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    All the Latest and Up To Date News for DPFC in 2023!

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    It is with great pleasure we announce a new sponsorship partnership with Ray White.


    We look forward to working with Ray White in 2022 and future years to come!


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    The Essendon District Football League is delighted to welcome the Deer Park and St Albans Football Clubs as the League's two newest clubs.

    AFL Victoria confirmed the outcome to the EDFL following a final appeal hearing with the WRFL earlier this week.

    The EDFL now boasts 37 affiliated clubs with 31 senior men's teams set to compete in the 2023 competition.

    "We're pleased to welcome Deer Park and St Albans Football Clubs, whose entries into our competition will be very welcome additions for season 2023 and beyond," League Chairman Bernie Shinners said.

    "Given the calibre of these clubs, our competition will be significantly strengthened and enriched and we look forward to embracing both as member clubs of the EDFL."

    Deer Park and St Albans will be admitted into the Rookie Me Division One men's competition in season 2023, with the division set to comprise 12 teams.

    Further details surrounding the admission of Deer Park and St Albans, as well as the Rookie Me Division One season fixture, will be finalised and communicated in due course.


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    The Deer Park Football Club is thrilled to announce the appointment of Heath Scotland as its Senior Coach for the 2023 season.

    Heath joins Deer Park after a magnificent AFL playing career encompassing 268 games (53 for Collingwood and 215 for Carlton) between 1999 and 2014. He appeared in two Grand Finals for Collingwood, was an All Australian for Carlton in 2011, won their Best and Fairest in 2012 and was part of the leadership group for the Blues between 2007 and 2012.

    Since his AFL playing days, Heath has chalked up significant coaching experience, including with North Melbourne, Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne and Darley Football Clubs.

    Heath replaces Mark McGoldrick as Senior Coach. Mark had agreed to coach the club through an extremely challenging transitional period following the loss of half the playing list from the 2019 premiership year. He has done an amazing job, transforming the list, ensuring the club remained more than competitive and establishing a terrific platform for the future.

    The club looks forward to the remainder of the 2022 season with Mark at the helm and is excited to welcome Heath on board for 2023


    Effective immediately Matt Purcell will move into the role of Junior Co-Ordinator following the resignation of Sam Bavdek as Junior Vice President. 


    The committee structure will return to its standard formation with John Nahyna as President, Candice Berry as Vice President, Elisha Knight as Club Administrator, Steve Krstevski as Treasurer, Matt Purcell as Junior Co-Ordinator and General Committee members Suellen Isherwood, Wendy Abraham, John Fletcher and Kody Rideg. 


    Matt is aleady leading the way for our junior team as our Under 16's coach, helping run our Junior Elite program and well on his way to setting up under 18's for 2024. Please join us in wishing Matt all the best in this role.


    Thank You 

    DPFC Committee