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Joined VAFA: 1920

Section: Premier

Years in section: 6

Nickname: OMs/Redlegs

Ground: Elsternwick Park, Glen Huntly Road, Brighton.

Under 19/Thirds: Oval 1, Albert Park, Lakeside Drive, St. Kilda.

Colours: Navy blue/ – white number; shorts – navy blue; socks – red.

Secretary: Stephen Mattingly M: 0418 998 493 E: [email protected]

President: David Elam M: 0418 108 928 E: [email protected]

Old Melburnians were one of the eight clubs that helped get the VAFA (then MAFA) back on its feet post-war as they joined the competition on its resumption in 1920. Success came a couple of times in the interwar years, as OMs won the A Section (1930) and B Section (1938) premierships. However, the 1950’s was the golden era for Old Melburnians, as the club stormed to a three-peat of A Section premierships. Despite this success they still found themselves in B Section soon after, but a 1959 B Section triumph had the club back in the top section for the 1960s. The next decade and a half was the leanest in the club’s history as they failed to win a senior flag for 17 years, the club found itself in C Section. However a 1976 C Section premiership was followed by a B Section triumph in 1978. The Cordner name is synonymous with Old Melburnians through the generations, and in 1978, Ian Cordner had the perfect season, winning the section goalkicking, GT Moore Medal for Best and Fairest, and was best on ground when he captained the side to that B Section premiership. The club experienced its next golden era in the early 1990’s as they won back to back premierships (B -1993) and A Section 1994. The A Section premiership ended a 39-year wait to get their hands on the L.A. Adamson Cup. OM’s have won two more B Section pennants since then, but they have not had a sustained period in Premier to make a charge at winning their seventh title in the top section. A runner-up finish to their 2015 campaign paved the way for the OMs to return to the Premier section in 2016. They entered a women’s team for the first time in 2018 and finished runner-up to Whitefriars in Division 2. After the decision was made to create a Victorian cricketing hub at the Junction Oval, OM’s new home became Elsternwick Park where they now reside as a co-tenant to the VAFA and Elsternwick Cricket Club.

Premierships 

Seniors Reserves Thirds U19s Club XVIII
14 5 1 3 2
Premier / A Section: 1930, 1953-55, 1994 Premier: 2018
Premier B / B Section: 1938, 1959, 1978, 1982, 1993, 2002, 2009
Premier C / C Section: 1976, 1988

 

Competition Best and Fairest Winners – Senior

Premier / A Section: JN Woodrow Medal – 3

Premier B / B Section: GT Moore Medal – 2

Year Name Section Votes
2014 Thomas Paule Premier B 25
1996 Peter D. O’Brien A Section 18
1978 Ian Cordner B Section
1960 B. N. Kerr A Section
1939 E. A. Atkins A Section

 

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