Category: EKFC News

Grand Final Weekend 2019


Both our Reserves & Senior teams have worked hard to make the big dance, and will play off in their respective Grand Finals this coming Saturday, September 14th at Windy Hill, Essendon – We hope to see the Cougar Army out in force, as we have no doubt the grandstands will be a sea of Red, Gold & Blue. Specific information below, including finals information as supplied by the EDFL and VicPol.


General Information

  • (This) Saturday September 14th at Windy Hill, 74-84  Napier St, Essendon VIC 3040.
  • RESERVES at 11:40am – East Keilor vs. Hillside
  • SENIORS at 2:15pm – Craigieburn vs. East Keilor


​EDFL Information & Ticketing Information

Saturday Grand Finals
Adults: $20.00
Concession: $10.00*
Under 14 years: FREE
Windy Hill Premium Viewing/Legends Bar: $30.00
*Valid Aged Care Pension Card Holders (must produce aged pension card)
*Valid Secondary Student Concession (must produce photo I.D. card)

No animals will be permitted into any finals venues, except for dogs to assist people whose vision is impaired.

The EDFL will only permit approved media outlets and suppliers to take photos and film matches at all EDFL Finals venues. Any photographers or videographers who are not wearing the official EDFL Media Coloured Vest will be asked to cease their activity immediately or risk being ejected from the venue. All Media Vest requests are to be referred directly to


VicPol Correspondence
Dear President,

As the 2019 EDFL draws to a close and finals are underway, we have been asked to make contact with you and advise you that Police will be monitoring all finals games and targeting anti-social behaviour and drivers under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. Police will also be monitoring training sessions and official club functions and break ups.

We are seeking your assistance in promoting responsible crowd behaviour and the responsible serving of alcohol to patrons. Please encourage your members to use Uber, Taxis or utilise public transport and not drugs  should they be consuming  alcohol. Increased drug and alcohol consumption, a surge in gambling and people watching the game  in close proximity to others with emotions running high are all contributing factors to a rise in violence.

We want to work with clubs to create a safe and fun environment for all fans to come to and enjoy the football.

If you have any particular concerns or would like any further information on the Police role during the finals series please do not hesitate to contact me.  Good luck with your finals campaign.

Thank you

Leading Senior Constable Jill Kilpatrick
Youth Resource Officer – Moonee Ponds Police

Do You want to Coach Juniors in 2020?

2020 Junior Coaching Applications

Interested parties are encouraged to apply in writing for the following vacancies for season 2020.

  • Under 8’s
  • Under 10’s
  • Under 12’s
  • Under 14’s
  • Under 16’s
  • Under 11’s
  • Under 13’s
  • Under 15’s
  • Under 18’s

We are looking for individuals whom are enthusiastic to be a part of our next generation of footballers at EKFC, we strongly encourage female applicants.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate the following:

 Qualification requirements:

  • Have or a wiliness to get minimum of level 1 coaches accreditation
  • Must have or a willingness to get Working with Children

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of the game
  • Ability to work with varying abilities, developing skills maximising  individual game performance
  • Ability to provide instruction, guidance & feedback identifying areas of improvements of an individual & team for them to reach their full potential.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to support staff
  • A willingness to embrace an inclusive club culture

If you think you could be the kind of person we are looking for, please include the following information in your application.

  • Stipulate team or age group you are interested in coaching, if you have a child that plays in your interested team.
  • Outline reason why you are applying & what you will bring to the position
  • State any philosophies or beliefs about junior football & include any other specifics you believe are relevant in attaining a coaching position.

Applications are to be submitted to our Junior Co-ordinator Lisa Wilczynski at by Monday 30th September 2019.

If you require further information, please call 0408 959 080.

GRAND FINAL Winners – Under 13/Div 3 & Under 11/Div 2


Under 13 Division 3

EAST KEILOR 1 – 6.9-45
KEILOR 2 – 4.1-25

Goal Kickers: C. Caluzzi 5, M. Celantano
Best Players: C. Caluzzi, M. Celantano, J. Apiado, B. Coleman, D. Wilczynski, R. Rutledge

Under 11 Division 2

EAST KEILOR 1 – 4.1-25

Goal Kickers: C. Sotiropoulos 2, M. Randello, R. Stevens
Best Players: J. Gullace, M. Randello, M. Iannello, C. Teesdale, T. Gore, H. Natoli

Well Done to all who participated with our juniors this year – and thank you!


To all Gold Cougar and 300 Club members:

Our next home game will mark the end of the first round of matches.

East Keilor vs West Coburg


Halfway point of the season with Seniors 2nd on the ladder and the Reserves and Thirds on top of their respective ladders. Exciting times ahead this season for the Cougars!

We appreciate the support of our coterie group and this support makes a huge different to how we spend and manage our football budget.

What we do need is all the members who are yet to finalise their membership to do so as soon as possible.

 Please check with either Gavan , Brett, Geoff or John on the West Coburg game day and get your respective membership finalised. It would be much appreciated .

East Keilor Scores Convincing Division 1 Win

East Keilor issued a firm reminder to anyone doubting its premiership credentials on Saturday.

After four straight wins to start the EDFL Division 1 season, the Cougars slipped to back-to-back defeats to flag rivals Westmeadows and Tullamarine.

But Pat Christofi’s men answered any misgivings over their side’s legitimacy in emphatic fashion against last year’s preliminary finalist Craigieburn, powering to a 31-point triumph at Overland Reserve.

East Keilor cruised to a 56-point advantage at three-quarter-time before conceding six goals in the last term.

The success left it in second spot with a 5-2 record entering the Queen’s Birthday break, Christofi declaring his team’s confidence had not been impacted in recent weeks.

“In the first loss we didn’t show up at all and weren’t there for Westmeadows. We just had a bad day,” he said.

“Against Tullamarine, that was a game we shouldn’t have lost. We had control for three quarters and broke down structurally due to injury and it slipped away from us in the last quarter.

“We lost too many midfielders to injury who couldn’t come back on, so we structurally broke down in the last quarter.

“So, no, confidence didn’t take any hit at all.

“We believe in what we’re doing. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

“But it was very important (to beat Craigieburn) because we hadn’t beaten anyone of any value really.”

Former coach Ash Arrowsmith starred for the winning side, while Jordan Madden and Lachlan Pettigrove were also influential.

Dion Hill and Copper Perry contributed three goals apiece.

The Cougars killed the contest with an eight-goal-to-one second quarter and Christofi said their relentless pressure proved telling.

“It was three or three and a half quarters of intense pressure,” he said.

“I think they weren’t expecting us to be so hard at it and it paid off in the end.

“But Craigieburn is a very good side.”

Christofi said he was “extremely happy” with East Keilor’s position ahead of its next fixture against West Coburg on June 15.

“But our best side hasn’t come yet,” he said.

“We’ve still got a few new blokes coming in and a couple of other blokes joining the club over the next week or so. We’ll present differently in the next few weeks.

“We don’t plan on peaking … until later in the year. Until then, we just want to play consistent football.

“Of course we’re going to have flaws, we’re a new team and 55 per cent of the team is new. They haven’t played together.”

Coutesty: HeraldSun 02/06/2019

Symmetry Physio – Taylors Lakes

Symmetry Physio Taylors Lakes are delighted to be aligned with the East Keilor Football Club for 2019.

Symmetry are a dynamic physiotherapy group and will be actively involved with the club throughout the season.

They are offering a VIP club rate discount for all East Keilor FC players and members, and you will have priority access to their services to get on top of all injuries throughout the season. Symmetry physio’s will work closely with the trainers, coaches and strength & conditioning staff to plan out a rehab pathway to return to training and playing ASAP.

Ryan from Symmetry will also be at the club on a Tuesday night for all assessment and injury concerns. This is available to all senior and junior players throughout the season.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Symmetry for any questions or for an appointment – phone 93908488 or BOOK ONLINE

EKFC Sponsors Day 2019


We would love to see you at our First Game of Season 2019

Taylors Lakes at East Keilor Ground

There will be finger food and drinks from 12.15 PM and also at Half Time of the senior game.

New senior coach Pat Christofi, who has bought so much excitement to the club, will give us an insight into his thoughts of the Cougars season ahead prior to the match.

Hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you.

RSVP to Gavin Wignall or Geoff Nicholl

2019 Practice Matches & Jumper Allocation Numbers


  • Saturday 16-March – HOME at Overland Reserve vs. Hurstbridge FC. U19’s commence at 9.45am, Reserves at 12pm & Seniors at 2.10pm
  • Saturday 23-March – AWAY at The Hangar (Essendon FC) vs. Banyule FC. U19’s commence at 9.45am, Reserves at 12pm & Seniors at 2.10pm
  • Saturday 30-March – AWAY at Frankston vs. Frankston Pines FC. Reserves commence at 12pm & Seniors at 2.10pm (*No game for U19’s).

We hope to see you around the grounds supporting the Cougars!


Get to know our players – Seniors & Reserves for 2019

Click on the image for PDF Listing

Mens’ Coach Senior Thirds

Seeking Applications

East Keilor Football Club will field a Senior Men Thirds team in the EDFL competition in 2019.

We seek expressions of interest for the roles of:

  • Coach – Senior Thirds; and
  • Assistant Coach – Senior Thirds

Interested parties are encouraged to make immediate contact with either the President or Secretary for further discussion:

  • President: Geoff Nicholl (m) 0417 362 775
  • Secretary: Gavan Wignall (m) 0418 306 000

Junior Registration – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH

Junior Registration Day has been confirmed for Sunday February 24th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Registration forms can be found HERE – download, print and fill them out prior if you are unable to stay around.


Don’t forget to like East Keilor FC on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest news and also join the TeamApp chat rooms.

EDFL Seeking Umpires for Upcoming 2019 Season

EDFL seeking Umpires for upcoming 2019 Season


Umpiring can build confidence, teach the umpire to make important decisions under pressure, and improve his /her interpersonal and communication skills. Umpiring is another way to be part of the game. We have had great success with junior players taking up umpiring and playing.


Frequently asked questions:

Yes, you can but that may impact on appointment to games on occasions.  As umpires you are required to arrive 45 minutes prior to the game scheduled starting time. The EDFL will make best endeavours to work around playing and umpiring commitments as we support participation in our game.


No tax is deducted as umpiring is classed by the ATO as a recreational hobby.


The EDFL requires 500 umpires to service our competition.


Seniors Fixture 2019

ROUND 1 Saturday April 6
vs Taylors Lakes

ROUND 2 Saturday April 13
vs Roxburgh Park

ROUND 3 Saturday April 27

ROUND 4 Saturday May 4
at Hillside

ROUND 5 Saturday May 11
vs Oak Park

ROUND 6 Saturday May 18
at Westmeadows

ROUND 7 Saturday May 25
at Tullamarine

ROUND 8 Saturday June 1
vs Craigieburn

ROUND 9 Saturday June 15
vs West Coburg

ROUND 10 Saturday June 22
at Taylors Lakes

ROUND 11 Saturday June 29
at Roxburgh Park

ROUND 12 Saturday July 6
vs Hillside

ROUND 13 Saturday July 13

ROUND 14 Saturday July 20
vs Westmeadows

ROUND 15 Saturday August 3
at Oak Park

ROUND 16 Saturday August 10
vs Tullamarine

ROUND 17 Saturday August 17
at West Coburg (CCO)

ROUND 18 Saturday August 24
at Craigieburn

EDFL Rule Changes for 2019


We ask that all Players, Club Members, Parents & Supporters read the attached article and documentation, and familiarise themselves with the new laws that will occur on the field in 2019.


THE EDFL has this week informed clubs of rule changes that will be coming into effect for the 2019 season.

After conducting a consultation process with EDFL coaches, AFL Victoria and the AFL, the league is set to introduce each of the following new rules and interpretations across all competitions from next year.


Courtesy of EDFL Website

2019 Coaching Announcements

2019 Coaches for Juniors & Seniors

It is with great pleasure that we officially confirm and announce all club coaches for Season 2019 – Welcome back to some, and welcome on board to others. It looks to be an exciting season ahead across the board!


  • Junior Coordinator – Lisa Wiz, 0408 959 080
  • Auskick – Aline Bonifazzo, 0402 928 885
  • U9’s – Robbie Rutley, 0422 593 634
  • U11’s – Graeme Teesdale, 0400 536 250
  • U11’s – Brett McNaughton, 0413 450 751
  • U13’s – Robert Wilczynski, 0423 311 206
  • U13’s – Shane Webster, 0417 351 819
  • U15 Girls – Paul Ferbrache, 0407 096 893
  • U15 Boys – Brett Madigan & John Spano, 0412 437 558 (BM)
  • U17’s – John Edgar, 0408 053 254


  • U19’s – Rick Caffari, 0488 902 999
  • Reserves – Paul Guicas, 0425 711 454
  • Seniors – Pat Christofi, 0438 010 111



Nelson Alexander, Keilor East

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Nelson Alexander have signed on as our 2019 Major Sponsor for the third year running!

We highly recommend all club members and friends to call Sam Carbone if you have any real estate needs.

Sam Carbone – Partner – 24 Centreway, Keilor East, 3033 on 9331 6200 or 0408 242 628

AGM Results & 2019 Committee

The clubs AGM was held on Monday night, and your 2019 committee has been elected and is also already planning for next season.  It will be a massive year ahead with the Overland redevelopment going ahead next season, so it will be all hands on deck.


President : Geoff Nicholl

Vice Presidents: Brett Madigan and John Edgar

Secretary : Gavan Wignall

Treasurer : Andy Ruberto


General committee:

Alana Hill

Steve Wooster

Kylie Nicholl

Richie Celantano

Rick Caffari

Dean Roberts

Lisa Wilczynski

Ellis Patterson

Ian Oats

Joe Randello

Shane Webster

Kerryn Edgar

Senior Coaching Appointments for Season 2019

The East Keilor Football Club is pleased to announce that Pat Christofi will take the reins as Senior Coach in 2019 – Pat has had extensive coaching experience for many years, and for the last two years has been the Senior Assistant Coach and Reserves Coach at Deer Park FC in the WRFL, where he has been an integral part of the club behind the scenes, and was involved in the last 5 Senior Premierships, where he was also named their ‘Best Club Man’ in 2017.


Pat is dedicated to his fitness, and owned his own gym from 1994 to 2009, where he was also a professional kick boxer with a Victorian, 3x Australian and Commonwealth title holders to his name from 1992-2014. Pat currently employs 30 people through his WIT Property Investment group, and is as driven and disciplined an individual that you will find. We welcome Pat, his family and friends to the East Keilor Football Club, and look forward to next season and beyond.


We also welcome both Guics and Rick back as coaches, with Paul Guicas returning as the Reserves Coach and Rick Caffari returning as U19’s Coach.


Very exciting times ahead for those down at Cougarland, and we welcome all who want to get involved. Go Cougars!


Committee Update + AGM 2018

To all Cougar members and supporters – At the last committee meeting, both the President Geoff Nicholl and Secretary Gavan Wignall announced they would both be stepping down at the end of this season.

Geoff is the longest serving president in the clubs history at 6 seasons and Gavan the second longest serving secretary at 5 seasons. These two have overseen great growth and success at East Keilor, and whilst they may no longer be in an official capacity, they will still be around the club as sponsors and supporters going forward.

Kylie Nicholl will also step down from the treasury role after a number years on the committee doing multiple different roles.

It is time for the next generation to think about how they would like their club run going forward. Its exciting times for the Cougars with terrific numbers in all age divisions, the introduction of Girls footy and the redevelopment of Overland with a $3.5 million facility due to start construction.

If you think you could put your stamp on the East Keilor Football Club in our 52nd year, the AGM will be held in OCT ( date TBA ) and now is the time to step forward to continue the work that has been done by all the great EK volunteers since 1967.

On behalf of the club, we thank Geoff, Gavan and Kylie for their ongoing support and effort within the club and around the grounds.

If you would like more information , please don’t hesitate to contact either Geoff 0417 362 775  or Gavan 0418 306 000 for a chat.