Rosella Netballers soar to flag

The main game in the second timeslot was the Division 2 encounter between Cheltenham and Heatherton, and a great start was seen to the game as the sun shone and the warmth on the players’ backs aided them in playing some quality netball.

Four lead changes in the first 10 minutes made it clear that this match was going to be a fight to the end. Cheltenham came out firing, with amazing centre court work from Sarah Matthews, demonstrating not only strength in speed to shooting goals, but defensive pressure that saw three centre court intercepts within the first quarter.

Heatherton struggled to find their groove but were far from letting Cheltenham have it all their own way. Strong play particularly from goal defence Courtney Weiske to allow options to bring the ball down the court, and calm holding from shooter Sophie Clark saw both teams go into quarter time at 11 apiece.

The opening minutes of quarter two saw Cheltenham take the scoreboard to 17-11 before Heatherton were even able to blink.

Despite their best efforts, including strong pressure and great deflections from Heatherton wing defence Taylor Leeson, they were unable to break that deficit.

Strong defensive pressure from Anna Donnelly and Lauren Hucker was too much for any of the Heatherton shooters to crack and Cheltenham were able to steadily push the final score to 44 – 33.

Sarah Matthews was able to continue her strong early-game form to be named best-on-court.


Netball Wrap – Round 10

Division 2
Cheltenham 45 – Murrumbeena 49
Round 10 both teams started strongly, goal for goal, with the girls excellent ball skills and defence down the court we managed to keep the score as close as possible. By half time the score 24 – 18 really got the girls fired up, we were ready to give it all we had. All the girls continued to provide pressure to the opposing team fighting as hard as we could, we weren’t giving up! By the fourth quarter we were still down by only a few goals now but we continued to encourage & support each other, our attacking, defence & shooting were outstanding but unfortunately led us to a loss 49 – 45. Thanks to Emily & Laura who filled in for us.

Best: A Gorman, E. Valeri

Division 3
Cheltenham 46 – Bentleigh 12

Division 5
Cheltenham 32 – Highett 41
The Div 5 girls took on Highett over the weekend, for another cold and rainy game day. It was clear this was going to be a tough game, with Highett coming out looking very strong and confident. The defenders had their work cut out for them playing against some physical shooters, whose height were hard to combat. However Jen made some integral intercepts – turnovers that were well needed. Mel, Keira, Aimee and Kate worked exceptionally well together, working hard to move the ball down the court despite the slippery surface. Our shooters held strong against some more tall players, but their accuracy and handy rebounds meant we were able to match Highett’s competitiveness. Overall the girls worked really well as a team, playing some hard and highly contested ball. It was a very physical game with some hard hits but Highett unfortunately came out with the win. A big thanks to Kate for filling in!

Best: J. Credlin, J. Frees

Division 7
Cheltenham 24 – Lyndhurst 41

We had wet conditions yet again with the court being a little slippery, but that didn’t stop the girls in Div 7 to fight as hard as they could to the finish. Since one of our star shooters Beth is on a well-deserved break in 28-degree weather, we got Renee to shoot for us and she did an amazing job. Her height definitely stood out in our team as the girls in Div 7 aren’t the tallest bunch. Everyone was working so hard to put all our practice into play. Scores were pretty level in the first three quarters. The shooting and defence were working well to maintain that position. We were positive that we could fight this one out. However, during the fourth quarter, Lyndhurst gained the upper hand and ended up winning 41-24. Although we lost, we had a lot to take from this game as a team and it gave us a better idea of what we have to work on at training.

Best: T. Otto, A. Wyatt

Liberals commit $50,000 to new scoreboard

Grassroots local sporting clubs are the lifeblood of communities and the Liberal Nationals are committed to supporting these clubs by investing in their facilities.

If elected, a Liberal Nationals government will deliver $50,000 towards a new electronic scoreboard at Jack Barker Oval in Cheltenham, the home ground of the Cheltenham Football Netball Club.

Established in 1891, the Cheltenham Football Netball Club is home to senior football teams and netball teams and has a membership of more than 500.

This new scoreboard will benefit not only the Cheltenham Football Netball Club but also other local football clubs and teams that access the Jack Barker Oval and its facilities.

Unlike Daniel Andrews who has decided to give a massive $225 million of taxpayers’ money to the AFL to upgrade Etihad Stadium, the Liberal Nationals are getting behind local sporting clubs who need our support.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Sport, Danny O’Brien:

“Brad Rowswell is an effective advocate for local grass roots sporting clubs in his community and has advocated strongly for this new electronic scoreboard in Cheltenham.

“Brad Rowswell invited me to visit the Oval last month and I witnessed firsthand the enthusiasm of this club and its members.

“The Liberal Nationals won’t hand over millions of dollars to the AFL to spend on Etihad Stadium – instead – we will prioritise funding for suburban and country sports clubs.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Sandringham, Brad Rowswell:

“As a local who has grown up and spent my whole life in this area, I understand first-hand the importance of local sporting clubs and the need to invest in them.

“Through greater exposure for the club’s sponsors, this commitment will ensure the viability of the Cheltenham Football Netball Club for many years to come.”

Comments attributable to Cheltenham Football Netball Club President, John Graham:

“At a time when Bayside Council is making it more difficult for sporting clubs to display sponsor advertising, clubs like ours need to find new and innovative ways to ensure a steady stream of sponsorship.

“I’m grateful to Brad Rowswell for making this commitment and look forward to working with him in the future.”

Fox’s five lands SFNL rep win

Southern has claimed its third consecutive senior interleague title after seeing off a spirited fightback from North Central FL to run out winners by nine-points in an entertaining clash at Boort Park.

It was an entertaining, free-flowing contest from start to finish, with Southern leading from go to woah, despite North Central rallying late to ensure a thrilling finish.

The visitors grabbed the early ascendancy, booting seven of the first eight goals of the match, five of which came in a dominant opening term.

The pressure applied by the Southern boys was simply outstanding, not allowing the hosts any easy possessions and continually forcing them to cough the ball up.

North Central awoke halfway through the second term and began to capitalise on Southern skill errors, and the resulting five goals in 15 minutes helped them get back into the contest.

The third term was a bit of a grind with the defensive pressure lifting on both sides, but Southern broke through with two majors late in time on to push out to a 21-point advantage at the final change.

But the hosts weren’t done and booted the first three goals of the last quarter to get back within one point at the 10-minute mark and send a scare through the Southern camp.

With the challenge laid down by the fast finishing North Central, Southern found another level. The industrious Luke Duffy slotted his second major of the day in the shadows of time on before Jordy Peryman ran into an open goal two minutes later to seal a memorable victory.

East Malvern ruckman Chris Carey was tremendous all day for the winners, working hard both in the air and around the ground to be a deserved winner of the Best on Ground medal.

Cheltenham spearhead Josh Fox staked his claims for the medal with a brilliant five-goal haul, while Dingley speedster Lucas Walmsley was a prolific ball winner. Fellow Dingo Jackson Peet, Panthers star Luke Duffy and Mordialloc veteran Clint Proctor also had a profound impact on the result.

In the under-19 game, reigning league medallist Anthony Malamas was appointed vice-captain, but unfortunately the SFNL were overrun by North Central in the final term.

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”″ frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

McLaren named Club Champion

Star ruckman Sean McLaren claimed his first Club Champion award in front of packed room of nearly 200 people at the 2017 Club Champion awards dinner at Southern Golf Club.

McLaren enjoyed a fine first season at Jack Barker Oval being named in the SFNL Division 1 Team of the Year and was a constant performer in the ruck and up forward throughout the season.

Thanks to all those who made the night run smoothly and successfully with nearly 200 people in attendance.


Best & Fairest                                        Sean McLaren
Runner Up Best & Fairest                    Jackson Barclay
Third Best & Fairest                              Daniel Vaughan
Rookie of the Year                                 Will Edmunds


Best & Fairest                                        Anthony Milesi
Runner Up Best & Fairest                     Luke Brookman
Third Best & Fairest                              Jack Gavin
Best Finals Player                                 Tom Nelson
Coaches Award                                     Alan Anderson


Best & Fairest                                        Anthony Cilia
Runner Up Best & Fairest                     Shaun Uphill
Most Improved                                       Sam Oke
Coaches/Leadership Award                  Hayden Taylor

Under 19s

Best & Fairest                                        Anthony Malamas
Runner Up Best & Fairest                    Thomas Kilner
Third Best & Fairest                              Nathan Karpathakis
Most Improved                                       Luke Whalebone
Best Team Player                                  Tom Davis

Netball A

Best & Fairest                                        Tessa McKay
Runner Up Best & Fairest                     Lauren Geischke

Netball B

Best & Fairest                                        Janice Lamb
Runner Up                                              Andrea Wyatt            

Club Awards

Bob Blake Most Courageous                Renny Trainor
Best Club Person                                   Chris Graham
Life Membership                                    Alistair Garlick

Reserves complete flag romp

Cheltenham stormed to its second reserves premiership in eight seasons with a comprehensive victory over minor premiers Dingley at Springvale Reserve.

Kicking with the aid of a strong breeze, a four goal to zero opening term paved the way for the victory, but it was also the Rosellas water-tight defence that played a huge role keeping the Dingoes to just two majors for the entire game.

Chris Graham was rewarded for his strong performance with the Malcolm Medal for best afield.

Despite playing in the finals every year since 2002, it is just the fourth flag for the reserves in over 125 years.

Dingley 0.0 1.5-11 1.5-11 2.10-22
Cheltenham 4.6-30 4.6-30 5.9-39 6.11-47


Goal Kickers: M. Stevens 2, A. Milesi 2, C. Bennetts, C. Graham
Best Players: C. Graham, T. Nelson, M. Worrell, L. Brookman, M. Thorneycroft, M. Styring
Goal Kickers: S. Williams, J. Campbell
Best Players: B. Ginns, A. Lloyd, H. Thompson, N. Lloyd, S. Williams, J. Cullen

Rosellas, Panthers in alliance

Cheltenham Football Club, the Rosellas, and Cheltenham Junior Football Club, the Panthers, are kicking goals together.

The pair signed a memorandum of association and formed a strategic alliance that should see them both thrive.

The clubs operate at different grounds – the Rosellas at Jack Barker Oval, and the Panthers at Le Page Park – and in different councils, and they will maintain their own identities and control their own business affairs.

The Rosellas are in their 127th year – making them one of the oldest local football clubs in metropolitan Melbourne, while the Panthers were formed in 1990 after the amalgamation of St Francis and Cheltenham Assumption, and now have over 400 registered players and field 19 teams – including 60 girls across four teams.

However, they will come together when it is mutually beneficial to work on bigger picture issues such as sponsorship and marketing, sharing of relevant information and ideas, and to fast track the development of players.

The memorandum of association signed by the clubs complies with AFL Victoria’s player-points system and will encourage the movement of players from the junior Panthers to the senior Rosellas.

Rosellas president John Graham said: “Our club is dedicated in our drive for positive action that will bring about and enable a professional, well run, structured sporting club for the community. We look forward to continuing to work with the Panthers to assist them in the development of their junior players and then welcoming those players to the Rosellas.”

Cheltenham Panthers president Tony Pitara said: “We are a club with a strong focus on player development and fostering community involvement. We want our junior players to have as many options as possible to continue their football growth and pathway to senior football. Our relationship with the Rosellas is as strong as ever and we look forward to working with them in other areas to continue to strengthen both clubs.”

The alliance is already bearing fruit with Carlisle Homes announced as their first joint sponsor. Carlisle Homes were thrilled to be able to play a role in supporting the community and grassroots sports with this exciting partnership, which is part of their significant community sports sponsorship program.

Vale Barry Bursey

The Cheltenham Football Netball Club is saddened by the passing of long-time supporter, Barry Bursey.

Barry was a keen supporter of the club over the last 10-15 years and will be missed by those who came in for a drink on Thursday nights and on Saturday afternoon  – both home and away.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Cheltenham reclaims RSL Cup

The Rosellas reclaimed the RSL Cup from rivals Bentleigh after a hard-fought victory in their ANZAC Round clash at Jack Barker Oval.

It was a pulsating contest between the two sides for much of the afternoon, with the lead changing several times during the first three quarters. Both teams played scintillating football at times, however, neither could wrest control of the match.

But Cheltenham finally found another gear in the final term, kicking six goals to one to turn their narrow three quarter time deficit into a confidence-boosting 25-point victory.

Sean McLaren dominated in the ruck for the Rosellas all afternoon and duly earned best on ground honours. Teammates Tom Donnell and Daniel Vaughn were both prolific ball-winners and provided plenty of forward momentum, while the diminutive Ange Soldatos proved a livewire up forward.

Jackson Meredith and Brody Lawford were the standouts in what was an admirable performance from Bentleigh, who entered the clash with several key players missing from its best 22.

Ruckman Sean McLaren was best afield for the Rosellas.

With the weather goes Rosellas winning hopes

Heavy rain and a changing breeze in the final quarter ruined any chance Cheltenham had of upsetting reigning premier Dingley at Souter Oval.

With ex-Sandringham and Sydney rookie ruckman Sean McLaren in everything, the Rosellas took the game right up to the Dingoes early and trailed by a solitary point at the long break. Without the onset of heavy rain, the visitors may well have done some real damage with the strong breeze in the final term, with just a 13-point deficit at the last change.

But in the end, the Dingoes carried the day by 27 points, holding their visitors scoreless in that wet, final stanza.

Danny Ades and Luke Walmsley led the way for the Dingoes with three goals apiece, while Luke Bartholomew and Marcus Freeman also excelled. Troy McKenzie, back playing football after a basketball stint, was another to show out for the winners.

Former VFL midfielder Jarrad Matheson was among the Rosellas’ many good players, along with Daniel Vaughan, Bane Suboticki and Tom Donnell.