Banding together for road safety

This weekend is TAC and AFL Road Safety Round. In 2019, the captains of many Victorian clubs wore a zero on their back to represent the goal towards zero deaths on the roads. This year, TAC and AFL Victoria wanted to create a way for everyone to get involved in the campaign, not just the captain.

For decades, black armbands have been worn on the field to honour a death in the community. For this round, TAC and AFL Victoria have created a new kind of armband, one that represents everyone’s commitment to eliminating deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

To show our support, the Canterbury community is invited to wear the band this weekend. They’ll be available to pick up at the matches so keep an eye out for them. On them is a QR code housing the reasons why road safety matters to different Victorians. TAC and AFL Victoria are asking you to add your reason by filming it and sharing socially using #tacbandtogether.

We all have someone to drive safely for. Wear your band, scan the code, and share your story on social media to help make our roads a safer place.

How safe is your car?

We’re jumping on board TAC’s mission to create safer roads in every community by encouraging all of our members to visit How Safe Is Your Car.

Whether you’re looking to purchase a new car or are wanting to know more about your current vehicle, the website has plenty of important information on a wide range of makes and models. Pair that with a page explaining the most important safety features found in vehicles, this website is a must visit.

Canterbury Sports Ground removed from LXRP project boundary

We’re pleased to anounce that the LXRP have determined that CSG will not be required for any temporary use associated with their works!

We recieved the following letter confirming the good news, thanks to all for their support in everything that’s been done over the last few months.

Dear Brendan and Members,

Canterbury Sports Ground not required for level crossing removal works.

Thank you for your interest in our plans to remove the dangerous and congested Union Road and Mont Albert Road level crossings, by lowering the rail line to run under the roads in an open trench.

The project has been fast-tracked and these dangerous level crossings will be gone in 2023 – two years earlier than originally planned.

Our ongoing project planning has determined that Canterbury Sports Ground will not be required for any temporary use associated with our works.

The ground will be removed from our project boundary.

We were confident our detailed construction planning processes would see us minimise or avoid impacts to this ground and I am pleased to confirm our works won’t impact the community’s enjoyment of this space.

Removing these two level crossings is a massive and complex engineering task: the land constraints and physical features in this area are some of the most challenging we have encountered.

We will always seek to minimise impacts to the community, however there will certainly be some temporary disruption in the wider area as we excavate 200,000 cubic metres of soil to lower the train line under these two major roads.

We will keep you informed of our progress in removing these level crossings and I thank your club and its members for their planning submissions and feedback.

If you require any further information please contact us via 1800 105 105 or contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Kind regards,
Steve Brown
Program Director, Level Crossing Removal Project

Level Crossing Removal Project impact on CSG

We’re sure you’re aware of the Level Crossings Removal Project (LXRP) that’s taking place throughout Melbourne. The Victorian Government has fast-tracked the removal of the Union Road and Mont Albert Road level crossings, with major construction starting in 2022 and boom gates gone in 2023.

As part of these works, Canterbury Sports Ground (CSG) could be aquired for up to two years to assist with storage requirements during the construction. Obviously if this were to happen it would have a huge impact on us and the other tenant clubs.

The good news is nothing is confirmed yet, and won’t be for some months. We’ve met with Council and the other tenant clubs, and have submitted objections in an attempt to take CSG off the list of possible sites to be aquired. You too can help by going to the LXRP Project Site and making your own submission mentioning the impact removing CSG for any period of time would have on the local community.

Submissions can be made until 11:59pm Sunday 28th February 2021.

2021 Office Bearers

The AGM was held last night where the executive committee for 2021 was established, consisting of:

President: BJ Lashbrook
Vice President: Sean Hanrahan
Treasurer: Luke Venditti
Secretary: Chris Bold

Additional to the executive, Mick Collins will continue in his Sponsorship role, James Nicolas has rejoined as a general committee member, and Tom McGowan will move into the role of Player Welfare Officer.

From here, sub-committees for the past players association, social events, digital/social media, apparel/merch, membership, sponsorship & fundraising will be established, based on the feedback from our volunteers survey that was sent out last month. We’ve had around 25 people put their hand up to assist which is a great result, though it’s not too late to join, so if you’d like to get involved please fill out the survey.

Thank you to all who attended the AGM, and also to those who’ve taken on a role, looking forward to a great 2021!

AGM 2020

The 2020 AGM will be held on Monday 14th December, 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 Georgie Callaghan via secretary@canterburyfootball.club.

Come along and help make 2021 a great year on and off the field.

VAFA to introduce Supers in 2021

The VAFA have announced the establishment of a Men’s Supers (over 35s) competition for 2021, and we’re looking to get involved.

With senior men’s and women’s, U19’s, reserves and Thirds rounding out the current VAFA playing fraternity, this new competition will provide an opportunity for senior players to continue their footy careers with their clubs or, for those just out of the game, pull the boots back on post-retirement.

There is still some work to be done and definition given to the competition, though at this stage the basics are:

  • the comp is for over 35s (player must turn 35 before the end of the calendar year in which the season is played)
  • 9 rounds played every second week starting April 10th, three week finals series to follow in August
  • Home games will be played at Canterbury, away locations/opposition teams TBC once teams within comp are finalised
  • quarters will be 20 minutes in length (no time on)
  • times of games, divisional structure TBC

At this stage we’re hoping to get a team up and running as part of the competition’s foundation season. If you’re interested in participating, whether it be as a player, volunteer or would just be happy to come along as a supporter, please take a minute to fill out our short survey.

Vale: Andrew Ford

Today we remember longtime supporter and sponsor, The Great Man Andrew Ford.

A passionate Bluebagger, Fordy came to the club in the mid 90’s with his brother in-law Randall Walker. He quickly immersed himself, proudly supporting the Cobras at home and away. Much loved by all who met him, he was always good value to everyone, no matter the situation.

Today Andrew Ford’s family observed a small family-only funeral.

CFC stats:
Footy trips – 2
Games played – 0

RIP Great Man.

❤️🖤💛

Vale: Bob Woodford

We regret to inform the wider Cobra community that champion Canterbury full back Bob Woodford has passed away.

Bob was a star in the late 50s and 60s and a member of our 1956 premiership team. From time to time in recent years Bob would still come down to the club from the country for reunions.

Our thoughts are with the entire Woodford family.