Round 1 news: a big day at Bulleen and the pain


It’s always a tough gig hosting Round 1 games.  With the completion of an enormous pre-season for all clubs, coaches and committees have justifiable reasons to be optimistic and look for a win as reward for the hard work undertaken in the off season.  The reality of round 1 is that only 50% of the clubs taste success and get rewarded, for the winners it’s onwards and upwards.  Whilst for the losers it’s time to consolidate, learn fast and roll into R2 to with greater determination and no doubt some increased nerves.


We hosted Old Trinity on the weekend, seniors, 2nds and Unders with our 3rds season deferred a week.  Dunshea was in pristine condition so too the clubrooms and facilities, all ready for an exciting opening day of our 2016 season.  Trinity seniors would prove to be a big challenge, Premier A grand finalists in 2015, the T’s have no doubt spent the summer smarting from their agonising GF loss to the Bernies, they played amazing footy throughout 2015 and continued that into last week’s game, eventually running away with a win.   Likewise in the 2nds game, whilst our mighty Unders fresh from their historic GF win out played Trinity’s U19’s and got the win.  All praise Trinity, in many ways we hope they are a blue print of where we are aiming to be inside 3 years.

Cookie's Kitchen R1 Guest

Back to Bulleen and last Saturday, the place was busy, Cookie’s kitchen up and trading, arvo tea ever popular so too the BosCastle canteen.  We have launched both our Past Players drive as well as the Panther Membership programs, both well received with many taking up the opportunity of connecting with the club and enjoying the benefits.  Pictured right is Cookie in full flight interviewing Hawthorn FC board member and 1971 premiership player, Bruce Stevenson over lunch. 










Generationnext Trainers too

The trainers arrived early and set up overlooking Dunshea, players quickly got in line, trainers are popular pre game, never underestimate a good trainer!








Time for you to become a member

High praise to the new coaches, all have been magnificent in the way they have embraced the job and the playing lists.  Despite some R1 disappointment we are on the right path, #GENERATIONNEXT is our mantra as we launch a new look Old Carey both on and off field in 2016. So please stick with us, in fact go one better and become a member.


100 games up for Jules Rowe 

Club champion Jules Rowe plays his 100th game for OC tomorrow at Melbourne Uni v Blues.  Having graduated from Carey Grammar, Jules was picked up by Collingwood FC in the 2003 national draft, making his seniors debut R14 2004 v Hawthorn.  Jules played 26 games for the Pies and kicked 6 goals.  Jules went onto play quality football for Port Melbourne in the VFL before coming home to OC in 2009 to be part of our premier B premiership team in 2010.  Jules has represented the VAFA on numerous occasions, as well as playing for the VAFA in Ireland as part of the VAFA’s International Rules team.  Jules won our club B&F in 2010 and again in 2012.  A massive talent, Jules is a vital member of our team and we congratulate him on this milestone achievement and the loyalty he has shown the club.


We need an Umpire

As Panther supporters you are all students of the game. Some of you will be fit. Others of you will have taken the field as umpires – perhaps as your school sport in Term 2 a few short years ago.  The VAFA have advised all member clubs that they are entering this season with smallest number of registered umpires they have had on their books for many years. To ensure  that there  are sufficient officials to oversee every match they have advised that they will lean on home teams to provide a second umpire for Reserves and  Thirds matches under threat of heavy fines – and – even forfeiture. It’s easy to say that this is a bit heavy handed – but what option do they have?  As you know VAFA footy is good clean footy – with players conditioned to respect umpires through the well- established order off rule for abuse and/or foul language. If you want a challenge – a special  opportunity to assist the club – and a bit of healthy exercise on a Saturday afternoon- please contact David Wright, OC Football Operations at or call on 0448 855 880  to find out more.  The good thing is you will be paid for your time!!



Round 3 Lunch, taking bookings now!!


Save the date now, Saturday week we host OM’s and Cookie has been busy and enlisted VAFA Big V Legend, Ian Cordner to be our luncheon guest.  Joining Ian will be his cousin, Ed Crodner and together they will be a perfect pair given we take on OM’s.  For the record, Ian’s football achievements as a VAFA champion:


Big V Career

  • 11 games for the Big V 1973, ‘77, ’78, 1979, 1980, 1982
  • Captain in 1979, 1980
  • Played in 3 AAFC Carnivals
  • All Australian Captain in 1979

Club Career (University Blacks and Old Melburnians) 

  • 80 matches for University Blacks (1971-1974), premiership player in 1974
  • 116 matches for Old Melburnians (1976- 1982)
  • OM’s Premiership Player in 1976, 1978 and 1982
  • OM’s Captain 1977-80, club B&F 1976, 1978, 1981
  • B Grade Grand Final Best on Ground 1978, B Grade Best & Fairest 1978
  • B Grade Leading goal kicker 1978
  • Past OM President 1996 and Committee member 1995-2000


Book in now with Cookie at or 0428 394 198



This week 

  • Seniors and 2nds away to Uni Blues, Main Oval Melbourne Uni

  • 3rds away to AJAX, Sunday game at 12.30pm

  • Unders away to Whitefriars, Saturday 9.20am

More details here


That’s all for now, please join us and help cheer the boys on, 2016 is a year of change and we need all of our supporters with us on the boundary line.




Paul Newton



              GO PANTHERS





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