2017 was a hugely successful year for Oatley FC with 5 teams winning their competitions including two who went on to represent St George in the Champion of Champions.
All season our coaches have focused on the basics, ball skills, passing, jocking, pressure on the ball and dribbling. There is a team of us coaching these kids, you all know who you are.
A very unselfish team, the boys are more interested in passing the ball as opposed to who actually sticks it in the back of the net. This is something we have emphasized for 3 years now coaching the team.
The Grand Final was no different, with the boys continuing to control the ball from the goal keeper, to the backs through the midfield, to the forwards.
Lugarno pressured and played really well in the first half, and we went into half time with a 1–0 deficit.
Under a lot of pressure, the coach asked the boys to dig deep, and continue to try and dominate the game and take the pressure back to the opposition in their half.
With a couple of minor position changes to concentrate on attach, the boys lifted greatly, with the first of Oatley’s of 4 goals to come in the second half.
Some spectacular goals, made even more special as they were all constructed with structured passing and team play.
Final Score 4 – 1 Oatley.
A great performance by Lugarno, another team which has developed well over the year with a coach who I know has put in enormous effort with his boys.
A special thanks to SGFA for hosting the games at Oki – the boys – and parents will remember this for the rest of their lives – such a special day.
Thanks also to Oatley Football Club – A Club that continues to focus on fostering all players skills levels, regardless of their ability.
A Special thanks to the parents of Oatley Under 12 Team 1 and Team 2 – we could not have done it without your support.
To all the Under 12 boys (and 2 girls), in Team 1 and Team 2, a privilege coaching you, you all make it worthwhile for Josh and myself.
James & Josh
Coaches Under 12 Oatley Football Club Team 1 and Team 2
Minor Premiers, Grand Final Winners, great performances, unforgettable moments, fantastic families and so much fun along the way.
It was a year where every player made substantial contributions, and every player had their turn at lifting the team when they needed to.
The GF performance told the story of our season. An uncertain and anxious start, a more determined and spirited middle and a finale that highlighted all that was great this year - skill, belief, support, team spirit, strategy, with a touch of magic.
So very proud of this team. We'll never forget this one.
What a great season its been And congratulations to the boys of the u18c's on being minor premiers and premiers.
We arrived at the ground early to prepare for the Grand final against our arch rival over the season Hurstville glory.
The boys were very relaxed pre game and had a determined look in their eyes, You could see and feel that the boys would leave everything they had on the park to bring home the title.
Both teams came out firing in the first half and we knew it was going to be a tough match but Oatley was the team to settle the quicker of the of the 2. We started to put together some great one touch passing and hounded the Hurstville goal and after 10 minutes we went 1-0 up with a goal from Kieran who persisted in pressuring the keeper into a mistake.
Hurstville came back at us hard after this but Oatley played great in defence and held on with everyone getting behind the ball
but Hurstville managed to make it 1-1 just before half time.
The second half was a great game to watch as both sides had chances to go ahead but remained scoreless.
So extra time it is and at this point I had sprouted another 100 grey hairs but the boys had a very calm presence about them and were so focussed. The first half of extra time saw Oatley starting to dominate the game and were the fitter of the 2 sides as Hurstville players started to go down with cramp. 1st half of extra time over with no goals.
The Oatley boys had a great team talk at half time and you could see the hunger in the boys eyes.
The second half was dominated by Oatley and we had several chances to go ahead but the oppositions keeper kept them in it.
So I started to get my penalty takers list sorted out in my head and was thinking this will be a cruel way to end the game for both teams when all of a sudden with 90 seconds left our midfield won the ball and with great one touch passing and team work and the ball got to kierans feet who thundered it into the back of the net from 20 yards out.
The game was ours as Hurstville were shattered and their heads hung low as they knew it was over.
Well done boys for such a great season and as your coach you have grown as a team over the past two seasons and believed in your selves to take it out this year and you played great football as a team.
All Age Women Cs defeated Forest Rangers 3-0 in the Grand Final.
This season we welcomed three new additions to the team in Harry, Lochie and Daniel and a few boys from previous years’ teams. With most of the boys having played together now for several years, they were looking forward to another great season. After a few easy games the boys soon realised they wouldn’t have it all their way when they came up against some tough opposition in Hurstville Glory and Sans Souci. As the season wore on the boys continued to train hard, concentrating on their drills and passing combinations. With the new boys fitting in well, the team played some very entertaining, attacking football. Having not lost a game all season, the last game of the regular season was a nail biter against Hurstville Glory which ended in the boys only draw for the season and the team remaining undefeated and winning the minor premiership.
The first semi-final was against Hurstville Glory at Scarborough Park. After controlling much of the first half, it took a great curling corner kick from Chris that eluded everyone and went in untouched to put us in front 1-0. The second half saw numerous chances from both sides before Tom F scored with a shot from the edge of the area that gave us a 2-0 win and send Oatley into their third grand final in four years. With Hurstville Glory beating Forest Rangers in the final, the grand final would now be a rematch between Oatley and Hurstville Glory.
The Grand Final got underway on the school oval at James Cook High in front of a large crowd of nervous family and friends. All the boys were playing great soccer, always looking to pass, holding their formation, and backing up their team mates at every opportunity. The first half saw a strengthened Hurstville Glory put our boys under a lot of pressure and forcing Leo to make several great saves. Our boys had a few opportunities, but the teams were locked at 0-0 at half time.
With about 10 minutes to go, after continued pressure, Oatley earned a corner. A great kick into the box found Lee unmarked and he bundled the ball home. A frenzied final 10 minutes saw Hurstville Glory throw everything at our boys in search of the equalizer. Although the boys were exhausted, they kept running and tackling to the final whistle. In their toughest game all season, the boys showed great team spirit and determination to secure their third grand final win in four years. Oatley RSL 16 B were Premiers (1-0).
All the boys should be proud of themselves as they were very committed at training this year, and played exciting attacking football that culminated in another premiership. I am proud of the spirit in which you all play the game, the way you welcomed new teammates and developed new and existing friendships. That is what team sport should be about.
Coach: Gary Hayward
Manager: George Kostas
Grand Final Winners 5-0
To have a coach for the first time in a few years and a few new faces to the team, the AAWA team did not know what to expect. With a rough first game, the team left the field feeling a little sorry for themselves and their new coach. However with a strong bond and optimism the following week the whole entire team came back fighting. This set them up for the rest of the season with a very close ladder. With countless numbers of draws throughout the season the AAWA team finished up 4th place for finals.
This placed the team in a vulnerable position however the women fought harder than ever and put up a great fight! Winning 2-0 in the semis, 4-0 in the finals and a whopping 5-0 in the Grand Final this meant there was not a single goal scored against the women in the whole final series. This is an incredible effort!
The AAWA team stood their ground throughout the entire season and never backed down. Not only was great fun had on the soccer field, but the women developed a unique team bond off the field as well. Well done AAWA and Joe their coach!"