Lou would have loved to see the Lou Mazzaroli Cup 2019 because it was a friendly yet competitive, fun and harmonious sports event. Lou Mazzaroli epitomised community football. And she championed football, not just for women, but for women over 35 years of age. Queens Park Football Club can be proud of the role it played in enabling Lou to pursue her passion.
In 2004 the then club president of QPFC was Rick Flowers. He collaborated with Manny from St Spyridon now South East Eagles to set up the first over 35 women’s competition in the eastern suburbs. Together Rick and Manny approached mothers of junior players in their respective clubs. That year they recruited only enough players to form two teams. That was enough! They gained approval and support from ESFA to trial a competition.
The Queens Park and the South East Eagles teams were playing each other on a three-quarter pitch at Heffron Park every Sunday. One Sunday Lou came over after her AAW game and chatted with us. She played goalie for Heffron Hawks in the AAW comp but found the speed hard to keep up with. She was a skilled player in her mid-fifties. She loved the idea of Queens Park and St Spyridon starting a O35W comp and in no time joined us at QPFC. She loved the game so much she helped Maroubra United set up O35W teams.
Word spread! For the second season there were enough teams for ESFA to sanction a proper competition. Maccabi and Maroubra each recruited a team. Queens Park recruited two and likewise St Spyridon. It was in 2005 that Jaleh Shafie knocked on the front door of Rick’s home and asked how she could get involved. She is now a longstanding ESFA and QPFC Board member (not to mention football player).
Lou would always sign her emails with football is family. She participated in many ESFA Council meetings and she would turn up to the game even when she felt really crook in her final season. When ESFA made her a life member and announced to her that the tournament would be named after her – Lou Mazzaroli Cup – she wept for joy.
I think the next step in honouring her legacy is to revive the over 30 or over 35 women’s competition in the eastern suburbs. Sadly, this competition was abandoned just two years after she died. This was because a number of over 35 women players decided that they preferred to play in the All-Age competition. Of course, ESFA cannot dictate to players in what age group they should play. But more leadership needs to be shown by both, clubs and ESFA, to promote the idea that women over 30 will have a better football experience playing with other women over 30.
In the 2019 Lou Mazzaroli Cup 12 teams and over 100 women players over 30 years of age participated. Queens Park fielded two teams. We did not win but we participated and showed sportswomanship. Come on, let’s build on that to revive the over 30 or over 35 women’s competition!
Women of all ages, dust off your soccer boots and come down to trials!
QPFC Women’s Coordinator
Queens Park FC prides itself in providing women of all ages and abilities a chance to play the beautiful game.
Pre-season 2019 kicks off for us on February 2nd with the Lou Mazzaroli Cup. This is a small sided competition for women turning 30 and over in 2019. For more information and to find out more about player registration contact Fran our Women’s Coordinator
February 3rd sees the start of Club trials for the 2019 Season. We invite all returning players and would welcome new players to join us at Queens Park Field 3 for a 5pm kickoff followed by a sausage sizzle after the footballing action.
Register your interest for the season by clicking on the link below:
QPFC 2019 Trials Form
Initially the club is looking for assistance with our 2019 recruitment project.
Offer advice with regards to managing the club’s social spend whilst optimising our creative approach in the area of Social Media.
Native posts of 1-2 a week with relevant club messaging
Generate additional content opportunities by capitalising on football messages in the market;
FFA Play Football campaign in January
Aligning with Sydney FC games/results to drive association
ALDI MiniRoos kick-off programmes
QPFC Trials / Gala Days
If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with us to discuss the role in more detail.
On Saturday the 6th of October, members of our 2018 Senior Squads gathered at Waverley Bowling Club for an afternoon of drinks, awards and stories of hard fought campaigns in the club colours. Given the early bad weather on the day it was great to see the sun come out to allow for some keenly contested bowls action after the team speeches and award presentations.
Thanks to all in attendance on the day helping to celebrate another great year for Queens Park FC on and off the pitch.
What a fantastic effort from our Girls Championship teams to make the 2018 Junior Grand Final games in 3 different age groups this weekend at Hensley Park.
Our Girls Under 12 Cheetahs, G14 Possums and G16 Barcelona Red have all advanced to Grand Final games which is testament to the growth & influence of girls football at Queens Park FC.
Well played girls and best of luck to both players and team leaders ahead of your big games on Sunday!
With most of our Senior Teams completing their regular season campaigns for 2018 on the weekend there was cause for celebration for a number of our Men’s and one Women’s side making Finals in their respective competitions by finishing inside the top 4.
Starting the roundup on Saturday, for a 3rd year running Joe Ryan’s Team (pictured at the bottom of this article) finished top of the table and have qualified for their Grand Final defeating close rivals Dunbar, this time in the AAM3(Sat) competition. It’s been a meteoric rise for Joe and his Men, from Division 8 League winners and Champions 2 years ago, to Division 5 (where they completed the double again) last year and now they’ve topped off a very solid 2018 regular season in Division 3. Well done from the club on a fantastic year and best of luck in the final as you bid to become Champions once more.
Sticking with Saturday for a 2nd year running Coaches John Evans and Lee Jefferies guided their AA5 team to the finals playoffs. Coming off some disappointing results early in the campaign they embarked on a magnificent winning streak which saw them climb the table and into a top 4 spot. Unfortunately on the weekend they missed out narrowly in their Semi final against Waverley but it’s been a tremendous effort from all involved to get this far in a competitive division.
Perhaps the most convincing performance over the past 5 months in Queens Park colours have been our Women’s AA4s. Coach Darin Berlin’s finely tuned outfit have performed wonders on the pitch coping admirably with the step up from Junior to Senior football and sealing top spot in the regular season. They’ll now take part in a playoff against Heffron for a spot in the Grand Final. Best of luck from the club to all involved there!
The Men’s Sunday teams have had another great season on the pitch this year finishing in the top 4 in no less than 5 of the Divisions;
Our AA3s coached and captained by Gareth Smith finished 2nd in their completion and will now play Maccabi Hakoah A for a spot in the Grand Final next weekend.
In Division 5, our team coached by Colm Dolan stepped up from Div 7 last year and surpassed all expectations finishing 2nd on goal difference alone to Coogee. They’ll play Lokomotiv Cove B for a place in the Grand Final on Sunday.
Will Jackson and his AA7s team were brand new to the club this Season (and to each other too mostly!). Formed in trials in February, they’ve fought bravely through an injury plagued season to finish top of their Division in 2018 . They’ll play Lions FC this weekend in a Semi final showdown with the winner progressing to a Grand Final on September 9th.
Our AA8 team co managed by Alex Baverstock, Anthony Mason and Tom Prescott completed the regular season with a respectable 3rd place finish and will now play Pagewood on Sunday with the winner progressing to a Prelim final the following weekend.
Last but not least, a plucky new team formed at trials in Division 9 coached by Michael Nemeth made it to the finals on their first attempt after a 4th spot finish. Unfortunately the fairy-tale story ended there as they went down to Heffron Hawks on the weekend in their Semi final, but can take a lot of pride in their performances this season and hopefully will come back stronger still in 2019.
Congratulations to all our teams making finals, as well as all our other competitive Senior teams this year. It’s fair to say you’ve all had different highs and lows on your individual journeys to September, but have embraced a spirit of fairness and tried to play football the right way throughout.
Congratulations to Queens Park FC’s first qualified Game Leaders (*Junior Referees) – Aidan, Emily, Finn, Holly, Jake, Ruby, William & Zoe!
Each attended our first Game Leader programme where potential Game Leaders were tested on their knowledge of the rules of the MiniRoos game, and put into real game situations. It is not easy to take this leadership position but all have shown the ability & confidence to cope with the challenge.
Our Game Leaders have been issued the official pink shirt, and you will see that most if not all MiniRoos games on both Saturday & Sunday are now officiated by these terrific young QPFC members.
To be a Game Leader takes courage & commitment, which they have shown. Our Game Leaders will be assessed and mentored throughout the season, so they can grow & become more confident & capable in themselves & their decision making.
Please remember that each Game Leader is a school student & not an adult, and they are learning. Please support & respect their decisions.
We can be very proud of these young Game Leaders, and wish them well for the rest of the season.
Mark Jumikis Club President (and ESFA Referee)
On Saturday 12th May.at Queens Park, over 40 teams participated in an Under 6 Gala Day. Despite the cold, windy conditions it was a great turn out, with teams representing Maroubra, Easts, Mascot, Pagewood and Heffron in attendance. The Miniroo concept encourages participation, allowing children to express themselves by getting more touches of the football on smaller modified fields.
Our Under 7 teams also enjoyed Gala Day activities at Coral Sea Park Maroubra,, with another Gala Day planned for late June.
This year Queens Park FC has introduced a skills component to their Miniroo program under the supervision of qualified coaches. We feel it is important that children enjoy their football with the focus being on having fun!
Last Saturday 5th May, Queens Park FC ran its’ first MiniRoos referee, or “Game Leader”, course.
Our first Game Leaders turned up bright & early at 8am, and were put through their paces. Lots of practical lessons about the rules, how to blow the whistle loudly enough and at the right time, how to give the correct signals and lastly how to deal with the tricky situations which always occur during a game.
Each aspiring Game Leader then ran half a game. We then discussed afterwards what went right and what could be improved on.
All the kids involved showed great enthusiasm and a real willingness to learn. Once they graduate from our assessment process each Game Leader will be awarded a pink shirt, and they will be rostered onto 7 v 7 games. I hope this will progress to coverage of 9 v 9 games and eventually our Sunday games schedule.
I am grateful to our parents & coaches who gave such strong support to these young Game Leaders. Please bear in mind that the kids are as young as 10, and are learning on the job.
I look forward to having a group of young confident capable and competent Queens Park FC Game Leaders refereeing our Under 8 to Under 12 games.
The response from junior players to the course has been fantastic and it is well over-subscribed. The club will be running a further course, or courses over the season. Apologies to those who missed out this time, but we are looking to expand the program and eventually have all our MiniRoos games refereed by our QPFC Game Leaders.
Queens Park FC President (and ESFA Referee)