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03 Jan 2014Calling all coaches… Club
03 Jan 20142014 Grading Trials Schedule Club
11 Dec 2013Over 45s raise $3645 for Eltham Retirement Home Club
31 Oct 20132014 Coaching – request for expressions of interest Club
21 Oct 2013U12 girls win the Moreland Zebras Heritage Cup! Club
07 Oct 2013Casual Summer Football Uncategorized
08 Sep 2013TECHfootball+ dates for Term 4 Juniors
19 Aug 2013Notice of 2013 Annual General Meeting Club
14 Aug 2013Sponsor offers page added Club
12 Aug 2013Melbourne Victory @ ERFC! Juniors

Calling all coaches…

Pinky @ 7:15 pm January 3, 2014   Comments Off

Eltham Redbacks FC would like to invite all  prospective new coaches and continuing coaches for 2014 to a 30 minute coaches ‘kick off’ meeting at 9am on Saturday 1st February at our Wattletree Rd, Eltham North pitch.

Topics will include:

  • How we operate
  • Expectations of coaches
  • Coaching support structure

Assistance with player trial assessment commencing after the meeting would be appreciated.

2014 Grading Trials Schedule

Pinky @ 7:14 pm January 3, 2014   Comments Off

Trials for Redbacks players for season 2014 will be held over two days at our Wattletree Rd, Eltham North pitch. With the introduction of an Under 8 competition this year we will also be trialing Under 8 players for the first time.

Trial sessions will run for approximately one hour during which our panel of coaches will assess players technical skills and understanding of the game in order to stream players into ability groups for later allocation into appropriate teams.

All players are required to wear shin pads and bring a water bottle. Girls will trial at the same time but in a separate group from the boys.

Session times for age groups (player turning that age during the season):
Saturday 1st February and Saturday 8th February

Under 9                  9.30am
Under 10              10.30am
Under 11               11.30am
Under 12                1.30pm
Under 13                2.30pm
Under 14                3.30pm
Under 15                4.30pm
Under 16                5.30pm
Under 17 & 18        6.30pm

Sunday 2nd February and Sunday 9th February

Under 8                    1pm.

Over 45s raise $3645 for Eltham Retirement Home

Pinky @ 7:30 am December 11, 2013   Comments Off

By Bob Messenger

Thanks to everyone who turned out on Saturday for the 3rd Eltham World Cup!

We were lucky enough to have a magnificent day weather wise and the decision to move our “stadium” to the other side this year and under the tress was a good one as it probably stopped a lot of sunburn.

The turn out was fantastic, and so was the conduct of all the players, there was a little friendly banter of course but it was all in good spirits!

Thank you again to Nigel (Holland / Alphington) and John (Scotland / Diamond Valley) for supporting our event!

If you had to leave early and missed the end, the World Cup this year delivered a classic finale, after 7 rounds of hard competition,Australia and Holland ended up on top of the World Cup Ladder, narrowly edging out Brazil.

After a scoreless 20 minute final, Holland eventually won after a nail biting penalty shoot out, when the 8th penalty was saved by the Dutch keeper, congratulations to Holland and well done to Australia for a great performance on the day.

I would also like to thank some people who helped make this happen on Saturday;

Graham Attwood who did a brilliant job at managing all the referees and keeping all the games running on time

Also thanks to Neil Pearson, Brian Stockley, and the other volunteers who reffed and played, on such a hot day, it was a big ask

Thanks to everyone else who lended a hand, Darren and Gary (bar table and medical support), Phil, Dom, Frank and all the guys who donated beer, soft drinks and water to sell at the bar.

Thank also to our sponsor for the day, Steve Brown from Continental Tyres who put money behind the bar to allow us to make pure profit for donations on all our bar takings.

My thanks also to Steve Harrison who stepped up at the very end to take charge of the auction (as usual) and all the team Captains and their assistants who collected all the money which was crucial to our cause

Finally my thanks to Ivan who kindly donated some funds from the club to add to our overall donation

So finally and all importantly, Im happy to tell you what we raised!

I’m delighted to say 2013 has been the most successful World Cup ever, and we ended up raising $3,645 for the Eltham Retirement Home – an absolutely brilliant effort, guys!!!

I am about to go down and deliver the money to them and I know they will be so grateful of what you have all done for them, so read this and feel good you have been part of something special guys, so thank you all very much for all your kind support!

2014 Coaching – request for expressions of interest

Pinky @ 12:26 pm October 31, 2013   Comments Off

ERFC  (9)Coaching expressions of interest are now open for the 2014 season. If you have a desire to be part of the biggest football club in the region with over 850 members, please send through your details including contact information, coaching qualifications, preferred age level and experience to our Technical Director, Murray Ovens, at

U12 girls win the Moreland Zebras Heritage Cup!

Pinky @ 10:17 am October 21, 2013   Comments Off

Congratulations to our U12 girls and their coach Co Luu on winning the Moreland Zebras Heritage Cup on Sunday. This is an amazing achievement for your group and the club is very proud of your efforts and the great football that your team is playing. Well done!

U12 Girls Moreland Cup Oct 2013 002

Casual Summer Football

Lamo @ 8:35 pm October 7, 2013   Comments Off
Now that the dust from the 2013 season has settled, it’s time to lace up the boots for a bit of summer football. For the coming months, all of you are invited to take part in our casual summer sessions.
What: A simple, casual summer kick around with the other lads. Games will be half pitch or a full-pitch 11 v 11 depending on the numbers.
When: On the synthetic pitch every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:45pm commencing tomorrow night, Tuesday the 8th of October. Have a stretch and warm up and be ready to go by 8pm. Games will finish at 9:30pm.
Cost: Nothing.
What’s required: Nothing other than your regular training gear, SHIN PADS INCLUDED.
Special note: The cricket club are the summer tenants at the ground, please respect their members and the facilities while on site. All parking and pick ups/drop offs should take place in the top car park only. Players arriving early for a kick/warm up should stay off the pitch until the cricket club have finished with it.
Send me an email if you have any questions.

TECHfootball+ dates for Term 4

Pinky @ 9:17 pm September 8, 2013   Comments Off

TECHfootball+ is now three programs for Term 4: Development, Elite and Girls.

The programs start from Oct 14th for Elite and Oct 20th for Development and Girls, so now is the time to register your interest with – or click the below links to find out more about the courses.

TECHfootball+ Development
This program is squarely aimed at our newest footballers who enjoy the game and would like extra technical development to improve their skills. Regular training is complemented by having extra coaching by our clubs most experienced coaches.  This program is open to all players (and non-Redbacks) but places will be limited to ensure quality coaching is delivered.Click here to find out current dates for TECHfootball+ Development

TECHfootball+ Girls

This is a 9 week introduction to football (soccer) program specifically for girls who are new to the game or wanting to try it out for the first time. The emphasis is on having fun whilst learning the basic skills of the game.

Click here to find out current dates for TECHfootball+ Girls

TECHfootball+ Elite

This program is by invitation only.  The aim to place our most advanced players in a football environment where their development is enhanced. Players can expect to train with those of a similar ability and be coached by the clubs most experienced coaches.

Click here to find out current dates for TECHfootball+ Elite

Notice of 2013 Annual General Meeting

Pinky @ 1:22 pm August 19, 2013   Comments Off

Sunday 15th September – Eltham Redbacks FC Clubroom – 1pm to 2pm

In accordance with Section 249H of the Corporations Act 2001 the Committee advises all members that the 2013 Annual General Meeting is being held at the Eltham Redbacks FC Clubroom on Sunday 15th of September commencing at 1pm.

The agenda is as follows.

1.      Welcome member and guests
2.      Apologies
3.      Acceptance of Minutes from 2012 AGM
4.      Business arising from Minutes
5.      Correspondence
6.      Presentation of reports

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor

7.      Resignation of current Committee and election of new office bearers for 2014

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

8.      Election of General Committee
9.      General Business

  • Club Life Membership Nominations

10.  Close of Meeting

Further, please be advised of the following forms that may be downloaded and used by members:

Please note that the club’s constitution requires proxy forms to be received no later than 24h prior to the commencement of the meeting. These can be posted to PO Box 236, Eltham VIC 3095 or scanned and emailed to

Any proxy forms received at the meeting will be invalid.

We strongly encourage you to attend the AGM and be part of our continued endeavours to improve Eltham Redbacks FC.

Yours in football,

Ryan Adams
ERFC Secretary

Sponsor offers page added

Pinky @ 11:26 pm August 14, 2013   Comments Off

It costs over $500 on average to put just one of the 850 players in our club on the pitch.

Thankfully our registration fees remain below that thanks to our very important sponsors!

So next time you need relevant products or services consider purchasing from one of these businesses that support you.

To this end, we’ve added a Sponsor Offers page to the website. We will keep this page up to date with our current sponsors.

Support who supports you! Consider our sponsors services & products.

(Click through the image to see the new Sponsor Offers page)


Melbourne Victory @ ERFC!

Pinky @ 8:20 pm August 12, 2013   Comments Off

So which day this w/e is Melbourne Victory going to be at ERFC?

Trick question! The answer is both days!

Here are the ground rules to put some basic controls around making sure everyone gets a good opportunity to meet the players:

  • U5/U7 Saturday morning program runs as normal, Victory will be at ERFC from 9.30am
  • All other SSF players and juniors can drop in from 11am on Saturday (Victory there until 12.30pm)
  • All SSF players and juniors are invited to come down on Sunday from 10am to 12.30pm

Eltham Redbacks FC continues to be a proud and active Club Victorymembership club and we’d encourage all families to have a look at the new membership offer called Victory Young Guns. It’s a cheap, casual membership for young football fans to get into 5x selected home games this season.


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