West Coburg Football Club

Senior and U18 players/coaches meeting Thurs 30 Oct

The club will be holding a meeting on Thursday 30 October for all Senior and Under 18 players for season 2015 with Senior Coach Digby Morrell.
The meeting with commence at 6-30 and should conclude no later than 7-15. The purpose of the meeting is to outline our pre season training along with all the dates of our training sessions.
We look forward to seeing all players in attendance

2014 Best and Fairest winners and other awards

Best and Fairest and Award Winners for 2014

Congratulations of the following senior and junior players who won club Best and Fairest Awards and to other award recipients for season 2014.

Division 1

Best and Fairest: Marwan  Abdul Wahed

Runner Up:  Tom Baravi

 2nd Runner up: Setanta  MacAodha

Senior Coaches Award: Aaron Kelly

Best in Finals:    Tom Watterson

Most Courageous Player: Dane Lucas

Don Spencer Rising Start Award: Omar Saad


Best and Fairest:  Matt Stumpo

Runner Up:  Marco Serruto

2nd Runner up:  Shaun Bowie

Reserves Coaches Award: Christos Kyvetos

Under 18

Best and Fairest: Ahmed Taleb

Runner Up:  Conor Doherty

 2nd Runner up:  Anthony Zammit

Under 18 Coaches Award: Connor Martin

Best in Finals: Eugene Pring

 Other Awards

Jenny McMillian Award Best Clubman:  Jordan Gloury

Howard Thompson Medal Best & Fairest:  Marwan Abdul Wahed

2014 Premiership President for Dedication and Commitment:  David Gloury

Under 16 Div 1

Best and Fairest – Josh Marino

Runner Up:  Adam Trovatello

2nd Runner up: Muhammad Saad

Coaches Awards:

Coaches Award:  Marcus Micienzi

Coaches Award: Anthony D’Aquino

Under 16 Div 4

Best and Fairest: Joseph Vacirca

Runner up: Max Taburet

2nd Runner Up: Kyle Ring

Coaches Awards:

Coaches Award: James Hickman

Coaches Award: Nicholas Sim

Best Player in Finals: Ben Fisher

Under 14 Div 3

1st     Best & Fairest : Jonah Rebeschini

2nd    Best & Fairest:  Jonah Horo

3rd    Best & Fairest: Omar Taleb

Coaches Awards:

Best Utility player: Kyle Keuris

Most Improved: Jack McArdle 

Under 14 Div 6

1st    Best & Fairest:  Stephen Michelakos

2nd   Best & Fairest:  Georgia Marsland  

3rd   Best & Fairest: Matthew Taranto    

Coaches Awards;

Most Consistent: Nicholas Minniti

Leading Goal Kicker: Mark El Nabbout  

Most improved: Daniel Varrese

Under 12 Div 3

1st    Best   & Fairest:-Caleb Rebeschini

2nd   Best & Fairest: Harry Weaver

3rd   Best & Fairest: Emilio Rinaudo

Coaches Awards:

Most Improved: Jack Orford

Most Courageous: Jack Leury

Most Reliable: Tim Freeman

Under 12 Div 6

1st     Best & Fairest:  Jonah Cabansag

2nd    Best & Fairest: Rory Gauci

3rd     Best & Fairest: Callum Matthews

Coaches Awards:

Most Courageous: Luke Solano

Rising Star: Jaimie Vaina

Most Improved: Jordan Lamb

Coaches Award: Harrison Colomer

U18.5, Reserves and Senior Presentation Night at Browns Cornor Hotel, 19th Sept

All supporters, players, friends, mums, dads, brothers, sisters and bald headed babies are invited to the three Senior teams Best and Fairest  Presentation Night at Brown’s Corner Hotel, Corner of Bell St and Sydney Rd, Coburg commencing 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Entry to the event is $10 and ‘light finger food’ will be served during the event.  West Coburg supporters are encouraged to either have their dinner prior to attending or why not support our major sponsor – Browns Corner Hotel and enjoy their fantastic Bistro/Counter meals prior to the night’s commencement.

Grand Final Wrap and Final Newsletter for 2014

West Coburg is off to PREMIER LEAGUE in 2015!

‘We are the Champions (my friend). We’ll keep on fighting to the end.’

A great crowd and in particular a West Coburg crowd, turned up last Sunday to see the Burgers claim the Essendon Ford Division 1 premiership cup with a 53-point win against Tullamarine at Windy Hill.  We all knew that leading into last Sunday’s Grand Final, that our Senior team had the talent, the youth, the skill and the tenacity to overrun Tullamarine.  After a disappointing 2nd Semi Final, it was time for pay back. The ‘silent’ motto all week was: ‘Losing is not an option’.  And boy, did the team live to that expectation. 

This was a team full of youth, sprinkled with some mature and wise heads.  It is very important to mention that 15 of the 22 players that represented West Coburg FC are boys that have  played as juniors at West Coburg.  Don’t let anyone tell you that this is not a Community Club!

Watch West Coburg sing the song out on the ground by clicking on this link

The Burgers edged in front at half-time in an arm-wrestle game before kicking five unanswered goals in the third term. The sting was out of the game early in the final term as we ran out Champions 13.15.93 to 5.10.40.  Young Tom Baravi had a dominant game around the stoppages while running players Setanta MacAodha, Tom Drake, ‘Captain Courageous’ Robbie Hudson and Tommy McMillan exploited the open spaces on Windy Hill. 

Tommy Baravi was awarded the David McWilliam Medal as best on ground. A fantastic achievement for a kid who is first year out of our Under 18.5’!!

Tullamarine's well rated forward line failed to fire with Jonathan Kent and Daniel Mangan held goalless by Burgers defenders ‘Utah’ Jazz(a) Smith, Alex Stewart, Fawez Akkari, Dane Lucas, Tom Watterson and Rosco ‘P Coltrane’ Weightman.

Last Sunday capped off what can only be described as a memorable year for our Club.  Six junior teams and three senior teams participating in finals culminating in two junior and a senior premiership to cap off the hard work put in not only by the players, but the committee, the coaches, team managers, support crew, trainers, canteen ladies, and the many volunteers.

The advancement to Premier League will not be without its challenges, but it will give our Club the opportunity to play with the best the EDFL has to offer.  It will give our Under 18.5’s an opportunity to play against quality opposition and to strive to be their best.  It will challenge our Club to be respected amongst those clubs who may think we have no place to be there amongst them. 

A very special congratulations to the young men who represented their teammates and the Club:

44. Ruairi Cleary, 87. Stefan Berak, 56. Omar Abdallah, 4. Robbie Hudson, 25. Omar Saad, 11. Setanta Macaodha, 23. Aaron Kelly, 2. Pasi Schwalger, 7. Fawez Akkari, 6. Jarryd Smith, 9. Tom McMillan, 20. Dane Lucas, 45. Debri Kutrolli, 32. Ross Weightman, 1. Marwan Abdulwahed, 10. Beau Hopkins, 36. Tom Watterson, 15. Tom Drake, 19. Jordan Gloury, 33. Alex Stewart, 22. Fouad Akkari, 27. Tom Baravi.

An even bigger thank you and congratulations to the coaching staff lead by head coach Digby Morrell,  Rob Peckham, Ben Power, Ange Sidone, Seniors Team Manager Paul McMillan, Reserves Team Manager – Bernie Kirby, Sammy O’Leary / Jack Ibrahim with the stats/rotation board stuff, our water boys Dom Tenace and Mitch Kent and our trainers Douggie, Katherine and Brooke.  If I’ve missed out on anyone, apologies!! 

Oh yes I have, the WCFC Committee.  Let’s not forget Club President and Ringmaster David Gloury, Secretary Kim Behringer, Treasurer James Baker, Vice President Glen Weaver, Apparel Enio Favero, Jack of all Trades – Tony Ring, Mrs ‘Can do’ Social Organiser/fundraiser/hellraiser– Karen Doherty, Junior Treasurer and techo/pics man – Ian Ross, Mark Orford and Jack Ibrahim.  Their tireless and often thankless work behind the scenes is incredible.  I only hope that when they finally get a chance to take a breath, they can at least be comforted in knowing the success of this year would not have happened without their leadership.


Senior Grand Final Result

West Coburg: 13. 15 – 93 def. Tullamarine 5. 10 – 40

Goal Kickers: R. Cleary 4, O. Abdallah 2, S. Berak 2, S. MacAodha , P. Schwalger , O. Saad , A. Kelly , R. Hudson 

Best Players: R. Cleary, R. Hudson, D. Lucas, T. McMillan, J. Smith, F. Akkari

EDFL 2014 Best and Fairest Awards and 2014 Div 1 Team of the Year

Congratulations goes to ‘The Magician’ Abdi Fitaax who was named Runner Up in this year’s EDFL Div 1 B&F, polling 21 votes. It was Abdi’s second time as runner-up to Mark  DeSousa of Taylors Lakes  in a Hutchison Medal count after the duo went one-two in 2012. Abdi suffered a knee injury during the last home and away season missing out on the finals.  Abdi epitomises the character of our West Coburg team, taking his injury in his stride and was always around training supporting his mates.abdi2014

During the night the EDFL also announced the 2014 Div 1 Team of the Year to which West Coburg had four players represented in the squad: Tom Drake, Tom McMillan, Marwan Abdulwahed and of course Abdi Fitaax.  Congratulations to the boys who all had a standout year.

A BIG Thank You to our Sponsors for 2014

The biggest THANK YOU goes out to our sponsors, whose support of the Club would not make all this happen.  They include:

Tier 1 Sponsors

Tier 2 Sponsors

Digby Morrell signs on for 2015

It is with pleasure and excitement that the Club announces that Diggers will be back at the Club for the 2015 season. Notwithstanding the success that 2014 has brought the Club, we will all agree that Digby has brought to our Club a true sense of professionalism that has permeated the whole club from Under 10’s to the senior playing group.

Motor Neurone Disease Ice Bucket Challenge.

In a ‘merry’ state of bravado, one of our supporters and junior parent – Tony Favero decided to challenge himself to the Ice Bucket Challenge (out of the Premiership Cup!) on Sunday night during the Club’s Premiership celebrations.  A gold coin donation was asked of our ‘merry’ supporters and we quickly raised $150.  With my employer (Westpac) ‘Matching Gifts’ program, the $150 effectively is a $300 donation to Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia.  Who says West Coburg isn’t a giving Club???  Thanks Tony for icing up for the occasion.  (Maybe a wrong choice of words here).

This Thursday Night 11th September: Reserves and Seniors Vote Count.

Voting will be held up to and including Round 15 of the regular season for both the Reserves and Senior teams.  The event will commence at 7pm.  All welcome.  Bar open and pizza will be ordered in. Cost is $10.  The celebrations haven’t stopped yet!!

Friday 19th September: Under 18.5, Reserves and Seniors Presentation Night. ***(Please note change of date)****

The senior team’s presentation night will be held at Brown’s Corner Hotel, Corner of Bell St and Sydney Rd, Coburg commencing 7.30pm for 8pm start. Entry to the event is $10 and ‘light finger food’ will be served.  West Coburg supporters are encouraged to support our major sponsor – Browns Corner Hotel and enjoy their fantastic Bistro/Counter meals prior to the event!

This will be the final Newsletter/Wrap as the writer and his ‘lovely’ takes a hiatus from the Footy Club.  The lovely and I will now kick back, crack a red (or two), dip into a fine cheese platter over the coming weekends and reminisce on the year that was at West Coburg Footy Club!  Bring on 2015, but not too quickly please, as I have a bit of crawling to do!!

A big thank you from to all who have appreciated the weekly newsletter and the ‘lovely’ goings on!!  She really is a beauty!

Cheers and me and the lovely will see you in 2015!!!!!!

Proud to be WEST COBURG!!!!!

Go West!