Sep 092019
 

Nominations have now closed, and voting can commence for the 2020 Players’ Choice Awards!

Voting will be open for a while, because I have no idea when the awards will be presented!   Maybe we should vote on it?

















































































Mar 232019
 

Registration and payment are due before the season starts in April.

All players must register online with both the Adelaide Uni Sports Association (AUSA) and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA).  You must pay your fees as part of registering with the AUSA.

For new players, fees will cover club shorts and socks.ddd

Fees

  • Adelaide University Students: $292
  • Non-students: $380
  • Non-playing Coaches/Managers: $22 (reimbursed by the Whites)

If you cannot afford to pay the entire fee, speak to your coach or a committee member ASAP.  You must at least purchase the “AU Sport Membership”, which is free for students.

AUSA Registration

Follow these steps to register with the AUSA and pay your fees for the season. The “AU Sport Membership” below provides you with insurance, covering any injury.

  1. Go the AUSA Soccer Page.
  2. Click on [Join or Renew] at the right of the page.
  3. If you do not have an account, click on “Create an Account” and follow the prompts.
  4. Otherwise, sign in.  If you are taken to the “Recover Password” page, you need to create a new password.
  5. Once signed in, select “AUSC Collegiate MEN player membership” (or “AUSC nonplaying membership” for coaches/managers)
  6. Follow the prompts, filling out the Medical Form.
  7. If you are prompted to select an “AU Sport Membership”, select the appropriate option.  If you are a student, it will be free.  Add it to your cart.
  8. If you are NOT prompted to select an “AU Sport Membership”, it means you are currently covered, and will receive a renewal email when it runs out (annually).
  9. Follow the steps through to payment, choosing “Uni Whites” as your team.

FFA Registration

Follow these steps to register with the FFSA as a player.  Note that the site has changed this season

Go to the My Football Club Player Registration page and click Get Started.

If you have previously played for the Whites, or any other FFA club (including juniors), you already have an FFA number.  Click Sign In and follow the prompts.

Otherwise, create an account.

Please ensure your contact details including email and emergency contact are up to date.

IMPORTANT: If you are from overseas, for the section International Transfer Certificate: 

  • DO NOT SELECT No – my last registration was overseas
  • Select I have never registered to play Football before

If you need help, ask Ian, Stuart, Alan, or the Facebook group.

Ignore any invoice you get from the FFSA. We will take care of this.

Sep 192018
 

CLUB AWARDS

John Whitehouse Medal TBA
A’s Best & Fairest Courtney Davis
A’s Team Man Matt Chan
B’s Best & Fairest Abdulmalik Alsawafi
B’s Team Man Aarron Chen
C’s Best & Fairest Al-moatasem Al-omrani
C’s Team Man Campbell Hodgins
D’s Best & Fairest Ben Hanna
D’s Team Man Will Yeomans
E’s Best & Fairest Samuil Belyovski
E’s Team Man Leo Phan
Drinking XI MVP TBA

 

PLAYERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Goal of the Year Yeni Vasili
Save of the Year Marc English
Ian Begg
Best Comment Max Demianyk
Best Match Report Steve Safralidis
Wez Reid Dummy Spit Award John Whitehouse
Most Obscure Absentee Jules Harris-Jansen
Best Recruiter Homood Alabdali
Moment of the Year E’s winning the league!
Supporter of the Year Bill Hill
Players’ Player of the Year Abdulmalik Alsawafi

 

Sep 132018
 

CLUB AWARDS

John Whitehouse Medal Adam Pedron
A’s Best & Fairest Matt Chan
A’s Team Man Amir Khasanov
B’s Best & Fairest Lewis Whittenbury
B’s Team Man Ian Begg
C’s Best & Fairest Ali Musa
C’s Team Man Dan Anthony
D’s Best & Fairest Al-moatasem Al-omrani
D’s Team Man Aaron Lucas
E’s Best & Fairest Wez Reid
Mohammed Alghusaini
E’s Team Man Bobby Vidanage
Drinking XI MVP Ollie Smith

 

PLAYERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Goal of the Year Jules Harris-Jansen
Alan Evans
Save of the Year Martins Elemo
Best Comment Mike Williams
James Reilly
Best Match Report Matt Bate
Wez Reid Dummy Spit Award Adam Pedron
Most Obscure Absentee Jorge Lopez Fernandez
Best Recruiter Steve Bresolin
Moment of the Year B’s 8 – 0 Mercedes
Supporter of the Year Pepe
Players’ Player of the Year Courtney Davis

 

Sep 052018
 

The boys faced Unley away this week and again whilst John was looking after the 3B’s at Woodcroft I was holding the fort.

Again, we were a little down on numbers, with a few guys injured, away and doing Accounting courses (Will). Thankfully the B’s were kind enough to lend us Marco and the C’s gave us Cam Basnec in goals, which meant our bench swelled to 3 players for the day.

Early in the season Unley had pushed us hard at home – so I think we all knew this would be a tough contest. A win for us would lock in 3rd on the ladder though so there was still plenty to play for.

As per each week – I asked our boys to remember our strengths – short passing and movement. And to remember to go in hard – as Unley certainly wouldn’t do us any favours.

From the outset, we started well, but for much of the half the contest was even. What was working for us was releasing our pacey wingers – Joshua and Larson, and they were doing a good job getting around the Unley defence.

We opened the scoring from one of these forays – as a long cross released Larson, who’s cutback to the edge of the box was perfect & Matt Bate hammered a lovely strike in low at the far post.

At the other end, Unley were creating chances too – and a couple of times they managed good crosses on, only to miss their forwards. Bas also made a couple of excellent saves to keep us in the hunt.

Half time – 1-0 and the guys were happy. The only issue we had was Mariano was being isolated up front – so we moved Zac up closer to him to try to get the interplay working. Matt was blowing a bit, so he had a rest (no surprise after his game on Tuesday) and Paul came on to meet his old team mates.

The first ten minutes of the second half were excellent. First Marco banged in a lovely header from a corner & soon after a barnstorming run from Zac ended in a goal, only for the ref to call play on – to the confusion of us all. Respect must go to the Unley linesman who agreed it was a goal and thankfully the ref changed his view – 3-0.

Interestingly though – this seemed to spur Unley on, and not long after they scored as a cross to the far post found their striker unmarked to nod home.

Soon after they scored again & from that moment on, we were under siege.

In the dying minutes Bas made a super one-handed save – pushing the ball out past the left post to keep us in front.

Thankfully not long after the whistle blew & we’d held on for a nail-biting win.

Well done to all the boys on a hard-fought win – special mention goes to Bas! A string of excellent saves was probably the difference for us on the day.

That’s it

Saf

 Posted by at 9:38 am
Aug 302018
 

With the 3B boys playing their Do-or-die encounter with Cardijn away, I had the unenviable task of trying to scrounge up a team for the home match with Rostrevor. In the end we managed to get 15 on the card, although all but 6 had played earlier in the day.

We were facing Rostrevor, who sit one place behind us on the ladder & are full of big experienced blokes.
Pre-game I asked the team to remember what we’re good at – tapping the ball around & dominating possession. If we did that, we are a chance against any opponent.

From the kick-off – the boys looked good. We played short crisp passes & found feet. Rostrever were made to work pretty hard for the ball. Sadly Alan only managed to last 10 minutes though, but Aaron came on to replace him & settled well.

We made a couple of good chances, with Umar and Joshua going close, but Rostrevor were able to get the first goal.

We went into the half 1-0 down, but with the football we were playing I think we were all confident we could overturn the deficit.

At the break Umar had to leave, bringing the bench down to 2 – And I want to thank Evan for picking up the flag for us for the entire second half – thanks mate!

We again started brightly, with Marc providing a spark from the back and Joshua and Will really pressuring the Rostrevor backline we got a food hold on the game.

We managed a deserved leveller (although the goal was a little fortuitous) as Aaron’s well hit free kick from about 30 yards took a couple of deflections before ending in the back of the net.

After this though a coaching error proved costly. As the coach brought himself back in to try to push the backs up a little quicker, unfortunately he got rinsed by Rostrevor’s nuggety number 80 who managed to score at the near post.

Rostrevor scored again soon after, as a nice cross to the far post found their striker unguarded.

For the last 20 minutes or so, we again had chanced to peg one back. With Joshua and Mariano both going close, but to no avail.

The result 3-1 perhaps flattered Rostrevor a little.

Thanks again to all the boys who played two games for us on the weekend – the spirit & effort was really appreciated.

On a positive note – before the end of the game news had travelled in that the 3B’s beat Cardijn 2-1 – huge result for the boys – 1 more win needed to secure the title!

That’s it.

Saf

 Posted by at 10:59 am
Aug 132018
 

With only 3 points separating the top three teams, the boys faced Immanuel in what would be the first of 2 weeks that’ll shape our season.

Immanuel were sitting top of the table & have not lost since round 1. In our previous encounter at the start of the season they’d belted us 7-1, so we were out for a bit of redemption.

We had a strong squad for this game, but it was somewhat weakened as Mohammed didn’t make it to the ground by the time we handed match sheets in.

On the flipside, we gained the services of GT and Ryo who’d both played earlier in the day.

At the start Immanuel kicked with the breeze and came out with all guns blazing. They had more of the ball and kept us inside our half – but our defence and midfield were compact and disciplined and we were doing an excellent job of keeping them at bay.

On the couple of occasions they did get passed the backline – Markus (in his last game for the club) made a couple of super saves!

Late in the half though Immanuel got a breakthrough – as a corner came in – Ben got front position, but was nudged over (no free given!) allowing his opponent to head home from close range.

Going in at 1-0, with the breeze behind us for the 2nd half, we were all thinking anything was possible.

Immanuel though again had a little more of the ball, as their midfield and mobile forwards were making us work hard. They managed a 2nd goal and a 3rd before we rung the changes. Bringing on Chris, Andy, Mike, Bryan and Ryo to spice things up.

Late on we managed to peg a goal back as Zac’s nice free kick went around the wall and bounced in off the upright (all that practice during the week paid dividends).

In the end – Immanuel were worth their 3-1 win, which now puts them 2 games ahead of us with another huge game against 2nd placed Pembroke this week.

Man of the match for us was (again) Markus – in his last match for the club – his 2nd half of the season has been top shelf.

A special mention must also go to Matt Bate who covered a lot of km in the defensive midfield role on a pretty tough day.

Massive game next week. If we want to keep our season alive we must beat Pembroke this week and hope that Immanuel drop the bundle somewhere along the way.

See you all at training.

That’s it!

Jul 112018
 

Result: Whites 3 – 0 Pembroke
Hey Lads, well both our Teams enjoyed 3-0 wins on Saturday, which meant 3B going three points clear at the top & Div5 coming within a point of top place! At the half way stage of the season, it was always in my mind to be in contention.
When I met all my old players/mates at the beginning of pre season I kinda knew what to expect. But to meet all of the new players, I could see the challenge to produce two successful squads!
All of you have proved that with dedication to the cause, a massive amount of effort and a lot of undeniable talent, anything is possible!
Some very old, some slightly younger, some even younger & some teenagers, you have all contributed to help develop a collective of 37 players and counting, to go out as two squads each week & do the business.
To say I am PROUD of you all is an UNDERSTATEMENT, you have risen to the challenges set and achieved so much already.

We must now realise we all have a chance to do something special and help the Uni Whites history become even greater. We cannot rest on our success so far, we must fight with all our beings to do more & bring home the bacon.

Let’s train with intelligence, we are now aware of what each of us has to offer, take care of your bodies, eat well, hydrate, rest when needed.
Be ready to play your part for the rest of the remaining season!

Personally I don’t do second best & you lads, yes you lads, have put us in a position, for that to happen …..

It’s in our hands…..
Winners are grinners…..

That’s it

Jul 102018
 

Another Saturday, another clash with the 3B’s – so again i stepped in for John to look after the Div 5 boys.

This time we had the short away trip to Pultney.

Pultney have been struggling this season. But when we only had 14 players available, and 9 of those were 38 or older (in some cases MUCH older) i was a little concerned as to how we’d fare, as we really only had 1 player with genuine pace.

The good news was – the pitch at the old harriers track was magnificent, and we were welcoming Robby, John G and Martins back into the fold after a few injuries.

Pre-game i’d asked the boys to stick to short passing & work the ball up the field, as our lack of pace meant we had no real outlets for a long ball.

We got underway & a bit like last week – right from the outset we were put under pressure. Pultney’s midfield pressed high, and we let ourselves down with some sloppy passing giving Pultney plenty of freebies.  Thankfully the defence and particularly our keeper Markus held strong & we were able to keep them at bay.

At the other end, we weren’t creating too much – but from a corner we did manage to create one chance – the initial corner was cleared, but we managed to get the ball back into the box where Jason hooked a shot in nicely, but straight at the keeper who somehow managed to somehow spill it back into the net. Congratulations to Jason who after 19 years on and off with the club – finally had his first ever Uni Whites goal!

After that Pultney again spent a lot of time in control as we were stuck in our own half, so it was a relief when the ref blew the whistle for half time.

At the break it felt like i repeated my half time speech from the week before. Better passing, win the 50-50 balls and we’d be a good chance.

Pultney though had the earlty ascendancy and Markus had to make a couple of full stretch saves. The defence were working ovetime as Pultney won numerous free kicks around the box but somehow we kept the scoreline at 1-0.

Taka came on after a shortly after the break – and all of a sudden he was breaking free on the wing – this seemed to lift the team and our midfield began to take control with GT and Matt now moving the ball around well.

Martins playing up front managed to score the 2nd goal with a shot from just outside the box on the left – although again the keeper probably should have done better. Congratulations to Martins for his first goal in his second season with the club.

From this point we were well on top. Taka put the icing on the cake burying a 3rd as he took on the defence and finished nicely to score on debut!

The final result was a 3-0 win, which i’ll take any day. But credit must go to Pultney who spent long periods of the game in control but couldn’t get a breakthrough.

Man of the match was Markus in goals, withough him the scoreline would have been a lot different.

The win keeps us in touch with the top two (now just 1 point off the top), so everything to play for in the coming weeks. Hopefully see all of you out at training!

That’s it.

Saf

 Posted by at 10:54 am