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
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.
MEN’S ALL AGE 1
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
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.
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!