Capital Football Volunteer of the Month

OCTOBER 3, 2019

Whether he’s coaching Community League, managing a venue for the McDonald’s Kanga Cup, contributing at Capital Football’s strategic planning nights or wielding the tongs in the canteen, Monaro Panthers Junior League and U18 Girls coach Anthony Blake is the sort of volunteer that clubs dream of finding.

Anthony has been part of the Monaro Panthers Football Club for 13 years with his two children, starting in MiniRoos and progressing through to U18s. For the past eleven years he has coached and managed Premier League and Community League teams within the club, and is also a member of the club’s Committee, who he describes as “professional, positive, passionate and friendly in everything they do.”

For Anthony, volunteering with the club has been its own reward.

“At first I volunteered to help out so that things got done. Then I volunteered to spend more time with my kids and show them that you can do things for others without expecting payment or a reward,” he said.

“The truth though, is that volunteering is its’ own reward. Spending time with like-minded individuals and achieving goals is what it’s all about.

“Hopefully I can inspire a new generation of volunteers to carry on these roles in the future.”

Anthony’s players are indeed following his lead – several volunteer in the canteen on Saturday mornings, and were a part of the Panthers’ Kanga Cup team of volunteers.

“Seeing them volunteer and get enjoyment out of the experience makes it all worthwhile,” Anthony added.

Anthony is a strong advocate for women’s football in the region.

“This year I was the coach of the U18 Girls Community League Team,” he said.

“I want to see [women’s football] expand and develop. We have been together for two years and are a family as much as a team.”

He also coached the Karabar High School U15 and Open Girls Teams, and both Teams made it through to the Semi-Finals.

“We had some great times at training and on road trips to various games throughout the region,” he said.

As the club’s Junior League Coordinator, Anthony works with the coaches and managers to ensure the smooth running of trials and grading, training and games, and to maintain a consistency of skill development through all teams.

“It is great to work with existing and new people to help them become better coaches and managers,” Anthony remarked.

He admits that volunteering can be hard work.

“Being a volunteer is a tough job,” he said. “The hours can be long and the work tiring. But there is nothing else you can do that is more important than making a difference in someone’s life.

“Sporting clubs are a critical part of educating our young people and keeping them healthy. Most clubs only exist because of the volunteers that run them.

“Whether people can only give 10 minutes or an hour, that time will make a difference in someone’s life.”

Congratulations Anthony from Capital Chemist and Capital Football on your well-deserved win.

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Summer Six Team Nomination has been extended

Have you nominated your team yet? Registration now closes on 7 October. This competition is suitable for all skill levels.

Wednesdays from 5.30pm at David Madew Oval, Jerrabomberra

Competition Starts on 16 October 2019 and the season runs for 8 weeks.

Cost: $110 per person

5.30pm for Juniors
6.30pm & 7.30pm for Open and Competitive / Mixed and Social competitions

For more information:

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This weekend our club has 4 teams competing in Grand Finals, 1 team competing in Finals and 1 team competing in Semi Finals!!!! Good luck to all 6 teams this weekend. Make sure you get out in your green and black to support our teams.



Men’s SL4 Monaro Panthers v Belnorth – Kambah @ 2pm


Women’s SL5 Monaro Panthers v Belwest – Kambah @ 11.30am

Mens M2 Monaro Panthers v Queanbeyan City – Kambah @ 11.30am

Women’s SL4 Monaro Panthers v Yass – Kambah @ 2pm




NPL20 Monaro Panthers v Canberra FC  - Deakin Stadium @ 11.30am




NPL13 Monaro Panthers v Gungahlin – AIS @ 10am



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4 Players selected to compete at the National Youth Championships in October

Congratulations to Jack Ellwood, Leo Vanderpol and Giuseppe Tine on being selected for the ACT U13 team and Tom Straub on being selected in the ACT U14 team to compete at the National Youth Championships in October. Their skill and development this year was identified through the ACT Talent Support Program. They were invited to trial for the program and then continued to train with the region’s best for six weeks. It is with their set of broad base skills and ability to adapt to the high-performance environment and continued efforts, that they have now made the final team selection which will participate in the National Youth Championships to be held in October. Monaro Panthers are very proud of their achievements thus far and wish them all the best for success at the National Youth Championships and beyond as they continue their football journey.
#PantherFamily #PantherPride

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Futsal for 2019

Play Futsal and enjoy some non-stop action with your friends this summer!

You can start registering your teams for 16 weeks of futsal played at QPRC Indoor Sports courts in Queanbeyan!

We strongly recommend registering your own teams from Miniroos (keep the same names and age groups).

Kids loved it last year and our program will be even bigger and better this year.

U6s – U12s Mixed Teams

Kick-off times every Friday vary from 4 pm until 7.15pm

Term 4: 25 October – 13 December 2019

Term 1: 31 January – 20 March 2020

Team Registrations close on 30 September 2019

Cost: $190 per player for 16 weeks

Click here for more info and registration:


Soccer Camps are on these school holidays!

Monaro Panthers Holiday Camp will be available these holidays.

For children aged 5-12 years

Week 1 – 30th Sep + 1st Oct + 2nd Oct 2019

Week 2 – 7th, 8th, 9th Oct 2019

Cost $200 for all 3 days (or $75 per day).

Riverside Stadium, Carinya St, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Children need to supply their own lunch. Snacks will be provided.

The program will be delivered by Adam Firych – MPFC Technical Director and support staff. It will involve the children training for soccer twice a day and participating in other fun activities.

We are accepting Active Kids Vouchers!

Please register here before Saturday 21st of September:

Hurry up as places are limited!

For more information please email:

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EOI Coaching roles in Premier League 2020

After a successful 2019 season, the Monaro Panthers Football Club is looking to build further depth in its coaching team. To do this, we are seeking applications from suitably qualified coaches across our whole Women's and Men's Premier League environment from juniors to seniors.

You will be working with our Technical Director (FFA and UEFA A Licence) Adam Firych who will provide the opportunity to learn and be mentored from his experiences as a TD and Coach in Ireland, Poland and Australia.

Minimum qualification – FFA, C licence for youth teams (or attending a course before the 2020 season). For all senior coaching appointments we are seeking FFA, B Licenced coaches as a preference. The Club will reimburse all course fees for Premier League Coaches, once they have committed to coaching at the club.

These are child-related positions and prohibited persons need not apply.

All relevant working with children checks will apply.

Applications close at 5 pm on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 and we will not consider any applications submitted afterwards.

We would like our coaches to commit to their roles for 2 seasons (subject to approval by TD and the Committee after 1st year).

According to the Club's policy, you are not allowed to be a Head Coach of the same team where your own son/daughter plays. We strongly believe that in all Premier League teams it is better for the individual (and also a team) not to be coached by own parents (especially as a Head Coach).

All Premier League Coaches from 2019 season need to re-apply for their positions. Returning coaches will be given priority consideration should they be applying for their current coaching role.

We wish all applicants the very best of luck!

Click here to register:

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WPL13 End of Season Report

Congratulations to our NPL U13 girls, their coaches, and their wonderful support network of family and friends.


Kids and sport are a great mix, and this year our NPL U13 girls have built healthy minds, healthy bodies, friendships and life skills. They’ve had the chance to experience emotional highs and lows in a safe and structured environment. They’ve learned to be a part of a team, winning well, bouncing back from losses and coping with unpleasant experiences. They’ve figured out how important it is to try hard and never give up. They have worked together in a positive and encouraging atmosphere, connected through physical activity and learned to be confident in themselves and their team. They’ve increased their resilience and learned to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and keep on going.


Soccer has a gentle side, with light, dancing feet and weaving skill, but it also requires stamina and guts. It has been great to watch the girls go shoulder to shoulder with their opponents, tackling hard, heading balls, and aggressively chasing their rivals down. Win or lose, these girls worked until the end, and every weekend they walked off the pitch with their heads held high. Then every Tuesday and Thursday back they came, to work on their fitness, their knowledge and their technical ability.


The girls were sad to say goodbye to their coach, Chris Yip-Au, who built the girls as individuals and brought them together as a team. When Michele Biscotti took over the girls continued to put in great effort and grew as players. Thank you also to Ian, who encouraged the team to have high expectations of themselves. His program has focused not just on the soccer, but also the education and the development of the players. Ian – it’s with great disappointment that we say goodbye to you too. Please know that your efforts on behalf of our amazing girls are very much appreciated.


According to a series of studies, a whopping 90% of women at the top of their industry were sporty as teenagers, because they learned at a young age that it is acceptable to compete aggressively, that success does not depend on how they look, and that it’s acceptable to take pleasure in winning—our girls are well on their way!

Written by Manager Tamara

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