KIDS' CORNER | Under-8 Blues & Under-11 Reds

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There’s an abundance of talent in our junior ranks, and these boys prove that in spades!’s Kids’ Corner returns this week with an in-depth look at our under-8 boys blue and under-11 reds teams.

In doing so, we really do have to give a massive shout out to Lights, Lights, Lights, who sponsor both of these teams.

Lights, Lights, Lights are proud supporters of our juniors, sponsoring multiple teams and should be your one-stop shop for all your lighting needs.

The LLL family have an incredible passion for what they do.

See that passion first hand on their brilliant Instagram: @lightslightslights_au, which is jam-packed with brilliant lighting tips and insights.

Check out their website:

Thank you to the coaches, team managers and parents who sent in photos.

Remember, if you're at a game on Sunday and taking photos, be sure to send them in to to get your photos in our Weekly Junior Wrap.

DON'T FORGET: Essendon Royals is now taking bookings for our School Holidays Clinic, run by our senior coach Vaughan Coveny. Coveny is an AFC A-Licensed coach and New Zealand’s record international goalscorer. Book your spot today via our online store HERE.

Under-8 Boys Blue

Coached By: Joe Di Girolamo

Team Sponsors: Lights Lights Lights, Park Balls

Our under-8 Blue Boys prove the future really is bright for the Essendon Royals.

These boys play with style, imagination and fantastic technique.

Royals Miniroos Technical Director Matthew Conservano has spent some time with the boys in recent weeks and was full of praise for the work being done by coach Joe Di Girolamo and the application of the players themselves.

“An outstanding and attentive group of boys,” he said.

“They are eager to learn and just as eager to work! I've explored some quite technical concepts with them and they've taken it on-board exceptionally well for kids of their age.

They have demonstrated Great maturity and skill level.”

A huge thank you to Deniel Condon for sharing an absolutely brilliant gallery of photos of the boys. A great example of passion for the team and for the mighty Royals!

Under-11 Boys Red

Coached By: Michele Pizza

Team Sponsors: Lights Lights Lights, Rocton Group, Artistic Signs, Fruitmaster, Sportsmate Mobile, Metro Limos

Our under-11 Boys Red team is in fine form at the moment as they continue to rack up the wins in considerable style.

The boys won their most recent match 11-1 and came in for praise from Miniroos Technical Director Matthew Conservano.

“It was an absolutely outstanding performance from the 11 Red team,” he said.

“Their interplay and decision making are the exact behaviours that our sub-juniors strive for.

“This side were exemplary in their demonstration of The Royal's Philosophy.”

Coach Michele Pizza said he was delighted with the way the team was performing and improving.

“It all comes down to hard work, listening to recommendation and advice [from Conservano] and putting in practice what we learn during training,” he said.

“The good communication between coach and players is paying off.”

A big thanks to the team for sending some great footage through.

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Around The Grounds

A big thanks to David Cann, a parent from our under-10 Whites who had an 8-1 win over the Yarra Jets. Here’s a great post-game photo of the lads.

Our under-10 Whites

Our under-10 Whites

It was another great weekend for the under-9 reds, who we featured last week.

Thanks to Calvin for sending through some great pics and a lovely write-up!

As always, a big thank you to the club's major sponsors:

Nicholas James Lawyers

Coburg Super Finish

Realm Investment House

Our junior sponsors:


Cross Keys Hotel

Hyatt Essendon Fields

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