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SFC Presidents Lunch

 

 

On behalf of Spotswood Football Club President, Alan Given, you are invited to attend the President’s/Sponsors lunch on Saturday, 22 April 2017.

Great entertainment will be provided and then enjoy Spotswood v Altona, the match of the round.
Details:

12 noon – 2.00 pm

3 course lunch

Beer, Wine, Soft Drink

Cost $50.00

Please RSVP to Megan Smith by Saturday, 15 April.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Volunteers Needed

Friday 7th of April, we begin the raffle at the Spottiswoode Hotel, 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

This is one of our continual fundraisers

We need some volunteers to help out. i

If you can spare an occasional Friday night, please contact Alan Given.

Senior Season Launch & Jumper Presentation

Senior Season Launch & Jumper Presentation

The senior season launch and jumper presentation will be held at the Club rooms, McLean Reserve, on Thursday 30th of March 7.30pm. As is the tradition at Spotswood, there will be a roast dinner available on the night. We don’t take the rooms over from the cricket club until the morning of Thursday the 30th, so the girls arranging the meal should be congratulated in advance, for getting this roast dinner ready in such a short turn around.

It would be great to get as many members, sponsors and supporters along to welcome the 2017 senior player squad along with our new head coach Anthony Eames and his team.

Go Spotty.

 

Practice Match against Avondale Heights March 25th

Practice Match against Avondale Heights – change of times

Saturday March 25th

Under 19’s @ 12.00noon

Seniors @ 2.00pm

Be there one hour before the games unless told otherwise

Avondale Heights Ground is 2 Canning St, Avondale Heights.

The reserves will not be fielding a team

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR 90 YEARS OF CELEBRATION

Please put this date in your diary.

The old & the young will get together for a night of reminiscing.

Further details will be coming.

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Junior Pre Season Training Times

Junior Preseason Training Times 2017

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SFC Ladies Lunch 2017

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Crowe Horwath join the SFC family

Financial strategists Crowe Horwath have joined the Spotswood family by agreeing to being a Bronze Sponsor for season 2017.

Crowe Horwath can streamline your finances by accessing a range of services under one roof, at an affordable rate.

Based in Werribee, the family owned company offer a unique Family Office model service, which gives you access to a complete array of financial services, all through your own personal adviser.

Behind the scenes, a team of specialist advisers will analyse your finances in depth, identifying opportunities for you to grow your wealth. This will all be overseen by your key relationship manager, who will be your primary point of contact and will help you implement a sustainable financial strategy.

The partnership with Crowe Horwath has come through family connection with our very own club treasurer, Len Murphy, and the club is thrilled to have such a reputable organisation supporting the Green and Gold.

To get in touch with Crowe Horwath, contact Kathryn Egan on (03) 9742 8444  or head to their website: www.crowehorwath.com.au

 

Woodsmen return to action

The Spotswood Football Club’s senior sides will tackle some real gameplay for the first time in 2017 this weekend, taking on Geelong District Football League outfit Belmont.

The Belmont Lions will host the senior and reserve clash this Saturday, March 4 on the elite surface of Deakin University’s KD Stewart Centre (Deakin Reserve), where the Geelong Football Club has completed most of their pre-season training.

Anthony Eames will finally get to unveil the new-look Woodsmen for the first time as senior coach, with a new game plan based on fitness and physicality.

Also being tested for the first time will be a re-shaped midfield, largely led by midfield bulldog Wayne Patak and former coach Tom Langlands.

Tom Langlands was solid through the midfield.

Langlands will arrive into the practice match phase of the season in elite condition, further enhancing his reputation as the hardest working player in the WRFL.

Other players to watch for will be young guns Conor Daly and Nayef Hamad, who have both turned heads during the summer with their talents. Daly in particular has led the way with his training efforts, which will be in full effect at Deakin Reserve.

Opposing the Woodsmen will also be a somewhat new-look Belmont Lions side, who have also undergone some list transformations over the summer. The biggest move in both a physical and mental sense is the return of former GDFL Interleague ruckman James Fisher, who returns to football after a year-long break.

Coaching the Belmont side is former Geelong footballer and former SANFL teammate of Eames in Grant Tanner, who is in his second year at the helm.

The Lions will host the clash on the elite surface of Deakin University’s KD Stewart Centre (Deakin Reserve), where the Geelong Football Club has completed most of their pre-season training.

Game 1 of the day will start at approximately 11.45am, with Game 2 starting just prior to 2pm.

The Lions have also extended a welcome to all Spotswood players and supporters to both watch the game and stay afterward, with food and drink available throughout. To get to the ground, take the Waurn Ponds exit from the Princes Highway (from Melbourne). Then use Pigdons Road (Deakin Uni campus), enter the campus and there should be signage to show where the ground is are played.

The below map can be used to navigate toward the football ground.

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Coaches Wanted

The Spotswood Football Club is looking for coaches for our under 9s, under 11’s boys teams and under 12’s girl team.

We are looking for applicants who will embrace and share the culture at the Spotswood Football Club, the club of choice in the West.

It is desirable that you have a level 1 coaching qualification, along with a working with children.

Please submit your CV detailing your experience, qualifications to the Club Administrator c/- admin@spotswoodfc.com.au

A copy of the position description will be available on request.

Applications close March 10th, 2017

Auskickers playing this Friday

With Football season just around the corner, we would like to invite all members to come on down and support the Spotswood Auskick kids who are participating in the Auskick Half time activities at the Western Bulldogs vs Adelaide AFL womens game, hosted at the Whitten oval on
Friday , 10th February
7.35pm
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Western Bulldogs VS Adelaide

The grid game is open to boys and girls, aged between 6 and 12 years of age.

Registrations

The Spotswood Football Club on line registrations open today February 6th 2017.

The clubs first junior registration day is this coming Sunday 12th Feb at Spotswoods oval 2 commencing at 10am.

Should you require further information please email jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au or admin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Girls Presentation Night & Photo

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2017 Senior Fixture & All Teams Round Dates

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Junior Coaching Appointments Season 2017

The Spotswood Football Club are pleased to announce the following junior coaches appointments for 2017.

Under 17 Boys – Travis Rae

Under 15 girls – Ian Allan

Under 13 boys – Rohan Stafford

Under 10 boys – Adam Fenn

Further appointments are expected over the next few weeks.

Patak is back

Wayne Patak has put all rumours about his football future to bed this week, penning a deal to return to the Spotswood Football Club for 2017.

A champion of the club, Patak has opted to return to the Woodsmen after several years away in which his reputation as a star only grew.

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Patak, a three-time premiership hero with the club in 2007-09, brings both an elite skillset with ball in hand as well as an unrivalled attack on the football. Highlighting his tenure at Spotswood was in 2009, where Patak was named best on ground in the triumphant grand final.

After departing Spotswood, Patak has established himself in both the Goulburn Valley Football League and in the Essendon District Football League. In the GVFL, Patak starred for powerhouse Mooroopna while his stint at Aberfeldie in the EDFL netted him more success with the 2015 premiership.

With the club well and truly moving in the right direction, the addition of Patak further boosts the Woodsmen’s chances of another finals tilt.

But the fun is not over yet, stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.

Eames “Pumped” for pre-season

New Spotswood Football Club Coach Anthony Eames has said he is “absolutely pumped” for the beginning of training next month.

Eames, who admitted he was “happily retired from coaching” as late as February this year, said his involvement in the WRFL Interleague helped reignite his passion for the game.

“I’d done a fair bit in a coaching sense, and was happily retired from coaching after quite a few years,” Eames told SpotswoodFC.com.au.

“After that interleague stint, that fire returned and after several conversations with my old mate Walshey (Tony Walshe) the opportunity at Spotswood came up. Having played at the club many years ago in the juniors and seniors, it was an easy choice to jump on board and get stuck into it.”

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Anthony Eames in his new colours.

The Woodsmen, who fell to Eames’ former club Altona in the elimination final in 2016, have battled injury and indifferent form over the past two seasons, despite showing plenty of quality on a number of occasions.

“The team has been very young and raw, and with the injuries we’ve had, Tommy (outgoing coach Tom Langlands) and Grant Smith (staying on in 2017) have done an admiral job of keeping performances to a high standard,” Eames said.

“Coaching is such a tough and professional gig these days, and I just admire Tom for how he handled the dual role as a playing coach, while still producing outstanding games on field. We are thrilled that Tom will be around for a few more years in a playing sense as he is just such a quality individual.”

While Eames describes the talent on the Woodsmen’s list as “having potential”, he is giving no illusions of the work that is required to win games of football.

“Talent can only get you so far, and through experiences I can tell you that talent alone can’t win you premierships. The ‘excuse’ period of being a young team is over.

“There will be no grace period in 2017.”

From November 14 onward, the work begins for the boys in green and gold, with a solid block of training planned until the Christmas break to include three sessions per week.

“We need to have our guys prepared to play at a top level of football, which is what we play at in the WRFL Division 1,” Eames said.

“Training two nights per week can’t prepare you to compete at this level, which is why we are adding the extra session in. I’m sure it will be an eye opener for some of the guys, but to be a good side, we need to work harder than we have in the past.”

With close friend of Eames and former professional runner & qualified coach Kenny Beaton lined up to be the club’s fitness coach, there is no doubt that the fitness levels of the club will be greatly improved.

Eames’ vision for the side is to not only be the fittest in the WRFL, but also contain a lethal combination of “speed in abundance with a trained ability to carry the ball”.

“Our grunt work will be what wins us games,” Eames said.

“Those 1% plays are crucial to success – the actions of those 1% plays makes up 30% of the game – which is why the work rate will be so pivotal to the design of the outcome.”

On the recruiting path, Eames has taken a ‘blank canvas’ approach to the introductions of his new side, saying that the players who are already at the club will be the focal point of the improvement.

“We have spoken to a couple of specific players, but the improvement will come from the key core of guys that are already here, those young players who have shown they have the talent and desire to succeed will drive us to our next period of success,” he said.

“My view is that we have a lot to work with already.”

Whilst stopping short of naming players he is eager to work on, Eames said he had “identified a large number of players who can make our side better through commitment and hard work”. “On field improvement will be the outcome of this work,” he said.

Not only is the new mentor excited about the prospects of the club on field, but he is also eagerly anticipating the off-field side of the club, saying he hopes to see a number of returning faces.

“The Spotswood Football Club has one of the longest serving and hardest working boards of any club in local footy, so we are blessed to have their commitment,” he said.

“I also know there are a lot of former players that I played with many years ago that still take a keen interest and will now hopefully also venture down on a Saturday afternoon to cheer on their beloved Woodsmen.

“Smithy, Anders, Tiddles, KB and I can’t wait to get things happening as soon as possible and getting us back to where we belong.”

Preliminary playoff for Gulls

Spotswood’s VFL partners Williamstown have won through to an incredible 7th straight Preliminary Final after a storming win over Sandringham last week.

The Gulls will face the Casey Scorpions for a place in the 2016 VFL Grand Final, hoping to once again face off for the ultimate prize.

The 2015 premiers have had another strong season, with the club thanking the support of the local community for helping them achieve the feat.

Spotswood fans and locals alike are encouraged to head to North Port Oval to bring a sea of blue and gold in the stands this Sunday afternoon.

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Willamstown Vs Sandringham

VFL results did not fall the way we wanted for our partners Williamstown last week, falling to Collingwood in a brutal contest.

Luckily, the Gulls live on, and have one final chance to redeem their season this coming Saturday in a huge semi-final against Sandringham at North Port Oval.

Williamstown players thrive off the support received from a local crowd, so the club is asking for all fans and locals alike to head to the game to offer support.

It will be a huge game, with everything on the line.

Go Gulls!

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Langlands claims top honours

Outgoing Spotswood Football Club coach Tom Langlands has claimed his second club best and fairest award, domnating the voting to win by 40 votes.

The never-say-die midfielder, led from start to finish ahead of skipper Murray Boyd, who picked up 96 votes in another ultra-consistent season.

First year recruit Michael Kinsella finished in third place after a barnstorming run of quality games to end the year.

Langlands, who was the Woodsmen’s go-to midfielder all season, fought off multiple tags throughout the year and also juggled the coaching job in what was a tough year for the club.

Tom Langlands was solid through the midfield.

His efforts in keeping up his own performance shows his elite efforts in preparation, a key factor to his success.

“I was very fortunate to have been able to keep myself just about injury free,” Langlands told Spotswoodfc.com.au.

“I put that down to luck and by always putting the effort in at training.”

After first claiming the top gong in 2011, his first season back at the club after a stint in the VFL, Langlands has proven to be one of the WRFL’s best players, absolutely obliterating any other midfielder that tried to match him up.

“I wouldn’t quite say obliterated, but I can recall several occasions this year when I have made a complaint about being tagged,” Langlands laughed.

“I believe the words of advice I gave to the boys at the time were ‘just do this, it happens to me every week and I never get a free kick!’ which they got a few good laughs from.

“All in all, we managed to get through a difficult season and play a final. I believe we had the talent to go a little bit further than that. Even with some key players injured I still think we underperformed on more than a couple of occasions.”

While 2016 marked the end of Langlands’ term as senior coach, with Anthony Eames named as his replacement recently, the loyal clubman is looking forward to getting back onto the field as just a player for the 2017 season.

“The freedom to just play has definitely been on my mind (when deciding to step down),” Langlands said.

“A lot of time is spent on preparation during the week and obviously on game day, so to get that time back, narrow my focus a little bit and just play is something that I am excited about. That and laughing with the boys and laughing at the boys without having to then be serious and address the players will be terrific. They probably haven’t realised how many times I could have just cracked up laughing whilst talking in front of everyone.”

While coaching may have played on his mind throughout games, his efforts never wavered, which is why he was able to poll so heavily in the voting. His performance can also be attributed to his standard pre-game breakfast of “four crumpets smothered in butter and honey”.

“I don’t think many players think about it (polling votes) much, I certainly don’t,” Langlands said.

“I knew I started the season well and was pretty consistent without setting the world on fire after that.”

With the comedic relief of Michael Knight one of the main reasons Langlands is looking forward  to returning next year, the now former coach is also excited by the “overall appearance of Matson Lynch and the life direction of Bryce Williams”, just to name a few.

“Will he continue with his current being and his overly aggressive attitudes for Thursday night fines, or will the new coach see him become the star he promises to be? I can’t wait to find out,” he said.

“We have a really good list ahead of next year with players like the younger Williams, Grant, and the exciting Conor Daly. I’m keen to see how they progress.”

As for his achievements in being named the club’s fairest and best player, as well as the WRFL MVP, Langlands had a few words of thanks.

“We have the best football club,” he said.

“I’d like to thank everyone and anyone who has offered support, bought a beer, sponsored, volunteered or just cheered for the Woodsmen throughout the season. Go the Green and Gold!”

The top five vote getters for the seniors were:

1st – Tom Langlands 136

2nd – Murray Boyd 96

3rd – Michael Kinsella 51

4th – David Sablich 44

5th – Nick Ryan 40

 

The luck of the ‘Irish’

A memorable debut season by first-year Woodsmen Sean ‘Irish’ Bermingham will only be capped off with his acceptance speech for winning the Reserves Best and Fairest for 2016.

The larrikin hard-nut, who provided a great entrée to his presentation speech with a few ‘zingers’ on vote-count day, had a terrific year on field and an even better year off field.

His ferocity at the contest saw him poll strongly in most games he played, and even saw him picked for senior selection several times late in the year.

A tackling prowess that is hard to evade, and a unique but effective kicking action saw the Irishman provide a number of highlights throughout the season to claim the top award ahead of Jeremy Cross.

Cross, who won the award in 2015, missed out by just a few votes despite playing only 8 games after a delayed start and a mid-season holiday. Cross was also in the senior side for the last game and in the side that fell to Altona in the Elimination Final.

The top five vote getters for the reserves were:

1st – Sean Bermingham 59

2nd – Jeremy Cross 56

3rd – Luke Dredge 45

4th – Will Langlands 43

5th – Sean Hardeman 42

 

Wilson the winner

Under 19s star Darcy Wilson has claimed the club Best and Fairest award, polling an incredible 120 votes for his standout season.

Wilson dominated the midfield for his side and found himself in the best players almost every week in a tough year for his team. His efforts saw his side come close to stealing several victories against higher ranked opponents, while also stealing the show in his sides wins.

On only two occasions did Wilson not poll in the voting, with one of those games being when he made his senior debut.

Wilson finished 30 votes ahead of fellow midfielder Jaii Bunting, while Joshua Drage placed 3rd with 84 votes to his name.

The top five vote getters for the Under 19s were:

1st – Darcy Wilson 120

2nd – Jaii Bunting 90

3rd – Joshua Drage 84

4th – Grant Williams 70

5th – Tyron Bennett 46

 

The Spotswood Football Club Presentation Night will be held on Friday, September 16.

Finals fever for the Gulls

Spotswood’s VFL Partner Williamstown face off against Collingwood this Saturday in their quest for back-to-back premierships.

The Gulls, who famously claimed the 2015 VFL flag after a stellar season, are looking to emulate that performance after another strong campaign this year.

This Saturday at 2pm, the quest begins at IKON Park in front of what will be a bumper crowd due to the AFL bye.

In the battle of the birds, why not support our close friends the Seagulls as they take on the might of the Magpie army.

The Gulls will also have their own designated seating area to cheer on the mighty Blue and Yellow.

Go Gulls!

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Young guns shine on WRFL Awards Night

The Spotswood Football Clubs’ future is in safe hands after a stellar outcome in the WRFL Junior Football League Presentations for 2016.

After what was a highly successful year for all teams, highlighted by premierships in both the Under 12B’s and the Under 15 girls sides, the club is on the path to great things.

Also highlighting the season were some individual accolades that were collected throughout the year, spread across all age groups.

The club would like to congratulate Isabella Grant, who took home the U15 Girls League Best and Fairest, as well as Interleague MVP.

Joining Isabella is young gun Ethan Bentley, who took home the Under 15B League Best and Fairest for his breakout season.

These young talents have been a pleasure to watch all season, and will be ones to keep your eye on as the years progress.

Some more young stars to impress on the league night were:

Isabelle Pritchard U15 Girls League r/up

Charlie Boulton Co-Captain 12B premiers

Will Stafford 3rd league B & F 12B and Co-Captain 12B

Jensen McHale 4th league B & F 12B

Dimitri Tsotsovis 5th league B & F 15B

Toby Kopa equal 4th league B & F 17A

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Spotswood juniors cleaned up at the WRFL League Presentation Night.

Vote Count Day

Spotswood Football Club – Vote Count Day – Seniors, Reserves & Under 19s
This Saturday 27th August starting at 2pm At the Clubrooms
Please bring back all training jumpers

Langlands honoured by SEN MVP Award

Langlands honoured by SEN MVP Award

Sponsors for Training Singlets

RE: Preseason training singlets
As we do every year, we are looking at ordering approximately 100 preseason training singlets in the next four weeks. These are very popular with all the players who will beginning preseason training October/November (over summer). It’s not unusual to see these singlets being worn during the hot summer days, all over the western suburbs.
This is a great opportunity for those wanting to promote their brand. All of our teams from juniors through to seniors have the opportunity to buy and wear these SFC tops, which is not restricted to just training days. The Spotswood Football Club also recognises that these tops are a great way for us to promote the Spotswood brand over the summer.
We hope you might join us and other sponsors by adding your brand to our tops. We are looking at a contribution of $500 per sponsor and hope that you can get on board for 2017.
Please contact Alan Given on president@spotswoodfc.com.au or: 0437 090641

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Where it all began

Where it all began – Ward & Houli

Girls Open Come & Try Session

Spotswood Football Club Girls’ Team have won a Premiership in their inaugural year!

Even better than that, the girls have formed lifelong friendships and have developed their footy skills in a safe, supportive environment.

They are now looking for more girls to join their under 12, 15 and 18 teams in season 2017.

They are holding a ‘Come and Try’ session on Wednesday 31st August at their home ground, The Avenue, Spotswood, from 5:30.

If you know of anyone interested, please pass this on to them.

For more information, please email Lorey Bentley (junior administrator) jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au

 

Junior Finals Week 4 & Round 18

This weekend our inaugural girls team play in a Grand Final. What an outstanding achievement by all involved.  We wish them all the very best on Sunday.  Please get along to Hansen Reserve Airport West and cheer the girls on.

To our senior group, this is our last home and away round at home on Saturday as we take on Werribee.  Let’s get behind the boys as we embark on another finals campaign.

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Spotswood secure Eames

Spotswood have secured a new coach for the 2017 season, signing a former rival in 2012 Altona Premiership Coach Anthony Eames.

Eames, one of the best credentialed coaches in the state, will assume the role as a non-playing mentor – a drastic change from the norm for the Woodsmen, who have had a playing coach since 2007.

Current coach Tom Langlands, who previously played under Eames at Williamstown, will return to the club as a player for next year.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Anthony come on board as coach for next season,” said Spotswood Football Club Board Member Tony Walshe.

“We first approached Anthony in 2008 to come to us as coach, so to secure him now when our list is as young as it is, is a very exciting prospect.”

Former Altona Premiership Coach Anthony Eames will coach Spotswood in 2017.

Although the new coach comes in to give the Woodsmen a fresh start, being the first coach in a number of years to be appointed from outside the club, Eames is no stranger to McLean Reserve.

“Eamesy actually played for Spotswood in the Under 17s, and snuck in a few senior games in that time as well before he went on to play VFA football,” Walshe told Spotswoodfc.com.au

“He is familiar with the club, but will reinvigorate us by giving an outsiders perspective.”

Eames, who coached Williamstown’s reserves to 3 premierships in his time at the club, is a former JJ Liston Medallist (VFA/VFL League Best and Fairest) in his playing days at Werribee.

He was also a runner for Collingwood under Mick Malthouse for 5 seasons before taking on the coaching role at Altona.

Eames’ last foray into coaching came in 2016, when he led the WRFL Interleague side to victory at the inaugural Victorian Championships.

“He really is an outstanding coach,” Walshe said.

“He has a great history of developing young squads into premiership teams, highlighted by his efforts with Altona in 2012.

“With our list, we have got the tools to be a great team thanks to our outstanding junior development program so the future is looking very bright for Spotswood.

“While there is still plenty of life in our 2016 season, the club could not be happier with the new direction we will be taking from next year and beyond.”

Senior & Under 19s Presentation Night

2016 SFC Senior & Under 19 Presentation Night

Friday 16th September

Laneway 2 & 3, Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
495 Collins Street, Melbourne

7.30pm – 12.30am

$125 per head  (Under 19s – $110)

Dress to Impress

DJ to spin all our favourite tunes

Tables of 8-10 – arrange your table now.

RSVP: Jenny 0408 024824 by 1st September

Must be paid in advance.

 

Woodsmen stoke finals fire

Spotswood pulled off their best victory for the season to keep their finals hopes alive, belting Albion by 68 points at Albion.

With a spot in the top 5 up for grabs, the Woodsmen needed to maintain the rage of their previous two wins, with a strong start needed over the zippy Albion side.

Despite letting through the first goal of the game, the Woodsmen looked focused and ready to rumble.

With debutant Stephen Syme in on the action early, Spotswood looked fast and used the ball better than they had all season. Syme displayed his elite speed and skill by foot, while fellow young guns Charles Bettiol and Josh Norton also got involved.

Tom Langlands fires off a handball. (Photo - Cody Bench Photography)

Bettiol was simply sublime up forward, dazzling the crowd and his teammates with his superior positioning and timing. The young prodigy bagged 5 goals for the day, a feat that will no doubt be seen again from such a talented player.

The Woodsmen bagged 5 of their 18 goals for the day in the first quarter, before taking the foot off in the second to only kick the 2.

David Sablich was unstoppable in defence, whilst Harley Walshe proved he was over his hamstring woes with a solid performance in the back half as well.

Albion, who have shown some brilliance over the season with their speed and ball use, got themselves going after half time to pile on 5 majors, but this was mostly to do with some poor disposal by the Woodsmen.

Bryce Williams flies for a mark. (Photo - Cody Bench Photography)

Tom Langlands and Mick Kinsella continued to grind their opponents out of the game and by the last quarter, they had them absolutely dead and buried.

It quickly became party time as Spotswood peppered the scoreboard, snagging 8 goals and 4 behinds in a comprehensive display. On the defensive end, the Woodsmen backline only allowed a measly 1 behind to really grind out the game.

With a huge game against Werribee this weekend, the Woodsmen must win to cement their spot in the top 5. Otherwise, their fate will be played out in other games across the WRFL.

The maths is simple, win and play finals. It starts this Saturday at McLean Reserve Oval, Spotswood.

Final score: Spotswood 18.11.119 def Albion 7.9.51

Goals: C. Bettiol 5, T. Langlands 2, J. Orchard 2, J. Bennett, M. Kinsella, D. Callard, J. Norton, G. Williams, M. Boyd, S. Syme, M. Knight, E. Wood
Best: D. Sablich, H. Walshe, C. Bettiol, T. Langlands, J. Bennett, M. Kinsella

 

Reserve Romp

Spotswood’s reserves turned it on in their second last game for the season, smashing Albion to the tune of 88 points in stellar conditions at Albion.

With 11 individual goal kickers, the Woodsmen were sharing the love when it came to their best game of the year, with the returning Luke Ryan the pick of the bunch with 4 majors.

Sean Kelly proved he is well in line for a senior re-call, with the damaging midfielder showing no signs of the injury he suffered in round 1, dominating proceedings.

Sean Kelly was dominant in the reserves. (Photo - Cody Bench Photography)

Kelly was in everything, laying big tackles, clearing the ball from the middle and even potting a goal in a terrific all-round display.

The game was one that brought smiles to the faces of everyone involved, but no smiles were bigger than that of the newly dubbed ‘Chompers’ in 2015 best and Fairest winner Jeremy Cross.

Cross provided the highlight of the afternoon with an impressive ‘speccy’ right in front of the Spotswood crowd, before delivering a bullet pass on to the chest of a forward.

The Woodsmen built on their lead at every break, finishing off with a 6-goal final quarter to really ram home the victory.

Along with Kelly and Cross, others to impress were young guns Sean Hardeman and Nathan Aidonis, speedster Nathan Terry and the ever-reliable Jordan Boyd.

The Woodsmen will look to finish off the year strongly with a tough encounter over Werribee this weekend.

Final score: Spotswood 18.15.123 def Albion 5.5.35

Goals: L. Ryan 4, J. Worthing 2, L. Dredge 2, S. Davis 2, S. Bermingham 2, S. Kelly, J. Boyd, J. Cross, N. Aidonis, S. Tippett, L. Rainone
Best: S. Kelly, J. Cross, S. Hardeman, N. Aidonis, N. Terry, J. Boyd

 

Nearly Nicholls

One of Spotswood’s brightest young talents almost single-handedly got his team over the line in a close encounter against Yarraville-Seddon in the under 19s.

Micky Nicholls, in just his third appearance in the older age group, bagged five goals and was named best on ground in the 13 point loss.

The under 17s star was electrifying up forward, dominating his many opponents for the morning.

Joining him in a stellar performance, but at the other end, was Cam Buck – the Under 19s rock-solid defender.

The game was a tussle for its entirety, with the small lead that the home side in the Eagles built in the first term being too big a hurdle to jump.

Haidyn Boothey was another youngster to play well, as were Toby Kopa and Ciaran Lynch.

Final score: Spotswood 8.5.53 def by Yarraville-Seddon 9.12.66

Goals: M. Nicholls 5, E. Rosado, A. Mokdsi, J. Drage
Best: M. Nicholls, H. Boothey, C. Buck, B. Croft, T. Kopa, C. Lynch

Spotswood Vs Werribee

Saturday 13 August

Spotswood v Werribee Districts

Come and support the boys as they play the last home and away game for season 2016 before the club embarks on another finals campaign.

Celebrate from 6pm onwards with DJ Tony Bosco, club legend and dance floor wizard, playing music and a bit of karaoke.

Junior Coaching Positions for 2017

The Spotswood Football Club is seeking Junior Coaches for the 2017.

For full details, follow this link:

Spotswood Football Club Junior Coaches Ad 2016

Junior Finals behaviour

The WRFL have issued a letter to all participants of the league in regard to behaviour at junior finals games.

The Spotswood Football Club asks if everyone could please read the letter (follow the link below) and act accordingly when attending the finals series.

2016 Junior Finals – Behaviour

Battle of the West

This Sunday at Burbank Oval, Spotswood Football Club’s VFL Partner Williamstown will face off in a battle for the best in the west as they take on Footscray.

The rivalry hitout is also the final home game of the home and away season, so the Gulls are hoping all of the western suburbs come out in force and watch a cracker game.

Who will take home the bragging rights?

As always, there will be plenty of free kids activities on offer so it looks to be another great day out at Burbank Oval.

Hunting a finals berth

A seemingly rejuvenated Spotswood turned out on Saturday to take on the Sunshine Kangaroos, aiming to right the ship of their difficult season.

With two late changes to the side as Connor Daley and David Sablich were forced to withdraw with sickness and injury, Nathan Aidonis and Sean Hardeman were given their chance to impress.

The Woodsmen, possibly buoyed by the re-signing of captain Murray Boyd for the 2017 season, looked fresh and fierce in the opening term as they slapped on four goals courtesy of some frantic pressure.

The ball was zipping around from half back and through the midfield with young gun Jordan Bennett giving his side first use out of the ruck. Nayef Hamad and Tom Langlands were the beneficiaries of this work as they racked up the possessions.

Hamad, who has displayed his oodles of talent on many occasions this season, impressed with his tackling intent and willingness to extract the ball from pressure situations.

The youth was well and truly on display for the Woodsmen as they continued to stretch the opposition as Tyron Bennett and Grant Williams also got in on the action.

The Kangaroos, who were blown away by the pressure in the early stages, completely flipped the game on its head after the halfway point of the second quarter, kicking the four of the last six goals of the quarter to drop the lead back to just 14 points.

Thankfully, Mick Kinsella’s impressive defensive display on Sunshine danger man Matthew Stocco, along with Elliot Wood and Michael Knight’s cool heads meant the Woodsmen remained in front.

Stocco went goalless while Kinsella found himself in the best again in an impressive debut season.

Although the backline was terrific, it was Tyron Bennett who stole the show, kicking a career-high 4 goals and playing a hand in a couple more.

The Langlands brothers (Tom and Will) were right in the thick of the action and propelled the team forward in the third quarter, one of the sides best for the season.

The Woodsmen looked slick in piling on seven majors, although another late lapse saw the Kangaroos keep the lead to 29.

With a great team-goal to start the final term, the Woodsmen looked to be hitting their straps, but once again it was a lapse in concentration that resulted in Sunshine getting in a groove. The Woodsmen managed to hold on, despite some tensions late in the game, giving them an improved chance of a finals appearance.

This week sees a huge match-up with Albion, who sit in 7th position, with a win an absolute must if the Woodsmen are to enter the top 5.

Final score: Spotswood 16.12.108 def Sunshine 15.10.100

Goals: T. Bennett 4, J. Bennett 2, J. Beilby 2, M. Boyd 2, J. Marks 2, B. Williams, A. Pylka, C. Bettiol, J. Orchard
Best: T. Bennett, M. Boyd, M. Kinsella, N. Hamad, W. Langlands, T. Langlands

 

Lead doesn’t linger

A quick-fire start by the Woodsmen was not enough to win the game as Spotswood were overrun by Sunshine to the tune of 54 points.

Spotswood got out of the blocks as if it was the week of the Olympics and were in front by one major at quarter time. This was largely thanks to the efforts of the silky smooth Sam Davis and the grunt work by Sean Kelly.

The pair combined through the midfield quite well, but the opposition made the most of any mistake that was made by the Woodsmen. Turnovers proved costly as Sunshine snared the majority of their goals on the back of Spotswood mistakes.

Luke Rainone found some form up forward with two goals, while Luke Dredge was also lively.

With a big game against Albion this Saturday, the Woodsmen will look to pick off a scalp as the season winds to an end.

Final score: Spotswood 5.6.36 def by Sunshine 13.12.90

Goals: L. Rainone 2, S. Emms, N. Terry, S. Bermingham

Best: S. Davis, L. Rainone, S. Kelly, L. Dredge, J. Boyd, S. Bermingham

 

Scoring struggle

A scoring struggle in the second half of the Under 19s big clash with Yarraville saw them fall away from a potential win.

The Woodsmen were well and truly in the low-scoring game, with Darcy Wilson and Noah Mountjoy getting in on the goals.

Ciaran Lynch was also not far away, joining in on the fun with a goal of his own.

Hayden Boothey, Wilson and Lynch were named in the best for their outstanding efforts, highlighted through their consistent effort for the whole game as much as their small patches of brilliance.

Lynch is an exciting prospect for the club, and will likely get his senior chance within the next couple of seasons.

Wilson, who tasted senior action this year, is a ferocious ball winner and is in the elite for players his age.

Despite the loss, there is still plenty to play for for the Woodsmen, beginning with this Saturday’s rematch clash with Yarraville, this time at the Eagles’ home ground.

Final score: Spotswood 4.2.26 def by Yarraville Seddon 9.9.63

Goals: D. Wilson 2, N. Mountjoy, C. Lynch

Best: H. Boothey, D. Wilson, C. Lynch, P. Bettiol, C. Buck, J. Clark

 

Local Matters for SFC

Spotswood’s Auskick program has been selected to participate in Local Matters at the extremely popular Grill’d Yarraville this August.

Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between three local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

The club would love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation!

Simply head to Grill’d Yarraville during August for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.

It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support!

You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Yarraville, 18 Anderson St Yarraville

SFC Junior Games

Please note that we are in the very fortunate position to have all three teams playing at the same ground this weekend. The under 12s are in the Grand Final at 11:50am and we would love to have a sea of green and gold there to support them.

The under 15 girls and boys are both playing for a place in the Grand Final, so please come along and support them as well.

#wearespotswood

Junior Final Week 2 & Round 16

Junior Finals Week 2 & Round 16 

Boyd inks new deal

Spotswood Captain Murray Boyd will be back in green and gold in 2017.

In what he describes as an easy choice, Boyd has continued the rolling momentum of players re-committing to the club for next season and beyond.

“It wasn’t a tough choice, not at all,” Boyd told Spotswoodfc.com.au

“Spotswood is my family and I’m extremely happy to be playing for this proud, successful, family based club.”

With the club falling victim to an injury curse this year, the Woodsmen have not managed to obtain its usual level of success, but that has not deterred Boyd. The big number 26 is hell-bent on turning this season around and continuing the clubs growth for the future.

“I want to win a premiership,” he said.

“I think that the development of the younger players this year has been necessary and puts us in a great position come next year. This year, we could match it with the best however our consistency over 4 quarters has been the issue. As I’m certainly on the back end of my career I am desperate to get another opportunity at premiership success with the mighty green and gold.”

This commitment from one of metro Melbourne’s most prolific players is one that warms the hearts of the Spotswood faithful and breeds confidence into the club’s younger brigade.

“No one enjoys losing. Winning brings a smile to everyone’s face and that’s something I intend to be doing a lot more of moving forward,” Boyd said.

“In saying that I couldn’t be more proud of the playing group this year, there has been quite a bit of adversity the guys have had to face and we’ve all remained extremely tight and supportive of each other.”

Although there is an eye toward the future, Boyd wants to lead his side back into contention in 2016, while there is still life in the season.

“This season is by no means done and dusted,” he said.

“It’s crucial to win this week’s game against Sunshine and start to build some momentum heading into the final couple of rounds and then the finals. Anything can happen come finals time, especially on the wide expanses of a ground like Chirnside Park.”

Boyd is a leader of what truly is a talented bunch of players, and the captain mentioned a few players that could play roles in getting the club back to where it belongs.

“I think of guys like Nayef Hamad, a smooth mover that attacks the ball at full speed, he is one of the guys that will be a gun at senior level for a long time,” Boyd said.

“Jordan Bennett has all the attributes of dominating at this level, Jason Marks (before injury) was in super form and Grant Williams, ‘Backflip’, has got his chance and taken it on amazingly well with his ferocity at the contest.

“Add in there the whole group of Under 19 kids that have played this year, Connor (Daley), (James) Beilby, Nayef, Grant, Moose (Tyron Bennett), Nicky Ryan, Chuck (Charles Bettiol), Darcy (Wilson) – the list goes on – and you have a bunch of guys that will be the driving force of multiple premiership assaults.”

Whilst the youth is important, there is not denying Boyd’s on field impact. The commanding centre half forward, who by all reports can kick at least 70m when required, is the cornerstone of this club and its chances at success.

Although, when pressed on the question of his booming kick, Boyd said that “probably about 60 metres would be my absolute limit”.

“Considering I’m getting close to fossil age I would say it’s very safe to say I will remain a Spotswood player until retirement,” Boyd added.

“I haven’t experienced premiership success at Spotty yet, but there are moments that are certainly memorable at this great club.

“The best moment of 2016 would be the win against Werribee at the midpoint of the season. Considering what the circumstances were going into that game and what had occurred during that week (the passing of club great Ben Kelly), the fight our players showed to get over the line is amazing.

“That was truly one of the best wins I’ve ever been a part of.”

Seagull’s Sportsperson’s Lunch

On Friday, August 19, Spotswood Football Club’s VFL Parterns Williamstown are holding a Sportsperson’s Lunch featuring some of the BIGGEST names in the football industry.

The event, hosted by Fox Footy’s Matt Campbell, is choc-full of incredible panellists including Dane Swan, Brendan Fevola, Billy Brownless, Brad Johnson and one of the leaders in women’s football, Debbie Lee.

Held at the Seaview Williamstown Events Centre, this fantastic event includes both a buffet lunch as well as a four-hour beverage package.

All proceeds made on the RT Edgar Sportsperson’s Lunch go toward the Les Twentyman Foundation. For more information, see the flyer below.

#SFC16

Girls gain growing sponsor

Girls gain growing sponsor

The Spotswood Junior Girls football side now has a major jumper sponsor thanks to one of the fastest growing companies in the branding market.

StagsHead, a brand agency who specialise in growing other brands, have opted to be a back of jumper sponsor for the SFC girls for the remainder of the 2016 season and into 2017.

The company prides itself on being “ahead of the pack” in the Brand Agency game and are in business for growing small business.

“We are thrilled to gain StagsHead as a sponsor of our junior girls team,” said Spotswood Football Club President Alan Given.

“To have such an innovative, exciting brand be a part of our great club is a great result and we look forward to parntering with them for a long time to come.”

The Williamstown company operate locally and overseas and more information on StagsHead can be found on their website – www.stagshead.net

Woodsmen are family for Elliot

For Elliot Wood, pulling on the green and gold jumper means a lot more than just a game of football.

That’s why the 27-year-old jumped at the chance to re-sign with the club for a further two years this week, aiming to bring the club back to where it belongs – winning premierships.

The club has hit hard times this year with injuries striking more than a third of the entire playing list over the past month, resulting in a tumble down the WRFL ladder, but that has not deterred Wood.

After having his first child last month, Wood said fatherhood has “put things into perspective a bit”.

“I hate losing. And after a couple of the losses this year it is easy to let it get to you, but coming home nowadays, with Nixon and Ash at home, it makes it a lot easier,” Wood told Spotswoodfc.com.au.

“We have been hit pretty bad with injury, but the positive out of that is we have seen some really talented young guys get a go. We aren’t that far away, and I have signed for two years because I know the success will come – we have just got to knuckle down and work hard.”

Wood was quick to rattle off a long list of young players that have come through in the past year, saying “the talent these boys have is there for all to see”.

“All these guys need to do now is work hard on their consistency and we can climb back up the ladder quicker than most people think,” he said.

“I hope over these next two years I can provide a bit of leadership to the young guys and re-create the winning culture we are used to having at Spotswood.”

One player that pleased Wood, when pressed on the matter, was Connor Daly, who Wood said “is a young guy that is willing to put in to get the most out of himself”.

“I love seeing that in the younger guys. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t work at it, you can be exposed. Connor is on the right track with his work rate.”

With Wood signing the dotted line at such an early stage, a number of other players have begun signalling their intentions to remain with the Woodsmen beyond this season.

“We’ve spoken about it a bit in the last few weeks and if we all stick together and maybe add one or two pieces, we can get right back in it,” Wood said.

“Obviously the immediate focus for us is getting back in the top 5 this year and playing finals, but by signing on early it gives our recruiting guys a bit more direction in where they spend their focus.

“We can definitely still get there this year, we just need to get the little things right and get the momentum back.”

One inspiration for Wood in particular in his pursuit of the premiership comes from his new son, who “would fit nicely into a premiership cup”.

Whilst still a while away from pulling on the green and gold himself, Wood’s partner Ash believes baby Nixon has already jumped on board as a key supporter.

“We love heading down to the games to offer our support,” Ash said.

“I was sure the lack of sleep would affect Elliot but it hasn’t shown yet, he seems to be a natural – much more domesticated than I thought.”

With only a few weeks left in the season, the Woodsmen will look to up the ante in order to prepare themselves for a late assault on finals. Their mission begins this week as they take on Wyndhamvale at Wyndhamvale on Saturday.

Junior Finals Week 1 & Round 15

Junior Finals Week 1 & Round 15

 

Woodsmen drop to 6th

Spotswood has dropped out of the top 5 after falling to arch rivals Altona on Spotswood’s home turf on Saturday.

With the sun shining and the ground in terrific shape, all signs were pointing to the Woodsmen shaking the form slump they have been forced into due to injury. Still with a number of key players missing, the Woodsmen needed to fire early to get into the game.

Unfortunately, despite having plenty of possession, the start didn’t go to plan as Altona exploded out of the blocks to register a 20 point lead at the first break.

The Woodsmen fell down forward of centre in the early stages and their entries inside 50 were swept up without too much of a fight. Scoring just one point for the term, things had to get better, fast.

Through the defensive efforts of Matson Lynch and the carry from the returning Sam Wood, Spotswood managed to pick themselves up off the floor.

Wood, who was playing under duress, shrugged off his injury concerns to provide the spark with his run, showing a willingness to get his side back in the game.

This resulted in a much improved score line, down to just 9 points at the half.

After the main break, the Woodsmen still struggled to hit the scoreboard and their ability to do so was hindered even further with Harley Walsh ruled out of the game with a leg injury.

Murray Boyd was doing his best to make an impact, scoring two majors, but his supply was limited and despite it being near perfect conditions, the Woodsmen could not get their game going.

In his return to the senior side, Will Langlands also provided some resistance with his relentless tackle pressure – a trait that has been desperately lacking in the team.

With their backs against the wall, it is  do or die for the remainder of the season if Spotswood are any chance of playing finals in 2016.

Their opportunity for redemption starts this weekend as they travel to Wyndhamvale to take on the Falcons.

Final score: Spotswood 5.10.40 def by Altona 10.9.69

Goals: M. Boyd 2, J. Bennett, S. Wood, N. Hamad

Best: M. Lynch, S. Wood, M. Boyd, J. Bennett, S. Bermingham, W. Langlands

 

 

Reserves ravaged

A best-on-ground performance by youngster Sean Hardeman was not enough to drag Spotswood over the line over 3rd placed Altona on Saturday.

In fine conditions, Hardeman put on a clinic from half back, using is speed to his advantage to both nullify his opponent and create opportunities for his team.

Despite his best efforts, and some strong efforts by Sean Kelly, Jeremy Cross and Lucas Dredge, the Woodsmen could not convert possession into scores.

Kelly, in his third game back from a shoulder dislocation, looked comfortable through the midfield and provided plenty of clear possession to his outside running teammates while Cross was a good avenue all over the ground.

The Woodsmen were unable to get the ball close enough to goal to make an impact and were only able to score 4 goals for the game.

Luckily, Altona had a case of the yips on their way to kicking 13 goals and 20 behinds. The Woodsmen hope to welcome back a number of players this week as they take on Wyndhamvale.

Final score: Spotswood 4.3.27 def by Altona 13.20.98

Goals: M. McLean, N. Terry, M. Mendola, J. Cross

Best: S. Hardeman, L. Dredge, J. Cross, M. Mendola, S. Kelly, N. Aidonis

 

Thrilling win for junior Woodsmen

The youngest of the group of Woodsmen to play on Saturday were also the best-performed, registering a comfortable 14 point win over Altona.

The young guns led at every charge, and despite a bit of a scare late in the fourth quarter, never looked like losing.

Armed with the inclusion of a number of Under 17 players, the Woodsmen looked fast and furious as players were able to rotate regularly with a full list to choose from.

Charles Bettiol was the danger man up forward, being named in the best for his outstanding 3-goal effort which included a number of big marks.

With Bettiol and Tyron Bennett bagging goals, their supply was being delivered in expert fashion by Western Jets representative Stephen Syme, who was the best player on the ground.

Syme was simply electric out of the midfield, using his vastly superior pace to break away from packs and deliver the ball with precision.

Also getting in on the action was hard-nosed midfielder Jye Bunting and fellow mid Josh Drage, while Joshua Clarke held things together on the defensive end.

This week, the Woodsmen take on Hoppers Crossing at Hogans Road Oval in Hoppers Crossing.

Final score: Spotswood 13.9.87 def Altona 11.7.73

Goals: C. Bettiol 3, T. Bennett 2, J. Clark, R. Johnson, T. Barnes, J. Drage, R. Carr, J. Bunting, S. Saaoud, S. Syme

Best: S. Syme, J. Bunting, T. Bennett, J. Clark, J. Drage, C. Bettiol

Standalone Standoff

This Sunday, July 17, Spotswood’s VFL partners Williamstown are hosting fellow standalone rivals Coburg in what is the second last home game for season 2016.

The Lions, who are sitting 10th on the VFL ladder, are aiming to clinch some late wins at the back end fo the season in order to keep their finals hopes alive. With a young squad and a ferocious playing style, it will be a tough matchup for the Seagulls.

The Gulls have dropped to second on the ladder in percentage alone, so are hoping to snare a win to get back to where they belong – on top.

Free Kids Activities will be in action on the day as always, making the home match day a great event for the entire family.

Round 14 Games

Round 14 Games

Due to the recent weather, some games have been moved to oval 2 for this weekend. Thank you for your understanding

Super Sunday 17th July

Super Sunday is back!

This Sunday 17th is the last game of the home and away season for our juniors and it would be great for all of our supporters to come down and see our amazing footballers.

Manny the Clown is back to entertain the children from 4pm and there will be music and food from 5pm.

We also have a raffle where the main prize is a signed Bulldogs jumper, this will be drawn at 7pm.

See you there! #wearespotswood

Mr Spotswood

Friday night under lights!

Friday night under lights!

Come along to JR Parson’s Reserve on Friday night to see  out inaugural girls’ team take on Albion under lights.

Game begins at 7pm. We would love to see a sea of green and gold there to support our girls.’

Woods fall to 5th

Spotswood has tumbled to fifth place on the WRFL ladder after its second loss in as many weeks, this time to 2nd placed Hoppers Crossing.

Playing at Hoppers Crossing is a tough task on any given day, but with a large chunk of senior players out injured or unavailable, the task was made even harder for the Woodsmen. Despite having their backs to the wall before the first bounce, there was a sense of excitement in the rooms as the young Woodsmen looked to take the challenge on head first.

Unfortunately, the buzz in the change rooms did not correlate to on-field success as the well-drilled Hoppers launched into the game with plenty of gusto.

The home side kicked the first three goals of the game before the Woodsmen could get into the groove. David Sablich led the resurgence, as Spotswood finally started to get some of the ball late in the first.

Sablich was at his usual, but damaging best, using his pace and tenacity at the contest to lead the way for his younger teammates.

Mick Kinsella was another to stand tall despite the constant barrage from the opposition, adding yet another classy game to his stellar debut season in the green and gold.

With an 18-point deficit at half time, the Woodsmen needed to be much better in the second half if they were any chance of overrunning the raging favourites in Hoppers Crossing.

Unfortunately the home side was more than up to the task, piling on the goals to put a dagger through any Spotswood hopes of a comeback.

With Deer Park at home this week, the Woodsmen will need to play to their full potential if they hope to break their way back into form.

Final score: Spotswood 7.2.44 def by Hoppers 14.11.95

Goals: C. Daley, H. Walshe, B. Williams, N. Ryan, G. Williams, D. Sablich, J. Bennett

Best: D. Sablich, M. Kinsella, N. Ryan, M. Boyd, J. Bennett, M. Knight

 

Reserves – Forfeited due to lack of numbers

Unfortunately, with more than a third of the clubs registered players out injured or unavailable, the Spotswood reserves were forced to forfeit their game this week.

The club is hoping that enough players will be welcomed back to the track this week to field a competitive outfit for the remainder of the season.

 

Wayward in the wind

Some wayward goal kicking and a lack of tackling intent hurt the Woodsmen Under 19s this week as they fell to Hopper Crossing at Hoppers’ home ground.

Starting at the later time of 11.50am due to the forfeited game in the reserves, the Under 19s appeared to start even later than that as Hoppers got the early jump. Whilst it took some time for the youngsters to wake up to the game, their opposition looked sharp early.

Some crafty work by the Hoppers forward line, as well as their well-drilled defence, put the Woodsmen on the back foot.

This early buffer would never be caught back, despite some strong showings by several Spotswood players.

Reece Johnson, playing as a roaming half forward, played his best game of the season and looked very lively throughout the whole game. Although he finished with just the one goal, he created a number of opportunities which in future, he will look to capitalise on.

This game will hopefully be a platform for the speedster to work off for the remainder of the year.

Another to impress was Salah Saaoud, who displayed a lot of passion from start to finish, trying to will his team back into the game.

Saaoud, along with Jaii Bunting and Darcy Wilson, got their hands dirty in all areas of the ground, applying the pressure that was required from the whole team from start to finish.

Cam Buck was also admirable in defence, and managed to stand tall despite a barrage of forward entries.

Final score: Spotswood 2.9.21 def by Hoppers 19.4.118

Goals: N. Mountjoy, S. Saaoud

Best: R. Johnson, S. Saaoud, H. Boothey, J. Bunting, D. Wilson, C. Buck

Round 12 Games

Round 12 Games

Please note that Reserves game has been forfeited & Under 19’s now play at 11.50am

 

Youthful Woodsmen fall short

The Woodsmen battled gallantly, but could not produce the goods in their first game back from the by against St Albans on Saturday.

With up to 21 players out injured across the seniors and reserves, stocks were low but spirits were high as several players who have been performing well at senior and Under 19 level got their chance.

The Woodsmen had some new faces join the ranks, with Sean Hardeman returning to senior action, Sean Bermingham playing his first senior game for Spotswood and Grant Williams continued the family tradition for his first game.

Williams joined his older brother Bryce in the side, who shared the task in trying to tag St Albans star Tim Jenkins.

The Woodsmen line up to honour Ben Kelly before the game.

 

The game started in an emotional way, as players from both sides stood under Spotswood’s three premiership flags that were won under the clubs fallen champion Ben Kelly’s reign as coach.

The moment was a special one for the players and the club, with the Kelly family in attendance to witness the mark of respect from everyone in green and gold.

As the game started, the Woodsmen were fired up and ready to impress. David Sablich got busy early, as did Mick Kinsella in defence with the pair showcasing some slick skills in the slippery conditions.

Kinsella has been outstanding since moving the backline in recent weeks, with the regular midfielder proving invaluable in taking on the dangerous small forward whilst also providing attacking run.

Despite leading by 5 points at the first break, the Woodsmen let the game slip as St Albans, through Jenkins got buy to reverse the score line at half time.

Another tight quarter ensued in the third, with Jye Orchard, Nayef Hamad and Sablich hitting the scoreboard to keep touch with the opposition.

Michael Knight launches from the back half.

A late goal to St Albans closed the small lead that the Woodsmen had earned to just three points, which took the wind out the sails.

In soggy, muddy conditions, St Albans just proved too strong and experienced in the final term logging three goals five to no score to run out 20 point victors.

What was impressive on the Woodsmen’s behalf was that of the 21 players to take the field, only two had not played junior football for Spotswood. To have 19 home-grown players, 10 of which are under 21 years of age, representing a club at senior level is phenomenal.

With a few more games under their belts, this team will be one to watch for many years to come.

The Woodsmen hope to regain a few players this week as they take on Hoppers Crossing at Hoppers.

Final score: Spotswood 10.7.67 def by St Albans 12.15.87

Goals: J. Orchard 2, M. Boyd 2, J. Salmond 2, C. Daley, D. Sablich, J. Beilby, N. Hamad
Best: D. Sablich, M. Kinsella, S. Wood, T. Langlands, M. Boyd, M. Lynch

 

Reserves

An outstanding effort by all players has resulted in a thrilling win by the Woodsmen in the reserves.

The win, Spotswood’s second for the season, came on the back of an outstanding best-on-ground performance by young gun Jack Cairns.

Cairns slotted three goals and was simply huge in his influence on the game, dominating proceedings out of the middle despite the muddy conditions.

Jack Cairns was best on ground in the reserves win.

 

Jeremy Cross has also started to hit form, taking a huge mark in the last quarter and kicking a goal in a terrific performance.

Sean Kelly also boosted the midfield stocks in his first outing since a shoulder dislocation in round 1, finding plenty of the ball and also kicking the sealer in the final term.

It was a great win for the club, with many familiar faces returning to the game to commemorate former coach Ben Kelly. There was a strong crowd welcoming the reserves as they came off the ground after the win, and the song was sang with plenty of gusto.

Final score: Spotswood 11.4.70 def St Albans 8.9.57

Goals: J. Cairns 3, T. Barnes 2, S. Kelly, J. Cross, W. Langlands, C. Lynch, J. Boyd, M. Mendola
Best: J. Cairns, B. Waldron, J. Cross, J. Boyd, M. Mendola, W. Langlands

 

Under 19s

Josh Drage was simply superb, but his side could not get the chocolates as the Under 19s fell to ladder leaders Werribee on Saturday morning.

Another fast start had the Woodsmen well and truly in the contest, but a lack of players once again proved to be the difference as the Tigers ran all over the depleted home side.

With Jai Bunting and Darcy Wilson playing their regular, outstanding game, the Woodsmen took it right up to Werribee, with the pair combining well through the midfield.

Drage, who started forward and moved into the middle as well, showed great intent at the contest and was enjoyable to watch in the wet.

The youngster gave his all and also managed to hit the scoreboard to play his best game for the year.

Tom Barnes continued his rapid improvement, slotting three goals from all angles after getting in good positions and taking some strong marks.

Despite being well and truly in the game for the majority, the Woodsmen fell away in the final term and allowed some easy goals which fattened the buffer on the scoreboard.

The Woodsmen take on Hoppers Crossing at Hoppers this week.

Final score: Spotswood 6.4.40 def by Werribee Districts 12.9.81

Goals: T. Barnes 3, C. Bettiol, J. Drage, D. Wilson
Best: J. Drage, J. Bunting, D. Wilson, T. Barnes, J. Clark, D. Martin

ETHAN BENTLEY

WRFL JUNIORS SET TO DON THE BIG V

By KRISTEN ALEBAKIS

FOUR of the WRFL’s brightest young stars will put their rivalries aside when they team-up for the School Sport Victoria team next month.

Spotswood’s Ethan Bentley, Altona Juniors youngster Emerson Jeka, St Bernard’s player Jeremy O’Sullivan and Werribee Districts junior Lachlan Raznovski have been picked in the Under-15 boys Victorian team.

The talented quartet, who all represented the WRFL at this year’s AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships, will travel to Maroochydore in Queensland for the Australian Football Championships.

Bentley, who attends Maribyrnong Secondary College, says he is looking forward to putting on the Big V guernsey.

He said the process to get into the Victorian team began back in April when trials for the team first opened.

“It was challenging because there was hard competition, but it was also fun to play against kids with the same ability,” Bentley said.

“It means a lot to me to play for Victoria.

“It’s a big step towards making higher levels.”

Bentley said it was great to see other WRFL players also get picked in the team.

“It will be good fun to play with kids that I know,” he said.

“It will make the trip more fun and a lot easier to play together during the carnival.”

The Victorian side will go head-to-head with some of the best players from across Australia between July 23 and 30.

Bentley said the team had some great chemistry and were all excited to play together.

Saturday 25th June vs Altona

This Saturday 25th is huge day for the club, our past players will be catching up with mates and reminiscing about their playing days and we are holding a memorial for Ben Kelly.

We are very proud to have this opportunity to honour Ben and we welcome all teams participation. 

 Match times

 19s will start at 9.30am

Reserves will start at 11.45am

Seniors will start at 2.15pm

 The 07/08/09 flags will fly at half mast.  Ben’s three boys will run out with the seniors at 2.00pm, warm up and then at 2.05pm both teams along with our  juniors will line up near the flagpole should they wish to be a part of this. 

 Tony Walshe will pay tribute to Ben and his family.  Our members will also line up from the change rooms to the ground entrance.

 Various representatives from the WRFL will also be in attendance.

 We hope to see you there

SFC Annual Presidents Lunch

Book now to avoid missing out on the next Presidents Lunch, 16th July.

Great entertainment will be provided by the one and only Marty Fields and then enjoy watching our boys take on Altona in a finals defining match of the round.

12 noon to 2.00pm

3 course lunch

Beer, wine, soft drink

Tables are limited so contact Megan Smith now.

Girl’s Open Training Sessions

Do you know a girl who is interested in playing footy? If so, they can attend our open training sessions every Wednesday and Friday night from 5:45 – 7pm. We are looking at entering teams in the under 12, 15 and 18 age groups next year and we want girls to see what it is like. For more information, please email Lorey Bentley at  jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au

4th Of July Party

Spotswood’s American Dream

 

The Spotswood Football Club is set to be lit up with Stars & Stripes on Saturday, July 9 with an American inspired ‘4th of July’ party.

With the NBA season wrapped up, America will turn their attention to the day they celebrate their independence, and we are going to help them!

On July 9, join us by dressing up (or down) into your most ‘Merican outfit possible, whether its a stars & stripes ensemble, an Abraham Lincoln beard or even a frat party frock – it’s all good.

Live the American dream and be there. Why?

Because “We Want You”!

 

Round 11 Games

Round 11 Games

Williamstown Vs Geelong

Spotswood’s VFL partners Williamstown are set for a tantalising clash with Geelong in Round 12 of VFL action this Sunday at Burbank Oval.

Starting at 2pm, the game will be one not to miss as the Gulls look to consolidate their position on the ladder.

The kids activity zone will be on again, this time being proudly sponsored by Waterline Place in Williamstown.

Adult entry is only $10 while kids are free. Come along and enjoy a great day out.

Private Function – Friday 17th June

Just a reminder that the club rooms will be closed tomorrow night (Friday 17th June) after training due to a private function. The merchandise room will be open, if required, during training time. Thank you for your understanding

Round 10 Games

Round 10 games

Woods ‘Chop’ Werribee for their mate

In an emotionally charged week, Spotswood has come out on top in a thrilling game over Werribee, claiming the points in memory of former coach Ben Kelly.

The Woodsmen were hurt during the week with the passing of their close mate, with the club and greater community rocked by the news. Kelly was a revered figure at Spotswood, who will be remembered for his passion and his pursuit of excellence.

Facing a must-win game against Werribee, this was the sort of game that the premiership coach in Kelly would have demanded a top performance.

With many close mates and former charges taking the field, the focus was set to doing their mate proud. And that they certainly did.

The Woodsmen came out firing with Shamus Tippet hitting the scoreboard for the first goal of the game. There was a sense of greater urgency than what had been seen to this point in the season for the Woodsmen, with the tackling pressure and willingness to hit the packs evident from the start.

This was led by none other than coach Tom Langlands, who simply refused to be beaten at any point of the game. Playing like a man possessed, Langlands was fierce, and inspired his players.

Langlands’ presence lifted the rest of the team, including ruckman Angus Milham, who played arguably his best game for the club.

Milham dominated in the air and around the ground, proving to be quite the saviour deep in the backline at times.

Another to impress in the first half was David Sablich, who displayed a brilliant blend of intensity and poise, crashing his opponent when they had the ball, whilst using it masterfully himself.

As half time came around, the Woodsmen were well in front. But the hard work had yet to begin.

Werribee, who are classy team that will go deep into finals, came out strong in the third, really testing the resolve of the Woodsmen.

To add salt to the wounds being inflicted on the scoreboard, the Woodsmen also had a bad patch of injury trouble, with Shamus Tippet, Lachlan Fairly, David Iaccarino, Jye Orchard and Angus Milham all suffering in the second half.

Tippet was on the wrong end of some friendly fire, copping a hip to the head which resulted in a broken jaw and severe concussion.

Fairly had troubles with a knee, whilst Iaccarino and Orchard both suffered ankle injuries.

As the bench options dried up, it looked as if Werribee would run over the top for the win on their home ground, but something clicked.

That something came in the form of a hulking centre-half-forward named Murray Boyd.

Boyd completely took over the game.

Using his superior athleticism, Boyd separated himself from his opponent with ease, resulting in a double and then triple teaming of the big number 26.

With a goal to Boyd, suddenly there was life in the Woodsmen.

Outnumbered, Boyd would not be denied and took mark after mark to inspire a thrilling return to form for his side. The Woodsmen were able to turn the game back on its head to draw level with Werribee.

With still a few minutes left on the clock, no rotations and a number of players still on the field despite being under duress, this game was a nail biter.

Iaccarino, despite playing on one leg, proved to be too classy at full-forward to kick truly, while Elliot Wood, Mick Kinsella and Sablich were unbeatable down back.

Some more vintage work by Boyd and the relentless effort by Langlands guided the Woodsmen home.

After the game, with emotions running high as the relief of the game combined with the grief for their fallen mate, Werribee Districts displayed a fine act of class.

Werribee players locked arms with Spotswood players in the centre of the ground to commemorate Ben Kelly with a moment of silence. This act was greatly appreciated by the club, who thank Werribee for their thoughts.

The game sees the Woodsmen sitting one game clear in fourth position heading into a bye round, before taking on St Albans at home the following week.

Final Score: Spotswood 14.10.94 def Werribee 12.9.81

Goals: M. Boyd 3, S. Tippett 2, D. Iaccarino 2, H. Walshe 2, B. Williams, N. Hamad, T. Langlands, J. Salmond, E. Wood

Best: M. Boyd, T. Langlands, A. Milham, D. Sablich, N. Hamad, M. Lynch

 

Reserves outclassed

The Spotswood reserves were outclassed by their opponents Werribee in a clinical display by the home side.

The Woodsmen lacked the firepower up front to get themselves into the game, with no players able to pick up multiples in the goal-scoring department.

Livewire forward Jack Towers fought hard all day, whilst athletic big-man Mitch McLean played one of his better games for the season.

McLean threatened to take the game apart, but a lack of forward entries and the impressive pressure shown by Werribee was too much to handle.

Jordan Boyd, who backed up from the Under 19s game, also managed to play a fine game while Luke Ryan was also lively in patches.

With a week off for the bye, the Woodsmen will need to lick their wounds and hope for some players to return from injury to have a run at a finals campaign.

Final Score: Spotswood 5.7.37 def by Werribee 12.9.81

Goals: L. Dredge, M. McLean, J. Clark, L. Ryan, J. Cairns

Best: J. Towers, L. Dredge, J. Boyd, S. Hardeman, J. Cross, J. Cairns

 

Fine win for young guns

Spotswood’s often undermanned Under 19 team came out firing and kept the pace for the entire game to record their best win of the season over Werribee.

Their opponents were sitting on top of the WRFL ladder and had a full team to choose from, making the win all the more impressive from the boys in green and gold.

A solid first half was the result of an intense pressure being applied by the likes of Grant Williams, Darcy Wilson and Jai Bunting.

As half time came around, all the focus was on finding that same spark that got them to this point.

They certainly found that spark, winning the contested ball at every opportunity whilst nullifying their supposed ‘better’ opposition.

Josh Clarke thwarted the Werribee captain, while Stephen Syme simply dominated proceedings with his elite speed and kicking ability.

Syme could not be stopped in the final term, leading his team to a memorable victory which was capped off by a thrilling moment.

With the game in the balance, Thomas Barnes took a strong mark at centre half forward to complete a great passage out of the backline. The mark, although impressive itself, was nothing on what would follow as Barnes wheeled around on to his right boot and slotted the goal from the arc to put the game beyond doubt.

The win will give the Woodsmen confidence as we head into the second half of the season, knowing they can take it right up to the best in the competition.

Final Score: Spotswood 8.11.59 def Werribee 6.15.51

Goals: J. Bunting 2, T. Barnes 2, D. Wilson 2, C. Bettiol, S. Syme

Best: S. Syme, D. Wilson, T. Kopa, J. Bunting, T. Barnes, G. Williams

RIP Ben Kelly

With the deepest sadness, the Spotswood Football Club needs to inform everyone on the sudden & tragic passing of SFC Legend, Ben Kelly.
This is a deep shock for all that knew him. Our thoughts & prayers are with Carly, Judd, Nate & Austin & extended family.
The Spotswood rooms will be open from 5pm today (Thursday 9th June) for those wanting to call in.

R.I.P. Ben Kelly

Round 9 Games

Round 9 Games

Junior Interleague Matches 2016

Junior Interleague Matches 2016

 

Under 13s:

  • Sunday 12th June Hansen Reserve, Airport West
  • Wednesday 22nd June TBA

 

Under 14s:

  • Saturday 11th June Grant Reserve, Altona
  • Monday 13th June Galvin Park, Werribee

 

Under 15s:

  • Saturday 11th June Walker Park, Nunawading
  • Monday 13th June Trevor Barker Oval, Sandringham

 

Under 16s:

  • Wednesday 15th June TBA

 

Youth Girls:

  • Saturday 11th June Woodlands Water Reserve, Macleod
  • Monday 13th June Jacana Reserve, Broadmeadows
Coach’s Co-ordinator

The Spotswood Football Club would like to acknowledge our new Coaches’ Coordinator Mick Molloy.

Mick has been involved in junior footy for over 16 years, beginning in 2002 with his first son, who now is 23, at East Brighton Auskick.

During the 14 years at East Brighton Mick held a number of roles including: Runner, Assistant Coach and main coaching roles.

He also umpired in the MSJFL with his two sons for over six years and held an umpire mentor position for a number of years.

Mick joined Spotswood U 14 Bs in 2015 as an assistant coach and has mentored a lot of the players in that group.

He comes highly recommended by the board and the SFC wishes him all the best in his new role.

 

Round 10 VFL action

It’s Round 10 in the state competition, and Spotswood’s VFL partner Williamstown is taking on arch-rival Frankston in what will be a terrific game at Williamstown’s Burbank Oval.

Reigning premiers Williamstown, fresh off a victory over Footscray, will be eager to please the crowd with a strong showing in favourite son Ed Carr’s 100th Seagulls game.

The kids activity zone will be a great spaceto take the kids, with the football action kicking off at 2pm.

Kids under 12 are free, and adults can witness this classic encounter for only $10.

Be sure to get along to see some ferocious VFL action.

Winning ways return

Spotswood has recorded its fourth win for the season thanks to a nail biting final minute goal by youngster James Beilby.

The win over Albion sees the Woodsmen sitting in fourth position on the ladder, equal with Werribee Districts and Altona on points.

In slippery conditions, the Woodsmen needed a fast start at their home ground, conscious of the disappointing loss to Wyndhamvale in their last home game. But even with that fire burning in the back of their minds, the Woodsmen were shell-shocked by a fast starting Albion to go four goals behind before they could even blink.

The usually staunch Spotswood defence were seemingly disorganised, allowing their opponents easy possession and clear paths through the contest. The midfield was also starved of possession, meaning very few forward entries were won by the home team.

The realisation that the game was slipping away soon hit the Woodsmen, who begun to claw their way back through pure grit.

Coach Tom Langlands got busy through the centre, bullocking the ball forward with his relentless work ethic and hardness at the contest.

Langlands was ably assisted by his junior brigade in Beilby, Nick Ryan and Jordan Bennett, who all stood tall in the tough conditions.

The second quarter started with a blitz by the Woodsmen, who snagged quick goals in succession to bring the game back to a respectable margin. This margin, which continued to fall despite some more strong play by Albion, was back to 10 points at the main break.

Facing a deficit and some concerning looking clouds coming from over the bay, the Woodsmen needed some big plays to bring the game into their favour.

Murray Boyd got busy, as did his protégé in Bennett, who showed plenty of his early season form taking strong marks and hitting the scoreboard.

Although they managed to decrease the margin, there was an increase in unavailable players as three players iced injuries suffered throughout the game.

With little time left, the Woodsmen were under the pump and decided to roll the dice. Instead of saving a margin, the home side took a punt by allowing players to run forward of the contest.

James Beilby sealed the deal for a Spotswood victory. (Photo – Cody Bench Photography)

This resulted in a goal square contest that saw the first piece of magic produced by the eventual hero of the day in Beilby.

Beilby gathered a hot football and within a split second, snapped it over his head to bring the game back to one kick.

Several contests ensued as Albion clogged their defensive half in a desperate attempt to save the game that they had led from the first minute.

But with less than a minute to go, a clear knock free by Spotswood put the ball into the hands of Lachlan Fairly, who fired off a nice handball to none other than Beilby – who was on the burst from the wing.

Although the kick will get further with each time the story is told, Beilby managed to calm himself and coolly slot the major from the 50m arc on the run, putting Spotswood in front for the first time.

The goal, Beilby’s third for the afternoon, sealed the deal and has set up a tantalising clash between the Woodsmen and Werribee next weekend.

Final score: Spotswood 14.9.93 def Albion 14.7.91

Goals: J. Beilby 3, N. Ryan 3, J. Bennett 2, J. Orchard 2, B. Williams, J. Marks, E. Wood, N. Hamad.

Best: T. Langlands, M. Boyd, N. Ryan, J. Norton, J. Bennett, J. Beilby.

 

Blast that didn’t last

A barnstorming first quarter by the Woodsmen made a win look inevitable as the home side piled on five goals in relentless fashion.

Unfortunately, that first quarter blowout didn’t last.

With a few inclusions to the side, including the spring-heeled James Hinds and the tough-as-nails Matson Lynch, the Woodsmen looked the goods.

Winning the clearances with ease, it was a forwards paradise in the early stages of the game, despite the slippery conditions. But this party set came to a close at the end of the quarter, with Albion deciding to spin up their own party – much to the disappointment of the home crowd.

The second term was a scrappy affair, which was then followed by a dominating quarter of football by Albion in the third.

Among the busier players was the returning Sam Wood, who was solid at the contest and electrifying with his run. Joining him was the ever-reliable Sean Bermingham, who would have a strong case for the best and fairest at this stage of the season.

Despite being blown away in the previous two quarters, the Woodsmen were still somehow in the game, and were inspired again to try win the game.

The inspiration led to a series of strong plays, which would have sealed the deal had the Woodsmen been able to convert. Unfortunately, they couldn’t.

Relatively easy shots were sent wayward and the game slipped from the reach of the Woodsmen as they scored one goal and a disappointing eight behinds.

The loss was compounded by another injury to speedster Tyler Padgett, who dislocated his shoulder in the second half.

Coming up against Werribee this weekend, the Woodsmen must convert their chances to win the game.

Final score: Spotswood 9.17.71 def by Albion 11.6.72.

Goals: L. Ryan 3, J. Towers, J. Cairns, S. Bermingham, A. Hinds, M. Paton, M. Lynch.

Best: S. Bermingham, S. Hardeman, N. Terry, T. Padgett, M. Lynch, L. Ryan

 

Fast start, flat finish

The Under 19s got away to the start they had dreamed of, kicking two quick goals to start the game in what would turn out to be very tough conditions.

The start, which was the result of some tremendous pressure out of the midfield, was as good as the play would get for the Woodsmen though, who allowed Yarraville back into the game late.

As the second quarter started, the game got further out of reach for Spotswood as they were beaten in contested possession and in the air.

A couple of niggling injuries to key players, including star forward Charles Bettiol, also hurt the Woodsmen as the opposition started to run rampant.

Speedster Jai Bunting displayed his craft around the stoppages, while Grant Williams put forward another vintage performance.

Joshua Drage also impressed, scoring one of only three goals for Spotswood, while the consistent Darcy Wilson also showed plenty of fight.

Final score: Spotswood 3.9.27 def by Yarraville Seddon 9.12.66

Goals: J. Drage, T. Barnes, J. Bunting.

Best: J. Bunting, J. Drage, G. Williams, D. Wilson, T. Barnes, T. Bennett

SFC Past Players Day & Reverse Raffle

The Spotswood Football Club has a long and proud history, with premierships, star players and great memories shared amongst the many who have stepped foot into this great club. Well the 2016 Past Players Day is the prime opportunity to re-live the magical memories as we celebrate our heroes of years gone by. The day will be held on 25th June when the club takes on rival St Albans, starting from 2pm. After the event, the club will hold its reverse raffle, giving past and present players and supporters the chance to take home the bacon. This will be an event not to be missed!

Back to work

After the humiliating loss two weeks ago, and the Interleague bye at the worst possible time, the Woodsmen were quite simply desperate to get back to work.

Coming up against Sunshine at Sunshine gave them this chance, which was taken with both hands.

From the outset, you could tell the Woodsmen were prepared and fired up for the contest. It was their first opportunity to put the slow start to the season behind them and start fresh.

In slippery conditions, it appeared as though the contest might be an absolute slugfest, but surprisingly the skills were quite sharp in the early stages.

With the silver service out of the ruck from Angus Milham, David Iaccarino and Tom Langlands were busy early, much to the liking of the Spotswood forwards.

Tom Langlands was solid through the midfield. (Photo – Cody Bench Photography)

As Sunshine had shown big signs of improvement from previous years, the Woodsmen were wary of letting the home team get any form of continuity, which led to the instruction of trying to disrupt their flow at any opportunity.

Led strongly by Elliot Wood and the returning Mick Kinsella, the backline heeded this call and produced some highly destructive play from the defensive half.

Kinsella, matched up on the opposition’s key offensive player Matthew Stocco, was brutal in his application to the task, not allowing an inch of space to the normally dangerous forward.

Adding to that task, Kinsella also provided plenty support in the air for another returning player in Alex Pylka, who slipped straight back into his solid early season form.

After a fairly evenly matched first term, the Woodsmen put the foot on the accelerator to produce one of their best quarters of football for the year in the second.

With a 29 point lead at the main break, the feeling in the change rooms was that of excitement, but a sharp focus was attached to their mindset.

Despite being a mostly scrappy third term, the Woodsmen were relentless, led by the ferocious ball-winners in Bryce Williams and Nayef Hamad.

Hamad, in his first season of senior football, was the polish on the efforts of Williams as the two worked in tandem to keep the feeling in the game.

A strong final term followed by the Woodsmen, who impressed in both their effort and their finishing.

This week sees the much-anticipated matchup with Albion back at Spotswood. Albion, the most improved team in the competition, will be a tough encounter, but a good test for the Woodsmen.

Final score: Spotswood 17.11.113 def Sunshine 11.9.75

Goals: B. Williams 3, N. Hamad 3, H. Walshe 2, J. Orchard 2, J. Beilby 2, D. Iaccarino 2, T. Langlands, M. Boyd, N. Aidonis
Best: D. Iaccarino, T. Langlands, J. Marks, M. Kinsella, S. Tippett, N. Ryan

 

Tough return

The Spotswood reserves struggled to get their mojo back in their return to the field, going down to the perennial contender Sunshine by 33 points.

In horrendous conditions, the Woodsmen fought more than just a tough opposition, but a torrential rain and a muddy centre of the ground.

With injuries having crippled the Woodsmen so far this season, a number of under 19 players took the field thanks to a bye in their competition.

This was only a positive thing for the reserves though, as young gun Josh Drage was able to display his class at the senior-age level.

With a hole in the ruck division, Sean ‘Irish’ Bermingham stepped in and not only did he hold his own, he dominated his opponent.

His efforts in the air were notable, but his follow-up work also resulted in a number of nice plays and scored himself a couple goals to boot.

Luke Rainone and Andy Hinds battled well all day, while Jack Towers also looked lively but it was not enough as the home side piled on five goals in the third term to run away with the game.

Final score: Spotswood 5.8.38 def by Sunshine 11.5.71

Goals: S. Bermingham 2, J. Towers, L. Ryan, J. Boyd
Best: S. Bermingham, A. Hinds, S. Hardeman, L. Rainone, S. Davis, J. Drage

 

Under 19s – BYE

Ladies Day Thank you

A huge thank you to all our loyal supporters of our Annual Ladies Day & also a thank you to the lovely Megan Smith for organising this wonderful event.

Rounds 7 & 8 Games

Rounds 7 & 8 Games

Spotswood flavour in WRFL quest for glory

The Western Region Football League takes on the Ballarat Football League in what will be a ground-breaking game of local football.

With the leagues crossing paths officially for the first time since country and metro leagues joined in the state-wide Community Championships, the WRFL will look to assert itself against a historically powerful BFL line-up.

The key to the WRFL, it seems, will be the reinforcements provided by the Spotswood Football Club (no favouritism here at all).

David Sablich will represent the WRFL as one of 11 Spotswood people involved in the event.

The Woodsmen have an outstanding amount of talent in all reaches, and will be represented by three senior footballers, an Under 19 coach and an incredible seven Under 19 players.

Murray Boyd, who was this week named as the captain of the WRFL side, is joined by SFC Coach Tom Langlands and David Sablich in the senior side, which will look to use the home ground advantage at Whitten Oval in Footscray.

Premiership coach Matt Dean will take the reins of the Under 19 representative side in what is a big nod to the mastermind behind back to back premierships for the Woodsmen.

Dean will be in somewhat familiar territory too, with several of his premiership stars taking the field in the red, white and blue.

James Beilby, Tyron Bennett, Connor Daly, Nayef Hamad, Ciaran Lynch, Nick Ryan and Darcy Wilson will all be key players in the WRFL’s chances this afternoon.

Matches begin at 11.45am with the Under 19s side rolling out at Whitten Oval, closely followed by the senior game at 2pm.

Get behind the strong Green and Gold contingent today and support the WRFL in its quest for notoriety amongst Victorian football leagues.

Round 7 Games

Round 7 games

Wobbly Woods

Wobbly Woods

Spotswood’s seniors have fumbled their way to a disappointing loss at the hands of Wyndhamvale, who claimed their first victory in Division 1 football.

The Woods entered the game hoping to get a strong win ahead of the Interleague bye but looked sluggish from the outset whilst kicking against the wind.

Wyndhamvale, to their credit, did not give the Woods an inch despite being outsiders in the contest, winning more of the contested ball and converting in the first term.

The Woods gathered their thoughts at quarter time and managed a much better effort in the second to hold a 14 point lead at the main break.

Early in the game, it was the likes of the returning David Iaccarino and the consistent Jye Orchard who kept the Woods in it, whilst Elliot Wood and Michael Knight were also solid down back.

Iaccarino returned due to a bye in the VFL and it was lucky that it occurred as the Woods were missing a significant chunk of their starting midfield.

David Sablich, Mick Kinsella and Sean Kelly were all out of the contest while key position players Alex Pylka and Michael Cassidy were also not available.

All of the above are likely to return after the bye.

The second half was virtually all one way as Wyndhamvale’s superior pressure and the lack of clear direction from the Woods saw the game start slipping away. In an all-round poor display, the Woods gave up 12 goals in the second half.

To rub more salt in the wound, a brilliant piece of individual play by Dylan Callard resulted in a shocking injury.

With time running out and the lead increasing, Callard took the game by the scruff of the neck and pounced on an opposition error to bound through the middle of the ground. He took three bounces and evaded four opponents before slotting a brilliant goal from 45metres. Unfortunately, after the ball left his boot, Callard was knocked off his feet and landed awkwardly on his shoulder, snapping his collarbone in the process.

The game sees the Woods slump to 2 wins and 3 losses, giving them 7th place on the ladder before the week off. Next up will be Sunshine at Sunshine in what will be a difficult match up, but one that is a must win for Spotswood.

Final score: Spotswood 15.15.105 def by Wyndhamvale 18.8.116

Goals: J. Orchard 4, M. Boyd 2, D. Iaccarino 2, J. Marks 2, D. Callard, A. Milham, L. Fairley, H. Walshe, N. Ryan
Best: J. Orchard, J. Marks, T. Langlands, S. Tippett, D. Iaccarino, M. Knight

Elliot Wood was one of a few players to shine against Wyndhamvale.

 

Reserves

Walshe’s wonderland

Brandon Walshe has stolen the show in a thumping victory over Wyndhamvale in the reserves.

Walshe, who unfortunately departs the country next week, bagged a haul of 9 goals and would have easily amassed more than 30 disposals playing in the ruck and up forward.

He was not alone in the performance though, as the Woodsmen ran all over their opponents from the outset.

In a huge boost for the club, Josh Norton returned to the field just shy of 12months after rupturing his Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Starting in the midfield, Norton looked to have not skipped a beat with his recovery as he darted in and out of traffic with speed and precision.

With more showings like this, it won’t be long until this youngster is back lighting up the field in the Woods’ senior team.

Andy Hinds was ferocious at the contest while Sean Hardeman used his athleticism to great effect.

Final score:  Spotswood 27.19.181 def by Wyndhamvale 2.2.14

Goals: B. Walshe 9, L. Dredge 4, J. Towers 3, J. Norton 2, J. Manovski 2, M. Mendola 2, J. Worthing, J. Cairns, L. Rainone, S. Bermingham, J. Hinds
Best: A. Hinds, B. Walshe, J. Norton, J. Towers, L. Rainone, S. Hardeman

 

Under 19s

Hopped

The Woods suffered another slow start to rivals Hoppers Crossing in what proved to be a one-sided contest.

Although there was no doubting the effort by the Woodsmen, they just did not have the legs to go with one of the WRFL’s best Under 19s sides.

Jye Bunting was exceptional through the midfield and seems to have completely healed from his injury that hampered the start to his season.

Bunting was well supported by the ever-consistent Grant Williams, who is a marvel to watch.

Williams has a great combination of intensity and smarts with the ball, which can really hurt the opposition in all areas of the ground.

Another to impress was Dylan Paton, who has been a rock in defence so far this season.

The Woods will look forward to the break this weekend in the hope that their injured players can get themselves back on track to really grind their way into the season.

Final score: Spotswood 3.5.23 def by Hoppers Crossing 16.14.110

Goal: R. Saaoud, J. Bartkowicz, R. Carr

Best: J. Bunting, G. Williams, D. Wilson, S. Saaoud, D. Paton, T. Bennett

 

Interleague squads named

The club would like to officially congratulate the following players who have been named to the final WRFL Interleague teams for 2016:

Seniors – Murray Boyd, Tom Langlands, David Sablich.

Under 19s – James Beilby, Tyron Bennett, Connor Daly, Nayef Hamad, Ciaran Lynch, Nick Ryan, Darcy Wilson.

Nayef Hamad (right) has been named to the Under 19 Interleague team.

TGIF!!!!

TGIF!
Spotswood Football Club proudly announce that the ever popular cover band ‘Noisy Neighbours’ will be playing a one off gig at the club rooms on Friday 3rd June from 7:30.
Bring your family and friends and come dressed in your best rock gear to have a fantastic time rocking the night away.
Get in quick to secure your tickets as they will be selling fast.
See your team manager or contact Christine or Lorey for tickets: cardwell1@supernerd.com.au or jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Inter League Under 19s Squad

Congratulations to all our boys that made the Under 19s Inter League Squad

Round 6 Games

Round 6 games

Eagle Fuels to fly with Spotswood FC

PRESS RELEASE

RE: Eagle Fuels to fly with Spotswood FC

Eagle Fuels, one of Victoria’s leading fuel and lubricant distributors, have agreed to partner with the Spotswood Football Club for the 2016 season.

The Spotswood Football Club, with such a long and proud history, are thrilled to be backed by the Williamstown based company which have operated since 2005.

Over the past decade, Eagle Fuels have established a stable, highly qualified and experienced management team in Victoria as well as in South Australia.

They have a professional team of driver’s with many years of industry experience and continue to provide their customers with the highest level of service.

Eagle Fuels are proudly Australian Owned and Operated with an aim to supply outstanding service and solutions through dedication, diligence and excellence.

You can contact this leading team at 7 Churchill Street, Williamstown North, VIC 3016 or by calling them on P: 03 8340 5100 or email: enquiries@eaglefuels.com.au

The SFC and its continued success would not be at all possible, without the significant contribution of our sponsors. We value our sponsor’s ongoing involvement, support and look forward to raising brand awareness through the club and its many members.

Round 5 Games

Round 5 games

Junior Movie Night

Auskick/Under 10 Movie and Pie Night!

Friday 13th May 2016 from 6:00pm.

Children:  bring your pillow or bean bag

Parents: stay for a meal and a catch up while the children are watching the movie.

2016 Junior Photos

Junior Photos next week!

Wednesday 11th May 5 – 7pm.

Team Managers will email details about actual times for each group.

For the first time ever – photos are able to be ordered online!

Please check your email for further details about this from ‘Sports in Focus’

SFC Mid Season Cocktail Party

Party time

The SFC Mid Season major event is upon us with a huge night planned for Saturday, May 28.

The event will be the Mid Season Cocktail Party held at The Apartment Melbourne Lounge Bar on Little Bourke Street in the city.

The Mid Season Cocktail Party is a chance for players, fans, friends and family to dress up and let their hair down in one of Melbourne’s premier venues.

With a personal DJ on the night, there is no better way to enjoy the company of West Melbourne’s finest people.

For an entry price of only $125 per head, the entertainment, fingerfood, beer, wine, basic spirits and soft drinks are all provided.

Get in quick, spots are limited for this event, so contact Megain on 0411 608 602 or Jenny on 0408 024 824.

For more details to post around to your friends and family, send them the poster below.

Let’s enjoy a great night in Melbourne!

Round 4 reports – SFC

Woods take it to Lions

The Woodsmen have shown the WRFL that Deer Park are not as invincible as they appear, despite going down to the reigning premier.

After the Lions were dismantled by Albion in Round 3, many expected the return of Brendan Fevola would inspire the Lions to another dominant performance to get them back on track.

Nobody told Spotswood that was how the story was supposed to be told.

The Woodsmen came out breathing fire in the opening term, bashing and crashing their way into the contest to be down by four points at the first break.

The Woodsmen were looking sharp in the midfield, largely thanks to the silver service delivered by 7-footer Angus Milham.

Milham was allowing his midfielders to run an attacking style, with the likes of Tom Langlands and David Sablich managing to get on the end of the taps and punch the ball forward.

Unfortunately the Woods could not convert as well as they needed to in the first quarter, kicking four points to the one goal, with a strong breeze.

Deer Park took advantage of the breeze in the second term, kicking four goals, yet the Woods were not blown away and kicked two of their own.

The Woods were crippled by a number of costly turnovers from all areas on the field in the second, which resulted in Deer Park goals.

In a positive sign for the travelling Woodsmen was that of the continued form of young gun Jordan Bennett, who had his opponent in all sorts with his superior athleticism and ball reading.

Another young gun to show positive signs was Nayef Hamad who played a brilliant, bull-at-a-gate like performance and was certainly not overawed in the contest.

With the wind against them in the third term, the Woods took the game on head-first, beating their arch rival for the quarter with five goals to three.

Once again the backline was efficient and reliable, led by the vocal Elliot Wood and by first-year Woodsman Alex Pylka.

Once again some costly turnovers resulted in Deer Park goals to start the final term, and the game fizzled from there on.

Deer Park kicked a few goals late in the game which blew the scoreboard out, but everyone at the game saw a much tighter contest.

Next week will see the Woods take on Altona at Altona in a game that will be vital to rejuvenate the season.

Final score:  Spotswood 9.12.66 def by Deer Park 13.14.92

Goals: Jordan Bennett 3, Murray Boyd 2, Elliot Wood, Harley Walshe, Brandon Walshe, Nayef hamad.

Best: Tom Langlands, Angus Milham, Nayef Hamad, Jason Marks, Alex Pylka, Jordan Bennett.

Jordan Bennett (pictured in preseason) has stepped up for the Woods in 2016.

A tale of two halves

The Spotswood reserves side took on Deer Park in what was a tale of two halves as the Woodsmen were in total control for the first, only to fall away in the second.

Sean ‘Irish’ Bermingham was best afield in the contest, which saw the Woodsmen take the game by the scruff of the neck early, piling on four goals to one with wind assistance.

Joel Salmond was in the thick of the action early as his superior fitness and skill shone through, allowing him to both clear the ball from the middle and impact the scoreboard. The Woodsmen needed a lead going in to half time and their efforts ensured as such.

Five points ahead, the Woodsmen looked the better choice for the game, but as Deer Park are renowned for, they kicked away in the third term as their quality players got involved.

Luke Ryan, who was lively up forward in the first half, was starved for opportunity in the third term while Will Langlands’ tackling game was being pushed to the limit with the Lions’ surge.

As the game wore on, Deer Park managed to pile on a few more goals as the Woodsmen just ran out of legs. While the loss was disappointing, one positive was 2015 Reserves Best and Fairest Jeremy Cross, who has returned to the club.

Taking on Altona next week, the Woodsmen will be keen to get back on track with a win.

Final score: Spotswood 8.6.54 def by Deer Park 13.9.87

Goals: Luke Ryan 2, Joel Salmond 2, Josh Clark 2, Will Langlands, Jeremy Cross.
Best: Sean Bermingham, Joel Salmond, Will Langlands, Josh Clark, Mick Mendola, Sean Hardeman.

 

Rematch wrinkle

In yet another showdown between Deer Park and Spotswood in the Under 19s, the Woodsmen were unable to keep pace after claiming the 2015 Premiership and their Round 1 clash of 2016.

With a vastly different lineup compared to those other contests, the Woodsmen were required to dig deep and work hard in order to compete.

Only 20 players were available for the clash, which severely impacted the rotations for the Woodsmen, who were forced to leave players on the ground much longer than what is desirable.

Despite this fact, midfielders Grant Williams and Darcy Wilson fought gallantly to all but win the midfield battle.

The pair, despite playing about 90 percent of the game in the middle, ran the game out well and fought hard at every contest, which is all that coach Trevor Carr could have asked for.

After a true arm-wrestle in the opening term, Deer Park slowly crept away with each quarter, scoring quick goals in succession without ever dominating the play.

Much to the Woods’ credit, they fought through to the very end and at times looked the more dangerous side.

Another to impress was Charles Bettiol, who put his hand up for senior selection after showcasing his versatility. Bettiol, who started at centre half forward, spent time in the midfield and in defence, dominating the play wherever he stood.

Dylan Patton continued his progress as a reliable defender while the club was also lucky to have Stephen Syme from the Western jets on board for the match, who played a terrific game.

Salah Saaoud enjoyed a change of scenery, playing a terrific game off half-back after moving back from his usual half-forward position and Henry Bulbeck was also a better performer.

Next week the Woodsmen also take on Altona at Altona.

Final score: Spotswood 6.5.41 def by Deer Park 16.8.104

Goals: C. Bettiol, D. Wilson, S. Syme, E. Pooley, T. Barnes, R. Johnson.
Best: G. Williams, C. Bettiol, D. Wilson, D. Paton, S. Syme, H. Bulbeck.

Three Woods make interleague squad

Three Spotswood stars have been named in the initial WRFL Interleague squad for 2016.

Captain Murray Boyd, Coach Tom Langlands and dashing defender David Sablich have all been named to represent the league in next month’s clash against the Ballarat Football League.

Sablich and Boyd both played in the 2015 interleague game, being named amongst the best in the one-off clash.

After a roaring start to this season with a win in Round 2 (the Woods’ first game), Langlands, Sablich and Boyd have all contributed in a big way for a number of years and are in the elite of the league.

With 53 players named in the initial squad, cuts will be made until there are 25 remaining who will play in this prestigious game.

Congratulations to our boys and good luck!

#SFC16

David Sablich has been named in the initial WRFL Interleague squad for 2016.
Komatsu On Board for 2016

PRESS RELEASE

RE: Komatsu to lift with SFC
Komatsu forklift trucks are built tough, just like the Spotswood Football Club, which is why the SFC is very proud to announce a new partnership with Komatsu Australia.
Komatsu has a rich history that dates back to 1917 when Takeuchi Mining Industry established Komatsu Iron Works to manufacture machine tools and mining equipment for in-house use. Four years later Komatsu Ltd was formed and by 1931 had produced Japan’s first crawler-type farm tractor.
In 1953, Komatsu began production of forklift trucks, dump trucks and special purpose vehicles and two years on exported its first production equipment – to Argentina.
From the opening of its first overseas office in India in 1964 – the same year the first forklift was presented in Australia – Komatsu’s exclusive distributorship began. Komatsu is now a major international player in the manufacture and sale of construction and mining equipment, utilities and industrial machinery.
In 2009 Komatsu Limited became the 100% owner of Komatsu Forklift Australia. At that time, the company became the first factory owned overseas Forklift Company in Komatsu’s global network.
The SFC and its continued success would not be at all possible, without the significant contribution of our sponsors. We value our sponsor’s ongoing involvement, support and look forward to raising brand awareness through the club and its many members.

Round 4 Games

Round 4 Games

Willy take on arch rivals

This Sunday at Burbank Oval Spotswood Football Club’s VFL partner Williamstown is hosting their long-time arch rivals Port Melbourne, in what is set to be a fantastic contest. This game over the years has produced some of the all time classic games of VFL football.

To mark the occastion, Williamstown are hoping to get as many people there to support them as possible, and as usual they have plenty happening.

On the day, brilliant additions to the game include free kids activities, halftime grid games, the President’s function and more.

See the below flyer for details!

 

Woods wobble against Warriors – Rd 3 report

Slow start kills Woods

A slow start with a strong breeze has cost the Woods a potential upset over Hoppers Crossing in their semi-final rematch at Spotswood on Saturday.

The Woods kicked with the wind in the opening term, and had plenty of possession, but just could not impact the scoreboard in the early stages. This was despite some fantastic grunt work from Mick Kinsella in the midfield and the defensive prowess of Alex Pylka.

Pylka, who has impressed in his first two games in Spotswood colours, held down the key defensive post which again allowed drive from Elliot Wood and David Sablich. Matched up on Hoppers Crossing livewire Jordan Mead, Sablich had his hands full from the outset but managed to defend well in the air and provide some run.

As the sides changed ends at the first break, the Warriors managed to do what the home side could not – piling on four goals to create a tough buffer of the same margin.

Jye Orchard was busy in the forward half, as was Shamus Tippet, with the former punching through two goals for the game to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

With a strong crowd of Spotswood locals, Hoppers travellers and even a few country supporters who made their way to Melbourne for the weekend increased the atmosphere on the field, but none of those groups proved as vital as the ladies who enjoyed the annual SFC Ladies Day.

As the day wore on, the ladies got more involved to almost cheer the Woodsmen home, but the day was far less successful for the men as it was for the ladies in the rooms.

One positive on the field though was the emergence of Jordan Bennett as an exciting ruck prospect. Bennett, swapping with Angus Milham in the ruck, proved too athletic for the opposition and took a significant step forward in his development.

Despite winning the third term, kicking five goals to three, the Woodsmen could not consolidate it in the final quarter to lose by 18 points.

The Woods will now lick their wounds before preparing themselves for the monumental task of battling Deer Park at Deer Park. With Brendan Fevola expected to line up for the opposition, Tom Langlands and his troops will be keen to test their abilities against the best in the competition, despite Deer Parks’ loss to Albion on Saturday.

Final Score: Spotswood 7.9.51 def by Hoppers Crossing 10.9.69

Goals: J. Orchard 2, L. Fairley 2, M. Boyd, D. Sablich, S. Tippett.

Best: T. Langlands, A. Pylka, N. Ryan, M. Boyd, J. Bennett, J. Orchard.

 

Coach Tom Langlands was named the Woods' best in their round 3 loss. (Photo by Cody Bench Photography)

 

Woods tumble to Warriors

The Spotswood reserves lacked the run to keep up with their sharper opponents in Hoppers Crossing.

Despite a tight first quarter – only a goal separating the two teams – the Woodsmen were caught behind far too often which resulted in free-flowing run from the ladder leading Warriors.

Unfortunately for the Woodsmen, their second goal for the game turned out to be their last, as Hoppers piled on another five to create a four goal buffer at the main break.

Some strong tackling by Will Langlands and some fine efforts by captain Matt Paton kept the game interesting, while Sean Hardeman also fought hard.

Brandon Walshe was another to perform well, but it was not enough as the away side continued to play a fast paced, highly skilled game.

With their match up against Deer Park this weekend, the Woodsmen will have to improve their execution on forward entries if they are to topple their arch rival.

Final score: Spotswood 2.6.18 def by Hoppers Crossing 11.16.82

Goals: Not supplied

Best:  Not supplied.

 

Too little too late

After being annihilated in the opening term to premiership favourite Hoppers Crossing, the Woodsmen fought back hard to create a cracking contest, only it was too little, too late.

The Warriors kicked 41 points to zero with a strong breeze to start the game, putting the home side on the back foot. As the sides changed ends, so did the momentum as the Woodsmen finally woke up.

Grant Williams turned it on in the midfield with his tackle pressure and never-say-die attitude, which appeared to inspire his teammates.

Williams, supported by fellow midfielder Darcy Wilson and ruckman Tyron Bennet, turned the game around and almost managed to win the quarter despite late goals by Hoppers.

Bennett was getting his hands on everything and his voice also guided his team in the right direction, while Wilson added plenty of grunt to win several clearances.

With the game in a tense state, a scuffle broke out after some tough efforts by the Woods’ forwards Salah Saaoud and Charles Bettiol.

Bettiol ran his opponent off his legs and provided a good forward entry option.

The third quarter was a dead heat as both sides scored two goals but the Woodsmen kept to their game plan and managed to win the final term, bagging three goals to one.

The Woods were helped in a big way by a number of Under 17 players with speedster Alexander Kenyi impressing in defence after playing a forward role in the first half.

Another youngster to impress was tall forward Dean Cutajar who was the Woods’ best option up forward. His strong hands and solid positioning are traits that are hard to teach, meaning there is plenty of potential for this young gun.

The Under 19s will also take on Deer Park this weekend at Deer Park, hoping to claim a similar result to Round 1, where the Woods scored a brilliant win.

Final score: Spotswood 7.2.44 def by Hoppers Crossing 12.13.85

Goals: D. Wilson 2, R. Carr 2, S. Saaoud, D. Cutajar, J. Bunting
Best: G. Williams, D. Wilson, C. Buck, T. Bennett, D. Cutajar, A. Kenyi

Round 3 Games

Round 3 Games

Round 3 Junior Fixture

Round 3 Junior Fixture

 

#wearespotswood

Woods fire for first win

SFC match reports – Round 2

 

Woods fire for first win

Spotswood has held on after a late barrage from rival St Albans to claim victory in their first game for the 2016 season.

Skipper Murray Boyd was the star of the show for the Woodsmen, bagging three majors in a best on ground performance.

Boyd lined up in the forward line to start the game, making his presence felt early with some strong marking which allowed some nice plays by his fellow teammates.

To get the ball rolling, Harley Walsh worked his way into a solid position up forward and managed to smoothly slip by his opponent to snare the opening goal of the game. The kick was also his first as a full-time Spotswood player.

Walshe who has returned to the club from Williamstown in the VFL, was instrumental for the Woods, particularly in the first half with his height and speed causing headaches for the opposition.

Tackling pressure was also a key trait to the Woods fast start, with new recruits Sean Kelly and Mick Kinsella applying solid pressure in the middle whilst Walshe, Boyd and Michael Cassidy ran rampant up forward.

Elliot Wood (picture from 2015) led the defence well in the Woods' first win for the season. (Photo by Cody Bench Photography)

Down back it was a very controlled and efficient lineup, led by Elliot Wood and another new face in Alex Pylka.

Pylka, who has crossed over from Port Colts, slipped straight into a key defensive post with no fuss, killing the ball at every opportunity and allowing the running men in Wood, David Sablich and Jason Marks to break free.

With the wind going against them in the second quarter, the Woods were lucky that inaccuracies from St Albans allowed them to keep their handy four goal buffer.

After an upbeat half time break, the Woods got back to work through the middle to pile on another five goals. With the unbeatable 7-footer Angus Milham dominating proceedings in the air, Tom Langlands also got busy, adding clearance after clearance in his vintage workmanlike way.

Youngsters Conor Daly and James Beilby provided a few more highlights in the third, but it was almost all undone as the Woods’ ran out of legs in the last quarter.

Whilst still winning plenty of possession, the Woods coffed up the ball due to their lack of running options which allowed St Albans back into the contest.

The Saints kicked three goals, but also added eight behinds in a strong quarter by the home team. This inaccuracy was likely caused by the still-strong pressure applied by the likes of Wood, Kinsella and Langlands.

There was a sour note in the last quarter as Kelly, who had impressed with his clean hands in the middle, left the ground with a dislocated shoulder which will see him miss the next three weeks.

The Woods will now turn their attention to rival Hoppers Crossing in what will be a rematch of last years’ Semi Final.

As it is the first home game for the Woods, the club would love to see a large supporter base come down to see the game.

Final Score: Spotswood 12.8.80 def St Albans 9.18.72

Goals: Murray Boyd 3, Lachy Fairley 2, Harley Walshe, Michael Cassidy, Elliot Wood, Jordan Bennett, Mick Kinsella, James Beilby, Jye Orchard.

Best: Murray Boyd, Jason Marks, Tom Langlands, Conor Daly, James Beilby, Angus Milham.

 

Reserves fall short

A gripping contest for the Reserves in their first game for 2016, but unfortunately they ran out of legs in the final term, losing by 23 points.

The match was almost goal for goal for its entirety, but the Woods were unable to clear the ball as well as their opposition, who were celebrating the 350th game of one of their elder statesmen.

Whilst also north of 30, age proved to mean little for Will Langlands who quite simply dominated the game in the early stages, racking up large numbers of disposals and backing it up with just as many tackles.

In his debut for the club, Sean ‘Irish’ Bermingham was Spotswood’s best player on the ground. Bermingham showed a lot of tenacity at the contest and a good knack of winning the aerial contest.

Crowd favourite Spencer Davis booted two goals and was also in the best, showing no signs of any ankle soreness that saw him miss a large chunk of the pre-season.

Young guns Nathan Aidonis, Mitch McLean and Jesse Worthing all showed their undeniable talent, but it was not enough as the Saints sailed home in the final term.

Final Score: Spotswood 7.5.47 def by St Albans 9.16.70

Goals: Spencer Davis 2, Will Langlands, Nathan Aidonis, Jesse Worthing, Mitch McLean, Luke Rainone.

Best: Sean Bermingham, Nathan Aidonis, Will Langlands, Spencer Davis, Mitch McLean, Jesse Worthing.

 

Close, but no cigar

The Spotswood Under 19s put in a brilliant effort in their second game for the season, but were unable to back up their electrifying Round 1 victory against Werribee on Saturday morning.

The game was low-scoring, but a thrilling contest nonetheless as both Werribee and Spotswood fought hard for every contest.

Nayef Hamad, a certain prospect for senior football in 2016, booted three goals and was named in the best in what was a great show of football skill and aggression.

Joshua Drage was named best on ground for his tremendous efforts whilst Tyron Bennett and Charles Bettiol were also solid.

With a number of changes from last weeks side, this week was expected to be difficult, but the players’ credit their stuck to their guns and showed that they have a lot of life in their season yet.

Final Score: Spotswood 5.5.35 def by Werribee 8.10.58

Goals: N. Hamad 3, J. Bartkowicz, G. Williams

Best: J. Drage, J. Gathercole, N. Hamad, T. Bennett, C. Bettiol, S. Saaoud.

Boyd to lead Woods in 2016

Murray Boyd has been revealed as the Captain of the Spotswood Football Club for the 2016 season, marking a third straight season in charge for the power forward.

Boyd, a commanding force in the WRFL, completed yet another stellar season in 2015, playing the WRFL Interleague team as well as leading the club goal kicking and taking home the club Best and Fairest award.

“It’s a huge honour to be captain of the mighty Spotswood Football Club,” Boyd told Spotswoodfc.com.au.

“I’m very proud to be captain of our side for 2016 and as an older member of the playing group these days, hopefully I can provide a bit of football knowledge and insight to our exciting up and coming younger players throughout the season.”

Boyd, who will be flanked by the newly appointed leadership group of David Sablich, Elliot Wood, Jye Orchard and Jason Marks, believes there is some mystery surrounding his team and how they will fare for the coming season.

“I’m excited by our list this year as there is a bit of the unknown at this stage,” he said.

“We’re going to be quite a young side which I find really exciting and I think we will be right in the mix for a top 3 finish come the end of the season.”

Murray Boyd (#26) will lead the Woods for a third straight season. (Photo by Cody Bench Photography)

With a number of new faces joining the team for 2016, Boyd was pretty quick to point out those who have him most excited to see on the field.

“There are a few,” he said.

“Amongst our younger guys, Nayeff Hamad is a really exciting half forward who has a ferocious attack on the ball and the contest. He always knows where the goals are around the contest.

“Jordy Bennet is another. He is big, strong, quick and agile – what a combination! If Jordy can transfer some of the confidence he has on a basketball court, of which he has plenty, to the football field he will be unstoppable.

“Lukey Ryan has returned to the club after a short hiatus and is one of the cleaner skilled players you’ll come across in local footy. He’s a one touch player that can be used at both ends and will be a real weapon for us.

“One more is Harley Walshe. The younger Walshe brother is going to be a force of the competition. At 6 foot 6 he can be used in all key posts and the ruck. His ability to cover the ground will give him a significant advantage over the other big men of the comp.”

Heading into the Woods’ first game of the season against St Albans at St Albans, Boyd believes a good start is absolutely necessary.

“It’s very important to get off to a fast start when playing the goat herders especially out there,” he said. They’ve jumped us on a number of occasions over the last few years and we’ve had to fight our way back into the game. If we keep to the game plan and team structures I believe we’ll get the W.”

Chris Grant to Co-Coach Spotty

Chris Grant

Draft pick number 105 in 1988

Three times All Australian 1997, 1998, 1999

Western Bulldogs Captain 2000 – 2004

Western Bulldogs Team of the Century

Twice Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest Winner

Western Bulldogs games record holder 2006 – 2009

341 AFL games

554 goals

Australian Hall of Fame Inductee 2012

 

…and now Chris Grant can add another football achievement: Co-coach of the inaugural Spotty Girls’ Team.

Chris will be co-coaching with Ian “Scratcha” Allan and Rob Cavka.

Spotswood Football Club are pleased to welcome the Grant family to our club.

We also wish the girls’ team every success for their first year.

 

SFC Calcutta

One for the money, Two for the show, Three let’s get ready for the Calcutta show! The 2016 Senior Calcutta is here and now is the time to stake your claim and buy the rights to your favourite SFC player. Who will be the cash cow in 2016? Will it be one of the many new faces at the club? Or will it be a tried and tested stalwart like Murray Boyd? Maybe it will be an enigma like Lachy Fairly? This night gives you, the fans, an opportunity to both support the club as a whole, whilst also making smart investments of your own. Back your player in – you never know who might come up trumps.

The annual SFC Calcutta is on tonight.

Be in the raffle draw to win a player and then have some fun as the auction begins of the players. Do you keep him or let him go for a better option.

Big cash prizes are up for grabs if the player you own wins the B&F in the either the seniors or reserves, as well as other cash prizes for weekly best on grounds.

Get along to the club rooms tonight for some fun and laughter, you might end up owning the 2016 Best and Fairest and be in the money!

Spotswood Football Club Player Calcutta
Rules of Engagement

Drawn Thursday 14th April 2016
Tickets available from SPUD

1. Ticket cost of $20 places you in the draw for a “player lot”. Final results will become known on the Senior Vote Count Day ( Date to be announced )

2. 20 “player lots’ will initially be Raffled and then Auctioned.

3. The “player lots” will be sold to the highest bidder. This money will be distributed in the following manner.
Eg.

Lot No. Drawer Winning Bidder/s Cost $$
18 Hum Dinger Merry Christmas $500

a) The prize pool is boosted by 40% ( ie. $200 ). The prize pool has a commencement value of $400 which has been put in by the Club.
b) As the Drawer Hum Dinger receives 40% of the cost (ie. $200 )
c) The Club receives 20% of the cost (ie. $100 )

4. The Total Pool ( ie. All bids plus the Club’s $400 ) is distributed to the “player Lot” OWNERS in the following manner :

a) Each week a player will be judged to be best on the ground in both the Seniors and the Reserves. If you own that player you will receive $10. In the example above if Joel Salmond is awarded BOG on seven occasions Merry Christmas would receive $70.

b) The remainder of the Prize Pool will be paid to the OWNER/S of the first three placegetters in the Best and Fairest ( Seniors 60% and Reserves 40% )

Eg. If total Prize Pool is $5360 it will be distributed in the following way :

• $360 to weekly prizes ( 36 games X $10 )
• $3000 to Senior B&F – 1st 60% ( $1800 ), 2nd 30% ( $900 ), 3rd 10% ( $300 )
• $2000 to Reserves B&F – 1st 60% ( $1200 ), 2nd 30% ( $600 ), 3rd 10% ( $200 )

If you have any queries please ask SPUD, JEFF BUNTING or BILL BOND.

Round 2 Games

Round 2 games

Round 2 games are now on the WRFL website.

Please come and support our newest team as the Under 15 Girls take on Strathmore this week at 12:05 at home.

#wearespotswood 

 

Let the season begin

This weekend marks the official start of the 2016 season for the SFC Under 19s.

The newly formed age group, which replaces the former Under 18 competition, will do battle for the first time this Saturday from 9.45am at McLean Reserve, Spotswood.

It will also mark the unveiling of the Under 18, 2015 Premiership flag which the Woodsmen claimed in their all-conquering season last year.

The flag will be unfurled by club Life Member Glen Smith and Brendan Curry.

As the age group has shifted, there will be a number of familiar faces lining up as the Woodsmen take on arch-rival Deer Park for premiership points.

For the early birds, the senior group will also be lining up on Saturday morning in a scratch match from 8.15am.

The club hopes to see a sea of Green and Gold this Saturday in support of our Under 19s side. Go Woodsmen!

Tiger time

It’s Round 1 for our Under 19s and it is also Round 1 for our VFL partners in Williamstown!

This week they take on Richmond VFL at Burbank Oval.

See the below flyer for their fantastic Round 1 promotion – the free ‘Footy Challenge’ for kids.

 

 

 

Round 1 Games

This week’s games:

 

 

Team

Opposition

Ground

Date/Time

Shorts

Under 10 White

Newport Power Bryan Martyn Reserve Sunday 10th April @ 8:50 Green

Under 12 B

Newport Power Bryan Martyn Reserve Sunday 10th April @ 10:20 White

Under 14 B

PEGS Juniors PEGS Sports Fields Sunday 10th April @ 12:05 White

Under15 Girls

Sunbury TBA Sunday 10th April @ TBA TBA

Under 15 B

Deer Park

HOME

Sunday 10th April @ 2:05 Green

Under 17 B

Wyndhamvale

HOME

Sunday 10th April @ 2:05 Green

Under 17 A

Hoppers Crossing

Hogan’s Road No. 1

Sunday 10th April @ 2:05 White

Under 19s

Deer Park

HOME

Saturday 9th April @ 9:45 Green

Reserves

BYE

 

   

Seniors

BYE

 

   

 

Junior Practice Match – April 3

SPOTSWOOD V WERRIBEE CENTRALS

Junior practice match Sunday 3rd April 

Under 12s-10.00am  Oval number 1

Under 14s-12.00pm  Oval number 2

Under 15s-12.00pm Oval number 1

Under 17s- 2.00pm   Oval number 1

 

 

Super Saturday against Sandringham

The Spotswood Football Club is supporting a Seagull Super Saturday as our VFL partners Williamstown take on rival Sandringham in two practice matches on April 2.

Along with free entry to the game, there are a large number of attractions for both young and old. Check out the flyer below for more information.

 

Stand with us

The Williamstown Seagulls VFL Club are pleased to announce a special type of membership ahead of the 2016 season with the introduction of the junior, ‘Speccie’ membership.

The Seagulls, who the Spotswood Football Club are a proud partner of, are offering these unique memberships to kids 12 and under for $20.

There are some brilliant benefits you can get a hold of by joining the Williamstown Seagulls, just see the below flyer or head to their website www.williamstownfc.com.au/membership for more details!

 

 

 

SFC Sportsmans’ Lunch is back

The Spotswood Football Club’s annual Sportsmans’ Lunch is back for 2016 and is set to be a pearler.

The club is excited to announce that Kevin Bartlett, Brian Waldron, Justin Huber and Merv Hughes will be in attendance along with comedian Marty Fields. Hosting the event will be the ‘voice of the MCG’ – Tony Schibeci.

Please see the event flyer for more information:

Ladies Chicken & Champagne Lunch

Junior Season Launch

Junior Season Launch” 2016 is underway! Head down to the clubrooms on Friday 8.4.16 as we launch another successful season for the Spotty Football Club. While the children are training, parents can get together over some food and drinks. Hear from the coaches about their vision for the season. Prizes and giveaways will also be available! Rooms open from 5pm. Dinner available for all.

Senior & Under 19 Launch & Jumper Presentation

The 2016 season is upon us and the excitement is set to soar at the SFC Season Launch where the senior football group will receive their green and gold jumpers. This night caps off what has been a tough pre-season for the group, which begun in November, with players raring to go for the year ahead. The night will reveal a bit more detail about our senior players for the year are and their background. With so many junior players coming through the ranks, 2016 is set to be as exciting as ever for the Spotswood Football Club.

Matt Dean Appointed U19s WRFL Coach

DEAN APPOINTED UNDER-19 WRFL COACH

SPOTSWOOD premiership coach Matt Dean has been appointed coach of the Western Region Football League’s Under-19 Interleague team.

Dean, who has led Spotswood to consecutive Under-18 flags over the past two seasons will be joined by assistants, WRFL veteran Gary Turner, Hoppers Crossing Under-19 coach Alan Williams and Yarraville Seddon’s Under-19 coach Greg Wray.

The WRFL will take on the Red Onion Ballarat FNL on March 21 at Whitten Oval as part of the WorkSafe AFL Victoria Community Championships.

Dean (pictured, second from the left) said he was looking forward to working with the league’s most exciting young talent.

“It is a great chance for me to work with some of the players I have admired over the past couple of years,” he said.

“I am very competitive and so are the boys helping me, so we do want to win and we want to give the boys every chance possible to win.”

Dean, who has taken a year off coaching in 2016, will now cast his eyes over the entire competition to find the best team to take on Ballarat.

“This game gives opportunities to the players that have missed out on the Western Jets and higher level teams,” he said.

“These players will get to showcase their talents and maybe get noticed by the local VFL clubs.”

Meanwhile, WRFL chairman of selectors Steve Thom says preparations surrounding the senior team have stepped up.

Senior coach Anthony Eames and assistant Brett Jacobs have been attending practice matches over the past few weeks with the hope of announcing a squad of 50 players soon.

“We are very excited about the playing group we will assemble,” Thom said.

“There are about six to eight former AFL and VFL players new to the competition this year that we believe will be proud to represent the WRFL in the Interleague game.”

Thom said the senior coaching panel and the newly announced Under-19 coaching team would work closely in the lead-up to the Interleague match on May 21.

Western Jets Squad 2016

Please congratulate  the following players from Spotty that  have made the Western Jets U/18 TAC Cup Squad who t will play in the AFL Victoria Metro Championships in the first term school holidays.

– Jordan Dimkovski
– Josh Drage
– Lachlan Fogarty
– Mickey Nicholls
– Stephen Syme

and also Lachlan Smart  who  narrowly missed out on selection.

Girl’s Team

“The girls’ team is happening!
Training for our inaugural girls’ team will commence at 5:30 on Wednesday 2nd March on the bottom ground of Spotswood FC.
All interested girls are invited to attend and to bring their friends.
Registrations can be done by going to www.wrfl.org.au clicking on ‘login’ and then looking for the Spotswood symbol. Then just follow the prompts.
Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested.”

Practise Matches

The following practice matches times are locked in and details are:

 

6th March 2016 – previously the 5th.

V Keilor Park at Jacana –  change rooms available

19s Reserves and Seniors

 

Commencing @10am under 19s,  4 x 20 minute quarters, followed by 11.45am Reserves, 4 x 20 minute quarters, Seniors will commence at 2pm,  Q1 and Q2 will be 25 minutes and Q3 and Q4 will be 20 minutes – we will be required to pay half the cost of umpires and Jacana Football Club will have a canteen and bar ground location is  Jacana Reserve, on Lorraine crescent, adjacent to Broadmeadows Road,

 

20th March 2016 – Changed from the 19th March

V Marby Park @ Essendon’s Training facility in Tullamarine 275 Melrose Dr, Melbourne Airport– no change rooms and still to confirm if there will be a BBQ, no canteen or bar, full compliment of umpires and we will be required to pay half,  waiting on their bank details to deposit funds

 

19s Reserves and Seniors

Commencing @ 9.30am Under 19s 4 x 20 minutes quarters, followed by Reserves at 11.50am 4 x 20 minute quarters– Seniors  will commence at 2.10pm 4 x 20 minute quarters

 

Easter Thursday night 24th March 2016

V Altona @ Altona

6 qtrs

 

Commencing @ 6.15pm 6 x 20 minute quarters with field and boundary no goals.   We will be expected to pay half the cost – ALtona will have the BBQ up and running – and will confirm cost as soon as they receive from League – ground location is Sugargum Drive, Altona

 

2nd April 2016

V Redan @ Redan

19s Reserves and seniors

 

Commencing with the 19s at 10.30am 4 x 20 minute quarters, following by reserves at 12.15pm 4 x 20 minute quarters and the seniors will commence at 2pm 4 x 25 minute quarters – Redan will pay for umpires and will have canteen and Bar – field umpires for all matches, ground is located at Mars City Oval, Ballarat

 

9th April 2016 Round 1

Scratch Match at Home,  if 19s are playing at home the scratch match will occur directly after there match,  so details to be confirmed.

Bennett and Ryan return

Another two reinforcements have joined the Spotswood Football Club ranks with the returns of Luke Ryan and Jordan Bennett for 2016.

The pair have been training with the club for several months and will slip seamlessly into the lineup this week as practice matches kick off with a clash against Keilor at Jacana Reserve on Sunday.

                                       

Luke Ryan has returned to Spotswood.

“I absolutely love the club and I’m stoked to be back,” Luke Ryan told Spotswoodfc.com.au

“I had the year off in 2015 and was at Altona before that so I’ve been away for three years and I can tell you, it’s great to be back.” In his year off, Ryan spent the majority of it abroad, studying for 12 months in the USA and Canada as he aims to complete his Construction Management degree.

A strong marking half forward with silky smooth skills by foot, Ryan is also buoyed by the opportunity to run out alongside his younger brother Nick, who made his senior debut in 2015. “That was one of the many reasons I’ve come back, to hopefully play a few games with him (Nick),” Ryan said. “It’s something we’ve never had the opportunity to do with me being a bit older (still only 22) but it is really exciting, I’m looking forward to it.”

Nick Ryan, one of three Under 19 Premiership Captains in 2015, played a handful of senior games and was named in the best each time. This season, he has been invited to join the Western Bulldogs VFL side and will play for Spotswood in the weeks he is not wearing the red, white and blue.

With several months of training under the belt now, Luke believes he is prepared for the 2016 season and can’t wait for what’s in store. “The year off means there are a few kinks that need to be worked out, but I’m enjoying it and hope we can get some success,” he said. “My last game in green and gold was a 1point loss in a grand final which is not great so hopefully some success can come our way.”  

                                        

Jordan Bennett is excited for the 2016 season.

Another returning player hoping to see some success for the side is young-gun Bennett, who spent 2015 with Port Melbourne in the VFL. Despite being limited in games by a preseason knee injury, Bennett managed 2 games for Spotswood and 5 for the VFL Development side.

“2015 didn’t start off to well due to having knee surgery and being out for half the year, which made it hard to get back to the fitness level I was at prior to surgery,” he said. “But I was able to sneak in 5 games in at Port and 2 games with Spotswood as a way to get my form back. It made me understand with hard work ethic and commitment to be able to reach that VFL level, with regards to training and game day mentally and physically.”

With a full-time return to Spotswood for 2016, Bennett said he is looking forward to playing out a full season with mates and improving his game. “My pre-season has been good,” he said. “I completed most of it with Port Melbourne VFL before and after Christmas and it has been really solid with the fitness work and testing.

Also having a taste of that game simulation work as well but the last couple of weeks has been great with Spotswood. “I think I would either play back or forward (with Spotswood) or even wing but to me I don’t mind where I play, personally I don’t have a set position, so I’m open to all positions.”

A star basketballer in his spare time, Bennett hopes the transition between the two sports will help him in the coming years. “It does help, I’ve played basketball for a couple of years now and just with the footwork and ability to read the play while it’s unfolding helps me with my game in football. Also having that speed in basketball and the acceleration to put into football helps a lot.”

While playing the round-ball game is appealing to Bennett, the oval ball is where his heart is. “Football of course (is the preference), I used to play both sports a lot back in the day but had to choose one and I’m glad picked football. I’ve still got some moves and ‘hops’ for basketball though.”

As for the prospects for Spotswood in 2016, both Bennett and Ryan believe that improvement is on the cards for what will be a young side, while several older heads have impressed on the track.

“Motor (Tom Langlands) has just been a machine in preseason,” Ryan said. “I’m really looking forward to playing alongside him, for sure.”

Pre-season schedule for Spotswood Football Club:

Sunday, March 6 – Keilor Park @ Jacana U/19s start 10am with 4 x 20 min quarters Reserves start 11.45am with 4 x 20 min quarters Seniors start 2pm with Q1 and Q2 will be 25 minutes and Q3 and Q4 will be 20 minutes  

Sunday, March 20 – Maribyrnong Park @ Essendon Training facility in Tullamarine, 275 Melrose Drive, Melbourne Airport. U/19s start 9.30am with 4 x 20 min quarters Reserves start 11.50am with 4 x 20 min quarters Seniors start 2.10pm with 4 x 20 min quarters  

Easter Thursday, March 24 – Altona @ Altona Senior age side to play 6 period contest commencing at 6.15pm  

Saturday, April 2 – Redan @Redan U/19s start 10.30am with 4 x 20 min quarters Reserves start 12.15pm with 4 x 20 min quarters Seniors start 2.10pm with 4 x 25 min quarters  

Saturday, April 9 – Scratch Match @ Spotswood

TBC

Good Friday at the Spottiswoode Hotel

Celebrate Good Friday at the Spottiswoode Hotel on Friday, March 25.

This will be a fantastic event for one of the most deserving causes, so dig deep and come along for what will be a great day out.

Auskick 2016 – Now on Friday Nights`

Auskick 2016

*** Now on Friday Nights ***

Auskick Registration will be TBA on bottom ground at McLean Reserve, The Avenue, Spotswood

http://www.aflauskick.com.au/ and search for ‘Spotswood’

 

 What is NAB AFL Auskick?

Auskick is the AFL’s introductory program for primary aged boys and girls and their families to Australian Rules Football.

The emphasis is on providing a fun and safe environment for both kids and parents.

Through weekly coaching program children learn the skills of the game through modified activities and rules, play football in a fun and safe environment (non-contact!) and make plenty of friends!

Once you register and pay for Auskick (via our website!) you get access to some great gear – including an awesome backpack that contains, amongst many other things, your very own footy!

So, if you want to have lots of fun, meet new friends and get lots of cool gear then we look forward to seeing you soon!

AFL Auskick is for boys and girls and we love having fun at Auskick!

Come and join us at Spotswood AUSKICK

Mclean Reserve,

The Avenue Spotswood

Come and join us at Spotswood AUSKICK

Auskick Coordinator

Lucy Francis –  Spotswood Football Club

Email: auskickcoordinator@spotswoodfc.com.au

Mob:  0411075551

Social Calendar 2016

Welcome to 2016!

The club has revealed the 2016 Social Calendar to provide all the dates, times and venues for every event hosted by SFC this year.

The calendar includes everything from practice matches, board meetings and major functions such as the Jumper Presentations and Mid-Season Ball for both the junior and senior aged participants.

Make sure you save this and enjoy what will be an exciting 2016 for Spotswood FC.

 

Please click here for Social Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woods welcome two

A former WAFL junior and a son-of-a-gun have put pen to paper at Spotswood for season 2016, marking a solid start to the year.

Pierce Dawson, 20, and Harley Walshe 21, both agreed to join the Woodsmen in a welcome boost the playing stocks of this great club.

Walshe, son of club stalwart Tony, joins the club after two successful years at Williamstown in the VFL which netted him both exposure to senior football and a Development League premiership medallion.

Pierce Dawson and Harley Walshe have joined Spotswood for 2016.

 

“I’m very excited to be back,” Walshe told Spotswoodfc.com.au.

“I played my junior footy here and my family is fairly involved at the club so it is good to be back here full time.”

With the exposure at a higher level set to bring a number of benefits to Walshe as he returns to suburban football, the experience will also prove invaluable to the side as they aim to work their way back into contention for the WRFL premiership.

“Having followed it pretty closely the last couple of years, I’m hoping I can help us get back to that next level in playing deep in finals and in grand finals,” Walshe said.

“I’m not sure what position I will play exactly, but I’m hoping my versatility can be used either forward, back or just wherever I’m needed. As much as I prefer playing forward, I enjoy being out there and contributing where I can.”

Standing close to 200cms in height, Walshe’s strength comes in his agility and speed over the ground, something that will surely test his WRFL opponents.

Whilst the height of Walshe will be a tricky proposition, opponents will also have to be wary of the other newcomer in Dawson, who is an in-and-under ball magnet.

Crossing over from Western Australia, and in particular Peel Thunder’s Colts program, Dawson made the move to Melbourne mid-2015 and played a handful of games alongside his brother at Point Cook in the VAFA.

“Last season was good, I got to play some footy with my brother while I settled into the city,” Dawson said.

“I spoke to my brother about what clubs are about and where I can play some good footy and straight away he mentioned Spotswood. I’m living in Yarraville so the switch has been pretty good – I’m looking forward to getting stuck into games.”

Dawson will likely fill a half-back role for the Woodsmen, although by his own admission he may “drift forward every now and then for a goal”.

“The guys have all been terrific since I got here, I’m really enjoying it so far.”

The Woodsmen kick off their season on April 16 when they take on St Albans at St Albans.

 

SFC practice match schedule:

Sunday, March 6 – Keilor @ Jacana (No change rooms available)

Sunday, March 20 – Maribyrnong Park @ Essendon training facility, 275 Melrose Drive Melbourne

Thursday (night), March 24 – Altona @ Altona

Saturday, April 2 – Redan @ Redan

Love some more this Valentine’s Day

The Spotswood Junior Football Club would love to see all current and new players attend the 2016 season warm-up and junior information day to be held on February 14 from 10.30am.

The event, for both players and parents, will allow you to show your skills in the kicking and handball competition as well as gain information on season dates, membership and registration information. Our wonderful junior coaches will be in attendance and a free egg and bacon roll will also be on offer.

Some great prizes are up for grabs, so be sure to head to Oval 2 at the Spotswood Football Club from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Love your Footy…. Love SFC on Sunday, February 14.

SFC seeks Junior Coaching Coordinator

The Spotswood Football Club (affiliated with the Western Region Football League) is seeking a junior coach’s coordinator for the 2016 season.

The person we are looking for will have the desire to develop and mentor Coaches from Under 9s to 17s. The Spotswood Football Club is excited to offer a pathway for its coaches to progress through the junior ranks into the club’s senior teams.

Level 1 accreditation is preferred; if not currently held the Club will cover the full cost of obtaining the qualification by any successful applicants.

Applications should be in writing and require the following:
– Playing experience
– Coaching experience and referees
– Coaching Qualifications
– Other relevant experience
– Your approach to junior football

Further details about our club can be found at our website: www.spotswoodfc.com.au

A copy of the PD will be provided upon request and applications should be sent through to Annette McLaren at
admin@spotswoodfc.com.au
All Applications are to be received by the February 13, 2016.

Junior Coaching Positions for 2016

The Spotswood Football Club (affiliated with the Western Region Football League) is seeking coaching applications from motivated, dedicated people who are keen to be part of our successful, well-respected club.

We are looking for a girls’ team and an under 14 coach who has a desire to develop and nurture the football skills and sportsmanship of our great young players, with the club committed to playing in as many age groups as possible in season 2016.

The Spotswood Football Club is excited to offer a pathway for its coaches to progress through the junior ranks into the club’s senior teams, and will endeavour to provide up to date training and mentoring to help our coaches achieve the highest level of coaching.

Level 1 accreditation is preferred; if not currently held the Club will cover the full cost of obtaining the qualification by any successful applicants.

Applications should be in writing and will require the following:
– Playing experience
– Coaching experience and referees
– Coaching Qualifications
– Other relevant experience
– Your approach to junior football

Further details about our club can be found at our website: www.spotswoodfc.com.au

Applications should be sent through to our Annette McLaren at admin@spotswoodfc.com.au

All Applications are to be received by the February 13, 2016.

Woodsmen put to work

A seven-week block of intense training awaits Spotswood players as pre-season training commences for 2016.

Coach Tom Langlands spoke to Spotswoodfc.com.au ahead of the players’ first session for the year on Monday, January 18, saying that the group “must be prepared to step it up a gear”.

Spotswood Senior Coach Tom Langlands.

“We ticked the legs over and kept the skills up before Christmas, but we are going to go full throttle from here until the beginning of the season,” Langlands said.

“There’s only seven weeks until our first practice match so we are going to go hard to ensure we are prepared.”

A raft of injuries and inconsistency saw the Woodsmen bow out of the 2015 season in the Semi-Final – a rarity for a club so accustomed to playing off in Grand Finals.

“Last year was difficult for a number of reasons,” Langlands said.

“We were hit really hard with injuries and as a result of that, our team was a week-by-week proposition with a lot of players being used.

“We are taking steps to improve our conditioning and preparation, whilst we have also been working out some new systems to ensure players are ready to play in the positions we need.”

To assist in this new program, the club has welcomed a former SFC coach in Dave Caras to the coaching fold, who will implement new rotational plans.

“Dave has come from the VFL system and will really help out from the boundary line,” Langlands said.

“He has worked with Werribee in the past few seasons and has also coached an Under 16 premiership with Spotswood so his credentials and relationships are undoubted.”

Whilst fitness will be a major component of the coming weeks of preseason, another factor that Langlands said will be focused on is the overall skill level.

“At times, our skills were well off – unacceptable really,” he said.

“It has been a big focus of ours to improve that, to ensure that when we have the footy – we can make the most impact. Our motto will be to play smart and aggressive football in 2016 and the next few weeks that will be really drilled home.”

The preseason could not have gotten off to a better start with more than 50 players on the track on Monday night. With practice matches just seven weeks away, it’s now time to start getting excited for a big 2016 for SFC.

 

Practice match schedule:

Saturday, March 5 – Keilor @ Keilor

Saturday, March 19 – Maribyrnong Park @ Maribyrnong Park

Thursday (night), March 24 – Altona @ Altona

Saturday, April 2 – Redan @ Redan

SFC recruiting Trainers for 2016

The Spotswood Football Club is pleased to offer 6 positions as sports trainers within the club.

SFC plays in the Western Region Football League and has three teams playing on Saturdays and seven teams on a Sunday. The home ground is located at McLean Reserve, The Avenue, Spotswood.

The club has made the Senior, Division 1 Grand Final in all but two seasons since 1990 and have had 161 players advance into the AFL, VFL or VFA ranks.

Two umpires and three trainers have also developed into AFL and VFL positions.

The club is currently in the process of recruiting trainers for the 2016 season. The club is looking for people who are enthusiastic for the industry as well as displaying excellent communication skills, are confident in their craft, have a strong sense of time management and are eager to learn. Working in a strong team, the applicants will be required to do some solo week when required and will be able to report to the Head Trainer.

During the season you will engage in competency based learning activities across a broad variety of areas relating to sport science and athletic preparation. You will learn and be a part of rehabilitation from injury to return to play, liaising with the team doctor on player wellbeing, taping, massage, concussion screening and management as well as first aid.

The successful applicants will have an opportunity to be a part of a fast paced and exciting working environment. The placement will commence in March and continue through to September 2016. A commitment of a minimum 2 days (or 10hours) per week throughout the season will be required as well as attending Saturday game day duties during the preseason and regular season.

The successful applicants will be required to participate in the SFC workshop series and must have a current first aid and CPR qualification.

Level 1 Sports Trainer qualification is desirable but not necessary.

The successful applicants must be able to commit for the entire length of the season (March to September 2016).

Please note these are volunteered positions with the prospect of leading to a paid position.

Prospective applicants who wish to apply should send their cover letter and resume via email to Fran Swan on: sperformancetaus@gmail.com or Jim Xydias on: jxydias@bigpond.net.au

Applications close on December 31, 2015.

Junior Coaches Coordinator Position 2016

The Spotswood Football Club (affiliated with the Western Region Football League) is seeking a coach’s coordinator for the 2016 season.

The person we are looking for will have the desire to develop and mentor Coaches from Under 9s to 17s. The Spotswood Football Club is excited to offer a pathway for its coaches to progress through the junior ranks into the club’s senior teams.

Level 1 accreditation is preferred; if not currently held the Club will cover the full cost of obtaining the qualification by any successful applicants.

Applications should be in writing and require the following:
– Playing experience
– Coaching experience and referees
– Coaching Qualifications
– Other relevant experience
– Your approach to junior football

Further details about our club can be found at our website: www.spotswoodfc.com.au

A copy of the PD will be provided upon request and applications should be sent through to Annette McLaren at
admin@spotswoodfc.com.au
All Applications are to be received by the December 18th 2015

Junior Coaching Positions Available

The Spotswood Football Club (affiliated with the Western Region Football League) is seeking coaching applications from motivated, dedicated people who are keen to be part of a successful, well-respected club.

SFC are looking for a girls’ team and an Under 14 coach who has a desire to develop and nurture the football skills and sportsmanship of our great young players, with the club committed to playing in as many age groups as possible in season 2016.

The Spotswood Football Club is excited to offer a pathway for its coaches to progress through the junior ranks into the club’s senior teams, and will endeavour to provide up to date training and mentoring to help our coaches achieve the highest level of coaching.

Level 1 accreditation is preferred; if not currently held the Club will cover the full cost of obtaining the qualification by any successful applicants.

Applications should be in writing and will require the following:
– Playing experience
– Coaching experience and referees
– Coaching qualifications
– Other relevant experience
– Your approach to junior football

Further details about our club can be found at our website: www.spotswoodfc.com.au

Applications should be sent through to our Annette McLaren at: admin@spotswoodfc.com.au

All Applications are to be received by the December 18th 2015.

The Boys are Back

The Spotswood Football Club will begin their 2016 campaign on Thursday, November 19 when preseason training commences.

 

The Woods will train twice per week at the club, every Monday and Thursday following the initial session on the 19th. After bowing out of the WRFL finals in the 2nd Semi Final, the side is determined to claw their way back to where they belong – playing in grand finals.

 

The side will feature a few new faces, with a few recruits set to be unveiled in the coming weeks, whilst the majority of the playing list will once again lace up the boots for the Green and Gold. More than 28 senior aged players have put pen to paper for 2016, with several more to be announced when training resumes.

 

With such a young and talented list, along with the seemingly endless pool of talent coming through the junior ranks, the sky is the limit for the mighty Woodsmen. Bring on season 2016!

 

Trainings, 6pm – 7:30pm on the bottom oval:

 

November: 19th, 23rd, 26th, 30th

December: 3rd, 7th, 10th, 14th, 17th and 19th (Christmas break-up)

 

The final compulsory training session will be held at 9am on Saturday, December 19 with a light session to be followed by drinks at the Railway Hotel in Yarraville at 12pm for lunch and refreshments.

 

 

#SFC16

The Woodsmen will resume training on Thursday, November 19. Photo: Cody Bench Photography

SFC Annual General Meeting

The Spotswood Football Club Annual General Meeting will be held at the Clubrooms on Monday 23rd November 2015 commencing at 7pm.

We hope to see existing and new members,  if you are an apology please email admin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Thankyou

Spotswood Football Club

Stamping out negativity

 

The Spotswood Football Club is proud to release a newly updated Discrimination & Vilification Policy, bringing it in line with the current AFL guidelines.

The club is committed to stamping out undesirable behaviour, including discrimination and vilification. The policy, which has received a number of updates since the last refresh in 2012 particularly hones in on discrimination-related policies.

Approved by the SFC board, this Discrimination & Vilification Policy has been developed to meet the requirements Racial and Religious Tolerance Act (2001), the Racial Discrimination Act (1975), the Equal Opportunity Act (2010), and the Australian Football League (AFL) and Western Region Football League (WRFL) requirements on discrimination, and vilification.

All SFC Board Directors, Committee Members, Administrative Officials, Coaches, Support Staff, Volunteers, Members, Players and Spectators will maintain set standards whilst undertaking approved SFC activities, attending any approved SFC functions or participating in and/or watching SFC games.

To see the updated policy, click on http://www.spotswoodfc.com.au/club-policies/ which will take you to the correct tab on website and follow the link.

Girls game goes ahead

Girls, get ready to pull on the boots.

The Spotswood Football Club will field a junior girls team for the first time in season 2016 in what is a historic decision by the club. Although the club has a proud history of some very talented girls taking part in junior games, this team will be the first all-girls team to take the field in the Green and Gold of the Spotswood Football Club.

There is also opportunity for a senior girls team to be initiated if there is viable interest.

 

Elisabeth De Lucia and Nicole Trajkovsk are excited to represent SFC in an all girls team in 2016 (photo by Karen Burns)

 

 

“This has been discussed over the last two or so years, but is really gaining momentum at the moment” Lorey Bentley, the key driver behind the push, told Spotswoodfc.com.au.

“There has been an interest in starting this over the last few years and, particularly this year, with two new players to the club, Elisabeth De Lucia and Nicole Traikovska (pictured), it has gained momentum.”

Elisabeth and Nicole were key performers in the SFC Under 13 team in 2015 playing 9 and 7 games respectively. Both players showed great signs throughout the season and most importantly, enjoyed their time playing the game.

“I regularly play footy with the children at school and a lot of my grade 5 and 6 girls are also keen to start playing football,” Lorey said.

“We also have a group of mums and friends who play netball under the Spotswood logo, so why not football as well.”

While competition details have not been fully confirmed, Lorey told Spotswoodfc.com.au that we will “most likely compete in the Youth Girls’ Squad, which currently has 10 teams”.

“The team has the full backing of the board and there are some thoughts about who would be part of the support group for the team,” Lorey said.

“Whenever it is mentioned, lots of people know at least one person who would be interested in playing, either a sister, friend, or school mate.”

Whilst the boy’s and men’s’ teams go under the Woodsmen name, a name for the girls is also yet to be confirmed, although there are several suggestions being floated already.

“That (the team name) hasn’t been decided yet,” Lorey said.

“The Spotswood netball team is called the Spotty Woodpeckers, so it may be something along this line.”

While the season is still quite a few months away from being officially formed, you can’t wipe the smile off Lorey’s face about the imminent arrival of an SFC girls’ team.

“I am extremely excited about this new venture from the Spotswood Football Club,” she said.

“We pride ourselves on being innovative and promoting the great game of football to the wider community. This is a perfect example of how we can get more people involved at a local level.”

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in being a player or volunteer for the newest addition to the Spotswood Football Club, please contact this email address: jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Boyd goes back-to-back

Spotswood skipper Murray Boyd has cemented his place in history after claiming a second senior best and fairest in as many seasons.

Boyd, who kicked 39 goals in 18 games in 2015, finished ahead of Coach Tom Langlands and key position recruit Lachlan Fairley in the rankings.

“I’ve really enjoyed the year,” Boyd told SpotswoodFC.com.au.

 

Murray Boyd led from the front in 2015. (Photo by ‘Cody Bench Photography’)

 “It has been a little different this year compared to others in relation to most games being a real arm wrestle and we really had to grind out the wins this year. Unfortunately we couldn’t get back to the Grand Final again this year, but with a relatively young squad and some really impressive and exciting talent coming up through the Under 18’s all is looking good for a strong 2016 campaign.” 

Boyd’s form has netted him swag of accolades this season, including being named at CHF in the WRFL Team of the Year and being awarded the WRFL Most Valuable Player. Despite his star factor and his ability to win games off his own boot, Boyd believes it is consistency that has helped his cause more than anything.

“I thought I was quite consistent which is something I try and focus on, even if I was having a quiet game I’d just try and have an impact in some way to help the team out,” Boyd said.

“It was probably one of my strongest years in senior football, which is pleasing considering I’m on the back end of my football career now.” 

At just 30 years old, Boyd’s form doesn’t seem to be on the decline and in fact, it was taking part in more training and game-play that saw him achieve such dizzy heights in his performance.

“I just tried to get a solid preseason under my belt to put me in good stead for the season,” he said.

“Perhaps also playing in the interleague game helped out a bit because you’re playing a high standard of footy before the season has even started, so it forced me to be going at 100% from the get go.”

Although denying any change to his approach to game-day, SpotswoodFC.com.au did identify one factor that was slightly askew to what we have seen in previous seasons. Towards the back-end of 2015, Boyd stepped on to the field in a pair of white football boots, a significant step for a career black-boot player.

“(Laughs) That’s very observant,” Boyd said. I went with the white boots purely because that’s the only colour that was available (in my preferred boot) at the shop when it came to the purchase.

“It’s taking me a while to get comfortable with the white boots as they’re quite lairish.”

Whilst the colour of his boots probably didn’t have much of an effect on such an astute professional such as Boyd, his form certainly didn’t go unnoticed after being named just the 8th back-to-back winner of the B&F in SFC history.

“No I didn’t (think I’d win it back-to-back) to be honest,” Boyd said. I thought that Lachy Fairley or Tom Langlands would take it out.

While Boyd will reflect on what could have been in 2015 at the SFC Presentation Night this Friday night, the campaign for next season has already begun. The club was thrilled to secure the signature of the star CHF ahead of the last home and away game, assuring the club will once again be a force to be reckoned with next season.

“In my mind it was a no-brainer (signing on this early),” Boyd said.

“I’m happy playing at Spotswood and the sooner we (the players) sign and commit, the sooner Tony Walshe and his recruiters can identify the areas that they feel will make us stronger next year.

“I didn’t consider going anywhere else. Hopefully all the other boys are on board as well.

“The young talent coming through our club from the Under 16’s and also under 18’s excites me. I got a chance to see both levels play at times this year and there was some really exciting talent running around in the green and gold which is good news for our seniors in the coming years.”

SpotswoodFC.com.au asked Boyd where our biggest improvement can come from ahead of next year, and the answer was pretty simple.

“Skills, skills and skills!” he said.

“This was the biggest area of our game that let us down. We didn’t do ourselves any favours this year by turning the footy over far too much and making it easy for the opposition.”

While Boyd claimed the honour of senior Best and Fairest winner, the club also congratulates newcomer Jeremy Cross on claiming the Reserves Best and Fairest and young gun Nick Ryan on winning the Under 18s.

Cross polled top votes despite playing only a handful of reserves games, topping young defender Tom Buck and another newcomer in Gerry Lucas.

Nick Ryan was a runaway winner in the Under 18s, finishing ahead of Charles Bettiol and Jaii Bunting.

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Volunteer – Kitchen Manager Vacancy

Spotswood Football Club – Kitchen Manger Vacancy

SFC are looking for volunteer person/s to run internal kitchen at clubrooms from Season 2016 onwards.

A “Certificate lll in Hospitality” or above is preferable but SFC can organise. This is a non-paying position reporting directly to the President.

This position involves the following:
• ordering of all food items
• preparing meals for Thursday nights, some Friday nights, & various functions during the year by mutual agreement.
• liaising with Board/Canteen Manager/Bar Manager with transfer of products & other various items
• balancing monies & banking
• checking invoices & forwarding to CFO for payment.
• organising wait & kitchen help staff as required for specific functions

This would suit a retired person/s or someone/s working part time that would like to give back to the community. Please forward your expression of interest to: Alan Given- President : president@spotswoodfc.com.au or contact him on: 0437 090 641

WRFL Team of the Year

Three Spotswood players have been named in a strong 2015 WRFL Team of the Year.
Woodsmen Captain Murray Boyd, Coach Tom Langlands and first-year recruit Lachlan Fairly were all named in the Division 1 Team of the Year, capping another successful season for the men in Green and Gold.
Boyd, who was also named as Vice-Captain of the team, was named at Centre-Half-Forward in the TOTY after a stellar season which has also seen him net the WRFL Most Valuable Player award.
Boyd played in all 18 matches for the Woods in 2015, booting 39 goals and being named in the best 14 times. His nomination as the WRFL MVP also proved his standing amongst the league heavyweights.
Langlands, who has recently signed on again as coach in 2016, was named in his familiar placing of Centre – the position he found himself quite regularly across his 18 games this season. A terrific leader on the field, Langlands inspired his young team in 2015 with his actions and proved to be more than a handful for opposition, being named in the best 12 times and kicking 11 goals.
As a new recruit to the club in 2015, Lachlan Fairly could have been forgiven for taking some time to find his feet, but the key position star impressed immediately.
Highlighted by a best-on-ground, 7 goal effort against Port Colts, Fairly proved to be the ultimate swingman for the Woodsmen in his first season – booting 23 goals from 18 games but also playing in defence. Fairly would often be matched against the league’s biggest and best players at both ends of the ground, but was rarely beaten.
Fairly was named at Centre-Half-Back in the TOTY.
The Spotswood Football Club would like to congratulate the trio on the accolade.

Davis claims inaugural MVP award

Club-favourite Spencer Davis has taken out the inaugural Spotswood Players MVP award, announced on Sunday afternoon at the club vote-count.
Whilst celebrating the festivities of the Under 18s Premiership and the announcement of the 18s, Reserves and Senior Best and Fairest winners, the club also unveiled its newest award. The Players MVP is awarded to the player that brings enthusiasm and enjoyment to the club throughout the season.
Voted by the players in a 3, 2, 1 count; the award recognises a contribution by players more than that of what can be completed on the field. A total of 53 senior and reserve players voted in the inaugural Players MVP, with Davis topping the count with a total of 40 votes.
Davis, a livewire forward on the field, is just as lively off the field and is much-loved by the playing group. His demeanour at training never ceases to amaze, bringing an energy that is unmatched – even in the dreary winter months.
Davis claimed his 40 votes through five counts of 3-votes, ten counts of 2-votes and five 1-vote nominations by his peers.
Finishing in second place with 35 votes was a 3-way tie between Murray Boyd, Jason Marks and Lachlan Fairly. Youthful club stalwart Jye Orchard was third with 28 votes to his name, while Elliot Wood and Matt Paton tied for 4th on 20 votes and James Manovski rounded out the top 5 on 12 votes.

2016 Under 19s

Spotswood Football Club will be having two under 19 teams in 2016

Under 18s Grand Final

The Spotswood FC under 18As are playing off in the Grand Final this Saturday at Avalon oval (Werribee VFL Ground) at 9.15am Vs Deer Park. The club urges every player, member and supporter to get down there in club colours to support our boys.
This team is looking to secure back to back flags which is a great effort by all the boys and the Coaches Matt and Trevor. The under 18s are the future of our great club and they deserve our support. Let’s get a big vocal crowd in and help get them across the line! Go Spotty!

Relay for Life

Ali Hamad (16C Coach and player) is doing the relay for life at Etihad in a couple of weeks and we want to support him.

Message from Ali Hamad

Unfortunately most of us have somehow been touched by cancer. We’ve lost 2 woodsman in the last couple of years to cancer and now a really close family friend is fighting brain cancer. So this year my family have decided to take part in the Relay for Life and fundraise money for the Cancer Council..this is our opportunity to join together to make a difference in our community and help the thousands of people that fight the horrible disease.

By donating to my team, you will be helping Cancer Council save even more lives.

To make a donation visit

http://fundraising.cancer.org.au/site/TR/RelayforLife/CCVIC?The px=1279075&pg=personal&fr_id=1902

Anything will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you 🙂

WRFL 2015 SEN MVP AWARD TOP TEN

WRFL 2015 SEN MVP AWARD TOP TEN

1st Murray Boyd Spotswood 26
2nd Wayde Skipper Hoppers Crossing 20
3rd Todd Finco Albion 14
Tied for 4th Brad Sutcliffe Port Colts 9
Tied for 4th Jackson Viola Hoppers Crossing 9
6th Matt Quigley St.Albans 6
Tied for 7th Jordan Mead Hoppers Crossing 5
Tied for 7th Lachlan Patterson Werribee Districts 5
Tied for 7th Chris Stewart Deer Park 5
Tied for 10th Kwame McHarg Deer Park 4
Tied for 10th Kane McKenize Deer Park 4
Tied for 10th David Iaccarino Spotswood 4

Congrats to Junior Players

Congratulations to the following players who have all been invited to the WRFL Best and Fairest presentation night on Wednesday 26th August. This means that they have finished in the top 5 best players for their age groups.
From the 16As: Zac Busuttil, Josh Drage, Toby Kopa and Stephen Syme; from the 14Bs: Ethan Bentley; and from the 13Bs: Cameron Rains. Well done to all and good luck.

Senior Coaches 2016

The Spotswood FC is delighted to announce the reappointment of our Senior Coaching Group. Tom Langlands, supported by Grant Smith will be in charge of our seniors for the 3rd year in 2016. Anders Welsh will lead the reserves for a second year and Matt Dean and Trevor Carr will once again coach our exciting Under 18s for a 3rd year in a row. These appointments are obviously a show of confidence in these great coaches and provides the club with stability and certainty for the next 12 months. Congratulations to all and Go Woodsmen!

Under 12s Presentation Day

Senior Presentation Night

Under 16s Presentation Night

Under 18s Presentation & Awards Night

New Sponsor – Frankie Apartments

The Spotswood Football Club is delighted to announce that Frankie Apartments, an exciting new apartment development in Yarraville has come on board as a Major Sponsor of our great club. We urge all Spotswood members, players, families and friends to support and share the information below.

“FRANKIE is launching on August 19. Join us at the Railway Hotel in Yarraville from 6pm to discover this outstanding new residential development by 94FEET.”

“FRANKIE is a brand new residential development by 94FEET in Yarraville Village, featuring spacious 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments completed with the highest quality contemporary European interiors.

www.frankieyarraville.com.au

Spotty News Junior Finals

Spotty News Junior Finals

Junior Finals Week 1

Junior Finals Week 1

Second Movie Night

Spotty Extravaganza!!

Spotty News Round 12

Spotty News Round 12

Essendon vs Williamstown VFL

Player Function – FRIGHT NIGHT

Spotty News Round 11

Spotty News Round 11

2015 Social Calendar Amended

2015 Social Calendar Amended

2 FREE Community Football Clinics

Over the school as the WRFL’s newest partner, RAMS Home Loans are holding 2 FREE Community Football Clinics , the first at Caroline Springs’ Town Centre Recreation Reserve on the Monday the 29th of June followed by the second at Saltwater Reserve , Point Cook on Monday the 6th of July

While this is a FREE clinic places are reserved so interested parties need to register at http://www.dynamicfootyskills.com.au/2015-easter-school-holiday-program/2015-rams-school-holiday-footy-program/rams-dfs-school-holiday-programs/

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Spotty News Round 10

Spotty News Round 10

Mr Spotswood is coming……..

Spotty News Round 9.2

Spotty News Round 9.2

Williamstown Vs Box Hill

Spotty News Round 9

Spotty News Round 9

Michael Fogarty

Fogarty steps up his game with Footscray’s VFL side – read more

Spotty News Round 8

Spotty News Round 8

New Sponsor – Midway Minimix; Concrete, Garden Supplies and Skip Hire

The Spotswood FC is delighted to announce a new Sponsorship with Midway Minimix; Concrete, Garden Supplies and Skip Hire.

As a specialist in Concrete, Garden and Building supplies, Midway opens a world of choice through its fabulous selection of products and displays. Our goal is to supply our customers with not only materials, but also inspiration

Midway is an all Australian, family-owned business with 35 years of experience in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne.
We also have a large range of quality sands, soils, pebbles and rocks and our friendly staff are here to assist your needs.

Services

With an extensive fleet of both Maxi & Mini-Mix trucks we are able to service any supply requirement you may have; Civil, Commercial and Domestic. From grey concrete for roads, footings, factory and house slabs to Designer Concrete and materials for the construction of garages, extensions, fencing, drive ways, cross-overs and walkways.

We have an extensive gardening and landscaping department which offers a wide selection of enhancing materials including paving, pebbles, sand, bark, mulch, soil.

Building and maintenance materials include concrete stumps, peir caps, reinforcements, tools, hand tools and accessories, clothing and equipment.

We are open 11 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our friendly staff are willing to help you with all your concreting and gardening needs. After hours service available by arrangement.

Contact Gavin Bentley 1300 643 929, address 1 Midway Lane Sunshine
http://midwayminimix.com.au

Round 7 Channel 7 Medal

Congratulations to Darcy Wilson (Under 18s) for his BOG performance in Round 7 to be the winner of the Channel 7 Medal

Spotty News Round 7

Spotty News Round 7

Spotty News Round 6

Spotty News Round 6

Mid Season Masquerade Cocktail Party

Movie Night

Spotty News Round 5

Spotty News Round 5

Spotty News Round 4

Spotty News Round 4

SFC Varsity Jackets

Last year the Senior players organised SFC Varsity Jackets for the players of the club.
A number of people expressed interest in purchasing them if they became available again.
The boys are now in the process of purchasing another lot for 2015. These will take at least 5 weeks to become available.
If you are interested in purchasing a jacket for $200, please see Jye Orchard after training this Thursday night (30/4) or next Thursday night (7/5) – sample sizes will be available for try-ons.
An order will be placed on Friday 8th May. These jackets only come in adult sizes & cash must be paid when ordering.
This is NOT a club purchase therefore EFTPOS cannot be used.
Any questions please contact Jye on : 0432 67 2631

Junior Photos

2015 Official Team Photos

Spotswood Football Club have partnered with Sports In Focus.
On Wednesday, 13th of May at Spotswood Football Club, The Avenue Spotswood VIC 3015,
Sports In Focus will be taking YOUR 2015 OFFICIAL TEAM PHOTO.

Sports in Focus is a professional Sports Photography Company widely recognised for taking the standards of sports photography to a new level. Our aim as a committee is to provide you with an excellent service and to capture a professional memento of your child’s wonderful achievement in the world of Football.

To help ensure that the photo shoot runs smoothly and ahead of time please have your Photo Envelope and Order Form pre filled in and ready to hand to the photographer. To make this possible you obviously must have your photo envelope, these will be handed out by team managers during Round 4. This must be filled in and handed to the photographer before the photo shoot can take place, this way the photographer will know exactly what kind of photo to take of your child.

The times of the team photos are as follows:
• Under 16 Squad 5:00pm
• Under 14 B 5:20pm
• Under 10 Blue 5:40pm
• Under 12 C 6:00pm
• Under 13 B 6:20 pm

Thank you for your co-operation,

SFC Past Players 2015 Newsletter

Please click on Link below for Past Players Newsletter

Past Players Newsletter

SFC Social & Playing Amended Calendar

Please see below for the amended Calendar after Parkside left the competition.

2015 SFC Playing & Social Calendar

Spotty News Round 3

Spotty News Round 3

SFC Calcutta 2015

The 2015 Best and Fairest Calcutta for the Seniors and Reserves will be held at the rooms on Thursday night. Buy some raffle tickets and you might win a player, following the raffle an auction occurs, you can sell your player or keep him. If you sell your player you keep 40% of the auction price!
At the end of the auction, the prize pool is tallied and will be split 60% for senior B&F and 40% Reserves B&F. Weekly cash prizes are won each week for the “owner” of the best player on the ground.
The big money is won at the end of the year, following the vote count there will be cash prizes for the “owners” of the top 3 in the Seniors and Reserves.
A form guide will be available on the night, study the form and get your syndicates together.

Seniors Round 1 – Match of the Day

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Senior Presentation Night & Junior Season Launch

Senior Jumper Presentation Night will be this Thursday 9th April @ 8.30pm

Junior Launch will be this Friday 10th April @ 6.30pm

Merchandising will be available for purchase on both of these nights

Please see below for Round 1 Fixture:

Seniors Deer Park John McLeod Oval 11/4 @ 2:15
Reserves Deer Park John McLeod Oval 11/4 @ 12:00
Under 18 Werribee Districts Soldier’s Reserve 11/4 @ 9:30
Under 16A St Bernard’s HOME 12/4 @ 2:05
Under 16C Newport Power HOME 12/4 @ 2:05
Under 14B Yarraville Seddon Eagles HOME 12/4 @ 12:05
Under 13B Werribee Centrals HOME 12/4 @ 12:05
Under 12C Glenorden HOME 12/4 @ 10:20
Under 10 Blue Glenorden HOME 12/4 @ 8:50

Children playing out of age group

The Spotswood Football Club have introduced a policy in regard to children playing out of their age group.
If a child wishes to regularly play in a team above their age group, they and their parents will need to fill out an application form.
This will then be looked at by the Junior Development Group and assessed against criteria such as number of players in each team, the player’s ability and previous teams played in.
There are no exceptions. All children wanting to play in a higher age group must hand in the form before they are able to play up.
Please email Lorey for further information if needed at jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Under 10 & 12 Training Information

Please be aware that all children in the under 10 and under 12 age groups will be finishing all training sessions in the clubrooms.
There have been some near misses when children run across the road in the dark, and to be proactive, it was thought best for them to finish in the rooms.
Please be assured that they will not be missing any training as the coaches will be using the time in the rooms to discuss game play and tactics for the following week’s games.
Parents will need to come into the rooms to collect their child and let the coach know that they are leaving.

Amended Social & Playing Calendar

As Parkside have left the A Grade Competition, the Social & Player Calendar has now changed.

Please click here

Welcome Anders, Scott & Freddy

The Spotswood FC wishes to advise that our reserves coach Jeremy Bond had to resign from the position due to a significant work promotion. However the club is delighted to announce that Anders Welsh has been appointed in his place. Anders, aged 32, played about 200 games with Spotswood and was a very talented junior whose career was cut short with a serious shoulder injury at age 19. He played first 11 cricket for Spotswood as wicket keeper for about 10 years and coached senior cricket for 2 years. He works in a professional environment as a National Business Development manager and leads and manages very a sizeable team. He is passionate about Spotswood FC and we are very confident the skills he brings to the role will be of great benefit to the Reserves Squad.

Scott Stafford will assist Anders. Scott is a life member for the club and played well over 300 games for the Green n Gold. Scott has a great understanding of the game and his calm and methodical approach will complement Anders. Scott is a great Spotswood person.

In further terrific news for the club we can announce that Freddy Hall has agreed to work with us in a developmental role working predominantly with our reserves but also our under 18’s and 16’s. Freddy has coached senior A grade football for Sunshine YCW, Footscray District Superules and has been involved in the football operations side of things with Williamstown VFL for about 10 years. Fred is a great analyst of the game and is passionate about developing young talent. His involvement will fast-track the development of players and will help continue our tradition of home grown talent playing senior football for Spotswood.

Welcome aboard Anders, Scott and Freddy.

Williamstown Osteopathy Offer

The Spotswood Football Club is delighted to confirm that Williamstown Osteopathy have again committed to being a major sponsor of our club for 2015.

Please see the below offer from Willy Osteopathy. The free injury assessment on Monday nights is open to all players from juniors through to seniors, with special rates applying to players, family and friends

Click here for offer

SFC Ladies Chicken & Champagne Lunch

Season Playing & Social Calendar 2015

Please click here for details

Torin Baker’s New Role

Congratulations to former Spotswood Premiership Player and current Western Jets Coach on his new full time coaching role……….

Read here for details

Under 13s Training

Monday and Wednesdays from 5pm-6:30pm
Bayview Oval @ the beach end of Bayview Street, Williamstown

Coach contact: Travis on 0437 974 484 or TravyBoy_17@hotmail.com

2015 Registration & Transfer Form

Please click on link below to download:

2015 Registration & Transfer Form

Auskick Registration Day

Auskick Registration will be on Saturday 18th April at 9am on bottom ground at McLean Reserve, The Avenue, Spotswood

Under 14s Training & Coach

A coach has been announced for the under 14 team; Travis Rae. He has had previous coaching experience and is very keen to meet the boys and get them prepared for 2015.

Under 14s training will be starting this week, on Wednesday 28th January.

Until we can get the Spotswood grounds back, training will be at the Newport Baseball Park, 120 Park Crescent, Williamstown North, and will be from 5:30 until 7pm.

It will be great to see as many players there as possible, and it would also be great to bring some friends along.

Junior Registration Day

Senior Football Camp 2015

Spotswood Football Club Pre Season Camp 2015
Where: Gunbower Football/Netball Club (Near Echuca)
When: From Friday Night 30th January, Saturday 31st January, Finish 4pm Sunday 1st February.
Who: All seniors and reserves players are required to attend. Optional for under 18’s
Details: We will be staying in the social rooms of the Gunbower Football Club. The Gunbower Committee will provide lunch on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday. While training, planning and preparation for the 2015 season is the aim, we will be having some relaxing sessions behind Walsheys Malibu Ski boat on Saturday arvo and Sunday arvo on the Mighty Murray River.
We will have a counter meal and frothies at the Gunbower Pub on Saturday night.
What to bring: Something to sleep on/in (we will be indoors), toiletries, towel, runners, footy boots, shorts, singlets, t shirt for the pub, sunscreen, mozzie spray, hat, sense of humour and a good attitude! (small back pack, water bottle, nutritional snacks)
The Gunbower Football Club is a 3 hour drive from Melbourne, directions will be provided later. Car pooling is encouraged
You must get there no later than 9.00pm on Friday night. So you should plan to leave Melbourne before 5.30 pm.
Cost: Subject to final number $50, plus your meal and drinks on Saturday night.

Pre Season Training

Seniors, Reserves & Under18s
Pre season training will start at Spotswood number 2 ground, The Avenue Spotswood on Monday the 24th November at 6pm.

SFC Marketing

The SFC is looking for someone who has skills in modern marketing in regard to you tube videos and electronic imagery. This could be a young person with a passion for this medium, a university student studying multimedia looking for experience or someone within the multimedia industry that can offer their expertise

We are keen to explore this method to ensure we are getting our message across to a wider audience than just our existing members and sponsors.

This is very broadly defined role at the moment and we would be reliant upon the right person advising and guiding the club in what may work well for us.

We envisage using this platform to promote the club generally, to assist with recruitment of juniors to our club and also add benefit to our sponsorship proposition

If you are interested or know someone who may be interested please contact Tony Walshe on twalshe@crib.net.au

Annual General Meeting

The Spotswood Football Club announces that its Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 10th November at the Spotswood Football Clubrooms at Donald McLean Reserve, Spotswood commencing at 7pm

We will be electing the board for the 2015 season and we encourage all members and supporters to attend.

Should you have any queries and or apologies, please contact the Administrator at admin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Board of the Spotswood Football Club

Please download nomination form here

Volunteer – Kitchen Manager Vacancy

Spotswood Football Club – Kitchen Manger Vacancy

SFC are looking for volunteer person/s to run internal kitchen at clubrooms from Season 2015 onwards. A “Certificate lll in Hospitality” or above is preferable but SFC can organise. This is a non-paying position reporting directly to the President.

This position involves the following:
• ordering of all food items
• preparing meals for Thursday nights, some Friday nights, & various functions during the year by mutual agreement.
• liaising with Board/Canteen Manager/Bar Manager with transfer of products & other various items
• balancing monies & banking
• checking invoices & forwarding to CFO for payment.
• organising wait & kitchen help staff as required for specific functions

This would suit a retired person/s or someone/s working part time that would like to give back to the community.

Please forward your expression of interest to:
Alan Given- President : president@spotswoodfc.com.au or contact him on: 0437 090641

Junior Coaching Appointments for 2015

Spotswood Football Club will like to announce the Junior Coaches for Season 2015.

Under 16A
Tony Dimkovski
0421 164729
tmdimkovski@bigpond.com
Assist. Coach
Shane Drage
0421 566 953
drages@optusnet.com.au

Under 16C
Peter Kalogirou
0490 013821
pkwired86@gmail.com

Under 14
TBA

Under 13
TBA

Under 11-12
Rohan Stafford
0400 947545
rohan.t.s.@hotmail.com

Under 10
Paul Geraghty
0403 046150
paul.geraghty@veolia.com

Spotswood FC Under 18s

Spotswood Football Club Under 18 Premiers 2014
Spotswood has won their first Under 18 flag in 10 years

Spotswood Under 18 team have finally won their first premiership in this age group since their last flag in 2004, after a heart breaking one point lost to arch rivals Werribee Districts in the 2005 Grand Final.

The junior Woodsmen managed to upset the early flag favourite Werribee Districts who were undefeated until round 16 by beating them 3 times in the last 5 weeks of the season.
A hard fought 4 point victory in round 17, then a 6 goal win in the second semi and a third victory in the grand final by 22 points.

The grand final was a tight battle between the top two teams and although Spotswood controlled most of the play, it could not convert its opportunities and to Werribee’s credit, they stayed in the contest by taking every chance with accurate kicking.

With 10 mins to go Werribee had edged to within 2 goals and gave the Spotty camp a fright but the Woodsmen steadied to run out victors by 22 points.

Scores
Spotswood 2-7 5-11 7-13 9-18 (72)

Werribee 3-0 4-1 6-1 8-2 (50)
Districts

Goals: SPOTSWOOD; C.Bettiol 3,J.Beilby 2,J Bennett 2,J .Cairns,S Saaoud,

WERRIBEE DISTRICTS; M.Knezevic 4,J. Petit 2 .J Shell 2

Best: SPOTSWOOD; B.Williams,C. Bettiol ,S.Davis, C.Daley,N.Ryan, K.Jaksic

WERRIBEE DISTRICTS; K.Bol,J.Petit,M.Kenezevic, A.Limina, J. Shell, D.Montalto

Best Player medal was awarded to Bryce Williams from Spotswood

The team was coached by former Spotswood player Matt Dean and ably supported by Trevor Carr (assistant coach) and former Spotswood and Werribee player Brad Mayberry as Runner.

Matt took over the reins as Under 18 coach at the start of 2013 with barely enough players to make a team but moulded the boys into a disciplined unit with a third placing in 2013 with only 3 top age players.

The 2014 season commenced with most players training from November and with a solid preseason up their sleeve and some smart recruiting and good crop of boys from the Under 16s there was a quiet confidence that the team could go all the way.

The team prided itself on coach Matt’s ethos of hard work, team focus and a fast attacking brand of entertaining football, ferocious tackling and pressure on the opposition.

Spotswood is known in the WRFL as a proud family club and this long tradition has continued within this team with two sets of brothers (Bryce and Grant Williams) and (Jordan and Tyrone Bennett) as well as Jack Cairns and. Sam Davis whose Fathers and Uncles donned the green and gold.

The Williams family now extend to three generations of Under 18 Premiership players at Spotty with father Rod playing in the 1965 premiership and Grandfather Billy in 1941 and now Bryce and Grant this year.

On field leaders were co-captains Mitch McLean and Bryce Williams who proudly displayed the Premiership cup with their delighted coach, Matt Dean on the dais at Avalon Oval immediately after their well-deserved victory.

The team celebrated with proud and elated family members, supporters and sponsors at a barbecue lunch at Avalon Oval and then long into the night back at Maclean Reserve.

The presentation night was held at Spotswood club rooms on Saturday September 20th with the following trophy winners
Best & Fairest: Nick Ryan
2nd Best & Fairest: Josh Norton
3rd Best and Fairest: James Beilby
Most Consistent: Bryce . Williams
Most Determined: Kieren Jaksic
Coaches Award: Connor Daley

This Premiership signifies a further injection of talented youth and player depth at Spotty as more than a dozen of these young men will progress to the senior ranks in 2015



2014 Williamstown & Spotswood Football Clubs Corporate Golf Day

Williamstown & Spotswood Football Clubs
proudly present
Corporate Golf Day
Sunshine Golf Club
Friday 14th November

Download Entry Form here

Annual General Meeting

The Spotswood Football Club announces that its Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 10th November at the Spotswood Football Clubrooms at Donald McLean Reserve, Spotswood commencing at 7pm

We will be electing the board for the 2015 season and we encourage all members and supporters to attend.

Should you have any queries and or apologies, please contact the Administrator at admin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Board of the Spotswood Football Club

3 Generations of under 18’s Premierships winners

3 Generations of under 18’s Premierships winners at Spotswood football club
1941, 1965 and 2014

Bill Williams (now 89yo) played in Spotswood’s 1941 under 18’s premiership with future Footscray champion Charlie Sutton as his captain, and spotty legend Bill Couch as his coach. After 3 seasons with the under 18’s Billy moved to South Melbourne and in his first year played in the 1945 “blood bath” Grand Final against Carlton.
Billy won 3 Best & Fairest awards as well as 2 goal kicking awards at the Swans, and represented Victoria in interstate matches on 9 occasions. Bill is a Life Member of the Sydney Swans as well as making the Team of the Century, and has been inducted into Sydney’s Hall of Fame.

Bill’s son Rod played in Spotswood’s 1965 under 18’s premiership under Ted “bomber” Thomas. Rod had previously played in 3 under 16’s premierships with Spotty icon Roy Picone as his coach. He won the Western region under 16’s best and fairest in 1964.
Rod also played senior footy at South along with his under 18’s teammates Richard Luke and Ron “soupy” Viney.
Rod is also a Life Member of the Williamstown Football Club.

Rod’s sons Bryce (18) and Grant (17) recently played in Spotswood’s 2014 under 18’s premiership with Matt Dean and Trevor Carr as their coaches. Bryce was co- captain of the team and won the medal for best player in the Grand Final, while Grant was best afield in the second semi final.

Under 18s Premiership Game DVD

The Under 18s Premiership Game DVD is now available to purchase for $30
Please download form below & follow instructions.
There is a limited number of DVDs so be quick to secure one.

Under 18 Premiership Game DVD

Will Langlands Interview on SEN

Listen to Will’s interview on 11/9/14 – here

Division Two Grand Final Lunch

Lindsay (Snooks) Howarth, Jimmy Xydias & Gavin Langlands

Ben Kelly Interview

Watch the Ben Kelly interview here

Chris O’Keefe Interview

Watch the Chris O’Keefe interview here

Williamstown Osteopathy

With Spotswood Football Club heading towards their 8th consecutive Grand Final, we would like to thanks all our trainers for keeping them in such an excellent condition. A special thank you goes to one of our Major Sponsors, Cliff Butler from Williamstown Osteopathy for donating his time & services on & off the field for this year. His tremendous skill and passion illustrates that he is a dedicated and committed health professional. Thanks Cliff and the team.

Grand Final Fever

An invitation to all Members:

Our senior team will be playing in their eighth consecutive Grand Final appearance this Saturday at the Werribee VFL ground. Also in the Grand Final is our under 18 team and we are looking to get as many people as possible to come along in their Green and Gold to support our players this Saturday.

Events kick off on Thursday night with the final training session for both teams on oval 1 and 2 with the announcement of the Grand Final teams.

There will be a sausage sizzle for the juniors on Thursday night commencing at 6pm, with halal options available. You are also more than welcome to have a drink at the bar.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Under 18’s Presentation Night

SFC Presentation Night

Please organise your tables

FOGARTY PULLS ON THE BIG V

While 15-year-old Lachlan Fogarty is a highly regarded basketballer, it seems the young Spotswood player is reaching new heights on the football field, having represented Victoria in the Under 15 Football Championships in Sydney last month.

Following in the footsteps of older brothers Matthew and Michael who have successful football careers with the Spotswood Football Club and Footscray VFL team, Lachlan was the only WRFL player to pull on the big V jumper in the national competition.

Having traditionally fielded separate Vic Metro and Country teams for the past 20 years, this season the representative team was combined into one powerhouse squad.

With one sole Victorian team, Lachlan said that competition to earn a position in the side was fierce, with just nine metro boys and sixteen country boys making up the final squad.

While there were three representatives from the neighbouring Essendon District Football League, Lachlan was the only WRFL player to make the cut.

Kicking off on July 19, five games were played over seven days with ice baths and rehab sessions the order of the day after each match.

In the initial game against traditional rivals South Australia, Lachlan was named best on field after a scintillating display in defence. As tradition would have it, Lachlan had to wear the special gold Victorian jumper to the team dinner that night in honour of his achievement.

After coming off the field with concussion early in the third game, medical staff forced Lachlan to miss game four as a precaution, before allowing him to return to play in the grand final against a tall athletic Queensland team.

The game was played at Spotless Stadium, the home of the AFL’s newest club, the GWS Giants. Again Lachlan was at his best and along with a very even, highly skilled and consistent team, Victoria was able to take home the trophy that had eluded them the previous year.

The match was of an extremely high standard with a number of AFL recruiting staff taking a keen interest in the young stars. Seven days, five games, five wins, and some friendships that may last a lifetime.

Auskick Presentation Day

Junior Coaching Positions 2015

SPOTSWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB
Junior Coaching Positions for season 2015

The Spotswood Football Club (affiliated with the Western Region Football League) is seeking coaching applications from motivated, dedicated people who are keen to be part of our successful, well-respected club.

We are looking for coaches who have a desire to develop and nurture the football skills and sportsmanship of our great young players, through all age groups from under 9 to under 16’s, with the club committed to playing in as many age groups as possible in season 2015.

The Spotswood Football Club prides itself in the promotion of its junior footballers, with 17 of the 22 players from last year’s Division one Grand Final team having played their junior football with the club.

The Spotswood Football Club is excited to offer a pathway for its coaches to progress through the junior ranks into the clubs senior teams, and will endeavour to provide up to date training and mentoring to help our coaches achieve the highest level of coaching.

Level 1 accreditation is preferred; if not currently held the Club will cover the full cost of obtaining qualification by any successful applicants.

Applications should be in writing and require the following:
– Playing experience
– Coaching experience and referees
– Coaching Qualifications
– Relevant other experience
– Your approach to junior football

Further details about our club can be found at our website: www.spotswoodfc.com.au

Applications should be sent through to our Junior Coaching Coordinator Tony Schibeci at enquiries@spotswoodfc.com.au.

All Applications are to be received by the 29th of August 2014

$100 SUPER RAFFLE

$100 SUPER RAFFLE
Don’t forget to purchase a ticket in the Annual SFC Super Raffle.
Drawn Sunday 7th September 2014 @ Clubrooms
Reverse draw – $100 per ticket
Prizes:
1st $5000
2nd $2000
3rd $1000
4th $600
5th $500
6th $400
7th $350
8th $300
9th $250
10th $200
Plus 14 prizes of $100
Free Beer & Lunch on Draw Day between 12noon & 2pm
See Spud for tickets

Under 16 Presentation Night

Under 14 Presentation Night

Under 12 Presentation Night

Under 10 Presentation Night

Spotty News Round 13

Spotty News Round 13

Mr Spotswood is coming……

Super Sunday Session @ Spotty

Spotty News Round 12

Spotty News Round 12

Junior Coaching Positions for season 2015

SPOTSWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB
Junior Coaching Positions for season 2015

The Spotswood Football Club (affiliated with the Western Region Football League) is seeking coaching applications from motivated, dedicated people who are keen to be part of our successful, well-respected club.

We are looking for coaches who have a desire to develop and nurture the football skills and sportsmanship of our great young players, through all age groups from under 9 to under 16’s, with the club committed to playing in as many age groups as possible in season 2015.

The Spotswood Football Club prides itself in the promotion of its junior footballers, with 17 of the 22 players from last year’s Division one Grand Final team having played their junior football with the club.

The Spotswood Football Club is excited to offer a pathway for its coaches to progress through the junior ranks into the clubs senior teams, and will endeavour to provide up to date training and mentoring to help our coaches achieve the highest level of coaching.

Level 1 accreditation is preferred; if not currently held the Club will cover the full cost of obtaining qualification by any successful applicants.

Applications should be in writing and require the following:
– Playing experience
– Coaching experience and referees
– Coaching Qualifications
– Relevant other experience
– Your approach to junior football

Further details about our club can be found at our website: www.spotswoodfc.com.au

Applications should be sent through to our Junior Coaching Coordinator Tony Schibeci at enquiries@spotswoodfc.com.au.

All Applications are to be received by the 10th of August 2014

Spotty News Round 10

Newsletter Round 10 2014

Spotty News 17.6.14

Newsletter Round 9 2014

Spotty News 10.6.13

Spotty News 10.6.13

World Cup Carnival Night

World Cup Carnival Night

30 Year Reunion & Roast

30 Year Reunion & Roast

Spotty News Round 8

Spotty News Round 8

McIvers onboard for 2014

The Spotswood FC is delighted to announce that McIver Contractors have come on board as a Gold Sponsor for 2014.

McIver Contractors have long been regarded as the benchmark for modular overhead 10kpa protection Gantries and façade retention systems along with platforms and staircases for major sporting events. They are renowned for their quality and versatile structures. With over 50 years’ experience spanning over several generations; they constantly strive for development and refinement of their systems and techniques that have kept them at the forefront of their industry.
McIver Contractors specialises in standard modular 10kpa Gantry systems to major purpose built multiple level Gantries, Façade Retention Systems, Platforms and bridges spanning over main roadways and rail lines. McIver Contractors owns their equipment.
McIver Contractors also supply support structures, platforms and decking for major events in Australia, such as the Australian Formula 1, The Australian Tennis Open and the Australian Motor Cycle Grand Prix
For more details please visit their website http://www.mcivercontractors.com.au/ or contact Steve McIver on 9399 9533

Soiree at the Grindlay

Extravaganza Evening

Under 12 Inter league

As a club, we are very proud and happy to announce that Marwan El-Houli has been chosen to play in the under 12 interleague team.

Congratulations Marwan!

Spotty News Round 7

Spotty News Round 7

Junior Inter League 2014

SFC would like to congratulate the following boys making it into the WRFL Inter League

Under 13 Div 1: Ethan Bentley
Under 14 Div 1: Jack Butler
Under 15 Div 1: Jordan Dimkovski, Lachlan Fogarty and Josh Drage
Under 15 Div 2: Lachlan Smart, Elliot Rosado

Congratulations

The following players have made the
AFL Victoria Metro Junior Championships
Elliot Rosado
Lachlan Smart
Jack Butler
and Connor Menadue has made the
NAB AFL Under 18s Championships

Good luck to these boys.

Spotty News Round 6

Spotty News Round 6

Spotty News Round 5

Spotty News Round 5

Spotty News Round 4

Spotty News Round 4

Spotty News Round 3

Spotty News Round 3

JS Coterie

 

The JS Coterie

After a successful inaugural year for the JS Coterie we would once again like to invite you to join us for 2014. The JS Coterie is aimed at providing members with the networking opportunities and benefits associated with a traditional Coterie Group at a “junior” level. The other focus of this “Coterie” is to look at ways we can generate funds to provide further benefits to the junior football program to encourage new members and retain the ones we have.

Benefits:

1 x ticket for the Spotswood Hotel Junior Football Lunch including drinks

1 x ticket for the JS Coterie Senior’s Football Lunch including drinks

1 x JS Coterie Polo Shirt

1 x ticket in Spud’s infamous Reverse Draw

1 x ticket to the Mid-Season Cocktail Party

SFC Gold card membership, including 10% off all Bar purchases as well as discounts with local retailers

Name on the JS Coterie Member’s Board

Networking opportunities with a variety of likeminded Business People, Trades People and Sponsors

Opportunity to help raise funds for the Junior Football Program

 

All for the cost of $370.00

Enquiries: Gavin Bentley, 0418 132 179, gavin@ca-services.com.au

Horse Racing Night

Junior Players

The bags have arrived!
Due to Anzac Day being on Friday, we are able to open the club rooms Wednesday night to distribute the bags to each player.
The boys can come up after training and the bar will be open.
There are also photo envelopes to give out, which is being held on the 14th May.

Mid Season Cocktail Party

Spotty News – Round 2

Please click here for Spotty News Round 2 

Junior Photos

Players Wanted

2014 Spotswood Hoodies

Or download interest/order form

Senior Photos

Senior Photos Cancelled for Tuesday 15th April

April Social Events – Amended

Junior Newsletter Round 1

Newsletter Round 1

Junior Registrations

Thank you to all players who have registered, allowing then to play on Sunday.
The club rooms are open on Friday night for all merchandise purchases, and the kitchen and bar will also be open.
The football bags are only a few weeks away and all will be embroidered with the players’ names.
If people have brought somebody new into the club, the incentive scheme will be finalised in the next week.
For any more information, please email Lorey at jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au’

Nautilus Marine Insurance – New Sponsor

The Spotswood Football Club, “One Club, the club of choice in the Western Suburbs” is very pleased to announce the signing of a new sponsor for season 2014.
Nautilus Marine Insurance, the leading Pleasure Craft Insurer in Australia has signed up as a new Sponsor for 2014. Established in 2005, Nautilus Marine Insurance stands virtually unchallenged as a marine insurance specialist by any other in the range of products and services they can provide.
Between the senior executives there is more than 125 years’ experience in the marine industry. This combined experience has enabled Nautilus Marine to develop a fresh approach to insuring pleasure craft and the industries that support and service recreational boating in Australia. Nautilus Marine can tailor products and services to meet the identified needs of boat owners and marine businesses.
They have developed market leading plain English policies which provide broad coverage for pleasure craft, commercial pleasure craft and the marine industry. Their aim is to always be a market leading provider of marine insurance in Australia. It’s at the time of a claim when policy holders really discover whether they have chosen the right company for their marine insurance. The efficiency of their claims service has the highest priority and their success in the marine insurance market is testament to that.
www.nautilusinsurance.com.au
The SFC and its continued success would not be at all possible, without the significant contribution our sponsors make. We value our sponsor’s ongoing involvement and support and look forward to raising brand awareness through the club and its many members.

Under 12’s Practice Match

This week’s training for U/12 is at Altona FC – practice match against Altona [boots & mouthguards required] commencing at 5pm

Greg Hocking Elly Partners Re-Commits

The Spotswood Football Club, “One Club, the club of choice in the Western Suburbs” is very pleased to announce that Greg Hocking Elly Partners have extended their Major Sponsorship for a further 2 years.
The team at Greg Hocking Elly Partners are Spotswood, Newport and Williamstown real estate specialists, and locals will recognise many familiar faces.
Wayne Elly has lived and worked in and around Williamstown for his entire life, and his unique local insight and experience has made him a trusted authority on property in the area.
The entire team at Elly Partners are experienced and dynamic property professionals with a strong focus on honest client service and a long history of delivering outstanding results.
Offering the complete range of real estate services, you can’t miss our Williamstown office which has a high profile location at 84 Ferguson Street.
Greg Hocking Elly Partners – Williamstown
84 Ferguson St
Williamstown VIC 3016
williamstown@greghocking.com.au
P 03 8387 0000
F 03 8387 0001
The SFC and its continued success would not be at all possible, without the significant contribution our sponsors make. We value our sponsor’s ongoing involvement and support and look forward to raising brand awareness through the club and its many members.

Converse re-signs with SFC

The Spotswood Football Club Inc (SFC), “One Club, the club of choice in the Western Suburbs” is very pleased to announce the re-signing of one of our major long term sponsors for season 2014.

Conquest Sports (Aust) Pty Ltd was established in 1982 to take on the importation and distribution of Converse shoes and clothing in Australia. Today, Conquest is one of the longest serving licensees in the Converse global business and has grown to become one of Australasia’s largest independent distributors of international athletic and lifestyle brands.

Authentics Australia Pty Ltd, a sister company to Conquest, commenced trading in 1994, initially as a licensee of the NBA, AFL, NFL and NBL, but later as the distributor of a number of international brands, including; Sperry Top-Sider, Keds, Munchkin and Airwalk for the Australian, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Sri Lanka. Today, Authentics has also added a retail operation that runs stores throughout Australia and New Zealand. This retail operation also incorporates the online division and offers consumers a comprehensive range of Converse shoes.

Combined, Conquest and Authentics distribute these and other brands, to over 700 retail stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. The group remains a family owned operation, and has grown to employ over 500 people in both wholesale and retail positions across the company.

The SFC and its continued success would not be at all possible, without the significant contribution of our sponsors make. We value our sponsor’s ongoing involvement, support and look forward to raising brand awareness through the club and its many members.

Fun Footy in Under 14s Teams

My name is Travis and I am the football coach of the Under 14As at Spotty. I would like to personally invite you to come down and meet the players of our Under 14’s team, have a kick of the footy, check out what we are about and possibly even join our team.

We have two Under 14 teams in different divisions and we are looking for other quality boys to join our squad.
We would love for you to join us for an “Open Training Night” on Monday 31st March or Wednesday 2nd April 2014. We usually train on Wednesday and Friday nights and play matches on Sunday.

If you, or your parents, have any questions or you’d like to join us please call or text me on 0437 974 484.

Squires Loft joins SFC

Press release

The Spotswood Football Club, “One Club, the club of choice in the Western Suburbs” is very pleased to announce the signing of a new sponsor for season 2014.

Squires Loft was first opened in 1992 in Church Street Brighton. Their reputation for consistently delivering great steaks and unique flavours led them to a larger store in South Yarra where they are still located today.

The success of the Squires Loft formula and demand for Squires Loft branded products led to substantial interest from staff, customers and business owners who wanted to duplicate the business. This has resulted in 15 steakhouse restaurants operating around Australia.

These steakhouses are located around Melbourne, Country Victoria, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Western Australia. Further steakhouses are in the pipeline and there is significant interest, which we believe should lead to more Squires Loft steakhouses opening.
As a result of this expansion, Squires Loft is now in Williamstown, 82-84 Ferguson Street, situated directly below Greg Hocking, Elly Partners Real Estate. Wine bar open 5.00pm to late, dinner from 6.00pm to late. Please drop in sometime soon and make it known you are from Spotswood.

The SFC and its continued success would not be at all possible, without the significant contribution of our sponsors make. We value our sponsor’s ongoing involvement, support and look forward to raising brand awareness through the club and its many members.

WRFL Interleague

The SFC congratulates Jason Cloke, Justin Dorward and Christian Elliot on making the WRFL Interleague side that takes on the SFL on Saturday March 29 at Visy Park.
Jason Cloke has been named Captain. We wish not only our boys all the best but the WRFL team and Coach Brett Jacobs (Sunshine), hopefully they can bring back a win and elevate the WRFL in the metropolitan football league standings.

Junior Practice Matches

Sunday 30th March – Spotswood Football Ovals

Under 14s:
Vs Point Cook
at 10.30 am Oval 1
at 12.00 midday oval 2

Under 16’s
Vs Caroline Springs
at 12.10 pm Oval 1
at 2-10 pm Oval 1

Epic Management Systems Pty Ltd Re-signs as Sponsor

Press release

The Spotswood Football Club, “One Club, the club of choice in the Western Suburbs” is very pleased to announce the re-signing of one of our major long term sponsors for season 2014.

EPIC Management Systems Pty Ltd was founded in 1998 by its Director and Principal Consultant – Rod Gardiner. After 15 years in various Corporate and Project roles, Rod took the opportunity to create a Management Consultancy that best reflected the vision of ‘Being recognized for increasing stakeholder value.’

With over twenty-five years’ experience in General Management, Business Development, Project Management, Safety, Quality and Training, Rod has assembled an equally experienced and diverse team around him. EPIC Management Systems Pty Ltd is based in Melbourne, Australia and has the experience and resources to support clients throughout Australia and around the world.

EPIC Management Systems Pty Ltd actively supports a wide range of sporting organizations and believes in maintaining strong links and networks within the communities in which we work.

The SFC and its continued success would not be at all possible, without the significant contribution of our sponsors make. We value our sponsor’s ongoing involvement, support and look forward to raising brand awareness through the club and its many members.

WANTED – JUNIOR FOOTBALLERS

WANTED – JUNIOR FOOTBALLERS

Are you turning 13 or 14 in this year and looking to play footy?

Spotswood Football Club is looking for more players for their two Under 14 teams.

Existing players – ask your mates if they want to play

Training twice a week & playing on Sundays at 10.20 am

Call Travis on 0437 974 484 or email travyboy_17@hotmail.com

Delphi Bank comes on as Sponsor

The SFC welcomes Delphi Bank as a new sponsor for 2014! Delphi Bank offer business and personal banking and pride themselves on delivering the best possible service every time. At Delphi there are no call centres, just a friendly person dedicated to making your banking experience a rewarding one. Delphi Bank offers great saving and investment rates and loans are always competitive. If you would like to know more you can contact Bill Aidonis on 0409978709 or visit the Delphi website www.delphibank.com.au

SFC Annual Ladies Chicken & Champagne Lunch

Senior Practice Match

Senior Practice Match against Redan
This Friday night 28th March commencing oat 5.00pm

SFC 2014 Season Launch

Under 12s

Under 12’s will again train at Williamstown
– Rotunda on Thursday from 5-6pm.

Past Players Memberships

The SFC wants every past player in our history to stay in touch with the club by way of a past player Membership category. The cost is $35 and includes great benefits such as the SFC Discount card which provides generous discounts from various sponsors , discounted bar prices, discounted non playing merchandise and a past player SFC cap. See the website for details and send your application through. There will also be special events during the year for past players and access to all functions. As a past player member, you are staying in touch with the Spotswood FC and helping it to remain a powerful force in the WRFL.

Past Player Membership Form

SFC Social Membership

The Spotswood Football Club is seeking to create a strong social membership base. This is a different category to player memberships and is aimed at non players . We aim to recruit as many social members from the Spotswood Community as we can along with anyone else who would like to support a great football club that has a pivotal place within the local community. As a social member, you will get a SFC discount card which offers great discounts at deals from a variety of our sponsors. There is also discounts over the bar and for non-game merchandise. As a social member, you become part of the club and will help make a difference. See the website for further details and send your application through!

SFC Social Membership Form

Footy Boots

Boots will be available at the Season Launch and throughout the season. Simply donate your old boots to the club or buy a pair for $5! Many sizes available.

Under 14s News

Under 14’s – March 2014
Only a few weeks until the season starts! It’s a very exciting time with new players arriving, watching our game plan develop and with a couple of upcoming practice matches.

Wednesday
19th March 2014
Digman Reserve, Newport
4:45pm – 6:30pm

Friday
21st March 2014
TBA
4:45pm – 6:30pm

Practice Match #1
Sunday
23rd March 2014
Altona Green Primary School
240 Victoria St, Altona Meadows
Opposition & time TBA

Wednesday
26th March 2014
Spotty – Oval #1
4:45pm – 6:30pm

Friday
28th March 2014
Spotty – Oval #1
4:45pm – 6:30pm

Practice Match #2
Sunday 30th March 2014
Spotswood FC
10:30am – C’s Vs Point Cook 12:00pm – A/B’s V’s Point Cook

Wednesday
2nd April 2014
Spotty – Oval #1
4:45pm – 6:30pm

Friday
4th April 2014
Spotty – Oval #1
4:45pm – 6:30pm

Sunday
6th April 2014
TBA
Round 1 – First Match!!!

Leadership Incentive program
Throughout the pre-season, we have been running an incentive program to reward players to show leadership, initiative and support for their team mates. Travis will award 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points at the end of each training session, not based on performance, but by leadership shown, encouragement given and playing by the Team Rules. Players will also be rewarded by the following points system:
1 point – Attending Training 1 bonus point – attends all training sessions in a week
½ a point – Not able to attend training and the player texts Travis to advise
3 points – Attend beach session 5 POINTS – Bring potential new player to training
Scores as of 17.03.2014:

Ethan
31
Oli
29
L.J.
8
Reece
21
Josh H
8
Sean
45
Luke
17
Phineas
53
Caius
18
Jack B
16
Mateo
35
Jazza
29
Chammy
5
Beau
19
Michael
34
Will
21
Chris
52
Charlie
9
Moe
9
Jett
6
Eric
16
Damo
17
Nathan
22
Baden
3
Jordan
12
James
24
Nick
21
Jack R
11
Leo
10
Khaled
23
Patch
20
Bucky
50
Liam
14
Raiden
20
1st Prize:
A brand new Lyrebird footy, $30 iTunes voucher, 2x AMF Bowling tickets, 2x AMF Lazer skirmish tickets, brand new Training Sense training Guernsey & training bag
A special mention to Phineas who is currently leading this award, despite being the youngest member of our squad.
Registration
All junior players have been asked to please register as soon as possible, prior to Friday 21st March 2014.
Registration is done online this season and you will find these details on the SFC website. It is important that
players register ASAP, particularly any players who are transferring from another club, to ensure that the
clearance is processed before the first match
All players that register prior to the season starting will receive a Spotty Training Bag from the club!
Our two Under 14 teams – Some frequently answered questions:
– We will enter two Under 14 teams this year. One will be in the “C” division and we will request to enter the
top team in the “B” division, due to the make-up of our playing groups (age, level, experience, etc)
– The two teams will be selected by the coaching team based on factors that include performance, attitude,
team balance. We will also name two “emergencies” for the top team each week, should there be any last
minute injuries, withdrawals, etc.
– We will continue to train as one Under 14 squad and throughout the season will also have the opportunity to
train as separate teams for parts of training.
– Teams will be selected for our practice matches and will be announced throughout the year each Friday
night.
If you have any other questions, please ask our coaches at any time.
WE NEED A FEW MORE PLAYERS!
We need to recruit some more players for our Under 14 squad. We all need to take responsibility for this to
ensure that we get two Under 14’s teams on the park each week. If any players or parents know of any boys
who may want to come down to training and check it out or who may want to change clubs and come to
Spotty, please invite them down or pass their details on to me.
We have done a GREAT job at this so far – let’s get a few more down! 
Team Manager for our top (A/B) team
We require someone to assume the role of Team Manager for our top team. The main responsibilities of the
Team Manager are to organise and complete all necessary match day paperwork and to organise other parent
helpers each match day.
Coach contacts:
Travis Wheeler 0402 553 834 TravyBoy_17@hotmail.com
Kyle Baker 0413 172 880

SFC Jackets $40

HUGE PRE-SEASON SALE ON SPOTTY JACKETS – $40 each (RRP$125)
Less than half Price
Price only until season begins.
Limited sizes – be quick
Contact cfo@spotswoodfc.com.au or ring Jenny on 0408 024824

Junior Registration

To ensure that we are nominating teams in the correct level of competition, we are asking that ALL players are registered with the Spotswood Football Club by Friday 21st March. If you know of anybody who is looking to transfer to our club, please forward this on to them.

To all past, present and future players:

Football season is fast approaching!

The WRFL have moved the junior competition forward this year, so it is time to register your child. Round 1 for juniors is on Sunday 6th April 2014, which is only a matter of weeks away. Teams are now training, and we would like you to be a part of it.

2014 for the juniors will be one of great opportunities to enjoy your football, develop your skills and participate in the social activities that are planned.

All registrations are online making it easier than ever before to re-join the Spotswood Football Club. All players who register and pay before Round 1 will receive a training bag courtesy of the JS Coterie Group.

The ‘Spotty Cash’ incentive scheme will also continue in 2014. This gives you another reason to invite others to join you at Spotswood Football Club. When you bring a new player to the Club, your family will receive a reward card that can be used anywhere within the football club and is valued at up to $100.

For more information, or to receive your username and password to re-register, please email Lorey: jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Whether you decide to re-join Spotswood next year, or choose another path, we wish you and your family all the best.

With best regards,

Lorey Bentley
Junior Administrator
Spotswood Football Club

Volunteers

Trainers Wanted

Under 10s & 11s Training

Wednesday 19th and 26th at Spotswood primary School starting at 5:00pm.

SFC Presidents Lunch 2014

Under 12s Training

U/12’s will commence training this Thursday from 5.00-6.00pm @ Williamstown Beach [meet at Rotunda].

No boots required.

Under 12’s Training

U/12’s will commence training on Thursday 13th March from 5-6pm
Venue TBA

2014 Registrations

Spotswood Football Club registrations are open and payments are required at the time of re-registration.
To register – please go to the WRFL website at www.wrfl.org.au and follow the links.
Should you have any issues with this process please contact admin@spotswoodfc.com.au

ATR ON BOARD 2014

ATR ON BOARD 2014
Travis & Amanda Rae have not only agreed to continue their sponsorship of the SFC, but have upgraded to Major Sponsors for the 2014 season.
For all you vehicle Maintanance requirements, from family car to fleet vehicles including new vehicle servicing (does not effect new car warranties) give Trav a call.

(03) 9391 2263

Come & Try – Registration Day

‘Come and Try Day’ Sunday 2nd March at Willi Beach near the rotunda.

Meet the coaches and join in a training session from 8:30am, followed by a cooked breakfast, juice and cereal.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it, simply log on to www.wrfl.org.au to re-register now!

Every junior who registers and pays before Round 1 (April 6th) will receive a free training bag.

Spotty Cash incentive for those who bring a new player to the club.

Spotswood Football Club – BUILDING GREAT HABITS

SFC Footy Tipping Competition

Spotswood Football Club Footy Tipping Competition The SFC has it own Footy Tipping Competition as part off the Great Aussie Tipoff as per the below link. This is a fundraiser with a share of every entry fee going to SFC. If you are going to be in a Tipping Competition this year, please make sure it is this one. This is not for Spotswood members only but for family & friends. Pass this around to everyone you know.

SFC Footy Tipping

Junior Registrations

Re-signing of Major Sponsor

The Spotswood Football Club is very pleased to announce the re-signing of one of our major long term sponsors for season 2014.

Metrans was formed in 1989. The company aims to provide quality courier and transport services at a competitive price. A strategy of controlled growth and diversification only into kindred fields of service has seen Metrans become a major identity in the Metropolitan Distribution Industry. At Metrans they strive to provide Point- to- Point courier services you can count on. They are ready and available to pick-up and deliver 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Operating from multiple control centres, they boast an all modern fleet of radio controlled vans and tray trucks, with uniformed drivers deliver statewide.

www.metrans.com.au
03 9399 9999

How to Register for 2014

Click here

or

How to register for Season 2014
• Go to www.wrfl.org.au
• Click on the ‘re-registration’ button (top right of screen)
• Click on the ‘Spotswood FC’ logo
• Follow the prompts
For more information, please email: admin@spotswoodfc.com.au or jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Season Playing & Social Calendar 2014

Please click on link below for 2014 Season Playing & Social Calendar

2014 Season Playing & Social Calendar

Registration of all players

Please note all registrations are done via WRFL Website – please click here

2014 Supporters Group Membership Packages

Players Premier Club $650

Membership $180
Discount card (Gold) $ 50
Swindle Ticket $ 40
$100 Superdraw Ticket $100
Mid Season Function $125
Presentation Night Ticket $125
10 off Stubby Raffle #1 Tickets $ 20
10 off Stubby Raffle #2 Tickets $ 20
2 off Calcutta Ticket $ 40
10% off drinks ??? $ 60
Total Value $760

Non player Platinum Club $600

Membership $150
Discount card (Gold) $ 50
Swindle Ticket $ 40
$100 Superdraw Ticket $100
Mid Season Function $125
Presentation Night Ticket $125
10 off Stubby Raffle #1 Tickets $ 20
10 off Stubby Raffle #2 Tickets $ 20
2 off Calcutta Ticket $ 40
10% off drinks ??? $ 60
Total Value $730

Coterie Club $1000

Membership $150
Discount card (Gold) $ 50
Swindle Ticket $ 40
$100 Superdraw Ticket $100
Mid Season Function $125
Presentation Night Ticket $125
Stubby Raffle #1 Tickets $ 20
Stubby Raffle #2 Tickets $ 20
1 off Calcutta Ticket $ 20
2 off Luncheons ????
10% off the price of beer ??? $100
Name on board in clubrooms

2014 Membership Fees

2014 Membership Fees

(must be paid by Round 5)

Under 10 $90
Under 11 $140
Under 12 $150
Under 14 $180
Under 16 $200

Under 18 $260

Reserves/Seniors $180

SFC – Choice Hotels Deal

Spotswood FC has secured a great deal for members for their future accommodation needs with an extra 15% off their already great prices. Check out www.choicehotels.com.au and don’t forget to use Client Id: 00231610

Spotswood Football Club Footy Tipping Competition

Spotswood Football Club Footy Tipping Competition

The SFC has it own Footy Tipping Competition as part off the Great Aussie Tipoff as per the below link.

This is a fundraiser with a share of every entry fee going to SFC.

If you are going to be in a Tipping Competition this year, please make sure it is this one.

This is not for Spotswood members only but for family & friends.

Pass this around to everyone you know.

SFC Footy Tipping Competition

2014 WRFL Transfer & Registration Form

2014 WRFL Transfer & Registration Form

Come and Try Day 2nd Feb 2014

Full Details on Come and Try Rego Day

All junior players who register and pay BEFORE Round 1 (April 6th) will receive a football bag absolutely free courtesy of the JS Coterie group, so get back on board in 2014 and invite a couple of friends down as well.

Register online now, or come down to Willy foreshore (near the rotunda) on Sunday 2nd February at 8:30 for a training session followed by a barbeque breakfast and registration at 11:00am.

For any enquiries, please email jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au

U14 Training Info

Under 14’s Training begins Wednesday 29th January.  5pm start, Digman Reserve, Newport

BYO Waterbottle
New players and friends welcome!

Contact the coaches for any questions:
Under 14A’s – Travis – 0402 553 834
Under 14B’s Kyle – 0413 172 880

U16 January Training Info

A special note from Darren Kane to U16 training squad members

Subject: Spotswood Under 16 2014 Training Squad.

Team,

A small number of enthusiastic squad members braved the threat of a tough 5km run to attend this evening’s first night of training for season 2014.  As it turned out, a hard run was only a rumour and the small team completed a nice jog from the Athletics Track Car Park along the Strand foreshore to the Williamstown Sailing Club and back.  This is approximately 4 kms, with the first runner back in around 17 minutes and the last home in just on 21 minutes.  Sub 20 minutes is probably what the coaching team are looking for from our midfielders and followers and everybody in the squad being able to complete this run in 22 minutes.

We are hoping the above distance and times gives all our players and understanding of the fitness level that will be required this year to get the best out of your football for yourself and to support your team mates.  Football is a team game and this squad will only be as successfully as each of its players, so if you think the above measure is one you may struggle to achieve at the start of the season, it is recommended you put the runners on and start some jogging.  Look to extend the distances out to at least 4 kms or beyond.  This will be the aim of the pre-season training squad.

We have received some apologies from players who are still away on holidays and from those engaged in part time jobs or cricket camps.  Thank you for getting in touch, but please be conscious of doing some running on your own so that when you are able to join the squad, we can move into skills work quickly because the squad as a whole have achieved the required fitness base.   If you have not as yet responded to the first email to inform us that you are looking to play with the squad in the 2014 season could you please do so as an early indication of numbers will assist us with promotion and recruitment   Reply to Shane and/or myself on this email.  Thank you.  Also if the chance arises to promote our club and squad to potential players, please do so.  It would be good to have as close to our required number of players together early in the season.

The Squad will again train this week on Thursday (23rd) evening at 5.30pm, meeting at the gates of the Athletics Track (Newport Park) the corner of The Strand.  It will be another running session with a jog along the foreshore and perhaps some run throughs.

The Squad will train only one day next week on Wednesday 29th at the Athletics Track for another run, starting the same time.

Finally, on Sunday morning 2nd February, we have organised a training run along the Williamstown Foreshore meeting at 8.30am.  We will meet opposite the Botanical Gardens and take a jog along the sea wall to the Time ball Tower.  On return there will be a breakfast (sausage sizzle / Cereal) and an opportunity for the players to meet with other team mates in the Spotswood Football Club.  It will also be an opportunity to register players for season 2014.

I will have the above information posted to the club website under the 16’s section.

Regards
Darren Kane  

Squad Coach

2014 Training Nights Seniors & Under 18s

2014 Training Nights Seniors & Under 18s

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday Nights

Commencing at 6pm

#2 Ground McLean Reserve, Spotswood

Head Trainer Required

The Spotswood Football Club is seeking a head trainer for the 2014 Football Season.
This person should have experience in running a Sports Trainers Department, including a current Level 1 or 2 Sports Trainers Certificate.
Contact Person: Annette McLaren
Contact Number: 0419734812
Email: admin@spotswoodfc.com.au
Where: Spotswood Victoria
Dates/Times: Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Sport: AFL
Wage: TBA
Required from March – September 2014

Senior Practice Games 2014

15/3/13: Barwon Heads at Barwon Heads. 2 games starting at 12 O’Clock
22/3/13: Mary Park at Mary Park 3 games starting at 10 O’Clock
TBC: Redan at Spotswood: 3 games starting at 10 O’Clock

Junior Coaches 2014

Spotswood Football Club are please to announce the following Junior Coaches for Season 2014

Under 10
Rohan Stafford

Under 11
Phil Buck

Under 12
Matt Mansfield
Peter Rains

Under 14A
Travis Wheeler

Under 14C
Kyle Baker

Under 16A
Darren Kane
Assist: Gordon Mutch

Under 16C
Shane Drage

SPOTSWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB PRE-SEASON TRAINING 2014

SPOTSWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB
PRE-SEASON TRAINING 2014
Senior, Reserves & Under 18’s
# 2 Oval, Spotswood Football Club, The Avenue Spotswood
(or until further notice)
Starting 6pm – Mondays & Thursdays compulsory

NOVEMBER
20 Wednesday
21 Thursday
25 Monday
27 Wednesday
28 Thursday
DECEMBER
2 Monday
4 Wednesday
5 Thursday
9 Monday
11 Wednesday
12 Thursday
16 Monday
18 Wednesday
19 Thursday

Please phone if you cannot make it
Tom Langlands 0402 448 856
Grant Smith 0419 339 660
Peter Lazarro 0417 326 693
Matt Dean 0433 552 915

Coaches Positions Vacant for 2014

The Spotswood Football Club is seeking applications for coaches of our Junior Teams for the 2014 season. The respective age groups are Under 9’s 10’s, 12’s 14’s and 16’s.
We are also seeking expressions of interest in coaching a possible 13’s and 15’s for 2014.

Please forward an email confirming your details and the team you wish to coach to admin@spotswoodfc.com.au by close of business 15th November,2013

A subcommittee will then conduct interviews with the aim of appointing coaches for the 2014 as soon as practical.

An outline of the coaching position description is below.

Coaches Description

Junior Coaching Co-ordinator 2014

The Spotswood FC is also thrilled to announce the appointment of Tony Schibeci as our Junior Coaching Coordinator. Tony is a passionate local footy man at Spotswood as well as a popular media personality with SEN radio. Tony will bring enthusiasm, energy and fresh ideas to the role and is committed to the development and improvement of our Junior Coaching Programme. Congratulations Tony!

Reserves & Under 18s Coaches 2014

Following the announcement of our new senior coach Tom Langlands, The Spotswood FC is equally delighted to announce the reappointment of Peter Lazzaro as coach of the reserves and Matt Dean as coach of the under 18s.
Both Peter and Matt were new appointments in 2013 and did outstanding jobs. Their reappointment will provide stability and continuing development to both teams. Congratulations Peter and Matt!

Senior Coach 2014

Spotswood Football Club are delighted to announce that Tom Langlands has been appointed Senior playing coach for 2014. Tom will bring Grant Smith with him as his senior bench coach. Grant is a past premiership player at SFC, played at Williamstown & has been involved with football for the past 20 years.
We hope everyone will get behind Tom so we can make 2014 our year!!!

Junior Best & Fairest 2013

Under 11
5th Darcy Beer (most improved)
4th Marwan El-Houli (best utility)
3rd Ben Mansfield (most consistent)
2nd Joseph Whittle
1st Travis Chan

Under 12
5th Patrick Dragovic (Most Consistent)
4th Moe Abdo (Best team player)
3rd Nick Drage (Most determined)
2nd James Cardwell
1st Chris Perkins (Mitch Beattie Memorial Trophy)

Under 14A
Coach’s Award: Max Skinns
5th Zane Donnazon (Best Club Man)
4th Lachlan Fogarty (Most Consistent)
3rd Jordan Dimkovski (Most Tenacious)
2nd Josh Drage
1st Elliot Rosado

Under 14C
Coach’s Award: Aaron Cheesley
5th Josh Harris (Most Versatile
4th Nick Richmond (Most Dependable)
3rd Eric Tsoukas Best Defender)
2nd Chris Richmond
1st Nick Papakalodoukas

Under 16A
Coach’s Award: Ciaran Lynch
5th Darcy Wilson (Most Consistent)
4th Conor Daley (Most determined)
3rd Hamzah Ali (Most courageous)
2nd Hamza Abdo
1st Kieren Jaksic

Under 16C
Coach’s Award: Saffy Al Hawli
5th Josh Conway (Most determined)
4th Jordan Boyd (Most skilled)
3rd Frank Schnioffsky (Most improved)
2nd Lewis Kennedy
1st Ahmed El Hawli

2013 Seniors Best & Fairest

Seniors
Best & Fairest – Chris O’Keefe
Runner Up – Michael Fogarty
3rd Best & Fairest – Murray Boyd
Team Player Award – Justin Dorward
Coaches Award – Christian Elliott
Best 1st Year Player – Shaun Ross

Reserves
Best & Fairest – Vincent Smart
Runner Up – Scott Dickson
3rd Best & Fairest – Brent Dickson
Most Consistent – Aaron Floyd
Most Determined – Imran Saaoud
Coaches Award – Kane Liossis

Under 18A
Best & Fairest – Josh Norton
Runner Up –Sam Davis
3rd Best & Fairest – Bryce Williams
Coaches Award – Mitch McLean
Best Clubperson – Connor Menadue
Most Improved – Sean Hardeman

Under 18s Presentation Day

Under 18’s Presentation Day
Sunday September 22nd
Davis Family home – 11 Greg Norman Drive, Sanctuary Lakes
12.30 pm onwards
BBQ Lunch Provided & soft drinks – BYO Alcohol
RSVP by: Sept 17th to gd@2up.com or Glenn 0432 376788
Bring shorts & towel for pool & spa

WRFL Team of the Year

Congratulations to Elliott Wood, Chris O’Keefe, Christian Elliott, Murray Boyd, Michael Fogarty & Justin Dorward for making this year’s WRFL Team of the Year.

Half back Elliot Wood
Wing Michael Fogarty
CHF Murray Boyd
Forward Pocket Christian Elliot
Rover Chris O’Keefe
Interchange Justin Dorward

WRFL Junior Awards

Congratulations to Chris Perkins on his WRFL Under 12B Best & Fairest Award & for Best Player Under 12 WRFL Interleague. Congrats also goes to Hamza Abdo for coming equal 3rd In Under 16a Best & Fairest.

SFC – Junior Coaching Applications

The Spotswood Football Club is seeking applications for coaches of our Junior Teams for the 2014 season. The respective age groups are Under 9’s 10’s, 12’s 2 x 14’s and 2 x 16’s.

Please forward an email confirming your details and the team you wish to coach to admin@spotswoodfc.com.au by 30th September.

A subcommittee will then conduct interviews with the aim of appointing coaches for the 2014 as soon as practical.

An outline of the coaching position description is below

Coaching Position Description

Sponsorship Co-ordinator Position

Securing, maintaining and managing sponsors is vital to the ongoing success of the Spotswood Football Club and it is a task that requires the effort of more than just one person.

We currently have 2 or 3 board members that are actively involved in this important task, but we are looking for people to assist in a variety of ways, perhaps managing and keeping updated the information on our sponsors, or ensuring they all receive the benefits of the sponsorship package as per their arrangement with us, being a friendly face to greet them at a Spotty function, or making sure we keep in contact with them during the year as we certainly want to make sure they feel valued and appreciated.

The role is not time consuming, but if you think you can assist in this important function, please send an email to admin@spotswoodfc.com.au .

Under 18’s Finals Saturday 7th Sept

Get down to Avalon Airport Oval at 9.30 this Saturday to watch our Under 18 boys compete for a position in the Grand Final.

Preliminary Final – Spotswood Vs St Albans

Good luck to our boys. Go Woodsmen!!!

Junior Survey

To all juniors, players, parents, coaches & supporters
Hi all,
Spotswood Football Club is a club for EVERYBODY, and to make it bigger and better for 2014, we need your help. Please click on the below link to complete a survey to help the Junior Working Group plan for next year. All ideas and suggestions are welcome. Please complete the survey by September 13th.
Many thanks, the JWG.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9GM5GJH

Finals – 31st August

Second Semi Final
SENIORS
Spotswood Vs Deer Park 2.15pm

UNDER 18S
Spotswood vs Hoppers Crossing 9.30am

Finals First Round

Finals are here!!!!

This Saturday 24th August @ Avalon Airport Oval (Chirnside Park , Watton St, Werribee)

2.15 – Seniors vs Sunshine

9.39 – Under 18s vs Albion

Get down there to support our boys in their finals quest!!

Go Spotty Woodsmen!!!

Under 14’s Presentation Night

Under 14s Presentation Night

Under 14
Presentation Night
Friday 16th August from 6pm
Spotswood Football Club
Creek Street Spotswood

All under 14 players and their parents are invited to celebrate season 2013.

It is a chance to thank all of the helpers and reward the players for their season.

Please bring a plate of food to share, bar open.

Junior Coaching Coordinator Position

The Spotswood Football Club is seeking applicants for the role of Junior Coaching Coordinator. Attached to this email is the Position Description.
Interested applicants should confirm their interest to admin@spotswoodfc.com.au. Close off date for applications is the 25th August 2013.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
JUNIOR COACHING CO-ORDINATOR

PRIMARY ROLE:

To co-ordinate the continual development of junior team coaches and support staff through the application of technical skills, tactical knowledge and performance standards to maximize on field efforts and meet the objectives of the SFC.

REPORTS TO:

• Football Operations Co-ordinator (SFC Board – Executive Committee)

KEY COMPETENCIES:

• Good working knowledge of the SFC Constitution, Charter, Policies and Procedures, etc.
• Good working knowledge of the relevant AFL & WRFL Constitution, Policies and Procedures, etc.
• Excellent Football knowledge (both technical skills and tactical understanding)
• Excellent organisational and personnel management skills (including conflict resolution).
• Well developed negotiation and communication skills.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Assist in providing governance for compliance to all applicable AFL/WRFL Regulations and SFC Policies.
• Develop, maintain and improve the SFC Junior Football specific policies and procedures.
• Implement and monitor compliance to key policy and procedure requirements (e.g. player age groups).
• Co-ordinate and improve the Junior Football ‘coaching program’ by ensuring adequate structures, competent personnel, effective processes and suitable resources are in place as follows:
 Assist in the coaching personnel nominee, application, interview, selection and appointment processes
 Develop coaching personnel position descriptions and contracts (where applicable)
 Ensure all coaches have access to and complete level 1 or 2 coach accreditation (as required)
 Maintain accurate records of accreditation status and assist in coaches re-accreditation needs
 Develop and improve the SFC coaching curriculum and coaching performance standards
 Mentor coaches by maintaining and sharing technical & tactical skills and performance standards
 Assist coaches with the development of player training programs/drills and skills development
 Support coaching personnel in any matters of grievance, conflict or dispute resolution
 Monitor and evaluate coaching performance at periodic game day and training sessions (as required)
 Develop and maintain a retention strategy and succession plan for coaching personnel
• Be the focal point for Junior Football ‘coaching program’ and liaise with AFL & WRFL stakeholders (as required)

TRAINING/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
• Level 1 or 2 AFL Coach Accreditation and Working with Children Check

Under 16s Presentation Night


Spotswood Football Club
Cordially invite all Under 16 players, parents and friends to attend their inaugural sit-down presentation night. Halal options available.
Where: Spotswood Football Club
When: Friday 30th August from 6:30pm
Cost: $10 per person for the two course meal
Bar open for drinks.
Please RSVP with name, number of tickets required and dietary requirements by 16th August to:
jnradmin@spotswood.com.au
or
gordon.mutch@bigpond.com
Full payment required by 23rd August to secure your spot.

Under 11s & 12s Presentation Night

Under 11 and 12 Presentation Night
Friday 23rd August from 6pm
Spotswood Football Club
Creek Street Spotswood
All under 11 and 12 players and their parents are invited to celebrate season 2013.
It is a chance to thank all of the helpers and reward the players for their season.
Please bring a plate of food to share, bar open.

Snooks Fundraiser

SFC Sports Luncheon


12.30pm to 4.00pm

Friday 13th September

SFC Clubrooms
The SFC are once again holding a “Sport Luncheon” and you are invited to enjoy an afternoon with friends & business collegues whilst assisting the club in raising valuable funds for the Senior & Junior Football Programs.

Entertainment includes renowned MC Tony Schibeci interviewing AFL & NRL stars of the past & present in the lead up to the Western Region Football League Grand Final

Tickets are available at $100 each (or $550 for a table of 6) and included your entry, entertainment, 2 course meal by Executive Swiss Chef Fredi Schelbert & berr/wine/softdrinks.

Tickets are available from Rod Gardiner by calling 0417 971160 or via email – epicmanagement@bigpond.com.au

SFC Presentation Night

20th September 2013

7.30-12.30

$125 for Seniors $110 For Under 18’s

Dress to Impress

Beer, Wine & soft drinks – Cash Bar for spirits

Tables of 8 – please organise your table in advance

RSVP Jenny – 0408024824 or cfo@spotswoodfc.com.au by 5th Sept

(no late bookings – numbers must be in & paid for 2 weeks in advance)

If you want to pay by direct debit, please call or email Jenny for details.

Under 14’s Final 11.8.13

The 14A’s are playing this Sunday at Altona against Williamstown. The game starts at 12.20pm. It would be great to have as many Spotswood supporters there to cheer the boys on.

Junior Newsletter 31.7.13

Junior Newsletter 31.7.13

Under 9’s Presentation Night

Under 9 Presentation Night
Friday 9th August from 6pm
Spotswood Football Club
Creek Street Spotswood

All under 9 players and their parents are invited to celebrate season 2013.

It is a chance to thank all of the helpers and reward the players for their season.

Please bring a plate of food to share, bar open.

Trainers Required

The Spotswood Football Club is seeking additional trainers across all age groups for the 2014 season.
If you are interested in the role but not qualified, the club will consider the cost of the required training course.
Applicants will ultimately need to have the appropriate qualification and working with children check ( as required)

Please register your interest by emailing enquiries@spotswoodfc.com.au

Club Policies

The Spotswood Football Club has spent considerable time and effort over the past two years developing and improving a range of Policies and Procedures that will support our position as being one of the leading clubs within the WRFL and respected within local community.

It is important that our valued members and supporters know how to access these documents and are aware of the expectations set-out in the relevant Policies.
We do maintain a hard copy manual in the main office and we are now posting the ‘key’ documents on the Notice Board within the SFC clubrooms.

The Policy documents are also available on this website and can be accessed via the ‘Club Information’ tab, under ‘Club Policies’.
These documents are periodically reviewed for suitability and compliance and it is timely to note that our Vilification and Discrimination Policy and Drugs in Sport Policy have both been recently updated to meet the requirements advised by the WRFL and AFL.
Please take the time to read through documents and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a member of the committee.

Please click here

Junior Newsletter 24.7.13

Junior Newsletter 24.7.13

Junior Newsletter 17.7.13

Junior Newsletter 17.7.13

Junior Newsletter 10.7.13

Junior Newletter 10.7.13

Cecilia Wakeling

The Committee, Players & Supporters of the Spotswood Football Club offer their condolences to Peter, Ken and families on the passing of Cecilia Wakeling. Life member of the SFC.

Mr Spotswood 2013

MR SPOTSWOOD 2013

Who will be crowned Mr Spotswood 2013?????

Player Review stars at 7.30 – Dances at 8.30

Fashion Parade by:
Grace & Willow
People Australia

Cost $15.00 at the door

Limited number of VIP Tables Available
$160 Tables of 8
(Book now to avoid disappointment)

For all Enquires & Booking – please contact:
Maryanne Fino on 0412 606976
or: Maryanne@mtbbs.com.au

Share this around & invite your friends

DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR FAVOURITE ANNUAL EVENT!!!!

THIS IS 18+ EVENT

Junior Newsletter 3.7.13

Junior Newsletter 3.7.13

Super Sunday Session

Super Sunday Session At Spotty
Spotswood Juniors Family Afternoon
Sunday 21st July 2013
4 – 8 pm
Spotswood FC Clubrooms – Creek Street, Spotswood

It’s the last home game for the 2013 home & away season!

Invite family & friends to come & support the club & the boys.

– AFL Player in attendance
– Live Music
– Entertainment
– Raffle
– Bar Open
– Food available (halal options)

ALL FOR JUST A $5 DONATION!!!

Super Sunday Session

1993 Grand Final Reunion

1993 GRAND FINAL REUNION

Saturday 6th July

Games start at noon

Reunion starts at 2pm

Come along & reminisce with your other teams mates!!!

Bring the family

Team of the Century will be in attendance

Junior Newsletter 29.6.13

Junior Newsletter 29.6.13

Team of The Decade 2003-2012

Junior Newsletter 19.6.13

Junior Newsletter 19.6.13

SFC President’s Lunch

Everyone is invited to the Annual SFC Predisdent’s Lunch
Round 10 Spotswood VS Altona
SFC Clubrooms
12-2pm
Cost $45 per head Tables of 6 (maximum of 16 tables)
2 Course Meal, Beer, Wine & Soft Drinks
Guest Speakers:
Angela Altair – Hobsons Bay Mayor
Bob Tregear – WRFL CEO
Grant Williams – AFL Victoria
Hosted by SEN’s Tony Schibeci
For Bookings: please contact Jenny Walshe 0408 024824 or cfo@spotswoodfc.com.au
RSVP by 16th June or until sold out.

Junior Newsletter 12.6.13

Junior Newsletter 12.6.13

Junior Parents Photo Offer

Please click here
Parents can visit our webpage, view our images and order from these or wait and see what becomes available. If we don’t have the child, parents can contact and we will ensure we take.

Junior Newsletter 5.6.13

Junior Newsletter 5.6.13
Spotty Newsletter 5 6 13 Junior Newsletter

Junior Newsletter 29.5.13

WILLIAMSTOWN TAKE ON ARCH RIVALS PORT MELBOURNE!

GET DOWN TO BURBANK OVAL THIS SUNDAY 2ND JUNE AS WILLIAMSTOWN TAKE ON ARCH RIVALS PORT MELBOURNE!

Development Game – 11.00am

Senior Game – 2.00pm

ADMISSION –
$ 10.00 ADULTS
$ 5.00 CONCESSION
CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 15 FREE

FAMILY PASSES ADMIT 2 ADULTS AND 2 KIDS FOR FREE

AFTERMATCH DINNER AT THE STEAMPACKET
The Williamstown Football Club invite all supporters to join the players and coaching staff for dinner at the Steam Packet Hotel after the coaches speeches after the game against Port Melbourne on Sunday 2nd June.
The Steam Packet is located at 13 Cole Street, Williamstown.
MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE AT THIS SUNDAY’S GAME
The Williamstown Football Club will be selling merchandise outside the grandstand at this Sunday’s game against Port Melbourne. The stall will be set up from 2.30pm to the end of the 3rd quarter. Come down and wear the Williamstown colours and show your support for the Seagulls!

Footy Town In Williamstown

FOOTY TOWN IN WILLIAMSTOWN
WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 2013 7.30PM – 10.00PM

Join Paul Daffey and John Harms as they discuss their latest book, Footy Town: Stories of Australia’s Game. Footy Town features stories and writers from across Australia, including the Willy CY’s own Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson, and Vin Maskell, who will MC the evening.

Venue Williamstown CYMS clubrooms, Fearon Reserve, Esplanade Williamstown – enter via Garden Street or Osborne Street.

Dress code Wear a footy jumper if you wish, the older the better.

Tickets: $10/$7 Seating limited – book now online at www.willylitfest.org.au

Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night.

Drinks at bar prices

If you like local footy you’ll love Footy Town.

This is a Williamstown Literary Festival event.
www.willylitfest.org.au

Flyer

Team of the Decade

TEAM OF THE DECADE
Saturday 15th June
Commencing at 6.30pm
SFC Clubrooms
3 Nominees for each position on the field
but only one winner!!!
Silent & Live Auctions
Pizza by the Slice
Drinks at Bar Prices
Team of the Century will be in attendance

Under 14A’s Training – 28th May.

The 14A’s will be training on the No2 Oval at Spotswood next Tuesday Night the 28th of May, starting at 5.30 PM to 7.00 PM.

Mid Season Cocktail Party

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Access and parking at Westbourne Grammar

Old Westbourne Football Club have advised the following regarding access to and parking at Westbourne Grammar. If your club is drawn to play at the school it would be appreciated if you could alert the relevant teams to the below restrictions.

Until further notice entry to Old Westbourne for Sunday games will only be via Gate C, Marquands Road, Truganina (Melway ref 203 E5). The Sayers Road entry WILL NOT be open.
There is NO parking around either oval, with parking strictly limited to within the designated asphalt car parking bays. No parking is allowed on grassed, gravel or garden bed areas

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Under 9 & 11’s training on Fridays

Training for 9’s and 11’s to be run by senior players on Fridays between 5.30pm and 6.30pm

Updated Social/Playing Calendar

2013 Social/Playing Calendar

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Williamstown & Spotswood Football Club Golf Day


10th May 2013
Sunshine Golf Club, 475 Mt Derrimut Rd, Derrimut
Registration from 11.00am to 12noon
A free sausage sizzle on arrival at course
A “shot gun start” at 12.15pm (Ambrose conditions)
After game finger food and drinks at bar prices
Drinks and food cart on course
dress Code: Strictly no denim

Ph Brendan Curry 0409 857 308
Ph Len Murphy (03) 9327 3477
Ph Bill Bond 0417 536 682

A Night at the Races

Spotswood Football Club has decided this year to do bigger & better than our annual Trivia night so this night has been replaced with:
A NIGHT AT THE RACES
Race calling & betting
Lots of Games
Silent & Live Auctions
Raffles – especially our annual “Barrel of Wine” Raffle
Featuring:” Fashions of the Fascinator” – wear your best (or worse) fascinator to win prizes
$30 per head
Light Supper Provided
First Race called at 7.45pm
To Reserve your place in the Grandstand at the SFC Racecourse,
please contact Janine on 0401 335 471
Limited numbers so get in quick.

Junior Photos

2013 Official Team Photos

Spotswood Football Club have partnered with Sports In Focus. Wednesday, 24th April 2013 at Spotswood Football Club, The Avenue, Sports In Focus will be taking YOUR 2013 OFFICAL TEAM PHOTO.

Sports in Focus is a professional Sports Photography Company widely recognised for taking the standards of sports photography to a new level. Our aim as a committee is to provide you with an excellent service and to capture a professional memento of your child’s wonderful achievement in the world of Football.

To help ensure that the photo shoot runs smoothly and ahead of time please have your Photo Envelope and Order Form pre filled in and ready to hand to the photographer. To make this possible you obviously must have your photo envelope… if you haven’t yet please ask your Team Manager. This must be filled in and handed to the photographer before the photo shoot can take place, this way the photographer will know exactly what kind of photo to take of your child.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Junior Fixture Sunday 21st April

Under 9 White Manor Lakes Howqua Reserve 8:50
Under 10 Blue Bye
Under 11 B Bye
Under 12 B Newport Power Home 10:20
Under 14 C Manor Lakes Howqua Reserve 12:05
Under 14 A St Bernard’s St Bernard’s Number 1 12:05
Under 16 C Sanctuary Lakes Home 2:05
Under 16 A St Bernard’s St Bernard’s Number 1 2:05

SFC Annual Ladies Chicken & Champagne Lunch

Don’t forget this Saturday April 20th – not too late to book a table.
Please contact Meagan on 0411 608602 or Jess on 0403 609611

SFC Calcutta

The annual Calcutta has been postponed until the first home game this Saturday night after the game. This will give everyone a chance to see the players in action before they bid on them. It will start about 6.30pm after the game.

Junior News

Spotswood Football Club Junior News
15/4/2013
Hi all,
A very busy week coming up and I wanted to let you know what we have going on. There is a lot of information here, so please bear with me!

Season Launch:
All juniors and their parents are invited to the Junior Season Launch this Friday night from 6:30 in the clubrooms. The JWG have been working hard to ensure a fantastic night for all. Pizza and drinks will be given out to all players and there will be many lucky door prizes as well. This is a great opportunity to meet with other parents, chat with the coaches and see what the footy club is all about.

Photos:
We have gone with a new photographer this year; “Sports in Focus”. All junior photos will be taken on Wednesday 24th April from 5pm onwards. More information and envelopes will be handed to you by your coaches this Wednesday.

Email Contacts:
We are currently testing all emails, and if you have received this, it means that we have yours! If you hear of others who have not received any information, please ask then to send an email to: loreybentley75@dodo.com.au

Merchandise:
Merchandise is available during training sessions from the club rooms. Training tops, valued at $30, are given out to all registered and paid players. Shorts are $34 and socks are $12. Note: under 9 and 10mplayers only need green shorts, while under 11 and up need both green and white shorts.

Bring your old boots:
If anyone has old (but still wearable) boots lying about the place, please bring them in to the clubroom and place in the tub so that they can be used again. If you find a pair that you would like, all you need to do is donate $5 and they are yours.

New app:
Don’t forget to search for “Spotswood” in the app store to download our app. We are the first football club in the WRFL to have this, so it is pretty exciting. Suits iPhones and Android.

Volunteering:
A sheet went out with all registrations asking people what they can volunteer to do to help the club. If you missed out on yours, there are some in the clubroom. Jobs don’t always occur on a Sunday, so if you get in early, you can volunteer to help out during the week so that you can watch the children on the Sunday. Team managers will be using this information to do up a volunteer roster and it will be up to you to arrange an alternative if you cannot help on the day.

Auskick Registration:
Registration for Auskick is this Saturday 20th April from 9 – 10:30. Please let all eligible children know.

Raffle Tickets:
Spotswood Football Club have been lucky enough to secure a spot at The Spottiswoode Hotel selling raffle tickets every Friday night from 5 – 7pm. This is great fundraising opportunity for the club and we will be rostering teams to sell tickets. This week it is the senior’s turn, so head over to the pub to buy your raffle tickets before the Season Launch 

Incentive Scheme:
Thank you to all of the families who have introduced new players into our club. Spotty Cash Cards will be issued within the next few weeks.

Ladies’ Day Chicken and Champagne Lunch:
If you haven’t already, book a table or join one for this Saturday 20th April from 12pm. It is always a great day, and there happens to be a game of football on as well! For more information, please contact Jess on 0403 609611

JS Coterie:
Be sure to check out the JS coterie flyers that are around the clubroom. This is a great opportunity for parents to network on a business and/or social level while looking for opportunities to raise funds for the junior footballers. For more information, speak to Gavin 0418132179

And finally…
This week’s games:
The league has just released the first week of games and will release the rest of the season by next week. Our games are:

Team Playing Venue Time
Under 9 White Manor Lakes Howqua Reserve 8:50
Under 10 Blue Flemington Juniors Home 8:50
Under 11 B Albion Home 10:20
Under 12 B Newport Power Home 10:20
Under 14 C Manor Lakes Howqua Reserve 12:05
Under 14 A St Bernard’s St Bernard’s Number 1 12:05
Under 16 C Sanctuary Lakes Home 2:05
Under 16 A St Bernard’s St Bernard’s Number 1 2:05

Please be at the grounds 45 minutes prior to the start of your match and if you are running late, please send your coach or team manager a text to let them know.
Ground locations are readily available from the WRFL website. Just look up your team’s fixture and there is a link to all ground locations. It is advisable to check this prior to the Sunday of your match.

Remember, we are all here for our children to have a fun time playing sport with their friends.

Any questions, suggestions, ideas, please contact Lorey: loreybentley75@dodo.com.au

Thanks,
JWG

Junior Welcoming Night

Please note the Junior Welcoming Night is not 12th April but following Friday 19th – all welcome – Merchandising will be available that evening.

Senior Player Presentation & Calcutta

Senior Jumper Presentation & Calcutta tomorrow night (Thursday) in clubrooms starting at 7.30pm – all welcome. Come for Roast Pork or Beef Dinner

Junior Registration

Last chance for Junior Registration tonight (Wednesday) to receive a free training top – inside clubrooms during all training sessions – if not registered by today, the player will be not be able to play. Also merchandising shop will be open.

Important information for juniors:

ALL juniors must be registered and paid before the commencement of round one. If transferring from another club or this is your first time playing football, a WRFL form and birth certificate must also be provided. Children will not be able to play unless they are registered due to insurance reasons.

Due to school holidays and training commitments, please be advised of the following:
• The clubrooms will NOT be open on Friday 5th April.
• The club rooms will be open on Friday 12th April, but there will not be a season launch on this night;
• The junior launch will now be held on one night: Friday 19th April for all teams. Kitchen and bar will be open.

Next and final registration night for juniors to receive their training top valued at $30 will be held on Wednesday 10th April during the training sessions. Merchandise will also be available for purchase on this night. Please also bring along any old but still wearable football boots to be donated to other players, particularly the younger ones.

The junior fixture for all teams will not be released by the WRFL until the week before round 1; therefore we are unable to provide you with details of where you will be playing. We will let you know as soon as we do.

Upcoming events:
Friday 19th April: Junior season launch
Saturday 20th April: Auskick registration
Chicken and champagne lunch
Sunday 21st April: Round 1 of season 2013
Wednesday 24th April: Junior photos (provided by Sports in Focus)
Friday 26th April: Members Draw Number 1

For more information, go to www.spotswoodfc.com.au; “like” Green ‘n’ Gold on Facebook, or email jnradmin@spotswoodfc.com.au

Junior Registration Day – Sunday March 17th


Don’t forget this Sunday – Junior Registration Day – Oval # 2 Spotswood Football Club, McLean Reserve, Spotswood between 10am – 1pm. Must register by Sunday to receive a free training top – sausage sizzle from 11.30 – come & meet the coaches. Or if you can’t make it, register on line for previous players via Sporting Pulse.

Junior Coterie Group

A brand new initiative for the Spotswood Football Club. The Juniors are our future and your support will ensure we can constantly improve our junior programme and sustain our success for many years to come!

2013 Season Playing & Social Calendar

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SFC Playing & Social Calendar for Season 2013

Major Sponsor Greg Hocking Elly Partners recommits for 2013

The team at Greg Hocking Elly Partners are Williamstown, Newport,Yarraville and Spotswood specialists, and locals will recognise many familiar faces.

Wayne Elly has lived and worked in and around Williamstown for his entire life, and his unique local insight and experience has made him a trusted authority on property in the area.

Offering the complete range of real estate services, you can’t miss their Williamstown office which has a high profile location at 84 Ferguson Street. Phone 8387-0000. Thinking of buying or selling, contact Wayne or his team and support them as they support us.

Junior Registration Form 2013

Junior Registration Pack

Registration Day

To all past, present and future players:

We are really excited about the year ahead for the Spotswood Football Club and we would love you to be a part of the Spotswood Football Family for 2013.

We would like to let you and your family know that the formation of a Junior Working Group and a dedicated junior administrator, whose role is purely to look after the juniors and their families, means that 2013 for the juniors will be one of great opportunities to enjoy your football, develop your skills and participate in the social activities that are planned.

The aim of the Junior Working Group is the continuation of a “family” football club with emphasis on development of career paths, team building, and more social events for both players and their families. These events will include movie nights, gala football nights with players from Auskick through to seniors all participating, and parent “get togethers”.

In 2012, we operated Auskick on a Saturday morning as well as fielding 8 teams from under 9s through to under 16s who played on a Sunday, and we would like this to continue in 2013. We have recently appointed coaches for this year and are in the process of recruiting players.

We have developed a weekly email update for juniors in all teams so that everybody knows what is happening within the club. This weekly update includes where all teams are playing, who is on the canteen and Friday night kitchen rosters, and key contact details.

For the first time, we will be having online registrations making it easier than ever before to re-join the Spotswood Football Club. Past players will be sent details about this in the near future, with on-line registrations open very soon. All players who register and pay online before March 17th will receive a training top. These tops can be purchased after this date. To find out more, “friend” Green N Gold or “like” Spotswood Football Club on Facebook, or visit www.spotswoodfc.com.au

2013 also sees the introduction of an incentive scheme to give you even more reason to invite others to join you at Spotswood Football Club. When you bring a new player to the Club, your family will receive a reward card that can be used anywhere within the football club and is valued at up to $100. For more information on this, see the website or Facebook.

Whether you decide to re-join Spotswood next year, or choose another path, we wish you and your family all the best.

With best regards,

Lorey Bentley
Junior Administrator
Spotswood Football Club

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