|Assistant Secretary||Peter Warwick||2003-|
|Canteen Managers||Helen, Robert and Katherine French
|Fundraising Coordinators||Greg and Carolynne Wark
|Councillors (2)||Greg Wark
|Coaches||Paul Elliott, Carl Mower, Sam Eid, Ian Warwick, Musa Canli, Bobby Sugarevski, Philip Rafter, Greg Wark, George Helou, Robert French, Darryl Verity, Kojo Atta-Koomsen.|
|Managers||Frank Skiller, Sandra Castellarin, Sean Barkley, Peter Warwick, Peter Dunbar, Teresa Keep, Paola Camelo, Miro Djordjev, Margaret Djordjev, Errol Henderson, Helen French, Dorothy Warwick, John Houlford, Philip Rafter,Greg Wark|
|Associate Referees||Nick Creer, Philip Rafter, Greg Wark, Carolynne Wark, Brendan Deppi, Gaven Biber, Ian Warwick, Darryl Verity, Steven Maltby, Wayne Goodwin, Ben Smith, Kari Bergsson, Iain Houlford, John Donnelly, Matthew Dixon, Matthew Verity, Michael Hession, Peter Hession, Daryl Verity, Bobby Sugarevski, Tito Jimenez, James McManus and Sunil Mishra.|
2003 proved to be another outstanding season for McCredie Uniting Soccer Club with strong on field results and considerable growth in player numbers. In 2002 there were 13 teams competing, and in 2003 16 teams. A total of 220 players being provided the opportunity to compete in, and enjoy, a very professional and well run competition in the NSW Churches Football Association. Particular congratulations to the Under 10s, 13s, 14 Reds, 15s and RC1 sides who won various competitions this season.
McCredie Uniting Church continues to provide the opportunity for boys and girls to play soccer each week only through the enormous commitment of time and effort by a small but dedicated team of coaches and managers, referees, canteen operators and other office holders. The thanks of all of us, particularly the players and their parents, must go to these people who give so much to make it all possible. Without the coaches and managers, there would be no teams! If 2004 is to be another successful year for McCredie Soccer Club, there will need to be additional people coming forward to help. I appeal to all parents and friends of players to consider ways in which you may be able to assist. Coaching and refereeing courses will again be conducted early in 2004, but there are other ways in which you can make the load which currently rests on the shoulders of a few, a little lighter - JUST ASK!
I congratulate and thank all who made the 2003 season a reality, especially our hardworking committee. I urge you all to consider what you might be able to do to make 2004 a year of further growth and consolidation for McCredie Uniting Soccer Club.
In Guildford McCredie Uniting Soccer Clubís fifth season we were able to field nine junior teams: two in the under 14 age group and one each in the Under 15, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9 and 8 age groups, three mini teams, two in the under 6 and one in the under 7 age groups, and four senior teams in the Raahauge Cup competition - a total of 16 teams.
In the 2001 Annual report I wrote that it would be a long time before we would experience the success of that season again. 2003 has meant that it was not such a long wait, as this yearís on field results were magnificent. Our under 6 teams were rarely beaten. The Whiteís lost only to Fairfield and the Redís, who accounted for Fairfield with ease twice, lost only to the Whites. Both the Under 10s and 13s were competition Premiers neither losing a game and the under 10s actually winning every game. The RC First Division teams were both minor Premiers going on to the Grand final. In addition the under 12s, 14 Reds and the 9 team were competition runners up. We were champions in four knockout competitions: Under 10, 13, 15 and A Grade. We were also Runners up in the A Grade Knockout where our RC1 team defeated the RC North 1st team. The RC 1 team also contested the State Cup semi final losing in extra time. In the Presidentís Cup our Under 10s, 13s and 14s were victorious and the Under 12s were Runners Up.Fantastic results.
And all this in a year when the six a side was cancelled! Oh, what could have been!!
Our clubís growth continues at a phenomenal rate. This year we were able to offer many more children than previously teams in their own age groups. Only the under 11s had a significant number of under age players. Of course the hope next year is that these boys will all return, bring their friends and create an additional team, one to play under 11s again and the other to play under 12s, it was in exactly this way that the very successful under 9s happened this year. We were also boosted by the addition of a whole senior side who joined us and allowed us to create a fourth team. The team and their management were a highlight this year and our club executive is delighted with the success they achieved.
It is likely that next year McCredie will field a Premier League squad following the success of our RC1 squad this year. This will provide our McCredie juniors with something to aspire to and the strength of our juniors coming through augers well for the future success of this squad.
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the coaches and managers who took on their responsibilities with enthusiasm and commitment. The efforts put in by these people this year was magnificent and clearly translated into a very happy, contented and indeed successful club in 2003. To the fellow members of the clubís committee I would like to thankyou for your support this year. Unfortunately many people donít notice that the canteen doesnít mysteriously run itself, that the nets donít stay up all week, that newsletters donít write themselves, and that more than a dozen adolescents are not easily handled on your own for three hours a week. This of course is a very small list of the work done by members of our club - and nobody is paid!!!
The poor weather during the middle of the season not only tested the patience of our team managers, it has also dented the clubís finances. Having three rounds moved away from Everley and having the six a side cancelled, we estimate that we lost somewhere in the vicinity of $2000.
One very exciting thing today for me is the issuing of our first five year service medals. Every year from now on we will do this but only this year will the recipients be people who were associated with McCredie from the beginning (when we werenít so successful!). These peopleís names are at the conclusion of the report and I hope that the same names will appear in five yearís time as they receive their ten year medals!
Every year our club grows and following this yearís results there is little doubt that this will continue next year. This means that we will require even more coaches, managers and other helpers to support this. Coaching and referees courses will again be offered in March and April next year so please consider how you can assist the club. Volunteers are sought now to assist with the running of your club.
Donít forget that the registration days are the first two Saturdays in February at Granville Park between 9am and 11am or on the first two Sundays in February at McCredie Uniting Church between 12pm and 2pm. Waiting until registration day though is not a guarantee as some of our teams will be endeavouring to register their players today! This is the only way you can guarantee your place as after today new players are also welcome to register. You can register any time by seeing me but remember no registration will be accepted without a $20.00 deposit. Please register early as I would hate anybody to miss out.
|Registration Fees||$ 17,108.00|
|Canteen Sales||$ 7,190.50|
|- Presentation Day 2002||$ 197.75|
|- Disco & BBQ||$ 455.00|
|- Photos||$ 134.00|
|- Referees Fees||$ 272.50|
|- Refund of advertising costs||$ 424.50|
|TOTAL INCOME||$ 27,563.25|
|- Club & Teams Registration||$ 14,604.00|
|- Fines||$ 50.00|
|- Referee fees||$ 110.00|
|Refund of Registration Fees||$ 30.00|
|Uniforms & Equipment|
|-Jerseys/socks/shorts/balls/witches hats||$ 4,986.12|
|- Jackets||$ 602.00|
|- Storage shed||$ 376.00|
|-First aid kit||$ 143.95|
|Canteen Expenses||$ 4,802.70|
|Ground Fees||$ 968.00|
|Presentation Day 2002||$ 243.71|
|TOTAL EXPENDITURE||$ 29,412.66|
The Under 6 Red team was a team of mixed ability and talent. With four 4 year olds, some seasoned players (with 1 year under their belt) and a new Coach and Manager, nobody was sure what to expect. As the season started, we lost some players, gained a future star goalkeeper, and were often hard put to put a team on the field, but the results achieved by this side speak for themselves.
16 games won, 2 games lost and a for and against record of 66- 39 which would please any Player, Parent, Coach or Manager.
Due to circumstances outside our control, it was necessary to change coaches a couple of games into the season. I would like to take the opportunity of thanking Paul Elliott for his enthusiasm in taking up the role, as well as leading and encouraging the kids as we completed a most successful season. The enthusiasm of the children in this side bodes well for the future of the club.
Ali Kassem - One of our "junior" players, Ali showed a lot of enthusiasm at training that sometimes translated into action on the field. This season has been a good introduction to soccer for Ali and I am sure that next year will see improvement with age.
Connor Barkley - Another of our "junior" players, Connor was known for having hot and cold periods on the field. This year has been instrumental in introducing him to team sport and I am sure that he will return next year more focused on the ball and the game
Daniel Jabou - Unfortunately Daniel missed a number of games during the first half of the season but when on the field showed an intensity and enthusiasm that was hard to match. Daniel was one of the strikers that helped the team to achieve the wins that we did.
Hamza Sajadi - Hamza is another player that showed an amazing talent on the field. His ball control was excellent and he was never afraid to get involved and mix it with the opposition. As one of the three main strikers, his goal scoring was also a highlight.
Harrison Lira - Harrison was another of our "junior" players, who enjoyed himself on the field playing with the team.As with Connor, I think that this was a good introduction that will bear fruit in the coming years.
James Elliott - James was the most prolific of our goal scorers racking up 9 goals in the one game. His enthusiasm showed not only by the way he played in our team but also by the fact that he regularly backed up to play for the under 7ís as well.
Keely Sharwood - Keely was one of the main reasons that our against record was so low. Not only did she score a handful of goals for the side, she continually acted in a defensive role ensuring that forwards from other teams did not get an opportunity to get near our goal line.
Nadim Kassem - Another of our "juniors", Nadim started later in the season but turned out to be one of the great finds for the club. His ability in goal was continually tested, and week in week out, he showed an incredible ability in the role with some amazing saves. I hope that next year, he will deem to also play away from this position and gain experience on the field.
|Paul Elliott||Sean Barkley|
As the manager I have enjoyed watching a young group of kids eager to kick a ball around the park and have fun, and at the same time improving both in the skills of the game and in confidence.
For most of these boys it was their first year playing soccer, but coach Greg Wark soon had them playing in some sort of positional formation which achieved great results.
Playing 16 matches, with 13 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw, 110 goals for and 23 against, it ended up an enjoyable year for the boys.
Mahammad Abdul Hamid: It was Mahammadís second year at the club and he shows incredible talent for his age. He has a high level of ball skills with both feet and runs back to help in defence. He knows where the goals are, scoring an amazing 73 goals.
Ryan Castellarin: It took Ryan a few matches to understand the game and gain confidence. He then started playing as a striker and scored some great goals.
Curtis Ceapa: Curtis played fullback, he loved to run and was always chasing the ball and clearing it when needed.
Alan Guzman: Alan is strongly built and he used it to his advantage. When in midfield he tackled hard for the ball and when he went forward he used his strength to score goals.
Reece Osland: Reece is the youngest player in the team and was very shy at the start of the season - but by the end, he was eating oranges at half time with the rest of the team and I even heard him tell an opposition player during the game "weíre beating you!". Reece always got a couple of big kicks in per game and will be a better player next year.
Samuel Purtill: Samuel was always trying his best every time he played. A good all round player he enjoyed his slide tackles in defence and never stopped running the entire game.
Kerem Sevinc: Kerem always gave his best when on the field. When he was replaced, especially at Everley Mini, it was sometimes hard to find him to get him back on. He would be around the play area, or chasing the girls. Oh well, at least he wasnít getting cold!
William Wark: William is a very strong defender, with a powerful left foot kick. He would clear the ball well and always tackle hard saving us many times.
A special thanks to all the parents for braving the cold and dark to get the boys to training on Wednesdays, and getting up early on Saturdays to cheer the team on.
After my wife volunteered me as manager for the team, I actually have enjoyed being involved very much. Itís been great to see the boys improve in both skill and confidence and to enjoy the game, whether they win or lose. For a team of largely inexperienced players, they played like true professionals. Our win ratio was a huge 5 wins. The boys played very strongly throughout the year and are to be congratulated for their on field behaviour - particularly in defeat.
Towards the end of season the skills and teamwork began to show through, with the last game of the season the best... Keep up the great effort!
|Anthony Boatswain||Anthony was one part of the goalkeeping team & kept improving these skills every weekend. Anthony made some remarkable goal saves throughout the season and played strongly in the mid-field positions also.|
|Charbel Estephan||Charbel has developed into a strong and reliable all-rounder. Whether it is in attack or defence he was always there, providing support to his teammates. Charbel was also one of our leading goal scorers.|
|Fadel Kteich||Fadel provided support in the mid-field. He taught the team the "hula" dance (to be performed after goal scoring) and always kept the team amused with his antics.|
|Jackson Mower||Jackson was the 2nd part of the goalkeeping team and has developed these skills throughout the season. Jackson also played up in the forward line and provided many "crosses" for goal scoring opportunities.|
|Jamie Elbazi||Jamie provided good support in the mid-field and was improving his soccer skills. Unfortunately family commitments made him unavailable for the latter half of the season.|
|Jesse Skiller||"The terminator" is developing into a very good defender. Jesse is always thinking about his role and how it can improve the overall teamsí game. Jesse also loved being "let loose" and having a run up in attack.|
|Linton Taiaroa||Unfortunately Linton had other commitments, which conflicted with soccer. When available Linton provided additional strike power upfront and scored many of our goals.|
|Under 6 side||To Alan, Mahammad, Will, James, & other members from the two under 6 sides who provided us with additional players a HUGE thank you, our wins would not have occurred without you.|
|Goals scored||Linton 8, Charbel 7, Fadel 1, Mahammad 6|
Thanks also to all the parents and friends who supported our boys through the season.
This team was one of the clubís original three junior teams and despite being the most consistently successful side we are yet to win a competition. We have been runners up in competitions, Presidentís Cups, a knockout and a six a side.This year was another good one.We lost just two competition games (both to the eventual Premiers Carlingford) and were beaten in the Knockout and Presidentís Cup Final also by Carlingford. On three of these games we were beaten by just a goal and in extra time in the Knockout. SO CLOSE!!
I would like to thank Guven for his support and his preparedness to referee whenever needed.I would also like to thank the parents who supported their boys at the games and who assisted in transporting the boys without lifts.We have always boasted good spectator strength and Iím sure the boys appreciate it.
Our team shaped up with Tim in goals.Tim is becoming very solid and safe between the posts and whilst he appreciates a canter at left half every once in a while he is enthusiastic about getting the yellow shirt on when our goals are likely to be tested.
Our team has always been built from the back - if the other team doesnít score we canít lose.We may not score as often as some other teams but we certainly donít concede many. Toufic is he rock at the back.He had a fantastic year cutting off many attacks. Heís not as quick as some but his ability to catch and tackle the quickest, most skilful players is testament to his ability to read a game and his technique.If Toufic misses them, Steven will nail them. Very quick and very strong Steven is in the best half dozen players in the comp. Next year heís going to push forward a bit because I think he could be a potent goal scorer as well as a brilliant defender. It might seem a bit greedy but we also have John in defence.For most teams he would be their best player as he chases down everything, tackles well and is developing a good passing game. Chafic rounds out our defence. Chafic disposes of the ball better each year and is cool under pressure a handy attribute for a defender.
In the central midfield Patrick runs the show.I am a big wrap on Patrick as he keeps our team clicking along in position, to the plan and with a very even temperament.When Patrick is not there we falter.John Paul most often played central midfield with Patrick and can be like a fly in the oppositionís ear with his speed and determined tackling.Mat played in the midfield often too and this year he developed more than the previous four years that he has played. Mat has terrific ball skills and when used at the right time can dispossess an opponent and set up our forwards in a couple of easy motions.Right half was Alex, a new player to our squad. Alex quickly became a valued team member and great fun.A terrific sense of humour and a developing player he scored in a trial match and but for a hand ball would have landed one in a game too. Ramy also played at right half and was also a new player.Ramy did bag a goal before heading off to Lebanon. Unfortunately I believe Ramy broke his leg in Lebanon (I certainly know how that feels!) and I hope he is recovering well. Left half was the ever reliable Rabur. Rabur has terrific skills and a terrific team attitude. This is part of the reason why, while being one of our strongest players, he is yet to bag a goal in his two years with us. Rabur is always prepared to pass the ball and he does this better than most.
Up front Caner was a standout. I imagine that all our opposition teams tell their fullbacks to watch Caner closely. They still couldnít stop him bagging nearly 30 goals, a terrific effort.Good skills, fast legs, determined play and an intelligent reader of the game, Caner is a precious player for any coach.We welcomed Cem back this year after two years away from us and he quickly fitted back into the team working well up front with Caner and Rabur.
Two other players have not yet been mentioned and this is because they had the very difficult job of fitting in where required. Vaashnal and Ahmad were definitely not shuffled around because they canít play, quite the contrary.Both these guys gave 100% no matter what position. Ahmad is a goal scorer but also tackles ferociously and intimidates the opposition. His clearing kicks from defence are enormous and he passes well.Vaashnal played magnificently during the Presidentís Cup at right back neutralising the oppositionís left wing. During the year he also worked well with Caner up front and played many games in the central midfield.
I genuinely hope that these boys return next year to build on the team work they have developed and the individual skills they are mastering. Four of these guys will be receiving 5 year service medals today and there should be six more next year, a terrific record.
Well done guys, see you next year.
|Cihan Ada||Edmond Akkari||Yehia Ammoun|
|Romy Abdul Hamid||Rhys Conchie||Nathan Cross|
|Bassam Ghoneim||Kiril Ivanovski||Ibrahim Kassem|
|Jonathan Minn||Mohammed Naser||Joey Strasshofer|
|Walid Yassine||Jason El-Youssef|
Enjoying the game is always our first priority in playing any sport - and this is more so with team sports such as soccer as there can be no greater fun or reward than sharing experiences with friends and families. I can confidently say that this was achieved by the under- thirteen team this year. The support the boys have shown each other through the season and the respect they have earned from each other is a delight to see. To capitalise on the strong season of last year and seek to improve our standing in the competition was the second goal for this year.Certainly that was achieved.Then Coach George threw in one more goal - to go through the season undefeated. Well!
Once again we saw good support for the team from a strong band of parents, brothers, sisters and friends, and lots of cousins! (especially for the Presidents Cup - Cihan). Plenty of loud and enthusiastic cheering from the followers helped spur the boys on, particularly in games where we came from behind to win.All lead to an enjoyable season.
Our highlights for this season include;
We had been looking forward to fielding two strong teams in the six a side competition with the manager harbouring the secret desire of witnessing them playing one another in the final. However that did not eventuate when the weather intervened to cause that competition to be cancelled this year.
Special congratulation to coach George Helou on achieving so much with the boys. I am sure George is very appreciative of the way in which the boys combined together as a great, responsible team, as it has also been my honour to have been able to help such a wonderful group of boys enjoy their sport.WELL DONE TEAM for your efforts, I hope you enjoyed it all as much as I enjoyed watching you all.
A few changes occurred in the team from last year with several players leaving and some new ones welcomed. Happily the newcomers quickly fitted into the groove.Yehia Ammoun returned after a yearís absence to add his speedy attacking spirit and goal sharking ability to the forward line. Also bringing rare skills, enthusiasm and ability to the team were Ibrahim Kassem, Jonathan Minn and Walid Yassine, and Jason El-Youssef who also played with us two years ago.
Our first game showed we were a force to be reckoned with when we won 8-1 even though still a little rusty. Cihan maintained most of his skill and speed from the previous season, obviously having done some work to keep fit through the summer, with Yehia, Bassam, Nathan and Walid also joining in the goal scoring. Our defense showed just how strong it is during the next few games, with Rhys showing solid, reliable and skilled defensive work and taking home the player trophy by being best player in three games.So strong was our defence that by week four we had conceded only two goals while scoring 19 ourselves!Even though the opposition was usually stopped well short of the goal Joey continued to refine his skills in goals but found a good home as a strong defender at full back also. Kiril maintained his ever reliable strength and confidence to be the pivot of the midfield. It is a mark of the determination of Eddy that he was able to step up and fill the gap left when Kiril departed for overseas. Weeks four and five were to see our first clashes with our chief opponents at the top of the ladder, Wentworthville and Blacktown. Although being held to a draw against Wenty, we trounced Blacktown in a reversal of last yearís Presidents cup with a five-nil win. Cihan played in goals in this match and Nathan stopped frequent attacks to be best player, while Kiril was forever pushing the ball forward as was Jonathan.In the draw against Wentworthville we had our first really tough game of the season and but for a minor hiccup just before full time we should have had a win. All boys played well with Jason showing good defensive skills.
From this point on we went from strength to strength winning every week and progressing through the knockout competition in great strides. Round ten saw a great day with a 3-2 win over Blacktown in the morning and a 5-1 defeat of Wentworthville in the afternoon in the knockout. Every boy had a superb day with Bassam scoring four goals for the day and Ibrahim and Yehiascoring 2 each. Jonathan, Rhys, Walid and Eddy were breaking up the oppositions attacks and sending the ball back to the forward line with regular ease and all earned special congratulations. Mohammed earned mention for the way he quickly jumped into the game when on the field.
The middle of the season saw some challenges with some of our players away, forcing us to play with less than a full team on a few occasions - although from the score you wouldnít have known it.With eight players only we managed a 6-4 win over Carlingford Uniting. Mohammed and Jason stepped up to the task well to keep us on our winning way.
Our next challenge was the knockout final, played against St Matthews Baulkham Hills. We warmed-up in the morning by defeating Wentworthville 6-3 after trailing 2-1 at half time, with Walid outstanding in defence. Although St Matts started strongly we were able to dominate in the second half to take the championship with a 6-2 victory. Joey earned a mention for himself with some mighty work in goals with Romy starring in both defence and attack- even scoring a goal.It was impossible to name a best player as the whole team excelled. Blacktown gained some sense of satisfaction in our last clash of the season by holding us to a 1 all draw, but with the season drawing to a close we were not overly concerned as we were maintaining our no-loss record.
Then came the Presidentís Cup.What a game!The players were showing the signs of a long season and were battling to find form early. Wentworthville were kicking with the breeze (breeze - it was almost a gale at times) and gained the early advantage by scoring first.It was heartstopping to see a high shot by Ibrahim hit the crossbar and then have Yehia miss with a header from the rebound.Cihan then had a clear shot but managed to hit the side post and watch with disappointment as the ball refused to roll in the goal. However another shot by Ibrahim from outside the square hammered home and gave us a 1 all half time score.A hard fought second half against a determined opposition made for an exciting game before Bassam scored to give us victory. Romy made a name for himself with a terrific game in defence and in attack - a really gutsy effort.
We have had a very exciting season. To see so many players return to our club after a one or two year break was great. It was just a shame that we had to split into to two teams. But it also proved very exciting when we had to play the other Under 14 team.
We got off to a shaky start losing our first game of the season. This later came back to haunt us when we were watching the end of year points score so closely to see if we made it into the Presidentís Cup.
The Under 14ís Red didnít take long to get their teamwork together, proving a very hard team to beat. It was only when sickness hit our team towards the end of the season that we thought we had missed our chance at the President's Cup.
It was a shame that the Six-a-side Competition was cancelled this year as we thought that we had an excellent chance of winning.
Once again our first knock-out game was against Lidcombe.Our team played exceptionally well.It was a really hard game and the score was two all at full time. This meant we went into extra time and Lidcombe scored the first goal and won the game.
This was like a dream come true. Anyone that had been talking to Robert would have known how closely he was watching the scores to see if we had made it. When we received the results of the second last round we realised that we hadn't made it. Then on the Friday night before the last game we received a phone call from Greg informing us the results of the last weekís round was wrong. This meant we had to win the last game of the season to make the President's Cup. We did win this game and anyone that was at that game would tell you how hard and how well this team played. It was one of the best games they had played. We then went on to meet Lidcombe at the President's Cup. What a game this was, once again it was a really hard game, in windy conditions, but our team kept their cool and played the game showing great teamwork.Howkar scored the winning goal, the final score was 1 - nil. Congratulations, you should all be very proud of your efforts.
Bilal Ghoneim - This was his fifth season with us.He had exceptional footwork and often frustrated the opposition with it. Bilal was also one of our faster runners and a good support for the team.
Erdem Bolat - This was his third season with us.He has shown great improvement this year and was able score goals even with his head.
Fernardo Sanchez - This was his second season with us.Once again he was a valuable member of our team.He was able to out run the opposition and he also showed improved ball skills.
George Azzi - This was his second season with us.He has shown improved ball skills throughout the year, running down the opposition on many occasions. Once again he showed good sportsmanship.
Howkar Talabani - This was his first season with us.He fitted into the team well and often scored goals including the winning goal in the Presidentís Cup.
Jasvinn Singh - This was his fifth season with us.He was a very valuable team member.He always showed great sportsmanship and was one of our top goal scorers and a great all rounder.
John Zhou - This was his first season with us.He was a very valuable team member, he was also able to out run the opposition and backed up as goalkeeper. He also showed good sportsmanship.
Raddad El Sleiman - This was his second season with us, with a yearís break in between. He showed improved ball skills but unfortunately suffered a few injuries and sickness.
Remzi Temel - This was his second season with us.He showed improved ball skills and teamwork.He also scored many goals.
Sinan Kucukakca - This was his first year with us.He showed good sportsmanship and we saw his ball skills improve throughout the season.
Toni Strasshofer - This was her third season with us.She showed great determination and was never afraid to tackle the opposition.
Yusuf Temel - This was his second consecutive season with us. He was an enthusiastic and passionate player. He had a dream of winning the Ďcupí and it happened.
Wayne French - This was his fifth season with us.He had an exceptional season in goals saving many difficult shots, and continually improved his goal keeping skills.
This has been one of the most exciting and enjoyable seasons so far and it shows in the final results.
On behalf of Robert and myself I would like to thank the parents and family members who have supported the team this year and look forward to seeing you next season.
Well it was 'win some, lose some' this season for this brand new team, and what a season it has been. We started off with 13 players, with two leaving before the actual games even started and one ending up in hospital just a couple of games into the season. So we were short of players for quite some time.Within our team we had ten new players with at least half of them never having played soccer for any clubs.Our boys quickly became accustomed to each other making it easier to play as a team. The most significant thing I found was the fact that the boys had a lot of respect for each other and they enjoyed their games whether they lost or won, which is what team spirit is all about. Hopefully the boys can come together as a team again next year, and next season will be a terrific season for the boys.
Andrew Djo - A new player to the clubwho had never played soccer for any other club previously. There were some great defending skills from this right back but with a little extra confidence heíll be even better.
Christopher Lapardin - Also a new player to the club, Chris had a rather bumpy start to the season having to have his appendix removed and then having to heal for quite some time before he could play. As a left midfielder he passed the ball with great skill and did have a number of times where he almost scored. Well done Chris.
James McManus - Playing for his second season with the club James knows his soccer well. He is a great defender and attacker and boy can he boot those balls!Ouch! I would hate to be the ball, hope to see you next season James.
John Semialjac - Johnny Ďsneaky feetí was a striker for the team.He attacked the ball with great skill and often would appear from nowhere with the ball heading straight for goal.Good on you John.
Maher Gergie - Little Maher was also a new player and was known to be quiet but deadly. He defended and attacked and canít be underestimated. Hope to see you playing again next year Maher.
Nathaniel Koroma - Playing for McCredie for his second season Nathaniel is a great player and also another great kicker who on a number of occasions got himself some goals. He is a skilful attacker and defender.
Ozhin Salih - Ozhin was a new player and came mid season.To our delight he showed a lot of talent in the games.Thanks Ozhin for coming when we most nedded you.See you next season.
Raymond Kpaka - A new player to McCredie, Raymond was one of the star players of the team. He is absolutely fantastic with the ball and also scored a few great goals.See you next season Raymond.
Richard Fares - Enthusiastic Richard playing for his second season loves his games and this showed in the way he played. Richard played right midfielder and was excellent attacking and defending, scoring a couple of our goals.† Keep up the enthusiasm next year Richard.
Rocky Naing - Another new player, the captain and star player.Rocky is a fantastic player and showed us some excellent ball skills throughout the season. He also scored quite a number of goals for the team.
Roger Wehbe - Another new player Roger showed great sportsmanship and although quite was deadly. Some really good ball skills developed during the year and next year he will be even better.
Vano Rafik - Vano came towards the end of the season, but as soon as he hit the field he was off and roaring. He shows a lot of initiative and I know that next season he will improve even further.
Waleed Wehbe - Last but not least this player (another one new to the club) was our keeper and saved many goals.Not just a talented keeper he showed great kicking skills and weíre depending on him stopping those balls from getting through again next season!
I would like to thank Musa Canli, the coach of the team for giving up a lot of his time and showing the boys what soccer is all about.Thanks also to Joe Yildirim for stepping in as relief coach while Musa left us all alone and had a great time in Turkey! Also thanks a million to William Naing (Rockyís dad) for giving up his time as well to coach that extra night.Thanks for your support. Finally a huge thankyou to the parents for taking the time to bring your boys to training and the games. There could not be a team without your boys.
See you all next year.
18 Games : - 7 Wins, 6 Losses, 2 Draws, 2 Byes & 1 Washout
The above tally says it all - we had a much better season this year than last year. The team basically stayed the same, only losing 2 players and gaining 3, so our core group stayed together, knew each otherís play and it showed in their games. Our 3 new players slotted in well and each added their own particular skill to the team. We also acquired a new coach this year which gave us some stability after the tough time we had last year.We started the season exceptionally well; winning our first 5 games convincingly, but then probably became a bit complacent and finished the season not quite so well.
The highlight of the season was definitely the Knock Out Competition with us beating the minor premiers and eventual President Cup winners in the first round in an exciting game that went to extra time and then winning the final in another nail-biting game. It was a well-deserved win - we would have beaten any team that night.
Special thanks once again to those parents and relatives who helped with transporting the team to and from the games - we only had to play short a few times this year, which was a bonus.
Our Players this year were:-
Frank Cetinich - Frankís size certainly intimidates the opposition and he used this to advantage when on the attack.
Ibrahim Al Zeidy - always looking to score goals and using his skills to out manoeuvre the opposition.
Ibrahim Urasli - a new player to the team who fitted in nicely to the midfield and was solid in defence when needed. Also capable of scoring some good goals.
Kassim Al-Mal-Ki - another new player to the team who scored some great individual goals. Always on the move, Kassim showed great skill with the ball.
Mark Chami - is not a fast runner but always tries hard as a back, saving quite a few goals from being scored through sheer determination.
Marwan Gergie - played as a winger this year and came close to scoring quite a few times. Always tried his best.
Mazen Gergie - a big improvement in Mazeís game this season. Always put in a big effort and was a very determined defender.
Megan Warwick - Played goalkeeper this season and certainly showed she wasnít afraid to take on the opposition when they were on the attack, saving many a goal when the defence was lacking.
Michael Atkin - "Mr All-Rounder" - Michael again showed his skills as a defender who was always ready to go on the attack. Made some good breakaway runs this season and was always where we needed him to be.
Robbie Dagher - "Mr Defence" - Robbie was always our last line of defence. His big clearing kicks certainly got us out of some tight spots during the season. Was excited at scoring a goal this year and certainly deserved it.
Ross Siozos - missed quite a few games this season but when he was there was a force to be reckoned with. His speed certainly outpaced many an opposition player.
Shane Tekyildiz - always on the move and in the thick of things. Shane just keeps improving and was unlucky not to score more goals. Always tried to read the game and was an inspiration to the rest of the team.
Jamil Houcher - a late addition to the team, Jamil proved quite capable in the midfield and will certainly improve with more games - a quiet achiever.
|Ben Ada||Yilmaz Ada||Gavin Biber||Morten Boyer|
|Musa Canli||Franco Castellarin||Harry Chunilal||Jameel Dean|
|Ken Dincer||Abdul Khan||Johnny Krishna||Dennis Michelin|
|Shane Williams||Joe Yildirim||Musa Yildirim|
What a year! It was the first time these boys have played together as a team and to make the semi finals was an excellent achievement.We played well against the top teams (particularly beating Wentworthville who were the minor premiers) and average against the lower teams.
Losing Abdul for most of the second round was very disappointing and our defence suffered. Ben did a terrific job in the last few competition games being switched to the backs to build up our defence. I am of the opinion that if we played to our potential, with all players available, we could have won the competition.
I would like to thank all the players for their support.It was a pleasure being their manager and I hope all players return to the club next year. Finally, I would like to thank Big Musa for his support in team selections, Iain Houlford, Matthew Dixon, Big John Donnelly and Ian Warwick for backing up from first grade and Joe, Little Musa, Dennis and Gavin for staying back for first grade and for running the line.
|Kari Bergsson||Matthew Dixon||John Donnelly||Wayne Goodwin|
|Michael Hession||Peter Hession||Iain Houlford||Mitchell OíBrien|
|Adam Russell||Ben Smith||Greg Smith||Darryl Verity|
|Matthew Verity||Stephen Verity||Ian Warwick|
In our first year with the churches competition and the club, we set out to achieve 3 things. Number 1 was to have fun. Number 2 was to give 100% effort each game and number 3 was to at least make the semi finals. All 3 were achieved. Our team comprised of 2 different age generations comprisingof 16 players of which 11 were 17 and 18 years of age. The rest made up of old timers who were there to nurture, guide, teach, protect the younger players (or maybe it was the other way round).
For our young players this was there first year playing senior soccer for which they handled each game with great maturity and more than matched the speed and toughness of there opponents. Ifthey stay together as a team for a few more seasons, they have the potential to win many competitions. As for us old timers, we did find the pace of the game little quick, but if you take into consideration that we were playing against players half our age, I believe we gave a good account for ourselves.Highlights of the year were making the final of the night competition only to be beaten by the clubs first grade team in what was a very exciting game, and as well as making the Semi final for our competition in our first year in the club.
In conclusion, we had a successful happy season all thanks to the manager of managers John Houlford. Thankyou John for all the phone calls, follow ups, tending to our bumps and bruises as well as suppling Barb with a good washing machine & washing powder (thanks Barb, behind every great man there has to be a great woman).And we all know that given enough beers John will say yes again to manage us next season.
Well this year was a strange year. It began with the return of most of last yearís squad, the addition of about ten new guys from our newspaper ads and a whole team of 18 year olds.The decision was made in February that we would strive to create four teams, two Raahauge Cup squads.This decided, the players had to be separated, never easy.It was agreed that last yearís squad would remain intact and the young guys would play first division in the lower grade with the new guys playing as their reserve grade.You can read about the RC North squad elsewhere but the RC 1 squad went on to achieve two minor premierships, two grand final births, a Knockout Championship and a State Cup Semi final. Unfortunately neither team could win their grandfinals.
The strange part was that despite having 27 players registered we in reality played with a squad of 20 players, very rarely more.Remember this is for two games.This was due to a number of last yearís squad deciding very late to withdraw and our tendency to give all the new players to the other squad to ensure their success. How we achieved what we did with just 20 players is bizarre, but it also probably explains our disappointing grandfinals, as other teams got their acts together for the big one and we stumbled along as we had all year. Next year a much greater level of commitment will be demanded of players wishing to participate in the Premier League and clearly a boosting of player numbers.
Nonetheless an outstandingly successful season was had and we had some great fun. We remain a melting pot of languages and soccer styles - Turks, Kurds, Peruvians,Macedonians, a Bulgarian, a Liberian, a Greek, a Fijian, an Irishman and the odd Aussie!And our Chinese mate will be back next year.
Reserves were held together at the back by Scuba, Hakki, Goksel and Ricardo. Hakki was outstanding sweeping in reserves and backing up each week as the first grade goal keeper.The reserve grade keeping duties were shared between Mick, Sez and Pece who all helped the reserves out before playing on the field in firsts. In this way we managed with fewer players. The reserves midfield this year, like last year, dominated the matches.Tito, Moyses, Ebrahim and Nick controlled the play.The difference from last year was the ability of the defence to keep the opposition out and the forwards to finish the opportunities created by the marauding Tito and co. Ebrahimís pace out wide was also a difficult thing for many of the opposition sides to handle, particularly later in the game.Up front Bobby was the focus and he was joined by many members of the occasional supporting cast. The other thing that helped was the number of reserve grade goals scored by first graders making the odd guest appearance on the field. ††
In firsts Hakki was the most significant difference to past seasons.We had in Hakki a goalkeeper who instilled confidence in the rest of his team. Our defence was at its strongest when Phil swept behind, Steve, Jose and Geoff.Suspension and overseas trips meant that just two of these players would play in the semis and final and the disruption this caused to the team is a lesson to us all to behave ourselves and plan our holidays thoughtfully!! After some fiddling we settled on Carlos and Moises in the central midfield and Mick and Sez out wide. This combination a new one for us worked a treat. Carlos wins everything and Moises had a very strong season.Up front Greg and Pece teamed up and while Greg got off to a goal scoring flyer it was Pece who really showed the way, scoring at greater than a goal a game in the second half of the season.
A point of interest is that our lack of player numbers allowed us to give some junior players some experience of senior soccer. Raymond Kpaka was the first, but he was followed by Bilal Ghoneim, Yusuf Temel, Jasvinn Singh, Kassim Al-Mal-Ki and Ibrahim Al Zeidy.Bilal played on a number of occasions and Ibrahim actually played reserve grade in goals, doing so well that he then kept for first grade on the same afternoon. In all of the games that these boys played, we lost just one.
I would particularly like to thank Phil for his assistance in managing the team this year it was much appreciated.† Managing means more than contacting guys and selecting teams.It carries with it responsibilities often not understood by the players you are managing and in Philís case also involved picking guys up, dropping them off, accompanying them to judiciary and paying an astronomical phone bill. Bobby and Carlos too helped out by contacting guys, getting messages through and getting guys to the games.
Again thanks to our Associate refs Scuba, Phil and Steve and to our two new additions this year in Bobby and Tito.† In this competition it is a requirement that each squad provide qualified referees to act as linesmen. It is not easy to find people willing to sit the exam and take on the responsibility on Saturdays.
I certainly look forward to seeing you all back next year and to you all bringing mates! The more players we get next year the more likely we will be to put a competitive Premier League squad together.
|Robert French||Coach||Wayne French||Player|
|Helen French||Manager||Bassam Ghoneim||Player|
|Greg Wark||Player, Coach||Nathan Cross||Player|
|Carolynne Wark||Committee||Caner Temel||Player|
|Nick Creer||Player||Chafic Khoury Gea-Gea||Player|
|Gaven Biber||Player||Mat Biber||Player|
|Bilal Ghoneim||Player||Patrick Ajnas||Player|
|Jasvinn Singh||Player||Amarvir Singh||Player|
|2002R||Mahammad Abdul Hamid|
|2003W||Mahammad Abdul Hamid|
|2003||Wahid Kaka Ali|
|1999||David Menger, Peter Chapman-Stone|
|2000||Glen Mackenzie, Philip Rafter|
|2002||Simon Trewick, Tito Jimenez|
|2003 RC1||Hakki Unver, Tito Jimenez|
|2003 RCN||Matt Dixon, Joe Yildirim|
|1999||Amarvir Singh||u6||42||Runner Up||Greg Wark||RC||32|
|2000||Amarvir Singh||u7||46||Runners Up||Ahmed Abdul Hamid
|2001||Yehia Ammoun||u11||50||Runner Up||Ahmed Abdul Hamid||u10||47|
|2002||Junior Clark||u7R||84||Runner Up||Aaron Demirel||u6W||69|
|2003||Mahammad Abdul Hamid||U6W||81||Runner Up||Wahid Kaka Ali||U10||32|
|1999||Adem Stevens||Under 6s|
|2000||Caner Temel||Under 9s|
|2001||Hickmat Ammoun||Under 12s|
|2002||Wahid Kaka Ali||Under 9/W|
|2003||Amarvir Singh||Under 10s|
|OLQP Falcons||29||OLQP Falcons||32||Guildford McCredie||32||St Michaels Baulkham Hills C||29|
|St Michaels Baulkham Hills||25||Guildford McCredie||23||Wentworthville Uniting||26||Lidcombe Churches||29|
|Guildford McCredie||24||St Michaels Baulkham Hills||22||Lidcombe Churches||22||Blacktown Reformed||26|
|St Matthews Baulkham Hills||22||Greystanes Churches||18||Blacktown Reformed||19||Coverdale C. School||21|
|Lidcombe Churches||19||Lidcombe Churches||12||Yaralla||11||Greystanes Churches||18|
|Fairfield City||14||Yaralla||11||Carlingford Uniting||9||OLQP Falcons Q||16|
|Wentworthville Uniting||10||St Columbas/St Matthews||10||St Michaels Baulkham Hills||9||Penrith Churches||13|
|Carlingford Uniting||9||Wentworthville Uniting||10|
|OLQP Falcons P||8|
|St Michaels Baulkham Hills B||5|
|Carlingford Uniting||30||Guildford McCredie||30||Lidcombe Churches||28||Carlingford Uniting B||26|
|Guildford McCredie||26||Wentworthville Uniting||23||Guildford McCredie R||23||Blacktown Uniting||22|
|OLQP Falcons||24||Blacktown Reformed||19||St Michaels Baulkham Hills||23||Carlingford Uniting G||20|
|St Michaels Baulkham Hills P||24||St Matthews Baulkham Hills||17||St Columbas Castle Hill||21||Guildford McCredie||18|
|Blacktown Reformed||19||Carlingford Uniting||6||Penrith Churches||16||St Matts Baulkham Hills||17|
|Penrith Churches||18||Lidcombe Churches||1||Guildford McCredie W||9||Blacktown Reformed||13|
|St Columbas Castle Hill||15||St George Coptic||4||Lower Mountains Churches||12|
|St Bernadettes Castle Hill||12||Blacktown Reformed||3|
|St Michaels Baulkham Hills C||14|
|Coverdale Christian School||8|
|RC N Reserves||RC N Firsts||RC 1 Reserves||RC 1 Firsts|
|Wentworthville Uniting||Prem||St Matthews Baulkham Hills||Prem||Yaralla||Prem||St Lukes Concord||Prem|
|St Columbas Castle Hill O||R/U||St Columbas Castle Hill O||R/U||Guildford McCredie||R/U||Guildford McCredie||R/U|
|St Matthews Bualkham Hills||25||Fairfield City||21||Hills Alliance||21||Lidcombe Churches||20|
|Guildford McCredie||23||Guildford McCredie||18||St Lukes Concord||18||Penrith Churches||22|
|Chester Hill Sports||15||St Columbas Castle Hill B||15||Penrith Churches||18||Yaralla||14|
|St Columbas Castle Hill B||13||Moorebank Rovers||15||St Matthews Baulkham Hills||15||Castle Hill Baptist||12|
|Greystanes Churches||5||Greystanes Churches||11||Campbelltown Wasps||13||St Matt. Baulkham Hills||11|
|Penrith Churches||5||Penrith Churches||2||Lidcombe Churches||6||Campbelltown Wasps||6|
|Mahammad Abdul Hamid||6w||81||Remzi Temel||14r||4|
|Wahid Kaka Ali||10||32||Erdem Bolat||14r||4|
|James Elliott||6r||31||Nathaniel Koroma||14w||4|
|Caner Temel||12||29||Cihan Yorulmaz||10||4|
|Cihan Ada||13||26||Moyses Obando Rios||RC1||3|
|Bassam Ghoneim||13||26||Sezgin Uzeinov||RC1||3|
|Yehia Ammoun||13||24||Nimlesh Prasad||RC1||3|
|Pece Kotevski||RC1||23||Abdul Khan||RCN||3|
|Jasvinn Singh||14r||21||Matt Dixon||RCN||3|
|Daniel Jabou||6r||21||Shane Tekyildiz||15||3|
|Shaun Borg||8||19||Matt Biber||12||3|
|Bilal Ghoneim||14r||18||Dhanushan Sriranjan||9||3|
|Amarvir Singh||10||15||Samuel Purtill||6w||3|
|Mick Lakin||RC1||14||Nick Creer||RC1||2|
|Wayne Goodwin||RCN||14||Geoff Mavros||RC1||2|
|Joe Yildirim||RCN||14||Matt Verity||RCN||2|
|Alan Guzman||6w||14||Romy Abdul Hamid||13||2|
|Greg Wark||RC1||13||Nathan Cross||13||2|
|Kassim Al-Mal-Ki||15||13||Walid Yassine||13||2|
|Jason Youssef||8||12||Pierre Mereb||11||2|
|Ryan Castellarin||6w||12||Deniz Temel||9||2|
|Beyhan Ada||RCN||11||John Taulaga||9||2|
|Varney Fahnbulleh||RC1||11||Billy Koutzas||9||2|
|Michael Hession||RCN||10||Philip Rafter||RC1||1|
|Ibrahim Al Zaidy||15||10||Adrian Wood||RC1||1|
|Ibrahim Kassem||13||10||Goksel Ada||RC1||1|
|Thomas Naing||10||10||Hakki Unver||RC1||1|
|Keely Sharwood||6r||10||Brendan Deppi||RC1||1|
|Joe Haddad||10||9||Tito Jimenez||RC1||1|
|Musa Canli||RCN||8||Steven Verity||RCN||1|
|Jameel Dean||RCN||8||Denis Michelin||RCN||1|
|Linton Taiaroa||7||8||Greg Smith||RCN||1|
|Bobby Sugarevski||RC1||7||Mitchell Obrien||RCN||1|
|Charbel Estephan||7||7||Robbie Dagher||15||1|
|William Wark||6w||7||Richard Fares||14r||1|
|Ebrahim Talabani||RC1||6||Sinan K||14r||1|
|Ross Siozos||15||6||John Semialjac||14w||1|
|Rocky Naing||14w||6||Wayne French||14r||1|
|Yusuf Temel||14r||6||George Azzi||14r||1|
|Howkar Talabani||14r||6||Vaashnal Chand||12||1|
|Cem Tekirdag||12||6||Ramy Youssef||12||1|
|Mark Balaz||8||6||Patrick Ajnas||12||1|
|Senol Ada||RC1||5||Antoine M||11||1|
|Ricardo Zuniga||RC1||5||Rammy Sader||11||1|
|Raymond Kpaka||14w||5||Dale Atkin||10||1|
|Ahmad Saraya||12||5||Emilio Chalhoub||10||1|
|Hamza Sajadi||6r||5||Justin Yang||9||1|
|Carlos Calderon||RC1||4||Hayden Sharwood||9||1|
|Moises Palacios||RC1||4||Ethan Djordjev||9||1|
|Ben Smith||RCN||4||Emmanual Eid||8||1|
|Kari Bergsson||RCN||4||Fadel Kteich||7||1|
|Ibrahim Urasli||15||4||Nathan Borg||10||1|
|Mahammad Abdul Hamid||2||103|
|Wahid Kaka Ali||2||64|
|1999|| Under 6s
Raahauge Cup Div. 2 Reserves
|2000|| Under 9 Division 2
Under 9 Knockout
Under 9 Presidentís Cup
| Runners Up
Under 11 Division 2
Under 12 Division 2
Under 8 Central Division
Under 10 Central Division 1
Under 10 six a side
A Grade Knockout
Under 11 Knockout
Raahauge Cup Div. 1 Firsts
Raahauge Cup Div. 1 Reserves
Under 8 Presidentís Cup
Under 7 Red
Under 9 Lions six a side
Under 7 Red six a side
Under 14 six a side
Under 12 Presidentís Cup
Under 10 Div. 1
Under 9 Div. 1
Under 14 Red
Raahauge Cup 1st Div.
Raahauge Cup 1st Div. Res.1
Raahauge Cup North Div. 1st
Raahauge Cup North Div. Res.
Under 10 Knockout
Under 13 Knockout
Under 15 Knockout
A Grade Knockout (RC1)
A Grade Knockout (RCN)
Under 10 Presidentís Cup
Under 13 Presidentís Cup
Under 14 Presidentís Cup
(14R) Under 12 Presidentís Cup
Minor Premiers & Runners Up
Minor Premiers & Runners Up
WANT TO PLAY SOCCER !!!
(2004 Season - April to August)
All matches are played on SATURDAYS ONLY.
Under 6's to under 17's take place on Saturday mornings.
To register with Guildford McCredie Uniting Soccer Club,
McCredie Uniting Church Hall,
ring 9682 7779 for further details.
(minimum non refundable deposit of $20.00 is required)