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» 31/05/11: Andy Lennon runs goalkeeping course in Coffs
» 26/05/11: Junior Football Licence
» 17/05/11: 13 from NCF named in Northern NSW train on squads
» 06/05/11: Wet weather weekend
» 05/05/11: Referee Course - Woolgoolga
» 03/05/11: FFA Regional C. Licence

» 28/04/11: Sophie McConnachie speaks about the Nationals
» 21/04/11: From the CEO's Desk - April 2011
» 21/04/11: Coffs Harbour Centre of Excellence Graduates Recognised
» 21/04/11: FFA National C'ships for 13yrs girls - UPDATE

» Important Dates for 2011 - Updated 14/03/11

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Andy Lennon runs goalkeeping course in Coffs Harbour


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Andy Lennon at the Coffs Harbour goalkeepers' training session with Georgia Allen (left),
Alannah Rosewood (second from left) and Harry Menzies (far right) from NCF zone - Photo by Terry Allen

The Northern NSW goalkeeping coach, Andy Lennon, was in Coffs Harbour on Saturday to conduct a training session with each goalkeeper in the State's north who has been included in train on squads for this year's National Youth Championships (NYC). Lennon, who is based in Armidale, ran the three boys and three girls through their paces over a two hour period in warm conditions at the York St playing fields.

Two of the three female participants are from the Coffs Harbour region: Alannah Rosewood and Georgia Allen, who are the 'keepers with the NCF State Youth League (SYL) 16 years girls' team. One of the boys, Harry Menzies, calls Yamba home and plays with the NCF 13 years SYL team. The other three goalkeepers are from outside NCF zone, but are all from areas of the State north of Newcastle.

The training session was one of several the young players must commit to if they are to make the final cut for the Nationals. Many of the other train on squad members in the girls' team (ie outfield players) were called to a session on Thursday night in Bangalow because so many of them live in the Far North Coast Zone, however the train on squads are yet to attend a full session together.

For the girls, the first full session where they will all be in attendance is on the June long weekend. Then they will assemble in Newcastle for two trial matches; one on the Saturday & one on the Sunday. The final cut will be made following those matches with the NYC being held one month later.

The 13 years boys will train in Coffs Harbour on the Saturday of the June long weekend and the 14's boys are heading to Bangalow this weekend for their first full training run with the boys' NYC scheduled for October. The boys will also be called to a camp in July.

Each team will take two goalkeepers to the NYC's and so Andy Lennon, wanting to scrutinize each one closely, arranged a series of drills designed to show each 'keeper's technical ability.

The session started with some simple collapses to balls delivered at low speed, then some reflex work, followed by some power shot stopping. For this, the 'keepers were asked to start outside the goalmouth, then run into the middle where a shot would be immediately blasted at them from close range. This drill, in particular, had the young 'keepers huffing & puffing in the sunny conditions as they jumped, pounced and dived for the ball.

Finally there was some work on taking the high ball, which every 'keeper needs for those crucial corners and free kicks.

Lennon hopes to meet with all of the 'keepers again in the near future as our nation's elite sporting event for young footballers draws near.

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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26/05/11: Junior Football Licence

North Coast Football will be conducting


at York Street, Coffs Harbour
on Sunday 19th and Sunday 26th June.

The course will be from 9.00am to 4.00pm each day and the cost will be $90 which includes the assessment and certificate.

The course is designed for coaches who are working with children in the 8 to 11 years age group.

Candidates can register their interest by contacting the NCF office on 6651-2159
or email:

Richard Evans
Football Manager Coaching and Development
North Coast Football
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13 from NCF named in Northern NSW train on squads


North Coast Football (NCF) is celebrating the selection of 13 of its top young players being named in the Northern NSW (NNSW) train on squads for this year's National Youth Championships.

The Nationals are held in Coffs Harbour each year with the girls' tournament in the July school holidays and the boys' tournament in October. The NNSW High Performance unit has named five girls and eight boys in the initial four train on squads, which will be trimmed prior to each tournament.

15 years girls
Three girls currently playing in the NCF State Youth League competition have been named: Jessie Gentle (14), Alannah Rosewood (15) and Georgia Allen (14). Jessie and Alannah, tasted their first Nationals last year with Georgia joining them this year for her debut at the elite level.

Jessie is the only outfield player to be selected in the train on squad with both Alannah and Georgia being selected as goalkeepers, a credit to the coaching staff of NCF who have put a lot of effort into seeing their 'keeper coaches properly accredited.

14 years girls
Hope Eadie (13) and Lizzie Tonks (13) have been named in the 14 years train on squad, which also plays at Coffs Harbour in July. Both Hope and Lizzie were a part of the NNSW team which played in the 13 years nationals in Canberra last year & will be ready to step up to the bigger stage of 14's competition at BCU International Stadium.

Both girls are vital members of the SYL squad which is proving tough opposition for the other zones in Northern NSW. Hope is a speedy fullback while Lizzy is a midfielder, both key positions.

14 years boys
The boys' national titles are played in October, but again at BCU International Stadium Coffs Harbour. What makes this year different from previous years is Northern NSW has been invited to enter two teams in each age group: one based in Newcastle and another 'Country' squad. This has opened the door to many players who would not have been able to break into the single squad of previous years, although NCF has a pretty good track record in that department.

This year four NCF players have been selected in the 14's Country train on squad: Harry Atherton (14), Judd Duncan (14), Nick Mallet (13) & Sheldon O'Loughlin (14). The four are key members of the NCF State Youth League team which is looking good for a top four finish this year.

13 years boys
Again, Northern NSW will enter a Country team in the nationals and Coach Andy Lennon has named four players from NCF in his train on squad: Kye Duncan (13), Mitchell Gunning (13), Harrison Menzies (12) and Trent Stack (13).

The four boys have come from the extreme north and south of the zone to train and play in the State Youth League and will now take their combinations to the elite level. Mitchell and Harry are from Yamba, Kye from Emerald Beach and Trent is from Macksville.

North Coast Football would like to congratulate each player who has earned selection in the State team. It is a credit to the amount of work and they have put into their game and shows the discipline instilled into them by their coaches. Parents, too, share in the credit as many of them have spent a fortune on travel and accommodation as the season makes its demands on each family. We trust this year the rewards will be felt by all.

Photos - 15 years girls

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jessie Gentle (Mullaway) - Photo by Terry Allen

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Alannah Rosewood (Coffs Harbour) - Photo by Terry Allen

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Georgia Allen (Emerald Beach) - Photo by Terry Allen

Photos - 14 years girls

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Elizabeth Tonks (Coffs Harbour) - Photo by Terry Allen

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Hope Eadie (Nambucca Heads) - Photo by Terry Allen

Photos - 14 years boys

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Harry Atherton (Coffs Harbour) - Photo by Trish Duncan

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Judd Duncan (Boambee) - Photo by Trish Duncan

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Nick Mallet (Woolgoolga) - Photo by Trish Duncan

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Sheldon O'Loughlin (Junction Hill) - Photo by Terry Allen

Photos - 13 years boys

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Harrison Menzies (Yamba) - Photo by Terry Allen

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Mitchell Gunning (Yamba) - Photo by Terry Allen

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Kye Duncan (Emerald Beach) - Photo by Trish Duncan

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Trent Stack (Macksville) - Photo by Terry Allen

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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Wet weather weekend


It did not take long for North Coast Football clubs to snap up the available wet weather weekend as teams struggle to complete their early round matches across the zone. In every competition, from juniors to over 35's, the weather has forced postponements and cancellations.

This weekend was scheduled into the draw of both men's and women's 1st division as the first full weekend available to clubs who need to catch up washed out matches from earlier in the season, but one weekend is not enough with every round affected by rain so far in 2011.

In what is shaping up as a very busy weekend, here are fixtures set down for this May 7th-8th:

Solo Cup round 2 (northern pool)
Several NCF men's 1st division teams are in action this Saturday in round 2 of the Northern NSW Solo Cup.
The draw is as follows:
Saturday May 7th
Maclean vs Westlawn Tigers: 1pm Barry Watts Oval
Byron Bay Rams vs Northern Storm: 3pm Barry Watts Oval
Port Macquarie vs Coffs City United: 1pm Tuffins Lane, Port Maq.
Sawtell vs Great Lakes United: 3pm Tuffins Lane, Port Maq.
Macleay Valley Rangers vs Urunga: 2pm Dangar St, West Kempsey

Women's 1st division
All round 3 matches which were washed out on April 16th will now be played this Saturday.
Saturday May 7th
Coffs Utd Lionesses vs Woolgoolga Wildcats: 3pm Maclean St
Maclean Bobcats vs Urunga Raiders: 3pm Barnier Park
Sawtell Scorpions vs Northern Storm Twisters: 3pm Toormina Oval

Men's 1st division
Two clubs have elected to played washed out matches this Sunday.
Sunday May 8th
Boambee Bombers vs Maclean Bobcats: 2pm Ayreshire Park
Westlawn Tigers vs Urunga Raiders: 2pm Barnier Park

State Youth League
NCF SYL teams head back to Cessnock for the second time this year for round 9 action against Hunter Valley. Matches are as follows:
16 years girls – 10am
13 years boys – 11.30am
14 years boys – 1pm
15 years boys – 2.30pm

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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Referee Course - Woolgoolga


Would you like to be a referee and are at least 14 years of age (turning this year)?

Limited places for cadets, 12 – 14 yrs

We will be running new referees course at the following location. Participants must attend both sessions and the cost is $50.

Woolgoolga R S L Club
Monday 16th May. 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Monday 23rd May. 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Course includes law chart, training DVD, work books, and lesson manuals.

Bookings are essential. Please register at;

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FFA Regional C. Licence

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Northern NSW Football has been

approved to run a Regional C. Licence

commencing in July 2011

North Coast Football Director of Coaching Richard Evans, a FFA accredited coaching instructor, will conduct the course commencing on the weekend of 16-17 July in Coffs Harbour.

The course will be conducted over three weekends and a number of midweek sessions as per the FFA framework for course delivery and includes a mixture of practical and theory sessions, culminating in final assessments in October.

David Smith NNSWF High Performance Manager stated, "We have had a number of coaches and Zone personnel contact us about re running our own C. Licence course and we are very fortunate to have a course instructor of Richard's calibre located in Coffs and with the support of North Coast Football available to run the course on behalf of FFA and Northern NSW Football"

"We hope that those interested will now register and take the next step forward and join the advanced coach education platform", participation on this course will not only assist the coaches own professional development but also teams that the participant coaches are working with and long term with the FFA National Curriculum implementation.

To register for the course, please click on the link Regional C. Licence registration form and return the form to NNSW Football , payment needs to be included with the application.

For an outline of the course content, please click here

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Sophie McConnachie speaks about the Nationals


North Coast Football's Sophie McConnachie was the sole representative from her zone in the Northern NSW team which competed last week at the National Youth Championships for 13 years girls in Canberra and, in the process, became the only person in the tournament to score a goal against NSW Metro, who were crowned champions.

Northern NSW finished second in the championships and ended the tournament with a 1-1 draw with the eventual winners, thanks to Sophie's goal and some hard work by the entire squad in the weeks leading up to the event.

Here, Sophie talks about her time at the nationals.

"The whole experience was amazing. The training each weekend meant a long travel to Newcastle but it was definitely worthwhile. My coach, Ryan Campbell, was a great inspiration. He is a young man, willing to help us girls to achieve our goals and be proud of ourselves for what we have done. And no matter what comes next, look at what we have done."

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Sophie in her Northern NSW team jacket before the start of the tournament

"The camp before Canberra was great too. We played games against other teams and trained as a team. Everyone became closer and we felt more like a team, not just a bunch of strangers. I was the only person from the North Coast so it took me a while to get to know everyone and feel like a real team, but when I did, it felt like I had known them for ages. I soon became great friends with the girls and the camp definately helped that."

"The tournament itself was just breath taking. Walking into the stadium and the change rooms. Even just walking on the fields was awesome. Warming up for the first game, I didn't know what to think. The feeling was incredible! I was about to start something that I had been waiting for, for such a long time. My dream was finally there - I was playing for Northern NSW with the chance to represent Australia!"

“The first game was a great start. We won against Victoria Metro 2-1 and we were all very proud of ourselves. The next game wasn't so good - we lost against ACT 1-0. We all knew we tried but it just wasn't our best performance. The second day our first game was against Western Australia and we came back and won against them 1-0. We played a great game. That afternoon we played a great game again against South Australia, but just couldn't get that ball in the net, so it ended up being a 0-0 draw."

"Day three we played the biggest game of the tournament against NSW Metro, the current tournament leaders.

No-one had scored against them yet and we were playing a great game, doing everything we had been taught. It was all paying off.

Towards the end of the first half I had the ball crossed to me. I looked up and just shot it first touch right into the right top corner of the net, over the keepers hands.

I scored - I didn't know what to do! I didn't know how to feel - that was one of my biggest aims for the comp and I had done it! All in one kick it felt like my life had changed. Everyone was cheering and screaming and I just stood there astounded, amazed.

It was the best experience anyone could have. It taught me so much and gave me a boost to keep going and to keep trying as hard as I did to get there."

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Northern NSW team celebrating Sophie's goal against NSW Metro

"NSW Metro evened the score in the second half, but we were so proud of ourselves. We were the only team to score against them and this was the only game they didn't win! I am really proud of myself for the way I played throughout the tournament. It was an incredible time and a great experience. Something I will never forget. I felt really proud wearing the Northern NSW uniform."

"I really love playing football. It is one thing that I will never stop doing. I love playing all levels, whether it be school, club or rep. It's all fun and all the same game. It's just played in different ways and with different people and sometimes it's nice to have a change."

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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From the CEO's Desk - April 2011
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With April comes a massive collective sigh of relief as volunteers throughout Northern NSW put registrations, ordering apparel, grading teams and trial matches behind them and commence the season proper!

On behalf of the 50,000 plus participants who will play their first game in the coming weeks I extend a huge thank you to the thousands of volunteers who have been working tirelessly since January.

In this month's newsletter...

Registration fees
NNSWF Accident Support Program
New appointments
Watch out Sydney
New website network

To read the April 2011 newsletter, please click on the link below:
(to download, 'right click' on the filename & choose 'Save target as...')

April 2011.pdf
(pdf file, 382kb)

David Eland
Chief Executive Officer
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Coffs Harbour Centre of Excellence Graduates Recognised


Photo: Coffs Harbour Centre of Excellence Graduates Recognised - photo courtesy of the Coffs Coast Advocate
The young footballers graduating from the Newcastle Permanent Centre of Excellence program in Coffs Harbour were recognised by representatives of the Newcastle Permanent in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.

Players graduating from the program were presented with a letter of congratulations from Newcastle Permanent as they prepare to enter the next phase of their football career.

A total of 15 young players from North Coast Football zone completed this high performance training program which operated in Coffs Harbour over the summer months.

The 15 players selected were identified as the region's most talented and participated in the elite coaching program in preparation for future representative selection.

Photo: Coffs Harbour Centre of Excellence Graduates Recognised
- photo courtesy of the Coffs Coast Advocate

The Newcastle Permanent Centres of Excellence Program offered these talented junior footballers the opportunity to hone their skills through an elite-coaching program conducted during the off-season, giving them the opportunity to help them reach their full potential. It provided them with the opportunity to be exposed to elite coaching techniques and training disciplines they would normally not have access to, challenging juniors to develop problem-solving techniques on the field and enhance tactical play while improving physical, technical and mental speed.

Coached by Brian Linsley, the 2010/11 Coffs Harbour Newcastle Permanent Centres of Excellence Squad includes the following players; Riley Bender, Lachlan Burt, George Carpenter, Morgan Ciblic, Isabella Davis, Mitchell Gunning, Travis Marker, Sophia McConnachie, Harry Menzies, Jack Meyers, Kai Onley, Lani Reynolds, Max Rose, Sam Suter and Marcus Woschitzka.
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FFA National Championships for 13yrs girls - UPDATE



Four Northern NSW girls have been selected in the Under 13s National All Star squad to play the National Champions, NSW Metro.

Lisa Cochrane, Corinne Krupa, Chloe Rootes and Hannah Southwell were selected as part of the 'All Star' squad, with Northern NSW Coach, Ryan Campbell named as Coach of the 'All Star' squad.

Northern NSW drew their final match of the Championships this morning against NSW Metro, with Sophie McConnachie the sole scorer for the side in their 1-1 clash.

Earlier News - 20/4



This afternoon Northern NSW defeated Western Australia 1-0 in Game 3 after a cracking penalty from Clare Wheeler put the side in front.

Game 4 this evening ended in a goalless draw with South Australia and resulted in Northern NSW sitting in equal second position on the table at the conclusion of Day 2.

Tomorrow Northern NSW will face NSW Metro in their final match at 8:30am prior to the 'All Stars announcement at 1:30pm with the 'All Stars' v National Champions match to follow at 2:15pm.

Earlier News - 18/4


Northern NSW defeated Victoria Metro 2-1 in a close match this morning, with goals from Clare Wheeler and Sophie O'Brien the difference between a win and a loss.

However this afternoon, the side weren't able to produce back to back victories and were narrowly defeated by ACT 1-0.

Tomorrow Northern NSW will face Western Australia at 12:30pm before meeting South Australia at 5:30pm in their Day 2 matches.

Earlier News - 16/4

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) under 13 Girls head coach, Ryan Campbell, has announced Sophie McConnachie as the sole North Coast Football (NCF) representative in his 16 player squad for the 2011 Football Federation Australia (FFA) Girls National Under 13 Championships in Canberra this week.

Sophie, a year 7 student at John Paul College, plays with the Sawtell 14 years girls but was identified for the elite tournament through the NCF 13 years Junior Development Program, which has been training this year on a Wednesday night with the State Youth League teams.

The FFA 13 years nationals for girls is held in Canberra over three days: Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th April and provides each team with two matches per day.

The NNSWF team has been in a three day camp in Newcastle preparing for the tournament and travel to Canberra as a squad on Sunday.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Sophie McConnachie - Photo by Terry Allen

Sophie has been picked in the forward line where she will most often be found on the left wing.

For the second year in a row, FFA will award points to teams for not only winning their matches, but for the way they play as well. This caused controversy last year for NNSW when their squad went through the tournament undefeated, only to see the title of National Champions go to NSW Metro who were judged to have played the game the way FFA likes to see it played.

FFA Technical Director Han Berger, who came up with the new system, believes the championships are an important part of the Talented Player Pathway within the National Football Curriculum.

"If we want to take our football in Australia to the next level, our youth development programs should focus more on development instead of results," Berger said last year.

The emphasis of the tournament is on skill and player development, not results and so NNSW will be playing for either a spot in the final match as National Champions or to have individuals selected in the All Stars team.

Day 1 – 18th April 2011
9.30am Northern NSW v VIC Metro
12.30pm NSW Metro v Queensland

Day 2 – 19th April 2011
2.30pm Northern NSW v Western Australia
5.30pm South Australia v Northern NSW

Day 3 – 20th April 2011
8.30am NSW Metro v Northern NSW
1.30pm All Stars Announcement
2.15pm All Stars v National Champions

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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Updated 14/03/11
Important Dates for 2011


3-4 September - Semi Finals
10-11 September - Elimination Finals
17-18 September - Grand Finals
24-25 September - Zone Championships
24 September - Zone Presentation (TBA)
26 November - NCFZ – AGM

Bob Harris
Operations Manager
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