Guy McKenna had an outstanding playing career over 267 games in the AFL for the West Coast with many outstanding honours including being a two-time premiership player, three-time All Australian , two-time club champion, captain of the Eagles and AFL hall of famer.
Following his playing career Guy had a significant coaching career in the AFL with assistant coaching roles at West Coast , Collingwood and Essendon and was the Gold Coast Suns foundation senior coach from 2011-2014.
In recent years he has continued with his passion for coaching with a talent pathway coaching role with Cricket Victoria and has been the Senior Men’s Coach at Beaumaris Football Club in Premier B in the VAFA competition over the last 5 seasons.
2023 will be Bluey’s first in charge of Grammarians and his experience in developing young players is a great match for our current playing list.
Clay Johnston - Men's Assistant Coach
Clay was our Development Coach in 2022 and this year will be moving into a line coaching role, focussing on our forwards.
Clay has a wealth of experience in football and people management. “Buddha” was an integral cog in the leadership group of the school’s last outright football premiership in 2007, a critical key to the Fields’ 2011 Premier B flag, a star for Old Xaverians in their 2016 William Buck Premier triumph and a stylish playmaker in his time playing for Port Melbourne VFL.
Clay has a strong footy IQ & knowledge of the specifics of player development & values relationships in the way you build a successful football program which will allow him to relate to all players, no matter their stage of development.
Luke Thwaites - Men's Assistant Coach
Luke has been a line coach at Grammarians for the past 2 seasons, after his playing career was cut short by injury. A former key defender at CGFC, prior to which he played with Casey in the VFL, he will primarily be focussing on our backs.
Other than his significant playing experience, Luke is a relationship driven coach and leader who has made a significant difference at Grammarians in his time at the club.
Lachie Rayner - Men's Assistant Coach
Lachie joined CGFC straight after finishing at Caulfield Grammar in 2013. He has held a variety of coaching roles in a number of sports and has had extensive experience developing junior footballers at Caulfield Bears JFC. He will work with Bluey on our midfield group.
A player from 2014-2019, Lach moved into coaching our Under 19’s for the past 2 seasons, including the minor premiership in 2021.
Jono Nash – Men’s Reserves / Development Coach
Jono was a member of CGS' last standalone premiership team in 2007, captained the 2008 CGS team, won the Sandringham Dragons B&F and a member of the TAC team of the year in 2009 before playing Senior Football at a few local clubs until he retired in 2019. Jono will lead our Reserves team in 2023 and help nurture the next generation of talent for the club.
As a former Caulfield alumni, Jono has a deep understanding of our culture and values and we are confident that he will be able to bring the best out of our young players.
We are excited to see the impact that Jono will have on our Reserves team and the development of our young players, and we look forward to a successful future with him at the helm.
Chris Mathieson - Under 19s Coach
Matho has a long history with Grammarians, initially as a player in the 90’s before taking on very successful stints as Under 19’s and then Reserves coach. This included a Unders Premiership in 2001 and promotion to Premier.
Outside of Grammarians Matho also helped coach the VAFA U/19’s for 3 seasons and was a midfield/rotation coach at Port Melbourne in their Premiership year in 2011.
Stephen Kendall - Under 19s Assistant Coach
Stephen Kendall in his 5th year as Assistant Under 19s coach. Stephen attended CGS (Caulfield Campus) from prep through to year 12 (1985-1997) and played first Football, Tennis and Water Polo. Stephen's family has a long association with the school and club with his father, two uncles and two cousins attending the school and playing for CGFC. His father, David who is still an avid supporter of the club played 100 games and was president for 4 years (1966-69).
Player from 1998 to 2009 (151 games)
2002 CGFC Premier C Reserves Premiership player
John Nankervis – Women’s Senior Coach
John Nankervis attended CGS Wheelers Hill (2007-13) where he played First XVIII football and continued his playing career with the CGFC Senior team from 2014 to 2017. Due to injury, John was forced to finish playing and quickly turned his attention to coaching where he began as an Assistant Coach with Prahran Assumption’s inaugural women’s team in 2018.
With a drive to return to The Fields, John joined CGFC as a Senior Women’s Assistant Coach in 2021 and took over as Senior Coach for season 2023.
Oscar Persson – Women’s Reserves Coach
Oscar is joining Grammarians in 2023 to take over our successful Reserves program. He has extensive experience in Amateur football through his time as a key position player at both De La Salle OC and Ormond. He has also had some VFL experience with Sandringham and recent coaching experience with the Ormond men’s team. We are fortunate to have someone of Oscar’s calibre join our program.
Barry Rowlings - Football Ambassador
Barry played for Hawthorn and Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1970s and 1980s. Recruited from Moe, Rowlings was one of Hawthorn's best players in the emotional 1976 premiership triumph.
In 1978 Rowlings suffered a serious knee injury which prevented him from being part of Hawthorn's 1978 triumph, and was cleared to Richmond. In his first season at Tigerland won the Jack Dyer Medal, which is awarded to Richmond's best and fairest player for the season. In 1980 he played in Richmond’s premiership against Collingwood. Since 1996 Barry has been Football Director at Caulfield Grammar School and holds a development coaching role for all year levels.
The Ambassador role recognises the efforts that Barry has undertaken over many years , linking the School to the CGFC , especially in the area of recruiting which will be ongoing. This is a strong element of the platform that both the CGFC and the Kellaway Club (through its President John Iozzi ) are driving forward with. Our desire is to create a strong pathway for players to move comfortably between the School and CGFC is paramount to sustained success for the Club.