Lidcombe Waratah Soccer Club, 82 years old this year, ended their inaugural summer football season on Wednesday.
The Junior Competition was a great success, with over 90 kid participating and ending with a BBQ and medal for all participants. “This was a great way for the kids to maintain their fitness and to train up before the 2021 winter season” commented by Tilila Taofi, Secretary, Lidcombe Waratah Soccer Club. The 6/7’s Team was coached by Adel Helal, 9/8 team coached by Dimitri Chiras and Siesi Taufaao, 10 – 14 team has their grand final on Wednesday 23rd December 20, they have been coached by Lee Rennie, Andy Chung and Jace Sitchon.
Grand final night for the Lidcombe Waratah Summer Football (10 to 13) Junior comp saw Lidcombe City, coached by John, take on DC FC, coached by Andy for 3rdplace, followed by All Might FC, coached by Jurgen, taking on You Never Waratah Alone (YNWA), coached by Lee, for the title.In the 3rd place play of game Lidcombe City (pictured in orange) raced to a 2 – 0 lead. DC FC (wearing yellow) managed to pull one back, before Lidcombe City restored their 2-goal cushion at 3 – 1. Two quick goals by DC FC made for an exciting finish as the teams headed into the last 10 minutes tied. Lidcombe City managed to score to take the lead for the 3rd time with 4 – 3. However, they could not hold out to the final whistle as Talitha pounced on the lose ball to poke home and force a penalty shoot-out. Penalty shoot out was a first for most kids and every player from both teams could have a turn meaning penalty shootout was best of 7. After the dust settled it was DC FC who were victorious taking out 3rd place.
In the grand final All Might FC (in blue) took on YNWA (in red). All Might FC raced to an early 2 – 0 lead before YNWA pulled one back to head into half time at 2 – 1. The second half was end-to-end as All Might FC extended their lead to 3 – 1. That did not last long as even a brilliant double save from Mason could not keep the ball out as YNWA bundled the ball over the line on the third attempt. With 10 minutes to go Coach Jurgen was visibly nervous as YNWA held the All Might FC goal under siege, hitting the woodwork 3 times in that time. As the final whistle went, All Might FC were victorious in one of the most exciting games to have been witnessed at Coleman Park.
The Seniors Competition culminated with the Grand Final last Saturday. The Astronauts, defeated the Amigos 5-1 at Coleman Park.
The Astronauts and the Amigos were placed 1st and 2nd respectively in a 6 team league .
The competition hosted teams You’ll Never Walk Alone (captained by Sachin Dashi) , The FutSoldiers (Ben Wright), The Elite Ballerz (Nabeel Rana) and 2 Wild 1 Mild (Sami Uddin).
Event Organiser and former Club Treasurer, Will Ly commented: “the club was proud to host summer football for the first time in it’s history. We recognised early on that the community was having a tough year with so many unfortunate events including COVID-19, so as a club, we decided to host summer football to give our footballing community something to look forward to.”
All teams were awarded for their team and individual efforts on Saturday at the Awards Ceremony. James Lattouf, Captain of the Astronauts, said: “I congratulate the Amigos for being such tough competitors, I also wanted to thank the stellar efforts of the entire club committee and volunteers for hosting such a well-organised and exciting event. The Astronaut’s look forward to defending their title next summer!”.
The finalists, the Amigos, consisting of former Lidcombe Waratah Youth players, and led by Patricio Venegas and Jurgen Steiner said: “The Astronauts were too good on their day, and rightly deserved the win today. However, you can be sure the Amigos will be back next year to give them a run again!”
The Astronauts were awarded tickets to the first home game of the Western Sydney Wanderers in addition to a place in the Football NSW, Champions of Champions to be played in February 2021.
Individual medal winners voted by the teams:
Most Valuable Player – Matt Bunajim
Best Young Player – Adam Chahrouk
Golden Glove – Bilal Zalfa
Golden Boot (34 goals) – Matt Bunajim
Dimitri Chiras, Club Register and assistant event organiser said: “we hosted a successful senior competition and hope we see more teams next summer including those that participated this season. We now look forward to Winter Football!”