West Adelaide SC

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West Adelaide SC
West Adelaide SC Hellas logo
Full name West Adelaide Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Hellas, Westies
Founded 1962
Ground Hellas Park, Churchill Road Kilburn from 2015 (West Beach for 2014)
Chairman Alex Alexandrou
Manager Paul Pezos
League National Premier Leagues South Australia
2013 1st, State League (promoted)
Website Club home page

West Adelaide Soccer Club is an Australian soccer club from Adelaide, Australia. Currently it plays in the FFSA National Premier League Competition. It participated in the National Soccer League from the 1977 season until the end of the 1998/99 season, except for the periods 1987-89 and 1990-91. It was also known as West Adelaide Hellas and Adelaide Sharks. They played in various blue and white strips, and played most of their NSL home games at Hindmarsh Stadium. The senior arm of the club re-formed in 2008 and is currently playing in the National Premier Leagues South Australia, coached by one of the former NSL stars of the club, Joel Porter.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1962[1] as an amalgamation between West Adelaide Soccer Club (formed 1910) and Hellenic Athletic & Soccer Club (formed 1945 as Olympic Soccer Club) which had been banned by the state association due to spectator violence.[2] Hellas was supported by the local Greek Australian community. The almalgamated club played under the name West Adelaide Hellas, and quickly became one of the dominant clubs in the South Australian 1st Division, winning six titles from 1966-76. Joining the NSL as a foundation member in 1977, in 1978 the club became the only non-Sydney based team to win the NSL championship in the years 1977-1983, a late goal by Vic Bozanic earning a draw against local rival Adelaide City on the final day of the season, which was enough to win the title by a point from Sydney City.

From 1979 until 1986 however, the club struggled especially in the early to mid eighties, with poor presidency and committee management leading to the cutting of players salaries and breaking of players contracts. A failure to make the finals in the conference system years of 1984-86 making them a prime candidate as one of the clubs to be dumped back to the state leagues when the NSL reformed its conference system back to a single division. A three season spell in the South Australian 1st Division followed, which saw two titles and a second place finish. Re-instated to the NSL for the 1989/90 season, the club performed poorly finishing 13th, and was bumped back to the state league for another two year spell, where they won another two titles.

West Adelaide were once again re-instated into the NSL for season 1991/92, and despite another 13th place finish, the club managed to reach the finals in two of the three following seasons. During this time the club also changed its name to the Adelaide Sharks in an attempt to broaden its appeal outside its Greek migrant base. But gradually declining performances on the field, and a worsening financial situation off it, saw the club's senior arm fold at the end of 1998/99 season. The West Adelaide Juniors continued at Park B27 for the next seven years and finally in 2008 were reinstated with seniors. Thirty-five years to the day that West Adelaide claimed the National Soccer League title the club added another landmark moment to their proud history. The senior side secured promotion back to the top-tier of South Australian football having completed an undefeated championship season and to claim back to back state league titles.The West Adelaide Soccer Club are currently in the FFSA National Premier League

2014 National Premier Leagues[edit]

On Friday the 21st of February 2014 A proud day for the club, launching the opening of the season with a crowd of 2600 against rivals Adelaide City in a match which finished in a 1-1 draw. This was one of the largest attendances in South Australian league football in recent times.[3]

Honours[edit]

  • National Soccer League Champions: 1978
  • National Soccer League Finalists: 1992/1993, 1994/1995
  • NSL Cup (Runners Up): 1981, 1986
  • South Australian 1st Division Champions: 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
  • South Australian 2nd Division Champions: 1982
  • South Australian Federation Cup Winners: 1964, 1967, 1999
  • South Australian U/19 Federation Cup Winners: 1969, 1971,
  • South Australian SF Premier Cup Winners: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
  • South Australian Ampol Cup Winners: 1964, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1988, 1993
  • South Australian Coca-Cola Cup Winners: 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • FFSA Junior U/15 Cup Winners: 2007
  • FFSA Finals Top 5 State League Winners: 2008
  • FFSA State League Champions : 2012, 2013
  • 3XY Cup Winners : 2014

Individual Honours[edit]

South Australia Player of the Year

National Soccer League Player of the Year

  • 1985 - Graham Honeyman

National Soccer League U/21 Player of the Year

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Lewis Moss
3 Australia DF Jace Cummins
4 Australia DF Yianni Sarris
5 Australia DF Michael Alexandrou
6 Australia MF Elias Vlassis
8 Australia MF Kosta Mantis
10 Portugal FW Ricardo Da Silva
11 Australia MF Tom Briscoe
No. Position Player
12 England MF Joe Wright
13 Australia DF Paul Pezos (Captain)
14 Australia FW Nathan Andijanto
16 Australia MF Tom Guttormsen
17 England MF Liam Miller
18 Australia DF Jordan Watson
19 Australia GK Kon Tsacos

Former players[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Eastern Suburbs
NSL Champions
1978
Succeeded by
Marconi Stallions