North Ringwood Football Club 2021 Season Update

We have received an update from the EFNL that outlines how the remainder of the season will play out, I have included it in full below.
Effectively it maps out the remaining season based on some forecasts out of their control,
if the season does go as they have planned then we have played our last games for the season.
Senior Mens, Womens, Reserves, U19s and Vets teams are all outside of finals contention.
Obviously its not how we wanted the season to end, I think everyone will agrees we had started to build some momentum with wins against Blackburn and Doncaster, we were looking forward to the back end of the season, hoping to take some scalps, assisted with the return of some long term injured players.
I think Robbie has got the players understanding his game plan, it may have taken a bit longer than hoped, but considering our turnover of injured players and debutantes through the season I think we’ve all seen in the last few games the players can execute the game plan, now we just need to stop giving away 50 point leads.
We are well into our planning for the 2022 season and will have some announcements regarding that soon.

See below the EFNL’s latest communication,

With the most recent announcement of a further weeklong lockdown in Metropolitan
Melbourne ending at midnight on Thursday 19th August 2021, the home and away season
has one fixtured round remaining. Clubs have agreed to playing the final home and away
round as scheduled, should restrictions ease to enable the match to be played with an
appropriate preparation lead in.

Season Resumption:
The League is aiming to resume competitions on the 28th of August. This will provide
clubs with certainty and an opportunity to train multiple times (restrictions permitting)
before heading back onto the field.
Training Preparation:
Clubs agreed that a minimum preparation time “5-day rule” was required for fixtured
matches to take place following lockdown release. The League will continue to work with
clubs and if required schedule matches to Sunday timeslots if it assists in matches being
completed. The league will also consider shortening matches for the remainder of theseason.
Finals Configuration:
The Premier Competition will adopt a top 6 finals system with all 6 teams playing in the
first week of finals scheduled for the 4th and 5th September. The format will be as follows;

Finals Playoff 1 #1 Rank Playoff 2 #2 Rank Playoff 3 #3 Rank
Top 6 – 4th/5th Sep 1v6 2v5 3v4

The 3 winners and the highest placed loser (second chance) will progress to the Top 4
knockout finals. The Top 4 knockout matches will be determined once clubs advance
through the Top 6 playoff matches based on their playoff match outcomes and the
playoff ranking match, they are participating in.
If the Top 6 playoff matches were completed and the top 4 knockout stage of finals was
unable to be completed, the highest placed winners based on ladder positions would
move to the Grand Final despite the result of playoff 1.
Finals may be played on Saturday and/or Sunday as scheduling permits and clubs may not
always be aligned across U19’s, Reserves and Seniors on any given day.

Finals Roadmap:
Below is the roadmap to the end of the season. Any scheduled matches that cannot be
played due to restrictions or inadequate preparation time will be removed from the
schedule and the competition will move to the next scheduled match in the below table.
**PLEASE NOTE – Matches may be played on Saturday or Sunday**

Ladder Type:
Premier Division is an uneven competition in terms of matches played so Match Ratio has
been used to determine the final ladder finishing places.

Finals Venues:
Final’s venues have been confirmed with Central Reserve and Bayswater hosting 2 (4/5th
September) and 3 matches (11/12th and 18th September) respectively. With the addition
of teams 1 and 2 playing in the first week of the top 6 playoff the league will work
through ladder positions to determine if a club wants to host a final at their home venue
or alternatively look to secure another neutral venue now that all competitions have been
locked away.

Finals Qualifications:
The League has reviewed and amended the qualification requirements for finals in
consideration of the number of matches played for the season. This document has been
sent out today.

Finals Crowds:
Given the current restrictions in place it is unlikely that crowds will be permitted at the
football for the remainder of the season.
These are unique and challenging times, you can plan and plan again, the only certainty is
we have no control over the decisions made by the Public Health team and the State
Government. Fingers crossed we can get an outcome for the season and some
desperately needed closure.

Yours Sincerely
Troy Swainston
Chief Executive Officer

Match Reports

Senior Womens Report
North Ringwood V East Ringwood at East Ringwood Reserve

Dry day and on a big ground- this suited North Ringwood perfectly- especially our runners…..the footy gods must be looking after us.

Since the start of the season we have been developing two key elements to our game

  1. Spread, run and carry
  2. Structures
    1. At stoppages
    2. Shape around the contests
    3. Our full defensive and offensive grids
    4. Kick ins

Each week we are improving. We stretched FTG (ladders leaders) last week and we dominated East Ringwood this week concerting a 9 point loss in round 1 to a 49 win this round. The run and carry had East Ringwood chasing us for most of the day. Easily our best ball movement for the whole season. In the third quarter East Ringwood threw everything they had at us but we gave up nothing due to our disciplined structures coupled with outstanding effort.

Our form running into the end of the season is strong and will hold us in good stead to build towards 2022! It feels like the players now believe that we not only belong in division 1 but we can compete well against any side as well. Key will be a good uninterrupted preseason, strong consistent numbers to training and some junior and new players coming through. Lots to look forward to.

Friday night game this week at Quambee versus Rowville, another very winnable game.
We would love to see as many of the North Ringwood family come down and support the girls.

Goal Kickers: M.Gilmore 2 A.Harris 2 S.Humm, I.Vaughan, N.Wilson, K.Rule, J.Russell- Downs

Best players from Saturday – the whole team!

East Ringwood 1.1-7 2.2-14 2.4-16 2.7-19
North Ringwood 3.2-20 6.5-41 6.9-45 9.11-65

Rnd 6 v Sth Croydon

Another 4 weeks off due to Covid, another 4 weeks for our milestones to be reached. Big Nath playing his 50th Vets game and Old Trev at the young age of 52 clocked up game number 150. There was a lot of love in the air, some kind words from the Prez before the game and one of the best banners ever made by the lads for Trev to run through.

With a perfect winters day, the scene was set for a big day.

A vastly different looking forward line with Wallsy deciding the snow was better than taking hangers, Col cleared, hamstring off the bone and drinking beer at the Darwin Cup, whilst Wheels was nursing a broken hand and Edgey needing another fortnight to get his hammy right. Fear not, up stepped Daisy, Shinksy, Cammy and none other than the great JD.

STH Croydon were on from the get go. Two classic clearances from the middle and a classic Clanger from Baz had us under the pump. Once the boys settled into their work we evened up the ledger quickly and went in level at quarter time, but under no illusions that this was going to be easy.

Once the second quarter got going we really found our mojo. Trev safely tucked away with his strained calf, Cammy put on a clinic up forward. His third goal sailing through as the halftime siren rang. Thommo was angry, Heata playing like he’d been out all night and Parksey playing like a man possessed at Fullback.

Once again Coutta and Muzz were smashing them in the middle.

3 goals up at halftime, we needed to put this game to bed in the third quarter because we weren’t going to have many petrol tickets left for the last 20.

As always, we needed someone to step up. We needed a hero, a man to take this game by the scruff of the neck. Blokes were threatening all over the ground, we just couldn’t quite nail it.

Then Chucky, who was only seconds from having his obituaries written out ten minutes earlier, asked me if we could throw him forward and see how he goes. Bang, bang, bang! Three goals in three minutes, he turned it on. Game done and dusted off the boot of the little champion.

We were 5 goals up at the last change and for the first time this year we weren’t plugging holes to cover for injuries. The guys were rooted and knew this was going to be a long 20 minutes.

STH Croydon lifted and the physicality went up a notch. There were some big hits and pooper valves were shot. Everyone put their bodies on the line time and again.

The siren rang we had won a tough physical game, our bench still intact and smiles everywhere.

Well done fellas. There will be some bloody sore boys today, but we’ve got two weeks to go. Big Wallsy, Clarky and Edgey all come in and we give this last game everything!

Proud of you all.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Ringwood 3.1 7.2 11.2 12.2-74
South Croydon 3.1 4.1 6.1 8.4-52



Goal Kickers: D. Camm 4, C. Pardo 3, C. Zupanovich, N. Russell, A. Shinkfield, W. Draper, A. Musovic
Best Players: J. Parker, L. Thomson, C. Pardo, D. Camm, A. Musovic, R. Coutts

And why not return our focus back to when the Seniors beat Blackburn

Match Report – Round 11 V Blackburn
We welcomed into the Senior team Darcy Church and Elliott Purbrick from our Reserves for their debut senior games. Both put in excellent performances on the day.
With 3 senior players out due to injury from our last game it appeared on paper that we could be a bit undermanned against the strong Blackburn line-up.
Blackburn won the toss and kicked to the end that was favoured by a fairly strong wind. Blackburn had control in the first quarter and our pressure was lacking which allowed them to control the outside of the packs with plenty of easy ball. Our first goal came at the 20 minute mark from a good tackle by Jackson Braunthal which was rewarded with a free kick and an accurate kick on goal. Blackburn’s inaccuracy in the first quarter allowed us to be still in the game.
The second quarter saw our intensity and pressure lift significantly and we had the ball in our forward half for most of the quarter. 3 minutes in and Billy Schilling marked and kicked truly for the first of his three goals for the game.  A strong mark from Matt Cullinan and a series of hand balls saw another goal. By half time we were only 4 points down and the game was there for the taking.
Blackburn kicking with the wind in the third quarter kicked the first 2 goals. Our backs were putting in hard repelling Blackburn on numerous occasions. Jasper Rouget played a great four quarter game, probably his best for the club. His marking and competiveness was a highlight. Goals by Matt Cullinan and Billy Schilling in the second half of the third quarter saw us only10 points down at three quarter time and kicking to the scoring end.
Robbie reminded the boys at three quarter time that we had been in this position in a number of games throughout the year, but had blown our chances. He asked each player to reflect on their game and to be ready to win each contest as it came in the last quarter. He said we did not need to rush things as eventually if we all played to our game plan, then goals would come.
The boys didn’t listen as 16 seconds into the last quarter we kicked our first. Riley Smith won the centre knock. It was swooped on by Liam Taylor who drove it into the forward line and from a contested mark the ball hit the ground. Jake Ireland using his strength and pace picked up the ball and kicked accurately, 4 points down.
Riley Smith rucked tirelessly all game. Winning the hit outs and picking up many possessions. He was dominant all game, but was a telling factor for our win in the last quarter. Sam Whelan laid two huge tackles in the Blackburn goal square in the last quarter which saved goals. He was back to his best form and was an inspiration to the rest of his team mates. The whole team had lifted and continually pressured Blackburn.  This pressure saw Blackburn turnover the ball at the 18 minute mark and a strong mark from Gary Conyers who kicked a long goal saw the scores level.
Jack Whelan was throwing himself into every pack. Following a Jake Ireland smother, Liam Taylor swooped on the ball in the centre. Dodged some opponents, took a bounce and kicked on the run for a goal. We have hit the front for the first time in the match at the 20 minute mark. This goal from Liam capped off a great game from him. He ran hard and pressured opponents all day, great effort.
At the 24 minute mark Jake Ireland tackled hard on the half forward line and was rewarded with a free kick. Following abuse from a Blackburn player the umpire awarded a 25 metre penalty. Jake kicked straight and that put us 2 goals up with little time left.
The final few minutes were in the Blackburn forward half, but we threw ourselves on the ball and bottled them up. The siren went. We have WON.
All of our 22 players contributed in some way to our victory. It was a great team effort. Well done boys a great moral booster for the club.

Go Saints.

Q 1 Q 2 Q 3 Q 4
North Ringwood 1.2 – 8 4.6 – 30 6.7 – 43 10.8 – 68
Blackburn 4.8 – 32 4.10 – 34 7.11 – 53 7.14 – 56

Goal Kickers:  B. Schilling 3, J. Ireland 2, J. Braunthal 2, G. Conyers, L. Taylor and M. Cullinan
Best Players: J. Rouget, J. Ireland, R. Smith, L. Taylor, G. Conyers and J. Whelan

Club Sponsor – Brett Moyle – Homeloan Saint

Brett Moyle – A True Saint
All local sporting clubs have to make hundreds of decisions each year, a lot straight forward but still there are decisions that you just need to take a punt on and hope it comes off.
One of those decisions confronted the Committee in 2009 around the appointment of a Senior Coach for the 2010 season.
As a club we had been struggling for some time finishing second bottom 3 years running in Division 2 before finally being relegated in Division 3 for the 2009 season.
While winning 8 games in 2009 and performing better, we still finished 7th and only a few games more than last place side. Last thing we wanted was to eventually end up in Division 4, so we knew changes had to be made.
The decision was made to select a panel consisting of Kevin Smith, Peter Castles, Brad Green and David Tucker to test the waters and advertise for applicants and to see what was out there.
Unfortunately after 6 years down the wrong end of the ladder, we were not heavily inundated with applicants but did receive a couple to go along with the current Senior coach but both new applicants came with a very strong playing resume in both local and AFL level and as we were potentially looking for a playing coach who could bring new faces with them, both fitted the bill nicely.
With the interviews completed & the recommendation from the subcommittee in, the decision was made to go with 29-year-old Brett Moyle who was still the current captain at Balwyn but was looking at getting into coaching so a Division 3 team was the perfect fit for a first time coach.
Do need to add here, that as a club we are extremely lucky that Brad Green, a young man and lifelong North Ringwood player and member, had not only had a connection with Moyle while at Balwyn but had untapped football knowledge for a man of his age and also the smarts to approach Brett about being coach and convince him that it would be a great move despite Moyley politely declining at first after just captaining Balwyn to a Premiership in 2008. To be completely honest, if not for Brad Green, the great man would never have landed at Quambee.
A week later, President, Kevin Smith and Vice President Mark Jonas took Brett Moyle out to lunch at a café in Moorabbin to get the signature in concrete. Don’t judge us, money was tight and it was a classy café!!
As a club we were excited to say the least. Brett who played 48 Games with St.Kilda from 2000-2004 under the guidance of Malcolm Blight and Grant Thomas and then 5 years at Balwyn under playing Coach Daniel Harford, winning two Premiership one as Captain in 2008. The news that Moyley was our new playing coach spread quickly through the EFL and suddenly North Ringwood was back on the radar.
Unfortunately bad news followed only a few weeks later that Moyley had done his knee with Balwyn late in the season and would have to sit 12 months out. While it was disappointing it was still exciting to have Moyley coaching our boys….but as it happened another look at the knee came back in our favour and Brett Moyle would take to mud at Quambee with 43 on his back, a number that had been with Brett for a long time.
As they in the classics, “The rest is history”! In Moyley’s first year, we finished in second place and played in 2 finals, unfortunately losing both but an unbelievable turnaround in 12 months.
In 2011, we finished minor Premiers, played in 3 finials and made the Grand Finals but were thumped by Doncaster.
In 2012, Brett and the boys had unfinished business. Once again finishing Minor Premiers with only 3 defeats for the year, Moyley and the boys finally brought home our first Premiership Cup since 1999. In what still stands as the biggest winning margin for a Grand Final in the history of the EDFL/EFL/EFNL, we defeated Glen Waverley Hawks – 25.25.175 to 5.8.38. We were back to Divi 2.!
Ironically, Glen Waverley’s score of 5.8.38 was exactly the same to the goal and point of our score the year before in our Grand Final defeat to Doncaster.
First season in Divi 2 saw us more than competitive finishing in 3 spot but losing our one and only final but knowing we were not too far off in a higher division.
In 2014, Brett made the decision that if we were going to win a divi 2 flag he needed to be a full time coach from the sidelines and decided to hang up the boots. The decision to do this paid off.
Finishing the season as Minor Premiers yet again with only two defeats, we played off in the Grand Final defeating Croydon, 18.14.122 to 7.9.51.
In 5 short years, Brett Moyle had taken our club from the bottom of Division 3 all the way to Division 1, the first time since we last played in the top Division since 2002.
After a solid and successful season in Division 1, finishing in 8th position winning 6 games and Brett knowing that the club was in a very strong position in the top flight of the comp, Brett stood down as Senior coach to concentrate and give more time to both his family and business.
At the 2015 Presentation Night, Brett Moyle was rewarded for his outstanding achievements at the club, being bestowed with the honour of “Life Member”.
In 2016, Brett’s next stage at the club was about to start when he very generously committed to the club for 3 seasons as a Major Sponsor with his business, “Home Loan Saint”, which he started during his first year at the club. His business name would now be proudly displayed on the back of all Senior Jumpers for seasons 2016-2019 at the club he had given life to again. As it stands still to this day, Brett’s sponsorship commitment to the club continues and it still a Major Sponsor after 6 years with Home Loan Saints still proudly on the back of all Senior Jumpers as well as being on our club polo.
Brett completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Deakin University whilst playing footy at St Kilda but he came out of the system at 24 with a degree but no real work experience at all. As Brett had an interest in real estate to go along with his finance background, he was drawn to the Mortgage Broking game with both industries linking together.
With Brett going straight to the Balwyn Football Club after leaving St Kilda, the then President and still current President Richard Wilson, invited Brett to work for his company AllBanx. Brett worked there for 5 years across two different broking organizations before going it alone and starting up “Home Loan Saint” in 2010 in his first full year at our club.
The name “Home Loan Saint” perfectly describes what Brett and his business are all about.
Home Loan Saint is primarily a residential Mortgage Broker but Brett can also assist with commercial property purchase and after 16 years in the industry and 11 of those years on his own with Home Loan Saint, there isn’t much that Brett doesn’t know about one of the most important decisions you are faced with in your life, getting the right loan for your home.
In Brett’s own words, “l love to help first Home buyers, there is a little more work involved but it is very rewarding. Brett says, he also enjoys the challenge of helping investors (big or small), achieve their goals also.
Brett went on to say that, “What I offer to the NRFC is that you will be dealing with me and not someone that you are “handballed” on. You will get my best efforts and honest advice and guidance”
As Brett mentions, he will give you his honest advice and let’s face it, in these tough times we are going through at the moment, it is pure honesty that we all need, especially when dealing with housing loans.
Home Loan Saint is basically a family business, with Brett and his wife Jill and their “Brady Bunch” blended family as he refers to them as with a smile on his face but something that he cherishes so much. Since finishing up after years of football commitments, Brett and Jill have put all their energy into the business along with trying to get away on as many family holidays as possible to Bali, the Gold Coast and on a cruise as well as trying to give time to their 3 little fur babies also which no doubt provide plenty of entertainment to the whole family.
Brett finishes off with saying, “that he is so proud to be a Life Member of the NRFC. The people are the best part of the club. Many people who are volunteers, members of the committee and players, he would now class as lifelong friends”.
As you are aware with all that is going on with covid, it has never been a better time to make sure you have the right loan and advise for your home loan.
Brett has given so much to our club and is a massive reason why we are in the top flight in the EFNL, so please if you are shopping around, make Brett and Home Loan Saint your first point of call.
Home Loan Saint
(m) 0439 310 066
Now we all know a bit more about Brett and how he landed at North Ringwood, it is time to learn a little more with “30 Seconds with Brett”

  • What AFL Team do you support ? – St.Kilda
  • Favourite Holiday destination? – Bali
  • What was your favourite toy as a kid? – My Footy or any ball for that matter
  • What is your favourite love song – Everything has Changed – Ed Sherrin
  • Which TV sitcom family would you like to be part of? – The Barons from everyone loves Raymond
  • If you could trade lives with someone, who would it be? – No one. Everyone has their challenges & l’m happy with my life.
  • If you could be part of one event from history, which one would it be? – The 2000 Olympic Games.
  • What would you like to be talented at ? – Fixing things. I am more of a pen pusher and admire tradespeople with the ability to fix things with their hands, which I have zero ability to do.
  • Who is the most annoying person at the club you would like the cops to arrest? – The Sharp Brothers, especially after a few beers.
  • What is your favourite pizza topping? – Anything spicy
  • Where was the most inappropriate/embarrassing place you farted? – In the shower.
  • Do you remember your Wedding date? – I do. 28/11/2015.
  • How would you spend your last $100? – $50 each way on the best of the day at Flemington and all of a sudden I have more than $100.

Thanks Brett and “Home Loan Saint” for being such a big part of the NRFC and for all you have done for our Club?

2021 Season Update


Gratefully Footy is back this week, with our Senior Womens team taking on East Ringwood at East Ringwood 1pm this Saturday.
The Vets host South Croydon on Sunday at Quambee 2:30pm.
The Premier division Senior Mens, Reserves and U19s competitions wont resume until the week after on Saturday the 7th August.

There are restrictions regarding numbers of people at games and in our club rooms which are quite limiting, this is the cost of resuming community sport and although its unfortunate that we have restrictions in place, at least we have games to look forward to.
As it stand today the EFNL have announced a modified fixture for the remaining season, they also announced that there wont be any relegation at the end of the season due to the anomalies in the draw. There will be a Div 1 side promoted resulting in a twelve team competition for season 2022.

So our run home looks like this

Senior Mens Senior Women U19s Vets
Jul-31 No play East Ringwood -Away
Aug-01 Sth Croydon – Home
Aug-06 Rowville -Home Night game
Aug-07 Sth Croydon -Away Rowville -Home Vermont – Away
Aug-14 Bawlyn – Home W’Horse Suns – Away Balwyn – Home
Aug-15 Scoresby – Home
Aug-21 Sth Croydon -Home Sth Croydon _ Home
Aug-29 Bye Noble Park – Away

AFL Vic have released the following guidlines for the return to community sport.Community sport is back this weekend, with all bar a few EFNL teams returning to the field. This doesn’t mean we are straight back to pre-lockdown rules, with the following restrictions applying to the weekends fixtures.

Community Sport:

  • Open for all ages, training, and competition.
  • Limited to minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (i.e. players, coaches). The group limit does not apply.
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
  • Maximum patron cap of 100 people per space indoors and 300 per space outdoors
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in
  • Group limit of 10 people does not apply to community sport


Community sport refers to competitions and training overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such as country football and netball competitions overseen by AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.


Spectators are not allowed (excludes people necessary for events such as teachers, instructors, trainers, coaches, umpires, carers, parents and guardians)