2018 Season Is Here
Welcome back to another season of State League Football. After the heartbreak of last season where our seniors missed promotion to State League 4 by one goal. Yes you read that correctly, we fell one goal short, missing out on second place to local rivals, Chisholm United by goal difference.
So we go around again in State League 5 East. There are a few familiar clubs but lots of new ones as well.
We say goodbye to East Brighton and Chisholm United who are both promoted up to State League 4 East. Returning this season are Albert Park, Waverley Wanderers, Swinburne, Old Ivanhoe, Mt Lilydale, Glen Waverley, Old Trinity and East Bentleigh.
We have received no demoted clubs from State League 4 East with FFV moving Yarra Jets to State League 5 North and Kings Domain somehow remain in State League 4.
We however pick up four new teams. Alphington, Boronia, East Kew and Mt Waverley City. We have a little bit of a summary of the new teams below.
This does mean that this season we have 13 teams in the league. An awkward number as this means that we don’t play every team twice and with the bye, some teams will have a bye twice and some won’t. It will be interesting to see if this has any effect on the league.
After last years close call on promotion and no teams dropping down from State League 4 we go into the season as one of the favourites to go up. Although we crashed out of the FFA Cup against league rivals Glen Waverley the team has continued to build in the pre-season and are looking forward to the challenge this season.
Although the league kicks off this week, we have drawn the short straw of the bye first up and with the second round a catchup round it means we are not in action until Round 2 on April 07th when we travel away to the Blue Tongues, Alphington FC, for their first home match at Alphington Park Oval
A club new to the state leagues but not new to senior football. Alphington join State League 5 East from the VicSoccer League where they were Division 1 premiers in 2017. Not a large club it will be interesting to see how they go this season but they will be looking to make an impression in their first season.
New to the state leagues Boronia are far from a new club. The make the switch from the Bayside Football Association where they have been premiers two out of the last three years. They will be no push overs and are expected to be highly competitive this season.
East Kew FC
East Kew have been around since 1985, beginning life as Hawthorn United. Originally playing in the Provisional League in FFV the team moved across to VicSoccer in 1998. After playing the last 9 years in VicSoccer they are now looking to move back to the FFV A proud club with lots of tradition behind them they should be very competitive in State League 5
Mt Waverley City FC
Formed when the Eastern Lions won a spot in the NPL. Needing to find a home for a lot of their junior players the Mt Waverley City community club was created for a vehicle for these juniors. This season they will enter a senior team for the first time in the State Leagues continuing their growth as a stand alone club. They are a massive unknown quantity and could shock a few of the more established teams.