Vale: John “JB” Bennett

We’re deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of club life member John “JB” Bennett.

JB started playing for us in the early 60s and stayed on as a volunteer and committee member after he finished playing.

A familiar face around the club attending games home and away, as well as many social events, until recent years when his health declined. JB was always a regular at the annual past players day where his sense of humour was on show, it was great to see him there just a couple of months ago in June.

After our seniors made the 2015 grand final we needed to nominate someone to present the medallions in the event we won. JB was a popular choice and appreciated the opportunity.

Our deepest condolences go out to Julie and family at this incredibly difficult time.

A service to celebrate JB’s life will be held at 10am on Friday 2nd September at Le Pine Funerals, 339 Warrigal Road, Burwood.

The club won’t be the same without you, JB.

❤️🖤💛

TAC Road Safety Round

Black armbands have been worn on the field to honour a death in the community for decades. This year, for TAC and AFL Victoria’s Road Safety Round, everyone in the community will wear a new kind of armband. One that will help us band together to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the road.

Across the 15-17th of July, every AFL Victoria club will run out onto the field for the TAC & AFL Victoria Road Safety Round. But this year, it’s not just the players who will be participating. It’s the entire community. To commemorate their commitment to eliminating deaths and serious injuries on the roads, captains, coaches, players and the surrounding community will wear their support in the form of a blue armband.

These bands will be available at the club, and handed out to anyone who wants to get behind the cause. On every armband lies a QR code containing stories from an ever-growing number of Victorians on why road safety matters to them. Everyone has a reason for wanting safer roads. Wear the band next weekend to show your support. Let’s band together for safer roads.

You can also help by watching the safety presentation below, visit howsafeisyourcar.com and also encourage others to do so.

$1M committed to CSG rebuild

On Wednesday 27th April a press conference was held at Canterbury Sports Ground where Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy, and candidate for Hawthorn, John Pesutto, announced a commitment of $1M in funding to the rebuild of the CSG facilities. President BJ Lashbrook and representatives from the other tenant clubs were in attendance and welcome the commitment. The Canterbury Football Club, Canterbury Junior Football Club and Canterbury Cricket Club thank Matthew and John for their support in such an important community project.

Read on for the full press release.

Families in Melbourne’s inner east are set to benefit from a much-needed upgrade to Canterbury Sports Ground, with the Victorian Liberals and Nationals today committing $1 million in funding to contribute to the construction of a new pavilion.

Continue reading “$1M committed to CSG rebuild”

John Kennedy MP launches petition to fund redevelopment

As many would know, Boroondara Council have committed to redeveloping the facilities at the Snake Pit which we welcome. While we’re certainly appreciative of the funds Council have put forward, based on initial plans there are still some needs of the tenant clubs that are not met and unfortunately don’t fit within the allocated budget. It’s for this reason we’re seeking to increase the overall budget of the project and get all works completed together.

Additional works we’d like to add to the current plans are:

🐍 Elevating the social rooms to improve spectator viewing and to prevent flooding
🐍 Increasing the size of the social rooms to ensure all members can attend functions
🐍 Ensuring CSG is a welcoming space for everyone in the community

An opportunity like this doesn’t happen very often, so please sign the petition and share with friends and family!

To sign the petition please head to https://johnkennedymp.com.au/petition/

❤️🖤💛

Lotto launched!

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new Cobra Lotto draw which could see you walk away with $1000!

The draws will be held roughly monthly either after Thursday night trainings or Saturday night home games. Tickets can be purchased online in the lead up to the event or in person in the last few hours, and are $25 each. There are only 100 tickets on offer, so get in quick to ensure you get the number you’re after.

Each draw will be live streamed on our Facebook page, though it will also be worth seeing in person.

The first draw is happening on Thursday 31st March, to get your ticket/s head to https://canterburyfootball.club/lotto.

Good luck!

Vale: Keith James

The club was deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of one of our all time great players, Keith James, aged 81.

Keith was playing coach in our first division premiership of 1969 (first images) and played in our 1972 premiership team (second images). James, after being at North Melbourne, became a star forward at Williamstown under his brother in law, Williamstown legend Gerry “The Monster” Callaghan. Recruited to Canterbury as playing coach he made a name as a star forward and was known for his strong dominating play. Until his health declined he was a regular attendee to our annual Past Players Day.

Our thoughts are with the entire James family during this difficult time.

The funeral will be held at 10am on Friday 4th March at Tobin Brothers Funerals, 147 Park Road, Cheltenham. The service will also be streamed online via the Tobin Brothers website.

❤️🖤💛

Seeking Women’s Reserves Coach

The Canterbury Football Club is seeking expressions of interest for the Women’s Reserves Coach for the 2022 season and beyond.

The Canterbury Women’s Program commenced in 2017 and was a foundation member of the inaugural VAFA Women’s competition. Our program is well supported and focused on developing and expanding women’s football in the VAFA and also at Canterbury.

Our goal

The overall goal is to grow and expand Canterbury’s women’s program into a strong and supportive network where players of all skill levels are welcome. The program strives to be be inclusive, successful and to build a system where women grow and develop both as players and people.

We are looking for people with the following attributes

  • Available for both trainings during the week and game day
  • Well organised with trainings and on game day
  • Has experience in coaching
  • Has a skill set and knowledge of football (teaching basic skills and understanding of playing lists)
  • Recruitment – being able to recruit and bring in new players
  • Professionalism
  • Open communication with other coaches, staff, and players

You will be supported by a competent coaching group across the club, a leadership group, off-field support staff and club committee.

Expressions of interest

Please forward your expression of interest to secretary@canterburyfootball.club
Expressions of Interest close on Friday 5th November, 2021.

Any questions?

If you would like any more information on the above, please contact:
David Wright: General Manager of Football, 0448 855 880
Dwayne Stangherlin: Senior Women’s Coach, 0431 065 417

AGM 2021

The 2021 AGM will be held on Wednesday 20th October, due to COVID-19 restrictions it will be held via Zoom from 6.30pm. 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 join us on the 20th.

If you’d like to nominate someone to the committee though are unable to make it on the night, please complete a nomination form and send it back to club secretary Chris Bold via secretary@canterburyfootball.club.

Come along and help make 2022 a great year on and off the field.

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.