Sydney Rangers FC

Grading for our 2021 Winter Competition squads is just around the corner. We can’t quite believe it either, but after a season like no other, let’s hope we can get back to some normality next year. This email will lay out everything you need to know about grading, including key dates, costs and policies. All the fun stuff. 

The 2021 Winter Competition kicks off on 10 April 2021! 

KEY DATES

All of the events are on Facebook, however you MUST register your attendance via the Google Form links below for each session you plan on attending. This is both for COVID safety as well as to assist with the planning of each session.

If you do not register and attend, you may not be able to play. If you register and fail to attend without notifying a committee member, this may impact your final grading outcome.

We only have one pitch for the first two sessions, so in addition to an 11-a-side game we’ll run some skill sessions on the side.

Grading for this season will take place on the following dates and times: 

Session #2 A – SESSION FULL
Saturday 16 January – 11am to 12.30pm – Centennial Park, Brazilian Fields

Register for session #2A
Session #2 B
Saturday 16 January – 12.30pm to 2pm – Centennial Park, Brazilian Fields

Register for session #2B
Session #3
Saturday 23 January – 11am to 2pm – Strathfield Park

Register for session #3
Session #4
Saturday 30 January – 1pm – 3pm – Strathfield Park

Register for session #4

GRADING POLICY AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Read our 2021 Grading Policy

We all know last year was difficult, which meant players were either unable or unwilling to attend training. However, the Committee would like to state from the outset that this year, with the worst of COVID (hopefully) behind us, there is an expectation that the minimum training requirements are adhered to (e.g. 60% training attendance for the Div 1s).  

This will be agreed upon acceptance of your squad position and if you don’t match up to this agreement there will be consequences in terms of playing time. 

Registration for the 2021 Winter Comp opens 1 JANUARY 2020 and you will receive an email prior to that date with all the relevant information. Please ensure you check your spam and mark us as a safe sender.

2021 SEASON COSTS

We are pleased to confirm the costs for the 2021 Winter Competition.  

  • Early bird special (returning players from 2020 Winter Competition who register prior to 10/01/2021)  $400 (opens January 4th 2020)
  • General Winter Comp registration $465
  • Social membership $30

If you are graded ‘up’ or ‘down’ and a number clash on the back of your jersey occurs the club will cover the cost of a new jersey.  

Payment plans are available for those in financial hardship. Please genuinely consider whether you need to take a payment plan – they should only be used for hardship, not convenience. It’s not the job of the committee to chase payment plans all season. 

2021 REFUND POLICY

Due to several changes from CDSFA and FFA, a larger proportion of each player’s registration fee is non-refundable to the club. Unfortunately this means that we need to update our refund policy to mirror this. We encourage you to read this policy when you register – we’ve made it as fair as possible without putting the club in financial risk. 

Any questions please email committee@sydneyrangersfc.com.au.

Our new President, Jackson Bova, looks ahead to the 2021 season and beyond.

It seems a running theme of 2020 that we have to say goodbye to the things we love. Now, the Rangers Committee bids farewell to Mark Robinson, the Club’s President for the past three years. Mark has been with the Club for 12 years now, and as soon as he arrived on Sydney’s shores, I think everyone knew that someone really special had joined the Rangers family. 

Thankfully Mark will still be gracing us on the pitch now he’s stepped back from Committee duties! 

Mark has been the driving force behind the Rangers’ growth over the past few years. The Rangers becoming its own fully fledged club competing within the CDSFA after years playing under (the admittedly great) banner of Balmain is one of his greatest achievements. 

The Rangers have come a long way since playing under the Balmain FC banner.

I remember having only just joined the Committee at that time and being incredibly impressed at the dedication and hard work that was put in to make it a reality. During his time as President, Mark has been integral to the Club’s growth (membership-wise, influence and financial stability and sustainability), and always put the Club ahead of his own interests. He is certainly up there in terms of club legends who have built this club to what it is since 1997. 

It’s been a privilege learning from Mark over the years, not only as a fellow Committee member, but as a friend.

For those who don’t know much about me, I joined the Rangers in 2016 and played my first season in the B team. Quite quickly I became more involved in the Club, starring in the End of Season Awards show performance that year (never again!), and joining the Committee in 2017. While I didn’t expect to take over the Presidency quite so soon in my Rangers and Committee life, I couldn’t have hoped for a better President, and Committee, to learn from. 

It’s an exciting time to be a Ranger as we look forward to 2021. Kenan, Chris, Jacob, Charlie and I will continue to build the momentum and growth of the Club, and we’re really excited to get back to a proper 2021 and (hopefully) COVID-free sesason. 

What does that actually mean? Last year, due to the impacts of COVID we were quite restricted in terms of whole club events. We want the culture of our club to be just that – a club. Last year we were restricted to gatherings mainly within our squads, and as a Committee we’re hoping for a more social, open 2021 & beyond.

Our 2020 Div 9 Squad which Jackson was a huge part of.

Looking ahead we’ve got the Pride Football Australia ‘PFA Day’ just around the corner, and a slightly different Mardi Gras festival where we’ll make sure we have a presence. We participate in the parade every two years, but if Fair Day goes ahead we’ll be there! 

These events are no small undertaking (having lead the organisation of them many times!), so a massive thanks to everyone who helps pull them together as they’re just as big a part as building the profile of our club as our on the pitch achievements. 

Looking past 2021, we’ve got the Gay Games coming up in Hong Kong 2022 where I’m positive we can get, for the first time ever, two Rangers teams competing. Having attended my first Gay Games in Paris in 2018 I’m incredibly excited to attend again! And of course, World Pride comes to Sydney in 2023, and we have some big things planned!

For now, I’m just excited to get back into playing football as we finish off the year with our social matches – at the end of the day that’s what this Club is all about. A safe space where anyone on the LGBTIQ+ spectrum and our allies can feel safe playing the sport they love!


Please feel free to reach out to me at any time if you have any suggestions or comments about how we can improve what we’re doing at the Rangers – president@sydneyrangersfc.com.au.

Our outgoing President and 2020 Clubman of the Year says a few words about his time in the role. Thanks for all your hard work over the years, Mark! It is genuinely appreciated, and we can’t wait for plenty more signature Robbo hoofs up the pitch in 2021.

For those that weren’t at Awards Night, (and for those that were there but were too drunk to
remember {you not me} ) I had a few words as I step down as President of the club after three
years in the role.

We all know this was what he was really in it for…


This season we’ve just completed is my twelfth playing for Sydney Rangers and just under nine
years on the Committee. Back in 2009 we only had one team, and Gavin asked me to join the
Committee not long after. I remember thinking how much work can that really be? Back then I
would never have guessed that I would be here retiring as President eleven years later.


Along with many, many others we’ve achieved so much over the years. We’ve put on ten seasons
of winter competitions, playing for our own badge since 2018. We’ve grown from one team to
six; 100+ members. We’ve entered the FFA Cup three times, the first gay inclusive club
worldwide to play in their national cup competition. We’ve played the JF Cup annually, beating
Melbourne more times than we’ve lost (including when they tried to cheat fielding a former
professional). We’ve been away internationally to Cologne, to Mexico City, to Miami, to Paris
and to Parramatta Pride. We’ve put on Mardi Gras Parades, Fair Day stalls, and Mardi Gras Tournaments.
We’ve raised money any way we can through kind and generous sponsors, through club nights,
raffles, cloakrooms, BBQs and jelly wrestling.


We’ve supported our community’s mental and physical health through our ongoing partnership
with ACON, dressing up as tradies and by encouraging a healthy active lifestyle. We’ve fought
homophobia on the pitch and in the media, but there is so much more still to do.


Personally, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing over the years. There’s a lot of time and effort that
goes in by the Committee, Sub-Committee, Coaches, Managers and many more to make sure we
all have as fun as possible football and events. It’s definitely had me stressed and grumpy at
times, and I’ve definitely put Ben through it over the years so I’m eternally grateful to have had
him by my side through it all.


When I attend club events, such as Awards Night, I do look around though and see so many
friendly faces, and so many of the very best friends a person could have, so without a shadow of
a doubt I’ve gotten back ten times over what I’ve put into this club.


Jackson Bova will be taking over as President and I’ve every confidence that he and the new
Committee will continue to take us from strength to strength. He’s been around for five seasons
now, but he’s not quite the dinosaur I am so If you don’t know him please make sure you reach
out, as I’m sure he will to you.


From the bottom of my heart I thank you all for having me over the last few years and thank you
for all you’ve done to make what we do possible. I now have a few months in the off season to
prepare my assault on the platinum boot in 2021!

After a great season for the Rangers across the board in 2019, resulting in our highest player retention number ever, the club added a new all age team to the mix. 

This meant a lot of reshuffling of players across our all age squads. Last year’s B team formed the basis of our AA13s, continuing in the same division with seven returning players from the B’s, supported by four C’s players, two Silvers players and three new Rangers.

After only two preseason games, the team went into the season in Division 11-turned-13 with high hopes.

 

Contact training after the COVID lockdown in NSW re-started with a ‘friendly’ training game against the AA14s. A self-destructive red mist descended over the team, and a combination of an unlikely Chris Hicks goal against us and probably our worst team performance all year meant we started the season badly. More INTENSITY was needed. 

We re-grouped, re-set and although we ultimately lost our opener 0-2 against former Div10 Enfield at home, the performance was good. On the day we were just unable to score any goals in a dominant first half, before the momentum went against us.


The team fought back in Round Two, dominating and defeating Burwood, the other former Div10 team in the league, 2-0 at Blair Park, on the best surface we got to play all season. It was a great way to finish the week after a stunning mid-week training game performance against our Div9 team. It was also the only game Dean Hathaway played in the first half of the season, who the team was going to miss a lot.

The Round Three game against Marrickville which was moved to Beaman Park last minute – (Blick was closed due to wet weather, shocking) – was a game to forget. We did however give our A’s a good run for their money after their opponent didn’t show up, drawing 1-1 with a goal from Enrico.

Round 4 saw our Golden Boot winner David Manuca get tangled up with one of the Canterbury players, and the Canterbury player was sent off. Despite being 2-2 at half time we managed to lose 4-2 against the worst team in the league.  

Captain Shaun more than ably stepped into the goal for a few weeks this year when Goalie Jon was battered and bruised, including in Round 5. In a very tight and strong performance, Leichhardt edged us out 1-0.

Approaching the end of the first half of the season we went to play Balmain at Callan Park, the defending champions of Div12 who in the end won the league this season too, the club which so kindly allowed us to play under their umbrella for years. In a thrilling game where we came back from being 3-1 down to equalise and only lose 4-3 to a controversial last minute goal where the assistant referee unfortunately missed a clear offside.

The second half of the season started the same way as the first. A loss against Enfield, this time with Ale’s first goal of the season being a consolation and another win against Burwood. This was followed by a 4-2 win against Canterbury playing in our white away kits – probably should’ve worn them all season!

In our last game of the season, against a team looking to win the title with a win against us, we came to park the bus after conceding a number of goals in the previous few weeks. The performance was our best one of the season and not only did we slow the goals but we scored some great efforts of our own as we beat Ashfield Pirates 4-2 at Croydon Park. There were great disciplined performances all across the pitch, and there were some stunning saves from goalie Jon.

Our team photo of our full squad on the last game day (before the game/win) is reflective of the great season we had, which brightened our year up and brought back some normality while we all faced the challenges from Covid and the restrictions on our lives which followed. We may have been limited to four wins and one red card this year, finishing 6th, but there were many strong performances even in defeat and it was a season to remember.

It was a pleasure to play with the team and it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work from co-coach Mark put into the season and the training sessions he ran and I’m looking forward to the years ahead with this amazing bunch of guys. {Mark: Same goes to co-coach Kenan from me! Legendary statistical and administration skills rivalled by none, and great co-contribution to our coaching for the season} 

A special thank you also to the other members of the committee for their support, Div 14 coach James Cardall for loaning his players on our days in need and our supporters who managed to come along to our games where the rules permitted

Our AA1s Manager and Coach Charlie reviews an exceptional first season in Division 1 for our boys

After a Top-Of-The League performance in Div2 last season, promotion into Div1 had us excited for a new and tough challenge ahead – and boy did all the team deliver an AMAZING season for us! I couldn’t be prouder of them! 

We welcomed 5 new players into the squad this season. 4 were drafted up from the Bs + Cs due to outstanding seasons and impressing at trials as well as Daniel Paredes, who has had a terrific first season with us in goal. Duncan was so excited to finally be out of the big bird costume of last season, only to get 1 match (and 1 goal that he made sure we didn’t forget) with us out on the field before going on holiday to the UK and not being able to make it back to Aus – Damn you COVID! 

With this, our squad size went down to 14 for the rest of the season, and it took hard work and dedication from the lads to turn out a strong team every week! Special shout outs to Dan W for multiple weekends calling in sick to work, Bagus + Michael driving 5 hours back from Tamworth on a Saturday morning, and also a number of players across the AA9’s + AA13’s for stepping up to help us when we were short on men!

Even with a smaller squad size, a non-existent pre-season and myself being the only player/coach in Div1, we still started off the season so strong. You would not have thought it was our first season playing in this division…

A solid 4-1 win against 10-men Earlwood on our first ever evening match under the lights at the fortress (Blick Oval) ; A slightly unlucky 2-2 draw against Leichhardt Tigers; a no-show 3-0 win walkover against Abbotsford, and a 1-0 loss against Cooks River Titans (our only game all season where we didn’t manage to score at least 1 goal).. This had us sitting in 3rd place place after week 4, 1 point behind Cooks River… Highlights from these matches included back to back MOTM wins from Bagus, Aaron + Duncan’s 1st and only goals of the seasons against Earlwood, and a goal of the season contender from Dan Wilson with a screamer into the top bins against Leichhardt to even up the scores.

Our next 2 games followed a very similar pattern – Scoring first and starting on a roll, dropping our heads and letting them come back to take the lead, before sheer determination and passion drove us to fight back and win in style! We won 4-3 against Ashfield Pirates, and 4-2 against Strathfield. Highlights of these games included 5 goals for Lawrence across both matches (hattrick against Ashfield, and a brace against Strathfield), and the rotating Left-Wing threat of Seb, Philpot, Gabe and myself that neither team could handle! 

We were then sitting in 2nd place, 5 points behind Balmain, who we were up against next… Needing to close the gap and keep within touching distance of 1st place, we started amazingly and caught them off guard to take a 2-0 lead within 30 minutes (Another 2 incredible goals from Dan and Lawrence.) Sadly we were unable to close out the win, but a masterclass from Goalie Dan and our Defensive Divas ‘Latoya’, ‘Kelly’ and ‘Beyonce’ (Paul, Dan + Thomas) meant we were able to hold onto a 2-2 draw. These were the only points that Balmain dropped all season, which I take as a great achievement against a team that will no doubt be a strong contender in the BBC Premier Division next season.

Onto the 2nd half of the season – we were back to winning ways and still keeping the pressure on Balmain with a 3-1 win against Earlwood, another 3-1 win against Leichhardt, and a thumping 6-0 win against Abbotsford. My highlight of these matches was for myself and Gus, who came up to help from the Div9’s. Both of us broke our goal droughts and bagged 3 goals and 2 assists between us against Abbotsford. The low-light of these matches has to be Bagus + Thomas in the match against Leichhardt, both going for the same header and Thomas definitely coming off the worse, splitting his head open and ending up in hospital! 

The final 4 games of the season included another 2 walkover wins against Cooks River Titans + Strathfield (we must have scared them off!), a very close 3-2 loss against Ashfield, and final 3-1 loss against Balmain, with us already having locked in 1st and 2nd place in the league. Highlights from these has to be Mitch coming back from retirement to play in his first and last match of the season against Balmain, and also Paul stepping up to don the pinks and play in goal with Dan picking up an injury (if you haven’t seen the death drop free kick save from Paul already, please check it out, it’s sickening!)

All in all, what an absolutely amazing result for us to come in runners up for our first season in Division 1! The team played fantastic football week in week out, ground out some crucial wins against tough competition, and deserve every bit of praise for an outstanding season! Being my first season stepping into a coaching role, I couldn’t have asked for a better team to step out onto that field with, they made my job so much easier than I thought it would be! Also a huge shout out to Aaron and Paul for all your help along the way, I couldn’t have done it without you!

I’m already looking forward to next season, when we’ll be winning both the league and the grand finals!