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  • Presidents Summary 2103

    I would like to welcome everyone to our website, this post comemorates our 2013 Doms Motors Soccer Senior Grandfinal, and the playing season in its entirety.  On behalf of the Griffith & District Soccer Association, I would like to thank all parties involved in the operation of this season and wish all the teams for the grandfinal the best.

    This year we have continued with our major sponsor in that being Dom’s Motors for the Senior Competition, ProTen Chicken Farms for a Rep Junior Teams and now we have just secured Bendigo Bank as the Major Sponsor for the Junior Competition for a Three Year Deal & the Exies Sports Club for the Host of the Grandfinal and senior presentation night.

    Achievements during this 2013 soccer season are:

    –          Junior Representative – branch title winners in under Boys 12, 13, 14 & 15 age groups and Girls in the U12’s age group.

    –          Country Cup winners of 13, 14 & 15s Boys and 14 Girls age group – 12 Boys & Girls Runners Up.

    –          1 girl selected in the under 15 Girls NSW country team

    –          3 boys selected in the under 13 NSW country team

    –          2 boys in the 14 NSW Country Team

    –          3 U14 Girls representing NSW in a tournament in Fiji

    –          Our Pathways program Run by Ben Duggan & Ross Morgan which provides additional skills training offered to ages under 8 to under 15s.  Currently we have 150 kids attending these sessions every Monday night and 192 registered

    –          Our bus transport for junior players attending Riverina and SAP training in Wagga every Friday night.  This has been generously donated by Paul & Bruna Serena. On average we have between 25 – 30 Kids per trip

    –          Our Representative fundraising committee raised some great funds this year to help with costs of representative soccer players.

    –          This year we hosted a Football NSW Country Trial in Griffith for the U13’s & U14’s.

    –          Through that we then hosted the U13’s State Titles for a whole week in Griffith

    –          We also have our junior rep teams compete in the State Cup. U13’s where successful winning the Grandfinal with the U12’s being beat in a close match in the Grandfinal

    –          Also Hanwood FC First Grade being beat in Penalty Shoot Out in the Grandfinal as well

    –          Secured a 1 Year Trial for the Grandfinal at the Exies Sporties Club

    In conclusion, I would like to thank all of our members as part of the association.  During my role throughout the year, I have noticed a lot of passion, loyalty and commitment from players, parents, spectators and committees and this can only make football in Griffith bigger and better.

    The final series has already been a huge success in my eyes. It has been great as a spectator with the skill and speed of the players.

    Play hard, play fair and results will happen.

    Matt Curran
    Presdent GDAFA

  • Pathways/SAP

    Congratulations to the 24 players that attended training tonight in the pouring rain and howling wind. You all trained amazingly.

    We worked on first touch, 1v1, individual skills, speed and change of direction with and without the ball and my word the goalkeepers got a workout.

    Kate, Haydo and Nicko, the goalkeepers, did a fantastic job in the wet!

    By the end of the session it was a beautiful evening and i’m sure you all had fun learning how to slide control the ball.

    Thanks again!

  • Grand Final 2013 Junior Draw


    14/09/2013 – 11.30AM   Ted Scobie Oval(Field 3) YSC Power Plus 1 v Wests A&T Febo


    14/09/2013 – 1.00PM   Ted Scobie Oval (Field 5) HFC Top Video v Yenda Soccer Club


    14/09/2013 – 3.00PM   Ted Scobie Oval (Field 5) HFC grifithre.com v Wests SolarMad


    14/09/2013 – 10.15 AM   Ted Scobie Oval (Field 4) Yenda Soccer Club v Hanwood FC Steggles


    14/09/2013 – 2.30 PM   Ted Scobie Oval (Field 4) Wests Griffith Milk & Dairy v YSC Power Plus

  • Clean Sweep

    By Vince Rugari (Area News Griffith)

    YOOGALI Soccer Club has completed a rare local quadruple, winning grand finals in four grades at Exies Oval yesterday – including the most prized of them all.

    A solitary strike from GDFA golden boot Dane Ballard was enough for YSC to defeat old foes Hanwood FC 1-0 last night in a first grade grand final for the ages.

    Ballard’s cool finish early in the second half gave Yoogali the edge – but Hanwood will be left to rue a double failure at the penalty spot in the dying embers of the match.

    After Brandon Barski was brought down in the penalty area, HFC coach Anthony Agresta stepped up to take the dot shot, but it was saved by YSC custodian Michael DePaoli.

    However, referee Mark Feltracco ordered the penalty kick be retaken, judging that DePaoli had stepped off his line.

    Barski himself stepped up with the opportunity to equalize the game and almost certainly send it into extra time – but he harmlessly scuffed his shot wide of the target, much to the collective relief of the YSC faithful.

    Agresta said he would not hold the moment against the English striker, who endured a torrid night in front of goal.

    “I can’t say much because I missed one too. It happens. It’s sport, and credit to Dipper, he saved mine and then Brandon missed his. What do you do?” he said.

    But Agresta’s pain was YSC coach Sante Donadel’s gain, and he was over the moon after the final whistle, having steered his side to their first senior title since 2009.

    “Our boys probably wanted it more today. It was like Hanwood two weeks ago in the semi-final – they wanted it more and got the result. Today it was the opposite,” he said.

    “It was all about possession and holding the ball. The longer you hold it the more chances you’re going to create. It’s the same for both sides because they’re both quality sides.

    “But we should have buried them in the first half.”

    Donadel accused Barski of diving to win the penalty despite Feltracco’s decision that he was brought down illegally by Hudson Fanani.

    “I thought it was harsh to let them retake that penalty. Nobody pulls that up, ever. That was disappointing. I thought it was a dive in the box but he played for it and he got it,” he said.

    “Hudson was just there, Brandon knocked it through then ran into him. But at the end of the day we can’t complain, we won it.”

    YSC were back to their stunning early-season form, outclassing Hanwood in midfield and holding firm at the back when the minor premiers made their late charge.

    Stopper Luke Pandolfo was crowned player of the match for his terrific effort in defence next to Grant Davidson, while GDFA best and fairest Derek McKechnie was his usual busy self and Thomas Keenan earned plenty of new admirers for his shift on the left wing.

    But Donadel reserved special praise for Ballard, who came to the club at the start of the year and has delivered in spades.

    “We talked about how classy he is, Dane, and in big games, the big players peform. He did well today. He got the one that mattered,” he said.

    “They had their opportunities but so did we, and we put them away.”

    The win completed a stunning weekend for the club after it earlier captured the over 35s, women’s and reserves titles.

    On the other hand, Hanwood FC were defeated in every grand final it had qualified for, also losing the under 18s crown to West Griffith SC.

    Agresta was understandably shattered after the final whistle.

    “It is a cruel game, but we were just beaten by a hungrier side,” he said.

    “We had our moments in the game but from the start they were just a bit hungrier. We had our chances at the end but they deserve it today, I’ve got to say.”

    The rumour mill was proved correct when Matthew Gilston made his highly-anticipated start in midfield for YSC.

    Lauded as the lynchpin in the centre of the part for YSC for the first half of the season, Gilston only lasted 10 minutes until his troublesome knees played up again.

    “He only got back into town yesterday and it was always a gamble. It didn’t pay off but the boys picked up and just kept on going,” Donadel said.

  • Griffith Pathways/SAP Program

    After a great Pathways program this time last year, the 2013 season has seen in excess of 190 players register and averages of 150 players per night in attendance.

    A big congratulations to all the clubs for getting on board with the program and fantastic ongoing results are a credit to the parents and kids.

    We have 11 coaches for these players and they are taking ages 8 to 16 years old.

    Under direction of Blaise Fagan, the Riverina CDM, the coaches are delivering the SAP program as outlined by Football NSW.

    Striking, Receiving, Movement and 1v1 are the key coaching points in addition to Goalkeeping for those who wish to do so.

    Pathways finishes its 12 week course on Monday the 21st October.