4
Won home Oakleigh 24.25 – 19.12 (crowd 4750)
Won away Werribee 17.16 – 9.11
Won home Northcote 20.21 – 13.11
Lost away Yarraville 16.10 – 16.16
Lost away Mordialloc 16.9 – 18.14
Won home Waverley 15.7 – 6.16
1979 VFA Second Division Final Four after Home and Away matches:
Camberwell 14, 4, 0, 2487, 1698, 146.4
Oakleigh 14, 4, 0, 2486, 1837, 135.3
Mordialloc 12, 6, 2399, 1796, 133.5
Williamstown 12, 6, 2278, 1888, 120.6

1979 Second Semi Final – August 26 – Toorak Park
Oakleigh 3.6, 11.9, 14.12, 17.15 (117)
Camberwell 2.5, 9.8, 13.10, 16.13 (109)

1979 Preliminary Final – September 2 – Toorak Park
Camberwell 5.2, 12.7, 17.12, 19.14 (128)
Mordialloc 3.2, 5.5, 6.10, 14.11 (95)

1979 Grand Final – September 9 – Toorak Park – Crowd 12,023 – Umpire P.Snooks
Camberwell 6.5, 12.7, 15.10, 18.14 (122)
Oakleigh 2.2, 4.5, 6.7, 12.11 (83)
Best – Alexeeff, Wright, Cowley, Spithill, Oliver, Teakel, Davidson.
Goals – Cowley 6, Hammond 3, Simpson 3, Moore 2, Alexeeff, Hirst, Chamberlain, Cook.
Peter 'Bluey' Oliver - Camberwell captain 1979
Peter 'Bluey' Oliver - Camberwell captain 1979


Camberwell’s Grand Final teams (1970’s)


1975 (Brunswick 18.22 d Camberwell 12.11)

B:Ian WilsonPeter SauerbergPeter Parsons
HB:Peter FoxGreg SpithillMark Robertson
C: George Stone
HF:Peter McCullochTony AndrewsJohn Hook
F:Bruce SmithGary HammondRoy Kennedy
Foll:Peter OliverMike BowdenGeoff Simpson
Reserves –Pat Crowe Robert Linnell


1978 (Frankston 15.13 d Camberwell 13.11)

B:Colin JuddBill HazlettGreg Spithill
HB:Graeme BarrRoss WrightRay Smith
C: Kevin Curran
HF:Greg WithersBruce SmithMick Alexeeff
F:Phil NeilsonGary HammondGeorge Adgemis
Foll:Peter OliverJohn HookPeter Hirst
InterchangeNeil ChamberlainBill Harrop


1979 (Camberwell 18.14 d Oakleigh 12.11)

B:Rob McFeeGreg SpithillMick Alexeeff
HB:Greg CookRoss WrightColin Judd
C: Neil Chamberlain
HF:Peter SlacikPeter OliverAndy Moore
F:Scott CowleyGary Hammond Geoff Simpson
Foll:Phil NeilsonMark DavidsonPeter Hirst
Interchange: Kerry HaywoodSteve Teakel

Coach – Graeme Phillips; Assistant Coach – Gordon Duff; Captain – Peter Oliver; Vice-Captain – Neil Chamberlain.

CAMBERWELL – PREMIERS 1979

NameAgeHeightWeightGames 1979Total GamesGoals 1979Total Goals
Geoff Simpson 28 171 69 19 118 48 212
Andy Moore 24 188 77 10 15 21 21
Kerry Haywood 29 190 89 18 18 16 16
Greg Spithill 27 190 91 21 121 3 28
Neil Chamberlain 24 182 89 21 38 19 28
Ross Wright 26 188 89 19 32 5 8
Mark Davidson 22 180 76 17 17 31 31
Greg Cook 22 180 73 20 20 10 10
Bill Harrop 22 178 73 11 43 28 126
Peter Hirst 21 175 71 17 25 20 31
Tony McCarthy 20 198 98 12 19 3 8
Steven Teakel 20 175 77 18 19 12 12
Ken Innes20 175 75 7 26 0 3
Gary Hammond 26 182 78 18 133 32 603
Peter Oliver 24 198 89 19 74 15 27
Colin Judd 23 179 75 21 75 3 16
Phil Neilson 25 198 108 20 72 27 73
Peter Slacik 22 179 88 14 14 15 15
Michael Alexeeff 22 182 77 18 52 3 42
Rob McFee 23 183 77 20 20 6 6
Glenn Rohleder 20 185 74 15 15 13 13
Scott Cowley 20 175 73 17 18 65 67
Bruce Armstrong 4 8 17 20
Graeme Barr 2 19 0 1
Kevin Curran 2 28 1 17
Kerry Cramer 2 2 0 0
Richard Day 2 2 0 0
Alan McNamara 1101 5
Craig O’Brien 31012


1979 Camberwell Firsts team (Camberwell FC 2004 Reunion)
1979 Camberwell Firsts team (Camberwell FC 2004 Reunion)


Thelma Baker raising 1979 Premiership Flag
Thelma Baker raising 1979 Premiership Flag

Raising 1979 Premiership Flag
Raising 1979 Premiership Flag


1979 Camberwell Annual Report - front cover
1979 Camberwell Annual Report - front cover



Stars of the Seventies


Gary Hammond

Recruited from Hawthorn Thirds 1972. Camberwell 162 games, 698 goals – average 4.30 per game (1972-79, 1981-83). A lightly built (6.0, 11.9 or 182 cms, 77 kgs) full-forward who mesmerised opposition defenders with his spectacular marking and accurate kicking for goal. Courageous in the face of targeted physical punishment. Camberwell best and fairest 1973. Goals in seventies - 1972 (66), 1973 (48), 1974 (27), 1975 (112), 1976 (120), 1977 (128), 1978 (70), 1979 (32) - total 603 in 133 matches. Camberwell Team of the Century.
Played for Mentone 1980. Goals in eighties – 35 (1981), 51 (1982), 9 (1983 – three games only).

George Stone

Recruited from Hawthorn Thirds 1972. Camberwell 68 games, 125 goals (1972-75). A roaming centre player who was a prolific kick winner. Camberwell best and fairest 1972. Third in VFA Second Division Field Trophy 1975. Transferred to Brunswick in 1976 after Camberwell resisted his clearance. Camberwell Team of the Century (Interchange). Currently (2018) member of coaching staff AFL club Gold Coast Suns.

Geoff Simpson

Recruited from Hawthorn 1971. Camberwell 123 games, 200 goals (approx.) (1971-75, 1978-80). A brilliant, goal-kicking rover who won Camberwell best and fairest 1974, 1975 (and runner-up 1971). Absent from Camberwell 1976, 1977. The only 1979 premiership player who had played for the club in 1971. VFA representative (versus Ovens and Murray League) 1975. Camberwell Team of the Century.

Peter Oliver

Recruited from Hawthorn 1975. An inspiring captain who led from the front. Camberwell 98 games (1975, 1977-81). Camberwell best and fairest 1981. (Runner-up best and fairest 1978). Fourth VFA Second Division Field Trophy 1975. Cleared to Glenorchy (Tas.) 1976 after Camberwell resisted clearance. Returned 1977. Two weeks suspension 1977. Camberwell captain in premiership year (1979). Appointed Camberwell captain 1980 but resigned after seven matches. Camberwell Team of the Century (Interchange). Member Camberwell Team of the Century Organising Committee 2003.

Ross Wright

Ex-East Ringwood, Essendon (via Tasmania) 1978. Essendon 11 games (1973-74). Camberwell 80 games (1978-82). A tough, unyielding centre half back who starred in both 1979 and 1981 Grand Finals. Camberwell vice-captain 1980. Represented VFA 1980, 1982. Camberwell Team of the Century (Interchange).

Colin Judd

Ex-Surrey Hills, Hawthorn. Hawthorn 2 games 1973. Camberwell 134 games (1976-82, 1985). A determined back pocket player who was never beaten. Camberwell best and fairest 1979 (runner-up best and fairest 1977, 1980). Camberwell captain 1980-82. Represented VFA 1980, 1981. Eighth in Liston Trophy 1980. Camberwell captain-coach 1985. Camberwell Team of the Century (vice-captain).

Greg Spithill

Ex-Richmond. Camberwell 164 games (1974-82, 1984-86). A defender who gave Camberwell great service over thirteen seasons. Camberwell games record holder. Runner-up Camberwell best and fairest 1975. Camberwell Assistant Coach 1985. Camberwell senior (non-playing) coach 1986. Played two senior games 1986. Chairman Camberwell Team of the Century Selection Committee 2003. Member Camberwell Team of the Century Organising Committee 2003.

Notable players (1970-79)


Mick Alexeeff

52 games (1977-79). Born China of Russian parents. From Hawthorn.

Graeme Barr

24 games (1978-80). Camberwell vice-captain 1979. Charged with striking umpire (Torney) 1979 match - suspended rest of 1979 season – took out Supreme Court writ versus VFA but lost case.

Dennis Boyd

112 games (1964-73). Best and fairest 1970.

Ted Bryce

57 games (1972-76, 1978). Ex-Port Melbourne. Fifth VFA (Second Division) Field Trophy 1972. VFA (Div. Two) Seconds best and fairest 1978.

Peter De Bonde

33 games (1971-72). Camberwell captain 1972.

Rod Evans

Ex-Sandringham. Camberwell 17 games (1971). Won VFA (Second Division) Field Trophy 1971 (45 votes). Camberwell best and fairest 1971.

Bill Harrop

Ex-Richmond. Camberwell 43 games (1977-79). Ran amok in 1978 season (9 goals Round 1; 13 goals Round 7).

Bill Hazlett

128 games (1971-78). Deserved a premiership after eight years of loyal service.

Peter Hirst

Ex-Hawthorn. 62 games (1978-83).

John Hook

Ex-Hawthorn Thirds. Camberwell 110 games (1972-75, 1977-78). Camberwell best and fairest 1977. Camberwell captain 1973, 1974.

Peter Howard

49 games (1976-81). Sixth VFA (Second Division) Field Trophy 1977.

Roy Kennedy

48 games (1974-77). Camberwell best and fairest 1976. Represented VFA (versus Ovens and Murray League) 1975.

Mike Moore

Ex-Essendon. Camberwell 17 games (1974-75). Kicked 51 goals 1974.

Bruce Smith

Ex-Essendon. Camberwell 67 games (1975-78). 229 goals from 67 games.

Graeme Clarke

Camberwell non-playing coach 1972-1974.

Graeme Phillips

Camberwell non-playing coach 1979 - 80.

SOME CAMBERWELL PLAYERS 1970-1979 WHO PLAYED VFL 'FIRSTS' FOOTBALL (See complete list below)


Peter Brenchley

Melbourne 29 games (1957-59). Reserve in Melbourne 1957 and 1959 premiership teams. Camberwell 2 games (1970). Camberwell coach 1970-71. Ex-Norwood, Moorabbin, Waverley.

Bob Stewart

Ex-Melbourne and Prahran. Melbourne 17 games (1966-67). Camberwell 29 games (1970-71).

Bruce Baker

Ex-Tatura, Fitzroy. Fitzroy 16 games (1969-70). Camberwell 15 games (1972).

Lindsay Tipping

Ex-Camberwell Baptists, Hawthorn. Hawthorn 12 games (1969-71). Camberwell 12 games (1974).

Terry Wallace

Camberwell Thirds best and fairest 1976. Camberwell 21 games (1977). Cleared to Hawthorn 1978. Hawthorn 174 games, 96 goals (1978-86); Richmond 11 games (1987); Footscray 69 games (1988-91). Coach Footscray/Western Bulldogs (1996-2002). Coach Richmond (2005-2009).

Mike Bowden

Richmond 59 games (1967-71). Camberwell 33 games (1975-76). Camberwell playing-coach 1975-76 (reappointed for 1977 but left October 1976). Father of Joel and Patrick.

Ray Smith

Ex-Western Suburbs (Brisbane). Essendon 77 games (1971-75). Melbourne 27 games (1975-76). Camberwell 38 games (1977-78). Camberwell captain-coach 1977-78. Camberwell best and fairest 1978.

Neil Chamberlain

Ex-East Malvern. Melbourne 17 games (1973-76). Camberwell 71 games (1978-81). Camberwell vice-captain 1979.

Kerry Hayward

North Melbourne 55 games (1968-72). Camberwell 31 games (1979-80).

Colin Judd (see above – Stars of the Seventies)

Ross Wright (see above – Stars of the Seventies)



CAMBERWELL PLAYERS AND GOAL KICKERS 1970-79


In the absence of any other sources of statistical information relating to the seventies (for example, Camberwell Football Club Annual Reports) the following player information has been compiled from the data provided online by the website ‘Gap Chess Club’. The goals data have been aggregated from the (almost complete) match results provided by ‘Gap Chess Club’. The lists of players for each season have been compiled from the goal kicker information (and nominated best players) only – and therefore, by definition, are not complete. The results (goals and best players only) of some matches were not recorded by the site and these gaps affect the accuracy of my year totals (goals). The following Camberwell matches were missing data (goals and best players):
1970 – Round 10 v Box Hill.
1971 - Round 2 v Northcote; Round 8 v Sunshine; Round 12 v Caulfield; Round 15 v Werribee.
1974 - Round 3 v Werribee; Round 13 v Frankston; Round 14 v Yarraville.
1977 - Round 9 v Mordialloc; Round 11 v Oakleigh.
1978 - Rounds 1, 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17.
(asterisk) The Camberwell player who kicked 8 goals in the 1976 Round 16 match is not identified in 'Gap Chess Club' but was almost certainly Bruce Smith.
(two asterisks) Possible mistake – name not listed in Camberwell Football Club Team of the Century (1884-1994) Souvenir Book (August 2003).

1970

John Taylor 26, John Smith 21, Michael Richmond 13, Len Boyd 13, Geoff Brayne 12, R.Bruce 11, Peter Edwards 8. Other 1970 players: Terry McNamara, John Floyd, Dennis Boyd, Bob Stewart, R.Butler, P.Ward, Mick Conyers, T.Palmer, J.Brodie, Peter McKinlay, J.Gibb, Peter Brenchley, Bulmer**, David Wilson, H.Waye, Trevor Westacott, J.Fraser, Peter Fox, Doug McGregor, Neil Mills, Ron Peck, W.Dobson, R.O’Donnell, John Viney, Frank Panetta.

1971

Peter Edwards 24 (29 in fact), Bill Hazlett 18, Geoff Simpson 17, Jim Keddie 15, Peter Fox 12, Rod Evans 9, John Smith 9, Peter De Bonde 8, John Sutton 8, Graham Yunghanns 8. Other 1971 players – W.Rees, Mick Conyers, R.O’Donnell, D.Ryan, B.Forsyth, Robert McDonald, Peter McKinlay, Peter Sauerberg, Terry Phillips, Dennis Boyd, John Taylor, I.Kerr, R.Paciocco, Bob Stewart, Len Boyd, Geoff Brayne, B.Ward, G.Love, P.Cail, N.Arnott.

1972

Gary Hammond 65 (66 in fact), George Stone 47 (50 in fact), Bill Hazlett 25, Geoff Simpson 23, Bruce Baker 22, Peter De Bonde 20, Ted Bryce 14, Peter Edwards 14, Chris Morris 11, Terry Phillips 10. Other 1972 players: G.Bryans, Dennis Boyd, S.Clarke, David Wilson, Ian Wilson, B.Doherty, John Hook, D.Burgin, R.Smith, Peter Fox, Geoff Brayne, Lou Magnabosco, Michael Mack, Gary Martin, M.Phillippe, P.Ferne, B.Dobson, J.Dobson, J.McDonald, Michael Richmond, Bruce Deith, John Paturzo.

1973

Gary Hammond 48, John Paturzo 45 (47 in fact), Peter Karvelis 24, George Stone 21, Tony Andrews 15, Geoff Simpson 14, Joe Humphrey 13, Bill Hazlett 11. Other 1973 players: Bruce Deith, Gary Martin, W.Norton, Dennis Boyd, Peter Parsons, Veitch**, Peter Fox, Ralph White, Norris**, Ted Bryce, Noel Eddy, John Deed, Snow**, David Routledge, John Taylor, Peter Sauerberg, John Hook, Chris Morris, Michael Mack, Bob Dare, Ian Wilson, R.Schumacher, I.Kerr, M.Brandon, John Dobson, M.Cameron, Cook**, Geoff Brayne, F.Power, Graeme Barr, Wayne Halbert.

1974

Mike Moore 41 (in fact 51), Geoff Simpson 39, Tony Andrews 30, George Stone 29, Ted Bryce 24, Gary Hammond 20 (27 in fact), Roy Kennedy 18. Other 1974 players: John Paturzo, Peter Sauerberg, K.Rowland, David Routledge, P.Hodges, Lindsay Tipping, Greg Spithill, Rob Cutting, Bill Hazlett, Peter Parsons, Michael Mack, John Hook, David Atkinson, Ian Wilson, Ron Storey, Peter Karvelis, Peter Fox, Peter Dungan, Robert Linnell, Wayne Halbert.

1975

Gary Hammond 112, Geoff Simpson 33, Roy Kennedy 28, Bruce Smith 25, Peter McCulloch 23, George Stone 22, Mike Bowden 19, Peter Sauerberg 18, Tony Andrews 16. Other 1975 players: Robson**, Bill Hazlett, John Hook, Robert Linnell, Ron Storey, Peter Oliver, Peter Parsons, John Dobson, Greg Spithill, Rob Cutting, Pat Crowe, Brian Lees, Ian Wilson, John Bolger, Peter Karvelis, Peter Fox, Chris Morris, Ian Phillips, Ralph White, Mike Moore.

1976

Gary Hammond 120 (5, 8, 9, 6, 9, 6, 4, 14, 9, 11, 7, 6, 10, 7, 7, 2), Bruce Smith (29 or 37*), Ron Storey 18, Roy Kennedy 18, Ted Bryce 17, Kevin Curran 15, Kieran Lawson 14, Mike Bowden 13, Colin Judd 10. Other 1976 players: Terry Fitzgerald, P.Flanagan, Greg Spithill, Peter Sauerberg, Pat Crowe, Brook Anderson, Peter Howard, Ian Phillips, Peter Parsons, Phil Neilson, Gerald Ind, Peter Fox, Ian Wilson, John Bolger, Laurie Curran, Tony Andrews, Neil Brown, Short**, Bill Hazlett, Geoff Brayne, Michael Toleman, Neil Watson, Peter McCulloch.

1977

Gary Hammond 120 (in fact 128) (10, 12, 3, 8, 9, 8, 5, 5, 2, 13, 6, 10, 7, 8, 9, 5) Bruce Smith 72 (in fact 77), Bill Harrop 30, Terry Wallace 28, Phil Neilson 15, Peter Howard 13, Mick Alexeeff 11. Other 1977 players: Joe Humphrey, Tony Smith, Terry Fitzgerald, Gerald Ind, Ray Smith, John Hook, Colin Judd, Peter Oliver, Laurie Curran, Roy Kennedy, Greg Spithill, Ian Wilson, Craig O’Brien, Dave Power, Bill Hazlett, Jones**, David Atkinson, Kevin Curran, Ian Phillips, Gary Martin, Graeme Bryans.

1978

Bruce Smith 38 (in fact 74), Gary Hammond 48 (in fact 70), Bill Harrop 42 (in fact 66), Geoff Simpson 24, Mick Alexeeff 18, Phil Neilson 11, Peter Hirst 9. Other 1978 players: Greg Spithill, Neil Chamberlain, John Hook, Ken Innes, Peter Oliver, Ray Smith, Hassett, Colin Judd, Tony Smith, Laurie Curran, Bruce Armstrong, George Adgemis, Graeme Barr, Bill Hazlett, Neil**, Greg Withers, Ted Bryce, Tony McCarthy, Scott Cowley, Ross Wright, Kevin Curran.

1979

(Goals only – for players, see below) – Scott Cowley 65, Geoff Simpson 48, Gary Hammond 32, Mark Davidson 31, Bill Harrop 28, Phil Neilson 27, Andy Moore 21, Peter Hirst 20, Neil Chamberlain 19, Bruce Armstrong 17, Kerry Haywood 16, Peter Oliver 15, Peter Slacik 15, Glenn Rohleder 13, Steve Teakel 12, Greg Cook 10.

The Servants


Camberwell’s long-awaited 1979 premiership was the reward for decades of hard work - on and off the field. This seems an appropriate moment to salute the many hundreds of people who dedicated their time and energy – almost always in a voluntary capacity – to sustain the club in difficult times and build for its ultimate success. I have chosen the following exemplars to illustrate the qualities possessed by all the servants of Camberwell.


A Century of Service – the Perry and O’Connor families


Very few families can boast of one hundred years of continuous service to their beloved football club but such was the remarkable effort of an esteemed Camberwell family – Rupert and Florence Perry and their descendants Phyllis O’Connor and Valerie O’Connor.

Rupert C. Perry’s extraordinary commitment to the Camberwell club can be traced back to his playing days at the close of the nineteenth century. Perry played his first games for Camberwell in 1895 and was a member of the 1898 premiership side in the Eastern Suburbs competition. He later became one of the club’s most devoted administrators, serving in a variety of important positions over many years right up to his death in 1963. Perry was one of two Camberwell delegates to the Melbourne District Football Association (MDFA) in 1923 (and presumably earlier). He was Camberwell’s VFA Treasurer for two terms (1926-28, 1940-41) and the club’s Treasurer before entry to the VFA (1924-25 at least). He was a delegate to the Board of Control of the Camberwell Oval for over thirty years (roughly 1930-1962) and he was a Camberwell Vice-President for a considerable period (1945-1962). Perry was ‘Special Effort Secretary’ (organising events such as the Saturday night Euchre functions) from the mid-thirties (or earlier) through to 1962. He was Property Officer (1934-41) and also served on the Finance Committee (1936) and the club Executive. In his various roles, Perry attended hundreds upon hundreds of meetings (including hundreds of the Camberwell club Committee) from the twenties through to the late fifties and it was just as well he lived in the vicinity of the Camberwell Oval (Judd Street). As early as 1927 Camberwell recognised his service by awarding him (‘for thirty years an earnest and diligent worker in the interests of the club’) a Life Membership medallion. In 1945, Camberwell Mayor Fordham presented him with a ‘handsome clock’ to mark his service of fifty years. It was a sad day for all when the club reported his passing, noting he had served the club ‘since its inception, a lifetime of service’. In 1947 Rupert Perry donated a trophy for Camberwell’s best first year player and this was awarded each subsequent year. In 1963, the ‘R.C.Perry Trophy’ was re-named the ‘R.C.Perry Memorial Trophy’ in his honour.

As a member of the important Social Committee at Camberwell, Florence Perry, the wife of Rupert, had charge of the Kiosk on match days at Bowen Street in the twenties (and possibly earlier) and continued her involvement with the Kiosk in the thirties. 18 Florence’s daughters Phyllis and Lorna appear to have first become involved with the Social Committee and the Kiosk in 1941. After the war, as the number of kiosks at the ground increased to two and then three, the indefatigable Phyllis O’Connor (1920-1998) assumed responsibility for the kiosks and continued in this role (with her younger ‘recruit’ Thelma Baker – see below) right through into the eighties. 19 Phyllis’s daughter Valerie O’Connor (born 1954), the grand-daughter of R.C.Perry, extended the family’s amazing record of involvement with the club (and its Social Committee) when she became Camberwell’s timekeeper at the age of 20 in 1974 and, by continuing in this voluntary role (at Firsts, Seconds and Thirds matches) until the club’s final demise in 1994, notched up a century of continuous service. Member Camberwell Team of the Century Organising Committee 2003. 20

Camberwell FC Committee 1961 - Rupert Perry (front - extreme left)
Camberwell FC Committee 1961 - Rupert Perry (front - extreme left)

Camberwell FC Committee 1961 - names
Camberwell FC Committee 1961 - names


Thelma Baker – A Cobra through and through

Thelma Unmack was born into a farming family at Dimboola in November 1927. Her father joined the Army in 1940 and the family moved to Camberwell, not far from Bowen Street. Thelma first took an interest in the Camberwell Football Club in 1945 and the following year she joined the Social Committee, selling raffle tickets on match days as she fought her way through the crowd in the outer. Thelma, who had earlier befriended Phyllis Perry at Camberwell Central School, attended Euchre nights at the pavilion in 1945 and met Lorna Perry who persuaded her to join the Social Committee. Thelma helped run the kiosks on match days until 1950 when marriage (to Alan Baker) and childbirth temporarily ended her administrative involvement, although not her barracking. Thelma resumed her involvement with the club’s Social Committee and the kiosks in 1958, working with Phyllis O’Connor, giving up her weekends, and maintaining her commitment right through to the club’s demise in 1994. 21 Thelma was chosen to hoist the club’s 1979 premiership flag at the first home match of 1980 and was honoured by the award of Life Membership. At 90, she is a knowledgeable repository of Camberwell’s history. Thelma was a member of the Camberwell Team of the Century Organising Committee 2003. 22

Thelma Baker raising 1979 VFA Second Division Premiership Flag
Thelma Baker raising 1979 VFA Second Division Premiership Flag


November 13, 1948 - from left - Joyce Schwab, Thelma Unmack, Phyllis Perry
November 13, 1948 - from left - Joyce Schwab, Thelma Unmack, Phyllis Perry


Scrapbook Cover - Thelma Baker
Scrapbook Cover - Thelma Baker


Ron Peck – The Power and the Passion

Ron Peck grew up in a single-parent family (his mother widowed) that lived on the corner of Butler Street and Riversdale Road, near Camberwell Junction, and from an early age was taken to Camberwell matches, both home and away. Ron started school (in the ‘Bubs’ class) at Camberwell Central in 1951 and was soon flying for screamers in lunch-time kick-to-kick sessions. He swapped footy cards and talked proudly about his uncle John who was showing promise with Canterbury Football Club and about to be snapped up by Hawthorn as a ruckman-forward. Ron played as a ruckman in the Camberwell Central School team in 1958-59, for Camberwell High School, and in 1964 tried out with Camberwell Thirds. He played 62 games for Camberwell seniors (1965-70). Ron Peck will be remembered above all for his exceptional leadership abilities. These were already evident in his playing days when he was a players’ delegate to the Committee and won Camberwell’s 1968 Outstanding Service award. Ron served as President of Camberwell 1978-82 and became Camberwell’s most successful President, leading the club to two Second Division premierships and hence back into VFA First Division. He was also Camberwell’s delegate to the VFA for a number of years. Ron has continued to be involved with the Camberwell Football Club in the twenty-first century, therefore notching up almost seventy years of involvement. He was a member of the selection committee (and Chairman of the Organising Committee) for the Camberwell Team of the Century Reunion in August 2003 and Chairman of the Reunion Committee that organised functions in 2004 and 2006 to commemorate the 1979 and 1981 premierships. His speeches at these functions were both eloquent and moving, testimony of his love for the club. Ron, a qualified Accountant and successful businessman, has worked as a Commercial Director (Belgravia Group) and has been a member of the Board of Melbourne Victory Soccer Club. 23

1981 Camberwell Football Club Social Committee
1981 Camberwell Football Club Social Committee


Ian Stanley - Scoreboard Pressure


Ian Stanley - servant extraordinaire
Ian Stanley - servant extraordinaire


Progress Press 14 June 1972, p. 18; Progress Press 10 April 1974, p. 16
Progress Press 14 June 1972, p. 18; Progress Press 10 April 1974, p. 16


Rising Ever Higher – First Division at Last (1980-85)


SEASONLadder PositionTeamsWonLostDrewPercentage
1980 Div 11010414081.4
1981 Div 21101440160.7
1982 Div 151299097.7
1983 Div 1912711091.2
1984 Div 14121170125.6
1985 Div 1812612076.6


Ever since the VFA’s creation of two divisions in 1961 Camberwell had languished in the secondary tier. The long-awaited elevation to First Division in 1980 was joyful but the euphoria was brief as the Cobras, sorely missing star full-forward Gary Hammond and other premiership players, won only four games and finished last. 24 1981, back in Second Division, was a complete reversal – the club lost only four games. Finishing on top of the ladder under new playing-coach Leon Rice, the Cobras accounted for Waverley in both finals to win their second VFA premiership. On the way, in Round Four against hapless Yarraville, Camberwell recorded its highest ever score - a massive 43.22. 25 This time around the stay in First Division lasted five years. For most of this period Camberwell was more than just competitive, finishing fifth with nine wins in 1982, ninth with seven wins in 1983, and making the finals (for the first time ever in First Division) in 1984. ‘1984’ was by far Camberwell’s best season since 1946. It won eleven matches (even defeating Port Melbourne at Camberwell in mid-August) to finish fourth before succumbing to Frankston in the First Semi Final. This was as high as the club would reach however. It won only six games in 1985 but worse was to come as Camberwell’s perennial weakness – lack of funds – once more reared its ugly head. 26

CAMBERWELL MATCH RESULTS 1980-85


1980

Lost (away) Port Melbourne 18.9 – 23.17 (Cowley 6)
Won (home) Frankston 23.13 – 22.13 (Cowley 5)
Lost (home) Preston 12.17 – 24.17
Lost (away) Sandringham 17.18 – 24.16
Lost (home) Caulfield 17.17 – 23.12
Lost (away) Coburg 15.15 – 15.19 (Neilson 7)
Lost (home) Prahran 20.11 – 21.12
Lost (home) Geelong West 17.17 – 27.26
Lost (away) Dandenong 9.11 – 15.13
Lost (home) Port Melbourne 10.15 – 21.11
Lost (away) Frankston 10.3 – 11.15
Won (away) Preston 14.13 – 11.20
Lost (home) Sandringham 10.16 – 14.10
Lost (away) Caulfield 17.16 – 22.23
Lost (home) Coburg 16.10 – 17.13
Won (away) Prahran 13.18 – 9.20
Lost (away) Geelong West 14.14 – 18.16 (Pevitt 5)
Won (home) Dandenong 17.14 – 16.15 (Haywood 6)

Camberwell v Frankston 1980 - Peter Oliver in background
Camberwell v Frankston 1980 - Peter Oliver in background


Camberwell v Geelong West 1980
Camberwell v Geelong West 1980


VFA Recorder April 12, 1981 - date on cover is wrong
VFA Recorder April 12, 1981 - date on cover is wrong

VFA Recorder April 12, 1981
VFA Recorder April 12, 1981


1981

Won (home) Northcote 32.12 – 12.13.
Won (away) Oakleigh 21.22 – 12.15
Won (away) Waverley 21.9 – 13.11
Won (home April 26) Yarraville 43.22 (280) – 13.9 (87)
Camberwell 10.15, 18.11, 30.18, 43.22
Yarraville 0.1, 6.2, 9.4, 13.9
(Camberwell senior team highest score and greatest winning margin in VFA (1926-1990) – Peter Stevenson 15 goals, Davidson 10, Cowley 3, Rourke 3, Ashton 3, Hirst 2, Chamberlain 2, Neilson 2).
Won (away) Werribee 17.9 – 13.17 (Stevenson 7)
Lost (home) Mordialloc 12.13 – 19.17
Won (away) Box Hill 24.18 – 10.7 (Stevenson 10)
Won (home) Williamstown 24.10 – 15.18 (Stevenson 6, Hirst 6)
Won (away) Sunshine 17.34 – 13.11 (Stevenson 6, Davidson 5)
Lost (away) Northcote 9.5 – 8.16
Won (home) Oakleigh 22.10 – 13.18 (Stevenson 9)
Lost (home) Waverley 11.15 – 11.21 (Stevenson 4)
Won (away) Yarraville 14.16 – 5.13
Won (home) Werribee 8.10 – 6.12
Lost (away) Mordialloc 13.16 – 14.14 (Hammond 5)
Won (home) Box Hill 28.15 – 14.11 (Teakel 6)
Won (away) Williamstown 15.8 – 14.11 (Rice 4)
Won (home) Sunshine 27.25 – 6.4 (Stevenson 10, Hammond 6)

Final Four after Home and Away Rounds
Camberwell 14, 4, 0, 2417, 1504, 160.7
Waverley 13, 5, 0, 2444, 1423, 171.7
Mordialloc 13, 5, 0, 2139, 1504, 142.2
Werribee 12, 5, 1, 2209, 1624, 136.0

Second Semi Final (August 23, Toorak Park)
Camberwell 8.4, 14.8, 19.12, 30.15 (195)
Waverley 2.3, 10.5, 13.10, 13.13 (91)
Best – Hipworth, Neilson, Pevitt, Oliver, Hirst, Stevenson, Hammond
Goals – Stevenson 8, Hirst 5, Hammond 5, Chamberlain 2, Teakel 2, Neilson 2, Davidson, Hipworth, Oliver, Howard, R.McFee, Cook.

Grand Final (September 6, Toorak Park, Crowd 8250)
Camberwell 2.3, 7.10, 12.11, 15.16 (106)
Waverley 1.3, 3.4, 8.7, 11.8 (74)
Waverley kicked with wind in first quarter.
Best – Wright, Hammond, Hipworth, Chamberlain, Cahill, R.McFee, Judd.
Goals – Stevenson 5, Hammond 4, Oliver, Cook, Chamberlain, Davidson, Hirst, Neilson.
Umpires Bill Torney, Frank Vergona.

Camberwell’s 1981 Grand Final team
Rob McFee Roy Cahill Greg Spithill
Colin Judd Ross Wright Mark Hipworth
Neil Chamberlain
Drew Pevitt Gary Hammond Leon Rice
Peter Oliver Peter Stevenson Peter Howard
Phil Neilson Mark Davidson Peter Hirst
Interchange – Greg Cook Steve Teakel
Coach - Leon Rice

CAMBERWELL – PREMIERS 1981

27

NameAgeHeightWeightGames 1981Total Games to end of 1981 SeasonGoals 1981Total GoalsTotal Career Games
Peter Howard 28 172 72 17 49 23 48 49
Ian Phillips 26 185 80 9 48 0 0 48
Greg Spithill 29 188 89 17 155 5 44 164
Mark Hipworth 21 183 82 6 17 2 6 45
Neil Chamberlain 26 180 89 19 71 10 45 71
Leon Rice (Coach) 30 184 79 15 15 5 5 27
Ross Wright 29 188 88 18 66 3 34 80
Mark Davidson24 178 79 19 43 49 87 110
Greg Cook 24 173 69 14 50 6 24 56
Peter Hirst 23 173 70 18 51 35 75 62
Drew Pevitt 20 179 76 19 27 2 13 80
Steve Teakel (Vice-Captain) 23 174 76 20 57 13 25 68
Peter Stevenson 22 185 79 18 18 119 119 78
Gary Hammond 27 179 82 11 144 35 638 162
Peter Oliver 26 198 90 17 98 10 43 98
Roy Cahill 20 188 79 15 24 0 3 69
Colin Judd (Captain) 25 177 76 16 109 9 40 134
Phil Neilson 28 198 108 14 104 10 98 139
Andrew McKenzie 19 185 88 2 2 0 0 36
Rob McFee 25 183 79 19 41 3 9 69
Chris Rourke 21 173 68 13 22 16 25 78
Scott Cowley 22 173 73 7 32 14 97 48
Richard Day 2 2 0 0 4
Graeme Johnston 5 5 0 0 5
Martin King 9 10 4 6 14
Faustas Sadauskas 1 4 0 0 4
Scott Taylor 10 10 3 3 10
Glen Walley 2 6 3 6 6
Ian McFee 3 3 3 3
Mark Moir 1 7 2 5
Trevor Ashton 4 4 6 6


VFA Football Recorder 1981 – Second Semi-final (Camberwell v Waverley)
VFA Football Recorder 1981 – Second Semi-final (Camberwell v Waverley)

VFA Football Recorder 1981 - Grand Final (Camberwell v Waverley)
VFA Football Recorder 1981 - Grand Final (Camberwell v Waverley)

VFA Football Recorder 1981 - Grand Final (Camberwell v Waverley)
VFA Football Recorder 1981 - Grand Final (Camberwell v Waverley)



Camberwell Seconds 1981 Premiers
In 1981 Camberwell Seconds finished fourth on the ladder after eighteen Home and Away Rounds (12 wins, 6 losses, 153.2%). Won First Semi Final v Williamstown (August 16, Toorak Park) 23.13 – 14.9. Won Preliminary Final v Werribee (August 30, Toorak Park) 22.8 – 13.23. Won Grand Final v Oakleigh (September 6, Toorak Park) 18.12 – 17.14. 28
Camberwell Seconds Grand Final team 1981

B Mark Ferrier Richard Day (Capt.)Gary Prendergast
HBStephen Lee Phil GreenAndrew McKenzie
C Chris Rourke
HFScott TaylorFaustus SadauskasMichael Brosche
ForGraeme JohnstonIan PhillipsScott Cowley
Foll Martin King Glen WalleyIan McFee
Interchange: Clinton Love Mark Williamson

Coach - Peter MacKinlay (69 senior games 1968-72)

1981 Camberwell Firsts team - Second Division Premiers
1981 Camberwell Firsts team - Second Division Premiers

1981 Camberwell Seconds team - Second Division Premiers
1981 Camberwell Seconds team - Second Division Premiers

1981 Camberwell combined Firsts/Seconds premiership teams
1981 Camberwell combined Firsts/Seconds premiership teams


1982

Won (home) Williamstown 24.17 – 19.13 (Hammond 8)
Won (away) Preston 18.13 – 17.17 (Evans 6)
Lost (home) Port Melbourne 16.9 – 21.12 (Stevenson 5)
Lost (away) Waverley 13.11 – 17.23
Won (away) Frankston 19.17 – 17.18 (Stevenson 6)
Won (home) Werribee 27.11 – 20.24 (Stevenson 9, Hammond 7)
Lost (away) Geelong West 19.10 – 22.16 (Neilson 5)
Lost (home) Coburg 14.12 – 17.17 (Stevenson 6)
Lost (away) Dandenong 9.9 – 17.16
Lost (home) Prahran 19.16 – 20.21 (Neilson – possibly 8; possibly 4)
Lost (away) Sandringham 18.15 – 19.24 (Stevenson 8)
Won (away) Williamstown 23.24 – 19.15 (Stevenson 6)
Lost (home) Preston 12.14 – 15.22
Lost (away) Port Melbourne 18.18 – 35.12 (Rourke 7, Stevenson 6)
Won (home) Waverley 28.14 – 15.11 (Hammond 8, Stevenson 4)
Won (home) Frankston 21.19 – 16.17
Won (away) Werribee 19.20 – 17.3 (Stevenson 8, Hammond 7)
Won (home) Geelong West 21.16 – 18.18 (Stevenson 7)

Cobra Country
Cobra Country

Cobra Sticker
Cobra Sticker



1983

Won (home) Prahran 27.16 – 14.17 (Stevenson 9, Hammond 5)
Lost (away) Werribee 9.29 – 22.16
Lost (home) Frankston 16.18 – 24.9
Lost (away) Geelong West 11.11 – 18.13
Lost (home) Williamstown 16.12 – 29.16 (Stevenson 6)
Won (away) Coburg 21.10 – 15.19
Lost (away) Preston 7.15 – 21.17
Won (home) Dandenong 20.14 – 18.8 (Collins 6, Stevenson 6)
Lost (away) Sandringham 14.13 – 20.11
Won (home) Waverley 24.19 – 13.2 (Stevenson 6, B.Evans 6, Weatherald 5)
Lost (away) Port Melbourne 17.18 – 18.13
Lost (away) Prahran 15.10 – 15.21
Lost (home) Werribee 20.10 – 21.17 (Stevenson 5)
Lost (away) Frankston 13.9 – 13.17 (Gaston 5)
Lost (home) Geelong West 14.13 – 23.12
Won (away) Williamstown 16.16 – 14.9 (Stevenson 7)
Won (home) Coburg 19.13 – 17.18 (Weatherald 6)
Won (home) Preston 15.19 – 14.16

1983 Camberwell Firsts team September 1st
1983 Camberwell Firsts team September 1st



1984

Won (away) Werribee 28.16 – 6.7 (Stevenson 11, Barnes 7)
Won (home) Frankston 23.22 – 11.8
Won (away) Coburg 20.15 – 14.14
Won (home) Springvale 23.18 – 16.16 (Stevenson 5)
Lost (away) Port Melbourne 15.20 – 26.10
Won (home) Prahran 24.18 – 15.7 (Stevenson 8)
Lost (away) Geelong West 18.7 – 21.6 (Stevenson 5)
Lost (home) Sandringham 14.18 – 27.9
Lost (away) Preston 14.14 – 18.10
Won (home) Williamstown 24.21 – 14.12 (Stevenson 6)
Won (away) Dandenong 23.13 – 14.13
Won (home) Werribee 32.14 – 12.12 (Stevenson 6)
Lost (away) Frankston 18.16 – 18.25 (Stevenson 5)
Lost (home) Coburg 15.16 – 21.11 (Stevenson 6)
Won (away) Springvale 17.12 – 6.12
Won (home) Port Melbourne 13.12 – 13.9 (Stevenson 5)
Won (away) Prahran 17.13 – 13.21 (Stevenson 5)
Lost (home) Geelong West 13.13 – 15.16
First Semi Final, September 2, Junction Oval (St.Kilda)
Frankston 7.3, 8.6, 14.14, 18.16
Camberwell 1.3, 4.9, 6.11, 9.16
Best – Bottams, Cahill, Wilkinson, De Goey
Goals – Stevenson 4, Rourke, Dodig, Burmeister, Young, Mailing.

1984 First Semi Final
1984 First Semi Final

1984 First Semi Final Banner
1984 First Semi Final Banner


Camberwell Cobras
Camberwell Cobras


1985

Won (home) Werribee 21.17 – 17.16 (Weatherald 8)
Lost (away) Frankston 15.7 – 36.10 (Stevenson 5)
Won (away) Box Hill 27.25 – 18.14 (Weatherald 10)
Lost (home) Geelong West 15.11 – 17.16 (Stevenson 6, Weatherald 5)
Lost (away) Williamstown 9.15 – 26.19
Lost (home) Preston 19.20 – 28.20
Lost (away) Sandringham 8.12 – 17.14
Lost (home) Prahran 20.16 – 25.5 (Callender 8)
Lost (away) Port Melbourne 18.8 – 25.18
Won (home) Springvale 16.14 – 13.14 (Weatherald 5)
Lost (away) Coburg 13.12 – 23.18 (Weatherald 8)
Won (away) Werribee 18.19 – 14.13 (Weatherald 9)
Lost (home) Frankston 12.10 – 15.16
Won (home) Box Hill 19.11 – 11.12 (Weatherald 6)
Lost (away) Preston 11.14 – 29.16
Won (home) Williamstown 14.15 – 13.16
Lost (away) Geelong West 10.3 – 13.21
Lost (home) Sandringham 8.21 – 22.20

A collection of Camberwell badges - Camberwell's 1950 'Argus' badge at bottom right
A collection of Camberwell badges - Camberwell's 1950 'Argus' badge at bottom right


Camberwell players' wives and girlfriends
Camberwell players' wives and girlfriends


CAMBERWELL PLAYERS AND GOAL KICKERS 1980-85


Two asterisks: Possible mistake – name not listed in Camberwell Football Club Team of the Century (1884-1994) Souvenir Book (August 2003).

1980

Ross Wright 23, Kerry Haywood 20, Peter Slacik 20, Scott Cowley 16, Phil Neilson 14, Colin Judd 13, Geoff Simpson 11, Tom Flower 11, Drew Pevitt 11, Phil Fryer 10, Greg Spithill 10. Other players: Neil Chamberlain, Greg Cook, B.Mason, Ron Young, Peter Oliver, Michael Brosche, Serge D’Angelo, Muir**, Roy Fenton, Steve Teakel, Glenn Walley, Martin King, Peter Keane, Rino Pretto, Mark Davidson, Glen Rohleder, Graeme Barr, Peter Hirst, Tom Templeton, Chris Rourke, Mark Moir, Roy Cahill, Mark Hipworth, Faustas Saudaskas.

1981

Peter Stevenson 119, Mark Davidson 49, Gary Hammond 35, Peter Hirst 35, Peter Howard 23, Chris Rourke 16, Scott Cowley 14, Steve Teakel 13, Neil Chamberlain 10, Phil Neilson 10, Peter Oliver 10.

1982

Peter Stevenson 87, Gary Hammond 50, Chris Rourke 32, Scott Cowley 26, Phil Neilson (19 or 23), Mark Davidson 22, Simon Rourke 15, Rob Wilkinson 14, Mordi Bromberg 12, Dale Evans 10. Other players: Rob McFee, Greg Spithill, Colin Judd, Tom Flower, Roy Cahill, Leon Rice, Roman Dodig, Ross Wright, Drew Pevitt, Ian Brown, Jeff Dans, Michael Brosche, Rocco Zerbi, Greg Cook, Andrew McKenzie, Peter Hirst, Tom Templeton, Martin King, Grant Gaston.

1983

Peter Stevenson 69, Brett Weatherald 29, Grant Gaston 20, B.Evans 19, Mark Davidson 18, Ian McCormack 17, R.Collins 14, Roman Dodig 13, Chris Hickey 11, Gary Hammond 9, Mike Burmeister 9, Simon Rourke 9, Rob Wilkinson 8. Other players: Mark Hipworth, Scott Cowley, Steve Teakel, Jeff Dans, Drew Pevitt, Rob McFee, Chris Rourke, Roy Cahill, Andrew Banks, Peter Hirst, John Angus, Dale Evans, Graham Cuff, Phil Neilson, Rino Pretto, Roger De Goey, Paul Sketchley.

1984

Peter Stevenson 86, Mark Davidson 31, Colin Barnes 28, Con Constantinou 24, Mark Hipworth 20, Rourke (C or S, or both) 17, Graeme Schultz 15, Jeff Dans 14, Darren Side 13, Wayne Mailing 12, Roman Dodig 11, Mark Turner 11. Other players: Doug Page, Phil Bottams, John Di Stefano, Drew Pevitt, Rob Wilkinson, Tovag**, S.Gilmore, Farmer**, Dale Evans, Darrel Hicks, Mike Burmeister, Roy Cahill, Roger De Goey, J.Everett, Darrol Hutchinson, Howarth**, B.Dawson, Terry Love, Ron Young, Mark Weightman, Peter O’Kane, Brett Weatherald, John Angus, S.Palmer.

1985

Brett Weatherald 67, Wayne Mailing 27, Peter Stevenson 26, Simon Rourke 15, Andy Scott 14, Mark Davidson 13, Darren Side 10. Other players: Chris Rourke, Rob Wilkinson, G.Conlan, Mike Burmeister, Howarth, Andrew Banks, Phil Bottams, Mark Turner, Mark Hipworth, Steve Schade, R.Callender, Con Constantinou, Chris Gray, Andrew McKenzie, Colin Judd, Terry De Koning, Jeff Dans, Dale Evans, Brendan Budge, Drew Pevitt, Danny Frew, Greg Dyson, T.Mercer, Peter Drew, Mark Hickleton, Pat Hayes, Ron Young, John Angus.

The Stars (1980-85)


Phil Neilson

Camberwell 139 games (1976-83). Camberwell best and fairest 1980. Second Liston Trophy 1980 (27 votes). Fourth Liston Trophy 1982 (15 votes).

Peter ‘Squeaker’ Stevenson

Ex-Surrey Hills, Hawthorn. Camberwell 78 games, 382 goals (1981-85). Goals – 119 (1981), 87 (1982), 69 (1983), 86 (1984), 26 (1985 – eight games only). Sixth Field Trophy 1981 (20 votes).

Mark ‘Barney’ Davidson

Ex-Oakleigh. Camberwell 110 games (1979-85). Camberwell captain 1983, 1984. 52 goals in season 1981.

Special mentions:

Brett Weatherald - 26 games (1983-85) - 67 goals 1985.
Chris Rourke - 78 games (1980-85). Fifth Liston Trophy 1983 (11 votes).
Rob McFee - 86 games (1979-86) - best and fairest 1982.
Drew Pevitt - 80 games (1980-85) - best and fairest 1984.
Graeme Phillips – coach 1979-80
Phil Fryer (ex-Oakleigh) - coach 1983-84.

The Last VFA Years (1986–1990)


SeasonLadder PositionTeamsWonLostDrewPercentage
1986 Div11010018030.1
1987 Div27121170123.0
1988 Div266612084.8
1989 1414018040.5
19901414018044.2

After 1988 (and until the demise of the competition in 1995) the VFA reverted to a single competition.

Very few people involved with VFA football could have foreseen, especially after the apparent promise of 1984, how far Camberwell would fall in 1986 when it became the chopping block for all other First Division clubs, losing all eighteen games (most of them pitifully), and being relegated yet again to the second tier. 29 Back in Second Division, a modicum of respectability was attained in 1987 with eleven wins and seventh placing. However, Camberwell’s sickness had become terminal. The ailing Cobras finished last in each of their final three VFA years, losing all 36 games (against the thirteen other remaining VFA clubs) in the 1989 and 1990 seasons. It is perhaps appropriate to let Marc Fiddian have the final word on Camberwell’s record in the VFA:

‘On the eve of season 1991 Camberwell pulled out of the VFA. It could go on no longer. The club’s withdrawal was not surprising; rather it was expected. Ever since the crash of 1959 Camberwell had not been the same. Second Division had held it together although even in the lower section its situation had at times been most shaky. The Wells rallied to spend six years in First Division in the 1980’s, but failed to kick on. Lack of money, supporters and community interest weighed heavily against the club’. 30

VFA Recorder 19-20 July, 1986
VFA Recorder 19-20 July, 1986

VFA Recorder 19-20 July, 1986
VFA Recorder 19-20 July, 1986

VFA Recorder 19-20 July, 1986
VFA Recorder 19-20 July, 1986


As the last page was turned Camberwell’s loyal supporters could at least console themselves with the knowledge that the club, for all its many difficulties, had historically still scored more overall victories over five VFA clubs: Oakleigh (40-37); Sandringham (30-25); Waverley (20-9); Werribee (26-22); Yarraville (37-30).

1989 Camberwell Seconds team
1989 Camberwell Seconds team


The Star (1986-90)


Brendan Budge

Camberwell 70 games, 30 goals (1985, 1988 - 1990). (1986 at Collingwood; 1987 at Essendon). Camberwell best and fairest 1989 (runner-up 1985). Captain 1990 (vice-captain 1989). Camberwell Team of the Century (Interchange).

Special mentions

Con Constantinou (captain 1986-87), Ralph Jones (captain 1989), Gary Brice (ex-Port Melbourne) coach 1990, Craig Aylen (39 goals 1986), Damien Condon (46 goals 1988), John Modica (26 goals 1989), Darren Wilkinson (26 goals 1990), Danny Frew (best and fairest 1986), George Steiner (best and fairest 1987), Michael Guertz (best and fairest 1988). For other outstanding players, see VFL players below.

Con Constantinou
Con Constantinou


SOME CAMBERWELL PLAYERS 1980-1990 WHO PLAYED VFL 'FIRSTS' FOOTBALL (See complete list below)

Ross Wright (See ‘Seventies’)
Colin Judd (See ‘Seventies’)
Neil Chamberlain (See ‘Seventies)

Rino Pretto

Fitzroy 1 game (1978). Camberwell 24 games (1980-83). The second (to Fred Cook) highest goal scorer in the entire history of VFA football. 170 goals for Oakleigh 1985; 151 for Oakleigh 1986. Kicked 20 for Oakleigh v Mordialloc 1986; 18 for Oakleigh v Mordialloc 1986.
Total goals 1070 in 221 games – av/game 4.84. Also played for Coburg and Dandenong.

Leon Rice

Hawthorn 133 games (1970-79). Camberwell 27 games (1981-82)
Camberwell playing-coach (1981-82).

Mordecai Bromberg

St Kilda 34 games (1978-81). Camberwell 13 games (1982).

Terry De Koning

Footscray 31 games (1980-82). Camberwell 46 games (1985-88). Camberwell best and fairest 1985.

Dale Evans

St.Kilda 19 games (1977-79). Camberwell 45 games 1982-85. VFA representative 1982.

Rob Wilkinson

Hawthorn 17 games (1974, 1979-80). Camberwell 50 games (1982-85)
VFA representative 1982. Camberwell best and fairest 1983.

Mark Turner

Hawthorn 35 games (1979-83). Camberwell 24 games (1984-85).

Tom Flower

Melbourne 26 games (1977-79). Camberwell 15 games (1980-82). Brother of Robert Flower.

Phil Bottams

Richmond 26 games (1978-81). Camberwell 19 games (1984-85).

Graeme Schultz

Essendon 77 games (1971-74, 1981-83). Camberwell 10 games (1984).

John Frazer

Ex-North Melbourne Colts. North Melbourne 10 games, 27 goals (1976-77); Fitzroy 6 games, 10 goals (1978-79 - kicked 9 v Richmond late 1978). Camberwell 14 games, 91 goals (1987).

Rene Kink

Collingwood 154 games, 240 goals (1973-83); Essendon 20 games (1983, 1985), St Kilda 7 games (1986). Camberwell 9 games (1988). Camberwell captain 1988.

Dean Greig

Camberwell 45 games (1988-90). Camberwell best and fairest 1990. St.Kilda 33 games (1991-94).
Note: Sam Kekovich, Camberwell coach 1987-89, played 124 games for North Melbourne (1968-76) and four games for Collingwood (1977).

The Age, April 2nd, 1991
The Age, April 2nd, 1991


The Amateurs (1992-94)


Camberwell did not compete as a club in 1991 although formally it remained a non-playing member of the VFA. For the 1992 season the Cobras joined the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) as Camberwell Amateur Football Club, playing in ‘G Section North’ with their home ground at McLeay Park in North Balwyn. Finishing fifth of twelve clubs in 1992, Camberwell was promoted to ‘F2 Section’ for 1993 (with its home ground at Rathmines Road Reserve East Hawthorn) but struggled at the higher level, winning only two games from eighteen and finishing tenth of eleven clubs. Returning to ‘G Section’ (now called ‘Club XV111’ Section) in 1994, the Cobras won eight of their fifteen games to finish sixth of ten clubs. The last ever game played in the name of the Camberwell Football Club – against North Old Boys – was, mercifully, a famous and celebrated victory.

It is now almost twenty-five years since the old VFA competition folded, to be replaced by a revamped ‘VFL’ virtually under the control of the AFL. But old Camberwell is not completely dead. A group of former players, activated by David Barker’s email list, continues to meet at a drinking hole in Hawthorn. At Christmas 2017 seven recently-written historical reminiscences (by Ted Bryce, Peter Oliver, Keith Lumley, James Nicolas, Bruce Brown, David Barker and Graeme Rayner) were mailed out to the list. The website www.vflfooty.com has interesting interviews with nine former Cobra identities from the seventies and eighties - John Hook, Leon Rice, Greg Spithill, Graeme Phillips, Colin Judd, Mark Davidson, Rob McFee, Geoff Simpson, and George Adgemis.

1992 Camberwell Amateur Football Club team
1992 Camberwell Amateur Football Club team


Camberwell Oval April 2017 - Michael Riley
Camberwell Oval April 2017 - Michael Riley


The 1920 Tramways (Visitors) Grandstand - Camberwell Oval April 2017 - Michael Riley
The 1920 Tramways (Visitors) Grandstand - Camberwell Oval April 2017 - Michael Riley


Camberwell Football Club Team of the Century (1884-1994)

Front cover of Camberwell Football Club Team of the Century Souvenir book 2003
Front cover of Camberwell Football Club Team of the Century Souvenir book 2003



B:Colin Judd
(134 games, 1976-82, 1985)
Jim Bohan
(140, 1947-53) captain
Ken Ross
(55, 1956-58) vice-captain
HB:Geoff Mason
(127, 1952-58, 1961)
Harry Jones
(143, 1930-40)
Marcus Boyall
(54, 1945-47)
C:Reg Horkings
(111, 1937-41, 1945-47)
Lloyd Holyoak
(82, 1953-57)
Charlie Clamp
(113, 1929-35) 31
HF:Ian Whitten
(83, 1958-63)
Laurie Nash
(74, 1938-41)
Roy Williams
(133, 1928-37)
Fwd:Bill Luff
(77, 1931-33, 1935)
Gary Hammond
(162; 1972-79, 1981-83)
Geoff Simpson
(123, 1971-75, 1978-80)
Foll:Frank Stubbs
(70, 1947-51)
Gordon Duff
(114, 1949-56)
Jim ‘Nipper’ Bradford
(76, 1945-48)


Interchange:
Brendan Budge (70; 1985, 1988-90), Mark Davidson (110, 1979-85), Peter Oliver (98; 1975, 1977-81), Peter Stevenson (78, 1981-85), George Stone (68, 1972-75), Ross Wright (80, 1978-82). Coach: Angus ‘Horrie’ Mason (81 games, 1932-36). 32

Camberwell FC 'Team Of The Century' and Life Members plaque - main grandstand Camberwell Oval
Camberwell FC 'Team Of The Century' and Life Members plaque - main grandstand Camberwell Oval

Image


100 (senior) games for Camberwell Football Club


Greg Spithill 163, Gary Hammond 162, Ken Freiberg 151, Oscar Skalberg 150, Jim Bohan 140, Phil Neilson 139, Colin Judd 134, Bill Hazlett 128, Geoff Mason 127, Geoff Simpson 123, Kevin Johnson 116, Gordon Duff 114, Jack Seelenmeyer 113, Reg Fletcher 113, Ken Douglas 112, Dennis Boyd 112, Mark Davidson 110, John Hook 110, Reg Horkings 108, Peter Fox 106, Bob Gibson 106, Keith McGuinness 105, John Smith 105, Geoff Brayne 103, Ken Benbow 101.

The Complete List of Camberwell players and coaches (1923-1994) who also played 'Firsts' football in the Victorian Football League (VFL)

(For the VFL careers of the following players, refer to Russell Holmesby and Jim Main, Encyclopaedia of AFL Footballers).

Hawthorn (67)

Les Woodford, Gil Hendrie, Reg Whitehead, Dave Elliman, John Price, Hubert Calwell, A.E. 'Bert' Mills, Richard Williams, Frank Horne, Matthew Wilkins, Jack Boothman, Harry Mort, Frank Whitty, Stan Petrie, Willie (Vic, Vin?) Woolf, E.Lyall Williams, Lou Gough, Wally Lathlain, Bert Carey, George Bennett, Viv Randall, Ted Pool, Bill Ford, Stan Spinks, Joe Meehan, Ken Onley, Reg Horkings, Merv Wickham, Laurie Taylor, Wal Ware, Ron Black, Jim Bohan, Arthur Davidson, Norm Hillard, Don Wilks, Laurie Peters, Bob Austen, Tom Spear, Wally Bristowe, Tom Campbell, Russell Elliott, Bob Harland, W.H. 'Bert' Amey, John Hester, Allan Jensen, Barney Jorgensen, Len (V.?) Woolf (possible), Reg Barnes, John McDonald, Jack King, Ken Mace, Kevin Hevey, Bob Milgate, Mel Williams, Fred Wain, Norm Black, John Douglas, Brian Coleman, Lindsay Turnbull, Tom Allsopp, Cyril Collard, Colin Judd, Lindsay Tipping, Terry Wallace, Leon Rice, Rob Wilkinson, Mark Turner.

Collingwood (25)

Noel McCamish, Jim Lawn, James Shanahan, Percy Wilson, Alec Fyfe, Les Harvey, George Tatham, Tom Boag, Albert Collier, Jim Bradford, Marcus Boyall, Harry Collier, William Duckworth, Ken Herbert, Herb Naismith, Clarrie Shields, Kevin Clarke, Les Smith, Des Healey (coach), Mike Delanty, Bill Serong, Brian Renwood, Rene Kink, Michael Lockman, Sam Kekovich (Coach).

Fitzroy (27)

Bill Thorpe, James Shanahan, John Vale, Don Quartermain, Ern Elliott, Tom Lasky, Roy Finlayson, Jack Kidd, Alan Fields, Bert Carey, Arthur Connell, Alan Fitcher, Jim Toohey, Norm Hillard, Clete Turner, Albert Collier, Wally Bristowe, Eddie Griffin, John Ford, Ken Ross, Ken Chambers, Gordon Proudfoot, Bruce Baker, Rino Pretto, John Frazer, Anthony Spassopoulos, Darren Wilkinson.

Melbourne (22)

Dave Elliman, Max Wright, Tom Elliott, Lou Gough, Percy Wilson, H. 'Bert' Avery, George Lenne, Ray Wartman, Jack Sambell, Harold 'Hec' Davidson, Bill Vanthoff, Harry Harley, Dave Bedford, Geoff Mason, Ken McKaige, Terry Mountain, Peter Brenchley, Bob Stewart, Ray Smith, Neil Chamberlain, Glenn Walley, Tom Flower.

Richmond (31)

Syd Reeves, Reg Whitehead, Bill Thorpe, Joe Harrison, Frank Horne, Bill Amery, Jack Huggard, James Karthaus, George Bayliss, Reg Henderson, Bob O’Neill, Hope Collins, Maurie Hunter, Tom O’Halloran, Stan Brett, Bill Ford, Jack Uwins, Joe Hinson, Alan McDonald, Gordon Styles, Allen Lewis, Keith Cook, Wally Cook, Max Hood, Les Amery, Barry Brown, Ray Bloodworth, Mike Bowden, Terry Wallace, Phil Bottams, Michael Lockman.

South Melbourne (21)

Reuben Holland (Camberwell circa 1909), Eric Poole, Harry Lakin, Charles Stanbridge, H.Avery, Laurie Nash, Terry Brain, Roy Cazaly, Joe Meehan, Roy Selleck, Pat Farrelly, Alf Bennison, Ken Dineen, Laurie Taylor, Keith McGuinness, Pat Deagan, Dave Donaldson, Peter Rice, Ron Wetzel, Max Kruse, Michael Lockman (Sydney Swans).

Essendon (19)

George Rawle, Harry Harrison, Bill Luff, A.J.Williamson, Roy Laing (Coach), Len Wallace, J.McCorkell, Keith Parris, R.L.O'Shea, Jack Kidd, John E.Walker, Ivor McIvor, Cec Ruddell, Bob Bradley, Ray Smith, Ross Wright, Graeme Schultz, Rene Kink, David Sullivan.

Footscray (17)

Harry Harrison, George Bayliss, Bernie O"Brien, George Robbins, Roy Williams, Dick Greenwood, George Bennett, Len Bazin, Alf Bennison, Frank Finn, Dal Kennedy, Malcolm McBean, Clarrie Shields, Peter Box, Terry Wallace, Terry Love, Terry De Koning.

St. Kilda (21)

Harry Lakin, Wally Gunyon, Henry 'Harry' Brown, George Robbins, Horrie Mason, Roy Cazaly, Barney Jorgensen, Bill Winward, Malcolm McBean, Clarrie Shields, Laurie Taylor, Ken Mace, Bill Lumsden, Vin Sabbatucci, Max Hellmrich, Colin Bock, Mordecai Bromberg, Dale Evans, Rene Kink, Dean Greig, Michael Lockman.

North Melbourne (16)

Alex Clarke, R.L.O'Shea, Frank Anderson, Joe Rogers, Jack Kenny, Cairo Dixon, Jim Bradford, Frank Stubbs, Jack Hedley, Ted Jarrard, Oscar Skalberg, Mike Delanty, Bill Serong, Kerry Haywood, John Frazer, Sam Kekovich (Coach).

Carlton (16)

Reuben Holland (Camberwell circa 1909), Clarrie Calwell, W.H. 'Billy' Stone, James Shanahan, Bernie O'Brien, John Vale, George Robbins, Jack Bennett, A.J.Williamson, Jack Kidd, Frank Finn, Pat Farrelly, Clete Turner, Monty Brown, Alan Thynne, Ken McKaige.

Geelong (2)

Terry Mountain, Clete Turner.

Camberwell – Pioneer of Women’s Football?


In the light of the current AFL experiment with women’s football it would be remiss of me to overlook the part played historically by Camberwell Football Club in the development of the female code. Two of the three images below are captioned 'Girls Football Match at Bayswater 68' so the Camberwell involvement may date from 1968. In season 1969 Camberwell’s ‘Ladies Committee’ formed a team named the ‘Camberwell Cuties’ (managed by Greville Page) made up of the players and girlfriends of Camberwell’s male footballers. (The language is unfortunate but typical of the era). The ‘Cuties’ appear to have played at least three matches in 1969 - twice against Nunawading ‘married women’s’ Basketball Club (Sunday August 15, 1969; Sunday September 14, 1969 at Bayswater Football Ground) and once against ‘Blackburn Beauties’ (students of Melbourne Teachers’ College) on a Sunday at Camberwell Oval (a match umpired by Hawthorn footballer Bob Keddie whose wife Rae played for the ‘Cuties’). The ‘Cuties’ appear to have re-emerged in 1972, coached by Ron Elleray, and played against ‘Hawthorn Honeys’ in a Sunday match at Camberwell Oval umpired by Richmond footballer Wayne Walsh.

Womens Football - Camberwell at Bayswater 1968
Womens Football - Camberwell at Bayswater 1968

Womens Football - Camberwell at Bayswater 1968
Womens Football - Camberwell at Bayswater 1968


Camberwell Cuties - Maureen Smith
Camberwell Cuties - Maureen Smith


Camberwell Football Club is not dead - wherever there's a Cobra....
Camberwell Football Club is not dead - wherever there's a Cobra....


Geoff Brayne with 1922 Camberwell premiership photo.  Whatever happened to all the old photos?
Geoff Brayne with 1922 Camberwell premiership photo. Whatever happened to all the old photos?


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Books

Robert Allen, Cazaly – The Legend, Slattery Media Group, 2017.

Santo Caruso, Marc Fiddian, Jim Main, Football Grounds of Melbourne, Pennon Publishing, 2002.

Marc Fiddian, The Pioneers – 100 Years of Association Football, VFA, 1977.

Marc Fiddian, East Side Story, 1980.

Marc Fiddian, The Roar of the Crowd – A History of VFA Grand Finals, 1987.

Marc Fiddian, Goals Goals Goals – A Study of League and Association Full Forwards, 1996.

Marc Fiddian, The VFA – A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877-1995, Melbourne, 2004 (First Edition). (Published, with minor changes, as Second Edition).

Marc Fiddian, Well Done Camberwell – The Camberwell v Oakleigh Football Saga, 2016.

Marc Fiddian, The Best of Football Trivia, 2003.

Paul Hogan, The Tigers of Old, Richmond Football Club, 1996.

Russell Holmesby and Jim Main, Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers (Tenth Edition), BAS Publishing, 2014.

Clinton Walker, A Football Life, Pan, 1998.

E.A. ‘Ned’ Wallish, The Great Laurie Nash, Ryan Publishing, Melbourne, 1998.

Camberwell Football Club publications


Camberwell Football Club – Souvenir History, 1952 (Introduction by C.S.Greenwood, President).

Team of Century Souvenir Book (Camberwell Team of Century Reunion, August 2, 2003 – including reprinted Marc Fiddian, ‘East Side Story’).

David Barker, ‘CFC – The Final Chapter’, in Team of Century Souvenir Book (Camberwell Team of Century Reunion, August 2, 2003).

Camberwell Football Club 2004 Reunion (25th Anniversary of 1979 Premiership) held September 12, 2004.

Camberwell Football Club 2006 Reunion (25th anniversary 0f 1981 VFA Firsts and Seconds Premierships) held October 15, 2006.

Camberwell Football Club Annual Reports 1923-1969 (missing issues: 1925, 1933, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1955, 1960).

Seven essays (historical reminiscences by Ted Bryce, Peter Oliver, Keith Lumley, James Nicolas, Bruce Brown, David Barker and Graeme Rayner) emailed by David Barker to Camberwell Football Club ‘reunions’ mailing list 25/12/2017.

VFA publications


The Association Football Recorder (1936, 1941, 1947, 1955, 1961, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1986).

Newspapers


The Argus 1950, 1952-55
The Sporting Globe, July 5, 1939, p. 11 – Camberwell in Adelaide 1938.

Online Material


‘Australian Rules Football Schism’ (1938-1949) (Wikipedia)

Michael Riley, ‘VFA Project’ – see www.boylesfootballphotos.com

http://www.thegapchessclub.org.au/vfa/

www.footypedia.com

www.vflfooty.com (Interviews with nine former Camberwell identities – John Hook, Leon Rice, Greg Spithill, Graeme Phillips (ex-coach), Colin Judd, Mark Davidson, Rob McFee, Geoff Simpson, and George Adgemis).

www.hardballget.net

HardBallGet Newsletter, Numbers 1-7, 2014-2017.

Ken Mansell, ‘The footy swap cards that never got swapped’www.boylesfootballphotos.com

Ken Mansell, ‘Statistician Extraordinaire’www.boylesfootballphotos.com

TROVE (National Library of Australia).


1978 Grand Final Footage
https://youtu.be/Wk56aUoJeMQ

1979 Grand Final Footage
https://youtu.be/3xFx27p2ecQ

Unfurling of 1979 Premiership Flag R1 1980
https://youtu.be/HeaGZkO5jqM

1991 Lou Richards on Folding of Camberwell
https://youtu.be/70rDvYz4UUM

Interview with Colin Judd (Camberwell Team of the Century)
https://youtu.be/PmSX6xdLYk0

Interview - Roy Cahill
https://youtu.be/kEzWOV8ghbM

Other interviews
http://www.vflfooty.com/node/9617

Private Collections


I have been honoured to be given the opportunity to make use of several important private memorabilia collections, consisting of newspaper cuttings, scrapbooks, history spread sheets, handwritten notes, photographs, football cards, badges, member ticket, medallion. These collections are the source of many of the images that adorn this three-part work on Camberwell’s history and I am very grateful.

Miscellaneous material


Our Football Girl (All Australian Girl) – ‘A Snappy Fox Trot Song’ – Music by Al Lewis – With Special Lyrics for Australian Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union by H.S.Bridgeman and Arthur Wendling.

Football Doctor Prescribes, Sporting Life, May 1950, pp. 49-50.

Dr Hartnett Discusses Unified Control, Oakleigh Football Club Year Book 1950, pp. 35, 37.

Correspondence


Michael Riley, John Ficarra, Kathy Stanley, Ron Redding, Bill Goodenough, Norm Pilbeam, Lloyd Holyoak, David Barker.

Interviews


Ken Munro, Paul Jennings, Malcolm Macpherson, Thelma Baker, Jack Hedley, Gordon Duff, Graeme Tempany, Lloyd Holyoak, Barry McKernan, Valerie O’Connor, David Barker, Keith Lumley. (Interview project is proceeding).


END






Boyles Website Newsletter

Just us sending out an email when we post a new article.
Image

End Notes


1. Camberwell’s worst result for 1969 was the 36.20 to 8.6 thumping by Sunshine. Camberwell’s other big defeats in 1969 were to Werribee (4.8 – 24.10), Caulfield (4.16 – 16.24), Coburg (8.9 – 29.26 and 9.3 – 23.23), Sunshine (8.15 – 23.30), and Williamstown (6.9 – 24.22). Along with some very heavy losses in the sixties there were of course some encouraging wins. In Round Four of the 1962 season the Wells kicked 26.19 to thrash Sunshine, Graham Ellis booting nine goals and Ron O’Neill seven. But this victory was an exception. Almost all of Camberwell’s wins in this period were by relatively small margins.
2. Secretary Frank Strapp complained in 1962 the club was losing money at every home match due to poor support from Camberwell citizens. The following year the players too received their share of blame – for not showing enough ‘drive and will to win’.
3. 1967 was a sad year for Camberwell, with the death of former Secretary Frank Strapp, and the untimely death of Jim Bohan (46) in a road accident.
4. Camberwell played Sunshine in the Grand Final and kicked four goals in the last ten minutes to grab the victory.
5. Interestingly, in the ‘Author’s Note’ introducing his 2004 publication on the history of the VFA, Marc Fiddian chose to mention this particular match as the ‘most memorable’ of all the VFA games he had seen. See Marc Fiddian, The VFA – A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877-1995, 2004.
6. ‘Gap Chess Club’ has 17.16; Fiddian (2004) has 17.10.
7. Interestingly O’Neill once tried out at Fitzroy but clashed with Kevin Murray. He played with Federal League club East Malvern in 1963. O’Neill twice kicked twelve goals in a game for Camberwell. The first occasion was in Round 16 of the 1961 season when Camberwell thrashed Brighton 29.23 to 4.9. He transferred to country club Boort in 1967. O’Neill was appointed coach of Camberwell for season 1972 but was replaced by Graeme Clarke. See Marc Fiddian, The Pioneers – 100 Years of Association Football, VFA, 1977, pp. 57-62; Marc Fiddian, Goals Goals Goals – A Study of League and Association Full Forwards, 1996.
8. See Peter Wilms, 150th game will be his last, The Herald, August 9, 1962, p. 32. Skalberg was 32 when he played his last game in 1962. He briefly came out of retirement to help the Wells win the VFA (Second Division) Seconds premiership of 1963.
9. John Smith’s father Charlie Smith was a true stalwart of the Camberwell Football Club. He was involved with Camberwell for forty-five years (from the twenties through to the sixties) as a Seconds player and official. Smith played 300 games with Camberwell Seconds (1926-1946). His involvements as an official included the ‘Scouting Committee’’, the Selection Committee, and the Finance Committee. He also served as a club Vice-President. He was awarded Life Membership of the club in 1936. He died in 1979.
10. 1960 Camberwell Football Club Annual Report not available. 1960 players from 'Gap Chess Club' information – Oscar Skalberg, Ray Quirk, Kevin Johnson, Brian Johnson, Ian Whitten, Mick Commons, Ron O’Neill, Rhys London, Graham Kent, John Collett, Bob Gibson, Graham Ellis, Bob Fisher, Ken Freiberg, Norm Watts, Brian Saunders, Ken Douglas, Keith McGuinness, Eric Chaplin, Ted Bailey, Graham Young, Kevin Kilpatrick, Roger Thompson, Jack Thompson, E.Eades, H.Long, B.Ellis, R.Dunne, Condon, McCallum.
11. Marc Fiddian, Well Done Camberwell – The Camberwell v Oakleigh Football Saga, 2016.
12. According to Fiddian, the name ‘Cobras’ was adopted ‘under sufferance in some quarters’.
See Marc Fiddian, The Pioneers – 100 Years of Association Football, VFA, 1977, p. 62.
13. The Cobras’ 32-19 score just topped their previous highest of 31.24 against Port Melbourne in 1939.
14. In 1971 Camberwell sacked Peter Brenchley as coach, apparently after a players’ deputation to the Committee. Player Mick Conyers filled in for the rest of the season. The coaching crisis coincided with a financial crisis for the club.
15. In 1972 the Cobras became the first VFA (or VFL) club to score 30 goals (or more) four times, and in 1974 they became the first VFA or VFL club to kick 30 goals (or more) six times. Camberwell kicked 30 goals or more on eight occasions during the seventies. The scores were 30.14 (v Werribee 1972), 32.19 (v Mordialloc 1972), 31.13 (v Waverley 1974), 31.19 (v Werribee 1974), 33.27 (v Yarraville 1976), 32.16 (v Werribee 1978 – including sixteen goals in the last quarter), 34.27 (v Box Hill 1979), 32.21 (v Werribee 1979).
16. The 2004 booklet includes an Introduction by former President Ron Peck (‘For the Love of Camberwell’), pen portraits of the players (plus their ages, heights and weights from the VFA Recorder), the 1979 Annual Report (including the 1979 President’s Report by Ron Peck), Camberwell’s 1979 results, and pages from the local Progress Press newspaper. See also Marc Fiddian, Well Done Camberwell – The Camberwell v Oakleigh Football Saga, 2016, pp. 90-92.
17. ‘Gap Chess Club’ does not identify the player who kicked eight goals but it was most likely Bruce Smith.
18. Florence Perry died in 1953. Jim Perry, a son of Rupert and Florence, was also involved with the Camberwell Football Club, as Secretary of the Second Eighteen in the thirties and a member of the Social Committee after the war. He eventually became a VFL Goal Umpire (circa 1970).
19. For years Phyllis ran the kiosk at the visitors’ end of the ground and Thelma the kiosk at the main grandstand end. Phyllis and her husband Arthur O’Connor, aided by the experienced Rupert, ran the Euchre functions at the Camberwell Football Club on Saturday nights. On one tragic match day in April 1983, within the space of only ninety minutes, Phyllis lost both her husband Arthur from a heart attack, and her brother. Valerie and Phyllis, working in the timekeeper’s box and the kiosk respectively, were informed by the police at half-time. Needless to say this did not deter Phyllis and Valerie from maintaining their dedication to the Camberwell Football Club. Phyllis O’Connor was chosen to unfurl the club’s 1981 senior premiership flag at the first home game in 1982.
20. At 64, Valerie O’Connor is still involved with football and timekeeping, as a member of the Committee at Murrumbeena Football Club in the Southern Districts League. Not surprisingly five family members – Rupert, Phyllis, Arthur, Valerie and Valerie’s brother-in-law Brian Burton (former club trainer and son of 1974-77 club Secretary Roy Burton) - have been awarded Life Membership of the Camberwell Football Club, with their names proudly displayed on the commemorative plaque in the grandstand at Bowen Street.
21. Thelma remembers there were initially two kiosks in 1958, and in the sixties three kiosks, one near the scoreboard. She worked on the kiosk near the small (Tramways) grandstand when she went back in 1958.
22. Thelma Baker is singled out in the third paragraph of Ron Peck’s page one Introduction to the commemorative 2006 booklet celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1981 double premiership (Firsts and Seconds): ‘Talking of Thelma, she has attended every meeting of the Reunion Committee since it was formed in 2002. Nothing has changed. As a little boy I remember her running the kiosk at the Camberwell Sports Ground. Fifty years later, her love for the club and obviously the people involved is still strong’.
23. Fiddian, in ‘East Side Story’ (1979), cited comments from former Camberwell Assistant Secretary Bruce Brown singling out Ron Peck for ‘personifying the genuine love people had developed for Camberwell over the years’. Brown mentioned that Peck had helped establish under-age teams at Camberwell in the seventies, and was President of the Cobras Patrons Group.
24. In his Report to the club’s 1980 Annual General Meeting, President Ron Peck suggested the club had suffered a ‘let down’ after the 1980 flag win and also referred to the loss of Hammond, Alexeeff, Andy Moore, Hirst, Davidson and Oliver (who resigned as captain after seven matches and played only one more game). His statement ‘financially we are at our worst for some years’ was an omen of what was to come. The 1980 season was not without its drama. In Round Ten Camberwell played Port Melbourne at home. It was the first time Port had played at Camberwell since 1959 and they would not forget it in a hurry – after the Cobras requested a count of the Borough’s players. See Marc Fiddian, The Best of Football Trivia, p. 99. Even more dramatic was the last match of the season against Dandenong when, according to Fiddian, Camberwell falsified the scores from other games as a desperate measure to trick Dandenong and avoid relegation. See Marc Fiddian, Well Done Camberwell – The Camberwell v Oakleigh Football Saga, 2016, p. 95.
25. In a 1983 match against Geelong West Camberwell Thirds went one better, scoring a monumental 65.29 (419).
26. In the mid-eighties dark clouds were gathering over the VFA competition as many of its clubs struggled financially in a new professional era dominated by the VFL behemoth. The VFL’s turn to Sunday football, and the decision by Channel Ten in 1981 to cease televising VFA games (except VFA finals), were nails driven in the VFA’s coffin. I have drawn on two main sources for Camberwell’s last fifteen years - ‘Gap Chess Club’, and the ‘Final Chapter (1980-94)’ compiled by David Barker for Camberwell’s 2003 ‘Team of the Century’ souvenir publication. Barker, who started supporting the Cobras in 1975, played an important administrative role (club Secretary 1986, 1994; Committee member 1992-93) in the club’s last playing years. He has been a central figure in facilitating club reunions since. He acted as secretary of both the ‘Team of the Century’ Selection Committee and the ‘Team of the Century’ Organising Committee.
27. The data in the following table was compiled from data included in the publication produced for the Camberwell Football Club 2006 Reunion (twenty-fifth anniversary of 1981 VFA Firsts and Seconds Premierships) held October 15, 2006. The publication has a similar format to the book produced in 2004 to celebrate the 1979 premiership.
28. Camberwell Seconds had a good overall record in Second Division, with premierships in 1963 and 1981, and runners-up finishes in 1962, 1974, 1976, 1978, and 1988.
29. Camberwell’s worst defeats in 1986 were - Round 1 Port Melb 42.20 (to 12.2); Round 5 Preston 36.18 (to 4.8); Round 7 Williamstown 38.24 (to 9.9); Round 9 Coburg 36.22 (to 5.8); Round 13 Preston 38.21 (to 6.9); Round 16 – Williamstown 55.17 (347) to Camberwell 4.8 (32); Round 18 – Coburg 30.20 (to 6.8). The scoreboard in the Williamstown match read - Williamstown 12.2, 28.6, 40.15, 55.17 (Gibson 22 goals). In only two games did Camberwell’s opponents score less than twenty goals.
30. Marc Fiddian, Well Done Camberwell – The Camberwell v Oakleigh Football Saga, 2016, p. 105. One sure indicator of Camberwell’s parlous state in 1990 was the gigantic Camberwell Seconds defeat in their final game - 66 goals to one.
31. The Camberwell ‘Team of the Century’ book has ‘1927-39’ for Charlie Clamp. The source of the mistake is the fact that three Clamp brothers played for Camberwell in the thirties. I have also adjusted Bill Luff’s games figure from 64 to 77.
32. The Camberwell ‘Team of the Century’ souvenir book produced for the Camberwell ‘Team of the Century’ Reunion on August 2, 2003 includes Marc Fiddian’s 1979 publication ‘East Side Story’ (reprinted), plus a compilation of important information relating to the club’s history – including year by year details of wins/games (ladder position), coach, captain, best and fairest, goal kickers, VFA representatives, President, Secretary, Treasurer, Life Members.