Football’s coming home…

Not long now until Wembley Park sees the return of football. The women will be first to kick-off the proceedings on Friday 15th May against Casey Comets FC kicking off at 8pm.

The following day sees a whole of club event at Wembley Park as we officially reopen the ground.

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All players are expected to be in attendance as we hope to pull off a whole of club photo on the main pitch, in front of the grandstand. From the u5s in the Skills Program right through to our Senior Women and Men, can we pull it off?

Spread the word to all your friends that Football’s coming home…

 

Match Report | WPL | Box Hill defeat Caulfield

Box Hill United have defeated Caulfield United Cobras 5-0, in what felt arctic conditions at Knox Regional Center on Sunday night.

It was a dominant display by the away team, and although the Cobras managed to keep Box Hill to just the one conversion in the first half, the flood-gates opened soon after the second period began.

The Cobras defence struggled to contain an explosive Brush, who finish the night with a hat-trick, but could have easily had another one or two in the bag.

The Matilda played a more advanced role in the midfield, and linked very well along the middle of the park with Madelaine Richardson and Georgia Koutrouvelis, who all supported Melanie Camilleri as the lone striker.

It took seventeen minutes for Box Hill to finally break the deadlock, with Brush breaking through the Cobras line to curl her effort around the on rushing Jaye Todd to net her first of the match.

The remainder of the first period saw a handful of chances fall to Box Hill for no reward; Caulfield continued to clear the danger and were under the pump until the whistle blew to signal the break.

So far it had been a free-flowing encounter, with very few fouls committed, ensuring the spectators were kept well entertained by the play.

After the break, it was Brush again leading the charge with an early shot narrowly missing before Camilleri capitalised on a turn-over.

The forward buried her effort viciously into the top of the net from just inside the 18-yard box.

Caulfield were given no time to breathe and recover either, with Brush scoring immediately after the restart of play.

Three goals to the visitors and Caulfield finally began to find their feet in the match.

Their heads never dropped regardless of the score and they continued to fight as if it were still 0-0 deep into the second period.

Inside the remaining 20 minutes, Cristina Cardaci began to find her feet, turning inside a Cobras midfield before sending a 25-yard lob into the net from directly in front.

It wasn’t her first chance, nor her last, but Caulfield managed to contain the explosive winger for the remainder of the match.

Deep into added time, Brush capped off her hat-trick, superb finishing in tight situations just one of her many talents on show this evening.

But it was Caulfield with the last word, breaking through Box Hill’s tight defence with a clear one-on-one chance with the referee already holding the whistle in her mouth ready to end the match, but the shot was fired directly into the waiting arms of Melissa Barbieri.

An incredibly strong performance from Box Hill United, compounded by Caulfield United’s unwillingness to surrender, made the conditions completely worth it for those watching on from the sidelines.
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Match Report | NPL1 | Easy three for Whittlesea as Box Hill falters

Whittlesea Ranges’ first-half blitz has paved the way for a 3-0 win against Box Hill United at Epping Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Vinko Buljubasic’s young squad took control of the contest from the early stages, soaking up opposition pressure and counter attacking with great effectiveness.

Whittlesea speedster Tolomeo completely outpaced Alex Shroen on Box Hill’s right, but as he shaped to pass to the unmarked Ofli, he slipped and the ball rolled out harmlessly for a goal kick.

Minutes later, Tolomeo would get another chance in an almost identical situation to create the game’s first goal. He had Shroen isolated again, the move ending with Iuliano’s poke home after the winger’s excellent cross.

On 30 minutes, Ranges would double their lead through Ofli. Mario Pirania’s intelligent pass into Matthew Cundari’s feet allowed him to play in his strike partner, chipping an excellent pass over defender Christian Lar to fire home past goalkeeper Tyler Davidson.

Early in the second half, Tolomeo should have made it three to Ranges. Stefan Baricevic played him in, and two consecutive efforts were parried. The ball miraculously came back for a third time, and Tolomeo could only find the inside of the post and the danger was cleared.

Ofli and Tolomeo were both denied at the last through some desperate Box Hill defending while Ranges coach Buljubasic opted for the pace of substitute Daniel Peluso to stretch an already weary Box Hill defence.

The visitors rallied, quelling Ranges’ attacking prowess and launching a few ultimately unsuccessful attacking forays of their own. Adam Skowronski gave Box Hill an outlet to run in behind the defence, which kept the hosts accountable at the very least.

Ofli’s volley from substitute Sami Nour’s cross was wayward, the striker missing the opportunity to put the game beyond doubt with 10 minutes remaining.

Kundevski added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time, converting from fellow substitute Peluso’s cross to cap off a high quality team performance.

Box Hill make the short trip to Burwood to face the Eastern Lions.

Preview: NPL1 Round 5 & Team App Cup

This weekend the Box Hill United Men are out to redeem themselves after a poor showing last week against Dandenong City.

Moreland City FC are our opponents in our first outing against NPL1 WEST opposition.

Moreland City currently sit in 5th place in the NPL1 West Ladder, having played out two draws and a solitary win so far this season.

Box Hill, after a bit of a stop start first four rounds, are placed well early mid-table with two from two and also find ourselves in 5th place.

This year, with the NPL1 being split into two divisions, Box Hill will play each WEST division team once over the course of the year.

Both teams are coming off loses so expect to see a good fight for points on Saturday at Campbell Reserve, Coburg at 3pm (U20’s at 1pm)

 

Sunday see’s the Box Hill Women playing their Round One “Team App Cup” match against Ashburton United SC.

Coming off a heart-breaking last minute loss to FC Bulleen Lions, the Box Hill Women will look to start a strong Cup campaign.

Ashburton are also coming off the back of a 1-0 loss away, at the hands of Bundoora United FC.

46 Women’s teams have entered in this years competition, with 14 fixtures in Round One.

Box Hill United will look to do better than last years third round exit, with a strong start this year.

Kick-off is 2pm at Bill Stewart Athletics Field in East Burwood, details via the link below.

We hope to see you all there!

Match Report | WPL | Late winner defeats Box Hill United at Bulleen

FC Bulleen Lions have overcome a defiant Box Hill United in a thrilling 1-0 battle, scoring deep into stoppage time to secure a memorable Women’s Premier League victory.

It was Melbourne Victory’s Caity Friend who did the damage with one of the final moments of the game, as she collected her second goal of the year at a crucial time.

The game was also a fitting tribute to teen Masa Vukotic whose life was tragically taken last Tuesday, with black arm bands and a minutes silence observed before kick-off.

Box Hill did their best to maintain possession in the early stages of the match, pressing well off the ball to recover quickly, and Ellie Brush once again provided creativity through the middle, trying hard to link up with Ruby Foottit, but the offside flag was rapidly becoming their enemy.

After a period of dominance by the visitors, Bulleen had their first chance after a cheeky chip sent Cindy Lay through on goal; Barbieri showed fast legs to save the shot.

Bulleen were through once again moments later after speedster Beattie Goad forced a turnover by the Box Hill defence, firing a shot off the cross-bar and away to safety.

Goad was a fierce threat up the left wing in the first 20 minutes, forcing another save out of Barbieri, failing to trouble the scorers.

Alexandra Amore made a marauding run up the right wing, sending Foottit through on goal but her ball was just a touch too heavy, with Lions keeper Cass Dimovski collecting in the nick of time.

With the half drawing to a close, Goad was found again but couldn’t time her run and was signalled offside.

The turnover allowed Box Hill’s Renee Zairis to make a deep run out of defence, once again releasing Foottit through for a last minute chance, but Bulleen held firm and cut off the danger in time for the referee to signal an end to the first period.

Box Hill’s substitutes were put through their paces at the break by a local Kookaburra who had dropped by to taste the cuisine of the night. Unfortunately it left hungry, but not before staying to watch the second half unfold.

It began in an unusual manner, with play starting only to stop moments later as the referee had discovered Bulleen had made two substitutions at the break.

Notes were swiftly updated and play resumed from the false start.

Brush provided an early chance for Box Hill by making a great run up the left wing, before finding Georgia Kourtrouvelis with a cross under pressure, but she was unable to hit the target.

United’s Penny Bakopoulos, who was a stand out on the night, denied Bulleen a certain goal with a perfect tackle off the boot of Goad, who was running with support on either side.

No doubt the strangest moment of the night occurred in the 63rd minute, with confusion setting in as Kyrgios attempted to substitute Brush.

Richardson, already on a yellow card, was about to attempt a throw in when the call to sub was made by the coach, and her efforts to allow the substitution to happen were deemed time-wasting by the referee who had no hesitations sending the full-back off.

Suddenly down to ten, Box Hill came under fire immediately, but after seeing off multiple attacks by the Lions, Box Hill found themselves with a free kick inside the attacking half, but Kourtrouvelis’ ambitious lob was met by a sharp save by Dimovski who looked to be caught out of position.

Bulleen continued to pound away at Box Hill with chance after chance, with United’s defence only managing the occasional breather as they loaded nine players behind the ball.

A late surge of energy by Caitlin Friend saw the midfielder attempting to jump on the end of a cheeky chip, and it was almost her moment but the ball failed to settle and her shot was fired over the bar.

Friend continued to make a nuisance of herself in the final stages and deep into added time, had the reward for her toiling.

Bringing the ball from the centre circle, she weaved past the on-rushing Box Hill defence with the ball stuck to her feet, before slotting past Barbieri from range, having spotted her slightly out of position.

The ball dipped perfectly into the net, as the strong Bulleen crowd celebrate after what seems like an eternity of added time.

The final whistle sounds and the Bulleen Lions take the points after a roller-coaster second half.

 

A full gallery can be found courtesy of Stocky’s Scribbles

Also post as on the Corner Flag “Last-gasp strike Bulleen’s best Friend

Match day | WPL | Box Hill United travel to FC Bulleen Lions

This week the Box Hill United Women’s team is headed to Bulleen Lions.

In recent history the teams have met four times, with Box Hill banking the points on three occasions.

The trip to the Veneto club early last year met with defeat, but much has changed in a year and Box Hill come into this instalment full of confidence after two encouraging performances to start the year.

Spurred on by back to back goals from Eliie Brush, Box Hill United are hungry for more.

Celebrating their season launch on Saturday evening, the squad are building into a tight unit and are confident their hard work will start to turn into wins soon enough.

You can follow match updates live on Facebook and Twitter or return here for a detailed report in the coming days.

The reserves kick things off at 6:30pm with the senior team rolling out at 8:30pm.

Match Report | NPL1 | Dandenong City too strong for Box Hill United

Dandenong City secured their first win of the season at home to Box Hill United thanks to a Sean Seavill brace in the second half.

Both teams looked secure at the back in the first half with clear cut opportunities a scarce commodity.

The rays peered down through the cloudless sky and the home crowd were treated to a beautiful day and a second half to match.

Persistent pressure down the left wing saw Dandenong feel like they had inched ahead in the duel just 2 minutes after the break, thanks to Chris Ross who soaked up the Box Hill defence before handing off to Dario Matkovic, who was waiting patiently at the back post to bury the chance.

Box Hill, still feeling like they were a chance, continued to mount an attack and not long after conceding Franc Carafa climbed above the pack to deliver a powerful header, missing by inches.

Alex Connell did his best to keep Box Hill in the game, edging a close range effort over the bar with his finger tips ensuring the score remained 1-0 on the hour-mark.

Seavill pounced upon a poor goal kick by Connell to extend Dandenong City’s lead to two before converting in similar fashion to their opening goal to seal the win with 15 minutes to spare.

Box Hill did not quit and continued to pepper at goal, but the luck of the day was City’s or so it felt, with the ball seemingly falling to Dandenong’s feet throughout the latter stages of the game.

“The player’s effort I think was good” says senior coach Alfredo Constantino. “Next week I hope we have the opportunity to recover some players – the team is very short, but this was a good opportunity for the young boys – to come onto the pitch and get some experience”

The Under-20’s played out a 2-0 defeat.

Box Hill now travel to Coburg to take on Moreland City on Saturday 28 March at 3pm.

Match Day | NPL1 | Box Hill United face Dandenong City

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Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Today Box Hill United travel to Frank Holohan Soccer Complex to take on Dandenong City SC.

After the FFA Cup weekend was played out, Dandenong City lost 2-0 to NPL1 side Brunswick City SC.

Box Hill meanwhile advanced through to Round 5 with a 4-1 victory over State League 2 side Essendon United FC.

Our fixture against Dandenong City sees 4th vs 7th early into the season, Dandenong will look to secure their first win after only managing a singular point from their first 2 matches.

Box Hill United will look to continue their goal-scoring form, with 10 from only three fixtures so far this season (in all competitions).

Constantino’s Men will come into the fixture full of confidence after their dazzling second half performance in their Cup Tie, with four goals in 30 minutes.

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Reserves Kick-Off at 1pm with the Senior’s to follow at 3pm.

Box Hill United score in second draw on the road

Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Box Hill United have taken home a share of the spoils in Saturday’s Women’s Premier League match.

Ellie Brush was on target again, with two goals from two games, putting Box Hill in front 34 minutes into the first half.

The second half brought colder conditions, with many on the sidelines retreating to shelter. Those on the pitch without this luxury took some time adjusting to the now slippery surface.

Ashleigh Lefevre took full advantage and brought the Senior NTC side level only five minutes after the resumption of play with a calm finish.

An energised NTC took to Box Hill for the next half-hour, but were unable to make the most of their opportunities before a late surge saw Box Hill with a few late chances.

Unfortunately for Box Hill, Teresa Morrisey stood strong and with the help of her defence, the score remained at 1-1 as the final whistle sounded.

Box Hill United now face FC Bulleen Lions on Monday 23 March. Bulleen are coming off a thrilling 4-3 defeat to Bundoora United FC.

The reserves kick things off at 6:30pm at the Veneto Club, with the senior’s at 8:30pm.

 

Goalkeeping Decisions Made Easy for Box Hill United Goalkeepers

Victorian National Premier League Club Box Hill United are the 1st goalkeepers in the world to receive the new Kitbag  #gkmanual from their Goalkeeping Coach Paul Harvey who is the author of the new e-book aimed at helping goalkeepers with their decision making.

The #gkmanual was launched in February and aims to be the No.1 portal www.gkmanual.com  for goalkeepers not only in Australia but around the world. The #YouTube page is partnered with Content Network giants Whistle Sports from New York and each week features ‘free’ goalkeeping technique videos, training drills for both coaches and goalkeepers alike plus a soon to be launched ‘Match of the Month Saves’ where amateur goalkeepers top saves from around the world will feature in a 90 second highlight video with a prize handed out at the end of each month.

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Box Hill Senior Goalkeepers: Hamid Kamali, Alex Connell & Sam Grigg

 

The author of the #gkmanual is Goalkeeper Coach Paul Harvey who explains a bit about the concept behind it. “Well the concept came about last season at Box Hill United with my Senior Goalkeeper Alex Pavlidis. At the start of the season we had some decision making issues in his game. So we worked on my key principals of Set, Angles, Attack & 100% and then played out near enough every situation a goalkeeper faces during the game. We came up with a decision that worked and I would say. Put that in your Goalkeeper Manual!” It must have worked as Pavlidis was named NPL1 Goalkeeper of the Year and has now transferred to NPL Club Pascoe Vale for the new season. “So from just a saying , I started thinking about how I can help goalkeepers coming through and came up with the #gkmanual which is basically a list of situations you are faced with during a game and then a solution or decision you will make on how to best cope with it. By reading this before every game you can then, once learnt, act on instinct during the game.” The e-book also features goalkeeping physcology tips and a 15 minute skype consultation with the #gkmanual coach. It is currently priced at $32 and you then have the option also of Skype Coaching for goalkeepers who may not have a goalkeeper coach or who just want a 2nd opinion.

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Dont have a Goalkeeper Coach? No problem. #gkmanual Skype Coaching.

 

With the kitbag #gkmanual given out this week to the Box Hill Goalkeepers they certainly think the concept has its advantages “Its what every keeper needs to prepare mentally & therefore be on top of their game” said Under 20’s keeper Sam Grigg, while Box Hill United No.1 Alex Connell said “The gkmanual will help me be more confident in my decision making during the game”
 
If you want to buy the #gkmanual e-book which comes with kitbag quick reference guide plus 15 min skype conversation then go to http://www.gkmanual.com/services.html and buy for special introduction price of $32. Make sure you join in the #goalkeeping conversation on Social Media @gkmanual