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Cookie’s back in Red, Yellow and Black!

What’s cooking at Cheltenham?

Good things, to judge from its recruiting.

Three weeks after signing Sandringham vice-captain Dylan Weickhardt, the Rosellas have now secured Zebras co-captain and VFL stalwart Myke Cook.

Last night he settled on the Southern league’s Rosellas, who despite a strong second half to the season narrowly missed out on the Division 1 finals this year.

Cook, 29, went through the Sandringham Dragons and in 2007 was drafted to Adelaide, where he managed 14 AFL games.

Delisted after three seasons with the Crows, he returned to Melbourne and signed at Sandringham.

In seven years with the Zebras he displayed much dash and durability, playing at least 17 games per season.

He finished with 125 matches and honours including VFL team-of-the-year selection and state representation in 2012 and co-captaincy with Kade Answerth this year.

Cook played one match for Cheltenham in 2017 but nominated Bonbeach as his local club this year.

Rosellas coach Des Ryan, preparing for his third year in charge, said the right-footer joined Weickhardt and other friends at Chelt, including former Queenslander Conrad Hudghton, another former Zebra.

“There’s a bit of a friendship group there, and they have a desire to play some football together,’’ former Richmond defender Ryan said.

“’Cookie’s obviously a class act. He’s been at the highest level. We think he’ll have a big impact on our club in quite a few areas.’’

Cook told Leader this morning: “Yeah, there are seven or eight mates there and I’ve got a good relationship with Dessie. I’m just happy to get back to basics and enjoy some footy.

“I helped out with a few training sessions and played the one game last year, and I got a good community vibe out of the club. The after-matches are a lot different to VFL after-matches, put it that way.’’

Cook said he was satisfied with what he had achieved in elite ranks.

“I gave it all I had. I really wanted to play 200 state level games but I didn’t quite get there (as a Crow he played in the SANFL). For the last two or three years at Sandy I’ve been pushing and hoping they would go stand alone and I thought I could really help guide the club and the players. It only really clicked in the last 18 months that it wasn’t going to happen. Frustration started to creep in…’’

Ryan noted that Cook was “part of a push to hold together the Zebra culture’’.

“It’s very difficult with those combined teams, tough on the home team as opposed to the AFL team, and he was leading that from the Sandringham end. That’s a good quality. He’s a quality guy and so is Dylan Weickhardt. The pair of them will be very important to us with their on-field leadership but also their football culture.

“They’re high-end players who understand what a footy club should look like and behave like.’’

via. Leader Local Footy

Under 19s ready to fly in 2019

The most successful under-19 club in the Southern Football Netball League, the Cheltenham Rosellas have hit the ground running with their program for 2019 confirming a number of key coaching and support staff appointments for the upcoming season.

Former 250-game Rosella Daniel Knopers returns to the club as the under-19’s coach and will be ably supported by Adrian Hale. Daniel coached Chelsea Seagulls’ under-19s in 2018 and boasts a strong record as a junior coach with Mordialloc-Braeside. The highly regarded Hale played the majority of his football in the Eastern Football League for Noble Park and will provide a key role mentoring the players to senior football.

Current senior players Richard Ryan and James Carcassi – who coached the Cheltenham Panthers’ under-17 Division One and Division Two teams respectively in 2018, will be involved as assistant coaches to help facilitate the transition from the Panthers to the Rosellas,

“Our senior coach Des Ryan is very passionate about not only developing good footballers but also good quality young men. He has a strong philosophy of creating a pathway for the under 19 players to develop and play senior football which will continue to be a strong focus of the club with culture, community values and game-style to be replicated in all teams,” a buoyant club president John Graham said.

“The standard of the SMJFL Division One competition was exceptional this year and I am confident a lot of the players will end up playing senior football with the key personnel we have put in place to fast track this process.

With a number of players coming from a variety of football clubs in the local area, we are expecting to field our strongest U-19 side in a long time, with the view of going deep into September.

The Club is hosting an U-19 information day for all potential players and parents at the Jack Barker Oval Clubrooms on 18th November 2018. 

Sandringham vice-captain joins Rosellas

Dylan Weickhardt played one match for Cheltenham in the Southern league this year. And the Sandringham VFL vice-captain dominated it.

“He won the game for us,’’ Rosellas coach Des Ryan said.

“He copped attention but he had too much running ability for a lot of the opposition (Oakleigh District). When the game needed to be won he just worked hard into a forward position, crumbed a loose ball, kicked an icing goal and ran back to the centre. Exactly what you want.’’

Ryan is understandably chuffed his club has signed Weickhardt as a playing assistant coach.

The right-footer played 67 matches for the Zebras and Ryan said he brought experience and enthusiasm to Chelt.

“He’s a class act. He wants to progress into a coaching role and he’ll come on as an assistant and a leader,’’ he said.

“He’s exactly what we needed. He’ll play as an onballer. His coaching role will be in charge of the midfield and it’s something he’s looking forward to. We needed onball talent. We’ve got some really good boys that have grown into their football — Jack Barclay’s year was enormous, as a really efficient and competitive onballer — but we weren’t that deep.’’

Weickhardt has pals playing at Chelt, including fellow former Queenslander Conrad Hudghton.

The Rosellas are keen on Weickhardt’s great mate and Sandy teammate Myke Cook, who is also being courted by Mornington Peninsula club Bonbeach.

Cook played 14 games for Adelaide and joined the Zebras in 2012. He was a durable and influential player, making 125 appearances in his seven seasons at the Trevor Barker Oval.

Cook was appointed co-captain of Sandringham this year.

via. Leader Local Footy

2018 Club Champion Awards wrap

A fabulous night at Southern Golf Club last night for the Club Champion Dinner to celebrate the 2018 season. Congratulations to all award winners! We look forward to seeing every back at Jack Barker Oval in 2019.

1st – Jack Barclay
2nd – Daniel Vaughan
3rd – Drew Kelly
Rookie of the Year – Anthony Malamas

1st – Paul Sanders
2nd – Dayton Woodham
3rd – Tim Lawson

1st – Brandon Mulcair
2nd – Anthony Cilia
3rd – Greg Camilleri/Damien Jones

Netball – Div. 2
1st – Emma Valeri
2nd – Annabelle Gorman

Netball – Div. 3
1st – Dayna Mignone
2nd – Georgie Whittle

Netball – Div. 5
1st – Jessica Credlin
2nd – Tessa McKay

Netball – Div. 8
1st – Brooke Davis
2nd – Janice Lamb

Bob Blake Most Courageous Award
Jen Frees

Best Club Persons
Steph Geschke
Stephen Brosnahan

2018 Club Champion Dinner

Join the Cheltenham Football Netball Club at the 2018 Club Champion Dinner in what is sure to be a spectacular finale to the year. The Rosellas will honour contributors to the Club both on and off the field and culminate in the awarding of the 2018 Club Champion medal.

Bring your partner, or find yourself a date and enjoy Cheltenham’s famous hospitality in what we hope can surpass last year’s event with 200 people in attendance. Everyone is welcome; partners, parents, family, supporters & sponsors.

Dress: Gentlemen – Lounge suit and tie, Ladies – Cocktail dress

Cost: $65pp; which includes three course meal and entertainment.

If you would like to organise your own table of ten please or have any dietary requirements send through details to Sue Anderson on 0418 583 436 or

Tickets must be purchased by 24th September and CAN NOT be purchased at the door.

Tickets can be purchased via Try Booking, at the bar or via direct deposit (Name as reference)

Cheltenham Football Club
BSB 633 000
A/C 122105117

Premiership triumph for Chieftains

Cheltenham 3.3-21 4.4-28 7.7-49 12.9-81
Skye 1.3-9 1.5-11 3.6-24 5.9-39

Goal Kickers: D. Jones 4, M. Camilleri 2, J. Albrecht 2, A. Garry, G. Camilleri, R. Dart, J. Carcassi
Best Players: B. Mulcair, R. Howells, A. Cilia, D. Jones, C. McGowan, T. Vanderheiden

Goal Kickers: C. McMenamin 2, A. Taranto, N. Ebert, O. Murray
Best Players: S. Thorne, H. Burridge, K. McMaster, A. Beness, J. Gribling, B. Forsyth
26:58 End of 4th Quarter 81 – 39
25:55 – (Q4) CHELT
A.Garry, Goal
81 – 39
24:58 – (Q4) Bombers
U. Goal
75 – 39
23:35 – (Q4) CHELT
G.Camilleri, Goal
75 – 33
19:39 – (Q4) Bombers
68 – 33
06:00 – (Q4) CHELT
D.Jones, Goal
67 – 24
04:07 – (Q4) CHELT
D.Jones, Goal
61 – 24
02:07 – (Q4) CHELT
D.Jones, Goal
55 – 24
00:00 Start of 4th Quarter 49 – 24
22:48 End of 3rd Quarter 49 – 24
21:02 – (Q3) CHELT
D.Jones, Goal
49 – 24
19:18 – (Q3) Bombers
O.Murray, Goal
43 – 24
12:00 – (Q3) Bombers
C.Mcmenamin, Goal
40 – 17
07:20 – (Q3) CHELT
J.Albrecht, Goal
40 – 11
04:04 – (Q3) CHELT
M.Camilleri, Goal
34 – 11
00:00 Start of 3rd Quarter 28 – 11
20:03 End of 2nd Quarter 28 – 11
19:52 – (Q2) CHELT
M.Camilleri, Goal
28 – 11
00:00 Start of 2nd Quarter 21 – 9
20:00 End of 1st Quarter 21 – 9
18:56 – (Q1) Bombers
21 – 9
13:39 – (Q1) CHELT
R.Dart, Goal
21 – 2
11:54 – (Q1) CHELT
15 – 2
00:54 – (Q1) CHELT
J.Carcassi, Goal
6 – 0
00:00 Start of 1st Quarter 0 – 0

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.

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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