Noble Park Football Club Juniors

Ross Reserve, Memorial Drive, Noble Park Vic 3174

0413 105 611

Club History

The junior football club became independent of the senior club in 1969. The inaugural President was the late Jack Johnstone, who held the reins for 3 seasons. Prior to 1969, the senior Club was in control of the junior ranks. The juniors have always competed in the South East Juniors Football League (Dandenong & District J.F.L.) which began in 1963, with the odd Teams having a year in the Waverley Junior Football Association (No longer in existence). The Club has a celebrated and proud history which continues to this very day. The Club initially played home games at Dunblane Oval, but later moved to Ross Reserve, Memorial Drive where they have stayed until this day. The Club provides Teams in every age group from Under 8’s through to Under 17’s and for a few years had a Youth Girls team. The Under 15’s and Under 16’s were playing their home matches on the senior ground at Moodemere Street, but due to ground conditions, they were asked to find other accommodation which saw the teams’ go to Greaves Reserve in Dandenong West, home of the Dandenong Demons, a Southern Football League side. Then the older Age Groups played their games at Alex Nelson Reserve, Springvale.

The Club has competed in 125 Grand Finals, winning 62 Premierships. We have had teams finish third on 43 occasions, fourth 34 times and when there was a final 5 we had 1 team finish 5th. There have been 45 League Best & Fairest winners, 40 Runner-Ups, 47 Third placings, 61 League Leading Goal kicker’s and 41 Best Conducted Club awards.

There have been 3 players, Berkay Filiz, Sheldon Fredericks and Piva Wright who have each won the League Best & Fairest on 3 separate occasions. The 3 brothers that played at the Club, Sheldon, Hayden and Linden Fredericks won a combined 7 League Best & Fairests, 2 Runner-Ups and one Third placing.

 

The Juniors have many celebrated names that have been involved with the Club at one time or another. David ‘Spanner’ Spence played his junior football at the Club, and then coached juniors before going on to coach the senior club into 3 Grand Finals of which 2 were successful campaigns. ‘Spanner’ was then appointed Coach of the Sydney Swans Reserve Grade team.

Peter Chandley, one of the most successful junior coaches the club has ever had, coached teams to 10 Grand Finals, winning 5 of them. Peter is a Life Member of both the Junior and Senior Clubs’. He coached at the Club for 12 years as well as being involved on the Committee including time as President.

Laurie Icke coached at the Club. He played 57 games for North Melbourne from 1952-1955.

There have been a number of players who have gone on to play in the VFL/AFL.

  • Robert Bell, Michael Plant and Ray Jamieson played at South Melbourne.
  • John Blair played at South Melbourne, Fitzroy and St. Kilda and later went on to win a Grogan Medal for the Best & Fairest in the Queensland Football League.
  • Patrick Foy who started his junior career at Noble Park played at South Melbourne.
  • Darren Bennett who played for West Coast Eagles and Melbourne then went on to play American football as a kicker.
  • Rick Norman played for North Melbourne and the Brisbane Bears.
  • David Neitz, the longest serving Captain of the Melbourne F.C.
  • Brothers, Paul (South Melbourne, St. Kilda and Collingwood) and Tony Morwood (Sydney Swans).
  • Shane Savage (Hawthorn & St. Kilda)
  • Alex Woodward (Hawthorn) who won a J.J.Liston Trophy for the best player in the VFL.
  • Kyle Martin (Collingwood)
  • Adam Treloar (Greater Western Sydney & Collingwood).

To add to this list, we have AFL Premiership players, Shane Morwood (Sydney Swans & Collingwood), Darren Millane (Collingwood), Steven Icke (North Melbourne & Melbourne) and the latest addition is Adam Ramanauskas (Essendon).

Another junior, Doug Ensor, kicked over 350 goals in 3 seasons including 208 in one year. He has been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest number of goals kicked in a game of football by an individual when he kicked 60 of the team’s 69 goals in one match. He is the 5th highest aggregate goal scorer in the League’s history. Then there is Ciaran Sullivan who sits 3rd on this list, with 390 goals, the most by any Noble Park junior. The third player amongst the top 10 goal kickers in the League is Matthew Hard with 291 goals sitting in 9th place.

The Club has a proud history and continues to provide a game of football for many children every year.

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Noble Park Football Club Juniors is an affiliated club of NOBLE PARK FOOTBALL SOCIAL CLUB.