West Coburg Football Club

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.                    

Round 17 in Review

Round 17 Review

Junior Grand Final Celebration Edition
Congratulations U14 Division 2
J. Cikes, J. Drummond, M. El Nabbout, D. Elnabbout, L. Francione, J. Guzzardi, J. Horo, M. Khodr, J. Meehan, S. Mihelakos, N. Minniti, G. Patrikios, M. Pilarinos, C. Rebeschini, E. Rinaudo, B. Robertshawe, M. Taranto, L. Trovatello, L. Tsakmakis, D. Varrese, H. Weaver, T. Willmer, K. Yehia
S. Robertshawe (coach), J. Taranto (a/coach), J. Varrese (team manager)
Coming Up
Friday August 21
Junior Presentation Night – for the U8, 10, 12 and 14 players will be happening at Shore Reserve – trophies, awards and photos will be presented to the players.  Please meet in the Visitor’s Change Rooms 15 minutes before your scheduled start time.  
5:00pm    U10 Div 1
5:15pm    U10 Div 6
5:45pm    Under 8 Teams 1 & 2
6:30pm    Under 12 Div 5
7:15pm    Under 12 Div 2
8:00pm    Under 14 Div 2
8:00pm    Under 14 Div 6
Friday August 28
Junior Best and Fairest Count – for the U16’s will be happening at Shore Reserve from 6:30pm.  $5 per person for bbq & salad.  Bar will be open.  Are you ready for the most anticipated Best and Fairest count until the Seniors?  OK – it’s the only one, but you get the idea.
Footy Report
Round 17 had us back home at the ’Sacred Ground’ of Shore Reserve playing against Pascoe Vale.  We expected this to big game – a home-coming of sorts – and the players and supporters didn’t disappoint.  An an absolutely ripping crowd flocked around the boundary and filled the rooms throughout the day, and stayed around to watch the Seniors go toe-to-toe with Pascoe Vale until they broke away in the final quarter and being at 8.5-each at the final change.  
A solid crowd welcomed the boys back to Shore
Next week is the final round of the Home and Away season for Premier Division; you last chance to see the boys in action will be at Keilor Reserve, Keilor as we take on … Keilor.  Given current ladder positions, this will also be the last match of the season for the Reserves and Seniors; both of which are comfortably out of finals contention.  All the more reason to get along to support them in their last match of the season.
The U18.5’s will keep waving the West Coburg flag past next week as they are firmly locked into 4th, 4 games clear.

Senior Premier Division – LOST by 34

West Coburg                17.11 (113)

defeated by

Pascoe Vale                12.7 (79)


Goal Kickers: B. Drummond 3, J. Morano 2, F. Akkari 2, J. Smith , M. Hammoud , M. Saad , J. Martini , F. Akkari 

Best Players: B. Hopkins , A. Saad , M. Abdulwahed , O. Saad , B. Drummond , F. Akkari

Ladder Position: #8


Premier Reserves – LOST by 12

West Coburg                10.9 (69)

defeated by

Pascoe Vale                12.9 (81)


Goal Kickers: JW. Abbouchi 2, A. Elmaaraoui 2, E. Kuyucu , J. Minenko , J. Tsonis , A. Taleb , Y. Fitaax , S. Anchen 

Best Players: J. Minenko , M. Lilino , S. Anchen , S. Bowie , C. Kyvetos , S. Dingle

Ladder Position: #6


U18.5 Premier Division – WON by 68

West Coburg                15.17 (107)


Pascoe Vale                6.3 (39)


Goal Kickers: A. Daquino 3, S. Gerdtz 2, M. Saad 2, J. Filippone , S. Dean Spagnolo , J. Marino , A. Dounias , C. Clemente , Z. Saad , D. Cleary , W. Karaan 

Best Players: J. Marino , M. Saad , M. Michienzi , W. Karaan , D. Cleary , A. Trovatello

Ladder Position: #4


Round 18 Preview

Juniors Finals in Focus – Week 4

Juniors Finals in Focus - Week 4

What can we say?  The Club’s first Junior game at City Oval, after playing there with Seniors this season, was a suitably Grand affair.  The Under 14 Division 2 took on Aberfeldie in the Grand Final.

Odds were that the game would go our way – the well-trained outfit under the careful eyes of Steve Robertshawe (coach), Joe Taranto (assistant coach) and Joanne Varrese (team manager) had only dropped one game throughout the season and had pretty comfortably accounted for Aberfeldie the last two times the teams met.  That said, this was finals, there had been a week’s rest for the team and anything could have happened.
The match started a pretty evenly with West Coburg dominating the play but not registering on the scoreboard, heading into the first-change 2 points up 1.3 (9) – 1.1 (7).  Second quarter continued pretty much the same and was hampered by poor fortunes in front of goal.  West Coburg went into the break 1 point leaders – 3.8 (26) – 4.1 (25) – a close contest on paper.
Fresh from the half-time break, sheer forward pressure by West Coburg put some decent space between the sides with 3.5 on the board, and West Coburg going into the final change 17 points up.  A final quarter performance that restricted Aberfeldie to 2 points but put another 3.5 on the board for us led to West Coburg running out the day victorious 9.8 (72) to 5.4 (34).
Congratulations to Jonah Horo for his Best on Ground Performance.
There you have it – a wrap on the 2015 Junior season at West Coburg Football Club!  Another fantastic season that saw us introduce 2 under 8 teams, put 8 U10 – U16 teams on the field, have 5 of them go through to finals, and have the Under 14 Div 2 team ultimately coming home with a flag.
Congratulations and thanks to all our players, official and volunteers.  We look forward to another great season in 2016.  Don’t forget the seniors are still going with 1 round to go before their finals; we expect to have the U18.5’s and Premier Reserves in finals so please get along and support them.  There’s also the Junior Presentation Nights coming up, as well as the Club’s $100 draw on Sunday August 23 – your chance to win $6000.
Under 14 Division 2 – GRAND FINAL – WON by 38
West Coburg        Aberfeldie
1.3 (9)            1.1 (7)
3.8 (26)            4.1 (25)
6.13 (49)            5.2 (32)
9.18 (72)            5.4 (34)
Goal Kickers : J. Horo 2, L. Francione , G. Patrikios , S. Mihelakos , J. Drummond , J. Meehan , N. Minniti , K. Yehia 
Best Players : J. Horo , J. Drummond , G. Patrikios , N. Minniti , S. Mihelakos , J. Meehan

Best on Ground Jonah Horo


Jonah in action in front of goal

2015 West Coburg Under 14 Division 2


J. Cikes

J. Drummond

M. El Nabbout

D. Elnabbout

L. Francione

J. Guzzardi

J. Horo

M. Khodr

J. Meehan

S. Mihelakos

N. Minniti

G. Patrikios

M. Pilarinos

C. Rebeschini

E. Rinaudo

B. Robertshawe

M. Taranto

L. Trovatello

L. Tsakmakis

D. Varrese

H. Weaver

T. Willmer

K. Yehia


S. Robertshawe (coach)

J. Taranto (a/coach)
J. Varrese (team manager)