Save the Date – AFL CPP&OA Annual AFL Medalists Luncheon.

AFL CPP&OA Annual  AFL Medalists Luncheon

At this stage, Tony Shaw, Ross Smith, Tony Liberatore, Barry Round and Matthew Lloyd have agreed to participate in the event.

This event will be conducted:

VENUE:            Park Hyatt Melbourne

                         1 Parliament Square

                         Melbourne

DATE:               Monday, 23rd September, 2019      NB: the change in day from the Friday to the Brownlow Monday.

TIME:               12.00 – 3.00 pm                                NB: The extension of the time by ½ hour.

MC:                  Michael Roberts

COST:              $140 per head

Flyer and Application Form available next week.

Vale Ken Kleiman

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Ken Kleiman with former Carlton player Kevin Heath.

LONG-SERVING and much-loved former property steward Ken Kleiman, a Life Member of both the Carlton Football Club and Spirit of Carlton, has died after a short illness at the age of 93.

Born on Christmas Day 1925, Kleiman often quipped that “there were only ever two half decent blokes born on that day and I was one of them”.

A lifelong supporter, he joined the club in 1965 at the time George Harris’s Progress Party was swept into power and Ron Barassi signed on as Captain-Coach. A famous photograph of a euphoric Barassi at siren time of the 1970 Grand Final features an equally jubilant Kleiman in the frame.

In terms of his allegiance to the old dark Navy Blues, few were as passionate or as endearing as Kleiman, as his friend and former club runner Bob Lowrie attested.

To quote Lowrie: “He loved Carlton and Carlton loved him”.

“Kenny’s life was just full of fun, and you never had a conversation with him without the Carlton footy club coming up. The people he really respected at Carlton were Jack Carney and Jack Wrout – they were his two favourites,” Lowrie said.

“I remember at one point that Kenny was battling with a badly bruised arm that he copped after a knock in the course of his work. His arm was quite blue, but when I questioned him about it his response was: ‘I’m a Carlton supporter – blue blood in the veins’.”

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Siren time, 1970 Grand Final – Ken Kleiman can be seen to the immediate right of Ron Barassi as you look at the photograph.

For years, Kleiman supported the late Carlton property steward Ken Monk. Awarded Life Membership in 1985, he was recognised in the club’s Annual Report of that year as one of “Carlton’s most faithful workers” and the 1995 Premiership saw him out in terms of his official commitments.

But this lovable identity with a twinkle in his eye never strayed too far from Princes Park, where he invariably found himself on the receiving end of good-natured gags from players and officials alike.

For years, the following poem, devised by Blue Diamonds Coterie President Dick Merton, was cheekily adopted by those who knew Kleiman whenever they crossed paths with the follicly-challenged old-timer.

Kenny Kleiman met a pieman

Going to the fair,

Said the pieman to Kenny Kleiman

‘Where’s you’re f… hair?’.

Four-time Carlton Premiership player David McKay, now recovering from recent triple bypass surgery, fondly talked of his relationship with the two Kennys this week.

“Kenny Monk and Kenny Kleiman were very good mates of mine. They used to let me hide in the property room so I wouldn’t have to partake in the psych stuff which I thought was all a bit silly,” McKay said.

“I’ll never forget the Snappy Panties Bedford van Kenny used to ferry our gear to our away games. Kenny was a real Carlton person who will be sadly missed.”

Kleiman, who was recently acknowledged at the Carlton Life Members Luncheon as the oldest member within club ranks, was admitted to Heidelberg’s Austin Hospital on  Friday and died the following Monday (August 5).

He is survived by his beloved wife Pam, son Mark, daughter-in-law Carolyn and grandchildren Samantha and Joel.

As a mark of respect to Kleiman, the Carlton players will wear black armbands into Sunday’s match with Richmond at the MCG – and while funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised, he’ll be laid to rest in an old woollen Carlton guernsey signed by Barassi and surviving members of the 1968 Premiership team.

Clearly, Kleiman was a revered figure at Princes Park. As Lowrie said: “He was a great Carlton man in every sense. He’d never say a bad word about the club”.

Former Carlton centreman dies

The Carlton team of 1964 in what was Ken Hands’ final year as Coach. Roger Hoggett sits with his legs crossed at the far right in the front row, alongside fellow Tasmanian Trevor Best and two up from Garry Crane. Gordon Collis sits second from the right behind Hoggett, and is flanked by the Tasmanians Maurie Sankey and Berkley Cox. - Carlton,Carlton Blues,AFL,Ikon Park

The Carlton team of 1964 in what was Ken Hands’ final year as Coach. Roger Hoggett sits with his legs crossed at the far right in the front row, alongside fellow Tasmanian Trevor Best and two up from Garry Crane. Gordon Collis sits second from the right behind Hoggett, and is flanked by the Tasmanians Maurie Sankey and Berkley Cox.

 

ROGER Hoggett, the 12-game former Carlton centreman through the Hands/Barassi transitional seasons of 1964/’65, has died peacefully in Wonthaggi at the age of 77.

Recruited to the club from Longford in the northern midlands of Tasmania, Hoggett was adjudged Blues best and fairest at reserve grade level in his maiden ’64 season. That same year, having strung together half a dozen stand-out performances in the twos, Hoggett got his first senior call-up and was named 20th man in the 11th round match involving Geelong.

That winter Saturday, Hoggett took his place on the pine with John Comben, as fellow team members, including the then captain Sergio Silvagni, John Nicholls, the late Wes Lofts and the ’64 Brownlow Medallist Gordon Collis, took their places on Princes Park.

Wearing the No.36 later worn by Mark Maclure and (now) Patrick Kerr, Hoggett was only called upon in the remaining few minutes of that contest and was omitted by Senior Coach Ken Hands for the following game.

However he soon won a senior recall and turned out in the 13th and 14throunds with Hawthorn and Melbourne respectively.

By season’s end, and with Carlton having completed its worst ever finish (tenth) in its Centenary year, George Harris and his Progress Party completed an audacious boardroom coup and sensationally landed Ron Barassi as Captain-Coach.

In the ensuing summer months under Barassi’s watch, Hoggett and fellow members of the playing list were subjected to a searching pre-season regimen. Unfortunately, Hoggett’s papers were stamped after the 11th round of 1965, when Carlton met St Kilda for the first time at Moorabbin. In a tight, even contest involving the two top four teams, former Carlton player Bruce McMaster-Smith broke the deadlock with a crafty match-winning snap – precipitating five Carlton omissions, Hoggett included – and he never again turned out in Dark Navy.

Collis remembered Hoggett as a solidly-built midfielder, “but probably a casualty of the Barassi revival”.

“‘Barass’ was always big on pace and height in players, and was always looking for that archetypal type. Roger was a solid player, but wasn’t real quick, which probably didn’t help, and he was a bit stiff in not being able to land that regular spot in the team.”

Garry Crane, the three-time Carlton Premiership player, Best and Fairest, and Team of the Century player, completed his senior debut in the same season as Hoggett. He remembered the Tasmanian recruit as “very powerfully built, strong and hard at the ball”.

“Roger wasn’t real quick, but he made himself known. Anyone who was hard at the footy earnt respect at Carlton and that’s the way that he was,” Crane said.

“I didn’t really get to know him well, because in those days there weren’t as many functions where you got to collaborate with the players, and me being in hotels at the time meant that I’d train then dash back to the pub. But I do remember him making an impression, more than anything else because he was a good bloke.”

Three years after parting company with Carlton, Hoggett was appointed captain-coach of New South Wales powerhouse Western Suburbs and duly led the Magpies to a Premiership in his first season.

Hoggett, whose wife Lyn predeceased him, is survived by his children Dyson, Mycalie and Shahn, son-in-law Boo, and four grandchildren.

His funeral is to be held at the Anglican Church of Ascension in Inverloch next Tuesday (August 6).

Cornell flies flag for ’49ers

IN 1949, Hugh Cornell was amongst the 19 players who landed Carlton’s under-19 Premiership. Seventy years after the event, Cornell deputised for the few surviving members of the ‘49ers, as guest of the President at Saturday’s match at Marvel Stadium between Carlton and Gold Coast.

With both Don Hyde AM and the ‘49ers captain Alan ‘Alby’ Mangels sen. late apologies for the pre-match Luncheon, Cornell flew the flag in fine style. Now 88, Cornell was formally welcomed by Mark LoGiudice to an audience which included the great John Nicholls, and he later took his place in the stand to see the home team prevail by 24 points.

“I really enjoyed the experience. I give the club a rating of 100 per cent on everything. The people on my table were very pleasant and I even got the chance to share a few words with Chris Judd,” Cornell said.

“I actually got the first ‘49ers reunion going – a 50-year reunion back in ’99 – with the help of the late Chris Pavlou who was with the Spirit of Carlton. To then be invited back by the Club after 70 years was most appreciated.”

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Hugh Cornell, a member of the 1949 under-19s premiership team, at Marvel Stadium on the weekend. (Photo: Supplied)

For the record, Hugh’s under-19s team prevailed against a committed Geelong – 9.8 (62) to 7.9 (51) – to secure the ’49 pennant in a tight contest.

The ’49 triumph completed back-to-back Grand Final victories for the thirds, whose members also included Ian Clover and Dick Gill, the sons of Carlton greats Horrie Clover and Frank Gill. Jim Francis, the Carlton Premiership player at senior level in 1938, served as coach throughout that period, having taken control of the junior outfit when it was first admitted to the Northern District Football Association in 1944.

Francis, who succumbed to a knee injury the previous season, imparted his football nous on the players, with University High School sportsmaster Mr. Gaynor offering his services as an administrator.

The then Secretary Harry Bell, in his season overview for the 1944 Annual Report, somewhat prophetically reported:

“Mr. Gaynor and Jim Francis formed the ideal combination for the control of the boys, and it is hard to assess their value to your club, but it is thought that full realisation of the plan may be expected in two or three years, when five or six of these boys will be regular First Eighteen players, and when this is achieved it may then be recognised that the fielding of an under-18 years team in the N.D.F.A. was one of the most progressive steps ever undertaken by the Carlton Club”.

Cornell recalled that in those fledgling years of the under-19 competition, Collingwood was the only team not represented, “which is somewhat surprising when you think about it”.

“I think the 12th team at that time was a TAA team,” he recalled.

Cornell also remembered his old mentor with great affection.

“Jim Francis was a wonderful coach. He asked his players to play hard and fair,” Cornell said.

“He was a real gentleman. He was always very measured and he never lost his temper.”

For the record, Carlton’s Trophy winners in the ’49 Premiership year included Harry Sullivan (Best and Fairest), Tom Jones (Most Consistent), Keith Robinson and Noel Rundle (who tied for Best Team Man), Max Thomas (Most Serviceable Player) and George Ferry and Gerald Burke (who tied for Most Improved Player).

With the exception of Rundle, all award winners later represented Carlton at senior level – Ferry in 139 games, Burke (87), Sullivan (31), Thomas (24), Jones (seven) and Robinson (two).

Until recently, Cornell had dutifully convened reunions of the Carlton ‘49ers in every year since 1999 – the 50th anniversary of their famous victory at the old Princes Park ground.

Those reunions have ended with the ‘49ers’ advancing years – not that Cornell is letting Old Father Time have his own way. As a retired industrial chemist who turned his attentions to the food industry, the former RMIT Associate Professor is in the throes of completing a book which explores the many and varied human diseases and how they can be remedied through healthy lifestyle.

Previously, Hugh committed his energies into coeliac disease result, with the result that a tablet to assist coeliacs – of which there are one in 70 sufferers – is now on the market.

Hugh also had a book published by the English company Minerva Press, entitled Mostly Mozart, which in part explored the therapeutic qualities of the famed composer’s music.

Why Mozart?

“I discovered Mozart when I was 14 after my uncle, himself a musician, played Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony to me. That was like a conversion,” Cornell said.

“Back then I was interested in American big bands like Glenn Miller’s and Tommy Dorsey’s, but when I heard the pastoral symphony that was great music, not good music – and that in turn led me to Mozart.”

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The Carlton 49ers

3rd row: Jim Johnson, Brian Amarant, Ray Clover, Keith Robinson,

Harry Sullivan, Tom Jones, Ron Price, Don Hyde, Dick Gill

2nd row: Ambrose Curtis, Hugh Cornell, George Ferry, Alan Mangels (c.), George Stafford, Noel Rundle, George Handley

front row: George Crowley, Max Thomas, Maurie Rossi, Charlie Blake, Gerald Burke, Ken Reed

Coach Jim Francis stands is in the back row, fifth from the right.

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