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Unfortunately the reserves boys were beaten by a slick Seaford in their elimination final by 51 points.

With Ben Trivett, Clayton Barnes, Kieran Rice and Jimmy Jennings in from the seniors, they really missed the inside class from Sam Smith and the outside run from winger Jamie Clarke who were injured and unavailable this week.

At ¾ time the boys were only 13 points down and well in the game. However a big last quarter by Seaford kicking 8 goals to our 2, and the match was well and truly over.

Best player for Rye was Scott Sterling, closely followed by Dekodda Thomson- Irwin. Matt Whelan and Jimmy Jennings tried hard down back all day and Travis French was the only forward to give Seaford a headache. Sam Margitich on ball rounded out the best.

That draws a close the season for the boys and Marcus Gordon is also standing down as coach due to work commitments. We thank Marcus for the last 2 years as coach and look forward to his involvement at committee level at the club over the next few years. Thanks also to Chris Jones the Team Manager, Adam Dyer runner and Mick Broadhurst assistant coach.

Adam Kirkwood will again take charge as playing coach of the seniors, with Ryan Williams stepping up as Playing Assistant Coach and Chad Ambrose as one of the non-playing assistant coaches

The seniors finished the home and away season in 8th spot, while the Under 19’s finished in 7th spot. So plenty of postiives to take out of season 2019, 

Again we bloodied many of the under 19’s into the seniors this year and coach Adam Kirkwood who is again playing coach in season 2020, has built some great foundations for next season, again building on what Josh Moore started in 2017.

Also congratulations to Jimmy McPherson, Brady Egan and Troy Harris, who guided the Under 19’s this year. The boys just missed the finals, but with more than 10 of the boys still eligible for Under 19’s footy next season, they too have plenty to look forward to in 2020.

We are very close to naming our under 19 coach for season 2020, so stay tuned on the important development.

A tremendous night was held at the club on Saturday July the 20th, for our Teams of the Decade (2006 – 2015), celebration. Where the best team of that decade was announced and presented. All the player in attendance were presented up on stage and had time to tell their unique story and the parts they played in that decade. What a side it was, many players from the 2006 premiership made the list, plus having played in finals for most past of that decade, the list of players who made the side was extremely strong and those that missed out were very unlucky. We had 20 of the 22 players selected in the side there present on the night which was fantastic.

For all the photos on the night please click on the below link.



Socially Plenty Happening

The Clubs Annual Golf Day, is on Friday September the 6th at the Eagle Ridge Golf course. Every-one welcome, players supporters and members. Please email the club at ryefc@bigpond.net.au or call Colin Beel on 0418 351 421 if you would like to book a spot or a group of 4. $150 per player or $600 per group. BBQ Lunch and Drink provided on the day as well as presentation and prizes after the game. 11.00am registration on the day and a 12.15 hit off.

Presentation Night is again at the Rye RSL on Friday the 13th of September. $65.00 per head, please see Scott Beel, Jodie Stephens or Kim Harris for a table or ticket.

Go Demons

Founded in 1946, The Rye Football Club  has played in 20 senior grand finals, winning 8 premierships. A proud and strong club on and off the field , one of the club’s outstanding achievements in its 73 years, is that there has only ever been 5 Presidents, Wilfred Rowley 1946 – 58, Clarrie Jennings 1959 – 79, Nick Appleford 1980 -95, Colin Beel 1996 – 2001 and current President and Rye legend Mick O’Rourke who took over in 2002.

Netball is now an integral part of the club and since its inception in 2009, has been overwhelmingly successful, playing in 6 A Grade grand finals and winning 3. The club now has 5 Netball sides, the Under 17’s, and A, B, C and D Grade teams.



Adam Kirkwood








Scott Sterling


Tommy Hughes

News & Updates


The Rye Football and Netball Clubs, Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday the 13th February 2019.

Please click here for a copy of the 2018 AGM booklet