West Coburg Football Club

Didn’t get the Email or SMS about Practice Match changes?

This afternoon the Club sent a Club-wide email and SMS alert to all registered junior players, alerting them to the late change in practice match venues tomorrow due to vandalism of the Brealey Reserve and Zwar Reserve playing surfaces.

If you did not receive both of these it's because either:

  1. You have provided incorrect email details at registration.  Email is our primary form of communication through the season.  Better fix this quick!
  2. You have not provided your mobile number at registration.
  3. Your child is not yet registered with the Club.  You need to fix this in the next 7 days to participate in Round 1 of the season.

To address all of the above, follow the EDFL Player Registration link at the top of this page and update your details / registration.  If you have issues, please mail the Club registrar at registrar@wcfc.com.au.

 

Practice Match Venue Change

Due to overnight vandalism of the the Brearley Reserve playing surface, all practice matches scheduled for Brearley Reserve will now be at Gillon Oval, Brunswick.  Same times apply.

Note – similar vandalism has also occured at the grounds of the Preston Bullants.  The U12 Girls practice match has been moved too.

Updated details below.

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Revised details:

U9        Brunswick Dragons vs WCFC (Corey Delaney’s team)

        Clifton Oval, Brunswick

        9:00a – 9:56a

 

U9        Brunswick Dragons vs WCFC (Christian Bickham's team)

        Clifton Oval, Brunswick

        9:00a – 9:56a

 

U9        WCFC (Frank Di Lorio’s team) vs Oak Park

        Gillon Oval, Brunswick

        8:00a – 8:56a

 

U9        WCFC (John Surace’s team) vs Oak Park

        Gillon Oval, Brunswick

        8:00a – 8:56a

 

U11        Brunswick Dragons vs WCFC (Mohamed’s Green team)

        Clifton Oval, Brunswick

        10:10a – 11:06a

 

 

U11        Brunswick Dragons vs WCFC (Ackie and Mas' Blue team)

        Clifton Oval, Brunswick

        11:15a – 12:04p

 

 

U11        WCFC (John’s Red team) vs Oak Park

        Gillon Oval, Brunswick

        9:00a – 9:56a

 

U11        Oak Park vs WCFC (Joe’s White team)

        JP Fawkner Reserve, Oak Pak

        9:45a – 10:41a

 

U12G    Preston Bullants vs WCFC

        W.R. Ruthven Reserve, Malpas Street, Preston

        12:10p – 12:45p

 

         

U13        Oak Park vs WCFC (Team 1)

        JP Fawkner Reserve, Oak Pak

        11:00a – 12:16p

 

U13        WCFC (Team 2) vs Brunswick Dragons

        Gillon Oval, Brunswick

        10:10a – 11:26a

 

U15        Oak Park vs WCFC (Team 1)

        JP Fawkner Reserve, Oak Pak

        12:30p – 2:06p        

 

U15        WCFC (Team 2) vs Brunswick Dragons

        Gillon Oval, Brunswick

        11:40a – 1:16p

 

U17        WCFC (Team 1) vs Brunswick Dragons

        Gillon Oval, Brunswick

        1:30p – 3:06p

 

U17        Oak Park vs WCFC (Team 2)

        JP Fawkner Reserve, Oak Pak

        2:20p – 4:56p        

 

 


  
 

Footy Tipping Comp 2017

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West Coburg Football Club will be running an online AFL Tipping Competition to help the club raise some funds ahead of 2017. 

The cost to play is $25, $20 will go to the club as a donation and $5 will go to the prize pool for the winners.

First prize will be $500 (pending we can get a minimum of 50 entrants) and there will be prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. 

You can join by following this link:

https://tournaments.puntaa.co/tournament/49

Signing up is super easy and all tips are entered online. You will get an email each week reminding you to enter your tips, so you don't forget. 

Please share the link with your family and friends to help grow the prize pool.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Another Pre-Season Update

What a great day out at Brearley Reserve on the Sunday!  Not exactly footy weather, and a touch of sunburn on quite a few, but it was absolutely fantastic to see the whole Club out over the duration of the day.  More again this week.

 
In this update
 
  • Season Launch – This Friday
  • Training Schedules
  • Training this Friday
  • Fees Reminder
  • Team Managers
  • Sunday Practice Matches
  • Footy Tipping Competition
 
Season Launch – This Friday
Shore Reserve, Friday March 24 @ 6pm
 
The Club will be kicking of its 2017 season in style at Shore Reserve this Friday.  It’s the dawn of a new era with the introduction of female-only footy at the Club, and to mark the occasion we’ll have a special ceremony to present our first girls’ team with the first-ever WCFC girls jumpers.  There’ll be some speeches from a few special guests, as well as a barbecue and bar happening on the night.
 
Come along, reconnect with friends from last season, and celebrate the start of local footy in 2017.  Pies v Dogs will be on the big screen too.  Go Pies!
 
Due to the Season Launch, all training on Friday this week is cancelled.
 
Training Schedules
Effective this week we are now training at our home grounds, on the days and times in place for the season.
 
U9            Fridays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Brearley Reserve
 
U11          Tuesdays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Brearley Reserve
            Thursdays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Brearley Reserve
 
U12 Girls        Mondays 6:00p – 7:00p @ Brearley Reserve
            Wednesdays 5:30p – 6:30p @ Brearley Reserve
 
U13         Wednesdays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Brearley Reserve
            Fridays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Shore Reserve
 
U15         Wednesdays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Shore Reserve
            Fridays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Shore Reserve
 
U17            Tuesdays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Brearley Reserve
            Thursdays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Brearley Reserve
 
Friday March 24 training is cancelled at all venues due to the Season Launch.
 
Training This Friday
In case you haven’t got the message :-), all training is cancelled this Friday March 24.
 
Fees Reminder
The Club has a firm No Pay, No Jumper, No Play policy.  Round 1 is now less than two weeks away (April 2).  There are still many families / players who have yet to pay their fees and are running out of time.
 
Avoid the situation of your child not being presented a Club jumper and not being able to take to the ground as part of Round 1.
 
Payment by cash, credit or cheque can be made at Shore Reserve on Friday as part of the Season Launch.  You can also make payment to your Age Group Coordinator (cash, cheque only) at training.  You can also pay online using the SportsTG website, or direct deposit into the Club’s account (BSB 633000, Account Number 150587046, Account Name “WCFC #1”.  Please include your surname and age group as reference).  Many options …

Junior Fees are $360 for the 1st child, $300 for the 2nd and $140 for the third, and $50 for every child thereafter.  Fees for U9 mixed and U12 girls are $250.  WCFC does not charge per-game fees.

Team Managers
As Round 1 approaches, we need to start locking in team managers for the teams.  If you’re interested, please let your Age Group Coordinator or coach know ASAP.  Even if you’re unsure what side you child will be in, it doesn’t hurt to express an interest or willingness.
 
Remember – no team manager, no team …
 
Sunday Practice Matches
Hopefully you’ve read everything else and haven’t just jumped to this bit.
 
Practice Matches are on again this weekend (Sunday March 26).  This time we’re playing against Brunswick Dragons, Oak Park and Preston Bullants.  Your Age Group Coordinators will tell you what team you’re part of, so watch for emails or make sure you’re at training this week to find out.
 
Please be at the venue 45 minutes before.  And yes, we will be running to the minute!
 
Mouthguard, and footy boots please, along with full Club attire.  Jumpers will be handed out before the match and will need to be returned after. Parents, also please be prepared to volunteer for match day roles.  Team Managers are yet in place, so help out the coaches and age group coordinators who will have plenty to do already.
 
U9        Brunswick Dragons vs WCFC (Corey Delaney’s team)
        Clifton Oval, Brunswick
        9:00a – 9:56a
 
U9        Brunswick Dragons vs WCFC (Christian Bickham's team)
        Clifton Oval, Brunswick
        9:00a – 9:56a
 
U9        WCFC (Frank Di Lorio’s team) vs Oak Park
        Brearley Reserve, Pascoe Vale South
        8:00a – 8:56a
 
U9        WCFC (John Surace’s team) vs Oak Park
        Brearley Reserve, Pascoe Vale South
        8:00a – 8:56a
 
U11        Brunswick Dragons vs WCFC (Mohamed’s Green team)
        Clifton Oval, Brunswick
        10:10a – 11:06a

 
U11        Brunswick Dragons vs WCFC (Ackie and Mas' Blue team)
        Clifton Oval, Brunswick
        11:15a – 12:04p

 
U11        WCFC (John’s Red team) vs Oak Park
        Brearley Reserve, Pascoe Vale South
        9:00a – 9:56a
 
U11        Oak Park vs WCFC (Joe’s White team)
        JP Fawkner Reserve, Oak Pak
        9:45a – 10:41a
 
U12G    Preston Bullants vs WCFC
        Zwar Park, Jessie Street, Preston
        12:10p – 12:45p

         
U13        Oak Park vs WCFC (Team 1)
        JP Fawkner Reserve, Oak Pak
        11:00a – 12:16p
 
U13        WCFC (Team 2) vs Brunswick Dragons
        Brearley Reserve, Pascoe Vale South
        10:10a – 11:26a
 
U15        Oak Park vs WCFC (Team 1)
        JP Fawkner Reserve, Oak Pak
        12:30p – 2:06p        
 
U15        WCFC (Team 2) vs Brunswick Dragons
        Brearley Reserve, Pascoe Vale South
        11:40a – 1:16p
 
U17        WCFC (Team 1) vs Brunswick Dragons
        Brearley Reserve, Pascoe Vale South
        1:30p – 3:06p
 
U17        Oak Park vs WCFC (Team 2)
        JP Fawkner Reserve, Oak Pak
        2:20p – 4:56p        
        
Footy Tipping Competition
The AFL starts this Thursday night.  Join the WCFC tipping competition – a great ray to contribute to your club, while lauding your tipping skills over your mates.
 
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West Coburg Football Club will be running an online AFL Tipping Competition to help the club raise some funds ahead of 2017. 

The cost to play is $25, $20 will go to the club as a donation and $5 will go to the prize pool for the winners.

First prize will be $500 (pending we can get a minimum of 50 entrants) and there will be prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. 

You can join by following this link:

https://tournaments.puntaa.co/tournament/49

Signing up is super easy and all tips are entered online. You will get an email each week reminding you to enter your tips, so you don't forget. 

Please share the link with your family and friends to help grow the prize pool.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Mega Juniors Pre-Season Update

In this update

  • Season Start
  • Practice Match – March 19
  • Season Training Schedule
  • Season Launch
  • Rule Changes
  • Other Season Info

 

Season Start

The EDFL Home and Away season starts on Sunday April 2 (Round 1).  Rounds 1 and 2 will be grading rounds this season (for U11 and above) and the season will run for 16 rounds (2 more than last year).

Pre-season will continue with then, with both practice matches and moving to our regular training schedule.

 

Practice Match – March 19

Practice matches will be held this Sunday March 19 at Shore Reserve.  These will be intra-Club matches, so we’ll be playing with the Club’s age groups.

 

U9            8:00a – 9:00a

U12 Girls        9:00a – 10:00a

U11            10:15a – 11:15a  (John’s Red vs Andrew's Blue)

            12:15p – 1:15p (Joe's White vs Mahmoud’s Green)

U13         1:30pm – 2:30pm

U15            2:30pm – 3:45pm

U17            3:45pm – 5:00pm

 

Please make sure to bring your mouthguard, runners AND football boots (ground conditions will determine which will be worn).  Also – wear a footy jumper if you have one.  We’ll be running teams of colours (jumper right way) and whites (jumper inside out).  If it’s a hot day, bring a drink bottle too.

 

Please make sure you arrive at the ground at least 45 mins before your scheduled start time.  Age-Group Coordinators and coaches will advise team line-ups most likely on the day.  Note that these games will be used for grading and will contribute towards team selection for the season.  The team your child plays in this weekend will not necessarily be the same team / group they play with for the season.  Team selection is an iterative process that will refine gradually up to the end of EDFL grading rounds April 9.

 

Volunteers will be needed for goal umpire, boundary umpire, timekeeper, maybe runner etc.  Please volunteer yourself to your child’s coach if you can help.

 

A BBQ will also be running all day so come armed with gold coins to feed the family.  Any help on the tongs or serving will be greatly appreciated.

Practice matches against Essendon Doutta Stars and Oak Park are scheduled for Sunday March 26.  More details on these next week.

 

Season Training Schedule

An early end to the local Cricket clubs’ season means we can start our regular season training schedule earlier than expected.  The below schedule is effective from next week, at the venues specified.

 

U9            Fridays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Brearley Reserve

U11          Tuesdays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Brearley Reserve

            Thursdays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Brearley Reserve

U12 Girls        Mondays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Brearley Reserve

            Wednesdays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Brearley Reserve

U13         Wednesdays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Brearley Reserve

            Fridays 5:15p – 6:15p @ Shore Reserve

U15         Wednesdays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Shore Reserve

            Fridays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Shore Reserve

U17            Tuesdays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Brearley Reserve

            Thursdays 6:30p – 7:30p @ Brearley Reserve

These training times will stay in place for the rest of the 2017 season.  Please keep in mind that the training schedule is a balance of ground access across the whole Club and the availability of the volunteer coaches.  Unfortunately there will be conflicts with some personal routines and schedules but these are largely unavoidable.

 

Season Launch

Friday March 24 at Shore Reserve, starting at 6pm.  Save the Date!

2017 earmarks a new era in the history of our proud footy Club.  Come down to Shore Reserve, reconnect with friends from last season and celebrate as we kick-off Season 2017.

 

Rule Changes

You will have noticed that the EDFL has moved to odd age groups this season.  An image summarising the updated rules has been posted to wcfc.com.au.

 

Other Season Info

The general season information handout can also be downloaded from here, for anyone who didn’t receive one at Registration Day.

Junior Pre-Season Update

Age-Group Changes

The EDFL is changing from even to odd age-groups to bring the league into line with others.  WCFC will be fielding U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 teams this season, as well as U19 and Seniors in Premier Division.  The club will also be introducing U12 and U15 girls' footy as part of the new EDFL girls' competition.

 

Pre-Season Training

Access to grounds is again difficult this year due to the timing of the cricket season.  Moreland council have provided us access to Parker Reserve (Keady Street, Coburg North) until we get access to our usual grounds.

 

Pre-season training for U15 and U17 players has already started:

U17 – Brearley Reserve, Mondays, 6:15p – 7:30p; Morris Reserve, Wednesdays, 6:15p – 7:30p

U15 – Parker Reserve, Wednesdays 5:30p-6:30p; Fridays, 5:30p-6:30p

Pre-season training for U13 and U11 players starts this week (Feb 6)

U13 – Parker Reserve, Mondays, 6:15p – 7:15p

U11 – Parker Reserve, Tuesdays, 5:30p – 6:30p

Girls U12 & U15 – Parker Reserve, Wednesdays,  6:00p – 7:00p

Pre-season training for U9's and girls teams will commence the week of Feb 27

U9 – Parker Reserve, Thursdays, 5:30p – 6:30p

 

Training will continue at these times and locations until further notice.

Please make sure that you wear runners (not boots) to all sessions, bring your drink bottle and preferably mouth guard.

At this stage we do not have a view of the season training schedule (days or times) once games begin as we need to juggle coach availability / preferences with the grounds we have available to us.

 

On-line FootyWeb Registration

Like previous seasons, to play with WCFC you must a) register your details with the EDFL using FootyWeb (aka SportsTG), and b) pay Club membership fees.

Players from 2016 will have received emails from SportsTG on Feb 1 inviting them to re-register for the season.  Check your email inbox (or junk mail) for the subject 'Invitation to re-register', or mails from 'West Coburg' or 'donotreply@sportstg.com'.  If you haven't received an email, or your email address has changed since last season, please contact registrar@wcfc.com.au.

The email will include your personal link to re-register with the Club.  Please make sure you confirm your contact information.  A payment portal is also provided for you to pay membership fees by credit card.  Note: SportsTG charges fees for online payment.  If you want to avoid these, please pay at Registration Day.

 

Registration Day

Sunday Feb 19, 10am – 1pm will be the Club's Registration Day for new players, transfers, anyone who wants to register 'old-school', or pay fees in person.

Membership Fees for 2017 are $360 for the first child, $300 for the second child, $140 for the third chid and $50 for every child thereafter.  Fees for U9 players are $250.  Fees have increased for 2017 due to utility, ground and EDFL cost increases.

The Mouthguard Man will be on-site to take orders for player needing a new mouth guard, and the apparel shop will be open.  Mouth guards are $55 for a single color, $65 for a double.

If you've completed on-line registration and paid online, you do not need to attend Registration Day.

 

Coaching Appointments

Coaches for this season will be:

 

U17

James Shingler, Jack Duncan, Con Roussos, Pece Dimovski

U15

Tony Gauci, John Vaina.  2 more volunteers required

U13

Ben Ravalli, Bruno Savi, Tony Combridge, Ray Freeman

U11

John Pearce, Joe Sevian, Andrew Hazewinkel, Steve Cugley, Clayton Martin, Akram Kassab

U9

Abraham Diab, Christian Beckham

U12 Girls

Peita Price

U15 Girls

To be appointed

 

Coaches will be assigned to teams based on the the completion of player grading.

Thanks to all coaches for volunteering their time and energy to the Club for the season.

WCFC starts Girls’ Footy in 2017!

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To coincide with the introduction of the AFLW league next year, we're going to be introducing U12 and U15 girls' teams to play for West Coburg in the new EDFL girls' football competition.  Let your friends and family know, and reach out to us at girlsfooty@wcfc.com.au for more details or register your interest.

As a community-based Club based on the values of gender and cultural diversity, teamwork, responsibility and respect for all, this is both a logical and necessary next step in our proud history.  To make sure it's done right and with the focus girls' footy deserves, we've also appointed Peita Price as the Club's first Female Football Coordinator.  You'll here more from Peita and the team of volunteers supporting her as our season shapes up.

Interested in helping?  Preparing the Club to enter a whole new EDFL competition is a massive undertaking and any assistance to Peita and team; no matter how big or small, is welcome.  If you'd like to know how you can help, reach out to girlsfooty@wcfc.com.au.

WCFC at AFL Female Football Forum

Jumping into Girls' Footy head-first, WCFC was represented as one of the several Clubs in Victoria developing a Female Football program.  Newly appointed Female Football Coordinator Peita Price worked the room, captured below with AFL Commissioner Major General Simone Wilkie AO (left) and Fremantle AFLW coach Michelle Cowan (right).

 

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