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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The board is grateful to the Frankston Council for their commitment to resurface the playing arena, and upgrade the facilities at the ground.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shannon GrantThe 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.
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.
2015 was a very tough year on the field for the young Dolphins team. We started the year with a mere 300 games of senior VFL experience with Hockey, Buchanan and Tynan making up nearly 200 of those games between them. To put that into perspective, when we battled Sandringham in round 4, their team boasted nearly 600 games of AFL experience.
The loss of key players at the start of the year was always going to be hard replace. But through adversity, comes opportunity and we were able to get nearly 400 games into our younger players.
Players like Ben Cavarra, Josh Pickess, Nathan Gardiner, Nathan Foote and Josh Newman took giant strides in their development as they established themselves as genuine senior VFL footballers. We also added 12 players from the Stingrays and watched Kyle Grey, Blake Mullane and Aaron Wilson make an impact in their first season.
We welcomed some outstanding recruits to the club. Kalem Post and Brandon Wood made the move from Box Hill and James Wilson (Port Melbourne) and John Cooper (Coburg) helped to add some bigger bodies to our list.
However, despite the positive progression the boys displayed in their development, and the ferocity at which they attacked each contest and each game, we were a long way off the mark. Competing in the second best competition in Australia was a tough ask for these young men and unfortunately our performances trailed off as the season went on.
This was an inevitable result given our list, but may prove a blessing in years to come. While the need for target recruiting will be addressed over the next two or three years, the value of games into these young men will bear fruits in the years to come, provided they stay together.
It must be noted that despite the pain of a winless season the attitude of our young Dolphins was first class from start to finish. Their perseverance, resilience and absolute hunger to improve was amazing to watch. The character of our players is first class and should be commended.
Despite the doom and gloom of on-field results, as a football department we were able to take some positive steps in 2015. To keep up with the top teams we needed to have a critical look at how we ran our football department and how the players developed, trained and behaved.
Some of the changes we were able to implement in 2015 include:
– 4 new coaches were added to the coaching group from a variety of backgrounds to allow greater player access and engagement. Working for nothing, their professionalism and work ethic was outstanding. Now coming into their second year they are well placed to take greater control of their areas.
– The club was very fortunate to appoint Ben Griffin to the important position of Head of Conditioning. Ben brought with him a wealth of experience after 4 years at the Western Bulldogs and 4 years at Box Hill. Together with his assistant, Trent Pirihi and the clubs medical staff, the players now have a better understanding of what is required to play at this level.
– Introduced the Dolphins Academy for first year players. This Academy was run by former Hawthorn Footballer Beau Muston and was designed to help players transition from TAC Cup/local football and fast track their development. In 2016 this program will be extended to first and second year players.
– Implemented a new fresh game plan comparable to the top teams in the AFL. Whilst it can be difficult to grasp in the first year, the players are now in a good position to take their football to a new level.
– Redevelopment of the player’s rooms to include a player theatre for preparation and review of matches, new coach’s area, restructure of the players locker area and the relocation of the gym to open up a warm up area suitable for game day.
What a year it has been! Some highs… our epic win against Richmond in Round 3 at home and then, what was to be only our second win for the season, against Coburg in Round 5 – again at home. The remainder of the season saw us lose the rest of our matches some by a large margin and some by a mere few points.
But through all this one thing never changed – the never say die attitude of our wonderful players and coaches. Not once did they play like they were defeated, they always came out and played to win. Coach Paddy Hill was given a standing ovation at the Club’s Presentation Night when he made one of the best speeches ever to come out of Frankston Football Club….
September 29th, 2016 “Last night we were privileged to witness one of the most amazing heartfelt emotional Presentation Nights at the Club. Those that were there were left in no doubt that our Coaches and players are passionate and dedicated to this wonderful Club. They do not want to coach anywhere else, they do not want to play anywhere else – they are Frankston Football Club!
Every speech last night was from the heart – there was laughter and there was tears. But none was more inspiring than that of our Coach Patrick Hill. You can read it below but I wish we had recorded it so you could witness the absolute emotion from this amazing man. Do not think for a moment that the fight is over…..”
Frankston Football Club Best and Fairest – Senior Coach Address
“What a week in football”. As senior coach, I feel it’s my obligation to say a few things on behalf of our club.
In the last month we’ve seen all and sundry picking at the carcass of the downtrodden. Just this week, we’ve had the highest authority in the game try to rip the rug from beneath our feet in the dark of the night and with the safety of GF week as their disguise.
What they fail to understand, and have underestimated in this instance is the very fabric of Peninsula Football and what our club means to its inhabitants. The richness in football culture south of Mordialloc is not rivalled anywhere else in the world and is the lifeblood of our community.
From Coleman, to Matthews, to Brereton…. Loewe, Harvey, Burke,…. Gerard Healy, and many, many more, this region has produced the finest players and coaches the game has seen. And the FFC’s contribution to the great game cannot be undersold. No VFL club has produced more AFL draftees in the last 20 years than our club.
What they also fail to understand is what it is our purpose really is. Producing elite footballer is only one step in the journey. But what we pride ourselves on is producing elite people, and it’s work in this area, social and behavioural development that gives me the most satisfaction and fulfilment.
They say you can’t change the world but you can change your part. My opportunity as senior coach at FFC is help mould 68 young men into outstanding citizens with a hope that one at they will each do the same thing for another group of young men. And if we keep doing this, hopefully we end up with a society that cares, treats people with dignity and respect and shows empathy to people from all walks of life.
While we made some improvements on field this year, small steps if you will, we took giant steps in our community engagement, our understanding of our social responsibility and our ability to show resilience in the hardest of times.
I am so, so proud of our playing group. They have shown a will and want to outlast, to dream big but remain grounded, to buy in to the culture of their community, to assist where they can and to give back. They are role model citizens. They behave in a manner that best represents the club and how we want all young men to act.
This year alone, lead by Ryan Power our senior assistant, we took a stand against violence against women and raised $1800 for a local shelter. They visited 43 junior community clubs, and 3 all ability teams to give back to those that had helped them on their journey and made the dreams of young Kobe Malloy come true with a day he’ll hopefully never forget.
They are good members of this town, they are good scholars, they are good sons, they are good workers and they care. When I look at the problems facing the youth of today: Ice, drugs, gambling, alcoholism, gangs, violence, racism, sexism, homelessness, youth suicide,…. Our society is riddled to problems and issues.
We as a community, as an older generation, need to support, mentor and foster these young men. So they can go out into their neighbourhoods and do the same. That’s how change happens. That’s how you start a movement, that’s how you break the cycle of poor male behaviours that was passed on from generation to generation, until it found its way to us.
This community has its fair share of problems. This town needs these young men representing it, this town needs its role models and we need to continue to fight.
You must not rip out the hopes and dreams of young men like this to save a dollar or two. The cost of fixing the drug problem alone is a multi billion dollar industry. Domestic violence is not supported enough because the problem is so deep, no government is willing to invest enough.
So let’s start putting our money into prevention. Let’s start putting money and resources into members of our community that want to make a difference.
Someone once suggested to Winston Churchill that in order to fund the war movement, that perhaps he should slash the arts budget. Mr Churchill looked at his minister with a cheeky grin, and said “My dear man, if we don’t have art, what are we fighting for”. The same can be said about football in this town, if we don’t give young men and women a pathway to success, then what is the purpose of our town.
They also pay no thought of what this club means to the employees and volunteers that are the backbone of the Dolphins. From the likes of Bryan Mace who has spent more than half his life working here, or to the likes of Tina Bremert. 18 years service, working far more hours than she is paid.
The Robbo’s, whose volunteer work as a time keeper stretches beyond 11 seasons. The John Davis’ who give all of their time and effort ask for nothing. It’s about the life members, the past greats, the guys on the hill and for every person in our community that relies on the FFC to fill their lives with joy.
What becomes of these people. It is for these people and many more that no matter what transpires over the next 72 hours, the fight must continue.
Senior Coach – Frankston Football Club
AFL Vic advises the club at the end of the 2016 season that its licence has been withdrawn as the club has been put in the hands of Administrators which means there is no team in 2017 . A Steering Committee is formed under the leadership of former player Peter Geddes supported by Mick O’Neil and Adrian Lloyd and Administrators agree after consultation with creditors to allow the club to continue in 2017 under a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) . Gary Buckenara is engaged as General Manager and the club successfully reapplies to AFL Vic to regain its VFL licence for the 2018 Season
Adam SkrobalakThe 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.
Danny Ryan is appointed Head Coach but Frankston can only manage 1 win for the year against North Melbourne at home by 72 points. There were 4 losses by under 6 points -Sandringham by 2 points, Collingwood by 3 points ,Coburg and Casey Demons by 6 points . The team was competitive in the majority of games and successfully ran a Butterfly Ball lead by Head Coach Danny Ryan.
Relative unknown, Russell Rowe replaces a disappointed Jeff Sarau and Dolphins end up best team outside the five. Under 19s beaten in Grand Final.
Eight wins is not enough to earn Rowe a third term and Robert Mace is appointed to take over the following year.
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.
Dolphins just fail to secure the double chance and lose an elimination final to nemesis side Springvale. Paul Williams again second in the Liston.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rob MaceDolphins 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.
Frank DavisThe 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.
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.
With Swamp Fox Patterson still at the helm, Dolphins win only five, finishing 10th and just avoiding relegation. Clubrooms extended.
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.
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.
Dolphins slump to seventh with eight wins and 10 losses. Kelvin Moore is judged most consistent over the season.
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.
Jeff Sarau takes over as coach and Dolphins make the four with 10 wins, losing the first semi to Williamstown.
1988 Seven wins secures Dolphins only eighth spot. Flags to Under 14s and Under 16s.
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, Aidan Graham is awarded life membership.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Again injuries trouble Frankston which finishes sixth with eight wins and 10 losses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris PavlouChris 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.