South Melbourne FC is one of the most successful football clubs in Australia. The club has won four national championships, ten state championships, won the Oceania Club Cup, competed at the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup Championship in Brazil and in 2010 were recognised by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics as the Oceania Club of the 20th Century. Over fifty men and two women have played for South Melbourne FC and represented Australia in the Socceroos and Matilda’s.
In 2018 the club founded South Melbourne Powerchair FC. Established under the auspices of the Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association (VEWSA), the team provided an opportunity for competitive powerchair football in Victoria for the first time. Craig Kilby was appointed as the President of the Club, Jules North-Coombes as the inaugural Captain and Rebecca Gulle the Coach.
Over eleven rounds of the 2018 Victorian Powerchair Premier League, South Melbourne defeated Melbourne City on six occasions, drawing one and losing four. The team finished six points clear winning the league with a goal difference of plus six.
South Melbourne FC provides financial, media and equipment support to the team. The 2018 Grand Final saw the team wearing the South Melbourne jersey for the first time. The jersey was custom designed specifically for the team featuring the Club and VEWSA logos and sporting player numbers on each sleeve.
#1 James North-Coombes
#3 Shaun Mott
#6 Craig Kilby
#9 Jules North-Coombes (Captain)
#11 Chris Kessaris
#21 Michael Murdaca
Rebecca Gullé (Coach)
Premiers – 2018 Victorian Powerchair Premier League
Shaun Mott, Golden Boot – 2018 Victorian Powerchair Premier League
Victorian Powerchair Football Team – James North-Coombes, Craig Kilby, Jules North-Coombes, Chris Kessaris
Australia Sliders Powerchair Hockey Team – Shaun Mott, Rebecca Gulle (Coach)