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Sutherland Shire Football Association (SSFA) will be holding a football skills clinic for all interested Under 6 to Under 14 players during the 2015 April School Holidays. The clinic will focus on skills across players of all age and ability.

Details are as follows:


  • TIME: 9AM – 12NOON
  • COST: $120- each participant FOR 3 DAYS


Funds can be deposited to the below bank account (in order to confirm your place in the clinic)

Bank:                           St George Bank

BSB:                             112 879

Account Name:         SSFA

Account Number:     155 613 952

Reference:                 Clinic [name]


Complete the below form at to register for a place at the Clinic – note that a limited number of places are available.

ENQUIRIES relating to the SSFA Clinic should be directed to or contact Jon Long (SSFA Football Manager) on 0499 220 955

March 4, 2015 3:50 pm

We are still looking for female players to fill available places in our W18′s teams. There are positions available in both A grade and C grade.

Contact Junior Vice President for details.

Brett Palmer – – 0433-334-191

3:15 pm

Our first coach and manager’s meeting of the season will be held at Club Central Menai on Monday 16th March at7.30pm.

It is compulsory for each team to have at least one representative present as there is a great deal of information to pass on.

March 3, 2015 4:36 pm


We are currently in the process of doing the training allocations for season 2015. The Winter Allocation of fields afor the club is from Tuesday 16th March so teams can start training from then onwards.

We have a number of teams who have not given us a requets for training allocation.

Please go to this website under:

  • Coaches
  • training
  • Allocations

The teams we still need requests for are listed here plus where to send your requests

March 1, 2015 1:58 pm

Players are wanted for a lower grade Over 45′s mens team.

Players can be of any playing ability – even those that have never played before might still be able to give our boys a run!

If you are after a little bit of exercise and lot of socialising (before, after and during the games) then this team is for you!

Please contact our Senior Vice President – Brad Fowler or 0431-659-786

February 24, 2015 3:44 pm

If your child wishes to be a mini roo referee this season please contact our Club Secretary Lou Chandler via the below.

The mini roo referees officiate over our U6-U11 home games. Along with being paid in cash on the day, they also receive a sandwich and a drink for their services.

This is a great chance for your youngster to get more involved with their club.              0413-456-009

February 18, 2015 11:58 am


Please note, all registrations completed after Monday 16th February will incur a late fee.

For a registration to be finalised BOTH of the below must occur prior to the deadline;


1: player must be registered on and

2: player must be paid in full


If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact Scott Howard (President) for a confidential discussion on 0414-600-295

Late fees are as listed below:

U6-U18 – $30.00

U21 up (including students) – $50.00

Please contact the Treasurer, Julie King, for payment details on 0422-977-410 or


February 10, 2015 12:46 pm

FFA Grassroots Coaching Course/ MiniRoos Workshop Bates Drive Kareela

Coach Development-

Discovery Phase-For coaches training U/6 up to U/9 year old players


These 2-3 hour courses are fully practical and encourage the coach to develop practices that are based on FUN. The emphasis is on natural development i.e. learning by PLAYING football. No coaching but organising FUN football exercises is the key to helping players build a love for the game. Another highlight of the course is that the coaches are exposed to basic rules of the game as well as tips and hints on building a football culture in a completely practical setting.

Sutherland Shire Football Association will run 2 of these courses pre-season on the following dates:

Monday February 23rd Bates Drive, Kareela 6pm-8.30pm Monday March 16th Bates Drive, Kareela 6pm-8.30pm

What do you need to do to register and prepare for the course?

1. Register online via the link provided below
2. Click here to access the appropriate course manual (or via )

What do you need to bring to the course?

1. Suitable attire to actively participate in practical sessions – this includes suitable footwear (boots if desired) , shin guards, wet weather gear and towel

2. Writing materials, sunscreen, drink bottles

ARE YOU READY TO START? – Complete your Registration via the following link

Ensure you click on the correct course and location (i.e. Grassroots at Sutherland Shire Football Assoc – Location is Kareela)

12:32 pm

Sutherland Shire Football Association will be conducting a free skills training night for girls only to attend.

Date: Wednesday 25th March 2015

Venue: Harrie Denning Football Centre, Bates Drive, Kareela.

Times: There will be 2 Coaching sessions with:

  • Under 10 to Under 11 at 6pm till 7-15pm
  • Under 12 to Under 16 at 7-30pm till 8-45pm

Cost: Free

Presenters: The sessions will be presented by Sutherland Shire FA Women’s Premier League players & coaches with the assistance of the SSFA Football Manager- Jon Long.

The format of the session will see the girls rotate through 4 skill stations each one focussing on 1 of the 4 core football skills.

To ensure the session quality is maintained at a high level places in each session will be limited to the first 64 applicants. Coaches are welcome to attend and observe.

Registration: Complete the form on our website:

The first 64 registrations in each age group will be advised via email.

12:23 pm

Uniforms will be available at the gradings this weekend. Please see Carolyn who will be situated near the storage container next to the clubhouse.

If you have any enquiries please contact Carolyn via the below.

Ph: 0402-294-353 or

12:01 pm

It is with great sadness we have learnt of the passing of one of the Barden Ridgebacks community, Leonard McNair. He will be farewelled at Woronora Cemetery, South Chapel at 11am Wednesday 4th February.

His long time friend Ken Downie has passed on the following words in honour of Lenny.

I was saddened to be informed last week of the passing of one of the original members of the Over 35’s Ridgebacks players and my personal friend – Lenny McNair – after a long illness.

I was asked to put together a few words about Len, which I know will be extremely hard to do as a person such as Len can never just have a “few” words.

I first met Len in 1997 when I was having a run in the Menai Over 35 side. The first time I met him he had a huge smile on his face and greeted me like he’d known me for years. We played the rest of that season together, and the following year we heard that a new club – The “Barden Ridgebacks” was being formed and an over 35 team was being put together. 

That first Ridgebacks team was managed by Peter McRedie and included Jeff Mazzarella, Andy Parkinson, Peter Honeywell, Dave Neil, Alan Richardson, Dave Robbins, Rick Barry, Dave Anderson, Bobby McComb, Dave Roberts, Brad Davies, Bernie Tomlinson, and of course Lenny. That year was filled with some great times (and long Sunday afternoons in the rain having a few beers after the game).

Lenny played his heart out up in the forwards in every game, always with a smile on his face, and never letting the team down. In those early years, he said to me once that even though he enjoyed playing the game immensely, he enjoyed just being part of the team and being part of the “Ridgeback family” that the Club always made you feel part of even more. 

For the next 15 years or so, Lenny and I played in some of the O35 sides together, then finally moved into the over 45’s. It was in one of those later years when his illness started to take hold and he could no longer take to the field (but still came to watch us play) that he commented to me that “sitting on the sideline and still feeling like part of the team was at least some consolation .. this place has, and always will, feel like home to me”…

It was also in the later years of knowing him that I found out that he was actually a survivor of the Granville train disaster in 1977 when travelling from home in the Blue Mountains to his Bank job in the City; – once again, with the signature big smile on his face he told me that he’d been “lucky” enough to sit in one of the rear carriages of the train and therefore was able to avoid the full force of the collision; – Len always looked at the positives in life.

Throughout the time I knew Len, always sitting by his side was his wife Pat. Len always commented that “I love her more every day I’m with her”. He was a devoted Husband and Father, a gentleman that was respected by all that knew him in the Ridgebacks community, and I can only reflect on my own good fortune for having the honour of knowing him over the years that I did. 

As I stated earlier, I know that these few words don’t even “scratch the surface” of what could be said about Lenny McNair. 

You will be forever missed Len.              

February 3, 2015 9:02 pm


The New Barden Ridgebacks committee have met and set down some details for the 2015 Football season.

Online Registration is now available at

You can Click below for Rego Info and Season 2015 Info.

We have also done up an Online Rego Tip Sheet to help you if you are having trouble with your online registration.





January 26, 2015 4:00 pm

FFA has recently uploaded free coaching resources for the football community.

This resource provides a complete guide to a season’s training; ensuring players have fun in a safe and professional environment.

All coaches, please use the link below to access this extremely valuable information.

May 23, 2014 2:17 pm
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