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PO Box 302
Thirroul, NSW, 2515
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Thirroul Junior Football Club has more than 400 juniors in teams from Under 6s to Under 18s. The club's aim is to foster football by creating an environment for our Thunderbolts players where success is judged - not by winning - but by having fun, improving skills and participating in a club that is active within the community.

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Thirroul JFC has more than 600 players from Under 6s to Senior Men's and Women's teams. The club's aim is to foster football by creating an environment for our Thunderbolts players where success is judged - not by winning - but by having fun, improving skills and participating in a club that is active within the community.

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Thirroul JFC registration for 2019 now open

Brad Walter

REGISTER FOR 2019

A new mobile-friendly registration system has been introduced for 2019, which enables users to access their new Football Account with Facebook and Google log-ins as well as email.

An FFA Number is no longer needed to log-in, and family members can each be registered from a single account.

However, there are a number of changes those who have previously registered with the My Football Club system will notice, including a requirement to upload a passport-type photo.

Please continue reading for important information and details about how to register.

2019 FEES

Thirroul JFC has maintained registration fees for all players - from Under 6s Mini-Roos to the Club’s senior men’s and women’s teams - at $180 per player for the 2019 season. (Further details are outlined below).

Under the new registration system, there will be different packages to choose from displaying different fees. Please ignore these as the total amount to register with Thirroul JFC in 2019 will be $180 per player.

Family Discounts are available and all school-aged players are eligible for a $100 rebate as part of the NSW Government's Active Kids Program. Go to service.nsw.gov.au to claim your voucher code for each eligible player.

HOW TO REGISTER

Go to the playfootball.com.au website or CLICK HERE.

Make sure you are on the Thirroul Junior Football Club page and click on the START MY REGISTRATION tab on the bottom right hand side.

Create your Football Account using your email address, Facebook log-in or Google log-in.

Please Note: FFA has migrated all past registrations to the new system. If you have played previously you will be able to claim profiles from MyFootballClub provided you use the same email address to sign up. To claim your playing history and other details you will need to use the same email address used to register on the former MyFootballClub system.

After logging in to your Football Account you will be presented with a list of matching profiles from MyFootballClub where the email addresses match.

Click “continue” and you will be presented with a list of packages or “products” offered by Thirroul JFC.

Select the relevant package and a new page will open detailing the $180 fee for all Thirroul JFC players. Click “continue” at the bottom.

The next page asks you to check your personal details, including Emergency Contacts. After doing so click “continue”.

You will then be asked to upload a passport-style photo.

Continue to the Terms and Conditions, including Code of Conduct. After accepting these you will continue to the final page for payment. Thirroul JFC will not accept registrations as completed until the club has received full payment.

Note: All Junior packages, including Women’s Youth Grade, will have a list of mandatory questions. These are only for Mini-Roos - aged U6s-to-U11s. However, they can not be left blank so please type N/A if they are not applicable.

For further assistance with using the new registration system, CLICK HERE.

REGISTRATION FEES EXPLAINED

The committee of Thirroul JFC has decided not to pass on any increase in fees from governing bodies this year to maintain a registration fee of $180 for all players in 2019.

This includes FFA, Football NSW and Football South Coast fees, as well as insurance, ground hire and lighting at Gibson Park, referees fees. uniforms, trophies and maintenance costs, such as field maintenance and equipment.

It is a policy of Thirroul JFC that all players pay the same registration fee, whether they play Under 6s or First Grade for the Thunder or Thunderbirds.

However, the families of Mini Roos players (Under 6s to Under 11s) are not required to perform canteen duty during the season.

FAMILY DISCOUNT

Where a family has more than one player registering with Thirroul JFC, the following scale will apply – $180 each for the first two players and $150 each for all other immediate family members. The $30 discount applies across the club for players in junior, men’s, women’s and amateur teams.

The Family Discount for three players can be obtained during the registration process if all family members are registered using the same Football Account. In all other instances, the club will reimburse those who are eligible.

REGISTRATION SESSIONS

Thirroul JFC will hold Junior Registration sessions at Thirroul Bowling Club in coming weeks. An announcement will be made once dates and times are confirmed.

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Grand Final Photo Galleries

Brad Walter

Ann Odong, founder and editor of The Women's Game website, photographed the FSC female grand finals for the launch of the FFA's bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. Get behind the bid and support The Women's Game.

Thirroul JFC would like to than Ann, the FFA and FSC for sharing her photo of the Thunderbirds WYL, W16s and W15s grand finals.

Click or tap on a photo to view a slide show.  

Thunderbirds WYL League and Grand Champions

Thunderbirds W16.2 Grand Finalists

Thunderbirds W15.1 Grand Finalists

Thunderbirds claim first Women's Grand Final win

Brad Walter

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The Thunderbirds WYL team created history when they became the club’s first senior women’s side to both win a Grand Final and achieve the League and Grand Championships double.

The Thunderbirds beat Warilla 1-0 in the Grand Final at Myimbarr Field to cap off a season in which the team finished top of the inaugural Women’s Youth League competition after losing just one match.

The team will now represent Football South Coast in the FNSW W21s Champion of Champions, with pool matches against St George on October 7 and Nepean on October 14.

Thirroul JFC had three other teams in Grand Finals at Myimbarr on the weekend of September 7-9.

The Thunderbirds W16.2 team lost 2-1 to Bulli and the W15s Thunderbirds went down 3-0 to Shellharbour, while the Thunder U16.2 side were beaten 2-1 by Kiama.

A big thanks to the FSC photographers who took the photos in the gallery below:

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John Cropper to coach Thunderbirds in 2019

Brad Walter

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Thirroul JFC is pleased to announce the appointment of John Cropper as Thunderbirds Women’s Division 1 Coach for the 2019 season.

John has an extensive coaching background at all levels of the game, including stints in charge of Woonona and Wollongong Olympic First Grade Men’s teams.

He has also achieved success with Bulli Youth Grade, and most recently coached Thirroul Thunder Youth Grade team in 2016 and 2017.

John was also involved with the Thunderbirds Youth League team which made the final of the 2016 and 2017 FNSW W21s Champion of Champions tournaments.

He has coached players who have gone on to play for the Socceroos or at A-League level, as well as first grade for the Wolves and Stingrays.

With his background and experience, Thirroul JFC believes John is an ideal coach for the Thunderbirds Division 1 team next season.

John will continue in his role as Thirroul JFC Mentor: Coaching and Development.

Thirroul JFC wishes to thank Tina Siskoska for her efforts as coach of the Thunderbirds Division 1 team for the past two seasons.

The Thunderbirds had the youngest team in the 2018 FSC Women’s Division 1 competition and Tina oversaw the development of many players into the first grade squad, which will benefit the club next season and in the future. 

Tina advised Thirroul JFC at the end of the regular season that she would not be able to continue in the role next season and has endorsed the appointment of John as the new Thunderbirds Division 1 coach.

JOHN CROPPER
Background
High School Teacher: Physical Education (38 years).

Player
State League: South Coast United, Balgownie, Penrith.
Illawarra Premier League: Tarrawanna

Coaching
First Grade: Woonona; Wollongong Olympic (2015).
Youth Grade:  Wollongong Olympic; Bulli (2011-2014); Thirroul (2016-2017).
Juniors: Thirroul, Tarrawanna, Wollongong Wolves.
School: Keira High; South Coast Regional Schools.

Qualifications
Level C coaching Certificate/Advanced Pathways (Senior).

Thunderbirds Youth and GPR Super Hoops 2018 League Champions

Brad Walter

Congratulations to Thirroul Thunderbirds Youth team and GPR Super Hoops for being crowned 2018 League Champions in their respective competitions.

The Thunderbirds won the inaugural FSC Women's Youth League competition and will play the major semi-final on Friday night at Gibson Park.

The Super Hoops are League Champions in the Community League Masters Division 3.

A number of other Thirroul teams have qualified for the finals in their competitions, including Thunder First Grade, Reserve Grade and Youth Grade teams in the District League, along with Thunder DC team in the Community League Division 1 Reserve Grade.

Thirroul JFC also has seven teams in the FSC Graded Junior semi-finals, commencing next weekend.

Congratulations to the U12G.1, U13G.1, U15W.1 Blue, U16W.2, U12.3, U15.2 and U16.2 teams for qualifying for the finals.

To all of the other teams and players whose season has been completed, thank you for being a part of our club this season. Thirroul JFC looks forward to seeing you at our upcoming 2018 Presentation Awards events.

Also, keep and out for information about the club's Summer 7s Junior and Senior Summer 7s.

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New Competition Format for W17/18s Teams

Brad Walter

A Women’s Youth League competition has been introduced for the 2018 season for all female players aged 17-to-21.

The Women’s Youth League is jointly run by the Football South Coast Junior and Women’s Councils and will be an expansion of the W21s competition to include teams who would have played in the W17/18s competition.

The teams will be graded into divisions with other teams of similar ability rather than by age only.

The reason for introducing the Women’s Youth League is to create more even competitions for teams and players as they transition from juniors to all-age women's competitions.

A number of other associations, including Canterbury, have adopted this model with positive results. Below is a basic outline of the competition.

What is the Women's Youth League

This is a competition for players aged between 17 (turning 17 before December 31, 2018) and 21 (turning 21 before December 31, 2018).

The Women's Youth League would be graded into divisions based on the ability of teams.

What does this mean for my team

  • The Women’s Youth League will enable teams to stay together longer and provide an easier transition to all age competition.
  • There will also be greater scope for clubs to form teams by combining W17 players with W18 and W21 players.
  • This will increase the variety of the competition (more teams, more divisions, and the opportunity to play different teams).
  • Teams will be matched against opponents of similar ability, which improves the quality of playing experience much more than being matched on age only.

Why is a Women's Youth League needed

Statistics show a drop off in playing numbers for female players in their late teens. As a result, there has been a disparity between the ability of teams in each of the U16s, U17/18s and W21s competitions.

FSC conducted a survey of players in these age groups who had not returned to the game in recent seasons and this was cited as one of the reasons.

How will a Women's Youth League change that

The aim of a Women's Youth League is to provide two or more competitive divisions and to ensure that teams play against other teams of a similar ability.

The Women’s Youth League allows teams to stay together as they transition from W17/18s to All Age Women’s competitions, and means that clubs do not have to dissolve teams that have some players outside the age requirements, or lose teams that have faced much stronger competition.

If all teams from the 2017 W16s, W17/18s and W21s competitions returned in 2018 there would be 25 teams in the Women's Youth League - enough for up to 3 divisions.

FSC statistics support that.

The following table shows the ages of players in the W16s, W17/18s and W21s competitions in 2017. It is estimated this would be enough for 20-25 teams

Age          Players

W16              138
W17              106
W18                62
W19                67
W20               38

What about girls who have been playing W16s but are younger

Players in the W16s competition can be borrowed into the Women’s Youth League competition (maximum of three per team per game).

The WYL Committee has the discretion in exceptional circumstances to allow a player turning 16 in 2018 to register with a Women’s Youth League team.

What about Champion of Champions and the State Cup

FNSW has confirmed that teams from the Women’s Youth League would be able to enter the W18 State Cup and Champion of Champions, provided:

  • the players registered to the Women’s Youth League team are age eligible (18 years old or younger); and
  • No over-age players have participated in the team during the FSC Women’s Youth League competition.

Football South Coast will nominate a team for the W21 Champion of Champions, which Thirroul has competed in for the past two seasons. 

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Thunderbirds 2018 Coaching And Training Announcement

Brad Walter

Thirroul JFC is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Tina Siskoska as Thunderbirds Division 1 coach ahead of the commencement of Women’s pre-season training next week.

Tina joined Thirroul JFC last year and took the Thunderbirds to within one win of the semi-finals in what was a difficult season, with 2 teams in Division 1.

The club believes that under Tina's coaching the Thunderbirds will continue to develop and strengthen in 2018, while catering for players of all abilities and ambitions.

A kick-around will be held next Wednesday, 10 January, at 6.30pm at Gibson Park for any players wanting to play for the Thunderbirds Women’s teams in the 2018 season.

Regular training and team selection will begin the following Wednesday, 17 January.

The appointment of coaches for other Thunderbirds teams will be made in coming weeks. 

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Thunderbirds Ready For Champion of Champions Final

Brad Walter

Photo: Robert Peet

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The Thunderbirds W21s will play Epping FC in the grand final of the Football NSW Champion of Champions at 1.30pm Sunday at Valentine Park.

It is the second successive year that Thirroul has played Epping in the W21s decider and the players are confident they can become the club's first senior women's team to win a state title.

The path to the final has been similar to last year, with the Thunderbirds coming from behind to level the scores against Gymea United in the quarter final before winning a dramatic penalty shootout and last week downing Penrith FC 5-0 in the semi-final at Marconi Stadium.

Eight of the squad who will take the field on Sunday played in last year's Champion of Champions and the team is again coached by John Cropper, with assistance from Brad Walter, Amy Ziebell, Tina Siskoska and Corey Haines-Gross.

A big thanks to Lin Hampton for filming all the Thunderbirds games in the Champion of Champions - and some of Lin's footage was used in Thursday night's WIN TV report.

The team also received a mention in the Illawarra Mercury - along with Albion Park, who are playing in the All Age Women's final.

Thirroul W21s and Albion Park are the only teams from Football South Coast to qualify for this season's Champion of Champions grand finals.

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Thirroul JFC 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Brad Walter

Thirroul JFC  will hold its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 5 November, 2017 commencing at 4PM, at Thirroul Bowling Club, Station Street, Thirroul.

Nominations are open for positions on the 2018 Club Management Committee. These positions are:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President
  • Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator
  • Media Officer
  • Executive Member
  • Executive Member
  • Registrar
  • District Delegate (2 Required)
  • Canteen Co-ordinator
  • One only Senior Men’s Player representative
  • One only Senior Women’s Player representative
  • One only Senior Men’s Amateur Player representative
  • Club Coach
  • Referee's Coordinator
  • Football Sub-Committee Chairperson
  • Maintenance Coordinator
  • Gear Coordinator

Nominations must be made in accordance with the Club Rules, nominators and nominees must be full club members or life members.

Nominations should be made using the Club Committee Nomination form and should be returned to the Club Secretary at either of the addresses below. Nominations close at 5:00 PM on Friday 3 November 2017.

Nominations close at 5:00 PM on Friday 3 November 2017.
 

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Thirroul juniors feature on FIFA18 game

Brad Walter

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Thirroul juniors Dylan Ryan and Reagan Ogle have been included in the new FIFA18 game.

Dylan, who plays for Dutch club Willem II, played for Thirroul JFC until being chosen for the Skillaroos in 2010 and earning a place in the NSW Institute of Sport program.

The 17-year-old defender enjoyed a stint at Liverpool after being spotted by the club's scouts at a tournament in Manchester in 2015 and he recently moved to the Netherlands on a three year professional contract.

Reagan, who played in the same Under 11s team as Dylan, is now playing in the top team at English League Two club Accrington Stanley.

Also a defender, 18-year-old Reagan joined Accrington Stanley's youth academy on a scholarship after moving to England with his family to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time footballer and in May he was offered a two-year full-time contact with the club.

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Dylan Ryan in action for Willem II

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Ryan Ogle's player profile photo on Accrington Stanley's website

Ryan Ogle's player profile photo on Accrington Stanley's website

Matilda wins Football South Coast goalkeeping award

Brad Walter

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Congratulations to Matilda Davis-Raiss of Thirroul Thunderbirds W21s team on winning the Football South Coast women's Goalkeeping Development Award at the 2017 presentation on Saturday night.

Matilda was nominated for the award by goalkeeping coach Belinda Barter for her enthusiasm, commitment and ability during the 2017 season.

In addition to the W21s, Matilda played regularly for the Thunderbirds Division 1 teams.

Team-mate Cara Baker was a finalist in the FSC W21s player of the year, while Alex Pritchard was a finalist for the Division 3 player of the year.   

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Vale Doug LePage: A kind and gentle soul

Brad Walter

Thirroul Junior Football Club is saddened by the loss of club stalwart and Life Member, Doug LePage, who passed away peacefully at home last Sunday after a courageous battle with cancer.

Doug's contribution to our club was enormous, especially in the mentoring and development of young referees, and he continued to attend committee meetings until recently.

"He was a kind, gentle soul who always looked out for the welfare of our young referees," Thirroul JFC executive member Peter Harkin said. "I’m hard pressed to ever recall Doug losing his temper and he always seemed willing to stick his hand up to do tasks.

"Even in the later stages of his illness he volunteered to do the barbecue when he could. A quiet achiever who was always the gentleman. Sadly missed."

Long serving Thirroul JFC registar Debbie Crawford said: "Over the years I have known Doug – two of his boys, Tim and Joshua, played for Thirroul – he never lost his cool.  He was quiet and studious, enjoying a chin wag and a beer with mates."

 The club extends its deepest sympathies to Doug's wife Patty, his family and to all who knew and loved him.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Doug's funeral service to be held in the chapel, Parsons Funeral Home, 278 Princes Highway, Bulli on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Relay for Life (Bikini Girl's & Friends).

Welcome to Dictate Australia as new club sponsor

Brad Walter

Thirroul JFC is pleased to welcome Dictate Australia as a new sponsor to the club.

Dictate Australia has taken up one of the club's Sponsor a Player packages and are sponsoring Thunder player Corey Haines-Grose for the 2017 season.

Corey, who began playing for Thirroul at a young age, returned to the club after a stint with Bulli's successful Youth Grade team and is a key member of the Thunder first grade squad.

He also coaches the Thunderbolts Under 13s Division One team along with Josh Williams and last year coached the Thunderbirds Division One women's team.

Dictate Australia director Dave Holmes was keen to sponsor Corey after he scored match winning goals for the Thunder in recent games against Coniston and Kiama.

Watch Corey's goals by clicking on the links above (in bold).

Dictate Australia Pty Ltd provides digital voice solutions Australia wide. This includes digital voice recorders, dictaphones and transcription kits from Olympus Imaging Australia. We are a Gold Professional Olympus dealer.

Dictate Australia own and use both Windows and Macs and test the products we sell on both platforms allowing us to give full cross platform support.

Dictate Australia is also a leading reseller of voice recognition software for Intel Mac (Dragon Dictate 3.0) and Windows (Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12). We are a Gold Certified Dragon NaturallySpeaking reseller and we are also a beta tester for Dragon Dictate for Mac.

Site licences for education, government and corporate are available for Dragon Mac & Windows as well as standard single install licences.

Further details about Dictate Australia can be found by clicking on their logo, which is located on the home page of the thirroulfootball.com.au website.

Please support Dictate and the community of sponsors who support Thirroul JFC.

For information about sponsoring Thirroul JFC, including Sponsor a Player packages, please go to the Sponsorship tab at the top of the website.

125th anniversary: From Rovers to Bluebells to Thunder, Thunderbirds, Thunderbolts & GPR

Brad Walter

Thirroul JFC will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the club with a Thunder-Mental Trivia Night on Saturday, May 20 at Thirroul Bowling Club.

The Thunder will fittingly play Balgownie on Saturday at Gibson Park, as Rangers were one of the clubs Thirroul FC - known as Thirroul Rovers - played in their first season after being founded at a meeting on May 21, 1895. 

Other teams included Helensburgh Rovers, Corrimal and Woonona Swifts, who were founded shortly after the Thirroul club.

Welcome to new sponsor Bulli Medical Practice

Brad Walter

Thirroul JFC is pleased to welcome Bulli Medical Practice to the club as a new sponsor for the 2017 season.

Bulli Medical Practice has taken up one of the club's new Sponsor a Player packages and will sponsor Thunderbirds player Alex Pritchard.

Alex, who is a registered nurse at Bulli Medical Practice, is a great club person and role model.

Besides playing for the Thunderbirds Division 3 team, she also coaches the Under 15s Girls team and was last year named the 2016 Thirroul JFC Senior Club Person of the Year.

Another member of the Thunderbirds "Thirdbirds" team, Keely Mar, also works at Bulli Medical Practice, which has a proud history of supporting the local community and is a regular sponsor of Illawarra Folk Festival, Scarborough Board Riders and the PCYC.

Further details about Bulli Medical Practice can be found by clicking on their logo, which is located on the home page of the Thirroul Football website.

Please support Bulli Medical Practice and the family of sponsors who support Thirroul JFC.

For information about sponsoring Thirroul JFC, including Sponsor a Player packages, please go to the Sponsorship tab at the top of the website.

Thunderbirds Cup report and photos

Brad Walter

Albion Park reaffirmed their standing as the state's best Under 18s women's team by winning the Thunderbirds Cup at Gibson Park for a second consecutive season.

The 2016 Football NSW Under 18s Champion of Champions winners beat Shellharbour Under 16s in the final of the tournament, which was played last Sunday as part of Female Football Week celebrations.

The win completed a successful start to the 2017 season for Albion Park, who will this year play in the newly created Football South Coast Women's Under 21s competition, after earlier defeating Bulli Under 17s and Bulli Under 21s.

With eight teams from Thirroul, Warilla, Shellharbour, Bulli and Albion Park, the Thunderbirds Cup again featured some of the best young female talent in the South Coast region playing in a round robin format.

Thirroul, who will also field a team in the FSC Women's Under 21s competition after the club's success in last year's Champion of Champions tournament, beat Warilla Under 17s in the Plate final.

The organisers of the tournament would like to thank all of the teams who took part and everyone who helped make the third annual Thunderbirds Cup a success, including the referees.

A gallery of photos taken by Lin Hampton are below.

Zoe Grew to represent Thunderbirds and FSC in All Stars game

Brad Walter

Congratulations to Zoe Grew on her selection in the Football South Coast Women's All Stars team to play Sutherland Shire Football Association All Stars at Macedonia Park on Sunday, March 12.

Zoe, who plays for the Thunderbirds Division 1 team and was also a member of last year's Under 21s Champion of Champions team, will represent the region against a hand-selected All Stars team from each of the clubs in the Sutherland competition.

The All Stars match, which kicks off at 3.30pm, will be the culmination of a day of Female Football Week celebrations, including a FSC U12/13 Girls pre-season tournament, featuring Thirroul JFC's Under 13s team.

The inaugural clash between FSC and SSFA will be a highly anticipated game with both associations having club teams who have enjoyed recent State Cup and CoC success.

 

 

Thirroul JFC celebrate Female Football Week

Brad Walter

Thirroul JFC will celebrate Female Football Week by hosting the annual Thunderbirds Cup at Gibson Park on Sunday, March 12.

The tournament, for Under 16-18s girls, will again feature some of the best female talent among those age groups in the South Coast region, including the Albion Park team which won last year's FNSW Under 18s Champion of Champions final.

In total, eight teams from Albion Park, Bulli, Shellharbour, Thirroul and Warilla will contest the Thunderbirds Cup, now in its third season.

The previous winners were Woonona in 2015 and Albion Park in 2016.

Kicking off at 9am, the tournament will be played in a round-robin format, with each team guaranteed a minimum of two games.


Football NSW ready for Female Football Week

As part of the Female Football Week festivities there are a number of activations taking shape across Sydney focusing on the development of the female game from a player, official and referee perspective.

Football NSW Game Development Officer for Women and Girls Servet Uzunlar was eagerly anticipating the week and encouraged everyone to get behind what will be a fantastic week for the female game.

“It’s great to see such an initiative dedicated to the Female game.

“We have several key activations across various areas from around Sydney that will help support and show awareness of the female game.

“I want to thank everyone for their support and wish everyone the best of luck with the running of their special events.” 

Below is a list of detailed activations taking place at various locations across Sydney:

Sunday 12th March

Thirroul Junior Football Club – Gibson Park 9am - U16-U18 Girls Tournament

Bankstown Association – Coaching Course

Sutherland Association - All Stars Match - SSFA v FSC Women’s All Stars match (U10 FSC and SSFA U10 GSAP teams playing beforehand)

Bankstown Association – Girls Gala Day

Monday 13 March

Northern Suburbs FA School - Charles Bean - Free Girls Skills Night

Tuesday 14th March

Bankstown Association - Professional Development Session – “coaching female players”

Sutherland Association (TBC) - SSFA & FSC GSAP Games

·         U10s 6pm

·         U12 7pm Women’s Football Development Guide

Wednesday 15th March

Northern Suburbs FA - Grassroots Coaching Course 6pm - 9:30pm         

Friday 17th March

Northern Suburbs FA School - Free Girls Skills Night      

Venue 1- Willis Centre

Venue 2- Mills Park                                     

Sunday 19th March

Bankstown Association – Level 4 Referees Course

Manly Association – BTH Raiders v Mosman FFW

Roselea FC – Womens 4 a side competition

Gordon Soccer Club (TBC) – Girls Only Gala Day

Football South Coast – The Fraternity Club Futsal Courts 9-11am - Grassroots/Skill Training workshop 

Member Federation Supporting Activations

9th March

Football NSW & Football United Gala Day,

Valentine Sports Park. 

9am -1:30pm  

18th/19th March

GSAP Gala Day – Valentine Sports Park

16th March

NPL and NPL2 Coaching Female Workshop – Valentine Sports Park (TBC)

Gibson Park drainage: Before and after photos

Brad Walter

For those who have endured years of frustration and anxiety whenever it rained about cancelled games and training at Gibson Park these photos may seem hard to believe.

The top photo and several others were taken today, Saturday March 4, after more than 120mm of rain. The other photos are from last year, after similar heavy rain.

The difference is stunning and will be a game changer for Thirroul JFC this seasons and in the years ahead.

The ground is closed for the weekend, along with all Wollongong City Council grounds, but during the season Thirroul teams will be able to play when they previously couldn't and training wouldn't be constantly disrupted every time it rains.

We also expect the playing surface to be better for longer as it won't be effected by grass die off from flooding or teams being forced to train on degraded areas.

To help preserve the surface, teams will be discouraged from training on ground 1 as much as possible as other areas should be in good condition. 

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this possible by supporting the club's fundraising  through the annual Race Nights or by buying Junior Team Photos and playing senior Summer 7s on Sunday afternoons while the grounds were out of action due to the drainage works.

Thirroul JFC would particularly like to thank the Member for Keira, Ryan Park MP, for $35,000 funding from the State Government 2015 Community Building Program and Wollongong City Council for a $30,000 grant to enable the club to do both grounds.

It is estimated that the drainage improvements also cost Thirroul JFC a similar amount through the club's contribution to the costs and lost revenue from Summer 7s this year so please continue to support our fundraising events and through the sponsorship packages on the thirroulfootball.com.au website.

Finally, Thirroul JFC would like to thank Turspec for doing such a fantastic job.

After 120mm of rain, Saturday, March 4, 2017

After 120mm of rain, Saturday, March 4, 2017

2016 after similar heavy rainfall

2016 after similar heavy rainfall

Eastern side of Ground 1, near where the dug outs are usually situated.

Eastern side of Ground 1, near where the dug outs are usually situated.

The same area last season.

The same area last season.

Northern end of Ground 1

Northern end of Ground 1

2016 photo..

2016 photo..

Female Football Week events for junior girls teams

Brad Walter

Thirroul JFC will again host an official Female Football Week event, with an U16s-U18s girls tournament at Gibson Park on Sunday, March 12, while tournaments have also been announced for U12s, U13s and U14s girls teams.

An U12-13s tournament will also be played on Sunday, March 12, while Shellharbour JFC will host a tournament for Under 13s and 14s girls, as well as U12s boys, on Sunday, March 19.

Under 12s boys and girls teams are also invited to enter the Cono Cup at Coniston on Saturday, March 26. 

Football South Coast has also approved a series of gala days for Mini Roos teams, to be played throughout the season.

For further details see the table below: