News Flash

2018 Registrations open 3 January … Information is now available for Players, Coaches & Managers

See below for the details, as well as Additional Information for Players and a calendar of Key Events until season kick-off (Pre-Season Info).  We think we’ve uploaded or hyperlinked all the information that you need, so please have a read through these.  If we’ve missed anything, just let us know (contact@bmfc.com.au).

Season 2018 Welcome Letter from David Smith (BMFC President) is now available.

The Welcome Letter has been e-mailed to all of last year’s members, so if you didn’t receive it, the e-mail address in your MyFootballClub account will need to be corrected/updated for you to receive future correspondence from us.

 

Looking for … Female Football players for our Club!!!

BMFC is super keen to field as many girls-only teams as it can in 2018 and beyond.

A FREE “Girls Football Clinic” will be run by the Club. All ages and skill levels are welcomed!  Bring a friend to try the game of soccer.  So spread the word to let girls know it’s being held.

Clinic details are –
When: Wednesday, 7 February 2018, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Hosted by: Blue Mountains Football Club
Where: Mount Riverview Public School (BMFC grounds are being fixed)
Why: Come and try, or get a kick start to the season, with our girls clinic
Who: Any current players from any club and any girls wanting to give it a try
Bonus: BBQ dinner is provided!

To register your interest in attending the Clinic, let us know via contact@bmfc.com.au so that we can then e-mail you more information closer to the date.

 

Pre-Loved Boots

Pre-Loved Boots

If you have any pre-loved football/soccer boots that that are still in good condition but are of no further use to you, then please consider donating them to the club’s Boot Bin!  Boots are made available to our players, for free … and there are plenty of people who do annual swaps of boots each season.

Rego Info

Registration Information – Players, Coaches, Managers

All players, coaches, managers and committee members) must register on-line using the MyFootballClub system.  You need to know the following before logging in: your FFA Number, FFA password and e-mail address.

To start the on-line registration process, click here.  Please, please, PLEASE ensure that correct home/mobile numbers and e-mail addresses are recorded in your on-line registration form, as this is our means of contacting you, if the need be.

If you need a Step-by-Step Guide on how to complete the on-line registration process, there are three versions available – a 1-page simple guide, a 4-page detailed guide and an 8-page detailed guide with screen shots.

Note #1: to upload a suitable photo, please read the Guide, otherwise your registration cannot be accepted.

Note #2: photo is to be passport-style and in soft (digital) copy.  An actual passport photo is not required.

Note #3: if you’d like us to take your photo, which we’re happy to do (because then it’s done right the first time), please see us at a Rego Day or Team Muster Day.

To see if you need to turn up to the clubhouse on Registration Days to complete the registration process (as the on-line component is just one part of the process for some people), use our Flowchart to help you determine this (click here).

For fees, payment options and the Club’s bank account details, click here.

Accredited coaches are mandatory for U5-U9 and Division 1 teams – for information on coaching courses, click here.

All Coaches & Managers (for all teams except O35s) – you now need a WORKING WITH CHILDREN (WWC) number if you are aged 18 and over.

Football NSW has introduced a new policy in this regard.  For further information, visit https://footballnsw.com.au/protection-and-safety/working-with-children.  So, if you are thinking of taking on one (or more) of these roles and you don’t have a WWC number, we’d encourage you to apply a.s.a.p.  Applying costs $0 for volunteers – you can start the process on-line (https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-working-children-check) and it’s fairly quick to do – and then your identity needs to be checked by attending a ServiceNSW or RMS centre.

Additional Info for Players

Additional Information for Players

Photos The following will need new photos this year:

  • new players (i.e. those who have never played for BMFC);
  • returning players who will be 6, 9, 12, 15 or 18 as at 31 December this year;
  • any junior player who hasn’t updated their photo in the last three years;
  • any senior player who hasn’t updated their photo in the last five years;
  • players who didn’t play for BMFC last year; or
  • any returning player who would like a new photo taken.

Identification New players will need to bring proof of ID (e.g. birth certificate, passport, drivers licence).

Active Kids Discount – a discount of $100 per child can be applied when registering on-line; click here to find out more.

Siblings Discount If two or more siblings in the same immediate family register to play in Junior teams (U16s and below), a $30.00 discount applies to the second and each subsequent sibling – note: the first sibling pays their full registration fee.  Include this discount by clicking on the “Purchase Additional Items” button before finalizing your invoice during the on-line registration process.

Student Rate The student rate applies to FULL-TIME students only.  Proof of student status is to be provided to the Club.

“Over” Teams – Nepean FA has adopted FNSW’s definition regarding the age of players in “Over” teams.  Essentially, a player has to have attained the age as at 31 December in the previous year.  For example, someone born on or before 31 December 1982 can play in an O35s team in 2018, but someone born 18 February 1983 can only play O35s in 2019.

De-registrations (Pre-Season) – A player who de-registers for any reason, other than not being offered a position in a team, will receive a full refund minus a $20 de-registration fee ($16.50 payable to Nepean; $3.50 BMFC admin fee).

De-registrations (Season) – A player who de-registers and has yet to take the field (cross-checked against team sheets), will receive a full refund minus a $20 de-registration fee ($16.50 payable to Nepean; $3.50 BMFC admin fee).  A players who de-registers and HAS taken the field (cross-checked against team sheets), will only receive a refund of the unused portion of the Club Fee – i.e. the NFA/FNSW/FFA portions of the Registration Fee will not be refunded.

Insurance (Personal Injury Cover) This program is part of the Football NSW “Risk Protection Program”.  It is designed to supplement Loss of Income and Non-Medicare expenses.  The benefits are limited.  BMFC advises members to note the coverage provided by the insurance and re – commends that members have loss-of-income, life and/or private medical insurance coverage over and above the coverage provided.  More information can be found at http://www.gowgatessport.com.au/football/nsw/

Playing Kit – the Club provides the jersey, whilst Club shorts ($25) and Club socks ($15) are to be purchased from us. Shin guards have to be worn – these can be purchased from us ($15) or from a sports store. In terms of football boots, we have pre-loved ones in the club house, available for free, and these are generally in good/great/as-new condition; the Club doesn’t sell football boots.

Pre-Season Info

Pre-Season Information

Below is a summary of key calendar dates – by clicking on the links, you can find out more about the event, but also more information applicable to the age group/topic.  Hopefully the info in the linked document will answer any queries you may have – if not, please send us an e-mail at contact@bmfc.com.au and we’ll get back to you a.s.a.p.

  • 3 January – on-line registrations open on MyFootballClub for all players, coaches, managers and Committee members
  • 3 January – “Early Bird” registration fees commence: fees are the same as in 2017
  • 31 JanuaryActive Kids voucher codes become available
  • 3 February – Registration Day at the club house, Knapsack Park (10am – 2pm)
  • 7 February – Girls Football Clinic at Mount Riverview Public School (5:30pm – 7pm)
  • 9 February – Registration Day at the club house, Knapsack Park (6pm – 8pm)
  • 10/11 February – Grading Days for U11-IM/IW teams (8am – 6pm) … player must be registered prior to attending Grading: venue is Mount Riverview Public School
  • 15 February – Senior Teams Muster at the club house, Knapsack Park (7pm start)
  • 17/18 February – Grading Days for U11-IM/IW teams (8am – 6pm) … player must be registered prior to attending Grading: venue is Mount Riverview Public School
  • 17 February – MiniRoos Muster Day at Mount Riverview Public School, for U5-U10 teams (10am – 1pm) … but, please also read the note below
  • 18 February – last day for “Early Bird” registration fees
  • 19 February – Standard registration fees commence
  • 22 FebruaryCoaches Meeting at the club house, Knapsack Park (6:30pm, 7:15pm or 8:00pm start time)
  • 26 February – Team Nominations due at Nepean FA; registration fees need to be paid prior to this date
  • 3 & 10 March – Game Training Certificate coaching course (U13-U17 teams) at Cook Park, St Marys
  • 4 & 11 March – Skill Training Certificate coaching course (U9-U13 teams) at Cook Park, St Marys
  • 13 March – Grassroots Coaching Course at Knapsack Park for U5-U9 teams (6pm – 9pm)
  • 16 March – Managers Meeting at the club house, Knapsack Park (6:30pm or 7:45pm start time)
  • 16/17/18 March – 1st Trial Games (all teams)
  • 18 & 25 March – Senior Certificate coaching course (U17+ teams), at Cook Park, St Marys
  • 24 & 31 March – Skill Training Certificate coaching course (U9-U13 teams) at Cook Park, St Marys
  • 23/24/25 March – 2nd Trial Games (all teams, except Prems, IM & 10-team competitions)
  • 24/25 March – Prems, IM & 10-team competitions start (Round 1)
  • 6/7/8 April – season starts for MiniRoos, 6-team & 8-team competitions (Round 1)

Information for Under 5s to Under 10s (“MiniRoos”)

On Saturday, 17 February, all U5-U10 registered players will attend Team Muster to be formed into teams.  A player must be registered by Friday, 6:00pm, 16 February, to be included in a team at Team Muster.  For players registering after this time and requesting a placement in a specific team, BMFC will try to accommodate that request, provided the team has room for an additional player.

If a registered player is unable to attend Muster, please let us know (via contact@bmfc.com.au) no later than Friday, 6:00pm, 16 February – also let us know if requesting placement in a specific team.

Coaches and Managers for the U5-U10 teams are chosen at Team Muster and must be registered by this date to ensure that their team can participate this season.

Accredited coaches are mandatory for U5-U9 teams – for information on coaching courses, click here.

For those new to football/soccer, U5s-U7s play at Knapsack Park every Saturday morning (excluding the middle weekend of public school holidays).  Training sessions of skills/drills commence at 9:00am; games commence at ~9:30am.

For MiniRoos game details and rules for each age group, click here.

Prems Trials

Premier League (Division 1) Trials

Trials will commence Thursday, 23 November 2017 and continue to be held every Thursday evening at Lapstone Oval, starting at 7:00pm.

Trials will be conducted by the Prems coach, Marty McCaffery (0414 771 368).

Match Report – 15.2 – 12/08/2017

Match Report – 15.2 – Game Date: 12/08/2017

BMFC 15.2: 0
vs
Glenmore Park FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: NIL

Player of the Match: Will Cooke

Match Report: My apologies for such a late final match report!

The 15/2’s headed to Mulgoa Rise to play Glenmore Park in a must win match. A win would see us through to the Final. Because of goals for and against a draw or a loss would see our season end.

After being well beaten (5-1) by the competition front runners, GPFC, in Round 1 and a hard fought 2 all draw in Round 2 we looked forward to a close contest and entered into this game quietly confident.

The game quickly settled into a tight tussle with both sides having good periods and play and both defensive units giving very little space for the forwards to attack. Glenmore Park across the park was stronger, taller and faster and it is fair to say had more goal scoring opportunities than we did. Robbie was once again outstanding in goals, making several excellent saves.

As has been the case over the last few games it was an excellent team passing effort with many sets of passes put together and very good play bringing the ball out of our own half. Glenmore Park may have had more shots on goal but I think it is fair to say that we played more quality passing football and it almost paid off! Despite the nil-all final score line I consider that it was our best game of the season. Indeed, a moral victory! Perhaps we could have taken a more attacking approach? At the same time we didn’t deserve to loose!

I could honestly have picked any one of the boys as Man of the Match but Will Cooke just gets the nod on the back of many fine efforts in the last line of defence. He has gained in confidence and presence in defence as the year as progressed and played another fine game!

It was a fine effort from each and every player across the park.

What a pleasure it has been to enjoy this season with a fine bunch of boys who always gave 100% at both training and on match days. Their skilful team passing game and outstanding sportsmanship often earned the respect of opposition coaches. They provided us all with lots of great football to watch.

My compliments to Gus who has done a terrific job as the Captain this year. He has led with composure and determination, and always by example.

A massive THANK YOU to Steve Cooke for your no-nonsense and always positive work as Manager which allowed myself and the boys to focus on having fun and working hard for each other! A huge THANK YOU to Greg Bowe who is the ‘brains’ behind my ‘good looks’ and has made a big contribution to our training sessions and the boys’ achievements this year.

Many thanks to all the parents and families for your positive approach, encouragement of the boys and the trust you have given me throughout the year. Your support and co-operation has made my job a real pleasure.

Many thanks to the 16/1’s for joining together for some excellent team training runs throughout the season. This added to our positive training efforts and improvements shown across the season.

I am already looking forward to the 2018 season when I truly hope all the boys return stronger than ever!

On behalf of the team our sincere thanks to Dave, Sandy and all the BMFC committee for the tremendous work they do to make it possible for these boys to enjoy their football in a positive environment where excellence is encouraged, sportsmanship is expected and fun is the focus!

Our congratulations and best wishes to the 15/1’s and all the BMFC teams who are playing in the Finals!

And a final word of thanks to the ‘three people’ who read my match reports!!

Match Report – 14.1 – 19/08/2017

Match Report – 14.1 – Game Date: 19/08/2017

BMFC 14.1
vs
Blue Mountains FC 14G.1 

 

Match Report: The week off between semis and the Grand Final provided an opportunity for the 14.1 boys and 14.1 girls to play each other. With some injuries and illnesses leaving both teams short, a few of the 14.2 boys backed up and helped out after their own game against the 14.3’s

The game was great to watch as both teams competed well and played some good football despite the blustery conditions and the state of the pitch

An impromptu penalty shoot out at the end of the game added more excitement and good practice at controlling the nerves which, if needed, will hopefully help both teams next weekend

Thank you to both teams for playing an entertaining game and played in such good spirits. Good luck to both teams next weekend

Match Report – O35.1 – 13/08/2017

Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 13/08/2017

BMFC O35.1: 3
vs
Werrington FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: JB, Ibra, Lowndsey

Player of the Match: Shared lolly bag Joey & Lowndsey

Match Report: Early morning semi – an away trip, needing a win by two or more to secure a place in the Grand Final. Our opposition had nothing to play for and their Coach came and had a chat with us all before the game to let us know that – a little odd and we put it down to tactics to put us off

A strong start saw us get the required two goals up within the first fifteen minutes. Joey ‘I only do 9am games in the semi’s’ Crye burst out of centre mid to receive the ball on the right and from the byline put a cross in that JB volleyed home. JB was fitting the game in by playing in his lunch break before dashing back to work after the game

A few minutes later Dave put Lowndsey away down the left, beating the offside trap. Ibra was unmarked and unselfishly Lowndsey squared the ball to Ibra to pass into an empty net – which I can personally say is not easy to do at Werrington especially into the end in which Ibra scored

We created loads more chances in the first half and should have been out of sight but could not add to our lead (adds weight to my point in the last paragraph)

Second half and more spurned chances as well as Werrington starting to create a little bit themselves led to a period of nerves. These nerves were settled when Paul whipped in a cross that Lowndsey rose like a salmon to head home. The rest of the game was played out without incident

Match Report – 14.1 – 12/08/2017

Match Report – 14.1 – Game Date: 12/08/2017

BMFC 14.1: 2
vs
Penrith RSL FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan, Ashton

Player of the Match: Max

Match Report: A straight knock out semi against a team who had beaten us well early in the season. Keastie unavailable so Alex L was kind enough to help us out again after his own game

We had been lucky enough to have a penalty taking clinic from club legend Glyn ‘Iceman’ Jones during the week. The boys learnt some things about taking a penalty and had some fun too. We hoped today’s game didn’t come down to a shoot all the same

A typically tight first half with no goals. The second half saw us take the game to RSL a bit more and we were rewarded – firstly with Ethan picking up a loose ball in the box and putting it away past an oncoming keeper (see photo, James congratulating Ethan). Later Ash had the ball at his feet just outside the box and with a bit of space had time to fire his shot away, which went in off the underside of the bar. We had a few more chances during the half and defended well when RSL attacked us

Parents player of the match went to Max for always cleaning up in the centre midfield scrap

Looking forward to the Grand Final and another tough game with Rovers

Congratulations to all the Blueys teams that have made the Grand Final this year

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