13 Boys

Lake Heights thwarted by roaring Aurora 

A pair of strikes in the second half has helped Arncliffe Aurora secure the 13 Boys Champions of Champions title as they overcame Lake Heights JFC 2-0 at Valentine Sports Park.

The first chance fell to Jaoudat Fraja for Arncliffe Aurora, from the corner that angled across the area, Fraja connected well with his shot but jammed it wide.

From there, Lake Heights JFC had a pair of chances to open the scoring.

First Koray Gokturk slashed wide in the 10th minute then Tayne Ward forced the Aurora keeper into a fine stop to keep the contest at nil-all headed into half-time.

After the break, Arncliffe were the first to test the keeper. Mahmoud Jomaa hit a fierce effort that needed to be saved by Lake Heights keeper, Elijah Byron.

The opener would come for Aurora, 60 seconds later. Awada made up for his earlier miss, he found enough pace close to the box, fired a low shot that trickled into the net, for 1-0.

Arncliffe Aurora doubled their advantage in the 38th minute when they continued to press, from a scramble in the box. Ali Mourtada was first to react to the loose ball, poked the ball into the net, for a 2-0 lead.

Lake Heights had their fair share of chances to even the contest. Both Gokturk and Bond Stergess scooped efforts wide after Aurora’s opener then Stergess shot safely in the 47th as time became the enemy.

Mitchell Despotovski went the closest for Lake Heights.

He opened up the space well for a shot, arrowed an effort into the bottom corner but for last-ditch defense from Aurora to deny him.

Arncliffe saw out the remaining minutes without incident to be crowned Champions.

Match Stats

Arncliffe Aurora 2 (M Awada ‘33, A Mourtada ‘38)

Lake Heights JFC 0

Arncliffe Aurora:

1 ARBID Adam 2 MOURTADA Ali 3 SAAD Rabie 4 FARHAT Salah 5 SOUMMAKA Mohamed 6 HIJAZI Rayan 7 SAAB Mohammed 8 AWADA Mohamed 9 JOMAA Mahmoud 10 FARHAT Mohamed 11 REDA Abbas 12 TANANA Haydar 13 KDOUH Hussein 16 SALIM Abdullah 18 FARAJ Jaoudat 19 ALAWIE Ali

Coach: Ali Saab Assistant Coach: Hassan

Lake Heights JFC: 1 BYRON Elijah 2 TYSSEN Alexander 3 MCINERNEY Cayden 5 GOKTURK Koray 6 WARD Tayne 7 DESPOTOVSKI Mitchell 8 MAYERS Ruben 9 STERGESS Bond 10 SCHOFIELD Cooper 11 MANEVSKI Mitchell 12 VILLELLA Louis 13 NACASTRI Nicolas 15 NAUMOVSKI Maksim 16 VILLELLA Anthony

Coach: Todd Schofield Assistant Coach: Mark Tyssen Manager: Nove Despotovski

-By Justin Davies


21 Women

Northbridge FC too good for Connells Point Rovers

Northbridge FC overwhelmed Connells Point Rovers, 3-0 on a fantastic day of football as the Northern Suburbs FA side were crowned 21 Women Champions.

There was a crescendo of pressure from Northbridge FC in the first half. They dominated possession, and chances, but weren’t able to put away the opening goal against a robust Connells Point side.

Eliza Ewington fired a fierce effort in the 25th minute that required Connells Point keeper Jennifer Wood to tip the ball over her own crossbar to maintain the deadlock.

Their relief wouldn’t last long, as Ashley James almost sprung behind the defence but couldn’t stick the final pass. The tide would crash over Connells Point in the 35th minute.

Frederique Bosscher dinked her effort enough, it made it tough for Wood to catch properly, and the ball slipped beneath her grasp, into the net for 1-nil Northbridge.

With the taste of goals fresh, Northbridge thrust forward again, Bosscher turned provider on this occasion as she angled a cutback for Isabel McCarthy to blast home, making it 2-nil on the stroke of half-time.

Connells Point Rovers had a late chance to pull a goal back when Amalie Judd broke into the clear.  She muscled off her defender but the striker fluffed her lines under the pressure of the Northbridge keeper and poked it right to her.

Northbridge headed into the break, up 2-nil and in firm control. They looked to press home their advantage in the second half, a pair of chances from Sophie Nelson and x flayed wide.

Quickly McCarthy added Northbridge’s third. The forward slotted home from close range, completing her brace, and making it a tough challenge for Connells Point to make a comeback.

Sarah Monaha had a chance to claw one back for Connells Point on 65 minutes. She burst through the defense, fired a low shot at the Northbridge keeper, the custodian saved well with her knees on the first instance then gathered it up.

Northbridge saw out the remainder of the contest, finishing the festivities on Valentine Sports Park with a bang, being crowned 21 Women’s Champions.

Match Stats

Northbridge FC 3 (Bosscher ‘35, McCarthy ‘40, ‘53)

Connells Point Rovers 0

Northbridge FC: 2 BOSSCHER Frederique 3 COX Genevieve 4 EWINGTON Eliza 5 GILBERT Annabelle 6 GILBERT Charlie 7 GLASSCOTT Amelia 9 GYZEN Jemma 10 HANNIGAN Chloe 11 JAMES Ashley 12 KEARNEY Charlotte 14 MCARDLE Georgie 15 MCCARTHY Isabel 16 STUCHMANN Sydney 17 NELSON Sophie 22 CAHALAN Ella

Coach: Alex Barker Manager: Tony Gilbert

Connells Point Rovers: 1 WOOD Jennifer 2 MONAHA Sarah 4 PAPACHATGIS Katie 6 CANESTRO Sofia 7 JOHNSTONE Tilema 8 WITNEY Georgia 9 APPLETON Laura 10 STERGIOU Mary 11 JUDD Amalie 12 HARDAS Natalie 13 RODDY Grace 14 CHAPMAN Sarah 19 SPYRAKIS Patrice

Coach: Andy Hall Assistant Coach: Stewart Little Manager: Alex Sala

-By Justin Davies


Over 45 Men

Karavatakis double seals Hurstville win

Steve Karavatakis turned back the clock with a special double to hand the Hurstville City Minotaurs a 2-1 win over 2017 Champions St Michaels Lane Cove and seal the over 45 men Champion of Champions title.

In an end to end match, Karavatakis stepped up to score two fantastic goals within six minutes of magic to give coach and former Charles Valentine Medal winner Peter ‘The General’  Sarakakis yet another trophy.

The match started physically with both sides eager to stamp their authority early.

Hurstville City Minotaurs had the opening chance of the match with Spiro Hantzis getting around his defender before his 20-yard shot forced Peter Gunning into a save after 10 minutes.

Karavatakis was next to break the St Michael’s defence as he got onto the end of a bouncing through ball only to half volley the ball wide.

Gunning was called into action with Harry Christodoulou laying the ball off to Nick Plataniotis whose shot rocketed into the chest of the keeper.

Lane Cove consolidated and started coming back into the match with Robert Colville forcing a save out of John Chatzis in the 20th minute.

Colville was hungry to open the scoring for his side and won the ball well on the left a minute later before squaring the ball into the box to a free attacker who could only find the safe hands of Chatzis again.

The end to end action continued into the second stanza as both sides put their bodies on the line in the hope of breaking the deadlock.

Lane Cove almost did just that in the 48th minute as a Mate Peric free kick floated towards to Declan McEvoy. Luckily for Hurstville, Chatzis was off his line quickly to save off McEvoy’s toe poke.

Hurstville would take the lead in the 67th minute through a beautiful play. After winning the ball in his own half, Tom Pontidas ran at the Lane Cove defence before finding Karavatakis out wide. The striker turned the ball onto his left foot before sending an exquisite curler into the top left hand corner to give his side the 1-0 lead.

Karavatakis was at it again six minutes later, this time being put through on goal and blasted through Gunning to seal the title.

Mate Peric would score a consolation goal in the dying moments of the game. But it Hurstville’s day as they prevailed 2-1.

Match Stats

Hurstville City Minotaurs 2 (Karavatakis 67’, 73’)

St Michael’s Lane Cove 1 (Peric 80’)

Hurstville City Minotaurs: 1. John Chatzis, 4. Peter Papoythis, 5. Gennadi Spivak, 6. John Cosentino, 8. Spiro Hantzis, 9. Steve Karavatakis, 10. Tom Pontidas, 11. Louie Dounis, 12. George Ganiatsis, 13. Nick Plataniotis, 16. Harry Christodoulou, 17. Leonidas Lykorentzos, 19. David Barrett, 20. Sam Xenakis, 21. Peter Xenos

St Michael’s Lane Cove: 1. Peter Gunning, 13. John Koch, 22. Robert Colville, 29. Stephen Watson, 32. Mario Bila, 33. Alaistair Wright, 55. Mate Peric, 56. Declan McEvoy, 57. Chris Cowley, 60. Richard Evans, 70. Tim Christie, 82. Bob Kenderes, 88. Grant Lee, 90. Brent Caisley, 91. Peter Blakeley, 92. David Segreto

-By Chris Georges