Junior Registration Guide

This guide will take you through the process of registering your child with the West Footscray Football Club.


Before you begin the process of registration, please ensure that you have read our junior information pack.


Some of you may be eligible for an Active Maribyrnong Grant to subsidise your child’s registration. To be eligible for this scheme you must hold either


  • A current health care or pension card.
  • Be a female participant registering for the first time at a club.


For more info please click this link:



If you fit into these categories you will receive a 75% discount on your registration.

Those of you that don’t qualify for the Active Grant but would like assistance with the cost of registration, please apply for subsidy through our all aboard fund.


If you intend to apply for either of these subsidies please inform us via email. We also ask that you continue with the registration process through to payment, but do not select the club registration product at the end.


It is vitally important in terms of us being able to coordinate our juniors that you register as early as possible. The information we receive through your league registration enables us to better plan for the coming season. We require all club registration fees to be paid by April 20. You can complete this registration and return at a later date to pay the club fee. The WRFL Junior registration fee is the most important aspect for us now. If you are able to also pay the club fee now, please do so. If you have not registered your child by paying the WRFL registration fee by March 27, your child will not gain a spot in a team if registration numbers for their age group have reached capacity. To ensure you don’t miss out, please register your child as soon as possible.


To begin registering your child please proceed to this link:




Once there, please select player registration from the drop down menu under the login in tab.


You will be directed to a list of all competing clubs within the WRFL. Scroll down until you find West Footscray and click the link.


Once you have done this, the site will ask how many children you wish to register. If registering more than one, please select the applicable number from the dropdown menu. This will ensure that you receive the sibling discount when registering all of your children. Also, please ensure that you set the Adult number to 0. Click continue to proceed.


You will now be asked for your email address. Enter this now. If you are yet to register a child before a link will be sent to the address you entered with a confirmation link. Open your email in another tab and click the link to continue.


Previously registered children will be directed to enter their password. Parents who have previously registered their children in Auskick will be on the system but will need to be registered as a new player. Previously registered players at the club will be able to select from the left hand side of the screen. Click the applicable tab to proceed. Those registering more than one child will be redirected to here for each child.


If you are re-registering your child, please ensure that the information is correct. If for the first time after participating in Auskick, enter your child’s details. The system will register your child from Auskick registration and give you the option of selecting them from a red pop up menu at the top of the page. Ensure you tick the player box on the form.

If you have played previously at another club you will not be able to continue with the registration until your child is transferred to our club. Please contact us by email to begin this process.


The next page will ask you for the important information such as contact details, emergency contact details, allergies, and important medical information. All boxes with a red star beside them must be filled out. Once you have completed the form you can select our club registration and, if you wish, contribute to our all aboard fund, by clicking the box beside the product. The WRFL registration of $12.50 is mandatory and already selected. There are also Bulldogs memberships available. Once you have selected the products you want and agreed to the terms and conditions by checking the boxes at the bottom of the page, you will proceed to the payment section.



Once you have filled out your payment you are all done! Welcome to the Roosters for 2018!!!

Junior Information Pack

West Footscray Roosters Juniors
General Information

The Club
West Footscray Roosters is a community based Australian Rules football club competing in the Western Regional Football League. The Roosters Juniors field teams in age divisions from Under-9‘s to under-14’s. The Roosters also field a senior team and is developing Women’s football teams. The club rooms and home ground are located in Shorten Reserve, West Footscray.VisionThe vision of the Roosters is to be a respected and successful member of the Western Region Football league. The Roosters value diversity of thought, experience and culture. The Roosters believe that promoting inclusion and collaboration, by welcoming players and parents from all backgrounds, will increase the success of our club both on the field and in our community.


The West Footscray Roosters aim is to teach, motivate and encourage all our players to work as team members and promote sportsmanship in a family friendly environment.

Code of Conduct

West Footscray Roosters value diversity and promote inclusion. The Roosters aim to provide a safe, secure environment for all members and players to develop as a club and a community.

All Roosters juniors training sessions, matches and official events are alcohol free. Alcohol is permitted to be served in the club rooms at the conclusion of official events.

In addition, verbal or physical abuse or any harassment, vilification of discrimination of any kindwill not be tolerated.

Contravention of this policy will result in immediate expulsion from the immediate location, review of club membership and potential police action.

Training and Matches

All junior teams train twice weekly. Training times are usually 5-6pm on designated training days for your child’s age group. Matches are played on a weekend, with some games played on Friday nights. It is important that your child arrives one hour ahead of their scheduled match time on game days to enable the required administrative work for the league to be completed prior to the scheduled kick-off time.

Volunteering and fundraising

Local community sports clubs rely on volunteers for their very existence. The amount of work required to keep a football club viable and running smoothly is significant. There are no paid positions at West Footscray Roosters Juniors, all work is performed by volunteers. Our club volunteers not only ensure that your child has a safe, friendly and supportive environment to develop their sporting and social skills, but your club is also an integral part of the community you live in. The club is a vital link between parents and families across the community and many members and players develop long lasting support networks based on their involvement with the Roosters.

It is vital that as many parents as possible provide support by volunteering as much time as they can to the running of the club during the football season. There are many and varied ways to get involved, and all support offered will be gratefully accepted. Volunteering is a great way for members to get to know each other and their community, in a supportive and friendly environment.

There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer at your club, each with different levels of time commitment and difficulty to suit your schedule and individual skillset. If you would like to put your hand up for a particular role at the club, or would like more information on what is involved, please send an email to: w.f.roostersjuniors@gmail.com.

  • Coaches and coaching assistants
Teams cannot function without a coach, and your team coach is the most important interface between you, your child and the club. Coaching volunteers are required to run coaching sessions for one hour twice a week, as well as to attend match days (approx. 3-4 hours per match day). Coaches are an important source of motivation for our players and play an important role in developing your child’s technical and social skills. Volunteering as a coach requires some football skills and knowledge, as well as the temperament to wrangle upwards of 20 kids three times per week!
  • Team managers
Team Managers are also an important link between our players, members and the football club. Each team has its own team manager. Along with coaches, your team manager is the person you’ll have most contact with on a weekly basis during your time at the club. Team managers support their coaches by coordinating player lists for their team, ensuring team uniforms are available for games days; and coordinating parent helpers to complete match day tasks which include half time oranges, match umpire (if required), goal umpires, trainers/first aid, timekeepers and washing of team jumpers.
  • Canteen

Your club canteen is an important source of fundraising revenue for the club. The canteen opens on home match days. The canteen is coordinated by members of the club committee, however a large number of helpers are required to staff the canteen during the season. To help ensure adequate staffing levels in the canteen this season, ALL families will be required to undertake ONE CANTEEN DUTY AND ONE BBQ DUTY.  There will be two people rostered on for the canteen at all times so you will not be on your own.

This helps spread the load of servicing the canteen each week and ensures that we get to know as many volunteers as possible working with the club each season. If you volunteer for another role in the club, you will not be required to perform these mandatory duties in the canteen/BBQ.

The canteen managers will create a home game roster as soon as the fixture becomes available to us and you will have the opportunity to select a preferred day to complete your duties. If you do not select a time, the canteen managers will roster you in to an available time slot.

If you are unable to do your duty on the allocated date, it is your responsibility to arrange a swap with someone else. You are also required to inform the canteen managers of your roster change.

If you are rostered on to canteen duty, you are to present to the canteen 20 minutes before the game starts to familiarise yourself with the tasks required and to begin food preparation.

Please note: Young children are not permitted in the canteen food preparation area for safety reasons. You will need to arrange another family member/friend to supervise your children while you are on duty.

A detailed handbook is available in the canteen at all times and basic cooking skills are all that are required.

  • Committee

The junior committee is responsible for the overall management and organisation of the club, both during the football season and over the off-season. Volunteering to be a committee member is a rewarding experience that will enable you to participate in all aspects of the functioning of the club as an organisation. Committee members also contribute to the future direction of the club and have a say in key decisions being made during the season and beyond. The committee meets all year round, though meetings are more frequent during the season and up to presentation day each year. Being a committee member is a great way to participate in your club and to be a part of making sure our club endures into the future.


League and club registration is performed online and is a two-step process. The first step is to pay your registration fee with Western Region Football League (first time members will need to register for membership as well). Once registered with the league, you need to then apply for membership with the Roosters and pay your club membership fee.

League registration is $12.50 and club membership is $200 for 2018 season. There is a discount for families with multiple children playing for the Roosters – a second child’s membership fees are $150 and each subsequent child is $130.

As a result of the changes negotiated by the junior committee last year, junior player membership entitles one adult per family to full membership of the West Footscray Football Club with voting rights. This will ensure parents have a strong voice in influencing the future direction of our club.

All Aboard Fund

The all aboard fund is a fund managed by the committee to help families who have difficulty paying club membership fees, which would otherwise exclude their child from participating in the club. The fund is supported by club members who make voluntarily donations to the fund as part of their registration process.
Access to the fund is administered confidentially. Please send any all aboard enquiries via our website: westfootscrayroosters.com.au/juniors/


  • Team jumpers
Football jumpers are owned by the club and made available for teams each week for matches. Cleaning of the jumpers weekly is the responsibility of each team, and team managers will coordinate this within each team.
  • Team shorts/socks
Shorts and socks need to be purchased from the club for each player. Information regarding the availability and prices for these items will be provided at the start of the season.
  • Football boots
Each player is responsible for supplying their own football boots. Football boots are not required when training starts – your team coach will advise when football boots must be used.
Football boots must not be worn in the club rooms.
  • Game and training equipment
The club provides all game and training equipment. Specific equipment is assigned to each team and is managed by each team’s manager and coach. Parents play an important role in ensuring that their team equipment does not go missing or get damaged during the season. Training and match days can sometime be chaotic and it is each parents responsibility to make sure that their team equipment is always within the control of someone from that team, and returned when not in use.
  • Mouthguards

Every player is also required to provide a mouthguard. Mouthguards are a mandatory item that each child must have and use to be able to participate in club matches. It is highly recommended that mouthguards are worn by each player for training sessions as well.Merchandise

Roosters merchandise is available from the club and is a really good way to show pride in and support your football club. Items available include club hoodies, beanies and scarves.
More information will be available at the start of the season.

Club Feedback, Questions and Dispute Resolution

Your team manager is your first point of contact for all matters relating to your team. Your team manager and coach are also responsible for addressing any disputes or grievances you wish to raise with the club.

Should your team manager and coach be unable to resolve a reported issue, you can escalate your concerns to the committee by emailing w.f.roostersjuniors@gmail.com.

Any issue submitted to the committee for resolution will be reviewed by the club secretary, and presented at the next scheduled committee meeting. Depending on the nature of the issue, the committee may resolve the issue, or nominate a framework and process for the issue to be addressed and a resolution reached.

All parties involved in a dispute will be advised of the outcome or process for resolution once the committee has decided on how to proceed in each instance.

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 w.f.roostersjuniors@gmail.com.

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