2015 Spring/Summer Season In Review

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Our 2015 Spring/Summer Season saw us field 7 different teams, over 3 nights in 3 different venues. We had 6 of our 7 teams qualify for the finals series and had our first ever Mixed Championship with our Asquith Mixed Team winning. We also were made the best 6 a side club in Northern Suburbs Football Association due to the success of our Men’s teams.

Here’s a brief summary of the teams

TUESDAY NIGHTS | BLACKMAN PARK | LANE COVE

MIXED

Our Tuesday Night mixed team was a collection of exisiting PASA Stallions FC players, with new players providing much needed hunger and determination to the squad. The season started off well, with 3 wins from 3, culminating in giving the highly fancied Dalleys FC their only loss of the season. From then on, unfortunately it was tough going, with injuries, lack of form and some dubious refereeing decisions seeing us slump and struggle for points. We started playing well towards the end of the regular season, and that saw us finish 3rd out of 4th.

In the semi final, PASA Stallions started the game off really well, scoring quite early on and forcing lots of pressure. However, our opposition then scored 2 quick goals before the end of the half to be leading 2-1. The second half saw us attack for dear life, however the scoreline didn’t change and we were eliminated.

The positives of the season was the addition of new players to the PASA family, who loved and enjoyed their season. It was unfortunate not to get the results that we deserved, however we tried our best every game and that’s all you can wish for.

 

MEN’S ALL AGE – “A” 

The first of our men teams played in Division 3. Consisting of 95% old PASA Stallions players, this team had a great understanding of what was required for the season. The new addition to the squad was Tom Townsend, and he fitted in superbly to the squad.

The season saw us drop no lower than 4th throughout the season. The team had some solid wins against quality opposition. However, the 3 losses were due to our inability to start a game strong and convert our chances. The A team finished the season in 3rd place our of 8.

The semi final saw us play against the 2nd placed Razzle City. A 0-0 saw us bow out as our opposition was higher in the table than us, and our season ended. The positive to take on was that we were amazing when on song, and now that we know what we need to work on, we will a better team for it.

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Our championship squad came back for the chance of a 3 peat. The nucleus of this squad was the North Sydney United Div 5 1st team, and that understanding and game flow saw them only lose 2 games all season. The first loss was the first game of the season to a team that then got promoted to Division 1. The rest of the season saw them win games convincingly, and also pick up a few draws. Their second loss was unfortunately in the grand final, where they went down 2-1 to NS Wanderers.

This team is amazing in the way they play and in their determination. They are an example of how football should be played, with heart, passion and skill.

MEN’S ALL AGE “I” – WHITE TEAM

This was a new addition to the PASA family. A great combination of men from North Sydney United and  friends saw us create our 3rd team in the Men’s competition. Due to this being the first tournament that the squad had played in, it was tough going as there was no room for learning curves as the competition was hard and fierce. However to their credit, each and every week they played hard and whilst not every week were they winners on the score board, they gave it 110%. To the back end of the season, they collected a few great results beating NS Wanderers 4-2  in the last game of the season. They will be back and they will make some teams fear them if they keep building on front their end of the season.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS | MILLS PARK | ASQUITH 

MEN’S TEAM

Our Mills Park Men’s team saw a combination of new and old. We had the nucleus of our championship winning squad from last year come back, and we brought some new players into the mix. Our season started off well with a hard fought draw and a win against the 2 toughest teams in the competition. Our season then kept on going from strength to strength, although we did lose a few key players during the season we still help our high standards. Our undefeated streak came to a halt when we lost 5-1 to Cosmic Cobras. This was the loss we though we needed to have and continued beating teams after this

The semi final saw us play Cosmic Cobras again, and it was a weird game. We got an early lead only to see that lead disappear. Then the crazy weather started, forcing the game to be postponed for 40 mins. After scoring to take the lead again after the restart, it was all downhill as our lack of subs costs us and we lost 4-2 to see our season end.

The positives to take out of the season is that we only lost twice, and the 2 teams that played in the Grand Final played together during the winter season, while we were a new team getting to know each other. Once those combinations come into play, we can beat any team.

MIXED TEAM

Our championship team. From the beginning of the season you could tell that something special was building. A few draws saw our season start off slowly, but we knew what was building and it was only a matter of time until the combinations and rotations started to click. Our only loss of the season came when we were undermanned, and for the rest of the season we continued fighting hard and winning the games we needed too. Due to us having one more draw than the team that finished 1st, we finished 2nd in the regular season. Our semi final was a tough affair, however we knew what we were up against and did the work that needed to be done to get the result we wanted and deserved.

The Grand Final was nothing short of amazing. A 6-0 win against Pretty Beast showed that we were the best team in the competition, no matter what the table said at the end of the regular season. From start to finish each and every player in the team fought hard and did their bit to get the win.  The positives is that we will only get better by keeping this squad and keep building. It was our first evert Mixed Championship, and its a great achievement especially with this group of players.

THURSDAY NIGHTS | ST IVES SHOWGROUND | ST IVES

Only one team played in St. Ives this season and it was our mighty Mixed team. The season started off slowly, with the squad getting to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. 2 losses saw us last, however we then managed to get into a bit of a run, whereby we beat the teams above us to push us into a good position. The only team that we didn’t beat was the runaway leaders Turra Tigers. We then had a bit of a slump in our last 2 games. And while we rocked up for a semi final, the opposition didn’t meaning that we went straight through to the Grand Final against Turra Tigers.

The Grand Final was a fun game, although we lost the game showed what the PASA spirit is all about – having fun while playing to the best of your ability. Turra Tigers were hungry and ready for a tough game and they had class all over the park. We held our own, but had fun while doing it. We walked off the field smiling as we enjoyed ourselves although we lost 8-2.  A great season, and this group will be back better than ever!

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Season In Review – Blackman Oval Men’s Team

 

Our men’s team was a combination of both our Tuesday night men’s team from the 2014 St. Ives season. Our Men’s 1 team were champions of the “champions league” side of the division, while the A team were champions of the “europa league” side. The expectations for the team were a top 2 finish.

Our first team saw a convincing 4-0 victory. The game was quite a solid display, and it was good to see a chemistry being built in such  a short time. Our second game saw us play against a young “development” squad. The average age of the team was 17. This helped with respect to fitness. While they had great skills, they also used the “we are young” card in order to get away with some nasty challenges. It wasn’t our best performance, and we went down 5-1.

Another tough game awaited us in week three. With some players missing due to injury, we got a much needed and deserved 2-1 win. In the first three weeks we showed that we were a very hard team to beat, and that Chris Dickson was scoring goals for fun. Our week 4 game was symbolic. It was Nico Klose’s last game before returning to Germany, and Jose Horna joined the team after his travels in Europe. This game saw us win 5-2 against the inbetweeners, with both Nico and Jose scoring, and Dicko keeping up his goal form and scoring 3. Week 5 saw another dominant display and a 6-3 win.

 

Week 6 saw a very tough and competitive game against a team we believed would finish in the top 2. After sailing away to a 5-0 lead, we then conceded 4 goals and a few nervous moments then saw us escape with a 5-4 win. Week 7 saw a tough battle against friends and teammates from the North Sydney United club that the majority of the boys play for in winter 11 a side. With a 6-2 win, we locked it the premiership by finishing 1st on the regular season and had then confidence leading up to the finals.

 

Our semi finals saw us play against the team we defeated the previous week, Crystalpallus. However it was a much tighter affair, with a few players missing and the opposition being fired up and wanting to get redemption for last weeks result. We were determined to win the competition, and this hunger and commitment saw us win 2-1.

The Grand Final was against the only team that defeated us this season, NS Predators B. We were ready for the challenge and knew that we could match it with them. They had the advantage of having a one hour break between games, while we finished our semi final and played the grand final 10 minutes later. Tom Bailey scored a cracker of a goal to put us 1-0 up. We kept the ball movement up, and were unlucky to concede. At 1-1 the game was like a boxing match, with both team attacking the goals and trying to get that decisive goal to get the lead. With 10 minutes to go, a nicely worked team play saw Enrique Horna score the goal that made it 2-1 for PASA. Knowing that a draw would secure the Championship for us as we finished 1st, hence that being the tiebreaker, we tried to hold out with that final score line. With 3 minutes left, the predators scored to make it 2-2. The score remained that way, and we sealed the championship.

 

This season was one were true grit and determination saw us become premiers and champions. The one loss we had was because we didn’t have the same mindset as we normally do, and we got punished. What showed was that when we concentrated and put our heads into it, we could match every team in the competition. This team just keeps winning, and that makes it 2 championships in 2 attempts for this Squad.

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Season in Review – Blackman Oval Mixed Team

Our mixed team was a late addition to the competition. We were requested to join the competition by the co-ordinator, and as such we were rushed into organising a team and to compete in this small competition.

 

We had to play a few double headers in order to catch up the weeks we missed, meaning that it was quiet an effort for our team to compete, and more importantly, stay fit during the games after a long off season. We introduced some new players to the PASA Stallions FC family, with Genevieve Hawkins, Mikey Simpson and Leah Piez making their debuts. Celia Fearon played the first week, but unfortunately due to university timetables conflicts was unable to complete the season.

 

Our first week saw us play against a youth men’s team called the W Wanderers. We lost 7-1. One question that could be asked is why a boys team is playing in a mixed competition, but what can we do. Despite the scoreline, we matched our own against this skilled and fit team. Our second game of the night saw us play against Lara’s Puzzle B. Our team was tired after running around for a hard game before, however we did well and matched the other team who were fresh and raring to go.  The final score of 4-4 was not the true score, both from what the referee wrote down and our domination of the game. Considering the legs were tired, and that the chemistry that normally comes with playing games together wasn’t quite there, we did really well. The referee counted one of the opposition goals as a girl goal, which counts as 2 goals, when it clearly wasn’t.

 

The following week saw us hungry and fighting for a great 8-1 victory against Team Harmony. It was a hard fought game, with every ball being fought for and our hunger to win was evident from the beginning. We then played a friendly against Lara’s Puzzle B, and once again dominated the game from start to finish. 5-0 was the final score line, but what was the highlight of the game was how the team rallied from a late and nasty challenge from the opposition to our player Genevieve, and made sure that we stood up for our team mate and our team.

 

Another double header waited for us, with our first game being against a young and resilient Green Witches Mixed. A 12-4 victory was counted as a double game, meaning we won another game against the same opposition by the same scoreline. Then we had to play another game against the Team Harmony. It wasn’t a game to be remembered, as they won 5-3 in a spiteful game and with their behaviour leaving a fair bit to be desired.

 

They were the opposition again in our semi final, with the winner going on to the Grand Final. Unfortunately a few early goals from them made it a hard battle to try and win the game. Once again a few contentious calls by the referee saw our comeback cut short. A gallant 6-3 loss, and our season was over.

 

The highlight was definitely finishing 2nd in the overall table, with 4 wins and two losses. Having a brand new team, and players who haven’t played in two months, it was an excellent result! We definitely were a hard team to beat, and while our losses showed areas of improvement, we dominated most games and just missed that finishing power in front of goals.

PASA Stallions will be back and we will be competitive again in the mixed competition!

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Champion of Champions

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Our small but ever growing club has qualified to play in Football NSW Champion of Champions Tournament. We qualified due to our Mills Park Championship only losing one game during the course of the season.

We have been placed in Pool 2 along with:-

– Mt Annan Mustangs

– Narellan Rangers

– Wentworth Falls

The top team from each pool will qualify for the Semi-finals, with the best second placed team overall providing the 4th spot.

Games will be 13min per half, totalling in 26min’s duration.

Semi Finals and Grand Final will be held on Sunday 22nd February.

 

Our game schedule:

11:20am  V Narellan Rangers SC (Field 4)
12:40pm V Wentworth Falls FC (Field 3)
2:40pm V Mt. Annan Mustangs SC (Field 1)
Bring on the weekend!