Toronto Awaba Stags FC

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Toronto Awaba Football Club
Toronto Awaba Stags Badge.png
New club crest introduced during 2016 Season
Full name Toronto Awaba Football Club
Nickname(s) The Stags
Founded 1922
Ground Lyall Peacock Field, Toronto
Ground Capacity 3,000
Ground Coordinates 33°00′39″S 151°35′21.6″E / 33.01083°S 151.589333°E / -33.01083; 151.589333Coordinates: 33°00′39″S 151°35′21.6″E / 33.01083°S 151.589333°E / -33.01083; 151.589333
President Australia Nathan White
Vice-President Australia Dean Coles
Head Coach Australia Tony Jovcevski
League Northern NSW State League Division 1
2016 10th

Toronto Awaba Football Club are an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Toronto, Newcastle, Australia. The club are currently playing in the fourth tier of Australian soccer, the Northern New South Wales NewFM Football League. The team was relegated from the NBN State Football League at the end of the 2010 season.

History[edit]

Originally formed in 1922 by the then Awaba Cricket Club, the football team was playing on a small ground of literally dug out bush. In these times there was no change-room facilities and only local social clubs would come to play such as Barnsley and Teralba. It was now a decision was made to find a new suitable ground for the club. After this move Toronto Awaba was invited into the competition football season, in which it gained a total of 3 points in its first two seasons. However the following season in 1947 the club ran out premiers by a big margin. Although it was not until 1957 in which they were promoted to the State First Division for the first time. There the Stags have stayed tasting some success throughout their time in the State Football League.

Club Colours[edit]

2015 sees The Stags return to a Yellow and Blue vertical striped Home Jersey, the jersey is seen to be a link to the past and is heavily liked by the current playing group. The Away Jersey is White jersey with a Blue and Yellow slash coming from the left shoulder, this jersey designed by the players is a sharp addition to The Stags attire. The Goal Keepers will play in a Grey Jersey with Blue and Yellow horizontal stripes across the chest. The club will wear Blue shorts for both Home and Away games, with Yellow socks for Home games and Blue socks with the Away Kit.

Home Ground[edit]

Toronto Awaba play out of the historic Lyall Peacock Field, it is located at the corner of Cook and Thorn streets, Toronto. Lyall Peacock Field is easily recognisable for its famous grandstand on the half way line of the field.

Recent Seasons[edit]

2015/2016[edit]

These seasons have been tough for the Stags both on and off the field with a vast rebuilding effort having been undertaken all fronts. The Stags while didn't achieve high results, the youth culture that has been built at the club is admirable. 2016 sees the end of Tony Jovcevski's reign as First Grade coach with the club now looking for a coach to leas them into the restructured competitions in 2017.

2014[edit]

This year the club has undergone a transformation on and off the field, new and returning players and a committee dedicated to giving Toronto a great club to be a part of. The 2014 committee is led by President Dean Coles and Secretary Rob Jason, their tireless efforts are to be commended, the Treasurer is Nicole Butt and Vice President Brody Roberts brings a youthful exuberance to the club. Also on the committee is the Players Representative Will Cadden, Rachel Boyton, Kerron Cowie, Geoff Fitpatrick, Kerrie O'Brien Brown and Janene Roberts.

2013[edit]

The 2013 season was a forgettable season for the Stags with many people feeling as if the club had lost its way, while the hard work of people in recent years cannot be forgotten the people of Toronto demanded a change.

2012[edit]

The 2012 season was a season with many ups and downs for the Toronto Awaba Stags. Many of these down's reflected in the results.
First Grade finished the season in 4th position with a total of 35 points. First grade played in the finals serious for the second consecutive year.
Reserve Grade finished the season in a disappointing 7th position with a total of 17 points.
U/19's finished the season 6th on 22 points.
Under 17's finished the season in 3rd position with a total of 16 points. These

2011[edit]

The 2011 season was Toronto's first endeavor into the NEW FM state league in the past five years. A complete overhaul of the playing and coaching staff enabled a fresh approach to the start of a new season, which included the signing of former Newcastle United and Newcastle Jet Stephen Eagleton as the under 23's coach and squad member of first grade. Only one player remained on the club's books from the 2010 season. Bailie's preferred 3–5–2 system was used by all three grades (U19's, 23's and First Grade) and provided a better footballing spectacle compared to the last few years. On March 13, 2011 Toronto-Awaba hosted Belmont-Swansea FC in the first round of the 2011 NEW FM season. All three grades won their respected games and gave the club their first "clean sweep" in over seven years, Toronto again would achieve this honor in Round 2 when they produced another clean sweep this time at the expense of cellar dwellers Cessnock City.

Throughout the next few months Toronto had a roller coaster ride in all three grades, with each grade unable to find the required form to challenge eventual first grade and under 19's major and minor premiers Charlestown Blues FC. The under 19's and under 23's both finished in respectable 5th position, this was an enormous feat as both these sides fielded young and in-experienced line-ups. Under Bailie's guidement first grade was able to qualify for the finals series where they finished fourth in the regular standings, resulting in a tough tie with runaway leaders Charlestown where they lost 9–1 on aggregate, Toronto's first finals appearance in over five years.

2010[edit]

The 2010 season was one of the busiest of recent history. The year started with a complete overhaul of committee. The previous committee had left the club completely depleted of money & resources, so the task was huge for the new administration.
With the new committee came a new coach. Originally chosen as Under-23s coach, Lindsay Tapp was promoted to senior coach with Mike Trebilcock. With years of experience as Assistant coach at Highfields Azzuri and in charge of the Edgeworth Eagles Youth Grade, Lindsay had a huge job in front of him to create a squad basically from scratch. Lindsay attracted mainly young players, most notably the future star of tomorrow Josh Small from Broadmeadow Magic/NSWISS. Tapp also brought senior players to the club, most notably Christian Okonkwo (Weston Workers Bears FC), Jason Cowburn (Edgeworth Eagles), Sean Matthews (Heaven) and Scott Baillie (West Sydney Berries).
The team only managed 1 point whilst under Tapp's charge. Tapp was let go and Scott Baillie, former National League player and most recently player/coach of West Sydney Berries, was given charge for the rest of the season and the season after. Scott changed the formation to 3 defenders and more midfielders. The Stags finished last on the table, and as relegation had been reintroduced to the format of the competition they were dropped to the NEWFM First Division for 2011. Lake Macquarie Roosters were promoted from NEWFM for their amazing feat of going the whole normal season undefeated and losing only the Grand Final.

2009[edit]

The 2009 competition had a changed format and the previous ten teams have been downgraded to eight. Toronto Awaba was offered a place in this format and is confirmed until the 2011 season. The other seven teams are:
Broadmeadow Magic FC
Valentine Phoenix FC
Edgeworth Eagles FC
Weston Workers Bears FC
West Wallsend FC
Hamilton Olympic Warriors FC
South Cardiff Gunners FC
The two unfortunate clubs not offered a position where:
Highfields Azzurri FC
Lake Macquarie City FC

2008[edit]

The 2008 season was possibly a season to forget for the Toronto Awaba Stags with no grades qualifying for the finals series.
First Grade finished the season in 10th position with a total of 13 points. These coming from 3 wins, 4 draws and 11 losses with a goal difference of −24.
Reserve Grade finished the season in 8th position with a total of 19 points. These coming from 5 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses with a goal difference of −20.
Youth Grade finished the season in 10th position with a total of 10 points. These coming from 3 wins, 1 draw and 14 losses with a goal difference of −29.
Under 17's finished the season in 8th position with a total of 18 points. These coming from 5 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses with a goal difference of −28.

2007[edit]

The 2007 season was a season very much the same as 2008 with once again no grades qualifying for the finals series.
First Grade finished the season in 8th position with a total of 17 points. These coming from 4 wins, 5 draws and 9 losses with a goal difference of −10.
Reserve Grade finished the season in a dismal 10th position acquiring no points and suffering 18 consecutive defeats with a shocking goal difference of −82.
Youth Grade finished the season in 9th position with a total of 11 points. These coming from 2 wins, 5 draws and 11 losses with a goal difference of −27.

2006[edit]

The 2006 season was once again similar to the 2007 and 2008 season with no grades qualifying for the finals series.
First Grade finished the season in 9th position with a total of 15 points. These coming from 4 wins, 3 draws and 11 losses with a goal difference of −9.
Reserve Grade finished the season in 9th position with a total of 11 points. These coming from 3 wins, 2 draws and 13 losses with a goal difference of −49.
Youth Grade finished the season in 10th position with a total of 6 points. These coming from 1 win 3 draws and 14 losses with a goal difference of −47.

2016 Playing Squad[edit]

1st Grade[edit]

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

No. Position Player
16 Australia GK Daniel march
2 Australia MF Hayden Jensen
3 Australia DF Tim Watts (C)
4 Australia FW Tyler Ossington
5 Australia DF Johnny Nicholson
6 Australia DF Donny Wills
7 Australia MF Jessi Cowie
8 Australia MF Tim Salter
9 Australia FW Liam Watson
10 Australia FW Nick Roberts
11 Australia MF Luke Jovceski
12 Australia MF Zack Hancock

Under 23s[edit]

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

No. Position Player
16 Australia GK Ian Roberts
2 Australia DF Danny Williams
3 Australia DF Adam Davis
4 Australia DF Corey Brown
5 Australia DF Taylor Gordon
6 Australia MF Caleb Prebble
7 Australia MF Blayke Carpenter
8 Australia FW Tim Stone
9 Australia FW Cody Condran
10 Australia MF Sim Hamisi (C)
11 Australia DF Luke Maloney
12 Australia MF Matt Clarke

Under 19s[edit]

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

No. Position Player
16 Australia GK James Carr (GK)
3 Australia DF Darcy Newton (C)
4 Australia MF Jack Cooper
5 Australia MF Luke Heath
6 Australia FW Brody Lynch
7 Australia FW Paul Turner
8 Australia DF Tyler Stewart
9 Australia DF William Stevenson
11 Australia MF Gordon Ballin
12 Australia MF Heath Masson
14 Australia MF Jakob Hills
15 Australia DF Josh Davis

Under 17s[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 Jackson Bartlett
2 Australia DF Rory Jamieson
3 Italy DF Connor Brady (C)
4 Australia DF Todd Fenton
5 Australia DF Tylan Winsdale
6 Australia MF Blake Arthur
7 Australia FW Nick Woodman
8 Australia MF Josh Winsdale
9 Australia MF Daniel Baker
10 Australia MF Callum Ansell
11 Australia FW Charlie Atkinson
12 Australia FW Luke "grab" Gibbons
13 Australia MF Jon Ridgeon
14 Australia MF Mitchell Scott
15 Australia FW Caleb Trimboli
16 Australia MF Ryan Kirby
17 Australia MF Flynn Balin

Life Members[edit]

  • Glen Bowling
  • Chris Bowling
  • Rhonda Bowling
  • Warwick Cashmere
  • Dean Coles
  • Col Earl
  • Adam Earl
  • Chris Elliott
  • Neville Field
  • Glenn Hogan
  • Fraser Marshall
  • Bev Marshall
  • Garry Randall
  • Raymond Stewart

Sponsors[edit]

Toronto Diggers Toronto Hotel
Toronto Tyrepower Rushta Surf Toronto
Ross McGrath Electrical Woodman Automotive Repairs
Caterlec Equipment Management Event Cinemas Glendale
Ultratune Toronto Rathmines Auto Dismantlers
Hodgson's Caravans Toronto Quality Meats
Toronto Betta Home Living Toronto Pool Shop
Blackalls Park Newsagency Rathmines Bowling Club
G&C Minor Mechanical Repairs Jason Smith Plumbing

Rivalries[edit]

The Stags have several strong rivals across the greater Lake Macquarie region with clubs such as Lake Macquarie City Roosters FC, Westlakes Wildcats FC and Morisset Strikers FC.

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