SOUTHERN TABLELANDS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION INC
ON THE BALL Wednesday 11 May 2016
Season 2016 proper kicked off on Saturday in warm weather and with lots of Players rearing to get kicking the soccer ball once more.
The first few games in the MiniRoos kicked off on time but a few were a bit late as some parents did not leave sufficient time to find parking and then find their ground. The park was chockers from early and this meant that Mums and Dads had to park out in Race Course Drive and walk in. Things will be a lot better next week as Marulan will be at home and this will take out a number of games at Cookbundoon. There are a lot of people who do not realise just how many People are at the Soccer fields at any one time. We were looking at least 3,000 people at any one time between 9 am and 12 midday. That is right, but when you have 80 odd teams in the Association competition that is going to happen.
There could be a number of competition games postponed on Saturday due to some Players being away at the Branch Championships at Nowra. Please check the STFA web site for any changes.
Whilst the Players took to the fields there was another group taking a big step, and they were the young Referees taking charge of the MiniRoos. I saw Sam Gilson in charge of the Stags Pink and Workers under 9 game and he did a sterling job with a loud whistle and clear signals. Down the Park on a larger field Lee Chalker was taking his first tentative step to becoming a Referee when he took charge of the Under 11 Marulan v St Peter and Paul game. This was a fast game but Lee shook off a few early nerves to do a great job. Reports are that all the other young Referees did well and were well supported by Coaches and Parents on the sideline. We need to remember that these young People for many years had an Adult Refereeing their games so it will take a few games for them to get into the swing of things.
Don’t forget the Grassroots Coaching Course this Friday May 13 at the Cookbundoon Fields.
It is important that we get as many MiniRoos Coaches as we can there on the night as it is crucial that our young MiniRoos Players receive proper coaching.
The course is mainly aimed at Coaches in the MiniRoos, but will help Coaches of older Players.
The course will help new Coaches plan their coaching sessions, it is free, so make time to attend between 6.00 and 8.00 pm. ‘
Before this, FNSW Coach of Education Manager, Oscar Gonzalez, will we hope take one or two Rep Teams and a Club Team for a coaching session.
I often hear people say there is nothing you can do to teach under 6’s as their too young. Well they are very wrong as there are many talented players in the under 6’s and those Coaches who attend on the night will gain information on coaching that will help them teach those players the art of playing.
Coaches should go to My Football Club to registrar for the night, that way you will receive your certificate of attendance.
Attending on the day will be Servet Uzunlar who is the new FNSW Game Development Officer for Girls and Women. Servet, a Turkish Australian, was born in Sydney 1989 so she is 27. She plays centre back or defensive midfield even though she is only 5 feet 3 tall. Her playing career is impressive with 13 Caps for the under 20’s and 48 for the Matildas as will Sydney FC 55 times and Western Sydney Wanderers with just 5 games.
So this will be a great opportunity for all the All Age Women and young Girls to meet Servet, a real live Matilda, and she is keen to promote the game of Football for Women and young girls.
Having been formed back in the 1930s the Marulan Football Club is thriving this season,
having 12 teams participate in the STFA from under 6 to AA Men and Women. They will field two under 6 teams, 2 under 7, an under 8, under 9 and 2 under 11 teams in the MiniRoos.
In the competition proper, they have an under 13 team which is returning to defend both of its titles Association Cup and Grand Final Winners from the 2015 season, an under 15 team, and an AA Women’s Team which is called - wait for it, the “Mums and Bubs””. Some of the mums are playing for their first time thus the name. The All Age Men now play in the Highlands Premier League but for many years have been a force in the STFA.
Off the field the canteen has opened its doors and provides dinner for the players during the Thursday night training sessions and many community members are calling in to join the activity.
The Club is a foundation Club of the Association and over the near fifty years of the STFA the Club has had its ups and downs but has always come through. It is looking forward to an amazing season with the STFA and as they say let's play ball !!!!
Last weekend 20,000 Ks away on the other side of the World a Fairytale took place when
5000-1 Leicester City were crowned Champions of the English League. It has been a long time between drinks, 132 years in fact and it is good to see other Team other than Manchester United or Chelsea at the top of the Table. At 5000-1 a lot of money was won and now there are reports that City’s supporters have celebrated a bit too much as the Hospitals are now getting alcohol related injuries coming in. But after 132 years who could blame their supporters from drinking a pint or two.
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