2013 Achievements

Northbridge FC Girls GU6-GU10
For the first time U6 & U7 girls can now play in an all girl competition which will be played on Saturday during the normal mixed competition. Girls in Kindergarten and Year 1 still have the choice of playing in mixed teams from their class groups etc but the all girl competition will only involve girls v girls. The all girl competition for GU8-GU10s is played on Sundays.
Dates for trials in March will be updated shortly.
Interested players can contact Martin Dickey on martin@genesistax.com.au or 0408 466 754 for more information.

2013/2014 6-A-Side Summer Comp

After an exciting Finals Round, Liquorice
Allsorts won the inaugural Women's Grand Final beating the Devils in a tight 4-3 game.  The team is shown above brandishing the Pat Reilly Memorial Trophy. 
T
he Men's Div 2 was won by the Thin Blue Line and Div 1 by Dalleys for the second season running.   

Northbridge FC host international


New Zealand Schoolgirls took on the Australian Schoolgirls in an event hosted by Northbridge FC and the Willoughby Council on Wednesday the 2nd of October, at Bicentennial Oval in Willoughby.
Great to hear the New Zealand girls sing their national anthem before the game. A good crowd turned out to watch an exciting game in perfect conditions. New Zealand started brightly and dominated the early exchanges and took the lead after 15 minutes. Australia fought back strongly with 3 goals before half time.
The game changed after half time with New Zealand fighting back with two more goals before Australia sealed the game with late goals of their own, eventually running out 5-3 winners.

It was a great exhibition of girl's football and we look forward to hosting more events like this in the future.
New Zealand seen here in their white strip while Australia wore the NSW strip.

2013 was a successful season for State League Men and Boys 
The season has drawn to a close and it has been one of the most successful in the Men/Boys  Northbridge FC’s  State League history. It has also been a very long season starting from mid January and continuing until the end of September  with some teams playing more than 30 matches. 
How does one measure success ? If one compares where the teams were at the start of the season and the quality of the football played by all the teams at the end of the season, there was significant development in skill and team work by all the teams.  
We also came FIRST IN THE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP, where the points from all the teams (except u16) are aggregated on a formula to determine the ultimate club winner.  If we include the u16’s on the table with the normal points system, we won that too by an even bigger margin. So whichever way one cuts the ladders we won.
Congratulations to all the teams with the Men winning their division, the u20’s coming second, , the u18’s coming third and the u16’s second. 
We also were successful off the field where our teams were recognised as playing and winning with skill.   Our travelling parents and supporters were also recognised as being fair minded and friendly.
It was total commitment by all the men and boys to continually keep focus and play with skill and determination. This was shown all the way through until the last weekend against Gladesville where we won games coming back from behind.
It has been a long season and lets thank all the coaches for what was total commitment by them. They have all put in a significant effort and contribution to help the boys achieve what they did. They provided the men/boys with the tools to develop and were always there to assist with determination when the teams were down. 
A big thank you to our managers who have toiled unpaid and contributed a significant portion of their free time and lives to the team and the club. Without these people, we would not have a club. The managers we have are some of the nicest people I have ever worked with.
A big thank you to our sponsors STATE  CUSTODIANS  Mortgage Company who contributed a sizeable amount to reducing our deficit and also all the people from Northbridge FC who toiled behind the scenes making it all happen.  If you need a mortgage or are re financing, please give State Custodians a call and check their competitive rates.
This Friday night is the awards night at Football NSW where we will receive our trophies and their will be a sizeable troop of players and coaches attending who will taste some of their success and enjoy their kudos.
These trophies will be awarded again on the 26th October WHERE YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO OUR END OF SEASON DINNER/AWARDS EVENING.  It is going to be a great night and a rewarding end to the season. All boys will receive an award so it will be nice to see all of them there.
Finally, to the 2014 season. It will be good to see all the boys return and lets try and make the teams even stronger for next year.
Kind regards,
Mark Nicholaeff

Northbridge FC – 2013 State League One Premiership winners

What a final day of football in the 2013 State League One competition, with Northbridge taking advantage of Dully’s slip up at Bensons Lane to snatch the Premiership via a last gasp injury time winner at Gladesville. Elsewhere, Hakoah Sydney City East and Granville Rage both consolidated their semi final positions with comfortable home victories over Nepean and Camden respectively, Inter Lions jumped to 8th spot with a win over Prospect at Concord Oval, whilst WNSW Mariners avoided the dreaded wooden spoon courtesy of their 3-1 triumph over Balmain Tigers. Our focus this week was at Magdala Park where both Gladesville Ryde Magic and Northbridge had plenty to play for, the attention also spreading across the State as all Round 22 and final matches of the season were being played simultaneously. 
Gladesville Ryde Magic – Northbridge FC                 2-3
Northbridge FC scored an injury time winner at Magdala Park against Gladesville Ryde Magic to hurdle previous league leaders, Dulwich Hill, and snatch the 2013 State League One Premiership  in a remarkable final day of the season.A warm and sunny afternoon greeted both teams to Magdala Park, the match crucial for the home side who were in need of a win foremost, and then hoping for two other results in other games to go their way in a bid to sneak into the semi-finals and extend their season by at least one more week.The visitors, similarly, needed a win and prayed for results in two other games to go against both Dulwich Hill and Balmain FC in a bid to snatch the ultimate Premiership prize on the last day of the season proper.As the results of other games filtered through, coach Joe Hayward made some telling late tactical changes to give Northbridge added direction, and his charges delivered the knockout blow and win the title. However, it was Gladesville that started the better in the opening minutes with captain Johnny Martinez forcing Northbridge keeper, Sean Mulhern, to touch a dipping free kick over the bar after Majid Eslami was fouled during a twisting run into the penalty box. Magic were at it again in the 9th minute with striker, Mitchell Smith, racing through the defence and squeezing off a shot from 8 metres that Mulhern just managed to push around the near post. For their part Northbridge were looking to utilize the undoubted abilities of their target man up front, Tom Bentham, with balls to feet and support options in the form of hard-working Ry Hardy, Michael Cole and Paul Orgad. It took until the 25th minute for Northbridge to expose the Gladesville defence and it took an incisive through ball from Bentham in midfield to release Hardy down the left channel. The speedy winger expertly rounded his defender but blasted his shot well over the bar from 8 metres much to the dismay of the travelling fans. However, it was only minutes later that Northbridge struck their first goal of the afternoon when energetic fullback, Lee Jones, ripped in a curling cross to a crowded penalty area. Michael Cole got the slightest of touches with his head on the near post and the ball flew into the 6-yard box where a charging Bentham side-footed the ball into the net, 1-0 Northbridge. Neither side were able to create any further opportunities in the first half, and referee, the experienced Tom Diakos, blew for drinks right on cue as scores started to come in front around the grounds. Both sides started the second half with purpose on the ball and passion in the tackle. Courage and desperation was on show for all to see in the 56th minute when Northbridge’s Lee Jones hit a piledriver of a shot from 35 metres that Gladesville captain Johnny Martinez blocked with his head on the edge of the penalty area. The ball flew into touch as Martinez received attention from the medic and applause for his bravery from the assembled crowd. Later in the half Sean Mulhern, the Northbridge keeper, also required attention for a head wound after colliding with the upright as he desperately dove backwards to clear the ball after a dangerous cross. Jones was in the thick of the action again in the 60th minute when he beat his man out wide during a customary overlapping run, delivering the ball to the feet of Bentham in the 6-yard box. The big striker turned his marker and tapped the ball goal bound but was denied by the feet of Gladesville keeper Kiriakos Tohouroglo as he spread himself to divert the ball to safety. Opportunities were traded equally in the ensuing minutes with Gladesville looking almost certain to score in the 65th minute when Smith and Yavuz Ekinci combined to set Eslami through on goal. The elusive striker lobbed the ball past an outstretched Mulhern only to see it cleared off the line by the retreating defence. Northbridge were next to threaten on 67 minutes when Jones pushed a curling free kick beyond the wall and the goal from the edge of the area after Hardy had been fouled on the edge of the box. Magic almost stole an equaliser shortly afterwards, when some casual passing in defence by Northbridge saw substitute Peter Yannopolous intercept the ball just 12 metres from goal. The young striker moved at pace toward goal but keeper Mulhern did well to close the space and get down low to block the eventual shot. Gladesville eventually levelled the scores in the 69th minute when Cameron Newton launched a tantalizing freekick from the right side of the Northbridge penalty area that beat everyone except Eslami who charged in from the far post to bundle the ball over the line from 2 metres. Northbridge were stunned but were not about to let this game slip from their grasp. From the kick-off and without Gladesville touching the ball a series of quick one-two’s released captain Ricky Woodward on the edge of the area. The hard-working midfielder calmly rounded an on-rushing Tohouroglou to regain the lead for his team with a side foot into the empty net.As legs became tired and challenges more desperate chances at both ends fired up the assembled crowd over the last 10 minutes. Firstly Ekinci launched a teasing cross that bounced off the far upright in the 80thminute, whilst almost immediately, Hardy for Northbridge at the other end sped into the box, drew the cover defence before squaring the ball to an unmarked Bentham who mishit his first time, left foot effort, allowing Tohouroglou to nullify the opportunity. Gladesville’s Yannopolous had been creating some havoc for the Northbridge defence since coming on as substitute. In the 87th minute Smith released him down the right channel where he sped into the box, drilling a low hard shot across the face of goal that beat Mulhern before hitting the inside of the far post and re-bounding into play. However, it was in the 90th minute that Gladesville would eventually conjure another equalizer for the match. Northbridge’s substitute Mitchell Lensink caused an unnecessary and hotly disputed foul on the edge of the box that allowed Ekinci to launch another freekick towards the Northbridge goal. The flight of the ball deceived all players before hitting the inside of the post, rebounding across the goal line and being hammered home by Eslami. In the dying minutes it was Gladesville who threw caution to the wind as they were determined to finish the season on a high. Pushing forward at a tired Northbridge defence it was Gladesville’s Smith who closed in on goal and drove from 12 metres. Northbridge were glad to have a keeper of  Mulhern’s quality when it counts and the custodian managed to launch himself at full stretch to push the ball away to safety and deny Smith a possible winner. However, Northbridge were not to denied, and with whispers of a possible Premiership title within reach as scores filtered through from other grounds, it was that man Lensink who emerged as a saviour for his club. Three minutes earlier it was Lensink who had fouled to give Gladesville the opportunity to equalize. Villain one minute, hero the next, as now, in the 93rd minute, he was released down the rightside channel where he sped into the box and slammed a drive from 9 metres into the net, delivering a Premiership title to his club in the process. For the home side, Gladesville Ryde Magic relinquish their 2012 title with their heads held high. A poor start by their own standards, Magic recovered to slowly climb the ladder, point by point, rung by rung, where they kept the top five honest by still being in with a chance for finals football until the final moments of the final day of the season. Northbridge FC can duly celebrate, having themselves recovered from an average start to 2013, turning their season around with some committed displays as they arm wrestled for the Premiership over the final weeks with both Dulwich Hill and Balmain. Hats off to Joe Hayward and his merry men from Northbridge, they take out the first piece of silverware in State League One, and now have the first week of the finals to put their feet up and rest as the top five commence their assault on the Grand Final trophy

Northbridge prepare to defend their World Masters Gold Medal
  
Members of the Northbridge Over 35s are heading to Torino in Italy to defend the Gold Medal they won at the Sydney 40+ World Masters in 2009. The team certainly didn't have it easy last time, knocking over a team of former Socceroos including Yankos, Tobin and Wade in the Final. Competition is expected to be even harder this time round so the boys will be working hard to keep away from too much Peroni and Pizza prior to the Competition. We wish the boys, nick named the Master Class, all the best. 

Northbridge FC Womens Premier League Victory

Matildas head coach Hesterine de Reus was a special guest alongside FIFAs first Australian representative Moya Dodd who  both took in the sights and sounds of what was an enthralling round 11 action packed match between Northbridge FC and
the Illawarra Stingrays on the 9th June 2013. The home side took full advantage on what was a memorable victory for Northbridge FC at Northbridge Oval as they defeated top of the table side Illawarra Stingrays 2-1. At the conclusion of the match de Reus took the time out in chatting to the Northbridge FC squad and also got an official photo taken with the head Matildas coach.
The Dutch born coach stated at this year’s Premier League launch that she was keen on watching as many Womens Premier League matches as possible with the hope of unearthing new future Matildas internationals. 
-By Mark Stavroulakis More details visit www.northshorefootballblog.com.au