2018 Senior Coaches

The Club was extremely pleased to secure the services of experienced VFL assistant coach, Brendan Allen, as it’s Head Coach for season 2018 and beyond. Anthony Allen, Senior Assistant Coach to Kon in 2017, will take over the reins as Head Development Coach following Lovey’s departure to Chirnside Park as their senior coach. Brendan Fulton goes into his 2nd year as the U19’s (or Futures) Head Coach, supported by the recently retired Michael Findlay.

BFC SENIOR COACHES

BRENDAN ALLEN

SENIOR HEAD COACH

Following a distinguished football career in the Country, Amatuers and Southern League, Brendan commenced his coaching career in the Southern League with Murumbeena and Canterbury Football Clubs. For the past 6 years, Brendan has been involved at VFL level with the AFL aligned Sandringham, where he has been Senior Assistant Coach and midfield coach for the past 4 years.

Brendan lives in Kew, is married to Naomi, and has 4 children. During the week, Brendan runs his own construction business, Maverick Constructions.

0409 252 861
maverickconstructions17@gmail.com

KON KARAVIAS

FOOTBALL MANAGER

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, and subsequently became the senior head coach in 2016 and 2017. With work pressures (Kon works for the AFL as a club strategy lead) and family commitments (married to Kim with a young child), Kon has taken a back seat role as the Football Manager, primarily dealing with coaching appointment, recruitment and player contracts.

0423 611 973
Kon.karavias@hotmail.com

ANTHONY ALLEN

HEAD DEVELOPMENT COACH

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.

0405 120 054
anthony.allen8@icloud.com

LUC MATTHEWS

FORWARDS COACH

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.

Luc is a single father to a very energetic 8 year old girl, and is a bricklayer during the week.

lucmatthews@hotmail.com

DAVE BARTLET

DEFENSIVE COACH

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.

drb67@live.com.au

KEN “FIREY” EDWARDS

HEAD TRAINER

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 – 2018 will be his 9th 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.

0413 802 841
kenredwards@hotmail.com

JOHN BLIAS

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT COACH

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 café in the CBD and he and his wife have a one year old child.

0423 080 952
john.blias@live.com.au