Met Far South had an incredible 2013 State Titles experience as five out of their seven sides won their respective tournaments held at Wagga Wagga and Shoalhaven (in September) and Griffith and Mudgee (mid year).
The U12 Boys coached by Tim Wilson, U13 Boys coached by Allan Jones, U14 Boys coached by Stuart Blake, U12 Girls coached by Geoff Wilson and U16 Girls coached by Steve Gordon all experienced fantastic results.
Sutherland Shire Football Association General Manager Jeff Stewart was delighted with the efforts all teams produced in what was a monumental year.
“It is rewarding that the hard work of players, coaches and development staff has paid off across the combined Illawarra and Sutherland regions with such a dominant performance at the 2014 State Titles.
“Both areas love their football and this level of success at the State Titles reinforces that these two powerhouse associations are a force to be reckoned with in growing, developing and nurturing competitive footballers and coaches both today and in years to come.
“The collaborative relationship that has evolved between Football South Coast and Sutherland Shire Football Association is a testament to this success.”
Below are some thoughts from the teams.
METRO FAR SOUTH 16 GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONS
Shoalhaven Heads hosted the 2013 State Titles for the girls. With great weather and fields in great condition, allowed some free flowing football to be played. The 16 girls played some entertaining football, with great combinations and intensity in there game play. In the 7 games the girls scored 23 goals and only conceded 6.
With the title in the balance the girls needed to win their last game against the country champions to claim victory. The girls came away with a 2 nil win and were crowned STATE CHAMPIONS. In the short amount of time we had together our game play look like we had been together for a long time. So I give credit to the girls for their commitment and enthusiasm in the way they approached each game.
Fantastic effort girls and well deserved. Coach STEVE GORDON
METRO FAR SOUTH 12 GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONS. The girls won the State Titles down at Shoalhaven Heads last week and were undefeated over the whole week (7 wins & 1 draw).
METRO FAR SOUTH 12 BOYS STATE CHAMPIONS. The boys were victorious after a close fought competition – beating Met East on goal difference at the end.
METRO FAR SOUTH 13 BOYS STATE CHAMPIONS
Players from five different clubs combined as one to finish first place at this year’s U13 State Titles, held at Griffith in NSW’s Riverina region. Metropolitan Far South (Football South Coast & Sutherland) displayed a high level of football skill and technique over the five day tournament. Coach’s Allan Jones and John Geary had the task of preparing the squad and allowing the boys to express and show off their talent. Jones stated, “This is one of the best squads I have coached at the State Titles and we are all very proud of the high quality of football we played. Every player contributed to the overall team success”. A special mention to Far South’s Marcus Bimbilovski who won the “Golden Boot” award. Coach – Allan Jones. Manager – John Geary
METRO FAR SOUTH 14 BOYS STATE CHAMPIONS
After a wet couple of weeks in Sydney, I think the team was happy to arrive in Mudgee to clear Blue sky and Sunshine, the weather was good but the football played by this team was even better.
It is always pleasing to win a football game or a tournament but always more satisfying to win by playing good possession football, by playing and utilised the whole team to its full potential. Playing with good shape and structure. This discipline allows for individual brilliance to be nurtured without fear of failure, it lends to good movement on and off the ball allowing the opportunity for something special to happen from any part of the field or from any player. All but three of the squad scored goals and one of them was the keeper.
It was said to us during the tournament that attack is the best form of defence and we did plenty of that (36 goals for and only 6 against in 8 games) so we used that defence well. We like attack as a form of defence, pressing and winning the ball back early is important but we believe the ultimate defence is possession –If they don’t have the ball they can’t hurt you! The boys played the best possession style of football I have seen from a team so young. Their parents should be proud of their sons who outplayed every team that stood before them and did so with great football maturity and sportsmanship.
Winning the title was just the icing on the cake, for Dragan and I the most satisfying aspect was the team’s belief in the way we had asked them to play, in us as coaches and ultimately in themselves.
Even under the pressure of having to win the last game by multiple goals to clinch the title, they took it in their stride and continued to be patient with the ball. This team was built to win, with every player being the best that the Sutherland Shire & South Coast has to offer in this age group.
Well played boys, it was a pleasure and a privilege to have coached you during this tournament and we wish you all the best for the remainder of this season and your bright football futures. To watch you win was worth getting wet for. How cold was that pool Dragan? Remind me to think of something else as motivation next time! Kind regards Coach Stuart Blake.