A Family Club
The GlenOrme Junior Football Club (which was the precursor to the Caulfield Bears Junior Football Club) was formed in 1961 and has operated continuously since then. Initially the club comprised of three teams (U/11’s, U/13’s & U/15’s) playing in the Bentleigh McKinnon Youth Centre Football League (BMYCFL). This participation continued from 1961 to 1985. In 1985, an under 10 team was also added for the first time.
As a result of an ageing population within the Caulfield/Glenhuntly/Carnegie areas and the wider range of sporting and leisure activities available to children, the numbers of children playing Australian football declined during the 80's. Due to these reducing numbers, the club fielded only one side in 1986 and 1987.
In 1988 the club fielded an U/10 side in the failing BMYCFL competition and an U/12 team was fielded in the newly formed Moorabbin Saints Junior Football League (MSJFL). In 1989, with the demise of the BMYCFL, the club migrated across to the MSJFL – again with just one (U/10) side.
In the early 1990’s, an influx of younger families into the area boosted Glen-Orme’s flagging numbers and with renewed interest in Australian football, participants have steadily increased. In 1990 the club had 39 registered players competing in U/10’s and, for the first time, U/9’s grade. By 1993, the club had swelled to 78 registered players competing in U/9’s, U/10’s U/12’s and U/13’s grade teams. The growth of the club has continued steadily to 208 registered players in 1999, 188 in 2000 (10 teams) and 212 registered players in 2001 (9 teams).
Not so black and white
Originally, the club wore the familiar black and white colours of Collingwood and in 1992 it added red to its colours to form a closer alignment with its adopted senior club, St Kevins-Ormond Football Club. St Kevins-Ormond Football Club (which competed in the Eastern Suburban Churches Football Association).
The junior section of the club changed its name at this time to St Kevins-Glen Orme Junior Football Club. In the early 1990's St Kevins-Glen Orme sought the assistance of St.Kevins Ormond F.C. (ESCFA) in an effort to improve conditions for its players. This included re-locating the junior club from its home base at Lord Reserve to Koornang Park in Carnegie.
This semi-official affiliation proved beneficial to the club and when St Kevins Ormond was renamed in 1993 to be known as Caulfield Football Club and compete in the newly formed Southern Football League, they approached St Kevins-Glen Orme with an offer to change its name and become their fully affiliated junior division. St Kevins-Glen Orme accepted the offer and adopted the name of Caulfield/Glen Orme JFC in 1994 as it considered a more formal arrangement with the Caulfield Football Club. In 1995 Caulfield-Glen Orme, officially change its name to Caulfield Junior Football Club and progressively changed its jumpers to the navy blue with a thin red and yellow strip worn by the Caulfield senior sides.
Premierships to be proud of
The Caulfield Junior Football Club is proud of its connection with the Caulfield Football Club (Seniors) and many former junior players currently play with the senior club. Over the years, the junior club has enjoyed many highs with teams competing in finals series and winning 22 premierships:
Apart from on-field success, one of the greatest highlights of the club came in 1984 when it was awarded the Victoria Police Most Disciplined Club Trophy.
The junior club has also performed well in the MSJFL's Best Club Award, winning the award in 1997, 1999, 2007 & 2009, finishing second in 1991, 1993 & 2010 and third in 1992 & 2004.
We are very proud of our history of on-field success and off-field success and we hope all current & past players/parents/supporters help us continue our tradition of being the “family club”.