Urunga Raiders V Grafton United Round 7

The Raiders back at home on the svelte (but thirsty) surfaces of the Cabbage Patch, sunshine pouring down to boot and look you just wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Today’s prey a rejuvenated Grafton United sitting in 5th place after 6 rounds, yes you read that correctly- 6th spot. A 3-2 result over the Northern Storm and 1-0 over Coffs Coast Tigers. Stone motherless last in 2017, conceded an eye-watering 170 goals in that season (9.4/game for you mathematicians out there) scoring 6, I just have no idea what that could do to your football state of mind, but here they are winning matches a true testament to resolve and perhaps therapy.

All in the past though, the United machine exuded a vitality, enthusiasm and will to win on display as the visitors defended in an organized and drilled fashion led by a calm Richard Akoto in the heart of the purple defense. United had to be as well, the Raiders looked as committed as I’ve seen them. Kale Hopper painting a football picture for the small but parochial crowd, his incisive passes a constant threat to the United defense. So no surprise after Hopper stroked pass for Pablo Kastner to whack in on 19 minutes. Kastener’s one touch control set up the opportunity and really denied any chance of a save from Grafton’s keeper Wylie Tynan. The rest of the half, a series of Raiders attacks with perhaps ‘the ginger bread’ Jai Waddick man somewhat unlucky after he bounced one off the underside of the crossbar mmm not easy to do and fire a couple of other chances wide. The Raiders 1 up at the break.

Jake Leslie, for the Raiders, came on 10 minutes into the start of the second stanza producing an immediate effect. A United defense that was creaking looked about to come unstuck, Leslie slipping a variety of cleaver balls to Raider runners to capitalize on. Tim Rupprecht on the end a of few, but to their credit Grafton were able to deflect all chances, right up until Cale Simmonds thumped one in with 10 to go. It was on the back of a fast break the United defence somewhat disorganized, Rupprecht good enough to slide a pass to Simmonds who did the rest.

The final score 2-0 to the Raiders and probably a good reflection of the match, Grafton certainly a different beast to last season. In the earlier match the Raiders ressies smashed United with 11 unanswered goals, notably President Homes on the score sheet after an accidental deflection went in and he claimed it! The Raiders women’s first grade 7-1 winners over Woopi Reserve grade while the Raiders women’s ressies 6-0 down to Woopi 1st grade (I mean what’s going on in the women’s division?) Anyhow think about this, the Raiders V Maclean Bobcats this weekend at the Patch 12 and 2 whooo a litmus test for sure.

Hope to see you on the hill.
Go U Raiders!

NSW Active Kids


Active Kids is a program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities.

Who is eligible to claim the voucher?

Every child (4.5 – 18 years’ old) enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 will be eligible for an Active Kids Voucher. This includes those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW.

Claiming your voucher

To claim your Active Kids voucher for each child you must setup an account and register with the Service NSW website 

Click on the Sign up button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen

Add your email address and setup a password then click on the Next button

A security code will be emailed to your email address within a few minutes, copy that code and enter it into the Security Code field then click the Create account button.

You will then be taken to a new page confirming your account has been created, you can now login. Enter your email address and the password you just setup and click on the Log in button.

Now add your Personal details and register your mobile phone or email as recovery (optional) you will then be taken to the Student Identification section, you will need your Medicare card for this section.

You will need to add individual details for every child you are registering, enter your child’s details and Medicare card information into the requested fields. Some of the fields like child’s height and weight are optional

When all details have been filled in your voucher details with your child’s name and a unique 16 digit number will appear on the screen and will be also emailed to you.

If you would like to register another child for a voucher click on the Apply for another voucher button and repeat the steps.

Each child will have their own voucher and unique 16 digit number that you can use for your $100 rebate.

How do I use my voucher during registration?

When paying your registration via the MyFootballClub system you will be prompted to add your unique Active Kids Voucher Code – this will apply your $100 discount.


The voucher can only be used for the named person and can only be used once.

The voucher can only be redeemed with a registered Active Kids provider.

The voucher is valid until 31 December 2018

Download PDF instructions here


AGM & Coaching Expressions of Interest

Helloo budding coaches!!  Want to be a super coach in the BEST football club in the district in 2018???  Then now’s the time to sharpen those pencils and complete the attached proforma … be quick though, there aint much time.

Ahh yes, we also have an AGM on the Wednesday the 13th December @ the Ocean View Hotel 6pm.  All very very welcome.  Come along and be part of the hard working committee, or at least share a drink with them.

Thanks everyone for being such great sports in 2017.  Have a fab Xmas with family & friends.

We hope to see you Wed 6 pm 13 Dec at our favourite.  Cheers!

Click here for Coaching Expression Of Interest 2018


Urunga Raiders Vs Northern Storm Thunder
In honour of Rachel and Dixie, lost to the football community in November 2015, Urunga Raiders and Northern Storm will dedicate this round of the competition to the Erlandsens by playing for the Memorial Shield. On Sunday the 16th July, the Men’s Premier League and Reserve Grade teams will play for the right to take out the Dixie and Rachel Erlandsen Memorial Shield. This is an annual event between the Clubs to honour their club members.
Come and join us as we remember two very special people.
12:00pm Reserve Grade
2:00pm Premier League

Follow this link for more details: Dixie and Rachel Erlandsen Memorial Shield 2017

Urunga Raiders V Coffs Coast Tigers Rnd 10

The weather gods smiled on the Cabbage Patch last weekend for round 10 of the North Coast Hotel Group Premier League football competition, streaming sunshine and soft zephyrs of a breeze that favoured neither side, yes if you were somewhere else you were in the wrong place.
Matthew Bennet the man in charge for this match and the Coffs Coast Tigers put under some pressure by the home side in the early exchanges. The combination of Craig Simpson, Lockie Indian Manning and Ben Dooley punching holes in a scrambling Tigers defence, only the woodwork keeping the scores even. The first from Tim Ruprecth bouncing his shot off the near post and minutes later Fabrice Wamara thumping his shot off the other post, in between those efforts Tigers keeper Jake Tarrant had making several acrobatic saves, the Tigers defending grimly now but still after winning possession turned it over too quickly. Still hitting the woodwork doesn’t win matches and it would take 38 minutes to breakdown the stiffening Tigers defence.
A long throw from Jaxen Heward not dealt with the by Tigers Luke Kliendienst and the ball sat up nicely for Fabrice Wamara to thump home. Nothing Tarrant could do on this occasion except retrieve the ball. So 1-0 at the break, and the Tigers really needing to go to plan B to get anything out of this match. Perhaps the Tigers best opportunity of the match arrived 14 minutes into the second half after Mark Ifrah let go a thunderbolt that had plenty of power but lacked direction. The Raiders hit back though from a right side move it was the ginger bread man aka Jai Waddick delivering a cross for Fabrice Wamara slide past Tarrant and advance the score to 2-0. The rest of the half marked by tackles of dubious intent testing Mr Bennett’s patience and he did well to only issue two yellow cards both to Coffs Tigers. 2-0 the final scoreline and three points for the Raiders, coach Paul Pomroy pleased with the discipline shown by his squad who really always looked in command.
In other matches the men’s reserve grade went to the Raiders 1-0 Joseph Andrew Pettit the lone scorer, the women’s 1st grade a 2-0 away win over Dorrigo.

2017 Football Online Registrations are OPEN

Urunga Football Club would like to invite you to join our club for another brilliant season of football (soccer).

Registration Fees are as follows:

Players 5 -7 Years – $110.00

Players 8 – 11 Years – $145.00

Players 12 – 16 Years – Junior Comp – $205.00

Players 17 yrs – Junior Comp – $245.00

Players 16 – 18 Years – Senior Comp – $245.00

Senior Comp Players – $370.00

O30s Women’s Comp Players – $230.00

O35s Men’s Comp Players – $230.00


All NEW players who register and pay in full receive new shorts and socks.

ALL Junior players who register and pay in full before 28th Feb 2017 will receive a UFC Polo shirt

All Senior players who register and pay in full will receive a Urunga Football Club Polo shirt


Submit your expression of interest via www.urungafootball.com and proceed to www.myfootballclub.com.au for completion of your FFA registration.

For more info, contact UFC Registrar Vanessa Hogan 0412649649





Juniors Meeting – 3 January 2017

Urunga Football Club (Juniors) would like to invite all interested people to a meeting on Tuesday the 3rd of January 2017, commencing at 7pm on the balcony of the Ocean View Hotel. The purpose of the meeting will be  to fill committee positions and to discuss potential coaches and managers for the upcoming winter season.

This is your opportunity to become more involved with our proud club and we look forward to seeing you there. If you are interested in coaching, managing or being on the committee and can’t make the meeting please call Roger McCabe on 0475 119 175 or Vanessa Hogan on 0412 649 649 and we will take your details.

Raiders invite coaches and managers to stand up for 2017

doc icon Coaching-Expression-Of-Interest-2017.docx

Urunga (Raiders) Football Club invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons to take up coaching and managing positions for senior squads in 2017.

Raiders have had the benefit of exceptional coaches in recent years. Club policy is to test the field of coaches each year and to reaffirm the Committee expectations in regard to the role of coaches and managers, a code of conduct and working with children requirements.

 Interested persons must respond by 29 December 2016.  All relevant details are contained in the EOI package.

Inquiries to UFC Secretary, Ben Dooley on 0417 126 443

Coffs Harbour Coaching Accreditation Weekend

Community Coaching Course

Northern NSW Football is celebrating the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League double header between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City at C.ex International Stadium in Coffs Harbour on January 27, with an exclusive double offer for registered coaches.

Coaches have the opportunity to attend both matches at C.ex International Stadium, with two nights accommodation and all meals included, along with a two day Game Training Certificate or Goalkeeping Certificate Accredited Coaching Course, and attend an exclusive Coaching Workshop with Newcastle Jets W-League Head Coach Craig Deans.

The Game Training Certificate course looks at the tactical components of football and how to create training exercises to teach game moments. This course is suitable for coaches of players aged 13 – 17+ years who are ready for a more tactical approach to training.

Craig will be delivering a Game Training Workshop on designing a training session based on tactical analysis of the Westfield W-League match against Melbourne City.

There are a number of options for coaches who are travelling to Coffs Harbour and also for coaches who based in the North Coast region. 

Click here to view more information.


Option 1 – $250
Community Coaching Course (live-in)

  • Includes two nights accommodation (all meals included)
  • Includes entry to both Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League matches.
  • Includes two day Game Training Certificate or Goalkeeping Certificate course.
  • Includes Coaching Workshop with Newcastle Jets W-League Head Coach Craig Deans. 

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Option 2 – $130
Community Coaching Certificate Course

  • Includes a two day Game Training Certificate or Goalkeeping Certificate course (meals included)
  • Includes entry to both Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League matches.
  • Includes Coaching Workshop with Newcastle Jets W-League Head Coach Craig Deans.

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Newcastle Jets Coaching Workshop – $30
Saturday 28 January (9:00am – 10:30am)
C.ex International Stadium, Stadium Drive, Coffs Harbour

  • Includes Coaching Workshop with Newcastle Jets W-League Head Coach Craig Deans. Content is on designing a Game Training session based on W-League game against Melbourne City.

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Grassroots Coaching Certificate – FREE
Saturday 28 January (9:00am – 12:00pm)
C.ex International Stadium, Stadium Drive, Coffs Harbour

Learn how to make football enjoyable and engaging for young players with this practical coaching demonstration. If you are coaching for the first time, or are a parent and wants to know more about football for kids aged 5-9 years come along!
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Please contact Mat Fox if you have any further inquiries.

Mat Fox
Coach Education Coordinator
T | 02 4941 7225 
E | mfox@northernnswfootball.com.au
Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility
13 Park Rd Speers Point NSW 2284 / PO Box 149 Boolaroo  NSW  2284