Holroyd-Parramatta Blacktown AFC Goannas

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Holroyd-Parramatta-Blacktown Goannas
Full name Holroyd-Parramatta-Blacktown Australian Football Club
Club details
Founded 1979
Colours      Blue and      Yellow
Competition Sydney AFL
President Bob Mannion
Coach Jack Schwarz
Captain(s) Scott "Slogger" Maguire
Ground(s) Gipps Road Oval
Other information
Official website Holroyd-Parramatta-Blacktown sportingpulse website
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Holroyd-Parramatta-Blacktown Australian Football Club are an Australian rules football club based in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The club colours are blue and yellow and they are nicknamed the Goannas. They currently have teams in the First Division, Fourth Division and Fifth Division of the Sydney AFL league.

The Goannas home ground is Gipps Road Oval located in the western Sydney suburb of Greystanes, part of the local city of Holroyd.


The club formed in 1979 (reserves only) as Parramatta with a senior team instigated in 1980. The club changed its name to Holroyd-Parramatta in 1983 before a merger with Blacktown in 1995.

In 1985, six years after their formation, the Goannas were admitted to Sydney football’s primary competition, the SFL (now known as Premier League), where, after a lack lustre couple of seasons, they began to emerge as a genuine force towards the end of the decade. With former Richmond player Ron Thomas at the helm the side qualified for the 1990 finals in second spot behind North Shore before winning the second semi final by 31 points. In the grand final a fortnight later it again met North Shore and, in a spiteful, tempestuous match at the Erskineville Oval, won its first and only SFL pennant by 7 points. Final scores were Holroyd-Parramatta 9.15 (69) defeated North Shore 9.8 (62), with Brian ‘Alf’ Hawke courageously seeing out the entire game for the victors despite sustaining a broken jaw early on. The Goannas retained the nucleus of their premiership side in 1991, but on this occasion fell at the final hurdle. The premiership team included future Sydney Swan player Neil Brunton. The premiership decider featured the same teams as in 1990 and was, if anything, an even more bruising and unpleasant encounter, with the Goannas, despite having only fifteen fit men, doing well to get within a goal during the last term before ultimately going down by 22 points.

In 1995, the club decided that it was being over-stretched in the SFL, and took the opportunity of merging with struggling SFA club, Blacktown. In 1995, the club decided that it was being over-stretched in the SFL, and took the opportunity of merging with struggling SFA club, Blacktown. The newly merged club would compete in the SFA, the highlight of this period being a 14.10 (94) to 11.11 (77) grand final defeat of Wollongong in 2001.

Arguably the Goannas’ most famous player was Mark Taylor (cricketer), who won the club’s best and fairest award in 1983, and later went on to captain the Australian Test cricket team. Taylor is the current club patron of the Goannas.

Hall of fame[edit]

  • David Barwick
  • Peter Rickett
  • Peter Taylor

Life Members[edit]

  • Ken Gray
  • Julie Gray
  • Terry Kennedy
  • Robert Mannion
  • David Barwick
  • Peter Taylor
  • Peter Rickett
  • Robert Murphy
  • Ron Goulding
  • Stuart Hall
  • Harold Wilson
  • Nick Grant
  • Don Cardilini
  • Sue Cardilini
  • John Perry
  • Troy Balzan
  • Patrick Gallagher (jnr)
  • Graeme Huxley
  • Tony Mance
  • Al Fennell


  • Sydney Football League (now Premier Division) - 1990
  • Sydney Football League Reserve Grade - 1991
  • Sydney Football Association First Grade - 2001
  • Sydney Football Association Under 20 - 1984, 1991

Best & Fairest First Grade - Gray Medal[edit]

2013 saw the inaugural presentation of the Gray Medal for the Goannas Best & Fairest winner. The Gray medal is named in honour of the Gray Family who have sponsored the Holroyd Parramatta Blacktown Football Club since its inception in 1979.

  • 1980 Dean Nelson
  • 1981 David Barwick
  • 1982 Mark Taylor (cricketer)
  • 1983 Paul Screigh
  • 1984 Peter Rickett
  • 1985 Peter Rickett
  • 1986 Peter Rickett
  • 1987 Barry Denton
  • 1988 Barry Denton
  • 1989 Jason Lanham
  • 1990 Neil Brunton
  • 1991 Michael Partridge
  • 1992 Jason Lanham
  • 1993 Damien Pearce
  • 1994 Dwayne Finch
  • 1995 Pat Gallagher
  • 1996 Mark Iveli
  • 1997 Brendan Connelly
  • 1998 Brad Marshall
  • 1999 Matthew Bell
  • 2000 David Caminiti
  • 2001 Pat Gallagher
  • 2002 Pat Gallagher
  • 2003 Pat Gallagher
  • 2004 Pat Gallagher
  • 2005 Daryn Avery & Glen Page
  • 2006 Andrew Munns
  • 2007 Alexander Beckton
  • 2008 Gregory Adams
  • 2009 Sireli Fifita
  • 2010 Andrew Munns
  • 2011 Craig Geddes
  • 2012 Stuart McKinley
  • 2013 Jordan Pidgeon
  • 2014 Ben Rogers

League medallists[edit]

  • Phelan medal (SFL Seniors) - Michael Porta (1989)
  • Sanders Medal (SFL Reserves) - Robert Ash (1989), David Barwick (1990), Peter Taylor (1991)
  • Snow Medal (SFA Seniors) - Salem Kassem (2000)
  • McFarlene Medal (SFA Reserves) - Hakan Kassem (2000)
  • Kealey Medal (SFL Under 19s) - Salem Kassem (1990)
  • Hart Medal (SFA Under 20s) - Mark Turner (1984)

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