The SMDFC skills academy has a few things to answer for- one being one of our Captain who plays at #20.
Cheree is hoping the Bloods 2019 season will top her Under 9’s Bowling Trophy, with her bruise gaining Centre Half-Forward skills. Always in the middle of the action Cheree isn’t adverse to mud, sand or contact. She is often found juggling her netballs when not on the oval or lighting up the dance floor with her Nutbush skills.
Jordy has been around the the club either training or playing for 16 years, he is captain for this 2019 season, after the 2018 season which was a very successful campaign, leading to finals for both Senior Men’s teams.
Folz is our U19s Captain wearing the #4 for the 2019 season. He has grown up with footy- having an impressive 11 years of playing to his name! Tom is a Melbourne born student who was lucky enough to win back to back premierships during his Junior footy days. When pressed he admitted his most embarrassing footy moment was kicking a ball into a parked car to realise Macca was right there watching…oops! If you’re looking for Folz pre-match on a Friday you’ll find him asleep in bed by 11 having watched a good movie after a ‘big feed’- no mention if its a chick flick or action movie, you decide!
This year our #4 player, and the reserves team captain, is Jane. She came to play football back in 2017 and joined the Bloods through the SMDFC skills academy. Jane has become a regular feature in our forward line. Jane has 2 big sporting achievements in her life- one is 1st place in C grade touch rugby and the other is for 1st place in a nacho eating competition- she couldn’t pick the best! Away from sport Jane is the proud mother of 19 houseplants who she takes great pride in and her dream is to be able to learn pottery to make all of them new pots to live in!
Toby’s friends describe him as blunt and honest and after hearing his constructive criticism of some goal celebrations this season there’s no argument! On the ground her wears #54. Toby is another long-timer to the game, with 20 years under his belt too. When asked his favourite sporting achievement Toby said “Going to Bulleen in my first stint at SMDFC. We were written off, middle of the table and they hadn't lost a game all year. Nobody rated us. We went there and rolled them by 30 points. I kicked a bag and felt i contributed to what was an amazing win for the club. The 2’s stuck around and cheered loud to drown out the home supporters. Would of been 50 people in the away rooms singing the song. Amazing moment.” Let’s hope we see more of this gut playing in seasons to come!
Din also a part of our 2019 U19 Squad. He’s made an impression at SMDFC and proudly wears the #15 jumper while playing ruck rover. Akin came to footy to play alongside his mates and we are so pleased especially after he kicked a goal from outside the boundary to put us ahead with 2 minutes to play!! Off the field you’ll find Din catching up on Game Of Thrones on his couch or watching the footy on a Friday night
We have another Brit on-board for 2019 in the shape of newborn photographer Jasmine! Jas has taken up position in half back flank/ pocket whilst wearing the #65 jumper- she has brought 100m and 200m sprint speed from her past in county level running to the oval… Being a true Brit Jas says that she cannot live with tea- a cuppa fixes all! This love of tea didn’t help Jas at uni though; Jas once went out dressed as a smurf for a uni event fully equipped with blue skin- fast forward to the next morning’s lecture and there’s a blue smurf sprint to the bin to vomit mid lecture…classy!
Cliffo has been playing footy for over 20 years now and runs out weekly in the #52 SMDFC men’s jumper. LADIES! Stop looking for your Disney prince because we’ve found him… away from footy Cliffo likes to take Pochahontas to the park for long walks… Oh sorry, Pochahontas is that adorable fluff ball (dog) on the side lines each week! Jason decided to start playing footy for ‘fun’ back in the day and has other odd ideas of fun- who knew brushing your teeth 7 times a day was fun/ a thing!
Thomas is our 2019 #22 with 15 years of footy in the bag! You’ll find Thomas in the midfield of the oval on a game day but he’s transitioning out and up to the forward pocket. Away from footy Thomas states his proudest sporting achievement was receiving the coaches award for the under 10’s cricket.
Our returning #13 is the mighty loud Maria- you’ll never lose her on the oval. Maria is a seasoned ruck and was thrilled to be picked as a founding member of the division 1 team after her preseason efforts. Maria’s footy career began when she was just 16 and has not slowed down. Away from the oval Maria is an arborist, spending her days out in the forests of Melbourne checking on our tree populations.
Bags is an integral member of SMDFC both on and off the ground. He jumper number and playign years are nearly the same- he’s been running out as our ruck/ half forward in the #14 for 13 years (pictures in a replacement after an unfortunate instance of the jumper being torn in 2018), 2020 will be a good year for Bags on that basis. This ‘angry bald man’ can be found having some casual Friday beers during the season or on one of may other sporting grounds/courts. Luke is adept at basketball, golf and cricket- all washed down with a healthy beer or 2.
2019’s #75 is sported by Sarah-Rose and she has concreted her position on the field in the ruck, on the ball and in the centre. Outside footy you’ll find Sarah-Rose in a boat coaching rowing- she’s not adverse to getting wet and in the thick of it!
2019 sees a new face in the #47 jumper in the shape of our Scottish unicorn Clare! She is a graduate of the SMDFC skills academy at the end of 2018 and has taken those skills into the Half Forward/ Ruck positions with enthusiasm. Clare is also a netballer with high accolades of being Premiers in ’06, ‘07’ and ’08! Away from sport Clare has a slightly blemished past… cops got called to her house for reported mooning at cars on the street, they arrived to find the culprit- an 8 year old Clare. Let’s hope she doesn’t adopt that as a goal celebration!
#24 is being worn by Jack S this season- Jack comes to SMDFC as a hockey convert due to the lack of contact in hockey! He has 9 years of footy experience under his belt and sites winning the 2019 Premiership at Brunswick CC as his all time sporting achievement- a man of many sports! Off the ground you’ll find Jack avoiding shower time after the game and spending time with his family. A little known fact about Jack: He is a US citizen!!
Illy has brought a fresh lease of life to the #59 jumper. She joins us having never played before (you won’t believe this if you watch her play) because her mum was worried she would get hurt- however we can hand the #1 fan shirt to Illy’s mum for sure! Illy joins the Bloods after following in her dad footsteps- he played for the Bloods as a forward in 1976/77 and what an honour to have the next generation with us too. Before joining the Bloods you’d find Illy on the Basketball court- where she scored 38 points alone in one game, here’s hoping she replicates this on the footy oval!
Ange has a long history with footy having been one of the first female’s to regularly boundary umpire country footy in Victoria- she has now come over to the over side of the boundary and has joined the Bloods wearing #49. Away from the oval Ange is a lawyer and mum to 2 Auskickers! When not up to her neck in footy you’ll find Ange binge watching Netflix with her family whilst eating chocolate!
2019’s #72 is Darcy. She joins us from the sticks (Geelong…) and wanted to find a club that would let her meet people her own age and exercise too- SMDGFC definitely has that covered. When she isn’t wearing the red and white you’ll find Darcy living up her Friday nights watching Collingwood win from a bar in Richmond- well maybe this is the dream? Darcy says that at South Melbourne she was welcomed by the culture, the commitment and sense of community-We’d all agree that the team is home away from home for so many players.
Some gentle persuasion from Shiv, Reesy and Dre saw our #77 Tess join the SMDFC academy from the well known sign up point = the pub- and we are SO grateful. Tess claims that her greatest sporting achievement was completely screwing up her thumb at a school netball carnival in year 12 meaning she couldn’t write properly for the rest of the year- this will be no surprise to anyone who has watched Tess’ taping grow over the season or who saw her AMBO bill! Off the oval her perfect Friday would be a couple of drinks with her big sister paired with a terrible movie or a footy game on the tv and one of SMDFC’s best dog supporters (jackson) on her lap.
Hammer joined the Bloods in April 2019 and took to the oval swiftly after wearing the #86. She comes to us with a very successful soccer background with the Kellyville Knots- who she helped get into the grand final when they won a penalty shoot-out! Let’s hope we can replicate that with SMDFC! Away from sport Emily has danced with rock legend, Bono; given herself a black eye whilst answering her phone and holds down an aerospace engineering career whilst studying for a sound engineering degree!
Eliza joined the Bloods following some encouragement (read nagging) by a colleague- as she is another teacher in the ranks that isn’t so shocking. Living up to her P.E teacher stereotype Eliza likes to live dangerously away from footy and enjoys Skiing, Spearfishing and Water Polo. Fuelling all of these crazy sports is a healthy dose of chocolate. Eliza has a great quote to live by- and so applicable to every footy game- “Your only fear is possibility!” - Pete Murray.
2018’s season saw the debut for Anna wearing the #61 jumper. Anna decided to give footy a try and joined the SMDFC skills academy back in November 2018 after her kids persuaded her to try! You’ll find Anna as an invaluable part of our back line where she holds off the opposition- usually with her famous face smother. Off the field you’ll find Anna knocking up Italian dishes in the kitchen, sewing or crafting. Having seen her baby shower tower- she’s clearly very skilled!
Maddy is bringing some Netball ‘pizazz’ to the #7 Guernsey this season. Her sporting accolades include storming to win the Under 6 discus Brighton Little Athletics Club; starting as she means to go on with footy this season- flying! Maddy can be found in either centre back or half back flank positions mid-game, never to be lost with her mighty vocal chords. If you ever need a reason to butter her up a Disney adventure or theme park day out with brunch will have Maddy in raptures.
Starting football this year (after a brief dabble last year) we have Rochelle roving the ball at #64. Rochelle attributes starting to play football to attending her son's Auskick in 2016 and seeing the joy it brought him! She wanted some of that feeling and the Bloods have provided! Rochelle has a brilliant story about being mistaken for a drug smuggler whilst carrying her 2 year old son… make sure you ask her!
“For you, a thousand times over” is not only Maya’s favourite saying but a word of warning to against all her opposite numbers!
Maya is taking up jumper #71 this season and is looking to make a dent in the Bloods defence line-up. When not on the oval you’ll find Maya in the pool teaching the Bloods of tomorrow to swim, playing board games or rustling up some ‘Salmon Sang Choy Bao’ in the kitchen, just don’t ask her to look down from heights!
Grace wears the #79 jumper playing up at half forward. Grace started her football career with social touch footy and loved it so much she joined the Bloods in 2017. Sporting successes are not unknown to Grace with a key moment when she came second in the cross-country skiing nations at school! Grace is currently a university student with a dream job- working at the MCG! Grace has used her time in Vietnam to build a range of culinary delights.
Our 2019 #78 is the Irish wonder- Paula O. She grew up playing Gaelic football from a young age and thought she’d give AFL a go as the lack of physical contact in Gaelic was leaving Paula wanting! Paula has a BA in Adventure tourism management. Which probably explains her favourite quote “life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” - Helen Keller. Away from both Aussie and Gaelic footy you’ll find Paula out and about on her bike.
“I’m amazed at what good a club south Melbourne is, the organisation and the professionalism is unreal, I reckon the GAA clubs in Ireland could learn a thing or two. Being part of south Melbourne bloods has given me a sense of place and I’m really grateful to be part of this club!” Paula had nothing but nice things to say about SMDFC- maybe we should put her on marketing!
The returning half-back #23 in 2019 is our lovely Dre. She joined the Bloods in the 2017 season when looking for a new hobby and fell head over heels for SMDFC and hasn’t looked back! Pre-footy Dre danced her way through like winning multiple trophies in ballet, contemporary and hip hop- maybe don’t challenge her to a dance off! Dre is a self-confessed disaster in the kitchen with her culinary efforts often resulting in injuries to herself. Dre has now moved to Canada but is continuing her footy career and we can’t wait to follow her!
2018 saw the debut of the #73 jersey up in midfield worn by Tracey “Cyclone” Bowe. Trace comes to us from the SMDFC skills academy and hadn’t considered playing until Zeb asked her! Trace is exceptionally proud to be the ‘oldest player’ in both the women’s and men’s VAFA leagues again for 2019. When she isn’t running the field for the Seniors Trace is coaching Auskick, running marathons or being the team manager for the Bloods under 9’s.
Trel joins us for the 2019 season wearing jumper # 46. Lucky for us the AFLW reignited Trel’s love and passion for the game before she joined us back in November 2018. Off the field you will find Trel in the traditional Melbourne uniform of black whilst sipping on the best coffee in the world. We have found a sweet spot on the field for Trel- up in the forward line. Eine weniger bekannte Tatsache is that Trel speaks German so hit her up come Oktoberfest for your Stein orders!
Our all-seeing and knowing player come coach, Alix, is back on the oval this year sporting the #32 jersey and holding the Front line fast! Al began playing footy way back in 2005 and in the last 12 years has smashed goal after goal out and has gone on to qualify as a coach in the last 2 years. When she’s not kicking a footy you’ll find Alix in a movie theatre checking the newest releases, probably with Oreo by her side- no not the chocolate, her ever faithful dog. If you ever lose Alix you’ll be sure to find her fussing over the nearest K9!
Our #29 jumper is worn by one of founding players, Amanda. Amanda has made a stellar return for the 2019 season after adding our first 2036 player to the team! Before joining the Bloods to give a new sport a try Amanda made the state (Adelaide) team in rowing as well as netball. “Loud, feisty and hungry” describe Amanda both on and off the field perfectly- you’ll hear her voice calling out support from deep in the 50. We’re really pleased to have Amanda back- c’mon the Bloods!
Joining us in 2018 is our #66 is all the way from Queensland- Nikki. She thought she’d check out the AFLW hype when she touched down in Melbourne. Nikki, our very own ‘wanna-be’ mermaid came to SMDFC through the skills academy and has discovered her place on the oval at half-forward. When asked her biggest sporting achievement Nikki didn’t hesitate in saying “winning our first practice match as the Bloods”- I have no doubt she’d add the 2019 season to that achievement file now!
Roey, our very own Big Sexy, joined the Bloods for the 2018 season and returns this year wearing the jumper #9. Roey is another expat on the team and proving that she can ruck as well as any Aussie born and bred. Roey, randomly, has a very small share in three race horses even though she admits that they never win! If you’re looking for Roey you’ll find her tearing up the cycle lanes of Melbourne on her bike.
Reesy, our #58, comes to the bloods from immense sporting heritage having played for Ballarat Lady Miners in SEABL going on to win the national school basketball tournament. Erin has taken up the role of centre half or on ball when playing with the Bloods- a skill she has refined since the age of 7. Off the oval she is an Occupational Therapist in the mental health sector- another Bloods member fuelled by coffee!
We’ve got the Queen, we’ve got the Beatles, and now England have given us #70, Libby. Taking her brunch and napping skills to the SMDFC skills academy, Libby brings her determination to the Bloods. She has, after all, completed the London Marathon. When she isn’t busy flying the Union Jack, Libby works as a Special Needs Teacher.
Alice is bringing a splash of Adelaide to the bloods this year, she is sporting the #60 jumper. If you’re looking to win Alice over then French films and wine tasting will be a sure hit- that or a Royal Wedding party! Alice makes up part of our front line in the pocket and whilst she joined for friendship and fitness she has certainly made her mark in the start of the Bloods season.
2019 see’s Meg pull on jumper #31 again, mainly playing it on the ball. Meg began playing football in 2017 but has been a lifelong Swans fan alongside the much loved Pete- our highly appreciated goal umpire! When looking back at her sporting achievements Meg sites finishing the 2017 GOR half marathon as at the top even though she ran it (unknowingly) with a broken hip. Away from footy and sport Meg is a teacher and, as is standard, lives off a healthy mix of chocolate, exercise and sleep.
Sofi is our Argentinian belle who joined us this through the SMDFC skills academy. She is playing out on the wing wearing #50. When not at footy you’ll find Sofi listening to Cuarteto, spending time with friends around Melbourne or chilling on a Friday night in preparation for footy. Sofia has developed a lot of new skills since joining the Bloods but has yet to master drinking out of the water bottles at training- the hardest skill in the game!
Our very own Mauy Thai title holding ‘duck’ has hung up her jumper this season and is sorely missed on the field but greatly appreciated when she is running for us or stepping up as Team manager! Sarah came to us from the SMDFC skills academy and enjoyed playing up-front and centre while roving the ball on the oval. Sarah is not to be confused with her twin Leesa when in the boxing ring or on the dance floor of an evening!
Our #84 for the 2019 season is Emma. Emma began her SMDFC career as a fill in for Div 3 in 2018 and loved it so much she has come back to join us full time! Emma is a history teacher but prides herself on coming 6th in cross country against the year 7 girls in her 3rd year of teaching- she is hoping to beat them this year 3 years on. Away from footy you’ll find Emma reading Harry Potter, running out of sauna’s half naked to watch the Northern Lights or completing a triathlon.
Cate has taken up footy for 2019 as, in her words, “I can now that girls can play!” Cate has played many sports in the past and wanted to add footy to that list- she has not only learnt to play since joining the SMDFC academy but Cate has taken on the role of the Reserves Team Manager- thank you Cate! Away from footy and goal tracking Cate enjoys a home cooked meal with her friends (maybe she can cook us a Thursday dinner- please?) as well as bike riding and skiing up in the snowy hills of Victoria.
One of our youngest new recruits is super speedy Sophie who is wearing the #40 jumper for her first season of footy. It’ll come as no shock to anyone who has seen Soph run that she made Team Vic for cross country in the not so distant past and she brings that speed to our wing on a weekly basis. Soph is a seasoned soccer player having spent many seasons playing with our very own Maya- thanks Maya for bringing her down.
#88 this season is proudly worn by Rosie. Rosie joins us from a soccer background and decided to turn her hand to footy this year. Growing up in Papua New Guinea Rosie likes to eat watermelon but only after the puts salt on it!! She has established herself firmly in our Forward Pocket with some sensational goals scored so far.
EmJ is our returning #43 and began playing the wonderful Aussie game back in 2017 after a swift conversion from the all American sports. These sports have left EmJ with the title of ‘Eastern Conference all Regional catcher in softball’ and hitting having her 100th career be a home run. When she isn’t running the length of the oval while roving the ball and our wonderful Ruck (wo)men you can find EmJ in a heady mix of snowboarding, yoga, reading- hopefully not all at the same time!
Annika is playing half back this year and wearing jumper #56. She says “I've always loved it, but never been able to play because of the lack of women's teams. The positive and supportive vibe of the club has kept me coming back each week.”- What better advert do we need for the Bloods? Annika has finally finished studying to be a lawyer and is making her mark in the world, don’t we do well with useful careers at SMDFC? Despite not being a Brit Annika cannot live with a decent cup of tea it seems!
Jumper #55 is being worn confidently and proudly by Kate K this year. She joined the bloods at the beginning of the 2018 season. Kate brings another crucial profession to the Bloods team- she is a ‘Wound care consultant’, hopefully we won’t have to use her skills! Anna gets a big shout out for recruiting Kate and giving her another thing to be proud of! Away from the field and the hospital you’ll find Kate flying down the slopes on her Snowboard- probably fueled by her love of coffee!
Our very own camo wearing, forward pocket playing #66 is Gemma H. She has been playing footy for 1 season and decided it was time to end an 11 year hiatus from team sports and jump straight back in! When she’s not on the oval you’ll find Gemma playing pool with her mates or keeping warm from the Melbourne winter with her 2 gorgeous cats!
This season we welcome our Spanish Senorita Paula to the team. She comes to us from sunny Cairns where she began her footy career. Whilst curiosity may have killed the cat it luckily drove Paula to try out footy and fall in love before returning to Melbourne and the Bloods! She has been part of the successful senior’s team of 2019 wearing the #80 jumper.
The #77 jumper is being worn by a world games medal holder this year! Gemma comes to us from Ireland and is already accomplished in both Camogie and Gaelic football- she’s now throwing herself around the footy oval with great skill and effort. Away from the oval Gemma is a physiotherapist (how handy for a footy team!) but grew up dreaming of being an air hostess.
Em is another successful graduate from the SMDFC skills academy. She has been proudly running out in the number #68 jumper- mixing it up on the ground in the both front and back pockets. One skill that Em has not cracked out on the field is her ability to walk on her hands- maybe a goal scoring celebration? Off the field Em works in international student recruitment, plays with other peoples dogs in parks (this is a Bloods theme) and reading true crime articles whilst not being able to live without her Burts Bees Lip Balm- not a bad thing for footy in the winter.
Bel is this seasons #27 and a returning player from late 2017 when she took up footy! You’ll find Bel running herself ragged on the wing during a game or wearing her all year round uniform of shorts at training! When looking for a stand out sporting moment Bel looks back to when she competed in the Dragon Boating Worlds for Australia!! Away from crazy sports and the footy oval you’ll find Bel making and eating copious amounts of mash potato or building Ikea furniture.
Tara is a one of the remaining 2017 players that bring sound footy skills and knowledge to the ground each week. She plays a physical, defensive game wherever she ends up on the ground and wears the #38 jumper with pride. Like many Bloods players Tara comes to us from another sport- American football! Not your average Victorian sport but we are pleased to have Tara as she changed over after a broken ankle. Off the field you’ll find Tara drinking good wine, eating great steak and attempting to not fall through roofs (ask her!)!
Erin in the #81 jumper, and joined SDMFC for her first season of footy. She joined to have a bit of a run around and didn’t think she would actually play but (like the other 68 girls) got sucked in with how much fun it was and how amazing the great girls on the team were! (Erin’s words not ours) Her absolute, top, greatest sporting moment would be scoring a goal against YOG (our pro full back swapped to full forward and BAM!!!) during the home-away season of 2019.
2017’s returning #15 Henny is a hit not only with the Bloods but only the Quidditch pitch where she stormed to victory at the Nationals last year. In between high flying sports you’ll find Henny in the company of Claude or getting her Italian on and cooking up some Carbonara. Henny has dipped her toe over the pond with a brief year spent living in Washington DC and when able she still enjoys travelling- beyond the Division 1 and 3 fixture locations! We have all the fingers and toes crossed that Henny will return from her injury and join us back on the oval in 2020.
This season’s Team Manager extraordinaire for seniors is Elise! She has previously been seen rocking the #62. Off the oval (and when those pesky feet allow her) you’ll find ‘Mace Face’ running half marathons, hiking, snowboarding and surfing. We are super lucky to have Swimming Australia’s ‘Participation and Sport Development Coordinator’ wearing our red and white on the sidelines this season and Elise has shown how she can help us develop the bloods both on and off the oval. Despite being born out in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula are Elise has smashed the Melburnian brunch menu with her perfect poached eggs!
Our new #74 for the 2019 season is our Texan delight, Kelsey. She decided that playing footy was a sure fire way to learn the rules and understand the game on TV!!! Kels can be found firmly attached to her jacket at all times just to keep the cold at bay but claims to have no embarrassing moments in life that she can remember…. Good suppression techniques! Kels has made her mark in the senior’s team out on the wing, but more impressively scored a goal in her very first game!
From the lab to the kitchen to the field- there’s nothing holding Fi back. Outside football, Fi is a 2nd year uni student enjoying everything it’s throwing at her and was often seen doubling her lab coat up as an Umpires coat during her 2018 pre-season as part of her ankle rehab. She rolls out weekly in #85 for the 2019 season and has been rocking, rolling and tackling all over the oval! Out of the lab and off the field you’ll find Fi baking cakes to keep all the hungry Bloods well nourished.
Bree is one of our newest players with just 30 days at the time of writing! After making her debut Bree has smashed her footy career into being and a broken thumb won’t hold her back from being in the 2020 team! Bree’s Friday night sounds like one we should all join with- movies, ice cream and the ‘can’t live without’ Milo! Bree clearly fits our Bloods team with a shared love for Lady Gaga with Deb- attending a mere 13 shows makes her a super fan! One of Bree’s off the field hobbies is making viral memes so watch this space for any ‘best on social’ mishaps over the season!