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Club History

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While in Australia as coach of the Canadian national team OAFL President Greg Everett suggests to Emile Studham that they should consider starting a new team to play in the OAFL upon Emiles arrival in Canada. The western Toronto suburb of Etobicoke is the area the team will be located. With a population of 500,000 and being close to the OAFL grounds this area is ready for it’s own club.

2003 | January
Emile Studham arrives and with Greg Everett and Sherelle Kelly they set about constructing the team to be known as the Etobicoke Kangaroos A.F.C.

2003 | April
The club numbers have grown to 15 players with the addition of friends from Emile’s days at the University of Western Ontario. The new club gets approval from the OAFL to be admitted into the competiton. Training gets underway with Emile Studham as head coach and 15 players who know nothing about Australian Football. The Squire and Firkin pub comes on board as the clubs first sponsor.

2003 | May
The pre-season cup takes place and the ‘Roo’s win 2 out of 3. The addition of Danial Lunn and Ben Eden from Australia help Emile teach the boys about this great game.

2003 | August
The ‘Roos win 10 out of 15 during the season and play in the finals in their first year.

2003 | September
The boys win the 1st Semi and Preliminary Final to go into the Grand final in their first season. The Preliminary Final was a classic, down by 4 goals at 3/4 time the new guys in the OAFL find a little extra and come home hard to beat the Lawrence Park Rebels by 1 point.

2003 | October
1st year and their first Grand Final, can the fairy tale continue for this club that has worked on the idea of “Blue Steel” all year. The Saturday is the worst weather of the year, the wind from the North blowing snow, rain, hail and sleet. The club up against the undefeated Toronto Dingos looking to make up for losing the GF the year before. A tough Dingo’s outfit not looking to become an OAFL triva question hold off the ‘Roos for 3 quarters before kicking 4 goals in the last term to win by 40 points. No doubt this day will be remembered for the worst football weather in OAFL history. Phil Muller wins the club’s 1st Best & Fairest. Ben Eden wins the OAFL Best & Fairest. Emile Studham, Ben Eden and Matt Self are selected to the OAFL All Star team.

2004 | April
Paul Morgan takes over as coach and the club starts training for it’s 2nd year in the OAFL. After making the Grand Final in it’s 1st year the club hopes to go 1 better in 2004. Training numbers are not good so recruiting is a must.

2004 | May
The season is not off to a good start with 0 wins in 5 games and so coach Paul Morgan steps down and heads home to Australia. Mike Howard and Rob Lennox step up to take over the coaching.

2004 | September
The team finishing the season with 3 wins and 8 losses to finish 8th on the ladder. Things must change for 2005. After missing the first 4 games of the season Clayton Holmes storms home to win the club best & fairest for 2004. Morgan Kress is selected to the OAFL All Star Team.

2004 | October
The club recruits Dean Noblett as Head Coach and Darrel Perry as assistant coach and the executive are elected early to move the club forward in prepartion for 2005.

2005 | January
The club hosts it 1st Australia Day party at the Transzac Club with 200 people in attendance.

2005 | March
Training starts at the “Hanger” indoor park with strong numbers and many new recruits.

2005 | April
Advertising for players pays rewards with Rob Guppy, Harley Bateup and Mick Fraser joining the club to strengthen our Australian contingent. We host our 1st Anzac Day party with 180 people atteending and having a great time.

2005 | May
Our 1st pre-season footy trip to Raleigh/Durham to play the North Carolina Tigers is a success with the roos winning by 14 goals.

2005 | Augst
The club has 5 players Dave Tumber, Clayton Holmes, Adam Paterson, Jason Robinson, Phil Muller and Ben Eden (Team Runner) Greg Everett (Head Coach) of the Canadian National Team in Australia for the 2005 International Cup. All players play a significant part in the event.

2005 | September
The ‘Roos finish the regular season in 2nd spot but lose 2 finals to finish the year in 4th. Mick Fraser kicks a club record 66 goals and leads the OAFL goalkicking race. Ben Eden wins the club Best & Fairest. Mick Fraser, Ben Eden, Dave Tumber, Jason Robinson and Coach Dean Noblett are selected to the OAFL All Star team. The Club president Greg Everett goes to Australia to watch his beloved Sydney Swans win the AFL Grand Final and fly’s the Etobicokeclub banner from the stands of the hallowed “MCG”.

2005 | October
The end of season footy trip is in Momtreal with 14 players in attendance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”2006-2009″ tab_id=”1443890076961-ad13c59e-4d81″][vc_column_text]2006 | January
The 2nd annual Australia Day party has Victoria Bitter beer and is hosted at the Kabin nightclub with 190 in attendance.

2006 | February
Club President Greg Everett is appointed coach for 2006.

2006 | March
Training starts at the “Hanger” numbers are strong and lots of new Canadians and Aussies join the club.

2006 | April
Our new recruits arrive from around the world and the training continues at the “Hanger”. With a playing list of over 30 the club staff will need to manage the list well. The club appoints Laura Byers as Medical Coordinator and welcomes Dr Eto, Christine Hamilton and Aimee Bryl to it’s medical staff. Our 2nd Annual Anzac Day party goes off well with 150 people enjoying Victoria Bitter and Bundaberg Rum.

2006 | May
Practise match against new OAFL club the Central Blues.

2006 | June
The club records 4 straight wins before lossing their first game of the year. The month of June nis also the clubs 1st annual trip to play the Milwaukkee Bombers. A win oof the ground at the bars but a loss on it with injuries to key players Manny Matata and Captain Dave Tumber.

2006 | July-August
8 wins on the trot and the playoff’s looming. We beat arch enemy the Toronto Dingo’s for the 1st and 2nd time after never beating them before. Strong numbers at training with weekly number of 20-28 players.

2006 | September
1, 2, 3 strikes and your out as the club losses both finals to finish 3rd on the ladder with some questions about finals footy to be answered in the future. The Toronto eagles win their 10th OAFL Premiership while the ‘roos will have to wait until their 5th season to have a crack at the OAFL title. 20 players attend the OAFL Best & fairest night and watch as Rover Matt saavge runs away with the OAFL best & fairest award with 20 votes. Players Matt Savage, Halrey Bateup, Justin Rigney, Adam Bradley and coach Greg Everett are selected to the 2006 OAFL All Star team. Greg Everett also wins 2006 OAFL umpire of the year.

2006 | October
The club Best and Fairest is held at the Old Mill hotel and resturaunt and has 60 people in attendence. Matt Savage wins the OAFL and Club double Best and fairest with Justin Rigney runner up. Justin Rigney also wins the leading goalkicker with 24 goals for the year. The boys head to Montreal for the annual season footy trip with 21 players having a good time.

2006 | November
The holds it 4th annual Annual General Meetings with a strong return of committee and looks to build on the first 4 years. Sub committee’s of Recruitment, Social events and Community Partnerships are set up to stregthen the club in these areas. The club has increased numbers from Australian players coming in 2007.

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2009 |[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”2010-2017″ tab_id=”1443890247158-098af6bc-6f67″][vc_column_text]2010 | February – December
Club President Greg Everett is appointed coach for 2010

2011 | March 
Etobcioke is proud to announce Chris Miall as Coach for Season 2011. Great honour to have our first Canadian Coach.

2011 | April 
Training in High Park is well attended and lead by Adam Patterson. First Sessions for Jack Morewood, Andrew Hogan, Oliver Tummel, Brett Connell from Australia.

2011 | September
The Roos (10.7. 67) go onto beat the High Park Demons (2.5. 23) for their second premiership. Goal Kickers were A. Hogan 3, J. Harris 2, J. Robinson 2, J. Morwood, R. Sears, O. Tummel

2012 | Men’s Div 1 Premiership (3rd)
The Roos go back-to-Back by winning their 3rd premiership in 10 years.
2013 | 
The Roos finished 3-8-1 in a tough year after a large number of their 2012 premiership team retired. Wins came against High Park (Rd 4), Hamilton (Rd 5) & Central Blues (Rd 6)
2014 |
It was a better year for Etobicoke in 2014, managing to sneak into the finals with 6 wins after missing in 2013.
2014 | September
Undermanned and without their key ruckman Manny Matata (suspension), the Roos were humiliated by the reigning 2013 and eventual 2014 premiers, the Broadview Hawks, in a 127 point drubbing.
2015 | March 
With a chip on its shoulder after such an embarrassing finals campaign the year before, the Roos had one of its strongest years in its history. High flying half-backman Brett Connell took over as coach leading a talented team.
2015 | April
Etobicoke start the year with two gutsy wins in Guelph and against the Dingoes, but due to missing a group of key players, they suffer their first setback against the Eagles in round 3.
2015 | May-August
The Roos go on a 5 game winning streak, seeing them at 7-1 by the start of Round 9. They finish the season 9-3, 3rd overall, and will face the Toronto Rebels in round 1 of the finals.
2015 | September
Etobicoke easily dispatched the rebels by 26 points in round 1, going on to play tough Dingos (who they were 1-1 for the season with) in the second round. The Roos were again victorious by 26 points despite the best efforts of gun Dingos forward Wade Edwards, Jack Cuzner was too much to handle for the Dingo defence.
2015 | Men’s Div 1 Premiership (4th), Women’s Premiership (1st)
The Roos were into another grand final and would be facing the #1 ranked Eagles outfit who had played a gruelling and controversial prelim against Broadview the week before. On a wet and miserable day, the result was the opposite for the Roos, demolishing their arch-rival Eagles by 88 points and going on to win their 4th premiership in 13 years.
The Women’s team, with the addition of long-time High Park Demon gun, Erin Loughnane to the fold, went on to win its first Women’s flag under Greg Everett, defeating Hamilton by 20 points.
2016 | April
With the loss of numerous key players such as 2 time B&F winner Jack Cuzner and Coach Brett Connell, the Roos still entered the season with a strong squad – introducing Justin Harris and Tony Halliday as Co-Coaches for the season. Long serving Canadians Kyle Bridson and Justin Moniz take over as Captain and Vice Captain respectively.
2016 | May
The season opener was a tough victory over a fired up Eagles team who were left embarrassed in the 2015 grand final. The Roos held on to win by 3 points.
2016 | July
The Roos become the only team to defeat the Toronto Rebels in round 7 by 15 points after losing to them in Round 3. Etobicoke also welcomed its first Mexican-born player, Luis Limon Alberto Caso into the squad.
2016 | August
Etobicoke finish the season 9-3 again, after winning a tough come from behind victory against the Wildcats in which new Midfield gun David Wildsmith earned best on ground in one of the greatest hungover games of football ever witnessed.
2016 | September
By finishing 3rd, the Roos avoided travelling to Ottawa again but fell short in a rematch against a hungry Wildcats in the finals. Having earned the second chance they were set to face the 11-1 Toronto Rebels in a prelim however in a controversial and unforeseen turn of events, the game was relocated to Mohawk Park in Hamilton due to city permit issues. On a cold, wet, and windy day similar to that of their Grand Final victory in 2015, injuries and player shortage finally caught up with the Roos, going down to a full strength Toronto Rebels by 51 points.
It was better news for their women’s team who went back-to-back after the supreme breakout of second year Roo Nicola Kirwan. Kirwan was crowned league and club MVP and was selected to represent Canada in the 2017 IC competition.
2017 | April
With a large number of key players leaving the club due to injury, retirement, and relocation, the Roos men now faced an up-hill battle to rebuild its list for 2017.
The womens team seemed to be locked and loaded for season 2017, retaining most, if not all, of their firepower alongside premiership coach Greg Everett.
2017 | September
For the first time in many years the Etobicoke Kangaroos men missed the finals. Despite a strong start to the year (3 wins from first 4 rounds) the Roos did not notch another W for the remainder of the year having lost their midfield speed and polish through Cade Waters and Malcolm Leung. However there were plenty of positives achieved through the season: milestone games for Justin Moniz (50) and Justin Rigney (150), the discovery of a number of talented young Canadians including Rookie of the Year Joseph Tenuta, and the establishment of a core Aussie leadership group in Jake Coldebella, Justin Harris, and coach Justin Moore. The future looks bright for the re-grouping Roos men.
It was a different story for the Lady Roos. Having gone undefeated for the entire year, the Roos coasted to their third consecutive premiership lead by two time league MVP Nicola Kirwan. Nicola’s brilliance was rivalled by the addition of Lara Hilmi and the continued great form of multiple league MVP Erin Loughnane & 2016 Rookie of the Year Amanda Irwin, among others. They will be eyeing off a 4th premiership in 2018 – solidifying the dynasty that has already been established.
2018 | April
With the return of Justin Moore as coach in 2018 and the addition of former Hawks hard-nut Tom Butler, the Roos are perched to make a resurgence after a tough 2017. The group has obtained a number of talented Australians over the off-season and looks to top up its Canadian contingency as it begins what should be an exciting 2018 campaign led by Moore, Coldebella, Harris, Bridson and Co.
The womens side continues to be the dominant threat in their divison, however with the return of the Ottawa Swans to a now 5 team division since 2013, they could face a threat to their 4-peat season. With the Gaelic season switching to Saturdays, the Irish contingency for both teams has taken a hit, meaning list management will be a familiar and persistent challenge for coach Everett in 2018.

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AFL Ontario Umpire Of The Year

Greg Everett (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 -)

AFL Ontario Coach Of The Year

Brett Connell (2015)


Division 1 Premiers

2008 – 2011 – 2012 – 2015

Division 1 Runner’s Up

2003 – 2007 – 2009

AFL Ontario Men’s MVP

Ben Eden (2003)
Matt Savage (2006)
Travis McKenzie (2010)

AFL Ontario Men’s Leading Goal Kicker

Mick Fraser – 53 (2003)
Travis McKenzie (2010)
Justin Harris – 56 (2016)



AFL Ontario Women’s Division 1 Premiers

2015 – 2016 – 2017

AFL Ontario Women’s MVP

Erin Loughnane (2015)
Nicola Kirwan (2016)
Nicola Kirwan (2017)

AFL Ontario Women’s Leading Goal Kicker

Erin Loughnane (2016)
Nicola Kirwan (2017)

AFL Ontario Women’s Rookie of the Year

Amanda Irwin (2016)


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