David Del Papa joins the Devils

The Devils are thrilled to announce that David Del Papa has committed to the Devils for 2019. The 25yo midfielder who was a Div 1 Senior premiership player with South Croydon in 2017, is a fantastic addition to our club.
 
David who played with Eastern Rangers before playing at VFL level with Casey, brings plenty of quality & experience to the Devils.
 
Welcome to the Devils – David Del Papa – Another ripping good bloke who will fit in perfectly with the Devils.

Jacko returns to the Devils

The Devils are thrilled to announce the return to the club of home grown key position player – Jackson Freeman.
 
As part of its recruiting strategy, the club was very keen to get “Jacko” added back into the Senior squad as he can play key roles at either end of the ground and is a quality leader and bloke of Wantirna South FC.
 
We welcome back Jackson, his wife Lauren and their extended families to the Devils for 2019.
 
Pre-season training starts this Wednesday November 14th at Wantirna High from 6pm.

Potential Recruits – Employment available

Wantirna South FC is in the Eastern Football League in Division 1.

The club is very lucky to have some great sponsors within the commercial Electrical and Carpentry spaces.  Their support is unwavering and extends to offering potential recruits the opportunity for full-time employment that join Wantirna South FC.

The opportunity that exists, is for full-time employment, either for a qualified Electrician or Carpenter on a commercial building site. This offer also extends to those looking for an apprenticeship in these fields.

This recruit must be of strong character and values, and have a reputable football CV with a proven football history or come from a TAC environment. Must be located within the East or South East of Melbourne.

This is a great opportunity to gain employment in a sort after section of the Building Industry as well as being part of a Football Club that is developing itself into a leading football organisation with the EFL.

Please submit your enquiries to Rick Moloney – Football Director 0414 462 461


 

AGM report 2018

The Annual General Meeting of Wantirna South FC Inc was held October 31st 2018.

For those wanting a copy of the report sent to them, please email the Secretary:  wantirnasth@efl.org.au

The Executive team were all re elected unopposed.

  • President: Steve Draper
  • Vice President: Rick Moloney – Football Director
  • Secretary: Nick Silvester
  • Treasurer: Ian Hallam

Life member Mick Gillin (Football Operations) has stepped down as a member of the General Committee. We thank Mick for everything he has done for the club over many years.  Thankfully Mick will still be helping out where and when he can, and support the players with their footy.

The club thanks U19 coach Paul Riley who has joined the General committee for 2019.  His input and leadership will be invaluable.

The Club also welcomes Koray Barkut to the General committee.  A former player who has always remained a strong clubman by contributing to help the club in many ways. His leadership and passion for the club is a great asset for all Devils. 

2019 General Committee

Koray Barkut        Joe Cahill           Kathy Lang

Rod Lee              Geoff Moyle            Paul Riley            Michael Wicks


A Senior Womans football team at the Devils?

At the Junior Devils (Wantirna South Junior FC), there are an enthusiastic group of young girls playing footy and many more have come along to try outs in recent times.  They are led and organised by volunteers who are outstanding in their passion for footy and the girls playing the game there.

We always aim to be a Senior footy club for all players from the Junior club to aspire to play for. Currently we don’t have a senior Women’s football team, and don’t have anything to offer current female footballers.

Keeping the community together today and in the future is important to the  club.  Therefore, we intend to plan & prepare at providing  this opportunity to female footballers too.  The benefits of adding more opportunities to play football and be a part of a strong community affects everyone in a positive way.

Steve Draper – President

Have a look at this short slide video from the Junior Devils-

Girls footy & the Junior Devils


Devils U19 coach Paul Riley to continue in 2019

The Devils are pleased to announce Paul Riley will continue as the U19 coach for season 2019.  It will be Paul’s 3rd season as U19 coach at the Devils.

Paul’s main objective is to transition players from junior footy and prepare them to be senior players of the future.  His leadership style ensures the players enjoy their footy together whilst challenging them to become team players.

Most of the 2019 squad will be in their second year of U19’s together which should see further improvement after playing some very good footy at times in 2018.

The Devils future stars are in good hands with Paul Riley in charge.

Steve Draper – President

Rick Moloney – Vice President – Football Director

New Devils recruit for 2019

The Devils welcome onboard Mathew Barnard !
 
Former Vermont & Bayswater 24 yo Mathew Barnard, has signed with the Devils for season 2019. The club is very pleased to recruit the 6′ 5″ ruckman who will add good upside & strength to the squad.
 
Matt has had to overcome tough injuries in recent times, but is ready to have a red hot crack at footy again with the Devils.
 
Pre Season starts every Wednesday from November 14th – 6pm Wantirna High School.

Development Coach 2019

Coaching update from the Devils…After a positive response to the advertised Development position, we are pleased to announce Andrew Azzopardi (Azza) as our Development Coach for season 2019. He replaces Sam Bates who has stepped into the Senior Assistant role for the coming season.
 
Andrew’s enthusiasm and knowledge of football is perfect to lead & develop our younger players into regular Senior Team players. “I am genuinely excited to help all Devils players become the footballers they want to be, and are really looking forward to working with and learning from Devils Senior Coach Steve Cochrane”
 
After his playing days at Glen Waverley and later with the Devils, “Azza” impressed as a Senior Assistant Coach to the experienced Matt Clark in the 2016 season. Since then he has been in New Zealand with Aussie rules club the Hornets. His resume also includes 3 seasons as a junior coach (U14’s,15’s).
 
“It is great to be back at the Devils, and to have the opportunity to coach all our talented younger players, I can’t wait to see what we can achieve”.
 
Pre Season training starts Wednesday November 14th from 6pm at Wantirna High School.
 
The club thanks everyone who applied for the position.
 
Steve Draper – President
Rick Moloney- Football Director

Steve Cochrane – Senior Coach of The Devils

Wantirna South FC has appointed the experienced Steve Cochrane as Senior Coach of the Devils for season 2019.  Steve who successfully coached the EFL representative team in 2018, was last in charge of league powerhouse Vermont from 2014-2016 and before that Blackburn from 2009-2011.

Steve who grew up in the Wantirna South area, had a very impressive reputation as a 3 time premiership player at Vermont & another with Blackburn. Since then he has become an outstanding coach leading teams to compete in multiple finals campaigns in the EFL’s Premier Division.

The Devils, who will compete in the restructured EFL Div 1 in 2019, wanted an experienced coach to lead the players to perform at their peak and feels very confident Steve Cochrane is the best person to do this.

Sam Bates who impressed as Devils Development Coach in 2018 will be Senior Assistant coach to Steve.  Further coaching appointments & player signings will be announced in the coming weeks.

The players will meet Steve at the clubrooms 6pm Wednesday 17th October where he will outline plans for pre season & beyond.

The club is genuinely excited to gain a high quality leader and coach in Steve, and we welcome him and his wife Bec and children Willow & Zane to the Devils.

Steve Draper                                     Rick Moloney

President                                            Vice President – Football Director

Link to Herald Sun Artricle

Rob Papp Retires from footy

Devils 2014 Senior Premiership player Robert Papp has retired from footy. After joining from Nunawading FC where he was also a Senior premiership player, Rob played 97 games & 160 goals for the Devils, bringing his total EFL games to well over 200.
 
Often referred to as the “Best hands at the Club” , Rob will be missed for his outstanding marking and leadership on & off the ground. He was also a sharp shooter for goal & a true team first player.
 
Rob won 2 Reserves Best & Fairests at the Devils and also won the 2017 EFL Div 2 Reserves Best & Fairest.
 
We will miss watching Rob playing and his influence on games and he will always be welcome at the Devils.

Andy Teakel finishes at the Devils

After 219 games,  Andy Teakel has finished playing for the Devils. At the recent presentation night the Club thanked and wished him well and presented him with a picture frame of his highlights. Having recently moved to Seaford, he felt it was time to play footy in his new local community.

A 2 time senior premiership player (2008, 2014), Andy was Senior captain from 2012 to 2015, Senior Best & Fairest in 2011 and named in the EFL team of the year 4 times including as Captain in 2014.

We will miss Andy on & off the field as his contribution and leadership has been significant for many years and he is sure to do well in whatever he does. We will always consider Andy Teakel a champion of the Devils and he is always welcome at our club.