Old Xaverians Plays Amateur Football Combinations on Saturday

On a Saturday the Clapham Old Xaverians plays Amateur Football, which is one of Europe’s biggest adult football leagues. Currently, the club has five teams that are active with its first XI placed in the 2nd division of the Seniors. The teams play in and around the area of London, while the higher leagues travel further afield. After matches, everyone returns to the clubhouse for a bite to eat and drinks.

Great Excitement after the Battlefield Trip

Everyone who could not make the Pilgrims the Somme June 2018 trip waiting with great excitement to hear all about the trip from those who were there. Frank Barretta, updated the news bullet as soon as he received any feedback and here are just some of the comment highlights. One of the club members felt that it was the best trip, he thought the battlefields were perhaps even more enjoyed than Normandy. He is confident that no one will ever forget the Somme terrain and the cemeteries on those misty days and for him, it was something incredible to see. Still, the mist of the bare Somme fields impressed most.

Everyone who did go on the trip to the Old Xaverians Club agreed that it was another triumph from start to finish. Everything was excellent from the hotel to the visited places. With near 40 Xaverians in attendance, the sites researched were more poignant. 95% hope another trip will take place in 2019 and that even more Old Xaverians Club members would be able to go.

Old Xaverians Social and Sports Club


The Old Xaverians club has only one objective, and that is to promote amateur sports in Surrey and South London. The management of the club left in the capable hands of a committee consisting a chairman, vice chairman, treasurer and secretary, while its four other members consist of the football club captain and football club treasurer or secretary as well as the cricket club captain and cricket club secretary or treasurer. The final members of the management committee include the clubhouse manager, membership secretary and the bar manager.

Old Xaverians Club Membership

Everyone interested in Association Cricket or Football is welcome to join the club regardless of religion, sexual orientation or age. New members receive a copy of the subscription and entrance fees, bye-laws, constitution, and rules. Any member can bring visitors to the club and is welcome to attend general annual meetings. All members can opt-in to receive the monthly newsletter, which also includes updates of all sports and social events such as the recent weekend Pilgrims Somme trip, visits to the Magnificent Garden of Jack and last calls for sports events such as the upcoming Golf Day on the 22nd of June.

Senior Coach, James McDonald Leaves Old Xaverians

Established in 1923, the Old Xaverians Football Club remains the most successful in the VAFA and have won no less than 14 Victorian Amateur Football Association competitions. From 1923 to 1924, it was Dr Alan Keane that led the team through the difficult early years. Keane was the first ever to receive life membership, followed by the second awarded to Father Frank O’Keefe three years later.

In 1994, Barry Richardson, appointed as the head coach took over from the 1993/1944 coach Matthew Hannebery. Both these coaches were responsible for the enduring success the club still enjoys, by laying a solid foundation. The Premiership in 1995, won under the leadership of Richardson and in 1996, Simon Meehan took over as the head coach.

Other coaches at the Old Xaverians Football Club includes Simon Leatherlean, who left in 2017 after he was forced to resign due to sex scandal allegations. Co-coaches in 1996 included Nick Bourke and Dom Berry, while James McDonald became the newly appointed senior coach in 2017.

McDonald was already involved with the Old Xaverians Football Club since he played in the under 19s. His dedication and commitment led the team to great victories over two seasons. His resignation as head coach leaves the club in a challenging position to find a replacement.

Old Xaverians Football Club to Commence Process of Appointing A Long-Term Head Coach

Before the process of finding the most suitable person for the role of head coach at the Old Xaverians Club can start, the immediate focus is on the match of the senior players at Old Brighton. The senior members strive to bring home their first win for this season and need the support of all club members.

Finding someone to step into head coach James McDonald’s shoes is no easy task, and the club will need to start a thorough process to find the perfect replacement. Until the club finds the perfect, Old Xaverians have many volunteers to rely on, who have been involved for many years.

Lending some extra time to players getting involved in coaching help individuals gain valuable experience while they also get to support their community. But as the Old Xaverians President, Matt Cosgrave said, finding a replacement for James McDonald will be no easy task. As a senior coach, he was completely committed and took this important role very serious, while all players benefited from his sports passion the club enjoyed huge success during the past two seasons due to the exceptional support and commitment of McDonald.

Old Xaverians Club FC History Booklet Now Available

On Thursday the 7th of June, Old Xaverians FC announced that it still had a few of its booklets available created especially for the Club’s centenary season. The booklets offer readers a detailed summary of the history between 1892 to 1992 of the Old Xaverians Football Club. This is the period in which the club made a name for itself in the Lancashire Cup and Amateur Tournament as well as the English Amateur Cup Competition.

No other club ever got close to doing as much for the Lancashire Amateur Football club as the Old Xaverians. In 1920 statements like these published in the Sporting Press not only praised the club but confirmed the image the Old Xaverians believed their club presented. The football club proposal came in 1892, a suggestion that allowed the club to extend its winter activities. No one or only a few could have imagined the immense impact it would have on the local amateur football.

Old Xaverians Football Club Celebrated its 120th Year in Existence in 2011/12 Season

Looking back to the 2011 to 2012 season it perhaps wasn’t the Old Xaverians Football Clubs most successful in terms of titles or trophies, yet celebration its 120th year in existence was a magnificent achievement. Five years down the line the Old Xaverians enjoyed even more success on the field. This was the year Ben Williams, the manager of the first team stepped down after associations with the club for seventeen years.

2018 Old Xaverians FC Results

The most recent results of the Old Xaverians FC include the third-round finish season, a season described as the longest ever. The high scorers in the Third Eleven played league leaders Woodstreet ended in a 2-2 draw, resulting in a 4th position season finish. Everyone is looking forward to a well-deserved rest after the season ended on the 29th of May.

Old Xaverians FC members have several events to look forward to in July 2018, which include the visit to Jake’s magnificent garden on the 14th of July 2018. The garden visit takes place from 11 am to 1 pm, and everyone is welcome to view this award-winning garden, which makes this a perfect family event.

With the COXA Golf Day only three weeks away, Old Xaverians send out the last call for registration as only a few more spaces are available. Teams of three take place in this event and prizes are based on the two highest scorers at each hole. Participation in this event is limited to thirty-six players while registration is £39. It is recommended that if interested, you register early to avoid positions all being filled.

Xavier College Turns 140

The story of Xavier College started after Bishop Goold invited Irish Jesuits to Melbourne so that they could run the St Patrick’s College, diocesan school of St Patrick’s College. When they arrived, it was found that the location for the school was not ideal for boarding of students. The foundation of the school was laid in 1872, and its south wing saw completion in 1878 and the grand opening of the St Francis Xavier’s College. The first year includes 92 students, of which 41 resided in the boarding rooms.

In 1920, the house was donated by Archbishop Mannix and land located next to the college was slated for a preparatory school. The prep school was opened as the year drew to a close and saw 370 students entering into studies. As the years passed, the Preparatory School was r-named to honour the late Mr Thomas Michael Burke, a businessman and Catholic philanthropist who first owned the property. A second predatory school was established in 1936 on the neighbouring property, and prompt remodelling got underway to create the appropriate facilities.

Football and cricket competitions


As each of the campuses became established, and student enrollment increases, the courses offered and sports were expanded. The first of those were football and cricket and following this came tennis, rowing and various athletic. The first rugby competition was in 1960, and the school’s first soccer competition came in 1970 and in 2001, Aikido also joined the list.

As the year went on, the educational program was expanded, as were Early Years Centres that are focused on providing education to those youngest as the Jesuit did in the past. This was a major turning point in Xavier history and broke the tradition of being a male-only school.

The Ignatian Service program and the work that is performed collectively with the Xavier Social Justice Network is traceable back to the time when the school was set up by the Jesuit priests. The early 1900’s saw a fund established to encourage those attending the school to engage in learning spiritual studies. It was created to fund programs, provide assistance when needed to both students and community.

In modern times, the college continues the work of the Jesuits tradition towards education. The school began with 92 students but today over 2000 are enrolled, and many carry on the legacy of the priest’s teachings and work towards inspiring others to find their unique qualities and work towards developing them to their fullest. This includes the mind, the body, the soul and heart of each student.

There are many Old Xaverians who have gone on to become leaders in the fields they chose, both nationally, locally and even internationally. Regardless of where life takes them, in their hearts, they will always be Old Xaverians.

Remembering the Past

It’s no joke that when you’re having fun – time can easily fly past you. It’s not shocking that it’s been a decade already since one of the Old Xavs most iconic victories during the semi-finals. Those who have been fans of the club for years now probably remember this match clearly. As the 2018 Round 8 is approaching steadfast with Old Scotch – it’s undoubtedly that it’s going to come up against this season in a few conversations.

In the aftermath of the game, two separate reposts of the game were featured. Both equally important yet still impartial – the two filling out details that the other one missed. Here is a recap of that faith game to help newer fans understand the significance of it.

The Final Third Quarter Thirteen Minutes

In the final thirteen minutes into the final quarter of the game, the Old Xavs are at a five goal standing. The match was a long one, filled with dedication, sweat, and perseverance – but at this moment, it’s a done deal for the team. After a season, a 49-year long jinx, and even some playing careers to be honest, have finally met their ends: The Scotch. The idealistic, strong, and skillful winners who earned the title.

All eyes are focused on The Cardinals’ main skipper, Lewis, as he has possession of the ball. He’s in the clear as he’s running as a distant but loud voice is promoting him to kick a captain’s goal. As he stops and gets into position to kick that perfect goal he is suddenly and unexpected tackled by one of the most intense runners to every player on the field; James Scanlan. This gave the Old Xavs some hope that the game isn’t completely in the grey for them, maybe the team will have a hope to come out on top.

It’s not until a minute following that Damian Lynch kicked the closely watched fourth that was almost as if a time-bomb denoted in front of the Scotch’s’ faces. Howards quickly took change and snapped as the timer reached the fifteen-minute mark. This gave the watching crowd, even more, hope for a sensible comeback. At first, Josh Douglas shot a goal at the eighteen-minute mark before Dustin Lloyd levelled the score out before putting the Xavs ahead. Then Mercuri took the lead and shot a perfect and skilled stunner. With only eight minutes, they scored six goals, and finally, the Stout and Claret were now twelve points to reaching their goal.

The Cardinals did not take this lightly and replied – though, it took them five minutes and the time was already flying past over their heads. The old Xavs defence bucked up and threatened the Scotch one again. Soon enough it was over. Despite being in broad daylight, it was still undetected.

Hard Fought Battle

It’s an understatement that clashes such as these are always a hard-fought and intense affair between both teams. While none of the love was lost, respect was gained. The rivalry between the Old Xavs and the Old Scotch is an undeniable one. Mainly due to how previously the Xavs destroyed the well-regarded Red Men by a solid seventy-five points with ease. Though as a return gift – the Cards came back with an even stronger defence.

However, the victory truly came from a group effort – just not by one ‘star player’. Although the beginning was hard, players Nick Bye along with Tim Clarke were known for their dazzling terms. Though it was truly the combined efforts from Andy Ryan, Josh Agius, Adam Chatfield, and James Scanlan that was constant throughout the entirety of the match.

After the match – the Xavs locked room was filled with lively chatter and a satisfied silence. It was short lived though, seeing as the team would have to out in even more legwork and training to defeat their next rivals and the ones after. While some onlookers of the game watched the game with great interest many could only wonder – how did the Scotch feel and when will they get their chance to rebut the events.

Old Xaverians Collects Their Second Most Intensive Win

The iconic red and black striped team – the Old Xaverians came together to form a winning coalition to defeat the Collegians, a previously undefeated team this season, at the match at Toorak Park, Victoria, Australia. Like their famous football playing skills since R18 last season, where the Old Xavs defeated the same Lions, the speedy and talented Red ‘n’ Blacks managed to bring home an impressive eight-goal final to win by a whopping 27 points.

Both the Claret and Scout victories were due to an amazing performance on the field thanks to Jason Holmes, who was in the ruck and continued the play to the skilful work of Matthew Handley. The players were helped in accomplishing their impressive task thanks to the midfield and forward setup that the team meticulously created as the perfect linking for the two beasts of the field.

Old Xavs Defense

During the first quarter of the game, the Old Xavs had the upland with a tight and precise defense. However, the team did not manage to give any pressure regarding the scoreboard. The Turnovers this season and shown their fatal side and in the stanza later. Especially when a goal was basically handed to the Lions due to a miscalculated inboard pass, which promoted a long groan from the home crowd that was excitedly watching the game.

As the game continued, the highly anticipated visitors managed to easily push through two quick ones during the beginning of the second, but in turn, had to pay the heavy price of two injured players. Bruhn, the ace forward, injured a knee which was followed by Will Johnston, a fellow gun. The following eight minutes proved to be a tense and narrow game, that is until Handley gave a much-needed boost to second. In the following three minutes, player Clay Johnston, finally snapped after a chain of handballs were thrown at him. Luke Berry slid in with ease and sneaked in a great kick-in before sending a drop punt through the middle; this was before Handley made another impressive strike which gave the Xavs the lead in the game. As the half-time tune was getting close to ring, Chris Margin, managed to send a set shot deep in the scoreboard. The margin did this play with great ease, which caused the watching crowd to cheer with pure delight as they sat behind the goals.

Player Brendan Goss hit a goal early in the third term, despite his teammates missing the earlier shots. The headstrong Collegians went in to throw Sam Hibbins even more forward, and for a quick minute, the player looked as if he was going to get the game. Though, the visitors decided to take their chance before effortlessly scoring four goals without hesitation. This was before the true storm hit: three goals all scored in a duration of three quickly moving minutes. All due to Tom Anderson’s speed followed by two more coming for the star of the game, Matt Handley.

Mid-Term Uncertainty

During mid-term, some tense moments of uncertainties arise, but they were quickly diminished as the Xavs held firm as Clay Johnston passed through his second, Dan Sandford’s snapping, and Brad Olsson hitting a long shot. Then Matt Margin came in, who cradled the teams fourteenth all while the Collegians could only watch in stunned silence.

Since the Collegians defeated the Xavs back in the 2012 grand finale, the team has only beaten the strong-willed Xavs once during the duration of eleven tries. After this win, the Xavs are heading to Camberwell to face off against the solid Old Scotch. Scoring another victory with their upcoming match will do nothing but boost the Xavs impressive and precise season.

Old Xavs Women Team Takes an Upsetting Lost

Today, both of the Old Xaverians women teams travelled to Parkville, Victoria for an afternoon game to fair against the Melbourne University teams. Despite the Old Xavs week-long training regime and practices of their plays – neither team was able to take home a win for this week. One of the teams that played were Varsity – meaning that they have years’ worth of experience playing the game along with an extra dosage of polished poise due to their dedication and practice of the sport. However, despite the team being of a varsity level, speed does not seem to be one this team has a lump sum of. They make up for it by having some of the best play execution methods around.

While both teams were playing, fully decked out in their iconic and noticeable red striped uniform, they both failed to take given opportunities – which ultimately led to both team’s failures on the field. Mainly, the players seemed to have missed shots, failed to take advantages of openings, and even stalled. Plus, due to the black team’s lack of experience, the Melbourne University players easily sought out and found the blacks weaknesses and exploited them fully while on the field.

Moreover, despite the losses – the teams suffered some injuries during the game as well. For starters, the red player, Grace Purchase, managed to get an uncomfortable and painful knew to the neck during one of the plays. While Rachel Cox, also of the reds team, had to leave the game due to the suspicion of having a broken collar-bone. However, the seriousness of these injuries is still unknown and more detailed will be released soon. Meanwhile, on the blacks’ team, Emily Archer was sporting a corky, thus ending in her time on the field for the day.

Coach Rohenna Young

The coach of the team, Rohenna Young commented about the overall game today. In brief, she stated that the game was obviously not the game the teams were expecting to play. She added on about how both teams were enthusiastic, and the loss was not due to lack of trying, it more so as a result of shortcomings that couldn’t have been helped. Furthermore, she stated that today was the blacks 12, the team consisting of half the original amount of players, fifth time and the lack of experience compared to the other team leaders to the lost game.

Coach Young then went on to state her sorrows regarding the injuries that both Old Xaverians teams suffered from. However, she believes that the results of the game showed what the teams have to work on to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The coach seemed confident when explaining that with some more determination and more accurate planning and thinking from the players – the next game they will be a certified win.

On the Reds team, the best players were: M. Purdon, R. Percy, M. Slingo, C. Sgarbossa, G. Cleaver, G. Chester. On the Blacks team, the best players were: A. Harangozo, C.Pittard, I. Ellis, G. Knox, A. Keith, M. Sorrenti

Old Xaverians retain McClure Shield

The Old Xaverians have managed to retain the guardianship of the McClure Shield after a long-fought battle at the Xavier College First XVIII at Waverley’s VFL Park. The match saw windy but warm playing conditions and perfect pitch conditions with both today’s stars and the future stars joining in on the action.

The match got off early with a start time of 7:50 am when most are still waking up or enjoying a cup of tea and their morning breakfast. The gameplay was excellent from beginning to end with promise coming at the hands of both the XC 2nd XVIII and U19 Reserves. Those who graduated worse red to stand out against those still active students.

The main match was played at a fast pace with the XC Team being led by Luke Ball, Matt Ball, Ted Woodruff, Sam McClure, James McDonnell and Nick Bye, and by all indications, they are off to a great season. They came out strong and got the best of Shaw’s team to help the old boys get the win. Each of the games showed great spirit on the field and was perfect for the season that lies ahead for both teams.

Young Old Xaverians Shine


The younger Old Xaverian had their shining after seeing matches at Ferntree Gully, and Mt Martha cancelled mid-week in what saw the lads off to Bungaree to face f St Kevin’s. Both teams had missing players as usual with opening day matches, and the game was tough to gauge based on which was stronger of the two. The Red ‘n’ Blacks earned wins in both the curtain raiser and main event but this match did not come with premiership points.

The M8 proved a dangerous journey to the west due to a large electrical storm that was making its way to Melbourne and creating havoc on the roads. The storm seemed to give the team a charge that saw them faster on the field as they enjoyed the excellent playing service and superior facilities.

It seems that the conditions weren’t ripe enough as the rain continued and the match ruined after the first quarter saw Jayke Barrack scoring three goals. The break saw the Red ‘n’ Blacks working hard to catch up and were dominant in the second half.

Thankfully the rain came to an end, but the damage to the field could be seen before the main event. The teams both were, for the most part, but Xaverian put on the pressure and took the win.

Team Coach James McDonald gave accolades to several younger players for their contributions, and as the month of March always has some options on the table, the timing was ripe for those players to showcase their abilities and shine.

Old Xaverians Best Games: 2013

Old Xaverians Best Games: 2013

The Old Xaverians Football club is steeped in a rich history of championship pedigree. Founded in 1923 by the alumni of Xavier College in Melbourne, Australia, the Old Xaverians have established themselves as one of the most successful Australian Rules Football clubs in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA).

After an unprecedented championship run of 6 years in the premier league (1995-2000), Old Xaverians entered into the era of parity. More clubs in VAFA had established themselves as championship contenders, and throughout the new Millennium, VAFA has seen several different teams win the coveted premier championships.

One of the club’s best games came in 2013, where they broke a three-year premier championship drought in their defeat of St Bedes/Mentone Tigers during the VAFA Grand Final. But before that could happen, the Old Xaverians actually beat the St Bedes/Mentone Tigers in the second semi-final. Though the Tigers were up by 21 points after the first quarter, they couldn’t handle the oncoming onslaught. The Old Xaverians pushed 76 points through after the first quarter, giving them their shot another Grand Final.

A huge crowd filled the pitch as the Saturday Grand Final had the added benefit of its own finals weekend, meaning all VAFA enthusiasts could clamor to see two veteran clubs slug it out on the pitch. The Old Xaverians, wearing their signature red and black uniforms, were a highlight of the weekend winning premierships in the 3 top VAFA sections. This was symbolic of the dominance of The Old Xaverian Football club as an organisation. Through their depth and talent, the Old Xaverian exuded a winning culture, and all those lucky enough to attend that Saturday were witnesses to it.

Alongside co-coach, Dom Berry was Nick Bourke, a two-time premiership veteran appointed by the Old Xaverians earlier that year. Their savvy strategies rendered the Grand Final a disappointment for those who were hoping for a close contest. As they had done previously in the second semi-final, the Old Xaverians pummeled the St Bedes/Mentone Tigers all over the pitch 95-45. The scoring was widespread, getting three goals apiece from J. Williams and B. Goss, and two each from M. Handle, C. Waller, M. Allan and C. Larkins. Chris Waller was the standout for the Old Xaverians, winning the Jock Nelson Medal.

Old Xaverians Best Games: 2013

For the Old Xaverians, Goss was the premierships leading goal kicker. Handley was devastating inside the forward 50, and the midfield saw contributions from all players like Waller (who was the Club’s B&F), Shaw, Allan, Ball, Darvell, and Williams. The defensive side was paramount to the Old Xaverians victory, including the hard-working Wynne, Colbert, and Rogerson. Adopting a more attack-fueled offense than earlier years teams, the Old Xaverians were unstoppable in full flight during the Grand Final. With their fast pace, devastating skill and quick ball movement, the Old Xaverians were not to be denied and were the 2013 Premiership champions.

Old Xaverians Best Games: 2016

Old Xaverians Best Games: 2016

The Old Xaverians Football club is steeped in a rich history of championship pedigree. Founded in 1923 by the alumni of Xavier College in Melbourne, Australia, the Old Xaverians have established themselves as a most victorious Australian Rules football clubs in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA).

After an unprecedented championship run of 6 years in the premier league (1995-2000), Old Xaverians entered into the era of parity. More clubs in VAFA had established themselves as championship contenders, and throughout the new Millennium, VAFA has seen several different teams win the coveted premier championships.

One of the Old Xaverians best games came in 2016 when they accomplished a feat not seen since 2005: winning the Premier flag without being one of the top two teams. Lingering in seventh place half-way through the season, the Old Xaverians had to contend with the excellent form of their rivals Old Trinity, the University Blues and their defensive prowess and the stacked line-up of high-quality players on the University Blacks. No one outside of Old Xaverian supporters, including VAFA experts and fans of VAFA, gave the Old Xaverians much of a chance when they entered the field against Old Trinity on finals day. Old Trinity boasted a line-up of fast-paced, top-form seasoned players that had anybody who knew VAFA picking them to win.

Looking to hoist the L.A. Adamson cup was the experienced skipper John Shaw and coaches Pat Hawkins and Ted Woodruff, who walked onto the slippery pitch knowing the Old Xaverians were filled with players who were hard-bodied and full of previous finals experience. Mother Nature played her role and littered the pitch with consistent showers that levelled the playing field.

Old Xaverians Best Games: 2016

At the first break, Old Trinity was in charge of slim lead: four-points. The second term saw Old Xaverians storm out and control possession, leading to three goals to Old Trinity’s one. The Xavs knew Old Trinity threatened with their patented bursts of quick scoring, and indeed Old Trinity hung tough in the third term, finally managing to take the lead courtesy of a second major from Ed Weatherson in the fourth term. From there, the savvy Old Xaverians struck back quickly with two goals from Goss and Handley, extending their lead to 15. During the dying stages, Louis Denton of the Xavs, who had been so dominant all game, was able to win a crucially contested ball and feed it out to his exceptional runners. Lachlan Keith, who only had two senior games under his belt up to that point, kicked two crucial majors and was one of the games x-factors. Caydn Beetham, the Jock Nelson Medal winner, was one of the driving factors of the game. With only moments to spare in the fourth term, he sealed the game with a 55m kick that sailed through the goal. Special mention goes out to Dan Noonan and Nick Wynne who held firm in the trenches repelling a barrage of Old Trinity players inside the 50 thrusts. Brendan Goss and Matt Handley also kicked majors in fourth quarter.