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Dogs at Eastern Suburbs

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In the last month, we have had several instances involving dogs at Heath Park which has created a number of health and safety concerns for the players, members, visitors and the club.

Accordingly, we request that dogs are not brought to Heath Park for both training and games.

COVID-19 URGENT UPDATE 17 March 2020

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In light of the below FFA directive, there will be NO football activities at Eastern Suburbs FC until Tuesday 14 April at the earliest.  This applies to all training, games and social activities.  The Clubhouse will remain closed.

We will continue to keep you updated with more news and essential information as it comes to hand.

Stay safe everyone and we look forward to seeing everyone back in a month.


As you are aware, COVID-19 continues to be an evolving situation in Australia and across the world. 

Following ongoing consultation and collaboration with Football Federation Australia (FFA) in achieving a united position, the Football Queensland (FQ) Board of Directors earlier resolved to immediately postpone all Football Queensland administered, and all Football Queensland zone administered competitions effective immediately, including all training and associated football related activities.  

Working collaboratively with FQ zones, who were informed of this decision at lunchtime today, followed an ongoing assessment of the situation regarding COVID-19 based on consultation with other Member Federations and the FFA.  

Further details on the national position on COVID-19 and latest update on football participation from FFA can be viewed here.

Robert Cavallucci
CEO, Football Queensland

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update 16/3/2020

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Easts FC statement to Members and Players

With the Federal Government and now Football Federation of Australia issuing guidance as to the impacts on our game, Easts FC has made the following decisions to minimise the risks within our Club.

Effective immediately, ALL Miniroos and Komodo teams from Under 6 through to Under 11 that are not due to start competition until May, will have training CANCELLED until further notice.

Those teams already in competition NPL, NPLW, BYPL, Divisional and SAP will continue as normal pending any future guidance from the Governments, FFA and FQ.

For the teams still training we request:

  1. Just 1 parent drop your child at training and games and ask all family members if you are not essential to be involved in the game, that you stay at home so we can maximise the social distancing regulations being handed down.
  2. All children MUST bring their own water bottles and do not share such.
  3. Reiterate to your children that they need to perform safe hygiene practices such as washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

As more guidance information comes to hand we will continue to update our members and players.

Glen Brown

Club President

Eastern Suburbs Football Club

Football Queensland Statement

Good Afternoon Clubs,

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today issued a circular providing an update to members regarding COVID-19 Guidelines for Football.

Please find the FFA Circular attached.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Football

 All football participants must play a role if we are to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including people organising, attending or supporting attendance at football activities.

Effective 16 March 2020, the following guidelines should be adhered to for all football activities, including training and matches.

  1. Before participating in football activities

Participants should not present to participate in football if they:

  1. have any flu-like symptoms;
  2. have been in direct contact with a known case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  3. have travelled internationally or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days; or
  4. are at a high risk from a health perspective, including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical heath conditions.
  5. Attendance at football activities
  • Only essential participants should attend football activities, i.e. players, coaches, match officials, staff and volunteers involved in operations and parents/guardians of participants;
  • Only attend as close as practical to the start of any football activity and leave as practically possible after;
  • Children to be accompanied by not more than one parent or guardian, if possible.
  1. Practice social distancing at football activities
  • Amend pre and post-match protocols so players and officials do not touch each other, e.g. no shaking hands, no walk out with player mascots;
  • When spectating or attending at a football match/training, ensure you keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others;
  • Restrict access to changeroom areas to only players, officials and essential staff;
  • If watching football and confined to a small area nearby other people, seek to move around the facility to avoid close contact with others.
  1. Hygiene and Behaviour


  • Ensure spaces at each facility, surfaces and objects are regularly cleaned with Disinfectant;
  • Provide hand washing guidance (;
  • Promote regular and thorough hand washing by staff and participants;
  • Provide sanitising hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the event (particularly entry or high use areas such as a registration desk, change rooms, toilets or kiosk);
  • Make sure hand rub dispensers are regularly refilled.


  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;
  • Provide bins and put used tissues in the bin straight away;
  • Wash hands with soap and water often;
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available;
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell;
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Organisation of football activities:

  • Promote preventive actions amongst participants – lead by example;
  • Plan ways to reduce in-person contact for participants and staff;
  • Plan for increased levels of staff/volunteer absences;
  • Keep volunteers, staff and participants informed of actions being taken.

Football Queensland has been closely monitoring the situation as the health and safety of all members of the Queensland football community remains our priority.

Football Queensland will continue to work with FFA to provide updates as the latest information becomes available.

20-05 FFA Circular – COVID-19 Update (003)





Season 2021 Coaching EOI

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Eastern Suburbs FC is one of Brisbane’s leading football clubs and is one of only six clubs in Queensland that offers the opportunity for players to participate in the National Premier League (NPL) program for men, NPLW for women and the Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) for both girls and boys.

After a successful first season across all age groups in the NPL Eastern Suburbs FC is now seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified coaches for the following positions:

  • SAP, NPL & NPLW Head Coaches
  • SAP, NPL & NPLW Assistant Coaches

Candidates must possess a sound knowledge and understanding of the National Football Curriculum, possess experience at the relevant level and must either hold current FFA/AFC coaching qualifications or be working towards them.

Applications for non coaching positions are also welcomed.

Written applications (please include a football CV) can be provided by email &

Successful short listed candidates will be invited to a formal interview and possibly a trial coaching session.

For any additional information, please contact our Director of Coaching at

New SAP Head Coach and NPL/NPLW Director of Coaching Appointment

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 Easts are very proud to announce the appointment of Tass Kalogirou as our new SAP Head Coach and Director of Coaching for our NPL Girls and Boys programs.

Tass previously worked for Magpie Crusaders United – the NPL club based in Mackay, where he ran the football programs as the Technical Director of that Club. He has a FFA/AFC B Licence and comes highly recommended from all those who have worked previously with him.

Tass will commence with the Easts officially on the 23rd October, but will be attending the SAP, NPLW and NPL trials from the 17th October. He will report to Danny Wright (Easts FC’s Technical Director) and the Junior Football Committee.

We welcome Tass to the Easts FC family and look forward to working with him.

Vale Don Mackie

VALE Donald Mackie

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Donald’s involvement with Football began with Holland Park Hawks in 1996 with his sons beginning their football career in juniors. Back then HPH were a member of the QCSA and were a growing club with limited volunteers. Donald spent countless weekends at the club – offseasons were spent returfing, topsoiling and utilising his surveying skills in remarking the fields. With the clubhouse phone redirected through to Donald’s home number he was still receiving calls about sign on at the start of every season 5 years after moving to Eastern Suburbs. Never one to shy away from a chat he would answer every call and give them the old HPH spiel and encourage the parents to sign their children up.

The move to Eastern Suburbs in 2002 coincided with the need to give his sons some more competitive football. He had long argued for HPH to move over to Football Brisbane during his time there but unfortunately that move came years later – a visionary you may call him!

In addition to serving on the board alongside many other tireless volunteers – too many to name here – he spent countless weekends down the club officating on ground duty, registration days, filling in when coaches couldnt make it to their team’s training and just being around at the club. Quite often – and by often i mean nightly – Donald would call into the club on the way home and just check everything was ok; maybe watch some of the teams training even if his sons weren’t training. In the later years once his sons moved on Donald still spent a couple of seasons on the board and around the club (much to his wife’s despair!!)

The last few years after stepping away from a direct role with any club Donald had made an effort to visit both HPH and Easts once or twice a season to watch the first grade sides play. Never short of voicing his opinion on a football game Donald is a life member of both clubs.

It is the families (perhaps biased) opinion that both clubs are better off for Donald Mackie’s involvement in their day to day existence.

Thomas Mackie

Glen Brown, Club President called Don “A champion bloke, gone too soon”.