THE NEWMAN CLUB

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Supporting Australian Rules Football at Geelong Grammar School

The Newman Club was founded in 1980 to support Australian Rules Football at Geelong Grammar School. The Club was named in joint recognition of Noel Newman and his son John (Sam) Newman. Both were present at the inaugural dinner in 1980 at which Noel gave the founding speech.

Noel Newman, born Frederick Noel Bolton Newman, was a student at Geelong Grammar School from 1916-24 and master at Corio from 1929-66. He was variously known as Noel, Newy, Nogger and F.N.B.N. In 1924 he was vice-captain of football when the GGS team came as close to a premiership as in any year since 1902 – they were beaten only by a brilliant Xavier team, nine of whose members went on to play VFL football. Charles Cameron, coach of the 1st XVIII and a former VFL player, said on retirement in 1947 that Noel was the best schoolboy footballer he had seen during his thirty-two years on staff. As a staff member, Noel coached the 1st XVIII on and off in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

John (Sam) Newman, born John Noel William Newman, was a student at Geelong Grammar School from 1952-63. He played in the first XVIII from 1961-1963. He was vice-captain in 1963 and selected to play in the APS representative team. He joined the Geelong Football Club the following year and played 300 games for them in a career spanning 1964-80. He twice won the Club Best & Fairest (1968 & 1975), was selected as All-Australian (1969) and represented Victoria 8 times. He was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2002 and selected in the Geelong Team of the Century in 2001. Today, Sam is the Newman Club patron, Noel having passed away in 2000.

COMMITTEE

President: Mark Kebbell
Treasurer: Justin O'Brien
Secretary: Jenny Packer

Committee Members: Jenny McAsey, Norm Sheahan, Lucy Gubbins, Matt McCartin, Andy Sleigh, Louise Baylis, David Ramsay, Dougal Morrison, Shem Fitzgerald (TIC)

Immediate Past President: Mark Kellett

CONTACT

For more information or to contact the Newman Club Committee, please e-mail Iga Bajer, Support Group & Event Coordinator - supportgroups@ggs.vic.edu.au

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Membership to the Newman Club is by an Individual one-off subscription only and is open to all Parents, Old Geelong Grammarians and supporters of Football at Geelong Grammar.

Membership comes with either a Club Tie, Scarf or Cap. Additional scarves or caps can also be purchased as part of the membership.

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