Being a coach or a manager is a big commitment but it can be a lot of fun too and we would like to thank all of the club members or volunteers who have agreed to take up these positions for 2015.
We are holding a Coaches and Managers Meeting at Preston Park in Engadine on Monday 9th March at 7pm.
We’ll be covering off everything that coaches and managers need to know for the season, which is why it is so important to attend. We’ll let you know about training times, codes of conduct, responsibilities on game day and who to talk to if you need help from our committee.
For more information about this event please contact our club secretary, Trudie Barton, by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being fit for the start of the football season puts you one step ahead of your opposition and that’s why we’re proud to offer club members free pre-season fitness training for Engadine Crusaders Football Club members.
The first session kicks off at our home ground, Preston Park, at 6:45pm on Thursday 19 February.
And if it is well received we will run more in the lead up to the season.
The session will run for around an hour and focus on cardio fitness. But don’t worry, you won’t see Michelle Bridges or Commando screaming instructions, just a fun and encouraging atmosphere for a bit of pre-season fitness.
It is free of charge and it is open to all club members over the age of 15. Partners are welcome. Please bring a bottle of water as the canteen won’t be open.
Participation is at your own risk and you must also ensure the supervision of your own children.
For more information just email email@example.com.
The start of the season is coming and we’re getting ready for grading nights for all of our junior teams that have registered to play with the Engadine Crusaders Football Club in 2015.
If you haven’t yet registered or you still want to join the club and don’t have a team, it’s not too late. Go to our registration page to register or to let us know that you want to play soccer in Engadine this season.
For players and junior teams that have registered for this season, here is a reminder of the dates and times for grading nights so we can work out the best division for you to play in this year.
Mon 16th Feb
Tues 17th Feb
Wed 18th Feb
Thur 19th Feb
Remember to wear your soccer boots and shin pads and bring a drink bottle to keep hydrated during the session.
The Engadine Crusaders Football Club is making headlines again, this time featuring in the latest edition of the Engadine Pictorial News.
Our local paper has written about the $25,000 grant from the NSW Government for the extension and upgrade to our club house which will get underway during 2015.
Our President, Jim Hankins, is quoted in the article thanking the local MP, Lee Evans, for his efforts in securing the funding for our club.
“We’ve been fundraising and saving for the redevelopment of our club for around a decade and this grant from the NSW Government will go a long way to helping us meet the budget we need to bring these facilities up to an acceptable standard,” he said.
Check out the full article on page 7 of the latest Engadine Pictorial News (dated 19 January 2015).
Calling all men 35 years and older!
Do you like kicking a ball?
Are you sick of young pups running rings around you?
Are you interested in having a run around to work off that middle aged flab?
Do you need time away from family?
Do you simply need an outlet for all of that pent up frustration at not being young anymore?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then the new Engadine Crusaders Football Club Over 35s team is for you!
Contact our club Registrar, Daniel Kemp, by email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in joining the team in 2015.
The’ve played as a team all season and a team performance has propelled our Senior Women E1 team into the grand final.
The ladies beat Kirrawee 2-0 in what was an arm wrestle for much of the game at Heathcote before putting away two goals in five minutes during the second half to put the game beyond doubt and the team into a grand final against Menai Hawks.
Qualifying final an arm wrestle
Team coach Adam Seckold says it was a tight tussle during the first half.
“A nervous start saw us under pressure from the start as Kirrawee played tough with nothing to lose and everything to gain. But there were very few chance for either team in the first half.
“At half time the girls knew they had to do more in the second half, talking to each other about what needed to be done and how much they wanted to win.
“The second half started the same as the first, but the Crusaders slowly got on top. Michelle Wise scored our first goal about half way through the second half and had a brace within five minutes had our second. Kirrawee continued to try extremely hard. But it wasn’t enough. To quote a spectator, ‘they played well but we played better’.”
Strong defence key to victory
Looking ahead to the grand final, our SWE1 team will have plenty of good performances to draw on as inspiration. The team scored 75 goals before the finals and only conceded 26 goals, including 6 goals against a team that then went to D grade and ended up in the grand final.
“The final against Kirrawee showed again that it was the whole team’s effort and not just the name on the score sheet that won it for us. Well done again girls and bring on the grand final.”
In what might be a good omen, the SWE1 team will return to Heathcote 4 where they defeated Kirrawee for this weekend’s grand final against Menai Hawks at 9:00am on Sunday.
Celebrations are underway after the Engadine Crusaders Senior Women E1 team took the title for 2014 with a draw with Menai Hawks.
It was a case of ‘anything you can do, we can do better’ with the SWE1s exacting a revenge of sorts over the team that beat them earlier in this year’s finals in a 3-3 draw at Heathcote Oval, giving the title to the Minor Premiers.
The title didn’t come easy, only awarded to our Crusaders team after 110 minutes of football and a nail biting finish after the girls were tied at 2-2 at the end of regular time.
It was a controversial way to finish 90 minutes with a penalty awarded to Menai just before full time for a handball, with a successful strike from the spot tying up the game again and sending the game into extra time.
It was edge of your seat stuff with another goal coming for the Crusaders early into extra time, putting our girls in front and the title within reach. But this action-packed game wasn’t finished yet and before long one of Menai’s attacking players launched a rain-maker from about 30 metres out and it sailed over the head of our goalkeeper, who had done so well to keep them to two goals all game.
Coach Adam Seckold says the girls stood up and fought for the victory.
“I’m very proud of them. They fought very hard and played 110 mins non-stop and that’s impressive. Menai beat us in the semis so it was always going to be tough. Menai is the only team that has scared us all year. They definitely had the ability to beat us. They played very skilfully and tore us to pieces at times but I think we wanted it more.
“The girls worked hard for it all year and played very well all season. We ended up winning the minor premiership by 7 points. I don’t think it would have been fair had we not won the title today and I’m so happy for them.
After two losses in a row, it was a welcome return to the winners list for us this week, coming away with a 5-0 WIN against Sylvania Heights!!!
Everyone found some space to move out there, and the score could’ve been even more given how many shots on goal we had. Sylvania only had a few chances, but everyone chased back and defended really well, it was a great result for us, and one that we really needed.
Player of the match went to Joshy – he was one of a few who had ran their cross country the day before. When he turned up he looked a bit rusty like the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz…but once the game started he lifted and you could tell how much fun he was having out there. Notable mention also to Hayden who had a VERY quiet day in goals – he would have loved a get up the other end as striker, but we all know we can rely on you Hayden.