Around the Grounds, Sunday 17th January

This weeks review from around the grounds

The pre-season games are coming thick and fast for Rockingham City. Last Sunday, a 82 minute goal from substitute Enrique Fernandes was enough to beat a determined Balga side 1-0 and on Saturday 16th all three teams played and produced two wins and one defeat, 14 Goals For & 4 against Ashfield Soccer Club. The first team won 8-2 with goals from Boyle (3), Kennedy (2), L.Collins, Bolan and Zaw. Manager Goran Stajić had this to say about yesterday’s game: “I want to thank Ashfield SC first and foremost for hosting the fixture and my players for their approach and attitude towards working hard since my appointment, they have been phenomenal. I would also like to praise the entire coaching and support staff, without them I can’t perform at my optimum. We started the game with 18 players, we worked very hard, and we finished with 18 players. There were no injuries, except for a few hard impact knocks and fatigue where the rest will benefit them. Training has been of a high standard, a serious professionalism, hard work and when they are tired, exhausted, they never give up. For me this means so much more at this time of the year than the final score, in saying that the goals were of an incredible standard and shows that we can spread our goal scoring prowess”.The other results yesterday: RCFC U18s defeated ASC U18s 4-0 and our U20s lost by 3-1.

Mandurah City have also been busy on and off the field this week.

The clubs inaugural Presidents Cup golf tournament will be held on Sunday 7th March at the Mandurah Country Club in Halls Head proudly sponsored by Coulson and Co is officially now ready for taking bookings. Club President Nigel Mann is proud of the work completed so far to get this Club event going and it will be great for everyone to get involved and enjoy a great day out together as one Club.There are limited bookings so get your team of 4 together quickly and nominate whether you are team Europe or team Australia. Sponsorship packages for the day are available and any gift and or donations are also welcome to help the day a great success, please email: President@mandurahcityfc.com.au for further details or take a look at the clubs facebook page

The clubs masters players start training on Wednesday 20th January and are looking for new players to join them. Head coach Gary George said we have a great bunch of guys, a good laugh and a few beers, come down and see what there all about this year with new coaches in Gary George and Simon Bell in charge. For more information, contact Gary on 0412 777 462

On the pitch, the first team played their first pre season game of the season, when they headed up to Cockburn City. Match details are brief as all we know if the final score was Cockburn City 0 Mandurah City 1

Rockingham United are keen to get pre-season training underway and will commence on the 28th January. The club would love to see you there. Junior training starts at 5pm and seniors from 6pm. All training sessions will be at Paul Garnett Oval, Elanora Drive, Cooloongup

Another busy week from our friends at Port Kennedy. The club are thrilled to announce that Michael and his team from All Seasons Catering have joined our PKSC family as major Junior sponsors over the next 3 years! Michael and his team are not newbies to PK and some of you may recognise the name as the amazing caterers from our Senior Presentation Events over the past 2 years.The club welcome Michael and Team. Please be sure to pop onto their FB page or website and check them out. https://www.facebook.com/allseasonscateringperth/

Port Kennedy are also thrilled to announce that Vista Private Estate will be continuing on as our Gold Junior Sponsors from 2021 through to 2023! Vista have played a vital part not only in the PK vision, but also in our growth over the past years and we are looking forward to sharing our football journey with Vista by the clubs side!

The state league women are back in training for the 2021 season. New and returning players welcome. Tuesday and Thursdays from 6.30pm til 8pm.

Under 10’s Trails and training sessions start on Tuesday 2nd Feb 4:30pm. Please contact Tommy on 0426 699 141 for more details.

Under 13’s trails and trains sessions start soon. For more information please contact Taylor on 0423 534 468.

Finally, off the field, the club have released more details on the development of the grounds.

There are plans for this sports facility on Royal Palm Drive in Warnbro which includes –

* All site civil works including clearing of the south/east section of the reserve to create two new soccer fields and one cricket oval

* Expansion of the cricket practice nets, new shade structures, pathways and a drinking fountain;

* Replacement of the existing centre cricket wicket;

* Refurbishment and expansion of the existing clubrooms;

* Removal of existing floodlighting and installation of new floodlighting to accommodate training and competition lighting levels for soccer;

* Construction of a new car-park off of Royal Palm Drive; and

* Removal and replacement of existing bores and reticulation, plus new reticulation infrastructure to support the new pitches and ovals.

The works are due to be completed in the 2021/22 financial year and according to the Community Infrastructure Plan the total cost is around $5m.The City advertised for tenders and those tenders will be presented to the council at the January Council meeting. There were three companies that tendered and Budget funds totalling $4,451,296.00 has been allocated for this part of the project in the 2020/2021 capital work order. (This budget amount includes grant funding of $650,000 from CSRFF and $30,000 from Cricket Australia)The Tenders received were -Shelford Constructions $4,048,872Pindan Projects $3,913,125BE Projects $4,536,518Shelford and Pindan had close scores on the overall criteria matrix (which includes price, level of service, understanding of the tender process) and the city was therefore able to apply a local content initiative which sees Shelford being put forward to the Council as preferred tenderer.A decision will be made by the Council and, if approved, the expectation is that these works will be Completed within one year.For detailed info head to page 105 –https://rockingham.wa.gov.au/your-city/council/council-and-committee-meetings/agendas-and-minutes/2021/january/planning-and-engineering-services-committee-agenda?fbclid=IwAR1OPxI3iq0vaUA6lYIsokpmM4KL2xWmDd2_QeXrEPStzm434SpCvbuO1sw

Warnbro Strikers have announced their registration venues and dates:

23rd and 30th January between 10am and 2pm at the Warnbro Shopping Centre

6th and 20th February between 10am and 2pm at the Waikiki Shopping Centre

12th and 26th February between 6pm and 7pm at the home ground of Georgetown Reserve.

For more information, contact Linda on 0423 348 810 or lduggan36@hotmail.com

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