The Ellenbrook Eels Senior Football Club was established in 2002 on the back of initial interest from three local residents Vaughan Roberts, Ben Franks & Troy Newick. The Club competes in the West Australian Amateur Football League (WAAFL) with 3 senior teams and the colts team. The Masters (over 35's) play every second Sunday and are a vital part of our growing club.
With Ellenbrook being such a young suburb in the Swan Valley, the club prides itself on being a “family based club” with regular events including family gala day, Auskick half time matches and the Saturday night family dinners.
The Club is based at the Ellenbrook District Open Space, Maffina Parade, Ellenbrook.
2011 was the clubs 10 year anniversary and yielded the clubs first flag with the reserves taking out the C4 Reserves Grand Final. This was backed up in 2012 & 2014 with the club claiming the C3 reserves flags.
Posted on December 13th, 2016 No comments
Ellenbrook SFC are proud to announce that Proform Products in Malaga have signed on as our newest Platinum Sponsor for the next three years.
Proform specialize in the manufacture and supply of custom kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and wardrobes, and custom bench tops. All the components you require can be fully assembled, or in flat pack form for you to put together.
If you, your family or friends are currently renovating or building please give Mark and Renae a call at Proform to discuss your requirements.
As always, please mention you are from the Ellenbrook Eels!
As a proud community club, we’re going from strength to strength in 2017, and we’re proud to have Mark and Renae on board for the journey.
We hope you make them welcome around the club, and don’t forget to visit them online or in the showroom soon!
Posted on November 5th, 2016 No comments
The Ellenbrook Eels are pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Wood to the role of head coach for 2017.
Justin has a healthy coaching resume, which includes four years as coach of the Swan Athletic Football Club including their promotion to the A Grade amateur competition in 2011. Most recently he was a playing assistant coach at Williams in their 2016 premiership year.
Having been exposed to professional environments as a former Geelong , Western Bulldogs and Peel Thunder listed player, Justin brings with him the experience and high standards that the club needs as we strive for improvement both on and off-field.
Our other coaching appointments for 2017 are:
Reserves: Kevin Andrews
Colts: Paul Saylor
Thirds: Jeremy Thorn
We are currently planning a “meet the coaches” session & the annual Eels Christmas Party. Details will be posted on the Eels website shortly. In the meantime please join me in congratulating our 2017 coaches and welcoming Justin, his wife Sharee, son Dylan and daughter Imogen to the Eels family,
Founders Medal – Logan Ashby
Runner Up – Dylan Nelson
Most Consistent – Rhys Innes
Most Courageous – Jesse Manning
Leading Goal Scorer – James Kendall
Best Finals Player – Dylan Nelson
Coaches Trophy – Daniel Holbrook
Best and Fairest – Bill Wagland
Runner Up – Gavin Colbourne
Most Consistent – Aaron Power
Most Courageous – Mark Tooze
Leading Goal Scorer – Pat Casey
Coaches Trophy – Rory Chittleborough
Best and Fairest – Kye Wilcocks
Runner Up – Josh Anderson
Most Consistent – Caleb Christensen
Most Courageous – Matt Purdy
Leading Goal Scorer – Kye Wilcocks
Coaches Trophy – Jay Baxter
Best and Fairest – Richard McDonald
Runner Up – Adam Watts
Most Consistent – Nathan Jarvey
Most Courageous – Adam Watts
Leading Goal Scorer – Paul Menaglio
Coaches Trophy – Warwick Hutchinson
Players Player – Jimmy Wilkins
Runner Up – Paul Menaglio
Most Consistent – Jeremy Thorn
Most Improved – Jay Marsh
Paul Saylor Rising Star – Brandon Coney
Best Clubman – Jordan Peach
Best Volunteer – Leanne Glanville
Appreciation Awards – Richard Lee, Shaun Hughes, Michelle Satie, Lauren Taylor, Georgia Saylor
Callum White, Jesse Manning, John Dick
Aaron Power, Luke Hurley, Pat Casey, Brad McKenna
Matt Jones, Brandon Casserly, Chris McGuire, Fraser Davies, Jimmy Antonio, James Kendall,Rhys Brooks, Matt Jarvey, James Leunig, Dylan Quadrio
Firstly I would like to thank all that attended the AGM on Monday night, the turnout was the best I have seen at any club AGM (40+ attendee’s) which is a reflection of the passion and love that our members have for our wonderful football club. Being voted in as president of the ESFC is very humbling and a duty that I do not take lightly.
Our committee for the 2016/17 season is as follows:-
President: Andrew Coxall
Vice President: Adrian Hughes / Paul Menaglio
Secretary: Michelle Satie
Registrar: Callum White
Thank you to the all of the above volunteers, I am impressed with the caliber of people who have put their hand up this year and as they say many hands make light work and I know you all will go above and beyond to help us take this club forward. We are currently liaising with two more potential committee members to fill the vacant treasurer and general committee positions. I will announce these in the next few weeks.
Within the next two weeks we will be announcing our 2017 coaching panel. The quality of applicants that have applied to join our football club for next year is encouraging and a testament to the high regard our club is held in the football community. With all teams making finals in 2016 and a strong youthful list, I am very excited for what our club could potentially achieve next year across all grades, however, as we all know success does not come to those who do not want to work hard so it is up to all of our players to commit to improving their training standards if we are to take this club to the next level.
As a committee we will provide you with the tools and resources necessary however it is up to you, our players, to physically and mentally commit to each other and take this club up the grades.
Our other major focus in the coming months will be to secure sponsors for the 2017 season. As we all know the current economic climate is challenging for business on all levels but particularly the small family run businesses that we rely on for sponsorship that keeps our doors open. It will be the responsibility of all our committee members to actively seek new sponsorship deals that are mutually beneficial to assist in easing the financial pressures that it takes to successfully run a football club.
On a personal note, I have no intentions to reinvent the wheel at the football club this year. I see 2017 as an opportunity to normalize and consolidate our position at the DOS and to build on our already strong culture and traditions. I like to think I am an approachable kind of bloke and if you have any questions or concerns I ask that you come see me personally as I am sure you can appreciate, our committee needs to make decisions that affect you as members and whenever a decision is made, there is inevitably an opposing view so please come to me in the first instance.
In closing I would like to once again thank Ronnie for his stellar service to this footy club. He has gone above and beyond what was required and it certainly has not gone unnoticed by our members. Ronnie, you have left some massive boots to fill and you’ll be a hard act to follow. I hope my time in the role does you proud. I’m sure we will see you down the football club for a beer and a chat at some stage throughout the year but for now enjoy your deserved ‘retirement’ mate.
Wow what a rollercoaster ride the 2016 season was. It came & went at the blink of an eye. One minute we were packing up to make the move from Coolamon to the new District Open Space & before you knew it we were celebrating our Mighty Colts winning the Premiership.
The 2016 season proved to be very challenging to say the least & dealing with the teething issues early in the year with the move to our new home I can honestly say it was a very draining year for the President. Never the less though we managed to eventually make the District Open Space somewhere we can be proud to call our home. I feel very proud of successfully making the move & strongly believe we will only grow from strength to strength in the future.
The D.O.S is a fantastic facility, one that we are very lucky to have as our home. With plenty of space for all teams to train, lights capable of playing standard & brand new club-rooms which include our very own cool-room the D.O.S is definitely one of the premier sporting facilities in Perth. I know there are a few things that could be better however we are exceptionally fortunate to call the D.O.S our home & on behalf of the Ellenbrook SFC I would like to personally thank City of Swan for allowing us to share this facility with our community.
Now to the football side of things & unfortunately we fell agonisingly short yet again with our League side losing another Preliminary Final. While this was very disappointing, I still feel very proud of our League side for going as far as they did given the challenging year we had & we all know some of those. At the end of the day though in this brutal competition in which we play in & the consequence is we now remain in the same grade for another year & perhaps miss an opportunity to further develop our great club. For me unfortunately the Preliminary Final loss to Nollamara cut too deep & therefore I decided afterwards that I would be stepping down as the President at this year’s AGM. I will verbally give my speech during tonight’s Founders Medal in relation to my assessment of my time as your President but briefly & as I mentioned post Preliminary Final there needs to be a massive change in attitude from everyone if we are ever going to achieve what we desire the most. Players must train at a much higher standard than they do & more importantly everyone needs to be 100% selfless (player or not). Don’t wait to be asked to do something, don’t wait to receive recognition or some sort of payment. Just do the little things because you love it, get that component right & you will see what we actually can achieve.
Enough said on that as I would like to not only thank those who supported me over the past 5 years but make mention of the positive things we have achieved over the journey. What a journey it has been from some struggling times financially off the field to standing a senior coach down to all of a sudden enjoying a moment in which our young Colts tasted Premiership glory. I can honestly say this was one of the great highlights because this group of Colts have so something very special in which they never seem to lose control in a game of footy. Thanks guys for capping off my time with a memorable victory I will never forget.
To my Vice President Davin, you have been my right hand man over the past two seasons & I couldn’t ask for a better 2IC mate. We seem to click as a team & I will forever be grateful of your continued support. I hope someday we can work together again champ because our football club has been very lucky to have such a dedicated passionate Vice President such as yourself. Thanks mate. I would also like to send out a massive thanks to our senior coach Craig Reekie. For year’s I went next door harassing you to be part of our football club & I’m glad I did because I didn’t only bring a great coach to Ellenbrook but a fantastic family as well. The way in which Jak & Tilly fell in love with the Eels just shows the great support you have at home. While I won’t actively be involved next year I really hope you are leading the Eels in 2017 as you have been by far one of the better senior coaches I have ever worked with. Thanks for all the dedication Craig, you have challenged all of us when we’ve needed to be & we are all better for it. We can now perhaps chat about footy over a few beers as we competitively water our lawns.
To the Saylor family especially Paul, you guys have become far more than just football colleges. You have become lifelong friends & from the very first moment I walked into my coaching meeting way back in 2010 you have supported every decision I have made & seem to relate to the way I see football. Thanks Saylor family for making my time at Ellenbrook so much easier.
There is obviously so many people I could thank but I would need a longer page to do so however there is one who deserves the biggest thank you of all & that’s my wife Marisa & our family. You have supported me unconditionally from the very moment I joined the Eels 7years ago. While others go home & leave footy at the ground I have not as in my roll comes so much responsibility. I possibly couldn’t have done this without you love & I’ll never take your support for granted. Thank you & our boys Marisa & you can finally have a relaxed husband/father back. Enjoy tonight because my achievements are equally yours to enjoy. Thanks love.
To close I wish you all success in the future Eels & I have great confidence in Andrew Coxall to lead the club forward into a new & exciting path. Please give him the respect the job deserves & I have no doubt 2017 will bring so much success. He will need to test some friendships along the way but remember he has a job to do & nothing is every personal when it comes to football because we all have the best interest of the club at heart.
Hobbsy, officially signing off for the last time (Not Quite)….
Post Founders Medal
Before I actually hand over I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate this year’s Founders Medal winner Logan Ashby. Logan was a worthy winner & become the youngest Eel to ever take home the Founders Medal. The 2016 season was his first in senior football which further highlights the importance of maintaining a strong relationship between both junior & senior football clubs. Logan was an ex junior Ellenbrook Docker & one of 23 colts aged players to play league football this year so our football club has some exciting times ahead should we continue to follow the “One Club, One Family” ethos & forever build a strong partnership with our juniors. I can honestly say from personal experiences that winning our first senior flag will come from this younger generation of Eels, we just need to be a tad patient & continue to develop their desire to play league football. Congratulations Logan, by far one of my highlights seeing you deservingly claim this year’s Epic Founders Medal.
I’d also like to congratulate our 4 other Best & Fairest winners in Bill Wagland (Reserve’s), Kye Wilcocks (Colts), Richard McDonald (Thirds) & Jimmy Wilkins (Masters). You all thoroughly deserve the recognition & you all played a huge part in the clubs overall success. Congratulations must also go to all over award winners from Founders Medal night in particular our two new Ellenbrook SFC Life Members in Shane Glanville & Josh Satie. You have both been loyal dedicated passionate members for over 10 years & both deserve Life Membership, congratulations. All Founders award winners will be listed at the end of this report.
While I’m on Founders Medal, what a night it was. To see 205 Eels supporters packed into a grand ball-room at The Burswood was something that made me extremely proud to be your President. I would like to send a massive thanks to Michelle Satie for doing quite a bit of work behind the scenes prior to the night. The night couldn’t have been such a success without your help Michelle. Thanks also has must go to Andrew Coxall who also helped chase up the loose ends prior to the night. Thanks mate.
Too finally close off I could list so many people to thank & I did list a couple of those above in my first report but there is one other I would like to quickly mention though. Matt Hatch, our former league coach. I learnt quite a lot from you during my first two years in the job & believe we developed a great relationship in that time. I hope someday we can catch up for a beer as we watch our young blokes play in an Eels jumper. Thanks also to everyone else who made my time over the past 7 year’s both challenging but so rewarding & enjoyable. I will never forget those of you who backed me time & time again no matter how tough the decision was I had to make. You know who you are & I value the friendships we built along the journey. Thank you.
While I may not be around much next season nothing changes in relation to the passion I have for that logo that sits on the breast of our club shirts. I just need to take some time away for my own reasons but never the less please take on board what I said during my departing speech at Founders. Attitude definitely needs to change significantly from everyone if we are going to finally achieve league success. It takes every person in a football club to win a senior flag to all be on the same page & completely buy into what the football club desires to achieve. There hasn’t been enough of us that truly get the concept & what it really takes to be a strong senior football club both on & off the field. Don’t be a person who thinks: it’s someone else’s responsibility or someone else will do it. Be the person to make a difference & stand up when it’s your turn to. Don’t look for praise or recognition just do whatever it is because you love it. If we all do those small things then trust me we’ll finally get it right & the reward is, well that you’ll have to find out for yourselves.
Thanks again & here’s to the next chapter Mighty Eels. Hobbs finally signing off.
Ellenbrook SFC President 2012-16