Premiership link for father and son

Matt Noseda helped lead Apollo Bay out of “the dark days” to win a reserves premiership, 17 years after his dad Bryan did the same.

In 2002, the late Apollo Bay club legend Bryan Noseda led the Hawks to a reserves football premiership at Colac’s Central Reserve.

Seventeen years later, his son Matt achieved the same feat.

The Colac Herald spoke with Matt Noseda about what Saturday’s premiership meant for the club and his family.


There’s something about the Nosedas… people just want to play for them.

Apollo Bay footballer Matt Noseda remembers the day his dad Bryan coached the Hawks to a dominant grand final victory against Lorne in 2002.

A host of the club’s former senior stars had put their hand up to help Bryan win a flag.

He was a legend of the Bay, the club’s games record holder with well over 500 games.

Bryan kept playing – he played 15 games in 2015 – right up until his tragic death that rocked the community in April the following year.

“A lot of people wanted to play with him, and help him get that ultimate success,” Matt recalled.

“And that’s a credit to the man he was, he just welcomed people in,” he said.

“I remember that premiership they won (in 2002), I was wearing a footy jumper that Gran knitted.

“I just remember the scenes when we won, it was unbelievable.”

Bryan instilled a love for the coastal club into his three children; Matt, Joey and Isaac, who all play for the Hawks.

And on Saturday, 17 years after Bryan led the Hawks to a premiership, Matt and Isaac helped the club’s reserves claim a flag once again; Matt as a player and Isaac, 14, as the runner.

“The feeling is unbelievable,” Matt said.

“We’re here today to celebrate but I know he will be upstairs enjoying it, this one’s for him and hopefully there’ll be more to come,” he said.

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