Update: Seeking new players for 2013 season (both under age and senior player welcome).
Its 2012 and once again the surfing culture that has been an underlying fabric at Red Hill F.C. for 3 decades is evident with another two high profile players and a handful of Frankston boys joining the club because they also love to surf. Joey Kreiger who rookied at Fremantle and David Mapleton who rookied at Brisbane have come on board under the coaching of Gary Colling. Gary’s surfing exploits can be tracked back to the sixties and while serving at the St Kilda F.C. as a (265 game) player, assistant coach and administrator he managed to swing the Saints end of season trip to Hawaii on half a dozen occasions. Surf coaching from Gary had a high success rate because of the oversized mals available for hire in the corner at the Famous Waikiki beach. Proof of this surfaced at Trigger Bros with football giants Stuart Lowe and Peter Everitt both ordering custom surfboards from our stores after one of the trips.
1968 – Gary Colling resting after an Epic Surf at Merimbula Bar
For new players coming on board this 2013 season there is a Trigger Bros custom surfboard on offer.At the end of the home and away games Gary will be selecting one new player to the seniors club who has had the most positive impact on the team.The winner will be invited to join in with Paul and Phil in the shaping and glassing.
Initially it was Mick Pierce the 1977 Victorian Open surfing champ who when coaching Red Hill from 1981 to 1983 fostered a wave of surfers equally talented at football to join the ranks of this very special seaside club. Some of the first onboard were surfing legend Phil Grace, his brother Tony, Malibu superstar Les Seeley (multiple MPFL leading goal kicker and Premiership player with Carrum) and crowd favourite Richard “Maddog” Collier.
At one stage the club boasted two Victorian Junior surfing champions; the late Kelly Pritchard, and Ian Cochrane who also won the prestigious Oke Pro Comp held at Phillip Island. Steve Wilkinson was another regular A grade finalist in state surfing rounds who juggled a footy career until injured on the chip (oval) at Red Hill. MPFL best and fairest Steve Trott who played during the Invincible’s era at the Hill was another stand out surfer particularly in the hollow beach breaks at Gunnamatta. In fact even with the current team there’s not too many who don’t enjoy a Sunday recovery surf session. Come on down is the call from the Red Hill Football Club committee to players who love the game and enjoy the surf and yes you can even buy a block of wax at the canteen.
Triggs (Red Hill Reserves ’81-’82)