From the President: OGs go back to school!
By Stevie Lansdell - OGFC President
The OGs went “back to school” on Saturday, playing a triple-header at one of our feeder schools and partner, Geelong Grammar. With the majority of our players coming from our Geelong feeder schools, we hope this was the first of an annual initiative we can share between Geelong Grammar and The Geelong College, to help promote the VAFA, OGFC and the benefits of getting involved with sport and community clubs after school. Who knows, 2017 may even include our inaugural Women’s Football team!
Plenty of OGs supporters braved the wintery conditions to watch the boys play on the main oval at GGS
With hundreds of supporters packing the stands and lining the boundary to cheer and get their fix of Amateur football, OGFC would particularly like to thank Old Xavier (U19), and Therry Penola (Seniors and Reserves) for making the trek down to GGS’ Corio campus. The games were hard fought, and a fantastic example and promotion of the VAFA brand of football and sportsmanship.
The day presented a great opportunity for a number of current GGS students in Harry Morrison, Matt Planner and Joe Griffiths to don the OGFC hoops and play on their own doorstep. Making the most of their home ground knowledge, all 3 were in our best players and helped continue OGFC U19’s push towards finals and hopefully extend their football season beyond the APS’. With many Old Geelong Collegians and Grammarians playing in our Seniors and Reserves, the day marked a return to their old stomping grounds and the team sheet read like a classroom roll-call for local families – Wood, De Crespigny, Youngman, Hutley, Hoevanaars, Graham, Evans etc. This extra buzz certainly seemed to help our Seniors find something extra late in the 3rd quarter and again in the last to hold on for a critical win and keep 2nd spot on the ladder.
A true carnival feel defied the dreary winter weather, with school students sizzling sausages for charity fundraising throughout all games, and the school kindly putting on a special afternoon tea. Like everything in football, this initiative was only as good as the team around it. The OGFC would like to thank the VAFA and Brian Goodman, GGS students and staff, in particular the Head of Football Shem Fitzgerald, for helping make the day such a huge success. We look forward to many more in the future.
Seeing the excitement on the students and parents faces, and feeling the teamwork between school staff and the OGFC, going ‘back to school’ was a true reminder of why we all brave the wind and rain in mid-July…for the love of the game!!