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Gungahlin United FC
Gungahlin United FC logo.png
Full nameGungahlin United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Gunners
Founded1963 (as Juventus SC)
1997 (as Gungahlin Juventus)
GroundGungahlin Enclosed Oval
Coordinates35°11′6″S 149°7′38″E / 35.18500°S 149.12722°E / -35.18500; 149.12722Coordinates: 35°11′6″S 149°7′38″E / 35.18500°S 149.12722°E / -35.18500; 149.12722
PresidentNeil Harlock
Head CoachMarcial Munoz
LeagueNPL ACT1
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Gungahlin United Football Club (formerly Juventus SC and Gungahlin Juventus SC) is an Australian semi-professional football club based in the Canberra district of Gungahlin, ACT. Gungahlin currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Capital Football with home matches played at the recently constructed Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.


The club was established by the local Canberra Italian community in 1963 under the name Juventus Soccer Club, inspired by the Italian club of the same name. Juventus competed in the ACT Division One and the Federation Cup in their inaugural season. The following year the club won the league, receiving qualification to the Australia Cup. They competed in the 1965 and 1967 Australia Cup, where they failed to progress past the first round.[1][2]

In 1973, Juventus SC toured New Zealand between 30 September and 7 October. Juventus was one of the first sporting teams from the ACT to tour New Zealand. The club started the tour in Auckland at Newmarket Park with matches against Auckland and Auckland U23s. Juventus lost both matches 1–3 and 0–3 respectively. Juventus' second tour destination took the club to Muir Park in Hamilton to take on Hamilton AFC on 4 October. Juventus and Hamilton drew 1–1 with a goal from M Valeri securing the visitors a draw. 6 October, Juventus continued its tour in the New Zealand capital of Wellington when they faced off against Wellington City at Rongotai College. Juventus repeated its feats in Hamilton and secured a second 1–1 draw of the tour with J Campbell scoring for Juve. Juventus finished its tour on 7 October at English Oval in the city of Christchurch. Juve succumbed to a 2–0 loss at the hands of Christchurch United.[3]

In 1997, Juventus Soccer Club established the Gungahlin Juventus Soccer Club to cater for the growing number of players in the Gungahlin region.[4]

27 September 2002, Gungahlin Juventus expanded junior operations for boys and girls by incorporating a new separate association under the name Gungahlin Junior Soccer Club (ACT). The new association retained the traditional colours and style of the senior Juventus club.[4]

25 January 2005, Juventus acted to align itself with the national naming scheme to attract a broader base of players for both seniors and juniors and changed its name to Gungahlin United Football Club.[4]

In 2006, following the conclusion of the 2006 ACT Premier League season, Capital Football restructured the Premier League and Gungahlin was removed from the top tier competition.[4]

In 2011, United entered into a partnership agreement with Premier League club, Canberra City SC, to provide a pathway for Gungahlin players to the ACT Premier League for the first time since 2006. Youth teams at Premier League level competed under the name Gungahlin United, while the senior Premier League team competed under the banner of Canberra City. The partnership was ended in 2012.[4]

In 2015, Gungahlin United was granted a National Premier Leagues (NPL) licence by Capital Football to field a team in the now named National Premier League Capital Football (formally ACT Premier League). This included junior and senior teams for both men and women.[4] In the same year, the team won the Federation Cup, thereby qualifying for the round of 32 of the FFA Cup in 2015.[5]

3 May 2015, Gungahlin United won its first ever NPL match with a 3–1 victory over Woden-Weston at Gungahlin Enclosed. Gungahlin overturned a one goal deficit at half time to secure the win thanks to goals from Stephen Domenici, Shane Murray and Michael John.[6]

20 June 2015, Gungahlin United won its first trophy in its first year of entering the NPL by clinching the 2015 Federation Cup with a 1–0 victory in extra time over Belconnen. Gungahlin was down to 10 men, thanks to a second half red card to Regan Walsh, but Daniel Barac scored the winning goal in extra time to secure the Cup.[7] By winning the Cup, Gungahlin qualified for the 2015 FFA Cup as Capital Football's representative.[8]

5 July 2015, Gunners drew a home match against former NSL winners Sydney Olympic in the round of 32 in the 2015 FFA Cup.[9] Gungahlin were subsequently beaten by Sydney Olympic at Gungahlin Enclosed 0–1 on 4 August 2015. A crowd of 1,603 turned out on the Tuesday night and saw Olympic substitute Michael Gaitatzis score the winning goal in the 82nd minute of the match.[10]

In 2017, GUFC finished fourth in the ACT NPL and qualified for their inaugural finals series since re-introduction to top flight football in the ACT.[11] Gunners defeated Canberra FC 3–0 in the minor semi-final before succumbing to a 0–2 loss to Canberra Olympic in the preliminary final.[12][13]


Current men's squad[edit]

As of 3 February 2019[14][15]

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 Jason Denham
2 Australia DF James Fletcher
4 Australia MF Jack Green (c)
5 Australia MF Liam Walsh
7 Australia FW Thomas Muller
8 Australia MF Antoni Timotheou
9 Australia FW Jason O’Dwyer
10 Australia MF Misko Naumoski
12 Australia GK Jamie-Lee Guo
14 Australia MF Augustine Bangura
15 Australia Gabriel Ayuel
No. Position Player
16 Australia MF Benjamin Obst
17 Australia DF Elijah Howe
18 Australia DF Lachlan Griffiths
20 Australia MF Benjamin Basser-Silk
21 Australia FW Tom Krklec
23 Australia FW Michael Rinaudo
27 Australia DF Nicholas Rathjen
90 Australia Joshua Gaspari
91 Australia Kye Edwards
92 Australia Victor Yanes

Club staff[edit]

Coaching department[edit]

All the Gungahlin United NPL men's and women's team staff for the 2018 season.

As of 3 February 2019[16]
Position Name
Head Coach Australia Marcial Munoz
U20 Coach Australia Chris Caggiano
U18 Coach Australia TBA
U16 Coach Australia Frank Barresi
U14 Coach Australia Glenn Vermeulen
U13 Coach Australia Derek Moir
Position Name
Head Coach Australia Diego Iglesias
Reserves Coach Australia Rob Scott
U17 Coach Australia David Spice
U15 Coach Australia Dean Vearncombe
U13 Coach Australia Scott Gregson

Club committee[edit]

As of 3 February 2019[17]
2019 Club Committee
President GMS Commercial
Australia Neil Harlock Australia Australia Andrew Tarnawskyj
Secretary Treasurer DCL
Australia Cath Ferguson Australia Phil Tunney Australia Derek Moir

Club identity[edit]

Club name[edit]

Gungahlin United has gone through a handful of club names during the course of its history since 1968.[4] These naming incarnations are listed below:

# Name From To
1 Juventus Soccer Club 1963 1996
2 Gungahlin Juventus Soccer Club 1997 2005
3 Gungahlin United Football Club 2006 Current

Additionally, between 2002 and 2005 the club set up an affiliate junior club to provide youngsters in the Gungahlin district of Canberra a junior pathway to participate in. The club was known as Gungahlin Junior Soccer Club and in 2006 this club was merged with the senior club to create Gungahlin United FC.

The choice to change the name of the club to United from Juventus in 2006 was a decision made to align with a national naming scheme and to incorporate the introduction of a broader playing base.

Gungahlin Juventus crest, first used in 1997 and last used in 2005

Club colours and crest[edit]

               Gungahlin United still uses its traditional colours of white, black and yellow. The club has gone through a number of crest changes since its inception in 1963. In 2006 the club dropped its traditional black and white stripes from its crest but retained the central football with the yellow wings.

In 2016, a logo design competition was set up by GUFC to commemorate 20 Years of Gungahlin United Football Club. The crest could be any shape, could include the club's nickname 'The Gunners' and must use the club colours of black, white and yellow and the words Gungahlin United FC. The competition was open to the public between 5 June 2016 till 30 September 2016 and involved a small prize for the winning design. The top ten designs were made public for comment and the top three designs were put to the executive committee for a vote on 7 January 2017.[18]

Home venue[edit]

Gungahlin United's NPL first team home venue is Gungahlin Enclosed Oval. The ground was constructed in 2013/14 with the official opening on 7 March 2014. The stadium has a seating capacity of 1,150 (550 under cover) and an overall capacity of 5,000. Gungahlin United is one of four tenants of the venue with the multi-purpose field being used for association football, Australian rules football, rugby union and rugby league.[19] Canberra based Stewart Architecture was the architect of the stadium which cost stadium owner, the ACT Government, $12.5 million to build. The ground has a natural water-efficient grass surface, team and officials' changing rooms, public toilets, canteen and storage for both users and maintenance staff. Rooms are provided for coaches, the ground announcer and the operator of the electronic scoreboard. There is also a club room which can be used for after/pre-match functions.[20] The venue has played host to Gungahlin United's round of 32 FFA Cup match against former NSL NSW club Sydney Olympic FC[21] and pre-season friendly matches involving A-League club Central Coast Mariners[22][23] as well as being selected as a reserve training venue for the 2015 Asian Cup tournament in case McKellar Park became unavailable.[24]


Premiers (8): 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 2000
Runners-up (6): 1966, 1973, 1986, 2001, 2002, 2004
Champions (8): 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1986, 2001
Runners-up (6): 1963, 1966, 1973, 1995, 2000, 2004
Winners (9): 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2015
Runners-up (7): 1969, 1972, 1985, 1986, 1987, 2002, 2018

Season-by-season results[edit]

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

Champions Runners-up Third place
Gungahlin United 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
[25] 2015 16 7 4 5 33 30 +3 25 6th W Stephen Domenici 5
[26] 2016 18 6 4 8 20 29 −9 22 6th 2R R32 Jack Green 3
[27] 2017 18 10 2 6 32 32 0 32 4th PF QF Jason O'Dwyer 8
[28] 2018 16 4 4 8 21 25 −4 16 6th RU Jason O'Dwyer 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1966 South Australian Soccer Yearbook". South Australian Soccer Federation: 52. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Gorman, Joe (8 May 2014). "Should the FFA Cup award the Attila Abonyi Medal?". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  3. ^ Zlotkowski, Andre (15 October 2015). "Juventus SC (Canberra) Tour of New Zealand 1973". Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Club history". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  5. ^ 2015 Federation Cup CHAMPIONS!! Gungahlin United Official Website, 21 June 2015
  6. ^ Gaskin, Lee (3 May 2015). "Gungahlin United notch first NPL victory with 3–1 win against Woden Weston FC". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  7. ^ Gaskin, Lee (20 June 2015). "Football: Gungahlin United into FFA Cup after beating Belconnen United 1–0 in extra-time". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Gungahlin book dream Westfield FFA Cup spot". 20 June 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  9. ^ Gaskin, Lee (1 July 2015). "FFA Cup: Gungahlin United set to entertain Sydney Olympic after missing out on A-League clash". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  10. ^ Gaskin, Lee (4 August 2015). "FFA Cup: Gungahlin United suffers cruel 1–0 loss to Sydney Olympic in round of 32". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  11. ^ "2017 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  12. ^ Dutton, Chris (27 August 2017). "Gungahlin United beat Canberra FC to secure preliminary final spot against Canberra Olympic". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  13. ^ Helmers, Caden (2 September 2017). "Capital Football: Fast start breathes life into Canberra Olympic's treble hopes". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  14. ^ "1st Grade Men". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  15. ^ "2018 NPL Season Preview". 22 March 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Coaching team". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  17. ^ "GUFC Executive Committee". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Gungahlin United Football Club is calling for all budding designers". 5 June 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  19. ^ Gaskin, Lee (7 April 2014). "Launch of $12.5 million Gungahlin Oval for four sporting codes". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  20. ^ Barr, Andrew (7 April 2014). "Gungahlin Enclosed Oval ready for action". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  21. ^ Gaskin, Lee (4 August 2015). "FFA Cup: Gungahlin United suffers cruel 1–0 loss to Sydney Olympic in round of 32". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  22. ^ Gaskin, Lee (18 August 2015). "A-League side Central Coast Mariners hang on for 3–2 victory against Canberra Olympic". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  23. ^ "NEWS: Mariners take pre-season to Canberra". Central Coast Mariners. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Gungahlin Sporting Facilities Update". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  25. ^ "2015 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  26. ^ "2016 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  27. ^ "2017 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  28. ^ "2018 NPL Capital Football Ladder". Retrieved 24 January 2019.

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