GLENBROOK OVAL – open for training
KNAPSACK PARK – open for training; however, do not train on the Midi field or in the north-west corner of Field 1 (where the amenities building used to be)

BMFC Junior Teams Photo Days (21 May, 28 May & 4 June) at Glenbrook Oval
Team managers have the details regarding these Days

Roster for canteen, BBQ, goals, nets, duty officer for this weekend – click here
Players needed in: U5s, U7s, U11s, U13 Girls & AM.8. All other age groups are full.

Need shorts, socks, shin pads, etc?
These will be available for purchase (or collection if pre-paid – please have your invoice available) on weekends when games are played at Knapsack Park

 

Match Report – Waratah League – Game Date: 08/05/2022

 

BMFC Waratah League: 7
vs
Holroyd: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan (2), Damo (2), Ben, Liam, Aidy (pen)

Player of the Match: Knobsy

Match Report: FNSW State Cup – 1st Round v Holroyd:

Our Waratah League squad have had a mixed start to their first season. Both teams have been competitive in each of their games – the reserves picking up results with three wins to date and the first team not getting the results yet, though the performances have been good.

Sunday was a break from league action and those available to play took on Holroyd

The boys got off to a flying start with Ethan getting in behind the defence for a 1 on 1 with the keeper but put his shot wide. A few minutes later Ethan opened the scoring and then double the lead after Liam put him in again. The boys showed great game management over the next 20 minutes to slow the game down and keep the ball away from the opposition. Before half time Ben and Liam notched to give us a very comfortable half time lead

Half time team talk focused on ensuring we achieved a clean sheet as opposed to trying to score more

We did this well and added some goals toward the end of the game too – Ethan up-ended and Captain Aidy converting the penalty well. Back up keeper Jimmy came on for Ethan at centre forward for the last 15 and was involved for Damo to belt home a screamer and then stood up the right back and got a great cross in for Damo to double his tally

So good to see the boys play with freedom and manage the game well and get the clean sheet we all wanted

Players Player of the Match to Knobsy who played at centre back with Aidy and defended and distributed well all game. Jimmy a close second for his impact late on



Rest in Peace, Rhett
(17 April 1975 – 22 March 2022)


Today has been a very sad day for many of our friends and players; indeed, it has been a sad day for our Club.

I, like a great many people, have spent the day mourning the loss of one of our true friends and Clubmen. I am writing this knowing that one of our finest sons suddenly and unexpectedly passed away this morning.

Rhett Czapla was one of a kind, someone who had a connection with everyone he came across and was loved by them. I played my first couple of seasons at Blueys with “Zappa” and I was welcomed into the team, made a friend, and with Zappa as a popular and well- respected local, my family and I were welcomed with open arms into the team.

I am still in a state of shock that this has happened. As a Club, we are indebted to Zappa for his friendship, support and loyalty (after all, he even has the tattoo to show his love for the Club).

Still playing in our longstanding Over 35.1 team, more recently Zappa showed again that he was a natural as he successfully moved into a coaching role – with ‘his’ Under 14 team winning their competition in 2020 – I know he was well-respected by that team and it just showed his kind-hearted ability to bring people together to enjoy their games.

I don’t have room here to fully express the beautiful person our Zappa was – we truly cannot fathom our loss today. On behalf of the Board, Committee and our Club, our most sincere condolences to Rhett’s family. He was a man loved by his family, friends and us at the “Blueys”.


David Smith
BMFC President

DRIBL … DRIBL … DRIBL … DRIBL … DRIBL

As we get closer to the commencement of the season, people will be looking to either create a Dribl account or activate their existing member account.

A Dribl account allows people to view the published season schedule for their teams and/or have access to match sheets, predominantly via the mobile app.  It is recommended to update the mobile app to the latest version if you already have it installed.

On the new mobile app, Dribl has allowed the option for coaches, managers and players to activate their Dribl member account via self-service registration.  Don’t activate your child(ren)’s profiles – activate your own or create a new a profile for yourself.

In an effort to ensure seamless onboarding for all people (e.g. members and their respective family members), Dribl has created and uploaded articles that will assist in the proper account creation or activation process.  Follow the steps in these articles in order to complete this process successfully.

Instructions for Players, Coaches, Managers & Referees: Activating a Dribl Account (Self Service Registration) … https://help.dribl.com/hc/en-au/articles/4532700743183-Activating-a-Dribl-Account-Self-Service-Registration-

Instructions for Parents / Guardians & Supporters: Creating a Dribl Account … https://help.dribl.com/hc/en-au/articles/4536922770831-Creating-a-Dribl-Account

Should you have any questions or need further clarity, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Dribl support team (not us) for guidance.

 

Match Report – O35.1s & Waratah League – Game Date: 20/02/2022

 

BMFC O35.1s & Waratah League:
vs
Winston Hills

Match Report: A late change of venue took us to Valentine Park – great facilities and field to play on. It was though a very hot and humid day & the synthetic field saw bark removed from a number of limbs.

35’s 2-1 Winston Hills
We conceded early but fought back well to level through Sem just before half time. Stayed in the ascendency in second half, Mark doubling his tally in the third quarter and the game staying this way til the end. Good first hit out for the 35’s.

Res 1-6 Winston Hills
A poor opening quarter saw us concede 4 goals. A change in structure at the back made us harder to break down and the game in the 3rd quarter we came close when Mitch hit the post and shortly after Sam pulled one back with a header at the far post off an excellent deep corner from Martin. Two late goals blew the score line out.

1sts 2-1 Winston Hills
Ben gave us the lead early in the first half pouncing on a loose ball played out by the keeper. We created a few more chances but not taken. We were fortunate Winston Hills did not equalise – a penalty blasted well over and another decent chance squandered.  More of the same second half – plenty of chances came and went for us. Ethan made it 2-0 after a delightful through ball from Harry Burns. Conceded one late which made the scoreline tight.

Holroyd Rangers next up.

 

Waratah League Sponsors

Ben puts the 1sts 1 up in front of 35’s in the shade on the hill

 

Match Report – Waratah League – Game Date: 12/02/2022

 

BMFC Waratah League
vs
Riverstone

Match Report: Our second round of trial matches saw us up against another Blacktown Div 1 squad. Schofields Park was the venue – very different to last week as there were no change rooms, no goal posts, nowhere to warm up).

We set the gazebo up on the hill to keep the baking sun off us & as we set up a storm rolled through so the gazebo proved even more invaluable as everyone huddled underneath out of the rain.

RESERVES: 1-3 Riverstone

An even opening 20 minutes or so with cousins Harry Burns & Matthias doing a great job in centre midfield, with new recruit Mitch in behind them screening the defence. We went 1-0 down on 25 minutes and copped two more just before half time.

A structural change was made at half time – dispensing the sweeper for a flat back three, the extra man put up front into a front three. We had not been able to get enough pressure on the opposition’s back four in the first half.

The second half and we looked better from the off having a lot more of the ball and playing higher up the pitch. Our early pressure paid dividends when Brad struck a loose ball from the edge of the box that the keeper couldn’t hold onto. Tails up we played the better football for the rest of the half and were unfortunate not to score more. Defence wise Captain Sam, with rotations of Mitch, Pom and Seamus were not overly troubled.

Harry Burns came off during the half with a cut just above the eye.

Player of the Match to Matt Bax who was excellent in defence.

Huge thanks to Pom, Archie & Brad of our 35’s for playing and helping out the young fellas.

FIRSTS: 5-2 Riverstone

A couple of late withdrawals of keeper Eli (James backing up in goal) and Jake. A number of boys backed up from the first game – Seamus, Harry B, Knobsy, Sam and Matt B – Matt B slotting into stopper from kick off. Harry Burns had been taped up around the head to stop the bleeding – Coach Cartman noting the resemblance to Terry Butcher in an England shirt after the 1989 World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

In a repeat of last week, the boys started brightly & dominated the opening 20 minutes or so but couldn’t find the back of the net (well, no net but hitting the chain fence then). Also as per last week we conceded a goal around 25 minutes in – from a long goal kick the ball falling between Brayden and James and the centre forward able to score. Undeterred the boys continued to play good possession based football and levelled not long before half time – Captain Aidy playing a terrific through ball for Ethan to score off his left foot.

Same change made at half time as the reserves – this time though as the coaches felt we were well on top even though the score line didn’t reflect.

The changes produced two goals in the next 10 minutes – firstly Ben shooting across the keeper with his deadly right foot and then Harry Hicks shot squirming under the keeper and in – great to see two new recruits getting their first goals for the club.

Riverstone pulled one back mid way through the half but we still were in control and as the game closed out our fitness showed and we created a lot of chances – two more goals scored – both by Player of the Match Aidy – a header off Harry Hicks’ corner and a smart finish from Beaso’s by line pull back.

Waratah League Sponsors

A brave Harry Burns, only a little bit of claret on the shirt

 

Match Report – Waratah League – Game Date: 05/02/2022

 

BMFC Waratah League
vs
Marayong

Match Report: After a month of pre-pre season, pre-season proper started away to Marayong, one of the best squads in the Blacktown comp.

Upon arrival we learnt the games were in the stadium on the synthetic field – a nice upgrade as we weren’t aware of this.

Spacious changing rooms, a massage bench, showers – fantastic facilities & the same not too far away for Knapsack.

RESERVES: 1-6 Marayong

With a number of players unavailable, Brad & Paul from the 35’s added some experience to a young team. First game playing together & a lot for us to learn from the hit out. Under pressure early, two goals conceded including a penalty. The boys dug in and pulled one back with Lachy Cassells put away by Brad down the left and Lachy calmly slotted past the oncoming keeper. It stayed this way until half time.

First 15 of the second half and the boys got on top but couldn’t find an equaliser. A goal against the run of play made it 3-1 and it stayed this way until 3 late goals as the boys tired in the closing few minutes.

A final score line that didn’t reflect the massive effort by the boys. Lots of great performances – too many to mention everyone.

My player of the match James – some excellent saves and great distribution.

FIRSTS: 0-4 Marayong

The boys came out strong in the first 20 minutes before the drinks break and dominated play. Ben was unlucky not to score with a free kick that curled back toward the goal and hit the post. Marayong also hit the bar just before the drinks break.

After the drinks break Marayong stepped it up and two quick goals had us on the back foot. Good reaction though to steady the ship and see it through to half time.

Second half was tough as we were down to one sub and the game continued to be a real physical test for our young lads. No one shirked a tackle or backed down and although 2 more goals were conceded we created plenty of chances ourselves but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Like the first game, great shift put in by all. Player of the match for me Jake – started left midfield but moved early into stopper after Clay went off with an ankle knock & was rock solid.

Thank you to all our friends, parents and sponsors for your support.

Waratah League Sponsors

What a great place to play our first games as a Prems squad … we even got a rainbow!

Things to know before registering on-line

Online Registrations: open from 4 January 2022

Everyone must register on-line, but to determine if you’ll also need to see us in person at a Registration Day, click here to find out more.

For rego fees, click here – Club bank account details, other payment options and sibling discounts information (applied automatically when registering online, but family members must be linked together within the Play Football system) are included within

Club days/dates, prior to season kick-off, are listed under “Pre-Season Information/Key Dates”, below.

Before clicking on the “Get Started” button at https://registration.playfootball.com.au/common/pages/reg/WelcomeRegPlus.aspx?entityid=74257&save=0, make sure you have the following available:

*  Photo – everybody must upload a photo into their account and the photo must be passport-style [i.e. a plain, light-coloured, untextured, background required (e.g. internal wall), head & shoulders only, no caps/hats/sunglasses/glasses (unless sports glasses are worn when playing)].  DO NOT take a photo of a photo.

If you are a returning player turning 6, 9, 12, 15 or 18 this year – you MUST upload a new photo, one which has been taken this year. This is a requirement of the Nepean Football Association.

Have a look at the images in this post for what’s OK and what’s not.  If no photo is uploaded, or the uploaded photo is not passport-style, then your registration cannot be approved until this is done.  If you encounter any problems when uploading a photo, please send it to playfootball.support@ffa.com.au, together with the player’s full name and ID number, and c.c. in registrar@bmfc.com.au and registrar-assistant@bmfc.com.au, so we can try to keep track of the request.

*  Active Kids voucher details.

*  Working With Children (WWC) details (applicable to all coaches & managers, except those in “Over” teams).

*  Linked Account for all family members, to take advantage of BMFC’s Sibling discount.

Minimum Age to register – turning 5 this year.
Default age group to play in (for junior players) – the age the player is turning this year (e.g. a child who is 7, as at 31 December, will play in Under 7s).

Our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BlueMountainsFC/) will post reminders/tips – please look/like/follow.

Pre-Season Information / Key Dates

Below is a summary of key dates leading up to season kick-off.  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.

  • 1 JanuaryActive Kids vouchers can start being claimed
  • 4 January– on-line registrations open on PlayFootball for all players, coaches, managers (volunteers) and Committee members
  • 4 January – “Early Bird” registration fees commence
  • 4 February – Registration Day at the club house, Knapsack Park (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
  • 5/6 February – Grading/Muster Days for U8/U8G-IM/IW teams at Glenbrook Oval … player must be registered prior to attending
  • 10 February – registrations close at 11pm for U5-U7 MiniRoos teams; any team lists are also due by then
  • 12 FebruaryU5-U7 Muster Day at Glenbrook Oval … but, please also read the note below
  • 12 February – AGM at Glenbrook Oval
  • 20 February – last day for “Early Bird” registration fees
  • 21 February – standard registration fees commence
  • 21 February – registration fees need to be paid & cleared prior to this date, to ensure your team is nominated to play this season
  • 9 March – Coaches meetings (details tba closer to the date)
  • 10 March – Managers meetings (details tba closer to the date)
  • 19/20 March (tbc) – 1st Trial Games, all age groups
  • 26/27 March (tbc) – 2nd Trial Games, all age groups except Waratah League
  • 26 March – Waratah League season start
  • 2/3 April – season start

PRE-SEASON Information for Under 5 to Under 7 Teams

On Saturday, 12 February, U5–U7 registered players will attend Team Muster to be formed into teams.  A player must be registered by Thursday, 11:00 pm, 10 February, to be included in a team at Team Muster.  After this time, on-line registrations will be temporarily suspended and will only be re-opened after Team Muster if there are vacancies in any teams.

If a registered player is unable to attend Team Muster, please let us know (via contact@bmfc.com.au) no later than Thursday, 10 February – also let us know if requesting placement in a specific team.

Any team lists must also be received by Thurssday, 10 February – all players, coaches & managers in the team must be registered prior to a team list being sent to contact@bmfc.com.au.  If everyone is not registered, the team list will not be accepted.

For players registering after Team Muster and requesting 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 the U5–U7 teams are chosen at Team Muster and must register ASAP thereafter to ensure that their team can participate this season.

Accredited coaches are mandatory for U5–U9 teams.  For information on coaching courses, visit https://www.playfootball.com.au/coach/find-a-course for a list of coaching courses being held.

SEASON Information for MiniRoos (Under 5 to Under 11 Teams)

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;

* U8s–U9s play other Mountains teams (BMFC, Blaxland, Springwood, Hazelbrook, Wentworth Falls) on Saturdays – kick-off times vary. Training is usually held mid-week on a day/time to suit the coach and the majority of players;

* U10s and up play across the Nepean Football Association on Saturdays – kick-off times vary. Training is usually held mid-week on a day/time to suit the coach and the majority of players.

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

 

Match Report – IM.1 – Game Date: 20/06/2021

 

BMFC IM.1: 3
vs
Springwood United FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan, Martin, Og

Player of the Match: Eli

Match Report: Team photo today and the boys had all got up early to do their hair and make up. Beanies worn, as is team tradition, to remember Con

The coach took a tumble in the warm up but I’m pretty sure no one noticed…ahem

To the game. We’d had a really competitive night game a couple of weeks ago with Springwood and fully expected the same today. Chances started to come after ten minutes or so – Ethan put away for a 1on1 by Martin; Damo pouncing on a loose ball in the box; a Damo cross for Finn to head and a shot saved from Harry from the edge of the box. Off a Damo corner after 30 minutes, Liam’s header hit the crossbar then keeper for another corner. Damo’s deep corner was met in the air by Ethan to give us the lead

Springwood started the second half really well and created two good chances. Eli saved the first bravely 1on1 and then a long range shot equally well saved. Aidy hit the crossbar with a deflected shot and then off a corner the ball was deflected in for an own goal. A few minutes later Jake found some space down the left and his it was saved but followed up by in form striker Martin for his third in two games

A late penalty was conceded and scored when Sam was struck in the face by the ball and hit his arm that was up to protect the face

Eli voted players player and coach’s player – two brilliant saves at a crucial time in the game the highlights. Distribution excellent as always and also headed clearances just outside the box