Welcome To The Rye Football & Netball Club
Information below on the delayed start to the season.
Not ideal, as after Saturday’s practice match wins and the pre-season we have had, all the players and coaching staff were on a high and in very good spirits.
Obviously far bigger things to worry about at the moment, although it’s the clubs intention to try and keep as much “business as usual” as we can, and keep the club ticketing over in the next few months.
With on eye on reduced numbers our planned player jumper presentation night will still go ahead on Thursday night March the 26th from 6.30pm with the Footballers and Netballers.
Obviously things are developing and changing daily, but at this stage we are trying to keep things as normal as possible and give the players, coaches, supporters and members an outlet at the club.
The club will be open on each Thursday night from 6.30pm. Bar open and meals available. (except on Thursday March the 19th)
As a Club, we are doing our absolute best to maintain a “business as usual” approach as we prepare for our upcoming MPNFL season. However, the health and well-being of our players, staff members, volunteers, supporters and their family members always remains our highest priority.
As you will appreciate, we are facing a largely unprecedented time, not only in our sport but the community.
So how is COVID-19 going to affect our Club?
On the direction of AFL South East, all group training is currently cancelled as of Tuesday March the 17th, and all home and away games have been postponed until June the 1st. This will be re visited on Monday May the 11th.
The Covid-19 virus will have a large effect on our club finances and a detailed analysis to determine what strategies need to be undertaken to counteract these impacts, has already begun from our executive committee. We will where possible still have small functions or gatherings to keep the players and coaching staff together, as well as continuing to drive revenue throughout the club with relevant supporter functions and the sale of apparel and 2020 memberships.
For those of you who have signed up as members and sponsors of our Club, I’d like to sincerely thank you. Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 MPNFL season, your membership and sponsorship revenues are critical, and the Club relies on the incomes that these generate. Could I also ask that those who are in a position to do so, please continue to support the Club at this important time.
Results from March the 14th Practice Match against Edithvale Aspendale
Seniors winning by 1 point to again hold the Ted Jarrad Cup and have it for the next 12 months at Rye.
Final Scores Rye 6.7.43 defeated Edi Asp 6.6.42
Reserves also had a great win
Rye 7.13.55 defeated Edi Asp 4.3.27
The under 19’s lost, but great to get a game under their belt and with only 18 players the boys fought the game out well. Going down to Edi Asp, but will be better for the run.
Rye 4.2.26 lost to Edi Asp 16.21. 117.
All in all a very good hit out for the club and 2 wins.
Teams of the Decade 2006 – 2015
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.
The clubs Annual General Meeting was held at the club rooms on Wednesday December the 11th. Michael O’Rourke was elected unopposed to again take on the role as President for season 2020. Vice Presidents were elected with Scott Beel and Mark Egan remaining, while Adam Dyer was also elected as one of the three Vice Presidents in a new role for Adam. Adam replaces Reg Chadwick, who will be on the general committee and again be the junior football clubs Liaison Manager.
Russell Atkins was also elected unopposed as Treasurer for season 2020, while a new Secretary was elected in David Hampton, who takes over from Mandy Allen who did a wonderful job as caretaker Secretary in 2019.
General committee positions were filled by Reg Chadwick, John Sutton, Chris Jones, Kim Harris (also as Netball Manager), Debbie Wilson, Sam Allen, Doogie Howie, Matt McIndoe, and newly elected 2020 committee members in Troy and Sam Harris, Sean Appleford and Gen Blaze.
The club would like to thank the 2019 committee people who unfortunately were unable to continue in 2020. Lauren Hearn, Neil Marwick, Jamie McPherson, Rachel Jankovic, Marcus Gordon and the wonderful Jodie Stephens, who also did a magnificent job as our Netball Manager for the last 3 seasons.
The club is in a very strong position off the field, and with the stability of a 18 person committee, ready to drive the club forward into finals in both Football and Netball in 2020.
Socially Plenty Happening
Round 1 Luncheon Saturday April the 4th, with Doug Hawkins guest speaker, $50.00 for lunch, drinks available, 11.45am – 2.00pm Bookings essential. Please call Scott Beel on 0409 424276 or Mark Egan 0418 301 980, limited seats. This day also coincides with the presentation of Life Membership to AFL South East for our esteemed President Michael O’Rourke. It will be a fitting day to celebrate for Mick, with bulldog champ Doug Hawkins.
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.
News & Updates
Coaching Staff For 2020
Seniors – Adam Kirkwood Playing Coach
Senior Assistant Coaches – Chad Ambrose, Barry Besanko & Ian Birket
Senior Assistant Coach Playing & Ruck Coach – Ryan Williams
Reserves – Alan Barnes – Non Playing Coach
Under 19’s – Coaches – Troy Harris & Mitch Harris