October 2021 Edition

President Update

I hope this update reaches you well and you are coping the best you can without the soccer club. The committee have been using this lockdown to prepare for the hopeful return to soccer and preparations for next season. After the disappointment of the season cancellation we have been busy having zoom meetings, emails and WhatsApp chats as we try our best to put things in place for next season . While we await official dates of a restart, confirmation of trial dates and the green light to start preseason, the committee in conjunction with the football operations teams have been working on implementing improvements for our coaches and player development and we will have some major announcements coming in the next months with regards to not only on the field but also off the field.

I would to like to thank all those coaches that will be departing from the club for their time and effort and encourage anyone that harbours any ambition to coach to come and get involved next season as a coach, assistant coach or even just helping out.

A big thank you to all our sponsors that have stuck with us through trying times and I encourage all members to return the favour and support them and let them know you are from Ringwood City. If you have a business or know a business that might be interested in getting involved at Ringwood City please let the sponsorship team know. We are currently finalising shirt sponsorship for next season and in the current climate any help will be invaluable.

I look forward to seeing you soon back at Jubilee but until then please keep safe.

Rob Blyth

In this Newletter:

  1. Season Roundup
  2. Volunteers Needed
  3. Support our Wilhelmina Fund
  4. Meet the Volunteer Committee Member
  5. Football Around the World – News & Events
  6. Upcoming Club & Community Events
  7. Sponsors Announcements

Season Roundup

JBNPLOnce again season 2021 presented us with a number of challenges. Unfortunately, just when the season looked like it would near completion, COVID 19 has put a stop to everything.

Our JBNPL teams fought gallantly with mixed results across the board. After observing many games in my short tenure I can categorically say that the future of our football club is looking very bright.
We would like to acknowledge our season 2021 JBNPL coaching staff for their efforts and contribution and we wish them well with their future endeavours.
Having held our JBNPL licence for 2 calendar years (1 true season across 2 years), we have identified how best to improve our high performance program moving forward.

Our club has worked tirelessly off the park to ensure that we create a program that aligns with the rest of our football club. After all, clubs are built on their vision, ideologies and their ability to develop its players both on and off the park.

Season 2022 will see our club introduce an exciting new management team that will set up our new vision and philosophy, implement a new playing style that will hold up against our established competitors and set up a short and long term pathway for all our players. A pathway that’s eluded us in the past. Our new JBNPL coaching team has been chosen because they are aligned with our new direction.
We look forward to announcing them very soon, keep on eye out on social media for more information.

In the meantime, RCSC is now accepting Expression of Interest from new and existing players (Junior Boys NPL U14/U15/U16/U18) for Season 2022!!! Trial date for JBNPL will be confirmed once Government restrictions have been eased. Please fill out the Expression of Interest form to stay up to date for Season 2022.


Season 2021 has been very challenging for our senior and reserves men. Despite all the challenges I’m pleased to report that our boys had a year of improvement managing to end their campaign 6th on the table (seniors), 7th (reserves).
What was pleasing to see the unity and comradery that both squads have. Huge credit goes out to head coach Peter Kalogeropoulos and his coaching team for creating the environment. What’s more pleasing was to see the development of our own past Ringwood City junior players taking out the seniors best and fairest and runner up awards. Players that I had the pleasure of coaching around 6 years ago.
Congratulations to our club captain Hayden Rayner (best and fairest) and Paul Kotsanas (runner up).
With the clubs new direction, vision and philosophy, our senior group will grow from strength to strength now that a sustainable pathway has been developed for our talented youth to breakthrough and realise their football dream by playing senior football. What’s more important, we now have a senior coach that will actually make this happen.
I’m excited for what the future holds for our seniors and I look forward to to supporting their journey and success.

Female Football

Overall a brilliant half season for all our female teams. Big well done to our state 1 senior women’s team who were sitting top of the league, having won every game and were well on their way to winning the league and getting promoted. Thanks Bobby and Russell for all your hard work, and great to hear you’re both back onboard next season for that ‘unfinished business’ and gain that promotion you all deserve.

Well done Dom Schipano with our youthful reserves. The club is very grateful to both you and the girls this season for making sure we had a reserve team. We all knew there would be a few tough games, but as the season was progressing the way the players and team were developing is a real credit to your commitment and dedication.

Well done and thanks to all our fantastic junior coaches and team managers.

Our U15 & U14 girls were both sitting 2nd in their leagues and were developing really well, both technically and with game understanding.

We fielded U12, U10 & U8/9 teams this season too. All teams done exceptionally well, they were having a lot of fun and all were very sad to see the season end early.

Expressions of interest have now opened for 2022 for new and returning players U7-U16 by clicking here.


Ringwood City is calling out for volunteers in a number of areas within the club. Becoming a volunteer is not only rewarding, but a vital part of a community club.

If you have some time to spare we would love to hear from you. We are currently on the lookout for a uniform coordinator, facilities and equipment coordinator and someone to assist behind the bar.  There are many other roles you can assist and all contribute to running a successful club. For more information drop me a line and we can discuss some of the roles. secretary@ringwoodcitysc.com.au

Wilhemina Fund

Ringwood City prides itself on its welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment to play football – from all backgrounds, at all levels of the game. The reality is, however, that not everyone is able to do so. To help young people who otherwise might not be able to do so to play, the Club established the Wilhelmina Fund at the start of the 2019 season. The Wilhelmina Fund covers registration fees and provides players with equipment if needed, such as boots and shinguards.

Since the start of the program, the number of Wilhelmina players has doubled, and with new enquiries coming in, we expect this number to grow for the 2022 season.

The Club is very grateful for the ongoing support of Atlas Broker Finance, who have been enthusiastic supporters of the Wilhelmina Fund from the start. Without their support, we would not have been able to realise this program – thank you!

We would also like to acknowledge the generous donations from Club members that we have received this year. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the Fund, you can do so here – we are very thankful for all donations, no matter how great or small – and all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Finally, to our coaches, team managers and team members who support our Wilhelmina players by providing a welcoming environment and by offering practical support: thank you.

Note from the Treasurer

Thank you to all our members that have already submitted their credit/refund forms for season 2021.  Please find below the links to the application forms for various competitions.  Please note all responses are required by 30th October 2021.


Upcoming Club & Community Events

N/A – but we are looking forward to returning to the pitch in safe conditions!

Getting to know your committee members

Chris Koutsiafaras

Chris is no stranger to Ringwood City as he joins us as Head of Football Operations JBNPL / Seniors Men and as committee member. Chris brings a wealth of experience and is excited to be back at the club and looks forward to working with our coaches and players.

Q. Where did you play football in your early career?
A. Chris has played at many clubs including Keilor Park SC, Westvale Olympic SC, Heidelberg United FC, South Melbourne Hellas FC, Northern Falcons FC and Reservoir United (Player coach)

Q. Do you have any coaching experience?
A. Chris’ coaching career spans over many years at various clubs around Melbourne including Reservoir United Juniors and seniors, Ringwood City SC, Manningham Blues United FC and Macedon Blues United FC

Q. What are some of your greatest coaching achievements?
A. Winning the under 16’s State Championship undefeated with Manningham United and Championship with Reservoir United reserves as a player coach.

Q. Any famous names you’ve played with / against and coached:
A. Too many to mention  but some include Kevin Muscat, Alan Davidson, Mark Viduka, and Terry Antonis.

Q. Who do you follow in A-league and Premier League?
A. Melbourne Victory &Crystal Palace

Q. What do you hope to achieve in your new position of football operations next season?
A. My vision for our club is to create opportunities for our junior players via a sustainable pathway to eventually play senior football. By doing so this will see our club climb back up the ranks. I’d want to see our players love our club, want to spend time at club, support all our teams and to create a strong culture.
Ringwood City is a sleeping giant ready to awaken and get back to its former glory.

Football Around the World

Premier League club Newcastle United bought by Saudi sovereign fund

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund have completed a buyout of Premier League club Newcastle, giving hope to fans dreaming of a first title in almost a century. The £300 million-pound ($558 million AUD) takeover had been pursued since 2017 but stalled and then collapsed last year over concerns about how much control the Saudi state would have in the running of Newcastle amid scrutiny over piracy of sports broadcasts and human rights violations in the kingdom, as reported by ninenews.

To put the takeover into context, Sheikh Mansour, the owner of Manchester City, is said to worth around £21b, with Chelsea benefactor Roman Abramovich worth in the region of £14billion.

Top 10 EPL Clubs by Net worth:

  1. Newcastle United £320b
  2. Manchester City £21b
  3. Chelsea £14.5b
  4. Aston Villa £10.4b
  5. Wolverhampton Wanderers £9b
  6. Arsenal £8.2b
  7. Crystal Palace £5.7b
  8. Totenham Hotspur £4.9b
  9. Manchester United £4.7b
  10. Leeds United £4b

Australia beats Oman 3-1, sets World Cup qualifiers record in the process

The Socceroos have set a World Cup record, become the first ever country to win 11 consecutive qualifiers in a single campaign.

Australia defeated Oman 3-1 in Doha yesterday to move to the top of their group after three of 10 scheduled matches. The top two nations in the group will qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

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