To All Members of the Ferntree Gully Football Netball Club, Junior Division:

Re: Notice of AGM Meeting

Please take this post as not only the formal notification in line within the requirements of our new constitution, but also as a special invitation for you to attend our first AGM as a merged club.

Date – 25th October 2017
Time – 7.30pm
Venue – Wally Tew Reserve, FTG

The structure of the night will see a joint start to the meeting with both the junior and senior divisions present to elect our first ever club board, before separating to then hold our junior AGM in line with the process used for many years.

I hope to see as many of our members as possible for this monumental occasion in our great club’s history.

Should you have any further queries on this topic, please don’t hesitate to contact me on my below details.

Kind Regards

Andrew Gottliebsen
Ferntree Gully Eagles
Junior Football Club

Mobile: 0437 368 696


ALSO – Whilst a number of people have spoken to me already, I am still looking for a number of volunteers to assist us for next season… If you or anyone you know may be able to assist us in some shape or form, I would sincerely appreciate it if you could touch base with me to see what we can organise


Pink Day – A Thank You from Jen & Family

As you would know, we ran a Pink Day fundraiser over two Sundays last month.  Our girls teams ran a super successful cake stall both days, along with raffles, with prizes donated from a multitude of local businesses.  And all teams across the club participated by donning some pink and donating to the cause!  At the end of the two rounds, our Girls Team Co-ordinator – Michelle Djuma – did a tally, and we managed to raise a whopping $2200!!!!  This was a fantastic effort, and a cause the club was really happy to take part in.

You see, one of our club families had just been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Jen was the reason behind the fundraiser, and on Sunday night, she and her family thanked the club for their efforts and generosity.  As well as that, Jen’s partner Andrew wanted to share his letter of thanks……

Under 16 Girls Team, Coach John Hilton, TM Michelle Djuma and Jen!


Dear Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Club Committee, Team Managers and Members.

 This email is in thanks and recognition of the generous and great effort the Club and it’s Members put in and achieved in raising funds for us.

 In particular, we would like to recognise Michelle, the Team Manager of the Girls Under 16’s team who coordinated all of the fundraising and orchestrated all of the ‘behind the scenes’ necessary work. When Michelle advised us about the fundraising idea, we were simply overwhelmed. It really is an incredible gesture and speaks volumes for the Values of the Club.  

As you may be aware, we have decided to donate the funds raised to a charity whose purpose is dear to our hearts and very relevant for all of the girls and women, associated with the club. The following will give you more background to this:

Jen is 47 years old. After her mum was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer last year, Jen decided to have a mammogram. The result: “all clear”.

Despite this, for some reason I became conscious of the need to check her breasts. Within weeks of the “all clear” I noticed a lump which was concerning. Jen was not worried – she’d had the “all clear”. We knew nothing about “mammographic density” and the potential inaccuracies of having a mammogram – which is the only reason why breast screening isn’t advocated for women under 50!

 Anyway, I kept nagging her and finally she agreed to get an ultrasound in February this year – result: she had 2 tumours. One was aggressive. Within days she was having surgery and we’re now into the fourth month of chemo, with more surgery to follow, then radiation and hopefully a she gets a real “all clear” after that early next year.

Between us though we have 3 daughters aged 24, 21 and 15. We have sisters, cousins, friends and colleagues, most under the age of 50 – and with a virtual 100% ignorance of the need to ‘check your boobs’, let alone what mammographic density is.

 We thus want to increase awareness – for all women and girls to be aware of the need to check their breasts on a regular basis and quickly tell their doctor if there’s been any noticeable change since the last check. It’s a very similar process to checking spots on you for skin cancer.

 The Love Your Sister charity is certainly helping raise this awareness. It also appears to be a charity which is in touch with the younger generations and utilising social media accordingly. We know with this Charity that the $2000 will be used to help raise awareness.

So whilst your intent was to help us with Jen’s journey, we’re really comfortable (and driven) in knowing that we’re doing whatever we can to ‘prevent’ others going through the same challenges as us. We’re sure you’ll agree.

Thanks again for all of your generosity, efforts and hard work. It is incredibly appreciated.


Andrew Simpson on behalf of Taylor Wickham’s family: particularly mum Jen.



Coaches for Season 2018

Coaching 2018

FTG Special General Meeting – Letter from Club President

Please see the attached letter HERE from our club President – Andrew Gottliebsen.  Tonight we are holding an information meeting for all those interested, in regards to next week’s vote to merge with the Senior Club.  The attached letter shares some great information from Andrew, and some of the reasons behind the many months/years He and other members of the committee have put in to the proposed merger.

Go Eagles!


To all our club families – please find attached info regarding our information night this coming Tuesday. This is an opportunity for all involved to make learn the how’s and why’s for the upcoming EGM vote. #goeagles


EGM Information Night





Dear All,

 I write to announce a joint Special General Meeting of both the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior and Senior Football Clubs will be held on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at 7:30pm at Wally Tew Reserve (Please refer to THIS letter). There is one Special Resolution to be tabled, discussed and voted upon – and we have prepared some documents to help in your consideration of the proposal. Please refer to below links in reference to the attachments, in before-mentioned letter.


ATTACHMENT 2 – FINAL FTG Football Special General Meeting Minutes




Please feel free to call either of us, or any member of the sub-committee should you wish to discuss in more detail.

 We look forward to seeing you on the night.


 Sam Cavarra                   Andrew Gottliebsen

Senior President             Junior President

0401 710 668                   0437 368 696


Ladies Night out at the movies!

Our first social fundraising event for 2017 has been booked in!

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Grab a friend and book a ticket to our Ladies Night out at the movies.  For $20 you will receive entry to see the film “Snatched”, starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, popcorn and a drink.  You will also go in to the draw for a fabulous lucky door prize.

We’ve given you plenty of time to get the kids organised, so you can run out the door and enjoy a couple of hours of laughs.  Please book your tickets through your Team Managers, and make payment by the 11th of May.  It’s the perfect post-Mother’s Day outing!

See you there!


Director of Coaching Appointment

It is with much excitement that I am today announcing to you the club have appointed a Director of Coaching for the FTG Eagles FC for season 2017, Leigh Williams.

 Leigh joins the club with an extensive football resume on field, including being involved in football at both AFL & VFL level, is still playing for Norwood in EFL Div 1 and was most recently named in the EFL Team of the Year in 2016. More importantly for us, however, Leigh has an extensive passion for coaching and skill development and is an accredited Level 2 coach. His football knowledge and exposure will no doubt be on show to you all when you first meet him over the coming weeks around the club.

 In summary, the agreed job description for this role in season 2017 has been defined as “Coaching the Coaches”, and as such this appointment has been made for all of you – and most importantly to enhance the experience for all of the kids that we work with so everyone is given the best chance to achieve their individual goals.

 Below is what we have agreed to as a rough scope of what we are aiming to achieve with the Juniors out of this role for the remainder of the season, and I trust that all members will assist Leigh and the Club as a whole in meeting these goals so we can continue to grow the position into the future.

  • Being available to coaches in person and/or over the phone and email as required.
  • Attend all coaches meetings for the remainder of 2017
  • Available to attend Wednesday night training with the under 10’s, 12’s, 13’s and 14’s 
  • Available to attend Wednesday night training with the under 8’s and 9’s
  • Attend some Sunday junior game days – attend games for observation and feedback to coaches 
  • Attend some Sunday night awards night
  • Administration in setting up coaching manuals, charter or other relevant documentation pertaining to the role 
  • Coach selection at end of season to prepare for season 2018

Leigh has already began busily planning for next week’s Coaches Meeting, and is in the process of communicating in the coming days with all coaches so that he has the ability to best help each team in the manner that they want/need/require.

 I thank you all in advance, and I am sure that you will make Leigh feel more than welcome when you meet with him for the first time next week.

 Go Eagles!



Team App is Back for 2017!

The Eagles Team App is now set up and ready to go for 2017!
All fixtures for the season are linked, as are the ladders. Only the U18 Girls remain, and they are yet to be released.
Team App is a great way of keeping in communication with the club and your teams.


You can download the app for your smartphone or tablet.