The Melbourne Rules : An Esoteric History compiled by Brian Membrey


Preston Boys (later Rivoli Stars)

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FROM BF

I played for Preston Boys club in PDJFA around 1950/51. I was 16 y-o. Our captain was Geoff Leek later to be Essendon ruckman & captain.  We played in Geelong strip, and our ground was Moore Park Reservoir, near the lake, another team played on another oval at the same ground. Tony Shaw’s father played in that team which was Lakeside Rovers. Other players were Billy Tebble later Collingwood player some 50 + games maybe more.also others went to VFL. I remember Ron Barassi played in the juniors Bell Socials ( from memory) later then also Murray Weideman. played for Rivoli I believe, I’m sure there were others but that goes way back for me.

Hope this can be beneficial for you.

Regards  BF.


BM : Geoff Leek is a new one to me.  Barassi was Preston Scouts, Weideman was certainly Rivoli, although strangely I think the family lived in Alphington where “the Weed” later ran the family milk bar - a later report on fis career suggests that in 1952 as a 16-year-old and before he was taken on board by Collingwood, he played for Rivoli as Saturday mornings and then Alphington Amateurs in the afternoon. Billy Tebble is another I’ll add to the list - I notice he won the A Grade B&F in 1949.  

Reggie Shaw played a few games for Preston in 1950 after crossing from Brunswick after a disagreement with his original club (pictured 1949 Kornies card).  The Lakeside Rovers mentioned a  Diamond Valley League team that later become half of the Reservior-Lakeside club, and later again amalgamated with West Preston. In 1951, Reg was captain-coach of their open-age side, but thet did have under-17s.  Not related to the famous Shaw family, but one one of their leading players was Don Shaw, “a 6’1” follower” who tried out with Collingwood and the father of Preston legend, Jamie “Spider”: Shaw.

Reg went to God about 2010 and I think was prominent in Jike cricket circles in the early 1950s.

The image below courtesy of Graeme Atkinson shows a 1946 Preston Boys team and confirming BF’s Geelong jumpers - unclear whether this was under-18 or under-21, but almost certainly Edwards Lake Reserve.