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23 Mar 2015The men start with a bang! Seniors
18 Feb 2015Pre-season training starts Monday! Club
10 Feb 2015Info Day – Sat Feb 14th, 10.30-12.00 Club
09 Feb 2015Eltham Redbacks Information Day Club
03 Feb 2015Junior ages correction Club
28 Jan 2015Welcome to the 2015 season! Club
27 Jan 2015Pre-season calendar – UPDATE Juniors
15 Jan 2015Watson Holden sale Club
08 Dec 2014$1,500 from Eltham & Diamond Creek Community Bank! Uncategorized
26 Nov 2014Juventus Cup is ours! Uncategorized

The men start with a bang!

Pinky @ 11:32 am March 23, 2015   Comments Off on The men start with a bang!

The State League 4 East senior men have started the season with a 1-4 win against Monash University away.

It took Eltham just 58 seconds to score their first goal in this year’s campaign, with club stalwart Erastus ‘Tox’ Frans finishing convincingly.

Our favourite person in the entire world, Steven Gray, was there in his capacity as the lone camera man for his hobby project Football Chaos to film the match. Eltham Redbacks FC has donated twice to Steve’s project, and due to our recent on-field success with 25 wins on the trot (a winning streak that lasted 12 months!) we’ve been very fortunate to have Steve film six of our games in recent times, including the State League 2NW women’s game at home against Brunswick Zebras last year.

Of course, the real highlight of this footage is Santo being chipped from long-range – something that everyone who knows Santo will be able to hold over him for a lifetime!

Pre-season training starts Monday!

Pinky @ 3:29 pm February 18, 2015   Comments Off on Pre-season training starts Monday!

Voila! The pre-season training schedule! Starts Monday 23rd Feb. Coaches will be confirmed over the next few days – we need to get this out first so that teams show up to be coached. Exciting times – great numbers at the grading trials and we’re going to have a really fantastic year at Eltham.

“APG” means Adventure Playground (oval opposite Eltham North Primary School). If you’re not training there, you’re at Eltham College ground or on the synthetic pitch at the actual clubrooms on Wattletree Rd. The top oval is currently not allocated to us, which is why no training will be on that surface for now. “Eltham College” refers to the elevated top oval opposite the college. Drive straight up through Research towards Kangaroo Ground, and turn left into the service road to enter the two college ovals, and it’s the top oval. You will be greated and instructed when you arrive.

Some teams have alternating venues – first day (e.g., Mon) will be at one location, and second day (e.g., Wed) will be at a different location. All teams of the same age group are at the same venue – so the first session, everyone will show up to the same venue because you won’t know which team you’re in.


     Pitch Allocation Pitch Allocation
Training Day OneTraining Day Two
SSF GirlsTeamLeagueCoachTraining Times
Girls Under 9Under 9JoeysTBCWednesday 5.30 - 6.30pmBlue 1
Under 9JoeysTBCWednesday 5.30 - 6.30pmWhite 3
Girls Under 10 Under 10 WallabiesTBCMonday and Wednesday 6.00 - 7.00pmAPGBlue 1
Girls Under 11Under 11WallabiesTBCMonday and Wednesday 6.00 - 7.00pmAPGWhite 3
SSF BoysTeamLeagueCoachTraining Times
Boys Under 8Under 8 Team 1KangaTBCMonday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham College
Under 8 Team 2KangaTBCMonday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham College
Under 8 Team 3WallabiesTBCMonday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham College
Under 8 Team 4WallabiesTBCMonday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham College
Under 8 Team 5JoeyTBCMonday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham College
Under 8 Team 6 JoeyTBCMonday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham College
Boys Under 9Under 9 Team 1KangaTBCMonday 6.00 - 7.00pm & Wednesday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham CollegeEltham College
Under 9 Team 2KangaTBCMonday 6.00 - 7.00pm & Wednesday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham CollegeEltham College
Under 9 Team 3WallabiesTBCMonday 6.00 - 7.00pm & Wednesday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham CollegeEltham College
Under 9 Team 4JoeyTBCMonday 6.00 - 7.00pm & Wednesday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham CollegeEltham College
Under 9 Team 5JoeyTBCMonday 6.00 - 7.00pm & Wednesday 5.00 - 6.00pmEltham CollegeEltham College
Boys Under 10Under 10KangaTBCMonday & Wednesday 6.00 - 7.00pmAPGEltham College
Under 10WallabyTBCMonday & Wednesday 6.00 - 7.00pmAPGEltham College
Under 10JoeysTBCMonday & Wednesday 6.00 - 7.00pm APGEltham College
Under 10JoeysTBCMonday & Wednesday 6.00 - 7.00pm APGEltham College
Boys Under 11Under 11KangaTBCMonday 6.00 - 7.00pm and Saturday 9.00 - 10.00 amBlue 1Blue 1
Under 11WallabyTBCMonday 6.00 - 7.00pm and Saturday 9.00 - 10.00 amWhite 3White 3
Under 11JoeysTBCMonday 6.00 - 7.00pm and Saturday 9.00 - 10.00 amRed 5Red 5
Under 11JoeysTBCMonday 6.00 - 7.00pm and Saturday 9.00 - 10.00 amYellow 7Yellow 7
Junior BoysTeamLeagueCoachTraining Times
Boys Under 12Under 12 KangaTBCTuesday 5.30 - 7.00pm and Saturday 10.00 - 11.30amBlue 1Blue 1
Under 12WallabiesTBCTuesday 5.30 - 7.00pm and Saturday 10.00 - 11.30amWhite 3White 3
Under 12JoeysTBCTuesday 5.30 - 7.00pm and Saturday 10.00 - 11.30amRed 5Red 5
Boys Under 13Under 13U 13 ATBCTuesday and Thursday 5.30 - 7.00pmAPGBlue 1
Under 13U 13 CTBCTuesday and Thursday 5.30 - 7.00pmAPGWhite 3
Under 13U 13 DTBCTuesday and Thursday 5.30 - 7.00pmAPGRed 5
Boys Under 14Under 14U 14 ATBCTuesday and Thursday 5.30 - 7.00pmAPGAPG
Under 14U 14 BTBCTuesday and Thursday 5.30 - 7.00pmAPGAPG
Boys Under 15Under 15U 15 ATBCTuesday and Thursday 7.00 - 8.30pmBlue 1APG
Boys Under 16Under 16U 16 B TBCTuesday and Thursday 7.00 - 8.30pmRed 5APG
Boys Under 18Under 18U 18 ATBCTuesday and Thursday 7.00 - 8.30pmAPGAPG
Junior GirlsTeamLeagueCoachTraining Times
Girls Under 12Under 12KangasTBCMonday and Wednesday 5.30 - 7.00pmAPGRed 5
Girls Under 13/14Under 14U 13/14 ATBCMonday and Wednesday 7.00 - 8.30pmAPGAPG
Under 14U 13/14 BTBCMonday and Wednesday 7.00 - 8.30pmAPGAPG
Girls Under 16Under 16U16 TBCMonday and Wednesday 7.00 - 8.30pmAPGAPG


Info Day – Sat Feb 14th, 10.30-12.00

Pinky @ 1:22 pm February 10, 2015   Comments Off on Info Day – Sat Feb 14th, 10.30-12.00

This Saturday is our annual Information Day. The purpose is to be available to parents so they can come along and find out about our various programs and ask as many questions as they like!

It coincides with our grading sessions – so you can see how we go about things on the pitch while you’re there.

Here are the hand-outs that we have printed to give to people on Info Day so that you can share them around to anyone who is thinking about joining the club.

Feel free to distribute far and wide to your friends!

Eltham Redbacks Information Day

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 7:28 pm February 9, 2015   Comments Off on Eltham Redbacks Information Day

Are you interested in playing club football for Eltham Redbacks FC?

Are you keen to start your child playing football but not sure where to start?

Come to our info day at our home ground (Cnr Wattletree Rd and Banks Rd, Eltham North) Sat Feb 14th 10.30am to 12pm and talk to the people who run the club.  We can answer your questions, explain our football philosophy and explain how to get registered for season 2015.

The information day is for all players but particularly for kids starting football from U7 and below and players moving into U8.  For older children the grading trials are listed in recent posts.  If you are new to Eltham Redbacks please attend these trials and come to our admin table for further information about our club.

If you know of anyone wanting to play football, pls tell them to attend the Information Day

Go Redbacks!

Junior ages correction

Pinky @ 10:39 pm February 3, 2015   Comments Off on Junior ages correction

Our handy guide to date of birth wasn’t that handy in the last email – many of you have kindly pointed out the error.

If your child is turning 9yo at any point in 2015 (doesn’t matter if it’s 1 Jan or 31 Dec) then they are eligible to compete in the U9 competition.

Born Playing Age Team
2008-2010 U5/6/7
2007 U8
2006 U9
2005 U10
2004 U11
2003 U12
2002 U13
2001 U14
2000 U15
1999 U16

Players can compete in an older age competition at the discretion of the two Technical Directors and the Committee without FFV approval. Players can also compete in a younger age group where required, however we must write to the FFV and have a letter of dispensation which requires a particular reason, e.g., health reason.

Sorry for the confusion! See you at the grading trials.

Pre-season calendar 2015

Welcome to the 2015 season!

Pinky @ 3:40 pm January 28, 2015   Comments Off on Welcome to the 2015 season!

The committee has been working diligently over the last 3 months in preparing and planning for the 2015 season. Below is important information about pre-season grading, training and registration so please take the time to read each point.

Pre-Season Grading, Training and Information Day

Grading for U8 to U16 girl and boy teams will commence Saturday 7th February 2015 and then move into pre-season training ready for the first match on Sunday 12th April. Please refer to the Pre-season Calendar for dates and grading information.

It is important that players attend both sessions by arriving 15 minutes before the allocated time. Please ensure they wear boots and shin pads and bring along a cap/hat and water bottle.

To assist with the grading process, we ask that all players register before 7th February as per the instructions below.

The Saturday program for U5/6/7 boys/girls and the Spiderlings program for 3 & 4 year olds will commence Saturday 2nd May. More information can be found on our web site and we encourage you attend the  Information Day on Saturday 14th February at our Eltham North club rooms between the hours of 10.30am – 12 noon.

Based on previous years, both programs are very popular. We have limited spots for each age group so I suggest to avoid disappointment you get in early by registering as per below.

Information and Shirt Presentation Days

For all new parents/players and parents that have children moving into U8 from our Saturday program, you are welcome to attend the Information day on Saturday 14th February 2015 between 10.30am to 12pm. The committee will provide handouts on the day and answer all your queries.

The annual shirt presentation for all players from U8 to U16 will occur on Saturday 11th April. Please diarise the day as we expect all players, coaches and team managers to attend.

Registration and 2015 fees

Online registration for the 2015 season is now open. We ask all players to register ASAP and before the 7th February by clicking on the below link and follow the instructions and guides provided.


We require all players to electronically upload a passport sized photo onto the MyFootballClub registration data base, so please ensure you have it ready.  If you have already uploaded a photo there is no need to do it again.

We only accept credit card payments at the end of the registration process, so until payment is made, your spot in the team is not secured. Thus we encourage that you finalise payment at the conclusion of the registration process.

In setting the 2015 fees, the committee deliberates the fee structure ensuring any increases are justified and minimised.

For 2015 we have set fees after taking into account increases in council pitch rental cost, utility costs, coaching fees/accrditation and overall increase in uniform and equipment costs. These increases have had an impact on our budget and to ensure we remain financially viable and provide a professional sporting environment for players at all levels, the committee has agreed on the following fee structure.

Age Group / Grade Annual Fee
Spiderlings $150
Saturday Program – U5-U7 girls and boys $335
Miniroos U8-U11 girls and boys $505
Junior girls and boys U12 – U18 $550
Senior Women / Men $550
Over 45s $375
Big Kidz Social Program $85

The above fee is an annual fee and there are no other fees to pay. If you interested in what you get for the fees, please refer to the FAQ.

Club Merchandise

Over the off-season the club has designed a limited range of 2015 merchandise just for club members. This merchandise is in addition to the player apparel that is already included as part of your registration packages and is ideal for both players and supporters. It can be ordered through the MyFootballClub registration process – just click on “Purchase additional items” on the payment screen in the registration system. Note that once ordered, we cannot change items or give refunds as the items are made to order, so please select sizing carefully.

On behalf of the committee, I want to wish everyone the very best for the 2015 season and I look forward in catching up soon.

Ivan Dalla Costa

Pre-season calendar – UPDATE

Pinky @ 8:48 am January 27, 2015   Comments Off on Pre-season calendar – UPDATE

Please see below for the latest pre-season calendar!

(Click for full-size)

Pre-season calendar 2015


Watson Holden sale

Pinky @ 10:11 am January 15, 2015   Comments Off on Watson Holden sale

Watson Holden is a really valued supporter of ERFC – so if any members are in the market for a new car, where better to look? They have a big 4 day sale on starting this Friday, so might be a good time to take a test drive.

Watson Holden has announced a scorching January 4 Day Sale offering a five-year warranty PLUS five years of roadside assistance PLUS a huge factory bonus on all new and demonstrator 2014 plated Watson Holden vehicles.   This offer is over and above the great-value January drive away offers already available, including an incredible no deposit and no repayments until 2016, as well as Holden’s capped price servicing on all models. There has never been a better time to buy so get into Watson Holden this weekend! Hurry ends Monday at 5pm sharp! 

Watson Holden's 4 Day Sale

$1,500 from Eltham & Diamond Creek Community Bank!

Pinky @ 8:25 am December 8, 2014   Comments Off on $1,500 from Eltham & Diamond Creek Community Bank!

Two novelty cheques in one year! We must be doing something right! Pictured here is our President Ivan Dalla Costa with Group Business Development Manager Michael Maloney from Eltham & Diamond Creek Community Bank with a fantastic donation to the Redbacks. Thank you so much on this very important donation. We have a very strong reliance on sponsorship funding to deliver our football programs, and this donation is a valued contribution to making that possible.


Juventus Cup is ours!

Pinky @ 10:56 pm November 26, 2014   Comments Off on Juventus Cup is ours!

It was a fantastic game tonight for the Continental Tyres Eltham Legends team in the over 55 division for the Juventus Cup, held at the Juventus Old Boys Club (versus Juve themselves), Park Ave Reserve in Doncaster.

The venue itself was perfect on the night – a soft, immaculately curated piece of turf, great club rooms, friendly crowd and a full set of referees, including one lippy AR that was more interested in a bit of banter with the crowd than keeping an eye on off-sides, which the crowd was more than pleased with.

Eltham were the first to jump after a handy run down the right wing was crossed into the box towards Bob Messenger. The CB tried to control it but took a heavy touch and Bob, spritely as ever, was straight onto it for an easy tap in.

Middle of the second half saw a push from Juve which was rewarded with a penalty for hand-ball, flagged by the AR on the far side. After a short discussion between the referees, and some creative intimidatory tactics from the Redbacks keeper, the striker buried it without hesitation.

With 10 minutes to play, a free kick to Eltham was awarded towards the corner on the right side, deep into the attacking half. The ball landed in Harold’s lap before he even knew about it, and in the confusion that followed, someone wearing red managed to put a toe on it and put the ball where it belonged.

The final score was 2-1 to Eltham. Without a doubt the deserving team. Paul ‘Harold’ Harris won the O55 Cup B&F.

Click through to the photo album on Facebook

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