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O'Keefe lines up for Port

Courtesy of Leader Group Newspapers

Reported by Paul Amy

FORMER Essendon rookie Tim O'Keefe has joined VFL club Port Melbourne.

O'Keefe has been tailed by injuries in the past two years but new Port coach Gary Ayres said the 191cm defender was getting himself fit and would be a good acquisition.

"He can be a nice running back for us, or someone who can give you a bit of height through the midfield," he said.

"He can run and carry the footy."

O'Keefe, originally from Seymour, was rookie-listed after a good 2005 season with the Bendigo Bombers.

Another Bendigo player, Michael Dillon, has also joined Port. Dillon won the reserves best and fairest this year and also made half-a-dozen senior appearances. He tried his luck at VFL level after some outstanding seasons for Gisborne.

Trio sign-on for 2008

The Club have great pleasure in announcing the re-signing of Luke Livingston, John Baird and David Robbins, all three are looking forward to working under new coach  Gary Ayres.

By making this early commitment they are sending a clear message that they are in for the long haul at the Borough and with further recruiting members & supporters can expect another improved effort in 2008.

Training will commence on November 5 (Monday) at TEAC Oval, hopefully the Club can make further announcements prior to the commencement of pre-season training.
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Luke Livngston
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John Baird
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David Robbins

Ayres to coach Port Melbourne

From the Herald-Sun

Reported by Daryl Timms
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FORMER Geelong and Adelaide coach Gary Ayres will coach Port Melbourne in the VFL for the next two years.

Ayres, an assistant coach at Essendon for the past two seasons, accepted the job yesterday.

He replaces Saade Ghazi, who did not have his contract renewed, despite coaching Port into the finals this year.

Ayres was not offered an assistant coaching role by new Essendon coach Matthew Knights, who wanted the former Hawthorn champion to accept a full-time opposition analysis role.

But Ayres said last night he was over-qualified for the job and still had ambitions of coaching a senior AFL side. "I was happy to stay at Essendon if there was another coaching job there," he said.

Port Melbourne appoint Ayres as senior Coach

The Port Melbourne Football Club has great pleasure in announcing the appointment of AFL legend Gary Ayres as senior coach for the next two years.

Gary brings to the Club a level of expertise that is unmatched at VFL level, a Team of the Century member of Hawthorn, five (5) time premiership player and having coached at Geelong (1995-99) & Adelaide (2000-04).

Gary welcomes the opportunity to coach at ‘grass roots level” and is looking forward to the challenge of coaching the most successful club in VFA/VFL history ( 15 Premierships) which has an exciting young list and with another strong recruiting drive that has already commenced will push for a place in the finals yet again.

Spriggs runs out Best and Fairest

David Spriggs | Picture courtesy of SpazzyPC | http://spazzypc.smugmug.com/David Spriggs completed an impressive first year at Port Melbourne, taking out the 'Darky' McPharlane medal as 2007 Best and Fairest.

Spriggs was a narrow winner polling 30 votes, in one of the closest vote counts for the Borough in recent times.  John Baird finished runner up with 28, while third place was split between Sam Plemming and Ryan 'Shooter' McMahon. on 24 apiece.

In the Reserves count, ball-magnet Sam Dwyer, already awarded the A. Todd medal for the VFL Reserves best and fairest, collected Port's award, scoring 57 votes.

Marcus Carroll (33 votes), and Matthew Pearce (29) collected the 2nd and 3rd  runner up prizes respectively.

The prestigious Norm Goss Medal was awarded to Rhys Bloomfield.

On a sadder note, Captain Chris Obst announced his retirement on the night, thanking everyone involved during his time at the club.  Chris Obst came to the club during the Swans alignment and remained on with the club when delisted by Sydney at the end of 2002.

Other award winners on the night were:

Norm Goss Medal:Coaches Award:Most Determined:
Rhys Bloomfield

Sam Plemming (Seniors)
Rhys Thomas (Reserves)
Ryan McMahon (Seniors)
Chris Cain (Reserves)
Most Consistent:Best Finals Player:Most Improved:
John Baird (Seniors)
Rees Thomas (Reserves)
John Baird (Seniors)
Sam Dwyer (Reserves)
Robin Nahas

Best First Year Player:Best Clubman:Goalkickers:
Dean Kelly
Luke Livingston (Seniors)
Sam DeBruin (Reserves)
Jeremy Dukes (Seniors)
Andrew Gilham (Reserves)