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Scholarships Open Today

By , July 1, 2015 12:00

The University of New South Wales offers a number of scholarships aimed at supporting both current and future students with sporting ability. These scholarships aim to promote sporting excellence and active participation in the community and are a fantastic opportunity to be recognised.

Applications open today (1st July, 2015). Closing dates vary but are as early as September so don’t leave it too late!

Scholarships range from $2000 – $7500 for the duration of a year. More information on available scholarships and how to apply can be found on the Elite Athletes Program and Scholarships page.

Match Report (MSL Round 8): UNSW FC v Wagga City Wanderers

By , June 18, 2015 10:06

Wagga City Wanderers v UNSW FC
Gissing Oval, 30th May 2015

U20’s

by Luke Peterson
Last weekend UNSW football club played away to Wagga City Wanderers. A long trip down the day before to Wagga Wagga, heightened the desire to come away with all three points. With that mindset, the U20s started very strongly from the kick off. Not only did the team dominate possession and chances, but nearly every chance early in the game was capitalized on.

Daniel Kennedy caused havoc down the right flank with his blistering pace. Scott Martin played him through on goal twice in the first half and both chances were expertly taken. Dan’s hat-trick was completed in an astonishing 15 minutes when an accurate cross from the left was met from a lunging Dan Kennedy.

Ben Young again showed form in front of goal with an excellent finish. Connor Maguire lofted a cross in to Ben whose first touch perfectly set him up for the following finish.

Another aspect of the U20s game that has continued to improve over the season so far has been the high press. Multiple times the ball was pinched high in the oppositions half. Furthermore, the Wagga side struggled to move the ball through the compact midfield of the UNSW u20s. This meant that only a couple of chance from long balls occurred in the first half. Unfortunately, an unconvincing late penalty was awarded to Wagga.

Half Time Score 6-1

The second half was relatively subdued compared to the first half. The highlight of the second half came again from Scott Martin when he played in an overlapping run from Luke Petterson who finished at the near post. The lead up to the goal was an excellent transition from defence to attack.

However UNSW’s discipline wavered toward the end of the game, resulting in not only a red card but also a very late and reckless challenge, giving Wagga another penalty.

The match proved to be a highly entertaining game that included some brilliant individual and team goals. The win pushes the 20s team into the top four.

Final Score 7-3

Players wanted for UNSW Women’s Premier League 2 (all grades).

By , May 18, 2015 09:21

UNSW Football Club proudly fields teams in all grades of the National Premier League NSW Women’s 2. This includes junior teams (U/13, U/15, U/17) and senior teams (Reserves, First Grade).

Several teams have spots available due to players being injured. The registration window opens on May 25 and any interested players will be
required to trial.

For further information please contact Simon Maher, WPL 2 Technical Director, 0400 619 651.

Match Report (WPL Round 6): UNSW FC v Marconi Stallions FC

By , May 13, 2015 11:54

UNSW FC v  Marconi Stallions FC
David Phillips Sports Field, Sunday 10th May 2015

U/13’s

The U/13’s started slowly on a crisp May morning and were made to pay by a skilful Marconi outfit who did not wait for invitations to assert themselves. Marconi were 3-0 up early and the Young Lions were struggling to keep in the game.

A prism was opened in the second half when goal keeper Brianna grabbed the ball inside the area and played an excellent early ball to Eleni who then played to her left back Gemima who then played the ball in to the feet of her midfielder Angelina. Soon after this passage of play Lexi smashed in a cracker after skilful build up play on the right side to suddenly provide UNSW with the inspiration and the insight into how they might dominate football games.

UNSW then dominated the game and camped in the Marconi half peppering the away team but running out of time to claim back the result after a torrid first half.

Final Score 1-3, Half time 0-3

U/15’s

The U/15’s began as they have regularly this season, with initiative and skill. They swept forward and were creating opportunities each time they played towards goal. Quality keeping and last ditch defending kept them out and when Marconi netted a scorching finish against the run of play, the U/15’s were facing an all too familiar challenge.

However UNSW U/15’s chose to dig in deep at home and showed great fortitude to continue persevering to impose themselves on the game by playing their style of football. After the disappointment of conceding their endeavour paid off when Jacquie Hofbauer swept in to the box and finished with clinical precision to level the scores. UNSW continued to find their confidence and Kathryn Trupiano capped off a strong game by collecting the ball just inside the box and cracking home her maiden goal for UNSW with a stunning finish.

Marconi battled back trying to re-assert themselves but the home team kept playing and eventually secured sufficient possession to shut out the determined visitors.

Congratulations to coach Vitor and his players who have often battled away this season without the results they deserved. On Sunday they found out that hard work will deliver rewards (eventually)!

Final Score 2-1, Half time 0-1

U/17’s

At kick off time the wind was howling down the pitch and our 17’s were welcoming back 3 players from injury. Pleasingly the 17’s started well and were searching for combination plays. They managed to string together several quality moves and went within a whisker of opening the scoring on several occasions. In the increasingly difficult conditions UNSW weathered the challenge of the visitors who played with the wind in the first half. The second half saw UNSW produce several moves into the visitors defensive third and begin exerting increasing pressure. Chrystal Christie swooped on an opportunity to finish with the aplomb of a sharp shooter to provide the home team with a deserved lead just as the game was settling into a stalemate.

The visitors pressed back and UNSW showed commendable resolve to hold them out as well as deal with the rapidly deteriorating conditions to cling to their single goal victory.

Final Score 1-0, Half time 0-0

Reserve Grade

Reserve Grade kicked off in blustery conditions and soon found themselves on the back foot against a fleet footed Marconi outfit. The visitors were ahead 2-0 at the break and doubled their advantage in the second half.

Final Score 0-4, Half time 0-2

First Grade

First grade found themselves in similar straits to Reserve Grade heading to the sheds at half time looking at a sizeable deficit. In this case it was 3 goals, but the challenge was very similar. How to get back into a game when you are goals down against a hungry opponent. The girls managed to regroup and maintained their intensity to the final whistle which was no easy feat on a tough day for the seniors.

Final Score 0-3, Half time 0-3

WPL Score Opposition Form
First Grade 0 – 3 Marconi Stallions FC L L W L L
Reserve 0 – 4 Marconi Stallions FC L L W L L
U17 1 – 0 Marconi Stallions FC W L L D W
U15 2 – 1 Marconi Stallions FC L L L D W
U13 1 – 3 Marconi Stallions FC L L L L L

Match Report (WPL Round 5): UNSW FC v Sutherland

By , May 5, 2015 19:46

UNSW FC v Sutherland
Seymour Shaw Oval, Sunday 3rd May 2015

U/13’s

The U/13’s produced another encouraging performance on the freshly laid artificial grass at Seymour Shaw on Sunday. The girls moved in to their stride early and produced some of their best combination play of the season to move the ball into their opponents defensive third and pushed for an opening goal. Just before half time Sutherland poached an opportunist goal to go to the sheds with their noses in front. To the young Lions credit they carried their first half momentum into the second half and kept striving to control possession and create the opening to pull back a goal.

Despite their hard work and endeavour the Lions could not grab what would have been a deserved equalizer, but they should take great heart from their performance against an opponent who dominated last season’s competition.

Final Score 0-1, Half time 0-1

U/15’s

The UNSW FC U/15’s started with a bang piecing together good possession and then springing their best move of the season so far, playing the ball through the middle third before Lara Joffe and Jacquie Hoffbauer combined to provide Gabbie McAlpine with an opportunity on the right side of the penalty square which she took with some style to put the visitors ahead. The momentum of the game then subtly changed as UNSW struggled to maintain their early weight of possession at stages but still managing to exert enough pressure to go close to extending their lead. Sutherland continued to exert increasing pressure as UNSW could not find the security of possession that had characterised their start to the game. This pressure eventually told with the home side grabbing the leveller just before half time. Sutherland took this chance and never really allowed UNSW back into the contest running away with 3 second half goals.

Final Score 1-4, Half time 1-1

U/17’s

Coming off two tough matches the 17’s lined up against the ladder topping Sutherland. A spate of injuries had necessitated Jess Graham and Daisy King stepping up from the U/15’s to help out our 17’s once again. Pleasingly the girls started well and they looked to play positively and use possession where possible. As a result they were able to craft several attacking moves and then also transition back into defence when necessary. After a high tempo first half both ledgers remained empty although UNSW had probed for the opener and Tiana Milisavljevic had pulled off a superb one on one save to keep her net safe.

The second half saw the home team step up the pressure, but to the Lions credit they really knuckled down to the hard graft of surviving on highly contested possession often in their own defensive third. Having worked so hard collectively UNSW began finding avenues through the Sutherland midfield in the last 15 minutes and in the end were pushing for the winner right to the final whistle.

A very strong collective performance, but acknowledgment to Tiana who is growing in confidence each week, and big thanks to Jess and Daisy who played big games for us.

Final Score 0-0, Half time 0-0

Reserve Grade

In a very tightly contested affair a single second half goal was enough for the home team to grab 3 points. UNSW knitted together some good possession play and created several openings were unable to seize their opportunities. Sutherland was not so forgiving and took advantage of some momentary lapses to steal the decisive goal. UNSW will reflect on a match in which they looked to be on the verge of tasking over at several times but could not land the knockout blow.

Final Score 0-1, Half time 0-0

First Grade

In keeping with pattern of the day, First Grade engaged in a closely fought arm wrestle of a match in which the home team marginally shaded possession over the course of the 90 minutes. Sutherland had thumped Inter on their home track the previous week so the visitors knew they would be facing a buoyant outfit. Sutherland showed the pace and flair on show against Inter but UNSW were shoring up the crucial areas of the pitch and springing their own tricks at the opposite end. In such a tight game it always looked that split seconds would decide the game. Such a moment arrived in the later stages of the first half when Sutherland seized their moment and grabbed an important lead. UNSW strived to pull back the lead and were centimetres away from their goal without being able to crack the puzzle. A second home goal arrived as UNSW were pushing and pushing for the equalizer they craved.

A strong performance and one we will learn from.

Final Score 0-2, Half time 0-1

WPL Score Opposition Form
First Grade 0 – 2 Sutherland L L L W L
Reserve 0 – 1 Sutherland W L L W L
U17 0 – 0 Sutherland D W L L D
U15 1 – 4 Sutherland D L L L D
U13 0 – 1 Sutherland L L L L L

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