Our Proud History
Celebrating 68 years in 2023
We were always arguing, but we got the jobs done, and I would have walked over broken glass for some of them.
We went through difficult times, but we got through them and we are still there today.
Local legend Troy Hardy after scoring a hat-trick in his last senior game for the club he loves.
Rangers now have some of the best junior coaches in Geelong and the players have a career path to follow. Rangers dared where others dare not follow. The club juniors are now competitive at every age level and Rangers are going from strength to strength. There’s no cheque book soccer here.
“You play for the lion on the shirt, you play for your team-mates and the honour of continuing the tradition.”
The club has radically improved its facilities at Myers Reserve with two new floodlit training grounds, with drought proof grass. More than $500,000 was spent on upgrading the changerooms and the club can then quite rightly claim it has one of the best facilities in the region. It’s a long way from Calvert Street.
In recent years the club has been inundated with requests to play junior soccer at Rangers, that comes through the historic attraction of the club, its dedicated coaches and of course the rapid rise of the game.
Over the past few years the growing number of soccer players in Australia has led to claims the game can soon become the biggest sport in the country. At Rangers we did not need to look at those statistics, we are witnessing it first-hand. New analysis by sports research group Gemba says that 1.96 million are now playing soccer, up from 1.7 million in 2009-10, an increase of around 15 per cent in the past three years. Rangers’ numbers have doubled that percentage, we are packed to capacity. The club now has more than 450 players and aims to expand further.
The club is currently in the process of working with the City of Greater Geelong on a Myers Reserve Masterplan that will hopefully see room for a new pavilion and 4th pitch for the Bell Post Hill club in the coming years.
In October 2022, we will also see new lights on Pitch 2 and Pitch 3, giving the club all three current pitches with competition lighting.
In 2022, Geelong Rangers entered it’s first team into the State League 3 West Women’s competition. The group of young ladies and the experienced coaching team excelled in the competition. After 18 rounds the team finished the season unbeaten and with excess of 80 goals. The team bedded in some very good young talent in this season and is excited to be promoted to State League 2 in 2023
A women’s team that will go down in history for the Geelong Rangers Soccer Club.