2018 Senior Trophy Presentation

What a night it was to celebrate at our clubhouse Macedonia Park with our local City of Stirling Councillors (CLR Giovanni Italiano & Adam Spagnolo) major sponsors (Politis Group of companies, Joe Crisafio Kia, Avanti and Purslowe & Chipper), club committee, guests, players, coaches, parents and supporters!

Overall we had a great year with lots of success and let me say we survived 2018 on a high. All our youthful senior teams did well finishing in the middle of the tables and our Amateurs even got promoted – well done everyone!

Special congratulations to our coaches – Keegan Ashley, assistant Willy Kelly, Deeny Botha, Antony Benetti and Michael Lazaredes for leading our senior players in 2018!

The club house was decked out to look the part and we had 130 people in our club house to witness the presentation of the awards to our senior players!

The winners for the night were:

NPL First Team:
F&B : Dean Cummings
Runner Up: Alex Suleski
Players Player: Alex Suleski
Gloden Boot: Alex Tanevski
Sponsors: David Michael MLA Balcatta & Jim Pavlos and Associates

Under 20’s NPL:
F&B : Joey Perkins
Runner Up: Robbie
Players Player: Sam Dweh
Golden Boot: Ben Campbell
Sponsors: David Michael & All City Bobcats

Under 18’s NPL:
F&B: Max Johnston
Runner Up: Joshua Anasmo
Players Player:
Golden Boot: Nenbrim Charming
Sponsor: David Michael MLA Balcatta & Coerver

Amateur First Team:
F&B: Aaron Bacci
Runner Up: Daniel Gonzalez
Players PLayer: Aaron Bacci
Golden Boot: Aaron Bacci
Sponsors: David Michael MLA Balcatta & Elite Earthmoving

Amateur Reserves:
F&B: Michael Lazarides
Runner Up: Nathan Koios
Players Player: Adam Costa
Golden Boot: Michael Lazarides
Sponsors: David Michael MLA Balcatta & Elite Earthmoving

It also gives me great pleasure to announce our senior and NPL coaches for 2919:
Keegan Ashley – 1st Team
Trent Hathaway- 20s
Antony Benetti – 18s
Michael Lazaredes – Amateurs
Deeny Botha – 16s
Zack Morgan – 15s
Gary Mills – 14s
Seb Jay – 13s
Cameron Aitchisin – TD

We welcome you and hope you lead our teams to glory and success in 2019.

Finally, let me thank you all for putting up with me over the last 4 years as your President.

Long live Stirling Lions 🦁 Macedonia and our home Macedonia Park!

Cane Spaseski

Stirling Lions Trophy Night – Thank you to our Sponsors

The Stirling Lions would like to thank our 2018 major sponsors for their support:

  • Roads2000
  • Joe Crisafio Kia
  • Purslowe & Chipper Funerals
  • Champion Pest Control
  • West Coast Hi-Fi
  • WA Profiling
  • Avanti Builders
  • Osborne Park Hotel
  • Associated Airconditioning
  • Liquor Barons Morley

And our 2018 Trophy Night event sponsors:

  • West Coast Hi-Fi
  • Elite Earthmoving
  • Allcity Bobcats
  • Jim Pavlos and Associates
  • Coerver Coaching
  • David Michael MLA


Alongside new Technical Director, Cameron Aitchison, the new and exciting junior NPL coaching team are striving to set new standards for junior player development here in WA.

Are you keen to develop to the best of your ability? Do you like to be challenged to continually improve?? Would you like to feel part of a club not just a team??

Stirling Lions invites all eligible players (born 2003 – 2007) to attend upcoming trials for the NPL 2019 season. All players must lodge an EOI prior to 11 OCTOBER.

If you have any question, please contact Stirling Lions at slsc@stirlinglions.com.au


U12s (2007)
14/10/18- 8:00am
16/10/18- 4:00pm
21/10/18- 8:00am

U13s (2006)
14/10/18- 8:00am
16/10/18- 4:00pm
21/10/18- 8:00am

U14s (2005)
14/10/18- 9:30am
16/10/18- 5:30pm
21/10/18- 9:30am

U15s (2004)
14/10/18- 9:30am
16/10/18- 5:30pm
21/10/18- 9:30am

U16s (2003)
14/10/18- 11:00am
16/10/18- 6:45pm
21/10/18- 11:00am

**all players to trial at own age group unless advised differently by coaching staff**

To register for the trial please complete the following


Following the appointment of new Technical Director Cameron Aitchison, I wish to announce the Junior NPL Coaches for 2019 Season.

U16s coach – Rhydeen Botha (Deeni)
U15s coach – Zack Morgan
U14s coach – Gary Mills
U13s coah – Seb Jay
U12s coach – Ryan Banks
NPL junior Strength & Conditioning Coach – James Collins

The above coaches will be assisted by Riaz Kelly, Celestino Iannantuoni and Harrison Gray.

Stirling Lions have set an excellent foundations from the last three years. We will build on this and now with the new coaching line up, we are looking to create the right environment for our junior footballers to flourish and reach their full potential.

If you have any question about NPL coaches, please contact Cameron Aitchison via clubs email slsc@stirlinglions.

Congratulations and good luck to Cameron and his team.

Stirling Lions FC welcomes three new signings for the 1st team

The Stirling Lions FC welcomes three new signing for the 1st team and will play in its final 6 NPL league games:
– Lewis Italiano (GK) is a former Lions junior player who went on to become an A-League success with Wellington Phoenix.
– Christopher McLaughlin is a Scottish professional footballer who last played for Scottish Champions side Dumbarton
– Jamie Docherty is a young Scottish attacking midfielder from Hutchison Vale Club.

We wish them all the best and hope that the young Lions will put on a good show in front of our supporters at Macedonia Park tomorrow against Subiaco SC.

Lewis Italiano signs for the Stirling Lions Soccer Club from A-League club Wellington Phoenix

The Stirling Lions SC, are excited to announce it has secured the signing of Lewis Italiano to play in their final league games of the year.

The former Perth Glory and more recently Wellington Phoenix first choice Goal Keeper Lewis Italiano has returned to his junior football club in the Stirling Lions as we look forward to a big finish to the season.

“Stirling was where it all started for me as a goalkeeper nearly 15 years ago, and I’m looking forward to playing for the club again”, Lewis said.

Club President, Cane Spaseski said, “It is wonderful to see one of our former junior players being so successful in the A-League, and wanting to return to the club to assist us in the final games of the season. This is a great thing for our club, the team and our supporters who get to experience a first class talent like Lewis”.

Keegan Ashley, League Coach commented, “It’s great to have a player of his quality join us at Stirling, it’s a big signing for the club”.

Welcome back to the club Lewis.

Stirling Lions next game is against Subiaco at 3pm on Saturday 21st July at Macedonia Park, Albert Street Balcatta.

Keegan wants more bite from Lions

Stirling Lions coach Keegan Ashley says it’s “dog eat dog” in the fight to stay in the National Premier Leagues WA.

The Lions host ECU Joondalup on Saturday with only goal difference keeping them out of the bottom three.

They lost 2-1 to Sorrento last week, their fifth successive defeat, and Ashley is banking on the return of three first-team regulars to bring an upturn in their fortune.

“We’ve had a bit of a slump and we’re working hard to get out of it,” Ashley said.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries and suspensions, which hasn’t helped, so we get some key players back now which will help the side. Dean Cummings, Darren O’Riordan and Alex Suleski, they’re three that have regularly featured.

“ECU is always a tough game and they beat us earlier in the season, but you know what, it’s dog eat dog now and we need results.”

Ashley said his team were slow out of the blocks in the loss to Sorrento but that it was their inability to finish that ultimately proved costly.

He said: “The first 25 minutes we were poor but after that we started to dominate but just couldn’t find the back of the net. We’ve created lots and lots of opportunities, just young lads lacking that composure to finish.

“But if a team can get two or three wins in a row that can get you right up.”

ECU’s season is in danger of falling flat and coach Dale McCulloch will want his side to tighten up after they leaked five at home to new league leaders Perth Glory last week.

Glory, who have a two-point cushion at the top with eight matches to play, are at home to Floreat Athena on Sunday, while second-place Bayswater City travel to Armadale as they seek to avoid a third straight loss.

Cockburn City will expect to put pressure on the front two when they play at home to bottom side Joondalup United, while Inglewood in fourth are at Sorrento.

The other fixtures see Subiaco at home to Balcatta and Forrestfield United host Perth SC.

Saturday, June 30
Armadale v Bayswater City (Alfred Skeet Reserve, 3pm)
Cockburn City v Joondalup United (Dalmatinac Park, 3pm)
Stirling Lions v ECU Joondalup (Macedonia Park, 3pm)
Sorrento v Inglewood United (Percy Doyle Reserve, 3pm)
Subiaco v Balcatta (Rosalie Park, 3pm)
Forrestfield United v Perth SC (Wildlife Safari Stadium, 7pm)

Sunday, July 1
Perth Glory v Floreat Athena (Ashfield Arena, 3pm)

Lions roar back for first win

Report by Jayden Lihou

Lions roar back for first win

Report by Jayden Lihou

Stirling Lions notched their first victory of the NPL WA season as they overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Armadale 3-2 on Saturday.

After scoring twice inside 22 minutes with goals from Chris Jackson and Michael Rizidis, Armadale looked in total control at Macedonia Park.

It was a different story in the second half, though, as Steve Sokal scored a brace before David Micevski found the winner.

Stirling coach Keegan Ashley praised his side’s character after the interval as well as the performance of Sokal.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to comeback after going two down,” he said. “In the second-half we started to work harder and execute our tactics better and we got our reward.

“So far we’ve only managed to put a good 45 minutes together, but once we start putting 90 together I think we’ll do fine this season.

“I’m very happy with Steve’s performance, he played very well in the second-half and thoroughly deserved his two goals.”

Armadale got off to a quick start as they took lead in the eighth minute when Jackson curled a free-kick into the top corner.

The visitors lead was soon doubled on 22 minutes with a ball over the top to Rizidis and he volleyed over keeper Lance Alavakis and into the back of the net.

Stirling scored their first of the match in the 56th minute when Sokol worked the ball past Armadale keeper Sam Hutchings after a through ball put him one-on-one.

Sokal was at it again just four minutes later when he poked the ball past the onrushing Hutchings before passing the ball into an empty net.

The comeback was complete 15 minutes later when David Micevski found room outside the box to curl an effort into the back of the net.

Armadale had a golden chance to make it 3-3 when they were awarded a penalty in the 85th minute.

However, Jackson was denied by Alavakis which meant Stirling would secure all three points.

Armadale’s second-half performance prompted coach John O’Reilly to demand that his side play consistently for the duration of the match.

“We showed the best and worst of our abilities today,” he said. “In the second-half we stepped off the pedal and all of a sudden we got caught out and found ourselves losing.

“In the first-half when we were in possession we looked relaxed and moved the ball well but in the second the nerves started to kick in, we gave away possession to easily and we were punished for it.

“Going forward we just need to learn to absorb the pressure when it comes and play the same style of football for 90 minutes.” 

Stirling Lions 3 (Sokol 56 mins, 60, Micevski 74)
Armadale 2 (Jackson 8, Rizidis 22)
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Macedonia Park
Joshua Nixon
Assistant referee: Alexander Best, Joseph Belfiore

Stirling Lions: GK. Lance ALAVAKIS, 2. David MOLINARI, 4. Alex SULESKI, 5. Liam HENDERSON, 6. Dhors CHOL, 7. Dean CUMMINGS (C), 8. Dejan SPASESKI, 10. David MICEVSKI (19. Zane CASELLA 82), 11. Alex TANEVSKI 14. Steve SOKOL, 18. Ben CAMPBELL (12. Matthew CHERRIE 54)
Substitutes not used: 
RGK. Pasquale GIOFFRE, 13. Joey PERKINS, 15. Nathan DE ABREU
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Armadale: GK. Sam HUTCHINGS, 3. Dylan DA SILVA, 4. Nathan COSTELLO (C), 5. David ANNALL, 7. Charlie KENNA, 8. Michael LAWSON (12. Dannie RICHMAN 71), 9. Billy QUINNCROFT (17. James ATKINS 86), 10. Chris JACKSON, 11. Michael RIZIDIS, 15. Ali GHOLAMI (6 Kevin CASTLE 79), 21. Beau RAHIM
Substitutes not used: RGK. Duncan LENNON-BLACK, 14. Jonathan BOGONI
Yellow cards: Da Silva 44, Quinncroft 54, Costello 67
Red cards: Nil




Bayswater dismantle Stirling

Football West News


Bayswater City put four past Stirling Lions in their NPLWA clash at Macedonia Park on Saturday evening leaving them top of the table after round three.

Gian Albano opened the scoring in the 28th minute to give Bayswater the lead before Gustavo Giron-Marulanda made it two from the penalty spot on 37 minutes.

Albano scored his second five minutes later to give Bayswater a 3-0 lead going into the break.

In the second half, Bayswater made sure there was no coming back for Stirling when Luke Salmon struck on 76 minutes who made it four for the away side.

Stirling Lions 0
Basywater City 4 (Albano 28min, 42, Giron-Marulanda 37, Salmon 76)
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Macedonia Park
Kick-off: 5pm
Referee: Nico Hoyle
Assistant Referee: Anthony Walsh, Tom Robinson

Cockburn rally to down Lions

Report by Hinako Shiraishi


Cockburn City produced a storming second-half comeback to see off Stirling Lions 4-2 at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday.

The Lions were well placed at half-time after bossing the opening period and well worth their 2-1 lead. But they succumbed after the break as Cockburn maintained their 100 per cent start to the new NPL season.

Cockburn even had defender Daniel Dols sent off four minutes from time with the score at 3-2, but that didn’t stop them adding a fourth goal.

Cockerels coach Scott Miller admitted his team were second best before the break but also praised their recovery.

“Honestly, Stirling did dominate us in the first half, their movement was fantastic,” Miller said.

“However, after we adjusted a couple of things we dominated the second half. We played a very good team tonight and we got everything we deserved in the end.

“This part of the year is great because you want to try and build some confidence, so that’s what we’ll do.”

Luccas Mello opened the scoring for Cockburn after 24 minutes but Stirling were soon on terms through Alex Tanevski.

And the Lions deservedly nosed ahead in the 32nd minute when Tanevski grabbed his second following a neat pass from Dean Cummings.

But the game turned around completely in the second half. On 56 minutes Cockburn were level through Aden Da Luz and 15 minutes from time they regained the lead when Cameron Edwards struck.

Yet the Lions were thrown a lifeline when Dols, who had earlier been booked, was sent off. But Cockburn wrapped up the points in injury time with a goal from Ryan Pratt.

Stirling coach Keegan Ashley said: “For the next round, we’ll assess ourselves during the week and go from there.”

Cockburn City 4 (Mello 24 min, Da Luz 56, Edwards 75, Pratt 90)
Stirling Lions 2 (Tanevski 28, 32)
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Dalmatinac Park
Kick-off: 7pm
Referee: Michal Jasinski
Assistant Referees: Andre Ferreira, Harry Bolan

Cockburn City: 3. Daniel DOLS 4. Euen GRANT 5. Keiron STALLARD 6. Reuben TRISTAO 7. Luccas MELLO (12. Ryan PRATT 89) 8. Cameron EDWARDS 9. Julian TELES (19. Anthony SKORICH 63) 10. David ARAYA 16. Daniel ROBINSON 17. Jesse LAZZARO 18. Aden DA LUZ 23. Ryan BARKER
Substitutes not used: 1. Luke RADONICH 2. Chris THACKRAY
Yellow cards: Dols 65
Red card: Dols 86

Stirling Lions: 1. Lance ALAVAKIS 2. David MOLINARI 3. Darren O’RIORDAN 4. Alex SULESKI 5. Liam HENDERSON 6. Dhors CHOL 7. Dean CUMMINGS (19. Zane CASELLA 60) 9. Robert PETKOV 11. Alex TANEVSKI 14. Abu DULLEH (12. Matthew CHERRIE 48) 15. Steve SOKOL (18. Ben CAMPBELL 72)
Substitutes not used: 13. David FILIPPOU 20. Pasquale GIOFFRE
Yellow cards: Henderson 42
Red cards: Nil