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.
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 'email@example.com'. If you haven't received an email, or your email address has changed since last season, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Coaches for this season will be:
James Shingler, Jack Duncan, Con Roussos, Pece Dimovski
Tony Gauci, John Vaina. 2 more volunteers required
Ben Ravalli, Bruno Savi, Tony Combridge, Ray Freeman
John Pearce, Joe Sevian, Andrew Hazewinkel, Steve Cugley, Clayton Martin, Akram Kassab
Abraham Diab, Christian Beckham
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).