Post by CaptainBayliner on Apr 27, 2012 21:22:40 GMT 10
Parra FC announced that hills and rage were suppose to be feeder clubs. GDSFA don't give financial support to these clubs, well none that we know of. Theoretically the two SL clubs are suppose to be a pathway from association to super league then eventually to NSWPL Parra FC. The issue I see is that the two SL clubs won't take players unless they already have NSWPL or NSWSL experience, which is in effect building teams based around reject players that other clubs don't want, failed players. Which explains why they languish at the bottom of the tables in SL. So there is in reality stuff all pathway from association level into these clubs. Also if these two SL clubs are bottom of the table then where is Parra FC suppose to pull players, A bottom of the table SL club? Not likely... So unless PFC buy players with association cash the future is looking rather bleak.
Post by fourfourtwo on May 20, 2012 16:59:18 GMT 10
Parramatta FC put in a workman-like performance at Melita Stadium on Saturday evening to record its first win of the season.
An energetic encounter, played on a very chilly evening, was decided by a sensational brace by (Granville junior) striker Kwabena Appiah-Kubi. A goal at the start of both the first and second-half, and on either side of a Panni Nikas penalty, was enough to secure the battling Eagles three very valuable points in a bid to move off the bottom of the League ladder. The Eagles supporters were left to marvel over the exceptional talent that is Appiah-Kubi, who showed pace, skill and an immense hunger to lead his side to victory in-front of the Eagles’ home crowd. A lively start by the home side had both the left and right sided midfielders get forward in the opening exchanges. The left sided Yuya Tamari got the better purchase on his cross though Nathan Denham was strong off his line to make a routine claim. The Eagles continued to press in the attacking third and perhaps should have done a little better in the 4’ minute as Appiah-Kubi and Aaron Peterson got into each other’s way on the edge of the penalty-area. Bryan Soane’s follow up failed to test the goalkeeper.
Appiah-Kubi did find the opening goal on 7’ minutes. Fed beautifully out of midfield, the speedy striker fought off the challenge of his marker to go clear and drive the ball past Denham. Despite the goalkeeper getting a strong hand behind the shot, the effort carried too much of a punch and finished in the back of the net.
The Sharks response arrived via a set-piece down the right in the 10’ minute. Nikas’ short corner picked out Nick Stavroulakis, though the Sharks midfielder failed to find a teammate with his cross. At the other end, Mark O’Reilly’s free-kick from the left-flank found the head of Akiyoshi Saito at the back post, however the Eagles’ number 10 failed to hit the target. The Sharks pressed again down the right, on 14’ minutes, this time with Hussein Salameh. The attacking winger cleverly cut inside, beating his marker in the process, though his shot on goal was thwarted by the sea of legs protecting Matthew Nash’s goal. The visitors found their equaliser in the 19’ minute via the penalty-spot. Blake Powell was brought down inside the penalty-area, and playmaker Nikas expertly sent Nash the wrong way, slotting the ball home into the bottom right-hand corner. Nikas went close to handing the Sharks the lead 2’ minutes later as he was played into the penalty-area by Salameh. The Sharks’ number 23 showed his fine array of touches on the ball to line up a shot on goal, however the retreating Eagles defenders got bodies behind the ball to thwart the danger. Sutherland should have added a second in the 24’ minute, again via a set-piece. Nikas’ free-kick delivery from the right found the head of an unmarked Salameh who failed to get any purchase on his header, sending his attempt wide of goal. On 28’ minutes, the home side carved out a huge chance to take the lead after some tremendous build up play. Tamari cleverly sent Appiah-Kubi on goal before the striker beat his marker with a fine cut-in onto his right boot. With the goal at his mercy, Appiah-Kubi squared the ball into the path of Peterson who from point-blank range forced Denham into a world class save. The resulting corner provided the Eagles another look-in, though O’Reilly’s header at the near post finished wide of the mark. A follow-up corner on 32’ minutes had the Sharks scrambling as Michael Stuart cleared off the line to deny the home side a go-ahead goal. Both sides pressed late-on in the half in search of a goal to take the lead into the break, though both defences remained strong. The Eagles’ midfielders Nicholas Napoli and Saito enjoyed some positive possession in the middle of the park, though the final ball failed to penetrate the Sharks defence. Sutherland’s forward forays went through the feet of Nikas and Matt Bailey, however they too found it tough as the half drew to a close. Following the re-start Appiah-Kubi drove the Eagles into the lead. A fine attacking move by the home side saw Lee Sterrey’s men get the ball into the penalty-area, where the striker blasted his shot-on-the-turn into the back of the net, off the underside of the crossbar. Saito had the Eagles’ supporters on their feet when he tried a long-range attempt in the 53’ minute - the midfielder’s dipping shot finished wide of goal. Sutherland created their first chance of the half via Nikas. A free-kick from 25-metres out, Nikas forced Nash into a fine diving save to his left on 58’ minutes. The Sharks continued to press with Salameh showing his skill and pace down the right-flank moments later. The right winger however, ran into trouble with three Parramatta FC players thwarting the chance. Salameh forced Nash into a fabulous save in the 64’ minute. A find counterattacking move, initiated by Bailey before Nikas switched play from left to right, Salameh turned his marker and unleashed on target – denied by a strong palm by Nash. At the other end, Saito looked to finish off the Sharks with a neat run towards the by-line. The midfielder’s attempted cross was diverted for a corner. Napoli was also denied for the Eagles in the 68’ minute. The defender’s header was headed for the back of the net, denied only by a strong save by Denham. Parramatta FC substitute Bruno Pivato, 2’ minutes after entering the field of play, had a great chance to find a third. The substitute blasted his effort from a positive possession well-wide of the target. In the 84’ minute, Nikas combined well with Powell – the latter looking to send his looping header over Matthew Nash – however he failed to get enough power and direction behind his attempt. On 93’ minutes, referee Mr. Stephen Lucas called an end to proceedings, much to the delight of the home supporters.
Parramatta FC coach Lee Sterrey was ecstatic with his side’s showing:
“I am very very proud of my players tonight, for the win and for the effort shown out there,” commented Sterrey.
“We had the chances tonight and we scored two great goals.
“Many continue to say that we play deep and that we park the bus at the back, though we play with a style that suits the players we have,” explained Sterrey.
“We are a young team, still learning, learning a structure, and I am really proud of the efforts tonight because the boys have all been improving, and perhaps we deserved something more from the South Coast Wolves match last weekend.”
Asked about whether the win could prove the turning point for his side, Sterrey was very optimistic:
“At the start of the season, we had very few players remaining from last season, and we needed to start from scratch. What hurt us was the fact that we didn’t have the best pre-season preparation.
“I feel we needed more matches to be ready for the start of the season, and that has hurt us in the early part of the campaign.
“In saying that, I feel we have started to come good in recent weeks, and the win tonight could well be the shot in the arm we needed – our performances show that we are moving in the right direction and I believe we do not deserve to be in bottom place on the ladder,” Sterrey ended.
Sutherland Sharks coach Robbie Stanton was a dejected figure outside of the dressing sheds, disappointed with his side’s showing:
“We were very sluggish from the start tonight, and never really got going at any stage,” said Stanton.
“There are no excuses, Parramatta deserved the win they were the hungrier side and they fought for the result.
“I don’t have an excuse for our guys, we were just too slow, lacking ideas, and that is disappointing.
“I am not even sure we would have found a goal had the match continued for another half, we just didn’t look like scoring apart from our goal.
“Unfortunately, with some of the other results tonight, we fall further behind the teams at the top, though that is football, we will look to bounce back with our Cup match this week and then back to the League next weekend,” Stanton concluded.
Fourfourtwo. I saw a small part of the U14 youth game yesterday, was disgusted by the treatment the young referees CENTER and A/R where getting from the crowd and officials. Saw the referee send one of the Parra officals from the field, a/r get shouted out and yellow card for reckless tackles. I went back to the 14/4 game next door, and enjoyed the game more and the referee was supported and thanked by both teams.
Post by fourfourtwo on May 27, 2012 12:12:05 GMT 10
A solitary second-half goal proved to be the difference as a dominant Bonnyrigg White Eagles defeated Parramatta FC at Bonnyrigg Sports Park on Saturday night.
Parramatta had custodian Matthew Nash to thank for the narrow score line after a string of spectacular saves kept out all but Mitch Long’s follow up early in the second period as the hosts demonstrated why they are top of the NSW Premier League table throughout the ninety minutes. Bonnyrigg held possession for extended periods during the opening stanza as they looked to assert early dominance, yet despite their best efforts the visiting backline held firm. Robbie Younis attempted the unconventional approach of juggling his way through the heart of the Parramatta defence and was inevitably denied by a timely intervention. Parramatta did well to absorb the continual waves of pressure, carving out opportunities of their own on the counterattack. Kwabena Appiah-Kubi spearheaded Parramatta’s frontline and smartly set up Mark O’Reilly for an effort from range; however Ben McNamara was equal to the task, holding the 25-yard drive. Aaron Peterson got himself in on the action midway through the first half, first going down softly under Alex Mansueto’s challenge in search of a penalty before forcing McNamara into another fine save with an effort from range. The hosts continued to build structured attacks, and the space created by his teammates’ runs provided Harris Gaitatzis with the chance to charge from the right flank into Parramatta’s box. The winger’s finish let him down as he drilled his shot straight at Nash who stood firm in goal to keep the scores level. Nash was called into action again soon after, darting of his line to intercept Gaitatzis’ dangerous through ball from Long’s feet. Long should have opened the scoring for Bonnyrigg late in the half yet inexplicably failed to do so; air swinging on the edge of the 6 yard box with the goal at his mercy. Akiyoshi Saito tried his luck just before the break; McNamara was again well positioned to hold the 30-yard strike as the sides went level into the break. Brian Brown’s half-time worked wonders for the hosts took control of the second half and soon found themselves in the lead. Alex Mansueto, who had a fine game in the heart of defence, was allowed time and space to dispatch a low 25-yard effort toward Nash’s far post. Nash got a hand to the shot which deflected into the path of Long, who instinctively bundled the ball home to break the deadlock. Mansueto went close to doubling Bonnyrigg’s advantage minutes later, flicking Chris Tadrosse’s curled free kick goalward only to be denied by Nash’s diving save. The crossbar came to the Parramatta’s rescue moments later; Gaitatzis’ spectacular curled free kick struck the frame of the goal and bounced clear. Younis headed Ken Chun’s cross wide on the hour mark as the hosts rallied to extend their lead while Parramatta were limited to long range efforts that were either off target or simply held by McNamara. Gaitatzis saw another effort miraculously saved by Nash after Alexander Canak had set him on in the edge of the box, while Long had two late efforts – the first of which was an ambitious lob – brilliantly saved by Parramatta’s number 1. Bonnyrigg held onto the ball throughout injury time until the full time whistle brought the close to proceedings with the hosts happy to take all three points.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles’ coach Brian Brown was happy with the win, crediting his players with a well-earned result: “I thought we started really well,” said Brown. “Our movement and commitment to the game was really good but they defended well. “Nash produced about four unbelievable to stop us scoring a few more. “Our backline was solid, as they have been the whole season so far, and I thought Mitch Long and Adrian Ucchino played very well today.” Sitting well clear at the top of the table Brown is looking to keep his players focussed on the task at hand to avoid getting distracted by early minor premiership ambitions: “We’re not going to look any further than the next match,” said Brown. “We just want to keep the boys focussed and hope that this run can keep going. “We’ll have some players coming back to training so we’ll have a full squad to pick from soon – we were starting to look a little bit thin. “If we can win every game 1-0 until the end of the year I’ll be happy,” Brown added.
Parramatta FC coach Lee Sterrey was disappointed with his side’s performance, believing it to be a step backward from all they had achieved over the last month: “We were probably 30% of what we’ve been in the last few weeks,” said Sterrey. “It really was a poor performance in terms of intensity for us. “We gave them too much space on the ball; they moved it around well. “We got into the sheds at nil all when we probably didn’t deserve it as they controlled most of the first half. “At half-time we talked about raising our levels and then came out in the second half to give away a goal like that – Nash had the save and the defenders should have covered him but nobody did. “We weren’t good enough on the ball, they laid off us a bit in the second half and nobody put their name on shots. “Our quality in the final third wasn’t good enough; it’s as simple as that. “Bonnyrigg deserved their win, bottom line,” Sterrey concluded.
Has the first grade coach departed how much truth is there to it
Rumour is Parra FC are making some big changes. Just what will eventuate is anyones guess at the moment.
With the first grade firmly at the bottom of the table and the U/20's firmly at the bottom of the table PFC is firmly on the bottom of the NSWPL club championship and currently looking red hot favourites to be relegated to NSW Super League unless FNSW gives them a stay of execution for some reason.
We shall wait and see just what changes eventuate.
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Manly United score three pointer at Melita Stadium
Manly United took advantage of what was a rainy Saturday evening in Sydney's south-west as Craig Midgley's men picked up all three points in their 3-1 victory over Parramatta FC at Melita Stadium. Manly United started the brightest when in the 3’ minute Jordan Edwards strode down the right wing and was able to centre for Colin Iley, who slipped his marker in the six-yard box to side-foot home and give the visitors the lead. It was a sweet move by Manly but not the start the bottom-placed Eagles were looking for, however with 87’ minutes remaining there was more than enough time to compose and retaliate and the early set back didn’t hamper their confidence as they took it to United and pressed hard. United were getting caught offside with alarming regularity as they tried to take the initiative but were caught themselves when Kwabena Appiah-Kubi stole the ball and went one-on-one with Dylan Mitchell in the Manly goal and slotted home with consummate ease to restore parity in the 12’ minute. Iley broke through down the left in the 20’ minute but was unable to pull the ball back across goal for the onrushing Edwards. From the resulting corner Scott Balderson was cautioned before putting over the inswinger that was met by Graeme Forbes, later to be swathed in bandages after a head clash, peeling away to the back stick to net and restore Manly’s lead. The lead was almost extended after Iley stole the ball and headed toward goal only to be thwarted by goalkeeper Matthew Nash when one-on-one, but United’s star was in the ascendency. Bryan Soane had a deflected effort well saved by Mitchell as the chances became fewer and further between for the hapless Eagles who were battling well but couldn’t turn a trick it seemed, although Marc Richards was called into action with a diving headed clearance soon after. Appiah-Kubi turned and twisted the Manly defence in the 40’ minute and pulled the ball back for Akiyoshi Saito whose first shot was blocked and the second cleared as Parramatta surged forward once more which, considering the dumping the pitch received prior to kick-off, the footwork was nimble for both with neat passing on the slippery surface.
However, Parramatta went into the half-time break a goal down and with everything to play for in the second stanza.
Shouts of a penalty fell on deaf ears on the resumption when the home support felt Marc Richards had brought down Soane inside the box in the 47’ minute but referee Alex Glasgow pointed for a goal-kick and the game continued. Manly began to try their luck from distance but nobody in the side appeared to have packed their shooting boots as the wire mesh behind the Eagles goal started to take a pounding with the drizzle making life tricky outside the box. Balderson tried his luck for Manly from fully 30-yards out that had Nash diving at full stretch but the ball continued to arc wide of the net with 57’ minutes on the clock. Iley pulled the ball back from the right after a tricky run for Justin Haywood whose shot on the turn crashed back into play off the crossbar but no Manly player was able to capitalise and Parramatta cleared their lines in the closest thing to a goal shortly after. A succession of corners for the home side saw spirited defence from Manly to clear their lines as the Eagles desperately sought to regain parity but the combination of stout defence and ill luck was to prove their final downfall minutes later. Lee Sterrey, Eagles coach, made a double substitution when bringing on Daniel Rezo and Bruno Pivato for Domenic Trimboli and Soane respectively as the home side strove to take advantage of the tired Manly legs on the heavy pitch. It all came undone in the 79’ minute when Haywood squared the ball to Iley who slid in for his second and Manly’s third of the evening to effectively wrap up the points. The lead should have been extended further when Tinashe Mugabe was put through by Iley but a heavy touch enabled Nash to bravely snatch the ball from the feet of the Manly striker. On 87’ minutes Haywood was at it again down the left and his shot-turn-cross hit the back of Nash and bounced out for a corner in the only bit of luck Parramatta enjoyed this evening at Melita Stadium.
With no further addition to the score, at the final whistle a disgruntled Eagles coach Lee Sterrey commented:
“We went into the game knowing we had to lift our intensity, against Bonnyrigg we slipped off the pace with intensity and passion but we had some enormous performances here in the Cup and against Marconi and we were really on the upward scale and going really well. “We dropped 20 or 30-percent against Bonnyrigg and knew we had to lift and to take a goal like we did in the first 2’ minutes when there is two against one at the corner flag and Edwards manages to get a cross in and the blokes in the box still don’t mark their players and allow them an easy tap in is suicidal. ”The second goal was just as bad when from a corner the player is allowed to peel off to the far post because we are not showing enough aggression in getting to the ball inside the box. “And two goals let in from crossing situations where the defenders are not picking up their players at any level is asking for trouble.” Left to chase the game it looked different after the equaliser: “When we got back to one-all I thought we were a chance, we’re back in the game. “I thought we competed reasonably well although at about 75% of what we can be in passion and desire but the schoolboy errors on the goals are just shocking and it cost us tonight.”
Although a young squad has been assembled at the Eagles, does it mean changes in the future: “The front third in execution is lacking, the final ball option is the wrong one on many occasions and you know how young and naive your team is in this league overall but it’s that time year with the window of registration open and if I have to give a few handshakes then so be it. “I don’t want to as I really believe in what we’ve assembled here at the club, some good young kids and experienced players but everything comes into question. “I’ve shown my support for them right through, given them the opportunity but they have to take that and rise to the challenge and senior standards set so we may have to look at bringing new faces into the club.”
Marc Richards was delighted out of the Manly United dressing sheds:
“Part of the motivational speech from Midge (Midgley) before the game was to remember how it felt losing 5-1 here last season so the boys were well up for it and motivated for the game especially considering our predicament at the present time. “We’re chuffed to bits with the three points as we were sitting 11th and 12th on the table so it was a real 6-pointer at this stage of the season. “However, you have to look at our run-in to the end of the campaign as this was our ninth away game of the term and now we go into ten straight home games where hopefully we can achieve our full potential and pick-up the points by making Cromer Park a bit of a fortress for visiting sides. “The second-half of the season has to be taken into consideration but the boys have done extremely well tonight and have been working hard on the training pitch and that paid off here this evening.”
Sydney United 58 FC 94 Blacktown Spartans 91 Rockdale City Suns 91 APIA Leichhardt Tigers 72 Parramatta FC 50
Given that APIA on paper should really improve in the second half of the season, its very hard to see Parra not finishing bottom. Whether the overhaul of the State Leagues at the end of the season would save them is unknown for now.
Post by concernedparent on Jun 6, 2012 15:18:31 GMT 10
My son plays in the hills area, is all our money going to fund a team that isn't even going to stay in the top league, and our kids aren't even playing in!!!
Given that they are spending our kids money, about 10k per week I heard, Is this what we signed up for?
I thought our money should atleast go back into trying to develope our kids. Can someone give me some difitive number on how much our clubs are spending in keeping such a team, surely in our constitution we are entitled to look at the financials.
$300,000 is the number I have heard. That would have been quite useful in helping grass roots kids enjoy their footy. Maybe even lower the fees so more kids could afford to play. Or then again, we could use our kids money to pay lots of money to no name adults to play in Premier League (even when the clubs opposed this move). I guess the directors are voted for by us.... shame on us.
Post by fourfourtwo on Jun 6, 2012 21:23:08 GMT 10
Anon, The costs would be close to $300k but remember there is also one massive injection of funds, ie: Youth League. Players are charged approx $2.5k and each club has 75 - 80 of them. When you take in gate & canteen takings for Seniors, Youth & Ladies the club should not run at a loss.
Parramatta FC (GDSFA) is probably best suited to a Super League competition just like Sprirt FC (owned by Gladesville/Hornsy Ass) and Nothern Tigers (owned by Kuringai Association) The other Association owned brands in the Premier League are also struggling, Manly & Blacktown.
Post by CaptainBayliner on Jun 6, 2012 22:49:10 GMT 10
FNSW is basically pushing associations to fund teams by way of making the average park footballer pay by way of fees to bridge the gap. So this rubbish about reducing park football fees is a complete out and out lie. We have seen associations that fund a NSWPL team increase local park fees in an effort to survive and exist. All this does is drain the resource funds available and make associations go into the red.
GDSFA are not mismanaging their funds. They simply cannot compete with the bigger more well funded NSWPL sides.
Indeed Parra FC are best suited to NSWSL based on their funds to be competitive. But when they entered/took over a NSWPL side they were out of their depth in both funds and ability to attract NSWPL quality players. GDSFA could throw everything they have resource/$$$ wise and still not be competitive. Blacktown will find this out next year when they get relegated.
So in a nutshell FNSW are spreading the cost of burden to associations until they drop out by way of relegation. Gate fees and player fees will not cover the costs to run a NSWPL side over more than 2-3 years.
In short Parra FC has run it's natural course of $$$ drain and FNSW will promote another association side to replace it until their dollars run out.
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Post by CaptainBayliner on Jun 7, 2012 0:03:39 GMT 10
This is why there has been a creation of Super League within associations. Associations have resorted to digging deep into their 3rd and 4th division sides to keep association Premier League comps alive.
Call Super League what you will but it is still 3rd and 4th div sides being called something it is clearly not. Super.
Next they will be calling 5th and 6th division comps champions league...
Rumour has it Parra FC has called in an u/20's coach from Marconi. Stupid move considering the incoming coach has had his team go from top of the table to 8th. But Parra FC can't go any lower so i'm guessing they have given up and called it a day in NSWPL.
4 4 is correct, the fee for youth league players is $2,500.00 per player and each squad was asked to carry 16 players. This is $40k per team x 5 squads so $200k straight up. Add the canteen which remember has Youth League, Lady Hawkes and SAL playing there at different times approx $2.5k per week over 20 weeks ( i am taking into account a few weeks when there is nothing and there were also trial games when the canteen was open), plus 1 or 2 paying spectators for 1st Grade. You are looking at $250k which when budgeted corectly can fund the PYL. If Parra do get relegated which i hope they don't i can't see how having 2 teams in Super League will be beneficial to GDSFA. At the moment the kids in GDSFA have a pathway with Brumbies in 1, Rage in Super and Parra in PYL. I also agree with anon that the financials should be there for the clubs to see as they are the backbone of GDSFA and pay the appropriate fees. On another note we also have to remember that this is only Parra's 2nd year in PYL and if we can attract good quality coaches then they will attract good players however will this be too late or as Spawn said will the restructure save them.
I find it amusing that we talk about absurd fees for juniors to pay for senior and we don't have a problem with it. This is one of the main reasons why the development of juniors in this country is going downhill and the entire FNSW comps is being restructured.
Captain, Wouldn't you apply the same sentiment about super league to our PL. The PL should have been called 1st and 2nd division association sides. I dont know if you can actually call an association side Premier. But its all about prestiges naming (marketing?) to attract players and teams. Nothing wrong with that. Its about keeping the better players within the association. They would rather play Super League in another association than 3rd and 4th division in GDSFA no mater what the quality.