Ellenbrook club on the up

Ellenbrook United F.C. President Fonz Tenaglia (centre) with players Josh Howie and Craig Allan. Picture: Bruce Hunt d412063
Ellenbrook United F.C. President Fonz Tenaglia (centre) with players Josh Howie and Craig Allan. Picture: Bruce Hunt d412063

The senior teams competing will be the U18s, senior second and first team.

Ellenbrook United club president Fonz Tenaglia said Ellenbrook United would be a contender in the State League and will be a serious challenger for the title.

‘Our vision since 2008 was to look at progressing into State League then into the National Premier League so we are progressing towards our goal which is to play in high competitive football,’ he said.

‘The buzz at the club is great, especially for being out of season.

‘The guys have started training, we are looking at building up our stock of players and everyone is keen to get in and get going.’

Head coach Paul Vallerius has had the team from the Amateur Division in 2013 season where Ellenbrook United F.C. finished second and promoted up the amateur league.

Ellenbrook United is one of four clubs to be added to the State League next season after the completion of a comprehensive analysis and the endorsement of the competition’s expansion by the board of Football West.

Earlier this year, Football West called for expressions of interest for a further four clubs to join the State League and was impressed with the applications.

Clubs were ranked according to their relative strengths and likely contributions to the ongoing success of the State League.

Ellenbrook United will join Balga, Curtin University and Joondalup United in a 12-club State League Division Two next season.

Mr Tenaglia said 2013 was the most successful year for his club with the seniors finishing second in the Amateur League.

‘With new clubrooms at Charlotte’s Vineyard (home ground) and a move in 2015 to the District Open Space and with most of our junior teams moving up divisions in 2014 and in Div 1 leagues, Ellenbrook United F.C. is going from success to success.’

Full details of all grading and trial sessions for junior and senior squads are available at www.eufc.org.au.