Box Hill United announce new senior mens coach

Box Hill United SC has received, and accepted, the resignation of Senior Head Coach Alfredo Constantino.

We are proud to announce Greg Kasidas as our Senior Men’s Head Coach to take over with immediate effect.

Greg comes with a wealth of experience and was Box Hill United’s Senior Assistant Coach for the previous two years.

We welcome back Greg who is enthused about the remainder of the year and he cannot wait to work with our talented senior boys.

We wish Alfredo all the best in the future and thank him for all his efforts throughout this season.

Wembley Park opens with Social Memberships for 2015

Tonight the Women’s Premier League outfit have been given the honour of putting the new Wembley Park pitch through it’s paces taking on the Casey Comets in our first home game of the year.

Tomorrow we officially open the completely re-developed, state-of-the-art playing surface that has taken years of planning and months of hard work from the Whitehorse Council and many others involved to achieve.

It will be the first of 14 NPL1 fixtures to be played at Wembley Park, with the next seven in a row scheduled at 3:15pm each Saturday.

We are excited to launch our 2015 Social Memberships, giving the holder instant entry to each of the 14 NPL1 Men’s home games for just $90 (adult) or $45 for concession holders.

Simply print out the membership form located here, read the code of conduct that can be found here and bring your membership form along with a form of identification and we will sort the rest out for you!

To help with the celebrations, our many fantastic partners have provided a selection of prizes that will be raffled on Saturday.
Tickets will be sold on the day, but bring in your membership form on Saturday 16 May, correctly filled out and paid for by half-time (of the senior fixture), and we will give you a kick start into the raffle with FIVE free tickets!

You will also walk away the proud owner of a new Box Hill United scarf valued at $25!

See you all at Wembley Park!

Meet your Women’s Premier League team!

Ahead of the first fixture to be played on the new Wembley Park pitch this evening at 6:30pm (reserves) and 8:30pm (seniors), we would like to introduce you to some of the many faces that will grace the field this season.

You can find the team in their permanent home under the WPL tab in the above menu!

We can’t wait to be back at Wembley Park, on what is looking like the world’s finest playing surface.

Box Hill United announce Star21 partnership

Box Hill United Soccer Club is pleased to announce that Star21 has jumped on board for season 2015.

Star21 is well known for supporting many elite and community based sporting clubs in Victoria.

Star21 is one of Telstra’s largest national business and corporate partners.

As an award winning Telstra Dealer, Star21 specialise in all facets of telecommunications and help businesses integrate their Mobiles,Voice, Data, and Cloud requirements.

To receive a customised offering and superior customer service for your current business telecommunications structure please call Star21 on 1300 STAR21 (1300 782 721) and they will be glad to assist.


Box Hill Congratulates Barbieri and Brush!

During an exciting week for Box Hill United in the lead up to Wembley Park re-opening after an incredible re-development of the playing surface, our Women’s Premier League team are celebrating the achievements of Ellie Brush and Melissa Barbieri.

Today the Matildas squad was released for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, among the 23 listed players is 2013/14 W-League keeper of the year and Box Hill United’s own, Melissa Barbieri.

In what will be her fourth World Cup appearance, Barbieri will look to build on an already impressive 84 caps for the Matildas.

The competition kicks off on June 6 at 4pm local time, with Canada facing China. The Matildas’ first match of the group stage is against the USA on June 9 at 9:30am AEST.

All the Matildas’ fixtures will be shown live on SBS ONE, SBS HD and online.

Our best wishes are with all those selected to compete in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and we will be cheering you all on from home!

We would also like to send our warmest congratulations to Ellie Brush, who has earned a contract with the Houston Dash, in the National Women’s Soccer League of the United States.

Unfortunately Ellie leaves mid-week and as such has already played her farewell game for Box Hill United.

Brush, who has been in fine form this season in the Women’s Premier League, told the Canberra Times “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the pro league over there” and we wish her all the best!

You can follow Ellie Brush’s progress at their official website, or via Twitter, and keep up to date with Brush herself on her Twitter page.

(photography courtesy of Sonia Licciardi)

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.

BoxHill vs MVFC Artwork

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.
Read more Women’s Premier League match reports and more at the Corner Flag

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.


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