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MultiCultural Tales - Season 2012 - Patrick Ndongo


For most followers of footballers with an international pedigree the thoughts through most of 2012 in association with Frankston, a stand-alone club in the modern ‘VFL’ battling it out against both stand-alone AFL reserves sides (Geelong and Collingwood) and a host of AFL aligned VFL feeder clubs, the thoughts were mainly around Khan Haretuku. Out of nowhere came Chamberlin "Patrick" Ndongo with a mighty story that will lead who knows where.

For the 2006 No.1 goalkeeper for the Cameroon National Junior Team the path to playing VFL for Frankston would not seem a logical progression. Ndongo has an Association Football resume that includes Division 1 and 2 in Cameroon, Div 1 in Vietnam (FC Canto of Ho Chi Minh City), Div 2 in Switzerland (FC Bulle of Fribourg) and then to Australia with first Richmond and then Green Gully in the VPL before finishing up with FC Bulleen Lions in the State League 1 after seasons 2009 to 2011 (see youtube of Ndongo vs Preston last season here ). Ndongo’s move to Australia was interesting enough – while in Switzerland he met a girl and fell in love with Rebecca, an Australian girl. Ndongo followed her halfway around the world to find himself in Melbourne, Australia.

The Frankston Standard Leader ran an article in March this year titled “Out of Africa, into VFL” with Ndongo preparing for his first VFL senior game against Port Melbourne. Getting to training has been enough of a task, living in Rosanna in Melbourne’s North-East, he drives 2 hours to Frankston 3 or 4 times a week. When he first arrived in Australia back in 2007 Patrick was watching TV and came across a Collingwood vs North Melbourne match. That did it – since then, he’s never missed a game (of AFL). He asked his new wife Rebecca “what game is this?”, thinking it must be rugby. He was told it was footy and he found himself wanting to try it – only for Rebecca to suggest he shouldn’t because “soccer players are very soft”.

Ndongo found himself playing soccer in suburban Melbourne but thinking during the game that he wanted to go home and watch the footy. So, he got himself a player manager, Hannah Simon from Global Athletic Success, and she contacted Frankston (coached by former gun Richmond Under 19 and star of the 2005 EJ Whitten match, Simon Goosey).

After an early exposure in practice matches – he was thrown to the wolves against Port Melbourne on March 25 this year for the Round 1 VFL game. It was tough, but, 2 contested marks, 4 tackles and 9 hit outs showed a physical presence.

Sporting pulse carried a story on the Frankston Dolphins page here. This story starts with Ndongo’s recognition of his having bulked up having known little of weight training back in Cameroon to now being the strongest man at Frankston. “I look at myself now and I am so big,” Ndongo laughed. “I think how did I get to be like this?”. That round 1 game showed Patty that there was still much work ahead.
“It was so fast, everything was happening around me. And the skills, the skills had to be very fast and mine were not fast enough,” he admitted.
This story was run in the lead up to Patty’s return to the senior side to take on Williamstown at Frankston Park back in Round 12 – a match that was drawn (Frankston 14.8.92 v Williamstown 13.14.92). It was again a steep learning curve. Lining up on the bench – during the day he would come up against 201 cm Bulldog Tom Campbell who dominated with 33 hit outs and 19 disposals plus a goal in a best on performance for the ‘Gulls. Ndongo shared the ruck with James Orr, with 12 and 16 hit outs respectively. Patty picked up 5 disposals in a tough day at the office.

SBS picked up on the story after this, however the video has expired on the SBS website but can be seen via youtube here. The SBS story talks of Cameroon as a nation of 30% unemployment with life expectancy of 55 years and a quarter of the population living on less than a dollar a day. This story from Glenn Osborne includes some soccer and VFL footage. Also reveals that Odongo put on about 10kgs over just 9 months to be ready to take on footy.

For the record :

Name : Chamberlin "Patrick" Ndongo
Born / Age : March 22, 1987 (25)
Height : 194 cm
Country of Origin : Cameroon (born and raised)
Club : Frankston Dolphins
Competition : VFL


Season 2012  
Grade : VFL Development League
Matches : 15
Goals : 5
Most Goals : 2 (vs Sandringham, Round 11)
Times in Best: 6

Season 2012  
Grade : VFL Seniors
Matches : 2
Goals : 0
Times in Best: 0
Debut: Rnd 1 v Port Melb

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MultiCultural Tales - Season 2012 - Patrick Ndongo
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Tuesday, October 09 2012 @ 08:32 pm ACDT

Believe he also played in the AFL Victoria Young Guns match a few weeks ago.

MultiCultural Tales - Season 2012 - Patrick Ndongo
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Tuesday, October 09 2012 @ 08:46 pm ACDT

correct -

the Young Guns played in the curtain raiser to the Werribee v Geelong VFL Prelim final - the full squad as below :

Name Club DOB
Dean Putt Bendigo Gold 10/04/1989
Gene Pallazzo Bendigo Pioneers 3/06/1994
Nick Mee Bendigo Pioneers 8/09/1994
Harry O’Meara Bendigo Pioneers 28/12/1994
Sean Gregory Calder Cannons 20/01/1994
Michael Riseley Casey Scorpions 21/12/1988
Tim Smith Casey Scorpions 29/2/1991
Tom O'Sullivan Caulfield Grammarians FC 1/05/1991
Leigh Masters Coburg Tigers 22/06/1992
Willie Wheeler Coburg Tigers 21/06/1992
Nick Riddle Collingwood VFL 9/04/1992
Lachlan Wallace Collingwood VFL 24/01/1992
Patrick Flynn Collingwood VFL 3/04/1991
Brede Seccull Collingwood VFL 24/11/1993
Nathan Mill Eastern Ranges 11/06/1993
Matthew Farrelly Echuca FC 7/01/1993
Shaun Marusic Frankston FC 24/03/1992
Chamberlain Patrick Ndongo Frankston FC 22/03/1987
Riley Heddles Frankston FC 15/01/1991
Matt Sully Geelong Cats 15/10/1992
Scott Simpson Mt.Eliza FC 19/10/1989
Tim Knowles Mulgrave FC 7/04/1993
Kaiden Antonawicz Murray Bushrangers 24/07/1994
Matt Taberner Murray Bushrangers 17/06/1993
Joseph Cousins Murray Bushrangers 7/10/1994
Lucas Anderson North Ballarat Roosters 7/04/1992
Sam Conroy North Ballarat Roosters 19/10/1991
Cam Valentine North Ballarat Roosters 2/11/1993
Coleman Schache North Ballarat Roosters 11/10/1993
Tim Totevski Northern Blues 5/08/1993
Jarryd Coulson Northern Knights 31/12/1993
Keenan Posar Northern Knights 4/08/1994
Tom Grimes Northern Knights 1/12/1994
Anthony Bonaddio Northern Knights 6/01/1994
Damien Mascitti Port Melbourne 18/08/1992
Justin Van Unen Rye FC 4/03/1990
Jackson Coleman Sandringham Zebras 18/12/1991
Jack Beech Sandringham Zebras 23/05/1992
Michael Sikora Sandringham Zebras 26/01/1989
James Flack South Mildura FC 20/7/1993
Luke Williams St.Albans FC (GFL) 9/5/1993

AFL Victoria describes the concept thus :

The Young Guns Game was an initiative that was developed two years ago, and featured selected players from the TAC Cup, the VFL and nominations from other leagues. The concept behind the game was to create further opportunity for exposure and recognition to AFL clubs and AFL recruiters, of the selected players who were invited to showcase their talents and skills and subsequently improve their draft prospects.

The match will consist of two teams, with both made up of a combined list of nominated players. Two coaches have been selected to lead each side, with Adrian McBean (Northern Blues) and Josh Humbler (Box Hill Hawks) to be the head coaches. AFL Victoria VFL Academy players Dean Towers and Adam Marcon will be assistant coaches on the day as well.


The ran Green Team vs Blue Team as per a pdf on the line ups via this link.

Not sure about scores or anything like that.