Coldstream Club History
Coldstream Over The Years…
After playing a ‘scratch match’ against St. Huberts in August 1910, the decision was made to field a team from Coldstream in 1911. Seven seasons had passed since Coldstream had last played (1903) and getting a new team together would be a challenge given that in 1911 the official population of Coldstream was 109 people!
Halley Supple was elected president and Jim Maloney was picked to be coach. Coldstream would play against Healesville, Lilydale, Yarra Glen and Coranderrk for the Stevens Trophy (put up by the owner of the Olinda Creek Hotel). Each team would play against the others three times and there would be no finals.
The planned 12 round season finished after 11 games when Yarra Glen and Lilydale pulled out once they realised that they couldn’t win the trophy!
Despite some reasonable showings - including the club’s highest score to that time (6.8.44 against Healesville) - Coldstream were unable to win a single match.
The papers at the time regularly commented on two things about Coldstream: their continuing inability to get enough men together to field a full side, and their roughness!
Coranderrk, fielding a team for the first time since 1896, beat Healesville to win the Stevens Trophy.
Coldstream were playing in the Croydon – Ferntree Gully Football League (which would become the EDFL in 1962). They had missed the 1959 finals by a game after reaching the 1958 Preliminary Final and were looking to make their presence felt as the new decade began.
At this point in history, Coldstream was still fielding only one senior team. It wasn’t until 1963 that the Club had a first and second XVIII.
Playing coach, Jack Harman, decided to head back to Ringwood North after only three matches and his role was taken over by Robert ‘Bob’ Kelsey, a new recruit who had played for Carlton in 1947 and 1948.
Colin Mellors won his third league B & F in as many seasons and was invited to play with Footscray in 1961.
With 10 wins and 2 byes, the Club squeaked into 4th place and were beaten in the First Semi Final by eventual Premiers Mulgrave.
It was the 10 year anniversary of Coldstream’s first - and only - Senior premiership. The Club had missed the finals in 1984 after making the 1983 Grand Final. Life members Ian and Anne Wheeler were running the Club and goal-kicking machine, Terry Simmonds was Captain-Coach.
The team won 12 of their 18 home and away games to finish 4th on the ladder. The Reserves won 15 games to finish 3rd as did the Under 16s.
The Under 14s didn’t make the finals, but one of their young stars, Richard O’Meara, was awarded the Division 3 Under 14 B & F.
The Under 16s went on to win the premiership by 16 points over South Waverley/Sandown. It was only the second time an Under 16s side had won the flag, and the first time since 1963.
Jason Baldwin won the Division 3 Under 16 B & F. He would go on to play 127 games of VFL/AFL football for Fitzroy and Richmond, making him the 3rd VFL/AFL player from Coldstream.
Unfortunately both Senior sides failed to win their premierships. The Seniors lost their preliminary final by 74 points. But bigger things were just around the corner…
Coldstream were in Fourth Division of the Eastern Football League after they had ‘won’ the wooden spoon in 1999. Since the EFL / EDFL had introduced Fourth Division in 1986, Coldstream had never before been in it.
Life members Paul Harris and Paul Payne were the president and secretary, respectively, and Russell Culwick was the Coach. Life member Scott Fritsch was captain and Matt Price won the first of his Club Best & Fairests.
The Seniors finished 2nd after winning 13 games. The Reserves won 10 games but just missed the finals, finishing 5th. The Under 16s finished on top of their ladder, going through the season undefeated. They would continue that form through their 2 finals and win the premiership. The Under 12s finished 4th in their competition, but were bundled out in the first final by Ringwood.
The Seniors made it to the Grand Final and faced off against Waverley Blues. They were never really in the match and lost by 61 points. They had just missed out on returning the club straight back into Third Division, but 2001 would present them with another chance!