Chairman's Report

Last updated on Friday 15th of December 2017 03:30:13 PM


Chairman - Aberfeldie Sports Club, Inc.


I am once again extremely lucky and proud to be chairman of the Aberfeldie Sports Club in such a successful year.

Cricket Section

The Cricket Sections first two teams were promoted and made the finals with the 2nd Eleven team winning the premiership for a third consecutive year. For both teams to be promoted and then make finals was a huge achievement and I congratulate Keiran Gray (Senior Coach) and Simon Cave (2nd Eleven Captain).

Our junior cricket section had an amazing season winning 4 premierships and 3 of them in the premier division 1. Our under 16A & under 16B teams both won premierships as did the Under 14A and Under 12A which certainly indicates we have a great future ahead of us. I congratulate Travis Gray and Cameron West as coaches of the under 16s and Mick Deasy (Under 14/1 and Stephen Webb (under 12/1) along with all the coaches who helped make this season a success.

I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate National, State & Premier achievements –

Jon Merlo – Australian Under 17 & Premier Cricket 1st X1 for St Kilda,

Zac Mevissen – Premier Cricket X1 representation for Melbourne in GF;

Josh Winchester – Under 12 Victoria State School Representation

And all the players who made Wizards and other representative teams

I would like to thank and congratulate the cricket committee lead by Paul West (Snr President) and those on the senior committee as well as Rod Winchester (Jnr Coordinator) and his team on the junior committee. I would also like to particularly recognize and thank Travis Gray (secretary) for all his hard work as the secretary, coach and Milo coordinator. Both Paul and Travis’ commitment to Abers cricket and the Sports Club is greatly appreciated.

The cricket committees continue to ensure the cricket section grows from strength to strength and provides an excellent environment for young cricketers to improve and enjoy the benefits of the game.

Football Section

Our Senior Football Section had our most successful year in history with our Seniors winning the premiership for a second time in three years and our Reserves, Third 18 and Under 19.5 all making it through to Grand finals. Whilst we were not able to taste ultimate success in all our senior teams, the fact that all senior teams made it to the Grand Final is an outstanding achievement. The senior success was made even more enjoyable by the fact over half the Senior team had played junior football at Abers.

I would like to thank and congratulate Senior Coach Adam Potter and his support staff along with Brett Williamson who took over the role of football director, Luke Kinniburgh (Reserves Coach), Domenic Condello (Thirds Coach) and Chris Daley (Under 19.5 Coach)

Adam and Brett along with all the coaches have continued to represent the club with professionalism and class making Aberfeldie a destination of choice within the football community.

I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Geoff Brown, Eddy Cattapan, Andrew Clark, Denis Campbell, Darren Brown, Peter Whelan, Paul Gregory and all the volunteers for their hands-on commitment in Season 2017.

Our junior football section had another outstanding year with 9 teams qualifying for finals.  

All 3 teams in the U17 Division and all 4 teams in the U15 Division qualified for Grand Finals with all but one winning the Grand Final. This certainly demonstrates the depth of our junior section and ensures the future should be bright for our senior section for years to come.

Another success story was the continued growth of our girl’s football program that saw us add another team in 2017 and will see us fielding 4 junior girl teams in 2018. To Rohan Hawker and those involved in the growth of girl’s football, thank you and keep up the good work.

I would like to thank and recognize the tireless work of junior president Sean Howard and his hard-working junior committee. Sean and his team manage over 500 junior players and their families which is an extremely complex and time-consuming task.

Sean’s insistence on protecting the clubs culture and reputation has ensured the club is envied and respected throughout the EDFL community.

Our junior members overwhelmingly convey their football journey at Abers as an enjoyable and satisfying experience which is a testament to all on the junior committee.


Aberfeldie Sports Club is one of the biggest sporting clubs in Victoria with well over 1000 members and this requires an enormous contribution from many people.

The ASC has an incredibly hard working and dedicated team of volunteers on our executive and within the various section committees. I would like to thank everyone who has been prepared to join the various committees and working groups to ensure the Aberfeldie Sports Club's successes in 2017.

I would like to acknowledge and congratulate this year’s Lyn Harrison award winner (Best Club Person ASC), Travis Gray, who made a major contribution in many roles including Cricket Secretary, Under 16 Coach, Milo cricket coordinator, Cricket media coordinator and thirds captain. All these titles still don’t adequately cover all the things Travis does around the club and he does them with a smile and “nothing is too much trouble” attitude.

Andrew Brown was the dual recipient of the Lynn Harrison and a very worthy receiver of the award. Andrews role as treasurer is extremely time consuming and vital for the club. His ability to manage the huge responsibility with a no fuss and professional attitude is critical to our success. I congratulate Andrew on being recognized with the award and thank him for his support over many years.

Congratulations to Sheri Whillas who was awarded the Thelma Madden Award for her many years of service on the junior committee. Sheri was unweaving in her commitment to ensuring all junior players received a “fair go” and made certain junior players returned year after year.

I also recognize and congratulate Gail Larkins for being awarded life membership of the ASC. Gail’s contribution spans over 20 years on various committees and working groups whilst supporting her family’s tireless commitment and sacrificing countless hours of family time.

I would like to recognize and thank the hard-working members of the Aberfeldie Sports Club Board. Milo Rasinac (Vice Chairman) Leigh Fotheringham (Vice Chairman) Darren Briggs (Secretary), Andrew Brown (Treasurer) who all sacrifice hours of their time to ensure the ASC continues to provide a quality environment for young men and women to experience the benefits of team sport and community involvement. 

I would also like to acknowledge and thank John Larkins (Senior Football President), Sean Howard (Junior Football President), Paul West (Cricket President) and Rod Winchester (Jnr Cricket Coordinator) who represent their sections on the ASC Board as well as ensuring they lead their committees. Their devotion to the ASC and their sections is second to none and this is demonstrated by the success of their sections. I am extremely grateful for their support and commitment and thank them for their continued contribution.

I would also like to welcome Alison Crabb (Senior Women’s President) and her committee and thank them for volunteering to be part of our inaugural women’s football season in 2018. The women’s committee has been extremely busy preparing and planning for this exciting new chapter of the ASC. I wish them well and look forward to seeing the women debut in 2018.

The ASC Clubs success would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and I would like to thank them for their support in 2017.

To our Partner Sponsor, Nelson Alexander, who have been our partner sponsor over many years, I would like to sincerely thank them once again for their support.  To their Director, Milo Rasinac, who is Vice Chairman of the ASC Board as well as our sponsor, your support and contribution to the club is a major reason for our success and is greatly appreciated.

To our Major Sponsors - McHugh & Eastwood, BCP Finance, Maxspeed, Strathmore Community Bank (Branch of the Bendigo), Woodstock Pizza. Thank you for your generous support.

And our ongoing and loyal sponsors Danihers Facility Management, Deluxe Bar, BHP Constructions, MNG Lawyers, Esca Grill Seafood Restaurant, Beauty on Rose, Coopers Inn, Garnet Electrical, Squires Loft, Kieser Training, University Cafe and Inspirations Paint - thank you for your continued support.

I would also like to thank our sponsorship manager Liz Gregory who does a fantastic job securing valuable sponsorship and building fantastic long-term relationships for the club.

To all our other sponsors, thank you again for your help and support. It is much appreciated.

Whilst all sections had extremely successful seasons we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. We will continue to strive to improve and grow and ask that all members commit to making the Aberfeldie Sports Club the best club we can possibly be.

The ASC Board are working hard to try and gain the necessary funds and approvals for much needed new clubroom facilities and hope to be able to report on the progress early in the new year.

We will continue to grow our club with the expansion into women’s and girl’s football. We are constantly working to provide an inclusive environment for families and all members and welcome any suggestions to help improve the club.  

Finally, I would like to thank all the Abers Players, Officials, Members, Families and Supporters for being part of this great club and wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas and I look forward to another successful year in 2018.


Kind Regards


Aberfeldie Sports Club - Chairman.

(From the ASC Annual Report - tabled at the club's Annual General Meeting held on 11 December, 2017.)