Category: EKFC News

2020 Junior Season

Statement from the President

Juniors Season 2020

To all coaches, players, parents and officials.

After consulting with all committee members, a decision has been made regarding junior football for this season 2020.

For the health and safety of all involved, it is decided that East Keilor football club will not be participating in any form of competitive competition within the E.D.F.L.

With today’s announcement of neighbouring suburb lock downs due to Covid-19, I feel that the risk to players, coaches and families is overwhelming .

We have decided to tell all members first before notifying the E.D.F.L. and thank you all for your patience during this difficult time.

I know that it is disappointing not to be playing football but as I said in my last email, your health and safety is paramount.

For the families who have paid membership or part payment, the options are as follows .

1 – Carry over membership to 2021

2 – Full refund, EFT transfer return fees

I understand that for some families, their circumstances may have changed over the last 4 months and require full refund.

If this is the case, please do not hesitate and contact me direct to arrange payment .

Also, if there is anything else the club can do or help during these difficult times please reach out .

I look forward to next season and will keep you all updated on the progress of the club rooms throughout the rest of the year.

Please everyone keep safe.


Geoff Nicholl
East Keilor Football Club

2020 Senior Competitions Cancelled – EDFL Statement

PRESS RELEASE – EDFL – Dated: 25-06-2020

Seniors | Women’s | Reserves | Thirds

THE EDFL Board of Management has this evening elected to cancel all senior competitions for the 2020 season.

This decision applies to all senior men’s and women’s football competitions, including men’s reserves and thirds competitions.

Following extensive consultation and consideration, the League has decided against conducting a senior men’s and women’s competition commencing on July 25.

In the current circumstances, this decision is in the best interests of the League, its Clubs and the wider EDFL community.

The League will now seek to examine the merits of conducting an alternative competition format for senior men’s and women’s football to be played later this year.



EDFL Press Release


Update On COVID-19 – Tuesday, March 17 (Joint League Statement)

Following a meeting of the six senior metropolitan community leagues today, including the EDFL, EFNL, NFNL, SFNL, VAFA and WRFL, please refer to the following statement.

The decision has been made to manage the COVID-19 issue for community football, netball and umpiring with a staged approach.

A collective decision has been made to postpone all community senior and junior football and netball competitions until the weekend of Saturday, May 2, 2020.

All Leagues agreed to suspend practice matches effective immediately and recommend that club training ceases until further notice.

The Leagues will re-convene on Tuesday, April 14 to review and/or confirm this commencement date, subject to the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This decision has been reached with consideration to Consistency, League and Club Sustainability and the Health and Welfare of all stakeholders.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding with this matter.

EDFL Press Release

Heads Up – AGM – Change of Date!!

Annual General Meeting – CHANGE OF DATE

Monday October 21 ST

Our Annual General Meeting will take place at the clubrooms on Monday October 21th at 7pm.

We encourage all supporters and parents to attend for a brief review of season 2019 overall, and to nominate a committee for season 2020.

If you have any questions prior, please contact Geoff Nicholl or Gavan Wignall.


2019 Division 1 – Team of the Year

THE 2019 Division 1 Team of the Year has a very fresh look about it.

Only four players from the 2018 team have backed up and made the cut in 2019, with minor premier, East Keilor, filling six of the 22 available spots.

The Cougars’ impressive recruiting haul paid off in 2019 and four of their new additions have ended up in the Team of the Year, with Grabowski brothers Nick and Josh both slotting into the midfield, while Nathan Lyons (wing) and Ben Caluzzi (half back flank) are also in the starting 18.

After booting 52 home-and-away goals, Dion Hill earned his first Team of the Year nod at full forward, while last year’s Team of the Year captain, Ash Arrowsmith, has moved from the half back flank in 2018 into centre half back this time around.

Eventual premier, Craigieburn, also has solid representation in the side, with four Eagles getting the tick of approval from the coaches.

Full Article & Team:

2020 Senior Coaching Applications

The East Keilor Football Club is seeking expressions of interest for the following coaching roles at the club for season 2020.

  • Senior Reserve Grade
  • Seniors Thirds Grade
  • Under 18.5 Men’s

For the senior roles, we will be seeking experienced coaches with a focus on player development and the ability to work with the senior leadership team and under the direction of the senior coach.

Applicants should forward a detailed coaching resume outlining experience and coaching philosophies.

Please forward applications to club president: Geoff Nicholl – 0417 362 775 or email:

Applications close October 30 2019.


Seniors Presentation Night

Senior Presentation Night has been confirmed for this Friday September 28th (Grand Final Public Holiday)

  • $30 per head for meal, pay at the door on entry.
  • Drinks at bar prices
  • Rooms open at 5pm, with the Under 19’s to start at 6pm followed by the Thirds, dinner at 7.30pm, followed by Reserves & Seniors to conclude the night.


We look forward to seeing all players and supporters there.

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 (On time)


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

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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.


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