Return to Training

The Old Haileybury Football Club will return to training on the 2nd of June at Princes Park, albeit in a different form to usual. To remain in line with the current COVID-19 restrictions there will be four groups training. The first two groups, lead by James Paul and Brodie Steele will begin at 6pm and Lachy Treverton and Scotty will begin at 7pm.

Given the unprecedented times, there are extra measures in place to ensure that everyone is training in a safe environment. The club has COVID-19 Officers who have to be certified. The respective team captains, as well as, Wardy, Hyxy, Roger Paul and Ozzie have completed the certificate. The Old Haileybury community should familiarise themselves with the attached document so that the return to football is safe.

Where Are They Now? – Roger Paul

Where Are They Now? – Roger Paul

Roger Paul has done it all for the Old Haileybury Football Club being a captain, coach, President, 200-game player, life member, six times best and fairest winner and is still doing plenty around the club today! “Pauly” had a fierce competitive streak during his playing days and a natural ability to burst through packs and emerge with ball in hand. Roger’s fiery and fair reputation was well known through the league, his hard-hitting bumps leaving opponents on high alert and collarbones wary. In 1977, the youthful Paul assumed the captaincy role with aplomb where he continued his on-field dominance running through the centre.

Roger’s on-field talents would be missed partially in the late-1970’s due to leg injuries. During this period, the usually robust Pauly only managed 20 games in three years. In 1982, Roger took on the onerous role of captain-coach of the senior team in the club’s last year at Keysborough. Managing to keep the Bloods in C Grade was no mean feat.

In 1983 Roger went into premature retirement until Andrew Langford-Jones’ ruse that added another four years to his career and a few Best and Fairest’s into the cabinet. His final retirement came in 1988 where he concluded a decorated VAFA career. Some of Roger Paul’s achievements are as follows:
– 200 games (198 games in the 1sts)
– Member OHAFC Team of the Century
– 6x Best and Fairest (1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1985 and 1986)
– Honorary Life Membership (1984)
– 1sts Captain (1977-79, 1981-83)
– VAFA Representative (1978, 1986-87)
– VAFA Certificate of Merit

Roger off the field is a proud supporter of the club. His two boys, James and Will, are currently playing senior football and it would be rare to not see or hear Roger on the fence. Furthermore, Roger is a regular at both Tuesday and Thursday training always willing to lend a hand wherever needed. Throughout his time at the Old Haileybury Football Club his wife Bronny was around supporting as she still is today. Roger Paul is currently the owner and Principal of Financial Coaching Pty Ltd who are a generous sponsor of the club.

If you have anyone who has a story our club deserves to hear, get into contact with me and help our former players stay involved.

Season Launch Postponed

The Old Haileybury Football Club has decided to postpone the season launch that was originally scheduled for this Friday (20th of March) due to the current health risks. Despite the event being less than 500 people and complying with current health requirements there are still other health aspects that had to be considered such as shared bowls and the willingness of people to attend given the social distancing recommendation.

It was unanimously voted on that the night was postponed as I am sure many of the club’s followers would be able to understand.

All tickets that have been purchased will be either be refunded or taken off your subs due for the year. If a refund is preferred please provide your bank details.

COVID 19

Hello OHAFC Community,

We are currently living in unprecedented times and so I thought it worth providing an update on where the OHAFC is placed in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID 19).

At all times we will be guided by Health and Government officials to ensure the health of our players and support staff is always the key consideration. We will also be guided by the VAFA who indeed are meeting today to formalize their official response.

The club has been operating as per other pre-seasons with modifications around hygiene and safety. While this is likely to continue in the short term, circumstances are forever changing and we will continue to monitor developments. As a club, we will play our part in helping to slow the spread of the virus. We will also do our best to keep all stakeholders informed.

We thank everyone for their ongoing support and genuinely hope that everyone remains safe.

Where Are They Now? – Matthew Armstrong

Matthew Armstrong was a standout player over many years at the Old Haileybury Football Club. Having played 302 games and kicking 147 goals as an athletic, hard running wingman “Whoppy” is considered one of the club’s greats. Whoppy was as loyal as they come, as well as a fantastic mentor to the younger players coming through the club inevitably leading to his leadership roles both as captain and vice-captain of the senior side. Matty Armstrong was rightfully awarded life membership in 2000 for his playing career that lasted from 1988 to 2005. Today, Whoppy still generously donates his time to helping the club.

Whoppy started his careers at the Bloods straight out of school in the Under 19’s where he was a star! Armstrong finished runner up in the league Best and Fairest for the junior competition in 1989. As his career progressed the awards continued to come. Matt Armstrong is the VAFA record holder for most votes in the A Grade competition Best and Fairest, having twice been runners up and twice placing third in the league Best and Fairest. Furthermore, Whoppy placed second in a B Grade league Best and Fairest as well as the before mentioned Under 19’s second place. His individual accolades are a very long list having represented the Big V twice, once in 1989 in the Under 19’s and then again in 1995 in the senior side. In 2001, Whoppy was named the Old Haileybury’s Senior Best and Fairest. Having received all these personal achievements Whoppy quickly became notorious for his excessively long speeches at presentation nights.

It is obvious that Matthew Armstrong was a talented on field performer, however, his off-field efforts were equally impressive. Whoppy was a football trip enthusiast and was never afraid of a dance floor podium. Alongside his good mate David Connell, these two attended rarely ever missed club functions and were often the last to leave. “Achy Breaky Heart” was one of Whoppy’s favourite anthems and he was never afraid of a Cold Chisel tune.

Whoppy is without a doubt one of the club’s greatest characters and someone who is always willing to help a fellow Blood out. He has established a great network of people through the club and stays in regular contact with many of his teammates.

Currently, Matthew Armstrong is an Executive Director at DPM Financial Services a firm that specialises in educating doctors of Australia to make the right financial decisions and achieve their financial goals.

If you have anyone who has a story our club deserves to hear, get into contact with me and help our former players stay involved.

Where Are They Now? – Tony Brown

Former Old Haileybury star Tony Brown joined the Club in 2008 playing 49 games and kicking 88 goals across his 3 year career. In his time, Browny was Old Haileybury’s 2008 Best and Fairest winner as well as the GT Moore Medallist for B-Grade Best and Fairest in the same year. Furthermore, Tony represented the Big V Twice, however, he unfortunately played very few minutes due to injury (something that he is reminded of frequently by his colleague at the St Kilda Football Club, Dean Anderson). Browny’s individual accolades during his time at Old Haileybury are second to none and played during a successful time in the clubs rich history. During his time, Browny played finals twice, sadly losing to Old Carey in a B-Grade Grand Final.

Tony’s cousin Daniel played in the 2006 A Grade Premiership and was a significant reason for getting Browny down to the club. Browny reflects admiringly on his time playing alongside Daniel and lists these moments as his most memorable. In addition to this, Old Haileybury’s long-standing and strong relationship with the St Kilda Football Club played a role in attracting Tony to the club, the opportunity to play with former teammates Stewart Loewe, Brett Voss, Jamie Shanahan and Robert Harvey was an exciting prospect. As well as playing with former teammates from St Kilda, Browny also reminisced about the time he spent playing alongside good mate David Mason, a 2006 Premiership Backman, whom he still remains in regular contact with listing him as his best team man.

Browny came down to Old Haileybury having never seen a game of amateur football previously and was pleasantly surprised with how the club operated. Tony commended the club for it’s “behind the scenes” organisation as well as the strength in numbers at midweek training as well as on Saturdays; despite no-one getting paid. Through the extensive Old Haileybury network Tony has been able to make lifelong friends and connections. Since his playing days have passed him Browny has taught at Haileybury College for a few years at the Castlefield Campus. However, he has since left the classroom and re-joined the St Kilda Football Club as a Player Development and Welfare Manager where he looks after 45 AFL players and ensures they are as successful off the field as they are on.

It was great to reconnect with one of Old Haileybury’s great players. If you have anyone who has a story our club deserves to hear, get into contact with me and help our former players stay involved.