Each year, April signals the beginning of the local football season in the West, and West Footscray Roosters launched their season in style last month — with a big weekend of Footy Festivities!

    The inner-west community club held their Senior Club Launch on the first day of April, and played host to a huge day of practice matches, followed by an evening of live music and good vibes at their clubrooms. 

    The excitement was followed up with a jam-packed Sunday of Junior Club Launch activities, including team jumper presentations, more practice matches and a uniform drive! 

    Donnie and Jai, Junior Roosters who were down at the club for their season launch, play footy mostly for the fun and friendship of the sport.

    Both players love their footy, with Jai noting that at the Roosters, “it’s not all about winning, you get to be a part of a team and have fun,” and Donnie, in firm agreeance, stating that “[Footy means] you get to make more friends.”

    In 2023, West Footscray is fielding 12 teams across the junior and senior competitions, including Under 9s (x2), Under 10s, Under 12s (x2), Under 14s (x2), Under 16s, Under 18s, Senior Women’s, Senior Men’s, and Reserves sides. The growth of the club’s Junior Footy Program continues, and the commitment and talent amongst our Senior sides has the Roosters excited for the year ahead! 

    The club’s AFL Auskick program is also underway, with sessions running at Shorten Reserve every Saturday from 9:30am — if you’re keen to give your kids a taste of footy in a fun and supportive environment, come along!

    Of course, it’s never too late to get involved — be it as a player, volunteer, or even a diehard Roosters’ supporter — so head down and catch a match, join in at training or reach out to the friendly folk on the club committee! (email:

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