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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

President’s Luncheon

This Saturday is a huge day at Jack Barker Oval! Three games of football with the thirds playing a twilight game after the seniors:

12pm – Reserves v. Dingley
2.15pm – Seniors v. Dingley
4.45pm – Thirds v. Dingley

A big attendance is also expected for Presidents Luncheon with guest speaker Gerard Ryan…

* Over 20 years as either President/Vice President at Sandringham Football Club
* Senior anti-corruption Investigator Officer for the AFL working in areas such as match fixing, illegal betting, improper associations, supplement abuse and performance enhancing drugs use.
* 44 years as police officer, leaving the police force as one of Victoria’s highest ranking detectives.
* Leader of the armed crime taskforce
* Led the investigation in foiling the alleged Islamist terrorist plot targeting the Holsworthy Army Barracks in Sydney
* Awarded the highest award in Australia for an police member – The Australian Police Medal.

This luncheon is expected to be at full capacity so bookings is a must!

Cost is $30 per person, with drinks at bar prices.

Please book via:
Sue Anderson – 0418 583 436
Pete Goodchild – 0418 560 087
John Graham – 0417 533 752

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’s Triple M of recruits

Cheltenham will hit Southern airwaves with what it’s promoting as a Triple M of recruits this year.

Former VFL players Sean McLaren, Jarrad Matheson and Will McTaggart have joined the Rosellas, putting them in good shape a few weeks out from the season.

Key position player and ruckman McLaren was drafted by Sydney as a rookie from the Sandringham Dragons and spent 2015 with the Swans.

He joined Sandringham VFL last year.

Matheson, a left-foot midfielder and small forward, was at Port Melbourne last year, having previously had VFL stints at Casey Scorpions and Frankston.

He also had a stop at Eastern power Balwyn.

McTaggart, another tall, also played in the VFL, at Port Melbourne and Sandringham.

In another boost for the Rosellas, Tom Donnell has returned after two years away from the club,

Jarryd Bloink is back from a knee injury, and Old Haileybury top-liner Daniel Harrison, Beaumaris flanker Richard Ryan, Balwyn small forward/Ange Soldatos and Oakleigh District wingman Liam Boschen have signed.

Young and vibrant, Cheltenham finished with seven wins, 10 losses and one draw last season under former Richmond player and Frankston VFL captain Des Ryan.

“We needed to inject talented big bodied on-ballers and height into our 2017 list,’’ Ryan told Leader.

“We established great standards and culture in 2016, built on hard work and the leadership of skipper Jack Worrell with largely a group of players who were all local players.

“We are only concerned with recruiting good people with good behaviours to our club and people who will help us make Cheltenham a great club. Our focus in 2016 was to coach a brand of footy that would see us become a competitive unit. Now we want to go to the next stage and be a finals contender.

“We wanted to maintain a ‘local’ recruitment strategy and develop a pathway for Cheltenham Panthers juniors to join Cheltenham as a club of choice. Most of our recruits are from bayside suburbs and clubs.’’

Ryan said the Rosellas were entering the second year of a three-year plan and would focus on the development of their Under 19 players. The influx of recruits would fast-track their improvement.

Ryan has brought in his brother and fellow ex-Tiger Stevie as an assistant coach.

Steve Ryan coached St Bedes Mentone Tigers to the VAFA Premier B grand final last year but was surprisingly let go.

Off the field, Cheltenham has a new president in John Graham, who succeeds the great Col Anderson, and announced Carlisle Homes as its new major sponsor.


Sean McLaren: 21-year-old Beaumaris resident who is mates with half our club. Recruited from Sandringham, Sean was rookied by Sydney Swans but he found it difficult to get promoted to the senior list with Franklin and Tippet. He leaves nothing in the tank when he plays and his competitive spirit and athleticism are exciting qualities for our club.

Will McTaggart: 25, lives locally in Hampton, recruited from Sandringham. Will is a big bodied defender/midfielder with a penetrating leg. Has speed and power and a good tank. I’ve been really excited by the way Will has attacked his pre-season. He is a real package and has set a standard on the track from the first session.

Jarrod Matheson: he’s 27 and comes from Port Melbourne. Tremendous contested ball player with an ability to kick bags of goals. Has a bull physique and will help teach our group of young boys coming through — 2016 rookie of the year Mitch Daniels, Jake Hibbert, Jax and Nick Kilner — the game craft required for senior football.

Richard Ryan: 22, lives in Cheltenham and was a Chelt Panthers junior. Recruited from Beaumaris AFC, where he played senior and reserve football in 2016. He’s a utility who will play forward/back and ruck for us in 2017. A real solid citizen, Richie has fitted in extremely well.

Ange Soldatos: a 25-year-old midfielder/small forward recruited from Balwyn. Ange lives locally and is best mates with Cheltenham’s 2014 best and fairest Chris Neophitou. A great leader and trainer, Ange will give us much-needed small forward class.

Daniel Harrison: 25 years old, lives at Hampton and is a 195cm wingman/defender. Recruited from Haileybury, Daniel is highly mobile and skilful player who covers the ground well for a tall. He’ll play in a number of positions for us, giving us added flexibility.

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.