Junior Presentation Day - 2019

posted Sep 1, 2019, 4:52 AM by CooksRiver Titans   [ updated Sep 1, 2019, 4:56 AM ]

Around 300 people including around 150 junior players converged on Gough Whitlam Park in Earlwood yesterday Saturday 31st August, 2019, as the Cooks River Titans held their End of Season Junior Presentation Day.

The committee was worried in the days leading up to the event as the forecast was for rain all week including Saturday. On Friday it was decided that the event would go ahead and thankfully, apart from a brief few minutes of drizzle, the wet weather held off. The crowd began gathering from as early as 9.30am to enjoy the official end of the football (soccer) season where players are rewarded for their efforts all year in playing the game they love by receiving a trophy.

Club Secretary Peter Solomakos was the MC for the day and welcomed all players and their families to the event as well as outlining how the day would run. President Nick Kambounias, on behalf of his hard working committee, thanked the sponsors, coaches and managers, volunteers and the parents and players in general for the successful season and making the Club what it is today. He made mention that the Club has grown year on year since it's inception with this years numbers eclipsing 410 players. After waiting patiently to receive their trophy, the kids (as well as their parents) lined up for a free BBQ whereby all players, parents and supporters were treated to scrumptious sausages or souvlakis as well as drinks of their choice.

See you back in 2020 :)

The Cooks River Committee cooking up a storm for all the players and their families at Gough Whitlam Park.

Week 4 of the Finals

posted Sep 1, 2019, 4:21 AM by CooksRiver Titans

The fourth week of the finals was played last weekend and we had 4 teams in Grand Final action.

On Saturday the first Grand Final kicked off at 12.30pm at Edwards Park in Concord between our All Age 13s and Balmain. Our All Age 13s were the Minor Premiers and won their major semi final so had a week off leading up to the big game. They took an early lead but Balmain fought back to level the scores. The Titans were not on their game and Balmain applied the pressure to grab another 2 goals to run out 3-1 winners.

The match immediately afterwards on the same ground were our All Age 10s against Burwood. The All Age 10s again were the Minor Premiers and had only played Burwood two weeks prior beating the 6-0. The Titans started off on the right foot with a goal after 10 minutes. They continued to press creating multiple chances and even hit the crossbar from a long range shot. Burwood only counter attacked and it was a cruel ricochet which fell to the Burwood striker who beat the keeper in a one-on-one to send the scores level at half time. Cooks River bombarded the Burwood goal in the second half again hitting the post and had a shot cleared off the line but could not find a winner. Extar time was needed and neither team could break the deadlock so penalties were needed. Unfortunately the Titans went down 4-3 in the cruelest of endings.

On Sunday our first Grand Final was at 10am at Strathfield Park with our Under16 Division 2 team. They again were facing Minor Premiers Burwood who they narrowly lost to two weeks prior. Burwood got off to a great start after just 5 minutes and took an early lead. The Titans fought back well and eventually got the equaliser. Cooks River were playing the better football but Burwood's direct approach continued to cause problems. The Sky Blue's pushed forward with around 10 minutes to go and scored a good goal to take a 2-1 lead. Burwood though pushed up immediately from the restart and moments later restored parity sending the match into extra time golden goal. Both teams did not let up and went for the winner. Unfortunately for the valiant Titans, it was Burwood who broke through and scored the winner to take the final 3-2. 

Immediately following that match was the Under16 Division 1 grand final between Minor Premiers Earlwood and Cooks River who did beat them a fortnight ago to be the first team into the grand final. This was a Grand Final replay from the year before and the game was just as tight as every previous meeting between the two teams. Such was the intensity that neither team was fluent in their play. It had a feel that one goal would win it and it was Earlwood who managed that in the second half. The Titans went searching for an equaliser but some dogged defending did not allow them to create any real chances to keep the score at 1-0 until the full time whistle.

Action form the Under 16 Division 1 Grand Final between Cooks River Titans and Earlwood Wanderers

Week 3 of the Finals

posted Aug 20, 2019, 11:56 PM by CooksRiver Titans

The third week of the finals was played last weekend and we had 6 teams in action.

On Saturday the first preliminary final kicked off at 12.30pm between our All Age 12s and Sydney Rangers. Like the week before it was a see-sawing battle which not much separating the sides. Cooks River took a 1-0 lead in the first half. Sydney Rangers fought back to equalise before the break. Cooks River then hit the lead again in the second half before Sydney Rangers scored to draw level at 2-2. The Titans pushed forward and scored a third goal to lead 3-2 late in the game but Rangers did not give up and scored a scrappy goal a few minutes before full time to level the scores for a third time and send the match into extra time golden goal. The Sky Blues had the best chance in extra time when they broke down the right hand side and cut the ball back only for the close range shot to be blocked by a reflex save from the keeper, then the rebound was hit against the cross bar before a third shot was blocked on the line. Neither team they couldn't break the deadlock during extra time so the match went into penalties. Unfortunately, Cooks River lost the shootout 3-1 and were eliminated.

The All Age 1 Bs kicked off their preliminary final against Minor Premiers Strathfield at Strathfield Park at 2.30pm. Strathfield had the benefit of playing on their home field and despite being a fairly tight match opened the scoring. They grabbed a second goal before half time to lead 2-0 at the break. The Titans threw caution to the wind in the hope to get back into the game but conceded another two times to lose the match 4-0 hence ending their campaign for 2019.

Our All Age 7s were also in a preliminary final against Minor Premiers Strathfield. The match was a Grand Final replay from last season and it definitely did not disappoint. The Titans started slow and before they knew it were 2-0 down. Cooks River fought back well and converted some of their own chances to get back into the game. It was a goal fest with both teams throwing everything in attack. By half time the score was 4-3 to Strathfield. The Sky Blues came out firing in the second half and managed to turn the game on its head by getting the next two goals and lead 5-4. As time ticked on it looked like the Titans would hold on but Strathfield sprung the offside trap to run through and equalise with just minutes remaining and send the game into extra time golden goal. Unfortunately, it was Cooks River who would concede in extra time and be eliminated from the final series.

The Over35/1s played their Grand Final against arch rivals Leichhardt Tigers. The matched kicked off at 2.30pm at Bennett Park in front of a crowd between 250-300 spectators. The match certainly lived up to all expectations. Not much separated the two teams but it was Cooks River who broke the deadlock through Jimmy Nikas. Leichhardt looked to hit back but Titans keeper Ross Savvas pulled off a couple of great saves to deny the Tigers. In the last minute of the first half, Leichhardt broke down the right and charged into the box only to be brought down giving the referee no option but to award a penalty. It was duly dispatched seconds before the half time whistle to send the scores level at the break.

The dying stages of the Over 35 Division 1 Grand Final in front of a very healthy crowd.

It took only ten minutes into the second half for Cooks River to again hit the lead. This time it was a screamer from outside the box by Norman Tome. In the 66th minute a great cross from the left was meant at the back post my Tome to send the Sky Blues up 3-1. Just when you thought the game was slipping out of reach for the Minor Premiers, they scored a great goal in the 75th minute which nestled into the bottom left corner to bring it back to 3-2. In the 84th minute, Tome got his hat-trick in what many thought would kill off the game but two minutes later Leichhardt scored again to bring the game back to 4-3. Cooks River managed to hold on and be crowned champions for a consecutive season. Neither of these two teams have managed to go back to back over the past 7 sevens before this year. Congratulations to our Over35 Division1.

Cooks River Over 35 Division 1 team going back to back wining the championship yet again with a thrilling 4-3 win.

On Sunday, we had 2 team competing in finals.

Our U16/2s were at Mackay Park against a formidable Leichhardt Saints which had been tough games throughout the season. Both teams created chances but it was Cooks River who opened the scoring in the 16th minute. The score was to remain the same until half time. In the second half, Leichhardt committed players forward and were unlucky not to get anything out of it. They were punished though by the Titans who caught them on the break to double the lead 16 minutes into the second half. The Saints didn't give up and squandered several chances including hitting one over the crossbar from 1 metre out. They would rue their misses as Cooks River again ventured down the other end to put the nail in the coffin. They almost had a 4th goal in the last minute of the game with a clever turn and half volley which just sailed past the top corner. They will now play in the Grand Final against Burwood this Sunday at Strathfield Park.

Cooks River Under 16 Division 2 moved comfortably into the Grand Final with a solid 3-0 win.

The other match was played at Ewen Park between our All Age Sunday 2s against Marrickville. The Titans were unable to find any fluency being without a couple of influential players and the pressure eventually told when Marrickville scored from a freekick just before half time. Cooks River tried valiantly in the second half but were undone another 3 times by a rampant Marrickville outfit. The Titans did score a consolation goal seconds before full time but the 4-1 loss ended their campaign this season.

Out of our 13 teams which qualified for the finals, 5 made the Grand Final. One team already won their Grand Final last weekend so we are hoping for another 4 teams being crowned champions this weekend.  

THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (24/08 - 25/08)

posted Aug 19, 2019, 12:58 AM by CooksRiver Titans   [ updated Aug 19, 2019, 7:23 AM ]

Please see below the schedule for this weekend's matches.

If you get a chance, go and watch the teams in their Grand Finals: AA/10 and AA/13 on Saturday afternoon at Edwards Park and the U16/2 and U16/1 on Sunday morning at Strathfield Park.

Good luck to all our Titans!

Week 2 of Finals

posted Aug 15, 2019, 1:00 AM by CooksRiver Titans   [ updated Aug 15, 2019, 1:02 AM ]

The second week of the finals was played last weekend and we had 12 teams in action.

On Saturday there was a clash between two Cooks River teams in the All Age 1 competition. The All Age As assumed early dominance and it wasn't long before they took a 1-0 lead. Late in the first half the Bs won a penalty which was well saved but rebounded off the post and the back of the keeper to send the teams into half time 1-1. In the second half the Bs came out with more exuberance and in a five minute spell countered effectively twice to score both times and end up 3-1 winners knocking out the As and going on to play Strathfield this Saturday for a place in the Grand Final.

Our All Age 7s were also competing in a knock out semi final against Lakemba. The game was made all the more difficult with the blustery conditions and Lakemba capitalised to take the lead. Cooks River had the better of the play even though they weren't at their best and equalised before winning a penalty with 2 minutes to go to end winning the match 2-1. They now go on to play Strathfield for a place in the Grand Final. This match is a Grand Final replay from last season where the Titans prevailed to win the competition for the 2nd straight year. On Saturday they will look to make their third Grand Final in a row.

The All Age 10s had major semi final against Burwood, a team they defeated the week before 3-0. After a difficulkt first half with only a few chances and no goals, the second half opened up. Once Cooks River scored their first goal, the flood gates opened and they banged in another 5 to run out convincing 6-0 winners. They have the week off and play in the Grand Final on the 24th August.

The All Age 12s played their elimination semi final against Enfield. It was a see-sawing battle which saw the game tied at 1-1 and then again at 2-2 but nothing else could be done to break the deadlock after 90 minutes. This forced the game into extra time golden goal and it was the Titans who managed to score the winner to send the team into the preliminary final against Sydney Rangers this Saturday.

The All Age 13s finished minor premiers and did battle in the major semi final against fierce rivals the Ashfield Pirates for a place in the Grand Final. The Titans ran out 2-1 winners in a dominant display and will now rest a week before their Grand Final on the 24th August.

The All Age 14s were also involved in a semi final at the same ground earlier in the day against Strathfield. It was an elimination semi final and unfortunately went down 2-1 in a close game.

The Over35/1s are the current champions but as mentioned last week only just made the finals in 4th place. After a dominant display last week, they again went on a rout and defeated a strong Concord team 5-0 to book their place in the Grand Final this weekend against perennial rivals Leichhardt Tigers. They will look to go back to back which no team has been able to do in the O35/1 competition for the past few years.

On Sunday, we had 4 team competing in semi finals.

Our U16/1s had finished the season in second spot and played the major semi final against the minor premiers Earlwood Wanderers - the team which won last year's competition against our Titans. Scores between these two teams have always been close so it was expected this game would be the same. Cooks River scored the only goal of the game and progressed directly to the Grand Final to be played on August 25th.

Cooks River Under 16 Division 1 have qualified for the Grand Final and will look to go one better than last season

Our Under 16/2s were also playing a major semi final. This is a brand new team and like the 1s finished a very credible 2nd on the table. They played minor premiers in Burwood and again games between these two have been very close and very tense. The last meeting went the way of the Titans but it was not to be in the semi final as Burwood edged the sky blues 2-1. Cooks River now play Leichhardt Saints on Sunday for another chance to get to the Grand Final.

Our Under 13/5s had a rough start to the season. The team is a combination of under12 and under 13 players in order to make a full squad. As the season went on, the results began to improve much to the credit of the boys as well as their coaches. They managed to finish in 4th spot so played an elimination semi final against Burwood. Many gave the team little chance but it was the Titans who who very unlucky hitting the woodwork on two occasions and should've scored a couple more. Nevertheless, the match ended 1-1 after full time and with no goals in extra time, the match had to be decided on penalties. Unfortunately, Cooks River went down 4-2 in penalties but should be extremely proud of their effort this season.

The final game played on Sunday was the All Age Sunday Div2 match between Cooks River and Inter Lions. It was an elimination match and the tensions were high. The Titans had not played for 3 weeks due to their last two opponents forfeiting their matches so it was test of match fitness. The scores were tied at 1-1 but it was Cooks River who grabbed the winner and progressed to this weekend's Grand Final qualifier against Marrickville.

Cooks River All Age Sunday Division 2 kept the finals hopes alive with a gutsy 2-1 win.

Out of our 13 teams which qualified for the finals, 4 have made the Grand Final and another 5 are playing this weekend for a right to play in the Grand Final the week after. All teams are doing the club proud.

THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (17/08 - 18/08)

posted Aug 13, 2019, 10:20 PM by CooksRiver Titans

Please see below the schedule for this weekend's matches.

If you get a chance, go and watch the teams in their preliminary finals or the Grand Final for the O35/1s.

Good luck to all our Titans!

THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (10/08 - 11/08)

posted Aug 6, 2019, 9:15 PM by CooksRiver Titans

Please see below the schedule for this weekend's matches.

If you get a chance, go and watch the teams in the semi finals.

Good luck to all our Titans!

Week 1 of Finals

posted Aug 6, 2019, 9:12 PM by CooksRiver Titans

It has been a great season for the club in the competitive competitions with 13 of 18 competitive teams advancing to the semi finals.

The first week of the finals was played last weekend for two teams in 8-team competitions.

It kicked off last Saturday at 12.45pm at Strathfield Park between our Over35 Division 1 team and Earlwood Wanderers. The Titans Over35s were champions last season but this year started off very poorly and were at one stage 2nd last. They started to turn their season around by stringing some wins together and despite indifferent results on the whole due to injuries and absentees, managed to squeeze into the top 4.

They had played Earlwood two weeks ago and narrowly lost so this was time for redemption. They fell behind early in the game but managed to level the score. Earlwood again hit the lead but then had a man sent off. The Titans controlled play and again equalised before Earlwood again took the lead against the run of play. Cooks River equalised yet again before half time. In the second half, the dominance of the Titans shone through and put on another 3 goals to run out convincing 6-3 winners. They go on to play Concord in the preliminary final for a place in the Grand Final the week after.

The other match played last weekend was in the Under13 Division 1 competition. The Cooks River Under13s joined our club this year and coach Sasha Jovanovic selected players he had previously worked with at other clubs to establish a formidable team. After a tough pre-season it was evident that this team would be too good for Division 2 so applied for Division 1. For most of the first half of the season the team was battling it out for first place much to the surprise of all involved considering they were up against teams from larger clubs with groups of players who had been together for longer. The second half of the season proved to be a bit tougher and the Titans ended up in 4th spot.

They had a knock out semi final against Marrickville at 11.15am at Centenary Park in Burwood. After falling behind in the 12th minute. The game was hard fought with only a few chances but Cooks River managed to grab a goal just before half time through Adriano Lemme. The stalemate was short-lived in the second half as Marrickvilel scored after some good build up play to round the keeper and take a 2-1 lead. Marrickville then hit the cross bar followed by a massive save by goalkeeper Antonio Alaveras to keep the Titans in the game. The Sky Blues could not find a way through and the score ended up 2-1 in favour of Marrickville which sees our boys eliminated. The coach, manager and parents should be very proud of this group of players and we are sure they will go even better next season after having a taste of Division 1.

THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (03/08 - 04/08)

posted Jul 30, 2019, 11:17 PM by CooksRiver Titans

Please see below the schedule for this weekend's matches.

Note1: The AA8s have won on forfeit.
Note2: The O35/1s and U13/1s are playing in a knockout semi final.

If you get a chance, go and watch the teams in the semi finals.

Good luck to all our Titans!

THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (27/07 - 28/07)

posted Jul 24, 2019, 7:32 PM by CooksRiver Titans   [ updated Jul 25, 2019, 4:12 AM ]

Please see below the schedule for this weekend's matches.

Note1: The U13/1s have a double header and AAS/2 won on forfeit.

Good luck to all our Titans!

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