Winter Holiday Programs 2019

We have just opened bookings for the AUSC 2019 Winter Holiday Program!

Take advantage of our Early Bird Discount and Bring a friend who hasn't been part of any AUSC programs before and you BOTH SAVE 20%! Select the GOOD FOR 2 TICKET. (You must both register on the same booking form)

5 Day Early Bird Discount! (Book Before 23 June)

Soccer Stars: Full Days: $415 or Half Days: $280:

Goalkeeper: $315:

Mix & Match (Morning GK & Afternoon Soccer Stars Session): $470:

Venue: Markham Reserve, Ashburton

Soccer Stars Program- Perfect your ball mastery skills and technique with the club's internationally experienced coaches

Program options:

5 Days: Mon 8 – Fri 12 July

3 Days: Mon 8 – Wed 10 July l or Wed 10 – Fri 12 July

2 Days: Mon 8 – Tues 9 July or Thurs 11 – Fri 12 July

Full Day: U9-U12 (9am-3pm)

Half Day: U5-U9 (9am-12:30pm)


5 Full Days: $485/ 5 Half Days: $325

3 Full Days: $295/ 3 Half Days: $200

2 Full Days: $200/ 2 Half Days: $140

Goalkeeper Program: 7-13yrs (9am-12:30pm)- To teach and enhance technique, footwork and ball distribution

Costs: 5 Days: $400/ 3 Days: $230/ 2 Days: $165

Mix & Match- The Best of Both (Morning GK Session & Afternoon Soccer Stars Session)

Costs: 5 Days: $510 / 3 Days: $315/ 2 Days: $215

Please pass on the attached flyer and info to any friends or family who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you and lots of new faces there!

AUSC WInter Holiday Program 2019

AUSC Aldi Miniroos Kick-Off Program starts Saturday 16th February at Camberwell High School

miniroos logo 1Reminder: the AUSC Aldi Miniroos Kick-Off Program starting on Saturday 16th February at Camberwell High School Prospect Hill Rd Canterbury - it is suitable for children  3 - 8 years of age - starting and more advanced, wanting to develop soccer skills.
To book  click HERE

Registrations 2019 - Now Open


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It is now time to register for 2019 winter season - preseason training/assessments for U09 - U16 will start from week of 5th February and schedule will be added shortly to website and Teamstuff.
Preseason training for all teams will commence in week of 5th March - schedule will be on website and details in Teamstuff.
To register for U07 - Seniors please click here.
To register for Aldi Kick-Off Program starting on 27/28 April, suitable for 3 - 8 year olds please click here.
This program will cater for children learning skills of game and children who want to be challenged but not wanting to train during week or start home and away matches.
For more information on all programs please refer to information sheets in the Registration section on website.
Sunday February 10th at Warner Reserve Samarinda Ave Ashburton 10am - 12pm - everyone welcome, chance to meet coaches, have a kick, try on uniform

Are you still looking for a Junior Team this year?

AUSC 2019 trialsIt's not too late to find a spot in one of our graded teams for 2019. Click here or on the button below and fill out the form  and we can get you involved in time for pre-season. We'll invite you along to train with one of our U13-18 squads.

For more information, email our Youth Soccer Coordinator at or on 0468 458 511

Juniors register your interest click here button


Press Release – Ashburton United Soccer Club/Alamein Football Club

Soccer Clubs welcome Boroondara Council decision on Dorothy Laver playing fields

soccer in netAshburton-based soccer clubs, Ashburton United Soccer Club and Alamein Football Club, welcome the decision this week by Boroondara Council to establish a soccer focussed facility at Dorothy Laver Reserve West with two full sized fields and all-year round access.

The clubs acknowledge that this has been a long-sought outcome for the soccer community in Boroondara which has grown rapidly over the last few years. There are now some 3000 girls and boys, men and women playing for Boroondara soccer clubs, and around two-thirds of whom live in Boroondara. A further 1000 plus Boroondara residents play for clubs outside Boroondara and it is hoped the new facility will attract them to play for local soccer clubs.

Both clubs thanked the Boroondara Council and its officers for their leadership and endorsement of the needs of community-based football which is becoming an all-year round sport.

The clubs particularly welcomed the decision of Council to prioritise juniors, girls and women, indigenous and players with disabilities.

“Having just lost the girls football centre at Batesford Reserve in Monash, this will mean our girls and women will have a new community football home as will our planned team for players with disabilities”, said Ashburton President Bob Stensholt.

Bill Gaganis, President of Alamein Football Club said “As one of the few female-only soccer clubs in Victoria, we are delighted that there will be a new home for girls and women to play both for enjoyment as well as to achieve their best at the highest level.”

Contacts: Bill Gaganis 0425 844 979 or 9249 9608 and Bob Stensholt 0428 131 634

Ashburton wins State 4 S/E Title

Ashy Seniors 2018So it all came down to the final day – after 20 rounds of hard fought football, Ashburton needed to grab at least a point from its final game of the season against Old Xaverians to clinch its first ever senior FFV championship. And adding extra spice to the day, Ashy’s Reserve team were also looking for their own success, needing to win their last game of the season to secure the league Runner’s Up title. In front of a packed Eastern Lions ground (courtesy of our Council handing the ground back to the cricketers), the Greens’ day got off to a flyer when the Ressies started strongly, creating a host chances and looking the more likely team to score. Cometh the hour and cometh the man – well, in this case Barney Campbell – who turned out to be Johnny on the Spot by scoring the vital opening goal. Seaton Mundy was buzzing up front, getting a steady supply of ball from the likes of Tom Robinson and Pat Lanteri, while Ruben Crawford-Rust, Steely the Salmon and skipper Andy Karvounaris held firm at the back. Despite the ascendency, it took some brilliance from Nicky Bucello in goals to deliver the Runners-Up title, when he first saved a penalty and then expertly denied a late one-on-one attack to preserve Ashy’s lead. In the end the one goal buffer was all that was needed for Ashy to secure the Reserves Runner’s Up title and ensure Coach Fernando was rewarded for his efforts to build an excellent squad of bright young talent over the past few years. With the stage now set, it was the turn of Ashy’s Seniors to do the business against an Old Xav’s team who are well regarded for their attacking football. Sure enough - and in typical Ashy style – Old Xavs got off to flyer, creating a host of chances and securing a number of free-kicks on the edge of the box that had to be scrambled away. Having withstood the initial onslaught, Ashy got back to playing nice football with the likes of Callum McCaskie and Lawrence Harding providing plenty of drive out of the middle. Indeed, a quick ball played out of defence had Ari Karanicolas skipping clear of the Old Xavs defence only to slip at the last moment and be denied a clear shot at goal. Ashy continued to press and probe for openings, yet it took until the 36th minute before Ashy found the opener. They say big game players like nothing more than a big stage to perform their magic on and this was certainly the case for Ashy’s Kurt ‘The Wolf’ Crnic, who was by now imposing himself all over the pitch before he rose majestically over a packed defence to power in a header to get Ashy’s first. Having got the opener Ashy started to relax and more opportunities eventuated, with Ari coming close to adding a second when his well hit shot from inside the box was somehow turned away by the Old Xavs keeper. 1-0 at the break. As expected, Old Xavs came out firing in the second half, however the Ashy defence was resolute, with skipper Campbell Woollacott being an absolute monster in the centre of defence. Ashy keeper Michael Savoulidis was also superb, continually coming out to claim high balls, before inevitably being taken out by an overly enthusiastic forward. Ashy by now was playing on the break, with the excellent Stevie Patterson continuing to create chances for the Ashy forwards, but still the all-important second goal wouldn’t come. As 90 minutes clicked past, the Ashy defence clamped down and nothing looked like breaching the wall. That was all to change in the last minute of extra time however, when Old Xavs were rewarded with yet another free kick on the edge of the box for a bit of extra theatre. Sure enough, the whipped in cross was nodded home, meaning champagne corks were being urgently jammed back in bottles. Despite the collective groans from the sideline, seconds after the re-start the ref blew the whistle to end a tough contest and a remarkable season for the Greens. After 21 hard fought rounds, Ashy had won the club’s first ever FFV senior title since being formed in 1979. In the end, Ashy won the league by one point, amassing 47 points over the season, with 15 wins and two draws, and a plus 30 goal difference. Sadly, Ashy farewelled two of its finest when Zocky Tudor and Aris Karincolas announced their retirements, finishing with the sweetest of victories, and no doubt big hangovers. We look forward to seeing the boys on the sidelines in the years to come. Thanks must go to the coaching staff for their tireless efforts during the year including Tony Amato, Costi Puscasu, Nick Rossios and Rob Nicovski. Recognition must also go to the likes of club stalwarts Andrew Dodds and Jim Karvounaris for their passion and commitment to the cause, as well as the Ashburton United Board who supported the senior team’s vision and title aspirations. The biggest thank you has to go to the club’s supporters who have stuck by the Greens through thick and thin, including the Masters for keeping the beers sales ticking over and of course our secret weapon, the Ashy Rat Pack. It hasn’t always been easy writing this year’s match reports, as there were some gut wrenching moments to report on, however I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Your humble scribe is now taking some leave and signing off for the year, but I’m already looking forward to reporting all the action next year when Ashy kicks off its season in Division 3 South East. For now, congratulations to everyone at Ashy for an incredible year.

Text: Paul Crisp

Barry's Involvement Through the Generations

Barry and Peter abd Billy White U9 SA 1At least two generations of players have been with Ashy since our octogenarian Barry Poulson has been involved. Pete White played U10s under Barry as coach in 1985/86/87. The Club then called Ashburton Baptist SC and games played in East Malvern. Pete played in same team as Barry's daughter Nicole. In the photo we see Barry, Pete White and his son Billy White (U9 SA) at Barry's birthday celebration at Warner Reserve on Saturday.

Ashy U20s - Runners Up in 2018.

Our Ashburton boys played in the U20 Metro final on the weekend against Mooroolbark. Sadly, the game ended with our boys going down 2-1 in the end, but they fought hard all game. Even though we were defeated the boys had a very successful year finishing on top of the ladder at the end of the season. Thanks goes to Jim and Kon for their commitment and coaching throughout the season. 


Happy Birthday Barry Poulson

Barry Poulson AUSC MediumOne of our Ashburton United Soccer Club's longest serving patrons, Barry Poulsen, turns 80 this Friday and as part of celebrations we sat down with him and got some details about his 36 years at the club.

Why did you get involved with Ashy all those years ago?
Following 15 years in NZ as a Junior and Senior player in Southland, Canterbury and Auckland in the early 60s, I crossed the Tasman for future Science employment and to continue my sporting involvement. It was a good choice to come to Glen Iris/Ashburton where strong sporting clubs were available, such as squash, badminton and football.

And what was the Club like back then?

Many may not be aware, that the Soccer club was formed by Ashburton Baptist Church in 1979 by Angie Carter and Billy Parry. Back then we had U10/12 teams entered in the Churches Competitions, however as the team numbers increased and with the addition of a Seniors team and our first Women’s team we were accepted into FFV competitions late 1989/1990, thus we became Ashburton Soccer Club Inc.

How have you seen the club grow since you started?

Early on, Richard Shaw, Iain Haviland, Michael Gurfinkiel and Peter Leaver carried a heavy work load to ensure the club was on the right path as we gained Ashburton Park as our home ground. In the early 1990s, we introduced Seniors Futsal at the new Rec Centre which is still running on Wednesday nights providing competition for 14 teams; a forerunner to the ever-popular Junior Futsal which now runs over the Summer months with age groups from U7s to U16s and has grown to include Girls Futsal at all age groups. We have also introduced a referees program for the club, which sees homegrown refs cover all matches for Miniroos and Futsal - 600/700 games over the year. We are continually providing training for new referees.

What are you most proud of as a long-standing and established member of our club?

As a community soccer club, we have done well to allow players with all levels of abilities to be part of a great club. I'm delighted we continue to improve the coaching programmes and information provided to parents on how the club operates on numerous levels. The Club has some wonderful volunteers that support the Club.

Finally, what excites you about Ashburton, going forward?

We have a bright future. Soccer is well established in Ashburton and FFV gives us a big tick for all areas of the Rules and Regulations under which we play. As we approach 2018/19 and planning for summer futsal, this will be some 36 years of service to Ashy and it's been a pleasure to be part of a successful FFV club.


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