Take a minute to meet the people who volunteer their time to make the Knights experience such a great one. Their tireless work behind the scenes have helped make this one of the biggest junior football clubs in Australia.

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Simon Bell

Simon commenced his association with the Knights as a junior, playing two season’s in 1986 / 1987. Following a 28 year hiatus he re-commenced his association with the EMJFC in 2014 when his son Sebastian commenced in the U8’s. Since then Simon has coached in various capacities and in 2020 has taken on the role of Knights President. Simon is the managing director of a commercial construction company that operate in Victoria and South Australia. Like numerous other members of the Knights community he is a long suffering Demons supporter but is optimistic that with each season that passes that elusive and long sought after flag is one year closer!

Dugald McWilliams
Vice President /
Child Safety Officer

Dugald’s three sons have all played for the Knights, starting in 2016 and they will be continuing for a number of years to come. He joined the committee in 2020 as the Vice-President and Child Safety Officer. He grew up in Wagga and has played a number of
different football codes over the years but his true passion lies in our indigenous game. He is a barrister and enjoys ocean swimming, AFL 9s and chasing his kids around. Like many
Knights’ committee members, he follows the Demons and up until the 2021 AFL Grand Final, his wife and children would often ask him: Why? Now they understand perfectly well!

Carolyn Beadle

Carolyn has been involved in the Knights community since 2011 when her son Henry joined the club after becoming obsessed with footy at Auskick (he still is, by the way).  She is a seasoned team manager having managed both Henry’s footy and cricket teams for many years, joining the Knights committee in 2017. In her “spare” time Carolyn works for NAB, enjoys spending time with friends & family & is a long suffering Saints supporter (could 2020 be their year?)

Anne Moore
Administration /
Club Registrar

Anne has been a member of the Knights community since 2019, when her eldest son Oscar pulled on the Knights jumper in U8s. Anne has another son, Zac, currently participating in Auskick with Malvern Districts.  Anne and Zac are true blue Carlton supporters while her partner Rob and Oscar support North Melbourne.  Anne likes to keep active and fit while trying to keep up with 2 active and energetic boys.  She also enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures.

Nick Fennessy

Nick has been member of the Knight’s community since 2016 when his son Charlie started with the U8’s.  His daughter Piper will start in playing at EMJFL in 2020.   In a previous life, Nick was a Field Umpire both with the AFL and the VAFA (ask Mick Hegan about the game in Ivanhoe!).  He has been recently involved with the Committee at St Marys’ Primary School and also with the Australian Biathlon Association.  Nick still pays cricket over the summer with STC South Camberwell and is likely to be your first pick when having a trivia night, as he hosted pub trivia for close to 15 years.  On a day to day basis, Nick is a Director of a Financial Services and Accounting business looking after the Doctors.

Mick Hegan
Football Department

Mick joined the EMJFC committee in 2017.  Mick has been a member of the Knights community when his son Josh started playing footy with the u8’s in 2016.  Mick has coached at senior level at De La Salle Old Collegians (VAFA 02/03) (WJFL 89/90/91) and Coburg (VFL 95/96).  Mick has also been and still is involved as a field umpire with the VAFA (07,08,09, returning in 2019) along with his first year with the SMJFL last season.  In November 2020 Mick became a coach at the Saints Next Gen Academy and is also a current SMJFL field umpire.  Mick is married to Sharn who is a passionate PT, they have two children, Bec 19 and Josh 12. Outside of family and work Mick enjoys tennis, & golf, from an AFL viewpoint Mick follows the Dees.  

Karen Gough
Girls Football / Operations
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Karen has been a member of the Knights community since 2010 when her eldest son started with the U8. Within 2 years she had 3 children with the club with her twins joining in 2012 in the girls and boys programs. She joined the committee heading up the girls football department in 2017 with the aim of increasing girls participation in the sport which resulted in  the Youth girls team winning the premiership in 2019.  Karen continues to share her passion for girls football with the EMJFC Knights community.


Karen grew up playing football for the VFL Saints little league and has a real passion for sport and the great outdoors. She is a proud Geelong AFL Supporter and is often seen at the MCG or Kardinia Park supporting the Cats.   In her spare time Karen runs a leadership consultancy working with individuals and organisations to drive high performance.

Carl Callenbach
Football Department

Carl has joined the Knights Committee and Football Department in 2020.  Carl is also acting as the Age Group Coordinator for U10 boys in 2020.  Carl and his wife Kerry have two children, Charlie in U10 and Jemima.  Carl is a long suffering North Melbourne supporter who enjoys his annual boy’s trip to Hobart to cheer on the Roos.

Gil Rush
Football Operations

Gil’s three sons have all played for the Knights, starting in 2014 at U8’s.  He’s been a coach or an assistant coach for five years since 2015 for each of his three boys culminating in a Lightning Premiership pennant for the U10’s in 2019.  This has also meant that he has done the Mosman Swans Sydney trip on three occasions! Gil is an avid student of the game and when not busy at work (Corporate Property) enjoys taking his boys to the footy a little more now that Richmond are winning again after years of despair.

Jonothan Brown
Football Operations

Jono has joined the Knights committee in 2020, after previously being the President of Malvern Districts Auskick from 2017-2018), and coaching u10s in 2019. Jono and Kristin have 2 sons at the Knights (Oliver in u13 and Alex in u11), and given the way Melbourne FC played in 2019, is certainly getting his enjoyment from junior football at the moment! Jono loves being involved in junior sport – hoping to help build a life-long love of the game in all kids – regardless of their skill level.

Patrick Charles
Football Operations

Patrick joined the Committee in 2020 after being an Assistant coach in 2018 and 2019.  Patrick became a part of the Knights community when his son Jackson started with the U8’s in 2016.  Patrick also currently sits on the Committee for Sth Melbourne Little Athletics and is the U12 Age Group Coordinator for Malvern Tigers Basketball club.  Patrick enjoys playing AFL 9’s throughout the year and enjoys a spin on the bike.   Patrick and his wife Melbourne have two children, Jordan (16) and Jackson (11) who have a broad range of interests ranging from sport, violin, guitar and vocals.

Brad Jukes

Brad commenced his association with Knights in 2010 when his oldest son, Lachlan started in the Under 8’s. He has spent many a Sunday morning running the boundary, filling in the score cards, delivering the oranges or Managing both Lachlan’s and Hamish’s team’s. When not running around the bayside footy ovals, he runs his Travel Business from East Malvern. In 2020 Brad joined the committee in the role of Sponsorship and is looking forward to working with the many generous local supporters of the Knights. This should be a diversion from The Demons of 2020, which surely cannot be any worse than 2019!

Julia Hay
Girls Football Sub - Committee
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Jules has a background in Physical Education and Sport Development, having worked within the industry for the past 25 years.  More recently she has been involved in Auskick and juniors with her own children playing at the Knights. Jules currently plays masters football and recently was a member of the Vic Metro team that toured to Townsville to play in the national carnival.  She has an extensive background in coaching and teaching sport and is currently being mentored within the AFL 'She Can Coach' program, with aspirations to coach football at the highest level.  She will head coach the U16 girl's program this year at the knights.  Jules is also undertaking study on the sociological aspects of female coaches within football, at Monash University and has written a thesis on her research within the SMJFL and YJFL.  She hopes to continue this research in 2020 and beyond.

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