The Old Xaverians Soccer Club (OXSC) was established in 2002 to meet the ever-increasing demand from past students of Xavier College to continue with competitive soccer. The Steering Committee including Peter De Luca, Jamie McCormack, James Nicholls, John Ubaldi, Peter Clyne and Phil Barcellona met in November 2001 and established the basis from which the club emerged.
The Club enjoyed considerable on-field success in its debut year. The Club’s debut game saw the Seniors, with an average age of 20, completely outclass their opposition with a 9-0 victory against Arlaadi United (highlighted by 4 goals from Daniel Robilotta). As the Club moved home grounds from Xavier to Smith Reserve and finally to Myrtle Park in Balwyn, the impressive results continued. By season’s end, the Reserve Team finished in a creditable third position and the Social Seniors, with the majority of players playing competitive soccer for the first time, stormed home to finish fourth. The Seniors Team finished their inaugural season as undefeated champions of the ASFV Division 2 with 15 wins and 2 draws from 17 games.
OXSC fielded four teams once again and appointed ex-Socceroo Fausto Tarquinio as senior coach. The club moved its home playing base to Hays Paddock after two and a half successful years at Myrtle Park. Once again the fate of the senior team was to be decided in the final game of the season. A hard fought yet decisive 5-2 win against the odds not only denied Lyndale United promotion but also saved the OXSC from relegation. Goalkeeper Damian Cilmi was outstanding in the first half with the game still tied at 0-0 while Anthony De Luca, Andrew Vittadello and Niki Cunningham all scored on a memorable day for the club. The only negatives on the day were the serious leg injuries sustained by Michael Blazincic and Daniel Lombardi in the earlier Reserves game. 2005 was also notable for the goalscoring exploits of Reserve coach Chris Ketsakidis who notched a club high 5 goals in the Reserves victory over Noble Park in round 16.
The OXSC consolidated its teams into 3 squads to play in the Football Federation of Victoria. The new-look Socials team competed in the FFV for the first time. The departure of key players before the season began and then coach Fausto Tarquinio mid-year ensured a testing year for the OXSC senior team. It eventually secured survival in the division with a 7-0 victory over Noble Park. Andrew Vittadello, ably supported by the consistent performances of Giorgio Perelli and Simon Ventoruzzo, was appointed coach in round 10 and marked the occasion with a last minute winner against Noble Park. He was to win the top goalscorer and best and fairest awards, suitable recognition for his contributions throughout the year.
It was a case of so near but so far for the OXSC in 2008 with both the Seniors and Reserves squads mounting sustained title challenges but finding Middle Park too consistent by year’s end. Both teams finished second with Andrew Vittadello (Seniors), Tom Pearse and Alex Balaton (Reserves) and Jonas Beard (Thirds) recognised as the year’s best and fairest winners.
In their third season back in the Amateur League, the OXSC comprehensively dominated both the Seniors and Reserves league seasons and both sides were rightly crowned champions at the conclusion of 2009. After overcoming a broken leg sustained against Hellenic Moorabbin in late 2008, former Bradford City player Liam Flynn dominated the competition from start to finish with 15 goals and 13 assists in 16 games and was acclaimed as the team’s best and fairest player (with Nick Butler securing second for a very consistent season in the centre of defence). The OXSC Reserves emerged undefeated with a remarkable 17 wins and 5 draws from 22 games to finally overcome their nemesis Middle Park. The 11 point gap between the OXSC and Middle Park in second place was a fitting recognition of the team’s consistent season with Chris Ketsakidis top-scoring with 7 goals and Peter Gregory best and fairest. The highlight of the season was the 4-0 demolition away to Albert Park in round 18 to wrap up the title with four rounds remaining . The OXSC thirds continued their improvement with a ninth placing – Brendan Pegiel (best and fairest), Tim Mullaly (runner up best and fairest) and Kieran Hickie (top goalscorer) were their stand-out performers.
Hugh Tobin was installed as Club President following a successful 9 year leadership from Peter De Luca (inaugural President). Hugh oversaw another successful year on and off the pitch with the Reserves winning back-to-back titles and memorable club functions including a Trivia Night which witnessed the naming of the “Old Clyne End” and the “De Luca End” of Hays Paddock for the first time.
OXSC returned to the Football Federation of Victoria in 2011, fielding Seniors, Reserves and Thirds squads in the Thirds League (Division 1, Division 3 South-East and Division 6 North-West). A fourth OXSC team was re-established (for the first time since 2005) in response to player demand and was eventually nicknamed the ‘Ducks’. The OXSC chose to field the Ducks in the VicSoccer league as a show of support for the new administration following the tragic death of VicSoccer CEO John Kelly.
Damian Cilmi took charge of the Seniors for a fifth year, whilst Andrew Kavanagh & Greg Horgan (Reserves), Rick Perri (Thirds) and Andrew Lachal (Ducks) were also appointed as coaches. All four teams acquitted themselves well with the Seniors and Reserves finishing third, the Thirds finishing fourth and the Ducks fifth in the Division 1 Afternoon Reserves comp.
New faces featured at the top of the goalscoring charts for all four teams – Daniel Prossimo (20 goals in the Seniors), Chris Moloney (11 goals for the Reserves) and Gianni Chng (15 goals in the 3s and Ducks combined). At year’s end, Hugh Tobin (President) and Damian Cilmi (Seniors Coach) announced they would stand down from their positions after years of sterling service but both confirmed they would continue their involvement in the club in different capacities. Tim Mullaly was elected as President at the club’s AGM in November and the club resolved to add a fifth team for the first time in its history – a women’s team which would begin playing under the OXSC banner in season 2012.
2012 ended in the best way possible for the OXSC with the Seniors winning the championship on a dramatic final day. Having started the day three points behind the league leaders, the OXSC convincingly beat Old Marcellin 7-1, leaving the fate of the championship in the hands of Dandenong Thunder. The OXSC crowd was soon celebrating as word got back that Dandenong had been beaten 1-0 by Bayside. Congratulations must go to all players who contributed throughout the year and a special mention to Andrew Hainsworth, who coached the team to a championship in his first season in charge, before moving overseas to Finland in late 2012. The other men’s teams acquitted themselves well but ultimately were a little disappointed not to secure a top two finish (or two) with the Reserves finishing fourth, the Thirds third and the Ducks tenth.
The inaugural OXSC women’s team now popularly known as the ‘Sirens’ enjoyed a successful debut season under the guidance of coach Jorge Gero with a solid seventh position in the league. The Sirens rounded off the season in impressive style with a 5-0 whitewash of Fitzroy City in round 18 and topscorer Alexya Campbell received the Paul Trimboli Medal for her haul of 21 goals.
The club held its 10 Year Anniversary Dinner at Crown in June and named its Team of the Decade (La Torre, Marazita, Butler, M Clyne, M Sette, Flynn, Fragale, Vittadello, Bramante, Ubaldi, A De Luca, D Clyne, Prossimo, Robilotta, Stella, Voss) and International Team of the Decade (Brown, Hainsworth, Esnault, Ashe, Antoni, Kavanagh, Callahan, Kozle, De La Pava, Perelli, Flynn, Balaton, Ficici, Longo, Melvin, Tamanas, Toomey). Damian Cilmi and Luciano Fioravanti were also named as the respective coaches of the teams.
The Paul Trimboli Medal
Paul Trimboli is the only ex-Xavier College student to have represented the Socceroos at senior level. He began his senior career at the age of 19 (and scored in his first World Cup qualifying campaign against Israel) and rounded it off 14 years later with his final Socceroo appearance against Tahiti.
At the end of 2004, the OXSC struck a medal in his honour, awarded to the OXSC player who has scored the most goals in that particular season. Paul attended the 2004 Presentation Evening and personally presented the award.
Paul has expressed an interest in acting as a consultant to the OXSC. The club values the expertise of one of the most respected and admired players in the Australian soccer community who we can proudly claim as an Old Xaverian.
2002 – Adrian Ubaldi (15 goals)
2003 – Vinny Kearns (12 goals)
2004 – Anthony De Luca (25 goals)
2005 – Anthony De Luca & James Lachal (15 goals)
2006 – Evan Tamanas (10 goals)
2007 – Adrian Ubaldi (13 goals)
2008 – Andy Lachal (14 goals)
2009 – Liam Flynn (15 goals)
2010 – Evan Tamanas (14 goals)
2011 – Daniel Prossimo (20 Goals)
2012 – Alexya Campbell (21 goals)