Nicknames: Eags, Googs & plenty of unprintables
Playing Years at NOBs: 1984 to 1993
Numbers Worn: 1
Premierships & Grand Finals Played in: 2 losing Grand Finals in 1986 and 1991
In a a Paragraph or two, give a brief overview of your time at NOB’s:
It was by far the most enjoyable time of my football playing career. We played and trained hard and loved hurting bodies, especially those south of the Yarra. But playing senior football at A Grade level with a whole heap of mates I grew up with was something special. Cahill, Hanlon, Schmidt, Tierney, Zocco & Conti just to name a few. Then there was the after-match drinks that would generally go way into the night. It was great to be involved and socialising with such tremendous people and supporters, the Hibberts, Weirs, Griffins, Cahills, O’Tooles, Moloneys, Considines & Hanneberys just to name a few. All wonderful people which made North Old Boys such a special place to be involved.
Most Memorable NOB’s Games:
Not one for remembering games (probably due to the amount of grogs drank immediately after a game) but the 2 games that stick out were the losing Grand Finals I played in. IF ONLY. The most enjoyable and satisfying for me were wins against St Bernards, Ormond, Collegians and Old Scotch. We certainly did have some great wins over the years which gave us an excuse to have a frothy or 2.
Biggest Disappointment/Lowlights whilst at NOBs:
– Not being able to win an A grade flag for the club while playing. It would have been great to repay all the North people that put in so much time and work at the club.
– Meeting Patrick ‘Fuzz’ Fennelly. My U/19 Supercoach; the Friday night team meetings were very eventful. We were lucky to get to our games on time of a Saturday, let alone in one piece.
– Not being able to burn the house down at our mid-season football trip at Goughs Bay in 1985. I think we did everything but burn it down. It was destroyed. Matt Purcells eyebrows were left behind also.
1983 – North Old Boys U/19s B&F.
1985 – North Old Boys. Played all games in first year of seniors.
1986 – North Old Boys Runners Up to Collegians.
1987 – North Old Boys.
1988 – North Old Boys.
1988 – Victorian State Rep.
1988 – Named All-Australian.
1988 – Recruited by Carlton in June after State Carnival. In first 2nds game against Melbourne at VFL Park I booted 5 goals on Peter Rohde. All downhill from there. Had great experience playing on the MCG against Collingwood in front of around 70,000 people in the twos.
1989 – Carlton.
1990 – Co-Captain North Old Boys with Steve Moloney.
1991 – Captain North Old Boys. Grand Finalists and lost by 5 points to De La Salle.
1992 – Captain North Old Boys.
1993 – Captain North Old Boys. Finalists.
1994 – West Coburg 2nd B&F.
1995 – Wandin 2nd B&F. Runners Up. Lost GF by 5 goals.
1996 – Airport West,11 games.
1999 – Red Cliffs (Sunraysia District) 3 games. Decided I’d had enough of playing at this stage. Thought I’d turn my attention to coaching as I can’t stay away from the game.
2001 – Therry Penola AFC Assistant Coach.
2003 – West Coburg Coach, Runners Up. Lost GF by 22 points.
2004 – North Old Boys Assistant coach.
2005 – North Old Boys Coach
Best Players played with at NOB’s and why:
Anthony ‘Bloodnut’ Cahill – Courageous in and under player who feared nothing. Could also take a high mark and kick goals. Could play back or forward. Would be the first player picked in many a side. Also very good on the sauce.
Steve ‘Bubba’ Moloney – Super skills who had great talent on both sides of his body. Match winner who could turn a game with his explosive pace and evasive skills. Beautiful kick. Unlucky not to make it at the highest level.
Bruno ‘Beefcake’ Conti – Very reliable defender who set up many an attack from defence. Tremendous skills on both sides of his body and could kick a match winning goal when needed. Loved the the long bomb.
Paul ‘Heimi’ Considine – Showed no fear in backing back into a pack. Great mark. Loved a challenge and was a fierce competitor. Always giving 110% for North.
Steve ‘Rooky’ O’Rourke – Ball magnet who had tremendous vision and would deliver by hand or foot with precision. Had great respect from all his teammates. Amazed his teammates with his ability with a 7oz in his hand also.
Also Mauro Borcich, Tim Jones, Mark Hannebery & Jerome Griffin.
Best opponents in the Ammo’s:
Russell Barnes – Ormond
Stuart Hinchen – Collegians
James Bennett – Collegians
Peter Rennie – De La Salle
Ian Herman – Collegians
What do you like Best about NOB’s
Definitely the great people and friendships made over the time.