KNIGHTS COMMITTEE 2019

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.

Steve Foulds
President

Steve has been an active Knights member since 2009 when his son Jack commenced, joining the committee in 2014. Currently his son Josh plays U15, whilst older son Jack just completed nine seasons for the Knights. He has coached and had several team roles during that period. Prior to that he was a coach for Malvern District Auskick, and is the immediate past President of MDA. Steve is Managing Director of LTD PROMOTIONAL WEAR, a company he has owned for the past 17 years. Prior to that  he worked at Pacific Dunlop Holeproof Division for 18 years. Outside of football Steve has been an active member of The Spring Valley Golf Club, member for 45 years and past committee member of 12 years, leaving when the new club house was built in his role as Club Captain.

Carolyn Beadle
Secretary

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 2019 be their year?)

Shane Yole
Social

Shane  joined the Committee in 2017 after being team manager for U8, U9 and U10’s. Previously he was a coach with Auskick for two seasons. Shane passionately barrack for the Bombers but have kept his teeth gritted for the last few years. He and his wife Bridget are very proactive in the St Mary’s community and have four children, two girls who love netball and two boys who are at the Knights, Lucis U12 and Finnian U10 in 2019. He has experienced a 25 year career running a moderate sized ultrasound company and has recently dabbled in some property development.

Paul Sopikiotis
Treasurer

Paul has been a Committee member since 2016 when he was appointed to the role of Treasurer.  He has an accounting practice in Malvern which was established in 2008 and enjoys helping clients obtain tax refunds and minimise their tax.  Paul has been with the Knights since 2011, where his second son Alexander played for five years and currently his youngest son Andrew is playing U13 in 2019.  For the last two years, Paul was also the Team Trainer for Andrew’s team.  Paul is a Richmond supporter and loves spending time with his family.  His hobbies include keeping fit, reading, going to a variety of sporting events, working in the garden and swimming.

Andre Calder
Football Operations

André has been on the committee since 2016 when he came on board to work with the Footy Operations Team. It has been a steep learning curve for someone used to referring to footy ovals as pitches and footy jumpers as shirts, as he did in the UK up until a few years ago. André has Isabella and Hugh playing at the club in U14 Girls and U13 Boys respectively. Andre works in the IT industry and is a North Melbourne supporter.

Karen Gough
Girls Football / Operations

Karen has been a dedicated Knights supporter since 2010 when her eldest son Jamie started playing in U8. She has two sons and a daughter who have all been Knights players over the years with a son and daughter currently playing U15. She has a passion for developing girls football and is a keen supporter of Women’s AFL. She was a football tragic as a child and has always been a dedicated Geelong member. Karen runs her own leadership consultancy, with a professional services background in Chartered Accounting, Human Resources and Organisational strategy. Karens other interests include basketball, sports generally and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Rich Davey
Vice President /
Child Safety Officer

Rich has been a member of the Knights community since 2014, joining the Committee in 2015 as the coordinator of girls football and a member of the Football Operations Team. He has two daughters, Meg and Tess who currently play in the U14 girls team and he has coached a number of the girl’s teams in his time. Rich also ran the Girls Football Program at the Malvern Auskick for a number of years prior to joining the Knights.  He works in Aged Care at Australian Unity. He and his family are passionate members of the North Melbourne Football Club and is always happy to talk about the Roos and the development of Women’s Football more broadly.

Natalie Barnes
Administration /
Club Registrar

Natalie has been a member of the Knights community since the first of her three sons pulled on the Knights jumper in U8s in 2014. Natalie was a Team Manager with the club for two years and joined the Committee in 2017 as Footy Operations Administrator, before taking on the roles of Club Administrator and Registrar. Outside the Knights, Natalie is an indigenous artist, photographer and all-round creative. Natalie and her boys support the Richmond Football Club.

Mick Hegan
Football Department

Mick has been a member of the Knights community since 2016 when his son, Josh started with the U8s. Mick coached junior footy in the late 80’s and early 90’s when De La Salle OC had junior football teams. Mick was just a young fellow back then and still is! He joined the EMJFC Committee in 2017, and also sits on the board of St Mary's Primary School and the committee of the South Melbourne Little Athletics Club. He's also been a regular committee member for the De La Salle OCFC over the years. Mick is a long suffering Dees supporter, other interests include tennis, golf & horse racing. Mick is married to Sharn who is a passionate PT, and they have two children, Bec 17 and Josh 10.

Gavin Coldwell
Football Department

Gav has been a member of the Knights community since 2014 when his eldest son George commenced playing in U8’s. Since that time he has coached junior football at the Knights and has now stepped up to the committee in the football department. He also wears the “red shirt” early on Saturday mornings at the Malvern District Auskick. Formerly from South Australia, Gav is a passionate Port Adelaide supporter much to the dismay of his wife and daughters. A barrister by profession, he is married to Fleur and they have four children Annabelle, George, Charlotte and Will. With Will due to commence U8’s at the Knights in 2019, Gav is likely to be around the club for many more years.

Mark Dorevitch
Football Operations

This is Mark's first year in an official capacity at the Knights, since first starting as an Auskick coach in 2002. He currently has two boys currently involved with the club; Sam who played from 2006 to 2014 and currently is in his second year of coaching (U13's) and Harry who is U14's this year. All three of his boys have played for the Knights and are involved with the Waverley Falcons basketball club. He works in the IT industry and is a very passionate Carlton supporter.

Simon Bell
Football Operations

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 will once again be part of the coaching panel for the U13’s in 2019. 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!