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Founder’s Day Dinner – 100 Years of Football

The CGA invites you to attend our annual Founder’s Day Dinner which this year celebrates the centenary of the Caulfield Grammarians Football Club. This anniversary is a huge milestone for the club and we hope you will join us to recognise the amazing contribution the CGFC has made to the Caulfield community. Go Fields! The dinner will be held on Friday 1 May 2020 at 6.30pm (for 7.00pm) to 10.30pm at the Lindsay Thompson Centre – Caulfield Campus. Tickets are $95 per person and include a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment. Dress: Cocktail attire RSVP: 5pm Friday 24 April 2020 Parking: Free on-street parking is available in the surrounding streets. Don’t miss this truly special moment in our great history. Attending this event means that you agree to be photograp...

The Road to Premier A

Radar’s Report: Having recently retired from writing footy match reports, I am moved to ‘come out of retirement’ following the magnificent second semi-final win that ensured participation in Premier A in 2020, during the much awaited centenary year of the club, and the subsequent, stunning and extraordinary performance in the Premier B Grand Final. On Saturday 7th September 2019, we were witness to a thrilling, hard won one point second semi-final win, that not only guaranteed CGFC entry to Premier A in 2020 in what will be a celebratory, milestone season but presented an opportunity to win another senior premiership. I must also mention the fantastic win by the ‘dirty thirds’, as they like to be known, coached by one of CGFC’s most passionate members, himself a senior premiership pl...

2019 CGFCW Grand Final

The CGFCW senior team are still riding the high after emerging as the 2019 premiers of Premier B after defeating Old Xaverians by 14 points in front of an impressive crowd of supporters last Sunday at Mentone Playing Fields. Xavs were coming off a week’s rest, after defeating us in the semi-final two weeks earlier and progressing straight to the big dance, no doubt feeling confident that they could match it with us once again. However, our seniors were more motivated than ever. We came into the game having beaten Monash the week earlier on the same ground, in similar conditions. The build-up throughout the week leading up to the game was equally as exciting as it was overwhelming, but we were ready. We knew what we had to do. The nerves were evident throughout the first term, with both sid...

2019 Under 19 Season

Expectations were high coming off a strong first season in the Premier Under 19 division and this year’s crop of players hit the ground running, eager to put in a solid pre-season. Numbers were consistently good, players committed to additional Saturday sessions, and 3 good wins in the practice matches had us raring to go. Our first game of the regular season saw our hard work rewarded with a gritty 17 point win away at Parkdale. It was a promising whole team performance with the players exhibiting sheer determination and doggedness to get the team across the line. Harry Baxter, James McGivern and Charlie Ingham were exceptional in the midfield, with Jack Smart, Andy Blaher and Dean Salter playing pivotal roles. Unfortunately significant injuries in the pre-season and the early weeks of th...

Our Seven Vorraths

Quite a few families have had two, three or more members at Caulfield Grammar School; but seven is a rarity. One of those is the Vorrath family whose first members arrived in the 1920s. Aside from being a good student, Carl Vorrath (1928) was a fine tennis player. After leaving school he studied automotive engineering, becoming a leading metallurgist with expertise in the development of aluminium. In 1956, he founded his own aluminium casting firm and was a part-time lecturer in metallurgy at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Carl supported the school for the rest of his life, becoming an early member of the Foundation and attending many reunions. Travis Vorrath (known as Bill) (1929) and was one of those boys who excelled at everything. By the time he left school, he had appear...

2018 Affilate Service Awards

The CGA would like to congratulation all of our 2018 Affiliate Service Award Winners. These awards recognise significant, voluntary and consistent service throughout the year/season. Without the outstanding commitment of these dedicated individuals our Affiliate Clubs wouldn’t be as successful as they are.  Roger Creed (Grammarian Singers) Roger has given dedicated and passionate service to the Grammarian Singers as its musical direction since its inception in 2017. This has included innumerable hours of planning, research and preparation outside of rehearsal time; teaching, motivation and guidance of the singers; advice and input to the musical and strategic direction of the choir. Roger is the only member of the Grammarian Singers to have attended one hundred percent of rehearsals,...

Reserves Rover – Belle Connor

Having graduated from Caulfield in 2010 Belle Connor was more used to playing soccer than footy but decided to give it a go when the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club (CGFC) launched a women’s team in 2017. Perhaps another event that inspired this change of code was a visit by legendary Richmond coach, Tommy Hafey. “He came to speak at one of our year 12 tutorials. His attitude to life in general, and life beyond football, is something I have never experienced from another person before. His speech will stay with me forever and that is why I wear the number 18”, Bell says. [Tommy wore the number 18 guernsey throughout his 67-game playing career at Richmond 1953-58.] Currently a rover for the CGFCW Reserves side Belle Connor is amazed at how far she and her team mates have come over the ...

2018 Christmas & Thank You Function

The CGA was delighted to host around 150 guests at our annual Christmas & Thank You Function this year on Tuesday 11th of December. We were lucky to have so many alumni, affiliates, supporters, friends and staff in the room including Principal, Mr Ashleigh Martin and Chair of School Council, Mr Jim Hayman. Attendees enjoyed entertainment by our talented The Fields Combo band, and the Grammarian Singers also helped everyone get into the Christmas spirit with some carols. Our caterer Toni Gledhill (from Antonietta’s Kitchen) who has been working with us all year made sure that everyone was well fed and went home with some Christmas pudding.    An important part of this event was the recognition of our 2018 Affiliate Service Award Winners. CGA President Andrew Ai...

CGFC Report – December 2018

The 2018 season started with much optimism around the Club: elevation to B grade for the senior men’s teams; a second year in Premier Division for the Under 19s and the introduction of our women’s reserves team. Six teams, ten coaches and over 170 players were set to represent CGFC. Add to this our four netball teams with around 40 players. Collectively, we carried the CGFC name with pride and purpose. As a group, we represent a significant number of past students and the CGA. At the end of the season, three of our teams featured in finals action. Our senior men’s team fought bravely against University Blacks in the first semi-final under difficult circumstances with some significant injuries on the day. They went down narrowly in the end. Our Under 19 team played in the Premier Division f...

CGFCW Report – November 2018

In just its second year Caulfield Grammarians Football Club’s women’s football has seen dramatic growth and enjoyed success both on and off the field. Following the inaugural season in 2017, this year CGFC fielded a senior and, for the first time, a reserves team in the Premier Division of VAFA. The VAFA women’s competition is now the biggest women’s competition in Australia with over 60 teams from 41 clubs over 5 divisions. The rise in interest in women’s football and CGFCW in particular has been astounding. This year 91 women played for CGFCW up from 57 last year. CGFCW has earned a reputation of being a safe, friendly and respectful club where females of various ages enjoy playing football with new and old friends. Testimony to this were the results of a recent end of season survey whic...

Looking back to the 1998 Seniors Premiership

Following on from the disappointing 1997 season that culminated in relegation from D to E Grade, considerable effort went into correcting a number of deficiencies within the club. The aim was to not only return to D Section but to achieve the ultimate prize, a senior premiership. It had been 15 years since the club won the 1983 C Section Senior Flag. Although there were some finals’ appearances in the interim, ultimate success had not been achieved and the reserves’ teams had been consistently unsuccessful. This ‘down’ period had been punctuated by the U19 Section 3 premiership in 1990 but any impetus emanating from that team had not been realised. A promise made by Hawthorn premiership player and former Caulfield Grammar School Football Captain, Dean Anderson, to one day play in a team wi...

Get Involved

Find your place. There’s always something going on in the Caulfield Grammar community — whether it’s one of our many sporting or cultural clubs, participating in our footy tipping competition or assisting with a careers event — there’s something for everyone. We also encourage you to get involved with one of our numerous volunteer opportunities such as working bees with YJ Dad’s, supporting affiliate clubs, office administration assistance or serving on our committee. No matter how you choose to help, your involvement will ensure the CGA remains welcoming, active and supportive. Please contact the CGA office to register your interest or for further details.