Women’s Supporters Day a Success

Congratulations go to the Grange Thistle Women’s City League 5 team who punched out a winning performance to delight a sizable crowd at the annual Women’s Supporters Day at Lanham Park on Sunday.

Fourth-placed Annerley FC is the team to chase down if Grange Thistle is to reach the finals in 2014 and they were deservedly beaten, even though the final score was only 1-0. Many excellent chances on goal were created by the home side but it was a penalty from a hand ball that led to the deciding goal. After initial hesitation from nearby players to take the spot kick, young gun, Eloise Stout, stepped up to the spot coolly. Her strike was valiantly saved by the goal keeper but Stout followed up and converted the rebound sending the crowd into celebration. Her seventh goal from only five matches makes her the leading goal scorer to date.

There was a scare in the final minute of the match when an indirect free kick was awarded inside the Thistle box but hearty scrambling defence led by Steph Hogan, which was an important factor throughout the match, saw the home side through to the final whistle. The crucial win moves Grange Thistle into fifth place on the ladder with four games to go.

Playing Surface Conditions

Grange Thistle recently received an enquiry from a member regarding our plans to improve the playing surfaces at Lanham Park. Consequently, the Club wishes to take this opportunity to inform all members and supporters as to what is happening behind the scenes to improve the playing fields currently and also what is being planned for the future in this regard.

The Club takes the health and state of the grounds seriously, and is demonstrating this through investment in the fields. The Club has an annual field maintenance budget and employs the services of a professional contractor who is implementing a custom-designed Field Maintenance and Works Programme for the 2014 season. This is a significant cost in the context of our limited revenues and the ongoing expense of aging facilities generally.

Some ways that the Football Committee has sought to slow the deterioration of the surfaces over the length of this season have been to:
• reduce traffic on Field 1 by re-allocating some junior matches on to Field 2;
• restrict the use of all fields during school holidays and
• lease training space at Prentice Park, Lutwyche for both junior and senior teams.

Additionally, the Board of Directors recently secured external funding (associated with successfully attaining Level 1 National Accreditation) to engage the services of a professional grant writing company to apply for a number of grants, most of which relate to the improvement of the field surfaces and field lighting.

The Club has also been working closely with various relevant governments, schools and other local sporting groups in a bid to negotiate extra field space to further lighten the load on our playing fields.

Grange Thistle is always looking for enthusiastic members and supporters who are interested in helping the Club to move forward and improve, so if you are interested in getting involved at any level, please contact us via email on gtfc@outlook.com.

A Member’s Account of the Logan Cup by Craig Buerckner

The twelve Under 9 teams in the competition were divided into two pools of six teams. Our team played five games during the competition with each game having 25-minute halves and a five-minute break between halves, so this was going to be a true test for the boys. When the organisers asked for ‘pitches’, the curator thought they meant ‘cricket-pitches’, because that was the approximate dimensions of the playing arenas and with goals the size for squirts this might get ugly. However, with 7 players either side and a size 3 ball in the middle, soccer was the game and we were on like Donkey Kong.

The 1st game saw Grange win 5-1 against Lions FC, with Hayden volunteering to go goalie, and Heath running amok with Darcy, James, Kai & Hamish to score heavily against the boys from Richlands we were off to a good start.

Game 2 saw Grange come up against the hosts… Rochedale! This was going to be a very tough match with Rochedale having the crowd support and home ground advantage. The boys went out with heaps of confidence but found themselves down 1 nil early on. The solid backline of Jacques, Bailey and Kai kept Grange in the game but the final score was 3-2 to Rochedale, with Rochedale’s winning goal being scored from a lucky floater from inside their half which went over the goalie’s head. At end of Day 1 we were sitting 2nd in our pool on goal difference.

On day 2, Game 3 was an absolute cracker against the boys from Redlands. The standard of play and the skills shown in this game were truly outstanding. It was a joy to watch and be a part of it. The boys went down 1-nil with Redlands scoring the goal off a free kick after it took a deflection and beat our keeper. This is the best I have seen the boys play.
Game 4 against Logan Central was a must win game to stay in the running, and the boys showed that when they play football as a team they are hard to beat, winning this game and finishing day 2 with 2 wins and 2 losses in the Cup so far

The final game, Game 5 on day 3, was against JPC (John Paul College). Spurred on by bold running & passing by a resurgent midfield of James, Hamish & Darcy (and with the Grange coach making more changes than a political party’s policy-decision room at half time), Grange got up to play the perfect half of 7v7 soccer, coming away with a great win (6-1), conceding nothing in defence in the second half. Bailey and Jacques took a pummelling as the goalies, but stood firm and continued to repel everything that came their way. The final result of the cup was that we finished 2nd in our pool just behind Redlands who went on to beat Magic in the finals.

The U12s had only 4 teams entered in their competition (Grange, Logan, Rochedale and Magic United) so they all played each team twice over the 3-day tournament. The biggest challenge for the boys was going back to playing Small Side Football 9v9 on a smaller pitch and even smaller goals after playing this season on a full size pitch. The Under 12s played very well and were only beaten by Magic United from the Gold Coast. It was a great effort from the boys.

Congratulations to all players from both teams and parents for what was a brilliant way to spend the last 3 days of holidays.

Upskilling Our Coaches

Grange Thistle has organised a grass roots coaching course to be held at Lanham Park on Wednesday 30th July from 6pm to 9pm.

This course will be run by Football Queensland and is designed to explore the “Discovery phase” for prospective and existing coaches of 5-9 year old players.

The 3 hour course is fully practical and encourages participants to develop practices that are based on fun. The emphasis is on the natural development of children’s skills and the process of learning by playing football. Participants will be exposed to basic rules of the game as well as tips and hints on building players’ love for football in a completely practical setting.

This course is offered free of charge and we encourage any members who are coaches or who are interested in future coaching to attend. Places are limited and you will need to register via the below weblink:

Football Academy Full for U9, 10 & 11

Due to overwhelming demand, please note that there are no more places available in the June 2014 offering of the Grange Thistle Football Academy for the U9, U10 and U11 age groups.

There are still places available for the U12 and U13 age groups but places are limited so please register now.

For further details please see our Football Academy page.