Sunday, 27 October 2019

Melbourne Soccer Yearbook 2019

The season's over, so here's the 2019 Yearbook.

I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the 2019 Golden Boots/Top Goalscorers, but that is how Football Victoria has chosen to award them.

I'm open to editing it should the goalscorers situation ever be corrected.

A women's history section has been added since last year. The reserves league champions list has been expanded to all leagues from just the top flight reserves competition as listed last year.

Next year the regional leagues will be added to the history section.

Click on the link below to view and download.






Sunday, 13 October 2019

AWSA National Senior Championships 1985 - Melbourne

The 1985 Australian Women's Soccer Association Senior National Championships were held in Melbourne, at Box Hill's Wembley Park.

New South Wales took out the title, with South Queensland finishing runner's up and the host state coming in third.

Kim Lembryk of New South Wales was Top Goalscorer for the tournament with 9 goals.

The full results were:

Australian Women's Soccer Association National Championships 1985

Wembley Park, Box Hill, Melbourne.

Wednesday August 28

Tasmania 2 Northern Territory 0
Northern New South Wales 0 Australian Capital Territory 0
South Queensland 0 New South Wales 1
Victoria 3 South Australia 0

Thursday August 29

Northern Territory 0 Western Australia 4
South Australia 0 South Queensland 2
Australian Capital Territory 0 Tasmania 1
New South Wales 1 Northern New South Wales 0

Friday August 30

South Queensland 3 Victoria 2
Tasmania 0 New South Wales 4
Northern New South Wales 2 South Australia 1
Western Australia 4 Australian Capital Territory 0

Saturday August 31

South Australia 4 Northern Territory 0
South Queensland 2 Tasmania 1
Victoria 5 Western Australia 3
New South Wales 2 Australian Capital Territory 0

Sunday September 1

Tasmania 0 Northern New South Wales 3
Australian Capital Territory 0 South Australia 2
Northern Territory 0 Victoria 2
South Queensland 2 Western Australia 1

Tuesday September 3

Victoria 3 Australian Capital Territory 0
Northern New South Wales 3 Western Australia 0
South Australia 2 New South Wales 8
South Queensland 2 Northern Territory 0

Wednesday September 4

New South Wales 5 Western Australia 0
Victoria 1 Northern New South Wales 1
Australian Capital Territory 1 Northern Territory 1
South Australia 0 Tasmania 1

Thursday September 5

Australian Capital Territory 0 South Queensland 7
New South Wales 0 Victoria 0
Western Australia 2 Tasmania 1
Northern Territory 1 Northern New South Wales 1

Friday September 6

Western Australia 0 South Australia 3
Northern Territory 0 New South Wales 10
Northern New South Wales 0 South Queensland 2
Tasmania 0 Victoria 4

The final table:


The tournament match programme can be found here.

A few videos from the tournament, thanks to Deb Nichols:








Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Some History of the Australian Women's Soccer Association National Championships

Thanks to Ian Syson passing on to me some items from the Betty Hoar Collection I have been able to scan and upload a heap of programmes for the Australian Women's Soccer Association National Championships.

The AWSA ran the women's game until it was absorbed into the FFA in the 2000's. It's Senior National Championships were first held in 1974, before Youth (changed between Under 16-19's over the years) and Junior (ranged from Under 15-16's at times) versions were late added.

The programmes range from small, typrewritten and photocopied efforts to glossy printed brochures. They are a great time capsule for the state of the game at the time, and showcase how the tournaments traveled to different host cities or towns each year. Most have the squad lists for each of the competing states and territories.

It's a shame the couldn't have a full wrap up of the previous year's tournament (scores, scorers, line-ups) as that information now appears to be gone forever. It's disappointing that in the latter years the stalwarts milestones were only able to measured in terms of number of tournaments they went to, rather than the number of games played (and goals scored).

The programmes can be found on the general Programmes page and scrolling down until the mid-1970's.

http://melbournesoccer.blogspot.com/p/programmes.html

I've tried completing a history of the tournaments by adding to the lists published in them and here's what I've been able to come up with. Still a little more to do, and it should probably be expanded to include stuff like player of the tournament where it was awarded etc but that will have to be another thing added to the backburner for now.

Australian Women's Soccer Association National Championships

Year         Venue Champions Runner's-Up

1974 Sydney New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1975 Brisbane         Western Australia South Queensland
1976 Melbourne New South Wales Victoria
1977 Perth New South Wales South Queensland
1978 Newcastle Western Australia New South Wales
1979 Darwin New South Wales Victoria
1980 Adelaide         New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1981 Sydney New South Wales South Queensland
1982 Brisbane         South Queensland Northern New South Wales
1983 Perth New South Wales South Queensland
1984 Canberra         South Queensland South Australia
1985 Melbourne New South Wales South Queensland
1986 Adelaide         New South Wales South Queensland
1987 Alice Springs Victoria Northern New South Wales
1988 Newcastle New South Wales South Queensland
1989 Canberra         Victoria South Queensland
1990 Sydney New South Wales &
          Northern New South Wales
1991 Canberra         South Queensland New South Wales
1992 Brisbane         Victoria Queensland
1993 Perth New South Wales Queensland
1994 Melbourne New South Wales Victoria
1995 Adelaide         New South Wales Queensland
1996 Darwin New South Wales South Australia
1997 Lake Macquarie  Northern New South Wales New South Wales
1998 Devonport Victoria Queensland
1999 Kuala Lumpur        Queensland
2005 Canberra         Queensland

Australian Women's Soccer Association National Youth Championships

Year Venue         Champions Runner's-Up

1985 Hobart New South Wales Western Australia
1986 Sydney New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1987 Brisbane Northern New South Wales Western Australia
1988 Perth New South Wales South Queensland
1989 Darwin South Queensland New South Wales
1990 Melbourne New South Wales South Queensland
1991 Woy Woy New South Wales South Queensland
1992 Hobart New South Wales &
                Queensland
1993 Sydney         Queensland New South Wales
1994 Canberra         New South Wales Queensland
1995 Southport New South Wales Queensland
1996 Perth New South Wales Queensland
1997 Melbourne A.C.T.                         Victoria
1998 Adelaide         South Australia         New South Wales
1999 Darwin Victoria Queensland
2000 Sunshine Coast       South Australia         Northern New South Wales
2001 Coffs Harbour New South Wales Northern New South Wales
2002 Coffs Harbour New South Wales New South Wales Country

National Talent Identification Championships Under 18's

2003 Sydney New South Wales Metro Queensland

National Talent Identification Championships Under 17's

2004 Sydney South Australia Victoria

Australian Women's Soccer Association National Junior Championships

Year Venue          Champions Runner's-Up

1982 Melbourne Northern New South Wales New South Wales
1983 Canberra         New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1984 Newcastle New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1985 Hobart New South Wales Northern New South Wales
1986 Sydney New South Wales South Queensland
1987 Brisbane         New South Wales Tasmania
1988 Melbourne New South Wales South Queensland
1989 Adelaide         New South Wales A.C.T.
1990 Brisbane         New South Wales South Queensland
1991 Woy Woy South Queensland New South Wales
1992 Renmark         New South Wales South Australia
1993 Bendigo New South Wales Queensland
1994 Swansea         New South Wales Queensland
1995 Hobart A.C.T.                      Victoria
1996 Southport
1997 Canberra
1998 Qld
1999 Perth New South Wales City Northern New South Wales
2000 Sunshine Coast New South Wales Queensland
2001 Coffs Harbour New South Wales Country  Queensland
2002 Coffs Harbour Queensland New South Wales

National Talent Identification Championships Under 16's

2003 Sydney Queensland New South Wales Metro

National Talent Identification Championships Under 15's

2004 Sydney New South Wales Metro Queensland

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Anyone Know The Score?

On Sunday, the FV Geelong Region Grand Finals were held. Surfside Waves upset minor premiers Barwon 4-0 in Division One of the men's competition, while Geelong Rangers smashed Deakin Ducks 7-2 in the First Division of the women's competition.

Yet as of the middle of the week, the results in the second and third divisions of the men's competition have still to be entered into the sportstg "results" system.




It seems the Grand Finals do not even merit a new item on the front page of the Geelong Region website.



When some regional federations don't regularly update their websites, they usually maintain a stronger presence on Facebook. Not in the Geelong Region's case. As you can see, the Facebook link on their front page is to Football Victoria's page, which of course has stuff all Geelong content.

If a governing body treats it's competitions with such contempt, is it any wonder crowds and sponsors continue to decline?

The FV State League season ended two and a half weeks ago. As of today, these are the leagues where the final tables are complete:

Mens:

NPL1
NPL1U20
NPL2E
NPL2EU20
NLP2W
NPL2WU20
SL1SE
SL1SE Reserves
SL1NW
SL2SE
SL2NW
SL2SE
SL3SE Reserves
SL3NW
SL3NW
SL4N
SL4S
SL4W
SL4W Reserves
SL5E
SL5S

Womens:

NPLW
NPLWU18
SL1NW
SL1NW Reserves
SL1SE
SL1SE Reserves
SL2NW
SL2SE
SL3E
SL3N
SL3S
SL4E
SL4N
SL5NW
SL5SE

The following men's leagues have tables that are not complete:

SL1NW Reserves
SL2SE Reserves
SL2NW Reserves
SL4E
SL4E Reserves
SL4N Reserves
SL4S Reserves
SL5E Reserves
SL5N
SL5N Reserves
SL5S Reserves
SL5W
SL5W Reserves

The following women's leagues have tables that are not complete:

SL3W
SL4S
SL4W

So that is 21 complete in the mens, 13 incomplete. 15 complete in the womens, with 3 incomplete. 

In the past FFV apologists have pointed to the fact that it is the club's responsibility to enter results. Yet this doesn't account for games like the Dockerty Cup Final, various other Finals and Play-Offs where FV are in charge as the host and fail to enter any information into the system. FV is quick to dock points for late payment of fees (see Moreland City NPL2), but is their service worth paying for?

What is the reason for the tables that are not complete? Have they been played or not? Why wouldn't games have been played? This is not 1950, we have artificial pitches to combat the elements and lights to allow for midweek games. What is with the current forfeit culture in Victorian soccer? It's prevalent in the early FFA Cup preliminary rounds, and still frequent in the State League Grand Finals. Have some not been played for fears of violence between certain teams? 

In Australian Rules football it is just days after the Brownlow Medal, where votes from every game are scrutinised and obsessed over. How many times in recent years have FV ever released the round by round vote counts for their NPL Gold Medals? 

For all the advances in modern technology, there are far too many times when Football Victoria could probably have been outperformed by a part-timer from the Victorian Amateur Soccer Football Association and some carrier pigeons.

                                                Click on images to enlarge



Friday, 23 August 2019

The Old Testament

It's fair to say when I first came across the book Jack Pollard's Soccer Records I considered it the Bible of Australian football history. For it was the first real book covering the topic. It is not without errors, and I'm not convinced the A-Z encyclopedia method was the best way of going about it, but it sure is something to treasure.

Over the years I've bought three editions, one from a second hand bookshop for $12 which I still possess. Another couple I picked up for under $5 at Op Shops, one I gave to Pave Jusup and another I either gave to George Cotsanis or is still in the box of "swaps" I have in the garage. Even though I had one, for those prices I thought it would be a crime not to buy them.

The other week when speaking to Greg Stock over the phone about what he should send me for scanning and uploading to this blog's archives, he suggested it, also bringing up the issue of copyright. Now if anyone ever got upset about a breach of copyright on this blog, I'd be in a bit of trouble. My only argument is everything I put up is long out of print, and sharing items on here is hardly depriving anyone of any income. I would like to think that sharing a largely hidden, inaccessible history to redress the marginalisation of the game by the media for over a century means anyone with an issue over copyright should really be prepared to look the other way and let it go.

Hopefully what I and others put up on this blog will allow the next generation to surpass previous efforts in writing about and honouring our football history. In Jack Pollard's Soccer Records we have the Old Testament. One day we will hopefully have a new New Testament, a complete Bible for the football worshippers.

Anyway, here it is, Sid Grant's masterpiece,





Friday, 16 August 2019

Sydney Showgrounds Soccer Scenes in McCloud

This week on Twitter a user called Aaron Eugol posted a video of an old television show which contained images of soccer being played in Sydney.

McCloud was an American television series of the 1970's. A detective series, it went the fish out of water route placing a cowboy detective in New York City. If you were to judge it from the clip, you may assume it was actually a comedy.

The football game is interrupted as the Yank detective, in Sydney to thwart the American mob's move into organised crime within that city, pursues a criminal on horseback. Well, they are both on horseback actually because that totally makes sense.

The clip features rugby league commentator/racecaller Ray Warren covering a soccer match between fictional Sydney and Melbourne teams at the Sydney Showground. Australia's FIFA referee Tony Boskovic is prominent, as is another leading referee Peter Rampley. David Jack and Mick Attarian on Twitter both recognised young keeper Mike Fraser, who sets the ball off on it's path to disarming a gun-firing criminal. Fraser would go on to play 65 games in the NSL.



One kit appears to resemble A.P.I.A. Leichhardt's, and another is similar to what could have been worn by Marconi. Most of the players are young, possibly from a youth team if they were all actually footballers. One can be spotted pretty much laughing during the game.


Tony Boskovic


The player called "Phillips" who gives "Sydney" the lead



Peter Rampley leads the chase as players and officials go all Benny Hill after the game is disrupted


Mike Fraser about to launch the ball....


Which the bloke with the gut latches onto to and knocks the gun out of the baddies hand!

Great tekkers!


Rabs Warren, a monkey's uncle.

It deserves a special place in the pantheon on football appearing in Australian movies and television, that's for sure.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

The Romans Were Here!

In 1966 Italian Serie A giants AS Roma were brought to Australia for an eight game tour by the tobacco company W.D. & H.O. Wills. They were led on the tour by Guido Masetti, goalkeeper in their only championship win to that point in 1941-42, as well as having had stints as manager in 1943-45, 1950-51 and 1956-57.



The company produced the following promotional film of the tour, which as well as including some travel features (a visit to a VFL footy game, boating in Sydney Harbour) contains footage from four of the games played. It's a fabulous slice of not just football history, but of Australia at the time.



Roma had won the Coppa Italia in 1964, having captured the Inter-City Fairs Cup (later UEFA Cup) in 1961. They were coming off an eighth place in the 1965-66 season, finishing fourteen points behind champions Internazionale, and four places above local rivals Lazio. The touring side featured Giacomo Losi, one of the inaugural eleven inductees into the club's Hall of Fame when it was established in 2012.

Details of the games featured in the film:

Sunday June 19, 1966.
At Olympic Park (Crowd: 15694)
Referee: Geoff Harrison

Victoria 0 AS Roma 1 (Francesconi 79')

Victoria: J.Young, N.Shepherd, J.O'Neill, W.Janczyk, B.Rice, F.Micic, A.Abonyi (T.Roseweir), B.Vojtek (S.Jones), K.Kowalec, J.Anderson, H.McMeechan. Coach: Wieslaw Janczyk
AS Roma: F.Cudicini, G.Tomasin, M.Ardizzon, F.Capelli, G.Losi, S.Carpenesi, L.Leonardi, G.Tamborini, F.Francesconi, A.Spanio, F.Enzo. (V.Benitez on 46') Coach: Guido Masetti

Saturday June 4, 1966
At Newcastle Sports Ground (Crowd: 14931)
Referee: George Muir

Northern New South Wales 1 (Morrow) AS Roma 4 (Benitez 3, Francesconi)

Northern New South Wales: J.Dorman, R.Bullen (R.Reynolds 25'), C.Curran, R.Cameron, T.Garrett, R.Lloyd, B.Morrow, A.Oldham, R.Baartz, D.Wright, K.Twidle.
AS Roma: A.Ginulfi, G.Tomasin, A.Sensible, F.Capelli, G.Losi, S.Carpanesi, L.Leonardi, V.Benitez, R.Da Silva, F.Francesconi, F.Enzo (G.Tamborini). Coach: Guido Masetti

Saturday June 11, 1966
At the Brisbane Exhibition Ground (Crowd: 7800)
Referee: Vince Dobinson

Queensland 0 AS Roma 6 (Francesconi 2, Da Silva 2, Leonardi, Benitez)

Queensland: R.Kelly, W.Haigh, G.Kathage, M.Jackson, M.Hosie, L.Petie (B.Allison), G.McMillan, R.Richards, E.Pattison, R.Edmunds, K.Jones. Coach: George Pagan
AS Roma: A.Ginulfi, G.Tomasin, A.Sensible, G.Tamborini, G.Losi, S.Carpanesi, L.Leonardi, V.Benitez, R.Da Silva, F.Francesconi, F.Enzo. Coach: Guido Masetti

Monday June 13, 1966
At the Sydney Showgrounds (Crowd: 5800)
Referee: Roger Lamb

Australia 1 (Morrow 67') AS Roma 1 (Tamborini 88')

Australia: B.Rorke, T.Edwards, G.Nuttall, P.Hughes, B.Rice, J.,Watkiss, B.Morrow, R.Campana, J.Giacometti, D.Walsh, D.Holden. Coach: Joe Marston
AS Roma: F.Cuducini, G.Tomasin, M.Ardizzon, F.Capelli, G.Losi, S.Carpanesi, L.Leonardi (A.Sensible), V.Benitez, R.Da Silva, G.Tamborini, F.Francesconi. Coach: Guido Masetti











Programmes

New South Wales v AS Roma - June 5

Details of the full tour:

May 29   Victoria 2 (Gajda, Micic) AS Roma 4 (Spanio 2, Francesconi, Benitez)
June 4   Northern New South Wales 1 (Morrow) AS Roma 4 (Benitez 3, Francesconi)
June 5   New South Wales (Campana) AS Roma 2 (Leonardi, Da Silva)
June 11   Queensland 0 AS Roma 6 (Francesconi 2, Da Silva 2, Leonardi, Benitez)
June 13   Australia 1 (Morrow) AS Roma 1 (Tamborini)
June 19   Victoria 0 AS Roma 1 (Francesconi)
June 25   South Australia 0 AS Roma 3 (Tamborini, Francesconi, Da Silva)
July 3   Western Australia 2 (Reid, Lukcszek) AS Roma 4 (Da Silva 2, Carpenesi, O.G.)








Action from the May 29th game against Victoria.





                                          (Click on images to enlarge)