Welcome to season 2017!

On behalf of the committee for 2017 I would like to welcome all our players, coaches, members, partners and volunteers to the 127th season at the Cheltenham Football Netball Club.

127 years is a long time for any sporting club to be in existence and can only be achieved thanks to the tireless work of our loyal volunteers whose efforts behind the scenes have made the club what it is today. We thank everyone who have come before us for their sterling contributions to the Cheltenham Football Netball Club.

Across all grades, we have raised 28 premiership flags, with nine coming at senior level – a figure everyone at the club is striving to increase in 2017 – and seen local products go on to play footy at the highest level in the VFL/AFL.

We would like to wish Des Ryan and his coaching team all the best for the upcoming season and extend a warm welcome to Kieran Nolan, who has joined Al Garlick as reserves co-coach, and Stephen Brosnahan who will steer the Chieftains, while Greg Barclay will again do an outstanding job in guiding the Under 19s.

Again I would like to welcome you all down to Jack Barker Oval in 2017.

Go Rosellas!

John Graham
Cheltenham Football Netball Club

Six Rosellas named in SFNL Interleague squad

Cheltenham has six players included in the initial Southern Football Netball League senior football interleague training squad for the 2017 AFL Victoria Community Championships.

Star utility Daniel Vaughan, along with skipper Jack Worrell, midfielders Jackson Barclay and Jarrad Matheson, and talls Josh Fox and Sean McLaren were named in the squad to take on Central Highlands Football League in both football and netball matches on Saturday 13th May.

The netball training squads will be released shortly.

2017 coaching staff finalised

All football coaches have been finalised for the upcoming 2017 season, with Des Ryan being joined by brother, Steve, as an assistant.

Please note: Netball coaches to be announced in the coming weeks, once teams are confirmed.


Coach – Des Ryan
Assistant – Adam King
Assistant – Steve Ryan
Assistant – Kieran Nolan 

Co-Coach – Alastair Garlick
Co-Coach – Kieran Nolan

Coach – Stephen Brosnahan
Assistant – Dave Brydon

Under 19s
Co-Coach – Greg Barclay
Co-Coach – Trent Vanderheiden
Assistant – Matthew Burns

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the club.

Former president receives Australia Day honor

Lifelong Cheltenham resident and sports enthusiast Colin Anderson is “pretty chuffed” to be honoured in this year’s Kingston Australia Day awards, and that statement pretty much sums up this quiet achiever.

But more than anything, Mr Anderson hopes that by giving “ordinary” people recognition for their community service others will be inspired to get involved.

“Without volunteers, kids would be left without things to do, and we need to help kids keep doing things that are positive and healthy,” he said.

“Keep them off the streets and give them something to be involved in.”

Mr Anderson has made an enormous contribution to several Cheltenham clubs in the sporting codes of football, cricket and baseball spanning more than 50 years.

As coach, committee member, president, club manager and general dog’s body volunteer, he has rolled up his sleeves at the Cheltenham Cricket Club, the Cheltenham Baseball Club, the Cheltenham Football Netball Club and the Cheltenham Football Club. His years of dedicated service have earned him life membership at four different clubs and seen him make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of junior sports players in the area. 

Although he was a baseball and cricket player himself, he branched out into football when his own two boys showed an interest in sport and became involved with Vic Kick, which later became Auskick.

His willingness to give his time and efforts to sport soon saw him take on official roles at Cheltenham football and cricket clubs.

Mr Anderson acknowledges that volunteers’ contributions to sport are what helps keep local clubs alive, but If he could change anything it would be the red tape and bureaucratic controls that often deter the right people from getting involved.

“It’s getting harder and harder to be involved in local sport, so I really hope that these awards keep inspiring people to try,” he said.