Notice of AGM

Dear Members

Notice is hereby given to members of Box Hill United Pythagoras SC Inc of the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held at Wembley Park Pavilion on Friday, 27 March 2015 at 7.30pm.

Hyperlinks are available to the following documents for download:

Nominations close at 5.00pm on 16 March 2015 by email to secretary@boxhillunited.com.au or to

PO Box 1, BOX HILL VIC 3128.

Please direct all queries to the Secretary, Brett Smith, at secretary@boxhillunited.com.au or 0409 415 606.

Regards

Brett Smith
Secretary
Box Hill United SC

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

Photography by Sonia Licciardi

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

 

Box Hill advance through to Round 5 of FFA Cup

Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Saturday March 14 saw Box Hill United enter into the Westfield FFA Cup for 2015.

Our opponents, Essendon United FC, were certainly out to impress and were on the score sheet early into the match.

The first half had Essendon looking strong and had the bulk of the opportunities going into the break.

Under-18’s Goal Keeper, 16-year-old Taylor Davidson, performed admirably throughout, providing Box Hill a powerful presence between the sticks and producing a handful of quality saves

Box Hill, trailing 0-1, were looking uncomfortable on the turf and struggled to string together any decent passages of play for much of the half.

A strong half-time team talk and two team changes at the break gave them a spring in their step as they began the second 45.

It was not long until Box Hill finally found the net, thanks to Substitute Lucas Johns who earned the team a Penalty in the 54th minute.

Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Goldberg stepped up and converted from the spot, and mere minutes later returned to the score sheet with a superb free-kick wedged firmly in the top corner.

Essendon now trailed 2-1, and were down to ten men after a second yellow card was shown to Christian Bellomo for giving away the Penalty, however they continued to fight.

Dario Di Napoli produced a double save that was beyond unbelievable, and Essendon continued to hold on and fight for a chance to bring the score level.

However a rapid fire brace from Box Hill’s Franc Carafa ended Essendon’s hopes and well and truly secured the win for the men from Wembley Park.

Box Hill United walk away 4-1 winners and progress to the 5th Round of the Westfield FFA Cup.

Big thanks to Steven Gray at Football Chaos for providing fantastic video highlights of the match, that you can watch below.

 

 

Preview: FFA Cup Round 4 and WPL Round 2

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Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Today is a busy day for Box Hill United, with 3 fixtures being played between 4 and 10pm.

The Senior Men kick things off with the Westfield FFA Cup.  Entering into the fold in the Forth round of the competition, Box Hill’s Senior Men’s side face State League 2 team Essendon United FC.

Essendon defeated Fawkner SC 0-1 away from home to progress to Round 4.

Box Hill are coming off a hard fought 0-1 win away to the Springvale White Eagles and are looking to continue that form.

After three rounds of the NPL-1, the team have made a great start to the season.  Progressing through to the next round of the FFA Cup will continue this great start and the team will look to hit the ground running today.

Kick-Off is at 4pm at Bill Stewart Athletics Field in East Burwood.  Entry is $8.

 

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Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Before our FFA Cup tie has finished, our Women’s Premier League Reserves kick off away from home at the Knox Recreation Centre.

The Senior Women are coming off an opening round draw against Bundoora United thanks in part to Ellie Brush who levelled the score at 1-1 in the 86th minute.

Box Hill on familiar ground having trained at Knox a number of times whilst Wembley Park has been under redevelopments.

The National Training Centre (NTC) team opened their season with a 3-1 loss to South Melbourne last week.

Kick-Off for the Reserve side is 5:30pm with the Senior team on the park at 7:30pm.

Johns effort enough to see off Springvale

Johns has helped secure a second away victory for the men in blue in a physical encounter against the Springvale White Eagles.

The home side were out to show their strength in what was at times a fiery exchange between the 2 sides, with 4 Yellow Cards being shown to Springvale for strong challenges on the Box Hill Men.

After 45 minutes the scores were still level with Springvale arguably with the better chances.

Box Hill took the lead just shy of the 60th minute through a quality finish from No.14 Lucas Johns, Lucas has now scored twice in three outings.

Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Photography by Sonia Licciardi

Periods of dominance from both teams ensured many opportunities at goal however, solid defending from the White Eagles and some fine reflex goal keeping from Alex Connell ensured that Johns’ effort remained the one and only for the outing.

The final score 0 – 1

 

Prior to the Seniors, the Under-20’s were defeated 2 – 0

 

Attention is now drawn to the FFA CUP, with Box Hill entering in Round 4 of the competition, facing the winner of Monday’s clash between Fawkner SC and Essendon United FC.

This fixture will be played the weekend starting March 14, with venue and time still to be decided.

Stay tuned for more information regarding this event.