Club History/Coaches

CLUB HISTORY 1966 – 2010

Coaches
1966
R McHugh

The Season
Frankston joins VFA Second Division after being part of the Mornington Peninsula Football League since the club was formed in 1887. Lose to Mordialloc by 10 points in the first game at Frankston Oval.

1967
R McHugh

Lose preliminary final to Geelong West, 17.13.115 to 12.20.92 which in turn is beaten by Oakleigh in the Grand Final. Geoff Slade wins the best and fairest for the second successive year, later going on to play with Melbourne . Frankstonians form with Mac ‘got a dollar’ Gamble, a perennial fundraiser at the forefront.

1968
A Carr

A welter of injuries sees the Dolphins miss the finals. Finish the season sixth with a 8-9 win-loss ratio. Resignation of Harold McComb, Dolphins’ first president.

1969
B Vaughan

Dolphins finish the season eighth, winning five of 18 games. Colin Coutts wins the Seniors’ best and fairest from Him Renouf, Paddy Rosenbrock is fourth in the Second Division goalkicking with 52.

1970
B Vaughan

After a monumental recruiting drive, Frankston finishes sixth with eight wins and 10 losses. The Under 19s under former player Colin Bowes, wins the Dolphins’ first premiership, defeating Coburg 16.16.112 to 14.17.101 in a thriller. Peter Lovelock wins the Seniors’ best and fairest for the second year in a row.

1971
K Rowe

Former Demon Ken Rowe (long time Frankston High School principal) is named as Dolphins’ fourth coach in six years. In a team-building season, Dolphins lose seven games straight but recover to win three of the last four games. Past players Peter Watson and Peter Lewis, both of whom played with Frankston before and after its entry into the VFA, receive life memberships.

1972
K Rowe

The most intense recruiting drive in the clubs VFA history fails in the wake of a growing injury list. Dolphins with five wins and 13 losses again finish ninth. Ken Jungwirth kicks 13 goals in a game – a club record. Retiring ladies’ committee president, Dianne Nicholson receives life membership. Alan Clark (who later becomes President of the Club) coaches the Reserves into the finals.

1973
K Rowe

Dolphins miss a place in the four by 1.4 %. Club membership is double the previous year. Ken Jungwirth is third in the competition goal-kicking with 63 goals. President, Alan Wickes and committee formulate a five-year plan for the construction of new rooms and a Second Division Premiership (both achieved)

1974
K Rowe

Again injuries trouble Frankston which finishes sixth with eight wins and 10 losses.

1975
R Davies

Ray Davies replaces Ken Rowe as coach. His assistant is Graham Kendall who later becomes a seniors coach for two separate stints. Winning the last three games puts Dolphins in the four with 12 wins and six losses. Lose first semi-final to Sunshine. A senior premiership is in the making! Bryan Mace is coaching the Reserves. Ian Shepherd, the first Dolphin to play 100 senior games.

1976
R Davies

Frankston FC is VFA club champion with Seniors finishing top of the ladder with 16 wins, a loss and a draw. Reserves win flag; under 19s into finals; Under 16s runners-up. Seniors crash out of finals with losses in second semi and preliminary finals. Coach, Ray Davies polls 22 votes to finish fourth in the J Field Trophy for the Division’s best and fairest. Start of successful Dolphins Sunday market.

1977
R Davies

The club’s darkest hour financially with mid-season debts of $43.000 and losses of $2000 a week. On the field, Ray Davies holds the team together and Dolphins fall one game short of the finals. A committee clean-out helps turn around the finances.

1978
B Mace

New Seniors’ coach, Bryan Mace does not accept this is a team-building year so takes the Dolphins to first Seniors premiership – a Grand Final win by 14 points over Camberwell at Prahran Oval. John Hunter boots 81 goals to finish second in the goalkicking. Ruckman Ray Orchard is third in the Field Trophy.

1979
C Pavlou

Chris Pavlou leads Dolphins into first year in First Division. VFL star Renato Serafini joins Frankston and boots 95 goals to finish second in the goalkicking. Frankston wins six of 18 games but survives in First Division against the odds.

1980
F Davis

Former Demon, Frank Davis replaced mid-season by Ian Bremner but Dolphins fare no better, winning eight for the season. Dermott Brereton is signed by Hawthorn after kicking 29 goals in his first three under 16 games. Property steward, Alby Burns becomes a life member.

1981
M Patterson

Mike Patterson coaches a young Dolphins side into the first semi final against Sandringham , but Zebras get home by 15 points. Rover Brian Jones is third in the Liston Trophy.

1982
M Patterson

With Swamp Fox Patterson still at the helm, Dolphins win only five, finishing 10th and just avoiding relegation. Clubrooms extended.

1983
M Patterson

Another Tiger, Bill Barrot joins Patterson at Kars St , but Dolphins win only 10 to finish sixth, well beaten twice by eventual premiers Preston . Barrot’s Reserves play a Grand Final draw then fall to Preston in the rematch.

1984
G Kendall

Josh Kendall takes Dolphins to the Grand Final after a nine-game winning streak early in the season. Preston wins premiership by 54 points. Peter Geddes is the first Dolphin to win a Liston Trophy.

1985
G Kendall

Dolphins slump to seventh with eight wins and 10 losses. Kelvin Moore is judged most consistent over the season.

1986
G Kendall

Frankston takes name of Peninsula Dolphins and finishes second on ladder, its best performance in First Division. Losses to Coburg (62 points) and Williamstown (44 points) see Dolphins fail to make the Grand Final. Jeff Sarau second in the Liston.

1987
J Sarau

Jeff Sarau takes over as coach and Dolphins make the four with 10 wins, losing the first semi to Williamstown.

1988
J Sarau

1988 Seven wins secures Dolphins only eighth spot. Flags to Under 14s and Under 16s.

1989
J Sarau

Frankston makes history in VFA by finishing fifth and making the finals after introduction of a 15-side competition. Jeff Sarau earns an eight-match suspension and Robert Mace 10 weeks in a bloody elimination final which Dolphins lose to Springvale. Gary Sanford leads the Reserves to a flag, beating Willy in the big one. Major sponsor, Aiden Graham is awarded life membership.

1990
S Rowe

Relative unknown, Russell Rowe replaces a disappointed Jeff Sarau and Dolphins end up best team outside the five. Under 19s beaten in Grand Final.

1991
S Rowe

Eight wins is not enough to earn Rowe a third term and Robert Mace is appointed to take over the following year.

1992
R Mace

Coach Robert Mace is reported in round seven after a clash with Williamstown’s Saade Ghazi. Mace, reported by two umpires, gets eight weeks and a $2000 fine after announcing his retirement. Paul Williams ties for second in the Liston. The Reserves win the flag. Club stalwart Mac Gamble, 88, and former player Gerry Lynn, 36, die on the same day – June 12. Lynn was killed in a light aircraft crash.

1993
R Mace

Dolphins just fail to secure the double chance and lose an elimination final to nemesis side Springvale. Paul Williams again second in the Liston.

1994
G Kendall

Josh Kendall returns after Gary Ayres swerves at the last moment and takes the job across at Geelong . Secretary-manager, Adrian Lloyd ends a 24 – year association with the club and joins Carlton in a marketing position. The elimination final was again a stumbling block.

1995
G Kendall

Dolphins benefit from an influx of Dandenong players after the Redlegs are omitted from a revamped competition. A finals appearance is assured after Box Hill loses the last game to Springvale. This time the elimination final ‘specialists’ finally get up by 12 points but lose the first semi to Port by nine goals. Kendall ‘s days again were numbered and the parting was not without bitterness.

1996
D Rhys-Jones

Dolphins way out in front on top of the ladder under the guidance of David Rhys-Jones, former Swans and Blues champion, but the premiership slips away in the dying moments at Princes Park . Dolphins’ nemesis Springvale wins two in a row.

1997
D Rhys-Jones

One defeat for the home and away series sees Dolphins way out in front again and competing for the flag. Frankston’s only defeat was to Springvale in the second round. Dolphins have lost only four games in two seasons but lose the Grand Final to Sandringham .

1998
D Rhys-Jones

Again, the Dolphins finish the season in a strong position to contend for the flag. However, two straight defeats in the finals series sees the team contemplating what could have been. David Rhys-Jones resigns after getting the Dolphins into a strong position for the third year in a row.

1999
R Mace

Robert Mace is appointed coach again and concentrates on local youth and astounds the critics when the team finishes second after the home and away series. Injuries prevent the team doing well in the finals and Springvale win the flag easily. The Dolphins John Georgiou with a stand out year wins the Liston Medal.

2000
R Mace

The VFA becomes a significantly different competition and Frankston “signs on” in the new VFL competition administered by Football Victoria . The new competition now includes all Victorian based AFL Reserves teams plus the remaining VFA Clubs.

Many of the VFA and AFL Clubs align ie. Sandringham/Melbourne, Box Hill/Hawthorn.
The competition consists of 18 teams. Frankston wins 8 and draws 1 beating top opposition in Springvale, Williamstown, Collingwood and Geelong

2001
R Mace

Frankston decides to establish itself in the new competition. Recruiting heavily Frankston pick up several disgruntled players from aligned clubs. Recruits include the VFL leading goalkicker Nick Sautner who goes on to win the competition goalkicking in 2001
VFL regulations force Frankston to pay transfer fees totaling $28,000.
Frankston wins 13 games including an elimination final against Coburg/Richmond before being knocked out by Springvale/St Kilda.
Wins against Essendon (Twice), Tasmania (twice), Collingwood, Port Melbourne, North Melbourne and Geelong stack up to being some of the clubs best on field performances in the past twenty years.
A review of the season leaves the Committee with the view that the VFL wants to force the Stand Alone Clubs into alignment with AFL Reserves and the majority of Rules and Regulations in place strongly discriminate against Stand Alone Clubs.

2002
R Mace

The season that had to be! Although successful in 2001 the club found huge problems in the competition. It was reported by Bryan Mace in the Annual Report and very strongly in documentation sent to the VFL and all members that Frankston as a Stand Alone Club was being totally suffocated by the overwhelming takeover of the Competition by the AFL clubs. Instead of an independent competition, the VFL was being forced into a poorly disguised AFL seconds competition.
The season is controversial resulting in Senior Coach Robert Mace resigning after conflict with the Chairman of the Match Committee as a result of a breakaway group looking to take control of the club.
The elected Committee see it through determined that the club will continue to Stand Alone.
Phil Partington coaches for the last half of the season for 4 wins.

2003
B Lovett

The stand taken by the Committee against the AFL blanket is rewarded when the VFL administration increases the financial grant to $110,000 for Stand Alone Clubs and cancels our transfer fees.
The draw returns to Sunday home games and, together with many other changes for the better, the competition seeks to present a level playing field for all Clubs.
The Club settles down and recruits young players from the Under 18 Stingrays and our results show 9 wins from 18 games.
With 90 seconds to go in the ;last Home and away game, the club would finish Fifth. 90 Seconds later, after 1 point to Sandy , the club finishes 9th out of 13 Clubs.
The new Coach has a three year building plan in operation and things are falling into place.

2004
B Lovett

Another year of not much change.
The Dolphins finish just out of the eight after a frustrating year where they lose more than a handful of games by less than 2 goals.
But there were good signs as the young players start to show signs of development.
The board is grateful to the Frankston Council for their commitment to resurface the playing arena, and upgrade the facilities at the ground.
Whilst it means a second pre-season away from home, the benefits will be great.
After a number of years as President, Warwick Jones is awarded Life Membership, as is club legend Daniel Clarke.
Jones stands down as President at the AGM and is replaced by Jay McGrath.

2005
B Lovett

Again a disrupted start to the year as the Council resurface the ground and completely refurbish the Grandstand, returning it to its former glory.

Stirring victories in Tasmania and against the Bendigo Bombers show that the side is on the right track.

8 wins and a draw see the Dolphins finish 7 th with a finals trip to Tasmania .

The side unfortunately could not repeat the victory of earlier in the year.

Daniel Clark plays his 150 th game for the club and is chaired off Bellerive Oval.

The team still struggles to kick scores and it remains clear that the objective must be to secure one or two key forwards.

Michael Ablett wins his fourth consecutive B&F and Justin Berry finishes second on the league goalkicking ladder.

Bryan Mace is honored by the Council in the naming of the stand after him.

The Club continues it development of the list and with a restructured recruiting team, targets a number of key players at the end of the season.

2006
B Lovett

A year which began with expectations of big things.

Tony ‘Bugsy”Barry was appointed to Coach the Reserves and the list was bolstered over summer to include Aaron Edwards who returned from West Coast Eagles, and the best ruckman in the competition in 2005 in Ash Eames.

The season started slowly with 6 senior players missing with injury after the first 2 rounds, but the side managed to blend well and work together after the middle of the year putting together 6 wins on the trot for the first time in a Lovett’s time as coach.

The Dolphins were awarded the first final to be played at Frankston Park beating Coburg comfortably.

The following week saw the season end in the Semi Final, losing to Northern Bullants , in a game which saw Edwards kick his 100 th goal for the season.

Edwards won the JJ Liston Trophy (18 votes) to become only the third Frankston player to achieve that honour, and also won the Frosty Miller Medal as the competition’s leading goal kicker (100).

Edwards was drafted by North Melbourne at the end of the year.

Three Dolphins were named in the VFL team of the year in Edwards, Shaun Pollard and Neil Winterton.
After struggling for the past 3 seasons, the Reserves had a great year, only to be bundled out in the Preliminary Final by eventual premiers Box Hill.

2007
B Lovett

Brett Lovett continues on as Senior Coach and expectations are high but unfortunately we do not repeat the 11 wins, Liston Medal and leading goalkicking in 2006. Wins – 6 Senior & 6 Reserves. The Club finds it hard to retain players with a continuous supply moving to local football and the so called big dollars.

Daniel Clarke (Big Norm) plays a record 203 games and announces his retirement. Ash Roberts – Club Captain retires on 138 games. Both players gave wonderful service to the Club.

VALE – Tom Byrnes: Club Property Steward and life Member passes away February 2007.

St Kilda Football Club are invited to make their home at Frankston Park. Many politically strange things start to happen regarding Council, St. Kilda and Frankston is caught in the middle.

2008
B Lovett

A year to remember! Our newly renovated Grandstand was totally destroyed by fire. Council supplied portable huts for umpires and opposition. Council offer St Kilda the Grandstand site – much to our dismay things are out of control from our viewpoint.

Council make overtures that if the Club supports the St Kilda move then Council will assist us in building our long awaited 2nd storey Function Centre.

Brett Lovett puts together a very strong team – we finish 7th then win elimination final against Coburg (Richmond) then lose by a point to Williamstown (Bulldogs) in the next final. A great year on field – considering the host of detractions that are occurring. Brett retires much to the disappointment of all.

VALE – Aidan passes away January 2008. Life Member, wonderful friend and benefactor to many sporting clubs on the Peninsula. Major Sponsor of Frankston Football Club for many. Aidan was part of our Club and words cannot describe the loss that will be felt at the Dolphins.

2009
Shannon Grant

Shannon Grant (Kangaroos) appointed Senior Coach. We retain majority of last season’s players and expect to have a good year. On ground performances are poor and change of coach and new playing structure sees Dolphin spirit go missing. We only win three senior games, reserves win 10 and at end of season majority of our Senior players walk.

Justin Berry and Neil Winterton move of after giving great service to the Club – both players exceeding 100 plus games.

2010-2014
Simon Goosey

Simon Goosey appointed Coach with Club objective of recruiting young players to again build up a hard core group capable of competing against the AFL Clubs. Only win one game for the year but the spirit returns, the young blokes get their chance and consolidation settles in throughout the Club.

New Grandstand commences and will be completed by 2011 Season. Gaming Room problems under new State Legislation appear to be under control.

AFL Vic kicked out by AFL who intend to bring all the Footy under AFL banner. Clubs not happy, plenty of infighting – pending.

$1.5m grant received from State Government Minister James Merlino (Labour) announced at Ground on Tuesday 18th October, 2010. Club has been informed we will receive $.5m from AFL – all of which to be used in construction of new Function Centre.

During the Goosey five year reign as senior coach a total of (7) players were drafted into the AFL.

This was the highest number of any competing VFL club during this period.

The players being Michael Hibberd (Essendon), Mark Baguely (Essendon), Kyle Martin (Collingwood),  Leigh Osborne (Gold Coast Suns), Dylan Van Unen (Essendon) Sam Lloyd (Richmond) and Nic Newman (Sydney Swans).

Box Hill Hawks assistant coach Patrick Hill replaced Goosey for the 2015 season.

Goosey’s record as coach standing at 15 wins 3 draws and 72 losses with 2013 his best year with 6 wins.