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27 Sep 20162016 President’s Report Uncategorized
11 Sep 2016Redbacks Holiday Program Uncategorized
06 Sep 20162016 Summer Program Uncategorized
26 Aug 20162016 Trophy Presentation Schedule Uncategorized
28 Jul 20162016 Annual Trivia Night Uncategorized
01 Jul 2016Support Our Sponsors Uncategorized
05 Jun 2016Redbacks Team Photos Uncategorized
02 Jun 20162016 Social Events Club
04 Apr 2016Shirt Presentation Day 2016 Uncategorized
29 Mar 2016Redbacks Partner with Melbourne City FC and Eltham College Uncategorized

2016 President’s Report

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 3:49 pm September 27, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 President’s Report


Ivan Dalla Costa


The 2016 season has been another progressive year with many successes on and off the pitch and everyone needs to be congratulated.

Club membership continues to grow and the football program is going from strength to strength. We are well positioned to be the premier football club in the North East region with over 900 members.

The Nillumbik community has embraced the Redbacks with continued support by local businesses, schools, the council and Victorian State Government.

The highlights of the season for the club are as follows:

  • The ongoing success of the clubs Saturday morning Spiderlings and Small Sided Games Program.
  • The continued improvement in our Academy.
  • Our WNPL application resulting in being ranked 10th from 22 applications.
  • The appointment of a new Junior Technical Director and the restructure of the football program
  • Successful campaign by both the senior women and men in the knock-out cups
  • Senior men being promoted in 2016.
  • The U13B, U15A and U18 Boys being crowned champions in 2016 with a number of teams becoming runners-up.
  • The continued development of all the junior teams at all age groups.
  • Further development of the girls program with teams in all age groups and 2 under 9 teams.
  • The continued success of the over 45 league with 4 Eltham teams

Off the field the committee has worked extremely hard to uphold our place in the community with supporting the annual breast cancer and prostate cancer matches. The social activities over the year have all proven to successful with an outstanding attendance at the annual fund Trivia night fund raiser.

Local businesses have embraced the Redbacks by being sponsors of the club. This year we had 16 major sponsors donating valuable funds that were reinvested into the club for many projects. I take this opportunity to personally thank all sponsors.

The future is bright for football at Eltham with two major projects that will positively impact our club and the Nillumbik community. The redevelopment of the Eltham North precinct with new clubrooms and change facilities and the new synthetic pitch at St. Helena. Work has commenced on both projects which hopefully will be completed in the next 2 years. This will mean better and more facilities for the biggest club in the North East region of Melbourne.

The club continues to work to its priorities that have been set in the club’s Strategic Plan – namely:

  • Improve the quality, depth & diversity of the football programs
  • Improve club infrastructure and access to the community
  • Improve club administration and communications
  • Develop a vibrant social program

In 2016 the club continued to make good progress against these strategies however there is always more work to do. The committee believe firmly in a strong integrated club and that success in junior program aids the senior programs and success in the senior programs aids the junior programs.

The continued success of the club will not only be judged by the quality of the football programs that the club rolls but also how well the club is managed and that the club provides an positive family friendly environment and that everyone feels welcome which has been confirmed by the recent survey.

I am also pleased of our financial position and continued profitable however the club continues to under cost pressures in a number of areas which the committee are addressing.

This year we recognise an outstanding life members – namely Steve Ribarich. His dedication and commitment spans over a decade and is why the club is held in high esteem by many. Steve’s role on the committee and the various projects will continue to have a life-long contribution which will be applauded for many years to come.

I take this opportunity to thank all members of the 2016 Committee and without them the club would not have been the success that it was. – THANK YOU.

I also commend the commitment of the playing group and all those parents who get the players to training and to games and to those partners that are football widows or widowers during the season – THANK YOU.

A special thanks go to all the volunteers – coaches, team managers, committee, canteen staff and our duty manager. Without their support and ongoing commitment, the club would not have progressed as it has over the last 5 year.

I wish you all the best for the remainder of 2016 and I look forward to be your President in 2017.

Ivan Dalla Costa

Club President.

Redbacks Holiday Program

Lamo @ 11:34 am September 11, 2016   Comments Off on Redbacks Holiday Program


What are you doing this September holidays? 

Eltham Redbacks FC will be holding their school holiday program for all primary school aged children on the 27th and 28th of September. The program will be run by Bailey Attard, our Melbourne City representative at the club, the current Technical Director of our Saturday Program and soon to be B Licensed coach. He and the team of aspiring and experienced coaches, will make this holiday clinic both exciting and football engaging.

The coaching team will use elements from the FFA Discovery Phase and Skill Acquisition Phase models as well as Melbourne City’s own clinic program. Individual football based skills such as dribbling, passing, first touch and 1v1’s will be focused upon. Defending and teamwork strengthening elements will also be included throughout the clinic. Other fun games will be included to mix up the day, food and drink breaks will be provided.

Players from other clubs looking for a holiday clinic are welcome.

Date: 27 and 28 September, 2016

Time: 9am – 3.30pm

Ages: Primary school children

Cost: $65 per day or $120 for both

Lunch included: please list any allergies

Clothing: Shin guards and footy boots essential

What to bring: Snacks, water bottle


Eltham Redbacks FC
Cedar Avenue
Eltham North, Victoria 3095

Contact Details: Rachel via rcummins10@me.com

2016 Summer Program

Lamo @ 7:23 pm September 6, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 Summer Program



Eltham Redbacks FC Summer Program aims to accelerate the development of our footballers through a targeted extension of our football program over the summer term. Coaching is provided by our experienced coaching team including our Senior Men’s and Women’s coaches and Technical Directors. Sessions include skill drills, tactical and positional training, small-sided and full pitch game training.

The program will start the week commencing Monday 10th October and finishes on the week concluding on Saturday 17th December. Training will not be held during the Melbourne Cup long weekend.

Players from other clubs looking for a summer skills program are welcome to sign up.

Session Times

Players can choose to train one or two sessions per week though both sessions are encouraged.

Age Session 1 Session 2
U8 – U9 Boys & Girls Monday 6.00pm – 7.00pm Saturday 9.00am – 10.00 am
U10 – U12 Boys & Girls Tuesday 5.30pm – 7.00pm Saturday 10.30am – 12.00pm
U13 – U18 Girls Monday 7.00pm – 8.30pm Wednesday 8.00pm – 9.30pm
U13 – U18 Boys Tuesday 7.00pm – 8.30pm Thursday 7.00pm – 8.30pm


U8 – U9 1 session per week $120 2 sessions per week $230
U10 – U18 1 session per week $145 2 sessions per week $265

Eltham Redbacks FC
Cedar Avenue
Eltham North, Victoria 3095

All bookings are through the TryBooking website via https:www.trybooking.com/MWGT

Contact Details:
www.elthamredbacksfc.org.au or David Freeman (m) 0457503492 (email) David.Freeman@nab.com.au

2016 Trophy Presentation Schedule

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 6:29 pm August 26, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 Trophy Presentation Schedule

2016 Presentation Schedule-1

2016 Annual Trivia Night

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 7:52 pm July 28, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 Annual Trivia Night

trivia night

Support Our Sponsors

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 5:11 pm July 1, 2016   Comments Off on Support Our Sponsors

Lets all applaud the ongoing support of all our sponsors.

When you are next in the market for a product or service, put each of the below on the top of your list.

BTW – they all have exclusive Redback’s deal which will not be matched by any of their competitors

Click here to browse to read more about each organisation and what they can offer you.
Sponsor logos 2016

Redbacks Team Photos

Lamo @ 10:29 am June 5, 2016   Comments Off on Redbacks Team Photos

This season’s team photos will be taken in the week of Monday the 20th of June to Wednesday the 22nd of June. The schedule for the photos is as follows:

2016 Photo Schedule

As per previous years, players will need to attend their photo session in full Redbacks playing kit (shirts, shorts, socks and boots). We ask coaches to wear their current polos, black tracksuit top black pants (tracksuit or dress pants) and suitable shoes.

To order a team photo, use the form attached below. Note that the forms should be submitted on the day of the photo being taken along with payment. Eftpos will be available.

Redback Photo Order Form 2016

2016 Social Events

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 10:48 am June 2, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 Social Events


Below is a calendar of social events planned for the remainder of the season.

Closer to each date, members will receive a specific email regarding each event. In the meantime please mark these dates in your diary and support the club by attending.

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Shirt Presentation Day 2016

Lamo @ 5:00 pm April 4, 2016   Comments Off on Shirt Presentation Day 2016

Shirt Presentation Day for 2016 takes place this Saturday the 9th of April and this year we are taking it to the next level! The committee has worked hard to arrange bubble soccer, bouncing castles and other games (weather permitting) to appear alongside our usual program, starting from 11:30am and running through to the end of the day. Just buy your ride tickets at the ground on the day and get involved!


Of course, there will be football being played! As has been the case in previous years, the day doubles as the first home game for our State League 3 Senior Men and Reserves, meaning you can cheer on some of our most talented players as they begin their push for their third trophy in as many years. So bring the whole family and even your friends down, enjoy the festivities and stay to support the Senior Men from 3pm.

Presentation times for the teams are listed below:

Shirt Presentation Day Schedule

Do note that we expect parking on Shirt Presentation Day will be at an absolute premium so consider parking down at the Adventure Playground, car pool or leave the car at home altogether.

We’ll see you Saturday!

Redbacks Partner with Melbourne City FC and Eltham College

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 5:24 pm March 29, 2016   Comments Off on Redbacks Partner with Melbourne City FC and Eltham College

Eltham College and MLB City


In 2016, Eltham Redbacks FC will partner with A League Club Melbourne City FC and Eltham College to manage and operate our Spiderlings Program (for 3/4 year olds) and our Saturday SSF Program (for 5/6/7 year olds). This is an exciting development for the club in having all three organisations involved in the development of kids from a very young age.

Melbourne City FC will use their vast resources in developing a curriculum and training our coaches to deliver one of the best programs in the North East of Melbourne. The curriculum will be tailored for players of all abilities and focus on fun while developing their skills in a supportive, community-centric environment.

There are limited spaces for both of these exciting programs so we strongly encourage that you register now to be part of them. Click here for more information on each program or click here to register.




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