On The Ball 4th May 2016

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ON THE BALL Wednesday 4 May 2016


Season 2016 proper kicks off this Saturday when all Players from MiniRoos to All Age Men and Women take to the soccer fields.

I am sure confusion will reign as new Parents and Players try to work out where their teams play. Then there are the Coaches trying to work out the names of their players. But after one or two weeks all will be OK. There will be 60 MiniRoos Teams from under 6 to under 11 which I believe is up on last year.

There will be 16 under 6 teams of new players to the World Game, welcome. Parents should leave extra time to make sure they find their ground etc. so games kick off on time. It is a bit tricky as there are a number of pitches laid out together. Don’t forget to check the draw on STFA Soccer. The STFA wish all Players an injury free season, but above all a season that you enjoy.




Whilst the Players take to the field for their first game of the new season spare a thought for 7 year old Aislinn Wilson who will miss out due to a broken arm. Aislinn, who lives at Tarago and attends Tarago School, was to play for Stags White under 8s on Saturday but will now most likely miss up to six weeks. In her first season last year she played for Stags under 7 Pink and showed great promise and I am sure we all wish her a speedy return to soccer.



The weekend saw the first rounds of the Southern Branch Championships played at the Home of Soccer, Cookbundoon Soccer Fields. A total of twenty-four Teams and over 350 players from the Highlands, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Far South Coast, Cooma and the local Association took to the field. Fifty games were played over the weekend with a nice warm day on the Saturday but boy Sunday was a bit hard to take with a strong wind that made it hard to play good soccer.


The STFA Teams played well, but at times lacked that little bit extra that is needed to perform at this level, but they will learn from this weekend and take those skills into their Club games,

The under 12s played good soccer at times for some close games with the best result being
a 4-4 draw with Cooma. This team has some Players that are only 10 year old so taking this into account they did well. The under 13s are in with a chance when they travel to Nowra in two weeks’ time with two wins a draw and two losses, however one of the losses was to Cooma who played a different Team on Sunday to the one on Saturday and this game is in dispute. The Under 15 only had two games against Far South Coast for two losses, a two nil and a one nil loss which meant they were named runners up.

The most improved Team over the Weekend was the Under 16 Girls. They had two 1 nil and a 3 nil loss and in their fourth game of the weekend they had a 1 all draw with Eurobodalla.




During Sundays Ref games we had a heavy downpour of icy rain and those Players caught in the downpour needed a change of dry strip for their next game. Up stepped some of the Mums in the under 12s who found they could use one of the rope fences as a clothesline. They threaded the rope through the arm holes of the player’s shirts and with the strong wind the players had dry shirts for their next game. It looked a bit of a strange sight but it worked. Now that is what I call a clever idea.





Stags FC had a good win over Canberra City last Wednesday night in the rounds of the FFA Cup.
From all reports from Canberra Soccer they were ecstatic with the night. They did not think that a Cup round in Goulburn would draw so much support and they were pleased with the condition of the pitch and lights.

This Wednesday there will be a live draw in Canberra for teams in the next round where Coach David Jones will attend. Reports are that if Stags name is pulled out first they could well get another home game. I am told that Canberra put the game on face book and received over 1000 hits. Now I am not a user of Face Book but they tell me that this was a good number. Let’s hope that Stags name comes out first. Football Federation Australia [FFA] has put something back into the game with an injection of cash to help cover Referees expenses.




Congratulation are in order to the STFA President Robert Scott Snr whose Son Ryan and his Partner Simone saw the safe arrival of a Baby Girl Lily Harper Scott on Saturday afternoon. This is Robert’s first Grandchild and it was a beaming Coach of the under 12 Reps who had an extra spring in his step on Sunday. I am sure Lily will be a bit spoilt by Granddad when she comes Home.





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