28 March 2018

Andrew Parkinson | www.theleader.com.au 

 

St George Football Association are exploring the possibility of playing a men’s and women’s premier league match of the round at Jubilee Oval every week.

 The news comes as the association’s premier competitions kick off this weekend with defending men’s champions Connells Point taking on Scots FC.

Sans Souci also face Kogarah Waratah in the opening round as Banksia host Lugarno and Carlton Rovers tackle Forest Rangers. Beaten grand finalists Arncliffe Aurora travel to newly-promoted Rockdale Suns.

In the women’s competition, 2017 champions Banksia host Lugarno, Forest Rangers meet Connells Point and Dolls Point take on Scots FC.

The association confirmed last month that Jubilee Oval at Kogarah would again play host to their local grand finals later in the year but general manager Craig Kiely said St George were hopeful of featuring a weekly match of the round at the ground in future years.

“What we’d like to do ultimately is to get some more content for our premier leagues through the course of the year,” he said.

“We’re working to achieve that in the next few years. A match of the round at Jubilee for the men’s and women’s premier league would be fantastic. Down the track we want to try and work with [Georges River] Council to see if that is possible.

“I think it would be something that the association can be very proud of if we’re able to do it. The more content for football here and in particular grass roots footballers the better.”

The association have increased their presence at the iconic Kogarah venue recently, moving their offices into the ground last week. They also hosted their grand finals at Jubilee for the first time last season.

St George are also preparing to host a grassroots female football day at Jubilee at the end of April which will involve competition matches across a number of age groups before finishing with a women’s premier league match.

“Obviously a large part of our strategic priority as a district is to grow female numbers and shine a light on the female game,” Kiely said.

“The Matildas are doing wonderfully well and we’ve got a real focus on growing female football. We’re working with clubs and Football NSW on a number of initiatives this year including forming an advisory group to provide recommendations to the board.

“Our female numbers have grown by 19 per cent to 1700 players in the last five years and we’re hoping to achieve the same type of growth in the next three to five years.”

SGFA will also host joint school holiday football clinics with Sydney FC at Jubilee Oval and Penshurst Park for the first time next month.