ON THE BALL 18th May 2016



ON THE BALL Wednesday 18 May 2016


The second round of the Southern Branch Championships were played over the weekend however none of our Teams ended up in the winners’ circle.  But we did have a winner and that Player took out the prestigious Ray Tweedy Medal as Player of the Tournament. The winner of the Medal was Julian Coppolino from the Under 13s. He was judged by the Referees over 10 games both in Goulburn two weeks ago and on the weekend at Nowra as the best player.  This was a richly deserved award as he would have to have played extremely well over a large number of games to outpoll well over 100 other players.

The award is named after Ray Tweedy who is a long standing official from the Shoalhaven, Southern Branch and Football NSW. Some years ago Ray received the Order of Australia for his services to Soccer/Football.

So congratulations Julian and I am sure that I speak for everyone in the Association that we are all proud of your Prestigious Award.  


There have been one or two problems coming out of the first two weeks of the competition and I make mention of them.

There are signs, be they small in the Park that say there are no dogs allowed in the Park.  However we have had to ask a number of People to take their dogs out of the Park and this sometimes causes some owners to get angry. This ban on dogs is a long standing one and dates back to the mid-1990s and was made with safety in mind.  The last thing we need is some Child steping into dog POO, or at worst someone is attacked and badly injured.  Just think, the Association could well be sued if such an attacked took place.

So please leave Fido at home as there is no place for him/her at sporting Fields even if he likes watching Soccer.

Larger signs are about to go up so there are no excuses not to see the signs.


Another problem we see creeping in is the drinking of Alcohol, Foul Language and Abuse of Referees, this is mainly in the All Age Men and Women. I am not about to mention the Clubs involved, you know who you are and some of those Clubs are long term offenders.

I should stress this problem is only in our older age divisions and it has to stop at once as we are losing Referees because of it. On some days there are only two Senior Referees able to control All Age Men’s games as a number of our Senior Referees still play.

The time is fast approaching when we will go back to the bad old days where Senior Clubs will have to Referee their own games. I am sure that Players do not want that, so please assist the Association with improved behaviour. 


It was a bit disappointing that only 10 MiniRoos Coaches turned up for the Grassroots Coaching Course on Friday night at the Cookbundoon Fields. Still that is 10 Coaches that will be able to go back to their Teams with some knowledge of how to teach them the skills of the game.


A highlight of the night was the large attendance for the coaching session put on by Matildas’ Servet Uzunlar and Renee Rollason. Almost all the Under 16 Rep Girls attended plus social media got a few other Girls there and they were put through a good work out and had a meet and greet with Servet and Renee with a large number of selfies taken. In the end there would have been about 25 Girls there on the night.


Another highlight on the night was that STFA Vice President and well known Women’s Coach Mick Maclay was able to reunite with Renee Rollason. You see Nick coached Renee at Southern Branch when she was Under 14. In fact Mick has coached a large number of Southern Branch Country Girls who have gone on to play for the National Team or a W League Team. 

Renee Rollason is a Country Girl from Bega who played for Southern Branch, then went on to play for the Matildas, Central Coast Mariners 21 times, played for Sydney FC with 67 games. She now plays for Macarthur Rams in the State League. Renee is just like many local Girls who could well make the highest levels of the game.



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