The U13As have had a great season in 2016 and are still going as Sunday 18 September sees the team travelling to Goulburn to play in the first round of the 2016 FNSW Champion of Champions, a competition that last year saw the team reach the semi-finals.
In 2016 the U13As competed in a high standard NSFA division 1. At the end of the regular season the boys had played 13 matches – 9 wins, 2 draws and just 2 losses for a total of 29 points, 10 clear of Mongo FC in 2nd place. The boys comprehensively won the division and fittingly clinched the title against Mongo on 2 July at the Glade with a 5-3 win. The feat in winning division 1 was even more meritorious when the number of injuries sustained is taken into account. At least 6 boys suffered injuries that kept them out of games during the season, and coupled with this the mid-year school holidays saw a number of boys away on holidays. But the team overcame every obstacle and ended up as division winners.
In the division 1 semi- finals the boys beat Lindfield 3-1 and in the grand final at Turramurra Oval on 13 August faced Mongo again. Unfortunately this time the boys lost 2-1.
During the season the boys also played in the FNSW State Cup. After a 1st round bye the boys beat Cronulla Seagulls 3-2 with a golden goal in extra time to advance to the 3rd round, where they easily beat Heffron Hawks 5-0. In the quarter finals the boys played Pendle Hill on a frigid Friday evening at Rouse Hill. With only 11 fit players after an injury early in the match, the boys were up against it but took the lead in the first half with a great strike by Deven Flanagan and held out, under the watchful eye of stand-in coach (and regular manager) Matt Cole, with a great save by goalie Ed Ogilvy warranting special mention, during a tense (and freezing) second half to win 1-0 and advance to the semi-finals.
Unfortunately in the semi-finals the number of boys absent due to injury or on holidays finally took its toll. Although they took the lead when Max Black scored in the first few minutes of the semi-final against Connells Point (the defending champions), Max was injured soon after and could not continue and the bigger (and more numerous) boys from Connells Point got on top and eventually ran out 4-1 winners. But it was a great achievement to reach the semi-finals and coach Gerard Kerr told the team after the match that they should all be proud of their efforts.
Leading goal scorer for the season (NSFA and State Cup) was Ethan Lush with 18 goals, followed by Deven Flanagan with 10, Max Black with 8, Luke Giacometti with 7 and Josh Newham and Jono Cole with 5 each.
The defence, lead by goalie Ed Ogilvy, was superb with Tyler Coetzee a tower of strength at centre back and fullbacks Chris Bendall and James Wilson solid and dependable. Aaron Kerr was always first to the ball in his defensive midfield role and Graham Page and Steyn Millard were dangerous in wide midfield roles. Luke Giacometti and Jono Cole worried every team with their attacks from midfield. Josh Newham played everywhere – goalie when Ed was injured, fullback when needed, often in midfield but sometimes up front. Aidan Lorking also played in a variety of positions until he was unluckily seriously injured whilst playing for NSFA’S Regional Conference team. Luca Ormaechea and Max Black worried opposing defenders with their skilful dribbling and Ethan Lush and Deven Flanagan were always dangerous in attack and there were few games when neither of them scored (and plenty when they both scored).
The team’s coach is Gerard Kerr and Matt Cole is the manager.