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									                         Champions Chat
                         VCL News - Volume 6, 2010/11


            The official newsletter of the Victorian Champions League

Welcome to the sixth edition of Champions Chat! This week we’ll give you all the news on
the U17 and U20 Grand Finals, the low-down on Saturday’s Gold Medal Night and some
really important info about the upcoming Championship Series.

Diamonds sparkle on AAMI Park

Can you imagine playing in a Grand Final at Australia’s
newest and most impressive Football stadium, AAMI
Park? For the North East Diamonds and Western
Wolves Under 20 Youth Men, this magnificent stadium
was the backdrop to their Victorian Champions
League Grand Final last week and it was the
Diamonds who sparkled, scoring a terrific 3-0 win over
the Wolves.

                                 Even better, our VCL Grand Final was the curtain raiser to the
                                 Hyundai A-League game between Melbourne Heart and
                                 Gold Coast United, meaning that there were plenty of A-
                                 League eyes watching as our VCL players took to the field.
                                 We spied the Melbourne Heart coaching fraternity keeping
                                 an eager eye on the game, and Mehmed Durakovic from
                                 the Melbourne Victory was once again spotted on the
                                 sidelines too.

National Youth League curtain raiser for Under 17 Boys Grand Final

The Under 17 boys from Central City and the Western
Wolves had a top finish to their VCL season, with their
Grand Final being played as a curtain raiser to the
National Youth League match between Melbourne
Victory and Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

The Wolves were winners on the day in a tight 3-2
tussle. Victory’s NYL coach Mehmed Durakovic on
hand to present the boys with their winner’s trophy.

Wolves crowned Zone of the Year!

With twelve amazing Zones in the VCL, it’s a pretty tough call for the crew at Football
Federation Victoria to choose a Zone of the Year. There are loads of criteria involved in
selection for this award – from administration to coaching, results entry to website content,
National Curriculum to marketing, sponsorship and promotion, and of course every Zone has
its strengths and shortcomings! On the whole just about each and every Zone could have
been our winner for 2010/11... but there could only be one, and this time it’s the Western
Wolves. Our congratulations to everyone involved at the Wolves for a wonderful year and
our thanks for all their hard work in bringing the Zone together for a successful season on and
off the pitch.
Our congratulations also to ALL Zones as it is genuinely difficult to make such selections when
the amount of work and incredible effort in every Zone is so enormous!

The Wolves were presented with their award at Saturday’s Gold Medal Night, where almost
1,000 people packed the Victory
Room at Etihad stadium for a fun-
filled pizza and presentation
night! Attendees were
entertained by the Four Diegos
and special guests from Football
Federation Victoria, Melbourne
Heart and Melbourne Victory
before enjoying the big derby
between our two local A-League
Clubs!

Our top teams in 2010/11

The most sought after awards on
Saturday night were certainly         Western Wolves Committee Members - Image courtesy Anita Milas
the Team of the Year shields          All VCL GMN Official photos can be purchased from www.victorypix.com.au
which were presented to a team
in each age division which was deemed to have worked towards the National Coaching
Curriculum, strived to maintain possession, played out from the back and focused on a 4-3-3
structure. In addition, these awards recognised teams which demonstrated an excellent
discipline record and displayed plenty of outstanding sportsmanship both within their team
and Zone, as well as towards their opponents.

Our congratulations to the following Team of the Year winners, and also to the nominees who
certainly gave our winners a run for their money... these were also really tough awards to
select with so many examples of teams working hard to learn and play the National
Curriculum and delightfully demonstrating such fine sportsmanship and conduct! Keep up
the great work, everyone.

Under 20 Youth Men – Central City
Under 17 Girls –Gippsland Knights
Under 17 Boys – Northern Allstars
Under 15 Girls – North East Diamonds
Under 15 Boys – South East Cougars
Under 14 Boys – Wimmera South Coast Eagles
Under 13 Girls – Loddon Mallee Lightning
Under 13 Boys – South East Cougars

The players who caught the refs eye... for the right reasons!

There were some terrific individual performances throughout the VCL’s home and away
season, and we are of course looking forward to that continuing in the next few weeks at the
Championship Series! So who was it that caught the eye of the refs for great on-field
performances this season? Here are our Gold Medal Winners for season 2010/11, each
topping the votes in their age group. Congrats to everyone who was in the mix for a Gold
Medal - you’ve also obviously had a great year, so keep up the good work!

Under 20 Youth Men – Andrew Le Page - North West Wanderers
Under 17 Girls – Emma Gunn - Gippsland Knights
Under 17 Boys – Makias Belay - Western Wolves
Under 15 Girls – Claudia Dimasi – Northern Allstars & Marie Rampal – Western Wolves
Under 15 Boys – Simon Soumelidis - North West Wanderers
Under 14 Boys – Mehdi Sarwari - South East Cougars
Under 13 Girls – Keely Lockhart - North East Diamonds
Under 13 Boys – Christian Daly - Southern Blue Tongues

More award winners

There were loads more great awards presented on Saturday night, far too many to squeeze
into our Champions Chat. So, why not click here to see what awards your Zone received
and what other important roles within the Champions League there are!

Starring on the Eithad Big Screen!

                                            Representing the Victorian Champions League
                                            and talking up their involvement in our great
                                            summer competition on the big screen at Etihad
                                            Stadium on Saturday night were North West
                                            Wanderer Andrew Le Page (Under 20s Youth
                                            Men) and North East Diamond Keely Lockhart
                                            (Under 13 Girls).

                                             Keely and Andrew met with Melbourne Victory’s
                                             match-day host Tiffany Cherry and had a chat
                                             out on the field about their experiences with the
                                             VCL... and it was all beamed up on the big
                                             screen for the crowd to enjoy. Not only are they
both fantastic competitors for their respective VCL teams, we reckon they did a fantastic job
at being ambassadors for the Champions League for us! Thanks heaps guys!

Record breaker...

We’re once again keen to break the Westfield W-League crowd record at this weekend’s
home game and we NEED YOUR HELP! Particularly from the girls’ teams who will already be
at DISC for their Championship Series pool games on Saturday... hang around for the 5pm
kick off in the big DECIDER game between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United, where
points to the Victory will see them make the W-League finals for the first time!

Entry is free for VCL participants... register at www.ascrowdchallenge.com.au to download a
free ticket. Mum and dad, coaches and team officials are only $5! What a great way to
celebrate the VCL season... and maybe even pick up a few tips for Sunday’s games from the
pros!

Get all you team mates to join you and make lots of noise to get the girls over the line!

Championship Series... what you need to know!

The Championship Series is just around the corner and there’s a fair bit you need to know
before you get there! Here’s the concise version of all the ins and outs of Week 1 of the
Series... PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ IT CAREFULLY and take note of the key points!!

       The fixtures for your games are now on results vault under the title ‘Qualifying Finals’.
       Your venues are... Girls are at DISC, boys are at Epping
       The teams you play this weekend are in your pool and your pools were decided
       based on where you finished on the ladder after the Home and Away season.
       You will all play two games this weekend in pools of three! Some teams might play
       two games in the one day... others will play one game on each day. That’s the
       nature of a tri-fixture and we’ve done our absolute best to give you as much rest as
       possible between matches.
       Change rooms are for changing only. There are going to be up to 6 teams needing
       to get changed at your venue at any one time, so please just jump in and change,
       then get out quickly – leaving it tidy and ready for the next group. No team talks are
       to be held in the change rooms.
       It’s going to be a hot weekend... perhaps the hottest we’ve had so far this season!
       So... it is really, really important to come prepared. Bring hat, sunscreen, protective
       clothing, water and sports drinks to hydrate. There is very limited shade at both
       Epping and DISC, so you might want to think about bringing some shade too –
       maybe an umbrella or small pop-up marquee. The referees will monitor temperatures
       and provide for extra drink breaks if necessary.

Bring on Bendigo!

After this weekend’s pool matches, we’re off to Bendigo for a wonderful finale to the super
VCL season we’ve had! Don’t forget to organise your accommodation through the Visitor
Information Centre if you haven’t already.

The crew at City of Greater Bendigo, and our friends from the Loddon Mallee Lightning are
really looking forward to hosting everyone in a fun-filled weekend to wrap up the year.

Saturday’s semi-final fixtures will be available on Monday after this weekend’s pool matches
are complete and then the Sunday Grand Final and classification fixtures will be available on
the Saturday as semis are completed. We’ll give you heaps more info about Bendigo early
next week... so keep an eye out for Volume 7 of Champions Chat.

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend... we look forward to seeing you all at DISC and Epping
this weekend for a ton of fun and of course fabulous football!

Regards,


The team at Champions Chat

								
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