Ashburton United Newsletter: August 2022

President’s Message
 Busy season draws to an end  

As our first full season in three years is nearing completion, our Committee is busy planning for season 2023.

We are really keen to get members’ feedback. We will be surveying members to get as much information as possible to inform the club’s 5 year strategic plan, which we aim to provide to our members in October for comment. The last strategic plan was done in September 2019 and was not formally adopted due to the Covid-inspired circumstances(!). I am very keen to adopt a revised plan at our November AGM so your input will be greatly appreciated.

We have some short-term goals to achieve as well. Our Committee is working with various cohorts to get feedback on season 2022 and look to further improve our experience on the pitch. Committee representatives leading the review for the various areas will be;

  • Martin Holt – Miniroos and Ashy Academy programs (boys and girls)
  • Alan Cubbon – kickoff, junior girls and senior womens cohort and
  • Paul Crisp – junior boys and senior mens

I encourage our members to get involved and provide feedback on what went well and what can be improved. One of our major issues this year was the training ground allocations between January and March, which largely effected the junior boys and senior cohorts.  We have been working hard to resolve this and hope to have some good news in this area soon.

Finally, I want to acknowledge our amazing group of sponsors that have provided much needed financial support.  As a community, our support of sponsors is integral to ensure we can continue to improve the experience for all our members on and off the pitch.  So next time, you are thinking of a service or product – think local and give our sponsors a go!

As always, I’m always available and happy to chat to members on all matters Ashy!


Ashy junior Futsal is back!
After a two-year Covid interruption, we are delighted to confirm that we will once again run a five-a-side junior futsal competition in Term 4 this year.

Junior futsal is a great way to develop skills or just enjoy some friendly competition with teammates and friends.The 10-week season starts on Friday 7 October and runs to mid-December.We will run leagues for boys and girls in all age groups, including:

  • Friday U12 – U16 boys & girls
  • Saturday U07 – U10 boys & girls
  • Sunday U07 – U12 boys & girls & U12 – U16 girls

All games will be held at the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre, on Warner Avenue, Ashburton.

The one-off cost for the 10-week season is $150, plus a $27 Football Victoria registration fee that provides player insurance.

We are now taking expressions of interest. You can enter a team or as an individual player.

You can register your interest here or use the below QR code.
If you have any questions, then please contact Lesley at or visit the futsal website.

We hope to see you on the futsal court very soon!

Committee Profile
Georgia Spokes
What’s your connection with the club?
My 7-year-old daughter is involved in the Mini Roos program, and I am a player with the Women’s Masters.
How long have you been at the club?
I joined this year.What are you are really passionate about doing at the club?
I’d love to see the continuing growth of the game for girls and women, and the facilities to match.Why do you volunteer on the committee?
I wanted to get involved in community sport and I felt at home from the moment I attended an Ashy training session. I knew the committee needed new members and felt I could contribute, so put up my hand.Other than Ashy, do you support another football team?
I’ve been a Victory fan since day one, attending games at Olympic Park in the first season. And I have a vague connection with Tottenham Hotspur through my uncle who was a big fan.

Ashburton Referee Update

As we come to the end of our Winter Miniroos outdoor season, we can look back over a very active season at Markham and Warner where 100% of all matches are played.

It was a busy season for our club Referees. Each weekend some 16/18 matches require a Referee that our Club trains and provides, rather than solely relying on parents. We also cover FV matches where they can’t supply a Referee for U12s, U13s and U14s.

This year we started out with 16 Referees, however sickness, injuries and clashes with NPL playing commitments at times reduced our available Referee numbers by half.

In past years our Referees covered 99% of all games, but this year coverage reduced to 75%. This meant parents had to fill the gaps, who we would like to sincerely thank for their assistance.

We are now planning our Summer Futsal Refereeing, where our outdoor Referees will have a refresher course in readiness for our ever-popular junior indoor Futsal program in Term 4.

Finally, a sincere thanks to our senior referees Lucy Macdonald and Gareth Cox for their many years of service to the club.

We look forward to supporting the upcoming Futsal competition and season 2023.

Barry Poulsen, Referees Manager
Belle Property supports our Girls

This season our girls’ teams have been really fortunate. Through the generosity of Steve Burke and Belle Property, our principal sponsor, the players have had their uniforms provided – Nike green and blue away kits.The uniforms look terrific and we know the girls love them. This is the first time we have had the ‘women’s cut’ uniforms and they make such a difference.

Again, a huge thanks to Steve and the team at Belle Property Glen Iris for their support.

Please remember to give Steve a call if you have any real estate needs, from selling or buying a house, through to rental properties and valuations.

Ashy Gala night unmasked!  

Earlier this month our members, supporters and sponsors gathered at the River’s Edge function centre in Melbourne for the club’s 2022 Masquerade Gala ball.

It was a fantastic night full of fun, food, music and prizes.

Importantly, it was also an opportunity to recognise the wonderful contribution of Lesley Gemmel, our Club Administrator, who this year celebrates her 20 year anniversary at Ashburton.

Joining Lesley for this special night was her extended family, many of whom had made the trek from Geelong to be part of the occasion.

Of course, a night like this doesn’t happen by itself, so a huge thanks to Joyce Chan for putting the event together; Kylie Cubbon for the prizes, games and event logistics; Colleen Alateras for her event support, sponsor support and Lesley support; and Steve Burke and his team for running the highly successful auction – resulting in a healthy sum for the hotly contested Ange Postecoglou signed Celtic shirt!

A thank you message from Lesley

This message is to thank you, the Ashburton members, for recognition of my 20 years at the Club. Saturday 6th August was a wonderful celebration of all that is good at the Club

We are very lucky to be part of this forwarding thinking Club.

Twenty years ago the Club recognised that it was difficult for this Club to continue to be run solely by volunteers. They ran a very formal interview process and I was successful for one of 2 roles – working 150 hours a year and so the journey began. The Club was the first to employ an assistant and other clubs have now followed. Little did I think I would be here 20 years later.

AUSC have been pioneers and leaders of the football community – we have been the largest club in Victoria, now third, have a unique referee program for our small sided competition, training provided by our Club Volunteer, Barry Poulsen who has been an integral part of the Club for over 35 years, have run a Senior and Junior Futsal competition for over 20 years and when Covid interrupted our football season we came back in 2020 and ran the largest Go Sevens program to kick start football for our community again.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with amazing volunteers who work tirelessly for our members, there is so much that goes into running the Club. We have been so fortunate to have these people working for us and continuing to work for us. Thank you to every one of them for their support over the years.

Thank you again to all the Club members for making this role possible and I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Presentation events.


Women’s Masters – join the Ashy Icons in 2023!
Our Over 35s Ashy Women’s Masters have gone from strength to strength this season, with three teams now taking the field.

The ‘Ashy Icons’ play in Football Victoria’s Women’s Metro Sevens, where the emphasis is as much on fun and friendship as it is about competing and winning.Many of the Masters have no experience playing the game, while others are rekindling former glories – mostly before kids! No experience or fitness level is required, with the Masters training and playing each week.While this season is winding down, the Ashy Icons will be back in 2023. All are welcome, just come with a smile and have fun in a supportive community. Importantly, the program is led by women for women.For more information, visit our website 
Lifetime Achievement Award for Club Stalwart
In fantastic news for one of the stalwarts of our club, Barry Poulsen has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Ashburton and the Boroondara community.

Barry will receive his special award at an upcoming Boroondara Council ceremony.

Congratulations Barry and thanks for everything that you do around the club!



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Hi Ashy community!

Traditionally, physiotherapy has always been seen as a very “hands-on” profession; you jump on the massage table for the tried-and-tested hammie rub and you’re good to go. However, the scope of physiotherapy has evolved a lot over the years with the development of many new techniques and modalities aimed optimising your progress and performance. One such tool we use often at Glenferrie Sports and Spinal is Dry Needling.

What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needing is a treatment technique Physiotherapists and other allied health professionals can use to release tight muscles with the goal of managing pain and alleviating movement dysfunction.
We use fine filament needles and insert them through the skin into a taut muscle band – also known as a “trigger point”. This is different from acupuncture, which uses specific meridian points in the body to promote the flow of energy or “chi”.

Trigger point related pain can be caused by decreased blood flow to the area, which can lead to changes in the biochemical environment surrounding the muscle and result in stimulation of pain receptors.

What will I feel?
The needles used for Dry Needling are very thin, so you may not feel them enter your skin at all. Other times you will feel a small prick followed by a “cramping” or “twitching” sensation within the muscle itself. This transient muscle contraction- or “twitch response”, as we call it, is associated with therapeutic effectiveness and often followed by a feeling of relaxation.

How will it help?
Dry Needling can restore resting muscle length and optimise muscle activation, strength, and range of motion.

Is it for me?
We recommend Dry Needling on an individual basis, depending on your body’s needs. Dry Needling is not appropriate for everyone, but we would encourage you to speak with any of our clinicians if you are interested in exploring this treatment strategy!

Cheers, Glenferrie Sports and Spinal Team.

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