We are going up!
We are going up!
Our State League men’s team are moving up in the world after a tense promotion play-off final win against West Side Strikers Caroline Springs FC on Saturday.
In contrast to the ten goal bonanza at last weekend’s semi-final, yesterday’s final was much tighter affair. Shortly after resuming from a goalless first half, Marty Raines scored what proved to be the winner, as the Zebras saw out the remainder of the match to run out deserved winners, and guaranteeing promotion.
The win see us return to State League 3 North West for the first time in eight years. Huge congratulations to first team coach David Lugli, and all the playing group. Forza Zebras!
February 3, 2024
Saturday Skillz is resuming this Saturday morning, 10.30am-12noon at Sumner Park.
Please note, our enrolment is currently FULL and we are taking names for a waiting list.
If you have registered, please note that your place will only be held if payment has been made.
Thanks all, looking forward to seeing our little Zebs on Saturday.
January 21, 2024
Brunswick Zebras is very pleased to announce the club’s senior coaching roster for season 2024.
Women’s State League 1
Seniors: Nathan Heard
Reserves: Steph Alexopoulos
Women’s State League 4: Kosta Siavelis
Men’s State League 3
Seniors: David Lugli
Reserves: Nick Manduca
Men’s Metropolitan League 1: Philip Tang
Men’s Metropolitan League 5: Kevin Thomas
Men’s Metropolitan League 9: Filipe Vilches
Thank you to everyone who has submitted EOIs for this season. We have had overwhelming levels of interest from existing players as well as those new to the club, which points to a strong and healthy future for our senior program. Go Zebs!
October 24, 2023
Not a bad haul for season 2023!
We’ll be very proudly adding these new pennants to the collection in the Sumner Park clubrooms.
Congratulations again to the Mens State League 4 Reserves for winning their league, and to the Mens State League 4 Seniors for their second place finish, and promotion. Great work also by the Metro 2 Men, Boys U16B and Boys U15C for their second place finishes.
Go Zebs! ❤️🦓
September 26, 2023
Brunswick Zebras is on the lookout for a coach for our Metropolitan 1 men’s team. This team have been high achievers since their inception five years ago, boasting a mix of young talented players and ex-state league players.
The position will need to work within the current senior men’s structure and support our state league setup where required as well as push our top metropolitan team.
Training expected on Wednesday nights and matches on Sundays.
September 22, 2023
Oliva Social, 102-104 High St, Preston
Last Friday night our senior men’s and women’s teams gathered to celebrate the season and recognise the outstanding achievers from their playing groups.
It was a great night to catch up after a few weeks off after the intense and action-packed end to the season for our senior teams.
And now for the winners. Drum roll please …
Women’s State League 1
Coaches Award: Katie Polus
Most Improved: Talana Bonello
Highest Goal Scorer: Mailligh Tomlin
Player’s Player: Mailligh Tomlin
Women’s State League 1 Reserves
Coaches Award: Eirini Kosmidis
Women’s State League 4
Best and Fairest: Lily Zavattiero
Players player: Angie Sun
Men’s State League 4
Best and Fairest: Lindsay Gust
Players player: Tai Naughton
Top goalscorer: Max Gust
Men’s State League 4 Reserves
Best and Fairest: Monib Bellahcene
Players player: Theo streader
Top goalscorer: Jack O’Dwyer
Men’s Metro 2
Best and Fairest: Alexander Meibusch
Players player: Michael Del Tondo
Top goalscorer: Jacob Abbey
Men’s Metro 5
Best and Fairest: Alessandro Czarny
Players player: Alessandro Czarny
Top goalscorer: Alessandro Czarny
Men’s Metro 9
Best and Fairest: Matt Quinn
Players player: Dayne Johnston
Top goalscorer: Oliver Caruanna
September 17, 2023
The season may have only just finished, but our juniors and miniroos have already celebrated their achievements at the end of season presentation day. The teams gathered for the handing out of medals, to give thanks to the coaches and team managers, and to bask in the joy of a satisfying season. As well as the juniors and miniroos teams awards, the club-wide awards were also presented.
The club’s premier individual award winners for 2023 are:
Bruno Saico Award (Best and Fairest Junior Player U12-U18) Jay Ryan
Rob Colla Award (Best and Fairest Senior Female Player) Rachel Young
Davd Baker Award (Best and Fairest Senior Male Player) Lindsay Gust
Pierre Venditti Golden Boot Award (Highest Female Goal Scorer) Mailligh Tomlin
Pierre Venditti Golden Boot Award (Highest Male Goal Scorer) Zachary Kings-Lyons
Melissa Barbieri Medal – Goalkeeper of the Year Talana Bonello
Best and Fairest Junior Female Player Holly Scammell
Best and Fairest Junior Male Player Yoshi Hanrahan-Chong
Coach of the Year David Lugli
Team Manager of the Year Jo Montesano
D’Intino Award (Best Club Person) Kim Silcock
September 4, 2023
Brunswick Zebras FC is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathan Heard as Head Coach for our State League Senior Women’s teams with immediate effect.
Nathan has had an extensive career as a coach at the local State League levels over the last 2 decades. This includes a previous stint with the Brunswick Zebras FC, in collaboration with Rob Colla. Some would know him from this time, whereby he guided and developed our junior and senior programs with great esteem.
In addition we are delighted to announce that George Pecchair has also agreed to continue his connection with the club as liaison for the Senior Women’s teams in the 2024 season.
More information to follow. Very exciting times ahead!
September 3, 2023
A truly amazing weekend of football for our senior teams was capped off yesterday at Sumner Park when the State League 1 Women’s team staged a great escape to avoid relegation in the last few minutes of their season.
Starting the day three points and 5 GD adrift of safety, they played an amazing match running out 3-1 winners against Mill Park.
The third goal – scored in the 89th minute – proved to be the most important of all, as news of other results in the division filtered through after full time. Courtesy of the three points, and goals scored at Sumner and elsewhere, we had leapfrogged Geelong Rangers on goal difference and into safety by a solitary goal.
After a huge sigh of relief, our senior women’s team lives to fight another day in State League 1.
In the earlier match, the reserves had a 2-2 draw.
September 2, 2023
Our senior men are marching on to a play-off final after one of the most engrossing and action-packed matches in the club’s history.
Matched against Surf Coast FC, the Zebras conceded early in a topsy-turvy first few minutes, before racing to a 4-2 lead inside half an hour. We were pegged back to 4-4 at half time, and 4-5 early in the second half, but again equalised before missing some golden opportunities to finish the the match in regular time.
Two periods of extra time couldn’t find a winner, so the tie was decided on penalties with our boys eventually prevailing 5-4 in the shootout. It was a huge effort by by the entire group, and we now face one final step in the battle for promotion. Watch this space for news of the fixture.
August 28, 2023
Our Senior Men’s team will take on Surf Coast FC in the State League 4 play off semi final this Saturday, September 2nd.
After wrapping up second place in their league, the men will travel to Epping Stadium to continue their battle for promotion.
Kick off is 11am, and we hope to see a big contingent of travelling support. Go Zebs!
August 26, 2023
It was raining goals at Sumner Park on Saturday as the Senior Men’s Reserves confirmed the title with an 8-0 defeat of Thornbury Athletic.
Massive congratulations to the whole playing group, and to coach Nick Manduca, on their amazing season.
The goals didn’t stop there though, with the Senior Men running out 5–1 winners in the later match to confirm second place on the table at the end of the regular season.
We now await news of a potential promotion play off final. Watch this space!
August 25, 2023
The opening of the Sumner Park changerooms means the Zebras are “all set for boom in women’s and girls’ soccer” according to today’s piece in the Brunswick Voice.
August 24, 2023
Stomping Ground Brewery, Collingwood
To say thanks to all our valued volunteers, the club put on the hospitality at the venue of our sponsor, Stomping Ground, in Collingwood.
It was a great chance to catch up and celebrate all our work this season, and mix with club volunteers from all of our different age groups and programs.
Thanks to Stomping Ground for a great night.
July 29, 2023
Our grand re-opening of Sumner Park – to recognise the completion of the new female-friendly change rooms and refurbished clubrooms – took place on Saturday and it was great to see so many of you there.
There was lots of food, fun and football, as we hosted two senior men’s matches in between the festivities, and then in the evening we switched on the big screens on in the clubrooms for the Women’s World Cup matches between Sweden and Italy, and France and Brazil.
Thanks to everyone who came down, and all at the club for the work that went into putting on this important celebration.
July 27, 2023
Good bookstores near you
When Matildas star Sam Kerr was just a kid, when the inaugural A-League Women’s season was still years away, and when a World Cup on Australian soil was a fanciful idea, a mob of mature Melbourne women threw caution, asthma inhalers and orthopaedic inserts to the wind and formed a team to play in the lowest division of the metropolitan league.
As their coach, author Paul Connolly, documents in this hilarious and heartwarming memoir, the Mighty ’Bras, as this Brunswick Zebras team became known, fell in love with a game; a love more intense for its late blossoming. More importantly, these footballing novices discovered that their seemingly whimsical adventure turned out to be so much more, and forged lasting friendships and a sense of community that made all the bumps, bruises and calamitous losses worthwhile.
Image courtesy of Paul Connolly.
July 17, 2023
We are are very proud to be partnering with Stomping Ground Brewery during the Women’s World Cup to sell their limited-edition ‘Golden Boot’ lager.
We’ll have it on tap at Sumner Park for the duration of the World Cup, including during our Matilda’s viewing parties.
Hope to see you there!
July 15, 2023
Term 3 will resume on Saturday, 15th July 2023 @ 10.30 am.
There are still places available, but don’t leave it too late, numbers are limited!
If you have any questions, please email us.
We look forward to seeing you back at Sumner!
kappa zebras online store
shop in person
Beanies and scarves more your thing? Drop in to Sumner Park on Saturday mornings in school term, or Saturdays and Sundays during season, and snap one up in person.