11.04.13 – Olympic too classy for stubborn Auburn FC

Waratah Cup Round 2
Canberra Olympic 5 (Robbie Deeley (pen) 31’, 59’, Oliver Wiederkehr 46’, Robbie Schroder 53’, Matt Cachia 89’) Auburn FC 0
Canberra Olympic made light work of Auburn FC at Hawker Football Centre to progress to the third round of the Waratah Cup at the expense of their Granville & District Premier League opponents, winning 5-0 in an ultimately dominant display.
It took just over half an hour for the ACT team to make the breakthrough and when they did it was from the penalty spot. Robbie Deeley beat his man on the right flank and crossed deep where Oliver Wiederkehr collected and chipped into Robbie Schroder bursting into the box. Schroder got his header away, on target, but was cleaned out in the air in the process and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Deeley took the responsibility and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way with a confident strike.
Auburn were providing stubborn resistance and in target man Taslak had a willing, and tireless, front runner, whom they looked to hit with every opportunity sending raking long balls towards the number nine. And with a midfield that was biting into every challenge and not giving an inch, it was obvious that Olympic would have to battle hard to progress. As it was Deeley’s strike separated the teams at the interval.
Whatever words Head Coach Leo Exarhos had for his team at the break obviously struck a chord as Olympic doubled their advantage 39 seconds after the restart. Oliver Wiederkehr latched onto the ball and from fully 25 metres sent a superb lob over the head of the Auburn shot-stopper for a quite brilliant goal that gave his team the breathing space required. And from that point on they never looked back.
Schroder, celebrating his 38th birthday, got in on the act by meeting a cross with a bullet header from 8 metres that fairly flew into the net to make it 3-0 in the 53rd minute and six minutes later it was four. Olympic stretched the Auburn defence again and Deeley burst clear to finish with the outside of his left foot into the far corner from the angle, a confident finish from a player who seems to have rediscovered his form.
By now Auburn FC was a beaten team but, to their credit, they kept battling away and refused to give in, defending desperately and attacking on the counter. In truth they simply couldn’t handle the pace of the hosts who looked threatening with every attack, with Wiederkehr in particular leading the Auburn defence a merry dance.
The only question was whether Olympic could add to their tally in the time remaining as Auburn FC tired. Joshua Gaspari looked dangerous on the left flank and there were lively cameos from substitutes Jeremy Habtemariam and Nick Mihailakis. Mihailakis could have made it five in the 83rd minute, after being brought down in the area, but his penalty struck the post and rebounded off the ‘keeper’s head and just failed to cross the line.
It mattered little though as Matt Cachia bundled in a fifth in the last minute to complete a resounding victory. Olympic will now meet Western NSW Football away on Wednesday 24th April.
Canberra Olympic: 1. Angelo Konstantinou, 5. Josh Gaspari, 8. Chris Nikitas, 10. Robbie Deeley, 11. Nathan Tidmarsh, 13. Robbie Schroder, 14. Oliver Wiederkehr, 15. Daniel Fulton, 17. Trent Flanigan, 18. Nick Bobolas, 56. Matt Cachia
Substitutes used: 3. Jeremy Habtemariam, 9. Nick Mihailakis, 12. Nick Nikitas, 16. Tim Bobolas
YELLOW CARDS: 8. Chris Nikitas, 18. Nick Bobolas

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in the Woman's Premier League Federation Cup, Woman's Premier League Reserves Train-on Squad and the Woman's U19 Squads:


Premier League Federation Cup Squad

Aroon Clansey
Ashlea Bryant
Ashlea Sykes
Caitlin Munoz
Cara Armstrong
Clare Hill
Crystal King
Gabriella Macor
Kimiah Alberts
Lizzy Reid
Madeleine Sanfrancesco
Monica Cerro
Monique Solar
Snez Veljanovska
Thea Wilkinson



Premier League Reserves Train On Squad

Alyssa Rogerro
Amanda Hardwick
Belinda Pavlovic
Chloe Gash
Gemma Sturgess
Holly Trimble
Jessica Brooker
Kim Morgan
Lina Madaffari
Madeleine D’Ambrosio
Meredith Leach
Merryn Brown
Raquel Solar
Sarah Dreese
Sophia Haridemos
Stephanie Trimble
Teah Fogarty


Premier League U19's Squad

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected for the Women's Premier League U19 Squad:

Annabelle Wason
Alex Martens
Elena Christis
Emma Kirk
Eryn Hyde
Jasmine Clark
Kiara Gaspari
Kim Nancarrow
Celina Vecchi
Lauren Hyde
Madeline Morton
Renee Mastrolembo
Rosie Byers
Tjnaya White
Victoria Jamieson

Thankyou to all the girls for participating in this year's trials, and we wish those not successful the very best for the future.

Canberra Olympic FC pre-season starts:

Tuesday 8th January 2013, for all Men's Premier league teams (PL, PL20s, 18s & 16s) at
Downer playing fields (#1.08, #1.09, & #1.10) off Melba St.

Trials for Men's PL12s will commence Tuesday 22nd January 2013 .
Training  will run from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Downer (top field).  Training will run each Tuesday and Thursday thereafter at the same time and place.

Trials for Men's PL14s will commence Thursday 31st January 2013 and ends 7th February.
Training  will run from 5.00pm – 6.30pm at Downer (top field).  Training will run each Tuesday and Thursday thereafter at the same time and place.

Women's PL trials will commence on Wednesday, 16th Jan 2013, at Downer playing fields.

Training sessions will commence at 6pm, with all current and new players most welcome.

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Please refer to our website for updates and further information.

Come and enjoy a dynamic 2013 season with

Canberra's most exciting football club!

23.01.13 – Timotheou earns AIS chance

ACTAS defender George Timotheou has been handed a one-year contract with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) following his outstanding displays in the recent National Training Centre (NTC) Challenge in Canberra.

Timotheou, a strong central defender who is equally adept in the air as on the ground, was named Player of the Tournament at the week-long challenge at the AIS and was subsequently approached to sign on for the prestigious Institute. His signing makes him eligible for selection for the AIS in the National Youth League competition.

Capital Football Technical Director, Warren Grieve, was interim Coach for the ACTAS squad for the challenge and is sure that Timotheou has the ability to succeed at the AIS and go further in the game.

“George’s selection is a testament to his hard work and determination to be the best player he can be,” Grieve commented. “It has been a pleasure to work with him, albeit only for a short time, but he has certainly earned his place and to be named as not only an All-Stars player but Player of the Tournament is a huge achievement in itself. This is now the start for George and although he has worked extremely hard to get there, it is now going to be about staying there and kicking on to the next level.”

Capital Football extends its congratulations to George on his selection and wishes him luck for his football career.

The AIS face Newcastle Jets in the National Youth League this Saturday (26th January) with the match being played at the AIS Track. Kick-off is at 3pm and admission is free.


What does it mean to you to be selected for AIS?
To be selected for the AIS is the highest honour I have received during all my years playing football.  It has been a dream of mine ever since I was selected in the first Capital Football Academy Squad when I was nine years old.  The last few years have been full of hard work, sacrifices and immense time and effort maintaining a good balance between my schooling and my football.  To know that all this has paid off and made one of my dreams come true is truly outstanding when I think back on the day I was offered an AIS scholarship. However I know the hard work has only just begun.

Who has helped you develop in your career as a player?
I'd like to begin by thanking my parents and my younger brother for always believing in me and supporting me. All my relatives for always being interested in my football career whether it was to come and watch me play or the first ones to find out my results and how I played. I'd also like to thank all the coaches and support staff at my first ever football club, Gungahlin United Football Club. I'd like to specially mention my dad, Chris, who was my coach while I was playing with Gungahlin. He helped me on and off pitch with any issues I had. One day I will repay him for all the great things he has done for me. Following that Canberra Olympic ave me my first Premier League outings in their under-16 team when I was under-14 showing great faith in my ability at that young age.

Next I would like to mention and thank all my coaches at Capital Football, who I played for from the age of 9 to 14. Capital Football has been good to me and I am pleased to see that it is continuing in the right direction for the development of the younger players coming through. I'd like to specially thank Zoran Glavinic, Rod Lynes and Matt Moore. They developed me as a player on and off the pitch and gave me insightful knowledge on a tactical perspective and are all excellent coaches who wanted to get the best out of me. A special mention should go to a special coach Milan Milovanovic or “Milo” as the players called him. Milo was smart, funny and a great coach for a player like myself. Technically and tactically, as well and physically and mentally, Milo had faith in me and helped me become the player I am today whilst he was my coach at ACTAS. Without him, I don't believe I would be at the AIS.

Finally I'd like to thank my most recent ACTAS coaches, Warren Grieve and Marcial Munoz. They have been great support to me and excellent coaches. Although Warren was also the Technical Director, he is a great coach, and did an excellent job in the lead up to the Institute Challenge, even through the limited time we had as a squad. Marcial is an excellent coach and a good friend to me today. His insightful contribution towards me as a player was very inspirational and helped me a lot. I'd like to thank the FFA Technical Committee for having faith in me as a player, awarding me a spot in the 2012 State Institute Challenge All Star Squad and Player of the Tournament. All their time and effort to believe that they saw something special in me is much appreciated.

Finally I'd like to thank my current AIS coaches. Tony Vidmar and Ufuk Talay, and also Peter De Roo, the AIS Technical Manager. I have already found them to be excellent coaches in my short time there. Tony and Ufuk have been mostly involved with me since I arrived at the AIS and are already having faith in me, by selecting me to play against the Central Coast Mariners in the National Youth League last Sunday. I know that these three men will continue to improve my football and possibly take me to the next level if I work hard enough.

What are your goals from here on?
Firstly I need to be the best I can at the AIS. It's no good being at the AIS, but not actually doing anything there. My goal has been to start from scratch, and try and show that I can be the best one there. Next would be to play consistently in the National Youth League for the AIS.  I hope to one day be good enough to be offered an A- League contract. This has been a dream of mine ever since I was a young boy. A chance to possibly go overseas for my football is the next step in any aspiring footballer’s eyes. The ultimate honour would be to get selected for the Young Socceroos. To play for the Socceroos in a World Cup is the highest dream I can imagine.


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