In these uncertain times that we are currently facing, it was heart-warming to see local club All Saints Hunters Hill do their bit in supporting their local community during this latest lockdown.
Club President Euan Macled has always strived to connect the club to the community in a way that benefits everyone. Euan as the resident “ideas man” chose 3 local businesses that the club would fund. The idea was to incentivise a visit to the business by their ASH members who are asked to purchase something in addition. It was anticipated that for every $1 the club spends, ASH families spend an additional $2. The Club funded nearly 200 drinks over 3 days and Dachshund Coffee estimated the additional revenue to be $1500.
Club Registrar and local Michael Clayton credits the great initiate to the club community who surprised their local businesses, such as Dachshund Café, with an act of goodwill during this difficult time.
“When football is not being played it has been wonderful to still have something positive to connect the club to our members and the wider community.” said Matt Clayton.
Susy Selvarajan was hesitant at first when she initially introduced to Summer Football by some friends who she had played netball with, but they convinced her that if she could can catch a ball then she can definitely kick one too. Now Susy is a regular of one of North West Sydney Football’s Summer Football programs, and is recommending that everyone else, just like Susy’s did, turn their mates into teammates!
There are always beginner teams where you are all on the same page. The promises of new friendships and getting fitter is so worth it
Susy enjoys the aspect of playing outside in the beautiful summer evenings at one of our highest quality local synthetic grounds. Pennant Hills Summer Football competition has provided her with a fun way of meeting new people, playing with friends, being competitive and belonging to a team or group.
I really feel a sense of belonging to the community and meeting other women in the community have been my highlight
Summer Football provides players and clubs the opportunity to continue playing and refereeing their favourite sport during the spring and summer months. As a popular activity for both males and females, with junior and senior competitions run across 6 venues within North West Sydney Football, there is an abundance of choice for everyone!
As Susy suggests...
Just give it a go you won’t regret it!
Say goodbye to winter… and kick-start your summer! Heat up your summer and have fun playing summer football at one of the 6 centres across North West Sydney Football. https://www.nwsf.com.au/summer-football.html
We can’t wait to see who will be crowned 2021 NWSF champion!
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Celebrating NAIDOC Week, North West Sydney Football Women’s Football Manager and long-serving female football advocate Denise Robinson couldn’t be more prouder of her Indigenous heritage
The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is ‘Heal Country’ which calls for a better understanding from all Australians to continue to seek greater protections for lands, waters, sacred sites and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
An important week for each and every Australian, Robinson stressed the importance NAIDOC Week played in ensuring our respect and further education on our proud Indigenous community.
A well-respected figure in the women’s game in New South Wales, Denise Robinson has never forgotten her admiration for her culture hailing from the Biripi people of Taree.
Read the full FOOTBALL NSW story here
Unfortunately in recent weeks we have seen an increase in poor player and spectator behaviour at our matches, and have had 2 AA matches abandoned due to spectators entering the field.
Other instances have occurred at minis and junior matches where parents have been involved in verbal altercations with each other, and abuse of referees.
Read more here
Following the successful establishment of North West Sydney Football from the merger of GHFA and North West Sydney Women’s Football Association, the boards of NWSF, Spirit and Koalas are now excited to confirm the forthcoming merger of our two representative clubs - NWS Spirit FC and NWS Koalas FC.
The formalities of merging the clubs will take place during 2021 with the intention of entering all NWS teams in the 2022 FNSW Competitions under the new entity.
Whilst NWS Spirit and NWS Koalas currently operate as separate club structures, the two clubs have collaborated in 2020 and 2021, sharing resources and coaching support across all teams as well as having joint training activities. More efficient use of the excellent facilities at Christie Park has also resulted.
A number of initiatives such as the joint 2020 shirt presentation have already occurred successfully, and more are planned in 2021.
As major stakeholder, the NWSF board saw the merger as a logical next step and are delighted on the collaborative approach. A working party has been established to drive the merger with representatives from both clubs and the NWSF Board.
The benefits of a merged entity include pooling of resources, reduced costs and consolidated workload for volunteers and will result in a more cohesive club for our representative players and a consistent pathway for our Association players. The benefit in combining the men’s and women’s programs will be as quoted by Sport Australia, that “mixed training and competition can foster mutual respect; improve both boys’ and girls’ social skills; enhance resilience; and provide experiences that will help them in their broader lives.”
At this stage, the name of the new entity is yet to be established, and the working party is actively seeking suggestions from players and parents.
For any questions or suggestions on a name, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NWSF 2020 AGM
The NWSF 2020 AGM was held on 23 Nov and congratulations go to the following award recipients:
Club Championship – Ryde Panthers Football Club
Women’s Club Championship – Gladesville Sharks FC
Bill Plaskett Trophy (Awarded to the outstanding 1st Division team in the competition) – Macquarie Dragons U21/1
Keith Hillman Trophy (Awarded to the best defensive Under 13 team) – Epping Football Club U13/1
NWSF Fair Play Award – Hills Hawks Football Club
Russell Field Fair Play Award for Women’s Competition – Pennant Hills FC
PL Fair Play Award – Eastwood St Andrews
Roy Maggio Volunteer of the Year Award - Kim Rosewell Pennant Hills FC
Association Medals were awarded to:
The 2020 Annual Report is available here
2020 Grand Finals
2020 Grand Finals results can be found on the NWSF Fixtures and Results page. Select "2020 Championship Final" in the Competition menu. A list of Premiers and Champions in all age groups is available here.
All Div 1 mixed and women's finals plus PL & SL finals were live streamed on Cluch TV. Go to www.cluch.tv, create an account and click on the NWSF Grand Finals tile.
Matches are available to replay and copies can be downloaded from the links in this list
Leigh played in the first international Matildas matches and has been coaching at NWS Koalas for the last 15 years.
A great story outlining her playing and coaching history is here
The final AGM for GHFA was held on Tuesday 19 November at The Governor Hotel. Clubs and Life Members were in attendance to celebrate the GHFA history and award winners on the night.
Life Membership was awarded to Grahame Bateman from Pennant Hills FC in recognition of his outstanding service to the club and the Association over 23 years, including 22 years on the Pennant Hills committee as well as his service to GHFA on the GPT. His most notable achievement was securing the first ever synthetic field for GHFA at Pennant HIlls.
Association Medals were awarded for service to their club and the Association to:
Craig Black (West Ryde Rovers), Lindsay Donald (GHFA Board), Mark McLaren (Epping Eastwood) and Gary Ohanian (Ryde Panthers)
The Roy Maggio Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Chris Goddard from West Ryde Rovers
Click here for a copy of the 2019 Annual Report