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”.
Match Report – O35.1s & Waratah League – Game Date: 20/02/2022
BMFC O35.1s & Waratah League:
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.
Match Report – Waratah League – Game Date: 12/02/2022
BMFC Waratah League
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.
Match Report – Waratah League – Game Date: 05/02/2022
BMFC Waratah League
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.
Things to know before registering on-line
Online Registrations: open from 4 January 2022
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* 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.
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* Active Kids voucher details.
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