Dear Members,

As we pass the half way mark of the season, the weather has got colder & we all reminder that football is a winter sport.   At this time of the year I am always most appreciative of our fantastic coaches and assistant coaches who give up their weeknights to take training in the rain and the mud whilst the rest of us hide in our cars or do the pick up & drop off.  Whilst they get the glory on game days, it is the hard yards at training and in preparation that largely go unnoticed and on behalf of the club I would like to thank them all for their efforts.

This Sunday Night:   Under 15 Boys Night.

Special Guest – “Unleash the Giesch” Former Richmond Coach, Jeff Gieschen will be our guest speaker who will present to our boys & girls on how to build great teams & achieve success.  With many of our older age groups looking forward to finals this a not to be missed opportunity.  With no school the next day I encourage everyone to get down to hear the thoughts of someone who has achieved great success in many leagues across the country as well as being one of very few people to have coached at the highest level.

Age Group:  Under 15’s though all welcome on this special night.

Food:  Free pizza for the kids from 6:30 strictly on a first come, first served basis.  Adult meals available as usual.

Guest Speakers:  Jeff Gieschen

Raffles:  The Joker Jackpot went off last week – congratulation Steve Gleeson from under 14 Brown, so resets to $250 this week.  Congrats also to Bernie Girolami who after many, many years of service and countless raffle tickets purchased finally took home his first ever prize and enjoyed the fantastic Seafood Tray from Fishi Business Greensborough Plaza.

Next week –  Club closed – School Holidays.  The Week After – with school going back the next day there is no age group, instead it is  Die Hards Night for all those who just love getting back to the club to reflect on the events of the day.


We are now taking bookings for the highlight of our social calendar, the annual Gala Ball on Friday August 5th.  Once again being held at Emerald Receptions in Thomastown this promises to be great night of food, drinks & dancing.


This is also the night where we farewell in an official sense our Top Age Youth Girls & Colts with a special presentation and the awarding of the highest honours at our club, the Bernie Girolami& Gerry O’Hara medals.  We have reformatted the night to allow for a more convenient start time of 7 PM and promise less talking & more dancing.

Tickets are just $95 a head and include beer, wine & soft drinks, a 3 course meal and entertainment from “St Marys own” Track 7 featuring life members Sam & Danni Gioffre as well as a special DJ set.  Please see your team manager to book a seat on your teams table.

From Around the Club:

Our long promised and much worked on Greensborough Park redevelopment steps up a gear this weekend – thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time to make this project a reality and we look forward to much better facilities at Greensborough Park in the near future.  Thanks to everyone who donated funds via their registration and at Poker Night.

A special opportunity exists to become the exclusive sponsor of our Colts Heritage Round to be played on Sunday 24th July.  The opportunity includes exclusive scoreboard sponsorship on this day as well as acknowledgment in all promotion of the day and at the Sunday night celebration.  If you are interested please contact, sponsorship director,  Lisa Commandeur on 0411 605 6850411 605 685.

If anyone has any member achievements (inside or outside of football) that deserve a mention please help me out by sending an email as it is great when achievements can be given widespread recognition.

Team Sponsors of the Week


Caffé Strada (12 Black) are located at 197 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe and offer a Café, Catering, Private Functions as well as the best gluten free bread in the area.  Sounds like a great place to stop off on your way to or from your away games.  Check them out here :


St Marys Senior Football Club are the proud sponsors of our Tackers Black side.  Our Senior Club is currently 3rd on the ladder and have a crunch game against 2nd place Mernda at home this weekend.  If you have some free time please get down to Whatmough Park and show the Senior boys some Junior support.


Scaffold Solutions (U14 Black) are back again as Team Sponsors.  Scaffold Solutions offers a complete range of Aluminium scaffold products for hire, contracting or sale. Their range includes lightweight Aluminium mobile Towers, Aluminium Systems (Kwikstage) scaffold, Platform ladders, Fiberglass and Foldable scaffold.  Thanks Joe & Pina for your ongoing support – check them out here

Enjoy your games this weekend and the weekend off next week,

Go Burra,

Evan Butterworth