Round 5 Newsletter

Round 5 Newsletter

This week we are back at Jubilee for Pink Round where we raise funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). You will see all our players wearing pink socks (with our netballers wearing pink scrunchies) to raise funds for BCNA. We will have donations tins in the rooms, with all funds raised going to support breast cancer research. We encourage all our fans to wear pink on Saturday at the game. 
On the field, our seniors and reserves both scored wins against The Basin at Batterham Reserve, which is a notoriously difficult ground to play. New recruits Jacob Bell and Mitch Annett were both named best on ground for the seniors and reserves. With both being under 22, it’s a good sign for the young talent that we have coming through our ranks. Steve Brown and James Shambrook also slotted 3 goals each in the seniors and reserves. 
We welcomed debutant Toby Godfrey in his first senior game for the club. Toby is the 9th senior debutant for us in 2023. He looked right at home playing senior football and is one to watch in the future. Toby was presented his playing jersey by premiership ruckman and assistant coach, Ciaran Burgess. 
Our senior women’s team went down to former Premier Division team, The Basin. They will look to bounce back as they take on Beaconsfield away this Saturday. This weekend Mikayla Cartwright will celebrate her 50th game (this will be the first member of our senior women’s team to celebrate their 50th game!).
Our netball teams battled it out on Friday with all three teams unfortunately losing. Make sure that you get down and support our netball teams on Friday nights. The teams are playing at HE Parker, Waverley and Knox this Friday night. 
On the juniors front, our 14s captain Josh Buratti was this week selected as a final squad member for the EFNL interleague team, placing him as one of the best under 14s players in the league – a fantastic achievement for this hard work star! Under 16s player Will Serong also this week shot up to the top of the league goalkicking in A division. Averaging 2.5 goals a game, Will is proving to be one of the best forwards in the league at under 16s – a great sign for our forward stocks in the future.  
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 Saturday from 12pm. 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:

On Saturday May 27th our senior women’s team will be playing after our senior mens team in a twilight game at Jubilee starting at 5pm. They will take on 2022 Division 2 premiers Knox in what will be a great game of footy! 

Our seniors will have a preliminary final rematch against East Burwood. Get down and support the teams for what will be a great day and night of footy. 

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
In wet and dreary conditions out at Batterham Reserve, it was always going to be a tough slog.

Our contested work needed be good across the game as there were going to be a lot of stoppages and ground ball contests. 

We were able to jump The Basin early. This was important due to the ground conditions and weather and we headed into quarter time 13 points up.

The second quarter was very similar to the first quarter as the footy was played between the arcs. We weren’t able to take the advantage of our use going forward as we kicked 1 goal 4 to be 17points up at halftime.

The second half was a real slog as the weather settled in. We were still working hard in the contest which was pleasing. Our back half were working well together. This was allowing us the opportunity to get the footy forward. We just couldn’t take our chances when they presented. This resulted in us kicking 2 goals 9 for the second half. This could of proved costly as The Basin were making the most of their chances, kicking 4 goals 2 for the half. 

In the end we saluted by 12 points.

Always pleasing to win at The Basin as it is always a tough contest.

We look forward to Mulgrave at Jubilee this weekend.

Go Redbacks!!

Brett Rowe
Senior coach
Our annual $5000 reverse is locked in for Saturday July 8th. You can get your tickets using the link below. Tickets include free drinks for the duration of the draw (usually 7pm – 11pm), nibbles and the chance to win $5000!! This is always one of the best nights of the year at the club, so get your ticket and get down for a great night of fun.
After a disappointing last few weeks, we made the trip to Batterham reserve to take on The Basin in what was a must win game for us to make sure we kept in touch with the teams above us.

With the wet conditions, we knew it was going to be a tough game and one we had to just keep grinding away at if we were to get the win.
After a year off last year and an interrupted preseason, we welcomed back for his first game veteran small forward Dylan Van Praet (DVP). 
It was important for us to get off to a good start to give ourselves every chance. Which we did leading at the first change by 2 points.

The second quarter we started to win the ball in tight giving our forwards every opportunity to score. Kicking 3-3 for the quarter allowed us to go into the main break with a 16-point lead.

Although The Basin came out firing in the third quarter, really putting the pressure on us early, we were able to steady late in the quarter and hold onto a 6-point advantage at the final change.

After leading all day the challenge was put to the guys to keep grinding away and to finish the game off strong. Which we did, walking away with a 19-point victory.
We know what is required and if we win the contested possession like we did today in all our games, it will go a long way to winning a lot more games from here on.
Looking forward to getting back to Jubilee next week, in what is going to be another good challenge for us as we take on Mulgrave.
Congratulations to Shane Lawrence on 50 club games.
Goal kickers: J Shambrook 3, J McCarthy, J Kean, M Annett, A Boone
Best players: M Annett, J. Kean, J Shambrook, J Atkinson, J Stone, C Knight
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!

The netballers played round 5 last Friday taking on some hard contenders in their new divisions.
The white team played the top team Glen Waverley and boy it was close. Throughout the entire game no team was in front by more than 2 points. The girls unfortunately had a few girls out with injury and sickness, so they had to find a way to fill the spots. With only seven players and no bench the girls held on through the entire game pushing so hard till the very end, unfortunately they were down to 6 players in the last five minutes and ended up losing by just 2 points. They are very eager to play this week and climb to the top of that leader board.

The red team had a tough week this week playing 4th on the ladder with 8 players in the team. The had a strong start in the first quarter keeping the margin to 3 points. Unfortunately, Montrose did score a large amount in the 2ndquarter, which let them hold onto that lead the rest of the game. Our top performer Kiara Jackson scored 9 goals out of the 13 and her sister Indi Jackson added the other 4 to her name. We are hoping the girls bounce back this week stronger than ever.
The red team had an even harder game playing the second on the ladder with only 7 players, missing a few to injury and other commitments. The girls played very hard and gave everything a shot. A few girls rotating through goals with Lilly Dowling scoring 6, Kahlee Lean with 5 and Hannah Smart with 3. The girls didn’t have a bench and it was a very difficult game. Going into next week's game the girls have a good mind set are hoping to get a win on the board.

Go Redbacks!!

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 –
The juniors have been busy on and off the field. All teams have had challenging matches over the past few weeks but the coaches can see improvement every week. Playing tougher teams is helping to develop our skills and understanding of what to do under pressure.

It was wonderful to see some of our senior men and women’s players at matches, we really appreciate the support. This week we have two of our junior teams playing on the top oval at Jubilee Park. We’d love to have your support. 

Last week it was great to celebrate the 100 game milestone of Josh Kelly from our U16s. Congratulations on this achievement, Josh! Players love recognising these achievements by running through the banner and getting pumped up for the match. This week we look forward to celebrating Paddy Burgess’ 100th match. We hope Paddy enjoys the day and brings home a win for the special occasion. A big congratulations goes out to one of our U14s players, Joshua Buratti! Josh has recently been selected to play in the EFNL U14 Interleague team. Congratulations, Josh, we hope you enjoy the experience, we know you’ll give it your best.

This Sunday we are looking forward to our Pink Sports Day, supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia. This year, we have already raised over $1400 for BCNA, which is fantastic! The players will be wearing a touch of pink during their matches and we hope our supporters will get involved too. 

Our Auskick program has over 80 children enjoying playing under the lights every Friday night. Meg and the team are doing a fabulous job and we look forward to welcoming these kids to our junior teams in years to come.

This Friday the rooms will be open from 6-7:30pm for anyone who would like to have a social drink with junior families. We hope to see you there!

Under 8s
U8-Redbacks took on the might of 'Heathmont' in the Round 5 -Derby @ Quambee & didn't let the Jumper down, Mother Nature gave us hail, rain & sun in boggy conditions all before half-time, however the kids enjoyed every second of it. The U8 skills have improved out of sight over the past month with free-flowing footy being enjoyed by all who come to support their kids. Running and handballing, plus bringing your mates into the game is a major area of focus which we will keep driving for the season. Go Redbacks and a special mention of thanks to Ash O'Hea our U8 "Team Manager" who keeps us coaches and parents updated and organised every week.
  • Brad Sands – U8 Coach 
Under 10
The Under 10s this week travelled out to Lysterfield for an early morning match that was held in fresh, but sunny conditions. The team performed admirably against one of the stronger teams in our division and have adapted to the tackling and bigger grounds than last year very well. Round 5 saw stand-out performances from our players of the week Chase and Jordan, as well as the Mark of the Year (so far) from Myles with a strong defensive pack mark in the last quarter. Also, congratulations to Levi who had a season high possession count and chased the ball with all his heart. Looking forward to taking on Blackburn at Jubilee for our special Mother's Day match this Sunday at 10am.
  • Clay Santos – U10 Coach 
Under 14
The U14 boys headed to the newly promoted Vermont, with the loss of captain and Interleague player, Josh. It was going to be a fight. The boys played a very tough game and played their all, but unfortunately not winning the game. The boys have now set their sights on the weekend’s clash with Ferntree Gully at hoe on Sunday at 11:25am.
  • Diesel McNeil – U14 coach 
Under 16
Sunday saw the U16s take on Vermont, at Jubilee Park. Vermont who was placed in A grade after dominating B grade started fast with a goal within the first 2 minutes, unfortunately the 16s never saw the lead from then on. The highlights for the day included 4 goals to the high flying Will Serong, and a specky from Oscar Dalla Riva. Oscar definitely played his best game for the club dominating the backline with his run and flare. This Sunday will prove another tough test against The Basin, but the boys will be up for the challenge, after a couple of disappointing weeks.
  • Brad Aujard – U16 coach 
Round 6 – Sunday 14th May
U8 vs East Ringwood @ Quambee Reserve at 9am
U10 vs Blackburn Black @ Jubilee top oval at 10:05am
U14 vs Ferntree Gully Eagles @ Jubilee top oval at 11:25am
U16 vs The Basin @ Batterham Reserve at 2:45pm 
Wishing all the mums, step mums, grandmas, nanas and special women in our lives a very Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. We know there’s no other place you’d rather be than at the footy watching your child play!
Go Redbacks!
Laura Simkin
Junior President
StirlingFildes are a major sponsor of the club in 2023. 

For over 85 years, StirlingFildes have supplied Australian pharmacies with a complete range of solutions for all their printing, packaging, consumable products, warehousing and logistics.

StirlingFildes is backed by a team focused on delivering exceptional experiences every time, and with a national network of distribution facilities, you can be assured that you’ll receive the fastest and most reliable service. 

Their commitment to meeting the needs of our customers drives them to continue to grow, and they offer a complete range of products and services to make sure they are the partner you need and want to deal with every day.
They are proudly an Australian owned & operated company led by former player Adrian Willoughby and run by beloved club member Paul Gough. Thanks to Adrian and Goughy for their incredible support of our club in recent years. With a passion for growing strong community engagement through sport, StirlingFildes have been a key sponsor of our entire club for several years. 
It’s great to have such great community focused businesses supporting our club! 
Head to their website to find out more and make sure that you support the sponsors that support us.
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