Ian “Rabbit” Birkett

Ian “Rabbit” Birkett

Many are mourning the passing of Ian “Rabbit” Birkett on September 1st 2020. He had an enormous impact on people throughout his life, including many young men at the Devils. Rabbit is the father of senior Devils premiership player Jack Birkett.

Ian was a fantastic footballer who played over 400 senior games with Burwood/Mt.Waverley FC including senior premierships, multiple senior comp Best & Fairests and comp goal kicking awards. On top of that, Rabbit was recently named in the Southern League Hall of Fame. Truly a loyal and humble champion of local footy.

Many players at the Devils will remember Rabbit as a strong leader having coached the U18 Devils to a premiership in 2010. Rabbit knew plenty about footy and gave his time and care to help our players enjoy the game and develop as young men. We still benefit from the influence of Ian Birkett.

Rabbit was tireless in any role he had at the Devils. He brilliantly led the fitness programs in preseasons, which gave the Devils a competitive edge in a glory period of the club. Ian was also an assistant coach for the Devils and his influence over many as a trusted mentor was priceless.

We appreciate Ian was an important contributor to other communities and will be remembered fondly. We are one club that is all the better because of Ian “Rabbit” Birkett being a part of it.

We offer our sincere condolences to Ian’s family in this sad time.

The Funeral will be held on Thursday 17th from midday. Here is the link to view.


Cockers has unfinished business !

Steve Cochrane will continue as Senior coach for the Devils in 2021

The Devils are very happy that Senior Coach Steve Cochrane recently committed to season 2021. Steve’s experience and knowledge of footy is enormous and he is highly respected by our players and supporters.

After a tight Div 1 season in 2019 the Devils narrowly avoided relegation under Steve, but the club has since recruited strongly with a focus on the medium term.  We were feeling quietly confident we could be there when the whips are cracking, and we still are for 2021.

So we wont be playing this year, but Steve’s enthusiasm and care for our club and players has meant he wants to coach this group in what will be a very exciting year in 2021.
Steve Draper – President
Rick Moloney – Vice President

What’s going on:
The 2020 season has been abandoned. There will be no hybrid or alternative seasons or arrangements made to play any footy this year. After a very good pre-season our Senior players didn’t get to play any proper practice games and the group training for 2020 ended March 12th.  The U19’s did play a good practice game with a slim win over Old Carey on March 14th.

There was hope of a half season starting in July, but the Victorian Government’s continued and reinforced restrictions meant no competition was possible. This was disappointing for all our players and supporters as we felt we had put together a squad good enough to be a force this year.

The good news is, we expect to retain all the players and coaches for 2021 and with Senior Coach Steve Cochrane continuing in the role we are well placed to de ready for next season.  We hope to run a couple of social functions by the end of the year too including the Team of the Decade (2010-2019) event which will be a great night to honor our best players of the past decade.

Our corporate support has been amazing in these trying times.  All our major partners have re- committed to supporting the Devils in 2021, and this includes keeping many of our players employed where they can. 

Our employer partners ASI Electrics, Prime Electrical and Sullivans (Koray) offer our players genuine employment opportunities and this has never been more valuable to our community than now.  On behalf of our players – Thank you to our partners.

We hope to see all supporters at the club as soon as we are allowed. We will certainly enjoy it after having an enforced spell.

Go Devils!

Steve Draper – President

EFNL – Timelines for 2020

The latest from the EFNL – Timelines towards a return to footy for 2020. The AFL are moving to return on June 11th, but local footy will have to wait and see for now. The decision to start the 2020 season will need to support the safety & the financial viability of all participants.

The Devils will adapt to whatever challenges arise without breaching any guidelines. We will continue to focus on what we can do to play the game we love and keep our club strong – That wont change

Steve Draper – President

Training & Practice games suspended

The EFNL have advised all clubs to suspend training, Practice games and events until further notice.

The Wantirna South FC Devils understand its role helping our community reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 and is complying with all directives from Government and EFNL.

As more information on the season ahead and other matters becomes available, we will update everyone.

Steve Draper – President

U19’s into Semi Final 2019

This Sunday the U19’s play in the Semi Final against Lilydale.  The game is at East Ringwood Reserve on Sunday September 1st from 10am.

Earlier in the season the U19’s defeated Lilydale at their ground, but they got us back in the return game at home.  Both games were close so it should be a cracking game.

The team is unchanged from last weeks big victory over Knox.

250 Games – Kyle Brooks

Thank you Knox Council & Lisa Cooper

The Wantirna South Football club thank Knox Council & Councillor Lisa Cooper for supporting community sport.

The Devils are very grateful to Knox Council & especially Councillor Lisa Cooper for the financial contribution to the recent upgrade of our Scoreboard at Walker Reserve.

Support from Lisa Cooper for our community footy & cricket clubs has been fantastic over the years which has helped the clubs provide a valuable and enjoyable place to play sport.

Thank you Knox Council & Lisa Cooper for helping the Wantirna South sports playing community

Steve Draper
Wantirna South Football Club – The Devils