2016 Positions for Expressions of Interest

In preparation for the 2016 season we are looking to fill a number of key volunteer roles, new positions along with the more traditional club roles.

To assist in fundraising efforts we are creating a fundraising committee. This new committee will comprise of representatives from each playing group, Juniors, Youth, Women and Seniors. These valued volunteers will assist the club in delivering a number of key fundraising initiatives across 2016, this will benefit us both financially and culturally by bringing our members together.

An experienced Accountant or Bookkeeper is being sought to take the reins from our interim Treasurer. The migration of our financials to XERO this last year has almost concluded now aligning the process with recommended practices.

The key to having a player looking good is their uniform. If you’ve an eye for fashion, anything in gold & blue, then have we got a role for you - Uniform Convenor.

The humble canteen is the backbone of any club and we’re no exception. We are seeking to fill the role of Canteen Convenor. This is a key club role and one which we rely heavily upon to support our financial objectives. Visitors to our grounds (both AFL and non-AFL) enjoy the benefits that a great canteen provides. This role has its challenges, in return the rewards can be significant. If you’re up for the challenge we would love to hear from you.

All Junior & Youth coaching roles are open for nominations. Have you been there done that and want to do it again? Have you a desire to make a difference and want to take that new coach leap of faith? Either way we want to hear from you. 

All our Seniors are primed for a huge 2016 season, our Coaches are looking for a game day support – so get up & about and get amongst it. If you’re keen to be involved please contact the appropriate coach to find out how you can help.  

Please email zillmerejuniors@aflbj.com if you are interested in more details or wish to express interest in any of the above roles.

Kind regards,

The Committee  



We seek expressions of interest for all junior and youth 2016 coaching postions. 

We look forward to fielding as many age group teams as playing numbers permit hence we can align the coaching role with your comfort and skills. AFL coaching course will be arranged and paid for by the club for those requiring accreditation.

On the back of our 2015 successes we're looking froward to seeing where 2016 will take us and WE WANT YOU to be a part of that.

Please email zillmerejuniors@aflbj.com with your expression of interest.


I'm here, I'm happy, that's all that matters.

REUBEN William's beaming smile and genial nature masks a torrid, tragic upbringing. 

The South Sudanese speedster has certainly come from a long way back to be in the frame for next month's NAB AFL Draft. 

When William was an infant, his father Deng was among two million people to die during Sudan's civil war, which ravaged their homeland from 1983-2005. 

William can't remember his father.

The family lived in South Sudan, where the war started and which remained a hotbed of conflict. 

It still is –another horrific civil war has raged in the fledgling republic since December 2013. 

Reuben William's mother Veronica did it hard with her five children, of which Reuben was the second-youngest. 

"Mum is always telling us how hard life was (back in Sudan)," he told AFL.com.au.

"She worked in construction so she'd have to carry three bricks on her head to carry them from one site to another.

"What she had to do just to get money to feed us was really tough. She's sacrificed heaps for us – and she still does – and we'll always be grateful for that."

Veronica William fled Sudan with her children to Kenya, where they spent considerable time in a refugee camp. 

They had each other, and some dreams for a better life, but little else.

They migrated to Australia in 2002, when William was four, and he hasn't looked back.

The family settled in Brisbane and received some much-needed help from a Christian support group. 

Now 17, William insists he has never pondered what his life might have been like had his family remained in South Sudan.

"I'm here, I'm happy, that's all that matters. I prefer to keep looking forward to all the exciting possibilities," he said. 

The main one being his prospective AFL career.

Lightning quick and with a flair for ball sports, William gave up soccer, rugby and basketball in his mid-teens to focus on footy.

"I was better at it than I was at the other sports, so it was an easy decision," he said.

He picked up the game quickly, crediting much of his early development to Zillmere juniors stalwart and "father figure" Maurie Fitzgerald.

"Maurie and his wife Vera have been like a second family for me," he said.

William also received encouragement from his mother. 

"Mum just wanted us to socialise and have fun, and there's no better way to do that than play footy. I've already made mates for life," he said.

Reuben William in action for Queensland in this year's Under-18 Championships. Picture: AFL Media
An early inspiration was fellow Sudanese player Aliir Aliir, the Swans' developing tall.

"Aliir's a local (Brisbane) boy who's only a few years older than me, and I went to his place when he was younger," William said.

"It's great when someone you know makes it because it gives you something to aspire to." 

William is rated a chance to be a late pick or a rookie selection. 

A Brisbane Lions fan, he is a member of the Lions' talent academy and this year had the "unbelievable thrill" of playing with the club's reserves in the NEAFL.

The medium-sized defender was also integral to Queensland's effort to win the second division title in this year's NAB AFL U18 Championships. 

William averaged 17 disposals (seven contested) in three games and was named in Queensland's best players each time, including second-best in the final against NSW/ACT. 

He was perhaps unlucky not to make the All Australian team. 

"I was a little bit disappointed to miss out, but I had a good (championships), that's the main thing," he said.

William was also mildly disappointed not to achieve his pre-season goal of being nominated for the NEAFL's rising star award, but his cause wasn't helped by a groin injury that prematurely ended his season.

Until then, William had played eight NEAFL games – each in losing teams – and gathered at least 15 possessions in half of them. 

His standout performance was against the Sydney Swans reserves when he had 23 touches (10 contested) at 83 per cent efficiency. 

"Playing in the NEAFL was a great learning curve," William said. 

"It was so fast and you need to have good reactions and make good decisions because if you get it wrong it can have big ramifications."

Williams also represented Queensland in five TAC Cup games, averaging 18.6 possessions, with a best effort of 28 disposals against top team North Ballarat at Eureka Stadium.

He's quick, evasive, has good ball skills, takes the game on, is hard at it and a strong tackler. 

"I like to read the play from half-back and pick the right time to leave my man and go, which helps me get to space and break the lines," William said.

Although he doesn't model himself on any AFL player in particular, he says he plays in a similar vein to Western Bulldogs speedster Jason Johannisen.

William eventually wants to become an "explosive midfielder who can break out of stoppages", but admits that he first needs to improve his endurance and kicking penetration. 

He hasn't been given any assurances by AFL clubs but still bubbles with positivity. 

"Every time I go to the Lions academy, I ask myself, 'What can I do this session to help me be better for the next game?' I just want to keep improving," he said.

He is studying for a bachelor of exercise and sports science, and loves helping out with some junior coaching at a local football club. 

"I've got a better footy brain than most Sudanese guys, probably because I've immersed myself in it for a long, long time. I'm obsessed with it," he said.

"I watch heaps of footy, and I love AFL Fantasy footy. It's a big competition between me and my mates." 

William is excited by the prospect of more players with Sudanese backgrounds joining AFL ranks, and believes his 15-year-old brother Isaac, who is also in the Lions academy, could have a great future.

"At the same age, he's a better player than I was. He's taller and he's got more tools. He's one to watch," big brother said.

Source: www.afl.com.au/news/2015-10-14/im-here-im-happy-thats-all-that-matters-reubens-remarkable-draft-journey


On behalf of the Zillmere Eagles community, good luck at the draft Reuben!

Annual Water Park Fun Day

This year we have booked a function area at WhiteWater World.

For the big kids, come and ride the Triple Vortex

For the littlies, lots of fun in Wiggle Bay

And many other exciting rides and activities for all ages

Also included is 2 hours entry to Dreamworld if you choose 

Date:- Saturday 7th November 2015

Cost:- $27 per person

Book your tickets today by transferring funds into Zillmere Eagles Juniors Inc,
Account Number: 810257131
BSB: 084209
email zillmerejuniors@aflbj.com to advise that you have paid by 15 October 2015


9's at Zillmere is Back!

AFL9s starts again at O'Callaghan Park on Tuesday 13 October, 6.10pm

You can either register a team or join an exiting team, for moe details jump online at http://afl9s.com.au/ 

Refer to the attached flyer for more details or contact Alex on 0447 003 139.

But wait there's more FINALS!

If you thought the Eagles season was done and dusted then think again!


The QWAFA hit the paddock for one last 2015 hit-out.
Oh, did we happen to mention it was another Eagles Grand Final …… GO EAGLES!

Moreton Bay WFC VS. Zillmere Eagles WCF
Redland, Tidbold Park from 9am

We encourage all Eagles to get out to Redlands on Saturday and cheer on the women!

GOOD LUCK to the entire QWAFA Team, coaches and supporters.   



Our U16s tasted success in their finals campaign with the results speaking for themselves;

Eagles: 9.20-74
Pumas: 7.7-49


Finals History - 2006 Men's AFLQ Grand Final

Highlights from the 2006 Men's AFLQ Grand Final Edition Footy Record.

Zillmere Eagles Vs Southport Sharks

A final that ended in favour of the Sharks but not without some crowd mascot antics - you'll just have to find someone that was there to share those stories! 

Take a step back in history, you'll be sure to recognize some familar club faces.

Good ol' Eagles are forever.


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Good luck to all the Eagles playing finals this and next week, along with those finishing off their season. 2015 has already surpassed expectations with the most number of teams on record representing the Eagles in finals campaigns. Well done and good luck to you all!

Men’s Seniors                   Preliminary Final @ Kedron          28AUG, 7.30pm

U12 – Youth Boys             2nd Semi Final @ Moorooka      30AUG, 8.00am

U13 – Youth Boys             2nd Semi Final @ Jimboomba       30AUG, 10.15am

U16 – Youth Boys             2nd Semi Final @ Jimboomba       30AUG, 3.30pm

U15 – Youth Girls             Preliminary Final @ Kedron          04SEP, 6.30pm

U17 – Youth Girls             Preliminary Final @ Kedron         04SEP, 8.15pm 

Regular Season Update
QWAFA - Round 15 yet to be played out, our woman sit second on % points

QWAFL - Sitting 5th on the ladder we’re in the race with 2 rounds to be played out

Good ol' Eagles are forever.

Men's Preliminary Final

With just one more hurdle to overcome to secure their position in the Grand Final, the Eagles travel to Kedron to play the Woodsman.

The winner of this game will battle it out with Kedron next week in the Grand Final.

In a must win knock out game we're calling out to all Eagles to get down to Anderson Oval at Kedron to support the boys!

It's going to be a cracking game, you won't be disappointed.

Follow the below link for more details.  


Half time check in - July Newsletter

Catch up with the latest news in our July edition. Download the full newsletter here 





Click on the pdf link below

AFL profiles our own Madi Crowley

Read about the great work of one of our own - Madi Crowley - she coaches Zillmere’s QWAFA side, is vice-captain of our QWAFL side, and will coach the Brisbane North Youth Girls Team!


Renovation Progress

The renovations continue to make great progress as can seen within the following photos. Unless I'm mistaken I think that's a level floor!

Ready, Steady, RENOVATE!

It may be roped off outside but lets take sneaky peak inside! 

The renovations are well underway, what a transformation already ...... 

Queensland Government Clubhouse Grants

Needless to say the work involved and the cost associated with the renovations is significant and all grants helps us get one step closer to delivering the clubhouse we will enjoy growing into as the Eagles continue to spread their wings.

A BIG Zillmere Eagles thanks goes out to the Queensland Government for awarding us two gambling communities grants;

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (Clubhouse furniture)
Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund (Fitout clubhouse canteen & service area)

A word of thanks, acknowledgement & appreciation to our very own Liz O'Brien, it is through her fine work across all grant submissions which has delivered these wonderful funding opportunities. 

Brisbane City Council Clubhouse Grants

With renovations underway at the Zillmere Eagles Clubhouse a big word of thanks to the Brisbane City Council, not only for their funding but their fantastic support in bringing all parties and this project together. 

The renovations have in part been made possible through several BCC grants awarded to Zillmere Eagles;

Club13/14389 for strategic planning and good governance
Club13/14373 for refurbishments to the clubhouse

We can't wait to see the end results, this will make a proud club even prouder. 
You've got to admire the BCC logo, you got it, blue & gold!

2015 Junior & Youth Fees

Please find a summary of our 2015 fees below, also outlined during the registration. 







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PLEASE NOTE: Those that paid for an upgraded pack last year, where we experienced printing delays, this will be honoured and an auto upgrade will be arranged from this year's paid basic fee. 



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