Over 50 girls and boys attended the Queens Park FC Aldi Spring Clinic at Waverley Park Synthetic. The Clinic ran for 6 weeks under the tutelage of former Socceroos Gerry Gomez, John Doyle and local qualified coaches. Besides the great coaching, players received an Aldi Participant Pack of a football, shinpads, a water bottle, stickers and a boot bag.
Well-done to all the participants who displayed excellent focus and effort during the 1 and a half hour sessions……….BRING ON SEASON 2020!
Congratulations to our Girls 13 Cheetahs who represented the Eastern Suburbs in the G14 State Champion of Champions. Despite playing in a higher age division they managed to reach the 2nd Round of the Competition.
A special thanks to the parents for their support and a huge mention should go out to Team Leaders Ed Smith & Merren Armour for such a successful season.Well done CHEETAHS……… special thanks to Andrew Waddel for this excellent photo compilation of the girls in action to a soundtrack.
Congratulations to our Junior and Senior competitive sides making it all the way to finals in 2019. The club is exceptionally proud of your efforts.
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish our 3 Senior Grand Finalist teams the very best of luck in their up coming games this weekend.
Honourable mentions should also go out to our AA4 and AA3 Saturday teams who went out at the Preliminary Final stage.
Please find details below of the venues and kickoff times for those Grand Finals taking place Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of September respectively.
It’s been an impressive showing from our competitive Junior sides again in 2019 with no less than 9 of them making it to at least the semi final stage.
Congratulations to our G13 Wildcats, U14 Dragons, G15 Waterdragons and G15 Redbacks who made it through to the Semi final or Prelim final stages of their competitions.
5 of the 9 teams will have the honour of contesting Grand Finals this weekend. We wish our U12 Regals, G13 Cheetahs, G15 Wombats, G17 Barcelona and G17 Jets the very best of luck as they compete for silverware.
Congrats to all Queens Park Junior Players, Managers and Supporters for making it another great season for the club.
In a season featuring some fiercely competitive ESFA Divisions, our Senior teams have once again surpassed all Club expectations with no less than 11 of the 16 teams registered in 2019 qualifying for Finals football.
This weekend saw the conclusion of the Semi Final matches. Huge credit to all teams involved. Whether it was a win or loss you’ve done the club proud.
Starting our round-up on Saturday, our AA1(Saturday) team suffered a 3-1 semi final defeat to Dunbar Rovers. All is not lost for Joe Ryan/Lee Crompton’s men. Thanks to their standout 1st place finish during the regular season, they get a second bite of the apple in a preliminary final decider against Glebe Gorillas on Saturday (2:45 PM Waverley Park Synthetic, 31st August). The winner going through to a Grand Final on Saturday the 7th of September against Dunbar.
Brand new to the club in 2019 were our AA3(Saturday) team. Chris Dixon’s plucky outfit came back from a goal behind against an Easts Black team to record a 2-1 victory. Reiss Draper’s second half goal sending the game into extra time and then David Lee sealing the deal with a winner which sees them through to a preliminary final against Maroubra United Green on Saturday (12:30 PM Waverley Park Synthetic, 31st August). The winner will head through to a Grand Final on Saturday the 7th of September against Redfern Raiders.
After finishing a very credible 2nd place in the regular season, Big John Evans “Barmy Army” aka AA5(Saturday) faced off against first placed Easts B in a semi final game that would see the winner book a dream ticket directly through to the Grand final on Saturday September 7th (2 PM Heffron Park Synthetic, 31st August). In a tense encounter our team were fortunate enough to prevail with a 2-1 extra time victory. Well done guys!
(See a pic of the victorious team at the bottom of the article)
Sunday 25th August saw some mixed outcomes for the teams involved in semi final action. Our AAW3, O45, AA3, AA6 and AA7 teams all bowed out gracefully following very hard fought campaigns to qualify for finals football in their respective competitions. Well done on this noteworthy achievement to all involved.
Heffron Field 4 was the location for the narrowest of wins for any of the teams this weekend. Our AA4 Team claiming a decisive penalty shootout win (9-8!) over Heffron Hawks following a game that saw the two teams locked at 1-1 at the end of extra time. Congrats to coach Ben Jones and his men who’ve booked their place in a preliminary final with Randwick next Sunday (1st of Sept) in their first season with the club.
Meanwhile, over on Waverley Synthetic there was fantastic news from coach Dave Kelly and his AAW4 side. Negotiating the step up from Junior to Senior football is never easy, but after finishing 2nd in the regular season, they were able to claim a place in their Grand Final at the first attempt (Sunday the 8th of September 4:30 PM Heffron Park Synthetic Field) following a 3-2 win over table topping Lions. Well done team! The club is exceptionally proud of your efforts in 2019 and the very best of luck in the Grand Final.
Before that game kicked off on Waverley Synthetic, our AAW5s coached and managed by Steve Sheldon and Monica Morrison respectively were in action against Easts. Coming off the back of a narrow Qualifying Final defeat last weekend the team rallied/recovered admirably on Sunday to record a rousing 3-1 triumph and book a preliminary final showdown against South East Eagles on Sunday the 1st of September (9:30 AM Heffron Field 53).
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all teams hitting Eastern Suburb football fields in our Red and Black striped shirts this season. Junior or Senior, whether your team were lucky enough to make the finals or didn’t, we hope above all you had fun and thanks for trying to play the beautiful game in the right spirit.
- Under the direction of Qualified Coaches.
- Open to Girls & Boys (Queens Park & non Queens Park players) from 5-11 years.
- Each player will receive an Aldi MiniRoos Pack which includes Football, Shin Pads, Backpack, Boots Bag & Water Bottle.
- Total cost for 6 weeks of instruction including Aldi MiniRoos Participant Pack is $100.
- Register by clicking on the image below:
Saturday 3rd of August at Brazilian Fields in Centennial Park and our AA1 Saturday Rangers team took on Glebe Gorillas knowing a draw or win would see them crowned as back to back Saturday Division 1 Minor Premiers after achieving the same feat in 2018.
The game was a close affair eventually ending 2-1 to our men. A great passing move lead to the opener from Rob Spinks in the first half. The lead was then doubled in the second half when Ben Tamplin converted a penalty. Glebe rallied late to get a goal of their own and ensure it was a tight finish but the team wearing Red and Black prevailed at the final whistle. I’m lead to believe the well earned celebrations went on long into the night.
The focus will now shift for the team to making sure they negotiate what will prove to be a very tough path to a Grand Final at the start of September. For now though from everyone at the club, congratulations to coaches Joe Ryan, Lee Crompton and the rest of the team for your extraordinary efforts over the past few seasons. The very best of luck too for the remainder of this one.
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