Rockdale City Suns made it back to back wins by taking out the 2016 edition of the Maso Cup.
The tournament pitted teams from across the country including:
- Melbourne based outfits Preston Lions, Sydenham Park, and Altona Magic;
- Queensland based Sunshine Lions;
- Hunter based Broadmeadow Magic and Newcastle Suns;
- Queanbeyan FC from the ACT
- Illawarra teams Wollongong United, Cringila Lions and Shell Cove Barbarians; and
- Sydney based Rockdale City Suns, Arncliffe Scots, Bankstown City Lions and Yagoona Lions.
The 2016 edition also featured an over 35 division and a women’s edition.
Despite heavy rain in the lead-up to the event, co-hosts Wollongong United and Cringila Lions did well to ensure games proceeded.
In the main competition, it was a dominant performance by the Suns played before large and vocal crowds across the 2 days of competition.
After finishing top of their group, the Suns defeated rising Victorian outfit Sydenham Park 2-1 in the semi-final.
In the final, it was the Suns who won 2-0 over co-hosts and reigning Illawarra Premier League champions, Wollongong United, courtesy of goals from new recruits Blake Riciutto and Peter Makrillos. The tournament also saw the debut of fellow new recruit Alec Canak.
The Suns, led by 2016 skipper Daniel Petkovski, will be looking to build on their first up showing in the coming weeks with several trial games against fellow NPL 1 teams.
In the over 35’s division, the Rockdale side, which including notable former players including Bill Pilovski, Pece Apolevski and Alex Kotevich, were unfortunate in losing the final in a thrilling penalty shoot-out.
The 2017 edition will be returning to Sydney before the 2018 edition which will be held in Melbourne.
Rockdale City Suns Press Release
1: Team photo
2: Macedonian Ambassador to Australia Mr Vele Trpevski presenting the 2016 trophy to Captain Daniel Petkovski
3: Assistant Coach Matthew Ribarovski and Player Coach Paul Reid
SAP [Skills Acquisition Program&91; 2016 Trials
Rockdale City Suns FC will be holding trials for the 2016 Skills Acquisition Program.
Sunday 22nd November 2015
Under 9 @ 8.30am
Under 10 @ 10.00am
Under 11 @ 11.30am
Under 12 @ 1.00pm
Additional sessions may be added - watch this space for details.
Location: Changed To Bicentennial Training Fields [Behind Main Stadium - Off President Avenue&91;
Forms: Please download trial form <here>
Requirements: Live in the St.George, Eastern Suburbs, or Canterbury District Areas.
Equiptment: Form, Soccer Boots, Shin Pads and Water Bottle.
Arrival: 20-30min prior start time to register.
For further information, contact Rockdale City Suns on 'RockdaleCitySunsFootballClub@gmail.com'.
2015 AGM [Annual General Meeting&91; @ Ilinden Sports Centre, Sunday 15th November @ 9:00am. Members can renew at the door.
Rockdale City Suns FC are looking for a couple of SAP coaches to be a part of our 2016 program. If you are interested please contact Michale Grbevski (TD) on 0409122558 OR Robbie Geroski (Youth President) 0402355478 or email CV or Expression Of Interest to email@example.com.
Premier Youth League
U13 - No 5 [Left Back Required&91;
U14 \ U15 - Squads Completed
U16 - No 9 & 4/5 Required
Trial Details & Form Below - For additional information please contact Michael Grbevski (TD) on 0409122558.
Magic of the Cup: Rockdale fans made their mark during their side's 3-2 FFA Cup loss to Melbourne Victory. Photo: Getty Images
Melbourne Victory remain on course for a 2015 domestic double after surviving a scare against NSW National Premier League club Rockdale City Suns in the round of 16 of the FFA Cup on Tuesday night.
The minnows from Sydney's southern suburbs would have felt aggrieved to have come so close to achieving an upset after having outplayed the A-League champions for much of the match before suffering a 3-2 loss at WIN Jubilee Oval.
Not only did they control the tempo and dictate the play, they also peppered Victory's goal in the early stages of the game.
The ever-lively duo Toufic Alameddine and Idriss El Hafiane tested Victory keeper Danny Vukovic while the giant frame of former Gold Coast United striker Dylan Macallister remained a constant target.
However it was the nimble fullback Hristian Tanoski that should have twice given the hosts the lead, once when a solo effort was superbly denied by Vukovic and also when his glancing header shaved the wrong side of the upright.
An upset wasn't just on the cards, but seemed inevitable as a sluggish Victory provided little response to the sixth-placed side of the NSW NPL1 season. However almost unjustly to the boisterous crowd, class prevailed as Melbourne took an unlikely lead.
Victory's Jesse Makarounas made Rockdale rue those missed chances with a composed finish on the stroke of half-time that would have softened the tone of coach Kevin Muscat's team talk.
There may have been a sense of cruelty dealt by Victory's first goal but there was nothing but awe about their second. Fahid Ben Khalfallah split Rockdale's defence with a clever lob into into the box and a perfectly-timed run by Besart Berisha turned that pass into the net via his forehead.
But just as the door appeared to be shut on a Rockdale upset, the Suns were gifted a chance to claw back from the spot after a referee Katie Patterson awarded a penalty for a hand ball in the box.
Amid the silence of anticipation and haze from a flare, Marko Jesic calmly slotted to keep Rockdale's hope of a quarter-final berth alive.
Even after Makarounas had appeared to kill-off any real chances of a fight back with a stunning long range goal that boosted his chances for a first-team place in the A-League season, the hosts refused to surrender. A late own goal by Vcitory's Leigh Broxham ensured the 4165 fans didn't head for the exits before full-time.
Three consecutive corners in the dying minutes of the match had the crowd on their feet and despite a late penalty claim being correctly waved away, Victory held on for a nervy win.
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Expression of interest for 2016 U20s Team. Rockdale City Suns are seeking Quality U20's players with a view to development and progress into the 1st team.
Prospective players to contact Archie [Achilleas&91; on 0402726500 for more details.
2016 COACHING POSITIONS
In preparation for both the 2016 National Premier League Football Competition, and the 2016 Skills Aquisition Program, the Rockdale City Suns Football Club is taking expressions of interest in all coaching roles and is looking to add to our current coaching staff. Considerations will be taken for the following age groups;
- SAP U9
- SAP U10
- SAP U11
- SAP U12
- PL Youth U13
- PL Youth U14
- PL Youth U15
- PL Youth U16
Please send expressions of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
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