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Our Committee

Stephen Longhurst Club Secretary

Stephens been associated with the club since early 2016. His Football crazy son, Charley 8, has been mastering his ball and team skills in the beautiful game since U6. During this time, Stephen has supported the club as an assistant coach, team manager and more recently, assisting with tasks at Committee level. He saw the Club Presidency role as a great opportunity to further develop his leadership skills and work with an awesome team of people steering a local, community football club.

By day, Stephen is an IT Professional and works as a Senior Project Manager at Financial Services company in Melbourne CBD. He has 25 years of experience in project and software delivery. He’s worked with a multitude of banks and financial services companies from London, England to Melbourne, Australia. He has a passion for delivering value, quality and positive outcomes to business partners and stakeholders. Stephen has a firm belief that teamwork is a key to success.

In his spare time, Stephen likes to keep himself active and busy. You might find him anywhere from AAMI Park watching Melbourne City FC, at the gym trying to stave off the mid life Ibs, at home playing his acoustic guitars or off somewhere exploring the Great Outdoors in the Caravan with wife Melinda, Charley and daughter secretary@mountelizasoccerclub.com.au

Justin Sheppard Club President
Justin joined MESC nine years ago when looking for a club a little closer to home to get involved with.  Having both playing and coaching roles with Mornington, Frankston Pines and Rosebud Soccer club the move to an emerging young club just 5 mins from home was an easy choice.

Club culture was another big factor in the move where both committee and coaching staff were not only welcoming and friendly but incredibly hard-working, all to ensure that the players and their families had a wonderful matchday experience.

After hanging up the boots 7 years ago Justin decided to focus solely on his coaching signing up for numerous coaching courses and spending hours on the training pitch with different teams to find a style and system of training that he believes his players would respond to.  "I find the game is constantly changing and being flexible and adaptable plus ensuring everyone is having plenty of fun is the key to success".

Justin is currently coaching the Girls U15s where his daughter Ruby is playing, his son Jai also plays in the U13s and all are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

Mike Bettess Club Vice President

Mike played junior football growing up in the Adelaide Hills and returned to the world game later in life, including several enjoyable seasons in the local football league while living and working in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mike’s family joined the Mount Eliza Soccer Club (MESC) in 2017 and was a first time coach of the ‘U7 Reds’ in 2018.

Blessed with a wonderful and supportive group of players and families, the team developed fast from a slow start and enjoyed an undefeated U8 Joey’s season in 2019. These fast growing boys are now looking to test themselves (and their coach) at Kangaroo level.

The club has played a major role in Mike and family joining to the Mount Eliza community and he was therefore delighted to join the club as Secretary in 2020 – also assisting on the Football Committee. Mike is keen to see the MESC develop its facilities and play its essential role as an accessible local club that adds great value to our village community.

Melanie Roche Committee Member

Melanie has an 11 year old son who is a keen soccer player. He joined the club in 2016 and it was soon obvious that soccer was going to be his sport! It was then that Melanie decided to get involved in the club.

With over 20 years in bookkeeping, Melanie didn’t think twice about taking on the position of Bookkeeper when it became available at the end of 2017. Now Melanie is proudly the Treasurer of the Mount Eliza Soccer Club.

Melanie works part time as a Bookkeeper/Trust Accountant at a local real estate agency. She loves the lifestyle of living and working in Mount Eliza and being able to walk to everything.

Gary Talbot Director of Football 
Gary heads up coaching at the Soccer Academy. The Academy develops players at all levels through its skills acceleration clinics and its elite player development program.

Gary Played his Junior Football at both Doveton and Clayton. Playing senior Football at 17 before an ankle injury moved him away from the game.

Taking up coaching at the age of 21 under the guidance of Tim White (Victorian Director of Football), Gary has spent many of the last 30 years coaching Junior Football and has his FFA/FFC B Licence. 

Gary's roles have included:

  • Langwarrin SC - Community Teams Technical Director 
  • Springvale White Eagles NPL Technical Director (4.5 years)
  • FFV South/South East SAP Head Coach 

In 2019 Gary took a side from Langwarrin to the Tomsan Cup in Japan and hopes to take another team in the future.

Gary also manages Sportsco in Mornington.

Neil Simpson Football Committee Lead
Neil sits on the football committee representing the footballing needs of players and coaches and helps with coach and player development as well as allocating players to teams, organise tournaments, coaches accreditation and trials.

The football committee was set up to look for new ways to improve the quality of football at the club and make it an enjoyable experience at training and during games. In 2019 he helped set up the Mt Eliza Soccer Academy as a development arm of the club.

Growing up with football in North West London, Neil has been coaching mini-roos at Mt Eliza Soccer Club since 2013.

Having stood on the sidelines watching football as a parent, he soon caught the coaching bug and became an advocate of the FFA's Skills Acquisition Program.

He's saw his teams make 5 finals in 3 years including the 2018 Shepperton Cup. He has 2 sons playing football, the eldest playing in the National Premier League and is always happy to talk about soccer.
Chris Batton Committee member and groundsman
A father of 4 very active children, all of whom are Mt Eliza Soccer club members. On the wrong side of 50, I have spent my entire life on the Mornington Peninsula. Raised on the other Football, the passionate love of the round ball game came with the successes of Kewell, Viduka, Bresciano, having it initially aroused by the locks of Craig Johnston and how good the Predator felt on my foot! Assisting where and whenever I can, only a game of golf gets as much attention as marking lines and mowing the grass.

Steve Maciver Club Communications 
Steve is a football loving Scotsman who has been proud to call Mount Eliza home with his family for the last 7 years. His involvement with MESC started in 2018 when his son Mylo decided he wanted to start playing soccer.

Now in the Under 16s team, Mylo has also been joined by his younger sister Ella who decided to make the switch from girls footy to soccer and is this year playing Under 13s. After playing in every team he could get into as a kid, it's fair to say that Steve is delighted to see both his children now also playing the beautiful game.

With 20 years Marketing and PR experience, getting more involved with the club this year as Communications Manager was a natural step for Steve and he's enjoying helping to spread the word for our growing soccer community.

Aside from always being happy to talk soccer (particularly the EPL and Scottish Premier), Steve always has time to chat cars and cycling
Sandra Gibbs Child Safety Officer
Julie Tannahill  Club Registrar
Bindi Kniese Club Treasurer
Katy Dawson Club Sponsorship Officer
Danny Hansard Seniors Mens Head Coach 
Alli Hobbis Team Managers Co-ordinator & Fundraising