2012 Achievements

Northbridge FC Over35s Grand Fianl Winners
CONGRATULATIONS Northbridge O35 - Winner of the Grand Final of the FNSW Champion of Champions tournament.

The Grand Final was the culmination of an incredible season for the squad as champions of NSFA (KDSA) and also winning the FNSW State Cup for the second time in 3 years.

Over 35 Men
Northbridge overpower Engadine Eagles 4-3 in seven goal thriller.

Northbridge overpowered Engadine Eagles 4-3 in a seven goal thriller that was decided in golden goal in the Over 35 Mens EA SPORTS Champions of Champions final.

Northbridge looked the goods and were cruising along at 3-0 up with 25’ minutes left on the clock, but a massive fight back by Engadine Eagles sent the game into extra-time with former Socceroo Jason Van Blerk scoring the winner in golden goal.

Northbridge carved out the first real chance of the game as Rory Collins delivered a tantalising cross into the box finding Shaun Kendrigan, but his grounded shot was no trouble for Glenn Hickey after 10’ minutes of play.

Jason Van Blerk won his side a penalty on 26’ minutes after being brought down in the box, and converted with a powerful low left footed drive to put Northbridge up 1-0.

Engadine Eagles were struggling to combat Northbridge’s passing game in the early stages but almost equalised as Matt Yim gave the ball away in his own area, with Michael Payne intercepting the wayward pass only for Brett Hatherall to smother up his shot from close range.

Ex-Socceroo Jason Van Blerk turned provider in the 40’ minute with an in-swinging corner that was powerfully headed into the back of the net by Craig Moffitt which put Northbridge in a commanding position.

Northbridge’s Chris Charlton almost pulled off a spectacular just before half-time with a magnificent half-volley that bounced off the crossbar.  

Following the break, Northbridge had a great chance to stretch their lead even further as Gavin Dennis delivered a cross met by Scott Moffitt, but he couldn’t control his shot.

Northbridge didn’t have to wait long though as Chris Charlton showed great control to bring the ball down and cross, finding the head of Gavin Dennis who cleverly directed his header into the top corner to make it 3-0 after 54’ minutes.

Engadine failed to give up and pulled a goal back in the 66’ minute as Damon Emanuel sent a high ball into the box that was miss-headed by Craig Moffitt into his own net.

Some nice footwork by Michael Payne saw him brought down on the edge of the area in the 78’ minute with the Eagles punishing Northbridge’s ill-discipline as Edward Kralj smashed the loose ball past Brett Hatherall to make things interesting with roughly 10’ minutes on the clock.

Engadine Eagles were truly alive having come back from 3-0 down just a few minutes later after Klete Loveday equalised with a stunning strike from 25 yards out on 81’ minutes to make it 3-3.

Engadine’s late three goal flurry ensured the game would go to extra-time, but it was none other than Jason Van Blerk who decided the result with a well-taken free kick from 20 yards out that finished in the top corner in the first half of golden goal.

Match Stats
Northbridge FC 4 (J Van Blerk 26/96’ C Moffitt 40’ G Dennis 66’)  

Engadine Eagles 3 (C Moffitt OG 66’ E Kralj 78’ K Loveday 81’)            

Sunday October 21st, 2012 Valentine Park, Glenwood            
Northbridge FC: GK.B.Hatherall; 4.C.Charlton, 5.C.Moffitt, 6.M.Yim, 9.R.Collins, 10.R.Mathews, 11.S.Kendrigan, 12.P.Brockington, 13.J.Koch, 14.J.Van Blerk, 17.A.Townsend, 20.D.Fleming, 21.D.Segreto, 22.S.Moffitt, 27.G.Dennis, 28.G.Lee, 29.D.Tuddenham, 35.M.Minor            
Engadine Eagles: GK.G.Hickey; 2.R.Bennison, 4.S.Clinch, 5.K.Loveday, 6.A.Bryett, 7.M.McKinnon, 8.M.Fielding, 9.M.Payne, 10.P.Burke, 13.E.Kralj, 14.D.Wilson, 16.B.Johnston, 17.B.Anderson, 19.W.Turner, 20.D.Emanuel, 27.G.Lerond, 31.G.Brosens  

WPL Awarded FNSW Fair Play Award 2012 Northbridge FC's Women's Premier League teams were awarded the 2012 Football NSW PL Fair Play Award at the annual Platinum Medal Dinner Awards Ceremony at Club Marconi.

WPL Girls U12 - 2012 Season Wrap
By WPL12 Coach Neale Muston
The season is now over and it has been a long and successful journey for our WPL12 girls which began back in October last year. Many returned from the 2011 premiership winning WSL12 team and we found ourselves promoted into the top league.

Working hard on fitness and positional play pre-season, the girls quickly learned to value possession and build their attack down the flanks. The results were immediately apparent as the team notched up several early wins and began to play some attractive football. We developed individual skills and team tactics during the course of the season and remained in the top third of the table.

Possibly the highlight of the season was the amazing victory at the Cheryl Salisbury Cup, a challenge of the best Premier and Super League under 12 teams.  The girls won 5 games while conceding no goals and Emma McKellar was awarded defender of the tournament.
Defence continued to be a key focus of team development and the backline were outstanding in achieving the second best defensive record in the league while the strikers gave the crowd some magical moments including 24 goals from Maddy Kennedy. She scored 3 hat tricks with Hannah Young bagging another.

Our captain Antonia Beckett showed what a fine player and outstanding leader she has become with many performances of grit and determination in midfield while upholding the fair play values of Northbridge Football Club.
Every player has made significant progress towards self-improvement at State league level and this was best displayed with an exciting last-round draw against the competition leaders. The team took some great end of season form into the semi finals and delivered a strong victory first up but the campaign ended the following week in a thrilling game that was decided in the final minute of extra time.
From a coach’s perspective, it has been an absolute delight working each week with the players. Their focus and enthusiasm at training has been exemplary while each has relished the challenges and expectations laid before them. We have discovered a wonderful camaraderie between the girls and this is reflected in a very proud parent group whose support and positive reinforcement has been remarkable. Many thanks also to Marielle Ewington who has been a tireless manager and worked beyond the call of duty to organise kit, functions, player statistics and rosters.
Finally, congratulations to the many players selected to compete in the State title competition at Dubbo in September. Do us all proud!

Premier League U12 Girls Cheryl Salisbury Cup Champions

Congratulations to Coach Neale Muston and his team.  What a fabulous effort!
Unbeaten, no goals conceded, a fantastic result by our girls. Great individual performances and strong team effort.
Emma McKellar awarded Defender of the Tournament.  Tahlia Macri Coach's Player of the Tournament.

Northbridge Jerseys Make It To All Parts Of Cambodia
“My name is Joe, and I'm working for Sister Denise Coghlan at Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) on the landmine campaign in Siem Reap . I thought Northbridge FC would like to see that their jerseys make it to all parts of Cambodia.'' On the weekend of August 4-5, JRS will be hosting a soccer match between Cambodian de-miners from CMAC, the army (RCAF), suvivors of landmines and landmine campaigners in Battambang. This is an initiative of the Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions, to encourage support for Cambodia to sign the Convention banning Cluster Munitions.

Northbridge FC helps Cambodian National Teams
Seen here is the Under13 Cambodian National team in the Northbridge strip supplied by the Club.
Northbridge FC families also support the Cambodian charity ISF with donations of 100s of pairs of boots each season.

Player Development paying off for our Under12 Girls
Over the past few years Northbridge has started preparing the girls for top level Under12 football two years out . The results of these Development programs can be clearly seen in the recent performances of our Under12 Girls.
Our Under12 State League Girls, playing in the highest level of competition, the Football NSW League, last Sunday accounted for the previously unbeaten Sydney Uni girls 3-1. This moves them into the top 4 of this elite competition. Our Under12 A girls, playing in Division One KDSA Competition, reached the semi finals of the State Cup, an FA Cup style knock out competition featuring all the best Clubs State Wide. This makes them the most successful girl's team we have ever entered into that Competition.
While all this is happening, our Under12B Girls remain on top and unbeaten in Division One KDSA. Congratulations goes to the girls and their very passionate coaches Neale Muston, Ry Hardy and
Paul Ferguson.

Northbridge through to State Cup Finals! 
Both Northbridge Under12 A girls and Northbridge
Mens Over 35s have made it through to the semi finals of the prestigious Football NSW State Cup.
The girls have scored 10 goals and conceded none as they have progressed through the rounds. 
Sunday 17/6 they had enjoyed victory against Lilli Pilli , next week they face Dubbo out at Preston.

The all conquering Over 35 As had a decisive win against Fraser Park ,4 nil. Sunday 1/7 they face the Cronulla Seagulls out at Smithfield.

Northbridge kids helping Aboriginal Football Development
John Moriarty Football*, Craig Foster and SBS would like to thank Northbridge FC juniors for their enthusiastic participation in the filming for our basic skills training segments.
Our Football program for under 10 year old Indigenous children was launched in the community of Borroloola only 7 weeks ago, and while these players have a natural enthusiasm for football and sports generally, they will greatly benefit from the "practice/practice/practice" technical skills demonstrated in these special football skills segments. We appreciate the time that all the players, parents and coaches contributed.
This footage will form part of the four minute segments which will appear on NITV (National Indigenous Television's Barefoot Sports show) and SBS The World Game. The completed series will also be presented by our John Moriarty Football coaches to the Indigenous junior players who are embracing Football in the Northern Territory.
For Facebook followers, check out Craig Foster's posting on the JMF / SBS Football skills filming and a photo at this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Craig-Foster/49254748920
*The John Moriarty Football Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation Program of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. /www.nangalaproject.org.au/
John Moriarty Football*, Craig Foster and SBS would like to thank Northbridge FC juniors for their enthusiastic participation in the filming for our basic skills training segments.

Nicky Carle Sydney FC star player and our Northbridge Academy kids
We had a visit from Han Berger (FFA National Technical Director) and Nicky Carle (Sydney FC) to present shirts to the kids from the NBFC development academy at Northbridge Oval.

Premier League for Northbridge Girls
The u14s women’s premier league team after their 2-1 defeat of Manly last weekend – they are the first Northbridge team to have a victory in premier league – well done girls. The Girls at their first round of Premier League. Results were 12’s 0-0, 14's 2-1 win, 16’s 0-3 loss, Reserves 0-2 loss and First Grade 0-6 loss.

Northbridge Red Force train with Chelsea
Saturday 25th Feb the Northbridge Red Force U10 team where amongst a number of Sydney FC Club participants chosen to take part in the Samsung-Chelsea FC Youth Football Camp held at Sydney International Athletic Centre at Sydney Olympic Park. Some of the world’s best youth football coaches ran training clinics as part of an international tour organised by Samsung, sponsors of Chelsea Football Club. The kids enjoyed being decked out in a Chelsea uniform and experiencing tips and coaching from some of the best youth coaches in the world from the Chelsea FC club. The tour was initiated to foster the next generation of Australian football talent as part of Samsung’s long standing support of football at both a premier and grassroots level.