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Rangers 35’s PREMIERS 2016

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GRAND FINAL: RANGERS 35’s v LEICHARDT SAINTS – 27 AUGUST 2016

By Diarmuid O’Connor

Rangers 35’s v Leichardt Saints WON 2-1

Goals:  Akio Matsui, Diarmuid O’Connor

Rangers went into this seasons Div 5 title decider as the rank outsiders, facing a Saints team who had finished 13 points ahead of them in the regular season. However Rangers had a quiet confidence about them, having been the only team to beat Saints this year and having scored 6 goals in total against the leagues tightest defence.

Having a fit squad of 17 to choose from, Paulie volunteered to stand down and be the number one supporter for the day. That left a full complement of 5 subs for coach Rob to work with. During the regular season, the only consistent thing about Rangers was their inconsistency, especially when it came to defending. However this had been remedied during the finals series, with the concession of just 1 goal thus far, and solidity was again called for at the back. Despite the injury to Rob, the centre back position was well covered in terms of personnel by the return of Stella, partnering the Columbian colossus Alejandro, with Stephen providing backup (despite having literally just hopped off a plane from Texas). The evergreen Hughie and Riki manned the full back positions as usual. If Rangers were to win, it was essential that this group of 5 hold strong and give support to Richie, the man orchestrating everything from the goalkeeping position.  Stewie returned to partner Leo in a physically intimidating central midfield pairing and DV and James occupied the wide roles. The front pairing was the twin strike force of Akio and Diarmuid, who had already bagged 27 goals between them this season.

Rangers won the toss and decided to play up the hill and into the sun in the first half. This strategy meant that they would have an advantage in the second half. However it also meant they couldn’t afford any mistakes or they would have a mountain to climb, both literally and figuratively speaking. Any notions that the Saints had about this being a walk in the park for them were put to bed straight away as Rangers absolutely dominated the play from the start. Rangers were first to every ball, were more aggressive in the tackle and put pressure on the Saints defence at every opportunity. Saints could not get the ball out of their own half in this opening period. While no clear cut chances were created, Stewie’s long throw ins and James’ corners caused difficulties in the Saints defence. The breakthrough eventually came when Rangers won a free kick just inside the Saints half. Alejandro’s floated free was only half cleared. The ball fell to James at the edge of the box and after his half volley was turned on to the post by the keeper, Akio was quickest to react and he headed home from close range. This was no more than Rangers deserved for their positive start to the game. Saints had not expected this and were slow to respond. They eventually got a foothold in the game with the arrival of their playmaker into the fray. However the Rangers defence, marshalled by their sweeper Stella, held firm against the onslaught. A well hit effort was kept out by Richie, once again making a difficult save look easy. Stephen was on at this stage and he slotted seamlessly into the Rangers back four. The midfield, ably assisted by the arrival of Diaa and Tiger, was getting through a huge amount of work and didn’t give Saints any time to get their passing game together. Saints chances were restricted to dead ball situations but Richie was always on hand to punch the danger clear. When the ref blew for half time, Rangers left the field with a pep in their step, knowing that they would be playing down the slope in the second half, which would suit their speedy attackers.

The second half turned out to be an epic battle. Hoffy and Sus joined the action and were involved straight away. Saints were doing most of their attacking down the right hand side of the pitch but this was not a wise move on their part, as Riki was giving an exhibition of full back play and he swept up everything before him. Finals are usually won by the team who wants it the most and in this regard, the Rangers were not found wanting. They put Saints under all sorts of pressure. The pace of Akio and Diarmuid up front was paying dividends and a number of chances were created. Akio nearly got on to the end of a couple of through balls. Stewie’s aerial presence nearly resulted in goals from a corner and a free kick. From another corner Leo and Diaa combined but the ball came off the upright. Leo, Diaa and Diarmuid tried to luck from long range but couldn’t find the target. The closest effort came from Akio. A sumptuous cross from Hoffy was headed goalward by the spring heeled Japanese flyer but the ball flew inches wide. At this stage there was a concern that all the wasted opportunities would come back to haunt Rangers, as so often happens in football. Saints still posed a danger and their skilful forward players kept plugging away. A firm shot by their playmaker was dealt with by Richie, who got down low to save. But with 20 mins to go, Rangers got the vital second goal that their hard work deserved. Hoffy, again, floated a lovely ball over the top which Akio ran on to. Despite the attention of 2 defenders, Akio managed to square the ball to the unmarked Diarmuid and Rangers top scorer made no mistake, with a firm shot into the corner of the net. The game was now Rangers to lose. The intensity levels were raised and the tackles started going in hard and fast. But the Saints were not going to lie down and they got themselves back into the game, courtesy of a wonder strike from all of 30 yards from their centre forward. It was now 2-1 with 15 mins to go. Game on. Saints now tried to take the initiative in search of the equaliser but Rangers responded and somehow found more reserves of energy. The work rate from the entire team was relentless. The intelligent use of the subs during the game by coach Rob now started to pay dividends as Rangers finished the game stronger. Diarmuid brought the ball into the corner to run down the clock and managed to waste valuable time. With 2 mins to go, there was to be one final piece of drama as Saints won a free kick in a dangerous position, 25 yards from goal. Their playmaker lined up a shot in the hope of forcing the game into extra time. The shot was too high however and with that went Saints last chance of glory. The ref blew for full time shortly after and Rangers celebrated a fully deserved victory.

Having lost the Grand Final two seasons ago, this made victory all the sweeter for Rangers. They produced their best performance of the season when they needed it most. Saints had no complaints and were generous in their praise after the game. They knew they had been beaten by the better side. They say championships are won by the team with the best defence and this proved to be the case once more on Saturday. During the regular season, Rangers shipped a whopping 14 goals in their 4 games against the top 2 teams – Saints and Fraser Park. But when they met these two teams again in the preliminary final and then the grand final, they only conceded a solitary goal and that was a wonder strike. The contribution of coach Rob cannot be underestimated. Losing him from a playing perspective was a blow, but in hindsight it worked to Rangers advantage and his in-game management was crucial. To win a final you need heroes and Rangers had 18 of them on Saturday. The work rate and commitment by all the players was phenomenal with many giving seasons’ best performances. After a regular season which had as many downs as ups, the three performances in the finals series were characterised by a never say die attitude which resulted in three narrow wins. Rangers hit form at just the right time and are worthy champions for 2016.

Rangers A’s PREMIER 2016

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GRAND FINAL: RANGERS A v MARRICKVILLE B – 20 AUGUST 2016

By Ben Bagshaw

Rangers A’s v Marrickville B WON 3-0

Goals: Nik Nurlan, Oscar Wong, Dan Wilson (og)

SRFC A’s enjoyed a great season in 2016, and celebrated in style by becoming the first Sydney Rangers team EVER to win a CDSFA Grand Final, at the club’s 4th time of asking.

Balmain Rangers As were the only team in all the CDSFA all age men’s divisions to go the entire season undefeated and clinched the Grand Final in style after previous close games with second placed Marrickville B.

Having drawn twice in the regular season and sealing a narrow 1-0 semi final win over their Grand Final opposition, Rangers were able to enjoy a relatively comfortable 3-0 win in the seasons showpiece, thanks to early goals from Nick Nurlan and Oscar Wong.

Rangers were tactically spot on and very disciplined in their approach as Marrickville never looked like being able to recover from the early goals. The Rangers defence stood firm against anything Marrickville had to offer and Rangers continued to have the better chances in the second half. The third goal put the game beyond any doubt as the Marrickville keeper made a terrible mistake to allow a cross from Dan Wilson to softly cross the line.

The final whistle sparked scenes of celebration, relief and pride as many of the clubs members and supporters joined together as the Rangers A Coach Ben Bagshaw and Team Captain Duncan Jones lifted the Division 6 trophy.

SRFC Club President, Joseph Roppolo said, “We couldn’t be prouder of our history making Rangers A team. Coach Ben Bagshaw and all the boys went the whole 2016 season without losing a single game including beating a strong Marrickville B team twice in finals footy on the way to lifting the CDSFA Div 6 trophy. They have cemented themselves in Rangers history as our very own “Invincibles” and a win for these boys is also a win for every Rangers player over the last 10 years of competitive winter comp teams with Balmain as each generation has built on the last.”

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President’s Report – AGM 2016

I would like to welcome everyone to the Annual General Meeting of Sydney Rangers Football Club. I thank you for attending, showing your support and for your continued interest in the future of our proud club.

The 2015/2016 year has been another successful one for SRFC with strong growth in new membership, the consolidation of our four winter comp teams, a new training-focused club ethic supported by the hiring of an external club trainer, successfully defending our Justin Fashanu Cup title in Melbourne, a leap forward in establishing the Pride Football Australia entity, and a successful 2016 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. This position has also been enriched by a healthy financial position as the club has embarked on partnering with new sponsorship agreements with St George Bank and The Beresford to realise our mutually beneficial goals and we have continued our commitment from members to fundraising within the wider LGBTI community.

The club’s achievements are due to a variety of factors but I would like to start by thanking the current committee for their commitment to the roles they have taken on and the support they have given me as President. We usually have a meeting of the full committee once per month as well as a range of other meetings to organise club events or deal with club issues as they arise. The elected members for 2015/2016 were current committee members; Vice President Paul Flynn; Treasurer Mark Robinson; Secretary Michael Healey; Sponsorship & Fundraising Officer Carl Austin; and former committee members Adam Rose & Joel Larsen.

Special thanks must be given to Public Officer Mitch Coidan for his valued contribution and expert legal counsel; Tom Dougherty for his expertise in designing the new SRFC website; Football Director Koji Niikura for a well organised and stress-free trial match program; Fitness & Conditioning Coach Nicholas Needs for his excellent preseason training sessions and Club Coach Ben Bagshaw for leading the club to three-in-a-row JF Cup titles last year. We also thank the tireless and often thankless work of our current and former winter comp coaches over the past year, in no particular order; Ben Bagshaw, Matthew Beal, Cristian Rodriguez, Mark Eagleson, Rob Lumb, Mark Robinson, Duncan Jones, Steven Tien, Gavin Mears and Joseph Roppolo.

Last season in 2015 was a year of many milestones including the formation of the latest Rangers team, the “Newbees”, largely due to the hard work and organisation of former President Gavin Mears. Our Rangers A and 35s both made semi-final and preliminary finals appearances respectively. The defining moment of winter comp 2015 was an historic first grand final appearance by Rangers B led by Coach Ben Bagshaw and this club’s incredible sideline support at that match.

Before the start of the current winter comp season, the SRFC Code of Conduct was once again sent to all players, coaches, officials and supporters to establish a minimum standard of performance, behaviour and professionalism for all members of our club.  We have asked all coaches and managers to report any incidents of conflict that do happen in our teams so we can have a better understanding of any issues that arise. The coaches and managers should take the first steps in dealing with conflict which could be a subtle reminder to players of their responsibilities under the Code or sending players a copy of the code to read. Incidents will only be escalated at the Club level after this is agreed with coaches and mangers. At all times common sense should prevail and conflict resolution is dealt with sensitively and also privately as much as possible.

We look forward to continued success in 2016 from our four winter comp teams, all playing for our umbrella club, Balmain DFC and we have set the challenge to win our club’s first premiership honours in 2016 for all teams. The committee is dedicated to achieving competitive success on the football field and has embarked on promoting a new training-focused culture. All players from our premier team have committed to a minimum of 60% training participation and the discussion going forward is how this is enforced fairly and if other Rangers teams should embrace a similar commitment next season. The committee has invested in an external club trainer for winter comp 2016 and we have seen unprecedented numbers to training by all teams with 31, 39 and 38 players to training so far on Wednesday Night at Birchgrove.

Twenty four months ago, the committee set out a clear mission and vision for the club going forward (http://sydneyrangersfc.com/2014/05/19/sydney-rangers-fc-mission-vision-goals/) with a number of ambitious short, medium and long term goals. It is important to reflect on the past year as many of these goals are well on their way to being successfully achieved.

The club has grown from 69 members in 2013/14 to 80 members in 2014/15 to 96 full, social and supporter members in the past 2015/16 year which is in line with our growth expectations.

Securing a high profile sponsor such as St George Bank has been pivotal to the committee’s plans to promote our club within our community and to a wider audience. We now have a major corporate sponsor who has tailored their brand image to the needs of our specific club and community and it’s with great pride, the St George rainbow-breathing dragon is on the front of our new SRFC jerseys. Having a household brand as sponsor helps SRFC to increase our visibility to new members as well as potential new sponsors and affiliates. In return, we are helping St George Bank to increase their presence in our local community and help attract pink customers to their business. We commend the excellent work of Joel Larsen has been pivotal to forging and managing this key relationship.

A sponsorship agreement with The Beresford as our venue specific sponsor has already proved a popular decision amongst our membership. We sincerely thank Vice President Paul Flynn for his instrumental work in managing this relationship with this iconic Surry Hills entertainment venue. We must ensure the arrangement is mutually beneficial and make sure all winter comp players are making the effort to attend after every game.

Lastly, our sponsorship with ACON has helped us to build stronger ties within our community and we are proud to help promote the excellent work they carry out on a daily basis promoting positive messages of tolerance, diversity, equality, health and wellness within our communities.

Our plan is to organise a ‘Sponsors Meet the Rangers’ at The Beresford on a Sunday afternoon to help build stronger ties with our sponsors and make sure we communicate the great work Rangers are doing in the community, whether it’s fundraising for charities such as Twenty 10, promoting men’s mental health issues with Mr. Perfect or baking cakes for The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

Fundraising continues to be one of our keystone social activities to generate revenue and for our members to engage and interact with our community and we have seen continued success on this front with our affiliation with the ‘I Remember House’ parties, the Harbour City Bears and Honey Productions.

With continued growth of the club’s online presence to 1009 likes on the Sydney Rangers Facebook group page and another 461 friends on our Facebook personal page, it is no wonder SRFC are boosting our attendance at all club social events such as our End of Season Awards, Fair Day, Mardi Gras Football Tournament and the Mardi Gras Parade. I would like to mention the fantastic effort, organisation and work put into the 2015 End of Season Awards night at The Beresford Hotel which was organised and hosted by Adam Rose, Daryn Vanstone, Carl Austin and Mikey Lovegrove. The boys kept everyone entertained and the event was once more a real highlight of the Rangers social calendar.

The club is proud to be formation members of the Pride Football Australia tournament and we were delighted to take a strong representative team to Melbourne last October to defend the JF Cup. Coached by Ben Bagshaw, the boys performed fantastically well with our four winter comp teams joining forces to become one & dramatically winning our third JF Cup in a row on penalties. The ‘weighted’ lottery selection system has served us well to this point but as always, things can be refined further to make the process even more equitable and this is something up for discussion.

The next step of creating a separate entity for PFA is close to being realised with this organisation set to provide the national impetus to achieve the following objectives: to promote participation in football within the LGBTI community; to be a leading national advocate on promoting the inclusion and acceptance of LGBTI identifying people in sport; to foster and provide assistance to newly emerging LGBTI football clubs around the country; and finally, to organise and promote the PFA tournament including fundraising and sponsorship activities. Mitch Coidan, Mark Robinson, Dan Lord and I have met with representatives of the Flying Bats and Melbourne Rovers to set up the very first PFA committee in the coming weeks. This is the next logical evolution to provide the strategic vision and implementation necessary to take PFA forward and Mitch in particular, has put in an enormous amount of work setting up the constitution which we kindly thank him for.

Later this year on 7-9 October, we have the PFA Tournament in Sydney so we need to start planning the last joint venture working group with the Flying Bats before the new committee takes over in 2017. We will be asking for 3 volunteers from our membership to continue the great Sydney tradition of putting on a first class weekend of events including the Friday ‘Launch’ night, Saturday ‘Match Day’ & the famous PFA ‘After Party’.

SRFC has a rich history of competing internationally and we plan to send a team in September 2016 on a 14-day USA Road Trip which will encompass San Fransisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. We will be sending details out shortly about the 7v7 tournament, flights, accommodation and other costs involved. We hope to send 10 players on this exciting trip and we thank Rob Nice for his work in helping to organise.

Looking ahead to 2017, we have quite a year coming up as our club’s 20th anniversary celebration year looms large. The committee is planning a number of important and worthwhile events to take place during the 2017 Mardi Gras calendar. We request all members to get involved and share the fun to make next year the most fabulous Rangers effort ever! We also plan to send a Rangers 11 aside team to the Miami Outgames (26 May – 4 June) next year as we have had many requests from members about this tournament.

It is with regret that I must inform the club we have an outgoing committee member who is calling time on his four year stint of service and dedication to Sydney Rangers. Paul Flynn joined the committee in 2012 as Sponsorship & Fundraising Officer and it’s no small coincidence this club would enter one of our most rewarding and exciting chapters. Paul brought many gifts with him; his professionalism and business acumen, a vast knowledge of the hospitality industry, a cheeky wit and smile, an ability to never shy away from telling it the way it is, and a vast array of community & business contacts that has helped transform this club and engage with sponsors, community partners and affiliates in new and exciting ways. Over the years, Paul was instrumental to building and maintaining relationships with The Midnight Shift, Manhunt, I Remember House, SX/GNN/Evomedia, and The Beresford. During his time, Paul would also occupy roles as Treasurer and Vice President and his many achievements are vast and endless. Paul, on behalf of this club we thank you!

There is much to be proud of over the last 12 months and the committee plans to continue driving SRFC forwards. There is always room for improvement and we ask our members to communicate your ideas and thoughts constructively and without hesitation. I encourage all members to get involved in the workings of the club for 2016/2017. This is an important year and the committee needs all the support, involvement and hard work our members can muster. We encourage all interested members to get involved on the working groups as preparation for possibly joining the committee if they are interested in doing so. Together we can continue to create a supportive club where being a Ranger and representing this proud club means so much more than just playing football.

Presented to AGM by Club President Joseph Roppolo on 19th April 2016

AGM Final

NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Sydney Rangers Football Club Inc. (Club) will be held on Tuesday 19 April 2016 commencing at 7pm at The Beresford Hotel, 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
To all Members of Sydney Rangers Football Club Inc. (SRFC),   The Committee of Sydney Rangers Football Club hereby gives you notice of the SRFC’s Annual General Meeting to commence at 7pm at The Beresford Hotel, 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010 (2016 AGM).     If you intend to attend the 2016 AGM, please RSVP via the below Event Brite link so that we can prepare for catering numbers; REGISTER HERE

All executive positions will be vacated at the 2016 AGM. Those wishing to nominate for executive positions, including SRFC President, may do so by completing the nomination form and providing to the Secretary (MIchael Healey)(Secretary) no less than two days prior to the AGM. This requirement means that nominations close Saturday 16 April 2016. Every nomination for the committee must be in writing and signed by two (2) members of the club accompanied by the written consent of the candidate. A separate nomination must be completed for the position of SRFC President.   If insufficient nominations are received to fill all vacancies on the Committee, the candidates nominated will be taken to be elected and further nominations are to be received at the 2016 AGM.   A member desiring to bring any business before a general meeting may give notice in writing of that business to the Secretary who must include that business in the next notice calling a general meeting given after receipt of the notice of the member.   Voting   On any question arising at a general meeting of the Club a member has one vote only.   All votes must be given personally or by proxy but no member may hold more than 3 proxies.   In the case of an equality of votes on a question at a general meeting, the chairperson of the meeting is entitled to exercise a second or casting vote.   A member or proxy is not entitled to vote at any general meeting of the Club unless all money due and payable by the member or proxy to the Club has been paid. If in doubt to your financial status contact the Treasurer and Secretary – Mark Robinson (committee@sydneyrangersfc.com.au) and Michael Healey (secretary@sydneyrangersfc.com.au).   Appointment of proxies   Each member is to be entitled to appoint another member as proxy by notice, which must be in the possession of the proxy at the meeting. This form can be found at the bottom of the email.   Business of the AGM   It is intended that the business to be conducted the AGM will be to   (a) confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting and of any special general meeting held since that meeting; (b) to receive from the Committee reports on the activities of the Club during the last preceding financial year, (c) to elect office-bearers of the Club and ordinary members of the Committee; and (d) to receive and consider the statement which is required to be submitted to members and considered pursuant to section 48 of the Associations Incorporation Act (NSW) 2009 and clause 9 of the Associations Incorporation Regulations (NSW) 2009.   Supporting Documentation

Committee Nomination Form

Proxy Nomination Form

SRFC President Nomination Form

2016 Notice of Annual General Meeting for Sydney Rangers Football Club Inc .. 2016 AGM

IMPORTANT PRE-TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: 

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The 8th annual Mardi Gras Football Tournament returns for another spectacular day of football, fun and friendship.

Sydney Rangers FC is once again hosting this year’s event which is a 6-aside Men’s and Women’s competition.

Players will be able to enter as a whole team or individually. For all Rangers’ winter comp players, this is a nominated grading day.

Boasting qualified referees, a BBQ and drinks stand and a smaller field for players & spectators to bring their “rainbow babies” to join in the fun.

No skill or fitness level required!

Sunday Social

A fun and non-competitive social game on Sunday afternoon which is open to anyone who is keen to play.

Summer Soccer

A competitive social football competition every Saturday morning for approximately four weeks commencing around the end of spring.

Check the upcoming events on Facebook and let us know you can play.

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TIME TO JOIN THE SYDNEY RANGERS FOR 2016

Click here to view the membership options!

Sydney Rangers FC is an inclusive football club and we are open to players of all backgrounds, races, ages, standards and sexual orientations.

Whether you are a novice or professional player, or would like to support Sydney Rangers socially, we encourage you to become an active member.

Melbourne PFA 2015

About Pride Football Australia

Australia’s first gay and lesbian football tournament aims to bring together football players and supporters, regardless of their gender or sexuality, to share their love of the game and promote equality, acceptance and diversity. This year’s PFA Tournament is in Melbourne with a full range of fun events from 9-11 October.

About the Justin Fashanu Cup

The Justin Fashanu cup commemorates the life of Justin Fashanu; the first professional footballer to come out in the UK in 1990. Tragically, Justin committed suicide 8 years later. We celebrate his life as he lived it, as a true gay trailblazer and we remember Justin to continue the fight against homophobia in football and promote the inclusion of openly gay players in sport.

How to Get Involved

Sydney Rangers Football Club would like to invite all members to be involved in Pride Football Australia 2015 in Melbourne. You can register to go into the lottery for the Justin Fashanu Cup by completing the below survey. Please note that you must be a Full SRFC Member & a current 2015 Winter Competition Player to go in the draw. All Full & Social SRFC Members are invited to play in the Social Comp also run on the day.

To renew your membership for 2015/2016 please click here.

Register to Play in the Justin Fashanu Cup & Social Game Here!

Rangers are growing in 2015 and currently recruiting for the 2015 Winter Competition!

We seek new players to join our club and the upcoming 11-side Winter Competition, especially our new fourth All-Age team between the ages of 18-55!

Even if you haven’t kicked a ball in a while, why not develop your football and social skills and play the world game with Rangers?

Join us at Sunday Social at Wentworth Park on Wentworth Park Rd, Ultimo (on one of the grass fields between the light rail and stadium) from 4.00 to 6.00pm most weekends.

All new players must be registered by 22 February so contact us now!  

Email recruitment@sydneyrangersfc.com.au for more information.