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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...

2019 Don Wirth Medal Winners

The CGA would like to congratulate our 2019 Don Wirth Medal winners, Michael Dakic, David Gregor, Chris Mathieson and Warwick Watson, for their outstanding service and support. MICHAEL DAKIC Michael Dakic has been an outstanding contributor to the culture and success of the Caulfield Grammarians Rowing Club (CGRC). Mike commenced his association with Caulfield Grammar in 1992 when the first of his five children attended Wheelers Hill campus. Mike joined the newly formed Rowing Club in 1994, after his son started rowing for Caulfield Grammar. As a founding member of the Rowing Club, Mike then took on the challenge of learning how to row. Mike became a committee member in 1995 and was appointed club boat man in 1999 — a position he held for the next 15 years. Mike’s rowing career blossomed,...

CGFCW – March 2019

As we enter our third season, CGFCW is eagerly anticipating another year of success on and off the field. We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mitch Dupljanin as Senior Coach for 2019. Mitch comes to us from Aquinas Old Collegians where he coached their inaugral womens team in VAFA Div 2. He has a passion for helping develop young women into footballers and says that “whether girls play for fun or to make a career out of women’s football it is a responsibility I don’t take lightly” He really enjoys the journey of watching individuals succeed and improve game by game week by week. Mitch has played, captained and coached footy in the VAFA for 14 years and has also coached womens basketball teams He is an old boy of CGS (Wheelers Hill) and told the club “I am very thankful for this...

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 ...

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...

Netball Club Report – December 2018

The Netball Club has been running for over two years now and is proudly affiliated with the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club. We formed the club so that we could share our passion for the game of netball, maintain a healthy lifestyle and continue our relationship with CGS. We are pleased to now have four teams playing throughout the year in competitions at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre and in the Richmond Netball Association. We were extremely excited to have had two teams make grand finals for their respective sections during the first season of the year. Recently, we were fortunate enough to be supplied with all necessary equipment for game days and training, with thanks to the CGFC and CGA. We are in the process of organising an optional training session to supplement and furt...

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...

CGFC Report – August 2018

The CGFC has been a hive of activity since the 2018 season commenced in April. We were able to re-sign all our coaching panel, whilst adding some additional expertise, which was important for the development and stability of the Club. This was particularly so, given the elevation of our senior men’s team back in to B grade and the introduction of a second women’s team. We were delighted that both our women’s and under 19 teams maintained their position in the Premier division in 2018. This provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the talent we have across the Club to the broader CGFC community and prepare our players for further development. We were pleased that a number of our 2017 women’s team were able to go on to play in the VFLW in 2018 and that some of our under 19 team me...

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