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2021 Competitions Cancelled

Joint Statement - 2021 Competitions Cancelled

September 2 update

The EDFL, EFNL, NFNL, RDFNL, SFNL, SMJFL, VAFA and WRFL collectively wish to issue a statement regarding the 2021 season.

Following yesterday’s State Government announcement of an extension to lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne until at least September 23, all leagues have mutually decided to cancel all competitions for the 2021 season.

This announcement does not apply to Auskick. AFL Victoria will provide an update on Auskick in due course.

This decision is an extremely difficult one and has not been made lightly.

All leagues have been working diligently in the hope of enabling the remaining games in the 2021 season to be played.

However, it is now apparent this will not be possible in the current environment.

All leagues are committed to working closely with their member clubs, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria to manage the associated issues related to the cancellation of all 2021 competitions and working towards a return to play next season.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank all clubs, players, parents, volunteers, officials, umpires and league partners for your patience, support and cooperation throughout the 2021 season.

We urge all associated with our respective communities to heed the advice and regulations in place by order of the State Government.

We all have a role to play in ensuring our community remains safe and healthy so we can all return to football and netball next season.

Further updates regarding the operational aspects of this decision will be provided in due course via each respective league.

All leagues look forward to returning to competition bigger and better in 2022, commencing the weekend of April 1-3.


Golden Cougar & 300 Club 2021 Launch!

Golden Cougar & 300 Club 2021 Launch!

To all the EK family.

Golden Cougars & 300 Club Members are invited to attend the East Keilor RSL (12-22 Hoffmans Rd, Essendon VIC 3040)  for a meal & refreshments on
Wednesday, 28th April from 6:30pm, where we will be discussing Season 2021 with our Senior Coach, Pat Christofi.
Should you have any questions, please contact Brett Madigan on 0412 437 558.

Fixture Changes to Senior/Reserves 2021


To all the EK family.

Please note that in agreement with the EDFL and the following clubs,  we are reversing our home games to away games on the following dates:

  • Round 2 - Hillside 17th April
  • Round 4 - Roxburgh Park 1st May
  • Round 5 - Sunbury Kangaroos 8th May

We proposed that we play these games away and then the reverse match in

  • Round 11 - Hillside 26th June
  • Round 13 - Roxburgh Park 10th July
  • Round 14 - Sunbury Kangaroos 17th July will come back to Overland Reserve.

Apologies for the late notice,  but it has become evident that MVCC will not have the new pavilion operational and compliant and are still some way off in doing a handover.

By making these changes, our first game at Overland will be Round 8 V. West Coburg 29th of May which is now a more realistic timeline.

Should anyone have any queries, please give me a call.

Gavan Wignall



Senior Game Changes

Reserve Game Changes

Junior Registration 2021

Junior Registration

This Sunday's (21st February) 10am is Junior Registration Day at Overland Reserve, East Keilor. Home Our Cougars Football Club.

Juniors: Under 8's to Under 16's

If you are unable to make it, please see below our Registration Forms and Medical Profile. All you have to do is

  1. Open the forms below
  2. Fill In Form
  3. Save Again
  4. Email the completed form to or print off and return the forms at tonight's training or on Sunday


Please return completed form via email or return to club


Please return completed form prior to season commencement to your Coach or to the EKFC head trainer.



Latest Updates for 2021


U16’s from Thursday (4th), from 5:30-6:30pm
U14’s from Thursday (4th), from 5-6pm – Training will be every Thursday until advised further. Any enquires please Coaches Shane Webster 0417 351 819 or Graeme Teesdale 0400 536 250
Commencing from next week:
U12’s from next Thursday (11th), from 5-6pm
U10’s from next Thursday (11th), from 5-6pm
Any questions, please contact the Junior Coordinators – Joe Randello on 0412 261 662 or Ieisha Sparks on 0439 975 419
U/18 training commences next Thursday 11th of Feb at 5.30pm at Overland Reserve . It’s going to be an exciting year at Cougarland in 2021 and we want to see you!
For further information contact coach Shannon Madigan 0437 600 130



Sunday February 21st, 2021 at 10am
Overland Reserve (Home of the Cougars)
Further information and flyer to be announced in the coming days.


The Passing of Mitchell Celantano


The East Keilor Football Club family has suffered an enormous loss with the passing of Mitchell on the Gold Coast on Tuesday morning 5th of January.

Mitch was a popular player and member of our club and his passing will leave a void across many generations of our EKFC family.

The Celantano family is linked right through the history of EKFC with his Grandfather Murray being a former junior coach, Grandmother Jean a club helper, as well as his parents Richie and Raelene who are so well known to so many at the club. Mitch’s brother Mason is a junior player at our club, so the impact of Mitch’s passing is far reaching within our community.

Our love and thoughts are with the Celantano family and also the lads that were with Mitch on the Gold Coast at this very difficult time.

Please note that the club will be organising professional counselling in the coming weeks for those that wish to utilise it and should anyone need more immediate help, please do not hesitate to contact either Geoff (Club President) on 0417 362 775 or Gavan (Club Secretary) on 0418 306 000.

Mitchell Celantano Funeral Service 

Please find below all the information for Mitchell’s Funeral that will commence at 12 noon this Friday 15th of January,  at Medway Golf Club.

Can you please consider arriving early and be aware there will be limited parking in the Golf Club Car Park.

 In keeping with COVID guideline compliance, there will be indoor and outdoor areas to accommodate all mourners.

Could you please bring a mask and there will be refreshments afterwards at the golf club.  Please see below the link to the Tribute Page on the Tobin Brothers Funerals website.

This is where the Webcast/Live Streaming can be viewed.  Please forward this link to family and friends. Through this site people can view the webcast, light a virtual candle and leave a tribute or message.


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.


Annual General Meeting

SAVE THE DATE – Monday October 28th

Our Annual General Meeting will take place at the clubrooms on Monday October 28th 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.

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 – Thirds


EAST KEILOR 1 – 10.8-68
HILLSIDE – 5.4-34

Under the lights at Greenvale Recreation Reserve we saw our boys defeat Hillside to WIN their Grand Final! Well Done!

Goal Kickers: L. Conidi 3, S. Evans, J. Dawson, E. Tzoras, T. Romeo, L. Dickie, L. Watson, M. Del Mastro
Best Players: M. Celantano, J. Almond, T. Romeo, L. Conidi, A. Hallal, J. Dawson


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