Bell Post Hill Football Club

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Bell Post Hill Football Club
Port Melbourne Borough Jumper.svg
Nickname(s) Panthers
2014 season
Leading goalkicker Justin Tarr & Joel Page (61)
Best and fairest Caleb Bacely
Club details
Founded 1975
Colours      Blue and      red
President Bill McAuliffe
Coach Brent Grgic
Captain(s) Cameron Addie & Joel Page
Ground(s) Myers Reserve, Bell Post Hill, Victoria
Other information
Official website [1]

The Bell Post Hill Football Club, known as the Panthers, is a football club currently playing in the Geelong & District Football League (GDFL) fielding senior, reserves and under-18 teams. They are the current reigning GDFL premiers, winning the 2014 premiership and have won 4 of the last 5 GDFL premierships.

Club details[edit]

Their home ground is Myers Reserve, Creamery Rd, Bell Post Hill. They are currently coached by former Melbourne and Geelong AFL player Brent Grgic. The team jerseys are red and blue vertical stripes.

Club history[edit]

The club was formed in 1976 as a junior football club, in 1977 a senior side entered the Geelong & District Football League.

Bell Post Hill reached their first senior Grand Final in 1983 losing to Thomson. They reached the Grand Final again in 1988 losing narrowly to Lara, they wouldn't reach another for 20 years until 2008 when they again lost to Thomson. In 2009 the Panthers again reached the Grand Final, losing to East Geelong in a spiteful contest. The hoodoo was finally broken in 2010, in their third consecutive GDFL Grand Final appearance, defeating minor premiers Werribee Centrals by 103 points.

Club honours[edit]

Senior Premierships – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

Senior Grand Finals – 1983, 1988, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Reserves Premierships – 1994, 2000, 2012

Under-18 Premierships – 1981, 1989, 1992

Senior League Best & Fairest – Shaun Lewis (2008), Shane Tobin (2013)

Senior Grand Final Best-on-Ground – Jamie Pyle (2010), Justin Tarr (2012), Atilla Sulics (2014)

Reserve League Best & Fairest - Josh Bacely (2013)

Reserves Grand Final Best-on-Ground - Robert Law (2012)

Senior Premierships[edit]

2010 Premiership[edit]

Bell Post Hill went into the 2010 GDFL finals series with a 15–3 regular season record, finishing second on the ladder, one game behind Werribee Centrals. The Panthers faced old rival Bannockburn in the Qualifying final, a five-goal second quarter set up a 38 point win.

The Second Semi-Final saw Bell Post Hill face Werribee Centrals, after a tight first quarter, Bell Post Hill once again rallied in the second and eventually ran away with a 68 point victory and a spot in the Grand Final.

With Werribee Centrals defeating Bannockburn in the preliminary final, the Panthers would face the Centurions twice in a row. Bell Post Hill came flying out of the blocks and kicked 6 goals to 1 in the first quarter and had 10 goals on the board at half time, it should have been more due to some inaccurate kicking for goal. After half-time the Panthers put the foot down keeping the Centurions goaless in the third quarter and then kicking 7 goals in the last to run out 103 point winners.[1]


Bell Post Hill 6.7 10.13 14.20 21.23 (149)
Werribee Centrals 1.3 4.5 4.7 6.10 (46)

Goals: Bell Post Hill – J Pyle 8, M Jovanovic 4, D Holzfeind 3, R Cavka 2, T Barton, S Lewis, C Bacely, C Moreland 1

Werribee Centrals – T Johns 2, D Leatch 1, N Lovell 1, B Pilkington 1, S Calbert 1

Best: Bell Post Hill – J Pyle, D Holzfeind, B Martin, J Symes, S Overall, C Moreland

Werribee Centrals – A Burke, B Pilkington, D Hall, D Leatch, B Chugg

Premiership Team[edit]

B: S Tobin S Overall D Jenkins
HB: B McNamara B Grgic B Martin (capt.)
C: T Fursland D Holzfeind S Lymer
HF: T Barton R Cavka A Pisano
F: C Bacely M Jovanovic J Pyle
Foll: J Symes C Moreland S Lewis
I/C: A Fantella A Baird
A Venner T Fletcher
Coach B Grgic


2011 Premiership[edit]

After finishing top of the ladder, the Panthers went straight through to the Grand Final by defeating East Geelong by 21 points in the second semi final. They then faced the Eagles again two weeks later in the Grand Final. Trailing by 19 points at half-time and 11 points at three-quarter time, the Panthers surged in the last-quarter, kicking 7 goals to 1, to run out 27 point winners and claim back-to-back senior premierships.


Bell Post Hill 6.1 7.3 10.7 17.10 (112)
East Geelong 5.1 10.4 12.6 13.7 (85)

Goals: Bell Post Hill – M Jovanovic 4, C Addie, A Baird 3, T Fursland, A Pisano, C Bacely, D Holzfiend, S Tobin, C Moreland, B Grgic 1

East Geelong – B Connors 7, A Skrobalak 3, K Robertston, R Chamberlain, R O'Toole 1

Best: Bell Post Hill – C Moreland, D Holzfiend, M Jovanovic, T Fursland, C Addie, A Baird

East Geelong – B Connors, R O'Toole, L Edmondson, C Hunter, R Closter, B Bolton

Premiership Team[edit]

B: S Tobin S Overall S Lymer
HB: B McNamara B Grgic B Martin (capt.)
C: T Fursland D Holzfeind L Miller
HF: C Addie N Popovski A Pisano
F: C Bacely M Jovanovic J Tarr
Foll: J Symes C Moreland S Lewis
I/C: A Fantella A Baird
A Riches T Fletcher
Coach B Grgic


2012 Premiership[edit]

Once again Bell Post Hill finished top of the ladder and progressed through to the Grand Final by defeating Thomson in the second semi final by 31 points. For the second consecutive year they were drawn against East Geelong in the Grand Final. After a bruising encounter the Panthers finished off the galant Eagles and recorded a 13 point victory, with Justin Tarr kicking 6 goals and being named best-on-ground. The day was made even sweeter with the Reserves winning their first premiership in 12 years and recording an historic double for the club.

2012 Senior Premiership[edit]

Bell Post Hill 2.2 5.5 10.8 13.10 (88)
East Geelong 2.1 5.4 8.6 11.9 (75)

Goals: Bell Post Hill – J Tarr 6, C Moreland, D Holzfiend 2, D Witney, T Barton, S Lewis 1

East Geelong – J Bouwman 4, L Murphy 3, R Closter 2, R Coy, B Bolton 1

Best: Bell Post Hill – J Tarr, D Holzfiend, C Moreland, T Barton, T Fursland, C Addie

East Geelong – R Chamberlain, L Murphy, K Robertson, J Mawson, J Challis, R O"Toole

Premiership Team[edit]

B: W Urquhart C Addie S Lymer
HB: B McNamara N Popovski B Martin (capt.)
C: T Fursland D Holzfeind T Fletcher
HF: D Witney T Barton A Pisano
F: C Bacely J Tarr J Page
Foll: J Symes C Moreland S Lewis
I/C: A Fantella A Baird
S Overall S Tobin
Coach B Grgic


2014 Premiership[edit]

After the disappointment of losing the 2013 Grand Final to North Geelong, the Panthers re-grouped and had an outstanding home and away season, finish top of the ladder with only one loss. After a week off they met North Geelong in the Semi Final, which the Magpies won in an upset. They recovered the next week to beat Inverleigh and set up a re-match with North Geelong in the Grand Final. A tough first half saw the Panthers take a 10 point lead into half time, but the Panthers pulled away with a barnstorming third quarter and finished the game off in style to record a memorable 54 point win. Attila Sulics was named Man of the Match after a great performance off half back.

2014 Senior Premiership[edit]

Bell Post Hill 2.2 7.6 12.14 17.19 (121)
North Geelong 1.6 5.8 7.11 9.13 (67)

Goals: Bell Post Hill – J Tarr 5, J Page, C Bacely, S Macleod 2, T Barton, A Carter, R Wood, D Witney, M Lentini, W Urquhart 1

North Geelong – J Pitman, S Clark, B Bryant 2, L Wright, P Breguet, D Kee 1

Best: Bell Post Hill – A Sulics, S Macleod, J Tarr, D Witney, C Bacely, L Turner

North Geelong – J Woods, S Richert, D Eales, D Fitzsimmons, L Hardman, T Reynolds

Premiership Team[edit]

B: B McNamara C Addie (capt.) S Lymer
HB: A Sulics N Popovski A Fantella
C: T Fursland S Macleod A Pisano
HF: D Witney T Barton D Walve
F: W Urquhart J Tarr J Page (capt.)
Foll: R Lovitt C Bacely R Wood
I/C: M Lentini A Carter
A Witney L Turner
Coach B Grgic



Cat Country - History of Football In The Geelong Region - John Stoward - ISBN 978-0-9577515-8-3

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