It’s playing with everything we’ve got.
It’s remembering the people who have worn the jersey before.
It’s representing the jersey, the club and our community.
Belconnen United FC (aka BUFC or Blue Devils) is the premier league club in the Belconnen region, Canberra. The Belconnen United Football Club (then ‘Soccer’ Club) was formed in 1970 as the new Canberra district of Belconnen was establishing.
We cater to senior men’s and women’s (Premier League, State League and Masters’ teams), Premier League boys (12s, 14s & 16s), both boys & girls youth development programs, and Premier League Futsal teams.
Along with our affiliated family of clubs, we provide the largest range of football programs in Canberra for all ages. Our affiliated junior clubs are Belnorth, Belsouth and Belwest (U5 – U18 boys’ and girls’ teams) and North Canberra Futsal (junior and senior Futsal teams on Canberra’s Northside).
PL U12’s Belconnen United 9 vs Canberra FC 0
Noah’s hat trick was the stand out in a fine performance by the U12's who won 9-0 over Canberra FC. A first half brace from Cooper and James, as well as goals from Noah and Odhran, had the team up 6-0 at half time. Noah and Dylan scored in the second half to complete a convincing win.
Belconnen didn’t have it all their own way with Gabe, Rohan and Jake cutting off a number of fast breaks. However, Belconnen pressed hard at every opportunity.
PL U14’s Belconnen United 6 vs Canberra FC 1
The second game of the season saw Belconnen U14 against a Canberra FC side which had lost a few strong players to other clubs and had a bad start to the season losing 9:1 against Monaro in their first game. Our boys experienced the first game differently, playing an encouraging game against Gungahlin and covering a lot of ground. With that expectation the first five minutes started with Belconnen controlling the ball and creating four great chances to score. Nathan Tokley missed one of the chances but at the end of the first half he was the outstanding player regarding his effort and motivation to keep the team one goal ahead. Belconnen took the lead in the first half with Jono Leayr and Leon Michl scoring but after that the team shifted two gears down. Suddenly, there was not much movement off the ball and Canberra FC dominated the second part of the first half. After scoring one goal, especially the physical strong attackers were gaining superiority in the air and Ben Nicholas in goal had two terrific saves to keep the team 2:1 up at half time.
The Under 16’s won their second game of the season after starting off well with a goal from Nick Rolls within the first 90 seconds of the game. The set shot was taken after receiving a free kick 25 metres out, curving the ball into the top left. For the next 20 minutes, the game was played at a fast pace, with possession being shared between both teams. The change in the score came from the boots of Martin Crome, from a corner that was headed down from Nick Rolls, where Martin was able to turn around smashing the ball into the net leaving the keeper reaching for the sky.
Five minutes later, Canberra FC was unlucky not to score after hitting the cross bar but made repeated attacks on our defensive line before scoring from 40 meters out in the 33rd minute mark. It would be another 5 minutes before another goal is awarded to Canberra FC after a free kick saw Gab Ayuel (Ex Belwest) player slot the ball in mid-air at the back post leaving Chris Milicevic reaching for the intercept.
The second half saw Eric Noheli miss a chance inside the 18yrd with some good covering defence from Canberra FC. But with a solo run from Canberra FC Gab Ayuel again, he was able to turn Reaghan Travers and side step Nelson Cary to smash his second into the net to have the home team go 3-2 up after the 60 minute mark. This was then to be the start of a turn-around by the BUFC boys. The tempo of the game stepped up to find Eric Noheli run onto another ball from Lucas Falconer but shot over the net. Another set piece from Nick Rolls saw his shot hit the cross-bar followed by a Jayde James-Ward bullet like corner just missing his brother Ricci on the far post with a header attempt.
The next 10 minutes saw a number of no-calls from the referee that allowed Canberra FC to regroup to slow down the onslaught, but this was not going to last. With some strong work Reaghan Travers, Liam Rae and Tom Cochrane, we saw Martin Crome cross a low ball to the top of the 6 yard box into a sliding Ricci James-Ward, bringing the score back on par 3-3 on the 82minute mark. With less than 30 seconds later, a cross from Jayde James-Ward to a running Nick Rolls saw Nick head ‘chip’ the ball over the keeper into the net which saw BUFC take the lead in the 83rd minute. For those that saw this on YouTube, https://www.facebook.com/jayde.jamesward/videos/10152831409458511/, like it and share for all to see. The game ended with a come from behind effort which leaves the boys with 2 wins from 2 games.
Well done lads, and we’ll do it all again next week against Canberra Olympic at Kaleen enclosed.
Friday 17 April
|Masters 1||Canberra Olympic||Belconnen United FC||AIS Synthetic Field||18:30|
Saturday 18 April
|NPL 12||Canberra FC||Belconnen United FC||Yarralumla 1||12:30|
|NPL 14||Canberra FC||Belconnen United FC||Yarralumla 1||13:45|
|NPL 16||Canberra FC||Belconnen United FC||Yarralumla 1||15:10|
|Men's Division 1||Belconnen United FC||ANU FC||Sculin 1.02||15:00|
|Men's Division 2||Belconnen United FC||ANU FC||Sculin 1.02||13:00|
|Men's Division 3||Belconnen United FC||ANU FC||Sculin 1.04||15:00|
|Men's Division 4||Belconnen United FC||ANU FC||Sculin 1.04||13:00|
|Men's Division 7||Belwest||Belconnen United FC||Charnwood 1||15:00|
|Men's Division 8||Belwest||Belconnen United FC||Charnwood 1||13:00|
Sunday 19 April
|WNPL 17||Belconnen United FC||Tuggeranong FC||McKellar Park||10:00|
|WNPL 19||Belconnen United FC||Tuggeranong FC||McKellar Park||12:00|
|WNPL||Belconnen United FC||Tuggeranong FC||McKellar Park||14:00|
|NPL 18||Canberra FC||Belconnen United FC||Deakin Stadium||11:00|
|NPL 20||Canberra FC||Belconnen United FC||Deakin Stadium||13:00|
|NPL||Canberra FC||Belconnen United FC||Deakin Stadium||15:00|
|WCL||Weston Molonglo||Belconnen United FC||Wanniassa 2-1||12:00|
As the season is starting (Finally!!), there are a number of things that are expected from all the coaches. Including:
- Match Assessment Forms. This form will need to be completed and returned to me after each game; and
- Annual training plan. Please complete and return to me as soon as possible.
A copy of these documents are attached below for the respective teams.
For further information please contact Director of Football – Adam Gerasimou or the Technical Director - Ulisses da Silva
The U12 Buds won the lightning tournament on Sunday 12th April. They were undefeated for the day, scoring 27 goals and conceding 0. They won the final 4-0 against Woden Valley. Congratulations to the team.
PL U12’s Belconnen United 1 vs Gungahlin 1
The Under 12’s started the season with a one all draw in a match where both teams had their moments but neither could put the game away.
Belconnen scored after 10 minutes with Odhran outpacing the defence to slot the ball in the net. Gungahlin bounced back with sustained pressure, Matt making a series of great saves. The game was even shortly before halftime with Gungahlin scoring following a long break.
Both teams had chances in the second half, but desperate defence and the offside flag helped both sides. Jake’s leadership in defence closed down numerous Gungahlin attacks and Riley’s influential play in the midfield maintained the equilibrium.
PL U14’s Belconnen United 3 vs Gungahlin 0
The U14 PL side had a great start into the season at their home ground in Kaleen. The team was well prepared by the coaching staff of Paul, Daniel and Simon and played a great Pre-season winning the BUFC gala day and matching up very nicely with NSW PL sides in the Bathurst Cup.
After a scoreless first half with a number of lost possession, BUFC was able to turn things around with the support from the well-organised midfield around Nicki Jadric, Luca Macor, Sam Mellick and Nathan Tokley the second half saw three great goals giving BUFC a 3-0 game winning score at the final whistle. The goal scoring was started by a great run from Liam Fitzpatrick over the left wing and a wonderful finish into the left corner. Jono Leayr missing some chances in the first half was again constantly pushing forward and creating lots of chances. One was converted by Luca Macor and Leon Michl had some on his boots but great saves by the Gungahlin goal keeper prevented a higher score-line. The backline organised by captain Corey Smith saw Oli Vincent, Max Mellick and Harry Stuart not allowing much chances for Gungahlin and always pushing forward. Benjamin Nicholas had a quiet afternoon in goal but when needed he was there. Jackson Paesler had to watch their mates play from the side line due to an injury but was cheering the boys forward.
The last goal was a cracking shot just under the cross bar from Geu/Noah Ayeul and put the whole team into celebration time.
Well done everybody and we are all looking forward to the next game coming weekend against Canberra FC.
Most of the boys could not get enough and were watching the first grade later that day at McKellar Stadium.
PL U16’s Belconnen United 5 vs Gungahlin 3
The Under 16’s won their first round game Vs Gungahlin 5 – 3 in a game that saw BUFC go out to a 3 goal advantage come half-time.
The first 10 minutes was about controlling the game. Both sides had equal chances in securing the mid-field, but with the experience of Tom Adamson [www.canberranc.com.au] playing #6, he was able to control his opponent and add true value in both attack, and defence.
The impact player would have to be Paul Siwabessy, as his tenacious determination to win the ball was very noticeable by his team mates, and the opposition.
The defensive backs were strong and were able to hold off many attacking opportunities from GUFC, with Chris Milosevic claiming victory over his old side from the years gone by. A special mention to Marshall Dickson who was able to provide a number of driving moves out of defence and into attack.
Both Eric Noheli and Nick Rolls added flair up front, both scoring doubles but it was Ricci James-Ward [www.adnbuilders.com.au]who surprised everyone with his strength and speed to smash home a goal that is still rattling the cage at Kaleen.
Congratulations to all the boys that played today, it marked a special moment as we embark on what we set out to be, a great year in football, guided by the experience in Jimmy Kanaridis and Colin Stirton. With Lucas Falconer and Jayde James-Ward [www.dmjstechnologies.acndirect.com] still to come back into the team, the depth is with us in the 16’s for 2015.