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Full Age Groups: U12G, U14G, U15

Junior Players Particularly Wanted …

Boys & girls born in 2011 (U5s), boys & girls born in 2006 (U10s) and boys to play in U12s, U13s, U14s, U16s, U17s.

(P.S. We’re still also accepting registrations for the U6, U7, U8, U9 and U11 age groups).

Senior Players Wanted … for our Over 35.4 team

Gradings & Musters for U5-U17 teams: 8-18 February

All U11-U17 players will attend Team Grading and be graded into teams, if the club needs to form more than one team in a particular age group.  Otherwise, teams will be formed on the first nominated day, and coaches and managers chosen.  For details of grading days/times, click here.  Please note – a player must be registered before being graded at Team Grading; there are no exceptions to this mandate, due to insurance reasons.

On Saturday, 13 February, all U5-U10 registered players will attend Team Muster to be formed into teams – click here for more information regarding this.  A player must be registered by Friday, 6:00pm, 12 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 the request, provided the team has room for an additional player.  Coaches and Managers for the U5-U10 teams are also chosen at this time and must be registered by this date to ensure that their team can participate this season.

Registrations Still Open …

Registrations are done on-line.  For more information regarding this process and what’s happening until the season starts, below are details, namely: (i) Registration Information for All & Supplementary Information for Players and (ii) Pre-Season Information for All.  Happy reading!  If you have any questions, please let us know, using our e-mail address contact@bmfc.com.au.  The club house will next be open Saturday, 13 February, between 10:00am and 1:00pm.

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Welcome, and a big Thank You, to BMFC’s new Team Sponsors:

 Please join us in thanking our team sponsors for the 2016-2018 period.  Their support of our Club is not only hugely appreciated, but invaluable, and we encourage you to support these local businesses whenever possible.  News and information from our Sponsors will be sent from time to time, and to get things started, please click here for a fantastic Club offer from RAMS Home Loans Hawkesbury/Blue Mountains.

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Coaching Courses – 5 & 12 March (U13-U17), 8 March (U5-U7) and 1/2/4 April (U9-U13): see below for more information on these

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Premier League Div. 1 – Trials

Trials will commence Tuesday, 8 December 2015.  These will continue to be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Knapsack Park, starting at 7:30 pm, until Tuesday, 22 December 2015.  New year re-commencement date is Tuesday, 12 January 2016.
Prems coaches, Matt Schafer (0423 939 677) and Met Shafie (0410 464 888), will run the Trials.  Please contact them if you need more information.

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Edu Mortgage Solutions

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Blue Mountains Football Club would like to acknowledge and thank Edu Mortgage Solutions for their generous support of the Club and our U12G team.

Edu Mortgage Solutions is a dedicated and fully accredited team of Mortgage Broking  and Finance Planning Specialists, who source finance from a panel of over 30 different lenders.  We do not offer our own loan products, nor do we sell loans.  Our job is to first listen to and understand your needs and goals and then work with you to find the best possible finance solution to meet these needs and goals.  We will continue to work with you throughout the life of your loan and even help you with ways to pay off your loan quicker, therefore saving you money.  When dealing with Edu Mortgage Solutions you will always receive objective advice as we have no contracts with any lender, our loyalty lies only with you as one of our valued clients.

Paul Swatridge, your Blue Mountains FC Contact, has been involved in the finance industry for the past 15 years and has extensive knowledge in the area of property investment spanning some 25 years.

Contact Paul directly on: 0413 599 442

or email:  http://paulswatridge@ozemail.com.au

website: http://www.edumortgagesolutions.com

Paul Swatridge is a Credit Representative (Number: 399801) of BLSSA Pty Ltd, ACN 117651760 (Australian Credit Licence 391237)

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Registration Info

Registration Information for All

All players, coaches, club referees and volunteers (e.g. managers and committee members) must register on-line.  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 and 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 detailed Step-by-Step Guide on how to complete the on-line registration process, click here … but also note the comments under the “Supplementary Information for Players” heading (below).

Note #1: to upload a suitable photo, please read Step 2c of the Step-by-Step 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 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 details, click here.

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.

Supplementary Information for Players

Personal Details When logged into your FFA account, carefully check all your personal details.  Ensure that correct home and mobile numbers, and e-mail addresses, are recorded in your on-line registration form.

Siblings 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.

Club Football – New players aged 16 and under will receive a free, custom-designed Mitre® football emblazoned with the BMFC logo (these are also available for purchase).

Student Rate The student rate applies to FULL-TIME students only.  Proof of student status can be requested by 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 Dec 1980 can play in an O35s team in 2016, but someone born 18 February 1981 can only play O35s in 2017.

Photos The following players 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;
  • players who didn’t play for BMFC last year; or
  • any returning players who would like a new photo taken.

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

Deregistrations Players who deregister for any reason, other than not being offered a position in a team, will be charged a $20 fee ($16.50 payable to Nepean; $3.50 BMFC admin fee).

Insurance (Accident Support Program) This program is part of the Football NSW “Limited Risk Management and Player Protection Plan”.  It is designed to supplement Loss of Income and Non-Medicare expenses.  The benefits are limited.  Note it is not a Health Insurance Scheme or Workers Compensation.  BMFC advises members to note the coverage provided by the insurance and recommends 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 www.jltsport.com.au/FNSW.

 

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Pre-Season Info

Pre-Season Information for All

Here’s a quick summary of key calendar dates.  More info below.

  • 6 January – on-line registrations open on MyFootballClub
  • 30 January – Registration Day at the clubhouse (10am – 2pm)
  • 5 February – Registration Day at the clubhouse (6pm – 8pm)
  • 8-18 February – Junior teams Grading (U11-U18 teams)
  • 13 February – MiniRoos Muster day (U5-U10 teams)
  • 17 February – Senior teams Muster evening
  • 5 & 12 March – Game Training coaching course (U13-U17 teams), at Cook Park, St Marys
  • 8 March – Grassroots coaching course (U5-U8 teams), at Knapsack
  • 10 March – Coaches & Managers meeting
  • 20 March – Prems competition starts
  • 2 April – season starts for everyone else
  • 1, 2 and 4 April – Skills Training coaching courses (U9-U13 teams), at Icely Park, North Richmond

Coaching Courses

On Saturday, 5 & 12 March, a Game Training Certificate coaching session will be held at Cook Park, St Marys for U13s-U17s coaches, and for others who may be interested.  A BMFC-registered coach will have their course fee reimbursed by the Club upon successful completion of this course – it’s a small gesture of our appreciation for the time you’ve invested for the betterment of our players. Registration for this coaching course is via http://education-ffa.sportingpulse.com/Entry/?EID=12706

On Tuesday, 8 March, a Grassroots Coaching session will be held at Knapsack for U5s-U8s coaches, and for others who may be interested.  Registration for this coaching course is via http://education-ffa.sportingpulse.com/Entry/?EID=12699

2016 will be an exciting year where Nepean Football Association want to have every coach of an Under 5, 6 and 7 team with a Grassroots Football Certificate, and BMFC fully support this.  Nepean will be conducting a number of these courses throughout the Association during March to ensure that there is a course that will suit everyone and, to make it convenient for our coaches, we’ll be hosting one of these courses.  If you can’t make this one, have a look on Nepean’s website for one that you can attend (http://www.nepeanfootball.com.au/index.php/coaching-a-development).

For anyone who wishes to coach a U9-U13s team, and hasn’t attended a Skills Training Certificate, three courses are being held at Icely Park in North Richmond on 1, 2 and 4 April.  Registration for these coaching courses is via http://education-ffa.sportingpulse.com/Entry/?EID=12758

Information for Coaches and Managers

On Thursday, 10 March, the Coaches & Managers meetings will be held.  Click here for more information.

Please note: all coaches & managers of junior teams must abide with Working With Children legislation.  Click here for a FAQ brochure on the topic; click here for the WWCC assessment form and click here for the FNSW Member Protection Declaration form, both which need to be completed  as part of registering in these roles.  More information will be made available shortly.

For those of you interested in Player ID & Team Sheet regulations (i.e. as a minimum, all managers of teams U11s and above), click here.

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

On Saturday, 13 February, all U5-U10 registered players will attend Team Muster to be formed into teams – click here for more information regarding this.  A player must be registered by Friday, 6:00pm, 12 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.

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

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

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

Information for Under 11s to Under 18s

During February, all U11-U18 registered players will attend Team Grading and be graded into teams, if the club needs to form more than one team in a particular age group.  Otherwise, teams will be formed on the nominated days, and coaches and managers chosen.  For details of grading days/times, click here.

A players must be registered before being graded at Team Grading.  Please note that there are no exceptions to this mandate, due to insurance reasons.

Female Players: Once a girl turns 13 (or older) during the year, she can only play in a girl’s team for that season and onwards.  Prior to turning 13 in a calendar year, she can play in a mixed team or girls’ only team.

For MiniRoos U11s game details and rules, click here.

Information for Senior teams

On Wednesday, 17 February, a meeting for registered senior players will take place (click here for details), unless alternative arrangements are made.

Please note that BMFC will not be nominating an O35s team for the Friday night comp that is being proposed.

 

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2016-2018 Team Sponsors

Welcome, and a big Thank You, to BMFC’s new Team Sponsors:

 Please join us in thanking our team sponsors for the 2016-2018 period.  Their support of our Club is not only hugely appreciated, but invaluable, and we encourage you to support these local businesses whenever possible.  News and information from our Sponsors will be sent from time to time, and to get things started, please click here for a fantastic Club offer from RAMS Home Loans Hawkesbury/Blue Mountains.

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Western Sydney Wanderers Experience

Western Sydney Wanderers Game Day Experience

Great evening had by the young, and not-so-young, on Saturday, 12 December at Pirtek Stadium, against Melbourne Victory.

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A number of BMFC teams recently took part in a Western Sydney Wanderers Game Day Experience.  WSW had a great bunch of our U7 Cougars and Foxes as their Player Mascots, whilst the U8.Red and U10s (Green & Yellow) played a MiniRoos game in the half-time break.  Our U12 Girls team, with the help of some ring-in siblings, demonstrated their Skills at half-time too.  Some photos from the WSW Experience are below, a snippit on a YouTube video exists of the Mascots  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVOf-uMNXaQ – from 0:45 to 1:45) and there’s an article in the Gazette (http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/3575043/mtns-juniors-wander-onto-parramatta-pitch/?cs=1180).

Mascots - Practice Time!

Mascots – Practice Time!

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We got WSW!

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U10s - Green v Yellow

U10s – Green v Yellow

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Look at me! I mean “We”!

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Year 2015 Achievements

2015 Team Achievements
12G.1 – League Competition Winners, Champion of Champions representatives
12.5, 16.2, AA.3, O35.1 & O35.3 – League Competition Runners Up
12G.1 & O35.1 – Championship Tournament Final Winners
13.2, 14.2, AW.3, O35.2 & O35.4 – Championship Tournament Final Runners-Up

2015 Special Awards
Life Members – Michael Hampson
Club Person Award – Awarded in recognition of the dedication, time and effort put in by an individual to assist the Club – Sean Burns
John Costello Award – Most Improved team performance throughout the year – 13.2
Robbie Madden Award – Highest Division/Age competition winner – 12G.1
Tony Millington Award – Recognition of a team’s commitment to battle on – 13.4
Margaret Wagner Award – Senior Best & Fairest – Paul McCartan
Dedication Award – For dedication by the team to playing and training the game – 11.7
Brodie Cavanough Memorial Award – Best & Fairest U8 Goalie – Nicholas Blewitt

10 Year Awards
For players who have played for the club for 10 years – Natasha Carbone, Jamie Cross, Sasha Duetoft, Grant Ekström, Jordan Goehner-Drewe, Drew Hamilton, Ben Hofmann, Matthew Philbrook, Ralph Potter, Blake Smythe, Martin Trigg, Riley Williams

20 Year Awards
For players who have played for the club for 20 years – Jon Patching, Stephen Hurley

30 Year Awards
For players who have played for the club for 30 years – Julian Nixon, Glyn Jones, Dave Heyman (pictured below with Fran Refalo, President NFA)

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Match Report – O35.1 – 30 August 2015

Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 30 August 2015

BMFC O35.1: 4
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Penrith FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Brad Collier, Mick R, Pirate

Player of the Match: Micky C

Match Report: It was beautiful sunny day at Jamison Park for the Championship Final against an in form Penrith side who won their last 6 matches.

After last year’s debacle, Sean cancelled the family holiday to make sure there was organisation and order on the day.

ID cards, in alphabetical order, subs, Marshal Matt W, balls, bibs, win the toss, all ticked; the formalities went ahead without drama. The first half left a lot to be desired from a Blueys perspective, as we struggled to get any control, Dave H blamed the over-inflation of the ball; apparently this caused the back three to continue to pass to the guys with green shirts for most of the first half; in fairness, there were not a lot of options in front of them, except for Paul who continued to make himself available.

On the one occasion we passed to a Blueys player – it was Rhett already carrying an injury who had a swing and a miss before recovering to clear the ball; unfortunately he suffered a new injury in the process. This resulted in Rhett and the opposition keeper both kicking with their non-preferred foot … not a pretty sight for the football purists.

Finally we put three passes together – Joe C passed to Mick C who had a shot on goal. From the ensuing corner by JB, Sean had a great opportunity to get off the nudie run; not enough contact was made the ball went out for a throw.

There were calls for subs for the Blueys after Penrith made their 16th rotation; finally Dunny was subbed, although not in his opinion the worst on ground and Andy Football was introduced and given 2 minutes to make an impact. No impact half time.

Half-time brought the Pommy and Joe show as they discussed the virtues of the poor condition of the pitch which both teams were playing on. Joe also made the comment to Brad that he seemed off his game and looking every bit of his 40 years and 1 day, his state was not helped by receiving a Falcon in the warm up, Sean was subbed at halftime and replaced by Mick from the Village who had spent the week recovering for what Chicken said was a season ending injury.

At the start of the second half Danny, Dave and Pommy gave the secret hand shake, happy being nil all after playing up hill against the wind and rubbish.

The second half saw the breakthrough the Blueys needed. Brad took the half-time team talk well, he scored and settled the team down and the flood gates opened, Mick from the Village got a brace with some on the sideline suggesting Joey should not have passed for that close, very unselfish. Corey came on pushing to have his guest contract updated to full time contrart for next season and applied himself well. Soon after, the Pirate was introduced after saying to Dunny “I bet you $20 I’ll score if I get on”; ten minutes later he had a goal and $20 of Marty Dunn’s money. After that the remainder was a festival of football by the Blueys with only a couple of scary moments … after all a 4 nil lead is dangerous lead.

It was good natured match played in the right spirit and thank you to Penrith for being our opponents.

As this is the end of the season, it is appropriate to thank the people who have supported us the during the year:

  • firstly the BMFC committee
  • Joe Mc for his sideline management
  • Rhett and Quinny who assisted in Joe’s absence
  • upgrades Pagey, Mark A, Johnny P, Rusty
  • supporters, Mr and Mrs Collier who braved the fog at Colo and the cold in Lawson, The Pirettes, Burns kids
  • Pommy and Pirate for the Bar B Q
  • Paulie for managing the esky
  • Marty for organising the trip away.

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Match Report – 12.G1 – 29 August 2015

Match Report – 12.G1 – Game Date: 29 August 2015

BMFC 12.G1: 1
vs
Penrith FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Tilly

Player of the Match: Emily

Match Report: The BMFC Under 12 girls have taken all before them this season.

Finishing top of the table then qualifying for the GF in the Championship Tournament, the girls took out the title on Saturday in a close and tense encounter with Penrith FC.

The girls’ relentless pressure, composure with the ball and solid structure for the duration of the game saw the game open up late with the nil all deadlock broken with 3 mins to play, courtesy of a great finish by Tilly off a cross played in to the busy goal mouth.

All the girls were brilliant and it was certainly a trademark team performance for the ultimate game of the season, playing with confidence and an attacking flair, while ensuring Penrith didn’t have any easy possession when the ball was in dispute.

After receiving their Competition Winners and Championship Tournament winners medallions, Emily was awarded with the game ball for her outstanding performance during the GF, being solid in goals in the first half and then putting on a dazzling display on the ball in the second half.

As competition winners, the girls go on now to compete in the Champion of Champions, with the first game next Sunday.

At this point it is worthy to acknowledge the resounding success that this season has been for the 12G.1 team, in what is for most, the first season in an all-girls comp.

Special mention and thanks must go to Paul Swatridge for his dedication and absolutely outstanding job as coach all season.

The girls improvement all season under his guidance has been really impressive and they continued to get stronger and better throughout each game in the final rounds.

Also doing a stellar job as manager, special thanks to Ian Thorpe who has coordinated everything with impeccable efficiency.

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Match Report – O35.3 – 30 August 2015

Match Report – O35.3 – Game Date: 30 August 2015

BMFC O35.3: 1
vs
Werrington FC: 2

BMFC Goal Scorers: Voldemordt

Player of the Match: All

Match Report: It was a dark and stormy afternoon that we took to the field for the Division 2 final. Werrington took it to us from the whistle but by no means did we fall over. The team rallied to defend.

Nevertheless, the opposition put one away. Unfortunately I had a front row seat. A ball spilled out, I thought it could be wrapped up (so left my man go) … The ball wasn’t wrapped up … And my man stabbed the ball home.

Thankfully, against all run of play, our Voldemordt took a ball from about half way … Keeping the running defense at bay … He made it to the goal and pushed it passed the keeper to level the score.

The second half was hard but the run of play changed in our favour. Crank rattled the cross bar, scores of headers were near misses and Voldemordt hit a volley that was only saved by a defender on the goal line.

Say it once, not all subs were run quickly enough.

I can safely say that there was a good play made by each and every one of our players … From Frankie tipping a shot over the bar … To GB heading the ball for a near miss.

Unlucky boys. A damn good show.

See youse all at the Seniors Presentation.

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