Thirroul JFC has more than 400 juniors in teams from Under 6s to Under 18s. The club's aim is to foster football by creating an environment for our Thunderbolts players where success is judged - not by winning - but by having fun, improving skills and participating in a club that is active within the community.
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The Thunder's pre-season preparations step up a gear this weekend, with Youth Grade playing Woonona in the first round of the Fernhill Cup and First Grade taking on Kirrawee Kangaroos in a trial at Kareela Oval on Sunday.
The following weekend will see the Thunder again travel to the Sutherland Shire, with First Grade playing State Cup winners Lilli Pilli and Youth Grade meeting U21s champions Menai Hawks in a double-header at Kareela Oval on Sunday, February 12.
First Grade are then scheduled to play Balgownie in the opening round of the Fraternity Pre-Season Cup on Friday, February 17, followed by matches against Wests and Fernhill.
Youth Grade's tough pre-season preparations continue when they play Port Kembla in round two of the Fernhill Cup on Monday, February 20 ahead of their final pool match against Wests on Saturday, February 25.
The full schedule of pre-season matches so far is below:
Saturday, February 4
FERNHILL CUP - Youth Grade v Woonona at 1.30pm at Ray Robinson Field, Fernhill
Sunday, February 5
TRIAL - First Grade v Kirrawee Kangaroos at 5pm at Kareela Oval
Sunday, February 12
TRIAL - Youth Grade v Menai Hawks at 3.30pm at Kareela Oval
TRIAL - First Grade v Lilli Pilli at 5.30pm at Kareela Oval
Friday, February 17
FRATERNITY CUP - First Grade v Balgownie at 6.30pm at Crehan Park, Cringilla
Monday, February 20
FERNHILL CUP - Youth Grade v Port Kembla at 5.40pm at Ray Robinson Field, Fernhill
Saturday, February 25
FERNHILL CUP - Youth Grade v Wests at 11am at Ray Robinson Field, Fernhill
Sunday, February 26
FRATERNITY CUP - First Grade v Wests at 1.30pm at Memorial Park, Corrimal
Sunday, March 5
FRATERNITY CUP - First Grade v Fernhill at 1.30pm at Wetherall Park, Primbee
Any player who introduces a sponsor to the club to the value of $500, plus $50 GST ($550 total), will be reimbursed their 2017 registration fee of $160.
In return, the Sponsor receives membership to Thirroul JFC’s financial supporters group, The Thunder Clap, for the 2017 season, which includes:
- the Sponsor’s logo, with a link to their website or Facebook page, on the home page of the thirroulfootball.com.au website listing them as a 2017 member of The Thunder Clap;
- a banner with the Sponsor's name and/or logo to be displayed at Gibson Park during Thunder home games during the 2017 season;
- recognition as a 2017 Sponsor of Thirroul JFC on the club's Facebook pages, You Tube videos, and at official club functions and end of season presentations;
- a certificate acknowledging the Sponsor’s support of the club and the player for the 2017 season;
- recognition of the player they had sponsored on the thirroulfootball.com.au website and during announcements over the PA at home matches during the 2017 season;
- tickets for two people to an end-of-season presentation of the Sponsor's choice - graded juniors or seniors; and,
- an invitation to be a guest of the club, along with other Thunder Clap members, at a nominated Thirroul Thunder home match during the 2017 season.
This offer is available to all junior and senior players registered to Thirroul JFC in 2017.
Besides the spectators at games, Sponsors will receive exposure to Thirroul JFC's growing online community via the club's website, Facebook pages and You Tube videos.
During the 12 months since Thirroul JFC's website was re-launched in February, 2017, thirroulfootball.com.au has attracted:
- 47,374 page views (4,984 per month during the season);
- 24,218 visits (2405 per month during the season); and,
- 17,608 audience size (1,783 per month during the season)
Thirroul JFC's Facebook pages have a combined 1,410 members, of whom 816 receive automatic notifications of any posts, while the club's You Tube videos attracted more than 60,000 views in 2016.
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Thirroul JFC's club house at Gibson Park has been broken into on the eve of the Junior Registration Day on Saturday.
Officials discovered the break while collecting stock for the registration day during Friday night's training session for the Thunderbirds women's teams.
The incident follows a break in at Thirroul Surf Club in the early hours of Wednesday morning, during which a defibrillator and $900 in cash were stolen and the patrol room ransacked.
In comparison, Thirroul JFC's club house suffered minor damage and it does not appear at this stage that anything of significance has been stolen, besides some new match balls.
This includes shorts and socks, which will be available at the registration day at Thirroul Bowling, Recreation and Leagues Club between 10am and 2pm on Saturday.
Anyone with information about the break ins is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to assist with the police investigation.
Thanks to everyone who played in the senior Summer 7s competition for your support with the move to Sundays due to the drainage work at Gibson Park.
The competition will be back bigger and better after the upcoming winter season - and will return to Wednesday nights.
Thanks also to the referees and congratulations to the winners - IRT in the men's competition and 2006 All Stars in the Mixed competition.
Online registration for players wanting to play in the 2017 season will be available from Tuesday, January 3 on the myfootballclub.com.au website.
Registration for Juniors and Amateurs' players will open first, followed by Thunder and Thunderbirds' players at a date to be advised.
All players – juniors, senior women and men, including amateurs – are to register under Thirroul Junior Football Club and choose the appropriate package, as described below:
JUNIORS – All Ages 2017
Select this option, for male and female juniors who are playing in the Junior Competition from U6 Mini Roos to U18 Graded Competition – including those players selected in the Thunder Under 18s Division 1 team.
JUNIORS – Coach/Manager 2017
Select this option, for anyone volunteering to be a coach or manager for the 2017 season.
Select this option for players wanting to play for the Thunderbirds– including U21s - in the WOMENS competition for 2017.
Select this option if you have been selected to play for the Thunder senior Men’s teams in the District League Competition.
Those players wanting to play in one of the club’s Community League teams should select the relevant package, as described below.
Select this option, for Men who are playing in the Thirroul Amateur teams in the Community League.
(This is for player's who played in Thunder Div 2 and Thunder Div 3 in 2016)
ANYONE WANTING TO PLAY AMATEURS WHO DIDN’T PLAY IN THIS COMPETITION LAST SEASON SHOULD SELECT THIS OPTION AS WELL
GPR Amateurs 2017
Select this option, for Men who are playing in the Gibson Park Rangers Amateurs team in the Community League.
(This is for Players who played in Div 3 GPR and Thunder Div 4 in 2016)
GPR Masters 2017
Select this option, for Men who are playing in the Gibson Park Rangers Masters (Over 35) Community League.
(This is for Players from the Thunder Amateur teams who turn 36 in 2017 or older)
WOMENS – Coach/Manager 2017
Appointed Thunderbirds Coaches and Managers for the 2017 season ONLY.
MEN – Club Official 2017
Thirroul JFC Committee ONLY
MEN – Coach/Manager 2017
Appointed Thunder Men’s Coaches and Managers for the 2017 season ONLY
Click on the link below for myfootballclub.com.au instructions:
Click here to go to the myfootballclub.com.au website and register.
Online registration for players wanting to play for Thirroul JFC in the 2017 season will be available from Tuesday, January 3.
The registration fee for all Thirroul junior, men's, women's and amateur players in 2017 will be $160. This represents a $15 increase from last season.
Where a family has more than one player registering with Thirroul JFC the following scale will apply - $160 for the first two players and $130 for all other immediate family members. The $30 discount applies across the club for players in junior, men's, women's and amateur teams.
Thirroul JFC has taken the decision to increase the registration fee in 2017 to help offset the cost of drainage works undertaken on the two main fields at Gibson Park during the off-season.
The club contributed about $15,000 for the installation of slit drainage at Gibson Park, while the unavailability of the grounds for Summer 7s is estimated to have cost Thirroul JFC more than $20,000 in revenue.
It is a policy of Thirroul JFC that all players pay the same registration fee, whether they play Under 6s or First Grade for the Thunder or Thunderbirds.
However, the families of Mini Roos players (Under 6s to Under 11s) are not required to perform canteen duty during the season.
The cost for each Thirroul JFC player in the 2015 season was estimated to be approximately $288, comprising of:
* Football South Coast Capitation fee, which includes fees imposed by FFA, FNSW and FSC
* Wollongong City Council Ground fees for playing and training at Gibson Park
* Referee's fees
* Maintenance costs, including electricity, equipment and field maintenance.
The difference between the cost of playing and the registration fee charged by Thirroul JFC is funded through canteen takings, sponsorship and fund raising activities.
Further details about how to register online will be posted here before January 3.
Registration Days will also be held at Thirroul Bowling, Recreation and Leagues Club on Saturday, January 28 and February 4, between 10am and 2pm.
All players interested in playing for the Thunder's U18s Division 1, Youth Grade and senior teams in 2017 are invited to a series of kick arounds at Gibson Park each Tuesday until December 6.
The next kick around will be on Tuesday, November 22. Players are asked to assemble near the canteen at 5.45pm.
Thirroul JFC thanks those players who attended the first kick around this Tuesday night and while a number of players were selected across all teams for next season, the coaching staff want to further to assess others as well as any new players who attend the upcoming sessions.
It is intended to finalise most positions in the U18s Division 1, Youth Grade and senior teams by the final kick around on December 6.
For further information, please contact Thirroul JFC coaching coordinator Brad Walter on 0417 227218.
Report by Daniel McGookin for Football South Coast
Thirroul Thunder have won the WGC Cranes District League Reserve Grade Grand Final, triumphing in a free-flowing and entertaining match played in perfect football conditions at WIN Stadium.
The impressive 4-2 victory over a determined Fernhill Foxes outfit has put a full stop on a season that has contained tragedy and now triumph for Thirroul.
Thirroul Thunder coach Kevin Lewis was a proud and relieved man following the the result today.
“I am very, very, very happy with the win. It has been a long tough year for the club, with 25,26 boys part of that game today,” he said.
“There has been three or four games against Fernhill through the year and they have all been tough battles so thank goodness we came out on top today.”
The grand final started perfectly for the Foxes, with Fernhill having the dream start earning a corner within the opening seconds of the fixture.
The corner drifted to an isolated Mitchell Woods at the back of the penalty box, and his mistimed strike found Dean Majoor at the near post who made fine work of the volley to send the ball over the Thirroul goalkeeper for an opening goal.
Thirroul eventually began to cool the Fernhill momentum, launching an attack on the 7th minute through a Jonathon De Lyall cross into a failed bicycle strike by Nathan Orvad with Jesse Bragg at the far post unable to finish the difficult volley opportunity.
A lovely ball by Thirroul’s Brad Matiuscenko on the 14th minute through to leading season goalscorer Robbie Gyngell was nearly rewarded, but fine work from Fernhill goalkeeper James McClelland stifled the chance.
Minutes later Thirroul’s pressure was rewarded, with a deflected ball from Nathan Orvad rising sky high on the edge of the penalty box with Bragg showcasing fine skill to power a left foot volley on the tight angle across the face to crash into the side netting to equalise the fixture.
On the 27th minute Thirroul captain Ryan Hunter fell victim to a leg complaint, forcing an early substitution and James Townson into the game.
The injury did not stifle the Thunder momentum, with the ever-threatening Tom Goodier latching onto a ball behind the defensive line and calmly sliding it past the keeper for the ball to creep inside the right post to earn the lead on the 29th minute.
Fernhill continued to pressure with strikes hitting the wood work but unable to enter the goals.
Fernhill’s Ross Graham attempted to do it all himself, with a ball through to Nathan Sackett bumbled back to Graham who send a left foot strike from range wide of the goals on the 36th minute.
On the 43rd minute came a crucial goal for Thirroul Thunder courtesy of an inch perfect cross from retiring Dane Henderson, with Gyngell having no issue directing it into the bottom right corner for a 3-1 lead.
Moments before halftime, Fernhill bounced back courtesy of a class turn from Andrew Breslin and struck the ball past the rushing Thirroul goalkeeper Josh Williams to keep the game tight before the halftime whistle.
An entertaining five goals throughout the opening 45 minutes, saw the half-time score read 3-2 to League champions Thirroul Thunder.
Fernhill came out of the dressing-room full of confidence, dominating the early stages of the second half thanks to a Thirroul ill-discipline giving away a number of fouls.
A back-header from Nathan Sackett saw Ross Graham on the 51st minute blaze a shot curling just wide of the left post in a strong early chance to equalize the Grand Final.
On the 55th minute, Fernhill’s Majoor had a golden chance off a free kick, with a failed Thirroul clearance landing at his feet in the penalty area, and unfortunately sent the strike wide of goals.
Fernhill continued to push throughout the half, with a class ball from substitute Michael Stephenson finding a charging Majoor down the left sideline, who cut back in and sent a dangerous cross for Kevin McDonald with a corner kick earned on the 69th minute.
Thirroul did not look threatened with the narrow lead, continuing to push with a classy strike by opening goalscorer Bragg straight at the Fernhill goalkeeper for a comfortable save on the 76th minute.
Fernhill appeared to be lacking the energy to bring the game to extra time, with the broad pitch and warm conditions appearing to have an impact on the team.
It took until injury time for the match to be put beyond doubt, with a lovely free kick from the retiring Henderson curling over the wall and sneaking into the bottom left corner to allow the Thirroul faithful to truly celebrate their Grand Final victory.
A proud Henderson talked through the final kick.
“Last kick, might as well make it a good one. I was confident I would get it in, but I didn't think it would be that good, but I will take it.”
Fernhill coach Mick Rowles was proud of his teams efforts throughout the season despite the result.
“It is always disappointing to lose one of these games, but we can be proud of the guys,” he said.
“We earned the right to be here today, we have played good football all season and we were able to come out and wrestle with them for 90 minutes so I cant be prouder of the whole team.”
Saturday 24th of September, 2016
Assistant Referees: Ryan O’Sullivan & Max Vercoe
Fourth Official:Gareth Jenkins
Fernhill F.C 2 (Majoor 1’, Breslin 45+1’)
Thirroul Thunder 4 (Bragg 17’, Goodier 29’, Gyngell 43’, Henderson 90+2’)
Man of the Match: Tom Goodier
Fernhill F.C: James McClelland, Keiran Geary, Mitchell Woods, Broderick Moss (Ben Booth 87’) , Nathan Thompson, Lee White (Kevin McDonald 53’), Ross Graham, Dean Majoor (James Mowbray 75’), Nathan Sackett (Michael Stephenson 60’), Toby Napper, Andrew Breslin
Sub not used: Matthew Payne (GK)
Yellow Cards: Lee White, Dean Majoor, Kevin McDonald
Red Cards: Nil
Thirroul Thunder: Joshua Williams, Jordan Simms (Oscar Pruks 82’), Jesse Bragg, Ryan Hunter (James Townson 27’), Alan Maddock, Bradley Matiuscenko (Dane Henderson 31’), Jonathon De Lyall (Simon Ward 73’), Nathan Orvad, Robert Gyngell, Paul Whitton, Tom Goodier
Sub not used: Jayden Lewis (GK)
Yellow Cards: James Townson, Jesse Bragg,
Report by Daniel McGookin
Photo by Pedro Garcia
Thirroul's Division 2 and Division 4 Amateur teams will play the grand finals of their Community League competitions on Saturday at Ian McLennan Park.
The Thunder Division 2 team meet Sandon Point at 11.30am in what is a fitting finale to the season for two groups of players who have formed a close bond since the tragic passing of Antony Stott, while the Thunder Blue team play Vale Pups in the Division 4 decider at 9am.
Both teams qualified after winning their semi-finals last Saturday, with Division 2 beating Jamberoo Rovers 2-1 and Division 4 coming from 2-0 down to triumph 3-2 against Razorbacks.
The hopes of an all-Thirroul grand final in Division 3 were dashed when both teams were beaten by the narrowest margins in their semi-finals, with Gibson Park Rangers losing 2-1 to Albion Park City and Thunder White going down 1-0 to South Coast United Blue.
However, with the club's four Amateur teams making the finals, it has been a season for which all the players deserve to be congratulated after the difficult circumstances they have endured.
Best of luck to Thunder Division 2 and Thunder Blue in their grand finals on Saturday.
The U14.2 and U16.2 teams have advanced to the grand final with wins on Tuesday night at Kiama Sporting Complex.
The 14.2 team overcame Kiama 2-1 in extra time and will meet Albion Park in the grand final at 12.30pm Saturday at Unanderra Oval.
The 16-2 team won 4-1 against Port Kembla and will play Balgownie in the grand final at 8pm Friday.
They join the 12.3, U16.1 and U17.1 teams in qualifying for this weekend's junior grand finals, being played at Unanderra Oval.
The 16.1 team also play at 8pm Friday against Unanderra following their win in the preliminary final last Sunday after Henry Jenkins scored off a Cooper Grossman corner in extra time to secure a 2-1 win over South Coast United
The U12.3 team, pictured below, secured their grand final berth last Saturday after goalkeeper Tane Mathews-O'Brien saved all four Balgownie attempts during a penalty shoot-out, which was needed to break a 0-0 deadlock at the end of regular and extra time.
They now face Helensburgh in the grand final at 9.45am Saturday at Unanderra Oval.
The U17.1 team had already qualified for their grand final at Unanderra Oval on Sunday at 8.30am after winning the major semi-final the weekend before and will play the winner of Wednesday night's Balgownie-Coledale match.
The full junior grand final draw is below:
Meanwhile, the Thunder Youth Grade and Reserve Grade will play semi-finals on Saturday but First Grade's season is over after a 1-0 extra time loss to Balgownie on Tuesday night.
The Thunder Youth Grade team play Wests in the minor semi-final at Wetherall Park, Primbee, while Reserve Grade meet Fernhill at Tarrawanna Oval for a place in the grand final at WIN Stadium on September 24.
The Community League finals series will now be played over two weekends after Saturday's semi-finals were cancelled, with the Thunder Division 2 team to play third placed Jamberoo Rovers at Judy Masters Oval, Balgownie at 12.15pm Saturday.
In Division 3, second-placed Gibson Park Rangers play Albion Park City and fourth-placed Thunder White take on league champions South Coast United Blue in a double-header at Ian McLennan Park from 12.15pm Saturday.
Thunder Blue play second-placed Razorbacks in their Division 4 semi-final at Beaton Park at 12.15pm Saturday.
WEEKEND finals matches INVOLVING Thirroul teams
Friday, 9 September
U16.1 v Unanderra - 8pm at Unanderra Oval (grand final)
U16.2 v Balgownie - 8pm at Unanderra Oval (grand final)
Saturday, 10 September
U12.3 v Helensburgh - 9.45am at Unanderra Oval (grand final)
U14.2 v Albion Park - 12.30pm at Unanderra Oval (grand final)
Youth Grade v Wests - 10am at Wetherall Park (minor semi-final)
Reserve Grade v Fernhill at Tarrawanna Oval - 12.15pm TBA (major semi-final)
Thunder Div 2 v Jamberoo Rovers - 12.15pm at Judy Masters Oval
Gibson Park Rangers (D3) v Albion Park City - 12.15pm at Ian McLennan Field
Thunder White (D3) v South Coast United Blue - 2.30pm at Ian McLennan Field
Thunder Blue (D4) v Razorbacks - 12.15pm at Beaton Park
Sunday, 11 September
U17.1 v Coledale - 8.30am at Unanderra Oval (grand final)
All four of Thirroul JFC's Community League teams have made the finals in a historic first for the club.
With the Thunder qualifying for all three grades of the District League finals, this means all seven of the club's senior men's teams will be playing beyond the regular season.
The Division 2 Thunder team, pictured, finished second in their Community League competition and will play Coasters FC in the major semi-final at King Mickey Park on Saturday at 2.45pm.
Gibson Park Rangers were also second in Division 3 and finished two points ahead of Thunder White, who claimed fourth spot due to head-to-head results in their matches against Puckamia Bay Dugongs Grey.
GPR play South Coast United at Ian McLennan Park at 2.45pm Saturday, while Thunder White face Albion Park FC at Albion Oval in an elimination semi-final at 2.4pm Saturday
Thunder Blue finished third in Division 4 and play Port Kembla Puma Masters at King George V Oval 2 in an elimination semi-final at 2.45pm Saturday.
Congratulations to the players and everyone involved with all four Community League teams for their success so far this season, and best of luck in the finals.
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we inform our families of the passing of Mel Bond - Daughter, Sister, Friend and Thunderbird.
There are no words at this time that feel adequate to express our community's loss.
Our hearts go out to the Bond family.
Thirroul JFC is pleased to announce Corey Haines-Gross as Thunderbirds first division coach for the 2016 season.
Corey, who was assistant coach last season, will work with Adam Ward and a coaching team which also includes John Paegle, Todd Yarrow and Oscar Pruks.
John Cropper has also been appointed to the role of Mentor: Coaching and Development, and he will work with all teams across the club.
At this stage it is anticipated that John Paegle will coach the Thunderbirds Youth Grade team playing in a new Football South Coast competition for players aged 16 to 21, while Todd Yarrow will be in charge of second division.
A final decision will be made once the club has a better idea about playing numbers and whether there are three or four Thunderbirds teams this season.
Training for the women's teams has begun and is at 6pm each Monday and Wednesday at Gibson Park.
Thirroul JFC would like to thank last year's coaches, Brad Matiuscenko, Alex Matiuscenko and Jonathon Tobin, for their time, effort and commitment.
Under Brad, the First Division team qualified for the 2014 grand final and were semi-finalists in 2015, while Jonathon's Third Division team were League Champions last season.
Unfortunately, they were unable to commit to coaching roles again this year but the club is excited about the upcoming season under Corey and our senior women's coaching team.
The Thunder's season is set to officially start with the Fraternity Club Cup pre-season competition beginning on 18th February.
Thirroul has been drawn in Group A of the District League Conference, and will play Bellambi, Helensburgh and Berkeley Sports over consecutive weeks.
The top team in each Group advances to the Conference semi-finals, along with the best second placed team of the three Groups within the Conference.
The first round of the Bert Bampton/Youth Cup has also been scheduled for 19th March, a week before the first round of the District League.
Youth Grade will also play in the PeopleCare Fernhill Cup, with the Thunder's first match against Port Kembla on Monday, 2nd February at 6.55pm.
Thirroul's other pool matches are against Cringila on Saturday, 6th February at 2.45pm and Fernhill on Saturday, 20th February at 12.15pm.
FRATERNITY CLUB CUP POOLS
Group A – Cringila, Woonona, Picton, Shell Cove
Group B – Wollongong Olympic, Port Kembla, Albion Park White Eagles, Tarrawanna
Group C – Bulli, South Coast United, Wollongong United, Kemblawarra Fury
Group A – Bellambi, Thirroul, Helensburgh, Berkeley Sports
Group B – University FC, Oak Flats, Kiama, Fernhill
Group C – Wests Illawarra, Corrimal, Balgownie, Warilla
More information about upcoming matches and the season schedule will be posted on thirroulfootball.com.au as it becomes available.
The Thunder's Youth Grade will have their first hit out under new coach John Cropper in the PeopleCare Fernhill Cup, with the team's opening match against Port Kembla on Monday, 2nd February at 6.55pm.
Thirroul's other pool matches in the PeopleCare Fernhill Cup are against Cringila on Saturday, 6th February at 2.45pm and Fernhill on Saturday, 20th February at 12.15pm.
The quarter-finals are on Saturday, 27th February, with the semi-finals and final to be played on Saturday, 5th March.
The trials set down for today against south coast are off due to the weather. We will be training Monday night at 6:30pm see you then
If you're a casual visitor and want to trial for the Thunder or Thunderbirds, watch the video for details