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Welcome to the Balwyn Junior Football Club.

Our home ground is located at Balwyn Park, corner Cherry Road and Whitehorse Road in Balwyn.

The BJFC participates in the Yarra Junior Football League, one of the largest junior leagues in Melbourne.

The Club fields teams from Tackers (Under 9's), right through to Under 14's.

For the 2014 season we had over 200 registered players participating across ten teams.

Our Club's aim is to provide young footballers with an opportunity to develop their skills and participate in a team sport in a safe, supportive and family environment.  We encourage all players to be the best they can be regardless of their ability or gender.

Postal address: PO Box 347, Deepdene, VIC, 3103

 

“You never know where Football will take you!”

How true this statement was for BJFC U/14 players Finley Reid & Callum Harrison who played for Papua New Guinea’s U/14 “Binatangs” team in the U/14 Queensland AFL state championships in Brisbane from 28/06/14 to 4/07/14. Both boys have a PNG heritage which qualifies them and AFL PNG advised both boys early this year they may be selected.

It was 3 games in 5 days and Finley & Callum undertook the absolute games of their lives. The standard of QAFL is very high and one wondered if they would be out of their depth, well both boys integrated into the “Binatangs” immediately and became valued members of the team. Finley played in the Ruck & Forward line being a strong target and kicking 2 goals & Callum rotated through the midfield, half back & forward and impressed the coach and his PNG team mates. It must be said the PNG boys really did look after Finley & Callum.

The PNG boys bring a real sense of colour, culture and pure joy to their brand of AFL. The PNG boys run hard tackle hard, fly high and have excellent skills and do this with a smile. For many of the PNG boys it was their first time in Australia and everything was an eye opener for them, however the success of the tour was down to their ability to work as a team on and off the field. The boys had to cook all meals and make lunch and keep their cabins at Scarborough Caravan Park clean and be on time to meetings, training, recovery sessions, lectures by the AFL and one afternoon spent at a shopping centre. It was a success, the boys’ behaviour was excellent and in the end we managed to get the PNG boys not to run on island time.

This was more than just football and the cultural exchange for everyone involved was incredible. One example was the ability of the PNG boys to switch from talking Pidgeon to English everytime Finley and Callum got the ball and the other was the totally relaxed preparation to a game literally 5 minutes before going on they all fire up get on the ground do their “haka” and the furious football begins.

PNG played Gold Coast North, Far North Queensland & Brisbane North winning 2 and loosing 1. The PNG team gained more fans with their style and for Finley & Callum came away with a new approach to the game.

I hope in years to come some of these boys can make a shake at AFL in Australia as they have all the skills and ability……maybe not the opportunities. Either way these boys will become leaders in their respective communities and advancing PNG society forward. It’s a long process.

See our photo gallery for some great images of the Team.


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