Cooma FC

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Cooma FC
Cooma FC.png
Full nameCooma Football Club
GroundNijong Oval
Coordinates36°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
ChairmanHarry Hovasapian
ManagerGaby Wilk
LeagueNPL ACT1
WebsiteClub 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]

In 2014, Cooma won the league premiership for the first time in the club's 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. The 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 30 January 2019[8]
2019 Coaching Staff Tigers FC
NPL First Team
Pos Name Pos Name
HC Australia Ryan Grogan AC Australia Jair Wilk & Ivan Olivares
HC Australia TBA AC Australia Vacant
NPL U18s
HC Australia TBA AC Australia
NPL U16s
HC Australia Steve Kunovec AC Australia Vacant
NPL U14s
HC Australia Nigel Tranter AC Australia
NPL U13s
HC Australia Sasha Dordevic AC Australia Lukas Cole
Technical Director
TD Australia Ryan Grogan

Club management[edit]

As of 30 January 2018[9]
Club Management
Position Name
Club President Australia Harry Hovasapian
Vice President Australia Daniel Walker
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 in the NPL between 2015 and 2018 by combined Cooma FC and Brindabella Blues FC teams
Cooma FC has traditionally identified with yellow and black colours but between 2015 and 2018, with the partnership with Brindabella Blues at NPL level, the club also incorporated blue along with yellow and black. This was represented in the Tigers FC alternative crest and club kits over this period.

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 Cooma FC (Tigers FC) following the conclusion of each National Premier League Capital Football season.

Champions Runners-up Third place
Cooma FC (Tigers FC) Season-by-Season Results
Ref Season National Premier League ACT NPL
Top scorer
GP W D L GF GA GD PTS League Finals Name Goals
[11] 2013 23 10 1 12 28 54 −26 31 5th RU Robbie Catternach 13
[12] 2014 16 13 1 2 54 17 +37 40 Premiers PF QF 2R Stephen Domenici 12
[13] 2015 16 12 1 3 52 27 +25 34! 2nd PF SF Alex Oloriegbe 19
[14] 2016 18 13 3 2 61 28 +33 42 2nd PF RU Stephen Domenici 21
[15] 2017 18 9 0 9 40 37 +3 27 6th QF Nicolas Abot 15
[16] 2018 16 9 1 6 41 38 +3 28 3rd PF 2R Nicolas Villafane 19

! Cooma Tigers were penalised three competition points due to a breach of NPL playing roster conditions.[17]


  1. ^ "Brief History". Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  2. ^ Gaskin, Lee (17 August 2014). "Cooma Tigers win Capital Football NPL championship for first time". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  3. ^ "BBFC & Cooma SC form NPL partnership – Tigers FC". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Entrants confirmed for PS4 NPL 2016 Finals Series". 2 September 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  5. ^ Dutton, Chris (28 August 2016). "Capital Football: Canberra Olympic win tense shootout with Tigers to book grand final spot". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  6. ^ Helmers, Caden (5 September 2016). "Capital Football NPL: Canberra FC advance to the decider with Cooma thumping". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  7. ^ Hall, James (18 June 2016). "Canberra Olympic to play on national stage in FFA Cup". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  8. ^ "NPL Coaches". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Committee". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Cooma FC & Brindabella Blues FC Launch New NPL Partnership Tigers FC". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  11. ^ "2013 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  12. ^ "2014 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  13. ^ "2015 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  14. ^ "2016 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  15. ^ "2017 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  16. ^ "2018 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Cooma Tigers lose Canberra NPL competition points for playing-roster breach". The Canberra Times. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.

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