Senior Coaching Team 2019

(L-R) Michael Jamieson, Sam Bates, Steve Cochrane (Senior Coach), Paul Rees, Andrew Azzopardi (Development Coach)

Senior Assistant CoachSam Bates – After playing more than 300 games, including 2 premierships, he has quickly developed his coaching skills by working under the successful Matt Clark as an assistant coach in 2017, and then led the Development Team impressively in 2018. Sam, whose passion for footy & the Devils is outstanding, will be in charge of the Senior Midfield, who will benefit from his  experience & clear communication skills.

Forwards Coach – Michael Jamieson – The 3 time Devils Premiership player, who was named Captain of the 2001 to 2010 Team of the Decade, will be in charge of the Forwards.  “Jamo’s” experience and positivity will be invaluable to all of the Senior squad, particularly our young forwards.




Defensive Coach – Paul Rees – A former Senior premiership player with Vermont, who also played at Doncaster & South Croydon. Paul was most recently in a development role at Old Scotch in A grade amateurs.  Paul brings experience & knowledge from higher grades for all our players  to learn from. Paul will be in charge of the Defence.


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Stephen Scott Returns to the Devils

The Devils are rapt to have Stephen Scott returning to footy at the club for season 2019. Stephen last played for the Devils in 2016 and was part of the Senior team that played off in the Grand final that year.
After a break from the game for 2 seasons, Stephen is very keen to play again, which is great news for the Devils as he is a ripping bloke and a high quality player.
The word is out, the Devils is the place to be, and we welcome Stephen Scott back to Walker reserve for 2019.
Pre season training is every Wednesday from 6pm at Wantirna High until December 19th.

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.

Genesis Health & Fitness

It’s time to get fit – The Devils partner with Genesis Health & Fitness – Wantirna. Plenty of Devils already use the Gym regularly – Join up now – they have everything you need.
Special offer – $14.95pw, 3 month minimum term, no admin fees (normally $55) – Tell them you are from Wantirna South FC

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.

Pre Season training

To all players – Senior’s & U19’s

Pre-season training starts this Wednesday November 14th at Wantirna High from 6pm.  Wednesdays only for 6 weeks.

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:

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