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|Full name||Balcatta Football Club|
|League||NPL Western Australia|
|Website||Club home page|
Balcatta FC is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Balcatta, Perth, Western Australia. They compete in the National Premier Leagues Western Australia. The first team coach is Ramon Falzon with Bobby Taneski as the U20 team coach and Chris Thackery as the U18 team coach.
In the park of St. Lawrence Church, Main Street, Balcatta, a group of friends started to kick a soccer ball to end the boredom of the Sunday afternoons. Little did they know that this was the beginning of Balcatta Etna Soccer Cub. Within a short time the number of friends who wanted to play soccer grew dramatically as did the number of spectators.
The much-developed interest between the group of friends brought about the idea of forming a soccer team, and within several days a committee was formed. The majority of members were originally from a town called Ucria (province of Messina), Sicily. This being the case, it was decided to call the newborn club by a Sicilian symbol “Etna” being the largest volcano in Europe. After several months of preparation, the club was accepted as a member of the Soccer Federation of Western Australia and became officially known as Balcatta Etna Soccer Club.
In the first year, 1978, playing at the new home ground, Reader Reserve in Hector St, Mt Yokine. Etna acquired fifth position on the ladder. In the second year, 1979, Etna finished seventh position on the ladder. In the same year, a ladies committee was formed and a house was rented at 70 McDonald Street, Osborne Park for use as clubrooms.
The following year in 1980, a youth committee was formed for the purpose of helping promote the club. The management committee decided to strengthen the team and with the addition of new players, promotion was achieved from 4th to 3rd Division.
In 1982 the club amalgamated with the Balcatta Cats Junior Soccer Club, which led to expansion of the club. It was decided that a larger ground was needed to accommodate the increase in numbers and in 1985, the club was granted approval to use Grindleford Reserve (now Graham Burkett Reserve). For the following two years the club maintained a strong position in the senior rankings and the junior teams increased rapidly.
In 1987 the management committee decided to amalgamate with Perth Azzuri Soccer Club (now Perth SC) and East Fremantle Tricolore Soccer Club (now Fremantle City Football Club) and after numerous meetings and discussions the Perth ltalia Soccer Cub was formed. Representatives from all 3 clubs strongly contributed in establishing the finest soccer facilities in Western Australia at Dorrien Gardens.
For the next 3 years, Balcatta Etna did not field any senior teams and concentrated on promoting and improving the junior teams. In 1991, the management committee decided to enter a senior team to play in the Professional Soccer 3rd Division Competition. With the introduction of new coaches, players and an existing strong juniors camp.
It was the start of a new era. In 1993 the club took the step in fielding a senior women’s team. The girls finished the season being runners up in the final of the night series competition, won the Top Four Cup and the Premiership to gain promotion to 1st Division. It was no surprise that in the 1994 season, with so much talent, eleven of the girls were chosen to represent Western Australia in various age groups.
However, the clubrooms, which were built on a rubbish dump, were literally sinking into the ground. Walls started to crack and in 1994 discussions commenced with the local council to build new clubrooms. 1994 was a historic year in that the management committee decided to change the club's name to Balcatta Soccer Club. The seniors finished the season in 2nd position and were promoted to the 2nd Division.
In 1996, the senior’s team was promoted to the 1st Division and the committee’s main goal was to successfully complete the new clubrooms. With the assistance of the local council, club sponsors and dedicated committee members, the new clubrooms were completed and officially opened in 1997. 1998 was the most successful year on the park, with the seniors team qualifying for the semi-finals in the Night Series and achieving runners up in the final of the West Ham United FC Cup. One of the more pleasing aspect of the season was the development of some of the youth introduced to play at senior level. And the results of youth development proved a success when in 1999 the seniors team finished the season in the top five group.
With the appointment of a youth development officer in 2000, the club concentrated on improving the soccer skills of their youth players. This would enable the club to be in a position to offer a solid future for soccer within the community. In 2001, a sponsorship committee was formed and a target was set for them to achieve. The target was surpassed with ease and beyond the original expectations. With the continued hard work from the sponsorship committee the club continues to be amongst the top soccer clubs in Western Australia.
In 2002, a youth Committee was formed and they organized over 20 Xplosionz Under 18’s Dance Parties which were very popular and attended by up to 1000 people each month. They not only raised valuable funds for the club, but they also donated over $10,000.00 to Charity, including a live interview on Telethon.
In 2006, Elisa Di Vidio who played for the Premier Women’s Team in the highest league in Western Australia, won the Fairest & Best in the league and also won the Golden Boot Award for the leading goal scorer. The club also won 4 grand finals at under 13, under 16, under 19 and Social Premier level. On 17 August 2006 the good work of Balcatta Soccer Club was mentioned several times in Parliament House Canberra in a speech by Federal Member Michael Keenan.
In 2013 the club changed its name from Balcatta Soccer Club to Balcatta FC.
Colours and badge
The major colours for Balcatta is blue and red.
The Balcatta FC badge contains three sections. The top section shows the clubs Italian heritage through the Italian flag and the words 'Balcatta Soccer Club' beneath it. On the bottom left, the two main colours blue and red are displayed in vertical stripes. Next to it is Mt. Etna erupting a soccer ball showing the history of the Etna days.
Balcatta play their home matches at Grindleford Reserve. The committee is currently planning a new stadium located at the Vasto Centre which will reach the requirements from Football West for a designated seating area and undercover area that will fit 1000 supporters. In the interim two new all seater stands are being completed at Grindleford for the 2015 Season.
Balcatta's fanbase is consistently strong every week with a well balanced community of fans. Games between Perth SC and Balcatta is always a strong crowd mainly due to the Italian heritage rivalry. The Balcatta/Perth matches are always a highlight of the season and the supporter culture factors the fierce rivalry.
As of 6 April 2012
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Football West State League:
- Football West State League Division 1:
- Winners (1): 2009
- Night Series Winners (1): 2008
- Coach of the Year: Salv Todaro 2009
- Night Series Winners (1): 2008
- Winners (1): 2009
- Football West State League Division 2:
- Winners (1): 1981