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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

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. 


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.

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.


Thank You Sponsors

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Now that the season is well underway, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support of our club.  We strive to make participation as affordable as possible for all of our members, and without the financial assistance our sponsors provide, many of the things we take for granted would either not have been made available, or would have come at an additional cost to our members.  Ashburton United Soccer Club would like to thank the following sponsors.
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Jellis Craig
  • Agile Legal Consulting
  • Kavellaris Urban Design
  • Ratio: Planning Consultants
  • PTS Advisory – Chartered Accountant
  • Nu Leaf – Naturopathic Weight & Health Specialist
  • Nest Projects
  • Salesian College
  • Ashburton Family Dental
  • The Shed Barber Shop
  • Eastside Physiotherapists
  • QT insurance,
  • Komatsu
  • Apply Direct
Further details regarding our sponsors by visiting our Sponsors page on our website and clicking on their logo.  If you or anyone you know would like to support our club, there are many sponsorship options available.  To find out more, or would like to get involved, please do not hesitate either Lesley Gemmell on 0409 020 143 or Peter Sprekos on 0410 569 639.

We are a Good Sports Level Three club

good sports club logo colour stackedOur club is committed to strengthening the community with our members and their families. As a Good Sports Level Three club, we are proud of our efforts in promoting health and well-being while reducing risky alcohol drinking and ensuring smoke-free areas.

As a Good Sports Level Three club, our club is a healthy, safe and family-friendly environment.  As a Level 3 Good Sports club we abide by a liquor license, manage the sale and use of alcohol responsibly, have both an alcohol management policy and safe transport policy endorsed by our club committee that is communicated to members, and our bar servers have completed responsible service of alcohol training. We do not rely solely on alcohol for club income by seeking other income opportunities.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Ashburton United Soccer Club Inc.


Notice is given to all members of Ashburton United Soccer Club Inc that the Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 6.30 pm on 16 May 2018 at Ashburton Park, Veers Road Ashburton.

The general nature of the business of the meeting will be as follows:


  1. Welcome – AUSC President
  1. Reports from the President & Treasurer
  1. Election of Committee – Positions open are:
    1. Treasurer
    2. Secretary
    3. Senior Women’s Representative
    4. Junior Boys’ Representative

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1 May 2018

Registrations are now open for Season 2018

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Registrations are now open for Season 2018

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Club Information Day - Sunday 11th February, 10am - 12pm at Warner Reserve, Samerinda Ave. Ashburton

Adam Steele Back in 2018

adam steeleAUSC are thrilled to have Adam Steele coaching one of the senior women's teams again for 2018! Adam will be commencing his 3rd season at the club and we look forward to seeing what 2018 has instore!