ON THE BALL 27th April 2016



ON THE BALL Wednesday 27 April 2016


All soccer supporters should head to the Goulburn Workers Arena on Thursday April 28 as Goulburn Stags FC play host to a round of the Nation-wide FFA Cup when they take on Canberra City in the Capital qualifying rounds. Kick-off is 7-30 pm under lights and a great spectacle should be the order of the day


The FFA Cup is run by Football Federation Australia and is run on the lines of the English FA Cup. It all starts off with the early rounds such as this and at a later stage the A League Teams come into the competition. This will be the first time a FFA Cup game has been played in Goulburn so its a night for the history books. Stags and Canberra City played out some close games last year and the local Stags boys are looking to kick start there 2016 season after a slow start. 


Stags Navy Under 15 Team will take on the Goulburn Strikers Under 15 side in a curtain raiser kicking off at 5.15. The young Strikers side will use this friendly game to get ready for their season in the Canberra competition, while the young Stags boys will enjoy a run over the school holidays. 

The Canteen & Bar facilities will be available, there will be gold coin donation at the gate, so forget the late night shopping, it will wait till the weekend and head to the Arena and support the Stags Boys as they strive to make it into the second round.

For this game to take place a number a things had to happen and a big thanks to the Goulburn Workers Club and the Goulburn Bulldogs Rugby League Team for their support in making this happen. 



This weekend will see the first rounds of the Southern Branch Championships played at the home of Soccer Cookbundoon Soccer Fields. A total of twenty four Teams from the Highlands, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Far South Coast, Cooma and of course the local Association will take to the field.  In all there will be fifty games on the Saturday and Sunday and in two weeks’ time it all takes place again at Nowra where the winners will be known. 


The under 12 team has been in training since November last year with its primary objective being the Branch Championships. The team is a blend of younger players mixed with some experienced boys from last year and in the lead up to the first leg of championships this weekend the boys were runners up in the recent Lightning Cup in Canberra.


They have worked hard during the off season and are now confident of putting up a good show in the up-coming tournament. They will be pitted against two teams from Shoalhaven, Cooma, Eurobodalla and the Far South Coast. Shoalhaven will go in as favourites but the STFA coaching staff are pleased with the boys’ commitment and attitude, with an upset not beyond the realms of possibility. Kick off in their first game is at 10.00 am on field 4.


The under 16 Girls kick off at 10-00 on field 6 followed by the 13s Field 4 and 15s kicking off at 11-15 on Field 6.


On Sunday the Referees Association held a successful day with their level 4 Referees and the MiniRoos Referees Course at the Cookbundoon Soccer Fields.


Eleven young players turned up for the MiniRoos and seven completed the level 4 Referees course. This will help swell the numbers of the Referees ranks who’s numbers have been a bit low of late.


It is worth noting that the Referees Association was formed 42 years ago in 1974 when Collector School Teacher Mike Peters a Referee himself got the ball rolling. Over the years like all sporting groups it has its up and downs but at the present time Dave Shephard and John Coppolino have it up and running well.




Last weekend I mentioned a Grassroots Coaching course was planned for Friday May 13. We can now confirm the course will in fact be held on that day. 

The course is mainly aimed at Coaches in the MiniRoos, but will help Coaches of older Players. 

We can now confirm that this will be the case


The course will help new Coaches plan their coaching sessions, it is free, so save the date and make time to attend between 6.00 and 8.00 pm.


Football NSW Coach Oscar Gonzalez will do one or two School visits on the day and will run an open coaching session before the Grassroots course.  Also attending on the day will be Serve Uzunlar who is FNSW new Game Development Officer for Girls and Women.


This will be a great opportunity for all the All Age Women and young Girls to meet Serve who has played 49 Internationals for the Matildas and she is keen to promote the game of Football for Women and young girls.  




The STFA is looking for one or two young People to help out with updating and maintaining the Associations web site. This position would suite some young person interested in this type of technology. There is no payment but there must be someone out there with some spare time who could help out the Association and at the same time get some experience.  If you are that person please contact our President Robert Scott on 0407486937.



This Sunday will see the Grand Final of the 2016 A League when the Minor Premiers Adelaide United host Western Sydney Wanderers. 

Adelaide were dead last after round 8 but topped the table then defeated Melbourne City to win a home grand final and will now play the Wanderers in what should be a great Final after the Wanderers defeated Brisbane 5-4 on Sunday night.  I believe Adelaide will be too good for the Wanderers but it will be a scintillating game. 




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