Photo courtesy of Sharon Jones Photography

Story by Mark Jonas

It seems like Tim Jones has been playing Senior Football for years, but at only 24 years of age he is just entering what by some is considered “his Prime” time for Senior Football and his best is still to come, well if it does we are in for a treat as it has been bloody good to watch so far.On Saturday against local rival East Ringwood, our Saint Champion will play his 100th Game for the mighty Saints and only fitting that he reaches this milestone at Quambee in front of all our Saints members.

Tim first came to our club in 2006 in Under 13’s when he made the move from Croydon. During his time at the juniors he played 75 Games and represented the EFL Reps Team on 3 occasions.

In 2011, Tim made the move to Quambee Reserve in the Colts but we only saw him for 1 Game as he made the TAC Squad for the Eastern Ranges, where he played 13 games, kicked 8 goals and was named in the Best on 4 occasions. Even though he only played 1 game for us, we got to see glimpse of the future as he kicked 4 goals and was named BOG.

As was the case in 2011, we didn’t get see Tim play Colts in 2012 as he represented the Ranges again where he played 15 games as well as being named Vice Captain for the year.

Finally in 2013, Tim was back at Quambee and under Brett Moyle was elevated straight to the Seniors, playing 18 games and named in the best 8 times, not too bad for a teenager in his first year of Senior football.

In 2014, Tim went to another level. His mature approach to game day and off field preparation as well as his toughness and attack on the footy saw him become one of best defenders in Division 2, eventually being named “Best on the Ground” in the Division 2 Grand Final against Croydon.

On Presentation Night a few weeks later, Tim was also awarded one of the Club Awards, taking home the “Peter Purdy” Perpetual Award, which is for a former Saints Junior Player now a regular Senior player under the age of 21. For those of you who like stats, Tim played 18 games, including two finals, kicked 4 goals and was named 8 times in the best for the 2014 season.

Since NRFC has been in Division 1 (2015), Tim’s football has just got better and has put the fear of god into many forwards as they line up against him on a Saturday afternoon. Even though Tim is one of the best backman our club has produced, he has found himself more and more in the mid-field as he has matured as a footballer and on the odd occasion has even found himself in the ruck due to his incredible leap.

To sum Tim up, he can basically play in any position at any time, whether he is taking down some of the best forwards in the game, breaking packs open in the midfield or taking strong grabs and kicking goals from 50 out, he has become the complete footballer and why he was bestowed with the honor of being named in the “North Ringwood Football Club Team of the Decade 2007 – 2016” on the Half Back Flank and why Tim has also been a regular member of the Senior Leadership group.

Hopefully this gives an insight into Tim and as already mentioned earlier there is a lot more to come!

Below is a full wrap up of Tim’s achievements in his 99 games since he made his Senior appearance on the 13/4/2013 against Doncaster East at Quambee Reserve. For the record, we one: 25.16.166 to 5.10.40. Tim kicked 1 goal and was named in the top 3!

Games: 99
Goals: 34
Named in the Best: 49 Times!!
2014: Division 2 Premiership Player and named “Best on the Ground”
2014: Awarded the Peter Purdy Perpetual Trophy
2015: Nominated Division 1 & 2 (Rd 5) Young Gun Award
2017: Represented the EFL Senior Rep Team
2017: Named on the Half Back Flank in the “NRFC Team of the Decade 2007-2016”
2017: Runner Up in the NRFC “Best & Fairest”

Congratulation Tim, you are a true Champion & from all of us at NRFC, all the best for Saturday mate.

Go Saints

Presentation Night

NRFC 2018 Presentation Night will be held on Friday 14th September.
Venue will again be The Grand Hotel Warrandtye (upstairs)
7.30pm – 12.00am
$30 pp – including fingerfood  –  drinks at bar prices

You can expect a new format this year with Seniors, Reserves, Under 19’s, Vets and Netball awards presented.

Book in early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Aaron Fenton (above) last year’s Senior Best & Fairest has had a great season so far. Come along and see if he can go back-to back.

It’s an exciting night for all.

To reserve your spot please email your RSVP to:

Lee Robinson: Lee@hydroflowaus.com.au

Joe Tunstall: joetunstall@gmail.com

Moyle Back In 2019




Club President Lee Robinson welcomes Brett Moyle back for 2019

Great news for the North Ringwood Football Club, with 2 time premiership coach Brett Moyle signing on for the 2019 season.
It’s a fantastic result for the Football Club after a tough second half to the year.
The Saints look forward to climbing back up the ladder in the 2019 season.

It’s particularly great for the Club to have some continuity as we will be part of the inaugural year of “Premier Division” EFL.

GO SAINTS  !!!!!

Match Reports Round 16 v Vermont

NRFC President Lee Robinson (about to run through banner) played his 100th Vets game on Sunday August 12.

That’s a pretty good effort seeing the Vets only play 9 H&W games each year. Finals are bonus games, which we’ve had a few of in recent years having won the last 3 EFL Vets Premierships. Only 3 other great Saints have achieved the 100 Vets games milestone: Ricky Kandler, Trevor Scott (still playing) and Maurie Larsen.

Congratulations Leeroy!!!!!

On Sunday our second-placed Vets played South Croydon who sat right behind us on the ladder on equal wins. We won the game comfortably although missing 7 of our best players. We will face South again in 2 weeks for a spot in the Grand Final and the opportunity to make it 4 in a row.

Final score: North 10.10.70 to Sth Croydon 4.7.35



Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Ringwood 3.2-20 3.6-24 5.8-38 5.9-39
Vermont 0.3-3 3.4-22 3.8-26 6.14-50
Goal Kickers: M. Sheppard 2, D. Wood, L. Taylor, J. Hoegel
Best Players: A. Fenton, H. Decker, M. Locco, M. Payne, M. Cullinan, J. Vanunen

After a close loss early in the year to Vermont the footy seasons of both teams have taken different paths.

We returned to Quambee Saturday in difficult wet conditions to take on the ladder leader.

We started well with a 3 goal to zero first quarter with Sheppard, Hoegel and Dunne looking dangerous forward and a couple of awesome intercepts that led to goals by Aaron Fenton.

Our pressure and attack on the ball was good and our back 6 led by Locco, Decker and Payne were playing tight competitive footy.

Despite having more inside 50s for the quarter we conceded 3 goals to 0 in the second quarter. We led by 2 points at half time.

In the third quarter we had much better of the play and whilst we kicked 2 goals to 0 for the quarter we didn’t take full advantage of our forward thrusts. We led by 12 points at 3/4 time but led the inside 50 count 33 to 22 for the day to that point. We had 29 tackles in the 3rd quarter alone which is a testament to the effort of the players.

In the last quarter we did fatigue and paid for not being a touch further in front on the scoreboard at 3/4 time and Vermont was able to get over us after we led for all but 7-8 minutes of the contest.

I was very proud of the efforts (season high 83 tackles) of our boys and shows despite still having plenty of players out what the return of a few key players back and gives a true indication of where we are at as a footy club that is different to the wins and losses columns demonstrate.

There were some outstanding individual performances. Aaron Fenton had 34 possession (23 first half) and 14 tackles. He also won countless contested balls and drove the ball forward with purpose and often.

Michael Locco took on a beat Brett Eddy, who played AFL football last year, for the second time this year, off only a very limited preparation. Matt Payne & Heath Decker also played on quality key forwards and resoundingly took the points.

It would have been great for us to take a scalp last week but we look forward to finishing the year in strong fashion.

Brett Moyle – Senior Coach

North Ringwood 1.0-6 2.1-13 5.3-33 7.6-48
Vermont 4.2-26 8.2-50 13.5-83 15.6-96
Goal Kickers: J. Rouget 2, T. Morgan 2, A. Goldsmith, L. Braunthal, P. Nicholson
Best Players: L. Braunthal, A. Goldsmith, M. Dymond, P. Nicholson, T. Morgan, J. Rouget

We took on Vermont at home this weekend.
An awesome challenge for the group against a team that beat us by 21 goals earlier in the year.
Although it was tough in Round 3, I was upbeat and confident in our group that we have come a long
way and thought we were a sneaky chance.
Our word for the day was redemption and play some rugged, North Ringwood footy.
And the boys did.
Our first half of footy had some serious intensity. Our tackle pressure was up and we all bought into
impacting the contest well. I think the scoreboard in the first half in not a true representation of the
effort of the boys and we realistically had more of the footy than Vermont, but they got us a couple
of times with some clean movement of the footy which resulted in goals from their top end players.
Our midfield played out of their skins. Ash Goldsmith, Max Dymond, Todd Morgan, Prahn Nicholson,
Dan Cox and Pearty were really solid. Big Tara had a big job in the ruck all day and won the contest
and Jasper gave us a strong target up forward and was very solid when giving Tara a rest in
the ruck.
At half time, we were down by 6 goals – but it felt like there was only a couple of points in it.
Our second half we went up again in intensity and lost the half by a goal and some change, but we
won the last quarter. Credit needs to go to Lukey Brauntal who needed to play a role for us today
on one of their better players and did a huge job, won the contest and kicked a goal to top it off –
well done Luke.
Appreciate it is still a loss and our mentality can’t be accepting of this – but in this case the boys effort
today was really good and a further stepping stone from last week against Doncaster. It is a 90-point
turnaround from earlier in the year and we were still a number of cattle down.
We now have 2 games remaining for the season and we have a good opportunity to take it to both
East Ringwood and Norwood, both local rivals who we beat earlier in the year.
Lets finish the season off on a high and get a couple of W’s. Go Saints.

Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach

Under 19s:
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Ringwood 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0-6
Vermont 7.2-44 12.8-80 17.13-115 23.19-157
Goal Kickers: J. Bell
Best Players: D. Church, J. Nathan, L. Shield, J. Bell, J. Braunthal, S. Stephens