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August 2018 Edition

Welcome BUJSC Members to our August edition of The Juice. We are well past half way through the Season and there's been a lot happening around the Club, including the always challenging, Team Photo Night this week (thanks Damian and Emma for coordinating and herding all the cats!!). Everyone can look forward to receiving their photos at the Presentation Day.

In this Edition you will find:

  • BUJSC Coach Spotlight (Part 1)
  • Quiz Night Update
  • Parents & Players Information

BUJSC Coach Spotlight (Part 1)

Coaches are such an integral part of the Barossa United Junior Soccer Club, giving so much of their time to support our children and help them grow as players and individuals, enjoying a game they love.

In this 2 part feature The Juice goes behind the scenes in Q&A sessions to help us get to know “The Coach”.

Greg Nattrass – Under 7 Coach

Greg Nattress and his son, Harvey.
This is Greg’s second season coaching at BUJSC, having coached the U7s last year and again coaching the “Mighty U7s” as he fondly refers to the youngest team at the club again this year. Greg has also been a driving force in starting the ALDI MiniRoos program, and at the end of July started to lead a group of BUJSC coaches to introduce 38 young and very enthusiastic children to the game of soccer.

TJ: What made you want to be a coach?

A moment of weakness!! Seriously, it was my desire to give my kids the same great experiences I got from junior sport.

TJ: Did you play soccer?

No, I played hockey and was a goalkeeper.

TJ: What is the best thing about being a coach?

Getting to know a great bunch of kids and watching them have fun every week.

TJ: What is the hardest thing about being a coach?

Last minute team sheet changes when more or less kids rock up to play after you have planned out all the rotations.

TJ: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to players?

At this age it is pretty basic; "Keep chasing the ball and stay on your feet”.

TJ: What is something your team won’t know about you?

I love camping and fishing on the Murray River.

TJ: Any memorable highlights from this season?

Arriving at the wrong ground and frantically trying to work out where we were meant to be playing.

TJ: (That may have been a certain unnamed Team Mangers bad!).

Linda Richardson – Under 8 GREEN Coach

This is Linda’s first season coaching with BUJSC. Linda previously played women’s soccer but as she explained injury now keeps her away.

I have always loved playing soccer and my son is now in his 4th season with BUJSC so I felt it was a good time to put my hand up to help out with the team.

TJ: What is the best thing about being a coach?

Seeing the children’s skills develop and the friendships they make with their team mates.

TJ: Memorable highlights of this season?

Each week the team impresses me, and their parents, with their resilience and effort but in late July all their hard work paid off with every player contributing to a big win! But we weren’t keeping score!

TJ: The hardest thing about being a coach?

The hardest thing about being a coach would be keeping the children’s attention at training some nights, it can be a challenge!

TJ: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to players?

Enjoy playing the game; you have some many years of sport ahead of you.

TJ: What is something your team won’t know about you?

I’m a Tassie girl but the Barossa is now my home.

Chari Arguijo – Under 8 RED Coach

Chari started coaching three seasons ago when her youngest child had his second season in U6’s, starting as Assistant Coach but loved it so much that she committed to full time coaching for the U7’s in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since!

TJ: What made you want to be a coach?

Soccer has been a major part of my life since birth. My fondest memories are from drinking hot coco and watching the midnight world cup games (or any televised games) with my Daddy. I still have to have a hot drink of coco when I watch the late night games. It’s only fitting that at my age and fitness level as playing the game is almost impossible (even with the brilliant coaching of Chris Smith) that as they say, “those who can’t do, teach”. At first I thought it would be too hard and without prior coaching experience I wouldn’t really know what to do. However, with the guidance of Damian (the Modified Coordinator), it just all seemed to work out. Working with kids this age is magical. They are all about fun and excitement and giving things a go. Their skill set is varied and it feels really rewarding when you watch how they grow with the game. Hopefully I’m doing the right thing with them and bringing their skills forward for their future years.

TJ: Did you play soccer?

Yes, throughout high school, although I probably watched more than I played! Back then there really wasn’t much room for women’s soccer – I danced instead. My brother would make me go to his training sessions too (which is kind of handy now).

TJ: What is the best thing about being a coach?

What is there not to love about seeing kids doing what they love and excelling? There are so many things I could say about being a coach that I love. I guess to pick one would be that feeling you get of joy when one of your players does something during the game that you’ve been practicing for a while and you know they’ve been struggling with it but then they finally get it and they look up at you and they have a smile in their eyes of excitement that say’s “I did it – did you see it”.

TJ: What is the hardest thing about being a coach?

Losing a player to another age level is hard but at the same time really rewarding. You’re so happy to have them play up, especially when you know they are ready and they are going to prosper and excel, but then there’s a real sorrow of not being able to see all of their achievements every week, see their joy for the game and watch them just be the best they can.

Also being a coach means you can’t really be a Mum to your own child. That’s hard because they miss out on the individual praise that all their team mates get after a game and you know as a coach you’re always harder on your own child.

TJ: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to players?

With all the wonderfully talented players we have, I’d say: “Don’t over think things. You’ve trained hard now it’s time to play. Do what you do best and give it 100% for yourself and for your team. And remember we’re here to have fun.” Hopefully I tell my team this enough that they get it.

TJ: Any memorable highlights from this season?

So many and I’m sure each child in the team has their own. One that stands out is possibly the first time the team played their position and started passing to one another instead of bee hiving which is very common for this age group. Every week there’s highlights like when the whole team went up to their team mate to congratulate them for a goal – that was like watching A League – sportsmanship is a huge part of my coaching and being part of a team is too.

Damian Molineux – Under 9 GREEN Coach

Damian Molineux and his son, 'Dart'
This is Damian’s fourth year coaching and the only team he has coached, moving up with the team each year from U6s. The team have a group of 14 eager young boys – including four new to soccer this year, two new to the team and four who have been on the team since U6s. This is also Damian’s third year on the committee as the Moddies Coordinator.

TJ: What made you want to be a coach?

I think like most coaches in our club, it is our children playing the sport that initially gets us in and a willingness to help out. A bit of pressure from Vicky Ireland also helped!! I wanted to be actively involved in any sport my son played and when it came down to it, I figured I was going to be at every game and training so why not coach on the field? ‘How hard could it be?’ I thought………

TJ: Had you previously played soccer?

I played two stellar seasons for Sunrise Christian School as a defender when I was about 8 or 9. I remember I scored one goal from about the half way line – no one must have been paying attention!

TJ: What is the best thing about being a coach?

Being a coach is an incredibly rewarding experience. I try to run a tight ship during training times and during the game, but have fun with the players outside of these times, developing relationships with the players by being interested in them and their interests outside the club. When the players come together on game day and work as a team, when you see a player perform a skill you have been practicing in training and when you see a player who may struggle ability wise really put in a whole hearted effort, these are the times when I am rewarded for being a coach. If I can give to the team, help them become better soccer players and they are having fun doing it in a safe environment, then I’m winning.

TJ: What is the hardest thing about being a coach?

Honestly, when you see a player gets hurt. Or worse still, when one of the players is upset. Sport is competitive by its nature and having 14 boys there is always some internal jostling going on. Trying to keep a lid on that or cool the fires is probably the hardest part of the job.

TJ: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to players?

Learn to tie your shoelaces!

This year we have been focusing on the TEAM acronym being ‘Together, Everyone Achieves More’. Good players will make a difference, good teams win matches. We are all important parts of a machine that works together toward the same goal.

TJ: What is something your team won’t know about you?

I used to row with UniSA for a few years back in the 90’s. Looking back, the mornings were far too cold and once when I first started I tipped my single scull and fell in the Torrens at 5am. It was freezing and disgusting.

TJ: Any memorable highlights from this season?

Round 2 at Ingle Farm we had torrential rain – soaked to the skin before we even started our warm up. It was a disastrous day and the sun came out 15 minutes after the game. But a highlight was a game against Parafield Gardens where we were 0-2 down at half time. The team was not cohesive, it was in school holidays and we were all over the shop. Must have been something in the half time bananas as a new team hit the field after half time, they pulled up their socks, played their usual streaming style of game and we came away victorious 3-2.

Bob Ellis – Under 10 GREEN Coach

Bob Ellis with his team, U10s Green, enjoying the half-time oranges
This is Bob’s first season coaching at BUJSC, and we are so fortunate to have a coach of Bob’s skills and caliber as he brings a wealth of coaching experience to the club having previously coached U13 Basketball in Salisbury, Little League, Auskick, U15 and Reserves for Tanunda Football Club, and the Central Districts Youth Development Squad and U15 at Angaston Football Club.

TJ: What made you want to be a coach?

I love to teach children, so my motivation for coaching is to "teach the game”.

TJ: Did you play soccer?

Yes, I played for Para Hills West in the Juniors and Seniors, then moving on to Westfield / Munno Para APAC Division 2 Federation. I was also in the U16 State Amateur Team as the goal keeper.

TJ: What is the best thing about being a coach?

For me as a coach the best thing is seeing the development in the children

TJ: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to players?

I give a simple piece of advice “enjoy the game”, simple as it may be, it is the most important thing for any child playing sport, to enjoy the game.

TJ: What is something your team won’t know about you?

I have a few things the team might not know about me! I once had my photo taken on the pitch at Goodison Park (Everton Football Club), or I was once a Jackaroo on a station in the Kimberley or that I love growing Camellia’s.

TJ: Any memorable highlights from this season?

The memorable highlight for me is the attitude and enthusiasm of the team. The willingness of the team to take on board all I ask of them. Ticka Tackal!

George Triandafyllidis – U10s BLACK & U13s Coach

George Triandafyllidis with his son, Athan, and daughter Ebony.
This is George’s 4th season coaching at BUJSC – the 4th season of coaching his daughter's U13s team and the 2nd season coaching his son's U10s team. Previously George coached the Barmera Primary School U12’s in 1988 and 1989, and Plympton Bulldogs B Grade in 2005 - 2006.

TJ: What made you want to be a coach?

Soccer was off my radar due to work so coaching was not something I thought about in 1988. I was asked to help because the school didn’t have anyone to coach the kids, so I just gave it a go. It was a steep learning curve, but it was fun.

In BUJSC everyone is expected to 'chip in' in some small way, so an opportunity to coach Ebony’s team in U10s team came up and I was more than happy to take it on. Last season, Athan’s team had too many players so we created a second team and I took on coaching his new team as well.

Coaching at Barossa definitely tops the list of my past coaching experiences. Great kids and a strong club environment, backed with the strong, supportive committee – and amazing team managers makes a big difference.

TJ: Did you play soccer?

Yes, I’ve played soccer for a few clubs over the years. I started playing my junior soccer for Barmera United from 1978 to 1986. As much as I really wanted to play with my cousins at Berri you were expected to play for your town, at least until you finished in the Juniors. It was tough back then as there were no U10 or U12 teams; just U16s so as an 8 year old you don’t get to touch the ball all that often.

I then played for Berri River Rangers 1987 to 1988 in the B’s team, this was a real eye-opener as to why they were such a strong club on and off the pitch. I took a few years off and then played one season for Renmark Olympic in 1993, captaining their B team. I didn’t know many people in the club but made a lot of friends and it was by far my most enjoyable season playing in the Riverland.

When I was living in Adelaide I wanted to get back into playing soccer, but I didn’t want anything to do with national based clubs, like Greek, Italian and so on. It was by chance I stumbled across the Plympton Bulldogs Soccer Club and I played for them from 2000 to 2009. This was a mixed team that accepted anyone – in some seasons it was like a mini UN! Great fun and lifelong friendships were made at Plympton.

TJ: What is the best thing about being a coach?

Doing my best to use every opportunity as a teaching moment for the kids, as much as I use each opportunity as a learning opportunity for myself.

TJ: What is the hardest thing about being a coach?

The nerves on game day!

TJ: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to players?

I do bang-on about a lot of things with the players but one small bit of advice I'd give is; “Your efforts count as individuals and as a team-mate, keep all communication loud and positive, treat your team mates as your brothers and sisters, and to always be humble in victory and gracious in defeat."

TJ: Any memorable highlights from this season?

Firstly, how the U10s Black team have become such a tight and competitive unit of friends and it is showing in their results. Secondly, how full of pride the U13 players were at the start of the year, working their way from Div 4 in U10s to be playing in Div 1 this season. And last but not least, Ebony’s first goal in Div 1 – very proud moment.

Chris Timms – U11 Coach

Chris is the BUJSC U11 coach and in his second year of coaching, having started last year with the U10s and moving up to U11s with the team.

TJ: What made you want to be a coach?

My son plays and it is a great way to be involved with the team and club.

TJ: Did you play soccer?

Unfortunately, no. I would have liked to play but we had no soccer teams in the area I grew up in.

TJ: What is the best thing about being a coach?

Making the kids do shuttle runs (he says with a very satisfied smile…TJ).

TJ: What is the hardest thing about being a coach?

Cold wet nights for training, no one likes those!

TJ: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to players?

Play as a team and work hard when you don’t have the ball.

TJ: What is something your team won’t know about you?

I have ran 6 marathons.

TJ: Any memorable highlights from this season?

It has been great to see the team develop and grow over the season, and we can really see the improvement in passing and team play.

Quiz Night

Have you booked your table yet? It really is a fantastic night where you can catch-up with your fellow team parents without worrying about missing your child's epic moment on the pitch! Friends, grand-parents and random quiz fiends are also most welcome. This is usually a sell-out so get in quick!

Kampung Kitchen will be serving meals at 6:30pm before the Quiz starts at 7pm. Click on the link below to order:

KAMPUNG KITCHEN

Prize Baskets

We are organising baskets for the Quiz Night and need each team’s support for our yearly fundraising event. Please can you bring your donation to your team manager at the next game or training. The Fundraising Committee puts the baskets together, however, if your team wishes to put a basket together themselves then that’s great! Please let Vicky or Kellie know if that’s what you plan to do!

  • Vicky Ireland, vicepresident@barossaunited.com.au - M: 0422 048 546
  • Kellie Thomas enhancedability@yahoo.com.au - M: 0412 195 349

Here are the team basket themes:

U7 Sweet Tooth

U8 Red and U8 Green - Dudes (dads!)

U9 Red and U9 Green – Fun For Kids

U10 Black and U10 Green - The Great Outdoors

U11 and U12 - Green Thumb

U13 - Sports Mad

U14 Red and U14 Black - The Boss (mums!)

U15 and Colts - Wine and Cheese

The generosity of our BUJSC community is always amazing and greatly appreciated!

Player & Parent News

The state of our pitch

As you have no doubt noticed over recent weeks the condition of our main playing pitch has deteriorated considerably. This is the result of a combination of high usage and weather conditions. This season we have 14 teams, including 2 senior men's and 1 senior women's, that share this pitch for training each week with some teams training twice a week.

Also, on average we have a dozen teams, counting opposition, playing on our main pitch over each Saturday and Sunday, and as you can see the pitch is unable to sustain a coverage of grass due to this usage which then becomes the mud and water pools that we have seen appear over the last few weeks.

This is obviously not ideal and we are in discussion with the Centennial Parks Management and The Barossa Council to provide a better outcome for us moving forward. This involves discussing options such as new turf, better drainage, a second main pitch, separate training pitch to name a few.

Checkout page 8 of the 1st of August edition of The Leader to see the Barossa Council's information in regards to a soccer pitch/facility upgrade.

I would ask all players and coaches to bear with the pitch condition and, during training especially, where possible look to use areas that have better grass coverage for drills or pre-match warm ups.

Thanks and if you have any thoughts on options for current or future pitch usage please feel free to contact me.

Chris Smith

Club President

E: president@barossaunited.com.au

M: 0487164 962

Thank you Felicity!

We would like to thank Felicity Trinne for her work as Treasurer for the last 2 seasons. Lots of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure the club runs smoothly and Felicity has been actively involved on the committee and through her role as treasurer. Thank you Felicity, we wish you and your family all the best next as you embark on new opportunities in Canberra.

This means we have an opening in the role as Treasurer for the club. No prior accounting experience is required, the club can show you the ropes! The commitment for this position is to attend monthly committee meetings, and manage the payment of the registrations and sports vouchers. Felicity has filled one of the shared treasurer roles, as we have a Match Day and Bank Reconciliation Treasurer also. You will also need to be willing to be a co-signature for cheques and online banking. If you are interested in assisting the club please contact Chris Smith, Club President, M: 0487 164 962.

Canteen

Thank you to the many parents that have been helping out during their teams canteen duty, and also to the parents stepping in and helping out when some teams have been short. It has been greatly appreciated. The canteen allows the club to raise valuable funds, which in turn allow us to support your children to play soccer.

ALDI MiniRoos

The ALDI MiniRoos program started on the 26th of July and will run for 8 weeks. Thank you to Greg Nattrass who is leading this program and being supported by Alex Worrall and Chris Smith. The club had a great response to the program and we have ended up full to the brim with 38 participants, ranging in age from 4 - 10. The program is running on Thursday nights from 4pm – 5pm, if your child is training on this night please be aware of the increased number of cars in the area.

Club Awards

Nominations close on August 31st for the club awards. Please send your nomination to Chris Smith at president@barossaunited.com.au, or use the nominations box located inside the club room.

Each season the BUJSC presents the following awards:

  • The Michael Anderson Memorial Award is for an individual Club member (coach, committee member, parent or volunteer) who has made a significant contribution to the club in the current season.
  • The Pat McNamara Award is for a group/team or person who has made a significant contribution to the club in the current season.
  • The Guy Martin Award is for a player who has made a significant contribution to the club in the current season.

Save The Date

Quiz Night: Saturday, 25th August

Presentation Day: Saturday, 15th September

Presentation Day is a fun day for players and families to get together and celebrate the soccer year and involves the trophy presentations for the players.

Around the Grounds

Recent U13 games
U13s v Ingle Farm Green
U10s Black v Modbury Vista Rangers in the Challenge Cup
The U10 Green Team fans!

Please send any photos of your recently games to include in our 'Around the Grounds' section to admin@barossaunited.com.au!

Contact Us

The Committee Members are always available to have a chat about how you can help out at the Club, or if you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss please feel free to contact us.

Chris Smith - President

0487 164 962 or president@barossaunited.com.au

Lisa Ognjanovic - Secretary

0410 917 824 or admin@barossaunited.com.au

Felicity Trinne - Treasurer

0438 942 884 or treasurer@barossaunited.com.au

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