Welcome to the 2018 WorkSafe AFL Victoria Community Championships
The battle for the ultimate football bragging rights will be up for grabs today, with the return of the 2018 WorkSafe AFL Victoria Community Championships.
This year, the WorkSafe AFL Victoria Community Championships once again promises to deliver another exciting round of community football, as the opportunity to participate in senior representative programs continues to be a highlight for footballers in community competitions across the state.
Today, a total of 32 leagues will compete in a one off head-to-head match across 16 different venues around Victoria, including JLT Community Series venues Central Reserve Colac and Moe’s Ted Summerton Reserve, while Peter Jackson VFL and TAC Cup venues Preston City Oval and Queen Elizabeth Oval (Bendigo) will also host matches.
Highlighted this season is the return of the highest ranked country game at the MCG, with the 7 v 8 match between Ballarat FNL and Goulburn Valley League to be played as a curtain raiser to the Round 9 AFL Country Game match between Essendon and Geelong. In addition, the leagues’ next crop of local senior stars will also headline at one of Melbourne’s iconic turfs, with the leagues’ Under 19 representative match to be played at Punt Road Oval.
This is a fantastic opportunity for not only players, but for umpires, coaches and volunteers to run out on the game’s biggest stage. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making this match a reality, including our competition sponsor WorkSafe, AFL, Essendon and Geelong Football Clubs for their support.
The battle for community football’s top ranking is set to be another blockbuster, when the current number-one-ranked Geelong FNL attempt to secure its third straight Community Championships title when it lines up against the Eastern FL at Etihad Stadium. Big crowds are expected at the match which will be a curtain raiser to the Round 9 AFL game between St. Kilda and Collingwood on Saturday night.
In addition, the Community Championships will take centre stage in Melbourne’s south-east, with the 11 v 12 match between AFL Yarra Ranges and South East FNL to be played at Beaconsfield’s Holm Park as a curtain raiser to the Round 7 Peter Jackson VFL match between Richmond and Sandringham.
We are delighted to be able to bring the best of community football to the some of the game’s most iconic venues and provide players with the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of big crowds.
In addition to the Championships, it’s great to see a host of junior and senior female community football stars don their local colours and participate in a number of representative games taking place as curtain raisers to their respective Community Championship senior match. Visit aflvic.com.au for the full fixtures.
Following on from a successful 2018 Community Umpiring Week earlier this month, I would like to congratulate all the umpires who have been selected to adjudicate in today’s matches.
Their hard work, dedication and strong performances either in the V/Line Umpiring Academies or metropolitan league associations will put them in good stead to officiate community football’s top players.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the leagues, staff, players, coaches and volunteers involved in the 2018 WorkSafe AFL Victoria Community Championships, for their enthusiasm and support in the lead up to the event.
We hope that you enjoy the experience and wish you the best of luck for the remainder of the 2018 football season.
AFL Victoria Community Football & Development Manager
AFL South East Region General Manager – John Anderson
Welcome everyone to Holm Park Reserve in Beaconsfield and to one of the most unique days of interleague football and netball to ever be staged.
In the normal course of events, matches between the 11th and 12th ranked leagues would carry some special meaning - with a spot in the top-10 leagues in the state up for grabs.
But today, both the South East Football Netball League (SEFNL) and AFL Yarra Ranges will be eyeing each other off.
You see there is a strong chance that these two leagues will be merged into a newly-formed divisional structure in 2019, so bragging rights are on the line in more ways than one.
While being supportive of the proposed move in 2019, today I wish all those involved with the SEFNL the very best of luck as we try to atone for last year’s loss at Casey Fields against the Jonathan Brown coached Hampden League.
That loss broke a five-year winning streak for SEFNL, one of only two leagues – alongside the number-one ranked Geelong – to carry such a record into last year’s AFL Victoria Community Championships.
To first time coach Rhys Nisbet and his support crew, on behalf of AFL South East, I wish you a successful day. To co-captains Michael Collins and Marc Holt, I also wish you and your players well and also extend the league’s best wishes to Under 19s coach Leigh McQuillen and his young group of stars.
On the netball front, all the best to senior coach Karen Meredith and 17-Under coach Matt Cooke.
It is an honour at any time to play representative football or netball. Playing with your peers at such an elite level is an experience most players never forget.
Thank you to the Beaconsfield Club for staging the event, and I wish both leagues a close, exciting and injury free day of football and netball.
SEFNL Chairman and League Commissioner
I would like to convey a warm welcome to all here today at Holm Park in Beaconsfield where we have the opportunity to witness local football at its best as we take on AFL Yarra Ranges in the Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships.
Today is an opportunity for not only players, but coaches, umpires, trainers and volunteers to participate in local football and netball’s biggest stage. Welcome also to everyone who has made the trip from Yarra Ranges in what should see some wonderful contests and perhaps an eye into our future.
I would like to also to take this opportunity to thank all our SEFNL partners, the participants, and the volunteers that make today happen along with the backing of Worksafe who support representative football across Victoria year after year.
Also to Beaconsfield Football and Netball Clubs a big thank you for your support in being the host facility for us today.
On behalf of fellow SEFNL board members and everyone at the AFL South East and SEFNL offices I would like to wish the coaches and their teams every success as we showcase our best talent and endeavour to uphold our proud representative record.
Our talent pool continues to grow across our region and we have some wonderful players and leaders at our member clubs which will ensure our competition continues to prosper.
Being selected to play representative football is reserved for the best, and is a career highlight for many players, so an opportunity presents itself today to wear the SEFNL brand with pride.
AFL Yarra Ranges RGM – Aaron Bailey
AFL Yarra Ranges is excited to take on the SEFNL in the 2018 Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships.
These Championships have become a key fixture in community football calendars, which provides footballers and netballers the opportunity to test themselves against the very best in community leagues.
AFL Yarra Ranges have had a long and proud history in representative football and netball. We thank our clubs and players for their commitment to the program and are pleased that in recent history, most of our competitions premier players make themselves available for these games.
This commitment is greatly appreciated and highlights the sense of community and pride in the Yarra Ranges.
Thank you to the Beaconsfield Football Netball Club for hosting this week’s games. As always, I’m sure the clubs will put on a terrific day and their willingness to support days like this is greatly appreciated.
Special thanks to our leagues key partners Bendigo Bank, Yarra Valley Water, Yarra Valley Racing, Yarra Valley Motor Group, Aurora Cafe Lilydale, Cold Rock Lilydale, TLA Puma, Coldstream Brewery, Glenbrae Signs and Bluegum.
Danny Ryan (FDM) and Cameron Hutchison, AFL Yarra Ranges Operations manager, have put in a power of hard work to develop and promote this year’s program and have both been the driving force in today’s proceedings.
Thank you to Gayle Seeger for her assistance with the Netball Trials and organising the player apparel.
A huge thank you to our coaching groups who continue to invest in our representative programs. Senior football coach Danny Ryan and his assistants Greg Spence, Brendan Donavon, Chris Goodlet and Mick McGrath. Netball coaches Kaitlyn Black in Open and Latoya Wards in 17/U with assistants Greg and Jade Heinrich.
Under-19 football coach Brett Fisher and assistants, Dean Toohey, Jimbo Matin and Steve Goodie. The time and effort by these people is crucial for the success of the program and we thank them for their ongoing contribution.
Congratulations to today’s umpiring panel that have been selected for today’s matches, a deserved recognition to your performances at league level. Best of luck to all teams today and we hope you enjoy what promises to be a fantastic day of community sport.
Coaches Senior Football▾
South East Football Netball League Senior Coach – Rhys Nisbet
First of all I would like to welcome AFL Yarra Ranges to Holm Park Reserve for what promises to be a great day of interleague football and netball.
It’s a wonderful privilege for me to take over the senior coaching role from Michael ‘Jock’ Holland, who instilled his own unique passion for interleague football into the entire playing group and support staff of SEFNL over a long journey.
I can promise Jock that although we will be trying to create our own special piece of history today, his loyalty to interleague football has inspired us to be as prepared as we can be for the tough challenge ahead.
And speaking of inspiration, we stand tall behind two of the great champions of SEFNL in Narre Warren’s Michael Collins and Cranbourne’s Marc Holt.
On behalf of the league I would like to thank Collo and Holty for their amazing commitment to interleague football over the years.
Michael Collins is participating in his tenth interleague campaign – a truly remarkable effort and a key reason why he is held in such high regard throughout the league.
These campaigns don’t just happen, they require the support of many people.
I would personally like to thank my assistant coaches, Todd Devine, Robbie Taylor, Darren Dwyer, Stuart Batten and Damien Whitnell for their ongoing support, along with our team manager Frank, Nicole and her trainers, and SEFNL Operations Manager Haydn Parsons and board members Ryan Ford and Cliff Donegan.
After a strong preparation a huge challenge now stands before us.
We understand our opposition, AFL Yarra Ranges, will be a skilful and committed side and only our very best effort will see us come away with a win.
But, win or lose, some great friendships will be forged, some wonderful memories will be made, and that has always been the greatest thing about interleague football.
Let’s get behind Collo and Holty and enjoy the day.
Good luck to all participants.
AFL Yarra Ranges Senior Coach – Danny Ryan
Interleague 2018 will see us take on South East Football Netball League at Holm Park Reserve in Beaconsfield. Once again, the support from players and many clubs has been fantastic.
Special mention to Olinda Ferny Creek and Woori Yallock Football Netball Clubs that have promoted many players that will make up half of our squad for Saturday’s game.
We also see players from both divisions make up the final squad with Yea and Seville players to represent the league from Division Two.
We understand interleague football can be a strain on clubs at times, with managing players fitness, and we are very mindful of this, but it’s also a great opportunity to promote our great league and showcase our very best talent.
It’s been a big three years of representative football to see our league climb to number-11 in the state which is an incredible effort and a great reflection of our competition.
Once again, a big thanks to all players who have committed to play and the clubs supporting their players in doing so.
Looking forward to seeing everyone out at Beaconsfield on Saturday to support all our football and netball representative teams.
Coaches U/19 Football▾
South East Football Netball League Under-19’s Coach – Leigh McQuillen
I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude at being involved with such a great group of young men. When the opportunity came up to coach the SEFNL U/19’s Interleague Team it interested me greatly due to the amount of talented young men playing senior football in the SEFNL. We have a very good mix of players who came together a month ago to form what I believe is a strong team.
I look forward to the challenge of taking on AFL Yarra Ranges.
Our squad has come together well and with the majority of the players knowing each other we’re very confident we have gelled fast, have all our structures in place, and plan to play a very fast and exciting brand of football.
We’ve selected a balanced team with the inside ball winning ability of Connor Guley and Dylan Morris, key forwards Luke Bettio and Max Sheppard, rebounding defenders Travis Bindley and Joel Zietsman, speedsters Myles Currie, Harry Paul, Kyle Nunn and Brayden Sharp, as well as creative play makers Kane Tyrrell, Jack Docherty and Devon Smith in our 24-man squad.
It promises to be an exciting team to watch. I’d like to thank my coaching staff for their support, from assistant-coaches Mitch Welsh, Luke Young and Darren Hamilton, to runner Shaun Gale, and to SEFNL for having us on board.
We welcome the Yarra Valley boys to the South East and trust they will enjoy the day at Holm Park Reserve.
AFL Yarra Ranges Under 19 Coach – Brett Fisher
We have a very good group of young guys this year with a mix of players with senior experience and proven performances in the Under-18 competition.
Training improved every week over our program and the guys have gelled really well together.
Today’s game is a great opportunity for these players to show, not only, how well they can perform individually but how they can perform as part of an elite team.
Thank you to all my support staff, trainers and our league for all their assistance.
We look forward to taking on the South East Football Netball League today and hope every player from both teams has thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Coaches Senior Netball▾
South East Football Netball League A Grade Coach – Karen Meredith
It’s a great pleasure to be asked to coach the SEFNL A Grade Interleague Netball team for 2018 in only my second year of coaching in SEFNL. I discovered last year while coaching Pakenham A Grade that there are so many talented netballers across all clubs in the league, and I am excited to be able to assemble the 12 best players in one team for this year’s Interleague game.
There were good numbers at trials, even though it was early on a Sunday morning, and that just shows the dedication all players have to their clubs and their keenness to represent their league. My thanks to all the SEFNL Club A Grade coaches who nominated their top players and encouraged them to attend.
While the players vary with seeing each other as opponents on Saturdays or sometimes as team mates during their weekday games; the group has come together easily and is working hard to be a cohesive team for Saturday’s game.
Many thanks go to Kaela Hughes and Sara Duncan for their leadership through the trial period.
We are very fortunate to be playing the team from Yarra Ranges where many of the top netballers in the state play regularly on Saturday afternoons. This will provide a big stage to showcase the skilled and talented players across both leagues on the day.
As the A Grade match will follow the SEFNL U17 Interleague game, I’d encourage everyone to get down to watch the 17s as they are a very talented group and should provide an exciting opening game.
I’m really looking forward to the Interleague game and appreciate the opportunity given to me by SEFNL.
AFL Yarra Ranges Senior Netball Coach – Kaitlyn Black
Our league has a very proud history in interleague matches with our first and only loss coming last year, so I’m excited by the challenge of rectifying that this year.
We have a very good spread of players who have committed their time to participate this year for interleague and association championships and I’m confident we can put in a good performance today.
Thank you to Jade for being my assistant and Gayle for her organisational help. All the best to all teams today.
Coaches 17/U Netball▾
South East Football Netball League 17-Under Coach – Matt Cooke
Interleague weekend is upon us and let’s hope the weather produces a wonderful day for netball at a great venue at Holm Park Reserve.
It’s a real privilege to be given the opportunity to coach the SEFNL 17-and-Unders and it’s should be a great day to showcase the junior talent that our competition has in abundance.
To the girls who trialled and turned up Sunday mornings to training across the three weekends, thank you so much as the turnout has been amazing week in and out. Selecting just 10 of you was incredibly hard work given the genuine depth of talent this competition has in its junior system.
To the parents who gave up three more mornings of their weekend - including Mother’s Day - to get their girls to the sessions thank you. To the clubs and coaches who nominated their talent and gave me their time and supported this initiative, thank you too.
Yarra Ranges will present a formidable opponent, they have strong clubs with a culture not unlike our own where they are well supported from their communities and businesses. They have strong representation at State and National level netball in past and current players.
The 17-and-Under game will start nice and early on Saturday at 9.30am, and I encourage everyone to get down and watch this region’s next generation of talent - that I’m sure will be well represented at higher levels in years to come.
Get behind the girls and let’s get two SEFNL netball wins this weekend.
AFL Yarra Ranges 17-Under Netball Coach – Latoya Wards
We have a very exciting young group of players who are actually quite experienced for their age. I’m looking forward to today’s game against a strong South East Football Netball League as a good test of how well we can play together leading into Association championships next weekend.
Thank you to Gayle for all her help throughout this 2018 program.
UMPIRE APPOINTMENTSSenior Men Field
: James Langmaid, Joey Thorpe, Tane AbbottBoundary:
Connor Hagan, Coby Law, James Aitken, Tim Fierenzi
Goal: Andrew Marshall, Ashley Powney
: Campbell Harris, Darcy Trewarn, James ColoeBoundary
: Lachlan Siddall, Jack Buller, Jacob CurryGoal
: James Kandler, Sam WentNetball – A Grade + 17 and UnderSEFNL
: Bella TreziseAFLYR
: Natalie Matarazzo