The 2019 Committee

We are pleased to have a dedicated team of volunteers who have committed to making the club as strong as it can possibly be for the betterment of the children. We hold ourselves to high levels of expectation and are accountable to the club in everything we do.

As a committee we adhere to five key principles:

  1. Growth of the children. Our children, both male and female, will have the best opportunity to learn new skills, play the game, build friendships, and develop a strong sense of teamwork whilst having fun and enjoying the game.

  2. Supportive environment. The coaches, administration and volunteers will all be respected for the time and effort that they donate toward making the club what it is. All possible efforts will be channelled into supporting this group as the catalyst for the club's success.

  3. Efficient club. The club will be run to benefit the children and maximise the available facilities. Sound governance will be applied across financial, operational, process and all people involved.

  4. Transparency and respect. Everyone within the club, opposition players, umpires or visitors to the club will be held to the highest values of respect and courtesy when at or dealing with the Redbacks. Transparency will be a key philosophy within the club from the committee down into each team.

  5. Culture. We will encourage a strong sense of club and community spirit in everything we do.

Please feel free to reach out to our committee if you have any questions or would like to get involved in supporting the club. We are always looking for new committee members that are passionate about making a difference at the Ashy Redbacks.

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Simon Martin
Ph: 0409 143 058

Simon has been part of Ashy Redbacks since 2013. As an Assistant Coach of Tackers (U8/U9), Coach of U10 & U11 and “Stats Man” of U12, Simon has played an active role at the Club for the past five years. Simon was elected President in 2018. He has a wife Denise, a son Danny (U13) and a daughter Cara.


Hugh Langenberg
Club Manager & Secretary

With degree qualifications in Bachelor of Business (Sports Management), Hugh is passionate about all types of sport, particularly, AFL. He currently works with AFL Victoria and Hawthorn FC as well as in the area of event management in the sports industry. Hugh enjoyed playing footy for his local club in Leongatha for over ten years before he moved to Melbourne to further his career. As an accredited AFL coach (Level 1), Hugh brings hands on experience about game day management and administration.

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Harmit Singh
Head of Coaching

Harmit was appointed as Head of Coaching in late 2017.  His primary focus is to help steer the development, training and mentoring of our coaches and equip them with modern coaching methods and frameworks to ensure we can get the best out of every player that takes to the field. As a former Ashy Colts and 100 game player, it’s fair to say that red and green is in Harmit’s DNA.

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Lucy Leiner

Lucy joined the Committee in 2018 as Registrar. Lucy and her husband Chris have two sons, Aidan (U15) and Max. Their boys started their footy experience with Auskick at Nettleton Park and they both played their first years of footy with the Ashy Redbacks from 2010 to 2013. From 2013-2014, the Leiner family lived in WA where Aidan played for Dalkeith Nedlands JFC (WA), and Lucy held the role of Registrar. Lucy’s husband Chris can often be found on the sidelines playing the role of chief barracker or scorer.

Richard Zvirbulis
Vice President

Richard has been a part of Ashy Redbacks since 2012. During that time he has held the roles of Team Manager and Auskick Coach. Richard joined the Committee in 2014 and he has held the role of Vice President since 2016. He and his wife Barb have three sons, Tom (U15), Kurt (U12) and Leo (U10) who all love their sport.

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Michael Byrne

Michael’s son Patrick (Paddy) joined Ashy Redbacks in 2016 as an U8. Michael will take on the role of Treasurer from 2018. He has worked in Financial services for 25 years and is looking forward to assisting Ashy Redbacks go from strength to strength in coming years. Michael has a wife Andrea and a son Paddy (U10).

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Steve McPherson

Steve has been around the Ashy Redbacks since son Angus joined in 2017 as an U8 player and he also helped out as an Assistant Coach. He has worked in the sporting goods industry for the last 30 years and most recently with the adidas brand based in China. Married to Amanda with 13 year old twins Mia & James as well as 9 year old Angus, they all love their sports mad life. Steve is looking forward to helping the Redbacks in 2019 and beyond.

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Jess Mounas

Jess was one of our founding members of our female footy program. She began playing in 2015 and in season 2018, she was one of our first ever girls to notch up 50 games. In addition to playing footy, Jess also coached Auskick at Burwood. Jess was appointed Club Captain in 2018 and will now offer a former player’s voice by leading our social activities.

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Ashley Fernee

Ash joined the Ashy Redbacks and the Committee in 2015. Since 2016, Ash has been transforming the Club's social calendar and hosts events for players and families to come together. He regularly performs as Ash Vegas, the Club’s resident Magician! Ash has a son, Tyson (U12) and a daughter Chloe.

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Sophie Murphy
Member Welfare & Child Safety Officer
Mobile: 0414 570 914

Sophie has 2 children, Poppy is 13 and Charlie is 11. Sophie's husband Darren, has been coaching for the past 3 years and her son Charlie has been playing with Ashy Redbacks since 2015 too. Sophie has been a teacher and school principal spanning over 15 years and more recently is completing her PhD in Education and working with teachers, school leadership and coaching and working with senior AFL coaches (with Port Adelaide for the last 2 years) in Australia and overseas. The new role that Sophie is taking on with Ashy Redbacks will be working closely with Harmit and the coaches as well as the welfare of the players and Ashy community.

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Mel Eardley
Career Game Stats and Acting Team Manager Liaison

Mel has been part of the Ashy Redbacks family since 2013 when her eldest son Keegan started playing in U11.  Keegan is now a top age Colts player. Mel is a seasoned Team Manager, and was an active member of the Ashy Redbacks Committee from 2017 to 2018.  Mel also has a younger son Kade (U12) and an older daughter Kiera.