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Last updated 28 Jan 2022
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Welcome to Lara United FC





2023 Codes of Conduct for all members/players and spectators

At Lara United FC we abide by the Football Victoria Code of Conduct.

Whether you are a player, coach, spectator, administrator, parent or a marshall - you must abide by our Code of Conduct.

FV Code of Conduct | Football Victoria

Please take the time to read each one.




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Eddie Watach Award - Club person of the Year 2022

This was awarded to Linda Tigani at the Presentation night on 2 October 2022.

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Lara United FC Vice President has now been appointed - Justin Wilson

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We are pleased to announce that current committee member and senior mens player, Justin Wilson, has agreed to take on the position of Vice President at Lara United FC.

This is a big win for the club as Justin has been with us since Juniors.


Eddie Wattach Award 2021 Winners

Congratulations to our Season 2021 club people of the year: Kerry Malesza & Justin Wilson

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I would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding efforts during the year and thank those that took the time to recognize their efforts.  Full list of nominees below.

Aaron Hook

Adam Hill

Andrew Harvey

Charlie Zahra

Dylan Weeks

Eric Lawrence

Judy Hill

Justin Wilson

Kerry Melesza

Leo Volpe

Linda Tigani

Michelle Harvey

Paul Grzybek

Ryan Horrocks

Paul Grzybek

President, LUFC

Announcement - Mens Coaching team for 2022


We are pleased to announce our new Senior Men's Coaching team for 2022.

Head Coach for the 2022 State League Men is Eric Lawrence.

Eric started his playing career at Lara as an 8 year old and then moved to Bell Park. As a junior he had success winning a flag, winning the best and fairest awards, rising star award and team of the year selection. Eric played for 9 years in the seniors and reserves teams winning 7 golden boot trophies, along with captaining the reserves. He knows how to kick goals!

Eric then returned back to Lara with his 3 brothers and played in the Sunday league before he did his ACL and fractured his knee in a summer competition. This lead him to coaching at Lara United for the past two seasons as the Assistant and Reserves Coach. We look forward to Eric leading the Men's group to success this year.

To assist Eric we have recruited Conor McGrath as Assistant Coach.

Conor has played at Lara for many years from Under 6’s. He progressed up to NPL level before have a career defining injury. He comes from a great footballing family and we look forward to Conor continuing to support the Men’s squad to succeed.

We have recruited Enes Eren to be the Reserves Coach for the State League Men.


Enes played juniors with WVSA then started senior soccer at 16 with Corio. He has also played at Geelong Rangers. He returned to Lara United to play during the 2019 season but unfortunately an injury kept him out for quite a few matches. We are pleased that Enes has agreed to be part of the coaching team at Lara United for season 2022.

To assist Enes we have recruited Sen Karastanovic as Assistant Coach for Reserves.

Sen started his playing career as a junior playing for Albion Rovers SC in '81. He has played for Sunshine George Cross (NPL) in 1986, Footscray J.U.S.T NPL in 1998 with both junior, youth and senior games. He has had a fantastic career as a player in NPL and local leagues. All through his career he only played one position - defence (RB) he never lost that position to anyone! Injury ending a playing career but having his son Aiden join the club during the 2019 season, Sen and his wife Cindy have been great supporters of Lara United volunteering frequently.


Announcement - Womens Coaching Team for 2022

We welcome back Ryan Horrocks and Aaron Pettman as the Senior Women’s Coaching team.
Pre-season training commences Thursday 4th November 2021 from 630pm - 800pm.
All players welcome.

John Karounos - Retirement from Coaching Senior Football

Dear Life Members, Members, Supporters and the Greater Football community,


We would like to announce the retirement of our highly esteemed coach John Karounos.

John's coaching career started while playing for West Adelaide seniors in South Australia coaching U/14 and U/16's. Coaching juniors he was appointed State Coach for Australian Junior championships in Queensland where they finished second to NSW level on points but one goal difference.

John went on to coach  in South Australia from Amateur, 3rd, 2nd, 1st divisions and premier league, National Youth League and assistant coach for West Adelaide in the old National Soccer League.

An injury to a shoulder stopped John playing but he continued coaching and in between started to referee with highlight of flying to Darwin to referee Chelsea v Northern Territory in 1974 and Cup Final in Nhulunbuy (Gove).

John was offered a management position and came to Geelong in 1993 having left Adelaide as General Manager of West Adelaide Soccer Club in the NSL.

He coached mainly GRFA rep squads and including senior rep squad in the Addie Cup and Geelong's senior women's premier league team.

John was elected Chairman of Victorian Junior Soccer and together with interested parents and the President of GRFA started the Lara Soccer Club by asking the Lara Sports club to play under their banner. He then helped coach the U/9 and U/11 juniors to kick off at Lara.

After 24 years of not coaching seniors, John took over coaching seniors at Bell Park with the highlight of winning Addie Cup beating Corio in the final.

John was then asked by Football Victoria to create the NPL together with a group of 5 including former Socceroo Captain Alan Davidson.

John holds a C licence that was gained at the Australian Institute of Sport whilst coaching West Adelaide National Youth League.  John has a FIFA Coaching Certificate to coach Referees.

John was the President of GRFA and is also a Life Member of Football Victoria.

John joined Lara United in 2019 and has now decided to hang up the senior coaching boots.

Lara United is very grateful to John and what he has done with our State League 5 Men, but also the club as a whole.  John will continue assisting Lara United FC into the future with various roles around the club.

We want to thank John and Sophia for their contribution to Australian Soccer.

Paul Grzybek


Lara United FC

Geelong competition 2022 formats - please note changes to junior age groups

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We are proud to be a family friendly local community club. Our aim is to provide a safe environment that enables all players to get the best out of themselves both on & off the football pitch. 

Lara United Football Club (FC) began in 1999 as the Lara Soccer Club (Lara SC) section of the Lara Sporting Club.
Read more here. . . 

Program & Contact Details

Game Day 
Contact Person                
Miniroos (U7 to U11)
0402 469 243
Juniors (U12 to U17)
Girls  Saturday
Boys  Sunday
0438 697 696
State League Women
0413 460 182
State League Men
0409 007 449

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors are a vital part of our club at Lara United FC. Any money sponsors invest is fully absorbed in the cost of running our club & we could not successfully run our club without it.

Please contact Paul Gryzbek, our Sponsorship Coordinator on 0438 697 696 for sponsorship opportunities.

For more information on Sponsorship Packages please refer to the Sponsorship page.

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