Our Coaches


The Bentleigh JFC has been extremely fortunate over many years to have had outstanding coaches. This has not only resulted in a successful performance on field, but through a coaching culture of inclusion and encouragement, the Club has benefitted from strong player retention as well.

As we continue to compete in a constantly changing League where footballers are faced with increased challenges every year, the BJFC considers that greater coaching support is required for all our coaches.

Recently, through strong relationships with our Auskick centre we have been fortunate as a club to see coaches coming through from their Auskick experience and this has helped us grow a strong player base in our under 8-10 age groups that provides a good foundation for the club.

In addition to our main coaching staff, we are gradually seeing more parents being involved in assistant coaching roles. This is fantastic and we hope will aid to solve a critical succession planning issue where coaches transition after their tenure is up.

BJFC also is in the midst of developing a coaching structure that includes senior players from the Bentleigh Football Club who are aspiring to learning the coaching role and we see this being of great benefit to both the longer term sustainability of our older teams and the Under 19's at Senior level.

As indicated above one of our club policies is for Coaches to have a maximum of three (3) years tenure coaching the same team. This is to ensure players are exposed to different coaching styles, different personalities, different coaching methods/structures and to ensure that players are given every opportunity to learn the full breadth of the game and ground positions and not be 'pigeon- holed' into one style of play. This is most important particulalry from U8-U12 and the Club views this as a key issue when appointing coaches and reviewing performance.

Junior football is about the learning phase of the game and our coaches are required to have this as a key priority. At BJFC winning is not a priority but being competitive and ensuring the players have fun is, especially in those younger age groups (up to U12) and any aspiring coach at BJFC must be aware of this club mantra.

From 2017, we will be taking an approach that emphasises strong succession planning for our coaches. We see the ability to have more coaches than fewer critical to the success of developing our players and our club culture.


 The Coaching Management structure at Bentleigh JFC is as follows:




Coaching Director

Paul Jemmeson

0422 004 348

Assistant Director

Greg Smith

0424 965 068

Auskick Coordinators

Andrew Goldfinch (Centre Coordinator)

0400 056 668

Dean Crawford (Coaching Coordinator)

0428 014 596

Bentleigh Football Netball Club

Garry Matlock

0409 845 439

Glen Eira Saints Football Netball Club

Tim Rossiter

0410 005 496



Congratulations to all the new coaches for 2017.

We are still looking for coaches for girls teams in U12. If you are interested please contact Paul Jemmeson on 0422004348




Under 8



Matt Wilks and Tony Bevacqua


0425 781 142

Under 9

(Demons Purple) 


Dean Crawford


0418 108 689

Under 9

(Demons Yellow)

Darren Postlethwaite 

 0407 701 020 


Under 9 (Saints Blue)


Peter Easton

0414 679 906

Under 10 (Demons Orange)

Rob Reidy 

0437 691 224

Under 10 (Saints Yellow)

John Howard

0428 450 606

Under 11 (Wells)

Adrian McKenzie

0403 346 654

Under 11 (Hardeman)

 Alan Heenan

0437 755 115

Under 12

 Jeff De Cinque

0407 313 186

Under 12 Girls (Demons)

 Lache Walker

0439 242 525 

Under 13

Mick Lawrence

0448 801 483

Under 14

David Rath

0409 912 514

  Under 14 Girls (Saints)

Nicole De Vries 

 0414 894 805

Under 15

Mark Jackson

0439 955 272

Under 16

Steve Coates 

0419 993 999

Under 16 Girls (Saints)


Brendan O’Donnell


0409 406 890

Under 18 Girls (Saints)


Tim Rossiter


0410 005 496



Notice Board - Sidebar


15 APRIL 2018
Our fee schedule will soon be available on our 'Things you need to know' page.
If you have any queries please contact the club registrar at registrarbentleighjfc@gmail.com
If you are looking to transfer to the Bentleigh Junior Football Club, please contact the Registrar to arrange a transfer form.
The Bentleigh JFC Committee wish all players and coaching staff of all teams every success for 2017.

We wish to thank the efforts of all volunteers associated with the teams with special thanks to those who have put their hands up for umpiring, team manager, coaching, first aid and runners.


To assist with team planning we need you to register ASAP. 
Please click on the link below to register.



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Available for sale including hoodies, caps, bags and polos.

Contact Sam Trainor

on 0429 012 380.


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