Marcellin Old Collegians Football Club entered the Y.C.W. competition in 1968 and joined the Victorian Amateur Football Association in 1971.
The inaugural year in the VAFA competition was an undoubted success for the Club with a Premiership for the Seniors and the Reserves finishing third. The Club swept the ‘F’ grade pool – the Premiership and Peter Gartner with 98 goals won the leading Goal Kicker and the Best and Fairest for the Grade.
The early foundations on and off of the field saw the Club progress from F grade to A grade in successive years with Premierships in 1974 and 1976. Ray Walsh as coach. A talented group of players. Bill Gartner and a committed group of supporters and parent contributed to a remarkable achievement unparalleled in the VAFA competition.
The 1980’s. The first Under 19 premiership for the Club in 1984 contributed to a pool of talent and a B grade premiership for the Seniors in 1985 under the guidance of Neil LeLievre as Senior Coach. The Club re-entered A grade with a significant changing of the playing group.
The 1990’s – a 1990 Premiership with a talented Under 19 group translated into a powerful finish in the 90’s. Successive Premierships with Tony Paatsch in 1997 in ‘C’ grade and 1998 in ‘B’ grade for the Seniors. A premiership for the Reserves in 1996. A Under 19 Premiership in 1999.
The 2000’s – a big decade. The A Grade premiership in 2001 with Simon Dalrymple as Senior Coach. The Under 19 Premiership in 2005. The B Grade Premiership in 2008. Club XV111 Premierships in 2002 and 2008. Bald Eagles Premierships in 2001 and 2002.
In 2011 the Under 19’s added to the premiership success of the Club and our most recent premiership occurring in 2013 where out Reserves remarkably went undefeated to claim the Premier C flag.
Across the history of the Club there has been so many successes – much more than games won and premierships. Enduring and lifelong friendships on and off of the field has to be a hallmark of any successful Club.
One person has seen it all (and he’s still watching!) In the 1971 annual report President Brian Wright commented,
“Tim Naughton saw to the efficient administration of both teams. The demands on his time were heavy yet he still placed himself at the Clubs disposal each Saturday as timekeeper as well as seeing to the preparation of the ground and gymnasium when we were playing at the College”.
Ray Walsh may not have seen quite as many games as Tim however on and off the field, he is the second Legend of the Club. Ray steered the club from F Grade to A Grade as a player and a coach and then became a mentor to so many who followed. A true legend