THE DOC DUNN CLUB
Supporting the Sport of Soccer at Geelong Grammar School
Soccer has been played at the school for the last 30 years having been introduced by the past Teacher-in-Charge Dr Peter Dunn. The number of students, in Middle and Senior School, has increased over the years. Since 2009 the number of students playing Soccer outnumbers all other sports in the Middle and Senior Schools and is in the order of 30% of the student population. The school policy of appointing experienced soccer coaches is starting to pay off with a great improvement in the standard of game being played by both girls and boys.
One of the most important things that you, as a parent/guardian, can do (whenever possible) is to attend your child's game and cheer the team on. We look forward to seeing you on the sideline during the season.
Doc Dunn Club, the Support Group for the Sport of Soccer at GGS was officially launched on 28 May 2016, with our patron Peter 'Doc' Dunn in attendance.
2016 Girls 1st Team with Coach Tony Horrocks
2016 Boys 1st Team with Coach Steve Radojevic
260 students are now playing Soccer at GGS – by far the biggest sport involving 1 in 3 students.
Our role is to offer greater parental involvement and advocacy:
• Bring parents together to support their children
• Foster a love of the game for our kids
• Bring a club atmosphere where every player and parent is valued
• Advocacy for the sport of Soccer at GGS
• Facilitate communication between parents, coaches, Teacher-In-Charge and the School
• Make GGS a centre of excellence for Soccer and promote to the wider school community
PETER 'DOC' DUNN - THE MAN BEHIND THE NAME
Peter ‘Doc’ Dunn was a teacher of science and sports master at Geelong Grammar School from 1977 until his retirement in 2010. Peter arrived in Australia at GGS after studying and playing Soccer at Oxford, later becoming captain-coach of the ANU Soccer team whilst furthering his studies in neurobiology.
Upon arrival at GGS there was no formal Soccer program until Peter repeatedly asked and agitated for entrance of the school into the Associated Public Schools Soccer program. After being knocked back for two years, the school relented and Peter was allowed to hold trials putting together a soccer squad. When he presented the school with 50 keen and able players, he was told he had to trim this to 25 players as there would be too much of an impact upon Australian Rules football and Rugby Union numbers!
In 1980 GGS entered APS for the first time in soccer and were highly competitive. Over the next 25 years he either coached, co-coached or managed GGS boys’ first team – a phenomenal achievement. In the late 90’s, whilst still maintaining his involvement in soccer, he was promoted to Head of Sport at GGS and introduced outside coaches to assist him (including Ernie Tapai who was capped as a Socceroo 37 times). The highlights of his coaching career were Peter’s first team winning their division in 1987 (a period when APS and Australian Grammar Schools were combined). In addition to being runner up in the APS soccer program during both 1991 and 1997 (the latter, incidentally, with a very athletic Craig Mottram in midfield).
Peter also pushed extremely hard for girls’ Soccer to be introduced and in 2002 an all-girl squad was put together playing both local and informal matches. Whilst not officially in the APS, so good were this team that (controversially), the captain, Julia Davis, was actually selected to captain the APS representative side. In 2003 GGS girls were formally admitted to the APS Soccer schedule and numbers have continued rising to the point where Soccer is now the second biggest girls sport.
Since a humble beginning of 25 boys representing GGS in 1980 to the 260 male and female students playing today, Peter ‘Doc’ Dunn has been instrumental in the establishment and flourishing of Soccer at GGS. Through his patience, persistence and sheer will, Soccer is now the biggest sport at GGS by over 50%. Peter ‘Doc’ Dunn is a most worthy patron for the GGS Soccer Support Group. The Club is proud and privileged to bear his name.
The pioneering 1980 1st XI Boys' Soccer Team with Peter Dunn as the very first coach
President: Bernie Creati
Treasurer: Gary Caldwell
Secretary: Deborah Eyre
Committee Members: Jacquie Caldwell (BBQ Coordination), Ian Routley, Stephen Worboys, Prue Southey, Emanuela Merlatti, Charles Pithie, Julie Denison, Peter Bajer
Teacher-in-Charge: Lou Spanos
For more information or to contact the Doc Dunn Club Committee, please e-mail Iga Bajer, Support Group & Event Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org