First Eighteen: 1995, 1996, 2002.
Second Eighteen: 1983, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2004.
Third Eighteen: 1985, 1988.
Fourth Eighteen: 1983, 1990 & 1991.
League Best & Fairest Winners
First Eighteen: Robert Young (1992), Peter Bastinac (1994), Mick Fogarty (1999) and Paul Corrigan (2002).
Second Eighteen: Bill Toner (1982), Brett McDonald (1988), John Van Zuylen (1989), Lou Folino (1998), Paul Winterton (1999), Shane White (2000).
Third Eighteen: Darren Andrews (1983).
Fourth Eighteen: Greg Tivendale (1994).
VFL/AFL Club Players
Robert Porter (Officer FC) – Hawthorn VFL (1962). 6 games, 1 goal.
Paul Corrigan – Geelong AFL (1997 – 2000). 53 Games, 6 goals.
Greg Tivendale – Richmond AFL (1998 – 2008). 188 Games, 125 goals.
|Rythdale-Officer-Cardinia FC Life Members|
|1982||J Armstrong||CS Beard|
|1983||AE Bryant||M Rolfe|
|1988||PJ Holland||RG Porter||PJ Young|
|1989||JC Fisher||P Pipicelli|
|1992||RG McCoubrie||BT Morrison||WMC Snooks|
|1997||Mrs SJ Armstrong|
|2005||W Peake||Mrs F McCoubrie|
|2006||K Dowsett||Mrs C Porter||S Pursell|
|2008||R Francis||G Sheean|
ROC Football Club Games Record Holders
Senior & Reserve 100 Games+ As at the end of the 2014 Season.
Last updated 11/1/15.
|Name||Senior Games Total||Reserves Games Total||Total Club Games|
* Still playing.
^ W Snooks games include Rythdale-Cardinia FC games.
The club was born as an amalgamation of the Officer and Rythdale-Cardinia Football Clubs in 1977. The club’s first coach was ex Collingwood player Ian Montgomery and the club finished fourth that season in the South West Gippsland Football League.
Playing in the West Gippsland Football League, the ROC football club struggled in its senior ranks through most of the 1980’s with its next senior finals appearance in 1991. The club had plenty of success in the junior ranks winning several premierships during this time.
Senior success came after appearances in the 1993 and 1994 Grand Finals with the club breaking through for its first flag in 1995. “Back to Back” came in 1996 followed by another Grand Final appearance in 1997 which saw the club miss out narrowly to Tooradin.
The senior team returned to the big day in September in 2002 and collected the silverware against a strong Warragul outfit.
Listed below is some of the Club’s history in a little more detail:
Officer Football Club goes into recession. Some players crossed to Rythdale Cardinia Football Club.
Rythdale Cardinia disbanded and joined with Officer to reform as “ROC” – Rythdale Officer Cardinia Football Club and continued its affiliation with the South West Gippsland Football League (SWGFL). In the first year as a combined club, under Coach Ian Montgomery (ex-Collingwood) we finished fourth.
ROC transferred to the West Gippsland Football League (WGFL).
First taste of Premiership success for the amalgamated club in the Under 15’s and Reserves.
Senior team reaches the finals for the first time under coach Robert Porter but failed in both Semi Final and Preliminary Final.
Club appoints former Doveton on-baller Peter Bastinac as coach. The club has it’s best home and away season in its short 17 year history and reaches the finals for the second time. Defeated in the Second Semi Final, yet rebounded strongly in the Preliminary Final against Drouin – ROC met Garfield in the club’s first Grand Final unfortunately going down to a strong Garfield outfit at Cora Lynn.
ROC has another successful H&A season. Wins the 2nd Semi Final and heads straight through into the Grand Final against Garfield. A similar result to the previous year, ROC goes down to Garfield. The Reserves win Grand Final.
Ex Spingvale VFA player Mick Fogarty coaches the club and takes ROC to another Grand Final at the magnificent Cora Lynn reserve. Playing neighbour Beaconsfield, the club finally brings home “The Silverware” with an emphatic 48 point victory. The Reserves go back to back with the ROC netballers successful in A & C grade ensuring celebrations continue for days.
Back to back for the club, this time over nemesis Garfield. In one of the closest Grand Finals for many years, the Kangas overcame a very strong Garfield side by 11 points.
After winning the 2nd Semi Final against Tooradin the Seniors could not repeat the performance in the Grand Final losing to Tooradin.
The next two years would see the club be very successful during the home and away games, only to bow out in finals.
With Mick Fogarty coaching for a club record 6th year, ROC made the finals but bowed out. The Reserves were runner up to Beaconsfield.
Under new coach Steven Pursell, ROC failed to make the finals in the seniors. With a young list the club went on a rebuilding process. The Reserves were runners up for the second year in a row, this time to Pakenham.
With the departure of Beaconsfield and Pakenham from WGFL, the remaining clubs merged with GLVFL to form a new league WGLFL with two divisions. ROC becomes part of the Western division. Steve Pursell was in his second year of coaching and Paul Corrigan returned to the club as Assistant Coach, after a stint in the AFL. The Senior and Reserve grades both finished the season undefeated, and went on to win both Grand Finals.
After the departure of many players, Steve Pursell in his third season as coach had to again turn to youth. After a slow start we made another finals campaign. Both the Seniors and Reserves were knocked out of contention in the Preliminary final. The Under 18 team lost to Drouin by 6 points in the Grand Final.
Steve Pursell into his fourth season as Senior Coach, enjoyed some success and made the finals for the third time during his coaching career. Unfortunately ROC bowed out in the Preliminary Final. The Reserves won the Grand Final in a very one sided affair.
ROC joins the Mornington Peninsula Nepean (MPNFL) and a new localised competition called the Casey Cardinia Football Netball League. Newly appointed senior coach Hayden Stanton led the club and after a very competitive season was very unlucky to miss the finals.
The club struggles in the Casey Cardinia Football League from 2006 with loss of several players. New co-coaches Kris Fletcher and Richard Brown are appointed for season 2009 and ex local Greg Tivendale returns from his successful AFL career at Richmond (188 Games) to help lift the club.
Greg Tivendale steps in as senior coach. The club’s win/loss ratio improves on previous years and continues to blood it’s juniors that have come through the ranks, some commencing with the Officer Kangaroos Junior Football Club. At the conclsion of season 2011, Tivendale steps aside for family reasons.
The club appoints recent Noble Park Assistant coach Steve Coats as Senior Coach. Coats also coached Garfield and Lyndale following a successful playing career at Noble Park. Senior Assistant Coach Brad Jones, a ROC junior returns after a successful stint as Senior Assistant and Reserves Coach at Nar Nar Goon.
Brad Jones returns to the club as senior coach after a year coaching St Francis Xavier in the VAFA. The club finishes sixth with seven wins, including one over eventual grand finalist Cranbounre in Ben Tivendale’s 250th game. AT the conclusion of the 2014 season clubs in the Casey Cardinia FNL withdraw from the MPNFL and in conjunction AFL South East Vic commence playing in the newly formed South East Football Netball League from 2015.