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  • Grand Final 2013 Junior Draw

    U12 GRAND FINALS

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

    U14 GRAND FINALS

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

    U16 GRAND FINALS

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

    U14 GIRLS GRAND FINALS

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

    U16 GIRLS GRAND FINALS

    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.


  • New Website Released

    GADFA are proud to announce GriffithFootball.com.au

    We have worked hard over the past few months to get this up and running and would like to thank our sponsors for their assistance in making it possible.

    If you have any news, information or photos you would like posted please don’t hesitate to contact us and send them through.

    All the best for Season 2014


  • Heart to play A-League fixture in Albury

    Heart to play A-League fixture in Albury

    Melbourne Heart have confirmed that they will be taking their round 18 clash against Perth Glory to Albury.

    The match will be held on Sunday 9 February 2014 as a part of the Hyundai A-League 2013-14 season, and will form part of Football Federation Australia’s pledge to connect the Hyundai A-League with regional Australia.

    The match will provide Albury’s football community with the chance to witness two sides battle for Hyundai A-League competition points.

    Melbourne Heart FC CEO Scott Munn said the match demonstrated Melbourne Heart FC’s continued engagement with the Albury region.

    “In 2011 we came to Albury for a Westpac regional festival and we built wonderful relationships with the City Council and the football community,” Munn said.

    “We’ve continued to work with the City Council and that has now resulted in the Club going to play an official Hyundai A-League match for points.

    “The Club is excited about the match and engaging with the Albury community, which has rich football traditions.”

    Mayor of Albury City Cr Alice Glachan welcomed the announcement as one of the city’s biggest sporting coups.

    “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Melbourne Heart FC to Albury,” Mayor Glachan said.

    “The club and their representatives have been fantastic to work with and we’re ready to roll out the red carpet for Melbourne Heart.”

    “We’ve been working closely with representatives of Melbourne Heart towards securing a Hyundai A-League match for some time.

    “This announcement is great news for regional fans and our whole football fraternity.

    “For many years Albury has hosted trial games and warm up matches across all codes and we are often told that we are one of the best regional hosts in the country, both in delivery of events and our warm welcoming community spirit.

    “All of our work has led to this point – an opportunity to host a match as part of the premiership season.

    “We’re excited to be working with Melbourne Heart who have recognised that Albury will host a fantastic event.

    “We thank Melbourne Heart and their representatives for such a strong commitment to their regional fans and we hope it leads to a fruitful and long term partnership.”

    The match will take place at Lavington Sports Ground, Albury, and kick off at 3pm.

    Match Details

    3pm, Sunday 9 February 2014
    Melbourne Heart FC vs Perth Glory FC
    Venue: Lavington Sports Ground, Albury

    source: http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/heart-to-play-a-league-fixture-in-albury/74669