History

Yarra Old Grammarians Football Club (originally Yarra Valley Old Boys) was formed in 1993 by a group of former students of Yarra Valley Grammar School.  The club was admitted to the VAFA that same year and, with Wayne Reddaway as senior coach and Jarrod Dickson as captain, commenced in the newly formed F2 Grade.

We won our first premiership in 1994, just one year after our inception.

In 1996 we lost the grand final to Aquinas (starting our long rivalry) & Fraser McVean won the club’s first league Best and Fairest. This was also David McCormack’s last year as Senior Coach

We rebounded in 1997 by winning the E- East Premiership with David Kyle as Senior coach. This was also the first year of the Under 19’s.

In 1998 we narrowly missed the finals after losing to Ajax in the last round, David Kyle stepped done as senior coach as he moved back to the country.

1999 saw us win our first under 19’s flag!

In 2000 we lost both the Reserves and Senior Grand Finals to Uni Blacks

After years of progression, we dropped back down a division in 2001 after finishing as the second bottom side for the year.

2002 we won both Senior and Reserve Premierships for the first time ever. Seniors only lost 1 game for the season and won the flag by over 20 goals. The Reserves got up by a massive margin in the first quarter and were able to coast through the rest of the game with, reportedly, only Luke Gillies scoring in the remaining three quarters.

The Under 19s folded at the end of the 2003 season, temporarily cutting the flow of young talented players into the Club.

From 2003 to 2005 we were middle of the table in D1 and at the end of 2005, Tim “Killer” Kilworth walked away after 5 years as Senior Coach.

In 2006 the Seniors reached their highest point, under new coach Kevin Barnes, by reaching the D1 Elimination Final. We lead at half time by 4 goals but after a series of injuries we weren’t able to hold the lead and lost by 6 goals.

In 2007 we just missed out on relegation by winning the last few games of the year, but with less players joining the club and the loss of a number of key position players, we weren’t so lucky in 2008 and 2009 as we dropped back down to D3.

2010 was the turning point for Yarra when the Seniors narrowly missed the finals and the Reserves were runners up, losing to a full strength UHS-VU in the Grand Final.

In 2011 the Seniors finished third however, along with the Reserves, were knocked in the quarter finals. The Club said goodbye to Senior Coach and past legend Andrew Stone at the end of 2011 after he put up his hand to coach during the hardest time the Club’s ever had.

In 2012 we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of our our dual Senior and Reserves premierships. Our season started off strongly, but it quickly turned fairy-tale as repeated the 2002 achievement by winning both the Senior and Reserves Grand Final for the second time. This was also our first year under new Senior Coach and past player, Rob Drew (although Stoney would argue that some grooming occurred between 2009-2011).

Premier Flags

Unveiling of the 2012 Premiership Flags

In 2013 (our 20th anniversary year), the Seniors managed a feat few clubs have before by once again reaching the Grand Final. After a positive finals series though we were outclassed by a strong Therry Penola side. The loss was bitter sweet as despite being unlucky on the day we had reached our short term goal of being back in Division 1. The icing on the cake for season 2012 happened when Senior Ruckman, Jamos Amos, won the league best and fairest to become only the second Yarra Valley player in history to do so.

Yarra Old Boys Best & Fairest Winners

Yarra’s only two League Best & Fairest Winners – James Amos and Fraser McVean – at the 2012 ceremony where James was awarded his medal.

In 2014 we witnessed two of the biggest changes to our club since we started. We’ve moved away from our home in Park Orchards to greener pastures in Doncaster East and we’ve also seen the reinstatement of an Under 19 side – something we haven’t had since 2003.

On the field the Seniors cemented themselves in D1 and the Reserves won their last 7 straight to just miss out on finals. And we had 4 Under 19 players make their senior debut throughout the season, demonstrating how much depth there is in that side! Ben Trend and David Mills went back to back as Best & Fairest winners and Nathaniel Johnston took out the U19 B&F.

We also said goodbye to our Reserves Coach, Ian Trend, after 7 years steering the ship. While Trendy will still be around the club, this certainly marked the end of an era. Rob Drew also resigned as Senior Coach and we appointed Brett Rowe into the top job.

Michael Wines congratulating Brett Rowe on his appointment as Senior Coach

Michael Wines congratulating Brett Rowe on his appointment as Senior Coach

There were mixed emotions coming into and out of 2015 . The club was disappointed in the loss of the U19s side (again), but the excitement of a new coaching panel in Brett Rowe, Waz Dickson and Leon Hatton certainly pushed the boys through yet another preseason. Although there were a lot of positives to take out of the year, including the emergence of talent in the previous year’s U19s and a reasonably strong Reserves outfit, the club ended up being relegated back to D2 for the second time in 10 years.

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