Round 3 Newsletter

Round 3 Newsletter

Congratulations on our senior women’s team who began their season on Saturday with a win over former premier division side Chirnside Park. Our new recruits made a big splash, with Olivia Marsham named best on ground in her first game for the club. While new captain Grace Ward kicked four goals in a dominant display. 

Our senior men battled it out with Heathmont in our annual Friday night ANZAC round clash. They went down by 3 goals with some key personal missing still. It was good signs though with many of our young players stepping up. Ash Stagg took home the ANZAC Medal for his standard gutsy performance. We host Upper Ferntree Gully at home this Saturday for the first time since 2016.

We welcomed debutant Josh Brown on Friday night in his first senior game for the club since joining us in the off season. Josh was presented his playing jersey by club and EFNL legend Stephen Jones. 

Thanks to all our members for their great support this season! If you have not yet picked up your membership card, you can do this on Thursday night or at our game this Saturday. Simply come into the social room and you will see our membership coordinator Janine Wallace-Smith at the table allocating membership cards. 
If you haven’t got your membership, you can get it using the link below.

There are a few changes to memberships in 2023 to make them even better! Gold memberships and above now get a $40 merchandise voucher, so you can choose whatever item of merchandise that you want to get with your membership. Platinum members get $1 off all drinks at the bar after each home game until 7pm. ​All memberships now receive a redback stubbie holder!
All our platinum members are acknowledged on the first page of our website for their great contribution to the club. Check out our platinum members here: 

We are on the hunt for gameday volunteers to help this Saturday. Whether it’s for the whole day, or just for an hour, any help that you can give to help us run our high quality gameday experience will be greatly appreciated! 

Contact Grant using the details below and join our fun gameday crew! 


We are lucky to have such incredible and generous sponsors at our club that continue to help us build the club and make it the strong outfit that we are. However, we need to make sure that we support our sponsors as much as we can. So make sure that you check out the list of our sponsors and support them when you can. 

Make sure that you mention you are from the Ringwood Football & Netball Club and our great sponsors will look after you. 
Here is a list of our sponsors:
And our player sponsors:

Go Redbacks! 
Jake Keogh
Ringwood FNC President
0458 525 393
Our ANZAC game against Heathmont is always a good contest. This was again the case.

We jumped out of the gates well with good quick ball movement to kick the first two. We then allowed Heathmont back into the quarter with some undisciplined footy which resulted in gifting them 3 goals. Heathmont went to the first break 15pts up. 
The second quarter was disappointing as we started to get well beaten at the contest as our pressure around the ball was not where it should be. This put our defenders under pressure which allowed Heathmont to have 9 shots to take a 30pt lead at halftime.
We came out after halftime with a real intent on how we wanted to fix things. It started in the middle as our midfield really lifted and we started to get first use of the footy. Our pressure was through the roof, which was allowing our back six to set up behind the ball. Our forwards were getting a better look at the footy. This was putting the Heathmont defence under pressure as we kicked 5 goals to bring the margin back to 10pts.
The last quarter was a real struggle as Heathmont pushed numbers behind the ball and their  ball movement was more controlled. 

We just couldn’t find a way to score as Heathmont were able to defend our entries. In the end we fell short by 18pts.
We look forward to Upper Gully at Jubilee this weekend.

Go Redbacks!!

Brett Rowe
Senior coach
Coming off the back of a great win against Chirnside Park, the senior women’s team will take on Park Orchards in round 2 this weekend. They will be taking the field at 8.50am at Jubilee Park (top oval). 

Make sure you get down to support the ladies. 

Go Redbacks!!
After a great night game and our first social function on Saturday night – both of which saw the rooms packed out, you won’t want to miss any club event this season! 
Thanks to our social committee who organised our player function on Saturday night. The rooms were packed all night and it was a great way to start the season! 
You can see all our events below, but the next up is our Ladies Lunch on April 29th
Tickets for our Presidents Lunch are now available. Tickets include a two-course meal as well as beer and wine for the duration of the lunch. Tickets are strictly limited, so make sure that you get yours early so you don’t miss out!

All sponsors and platinum members are entitled to complimentary tickets, if you are a sponsor or platinum member and have not received an email about your ticket from myself, please contact me directly –
We haven’t had the best start to the netball season this year. We have had a few loses throughout the 3 teams however the girls are still in high spirits and are working towards a win for their teams.
Round 3 was an improvement from the last two rounds although the girls didn’t get a win, they learned so much during the game and how each-other played. 

The white team were so close to evening the score throughout the game but unfortunately, they lost their momentum in the second quarter which let the other team get a head by a fair few goals. They bounced back in the last 2 quarters, outscoring them in the third by 2 goals and close to evening in the last.
The mid-court were sensational getting down the court at a fast pace into the goalers. The defending players had a rough time as they had very tall players that we couldn’t match to.
The red ream played Croydon north and started out very strong out scoring Croydon by 1. They kept that lead for a bit then unfortunately fell short in the third and couldn’t climb back up in the last. The Jackson sisters who played in goals together worked splendid with each sister with 10 goals apiece. The girls are working towards another win to add to the board and are hoping to get that next week in round 4.

With a player out for the season the black team needed to switch up the court a little bit to fill the spot. They played Bayswater at 9.15pm. The girls played very hard and smart but couldn’t quite get up to get the win. Leading goal scorer Lily Dowling with 9 goals and putting in Hannah smart and Taylah Waugh for a few goals each as well. They are finding their feet through the season and are keen to play round 4 to get the win.
Go Redbacks!!
The juniors have had a great few weeks with almost everyone now back from holidays and full teams on the field. Our Auskick program will also start again this Friday night. 

Our ANZAC round saw all of our players showing great respect during the pre-game services and everyone played in the ANZAC spirit. Congratulations to our ANZAC Day medallists, Seb, Charlie, Teo, Ethan, Josh, Blade, Sam and Paddy who displayed mateship, courage, endurance, sacrifice and fair play throughout their games. 

Round 3 saw us host three home games on the top oval which allowed us to have the BBQ fired up and the coffee van operating. A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped run the BBQ and canteen on the day. 

Many of your junior girls and boys ran out with the men’s and women’s teams on the weekend. It was great to see the seniors welcoming the junior players and making them feel so special. Thank you! It was also fantastic to see lots of our other junior players and their families at the matches to support the players and represent Ringwood FNC.

Round 3 Results
U8 vs Blackburn Black – The team had a great time playing their third match and they really enjoyed the special presentation at the end of the game where the ANZAC medallists were awarded. Everyone is showing improvement in their skills and game sense every week.

U10 vs Mitcham –  There’s been a noticeable improvement in tackling from this team who keep working hard each week. Scoring was hard to come by against a strong opposition, however the U10s kept their heads held high and made Mitcham earn their scores. 

U14 vs Montrose Red – The boys worked hard and led the game at certain points. This was the best match so far this season. Montrose got away and it was hard to claw back but there’s a lot of positives to take away from the game.
Ringwood: 5.8. 38
Montrose Red: 6. 8. 62

U16 vs Upper FTG - Sunday saw us venture to Kings Park to play a very fired up and physical Upper Ferntree Gully, it was very tough going early where UFG went into half time up by 17 points, they were certainly playing better than their ladder position indicated. Halftime saw the coach make a few minor moves and gave the boys, let’s call it an inspirational speech, to go into the final half, at 3/4 time Ringwood had wrestled back the lead, before running out eventual 23 point victors,  73-50. Big congratulations must got to Paddy Burgess and Sam La Bozzetta for winning the ANZAC medals.

The weekend however was not done, again as an outing majority of the 16s attended the dawn service at the Ringwood clock tower to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms we all enjoy today.

Ringwood: 10. 13. 73
UFTG: 7. 8. 50

Coming Up…
Joshua Buratti will be playing his 50th game in Round 5. Joshua has had a great junior career so far, winning the League Best & Fairest the last two years running. He is also currently trialling for the U14 Interleague team. Congratulations on your 50 game milestone, Josh!

In Round 6 we celebrate our mums, grandmas, step mums and all the special mother figures in our lives. We’ll be hosting our Pink Sports Day to raise funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Our players will be ‘pinking up’, with socks, laces, hair etc. all getting a touch of pink! We encourage parents and supporters to also come in something pink to support the day and a worthy cause.

Round 4 Matches:
U9 vs Mitcham Black @ Quambee Reserve, 11am
U10 vs Bayswater @ Baywater Junior Oval, 9am
U14 vs Heathmont @ HE Parker, 12:55am
U16 vs Mooroolbark Green @ Heights Reserve, 12:55pm

Go Redbacks!!

Laura Simkin
Junior President
This Friday Night our future superstars will take to the field for the first time in Season 2023!
Auskick is the best way to introduce AFL to kids. We are all about fun and families celebrating all those 'footy firsts' together. Our coaches and parent helpers have been busy planning our upcoming Auskick sessions so they are stacked with activities to keep our kids active and engaged!  

We are very excited to welcome as part of our Auskick helpers - Paddy and Will from our U16s team. They have been eager to help develop our youngest participants and strengthen ties within our Junior Club.   

For those kids aged 4yrs+ who want to join in the fun, you can register at 

Thanks, MEG
Noel Jones Maroondah are our major sponsor again in 2023! Brett Freeman and the team at Noel Jones are the best in the business when it comes to buying, selling or leasing. If you’re thinking about selling your house, or just want to know what it would be worth contact the team at Noel Jones Maroondah on 9879 4422 and let them know you’re from the Ringwood Football & Netball Club. 
Noel Jones came on board to support the club as the inaugural naming partner of our senior women’s team and have been crucial to the team’s success since day one. You will see their logo on the back of the senior women’s playing jerseys.
Established in 1989, the Ringwood office is led by Brett Freeman and is perfectly positioned in the hub of the outer eastern growth corridor. Formerly recognised as Treeby Real Estate, the team are known as one of the leading real estate specialists in the Maroondah area.
You’ll see Brett and the team down at games throughout the year as they continue to support us week in, week out. 
When you want to buy, sell or lease, contact the great team at Noel Jones Maroondah! 
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