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Football Update

Information below on the delayed start to the season.

Not ideal, as after our practice match win and the great pre-season we had, while all the players and coaching staff were on a high and in very good spirits ready for the season to begin. 

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, We are currently training one night a week, (each Thursday) at the club from 5.30pm, and all home and away games have been postponed, this will be re visited  by the league on Monday June the 22nd.

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 continue to drive revenue throughout the club with the sale of Rye FNC 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 our March 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 2019.  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

Our Round 1 Luncheon with Doug Hawkins as guest speaker, was unfortunately cancelled due the Covid – 19 restrictions. This day will now go ahead later in the year, with a new date to be announced. This day will coincide 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.

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








Matt Whelan


Tommy Hughes

News & Updates

Coaching Staff For 2020 

Seniors – Adam Kirkwood Playing Coach

Senior Assistant Coaches – Chad Ambrose, Barry Besanko & Ian Birkett

Senior Assistant Coach Playing & Ruck Coach –  Ryan Williams

Reserves – Alan Barnes – Non Playing Coach

Under 19’s – Coaches – Troy Harris & Mitch Harris