FEDERATION University FC took out the inaugural AFL9s Christmas Cup after eclipsing the McDonald's Ballarat All-Stars on Friday. In extreme heat, wind & sun the match took place at Morshead Stadium with Claudia Callagher and Ciaran Conaughton both awarded with player of the match. Both cored 3 goals each & were inspirational to the close encounter. Fed Uni FC will now play in the Ballarat Football Netball League AFL9s Ballarat Competition which will commence in February 2016 in the lead up to their season launch.
Fed Uni FC Student Tom Scherring has signed with the North Ballarat Rooster, check out the story below
Via By JUSTINE McCULLAGH-BEASY Warrnambool Standard
NORTH Ballarat Roosters recruit Tom Schnerring is bigger, stronger and hungrier.
The Warrnambool export has used a forced injury layoff to add bulk to his 190-centimetre frame in a bid to test himself as a midfielder.
Schnerring, 19, spent his time shuffling between half-back, forward and on a wing before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in round one of the 2015 TAC Cup season.
He’d booted two goals for North Ballarat Rebels before his right knee buckled in a tackle, ending his chance to impress AFL scouts as an overage player.
But the Blues premiership utility, now eight months into his recovery, is eager to push for a round one return, either via the VFL or his new feeder team, Ballarat league club Redan.
“I’ve done a lot of gym work to strengthen the knee and have put on eight or nine kilograms,” Schnerring said.
“I’ve built up my legs to be a lot stronger.
“It adds to the versatility. I want to have a crack in the midfield, being a difficult height around stoppages would be beneficial I think.“I wasn’t concerned about my endurance but I wanted more speed and power.
“The added extra kilos means you can play a heap of positions.”
The Carlton supporter follows the AFL closely.
He takes an interest in players of a similar mould, such as Fremantle Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe and Geelong recruit Paddy Dangerfield and Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury.
Schnerring, who is holidaying in Western Australia, said his rehabilitation program had provided him with a strong fitness base.
“It’s the first few weeks and I am trying to get the rhythm for it,” he said of Roosters’ training.
“I have to play it by ear but at this stage I want to play in round one.
“I know I have done the work and I am doing 90 per cent of training at the moment.
“After Christmas I will be back to full training.”
Schnerring said he tried to keep a positive mindset throughout his layoff as his two sides – the Rebels and the Blues – pushed deep into their respective finals campaigns.
“The first month is really hard – you’re just on the couch – but after that you’re straight on the exercise bike and doing straight-line running,” he said.
“It was really tough watching the Rebels and Warrnambool doing well, not being able to play, but now it’s not too bad – I can see round one.”
Schnerring, who played in Warrnambool’s 2013 Hampden league flag, still dreams of playing AFL.
But returning to the field and finding consistency are his main goals for 2016.
“I’d like to play a few games for the Roosters but if that doesn’t happen I will just work on my game,” he said.
“I am not expecting too much but I want to push myself to get the best out of myself.”
By Nick Schombergk Via The Courier
The 24-year-old, who featured for the Western Bulldogs this year in the first ever live broadcast of an AFL women’s game, paid a visit to the North Ballarat Rebels youth girls state academy on Monday night.
Ashmore provided a few words of wisdom to the girls before helping out with a training session.
She said the academy was an example of how far women’s football has come in a short space of time.
“It’s just great,” said Ashmore.
“If there was youth girls when I started playing, I would have done it. The future is really good – when I played at school (Mount Clear College), we couldn’t even fill a team some weeks.
“Footy needs it.”
Ashmore played with the North Ballarat Eagles before joining Melbourne University in the Victoria Women’s Football League premier division.
She has since played a number of exhibition games for both the Bulldogs and Melbourne.
Ashmore said the experience of playing at Etihad Stadium and being televised was a dream come true.
“I can’t even describe how it felt. I mean, it’s the best feeling ever,” she said.
“The Bulldogs and Melbourne are really into women’s footy – they’ve really kick-started it.”
The Rebels academy is yet another step towards further fostering women’s football talent.
There are 44 players in total in the academy, including 10 rookies, all of whom were selected from trial sessions and the Youth Girls shield games in September.
Academy coach Jeff Whittaker said the level of commitment from the girls had been excellent.
“For some of these girls, to come three hours to training, is just amazing,” Whittaker said.
“There are girls from Casterton, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Ararat, Horsham – all over the place.”
Whittaker was an assistant coach of Ashmore with the Bulldogs women’s team, but had already formed a connection with her through football some time ago.
He invited her down to the club to provide an insight into her pathway to the elite level.
Whittaker said Ashmore is a great example to the academy girls of the heights female players can reach.
“I suppose the girls now realise that there is a pathway,” he said.
“And I think people are starting to realise there is a market out there for women’s footy,” he said.
Both Whittaker and Ashmore said the hope still is to have a national competition by 2017.
In November, it was announced that there would be a Victorian state league competition, which is set to begin in 2016.
Via Bendigo Advertiser
REIGNING Bendigo Football League premier Strathfieldsaye will have joint coaches next season, with Bryce Curnow to join Darryl Wilson in leading the Storm’s tilt at a flag hat-trick.
Wilson has spent the past five years coaching the Storm, including to the past two premierships, but believes the appointment of Curnow as a fresh voice will help keep the group invigorated.
Curnow will be the second co-coach Wilson has shared the role with at the Storm, having also done so with Wayne Schultz in 2013.
Curnow, 24, has spent the past five years with VFL club North Ballarat, during which his aligned club has been the Storm.
One of the key attractions to the role for Curnow, whose season was soured this year by a shoulder injury that required a reconstruction, is to not only be closer to family, but to also continue to build on his leadership skills.
“With my leadership in footy I try to be outspoken, voice my opinion and give feedback, which is something I have been taught at North Ballarat,” Curnow said on Thursday.
“I’ve been talking to Darryl for a few years about coaching and the opportunity has arisen, so it has worked out well.
“I enjoyed my time at North Ballarat, but it’s time for a change. Strathfieldsaye is in good hands at the moment with the people at the club and the under-18s having won the flag this year as well is really exciting and hopefully, we can blood a few of those players.”
As well as the co-coaching role, Curnow also offers the Storm plenty of on-field versatility, having played key position at both ends for the Roosters, including winning the senior goalkicking in 2014.
“I’ll mix it up a bit at either end depending on what’s happening in the game.”“I played a lot of my junior footy at full-forward, but since I’ve been at North Ballarat I’ve played some of my better footy at centre half-back and full-back,” Curnow said.
Under the new player points system, Curnow joins the Storm as a State League Tier 1 VFL player worth five points.
Wilson said Curnow would be a valuable acquisition to the Storm with his experience at North Ballarat, and also the flexibility he offers at either end of the ground.
As well as co-coaches, the Storm – who have won their past 37 games - will also have co-captains next year, with Jayden Donaldson to join dual premiership skipper Shannon Geary in the role.
Kallen Geary and Ash Trollop will be assistant coaches.
Dale Cameron has been appointed the Storm’s new reserves coach, while after leading the side to a premiership this year, Bart Leahy will again coach the under-18s.