News & Updates
ST JOHN'S DIVISION 2 FIXTURE
The VAFA have released the fixture for Div 2 2019 with St John's to go head to head in a classic rivalry with Glen Eira kicking off April 6th. Stay tuned for more updates.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: PRESIDENTIAL REPORT
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was hosted on Tuesday the 27th of November. Michael Hancock provided the presidential report which can be found below.
TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE
On another great day for footy at TC, the JOCs entered Round 4 with high hopes as we hosted the top of the table Whitefriars.The early season form of the opposition was red hot - all three of their wins had been by huge blow out margins. Branno and Matho had spent the week carefully planning and meticulously preparing the group for four quarters of high intensity football.
After a hopeful start, it quickly turned into a long two and a half hours for the JOCs as we were convincingly outplayed in all aspects of the game. Some of the shining lights from the day included Larry Kazinoti's terrific second half and Jon Grima's stopping job in a key run with role. Cheezy was brave across half back all day while Midge and Rowy worked their butts off from the centre.
After witnessing the benchmark of the competition first hand, we move on from Saturday with a greater understanding of where we need to be to have a real chance of competing at the pointy end of Division 2 this year.
0.1-1 2.6-18 4.6-30 7.8-50
7.2-44 11.6-72 19.11-125 23.13-151
Goal Kickers: A. Thornton 3, L. Kazinoti 2, D. Wilsnach, B. Ayache
Best Players: L. Kazinoti, G. Costas, K. Ash, Z. Rolph, R. Scott, J. Grima
The reserves fronted up to a top of the table Whitefriars who had 28 points scored against them prior to the game. In a really pleasing effort our young team battled hard and went down by only 6 goals in the end.
Dylan Allan and Jordy Jewiss were the stand outs in the midfeld, with Troy Towers and Kano Forgiarini being solid down back. This group is really young, with only Sully dragging the average age anywhere near 25. This weeks battle v Powerhouse presents another great opportunity to get that win.
3.0-18 4.3-27 7.7-49 10.8-68
4.3-27 11.6-72 14.8-92 16.9-105
Goal Kickers: S. Sullivan 4, F. Azad 2, A. Edwards, K. Halls-Ferguson, N. Mountney, J. Black
Best Players: D. Allan, J. Jewiss, F. Azad, T. Towers, K. Forgiarini, J. Lay
In Round 5, Branno, Holmesy and the lads head to Powerhouse with a much needed win up for grabs.
Till next weeks report
The Jocs Joker
ST JOHN'S SUCCESS KEEPS THEM IN DIVISION 2
St Johns were ecstatic after holding off a fighting Emmaus St Leos side, to take a 23-point win and secure their Division 2 spot for 2019. Emmaus now are the second side who are bowing out of D2 with Eltham and will face the tough competition of D3 next season. The Jocs got off to the perfect start booting four unanswered goals and utilising the wind to get on top of the Animals. The Animals were held scoreless in the first term and only managed three goals to half time. Bullant Tim Edwards led with four goals as the Animals forced a late last quarter surge, kicking four goals to one, but it was too late to make up for the damage of no score in the first term. St Johns had a tough season but held on when it mattered most and should be able to build on this base to compete next year. Emmaus St Leos are obviously devastated to be relegated but had a strong season with some great battles and a few glorious after the siren wins, but it simply wasn’t enough to keep them alive in Division 2. They’ll need to regroup and fight back next season.
‘Points Split as JOCs Lament Lost Opportunity’
On a picturesque day for footy, the boys travelled out to Bulleen-Templestowe with the chance to register their second win of the season.
The long, monotonous drive along Eastlink must have taken its toll on the JOCS as we ‘did not come to play’, allowing the hosts to get on top early, giving up five of the first six goals of the game. At quarter time the deficit stood at an even 20 points.
With plenty of work to do in playing catch up, Jesse Henderson was challenged to lift and that he did, as he began to impose himself around the grounds. Daniel Cattolico was clunking the ball up forward while Corey ‘Stunner’ Ladson found plenty of footy across the middle. Slowly, the boys worked themselves back into the game to trail by 17 points at the main break.
A big response was needed and that’s exactly what Branno got as we kicked the first four goals of the second half to establish a small lead. With long time incumbent Azza Thornton being moved out to a wide half forward, Benny Ayache provided a dangerous target deep in attack. In a day full of momentum swings, Bulleen managed the last two goals of the quarter to setup a thriller with one point separating the teams heading into the fourth.
We began the last quarter in the right fashion, winning a run of clearances to gain repeat forward 50 entries. Benny A and ‘Georgia’s other half’ Larry Kazinoti were able to bring the ball to ground and capitalise, cashing in with a run of goals thanks to their unrelenting pressure. A huge ‘Matty Scarlett like’ effort from Jon Grima on the wing lead to a stunning JOCS goal, pushing the margin out to 17 points, before the pattern of the day’s play held sway and Bulleen took their turn at gaining momentum. The JOCs held on for dear life but could not halt the impetus of Bulleen, who kicked three goals in succession to get the scoreboard back to level.
The last few minutes were edge of your seat viewing, with Bulleen having most of the play in their half. A mark was taken by a Bullants player only 40m out but his kick was wayward as Occy, the exciting Keith Ash and the rest of the back six were able to scramble and prevent any score being registered. A hacked ball out of our defense advanced us up the ground, culminating in a forward thrust from the JOCs, with Rowie Scott getting on the end of it just outside forward 50. As he went to take his kick the siren sounded - both sides finished the day with that strange feeling of emptiness, the game ending in a draw.
The result was a fitting reflection of how the game was played, but a disappointing one nonetheless for the senior group who gave up a promising lead late in the match.
Laddo and Bozo worked tirelessly all day, while Azza Thornton finished with four goals to his name.
Despite being hit in the head by ‘Trendy’s snoz’ which resulted in a mean looking black eye, Glenn Costas put in a typical captain’s game in a best afield display.
5.4-34 7.10-52 9.14-68 13.15-93
2.2-14 5.5-35 10.7-67 14.9-93
Goal Kickers: A. Thornton 4, B. Ayache 3, L. Kazinoti 2, R. Scott 2, D. Cattolico, L. West, S. Sullivan
Best Players: G. Costas, J. Henderson, C. Ladson, B. Ayache, D. Cattolico, R. Scott
The magoos had a disappointing 25 point defeat in a game in which the opposition kicked the first 5 goals. Whilst disappointed that wins are not coming it is obvious to all that this inexperienced group is improving every week under the coaching of Holmesy and Jed Dexter.
5.2-32 7.4-46 9.6-60 12.9-81
0.2-2 3.3-21 5.7-37 7.14-56
Goal Kickers: J. Mourant 2, K. Halls-Ferguson 2, J. Coutts, R. Hill, M. De Poilly
Best Players: S. Barnard, J. Black, L. Seal, J. Jewiss, G. Ennis, D. Allan
Next week is a chance for redemption as we host the unbeaten Whitefriars at home.
Till next weeks report
The Jocs Joker
‘Turtles Sent Home On Their Backs’
The long sleeves were out in force on a wet and windy day as we played host to Eltham Old Collegians at Thomas Carroll Reserve. Coming off a tight Round 1 loss, the JOCs were keen to make amends and square the ledger at 1-1.
The first ten minutes were hotly contested, before the JOCs began to gain the ascendency at the stoppages through the tap work of new recruit Jesse Henderson. Skipper and chief trip away planner Glenn Costas and his brother in law Rohan Scott made the most of this first use, launching multiple attacks forward, as the JOCs slammed on a six goal to none first term.
In the second quarter, with a strong breeze at their back, Eltham made a small charge before the JOCs were able to nullify their run and get the game back on their own terms. The back six stepping up, playing with great discipline and limiting the flair mainly to the highly skilled Travis Hendy and the dour Keith Ash. The boys went into the main break with a 29 point lead, as Branno asked for a lift in intensity from the group.
The second half was a tight tussle, filled with plenty of stoppages as the game slowed to a constant grind. Daniel Cattolico and Dan ‘Tiger’ Abou-Karroum helped the JOCs dominate the clearances as they extended their lead at each break to eventually run out 53 point winners.
Across half back, Dylan Webb was prominent all day, repelling attack after attack while Travis Hendy was at his silky best as he gathered plenty of ball in the midfield. As has become a common sight at TC, Aaron Thornton bounced back from his round 1 disappearing act and kicked start his goal kicking campaign with a bag of seven for the afternoon.
Fantastic scenes as a bunch of lads got to belt out the Jocs theme song for the first time.
Goal Kickers: A. Thornton 7, S. Sullivan 2, L. West, M. Nicholson, B. Ayache, Z. Rolph
Best Players: T. Hendy, D. Abou-Karroum, R. Scott, D. Webb, A. Thornton, N. Rolph
The twos after a long drought managed a draw in the early game. In horrible conditions, that forced skipper Joel Black into long sleeves and hiding his tatts, the seconds were deep into attack when the siren blew.
Another step closer to a win but we cannot be content with close enough. Coach Scotty Holmes is desperate for that first win, as he realises what a bleak year he will encounter with his AFL club Carlton in only the 3rd year of a 10 year plan.
Best players included skipper Blacky, Basha Ash in his return from injury , club hero Johnny Grima and one of our new lads Ant Lobriza
This week is the time for the Ressies to collect the win and have more players inside the circle for the song than outside.
Goal Kickers: B. Moldrich 2, A. Edwards, M. De Poilly, J. Lay
Best Players: J. Black, B. Ash, J. Grima, A. Lobriza, M. De Poilly, J. Jewiss
The boys head out to Bulleen-Templestowe next week in a bid get ahead of the ledger and keep in touch with the leading pack.
Saturday night has our first major social function of the year, a cocktail night at the rooms. What a way to celebrate 2 wins!!
Till next weeks report
The Jocs Joker
St Johns 12.10-82
Uhs-Vu Afc 12.13-85
Goal Kickers: A. Brannan 3, S. Sullivan 2, L. Kazinoti 2, R. Scott 2, D. Abou-Karroum, A. Thornton, D. McKenzie
Best Players: L. Kazinoti, A. Brannan, K. Ash, G. Costas, R. Scott, J. Henderson
After a very long preseason, one that began back in early November our playing list finally get the opportunity to battle it out for 4 points in round 1 of our D2 season.
The twos under first year coach Scotty Holmes are coming off 2 really strong wins in the preseason practise matches. After a couple of really tough seasons we are confident that the ressies will be more than competitive in season 2018.
The senior squad has lost only 1 or 2 regulars from last years disappointing campaign but has recruited extremely well, and could have up to 6 first gamers in for the season opener. Branno and his squad are quietly confident that we will be ready to go.
To all players we wish you the best of luck, ask that you respect the opposition, the umpires and most of all the JOCS jumper.
With the new footy season kicking off on Saturday the club will be having our first Thursday night selection dinner in the rooms - we extend a warm invitation to all supporters, sponsors and family members to attend for a $10 feed , a drink at the bar & to listen to the teams for our ressies and seniors be announced.
SAT 17/3 V ST FRANCIS XAVIER
LOCATION: ST FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE
4 BEACONSFIELD AVE, BEACONSFIELD
TIME: RESSIES BEGIN @ 11AM (BE THERE 9.45AM)
SENIORS BEGIN @ 1PM (BE THERE 11.15AM)
TEAMS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AFTER OUR THURSDAY TRAINING SESSION
MIDGE has played over 150 games, has won multiple best + fairest awards , has played in 1 senior flags, run several trips away and is a fantastic leader.
A truly loyal servant of our club and we look forward to seeing the champ as he progresses into his veteran years
On behalf of all at the Jocs - congratulations Midge
Please note training has now moved to Tuesday + Thursday beginning this week.
please note we are still using the college oval until further notice
SENIOR COACH : ANTHONY BRANNAN
SENIOR ASS COACH : GUY MATHESON
SENIOR ASS COACH : CAM CHRISTIANSEN
RESERVE COACH : SCOTT HOLMES
ASS COACH : JED DEXTER
INTRA CLUB WEDNESDAY 28/2
Wednesday 28/2 sees our boys have there first intra club at St Johns college. After a very solid 6 weeks of pre season since xmas the boys finally get a chance to don the boots in a competitive hit out.
All players are expected to let Coach Branno know of their availabilty.
All supporters are welcome down to support the lads in what we hope is the start of a successful campaign.
Reserves Coach 2018
Past club player Scott Holmes has accepted the job as our Reserve coach for season 2018.
A 100 + game player who played in 2 club premierships for the jocs, the club is thrilled to welcome Holmesy and his family back to the Jocs.
Good luck from all at the Jocs
Pre-Season Kick Off - November 13th
November 1, 2017
Pre-Season is just around the corner for St Johns. We look forward to seeing our existing players from 2017 and the new faces that come down to join the club.
Welcome to all the ST Johns Old Collegians football club community,
The football club has been working tirelessly over the summer months in preparing for season 2018.
The new board will endeavour to keep all our supporters up to speed with what is happening at our club. As such beginning with the AGM held in November 2017, we had some changes to our board
President Michael Hancock
General Manager Peter Kelly
Treasurer Donny Jones
Sponsorship / Recruiting Adam Paterson
Membership Gary Beasley
Projects Paul Roberts
Jocs 1000 Pete Liddell
As most would know Adam Paterson has stood down from 4 years of president, a fantastic effort that deserves much recognition. Thankfully Patto will continue on the new board in sponsorship and recruiting – so please look forward to him contacting you to see if you can help out with either some sponsorship or kicking the footy!!!
I would like to extend a huge thank you to the retiring committee members Daniel Egan & Chris Swinburne. Luckily for the club (+ me) Chris will continue to help in a variety of roles around the club.
Also I would like to mention Phil Jones who after 15 seasons of team managing our senior team has retired. On behalf of the club I would like to thank the great man and hope we still see him around Carroll Reserve in season 2018.
Onto the playing front, after a disappointing season 2017 in which we were relegated back to D2, we have re-appointed Anthony Brannan as our playing coach. Branno is an incredibly driven young coach who has learnt a great deal in season 1. It is the firm belief of the board that he will continue to improve as he gets more experience.
To complement Branno, we are thrilled that Cam Christensen will be re-joining him as his assistant coach. A member of our 2011premiership winning side and someone who has a great understanding of the modern game, we wish Cam the best.
To finalise our senior coaching panel it is great to announce that Guy “Ritchie” Matheson will be joining the Jocs as senior assistant coach in season 2018. For those long time Jocs followers, you will remember Matto as a player from the 1990s. We are thrilled that we can add a significant connection to our early days to season 2018.
Finally the club is thrilled to announce that past player Scott Holmes has returned to Carroll reserve as our Reserves coach for season 2018.
We have a number of recruits joining our playing list and over the coming months of pre-season we will be introducing them to you.
We as a new board have many new initiatives in the making and as a club we will try to keep the information chain flowing, as the Jocs is a club that belong to all of us.