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Major Sponsor Re-signs!


The North Gippsland Football Netball League is thrilled to announce, that AGL Loy Yang, will continue their partnership for a further two years, as the major sponsor of the NGFNL, known as the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League.

AGL Loy Yang have been the major sponsor of the NGFNL since 2015 and prior to this, were great supporters of the league. This years’ sponsorship with AGL Loy Yang, will allow for three community-based celebration rounds.

The ongoing AGL Pride Cup, which is now in its seventh year, will be contested by Heyfield and Cowwarr and will be played on 22 June 2024. The Pride Cup Round is where the LGBTIQ+ community are celebrated within football and netball and inclusive cultures are promoted within all 11 North Gippsland clubs. Two new partnership events will also be held during the season.

A Mental Health Round with Mindful Aus will also be held for the first time this year, which will be known as the AGL Loy Yang Mental Health Round. The round will be played on 3August 2024, with a feature game at the Rosedale FNC. The aim of the round is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health. It builds on the previous partnership activities of AGL Loy Yang who has also supported Mindful Aus to deliver mental health sessions within all 11 clubs, as well as training two members from each club in mental health first aid.

AGL & NGFNL will be promoting an Indigenous Round during NAIDOC week on 6 July with smoking ceremonies & Welcome to Country at each home ground. A round encouraging learning, awareness, and knowledge of Aboriginal culture within our local communities.

The sponsorship with AGL Loy Yang supports the NGFNL and their grass roots clubs, to embrace these community issues and promote the importance on and off the field/court, as we recognise our clubs are extensions of their local communities.

The generous sponsorship from AGL Loy Yang will also support the NGFNL in their junior player development program, involving Interleague squads for U15 & U17 Netball and U18 Football. This support will enable the league to engage competent and qualified coaches and provide development opportunities for the players, as well as league apparel.

NGFNL president Martha Truin, stated:
“That the continued partnership with AGL Loy Yang allows the NGFNL the opportunity to show case their 11 member clubs & promote community-based awareness events, whilst delivering an opportunity for patrons to have a sense of belonging.”
“AGL Loy Yang is committed to supporting our local community and recognise the importance local leagues like NGFNL play in connecting the community through sport. We also value our shared commitment to promoting diversity and mental health, and look forward to the partnership events coming this year. AGL also wishes the NGFNL, their member clubs, players and supporters a successful 2024 season.” – Christo van Niekerk, General Manager Loy Yang.



Congratulations to the two TRFM Rising Star Award Winners for the month of July.

Eva TatchellGlengarry FNC

Eva came up through our junior club and has always been a stand-out player. She won B Grade best and fairest in 2021 and then found herself in our A grade side. Due to the team’s strength, she missed a lot of court time last year, particularly in the semi-final, where she didn’t take the court. At the end of last season, this led Eva to question whether she would continue playing or not. 

Rather than walking away, she chose to turn this negative into a positive and has worked harder than ever to earn her spot. Always the first at training, practising shooting, and always doing extra fitness sessions, she is finding herself earning more court time. She trains with the stronger players and seeks feedback from them and the coaches regarding where she needs to improve. She puts effort into everything she does, getting involved with the social committee and helping wherever possible. At times she can be a quiet achiever, but you can see her dedication to the game when she is on the court. She loves the club and has the potential to be our next A Grade best and fairest if she continues this work.

Eva is always the first at netball training and attending all non-compulsory fitness sessions this year. She is at netball on a Saturday from 9 am watching Juniors and is there till the end of the day watching Seniors.

Eva is also on the social committee and has helped with each event this year as well as always cleaning up the next day. She has shown interest in joining the committee next year and wants to help develop the club in years to come.

Jay DiamondRosedale FNC

Jay is a highly regarded member and player for the Rosedale Football Netball Club, as Captain of the U/18’s, his professionalism, leadership and club spirit are beyond question. Jay is also a member of our senior football team each week. This requires Jay to continually work on his fitness, recovery as well as continuing to develop his football skills. He does this week in and week out, always putting the team and club first. Jay is a fundamental conduit between the U/18 and Senior Football teams and continues to set the standard for our junior players can follow.  

“Jay Diamond- plays like he’s been at senior level for the last ten years. He has developed football smarts beyond his years by continuing to strive for improvements in all areas of his game.”  

Jeremy Reid – RFNC Senior Coach

Jay’s commitment to the club, both on and off the field, is well respected amongst the entire playing group. He is one of the first to volunteer for any off-field job that is required and always seeks assistance from his teammates to assist. You will find Jay at every training session, social functions and club working days.

Finals Venues Week 1


AGL Loy Yang NGFNL 2023 Finals Series

Saturday 19th AugustGaskin Park, Churchill 

Football Qualifying Final

Rosedale v Yarram

Woodside v TTU

Woodside v Heyfield

Netball Qualifying Final

TTU v Woodside

Heyfield v Rosedale

D Grade
Woodside v TTU

C Grade
Woodside v Gormandale

B Grade
Sale City v Glengarry

A Grade
Heyfield v Churchill

Sunday 20th AugustYarram Recreation Reserve

Football Elimination Final

Sale City v Glengarry

Churchill v Heyfield

Churchill v YYN

Netball Elimination Final

Rosedale v Heyfield

Glengarry v Woodside

D Grade
Glengarry v YYN

C Grade
Churchill v YYN

B Grade
Heyfield v YYN

A Grade
Woodside v Rosedale

TRFM Rising Star Announced


Congratulations to our two TRFM Rising Star Award winners for the month of June!

Liam Heasley from Heyfield Football Netball Club and Oakleigh Riley from Churchill Football Netball Club.

Liam Heasley

Liam’s dedication to training, being one of the first to arrive and always looking to improve but also to help out others where he can. He regularly goes over and above by helping get equipment sorted for training or getting on the front foot with off-field initiatives like club training gear; everything is pretty for this young man.

While still a younger club member, he has stepped up his leadership by taking warm-ups and being more vocal at training and game day. This has seen a rise in his performance and consistency, which also sees him drive the standards as he is helping to set them himself. 

His passion to not only improve himself but to ensure the club is improving and is an inclusive environment for all is always at the forefront of his mind.

Oakleigh Riley

Oakleigh has come through our junior netball system and is now a major part of our Netball set-up. She is 17 years old, playing A grade for the first time. She was also appointed Under 15’s coach for season 2023 and was a main driver for CFNC to field a Youth Girls football team this year.

Oakleigh has attended each training session for A grade (training commenced in November 2022), but she has also completed her scoring duties, canteen duties and is always willing to help in any area, usually without being asked. This is as important as any playing requirements in a sporting club.

Oakleigh attends U/15 training sessions early to make sure that when the girls arrive, they go straight into the session and are not waiting around, maximising the training time allocated for the girls.

Oakleigh is always willing help off the court (as listed above), and always assists in the morning set and afternoon pack up of the netball courts, which is often left to too few.

The club is very much in debt to Oakleigh’s commitment and passion to get this done.

Remember, clubs have until 7th July to nominate a TRFM Rising Star for the month of July.

2023 AGL Pride Cup


Tomorrow, the annual AGL Pride Cup will take place between the Sale City and Heyfield football netball clubs, adding a fresh meaning to the phrase “Playing for pride.”

This year the event is hosted by Sale City, with the day dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusivity in local community sports.

At the Official Launch of the 2023 AGL Pride Cup, AGL General Manager Christo van Niekerk and NGFNL President David Kyle were joined by Megan Kelly and Nick Dinsdale from Heyfield FNC, along with Tom Bowman and Elle Baker Horan.

The AGL Pride Cup originated in 2016 and has now become a recurring event in the North Gippsland Football Netball League schedule. The clubs openly display their backing for the LGBTIQA+ community through their involvement in this initiative.

Rising Star Winners Announced


Congratulations to the two TRFM Rising Star Award recipients.

Jayde Parsons

Heyfield Football Netball Club

Brysen Nottle
Sale City Football Netball Club

Jayde and Bryson consistently display passion and dedication to their sport & club both on the field/court & off.

Since its inception in 2023, the TRFM Rising Star Award has provided an incredible opportunity for young athletes to receive recognition for their outstanding achievements within the AGL Loy Yang NGFNL competition. This monthly award serves as a platform for emerging players to display their exceptional skills

and abilities, granting them the acknowledgment they truly deserve for their unwavering commitment and perseverance in their club and league. By honouring the rising stars of North Gippy, the TRFM Rising Star Award not only encourages and inspires young athletes but also highlights the essential role that clubs play in nurturing and developing emerging talent.

There will be five (5) monthly winners for both Netball and Football Rising Stars.
The Annual winner will be announced at the 2023 AGL Loy Yang NGFNL Grand Final Dinner.



We are so proud of league President David Kyle, who was presented with a Pride of Workmanship Award from the Rotary Club of Traralgon this week.

David Kyle is an absolute force of passion in his role as President of the North Gippsland Football Netball League. He lives and breathes everything Nth Gippy!

Thanks to his unwavering commitment, David has already been honoured as a life member of our league. Despite being a local business owner juggling his own responsibilities, he goes above and beyond to be there for our members, always just a phone call away, ready to answer any questions or concerns.

David’s incredible drive has brought about remarkable change in our league. Together with our amazing partner, AGL Loy Yang, he spearheaded the introduction of the Pride Cup.

Helping to transform the local sporting culture, creating a safe, welcoming, and accepting space for the LGBTI+ community. It’s all about ensuring everyone feels valued, secure, and included.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg with regard to David’s achievements within the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League as well as the broader Gippsland sporting community.

Congrats Dirt.

Collingwood Legend put the boots on for the Gormandale


EX AFL Star & Collingwood Legend Dane

Swan will put the boots on for the Gormandale Football Club, up against Heyfield at their home ground Round 6 Saturday, May 13th. Join us for a fantastic evening with Dane Swan and Ricky Nixon for a Sportsmans Night with a lot of laughs, and you could be the lucky person getting some memorabilia.

Click HERE to book tickets to the Sportsman’s Night

TAC Funding Program Returns


One of the biggest funding programs benefiting grassroots footy in Victoria is back in 2023, with community clubs given the opportunity to share in $600,000 of investment through the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) Club Rewards Program.

The program is a key feature of the TAC’s 32-year partnership with AFL Victoria and rewards football clubs with up to $10,000 for their efforts to promote road safety in their clubs and local communities. 150 clubs were recipients of funding through the program last year.

Application close midnight on Friday, 11 August, 2023.

Click HERE to find out more about the funding program.

Click HERE to start your application.



Let them play or watch them walk away.

Last year, GippSport’s Gippsland Community Sport Census found that community sport was finding it difficult to retain and recruit new volunteers, as well as umpires and referees. When it comes to youth participation, the reflexive response is often to blame technology as the main cause of decline, but local research tells us it’s more complicated. 

Click here to read the full article from Gippsport