2017 Senior Coaches

With the addition of the highly respected past player Luc Matthews and the very experienced Dave Bartlett, senior coaches Kon Karavias goes into his 2nd year with a coaching panel the equal of any in EFL Division 1. With a greater emphasis on fitness, mental attitude and a clear and concise game plan, the clubs senior coaches are confident that our senior boys will be very well prepared and directed in 2017.




Kon grew up in Moonee Ponds and played juniors at Maribrynong Park before going on to play senior footy with Maribyrnong Park and Parkside in in the WRFL – playing in 6 grand finals and winning 3. Kon was a development coach for Essendon’s VFL team for 4 years before moving to Toronto, Canada in 2014 for a change of scenery and life experiences – and was quickly recruited as coach of the Toronto Rebels for 2 years (with one Blackie boy, Michael “Prenda” Prendergast, on his playing list). On his return in 2015 Kon took an interest in Blackburn from the sidelines, liked what he saw, and successfully interviewed for the 2016 senior coaches job in late 2015.

Married to Kim with a baby on the way, Kon works at the AFL as a Club Strategy Lead.

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Anthony grew up in Doncaster and Balwyn and went on to play with Sandringham in the VFL for 10 years (and played with Jason Read’s dad). Following coaching stints at Coburg (coached Kon in 2005), Oakleigh Charges (coached Max Otten in 2009) and Northern Knights (coached Julian Soccio in 2011), Anthony has also been part of the Port Adelaide recruiting team (watched Mitch Donahue). For the past 5 years Anthony has been part of the VIC Metro U16 coaching team, and came to the Burners in 2016 to help Kon set up his senior coaches footy program – and is now fully on board to help steer the coaching group towards the next Burners senior premiership.

Married to Luisa with a 22 year old daughter and 20 year old son, Anthony works with Cricket Australia as Head of People & Culture.

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Luk played his junior football at Vermont, moving into the seniors winning 2 u18’s premierships and 3 reserves premierships including 15+ senior games. Moved to the BFC in 2000, played in the 2002 div2 premiership and played over 150 games. Was given the vice captaincy of BFC for 3 years and was honoured to captain the club for 3 years along side my great mate Chris Wilson. Played 2 seasons as playing assistant coach at Upwey football club winning the senior premiership in my first year.

Luk is a single father to a great 7 year old girl and after spending 4 years working in mining, is happy to be back full time in Melbourne as a bricklayer.

It’s great to be home in 2017.




Dave’s playing days cover juniors with the Glen Waverley Hawks, representing the VIC Metro side, and playing U19s with South Melbourne/Sydney Swans. He then went on to play AFL Reserve grade footy with the Sydney Swans and Richmond.

For the past 6 years, Dave has been heavily involved with the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup. During this time Dave has coached and developed lasting relationships with a number of current young AFL stars including Tom Liberatore, Mitch Wallis and Brandon Ellis. In 2016 Dave did some development work with the Western Bulldogs under Luke Beveridge. Dave is currently involved with the AFL Women’s State Academy as an assistant coach.

Dave is a detective with Victoria Police with 30 years experience. Currently involved with major crime investigations. He is a single father with 2 adult kids. In the off season Dave loves to get away to Bali where he has a villa and enjoys the warm weather, relaxation and experiencing the different culture.




Daniel played his junior football at St Bedes Mentone Tigers before forging a VFL career with Frankston in his early 20s. In 2012 he joined Greenvale in the EDFL, enjoying premiership success twice, being awarded multiple EDFL team of the year selections, and being selected to play rep footy with the EDFL and VIC metro interleague teams. Joining the Burners in 2017, Daniel starts his senior coaches career whilst still being a quality key defender in his late 20s.

Daniel is a science teacher at Salesian College.




Ken “Firey” Edwards played over 100 games of footy with St. Marys FC in Glen Iris in the A grade churches comp. Soon after retiring, “Firey” started his trainer career with the Hawks (21 years) and went on to become their assistant head trainer, with a highlight being picked to go to Ireland in 2000 with the AFL side. “Firey” then spent 8 years at Mitcham as head trainer, before being poached by Garry Connolly to cross over to the Blackburn as head trainer – 2017 will be his 8th year with the Burners.

Recently retired, “Firey” worked for the MFB for over 40 years, and was given his nickname by the infamous Hawthorn head trainer, Bobby Yeomans, over 35 years ago. Married for over 40 years to Susan, “Firey” is the proud father of 2 and grandfather of 2.

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After a burgeoning 120 game junior career (and chief senior hydration manager for 4 years) young Gus “the Bus” Macleod was all set for a big 2nd year in the U19s but unfortunately did his (good) knee playing cricket before Christmas, and so faces another year on the sidelines.

Not one to sit around and sulk, Gus will join Kon’s senior coaches team as the Football Coordinator in 2017 (yeah Gus we all know what that means!!). No.1 son of ex President James and 2012 Clubman of the year Lou, Gus works for Crocmedia as a producer and broadcaster.





Alan had a (self described!) “battlers playing career that spanned from 1988 in the U12s to 2012, finishing at Chirnside Park. Most of his career was at Ringwood where he played senior footy in Divisions 1 and 2, as well as playing a year at Doncaster East in 1999, and Aquinas in the VAFA from 2007-2010 (including a grand final and coaching the Reserves in 2009-10). In 2011-12, Alan was a playing senior assistant coach for Chirnside Park in Division 3, before retiring and moving to the Waverley Blues in 2013 as a senior assistant coach. Over the years Alan has been involved with coaching junior footy – at Norwood from U13s to U17s (including regular finals appearances and a U17 premiership in 2015), and as an assistant coach in 2014 for the YJFL A grade U15s who finished runners up. In Alan’s words – “junior footy unearths seriously talented, passionate kids”. Entering his 3rd year at Blackburn, Alan feels blessed to have ben able to coach a development group laden with talent during 2015/6, culminating in the premiership in 2016 v. Rowville – this was Alan’s proudest day in footy without doubt. With one flag achieved, Alan now relishes the opportunity to be part of the coaching team that helps steer the senior team to a flag.

Married to Sara with 3 teenage kids, Alan works at Simply Energy as a Senior Regulatory Manager.

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John played most of his footy at Doncaster East, debuting in the seniors at age 16 and being selected in their Team of the Decade. John then went on to play VFL footy for the Casey Scorpions in 2006. John is in his third year of coaching at Blackburn.

John owns a cafe in the CBD and he and his wife are expecting their first child in March.

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Glenn played most of his junior footy at De La Salle before playing U19 footy at Melbourne FC, and then returning to De La to play in 2 U19 premierships. Glenn then played senior footy for Old Mentonians (coached by Garry Connolly!) before moving back again to De La and playing for 6 years. He then joined Black Rock in the SFL (wearing Essendon jumpers a key reason!!), and played in 2 premierships before retiring in 2009. Following a few years of playing super rules, Glenn came to Blackburn as a senior assistant coach through his connection with Garry, with 2017 being his 3rd year at the club.

Married to Jodi with 3 children aged 13 to 22, Glenn works at Montmorency Secondary College as a Teachers Aid.

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