About The Red Hill Football Netball Club
Founded in 1929 The Red Hill Football Netball Club fields three men’s and one woman’s AFL teams as well as 5 Netball teams. Our mission is to ensure a sense of belonging within strong and competitive team environments as well as providing a supportive culture for our young adults, families and people of all ages.
We are a not for profit association which relies on the broader Mornington Peninsula community for support. Sponsorships, community fund raising and the hard work of our many volunteers ensure our continued growth to achieve our goals; which include developing our young players into leaders through competitive team environments.
The History Of The Red Hill Football Netball Club
Red Hill Football and Netball Club.
The inaugural meeting to found the club was held on Tuesday the 9th of February 1929 at the Mechanics Institute Hall. It was chaired by Mr George Heggens with the election of office bearers.
In the first year, coach Alf Hunt took the club to a final’s berth. The mercurial Fred Vollk led it to four consecutive finals (l932-5). Kicking 60 goals to win the league B Grade goal kicking and the Whitlock medal for the best and fairest in the League, Volk was instrumental in getting the club to its first Grand Final in 1935, losing to Somerville. A Preliminary final in 1939 followed by a 4-point loss to Dromana in the Grand Final of 1940, ended an eventful decade.
In 1937 a Dromana/Rosebud District side containing fourteen (out of ninteen) Red Hill locals, including the captain Eric Pritchard, played and won the B Grade Grand Final against Frankston at Momington. This was celebrated by a Ball in the Red Hill Hall.
The club saw its last final’s action for thirty-seven years in 1946 under coach Reuben Edwards (1929-1950), but by 1950 many players moved on and Red Hill disbanded.
An U15 side coached by Allen Holmes entered the Nepean League in 1965, followed by second’s sides in 1966-7. Local legend Graeme Emond coached this side to two final’s series and won two League second XVIII best and fairest awards in the process. In 1968, the senior side under Noel Burrows made its debut in the Nepean League. Although producing many fine local players including League best and fairest winner Harry Reints (1975) the club struggled through the seventies, especially against the strong Frankston clubs.
A revival followed under Michael Pierce, who coached the club to four successive final series (1982-1985), which led in 1984 to both senior sides playing off for the flag against Bonbeach. Unfortunately the ones lost, but the twos coached by Wayne Spence recorded the club’s first ever flag. 1985 was a year of great disappointment. Undefeated all season but out in straight sets.
Steven Trott and Mark Callaghan were stand out players in the late eighties, both winning League best and fairest awards.
Our first senior flag came in 1990. The Tim Luscombe coached side prevailed against Karingal. Captain Boyd Johnston lifted the cup at the Frankston ground amid scenes of wild euphoria. We also won the right to be promoted to Premier Division. Ruckman Les Saunders won two League best and fairest awards in this period.
Returning to the Nepean League in 1996, Andrew Brady later coached the seniors to finals (1999-2000).
The new Millennium saw the advent of the netballers, who have already made their mark with finals appearances in all grades including a Grand Final win in ‘C grade, and a Grand Final appearance of the U17’s in 2017.
In 2012 Jason Watts coached the side to the Preliminary Final, and in 2013 Paul Jones took the reserves to the same final. Rover Daniel Smith added another League Best and Fairest to the club’s impressive list.
Our U18/U19’s footballers have made multiple final series in this period, under coaches Martin Hickey and Andrew Gilmour including three Grand Finals culminating in their first ever premiership in 2017. A number of our boys have been drafted to the ‘Stingrays’ system, and one, Alex Lee to Port Adelaide. In 2018 we have three at the ‘Stingrays’ and a similar number are on the Frankston V.F.L list. Not bad for a club in such a small catchment area!
A women’s team joined the fold in 2017, which has tipped the gender balance in the club in favour of the females, which is also reflected in the composition of the committee in 2018.
2018 sees Jamie Mollo take over the senior coaching role in Division 2 of the newly structured M.P.N.F.L from Tony Blackford who led the club to four successive final’s series (2014-7). The club has high hopes that captain Marcus Dal Lago will lift the premiership trophy at the end of the year, and Simon Powell (Reserves); Andrew Gilmour (U19’s), will enjoy similar success.