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Junior Presentation Day - 2018

posted Sep 3, 2018, 1:21 AM by CooksRiver Titans

Over 270 people including around 130 junior players converged on Gough Whitlam Park in Earlwood last Saturday 1st September, 2018, as the Cooks River Titans held their End of Season Junior Presentation Day.

The event was scheduled for the week before but due to the bleak weather, it was postponed and thankfully so as it ended up being a beautiful, sunny day as the first day of Spring. 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 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. 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.


Grand Final Weekend Recap

posted Aug 22, 2018, 5:36 AM by CooksRiver Titans

Last weekend the club had a record 7 teams participating in Grand Finals: 5 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.

The first two were played at 12.30pm side by side at Henley Park in Enfield in blustery conditions.
The Over 35 Division 5 took on Concord, a team which they could not find a way to beat on two separate occasions. The first half was very tight and finished scoreless but it was the Titans who broke the deadlock just after the break. Concord started to press as Cooks River started tiring. Concord managed to equalise with around 10 minutes to spare and when it seemed destined for extra time, Concord found the winner in the dying stages to clinch the win.

On the adjacent field our Over 35 Division 4 team were up against Marrickville. In the regular season they shared one win each so this match was always going to be tight. Cooks River were still on a high after last week's dramatic penalty shootout win. The sky blues had the better chances in the first half and finally scored with a screamer from outside the box to take a 1-0 lead into the break. After the break, Marrickville started to push forward and this left the open at the back. On one occasion, the Titans exploited this and doubled the lead. The Red Devils could find no way through the staunch defence as the boys in sky blue held firm to be crowned champions.


At 2.30pm again two teams took to the field side by side at Henley Park.
The All Age 12s were seeking revenge against Marrickville who inflicted the first defeat on the Titans all year in the major semi final. Cooks River struggled to keep the ball on the ground and this favoured the Red Devils who made better use of the windy conditions. After 22 minutes, Marrickville floated in a free kick which was inadvertently guided in by a Titans defender. In the 34th minute the Titans equalised through a well worked passage of play down the left. With seconds remaining in the first half, Marrickville was awarded another freekick which was floated to the backpost where 3 reds were left unmarked to tap the ball home. The second half was a scrappy affair but the game was virtually all over when the Cooks River keeper collided with the Marrickville striker in a one-on-one collision which resulted in a red card for the keeper and a penalty. The penalty was duly converted and ended the scoring at 3-1 to Marrickville.

Again on the adjacent field, the All Age Division 8 team was looking to go back to back after winning the Grand Final in 2017. They were up against Minor Premiers Strathfield who they had previously beaten convincingly in the major semi final as well as both times in the regular season. After a haphazard start it was Strathfield who took the lead via the penalty spot. They fought hard making it difficult for the Titans to get into the groove and hence went into the break 1-0 down. After the break, Cooks River upped the intensity and their pressure was rewarded with an equaliser. They did not stop there and poured forward again looking for the winner which they managed to do. They had to endure over 7 minutes of stoppage time before the final whistle was blown to win the Grand Final.


Also at the same time but just a couple of kilometres away at Strathfield Park were our Over 35 Division 1 team who were up against arch rivals and Minor Premiers in Leichhardt Tigers. Leichhardt took the first meeting convincingly but the two matches were dominated and won by the Titans. The latter was the major semi final just two weeks ago. In front of a healthy crowd and on a sublime synthetic pitch it was the sky blues who took an early lead in the first few minutes. It didn't take long before they doubled that advantage. Cooks River continued to dominate but went into the break without extending the lead. Leichhardt managed to pull one back after the break but the Titans scored again to restore the 2 goal lead. The quality of the match was very high and the Titans should've put the game to bed. They were duly punished as the Tigers clawed a goal back. They were then reduced to ten men but somehow with a bit of fortune in the terrible conditions managed to equalise. Again the game looked destined to extra time much to the despair of the Titans who had enough chances to clearly win the game. With only seconds remaining Cooks River pressed forward one more time and a tough shot was parried by the Leichhardt keeper only for the Titans striker to rifle the ball inside the near post to clinch a memorable 4-3 win.


On Sunday, both Cooks River Grand Finals were played at Campbell Park in Chiswick. The sun was out but the wind was blowing a gale forcing the temperature down.

Our Under 15 Division 1 side were also attempting to go back to back. They kicked off at 10.30am against Earlwood with the wind in their backs. The first half was dominated by Cooks River and after 19 minutes they took the lead following a heap of pressure on the Earlwood defence and goal keeper. Several minutes later they scored a second which was a wonderful goal down the right hand side where the ball was whipped in and finished superbly first time. The continued to look for more goals while they had the wind and came close several times but the score remained 2-0 at the break. Earlwood got into the game in the second half with the aid of the wind. Cooks River seemed to handle the pressure but what seemed a clear handball to push the ball into the net went unnoticed and gave Earlwood a way back into the game. With 2 minutes left the Titans had a glorious chance to take the game with a one-on-one but the striker seemed to be fouled before getting a shot away which was saved by the keeper. In a terrible twist of luck, Earlwood scored again a minute later with seconds remaining to send the game into extra time. Cooks River had the wind in the first period of extra time but this time could not find a way through. In the second period, Earlwood put through a long ball which many thought was offside. The striker collided with the Titans keeper and the ball trickled into the goal to the devastation of the team. 

At 2pm our All Age Sunday Division 2 team played against Minor Premiers Roselands. It was a team they always had a tough game against with two 1-1 draws and a 1-0 win to Roselands in the previous 3 encounters. Cooks River had the wind in the first half but the game was still very even with neither keeper really pressured. The best chance came from a long range volley by the Titans from way outside the box but the Roselands keeper saved superbly. The game went into half time deadlocked at 0-0. It only took 2 minutes after the break for the Raptors to hit the lead as a clever through ball put their striker through who finished well after just entering the box. As the game wore on, Cooks River started to push men forward as they went looking for an equaliser but Roselands held firm and continued to knock balls over the top whenever they regained possession. This frustrated the Titans but did create a few chances for Roselands with the assistance of the wind. Unfortunately for the sky blues the elusive goal could not be found and they ended up losing the match 1-0.

Well done once again to all 10 teams who made it to the semi finals, 7 teams made it to the Grand Final and huge congratulations to the three teams who were Champions for 2018; AA/8, O35/1 and O35/4s.

THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (18/08 - 19/08)

posted Aug 14, 2018, 7:15 PM by CooksRiver Titans

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

Note: We are please to say that we have 7 teams in the Grand Final this weekend. A remarkable achievement for the club. If you get a chance, why not go and watch one of the teams.

Good luck to all our Titans!


Under 12 Girls Celebrate in Style

posted Aug 14, 2018, 7:09 PM by CooksRiver Titans

Our Under 12s Girls had a challenging year as they were admitted into the competition late and as a result were placed in a higher division. The team only had 12 players and some of the girls had not played before which meant they were always going to be up against it for the duration of the season.

Despite all the adversity, the girls showed continual improvement as they continued to turn up to training on most nights and backed up to games even when having to play short due to absentees.

They played with true determination and always maintained a positive outlook which was heart-warming to see. They even got together after their final match to celebrate the year just passed with a fun filled picnic.

Well done Titans girls. We are super proud of you.




Week 2 of Semi Finals Recap

posted Aug 13, 2018, 1:39 AM by CooksRiver Titans

After week 1 of the semi finals we saw two teams go straight to the Grand Final while another 7 had to play in the Preliminary Final last weekend.

The first of the preliminary finals was played at 12.30pm on Saturday where our All Age Division 12 team had a clash against Earlwood. The Titans suffered their first loss the week before but bounced back with a vengeance to win 4-0 and advance to the Grand Final against Marrickville this Saturday.

We then had three games at 2.30pm.
Our All Age Div 13 came up against Minor Premiers in Belmore and started as the better team but as the game wore on it become a fairly even contest. Unfortunately, Cooks River conceded a goal in the second half and weren't able to peg it back. In the end they conceded another and ended up going down 2-0 and being eliminated.

Our AA13s were still in good spirits after a great season where they moved from 3rd last to make it one game from the Grand Final

Our Over 35 Division 5 team also fronted up against Minor Premiers Hurlstone Park but this time it was the sky blues were were on the right end of the 2-0 scoreline. A goal in either half was enough to see the men advance to the Grand Final this Saturday against Concord.

Concurrently our Over 35 Div 4 team were involved in a thriller also against Minor Premiers this time in Abbotsford.  The first half was fairly even as reflected by the 0-0 scoreline. The Titans minds were probably still in half time mode as Abbotsford scored a minute after the restart. Cooks River then piled on the pressure and hit the post before finally grabbing an equaliser. The score remained 1-1 and the game went into extra time golden goal. The Titans were clearly on top and again hit the woodwork in the first and second period of extra time but could not break the deadlock so the match went into penalties where Cooks River prevailed 7-6 after 8 penalties each. They play in this Saturday's Grand Final against Marrickville.

On Sunday we had three matches starting off with our Under 15 Div 1 at 10.30am against Lakemba in windy conditions. Lakemba scored off a lucky bounce but Cooks River dominated and eventually scored twice within 5 minutes to take a 2-1 half time lead. The second half was more even and Lakemba equalised and then scored a penalty with just 8 minutes to go to take a 3-2 lead. Moments later the Titans also earned a penalty which was initially missed but scored with the follow through to level the scores again at 3-3. With 2 minutes left a long drive from distance went into the bottom corner to give the Sky Blues a memorable 4-3 win. They will face Earlwood in the Grand Final on Sunday.

Our All Age Sunday Div 1 team face off against Earlwood at 1.45pm but could only draw upon 11 players due to a few injuries and absentees. They were coming off a difficult match the week before but battled hard against the odds with their opposition having multiple substitutes to keep the players fresh. Unfortunately, the Titans conceded a goal in the first half and valiantly tried to find a response but in the end conceded another 2 goals in the second half to go down 3-0 and therefore exit the competition.

Our All Age Sunday Div 2 team played a tricky Hurlstone Park outfit which was also scheduled to start at 1.45pm but was delayed due to the previous matches going into extra time and penalties. When the game eventually started they immediately took control and managed to take a 1-0 lead into the half time break. They scored again and doubled their advantage in the second half. They added a third goal before Hurlstone Park scored a consolation goal. The Titans will now face the undefeated Minor Premiers in Roselands in the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon. 

Congratulations once again to all 9 teams who made it to this stage of the competition.

In a huge year for the Club, seven teams (U15/1, AAS/2, AA/8, AA/12, O35/1, O35/4, and O35/5) have qualified for the Grand Final this coming weekend. Wishing them all the best of luck.

THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (11/08 - 12/08)

posted Aug 7, 2018, 9:41 PM by CooksRiver Titans

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

Note: We have a large amount of teams in the semi finals which is a great achievement. If you get a chance, why not go and watch one of the teams.

Matches marked as 'Final' are teams which are playing in the preliminary final for a place in the Grand Final the week after.

Good luck to all our Titans!


Week 1 of Semi Finals Recap

posted Aug 5, 2018, 3:27 AM by CooksRiver Titans

It has been a great season for the club in the competitive competitions with 10 of 16 competitive teams advancing to the semi finals.

The first week of the semi finals was played this weekend with all but one of our teams still alive in the competition.
It all kicked off yesterday at 12.30pm where our All Age Division 12 team played in the major semi final against Marrickville. The Titans team had won every game in the regular season including both times against Marrickville but on the day the Red Devils were too good and won 3-0 to advance to the Grand Final. The Titans play again this week against Earlwood to for another chance to make the Grand Final.
Also at 12.30pm were our Over 35 Division 5 team which had a comfortable 4-1 win over Enfield. Their opponents next week will be the loser of the match between Concord and Hurlstone Park.
At 12.45pm our All Age Div 13 also recorded a 4-1 win in their elimination semi final against Punchbowl and will play Minor Premiers in Belmore next weekend.
At 2.30pm our All Age Div 8 were up against Minor Premiers in Strathfield. They led 1-0 at the break but then poured on the pressure and romped home 5-0 and booked their spot in the Grand Final in 2 weeks time. It's their second Grand Final appearance in two seasons after winning Division 9 last season.
Also at 2.30pm we had our Over 35 Div 1 team playing Minor Premiers and arch rivals in Leichhardt Tigers. The teams were deadlocked 1-1 at the break but the Titans ran over the top to comfortably win 3-1 and also book their spot in the Grand Final in 2 weeks time.
Concurrently our Over 35 Div 4 team were involved in a goal fest against Balmain which went in favour of the boys in sky blue to the tune of 7-3. They now play Minor Premiers in Abbotsford next weekend for a spot in the Grand Final.
The final game on Saturday were our All Age Div 10 who had an elimination match against Leichhardt Saints kicking off at 2.45pm. They started slow and were under pressure but slowly worked their way into the game. The match ended 1-1 with both goals being scored within a minute or so of each other. The match went into extra time golden goal and it was Leichhardt who found the winner thus eliminating Cooks River.

Today we started of with our Under 15 Div 1 at 10.15 who played a tough game against Earlwood. Both teams had good chances but remained scoreless at the break. Cooks River broke the deadlock part way through the second half and should've extended that lead before Earlwood missed a couple of good chances themselves however, neither team could find the back of the net again. Cooks River now play Lakemba next week for a place in the Grand Final.


Our All Age Sunday Div 2 team won on forfeit against Burwood so they play next week against Hurlstone Park for a place in the Grand Final.
Our All Age Sunday Div 1 team finished Minor Premiers but after a month of no games due to their opposition constantly forfeiting against them couple with a few injuries and absentees left the team short a player on a big field. They held strong but conceded late in the first half to Punchbowl who then took them to the sword in the second half and won by 4-0. The Titans live to fight another day with a game against Earlwood for another chance to make the Grand Final.

Congratulations once again to all 10 teams who qualified.

Two teams (O35/1 and AA/8) are already in the Grand Final in two weeks time while 7 teams battle it out again next week to see if they can also make it to the big day. Wishing them all the best of luck.

THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (04/08 - 05/08)

posted Jul 31, 2018, 5:46 AM by CooksRiver Titans

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

Note: We have a large amount of teams in the semi finals which is a great achievement. If you get a chance, why not go and watch one of the teams.
Matches marked as Semi1 are for a place in the Grand Final. The loser plays again the following week.
Matches marked as Semi2 are knock out where the winner continues next week but the loser is eliminated.

Good luck to all our Titans!




THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (28/07 - 29/07)

posted Jul 25, 2018, 5:38 AM by CooksRiver Titans

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

Good luck to all our Titans!


THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHES (21/07 - 22/07)

posted Jul 17, 2018, 9:48 PM by CooksRiver Titans

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

Good luck to all our Titans!


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