Cooma FC

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Cooma FC
Cooma FC.png
Full name Cooma Football Club
Nickname(s) Tigers
Founded 1952
Ground Nijong Oval
Ground Capacity 1000
Ground Coordinates 36°13′52.5″S 149°7′15.5″E / 36.231250°S 149.120972°E / -36.231250; 149.120972Coordinates: 36°13′52.5″S 149°7′15.5″E / 36.231250°S 149.120972°E / -36.231250; 149.120972
Chairman Harry Hovasapian
Manager Gaby Wilk
League NPL Capital Football
2017 6th
Website Club website
Current season

Cooma Football Club (also known as Tigers FC and formally as Cooma Tigers) is an Australian semi-professional association football club based in Cooma, New South Wales. The club is affiliated with Capital Football and currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Capital Football in the ACT. Cooma's home venue is Nijong Oval and the Tigers are twice league champions and once league premiers.


Cooma Football Club was formed in 1952 by the workforce of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme which attracted people from all over the world to the Australian Alps. Cooma FC is one of the oldest continuous Football Clubs in Australia with a very proud tradition considering the small region in which it resides.[1]

17 August 2014, Cooma won the league premiership for the first time in the clubs sixty-three year history. The Tigers defeated title rivals Belconnen United 3-0 at home to clinch the title.[2]

In 2015, Cooma FC announced a partnership with Tuggeranong club Brindabella Blues FC. The partnership saw Brindabella Blues administer and run the U12, U14 and U16 NPL programs out of Brindabella's home at Calwell District Playing Fields while the U18, U20 and senior NPL programs remain based in Cooma with Cooma FC. Premier League teams playing under this agreement would thereafter be known as Tigers FC.[3]

In 2016, the Tigers fell short of winning the league title by three points as Canberra Olympic claimed the premiership.[4] In the finals series Cooma lost the major semi-final to Olympic 5-3 on penalties after the two sides drew 2-2 after 120 minutes. Tigers had looked certain to advance to the grand final as they headed into the final minutes of the match 2-1 up but a late goal by Colombian striker Phillippe Bernabo-Madrid sent the match into extra time.[5] Cooma advanced to the preliminary final against Canberra FC but a number of injuries in the lead up to the match saw a depleted Tigers lose the match 1-5 and end the club's season.[6] Cooma also missed out on reaching the round of 32 of the FFA Cup in 2016 when they lost the Capital Football Federation Cup final to Olympic 1-3 at Deakin Stadium on 18 June 2016.[7]


Football department[edit]

As of 6 March 2017[8]
2017 Coaching Staff
NPL First Team
Pos Name Pos Name
HC Australia Gaby Wilk AC Australia Nic Tonini
NPL U20s
HC Australia Harry Hovasapian AC Australia Nic Tonini
NPL U18s
HC Australia Vacant AC Australia Vacant
NPL U16s
HC Australia Manny Notaras AC Australia Vacant
NPL U13s
HC Australia Adam Small AC Australia Vacant
Technical Director
TD Australia Lino Fiorese

Club management[edit]

As of 6 March 2017[9]
Club Management
Position Name
Club President Australia Harry Hovasapian
Vice President Vacant
Secretary Australia Libby Hovasapian
Treasurer Australia Donna Anderson
Junior Coordinator Australia Mark Burke
State League Coordinator Australia Dave Reading

Club identity[edit]

Club colours[edit]

Tigers FC alternative crest used by NPL teams for Cooma FC and Brindabella Blues FC

Cooma FC have traditionally identified with yellow and black colours but since the partnerships with Brindabella the club at NPL level has also incorporated blue along with yellow and black. This is represented in the Tigers FC alternative crest and club jerseys.

Club philosophy and culture[edit]

Cooma FC has developed a clear vision, mission and set of values for the club and everyone involved with the club to incorporate and aspire to.[10]

  • The Tiger's vision: "To have the highest standard of sportsmanship and good fellowship while promoting the sport and spirit of football (the World Game) in our region."
  • The Tiger's mission: To be a positive and safe football centre of excellence, where players of all ages can reach and excel at the highest levels of competition.
  • The Tiger's values: Development | Respect | Fairness | Family | Fun

Club facilities[edit]

The Tiger's home ground is Nijong Oval, located in the middle of Cooma. The facility has three grass fields and a clubhouse with a canteen, change rooms, bathrooms and storage.


Premiers (1): 2014
Champions (2): 2006, 2012
Runner-up (5): 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2016

Season-by-season results[edit]

The below table is updated with the statistics and final results for Belconnen United FC following the conclusion of each National Premier League Capital Football season.

Cooma FC (Tigers FC) Season-by-Season Results
Ref Season GP W D L GF GA GD PTS Finish Finals
[11] 2013 23 10 1 12 28 54 -26 31 5th Did not qualify
[12] 2014 16 13 1 2 54 17 +37 40 1st Lost Major Semi-Final vs. Belconnen United, 0-6
Lost Preliminary Final vs. Canberra FC, 0-3
[13] 2015 16 12 1 3 52 27 +25 34! 2nd Lost Major Semi-Final vs. Canberra FC, 1-2
Lost Preliminary Final vs. Canberra Olympic, 1-4
[14] 2016 18 13 3 2 61 28 +33 42 2nd Lost Major Semi-Final vs. Canberra Olympic, 2-2 (3-5 p.s)
Lost Preliminary Final vs. Canberra FC, 1-5
[15] 2017 18 9 0 9 40 37 +3 27 6th Did not qualify

! Cooma Tigers were penalised three competition points due to a breach of NPL playing roster conditions.[16]


  1. ^ "Brief History". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Gaskin, Lee (2014-08-17). "Cooma Tigers win Capital Football NPL championship for first time". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  3. ^ "BBFC & Cooma SC form NPL partnership – Tigers FC". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Entrants confirmed for PS4 NPL 2016 Finals Series". 2016-09-02. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  5. ^ Dutton, Chris (2016-08-28). "Capital Football: Canberra Olympic win tense shootout with Tigers to book grand final spot". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  6. ^ Helmers, Caden (2016-09-05). "Capital Football NPL: Canberra FC advance to the decider with Cooma thumping". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  7. ^ Hall, James (2016-06-18). "Canberra Olympic to play on national stage in FFA Cup". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  8. ^ "NPL Coaches". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Committee". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  10. ^ "Cooma FC & Brindabella Blues FC Launch New NPL Partnership Tigers FC". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  11. ^ "2013 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  12. ^ "2014 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  13. ^ "2015 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  14. ^ "2016 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  15. ^ "2017 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  16. ^ "Cooma Tigers lose Canberra NPL competition points for playing-roster breach". Canberra Times. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 

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