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Perth Sneak Past Lions

Brazilian hotshot Gustavo Catarcione nabbed his third goal in two games to give the champions the points at Macedonia Park on Sunday.

His 65th minute near-post header from an Andreas Theodosiades cross proved the difference between the sides and saw him continue his impressive start to the season.

“I’m working hard, during the whole pre-season and now every training session,” Catarcione said.

“I want to do better than I did last season, but all that matters is the three points.”

In the rearranged match, postponed due to Saturday’s searing temperatures, it was Perth who kept their cool early on with Niccolo Sabatini capitalising on some indecision in the Stirling rear-guard to collect the ball and drill a fine left-footed effort into the net.

But Stirling responded strongly and captain Milorad Vujacic and Alex Suleski mustered impressive efforts from distance which tested the Perth goal.

However, Perth were having more joy in troubling the opposition defence and it was up to the home-side’s keeper John Perkins to keep them in it with two-point blank stops, first from Sabatini and then from winger Harley Orr.

On 42 minutes it was Stirling, though, that got the goal they craved when David Micevski exchanged a neat one-two with his brother Daniel and made no mistake with the finish.

Perth could have pushed ahead at the break but Tom King and Sabatini again wasted good opportunities to ensure the sides finished the half on even terms.

At the restart Stirling almost took the lead through Darren O’Riordan only for Perth keeper Francis Soale to brilliantly claw his lob behind for a corner.

That was the wake-up call Perth needed and they turned the screw after Catarcione’s goal.

The striker could have grabbed a second goal moments later but his hesitation allowed Stirling to regroup and clear the danger.

Perkins was then at his best to beat Adrian Madaschi’s close-range header away to safety.

Deep into injury-time Stirling sub Jason Rubidge’s curling effort was brilliantly saved by Soale as Perth held out and Stirling slumped to their second consecutive loss.

Stirling coach Rob Milevski was disappointed particularly with his side’s response in the ten minutes after the second goal.

“It’s not a good way to start the season, the boys are a little bit upset,” he said.

“We just have to get there early on Tuesday, address a few things, work hard and prepare for another tough game against ECU.”

Report by Paul J. Laverty
Source: http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-10183-0-0-0&sID=317238&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=52928957

Stirling Lions 1 (David Micevski 40)

Perth SC 2 (Sabatini 8, Catarcione 65min)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Macedonia Park

Kick-off: 4.00pm

Referee: John Glavovic

Assistant referees: Tom Dowle, Josh Nixon

Stirling Lions: 1. John PERKINS, 3. Alex SULESKI, 6. Dejan SPASESKI, 7. Milorad VUJACIC (c), 9. Alex TANEVSKI (12. Jason RUBIDGE), 10. Daniel MICEVSKI (18. Hasani SINCLAIR), 11. David MICEVSKI, 14. Lukas DE LIMA (19. William PENDER), 15. Shane CASSIDY, 16. Mathaing MATHIANG, 17. Darren O’RIORDAN

Substitutes not used: 13. William KESSEL, 20. Lance ALAVKIS

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

Perth SC: 1. Francis SOALE (gk), 2. Alex SILLA, 4. Adrian MADASCHI, 5. Niccolo SABATINI, 6. Clark KELTIE (c), 8. Tom KING (3. Andreas THEODOSIADES), 9. Gustavo CATARCIONE, 10. Nicholas AMBROGIO, 13. Rocco PIZZATA, 15. Harley ORR (11. Matthew MILENKOVIC), 16. Kieran COLWELL

Substitutes not used: 14. Cameron TEECE, 19. Roberto DEL BORRELLO, 23. Daniel PASSARELLI

Yellow cards: Sabatini

Red cards: nil

Lions Sweep FW Awards

Stirling lions hit the jackpot last night blitzing the Crown Grand Ballroom Football West Awards Night 

Stirling Lions’ attacker David Micevski was crowned the 2016 NPL WA Player of the Year winning the Mcinnerney Ford Gold Medal. Featuring 9 man-of-the-match performances, he accumulated an astounding 38 points,  a lead of 11 points ahead of Armadale’s Jesse Fuller who finished on 27. Micevski has made history with the only person in WA winning this prestigious award twice!

Micevski also claimed the #PS4NPLWA The West Australian Goal of the Season which was out of 500 goals scored during the course of the season.
After recently attending the PS4 Player Pathway Camp, Teeboy Kamara won the Dylan Tombides Young Player of the Year Award. On the back of a successful U18 season, Ben Campbell won the U18 Troy Bernard Player of the Year.
After a successful season across all age groups the Stirling lions are now showing that there player development and pathways are reaping rewards. Stirling lions are giving opportunity to players and they are flourishing for all to see.


McInerney Ford Gold Medal winner – David Micevski (Stirling Lions)

PS4 NPL WA The West Australian Goal of the Season – David Micevski (Stirling Lions)
Dylan Tombides Young Player of the Year Award – Teeboy Kamara (Stirling Lions)

PS4 Player Pathway Award – Teeboy Kamara, Lukas De Lima (Stirling Lions)
PS4 NPL WA U18 Troy Bernard Player of the Year – Benjamin Campbell (Stirling Lions)

Coerver Co-Founder At Maco Park

It is with great pleasure to announce that the Coerver (r) Coaching Diploma in Youth Development, which will be delivered by Coerver Coaching co-founder Alfred Galustian on 12-13 November, will be hosted by the Stirling Lions Football Club at Macedonia Park. 

Many thanks to Sonny and the team at Stirling Lions for their support and we look forward to sharing this unique opportunity to bring a true football luminary to Perth. Never before has their been a Individual more responsible for the technical development of youth players in this State.
At this early stage, places are available for the Diploma but we expect, now that a venue has been secured, that they will not last. Link for further information and registration via http://www.coerver.com.au/wp/northperth/programs/coerver-coaching-diploma-1-in-youth-development/

Alfred Galustian

Alfred Galustian started his soccer career as a player for Wimbledon. He is the Co-Founder and International Director of Coerver® Coaching, and has been largely responsible for building the program Globally.

To date Alfred has worked as a Coach Instructor with 17 National Federations including the Brazilian, French, ,English, Japanese and Australian.

Alfred has also worked with over 50 top professional clubs including Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Benfica, Olympique Marseille and Arsenal FC.

During the 2010/11 Season Alfred was the Specialist Skills Coaching Advisor to the English Premier League.

He received an award from FIFA in 2014 for 40 years contribution to the development of the game around the World.

Together with Co-Founder Charlie Cooke, he has devised and written 6 Books and devised 7 Video and DVD series on Skills Training.

Professional testimonials…

”I have followed the Coerver Program for years,and know Alfred’s contribution well. We have worked closely with him over many years to instruct our Academy Coaches in this Method.”
Arsene Wenger Arsenal FC

“Alfred is a global authority on technical teaching. I have worked with him closely at my time with Bayern Munich as well as in Japan." Jürgen Klinsmann –USA National Team Coach & World Cup Champion

“I admired Alf’s presentation (of Coerver Coaching) when I was at Real Madrid, and again in La Manga at a youth training camp. What you (Coerver Coaching) have done for over 31 years is to be commended and celebrated”. Vincente Del Bosque – FIFA World Cup Champion Manager, Spain

“Alf and I have been close friends for almost 30 years, in that time he has undoubtedly become one the the World’s greatest Skill teachers”. Sir Geoff Hurst - Only man to score 3 goals in a World Cup Final.

“Alf’s been a mentor to me since I was 13 years old, and this relationship continues. Coerver Coaching became an integral part of my soccer training, and it played a huge part in my success as a player.” Kristine Lilly – USA World Cup Legend Two Time FIFA World Cup and Olympic Champion

“Alf Galustian is one of the World’s leading skills coaches his Coerver Coaching program has changed how Football is taught all over the World” Ossie Ardiles – FIFA World Cup Champion, Argentina

Technical Director of Coerver Coaching Stirling-Bayswater Antony Benetti stated This is a very rare opportunity for junior TDs, coaches and just those interested in football to receive education and insight from a person who has worked with some of the biggest clubs,Federations, academies and names in global football. Again we thank Stirling Lions Football Club and those associated for the opportunity to use their facilities for the course.

2016 Junior Awards

Congratulations not only to the Junior Award Winners, but all the players, coaches and families of Stirling Lions SC for making 2016 a successful season.

U12 Div 1

2016 – U12 Div 1 Fairest & Best

Will Webster

Sponsored by Evie, Otis and Mo Maslin Foundation


2016 – U12 Div 1 Fairest & Best Runner-Up

Rhys Wakelam

Sponsored by Evie, Otis and Mo Maslin Foundation


2016 – U12 Div 1 Coaches Award

Felix Ivanac

Sponsored by Evie, Otis and Mo Maslin Foundation


2016 – U13 NPL Fairest & Best

Jassim Alshebani

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U13 NPL Fairest & Best Runner-Up

Hugh Swann

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U13 NPL Coaches Award

Ryan Davidson

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U14 NPL Fairest & Best

Aleksandar Petreski

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U14 NPL Fairest & Best Runner-Up

Shayan Bahmani

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U14 NPL Coaches Award

Cole Hadfield

Sponsored by Roads 2000

U16 Div 5

2016 – U16 Div 5 Fairest & Best

Braden Filippou

Sponsored by Elite Earthmoving


2016 – U16 Div 5 Fairest & Best Runner-Up

Adam Bettles

Sponsored by Elite Earthmoving


2016 – U16 Div 5 Coaches Award

Hilman Abdul Gafar

Sponsored by Elite Earthmoving


2016 – U12 NPL Fairest & Best

Patrick Hughes

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U12 NPL Fairest & Best Runner Up

Finlay Cannon

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U12 NPL Coaches Award

Mark Bauersachs

Sponsored by Roads 2000

U14 North Div 1

2016 – U14 North Div 1 Fairest & Best

Jamie Filippou

Sponsored by P&J Homes


2016 – U14 North Div 1 Fairest & Best Runner-Up

Michael Adamos

Sponsored by P&J Homes


2016 – U14 North Div 1 Coaches Award

James Petroff

Sponsored by P&J Homes


2016 – U15 NPL Fairest & Best

Kyle Thistlethwaite

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U15 NPL Fairest & Best Runner-Up

Connor Barnes

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U15 NPL Coaches Award

Harrison Wells

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U16 NPL Fairest & Best

Johann Moritz Silva

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U16 NPL Fairest & Best Runner-Up

Gal Naveh

Sponsored by Roads 2000


2016 – U16 NPL Coaches Award

Samuel Dweh

Sponsored by Roads 2000

Heartbreak for U18s

It was a game in which the Stirling Lions were favourites to win. Having beaten the Perth Glory 5 , 3 in a preseason friendly , 4 nil and 3 , 1 in the league and 3 nil in the major semi final to progress to the grand final its seemed inevitable that the Stirling boys would lift the cup.

It wasn’t to be as it seemed the Stirling boys were lacking the energy they had shown all year , to topple the glory yet again. Glory enjoyed the better of possession for most of the game thanks to a best-on-ground performance by Luc Bodna . Stirling created a few chances during the match but failed to convert. At two nil down with 10 min to go Stirling went to 3 at the back and added an extra number forward in order to get into the match . With time running out the Glory capitalised and scored on the counter.

Coach Keegan Ashley said “I thought we were below par today,” “To play the glory so many times this season probably took the edge of the game a little. They were fired up to beat us and played well , so congratulations to them. We know we weren’t good enough on the day and have shown when we are , we are more than a match for them. We gave them to much time and space . To win the league was the main aim and we did that. The top four cup final would have been the cherry on the cake . The boys can all be proud of themselves and look forward to 2017.”

Player Pathway Camp for Lions


THE chance of a lifetime could be on the line for Stirling’s own Teeboy Kamara and Lukas De Lima.

Over three days, three National Premier League players from each of the eight Member Federations will compete to be selected for a two-week trial with Sydney FC’s Youth Team.

Since the introduction of the NPL, many of the best young players have progressed to the A-League, while others have returned to the NPL to resurrect their career.

The PS4 Player Pathway Award Camp is an initiative that provides an avenue for young players to progress to Australia’s professional football competition,

However, like any talent quest, only one player will emerge with the prize on September 28.

To read the full story on the NPL Player Pathway Award Camp; http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/the-24-young-aspiring-footballers-aiming-to-win-a-sydney-fc-youth-team-contract/news-story/c8b91b61c4456efc0efac8c86388331f

U18s Roar Into Top 4 Final

The U18’s are into the Top 4 Cup Final after a 3-0 victory over Perth Glory at Dorrien Gardens last Saturday.

Having already beaten Glory to the League title the week before with a 3-1 win at Ashfield Arena, playing some stellar football , the Stirling boys backed it up with another winning performance to head straight to the Grand Final.

Perth Glory came out of the blocks quickly and settled into their usual possession style of football, pegging Stirling back into their own half for considerable periods during the first half. Having A League coach Kenny Lowe on the bench seemed to give them a lift.

Glory came close on a few occasions but for the most part were repelled in attack by a solid back line of Alan Reidy, Jayden Dods, Mason Langham and Ollie Watson. When Glory did manage to get the ball on target, goalkeeper Callum Atkins was always well positioned to save or direct the ball around the goal posts. Atkins pulled off a tremendous one handed save when the Glory striker managed to breach the defence for a one on one with the Stirling keeper. The save seemed to lift the Stirling side and just before half time, Tom Balch ghosted forward to the edge of the Glory penalty box after Stirling launched a trade mark counter attack to bury a cross into the net. Stirling went into the half time break 1-0 up but the big talking point at the break from the Stirling supporters was the defence being able to hold the Glory side out after having the kitchen sink thrown at them for at least 40 minutes prior to Stirling’s goal. It was a superb display from the defence and the whole team for that matter and really demonstrated the training sessions held in ball possession to the opponent which really proved pivotal.

Coaches Keegan Ashley and a rather unwell Sam Atkins must have said the right things at the break and adjusted player rotations because the Stirling side came out with more purpose from the beginning of the second half. Ben Campbell could have given Stirling a two goal buffer early on after good work down the right from Bleron Mamudi who found Campbell on his own in the box, only for the Stirling striker to misdirect a first time strike wide of the left post. As Glory pushed for a goal, openings began to appear and Stirling managed to go another goal up courtesy of a well taken finish from Mamuidi who beat his marker, rounded the Glory keeper and finished well with his left foot. The goal seemed to deflate the Glory side because from that point, Stirling always looked the more likely to score more goals and eventually did following substitute, Denzel Tshuma’s arrival into the penalty area to put away a cross for a 3-0 lead.

The final score was more reflective of the second half performance , had it not been for the hard working defensive effort from the boys of the back four and the midfield unit of Tom Balch, Robbie McNeill, Joey Perkins and Daniel Stone, the score line in the first half could have been in the Glory’s favour. Keegan Ashley said after the game ”The boys are winners with a winning mentality and worked very hard in the first half of the game , second half we started to get on the ball a lot more and we got our rewards.

Stirling play the winner of the Perth Glory v Subiaco match being played on Wednesday evening.

The Grand Final match is at Dorrien Gardens (Perth SC) on Saturday 10th Sept at 10.30am. Come along and support the boys!

U16 NPL Win League

U16s NPL Team had a very successful season winning the NPL group B League by 9 points.

They finished the regular season with 16 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. The team scored 74 goals (highest scorers in the league) and conceded 20 goals (least goals conceded in the league).

Coach David Galbraith commented;

“I was always confident there would be a cutting edge to this team however what was really pleasing was the way the defence really came together and gave us the solid base to play off. This team was, in effect, a complete new team with only 7 of the 15 players having played NPL football before.

We started training in November 2015 and had 8 friendlies against quality opposition prior to the start of the season. This time proved invaluable in developing systems of play and as a result we had a great start to the season. Real credit goes to the players and how quickly they gelled as a team.

We won our first 13 games and never looked back playing a brand of high tempo, disciplined football.

The only disappointment was going out to Perth SC on penalties in the Top 4 Quarter Final (game finished 1-1). It is always a very cruel way to lose a game on penalty kicks.

Congratulations to the players and everyone involved with the U16s NPL team.”

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Left to Right: Johann Moritz Silva, Mooprusee Mg, Nikolas Theodorou, George Bull, Chris Vonleh, Amann Alshebani, Filip Ciupac, Antonio Belcovski, Samuel Dweh, Fin Elliott, Matt Lewis, Thomas Hiotis, Qulan Dique, Kyle Cass, Gal Naveh

15 Players – 11 Nations – 1 Team (Stirling Lions U16s)

U18’s NPL Champions

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The U18’s wrapped up the league title with a 3 – 1 win over Perth Glory at Ashfield Arena on the final weekend of the league rounds.

The Stirling side went into the final game with a 3 point lead over Glory but an inferior goal difference meant that a loss would have resulted in Glory taking the title on goal difference. Stirling started the game strongly and created a few scoring opportunities early on before the first goal was chalked up following a corner. Mason Langham squared a ball that had gone beyond the far post back across the six yard box to Denzel Tshuma who neatly finished. 1-0 to Stirling. About 10 minutes later, Stirling was 2-0 up after a through ball found Bleron Mamudi who brushed aside the Glory defender and crossed the ball to Ben Campbell who made no mistake from close range. Glory almost got a goal back a short time later but goalkeeper Callum Atkins pulled off a fine save from close range.

The third Stirling Goal came just before the half hour mark – Bleron Mamudi half volleying a cross into the corner of the net following some good work down the left side by Ollie Watson and Joey Perkins.

Coach, Keegan Ashley asked his team before the game to come out firing and push for goals – he must have been pleased to go into the break with a 3 – 0 buffer.

The second half saw Perth Glory pressing hard to cut the deficit. Given they had to score at least 4 goals, it wasn’t unexpected. Glory created a few chances but on the whole the Stirling boys repelled most of the attacks. A red card handed to Adrian Koios for a tackle with about 20 minutes remaining gave the Glory some hope and they managed to pull a goal back a short time later but Stirling held further attacks at bay until the referee blew the final whistle and the celebrations began.

After the match, Coach Ashley congratulated his side for executing the game plan and following through on the pre-season plan to win the title. “I had absolute faith from the outset in this group to win this title. Of course we had games where we were sub-par and didn’t perform to our potential but winning a league is also about being able to pick yourself up after a set back and deliver the goods the following week. This side has done that and also played some wonderful football along the way and it’s a credit to them. They have now reaped the rewards they deserve for all the hard work put in – including it must be said the pre-season fitness work I put them through. Hopefully they’ll thank me now for that pain I made them endure” said Ashley.