Tony Lovett


This years National carnival was held in Queensland on the Gold Coast with Vic Country fielding teams in every division.

Our 45s team played for a medal against Vic Metro but went down in a hard fought battle. All other teams were generally competitive but with players dropping back from older age groups, we were always against it, running out of legs in most cases.

There were some great individual performances with a number of players recognised with Vic Country Best & Fairest and All Australian honours.


35/40s  Wayne Allan

45s        Bernie Purcell & Justin Kammerer

50s        Tim Delaney

55s        Paddy Whelan

60s        Ollie Mathews


As usual we had some great off field support with our trainers JK & Robbo. Also very big thanks to Natalie and Jarrod who took the lead in the team managing duties. Whilst there were others that jumped in and helped out, these two kept things in order.

Tommy Williams also performed a magnificent job handling the merchandise and apparel as well as general duties to keep us rolling along.

Graeme Boyd was busy organising a number of social events which included watching the AFL Grand Final together and the Cocktail night, both events well attended. It is always great when we have a venue to gather and mix socially away from the footy field.

Geelong 2017

In 2017 the National Carnival will be held in Geelong. This presents a great opportunity for Vic Country to field strong teams in every age group. We obviously need to be ready and start our preparations early.

This year we held training runs and announced coaches earlier in the year than we have previously done. I would like to see us do this again and have proposed a timeline in my recommendations.


  1. All Vic Country clubs fully encourage player participation at National Carnivals.
  2. That the timeline outlined below is endorsed by the committee and implemented by members:
    1. Call for Vic Country Coaches and successful applicants announced ? April 2017
    2. Mini Carnival/Squad scratch matches ? late May 2017 (all Vic Country Clubs involved0
    3. Lawrie Evans Shield game ? June long weekend 2017
    4. Training runs ? July/August/September 2017


VC Best & Fairest:

35/40s - Jason Watkins

45s ? Shane Geddes

50s ? Bruce Wilson

55s ? Sid Jones

60s - John Watkins


All Australians:

35/40s ? James Whitford & Jason Watkins

45s ? Michael Dodd & Rocket Hogan

50s ? Bruce Wilson & Scott Gladman

55s ? Sid Jones, Scott Gladman, Ian McKee & Andy Miller

60s ? Rob Walters, John Watkins, Maurie Parsons & Kevin Blatchford


Lawrie Evans Memorial Shield

Graeme Boyd


Overall Best & Fairest:

35/40s - James Whitford