Club History

Have a read through our documented history

2002 | August
While in Australia as coach of the Canadian national team OAFL President Greg Everett suggests to Emile Studham that they should consider starting a new team to play in the OAFL upon Emiles arrival in Canada. The western Toronto suburb of Etobicoke is the area the team will be located. With a population of 500,000 and being close to the OAFL grounds this area is ready for it’s own club.

2003 | January
Emile Studham arrives and with Greg Everett and Sherelle Kelly they set about constructing the team to be known as the Etobicoke Kangaroos A.F.C.

2003 | April
The club numbers have grown to 15 players with the addition of friends from Emile’s days at the University of Western Ontario. The new club gets approval from the OAFL to be admitted into the competiton. Training gets underway with Emile Studham as head coach and 15 players who know nothing about Australian Football. The Squire and Firkin pub comes on board as the clubs first sponsor.

2003 | May
The pre-season cup takes place and the ‘Roo’s win 2 out of 3. The addition of Danial Lunn and Ben Eden from Australia help Emile teach the boys about this great game.

2003 | August
The ‘Roos win 10 out of 15 during the season and play in the finals in their first year.

2003 | September
The boys win the 1st Semi and Preliminary Final to go into the Grand final in their first season. The Preliminary Final was a classic, down by 4 goals at 3/4 time the new guys in the OAFL find a little extra and come home hard to beat the Lawrence Park Rebels by 1 point.

2003 | October
1st year and their first Grand Final, can the fairy tale continue for this club that has worked on the idea of “Blue Steel” all year. The Saturday is the worst weather of the year, the wind from the North blowing snow, rain, hail and sleet. The club up against the undefeated Toronto Dingos looking to make up for losing the GF the year before. A tough Dingo’s outfit not looking to become an OAFL triva question hold off the ‘Roos for 3 quarters before kicking 4 goals in the last term to win by 40 points. No doubt this day will be remembered for the worst football weather in OAFL history. Phil Muller wins the club’s 1st Best & Fairest. Ben Eden wins the OAFL Best & Fairest. Emile Studham, Ben Eden and Matt Self are selected to the OAFL All Star team.

2004 | April
Paul Morgan takes over as coach and the club starts training for it’s 2nd year in the OAFL. After making the Grand Final in it’s 1st year the club hopes to go 1 better in 2004. Training numbers are not good so recruiting is a must.

2004 | May
The season is not off to a good start with 0 wins in 5 games and so coach Paul Morgan steps down and heads home to Australia. Mike Howard and Rob Lennox step up to take over the coaching.

2004 | September
The team finishing the season with 3 wins and 8 losses to finish 8th on the ladder. Things must change for 2005. After missing the first 4 games of the season Clayton Holmes storms home to win the club best & fairest for 2004. Morgan Kress is selected to the OAFL All Star Team.

2004 | October
The club recruits Dean Noblett as Head Coach and Darrel Perry as assistant coach and the executive are elected early to move the club forward in prepartion for 2005.

2005 | January
The club hosts it 1st Australia Day party at the Transzac Club with 200 people in attendance.

2005 | March
Training starts at the “Hanger” indoor park with strong numbers and many new recruits.

2005 | April
Advertising for players pays rewards with Rob Guppy, Harley Bateup and Mick Fraser joining the club to strengthen our Australian contingent. We host our 1st Anzac Day party with 180 people atteending and having a great time.

2005 | May
Our 1st pre-season footy trip to Raleigh/Durham to play the North Carolina Tigers is a success with the roos winning by 14 goals.

2005 | Augst
The club has 5 players Dave Tumber, Clayton Holmes, Adam Paterson, Jason Robinson, Phil Muller and Ben Eden (Team Runner) Greg Everett (Head Coach) of the Canadian National Team in Australia for the 2005 International Cup. All players play a significant part in the event.

2005 | September
The ‘Roos finish the regular season in 2nd spot but lose 2 finals to finish the year in 4th. Mick Fraser kicks a club record 66 goals and leads the OAFL goalkicking race. Ben Eden wins the club Best & Fairest. Mick Fraser, Ben Eden, Dave Tumber, Jason Robinson and Coach Dean Noblett are selected to the OAFL All Star team. The Club president Greg Everett goes to Australia to watch his beloved Sydney Swans win the AFL Grand Final and fly’s the Etobicokeclub banner from the stands of the hallowed “MCG”.

2005 | October
The end of season footy trip is in Momtreal with 14 players in attendance.

2006 | January
The 2nd annual Australia Day party has Victoria Bitter beer and is hosted at the Kabin nightclub with 190 in attendance.

2006 | February
Club President Greg Everett is appointed coach for 2006.

2006 | March
Training starts at the “Hanger” numbers are strong and lots of new Canadians and Aussies join the club.

2006 | April
Our new recruits arrive from around the world and the training continues at the “Hanger”. With a playing list of over 30 the club staff will need to manage the list well. The club appoints Laura Byers as Medical Coordinator and welcomes Dr Eto, Christine Hamilton and Aimee Bryl to it’s medical staff. Our 2nd Annual Anzac Day party goes off well with 150 people enjoying Victoria Bitter and Bundaberg Rum.

2006 | May
Practise match against new OAFL club the Central Blues.

2006 | June
The club records 4 straight wins before lossing their first game of the year. The month of June nis also the clubs 1st annual trip to play the Milwaukkee Bombers. A win oof the ground at the bars but a loss on it with injuries to key players Manny Matata and Captain Dave Tumber.

2006 | July-August
8 wins on the trot and the playoff’s looming. We beat arch enemy the Toronto Dingo’s for the 1st and 2nd time after never beating them before. Strong numbers at training with weekly number of 20-28 players.

2006 | September
1, 2, 3 strikes and your out as the club losses both finals to finish 3rd on the ladder with some questions about finals footy to be answered in the future. The Toronto eagles win their 10th OAFL Premiership while the ‘roos will have to wait until their 5th season to have a crack at the OAFL title. 20 players attend the OAFL Best & fairest night and watch as Rover Matt saavge runs away with the OAFL best & fairest award with 20 votes. Players Matt Savage, Halrey Bateup, Justin Rigney, Adam Bradley and coach Greg Everett are selected to the 2006 OAFL All Star team. Greg Everett also wins 2006 OAFL umpire of the year.

2006 | October
The club Best and Fairest is held at the Old Mill hotel and resturaunt and has 60 people in attendence. Matt Savage wins the OAFL and Club double Best and fairest with Justin Rigney runner up. Justin Rigney also wins the leading goalkicker with 24 goals for the year. The boys head to Montreal for the annual season footy trip with 21 players having a good time.

2006 | November
The holds it 4th annual Annual General Meetings with a strong return of committee and looks to build on the first 4 years. Sub committee’s of Recruitment, Social events and Community Partnerships are set up to stregthen the club in these areas. The club has increased numbers from Australian players coming in 2007.

2010 | February – December
Club President Greg Everett is appointed coach for 2006.

2011 | March 
Etobcioke is proud to announce Chris Miall as Coach for Season 2011. Great honour to have our first Canadian Coach.

2011 | April 
Training in High Park is well attended and lead by Adam Patterson. First Sessions for Jack Morewood, Andrew Hogan, Oliver Tummel, Brett Connell from Australia.

2011 | April 
Training in High Park is well attended and lead by Adam Patterson. First Sessions for Jack Morewood, Andrew Hogan, Oliver Tummel, Brett Connell from Australia.

2011 | September 24th, Humber South 

Grand Final 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Etobicoke Kangaroos 3.1 5.4 7.5 10.7 67
High Park Demons 2.1 2.3 2.4 2.5 23

ETOBICOKE KANGAROOS

Goal Kickers: A. Hogan 3, J. Harris 2, J. Robinson 2, J. Morwood , R. Sears , O. Tummel
Best Players: J. Harris, A. Hogan, C. Long, B. Connell, M. Langner, J. Morwood
HIGH PARK DEMONS
Goal Kickers: H. Walters 2