December 2023

Seasons greetings Rosella family,

As the year of 2023 draws to a close, it would be remiss not to reflect on the outstanding achievements that have taken place this year.

On field we have seen nearly 70 netballers and 100 footballers done the famous Rosella colours, all driven to achieve the ultimate success – and didn’t they succeed!

Firstly, we kicked off with the A1 Netballers’ achievement of winning their grand final against arch rival Dingley. This was the Rosellas first ever Div A1 premiership, and it couldn’t go to more deserving group.
We as a club are blessed to have an outstanding group of netballers who have embraced the Rosella “One Club” and continue to make the club better.

The Men’s Grand Final day started well with the reserves scoring a very impressive 99 point victory against Dingley to set the platform for the Seniors, who were chasing our first Div 1 flag since 1934. Playing against a Cranbourne the day didn’t start great with us kicking 10 points before scoring our first goal just before half time.

Trailing all day and behind by over four goals in the last quarter, the boys showed a never die attitude, and in what been described as one of the best local footy grand finals, they were able to pull of the impossible by winning by three points.

The scenes behind the goals are memories that will last a life time, along with the emotion of so many people who have contributed so much to this wonderful club over the years.

A truly remarkable day for so many Cheltenham people, that’s what local footy is all about!

All this success is not possible without the brilliant support of all our sponsors, supporters and of course our “best in the business” volunteers who give so much to help make the club what it is.

Thank you to everyone for your contribution. May you and your families have a Merry Christmas and safe and prosperous New Year, and I look forward to seeing you in all 2024 as the Cheltenham FNC juggernaut rolls on!

Adam King


We have seen Justin Pickering take over as Senior Coach, with club legend Chris “Swoop” Neophitou coaching the Reserves and former players, Tommy Turner and Travis Kelly coaching our future stars, the under 19’s.

After a long past two seasons we have left the pre-Christmas training to the players to co-ordinate and manage their own running and training sessions. As a club we conscious of the over burden on local footy players and are very mindful to remain fresh mentally.

The under 19’s have been holding regular training sessions, also allowing the senior group to join in and continue to drive the “One Club” mantra.

On the recruiting front, a significant majority of our existing playing group have recommitted despite multiple approaches from other leagues/clubs, reinforcing their loyalty and the clubs standing overall, while we are thrilled to have been able to welcome a strong influx of seniors players including former St Kilda AFL players in Jack Lonie (Seaford) and Sam Dunell (Bonbeach), as well as recently AFL listed ruck/forward Jacob Edwards (North Melbourne), his brother Harry Edwards (Mordialloc) and Ben McDonell (Pascoe Vale) to name a few.

The group is extremely driven to achieve the ultimate success again, so 2024 should be one hell of a ride.


Its great to see nearly all the netties returning from 2023 along with lots of new names on the list. It looks like 2024 will be record number of netballers, a credit to the club and our netball program.

With the success of our Div A1 team year, we are looking to build on that with a focus of all teams qualifying for the finals.

2024 Netball Coaches
Darren Straface – Head Coach
Liz McHenry
Jenny Donnelly
Don Tulley
Erin Gold
Brittany Goldsmith

Stay tuned for announcements on registration day, trials and training dates in the New Year.


As mentioned in an earlier edition of the Newsletter, we are still navigating the challenges of not having suitable change-room facilities at Jack Barker Oval, which has meant the SFNL were unable to allocate us any finals action as hosts this season.

This opportunity to host finals has always been a key part of our fundraising activity and will have a financial impact on us this year. A disappointing scenario given how positive so many other aspects of our club operations have achieved this year.

An extremely disappointing result with the changerooms still under construction and not likely to be completed until Mid Year.

Rest assured, council staff who are empathetic to our situation, and CFNC committee will continue to work closely towards a resolution – and return to safe and effective facilities at JBO.

To our football community, thank you for patience, and as 2023 showed, we are an extremely resilient group who have the ability to make the best out of a challenging situation.

Bayside City Council Statement on Jack Barker Oval Pavilion – 
Bayside City Council acknowledges the significant delays to the rectification of the Jack Barker Pavilion change rooms and we thank the impacted clubs and community for your patience.
The extent of the water damage in the change rooms has proven to be more extensive than indicated in earlier investigations. We are at the last stage of the investigation phase and will put a clear repair timeline in place as soon as possible.
We are expecting works to commence during the football season. The delays will require the continued use of the portable change rooms until works have been completed. Council officers will work with the clubs to ensure privacy and usability is improved for the upcoming season. We will also waive ground and pavilion seasonal fees for the impacted clubs.
Thank you again to club volunteers, officials, players, parents, and the club community for your patience while we work to get the changerooms back up and running.


Over the past few months, we have visited many of our much valued partners to express our gratitude for their passion and dedication to our club and thank them for the part they played in our on-field successes in 2023.

Lets hope there is a repeat tour in 2024!


On behalf of all of us at the Rosellas, a heartfelt thanks for all your support and unwavering commitment this year.

Our on field/court achievements and all the wave of emotions and enjoyment we got to experience throughout the season as a club is just not possible without your help. We have much to be really proud of this year and are looking to make our partnerships and community engagement program with you even stronger in season 2024.

We made some changes to our approach and program this year and laid some important foundations to our activity with you that based on all your feedback has been really well received.

Next season is about taking that to the next level and further strengthening our partnerships and collective capabilities in pursuit of the strongest community engagement across Cheltenham and the broader Bayside community, one that we are all extremely proud of and the envy of our competition.

Geoff Keogh, Vice President and Head of Partnerships, will be in touch with you early in the New Year to discuss plans for next season and equally if you have any feedback for us and or would like to discuss any aspect of our program don’t hesitate to reach out to him direct via

Equally we are looking to expand our partnerships this year and so to everyone across the Rosellas community if you know of any prospective Businesses or Individuals that might want to join us please see our 2024 Prospectus Packages.