Newsletter May 25

Good Evening Roosters,

Super Sunday has been and gone at Shorten Reserve. Don’t fret though. There are still a few more of those Sundays coming up. Once again a huge thank you to all those who helped out on the weekend. The teams are looking pretty good at this stage of the season. Both Under 9 sides are improving at an exponential rate. Des has the 10s absolutely purring. My Under 11s are sitting second on the table despite losing a nail biter on Sunday.  Tim has his 13s beautifully placed at second on the table with a healthy percentage courtesy of some absolute hidings they have dished out in recent weeks. Great work by all involved. With 8 rounds left plus finals, 2017 may yet prove to be the year of the Rooster!

Chocolate Money

Once again folks, we remind you that we would like your chocolate money returned by next Friday. That’s the 2nd of June. Please return it to Andrew at Friday night training.


We are expecting our hoodies to be delivered in the next 24 hours. If we have them in time for tomorrow night we will begin to distribute them after training. We have quite a few to hand out, so please be patient. They will only be available at the conclusion of training.


It was noticed by myself and other members of the club that a lot of volunteer roles appear to be being filled by the same parents every week. We once again remind you that we need everyone to do their bit at our growing club.

I have also had parents querying the lack of umpires at some of our games. This is a problem faced by many clubs and is caused by the lack of umpires available right across Melbourne. When we are not allocated an umpire, we need a parent to fill this role. Please do not expect the same 2 or 3 parents to do this task every time. I know that it may be daunting, but it really only requires a basic understanding of the rules. I am certain that there are more than 3 parents that possess this knowledge. You can share the duties with other parents at each game so that we don’t run one mum or dad into the ground. Please think about this. It is not fair to expect the same people to do this every time.

Friday Night Kitchen

Once again, Kiah and Brendon will fire up the kitchen on Friday night. You know the drill guys. Cheap food for all and drinks available at the bar.

Match Reports

We didn’t receive too many photos this week. Please feel free to snap away at all of our games and send us the photos. You can either post them to our Facebook page or send them to me via email at

Check out the Round 6 Match Reports here.

Remember to take those photos parents. If this happens, we want to see it!

This Weeks Games

The Under 11s have the bye this week.

For all other teams, please check out the fixtures here for all of your match times and venues.

That’s about it for this week Roosters

Good luck to all those playing on Sunday


Newsletter May 18

Good Evening Roosters

There were some fantastic results from last weekend’s round of football. All of our much deserving Mums missing out on breakfast in bed for Mother’s day was however a disappointing result. A massive thanks to all the mums who turned out to watch our Roosters play. You’re awesome! You know who else is awesome? Our weekly band of volunteers. That’s who! We love your work.


We still have a few boxes of fundraising chocolates left. If you would like to grab another, please see Andrew or your Team Manager. Andrew will be at training on Friday night to collect your chocolate money if you have it. We would like to have all money for the chocolates back by Friday June 2nd.

WRFL Grading

The WRFL have this week made some grading changes to competitions in order to make them more even and competitive. These changes have affected both of our teams that play with scoring. The Under 11s can welcome Spotswood to their competition from division 1. The Under 13s now have Point Cook in their division after coming down from division 2.


We have a small number of Roosters Backpacks available for sale at the club. These are perfect for your match day kit. These will be available at the club on Friday night and are an absolute steal at $20. If you would like one you had better get in quick.

Match Reports

The reports are now up on our website. The eagle eyed amongst you may notice that the Under 11 report is not there. That’s because I haven’t finished it. I hope to have it done by tomorrow night. I apologise for the lateness (Phew! What a week!)  Those of you not impacted by this, please enjoy the reports from your much more organised coaches!

This Weeks Games

It’s an absolute Rooster Fest at Shorten Reserve this weekend with four teams playing at home. The  Under 10s kick things off at 8:50 am, the Under 9 Reds hit the ground at 10:20, the 11s have a 12:05 start time and the 13s wrap it all up at 2:05pm.

The Under 9 Blues are away at Flemington this week. This game starts at 10:20.

Check the fixtures for more info here.

Remember that we need you at the ground at least 50 minutes before every game.

That’s it for this week

Go Roosters


Newsletter May 11

Good Evening Roosters,

What a cracking weekend of football! All of our teams got the chocolates. Our 11s and 13s are sitting second on their respective ladders and our younger brigade are becoming quite the formidable outfits. I know I say it every week, but a massive thanks to all those that volunteered on Sunday. Superstars! Each and every one of you.

Fundraising Chocolates

If you haven’t grabbed a box off your team manager, could you please do so. These chocolates raise a lot of money for the Juniors, and if your work mates are anything like mine, they are really easy to sell!


Footballs and Equipment

We are going to ask that children bring their own football to kick before and after training.  We will no longer make the club balls available for this purpose. The reason for this is that unfortunately we have had many balls disappear on training nights. The junior Committee have invested a lot of money into training equipment this season and don’t wish to have to replace missing balls. At the rate at which they are disappearing, we will have difficulty in running training by seasons end. If you are to bring your own ball, could you please clearly label it with your child’s name.


Training Nights


I noticed quite a few cars returning to the ground at the conclusion of training  on Wednesday night. The Junior Committee would like to remind parents that they are not to drop off their children at training without having organised someone there to supervise them. If your child should be injured at training we do not wish to have to  find you. Training is provided by the club to improve and enhance your child’s football skills and knowledge. It is not to be used as a child care service.

Night Game

I can happily inform you that a second night game for this season has been locked in. Richie’s Under 9 Reds will lock horns with Williamstown on Friday July 7th. We hope to confirm one more night game to be played in Round 14. We will give you the details as soon as this game is confirmed.

This Weeks Matches

The planets have aligned and for the only time this season there will be no junior teams playing at home. Please check the fixtures on our website for ground locations and game times.
Please be at the game and report to your team manager at least 50 minutes prior to the game starting.
Under 11s and 13s. Please remember to wear your white away shorts.

Match Reports

The much anticipated match reports are now up on our website. Check them out here.
Thanks to all those that have sent me pictures. I’d still like to see more of them, particularly from the top age teams. We can’t stick them all up in the match reports but we plan on making a large gallery on the website at seasons end so you can all flick through them.

Friday Night Canteen

The canteen should be back in full swing this Friday night as hopefully the council have finished installing the new deep fryer. We would love to see a few new parents stick around to grab a bite to eat and a drink. Get your kids to bring their footy cards to swap.  There should be some quality spare cards up for trade.

Special Rounds

The Junior Committee and Team Managers are planning a few special rounds for later in the season. These will take place in rounds where all of our junior teams are playing at home. More info about this will be in future newsletters.


That’s all for this week.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day all of you Rooster Mums.


Newsletter May 4

Good Evening Roosters


Round 3 has seen all of our teams play great games. Both of our under 9 sides are improving at a phenomenal rate. Our under 10 side is really coming together whilst our under 11 and 13 teams are playing some amazing football. Keep it going Roosters! Once again a massive thanks to all of you who helped out with volunteer roles on Sunday. Superstars! Every one of you.


Night Games


As some of you might be aware, we have confirmed the first of what he hope will be 3 Friday night games for our under 9 teams this year. The first team to taste the Friday night lights will be the under 9 blues. They will tackle Newport Power on Friday June 16 at 6:30 pm. This should be a fantastic night for our juniors and a huge crowd should be on hand to watch the game at the conclusion of Friday night training. We encourage all families to stick around after training to cheer our young Roosters on.


Fundraising Chocolates


Running the juniors takes a fair bit of coin. Once again this year we ask that you take a box of chocolates to sell at your workplace or to family and friends. These chocolates have helped raise a lot of money for the juniors in previous seasons which goes a long way to help pay for new equipment and jumpers etc. We still have roughly 50 boxes left and these will be available at training tomorrow night. If you haven’t already grabbed one, please do and help out the juniors.




A massive thanks to those of you who have been posting action pics of our kids on the Facebook page and to this email account. Keep them coming in. The more photos we get, the better!


We also expect to be able to inform you of the date of this season’s team photos in next week’s newsletter. Stay tuned for that.


Match Reports


You can now find these on our website. We are missing one from the under 9 blue game on Sunday and will post it as soon as we have it. If you would like to help out by writing a match report for your child’s game, please let their coach or team manager know.

This Weeks Games


This week both of our under 9 teams will be playing at home. The Reds kick things off in the early game with the Blues to follow them.


Our mighty under 10 side will be playing PEGS at PEGS. This one will kick off at 8:50.


The 11s and 13s will be playing at Kings Park Reserve in St. Albans. The 11s get the 8:50 slot with the 13s to follow at 10:20.


For further info on games and venues, please check the fixtures on our junior’s page.


Once again we ask that you have your children report to their team manager at least 50 minutes before their game is to start. If you can’t play this week, please let your team managers know.


Friday Night Canteen


Our canteen will once again be open for folks to grab a bite to eat at the completion of training this week.  The bar will also be open, so grab a bite and a drink and get to know your fellow Rooster parents.


Registration Fees


We are still awaiting payment of club fees for a few households. Those of you who have applied for All Aboard access, this doesn’t affect you. Some of those who received Active Maribyrnong grants are still to finalise your remaining fees. Please do this ASAP. As mentioned in previous emails, failure to do this will result in your child not playing until this is done. Please refer to the previous email you received from me regarding this to finalise your payment.



That’s about it for this week.


Good luck to all on Sunday and we hope to see you all tomorrow night


Newsletter April 27

Good Evening Rooster Parents,

Thankfully round 2 eventually rolled around and we got to burn off all that chocolate your kids put away over the Easter break. I would like to thank all those who volunteered at games over the weekend on behalf of the Team Managers and the Junior Committee. A super massive thanks goes to Kiernan Box for filling in as coach for the Under 9 Blues. His kids aren’t even playing this season. Fantastic effort Mr Box!

Club Registrations

Most of you have already paid up your club fees for the season. The remaining parents should have received an email regarding these fees. The fees need to be paid by Friday night as mentioned in previous emails. Children whose fees are yet to be paid will not be permitted to play until these outstanding fees have been paid. If you need to discuss this please contact our Junior Treasurer Andrew Gerardi on 0419 573 195 or by replying to this email.

Those of you who have applied for All Aboard assistance or have been notified of your successful Active Maribyrnong subsidy will be permitted to play.

Team Managers will be informed of un-financial players on Friday evening and instructed that these players will not be permitted to play.

Pre Match Arrival

Parents are once again reminded to arrive at games at least 50 minutes prior to your child’s match scheduled starting time. Once you have arrived could you please report to your team manager straight away so that we know you are here. Team managers are required to provide team sheets to the umpires and opposing teams 30 minutes prior to the game commencing, so late arrivals are not very helpful at all. It also greatly inconveniences coaches who need to plan for the game, instruct your children and have them suitably warmed up and ready to go.


Our orders for club Hoodies have now been sent to the SCD Apparel. We will update you when they have arrived and get them to you.

Match Reports

The all-important Match Reports from Round 2 are now on our website. Go to the Match Report section to read them. We unfortunately don’t have on this week for the Under 9 Blue game. If you would like to contribute a Match Report for your child’s game please let your coach or team manager know. We also invite all of our budding photographers at the club to click away like crazy at all of our junior games. You can post your snaps on our Facebook page or email them to me directly.  The more shots we have, the more photos get to go on our match reports like this one!

Night Games

The super astute amongst you would have noticed that on 3 weekends this season the WRFL have scheduled all five of our teams to play at home. This is fantastic. Unfortunately this would require us to play both Under 9 games simultaneously on a split field. The kids hate that. The coaches hate that. Everyone hates that! So, I have been in discussions with the local council and have been granted permission to play Friday night games in each of these affected rounds. I have emailed our opposing clubs for these fixtures to gain their approval for the matches concerned and will let you know as soon as these games can be confirmed. Our only night game last season attracted a massive crowd for our kids to play in front of and made for an awesome night where everyone could stick around after training to watch our kids play. 3 in a season will be brilliant. If all goes well, the council are open to playing more night games next season. With the lighting upgrade to commence at the end of our season, we are hopeful that all of our junior grades will be able to play a night game next season.

This Weeks Games

Both of our Under 9 teams will be on the road this Sunday. The 10s, 11s and 13s are at home. To check the fixtures, please go to the Juniors page of our website and click the appropriate fixture button.

Friday Night Canteen

We are still awaiting the completed installation of our new deep fryer in the canteen (Grrrrrrrrr). Thankfully we are a resourceful bunch and will have the bbq fired up on Friday with food available for purchase to feed all the hungry Rooster children and parents. The bar will also be open after training, so stick around for a feed and a drink or two and get to know your fellow Rooster families.

First Aiders

We would still love a couple of certified first aiders to put their hand up to be trainers for our Under 9 sides. If you are qualified could you please let us know as it isn’t fair that it be left up to just one parent to provide this role for the season. Share the load so that everyone has the opportunity to watch their child play.

Junior Committee

The Juniors have experienced exponential growth in the last 24 months where our numbers of registered participants have almost doubled. Our Auskick started again on Saturday and early indications are that we will have even more teams next season. In the coming weeks the current committee will be discussing ways to accommodate this growth through the revamp and expansion of our committee. New roles will be created and current roles split into multiple positions to accommodate the expected growth. We ask that parents think about whether they have skills and knowledge that may be of assistance at a junior football administration level. If you do and would like to help, please let us know either in person or via email. We would love to talk to you and make this awesome junior program even better.

That’s all for this week.

I will see you all at Friday Training


Newsletter April 20

Good Evening Rooster Parents,

Finally after a long fortnight, we finally get to play some football again on Sunday. We will have quite a few debutantes this weekend which is exciting, and there are still children signing up to play football at West Footscray.  3 more this week in fact. Anyways, enough of the statistics and on with the news.

Club Registration Fees

As has been mentioned in many previous emails, club registration fees are due by round 3. That’s next week people! If you haven’t paid the club registration yet, please do so ASAP. If you having difficulties with the online payment, let us know. If you wish to access our All Aboard Fund, please go to the website, apply to the fund and let us know.  If we do not hear from you by next weekend and you haven’t paid, your child will not play until this has been resolved. So once again, if there is an issue with paying the club registration, you must let us know within the next week.

Maribyrnong Active Recipients

I have received final confirmation from council of the successful applicants for the Maribyrnong Active Fund.  I will email you in the coming days to inform you of your successful applications and how to proceed with rest of the club registration.

Hoodies and Uniforms

This Friday will be the last day that you can place an order for a Roosters hoodie.  Payment is required at the time of ordering either by EFTPOS or cash. Shorts and socks will also be available.

Skins and Undergarments

Many of you have enquires as to the requirements of skins etc and as to whether they  can be worn. I contacted the league today and they have forwarded me this recently amended by-law.

By-law 3.17.13 will be amended to provide as follows:

·         For all junior and senior players, the colour of lower body undergarments that are visible below the team uniform shorts shall be either beige, black or the same colour as the shorts.

·         For junior players only, any upper body undergarment worn with sleeveless jumpers shall be the same colour as the predominant jumper colour.

·         For senior players, upper body undergarments with sleeves of any length may not be worn with sleeveless jumpers.

This Weeks Games

Both Under 9s teams are at home this weekend. Richie’s Reds kick things off at 8:50. Pauls Blues, this week coached by Kiernan Box in the absence of Paul, will start at 10:20. A massive thank you to Kiernan for filling in.  His kids aren’t even playing this year! Given is efforts to get your kids on the paddock  this  week, I’m certain that volunteers for other match day roles should be  knocking Monique over with offers to help out.

The 10s and 11s make the trip to Hoppers Crossing on Sunday.  The 10s are playing at 8:50 and the 11s at 10:20.

The mighty 13s team will be on the road at Williamstown. That game kicks off at 12:05.

Both the 11s and 13 will need their white away shorts this week. Please don’t forget them!

For all the fine details of these games, please click the fixture links on ourJuniors page of the website.

Most of you made sure you arrived at the ground at least 50 minutes before your game last week. Thank you. Those of you who arrive late, some of you just minutes before the game, please understand that this is a massive inconvenience to your child’s team manager and coach. If this continues to be an issue we will seriously need to look at a cut off time before games.  Many people at this club put large amounts of time and effort into the difficult task of running our teams. Please respect there efforts by doing what you can to minimise the workload of these volunteers.  Getting to the ground on time is a good start.

If your child is unavailable to play this week could you please let their team manager know as early as possible.

Friday Night Meals

Unfortunately we will not be able to do food after training this week. The council have been doing some work in the canteen and have unfortunately encountered some problems. Due to this, we are unable to operate the canteen this Friday night. The bar will also not open. Fear not though! We will be back up and running next week.

That’s about it for this week. Please keep taking those photos of our Roosters in action. You can post them on our Facebook page of email them to me. They will be posted in our match reports and in future newsletters in coming weeks.

Good luck for the weekend kids!


Newsletter April 13

Good Evening Everyone,


How much fun was Round 1! Amazing. We had more than 40 children play their first game of football. This number is even more incredible when you consider that last season only 74 children in total played a game for the Roosters. This season our registered numbers are at 115 and still rising. No wonder I’m tired!  By all accounts all of our little Roosters had fun and our two top aged teams both enjoyed big wins to kick start their 2017 campaigns.

I would like to say a massive thankyou to all the parents who rolled up their sleeves and helped out on match day last weekend. You are awesome! It takes an enormous amount of work to get 5 teams onto the paddock, and without the help of parents, it just wouldn’t happen.




Many of you have taken the opportunity to order a hoodie. We realise that as the season has started right in the middle of the school holidays, many of you may be away and unable to order. Thankfully for you folk we are very nice people and have decided to take orders for these hoodies next Friday night. The usual setup will apply. We will take orders at the conclusion of training.




A kind reminder that club registration fees will need to be payed prior to the commencement of Round 3.  If you are having difficulties in paying these fees, we ask that contact us or apply for assistance through the All Aboard Fund via our website. I have received the list of successful applicants for the Active Maribyrnong funding and will be emailing them this weekend with instructions regarding completing the club registration.


Season Fixtures


Today the WRFL released the last 13 rounds of the Junior Fixture for the 2017 season. To check them out just go to the Juniors page of our website. Hopefully you are all aware that there are no games this weekend due to the Easter break.


Training Changes

The downside to having so many children at the club is that it is hard to run training with 100 kids on the ground at the same time.  Due to this we have decided to have the Under 11 and 13 teams train on Tuesday nights. The Under 9s and 10s will continue on Wednesday nights and all teams will train together on Friday nights. We understand this may be inconvenient to some of you, but we are of the firm belief that this will allow us to provide your children with much better training.


Match Reports

This season we will be posting our match reports on the website. We are doing this so that we can archive them. We will incorporate photos from the weekend’s games etc. You can share these with friends by using the social media doodads at the bottom of the reports. Check them out here.


That’s about it for this week.

Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter



Newsletter April 6

Good Evening All,

The first bounce (they don’t do that anymore do they?) is almost upon us. How exciting!  There is still a bit of information to get out so let’s do that shall we!

Jumper Presentation/Season Launch

Tomorrow night straight after training we will kick off the season with our jumper presentation. Bring your cameras folks! There will be food from the BBQ for sale and the bar will be open. There will be a raffle with some awesome prizes as well.


We have received extra shorts for those of you who have been waiting. These will be available tomorrow night along with the socks. We will also have hoodie order forms for those of you who wish to order one. We will need to place the order next week, so if you want one, get in quick. We will not be doing another order this year. The hoodies are $40 and will need to be paid for at the time of ordering. There will be sample hoodies to try on in the rooms to help you get the right size.

Match day requirements

Hopefully you are all aware that mouthguards are compulsory. If your child doesn’t have one for the game, they will not be permitted to play. The weather forecast for Sunday is wet. Perfect football weather! Boots are highly recommended. If you need a pair there are a few pairs that have been donated to the boot swap that can be taken free of charge. If you have pairs that no longer fit your kids feel free to bring them to the club and we’ll see if we can’t find them a new home.

The WRFL has informed us that if your child is to wear a long sleeve top under their jumper, it is to be red in colour. Hoodies are strictly prohibited as there have been several children who have been injured by being tackled by the hood. Skins on the legs are ok, as long as they are skin coloured.

The Games

I have had a crash course in IT this season and have managed to link the fixtures to our new website. These fixtures can be found on the junior’s page of our website. They contain all the info you need such as game times and maps of the venues. Check them out here. Hopefully all of you know which team you’re in. For those in the Under 9s, here are the team squads to start the year.

Under 9 Red (Richie) Under 9 Blue (Paul)
               Luca Annese
Sasha    Araldi
               Efe  Anli
Griffin   Barker
                Archer  Earl                 Felix       Cameron
                Harry     Gardner-Solomon                 Mrinal   Chopra
                Jack Henry Laurence Geraedts                 Sophia  Cowall
                Iggy        Golz-Mcsweeney                 Nathaniel Cowie
                Dylan     Hall                 Eli            Despotellis
                Xavier   Howe                 Hadi       El-hodr
                Abby     Jovan                 Oscar     Ferraro
                Riley      Laakulu                 Jacob     Fitzgerald
                Eamon  Lacey                 Kai          Fraser
                Jack        Mosca                 Mitchell Houareau
                Clara      Mullaly                 Maya     Jess
                Louis      Mullaly                 Miles     Martin
                Otto       Murray                 Bastien Meyer
                Jack        Pennacchia                 Jake       Miller
                max       Phelan                 Arlo        Millsom
                Rylan     Rees                 Hugo     Newman
                Jackson Rose                 Noah     Pitliangas
                Oliver    Runciman                 Max       Richardson Buchanan
                Jamison                Simmons                 Artisan  Sairat
                Achilles Smith                 Alexander Scanlon
                Aiden    Tschappeller                 Arlo        Scott-Teunen
                Oscar     Wood

Both Under 9 teams are away this week.

The 10s, 11s and 13s are at home. This means we will need volunteers to work in the canteen from each parent group. Please put your hands up to help in the canteen and in the many other roles that need to be filled. Let your team manager know that you can help.

Under 11’s parents.  Rebecca is having IT issues at home, hence hasn’t been able to contact you yet. Don’t despair! She has loads of volunteer roles available. These include:
Goal Umpire
Boundary Umpire
Umpire Escort
Water Person
Canteen helpers

These gigs need to be filled. Please text Rebecca on 0400 812 695 to fill these roles.

Lastly, but most importantly. If your child is unable to play this week, let your team manager know. Please be at the ground at least 50 minutes before the game is scheduled to start. Help your team managers get stuff done. Don’t bother coaches with questions. If you see something that needs to be done, please do it. Remember that Junior Football is for your child, and other children to enjoy. Be respectful of umpires, opposing parents and all children at the game. Let the coaches’ coach. Let the umpires umpire and let the children play.

Last year we had several parents take some great photos of our kids in games. Feel free to take some snaps and we will put the pic of them onto our Facebook page and on the website. Don’t send them all to me though. I’m a busy man!


A friendly reminder that your club registration fees are due in the next two weeks. Those of you who have had their Active Maribyrnong Grant approved, please bring your email/letter to training and we can sort out the remainder of the club registration for you. If you are struggling to make the payment please apply for the All Aboard Fund via our Juniors page.

If I don’t see you tomorrow, I wish you all good luck for the first games of the season.

Go Roosters


Junior News April 2nd

Good Evening Folks,


One week to go and still a lot to get done. Where to start? The most pressing stuff first.


Trainers for Under 9s.


If you have any of the following certifications could you please email my ASAP so that we can register you as a trainer with the league.


  SMA Level 1
  SMA Level 2
  Sports First Aid
  Registered Nurse – Div 1 or Div 2
  Provide First Aid HLTAID003
  Advanced First Aid HLTAID006
  Emergency Response Coordinator
  Ambulance Paramedic- Level 2


As mentioned in previous emails, we are required by the league and their insurer to have certified trainers at all our games. We will need to have this sorted and paperwork lodged by Friday to get you  accredited, so please respond quickly if you have one of these certifications.


Season Launch


This coming Friday will be our 2017 season launch. Many of our young Roosters will slip on the West Footscray colours for the first time on the night. It is a question that I am constantly asked. No, you do not keep the jumper. It is more of a ceremonial thing and the chance to present the teams to the parents and friends for the first time.  We keep the jumpers to keep the cost of registration as low as possible. What you do get to keep though is the food from the canteen and BBQ that will be available as well as the drinks that will be on sale at the bar. There will also be a raffle on the night where every child’s dream will be up for grabs. An entire box of football cards!!!!!!!! The bar will open at the conclusion of training. Bring your cameras for those all-important jumper shots!



Shorts and Socks will be available on Wednesday and Friday nights. Due to a larger than expected signup of new kids this year and the 6 week turnaround of our short supplier, we have run out of some of the smaller sizes. We are working with the league to rectify this. This will not prevent your children from playing! We also have limited numbers of Roosters backpacks available and will have the order forms for hoodies there along with sample sizes as well. The hoodies will need to be ordered and paid for in advance. If you wish to purchase one please do as promptly as we will be placing only one order for these this season.

It should also be noted that our football jumpers are sleeveless. The WRFL has informed us that any long sleeve top to be worn under our jumpers on the colder winter days must be red in colour. Under no circumstance should these long sleeve tops be hoodies.  There were several instances in our league and others last season where children had fingers badly injured as a result of attempting to tackle players by the hood of their jumper.  Umpires have been instructed to remove children from the field until their hooded jumper has been taken off.




As the first bounce approaches it is a little disappointing to see that some children still training at the club are yet to register with the WRFL. I need to be 100% clear about this. If your child is not registered with the WRFL by midnight Friday, they will not play in Round 1. Here’s the link to prevent the profound disappointment of your child and the most uncomfortable school holidays of your life!

Those of you who have not applied for the Maribyrnong Active Grant should pay your club fees as soon as possible. If we have not received the club fees for your child by Round 3, they will not be permitted to take the field either. If you need help with the fees, please apply for All Aboard Fund access on the Juniors page of our website. Several households have accessed the fund to date and it is great to know that we have been able to help their children play football with us.


Round One Games

The league have finalised the fixture for the first week of the competition. They expect to have the remaining fixture completed by the end of the week. I know you’re excited so here are the first games of the year.


Under 9 Blue (Pauls Team)


Point Cook v West Footscray,  Saltwater Reserve Synthetics   12:30 pm


Under 9 Red (Richies Team)


Williamstown Juniors v West Footscray,  Bayside College Oval No. 2  8:50am


Under 10 White


West Footscray v Spotswood, Shorten Reserve 8:50 am


Under 11 Division 2


West Footscray v Manor Lakes Shorten Reserve 10:20 am


Under 13 Division 3


West Footscray v Sunshine Shorten Reserve 12:05 pm


As soon as the league has these fixtures online, we will activate the link for them on our website. We will let you know as soon as this occurs. It is also worth noting that the time displayed for the U9 blue game may be different on the league site. I have been in talks with Point Cook regarding a slightly later start time to allow one of their other coaches to run their team after coaching another team earlier. You all know how much I like a volunteer, so I could hardly say no to that.

This bit is the most important piece of information in this entire email. Please ensure that you are at the ground at least 50 minutes prior to the game commencing. This will help your Team Manager immensely. Your team managers will make contact with you shortly.  If your child is unable to play, let your TM know as soon as possible.


Until Wednesday



Newsletter March 29

Good Afternoon All,

There is a bit going on at the Roosters with just over a week to go until the first games of the season. We are hoping to have the fixtures available on Friday. Steph at the WRFL is working overtime on them. Fingers crossed!

The socks and shorts are here. Many of you purchased these last Friday. They will be available again tonight at training inside the rooms.  Those of you playing Under 11s and 13s are reminded that you will require a pair of white away shorts as well this season.

I must say the response from Under 9 parents regarding people volunteering to register as trainers was very underwhelming. We received one reply. Once again I ask that those of you with a level 3 first aid certificate or higher volunteer for this role. It takes a minute to complete the form, I take your photo and send it to the league. That’s it, you’re registered! The position of trainer is highly unlikely to require you to perform any serious first aid, particularly in Under 9s. Despite this it is an AFL Victoria requirement that we provide one. In the instance when neither team can provide one, no match will be played. If you wish to avoid this particular circumstance, I recommend that you volunteer ASAP. We would also like to see more of you helping out the coaches at training during the week.  The more help they get, the better time the kids will have.

The Season Launch/Jumper Presentation will take place at the completion of training next Friday, April 7th. The bar will be open and there will be food on sale either from the canteen, the BBQ or both. Rumour has it an entire box of 2017 football cards will be raffled on the night.

Training this Friday will conclude at 5:45. This is being done to ensure that the 38 children that were drawn from the hat for the Bulldogs guard of honour have enough time to get to the game. If your child was selected and cannot attend could you please let me know immediately.  There are others that would love to go. A reminder that the lucky kids are:

Sophie Cowall Vinh Dinh Nicholas Cowall Joharo
Ben Grant Jonathan Stelluto Miles Martin Mrinal Chopra
Tem Gillespie Alex Scanlon Felix Coleman Efe Anli
Jack Mosca Xavier Lacey Nathaniel Cowie Nathaniel Pitliangis
Moses Milllar Hadi El-Hodr Jack Gerardi Arlo  Millsom
Socrates Leo Hollis Jacob Fitzgerald Jack Geraedts
Aiden T Murphy Lockwood Oscar Ferraro Jack Pennacchia
Jackson Rose Elijah Moon Hatch Harry G-S Sean Lopez
Max  Phelan Jamieson Simmons Luca Annese Frank Bryans
Hugo Newman Aaron Williamson  


The Bulldogs have requested that these children wear Bulldogs clothing. If you don’t have any of their merchandise, they would like the kids to wear red, white and blue, with blue being the predominant colour. Each child will receive one children’s ticket and one adult’s ticket. You will need to meet up with us at Gate 8 of Etihad Stadium by 7:10 pm at the absolute latest. Any later and you will miss out. Parents will be unable to accompany their children onto the ground.

Our coaches and Team Managers are meeting this evening to fine tune their plans for the season. Expect to receive an email in the coming days from them. There are still one or two of you who are yet to register your children. YOU NEED TO DO THIS IMMEDIATELY! Click the link to do it.


Lastly, I will also be posting these newsletters onto our website for the rest of the season.