Club Sponsor: Breadstreet – Tastes of Tanzania fundraiser

Longtime club sponsor, David Winter of local bakery Breadstreet, is running a fundraiser Saturday 30 March for the school he has been supporting in Tanzania since he visited in 2014.

For those of you who don’t know, Breadstreet supplies all our bread and rolls free of charge throughout the whole season for whenever we’re having a BBQ.  Continue reading “Club Sponsor: Breadstreet – Tastes of Tanzania fundraiser”

Grill’d Camberwell Corporate Box Donation

Thanks to the generosity of Grill’d Burgers in Camberwell, Canterbury Football Club is the grateful recipient of a corporate hospitality suite for 14 people at the St Kilda vs West Coast game this year. This is significant for a local community organisation like Canterbury Football Club as it plays a meaningful role in offering something of material value back to our players, volunteers, and supporters. Continue reading “Grill’d Camberwell Corporate Box Donation”

Women’s Team patrons announced

Canterbury Football Club is excited to announce the appointment of Lee Brown and Annabelle Smith as women’s squad patrons for season 2019.

Lee was the first ever female player at the Canterbury Football Club, playing football with junior boy’s team in the 1980’s, long before a girls competition existed. Lee’s love and involvement with football continues, and she is currently playing in a Masters competition.

Belle is an Australian Olympic Bronze Medallist in Diving, and is currently preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Both our patrons have attended training sessions to address the women’s squad, telling their story, and sharing with the group their experiences with hardship, motivation, discipline and pre-performance preparation.

The Canterbury Football Club extends its warmest welcome to both Lee and Belle, and is thrilled to have them on board for Season 2019 inspiring our women’s squad.

Want to play football in 2019? Join us and #BelongToSomethingBigger!

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Football department update

The following is a statement from President Greg Nichols, regarding the clubs Football Director position.

To the Canterbury Football Club Players, Members and Supporters

I am disappointed to announce that Martin Stillman formally advised me this morning of his intention to relinquish his role as Football Director of the Canterbury Football Club with immediate effect.

Martin had confirmed that the time involved in fulfilling the responsibilities of the role is likely to impact upon his position as CEO of Little Athletics Australia and importantly impact upon the time he dedicates to his family.

Those who know Martin will appreciate that he is a man who devotes 100% to whatever role or task he commits to and the inaugural role of CFC Football Director was no exception.

We are extremely appreciative of Martin’s involvement in our club and the professionalism he instilled during his short tenure at the club.

We wish Martin every success in the future and look forward to hosting him when he ventures down to Canterbury.

Greg Nichols
President Canterbury Football Club

AGM 2018

The 2018 AGM will be held on Wednesday 17th October, taking place down at the club in the Jean Green room from 7.00pm. All players, members and supporters of the club are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you’re interested in helping out the club in any role next season, please keep the date free and come along to the meeting.

If you’d like to nominate someone though are unable to make it on the night, please complete a nomination form and send it back to club secretary Sue Bach via

Come along and help make 2019 a great year on and off the field.

Major raffle winners

The clubs major raffle was drawn at presentation night last week with Luke Venditti being the lucky winner, walking away with $2500, well done Luke! The esky filled with goods second prize went to Laughlin Brown while Maddie Richardson took third prize which was a $200 JB HiFi voucher.

Thanks to all who bought tickets and to those who sold them on behalf of the club.

2018 life membership inductees

The Club received two nominations for consideration by the CFC committee to award life membership. The committee supported both nominations which sees Clayton Skate and Michael Harper officially inducted as life members of the Canterbury Football Club.

Clayton Skate – nominated by Brendan Lashbrook

I wish to formally nominate Clayton “Scoota” Skate for life membership.

He arrived at the club in 2005 as a 19 year old in his first year in Melbourne, and apart from 2006 & 2009, he has played every year at the club since, and now retires with 184 games played in the cobra colours.

He has played under 8 senior coaches during his time at the club, which says something about the length of time he’s been around and the ups and downs endured during the past 14 seasons.

Clayton was an integral member of the 2015 senior premiership team. An appropriate and fitting reward for being part of the club for so long and for sticking around during the tough final years in the EFL.

As well as being a committed player for 12 seasons, Scoot has also been happy to help out where he can, whether that is jumping behind the bar or setting up on game day, he’s always there.

I believe Scoot would be a worthy recipient of Canterbury FC life membership.

Michael Harper – nominated by Rohan Walmsley

I wish to formally nominate Michael Harper for Life Membership.

He has had three coaching tenures over the journey. The first coming in 2000 when Michael coached the senior team for two years and on both occasions leading them into the finals.

He then returned in a time of need in 2011 to take the second half of the year after the senior coach was sacked. He took this role despite already coaching a junior team and having many other distractions at the time. He again returned in 2014 as the club headed to the VAFA for the first time in its history as Canterbury as our inaugural VAFA senior coach.

The senior team returned to finals action for the first since 2008 finishing 3 rd . The following year saw the club win both the senior and reserve grade premierships, an historic moment for the club as this feat had only be achieved once prior to 2015.

Outside of Michael’s outstanding coaching record he has always been a financial supporter. He has also brought in numerous sponsors to the club over the course of his involvement with the club via his extensive work network.

Notwithstanding that he recently moved to the country he has continued to help the club with the organisation of the annual CFC Business lunch. Throughout my involvement at the club there have few people that have shaped the club in a more positive manner.

Michael has always pushed for a more professional and successful football club and I commend him to be a worthy recipient of Life Membership of the Canterbury Football Club.

2018 presentation night

Our annual presentation night was held on Thursday night at MCC Kew where the votes for the final six rounds of the season were revealed in each team.

Congratulations to Sam Murphy, BJ Lashbrook and Loz Rinaldi who took out the B&F in the seniors, reserves and womens grades respectively.

As well as the B&Fs, The following club and team awards were also presented:

Life membership: Clayton Skate, Michael Harper
Presidents award: Peter Haggar
Best clubperson award: Sean Woodward
Team managers award: Luke Venditti


B&F: Loz Rindali
Runner up: Tash Schiller
Leadership award: Jacqui Edwards
Best clubwoman: Pippa Simon
Best first year player: Tash Schiller


B&F: Sam Murphy
Runner up: Alex Wheeler
Leadership award: Sean Hanrahan
Coaches award: Nathan Walden
Goalkicking: Marty Astbury (35)


B&F: BJ Lashbrook
Runner up: Jayden Collins
Leadership award: Daniel Sharp
Coaches award: Jeremy Price

A big thanks to all who came, and also to MCC Kew for hosting us for the evening.

Congratulations to all award winners!

Rd 18 Men – Glen Eira


Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Canterbury Football Club 4.2-26 9.6-60 11.8-74 12.12-84
Glen Eira 1.2-8 2.3-15 9.6-60 13.8-86

Goal Kickers: N. Szabo 4, R. Murray 3, M. Astbury 3, J. Dear 2
Best Players: S. Hanrahan, N. Szabo, M. Astbury, S. Murphy, A. Wheeler, C. Skate

The final home and away fixture saw the Gryphons come over to the snake pit. The first encounter between the two sides saw a tight tussle with the Gryphons coming over the top late in the game. We had planned well for this week and if the result was to go our way it may be finals bound.

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