Matches This Weekend 6th / 7th September Home AND Away

So the end of the season is nearly upon us - for some teams this is even the last match of the year so get out there and make the most of it everyone! 

Home Saturday 6th September
9am - Under 8 Blue v Brighton Lions - Pitch 2C
9am - Under 9 Blues v Peninsula Strikers Junior FC Wildcats - Pitch 3C
9am - Under 9 Warlocks v Beaumaris Dynamos - Baseball 2
9am - Under 10 Sharks v Langwarrin SC - Baseball 1
10.10 - Under 10 Dragons v Baxter SC - Baseball 1
10.10 - Under 9 Wizards v Sandringham SC Blue Boys - Baseball 2
10.10 - Under 8 White v Hampton Junior SC Red - Pitch 2C
10.10 - Under 7 Blue v Harrisfield Hurricanes SC - Baseball 3

Home Sunday 7th September
9am - Under 10 Girls v Brighton SC Blue Galaxy - Baseball 1
10.10 - Under 12 Boys Red v Peninsula Striker Junior FC - Pitch 1
10.10 - Under 12 Boys Joeys v Berwick City SC - Pitch 2
3pm - Under 18 Boys v Manningham United FC - Pitch 1

Away Saturday 6th September
9am - Under 7 White v Narre Warren Wanderers SC
9am - Under 8 Kangaroos v Glen Eira Comets 
10.30 - Under 11 Kangaroos v Casey Comets FC Blue
11am - Under 11 Blues v Aspendale SC
11am - Under 9 Kangaroos v Brighton Ninjas

Away Sunday 7th September
9.30 - Under 11 Joeys v Casey Comets FC Yellow
9.45 - Under 14 Girls v Dandenong City SC
10.10 - Under 11 Girls v  Brighton United
10.10 - Under 12 Girls v Peninsula Strikers Junior FC
10.30 - Under 16 Girls Blue v Mornington SC
11.20 - Under 16 Girls Red v Casey Panthers SC
11.30 - Under 13 Boys v James Cook FC
12.30 - Under 14 Boys v Glen Eira Odyssey
1.45 - Under 15 Boys v Keysborough SC 2
3pm - Senior Women v Elwood City SC

Bye: Senior Men, Reserves Men, Legends, Under 12 Boys Blue

Weekend Results 23rd / 24th August

Our Senior Women's team were beaten on the weekend by the best team in their division but put up a very tough fight. Ladder leaders Warrigal have beaten some teams by 6-10 goals but found the going a bit tougher against Chelsea.
The Under 16 Girls Red team jump to 2nd on the table after another strong win - they have not been beaten since early to mid July and are heading home with a wet sail - well done team!
Once again the Under 12 girls have a huge win and are set to finish the year comfortably at the top of their division.
With the exception of the Senior Women's team and Masters team everyone else will be enjoying a weekend off so make the most of it...

Senior Men 1-3 loss
Reserves Men 2-2 draw
Senior Women 1-4 loss
Under 18 Boys 0-4 loss
Under 16 Girls Red 4-0 win
Under 16 Girls Blue 4-0 win
Under 15 Boys 3-2 win
Under 14 Girls 1-8 loss
Under 14 Boys 2-5 loss
Under 13 Boys 1-0 win
Under 12 Girls 12-0 win
Under 12 Boys Blue 9-0 win
Under 12 Boys Red 0-1 loss
Under 12 Joeys 3-1 win

This week's feature team match report is for the unbeaten Under 9 Blues - a team who first started in the joeys league but was winning by way too many goals each week so decided to step up to the wallabies league - and just keep on winning and winning...
Chelsea Blues returned home this morning against the visiting Casey Comets. We played on a wide pitch, kicking east in the first half. After Chelsea Blues had most of the play in the opening ten minutes without quite converting, Kyan scored our first goal. Ryan was again a standout, with his combative work through the midfield, and Zac went close to scoring on several occasions, including hitting the bar and going just over it. Dinal impressed with nice passing and there were good headers by Damian and Zac and a close shave for the Casey Comets, when Kyan narrowly missed a mid-range shot at goal. In the second half Zac swapped with William in defence and played the role of sweeper whenever the Comets managed to cross the midfield. Nick got boot to ball just as Casey threatened to strike and Ryan, who returned from a week's absence, again shone in his new role in defence. Matteo was untroubled for the entire match and quickly rebounded whenever the ball reached his domain. William was involved in numerous passages of play but scoring again proved elusive in the early stages of the second half. After multiple forays without reward in the first ten minutes of the second half, Zac drifted forward and pounced on a misdirected pass ten metres out from Casey's goal, putting Chelsea 2-nil up. Kyan followed up with a lovely cross to Finn, who put the ball into the back of the net. In the final stages of the game Callum demonstrated his flair with a terrific run from backward of centre, breaking clear and delivering a powerful shot which was almost saved by the lunging Comet's keeper, but bounced through to end proceedings at 4-nil, keeping the Chelsea Blues' winning run intact.        

Weekend Results 16th / 17th August

An up and down week for our teams highlighted by the Under 14 Boys who had a huge win, putting 8 into the back of the net. The Under 12 Girls and Under 12 Blue and Under 9 Blues teams continue on their winning ways.

Senior Men 2-4 loss
Reserves Men 0-4 loss
Senior Women 0-1 loss
Under 16 Girls Blue 0-3 loss
Under 16 Girls Red 2-0 win
Under 15 Boys 0-2 loss
Under 14 Girls 1-1 draw
Under 14 Boys 8-2 win
Under 13 Boys 1-2 loss
Under 12 Girls 3-0 win
Under 12 Red 0-4 loss
Under 12 Blue 4-0 win
Under 12 Joeys 2-0 win

This week's feature team / match report is the Under 11 Girls who have been working hard as a team every week this year and continue to improve right to the end of the season. Well done girls and well done (and many thanks) coach for all your dedication.

What a victory!  
This week we played Skye on a bright sunny morning. Play was dominated by our Chelsea  girls from the start with everyone on the team playing at their best.  Unfortunately we were missing Brooke, Anna and Maddison - so all the girls played a full game. We also had a stand in coach - John Mitchell - who did a great job in Matt’s absence.
The first 5 minutes saw multiple tries for a goal by Laura, Eryn, Lulu and Alyssa.  The play stayed mostly in our goal half of the field, with our defence & midfielders - Keira, Ellie, Siorcha and Tanami never letting the ball down the field far.  We had Lulu, with her signature strong kick having some long runs down the field.  Keira, Ellie, Siorcha and Eryn were all over the ball - showing great foot work and passing. The first half ended with no goals, thanks to some great goal keeping by Skye, but our girls were playing a winning game.
The second half began with a goal by Eryn - her first for the season.  This was the turning point of the game.  Alyssa kicked in the next goal, also her first ever goal, making it 2-0.  This was followed by a goal from Siorcha running down the wing. Then Alyssa scored again and Eryn a few minutes later - making the score 5-0.  Tanami had a long run down the field and a shot at goal - unfortunately just missing. Laura and Lulu both had multiple kicks at goal - never giving up.  
Our fearless goal keeper Amy did not have a lot of work to do today - but she was there every time we needed her and never let a ball come close to goal!
The game ended with a 5-0 victory and lots of very happy smiles from the girls, parents and grandparents.  
This was our best game yet - keep up the brilliant work girls!

Weekend Results 9th / 10th August

Senior Men 0-3 loss
Reserves Men 1-2 loss
Senior Women 0-1 loss
Under 18 Boys 0-5 loss
Under 16 Girls Red 3-2 win
Under 16 Girls Blue 5-1 win
Under 15 Boys 3-1 win
Under 14 Girls 8-0 win
Under 13 Boys 1-1 draw
Under 12 Boys Blue 4-1 win
Under 12 Boys Joeys 4-1 win

This week's junior team in focus is the Under 10 Sharks - a team who started their year as Joeys but have only recently moved up to Wallabies level. After a couple of weeks of drawn matches they put their first win on the board - all due to the coaches bribery and corruption it would seem! ;) The Sharks have been getting a different parent to write the match report each week and there have been some great ones coming through. Enjoy:

It was a cold and windy August morning with the ground particularly heavy underfoot but Coach Gary was hoping for fireworks on the pitch. With a few incentives up for grabs in the form of a bag of mini-Mars Bars, he was looking to reward the boys for showing off the skills they’d been practicing in training. And so The Sharks headed onto the pitch with a win and fancy footwork in mind.

The signs were good with The Sharks holding much of the possession in the opening minutes. It wasn’t long before Thomas A created a scoring opportunity, crossing to Brodie who slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner with a left footed shot. 1-0 to The Sharks.
Ryan and Lachlan were soon pushing for more glory, both looking great on the right wing despite a very physical presence from The Berwick Boys. Will, perfectly placed to make an attempt on goal fell casualty to a bit of over-enthusiasm by the opposition. He fell to the ground with an elbow to the face but bravely stood up to continue play. Marshall stepped up to take the free kick but it was well-saved by the keeper. More great play with Will acting as provider for Ryan resulted in an off the line save by the busy Berwick defence.
At last the play drifted into the Shark’s half of the pitch with Elvis, in mid-field getting his first touch of the ball – and what a touch! With his mind very definitely on his reward he stepped over the ball in a nifty little fake move to knock it up towards his forwards. The crowd went wild as Elvis immediately gestured to Coach Gary that that he up for a chocolate treat!
With the boys salivating, Marshall was next up to prove his nifty footwork and claim his reward too. The first half was a persistent  barrage of attacking play from our boys in blue, with hard working Jordan all over the pitch, Connor looking to goal-poach and Brodie keen to increase his tally.
There was a great deal of skilful passing on display between the twins and Ryan who read each other so well on the right wing and between Jordan and Ben over on the left. Thomas A continued to worry the Berwick midfield to manufacture Chelsea chances.
Another free kick gave Marshall the opportunity to step up for a second time, this time giving the goalkeeper no chance – a fair way out from goal he had his spot picked out and executed it perfectly. 2-0.
As the clocked ticked towards half time Berwick came alive but Jordan, showing his versatility stepped in to help out our defence by clearing a ball off the goal-line.  Another attempt saw Lewis deny Berwick once more. A strong kick out from ‘our man with the safe hands’ sailed the ball over the heads of the Berwick defence and found Jordan and Lachlan who fed Brodie in front  of goal. Unfortunately for the blues it was saved again.  
In the closing minutes of the first half Chelsea’s 3rd goal celebrations were short-lived. What looked like a nice goal by Jordan was judged to have snuck under the side-netting before finding the back of the goal. Half time score 2-0 Chocolate owed: Elvis (2), Marshall, Ben, Lachlan, Ryan and Conner.
The second half saw Lewis released from goal and ably replaced by Lachlan. It wasn’t long before Lewis was able to claim his chocolate with an impressive dance over the ball. Will was able to regularly find space up front and Thomas A continued his hard work and good form.
But Berwick were not ready to give up and forced The Sharks to prove that they can defend as well as attack. With Berwick on the attack Elvis used his head and his chest to defend his goal – Brodie decided to chip in with a fine defensive header of his own. Once Jordan pounced he was able to thread through to Will who more often than not found himself in an acre of space.
Goal 3 for The Sharks originated from Thomas A’s hard work. It was a fine example of teamwork. Brodie’s throw-in straight to Will who tapped onto Ryan resulted in a perfectly weighted chip to Jordan who claimed the goal. 3-0.
All credit to Berwick who badgered away and managed to somehow get the ball past what seemed like an impenetrable wall of Sharks to score in off the post. This only revved up The Sharks even more. A beautiful solo run from half way all the way up to a decent scoring position was tragically cut short with a trip, an awkward fall and an elbow in the ribs for Will who was most certainly in the wars today.
Another free kick to Chelsea in a promising position saw Lewis attempt to mimic Marshall’s first half goal but this time the Berwick goalie was up to the challenge.
An entertaining game with much fancy footwork showed just how much The Sharks are enjoying their football. An impressive 3-1 win – their first as Wallabies.

Sunday night dinner function

Tonight Chelsea FC hosted a dinner night for all our girls division of the club. It was a very successful night but more importantly the night was enjoyed by Over 140 players and family members

Thank you to Peter McCarthy and all the fantastic people that assisted in cooking, setting up the function room, cooking, cleaning etc.

Helping Local Businesses

Hello Chelsea FC members
Do you run a business or are a qualified tradesman / handyman?
We are looking to compile a list of local tradesman that can be accessed by other club members.
For example if little Jimmy’s dad from the Under 8s is looking for a plumber he will be able to check our website and find a plumber within the club to help out.

We want members to be able to think local and use local if they are keen to do so.

If you are interested in getting involved, can you please forward on the following information to Dom Boccari at
Business name, Contact name, phone no, email, web address, one line explaining business (hours available, what you specialise in etc)

Chelsea Under 9 Boys - Caruana Cup.

The Under 9 Warriors had a very enjoyable Saturday as they competed against some quality opposition from all over Melbourne. 

We kicked off the morning with a 2 all draw against Brighton. In game 2 we found our mojo and had a great win over the host team East Bentleigh 5 v 3. Game 3 concluded the round robin stage. We won that match 2 nil against Clarinda FC and advanced to the semi-finals.

We came up against the creative passing talents of Sunshine St George in the Semi-finals. This was a very exciting match for everyone involved. The boys were excellent and played at the top of their game. Unfortunately for us the Sunshine side scored with 10 seconds left on the clock to take the points 1 nil. I am sure that everyone would agree that we witnessed a style of soccer that we would be keen to replicate as the year progresses.
Congratulations to Point Cook who beat Sunshine 1 nil in the final.

As part of our player development we awarded a ‘Chelsea Spirit’ trophy at the conclusion of the tournament. Our parents voted 3, 2, 1 for each match of the tournament. The voting criteria was Teamsmanship (knowing your role and playing your role, looking up for passing and to create opportunities for the team, listening to the coach), sportsmanship (respecting the referee & the opposition , being humble in victory and gracious in defeat) and skill and impact on the game. As expected we had a very even spread across the team. Congratulations to Jack Dickson and Hugo Sinclair who tied. Congratulations to all the players and parents who represented the club in an exemplary manner.

Chelsea FC supports the Reagan Milstein Foundation

You may notice a new clean wheelie bin out the front of the canteen on game days. if you have pre-loved boots, kits or clothes please bring them along and place them in the charity bin.
For more information check out the website at

Vale Kolya Volodin

It is with a deepened sense of sadness that I announce the tragic passing of Kolya Volodin.
Having represented Chelsea FC at both junior and senior level I, like so many others, was privileged to have known and played with Kolya during his time at our Club.
Apart from being an outstanding soccer talent, Kolya was more importantly a wonderfully warm and engaging personality that touched so many of us at the Club, forging a personal connection with those that knew him leaving a lasting impression that will only heighten the deep loss and grief we are experiencing by his tragic passing.

On behalf of the Club, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to Kolya’s family and friends.
In respect of Kolya’s memory, I request all our coaches and players with the assistance of the referees and opposition teams to observe a minute silence before this weekend’s games.

Sincerely and respectfully, Robert Dodich [President]

Welcome new Under 9 Coaches

Chelsea FC would like to welcome our newest additions to the coaching group: Amir Najimi and Lawrence Sneddon.
Both Amir and Lawrence are current under 18 players at our club.
They will team up and coach the Under 9 Blues for this season. Both Amir and Laurence are keen to pass on their wealth of knowledge and skill sets to the children in the Under 9 Blues. The new coaches objectives are to continue to allow the team to have fun whilst focusing on skill development for the players. 


Chelsea F.C have just signed up our 404th Member in 2014

I have been involved with Chelsea F.C for many years now, to be exact 9 years. In my time at Chelsea FC I have seen plenty go on from extra grounds allocated to our growing club to thousands of dollars spent on drainage, thousands of dollars spent on new lighting, 3.8 million dollars spent on the pavilion and THOUSANDS of hrs spent at the club by all our fantastic volunteers to make it what it is today. Without the hard work by everybody involved at Chelsea F.C this would never of happened.

9 years ago our club was known as Chelsea Hajduk, Today 9 years later we are known as Chelsea F.C with a very wide multicultural membership and plenty of improvements have taken place in that time. On behalf of the committee at Chelsea F.C we would like to thank each and every one of you, your team mangers, the parents in your teams and most importantly your players in your team.

It’s now time to hit the soccer fields and enjoy our season.
See you all on the pitch,

Best wishes
Dom Boccari

New Smoking Bans

In Victoria, the places where children play are now smoke-free.
From 1 April 2014, smoking is banned outdoors within 10 metres of: • playgrounds and skate parks • sporting venues during under 18s events and within public swimming pool grounds.
Under the Tobacco Act 1987 smoking is now unlawful within these areas and could result in an infringement penalty of $144. Some councils have also introduced local laws that prohibit smoking in other areas or at other times where children play.

Why has smoking been banned where children play?
To protect everyone, especially children and young people, from the dangers of second-hand smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Children are influenced by what they see going on around them. When smokers light up in their company, children notice. The more they see smoking in public places the more they will tend to think smoking is ok, rather than harmful. Community attitudes towards smoking have changed. We don’t want to see children connecting healthy recreation with the habit of smoking. Let’s keep the places where children play clean and clear of cigarette butt litter.


Chelsea U11 Girls and U9 Boys were invited to attend a Melbourne Victory Press Conference where they were promoting the Elimination Final against Sydney FC on Good Friday Night where they got to meet Mark Milligan, James Troisi, and Kevin Muscat.  Before the Press Conference commenced, the boys and girls were given the opportunity to attend a training session at Gosch’s Paddock where they even got to hold the A League Trophy.  Heaps of fun was had by all the kids!!!  

The kids appeared on Channel 7 Sports last night plus the Herald Sun will be publishing the photo from the promo launch today. Some photos here with more to follow soon

Video here of a Mark Milliagn interview done at the same time - spot the Chelsea kids at the end of it

Melbourne Victory Half Time Entertainment

As promised a little while ago, here is the link to all the photos from the Melbourne Victory match where some of the Chelsea FC players appeared as half time entertainment. Much fun was had by all the players, and if you don't believe us, here's some more proof...
Click here for the full photos

Major Sponsor 2014

Chelsea FC is very pleased to announce that Fine Edge Kitchens are a major sponsor for season 2014.

Fine Edge Kitchens have been financially and emotionally supporting the club since day one, with nephews and good friends playing for many years.
Fine Edge Kitchens are a local family run business, who specialise in Kitchens and cabinetry work such as vanities, wall units, desks, wardrobe interiors etc.
Fine Edge Kitchens offer a free measure and quote service.  All Fine Edge work is custom made and built to measure. You will find Fine Edge just around the corner at 213 Wells Rd Chelsea Heights.

Call Fine Edge on 9773 4416 for a free no obligation quote service. Mention Chelsea FC for preferred rates!!!

Let there be light(s)

Chelsea FC lights up the night sky on our first junior training session under lights in 2014
Now that we have ground access and lights are back on, field allocation becomes a lot easier for all teams - coaches, players and parents CLICK HERE to view the training allocation schedule.

Half time entertainment

Part of the 'good stuff' of being a Club Victory club is getting to play half time at Melbourne Victory home matches every now and then. Here's a photo of some very happy Chelsea players having done just that! More photos to be posted soon!

Exciting developments at Chelsea FC [20.03.2014]

Chelsea FC unveils $3.8m state-of-the-art pavilion ahead of 2014 season. - By Julian Trantino (@jtrantino16)
Chelsea FC has hit the ground running on the eve of the 2014 season, with the successful opening of its new state-of-the-art pavilion at home ground Edithvale Recreation Reserve. 
The $3.8m Bert Thomas Pavilion was opened in late February, and will offer players multiple change rooms with ducted heating and cooling, as well as a separate medical room. 
On game days, Chelsea FC’s members will have access to the pavilion’s first-floor social space offering unobscured, sheltered views of all pitches, and can also watch from the spacious outdoor viewing balcony.Complimenting the new pavilion is Chelsea FC’s addition of Rob Giabardo as technical director, a highly experienced and decorated football coach who was crowned the 2011 Football Federation Victoria (FFV) Male Coach of the Year. 

“The club’s goal is to provide our players with the best opportunity to fulfil their technical abilities while enjoying the game they love to play,” Giabardo said after joining the club. 
Chelsea FC president Robert Dodich said the foundations had been set for the club’s future. 
“The completion of the pavilion and the significant developments in football department personnel and philosophies will set the foundations for the club’s long-term prosperity,” Dodich said.
“The intention is to the best community soccer club we can be, providing our members with the best coaches, the best culture (and) the best facilities at the best value for money. In short, the club to be with.”
Chelsea FC will compete for the first time in FFV’s men’s and women’s State Leagues this year.

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader 19.3

Sub-junior Boys Assessment Day

Some photos from the sub-junior boys assessment day are found in this years photo album here. We saw a huge amount of kids, they all got to catch up with mates from last year and had a quick skills session and game in great weather. We thank all the parents for helping the day run well and many thanks to the kids for just being awesome.
Thank you to all our Football department including George, Caleb and Matais for their assistance today in making this day a very enjoyable day for us and a massive learning process for the benefits of our players that have chosen to be part of "The Club to be with".
We encourage all comments positive or negative on the day so that we can help make the process easier for in the future. The club will be in touch with all players very soon via your coach.


Chelsea FC is now signed up to Sportsmart's Club Advantage program, which offers great benefits to us and our club members. Our Club Advantage number is 800338
Write this number down and quote it every time you make a purchase from Sportsmart to get two benefits:
1. For you - an instant 5% discount off the normal selling price
2. For our club - your purchase will boost our club rebate (Chelsea FC gets 3% back in rebates so we can put this into the purchase of equipment and can reduce our running costs!)

In addition to your discount and our club rebate, Club Advantage also gives Chelsea FC access to exclusive promotions, VIP nights and special offers.
We thank Sportsmart for supporting Chelsea FC.

Your local Sportsmart store is MOORABBIN: 83-85 Cochranes Rd Moorabbin

This information will be up on our website permanently as a menu item at the top if the screen so please feel free to print out the Member card and keep with you for any trips to Sportsmart for boots and shinpads or any sporting item at all

Chelsea Girls teams do us proud

On Sunday 16 February at Goschs Paddock next to AAMI Park six girls soccer teams from Chelsea FC participated in a tournament organised by Melbourne Victory to recognise girls playing soccer. The U16 girls team narrowly missed playing in the semi finals, the two U10 girls teams played in the semi finals and both lost on a penalty shoot out and the U8, U12 and U14 girls teams made it through to the grand final. The grand finals were played on AAMI Park on Saturday 22 February prior to the Melbourne Victory versus Adelaide game. The U12 team was narrowly defeated after dominating most of the game and the U8 and U14 teams both drew their grand finals. This was a fantastic effort by all of the girls teams representing Chelsea FC in this tournament against some of the stronger clubs around Melbourne. 

On Sunday 23 February 10 girls from Chelsea FC acted as ball girls in the W League grand final between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar, which was won convincingly by the Melbourne Victory women. Our girls did a fantastic job on the day and we are very proud of their commitment to enjoying the participation in the great game of soccer.

At Chelsea Football (Soccer) Club we have girls teams playing in the Football Federation of Victoria competition at all levels from U7 to senior women. The number of girls playing soccer is increasing dramatically and there are a few places remaining in our teams for 2014. If you or your daughters are interested in playing please contact Peter McCarthy on 0418 388 257 or email the club at

A few photos of the day found in with the club photos here

Pavilion Opening

The Bert Thomas Pavilion on Edithvale Road was opened on Friday February 21st. The opening was overseen by Lord Mayor Paul Peulich of the City of Kingston. We had our favourite stars from Melbourne Victory Football Club and Melbourne Aces Baseball in attendance.
Chelsea FC will hosted small sided soccer matches. There were Baseball speed gun activities, Athletics hosted an official track & field meet.

All photos are in the photo gallery

A letter of thanks from Rob Dodich (President Chelsea FC)

Dear all,

I would like to thank everyone associated with the opening of the H.D. (Bert) Thomas Pavilion.
Firstly, thank you to everyone at the City of Kingston associated with the opening. A special thank you to Michael Haley for all the enormous amount of work he has done over the preceeding months on this project as well as ensuring the final presentation of the Pavilion was truly something to behold. Great job! Thank you also to Joanne Cronin for co-ordinating the official function, the catering and the management of the guest list. 
I would like to thank all the Sporting Clubs and their volunteers for putting together such a great spectacle on the Edithvale Recreation Reserve grounds. Standing on the viewing balcony of the Pavilion it was an incredible sight to see the Athletics Club hosting their official meet as well as the Baseball Club and Soccer Club with their activities. I had so much positive feedback from our VIP guests which only reiterated to me that the Edithvale Recreation Reserve and its impressive Pavilion truly is the pre-eminent sporting facility in the Bayside region. A special thanks to Murray and his team; Belinda, Trevor and Adam from the Baseball Club; and Juan Steve, Peter M & Rob G for their work for the Soccer Club.
I would also like to extend my gratitude to all who helped with the running of the canteen and BBQ's. Much appreciated.
Thank you also to all our VIP guests for being part of the opening with special mentions to:
- Thomas Family
- John Bainbridge and Dillon Jansz (Bendigo Bank)
- Lorraine Wreford, Honourable State Member for Mordialloc
- Melbourne Aces players
- Adrian Leijer (Melbourne Victory)
- Sponsors of the sporting clubs.
A huge thank you to Domenic Boccari, for the enormous amount of work he has done in promoting not only the Sporting Club's but this entire project. In particular, his ground work with 'The Leader' newspaper and the subsequent front page promotion (and page 3 article) of all the Club's new facilities this week was absolutely tremendous. Great job!
Robert Dodich

Chelsea FC - Pavilion Article Leader Newspaper


THE new $3.8 million pavilion at Edithvale Recreation Reserve will not only boost sporting club membership, but will also keep pesky pigeons away.

The Bert Thomas Pavilion, to be officially opened this Friday, has taken 12 months to complete and replaces three former ageing pavilions on the site.
Hundreds of members across Chelsea Football Club (soccer), Chelsea Baseball Club, Chelsea Little Athletics Centre, Southern Masters Cycling Club and Chelsea and Peninsula Cycling Club are delighted with the striking new building.
Chelsea Baseball Club president Belinda Worton said the club had already seen new players sign up because of the new pavilion, funded by Kingston Council.
“This means so much to us, because we now have such a positive future ahead of us,” Ms Worton said. “We’ve had a few new players sign up because they’ve seen the new pavilion as they’ve been driving past. But one of the biggest bonuses is no more pigeons. Pigeons had completely overtaken the old building, but they’re staying clear of the new one.”
Chelsea Little Athletics president Murray Smith said the new pavilion was “a huge upgrade”. “Our numbers have been increasing steadily over the past five years and we expect the new pavilion will give us another big boost,” Mr Murray said.

Chelsea Football Club president Robert Dodich said the pavilion meant the Edithvale Recreation Reserve would become the premier sporting precinct in the bayside area.

People are invited to the free official opening of the pavilion this Friday from 5pm to 8pm.

Two Up Front podcasts - Dom and Rob G

In the past month Dom and Rob G have been busy shaking hands, kissing babies and spreading the word about Chelsea FC whilst doing the promotional rounds - and here are some interviews to listen from the Two Up Front radio show.
Dom's interview is all about what's been happening down at the club and Rob G clears up some questions and issues around the new NPLV system - and also offers some great advice on how to acheive your goals.
Both are must listen to interviews. 

President's Newsletter

2nd February, 2014

Dear members,

It is with great pleasure and honour that I address you in my first official correspondence as Club President.

On behalf of the current Executive Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Committee for their tremendous contribution to Chelsea FC over the preceding year. I would like to extend my appreciation to all our Club’s sponsors who are a critical component in the effective running of a soccer club. I look forward to their ongoing support and contribution for many years to come. I would also like to thank all coaches, assistants, team managers and volunteers who contributed to our Club’s success in 2013. It takes an enormous amount of time, effort and sacrifice to run a sporting club and their efforts have been greatly appreciated. I look forward to your continued involvement in 2014. Finally, I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to all our wonderful members and families who have loyally supported the growth and development of our Club. Without you incredible support and patronage there would be no soccer club for your Executive Committee to manage. I look forward to your continued involvement in 2014 and being part of a very exciting period in our Club’s history.

It is on this note that I welcome everyone associated with Chelsea FC to 2014. It is not an exaggeration to say that 2014 will be the most exciting year in our Club’s history for a number of reasons.


On the evening of 21st February 2014, the City of Kingston and the sporting clubs at Edithvale Reserve will host the opening of a state-of-the-art, two-storey Pavilion costing approximately $3.8 million. I welcome everyone associated with Chelsea FC to attend this gala evening and familiarise yourself with your Club’s new home ground facilities. It truly is impressive! Images of the Pavilion can be found on our website and Facebook page. Detailed information on the Pavilion opening will be made available soon on our website and Facebook page.

The Club’s facilities will include a first floor social space that can accommodate 150 sitting guests and which is complimented by a commercial size kitchen. The social space will afford our members and associates with unobscured, sheltered views of all three soccer fields. If people prefer outdoor spectating, our social space extends to a substantial viewing balcony that will be catered for with outdoor, café-style furnishings.

From a playing viewpoint, the pavilion will offer our players four separate change rooms with ducted heating/cooling and each with their own showers and toilets. Players will also have access to a massage table and a separate First Aid room. Coaches will equally be impressed by two significantly sized, ground floor storerooms. On game days, our members and associates will be catered for by a ground floor, commercial size kiosk.

Your Executive Committee has embraced Council’s vision of having the Pavilion utilised as a community facility. As such, we are the only sporting Club at Edithvale Reserve to negotiate a lease agreement. In short, a lease agreement will afford our Club 24/7 access to the Pavilion thereby catering to our members needs 365 days a year. Our social space will also be made available to social groups, community groups and local business to utilise for weddings, social functions, business meetings and the like. The Council supports your Executive Committee’s vision to make Edithvale Reserve and its impressive Pavilion the pre-eminent sporting precinct in the bayside region as well as a focal point for local community activity. 

Edithvale Reserve

The City of Kingston is also completing landscaping works around the Pavilion as well as car park works. This is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

A new integrated Family and Children’s Centre is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year on the very site of our old Clubroom. The centre will include a kindergarten, maternal and children’s health services, long day care and play groups. I foresee this Centre will compliment our Club in a positive manner, particularly for parents and guardians who have children in day care services and who are also junior players at our Club.

All our pitches have received post season maintenance by Council and are developing nicely. Such works will continue for the next month. Additionally, Coach’s boxes on Pitch 1 have been repaired and player benches on Pitches 2 and 3 are expected to be completed by Council by the end of this month.

Alternative training venues are actively being explored by your Executive Committee to help create greater flexibility for our Football Department and to preserve our three playing fields as much as possible.

Football Department

Another exciting development at our Club has been the recent recruitment of Rob Giabardo (Technical Director of Football) and Michael Antolos (Senior Men’s Coach). We are extremely privileged to have recruited such high calibre football personnel and I welcome both Rob and Michael to our Club. Both have been extensively profiled on our website and Facebook page and I encourage you to read their profiles if you have not done so already.

Importantly, both Rob and Michael have been specifically recruited by the Club to assist our existing Football Department personnel in fulfilling the vision of creating an outstanding club culture through the technical development of both our coaches and players whilst creating a football philosophy and style of play consistently through each team at our Club as set out in Football Federations Australia’s, National Football Curriculum.

In short, the Club’s goal is to provide our players with the best opportunity to fulfil their technical abilities whilst enjoying the very game they love to play.

To help support this vision, your Executive Committee is currently exploring an affiliate relationship with Victorian NPL club, Dandenong Thunder. Such a relationship will encourage the optimum, technical development of players at our Club. Rob Giabardo’s formal association with both Clubs will greatly assist in the facilitation of such a relationship.

With the exception of the men’s 35+ team, the Executive Committee has also made the decision to leave the Bayside Football Association league and enter all teams into the FFV. This will improve the quality of our players by exposing them to the stronger competition afforded by Victoria’s governing football body.

Open for Business

In summary, 2014 will represent a landmark year in the short lived history of our Club. The completion of the Pavilion and the significant developments in Football Department personnel and philosophies will, I believe, set the foundations for our Club’s long term prosperity and hopefully leave a legacy for many generations to come. Your Executive Committee is very motivated to ensure that we will fulfil our motto of:

‘The Club To Be With’ – the best community soccer club we can be, providing our members and associates with the best coaches, the best culture, the best facilities at the best value for money.

Your Executive Committee will leave no stone unturned to achieve this mandate and I look forward to all existing and prospective members joining us on this exciting journey.

If you have any questions or feedback on anything in this Newsletter or other pertinent Club matters, please do not hesitate to contact me on PH: 0416 171 392 or at I welcome your input and look forward to seeing you be part of Chelsea FC in 2014.

Yours sincerely

Robert Dodich,


Introducing our new Technical Director of Football

Dear Chelsea FC Members and local community.

I am proud to say, after long term discussions with our President Rob and I we are excited to inform you all that Robert Giabardo will be joining Chelsea FC as our Technical Director of football for this season and beyond.
Rob’s commitment to Junior Soccer “Football” is second to none.
He not only has a very good reputation as a very good Junior coach and mentor, he has the runs on the board with success on and of the pitch.
Below are just some of Rob Giabardo achievements.

  •          FFV Coach of the year 2011
  •          In 2011 Rob took a team of Under 13 boys to compete in the San Marino youth tournament in Italy and the World Youth Cup in Sweden - which is the biggest youth tournament in the world. This was the first time that the team had ever travelled abroad, and it followed their unbelievable 2010 season when they won the Bendigo 7s, The Kanga Cup and the Gold Coast Champions Cup  - a feat no other team has ever accomplished. Yet this team was simply a club team made up of local talent who had been together for 2 years. This talented group of boys led by Rob Giabardo finished 3rd in this prestigious tournament and perormed unbelievably well in Goethenberg to finish top of ther group. They only played international academy teams and from 13 games in total, won 10, drew 1 and lost 2.
  •          Read this
  •          Rob coached 2 teams in the Gold Coast Cup tournament in 2012 where they beat quality teams from clubs around Australia.
  •          Rob also also was the coach of a under 13s squad in 2012 that were crowned State Champions in 2012.
  •          Recently in 2013 Rob and a very committed group of players and parents took 2 squads to Spain to play against the rest of the world in the Donosti Cup and Costa Blanca Cup, Robs team did extremely well over there playing at the very highest level of football that they had ever played. Both teams ended up in the 1/4 finals - the farthest any Australian team had ever gone. The U15 Storm team only conceded 4 goals in 9 matches - losing two quarter-finals in a penalty shoot out.
  •          Just a couple of weeks ago Rob along with another fine gentleman Melvin Wilkes led a large group of kids to a soccer camp at Phillip Island, read more here.
  •          Guys, here is this fine gentleman’s achievements to Junior football

Rob Giabardo, Welcome to Chelsea FC, the recruitment of you and our senior coach Mike along with our brand new pavilion and our committee we see great things for the members of Chelsea FC.

Rgs, Dom
Chelsea FC Vice President.

New Committee for 2014

At our AGM held on October 7th the 2014 committee was voted in and consists of the following people: 

Top Row L-R: Seamus Walsh (Treasurer), Peter Sinclair (Marketing), Steve Kucinic (Football co-ordinator), Juan Noguera (Football director), Tina Laudina (Functions and Social Events)
Bottom Row L-R: Peter McCarthy (Football co-ordinator), Dom Boccari (Vice President), Rob Dodich (President), Louisa Raffaele (Secretary)
Not pictured: Craig Ryan and Jessica Boccari (Functions and Social Events)

Contact details for all Executive and Operations Committee members can be found here. Chelsea FC would like to dearly thank the 2013 outgoing committee for all their hard work. 2014 is going to be a big year for the club and the executive committee will be sitting down asap to plan ahead for the coming year. More information is to follow.
There are still a few social committee spots available if you are keen to help out so please get in touch with us to find out more.

Chelsea FC is on Google+

Hi everyone - Chelsea FC does have a Google + page where we can send you private invites to events that can't be made public on this website. The Melbourne Victory training next week is a great example of this. 

Apologies that the link we just sent you is not working, but if you follow THIS LINK and create an account and befriend us you will receive all invites going forward and see the private invites we set up like the Melbourne Victory training one - it will even send reminders to you if you set your account up correctly.
Once again, apologies for the hassles, but we want to make sure this offer is only for club members and not the general public!


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