Join us for the 2023 Big V Lunch

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Experience the grandeur and prestige of the Victorian Amateur Football Association at its finest with the upcoming Big V Lunch at the renowned RACV Club on Friday, July 14.

The day before the Big V faces off against the Perth Football League at Elsternwick Park. The first time representative football will be played for both the senior men’s and women’s sides since 2019.

This exclusive event promises an unforgettable luncheon filled with celebration, recognition, and a tribute to some of the most influential figures the Big V has seen.

Prepare to be captivated as the VAFA honours the remarkable careers of Big V Champions John Griffiths from Caulfield Grammarians and Mark Brady from Old Scotch and St Kevin’s Old Boys. Plus, Joe Kelly from being recognised as a Big V Legend, in recognition of his outstanding coaching record.

The Big V Luncheon is a gathering that encapsulates the rich history and traditions of the VAFA. It is a unique opportunity to connect with the past while embracing the present. Held at the esteemed RACV Club.


The spotlight will shine brightly on John Griffiths, a true stalwart of Caulfield Grammarians. Griffiths’ remarkable achievements on the field during the 1970’s saw him pull on the Big V on 8 occasions between 1973 – 1977.

Mark Brady, hailing from Old Scotch and St Kevin’s Old Boys, is another legendary figure who will be celebrated at the Big V Lunch. Known for his unrivalled passion and outstanding contributions to the game, making his Big V debut in the Under 19 side in 1989. Brady would be rewarded a further 7 times most notably in the 1994 Carnival where he was named a member of the All Amateur Team.

In his final game in the Big V in 1997, he was named the best player on the ground against the VCFL. As a Big V Champion, his skill, determination, and sportsmanship were a feature of his football during the 90’s.

In 2023, the Big V Legend honour has been awarded to Joe Kelly, the revered coach of the Big V between 1950 and 1957. Kelly’s unparalleled leadership and strategic brilliance have guided the Big V to an impressive 15 appearances, resulting in a staggering 14 victories.

The event will be graced by the presence of esteemed guests, including past and present players, coaches, and administrators. The atmosphere will be abuzz with excitement and camaraderie as football enthusiasts from all walks of life gather to pay homage to these exceptional individuals.

To complement the festivities, the Big V Luncheon will feature the announcement of the 22 young men and women who will face off against Perth the following day at Elsternwick Park, writing the next chapter in Big V history.

Right throughout the afternoon there’ll be tales of triumph and camaraderie from previous Big V representatives reminiscing about their time on the field.

These inspirational stories will provide a rare glimpse into the heart and soul of the VAFA, reaffirming its place as one of the most prestigious honours in our competition.

Immerse yourself in the heritage and passion of representative football, as the VAFA pays tribute to the extraordinary careers of John Griffiths and Mark Brady and honours Joe Kelly’s elevation to Big V Legend.

The Big V Lunch at the prestigious RACV Club on Friday, July 14, promises to be an unforgettable experience that celebrates the very essence of our beloved sport.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be a part of history.