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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – PAGE 13
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By Lee Maker
Last season heralded a
decade milestone for the
popular Woodside Warriors
Soccer Club fielding teams
in the Adelaide Hills Junior
Soccer Association (AHJSA).
The Warriors boast the striking club
colours of blue and red stripes and has
its home-base and new club-rooms for
both junior girls and boys and senior
teams at the Woodside Recreation
Ground, the sporting mecca of the
The Woodside Recreation Ground
has facilities for tennis, cricket,
netball, Australian rules as well as the
The club had humble beginnings with
locals Chris Jones and Pete Lupton
approaching the Woodside Primary
School to see if there was enough
interest to form one or two junior
As news spread it wasn’t long before
there were considerable interest and
the school agreed to form some teams
and manage the clubs affairs under
the auspices of the school.
After just one season, the club had
grown so fast it was agreed the club
should form its own committee to
manage its affairs.
In 2007 the club left the apron
strings of the school, creating its own
constitution and started the season
under its own steam.
With each year the club has grown
from strength to strength, peaking at
a healthy 186 registered players in
2009, which made the club the second
biggest in the association.
One of the great strengths of the club
has been the passionate, enthusiastic
and dedicated people that have
served on the committee.
Largely through their efforts, in 2013
the club was able to construct its own
clubrooms with canteen/bar facilities
as well as toilets and large function
In addition, the installation of
floodlights over its two ovals makes it
the envy of the association.
The quote from ‘Field of Dreams’, “If
you build it, they will come”, is quite
fitting for this club.
On the field the club has progressively
stronger through their
junior ranks enjoying many recent
Both the under 16 and under 17 girls’
teams claimed back to back league
and cup titles and in 2015 the under
12 team also claimed the league title.
The club caters for boys and girls
starting with the development squad
where players from 5–7 years of age
and are introduced to the game, right
through to its oldest junior team being
the under 17 girls team.
Teams fielded from under 8 through
to under 10’s play non-competitive
games on a Saturday on a modified
pitch with under 12s and upwards
playing competitive games on the full
Over the years the club has
produced countless great players,
with many players being picked in the
Associations representative squads,
as well as some individuals being
picked for state and international
Season 2014 heralded the formation
of senior teams at the club, which were
initially created to enable a pathway
for players who would complete their
junior soccer once they turned 17.
It also enabled older players, who
lived locally to join the club.
It entered a team into the Collegiate
League debuting in Division 5 finishing
in the middle of the table.
The seniors team was coached for
most of the last two seasons by Andy
In 2014 the team was captained by
Lee Maker, who has been at the club
since it’s conception.
Liam Harding who had progressed
through the clubs junior ranks was the
top goal scorer.
Ryan Hill inherited the on-field
leadership role in 2015, while Matt
Thoday enjoyed being the club’s top
Both Ryan and Matt had also played
their junior soccer with the Club.
The ever youthful Terry Humphris
became the oldest recorded player to
score a competitive, first team goal in
the Adelaide Hills last season, when
he netted in his mid-50s, emphasising
the vast range of youth and experience
the seniors possess.
Current club chairman Will Hannaford
said the Woodside Warriors Soccer
Club is a great grass-roots local family
club where kids and adults of any skill
level are encouraged to have a go,
develop their skills and have fun along
“We have some really good coaches
who know the game and get the best
out of the kids and we have a fantastic
new clubroom where parents can get
out of the winter weather to enjoy a
hot drink,” said Hannaford.
Each junior team has its own coach
and team manager, whilst the seniors
are preparing for their third season
with Andy Thorpe continuing again as
Thorpe has guided the seniors
through 2014 and 2015 and is keenly
looking forward to his third season at
the coaching helm.
Thorpe is hoping to capitalise on
the continuing interest and growth of
the seniors at the club by nominating
a reserves side in the Collegiate
League, effectively doubling the
The club will be holding its registration
day on February 14 between 9 and 11
at its home ground.
All existing and new players in both
junior and seniors are encouraged to
attend to secure their spot in one of
the exciting Warriors teams.
Any potential sponsors are also
welcome to attend.
If you would like further information
please visit the clubs website at http://
Woodside Warriors –
from strength to strength
By Andrew Marshall
Something unique will happen in
the South Australian soccer world
this season and it will take place in
The rise of soccer in the Mt Barker
township has resulted in the local Mt Barker
Crusaders Soccer Club growing from a
single senior team, peddling their wares in
the lower echelons of the South Australian
amateur leagues to this year’s position
hitting its highest level to date.
With entry into the Football Federation of
South Australia (FFSA) State League, the
club will also be running four senior men’s
teams and its highly successful senior
women’s teams into the 2016 seasons.
Along with this, the junior side of the club
will be running its local Adelaide Hills Junior
Soccer Association (AHJSA) teams at all
age levels for both girls and boys, including
two teams that will compete in the FFSA
Junior Premier League (JPL) at the Under
12 and Under 15 levels.
This new direction centres around the
club being able to offer soccer to all ages,
genders and at both social and elite levels.
This will provide the Mt Barker community
with some of the best value soccer in the
respective leagues, as well as access to
the elite level of soccer.
Mt Barker Crusaders Soccer Club offers
some of the best floodlit training facilities
in the Hills at Anembo Park and a unique
game day environment at Cornerstone
College’s Morella Oval, which has one of
the best playing surfaces in the Hills.
This year marks the culmination of five
years of intense planning and effort from
the club to provide its “Pathways to Soccer
in Mt Barker” program and soccer will be
taken to the next level in the community.
Mt Barker’s General Manager Andrew
Marshall said the continuing growth and
demographic of the township requires
local sporting clubs to provide greater
opportunities and openings to meet the
“We have developed our Pathway to
soccer strategy to provide everyone in the
Mt Barker community with an opportunity
to play soccer in their locale with access to
excellent coaches, facilities and friendship
groups that will make their experience
increasingly more enjoyable.
“Our focus has also been on delivering a
cost effective product that ensures no one
is excluded from participation.
“We expect to have over 325 players at
the club next season, but we have created
capacity to meet this demand at both junior
and senior levels.”
As a not for profit organisation, the
club relies on the generosity of the local
business community usually in the form of
With the introduction of new teams and
entry into the FFSA State league the club
faces additional costs related to venue hire,
training, coaching, and equipment.
When talking about the involvement of
sporting clubs and business in supporting
local clubs and groups Mr Marshall
said there is a great chance in 2016 for
businesses to create great synergies not
just with the Mt Barker Soccer Club but
also other groups in the Mt Barker area,
especially with the growth of population
introducing potential new customers to the
Sporting clubs provide an excellent way for
businesses to be recognised for what they
Places are still available at all levels of the
club from FFSA Seniors, Collegiate Social
teams (men’s) for all ability levels, the
women’s senior teams and all age groups
at junior level including Under 15 FFSA JPL
The community has embraced the Mt
Barker Crusaders and this is reflected in
the number of players who both play at the
club and return year after year.
If you want to be part of this Mt Barker
soccer community, whether as a business
sponsor or player, regardless of experience,
contact the club through its website at www.
mbusc.com.au or email andrew.marshall@
mbusc.com.au for more information on
what we offer and where you can fit in.
Soccer for all
the best pitch
in Hills sport
Woodside Warriors Soccer Club continue to prosper.
(from left) President Will Hannaford, Mack Johnston, Tom Riches, Sam Johnston, Charlotte Knipe,
Alec Knipe and Lee Maker.
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