West Coburg Football Club

Club announces U16 and U14 Coaches

West Coburg FC is pleased to announce that senior players Sean McKernan and James Tsonis along with Joe Taranto and Steve Robertshawe will coach the Under 16s squads this season.

IMG_0842Vice President Glen Weaver said the appointment of McKernan and Tsonis  as coaches of the Under 16s continues the club’s policy of having senior players involved in the junior program. Robertshawe and Taranto were successful in steering last season’s Under 14 Div 2 to a Premiership Flag and will continue to develop players stepping up from the Under 14s age group.

The announcement of the Under 16s coaches was made at the first session of pre-season training for the Under 16s and Under 14s squads on February 1.  The session saw 45 players go through their paces at Brearely Reserve.

Glen Weaver also announced that John Vaina, Tony Gauci and Ray Freemen would be coaching the Under 14 teams.

“We had a terrific turn out of players to kick off the first night of 2016 pre-season, “said Glen Weaver.  “We anticipate that the numbers will pick  as players get ready for the season proper.”


The next training session is on  Friday, February 5 . Players are to meet at Shore Reserve at 5.30pm and then run to Cross Keys for ball work before returning to Shore Reserve.

Players will have the opportunity at training  to purchase the Club’s  2016 training singlets for $25.

For training details check the website under Junior Trainng or contact Glen Weaver 0407443308

2016 Re-registration

2016 Re-registration

Registration for all existing players, coaches and officials for the 2016 season is now open at EDFL Player Registration Form  

It is compulsory for all returning players and club officials to register and update their details online. Like last season, players will be able to pay their fees online by credit card including a surcharge. If you choose not to pay online then you will need to come along to the club Registration Day.

Registration for 2016 is directly linked to the last email address you supplied in 2015. All returning players will receive an email from SportingPulse to register.  If you do not receive this email please contact the club registrar Phil Willmer via email registrar@wcfc.com.au

New Players Required for 2016

 If you love footy and want to play, West Coburg FC is seeking new players for season 2016 in all age groups- U8, U10, U12, U14, and U16.  Girls interested in playing football are encouraged to sign up.

Registration Day

Registration Day for new players or those wishing to transfer from other clubs will be at the West Coburg FC clubrooms at Shore Reserve, Pascoe Vale South on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 10am – 1pm.

New players need to complete EDFL New Player/Transfer Form – and bring a copy of your birth certificate or passport.

Uniform – socks and shorts – and other club apparel will be available to either order or purchase on the day.

Payment of fees  and apparel on the day can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card.

Junior Fees 2016

Fees for U10, U12, U14 & U16

1st child $350

2nd child $300

3rd child $200

Any additional sibling will be charged $20


Under 8s


Season’s Greetings



From the Club President


David Gloury

President, West Coburg Football Club


2015 has been another very successful year for the club and as crazy as it sounds planning for season 2016 is well under way!  We have received the senior fixture for 2016 and we will be posting this on the club website, but we are scheduled to meet Airport West in Round 1 on Saturday 9 April at Airport West.




The club will be hosting a number of special events in 2016, in particular the 20 year reunion and  10 year reunion of the 1996 and 2006 senior premiership teams . We will be hosting this event on Sunday 23 April at City Oval when we play Maribyrnong Park. 




Can I also get everyone to mark their diary for our annual Golf Day on Friday 19 February at Medway Golf Club . $ 100 per player includes golf, lunch and refreshments. As always this is a great day so start organising your foursome over Christmas and notify me if you can attend.

Again more details regarding our Golf Day will be released early in the New Year  




The senior players have been in pre season mode for the past 6 weeks with great numbers in attendance and a number of new players there as well.  Our under 14s and 16s have also commenced their training over the past few weeks.  All pre season training dates and times can be found on the club website or on Team App. 


On behalf of the committee I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas and an even better New Year. 




David Gloury

President West Coburg Football Club  


Under 18 Coaching Appointments


Coaching Announcement

The Club congratulates Danny Daquino and Eugene Pring on their appointments as co-coaches of the 2016 West Coburg Under 18.5 Premier Division Team 1.

Danny and Eugene both held coaching roles with the Club's Under 16 teams in 2015 and taking their respective teams into the finals.  Danny coached the Division 1 outfit through to the second week of finals where they were knocked out by Aberfeldie in the Semi, and Eugene took the Division 4 team through to the third-week Preliminary where they were knocked out by Strathmore.

Both bring a combination of past and present football experience to the roles, with Eugene also captaining the Club's Under 18.5 side this season.

Congratulations and Best of Luck for next season!


Under 18’s


Confirmed – 2 x Under 18's Teams in 2016

Aided by a tight and strong playing group graduating from U16 junior football at the end of this season, the Club will be fielding TWO Under 18's teams in the EDFL Premier Division in 2016 and will look to build upon the success we saw with the Under 18's this season.

If you're a past player who took some time off football to focus on other pursuits, or from another Club and would like to join the West Coburg family – and of course qualify for Under 18.5 football in 2016, please contact David Gloury (president@wcfc.com.au)

Seniors Finals in Focus – Week 1

Seniors Finals in Focus - Week 1

There you have it ladies and gentlemen … our Under 18.5’s experienced a fantastic first season in Premier Division, finishing fourth and meeting Keilor in the Semi Final.  The boys had met the outfit from Keilor twice before – in Round 9 when we went down by 34, and in Round 18 when we went down by 79.  Unfortunately Keilor had our number again, but with the loss narrowing to just outside 3 goals, it’s a strong testament to how far the boys have come this season under the guidance of coach Ricky Baxter and his coaching staff.  It makes us all proud to see the future of the Club at the seniors levels is in good hands with this group of boys as they continue to improve with their footy.

Preliminary Finals – Coburg City Oval Saturday September 5
The EDFL will be using Coburg City Oval for Senior Preliminary Finals on Saturday September 5, and West Coburg has been asked to host the day, which means we run and profit from the canteen and bar on the day.  This should be a major fundraiser and source of income for the Club to take us into 2016.
We are seeking volunteers to help us put this day on – people who can spare a couple of hours at different times during the day.  We’re seeking assistance in the following areas:
  • Setup (from 8:30am)
  • BBQ staff (cooks, servers)
  • Canteen servers
  • Bar staff (Current RSA essential)
  • End of day clean-up
  • Pack-up
  • Gofers
If you can help, even for a couple of hours, please contact David Gloury on 0429 121 426 or EMAIL president@wcfc.com.au 
Seniors Presentation Night
The Seniors, Reserves & Under 18’s Presentation Night will be held on Friday September 4 at the Cross Keys Hotel, commencing at 7pm.  This will include the point-end of the Best & Fairest Count for Seniors and Reserves (Rounds 15-18), as well as the Best & Fairest for the U18.5’s.
$25 per head includes finger food.  Drinks at bar prices.  Contact David Gloury on 0429 121 426 or EMAIL president@wcfc.com.au 
Under 16 Best & Fairest Results
Last Friday night the U16’s had their Best & Fairest Count.  Congratulations to all award recipients.  To capture the highlights.
Under 16 Division 1
Josh Rocco put in a stellar season and had the count stitched up mid-way through the rounds.  The drama was with 2nd and 3rd place with Jayden Murat and Anthony Daquino going head-to-head for the finishing order, with a strong performance in Round 14 giving Jayden just enough to jump ahead, flip the order and take Runner-Up.
1st Best & Fairest : Josh Rocco (69 votes)
2nd Best & Fairest : Jayden Murat (38 votes)
3rd Best & Fairest : Anthony Daquino (38 votes)
Under 16 Division 4
Perry Patrikios stormed out of the blocks snaring 33 of his 49 votes in the first 7 rounds.  With him playing in the Div 1 side at the back-end of the season the question was whether he’d had enough of a start to hold off James Lockwood-Spence and Ryan Blasic from storming home in his absence …
1st Best & Fairest : Perry Patrikios (49 votes)
2nd Best & Fairest : James Lockwood-Spence (39 votes)
3rd Best & Fairest : Ryan Blasic (31 votes)
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Eat your heart out Channel 7 –
The U16 Best & Fairest went the full upgrade this year on the big screen … 

U18.5 Premier Division – SEMI FINAL 1 – LOST by 21
West Coburg                                  7.9 (51)
defeated by
Keilor                              10.12 (72)

Goal Kickers: A. Dounias 2, J. Marino 2, Y. Kalamouni, C. Clemente, Z. Saad

Best Players: M. Michienzi, A. Daquino, J. Marino, Y. Kalamouni, S. Dean Spagnolo, E. Pring


End of Campaign

Keilor will proceed to play Greenvale in the Preliminary Final, with the winner going on to meet Aberfeldie in the Grand Final.

Help Needed!

Brearley Reserve Pack-up
The footy Club needs to vacate Brearley Reserve by the end of the month so the Cricket Club can commence their summer tenancy.  This involves relocating all the Club’s equipment (training gear, goal post ads, balls, team manager bags, jumpers etc.) from Brearley back to Shore where it can be safely stored over Summer.
We’re looking for parent volunteers who can help with this effort, starting at 9am this Saturday.  We only need a couple of hours of time, and the more people assist, the less time it will take.  We are also hoping that someone in the Club community with a van or truck can assist to make transport easier.
If you can help us, please turn up to Brearley Reserve this Saturday between 8:30am and 9am.
Senior Preliminary Finals Day – September 5
The EDFL will be using Coburg City Oval for Senior Preliminary Finals on Saturday September 5, and West Coburg has been asked to host the day, which means we run and profit from the canteen and bar on the day.  This should be a major fundraiser and source of income for the Club to take us into 2016.
We are seeking volunteers to help us put this day on – people who can spare a couple of hours at different times during the day.  We’re seeking assistance in the following areas:
  • Setup (from 8:30am)
  • BBQ staff (cooks, servers)
  • Canteen servers
  • Bar staff (Current RSA essential)
  • End of day clean-up
  • Pack-up
  • Gofers
If you can help, even for a couple of hours, please contact David Gloury on 0429 121 426 or EMAIL president@wcfc.com.au

Round 18 in Review

Round 18 Review



Objective met – one bad Star Wars reference / pun included in these reviews

And … there we have it.  The end.  The finale.  It’s over.  Done.  Complete.
The Home and Away season has now officially drawn to a close, all wrapped with our last game of the season this round, against Keilor, at Keilor.  A massive season for our Club – read more about it in the comments and wrap-ups below.  
The Seniors returned to Premier Division this season and put on a good, strong showing considering our side this year was probably a bit weaker than last year’s Division 1 premiership side, and the first several rounds were spent adapting to the pace and standard of Premier Division football.  Everything looks good for a bigger and better year in 2016.  It was also our first year at Coburg City Oval – a fantastic surface and ground to play on and a venue that can help take the Club well into the future.  
Of course the action doesn’t end here – the U18.5’s in their first outing in Premier Division finished a solid 4th, qualifying them for a Semi Finals berth next week against Keilor at Windy Hill.  They’re our last team still playing this season so it’d be great to see as many of the Club at there as possible to cheer the boys on.  Watch out for their progress over the coming weeks in our Seniors Finals in Focus.
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Remember that the EDFL charges entry into all Seniors finals games.  Adults are $15 (including Footy Record), Concession $8 (Aged pensioners and secondary students only – must produce valid cards), Children under 14 FREE.
It’s Awards Time
The EDFL held it’s annual Juniors Best & Fairest Awards on Friday night, with two of our Club’s players receiving invitations – indicating that they had either won or come second in the count.  The Club’s pleased to announce a 100% conversion (to borrow from our NRL friends).  Congratulations to Jonah Horo for capping his spectacular U14 Div 2 season with both a flag and outright best and fairest.  Also congratulations to Patrick McCullum for his equal-first Best and Fairest in U14 Div 6 – a pretty good effort since the team spent the first 4 rounds in Division 4!
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Congratulations also to all the players recognised at last Friday’s U8-U14 Presentation Night.
Under 14 Division 2
1st Best & Fairest : Jordan Drummond
2nd Best & Fairest : Jonah Horo
3rd best & Fairest : Khodr Yehia
Coaches Awards : Nicholas Minniti, Caleb Rebeschini
Under 14 Division 6
1st Best & Fairest : Patrick McCallum
2nd Best & Fairest : Matthew Salvatori
3rd best & Fairest : Liam Salter
Most Improved : Adam Romano
Most Courageous : Stephen Black
Best Team Man : Alex El Nabbout
Under 12 Division 2
1st Best & Fairest : Jonah Cabansag
2nd Best & Fairest : Jack Calleri
3rd best & Fairest : Rory Gauci
Most Consistent : Callum Matthews 
Rising Star Award : Callum Newton
Encouragement Award : Ziggy Evans
Under 12 Division 5
1st Best & Fairest : Adam Zayat
2nd Best & Fairest : Isaac Marincic
=3rd best & Fairest : Zachary Freeman
=3rd best & Fairest : Liam Douvartizidis
Coach’s Award : Thomas McArdle
Most Improved : Oscar Cattlin
$100 Draw Winner
Last Sunday we held the Club’s major fundraiser – the $100 draw – and as always a great day with lots of excitement.  In the end the last two standing decided against playing the odds of an all-out win and agreed to split the winnings – congratulations to Phil Smith and Daniel Skully (former player).  Thanks to everyone who helped and participated on the day, it was a again a very successful day for the Club.

Senior Vote Count – Rounds 1 – 14

Senior and Reserve vote count up to Round 14 will take place this Thursday evening at Shore Reserve, commencing at 7pm.  Dinner and drinks available and all supporters welcome.




The pointy-end of the count and Under 18’s will take place at the Seniors Presentation Night will be held on Friday September 4 at the Cross Keys Hotel, commencing at 7pm.  $25 per head includes finger food.  Drinks at bar prices.
Thanks to our 2015 Partners

With the draw of the Home and Away season, it’s also a good time to thank our 2015 partners who have joined ALL our teams on their joinery through their Premiership seasons.Sponsors_2015_3




Seniors Premier Division Report – Digby Morrell 
Going into the season the coaching panel was aiming to get 6 wins, and although we ended up with 4, we still considered the season a success. To see the team and individuals grow and develop in a very strong competition was pleasing to see, especially after a tough first month of football where we played Strathmore,  Aberfeldie, Greenvale and Avondale Heights and the boys struggled to adapt to the speed, intensity, tackling pressure and quality of player they were up against. After that period the boys have worked hard on ball retention, minimising turnovers, pressing up in defence and defensive pressure.  Once the boys understood these requirements our performances have been consistent, honest and energy-filled.

We beat Airport West, pushed Maribyrnong Park, Strathmore, Keilor, Pascoe Vale and Aberfeldie. We were in all games until late in the game where some polish and class were the difference. Our biggest asset for the year was definitely our clearance work.  Up until the last game of the year we were not beaten at stoppages, even in the game we lost by a 100 pts, we still ended up in front around the contest.  Much of this must go to the tireless work by Robert Peckham who looked after this sector.  On the back of our improving ruck-stocks in Beau Hopkins, Tom Pryde and Brenton Thompson, it allowed our midfield group of Marwan, Moe Saad, Tom Baravi, Fuzz Akkari, Omar Abdullah and alike to benefit.

In looking back on the year, our young players continued to develop.  Setanta Macaodha, Omar Abdullah, Jordan Gloury, Jesse Morano, Omar Saad, Tom Baravi, Moe Saad, Abdi Fitaa , Tom Drake and Mousty Hammoud all improved as the year went on, and now all understand what is required to play in and play on very good players. We got good games into Joey Drake, Walid Kaaran, Steve Mete and Jesse Martini and the introduction of Tom Pryde and Brenton Thompson on- and off-field has been a great success.

The old stagers in Marwan, Tom Watterson, Fo and Fuzz Akkari, Beau Hopkins all had solid season with Beau reaping the rewards from the coaching panel's constant nagging. Unfortunately our captain Smithy couldn't get a run at it but still led by example around the club.

In looking forward no doubt we need to add some quality into our team as against the top we were found out. In the off season we would love to secure the services of a key forward and key back plus two good ball users through the middle. We also need to look to bring back some of our 25-30 year old players who have been lost to the club over the past few years. This would increase our competition for senior selection plus increase the support in the reserves for our young players coming through. Off the field we all need to draw more people through the club. The move to Coburg has been a success with all our wins coming there and the ability to recruit will be easier. We need to make it our home, we need to build our brand at Coburg and build the corporate support of the club .

Thanks personally to my coaching team of Rob Peckham, Ben Power, Jack Ibrahim, Rick Baxter.  Your support and hard work is much appreciated.  Also to Eugine Pring, Ben Vear, Shaun McKernan and countless other boys who have done a number of selfless jobs.  Also to all the boys who look after my son while he is at the footy, he loves it!

Onwards and upwards in 2016.

A very Proud Coach



Premier Reserves Report – Jack Ibrahim
2015 was a great year in developing the young men of West Coburg Football Club. The majority of the year we were placed 5th on the ladder providing the top 4 teams more than enough competition, however we just fell short on most occasions. We started the year with little confidence as many of the players doubted their ability to compete with the Premier Dvision teams. As each game passed our self-belief grew, resulting in some great performances.
There were a number of games lost from winning positions and if the results had gone our way, we would be playing finals this weekend. Unfortunately, you only get out what you put in and the lack of a pre-season and training from some players contributed to these losses. Running out of legs, switching off for 4 minutes a quarter cost us dearly. During some games this season we were unstoppable, our ball movement, hunger for the contest and willingness to put our bodies on the line created some great highlights throughout the year.
This year a team of young men showed they were capable of playing great football. Another full pre-season under their belts and 2016 will be a promising year with finals a VERY achievable goal.
Senior Premier Division – LOST by 57

West Coburg                16.9 (105)

defeated by

Keilor                                            25.12 (165)


Goal Kickers: O. Saad 4, J. Martini 4, J. Morano 2, M. Hammoud 2, T. Pryde 2, T. Drake , M. Abdulwahed 

Best Players: M. Hammoud , B. Hopkins , M. Lilino , T. Pryde , O. Saad , J. Martini

Final Ladder Position: #8


1    Aberfeldie        72
2    Greenvale        56
3    Pascoe Vale        52
4    Keilor            52
5    Avondale Heights    40
6    Strathmore        32
7    Maribyrnong Park    28
8    West Coburg        16
9    Airport West        12
10    Northern Saints    0
Premier Reserves – LOST by 176

West Coburg                4.2 (26)

defeated by

Keilor                    32.10 (202)


Goal Kickers: W. Abbouchi , C. Kyvetos , A. Taleb , A. Doherty 

Best Players: W. Abbouchi , M. Maihoub , J. Minenko , F. Kirby , S. Anchen , F. Qunqar

Ladder Position: #6





1    Keilor            64

2    Greenvale        60
3    Aberfeldie        60
4    Strathmore        56
5    Maribyrnong Park    36
6    West Coburg        28
7    Pascoe Vale        28
8    Avondale Heights    14
9    Airport West        8
10    Northern Saints    2


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U18.5 Premier Division – LOST by 79

West Coburg                5.10 (40)

defeated by

Keilor                     17.17 (119)


Goal Kickers: C. Nabbout 2, D. D''Cruz , Z. Saad , E. Pring 

Best Players: C. Doherty , J. Marino , A. Trovatello , A. Daquino , D. Cleary , A. Careri

Ladder Position: #4


1    Greenvale        68


2    Aberfeldie        64
3    Keilor            60
4    West Coburg        48
5    Pascoe Vale        36
6    Maribyrnong Park    32
7    Strathmore        24
8    Avondale Heights    16
9    Airport West        12
10    Northern Saints    0

Free Combine Testing

The Important Stuff

  • Free Combine Testing Day, run by Draft Star over the September School Holidays
  • Being held at Parade College, Bundoora on September 21st
  • Registration is essential
  • Available to any player over 10 years of age

The Whole Story

DraftStar and Rookie Me in conjunction with the AFL are providing a FREE TESTING EVENT for the Northern Region at Parade College (1436 Plenty Road, Bundoora- Basketball Courts attached) on September 21st, 2015. 

If you want to show off your physical attributes and attend a fun and unique testing event, FOR FREE, register NOW! The event is quick (2 hours in duration) and is aimed at you BEING RECOGNISED in different AFL Combine Testing areas. 

Here is a brief summary & link about the Rookie me system:

This is a short video of a previous Rookie Me testing event at MSAC in Melbourne, ran by Kevin "Shifter" Sheehan –  National AFL Talent Manager, Scott Pendlebury – Rookie Me Ambassador and Robbie Campbell – 2008 Hawthorn Premiership Ruckman: 

To register for the event, Follow these three easy steps:
 Step 1: Head over to this link http://www.rookieme.com/join?BackURL= and create an account on the Rookie Me system (to waive the $49.99 subscription fee, use the promo code DRAFTSTAR at the payment page). All you need is a valid email address to join!

Step 2: Once you have created an account and verified your email address (check spam folders as verification email sometimes goes here), you will need to register for the "Northern Region Combine Testing Event" on the events page of the website by following this link – http://www.rookieme.com/events. As you will see, there are four different time slots to choose from, register for one time slot only.
Step 3: You will need to fill in a medical clearance form, which is attached, and bring it with you to the event 
What to bring: Running shoes (with good grip!), training gear and a water bottle!
It is essential that you sign up prior to the event.  If you do not register for Rookie Me and the event, you will be unable to attend.