Club Legend - Col Mitchell
The son of a Victorian Railways Stationmaster, Col was born in Wangaratta, Victoria, in 1944, being the 5th of seven children. Moving to Richmond in 1951, Col married Jan in 1970 and relocated to Vermont South in that year. Through her encouragement, Col played his first of 145 games in round 5 of 1976, the foundation year of the Club. His average after game one was 47.0 and at the end of his decorated career finished with a batting average of 17.4 (2438 runs) and bowling average of 17.9 (63 wickets). Col served on the committee for 6 years, most of them as Social secretary.
Hard working and dedicated to his task, Col had to arrange social functions when there were no formal clubrooms. Individual member’s homes were used with alcoholic support coming from the “coffin”, an extremely large car-fridge, built by the then Treasurer, Adrian Bullen. After a couple of years the Club graduated from player’s homes to the then Vermont South Community House at 557 Burwood Hwy each Saturday for the after-game get-together and fish and chips. It was quite a relief to finally have our own clubrooms in the grounds of Livingstone PS.
Somewhat notorious in his younger days for his outlandish ways, Col was once dubbed “Polar Bear” for allegedly skinny dipping in President Graham Ferguson’s pool in the middle of July! If truth be known, he did have skin coloured undies on!
The father of Jodie, Craig (VSCC premiership-winning Captain) and Kristyn, Col and Jan were the first in the Club to have had three generations playing at VSCC, as Veda and Tham, their grandchildren also played in the juniors.