Congratulations Phil Booth

Many GUFC parents will know Phil Booth for the delivery of the Scorpion Program delivered a few years ago for GUFC’s youngest players, however over the last two years, Phil has been GUFC’s Technical Director. During this time he has brought a strong focus to the club on improving education of our coaches. We have arguably the largest number of parent volunteer coaches who are qualified.

Phil has taken up the role of Community Coach Development Manager at Capital Football. His main focus will be on growing the number of community coaches and working with clubs in the Junior League and State League competitions. We know he will do an excellent job because he is fully conversant with the FFA National Curriculum and has extensive experience in delivering community coach education programs.

While this appointment means Phil will cannot be directly engaged by any club, we will most definitely continue to work with him as we continue to push for continually improving the standard of coaching at GUFC.

Well done, and congratulations Phil.

Gungahlin Colts at Young Lions Soccer Carnival

Gungahlin Colts at Young Lions Soccer Carnival

The following is an account of the Colts trip to the Young Lions carnival.

When the Under 10 draw was released we knew that the Colts would have to probably win all their games to progress past the group stage but that did not daunt this never-say-die team of talented youngsters (mostly under 9s).

Vs. Grenfell – 5-1 win

The Colts warmed up in this game, and whilst not being their best performance of the day they certainly showed enough that it was going to be a great day. Patryk Bylinski got the scoring started, Steven Taseski grabbed a goal and the highlight was a hat trick from Sebastian Luke.

Vs. Young No.1 – 2-0 win

Some of the boys remembered the hammering they got from this team last year. But the Colts played some great possession football to completely dominate the strong home team and give the goalposts a solid workout. Great finishing from Patryk Bylinski and Thomas Hipwell rounded off a performance that deserved a lot more goals. The Young coach complemented on the style of play and skill that the Colts showed.

Vs. Cootamundra Blue – 2-1 win

After the Colts got off to a bright start through Patryk Bylinski again, this fantastic game of end-to-end football kept the parents’ emotions all over the place. Cootamundra equalized from a free-kick just before half-time. The Colts knew a win was a must and showed great determination and patience in the second half to keep playing the ball around until Sebastian Luke smashed home the winner.

Vs. Parkes United – 1-1 draw

No other team on the day had got within 4 goals of the Cowra Carnival finalist. After weathering alot of early pressure the Colts were very unlucky to concede a soft penalty kick which Parkes converted. It would have been easy for the Colts to get their heads down but instead they came out and totally dominated the second half and were finally rewarded with a great long shot from Thomas Hipwell to equalize. At the final whistle the Colts had the Parkes side completely rattled and were unlucky not to get a winner.

Parkes United and the Gungahlin Colts were equal first in the pool, with Parkes United going through to the semi-final on superior goal differences. Congratulations to this great little team – Alex Pizzano, Antoni Timotheou, Brodie Simsons, Daniel Zerial, Ethan Suillivan, Giacomo Shannon, Josh Arlott, Mathew Preston, Patryk Bylinski, Sam Whithear, Sebastian Luke, Steven Taseski, Thomas Hipwell – great play and great behaviour on and off the field. Well done boys.

Lastly a special mention to two Colts that could not make the trip – Chris Kazolis and Dimitri Karapanagos (we were thinking of you), and to the families on the sideline who made the day special for the players with their fantastic support. Another great Fathers Day at Young.

Breakthrough success as the Gungahlin Storm Under 10s win the 2008 Cowra Junior Soccer Carnival

On Sunday 17 August the Gungahlin Storm Under 10s team won the Cowra Junior Soccer Carnival, in the process becoming the first ever Gungahlin team to win such a tournament.
The team was made up of under 10 players from 4 separate teams – Lightning, Thunder, Galaxy and Gladiators teams, but you wouldn’t have known it the way they performed as a team on the day. The team played 5 games for 5 wins, no goals conceded all day, and, 14 goals scored (with just as many posts hit and even more near misses).

When the draw was released it was clear that the road to success would not be easy. However for half the team it was the third year they had attended such tournaments (since they were in under 8s) and after some unlucky experiences previously they were very keen to prove a point on this day. The day started out cool and cloudy but walking the fields that sat above the banks of the Lachlan River was a beautiful way to start the day and a fantastic setting for what would be a fast and furious day of football ahead.

Vs. Parkes: 3-0 win

The Storm played a very good game in the cool of the early morning knocking the ball around well for a first up effort. Chris Kazolis got the scoring started, and Antoni Timotheou and Ross Costanzo finishing of the scoring. Parkes had knocked some of these players out of the Young Carnival last year so it was a good indicator of the potential for the rest of the day. The players had their first taste of success. Daniel Zerial worked hard to put lots of pressure on the Parkes defence.

Vs. Boorowa: 5-0 win

As in the first game keeper Lachlan Czaplinski hardly touched the ball as the Storm completely dominated possession but with Boorowa packing their defence found it difficult at times to find a way through. Eventually Thomas Hipwell scored 2, Antoni Timotheou got his second for the day, and Alex Pizzano and Josh Arlott finished off the scoring.

Vs. Southern Tablelands (rep side): 2-0 win

This last pool game would decide who would advance to the semi-final. Southern Tablelands had tore through other defences at will but the Storm played with great commitment to close down the midfield supply lines for their fast forwards. Brodie Simsons also had a great game at stopper and Ross Costanzo in defence and midfield. The Storm also completely dominated the possession and set up countless scoring opportunities. A great header from Sam Whithear opened the scoring and Thomas Hipwell scored a great free kick to finish the game. Arguably this was the Storm’s best performance of the tournament and the score could have and probably should have been a bigger margin with Antoni Timotheou creating havoc for Southern Tablelands up front. At the end the 2-0 win was enough to set up a much anticipated semi-final for the Storm against Monaro.

SEMI-FINAL: Vs. Monaro Panthers: 2-0 win

Monaro had enjoyed a longer rest than the Storm before the semi final but it did not show in the first half. The Storm came out and played some very good football against a very well organised Monaro team, who had knocked some of the players out of the Young Carnival two years previously as Under 8s. A great passing move ended with a great strike from Antoni Timotheou with his left foot to put the Storm deservedly in front. Keeper Lachlan Czaplinski pulled off a great save to deny Monaro an equaliser before another great shot from Thomas Hipwell extended the Storm’s lead. Monaro came at a tiring Storm team strongly in the second half but to the defence’s credit they held firm and the Storm still managed to create their even share of clear cut chances at goal with Chris Kazolis particularly terrorising the Monaro defence. Michael Pochi and Tanveer Anand had great games in defence.

FINAL: Vs. Woden Valley: 2-0 win

Woden had a much easier semi-final than the Storm and it was apparent from the kick-off that with virtually no turn around time from the semi-final also that the Storm were excited about being in the final but they were tired. It wasn’t the Storm’s best footballing performance of the day but it was probably the game where they showed the most commitment to each other, in the process all of them pushing beyond their own previous personal limits. Sebastian Luke, who had missed a number of chances during the day came good in this game when it counted, netting both of the Storm’s goals one in each half including one spectacular long range effort. As during the whole day the midfield worked hard to try and contain a very skilful footballing team from Woden, with captain Sam Whithear and Alex Pizzano again giving everything they had.

The Wash Up

The players excitement and singing after the final whistle and at the presentation of their trophies was almost as impressive as their play and will be long remembered. Congratulations to this group of players who tried their best all day and in every game, played some great football during the day, and proved that Gungahlin can compete with the other clubs when it comes to winning tournaments. It shows that there can be a bright future for Gungahlin United FC.

Thankyou to all the parents and friends on the sidelines who made the day special for the players, and to George Kazolis, one of our U11 keepers, who mentored and warmed up keeper Lachlan all day. Also thanks to the members of the U14 Gangstas Girls team who came to watch the finals after their tournament had finished.

The team: Lachlan Czaplinkski (gk), Tanveer Anand, Josh Arlott, Brodie Simsons, Ross Costanzo, Michael Pochi, Thomas Hipwell, Alex Pizzano, Sam Whithear (c), Antoni Timotheou, Chris Kazolis, Sebastian Luke, Daniel Zerial.

GUFC 2011 Representative Boys

Congratulations to all the Gungahlin United players selected to represent Capital Football at the 2011 National Youth Championships for Boys to be held in Coffs Harbour from October 3 to 7. Both the Under 13 and Under 14 Boys will compete in Pool B for the tournament which will see them take on the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Queensland Country, Victoria Country and Northern NSW Country.

Capital Football Under 14 Boys
Osman Fofanah
Christian Junna (shadow)

Capital Football Under 13 Boys
Ross Costanzo
Lachlan Doohan
Kye Edwards
Ridwan Hannan
Michael Pochi
Antoni Timotheou
Vuk Vucic
Niko Ujdur
Thomas Adamson (shadow)
It is also worth noting that an additional 6 players in the Under 14 and Under 13 squads not listed above also played some or all of their rooball/junior football for Gungahlin United. Congratulations again to all those boys selected and we wish them the very best of luck in Coffs Harbour.

Congratulations also to those Gungahlin United players who were selected earlier in the year and are still currently part of the Capital Football’s Centre of Excellence squads in the Under 10 and Under 12 age groups.
Riley Angelosante
Tim Dutton
Sam Hyland
Christopher Milicevic
Patrick O’Rourke
Daniel Cardone
Jonathan Leayr
Michael Moscaritolo
Daniel Shaw
Kai Trewin
Fantastic to see so many Gungahlin United players past and present being further developed through the Capital Football talented pathways and gaining ACT representative selection. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours.

GUFC Girls Selected in U13 National Squad

Congratulations to Gungahlin United Under 15 Division 1 Sun Stars development players Alexia Karrys-Stahl and Ivana Galic on their selection in the ACT squad for the FFA National Junior Championships (under-13) in Canberra from April 18-20.
Current Canberra City Premier 16 Boys Coach (and former Weston Creek Women’s Premier League Coach) Michelle Aurousseau will lead the team, assisted by Matt Moore, Canberra City Premier Mens Head Coach. The team will compete in Pool A with fixtures against Northern NSW, Queensland, NSW Metro, Victoria Metro and South Australia, and the championships will finish with an All-Stars selection and exhibition match.

The club is very proud of both girls who have come through the junior ranks at Gungahlin United, and we wish them and the ACT team all the best at the championships. If you have the chance why not get out to Hawker and support the girls in their endeavours.

For the draw go to

GUFC Juniors Selected in Youth Nationals Squad

Congratulations to the following Gungahlin United junior players for their selection in the ACT Nationals squads to compete in the FFA Boys Youth National Championships in Coffs Harbour from 1 to 5 October:

Under 13 ACT Squad (5)

  • Thomas ADAMSON
  • Pat O’ROURKE
  • Nikola UJDUR

Under 14 ACT Squad (5)

  • Ross COSTANZO (also ACTAS)
  • Ridwan HANNAN (also Canberra City)
  • Tony MADAFFARI (also Canberra City)
  • Antoni TIMOTHEOU (also Canberra City)
  • Vuk VUCIC (also ACTAS)

Once again Gungahlin United has shown its focus on player development paying dividends, being handsomely represented in the ACT squads. Amongst the other players in the two squads another 3 players learned their football as rooballers at the club and 2 other players in the Under 14 squad, Grant Barlow and Jackson Clement-McNee, play for Gungahlin’s Premier League partner Canberra City.

It is also important to note that another ex-Gungahlin player (currently playing for NSW Premier Youth league club Sydney United) Lachlan Doohan, will represent NSW Country.

The club wishes all these boys and their teams all the best of luck.

For full details see:

GUFC Player Vuk Vucic Selected for Joeys Training Squad

Following the recent National Youth Championships for Boys held in Coffs Harbour, Gungahlin United player Vuk Vucic was selected in the first new Joeys training squad.

The 30-player squad will participate in a three-day training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra from 19-21 October.  Vuk has played the last two seasons at Gungahlin United in our Under 14 Division 1 and Under 15 Division 1 teams after coming from the Capital Football Under 13 playing squad in 2010.  Vuk was also a member of the ACTAS Mens program in 2012 participating in the premier Pathways competition.

The club congratulates Vuk on this fantastic achievement, and wishes him all the best at the camp and in the future with this squad.

For further details and the full squad see the following link:


Homegrown GUFC Talent Awarded AIS Scholarship

Congratulations to 15 year old Gungahlin United junior George Timotheou who has just been awarded a full scholarship in the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Mens Football Program.

George has been part of the ACTAS program for the past 2 years playing last season in Premier Pathways in midweek whilst also backing up on some weekends for the club in the juniors.  In December he led the ACTAS team as captain at the FFA State Institute Challenge held at the AIS, was selected in the Allstars at left centre back, and was awarded the Player of the Tournament. See related article

George had been training with the AIS since that time and has now been awarded a full scholarship.

George started with the club at age 4 as a peewee and was identified early for the club’s Division 1 teams, CF Academy programs and ACT representative squads.  The club wishes George all the best for his time at the AIS.