Club History

Each year, there are thousands of boys and girls who participate in local footy in Victoria.  But few make the big time, the AFL.  Here at Balwyn we are proud of all our players achievements, whether they be big or small, but we are especially proud of those players who have gone on to play at an elite level. Here is a snapshot of each player:

Luke Power

Born 8 January 1980

Brisbane Lions – 282 games (1998-2011)
Greater Western Sydney – 20 (2012)
Career goals – 226

Luke began his junior footy career with Balwyn Junior Football Club before being selected to play with the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup side.  In 1997, Luke was selected as the number 5 draft pick to play for the Brisbane Lions.  He made his debut for the Lions in 1998 as an 18 year old.

Luke was fortunate enough to play in all three of Brisbane’s premierships, in 2001, 2002 and 2003.  In 2004 Luke was named Vice-Captain of the Lions, and in the same year won All-Australian selection.  He remained a significant member of the Lions leadership group over the next few years, including a stint as Co-Captain alongside four other players.  In 2009, Luke had a standout season, leading the Lions disposal count, and finishing 4th in their Best & Fairest.

Luke played a total of 282 games for the Lions, before retiring in 2011.  This retirement from the Lions has not signalled the end of Luke’s career.  At the end of the 2011 season he was drafted to Greater Western Sydney where he held the position as Co-Captain alongside Callan Ward and Phil Davis.  Luke retired from AFL football at the end of the 2012 season having played a massive 302 AFL games in his career.

Leigh Montagna

Born 2 November 1983

St Kilda – 212 games (2002-current)
Career goals – 129

Leigh is another successful Balwyn Junior player.  After being selected to play in the Northern Knights TAC Cup team, he was the number 37 pick in the 2001 national draft by St Kilda.  Leigh made his debut in Round 6 of the 2002 season against Collingwood, and has played his entire career to date with St Kilda.  He has been recognised by the St Kilda Football Club with Life Membership after playing more than 160 games.

Leigh has played in 13 finals matches during his career with St Kilda, including two winning pre-season premierships, in 2004 and 2008.  He has ranked highly in the St Kilda Best & Fairest in recent years, finishing second in 2010.  He has been selected in the AFL’s All-Australian team twice and is a Multicultural Ambassador for the AFL.

Leigh is best known for his kicking ability and is one of the premier midfielders in the competition today.  His work rate is outstanding, with a season-high 38 disposals against Melbourne in Round 9 of the 2011 season.  Leigh wears number 11 for St Kilda.

Sam Power

Born 2 July 1983

Western Bulldogs – 84 games (2002-2007)
North Melbourne – 39 games (2008-2009)
Career goals – 18

Sam was recruited from the Oakleigh Chargers in the 2001 AFL national draft to the Western Bulldogs.  Sam was draft selection number 10 and made his debut for the Bulldogs in 2002 playing in 6 senior games that season.

Sam had five seasons with the Bulldogs, playing over 80 games, until he was traded to North Melbourne at the end of the 2007 season.  He remained at North Melbourne until the end of 2009.

Sam won the Larke Medal, playing for Vic Metro, as an Under 18 player in 2001.  The Larke Medal is awarded to the best player in the first division of the AFL under 18 championships.

Alex Browne

Born 9 August 1992

Essendon – 8 games (2011-current)
Career goals – 3

Alex, alongside other AFL recruits Sam Crocker and Tim Golds, had a stellar career at Balwyn Junior Football Club.  All three boys played in the 2003 (Under 11 Gold) and 2004 (Under 12 Gold) premiership sides.  They were runners up in 2002 in Under 10’s, and Under 9 Tackers Champions in 2001.  These boys were fortunate to have Alex’s Dad, and former Magpies player, Murray Browne, coach them to their numerous victories.

Showing his ability to perform, Alex was selected to play for the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup and from there went on to become the number 48 draft pick to Essendon in the 2010 AFL draft.

Alex made his debut for Essendon at the MCG in Round 11 of the 2011 season against Melbourne.  He is aggressive at the contest and attacking in nature, and has the ability to move from defense into the midfield as required.  Alex wears number 24 for Essendon.

Sam Crocker

Born 12 March 1992

St Kilda – 0 games (2011-2012)
Career goals – 0

Sam was a second round selection in the 2010 AFL national draft.  He was recruited from the Oakleigh Chargers squad and was put to work straight away in the 2011 pre-season competition.  However during the NAB Cup he injured his shoulder which resulted in surgery and forced him out of the remaining pre-season games.  After recovering from this injury he played most of the 2011 season for St Kilda’s VFL club, Sandringham.  Unfortunately Sam did not get to make his AFL debut with the Saints.  Sam was delisted from St Kilda at the end of the 2012 season.

Tim Golds

Born 6 April 1993

Greater Western Sydney – 3 games (2012- current)
Career goals – 0

Tim is our most recent recruit to the ranks of the AFL.  Tim was the GWS Giants first 17 year old priority selection in 2011.  He played his junior football with Balwyn before representing the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup.

In 2010 Tim was a member of the Australian Institute of Sport AFL Academy squad and was awarded the Ben Mitchell Medal after being voted the player whose presonal qualities, on and off the field, rated as the highest.  Tim wears number 15 for the Giants.

Julian Rowe

Born 25 May 1985

Collingwood – 26 games (2003-2006)
Career goals – 8

Originally from Carey Grammar, Julian was drafted in 2003 to Collingwood from the Oakleigh Chargers.  After retiring from AFL football he joined Port Melbourne in 2007, and has since returned to his old stomping ground, playing for Old Carey in the VAFA.

BALWYN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB – LIFE MEMBERS

1999
Peter HADDAD
Rod HEATH

2000
Gill CORCORAN
Kevin CRIMMINS

2001
Peter STEPHENSON

2004
Kerren KENNEDY

2005
Peter HARNISCHMACHER
Simon WINTER

2006
Cameron WAY
Terry RYAN
Murray BROWNE

2007
Mike DAGLISH

2008
Jo TREGEAR

2009
Annette JONES
Phil MACKIE
Helen CHRISTO

2010
John STRAGALINOS