Flown the Nest – Joel McCreery

Name:
Joel McCreery

When did you play for the Falcons?
2014 – 2017

Position played?
Midfield or forward

Favourite position?
Midfield getting leather poisoning.
 


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Why did you come down to the Mighty Falcons Nest?
Fellow West Aussies were at the club and mentioned they needed some big-bodied midfielders.

Who were the coaches you have had in your time at the club and can you tell us a bit about each of them?
Payney – Wasn’t happy unless he was angry. Got the most out of us.
Robbo – Inspirational pep talk
Shmerls – Never forget the Flying V… Ducks fly together??
Seany – lead from the front, especially when on field…briefly

Can you give us a few of your highlights both on and off the field since being at the club?
Bagging 5 goals in a half at oval 20.

What are some of the nicknames you have had during your time at the club, and where did they come from?
Party Joel. Shit story in my opinion, ask Smoker

Greatest player you have seen (played with) pull on the mighty Red and Blue?
Bricky, can play the kid

Greatest Falcons team you have been involved with?
2014, I think we actually made finals.

Greatest victory you have been involved with?
2014 win over Northern Blues in Preston

Most memorable player you have played with?
Disco… I’ve never seen someone get injured so easily

What would you say were your strengths and weaknesses of your game?
Not many strengths at all, too many weaknesses to mention.

What are you doing now?
Back in WA, playing for the mighty Kalannie Bulldogs

What is your greatest memory from your time with the Falcons?
Many a late night/early morning at oval 20 or meeting Huey from “Huey’s Cooking Adventures” on mad Monday

Flown the Nest – Shaun Robinson

Name:
Shaun “Robbo” Robinson

When did you play for the Falcons?
Started in 2002. Continued till early 2005 before heading to the UK. Came back to the Falcs in 2009. Retired in 2016. Coached the Reserves from 2012 to 2014.

Position played?
Back Pocket.

Favourite position?
 That’s a bit personal.
 


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Why did you come down?
Mates from college we’re playing there, I went to a party and got bombarded by Falcons so I didn’t really have a choice.

Tell us a bit about your coaches?
Had plenty. Horse Ahern was a brilliant motivator and you’d run through shellfire if he told you to. One of my two favourite coaches of my sporting life. Could have had success at much higher levels without a doubt.
Shops was responsible for moving me from Wing to Back Pocket and showed a lot of faith.
Pete Smith was a champion bloke and a gutsy and courageous leader and a favourite teammate of mine.
Nathan Dallas took the club to another level in terms of training and a more professional approach. And those eyes, Jesus he’s a good looking bloke.

On field highlights?
Playing finals was always amazing, as we played on VFL grounds like Kramer Street and Box Hill City Oval. Wins over Werribee Districts away and finals in 2002 and 2003 were awesome. I also loved floating down from the back pocket and sneaking the odd goal.

Off-field highlights?
Mad Monday’s on Bay Street and the house party at mine in 2003 where we drained two kegs rate highly. After game festivities at the Marquee Club starring Chambo, Payney, Cheetah and Shmozzle we’re pretty special in their own right.

Nicknames?
Robbo and Little Robbo. Craig Roberton at Full Back got seniority due to his larger stature and one eyebrow.

Greatest Players?

Andre Domingo was a contested ball animal and his injury in 2002 cost us the double-chance.
Nathan Dallas was a class above. A bit like Scott Pendlebury, time stood still when Dallas had the pill. Could be the speed, the skills or those bloody eyes. Absolutely mesmerising in everything he did.
Rex McClennan was my backline buddy and an absolute rock. Could take a small if he had to, but beautiful skills for a key defender and made his own beer. Champion.
But for consistency of performance, importance to the team and dedication to his craft I can’t go past Sean Allen. I loved running down the crowd and hitting Slugger on the tit or sitting it up and watching him out-mark three taller opponents. Hands like a vice and the bloke I’d want kicking a goal in the boundary to save my life.

Greatest team you were involved with?
2002 and 2003 senior team was the best side I played in. 2002 we lost the Prelim by 7 points. Gave them a six goal head start and fell just short. 2003 we lost Chambo, Slugger and Big Robbo before half time. Devastating. Both games still haunt me. Winning a flag with that group would have been amazing.

Greatest victory?
Round 1 2010, our first game in D3 under Nath Dallas. 5 goals down against Ivanhoe and we got over the line. My first game with my great mate Tommy King too. I even hit him laces out for him to slit one late in the game to get us within a kick. 2002 1st Semi vs North Brunswick. We lost home and away to them but we were ten goals up at half time. Horse put on some tags and we got all the key moves right. They were assholes so that was a special day in the September sun at Kramer Street.

Most memorable player?
I’ll never forget Sean Allen’s 115 odd goals in about 17 games in 2003. Amazing to be in a team with a player who was so dominant.

Strengths and weaknesses?
I was very quick, fit and had nice foot skills, which suited my role in taking the opposition resting rovers. They’d want a breather but I’d take off as soon as we won possession. Greatest weakness was my skinny, horrible frame. Knocked off the ball too easily, especially in practise matches when I came into contact with Handsome’s massive ass.

What are you doing now?
Financial Controller at VSA Group, a Road Surfacing business working through regional Victoria.

Greatest memory?
Qualifying Final at Box Hill City Oval in 2003. My housemate Harps was the senior ruckman and he kicked a goal, then reminded me that we now all square in our personal battle of 3 goals each for the year. A little while later I managed to sneak forward and got a ball squared to me about 30 out and I slotted it home. Ran past Harps and corrected him that it was now 4-3 to me. I won, but unfortunately Jake Allen smacked a bloke and got sent off, so we lost by a couple of goals.

Flown the Nest – Marc Hammond

Name:
Hammo

When did you play for the Falcons?
2011 – 2017

Position played?
They would hide me in post places

Favourite position?
Loose in the backline against a bottom placed side at home on Oval 20.

 


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Why did you come down to the Mighty Falcons Nest?
Group of us moved into the area, got a map out (we used maps in those days) and found that Albert Park was in the middle of where we all lived. I actually pushed for Elsternwick as I was living there at the time which would have been a massive sliding doors moment as we hate those c#$ts.

Who were the coaches you have had in your time at the club and can you tell us a bit about each of them?
Started with Shops and there isn’t much that hasn’t been said about him but my favourite quote was something along the lines of “It’s like fucking your sister, it’s a root, but it’s your sister”… no idea what he was talking about. Also had Robbo who tried his hardest but he had no clue, no idea how he got us into the finals but I know it was my two missed goals that cost us the game. Sorry Robbo. Worse one was a bloke called Tony who didn’t know anyones name… needless to say he didn’t last long.

Can you give us a few of your highlights both on and off the field since being at the club?
In my career there were more highlights off the field. I think Mad Monday’s in the early days were done really well. Started off at Checkers in Port Melbourne and ended at Beamers Pub… those were good times.

What are some of the nicknames you have had during your time at the club, and where did they come from?
Hammo and Sarge was my pen name for the greatest every publication, the infamous Bugle.

Greatest player you have seen (played with) pull on the mighty Red and Blue?
Seen a heap of guns but being in the Scooby Doo’s the best I’d played with was probably Robbie Sloan.. still can’t believe that bloke didn’t make AFL.

Greatest Falcons team you have been involved with?
Can’t quite remember the year but the reserves team that made the finals. Lost against UHS, and as mentioned earlier I had my head split open and was concussed but Robbo put me back out there and I shanked two kicks directly in front in the space of 10 minutes. Probably cost us the game.

Greatest victory you have been involved with?
My last game I played before I moved to London was against La Trobe, we would always get touched up on their massive ground but we ended up winning as I put myself forward in the last 10 minutes and kicked 2 goals, we won by 5 points.

Most memorable player you have played with?
As a backman I loved my full backs the most as I hated playing full back, again as I mentioned I use to love to float around without a player. So guys like Doc, Gellie, Phil Marks and Will Ransom were my favourties.

What would you say were your strengths and weaknesses of your game?
I feel like this is my review? My strength was clearly my voice and my ability to sledge opposition players. My weaknesses were everything else.

What are you doing now?
The run my own recruitment company, Amida Recruitment (current sponsor) – www.amida-recruit.com

What is your greatest memory from your time with the Falcons?
Footy trip the year my Saints were in a drawn Grand Final. I can’t remember a thing about the replay as we’d had a decent crack the night before on the Gold Coast. It was pissing down so we ended up having a lock in at one of our rooms (nice high rise accommodation). I can’t really say anything more but grab me next time I’m down at the club and I’ll finish the story.