From the President

Well, the 2016 winter football season is over. I use the adjective “winter” because many players will still be playing football in various forms over spring and summer, from 5 a side to 11 a side, both indoor and outdoor. Many Wahroonga Tigers players from ages 6-15 will be playing 5 a side though Primary Soccer www.primarysoccer.com.au, which runs competitions on Tuesday evenings at St Ives Showground, Wednesdays at Karuah and Thursdays at West Pymble. NSFA also runs various 6 a side competitions across the local area.

From the feedback I have received from many players and parents, 2016 was an enjoyable season, marred by a lot of rain at various times.  However Gala Day was a lovely sunny day (albeit a bit windy) and the following teams were particularly the following teams who won their Gala Day competitions:

U8 Lions, U8 Alligators and G16A

The following teams were runners-up

U8 Leopards, U8 Sharks and U10 Chelsea

I hope all teams enjoyed themselves, whatever their results.

A number of our competitions teams either won their competitions or were runners-up. The U13As won division 1; the G14As (a joint team with West Pymble) were runners-up, as were the U15Bs, and the Women’s All Age Bs were runners-up  in division 3 in their first year together as a team. However particular mention must be made of our Over 45 division 2 reserve grade team, who not only won their division (with a 4-1 win over Kissing Point in a winner take-all contest) but ran out 5-0 winners over Kissing Point to in the grand final to claim the double. Well done to all involved, including manager (and goalie) Richard Grace and coach (and striker) Owen Ballantine.

Further information about how our competitions teams performed in 2016 and reports and photos from many teams appear in this newsletter.

I hope everyone enjoyed junior Presentation Day on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who attended but particular thanks to Anita Stickland for all her efforts in organising the day, our major sponsors Peter and Katie Lazanas of La Zana Pizza for their efforts in running the BBQ and the canteen, and fellow Committee members Chris Wilkinson, Alan Wylie, Nick Mountford, Terry Jones and Tony Batten for their efforts on the day. Thanks also to our club patron Bill Mackay who as always was on hand to present trophies and to WFC life member Phil Bradfield who also presented trophies.

After Presentation Day, many of our Men’s All Age, Women’s All Age, Men’s Over 35 and Men’s Over 45 players took part in a 7 a side tournament to celebrate the club’s 60th season. A great afternoon was had by all, with some good football mixed with a lot of fun. Congratulations to the “Blue” team who took out the final with a win over the “White” team. Thanks to Nick Mountford for his efforts in organising the day. We hope to run an event like this annually.

The Club’s Annual General meeting will be held this year on 14 November. Reminder emails will be sent closer to the day but we really do need more people to get involved with the running of the club. We welcome anyone who would like to join the Committee, or to help with running social events, or marketing or sponsorship. The more people we have helping, the easier it becomes for all of us. Please contact Anita or me if you are interested in helping.

As I mentioned in the previous newsletter, we are talking to T3 about implementing a training program for all our MiniRoos (U6-U11) teams in 2017 and beyond. This will likely involve an increase in registration fees of about $50, although the club would also subsidise such a program. If you have any thoughts about this, please drop me an email at pres@wahroongafc.com.au.

Finally our U13As will be playing their first match in this year’s FNSW Champion of Champions tournament on 18 September against a team from the Southern Tablelands. The boys, along with coach Gerard Kerr and manager Matt Cole and parents and siblings will be travelling down to Goulburn for the match and the team are hoping to at least match last year’s achievement of making the semi-finals. I am sure all Wahroonga Tigers players and parents wish the team well. Good luck boys!

Enjoy your offseason and see you in 2017

Mark Bendall
President