Our long and rich history began in 1961 when the Old Haileybury Amateur Football Club was established.
Under coach Ross Venn, the first modern Old Haileyburians team took the field on Saturday 22 April 1961 at Albert Park Oval Number Ten, the Haileyburians’ first footballing home. The first team to take the field against Old Trinity was:
Backs: Brian Henderson, Morris Brown, David Child Half-backs: John MacFarlane, David McLean, Robin Boag Centres: Keith MacFarlane, Andrew Home (captain), Don Thomson Half-forwards: David Schaffter, Russell Hare, Robert Gyngell Forwards: John Davies, Duncan Sutherland, Lindsay Worledge Followers: Rod Home, David Robertson Rover: Peter MacFarlane Interchange: Dennis Mills, Tony Clarke
The Bloods won their first game 13.12 (90) to 7.7 (40)
Three significant events mark the Old Haileyburians’ 1963 season; the formation of a reserves team, the move to the Halifax and William Streets Reserve in Brighton, and their first premiership in its inaugural season in D Grade. The first flag results:
1963 D Section Grand Final at Ross Gregory Oval, 14 September 1963
Building Our Foundations
From the success in 1963, the Bloods spent the next several years struggling in C Grade narrowly avoiding relegation more than once. The next decade would see a more competitive Bloods, benefitting from the club growing financially, with the reserves and under 19's team helping to strengthen the club's foundations.
Proving this, the reserve's team was the club's second premiership team in 1968 against AJAX at Albert Park, coached by David Young.
Twist of Fate
The story of the second semi-final was not complete with the final siren in 1969. Assumption ruckman, had played a wonderful game, but over an after-match beer with his Bloods opponent blurted out how much he had also enjoyed his footy “up the bush” in Yarrawonga that year. Of all the people to confess his sins to, he chose a very attentive Zeke Davies. A protest was lodged, upheld and Assumption forfeited the match for playing the unregistered ruckman. Zeke’s detective work had seen Old Haileyburians through to the Grand Final.
The Bloods then faced Assumption in the Grand Final, and tensions were high due to the drama of the semi final. OHAFC came away with the win against Assumption. Closing off a tumultuous decade in the best way possible.