Hi Auskickers

I hope you all had a fun and relaxing break this holidays, I can't believe that it's school time again already!

I promised at the end of last season that I'd share some details about entry to Waverley Blues Under 9s, so here goes!  As a spoiler if you don't make it all the way to the bottom, Waverley Blues Registration Night is next Wednesday evening - 7th February

Under 9s Eligibility

To be eligible for the upcoming season, players need to have turned seven before 30 April, 2018, and must have been eight or under as of 31 December, 2017.  This means most kids are eligible to play for two years, and some (those born from January to April) are eligible for three.

Under 10s+ Eligibility

If your player turned nine last year, then they are eligible for Under 10s this year.  Likewise, eligibility for older age groups are based on their age as of the end of last year.


In Under 9s there is strictly no tackling, and no scores are recorded.  There are a few other modifications as well - eg. shortened quarters, no throw-ins, etc.  In Under 10s there is limited tackling and still no scoring.

Team Structure, Training, and Games

Last year we had two Under 9s teams, which were split into fairly even numbers based on schools.  So in my son's team for example we had players from Pinewood, Syndal South, and Mt. Waverley North primary schools.  I don't know how the teams will be divided this year, some other clubs seem to base it on experience levels.

Each week we had one training session as well as the game.  Training times are reliant on coach and ground availability.  Last year both teams had training on Friday evenings at around 5pm, at Pinewood.

Games start at 9am on Sundays.  We had our home games at either Pinewood or Mt Waverley, away games were spread around the Eastern suburbs, I think the furthest away last year was Kilsyth or The Basin.  Games are finished by 10am.


Players need to have Waverley Blues EFL shorts and long socks for games, game jumpers are presented at the start of the season.  Shorts and socks can be purchased from the club. All players must wear a mouthguard, which can take a bit of getting used to.  You can use "boil and bite" style mouthguards, or have them professionally fitted.


Waverley Blues are using Sporting Pulse the Official Registration and Payments System of the EFL to register all players.

Instructions to Register:

  1. Copy the following link into your Web browser:-
  2. Set the “Adults” drop down box to “0”, then in the “Children” dropdown box select the number of children you are registering. Click on “Continue"
  3. Enter your email address (this needs to be the same as the email address you entered last year do NOT register as a new player). You will then be requested to reset your password and will be sent an email to do this. Follow the steps outlined in the email which will take you back to the registration process.
  4. Confirm the Player information. Please make sure you complete all relevant tabs.
  5. Make Payment. 

A confirmation email will be sent to you once you have completed your registration/s. Should you have any queries regarding the registration process please email

The club appreciates players registering as soon as possible to get an idea of player numbers for each individual team for the upcoming 2018 season. You can register now and pay the EFL insurance and then pay the registration fees in February.  

For more information about regos visit - this page includes details of fees as well.  For any further registration enquiries, please give Cathy Eames (Club Secretary) a call on 0419 365 060.


Registration Night

The club is holding a registration night on Wednesday 7th February 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Mt Waverley Reserve.

All players are encouraged to register online before registration night and then come along on the night to meet the coaches, catch up with team mates, etc

On the night you can buy shorts, socks and other gear (training tops and jackets are always popular) and optionally purchase and have fitted a mouthguard from SportsSafe Australia.

Hopefully this email has answered many of the questions you may have had about getting into Junior Footy, please let me know if you have any other queries though.  I'll be at the Registration Night next Wednesday and hope to see many of you there!


Alex McDonald

0419 366 171



Waverley Blues Appoints Bryce McGain Senior/Club Head Coach 2018


As the Blues look to the future, our coaching appointment for the 2018 season was considered to be critical for our club’s long term success. Our club is ready to take big steps forward with regards to professionalism, performance, culture, development and sustainability. McGain has a track record of developing players to play to proven AFL successful structures. He also has history with driving personal leadership performance programs that create club and team first culture. These qualities and aspects with McGain’s coaching repertoire were extremely important toward his appointment.


The McGain philosophy is simple "always give your best and give yourself every chance to get the best out of yourself by preparing at your best!"  As the club Senior/Head Coach McGain will help each player be able to get the most out of themselves by challenging each player with personal development programs designed to ensure players can and do get the best out of themselves over the course of a football season.


Bryce McGain maybe best known as a late blooming professional cricketer who successfully represented his state for many years and was also able to reach the highest pinnacle having played test cricket for Australia. Prior to his professional cricket commitments McGain played many years of senior club football and was able to juggle the football/cricket combination successfully.


Bryce McGain is no stranger to Waverley Blues having successfully coached his son Liam and his team mates in two Premierships over the last few years in our youth football program. The U17 A EFL flag winner performance in 2016 was judged by many as an outstanding result from a group of young men that had been coached superbly by McGain. Many football observers that day were amazed to see young men executing elite level set ups with contemporary AFL coaching structures and strategies. The same methodology that is driving our U19 2017 campaign that is being led by McGain this year as their current Coach.



Bryce McGain is the Managing Director of the McGain Group. An organization Waverley Blues has been deploying to drive and implement junior development programs within our Academy charter over the past three years. While Bryce and his colleagues have been instrumental with player development, it's the Coach the Coaches program that have been of great value to our club and will ensure a sustainable, successful future is in place within our club resultant from our Academy platform.


The McGain Group has many proven and experienced AFL ex players & coaches as resources our club has called upon with our development charter. While a number of key support function roles within the coaching structure are still to be made for 2018, the club is committed to support McGain to appoint the best proven AFL experienced ex players and coaches to help lead and develop Waverley Blues players. The club will have layers of professional leaders with successful backgrounds supporting our development programs.



The club is also pleased to announce McGain has been able to secure the services of Lindsay Gilbee as a Specialist Support Coach for season 2018. A 206 AFL game player with the Western Bulldogs, current St Kilda Assistant Coach and Senior Coach of Sandringham FC, Gilbee will be a welcomed inclusion into the leadership and development group McGain is assembling for the 2018 season.




What was evident throughout the appointment process with McGain was very clear. A proven sports professional leader that sets high standards for himself and all those around him. A student of the AFL game who surrounds himself with the highest caliber of known and experienced proven leaders. While known for his leadership, strategies, tactics and game structure he is best known by his players for his player welfare program.


Bryce McGain is a respected leader of people amongst his peers and is recognized by many sports people whom Bryce has coached as an outstanding mentor who will challenge all players to get the best out of themselves week in week out.


Waverley Blues is delighted to announce this critical Senior/Head Coach appointment and know our club leadership toward our playing capability is in great hands with Bryce in command.


Please join us by congratulating Bryce as we look to our future with great optimism and positive anticipation!!!