Letter from the Board

New players U8 Boys & U10 Girls


AGM & New Committee

As Season 2018 is officially closed, with our AGM being held last Wednesday the 17th of October, we would like to share our outgoing President’s report and thank him for the past two years as President, and all he brought to the role.

Junior Presidents Report – Season 2018

Dear Members

I am writing to you in my last piece of communication as the Junior Division President.

After two years as president, a couple of years within the coaching ranks, my commitment on the “FTG Football” transitional committee, coupled with the fact my responsibilities at work have risen… the time is right to hand the baton back and let the next group of people lead the next steps of our great club.

As with most things in your life, you don’t stop and look at what is happening whilst you are amid it and you only look back at it once the journey is over. Over the past few weeks I have been reflecting on what the last two years has brought our footy club, and I must say that this has been possibly one of the most monumental and active time periods in our 125+ year history.

None of these items have been driven by solely myself, and have had the input of dozens of members, so I ask that every person look at this list with a huge amount of pride surrounding our achievements.

  • “One Club, One Vision” – through an extended process and an EGM, the merger of the two divisions was finalised meaning we are now officially a single entity guaranteeing a pathway for all our junior members.
  • Implementation of the first ever Board of the Ferntree Gully Football Club to oversee the club’s direction and strategy
  • Electronic Scoreboard for Wally Tew #2
  • Lights on Wally Tew #1, and the first ever games under lights
  • Council Approval and funding received for Electronic Scoreboard on Pickett’s
  • State Government Approval and funding received for upgraded lighting on Pickett’s
  • For the first time ever, a girl’s football team in every age group of the ERGFL
  • Equal recognition for female football within the Junior Division with recognition for girls leaving our ranks, Life Membership & “Club Values” awards implemented
  • Women’s Football joining the Ferntree Gully Football family
  • Club branding maximised with club uniform issued as part of each players registration.
  • …and that is before considering all of our on-field success!

As we are all aware, the club is bigger than any individual, and we are but custodians for a small period… but we should all be extremely proud when looking at the above list. Most clubs and organisations would be proud if they could put that kind of list together over 5+ years… and we’ve done it in two! Well Done!!

As a final thing I would like to just thank a few people for their support over the past may years as a leader in this club (apologise in advance to anyone I have forgotten)

To the Inaugural Football Club Board, I thank you all for the efforts that you have made in the first year of our existence, and I look forward to seeing the continual improvement in governance and strategy as you guide our club towards the pinnacle of the EFL.

To the team at the Senior Division, I also thank you for all your support. Over the past two seasons I have seen the relationship go from strength to strength and it is clear to me that the relationships are strong and that pathway for all of our junior players is a great one with support from a sensational group of volunteers.

To all the coaches, trainers, team managers, water boys/girls and general committee members of the Junior Division. Seriously, the club would not run without you. Whilst we have over 400 players every weekend… we actually have over 100 volunteers to support them. Forget the Executives, and the Boards – without those 100+ people volunteering their times week in and week out, our teams simply do not get onto the grounds.

To the Junior Executive, both this season and last, a massive thank you. The support through thick and thin over the past two years has been unwavering, and if people knew the amount of time and effort that went on behind the scenes they would be astounded. As a group we have had a massive impact on the culture, vision and implementation of projects – and as we said last year, if we can leave the club in a better position than what we found it… then we’ve done our job. With that criteria in mind, for me we have been and continue to be a success.

To my wife, Melissa, and my children – it is you that I thank the most. You have supported me through the past many years as I have committed time within my various roles to helping other people, and other people’s children. At times this has had a negative effect on our personal life, both from a time commitment and at times also my attitude at home. Your support and commitment to me has been extraordinary, and your time is now for me to pay you back for this.

Good luck to all members in the future, and to the next round of volunteers… remember, we are only a custodian for a small period. Keep our great club moving in the right direction, and your job is done. I know we are in great hands.

Go Eagles!

Best Wishes,

Andrew Gottliebsen


A BIG thank you to those of you who attended our AGM, which was held at Wally Tew with the senior club and board Chairman Brad in attendance.  The new Executive Committee were voted in and are as follows:

President:                    Ian Connolly                             President@ftgeaglesjfc.com.au                 0400 855 804

Vice President 1:        Mark Renshaw

Vice President 2:        Paul Waters

Secretary:                    Cassie Moore                          Secretary@ftgeaglesjfc.com.au                 0404 891 643

Treasurer:                    Simone Brown                        Treasurer@ftgeaglesjfc.com.au                 0421 126 607

Thank you for putting your hand up to held this coming season, we are sure it will be another successful year ahead!


REGISTRATIONS will open ONLINE on the 1st of November, you can find the updated prices for registrations HERE.  Please note a very slight increase due to the club now having to register for GST.  The club will be taking on the majority of this cost itself.  Registration cost will also include a piece of club merchandise (Item still to be finalised).

The club will also hold an early registration day on a date to be finalised.  Please keep an eye out for this information.


Please see attached flyer for our Practice Matches with The Basin on Sunday the 8th of April! Please note that we plan on having uniform sales, and also jumper presentation on this day also – the schedule will be discussed and finalised at the committee meeting next Monday night.

A Letter From Our Chairman

Please see the following letter from the Board Chairman of our Inaugural Board of Directors:


Mouthguard Day 

Sunday, 18th March

10am – 12noon

Wally Tew

$85 each – CASH ONLY on the day

Receipt can be given to claim back from private health

Private appts can be made by contacting Tara

Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Netball Club Appoint Inaugural Board

Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Netball Club Appoint Inaugural Board

After many years of hard work by numerous volunteers, in July 2017 club members voted to approve the merger of the Ferntree Gully Football Club, and the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club to create one entity, the Ferntree Gully Eagles Football and Netball Club.

In October 2017, at the clubs first AGM as a merged entity, our first ever Board overseeing the club was appointed, and then at the clubs first ever Board Meeting all positions were filled.

It is with much excitement that we introduce to you the newly formed Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Netball Club Board, and our new unified Ferntree Gully Eagles Football and Netball Club logo.

Chairman – Brad Wiseman

Brad is a past player and has a long family history at the club; owns and manages a successful business for over 17 years and is a Board Member of the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association.


Deputy Chair – Andrew Gottliebsen

Andrew is the current Junior President, and thus a key member of the Board Structure. For the club, he filled roles as Coach and Assistant Coach before becoming the junior club president in 2017. In his professional life he is MBA trained, and has filled both National Management and General Manager roles for over a decade.


Deputy Chair – John Evans

John is the current Senior President, and as such is also an integral a member of the Board Structure. For the club, he has filled no end of different volunteer roles across both senior and divisions for roughly a decade. John is also a successful businessman in his own right.

 Financial Controller – Eddie Carrington

Eddie has 27 years’ experience in finance within the State Government, for the last 17 years working as a Senior Tax Consultant and registered Tax Agent in private practice. He co-ordinated Auskick for 2 years; was President of Junior Club for 2 years; coached under 9’s to under 11’s; has played and coached tennis at a number of clubs and is the current Treasurer for a Local Cricket Club.


Director of Inclusion – Sandy Thompson

Sandy has had a personal involvement at the club over many years; her husband was vice-president of the senior committee division; and she is a successful professional business owner in her own right being a franchise owner.  She holds a Diploma in business Management and a Double Diploma in Optics. Sandy is also the current senior women’s netball Co ordinator.


Independent Director – Sean Breen

Professionally, Sean has a background in Banking and Finance; is a business owner; led sales and customer teams; developed and implemented sustained business strategies; delivered change management support; holds a Diploma of Business (Accounting) and Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management; strengths include leadership, coaching, relationship management, communicating with influence and delivering results.


Independent Director – Martin Luby

Highly experienced Owner / General Manager; a mentor and leader with an excellent work ethic and people focussed approach that engages, enrols and drives teams to deliver at or beyond expectation; and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Over the early stages of the Board, the group will be focussed on Strategic Planning and direction for the merged organisation, and over the coming weeks and months you will begin to see released some refreshed uniform items taking us into the future.

We would also like to express our thanks for the significant amount of work done by the “Ferntree Gully Football” sub-committee, and the numerous other volunteers over many years who assisted us in getting to this monumental time in our club history.

As with all other seasons, both the Junior & Senior divisions are still looking for people to assist us with getting our teams onto the park, so if you have something that you may be able to add to our club please don’t hesitate to contact the club to volunteer your services.

Go Eagles, and bring on 2018!


Andrew Gottliebsen                                                   John Evans

Junior Division President                                       Senior Division President

Mobile: 0437 368 696                                                       Mobile: 0404 617 666

Email: president@ftgeaglesjfc.com.au                          Email: ferntreegully@efl.org.au



Please see the below information in regards to our registrations for season 2018!  We would love to see our players register ASAP, in order to give the club as much time as possible to get our teams organised for the season ahead!  So please pop the date in your diaries and we look forward to seeing you all either next month at our registration day, or in the lead up to the new season!

Coaches for Season 2018

It is with much excitement that we can now announce our coaching group for season 2018.


Next season we are welcoming two new coaches to the junior division, and I would like to make them both extremely welcome and thank them for being willing to volunteer their time.

The first new coach for 2018 will be coaching our first U17 team, and that is Peter Brough. “Broughy” has been working with our senior division now for a number of years, and most recently coached one of our U19 teams. He is in the final stages of his Level 2 Coaching qualifications, and went through an Eastern Region coaching course throughout 2016 which saw him being exposed to a substantial amount of knowledge and getting involved with some professional football organisations. When you add to all of that Broughy’s experience in coaching representative football at an underage level and his extensive exposure to football in Queensland too, we are ecstatic to have him on board and wish him the best of luck.

 Our second new coach for 2018 is taking over our U12 boys team, and that is Mark Renshaw. Whilst Mark has been with our club for a number of years now, he also has had extensive exposure to football across many clubs in his history too. Over his journey Mark has been involved in Auskick for nearly a decade as a coach, and played the role of runner and assistant coach of various teams for a number of years too. We are excited to see the continued development of this young group and see where they can head after a very successful 2017.

You will also see that the club still has a couple of teams that we are yet to announce a coach for. If you, or anyone you know may be interested in one of these roles please contact me directly on the below details and we can have a chat.

Speak soon, and bring on 2018!

Go Eagles