No better a day to celebrate Louise Mazzaroli, Women’s O30s Football and Charity.
We cannot thank our ladies of ESFA enough for all the joy they brought with them on Saturday 2nd February 2019. We asked for your humour and fun, as well as your football skills and you delivered all three in droves.
With 6 games playing all at once, Heffron Synthetic was alive with football. It was a spectacle that we have not seen before in the Louise Mazzaroli Cup and it was well worth the effort.
With three pools running, consisting of 4 teams in each pool, every team had 3 enjoyable games. We salute our ladies who kept going regardless of outcome and just enjoyed the football!
We were then down to Semi Finals. Semi Final 1 between The O.C. (Coogee) and Not Fast, Just Furious (Dunbar) and Semi Final 2 between Waverley Old Girls (WOB) and Razzamattaz Rovers (Dunbar).
It was Dunbar Razzamattaz Rovers who took the spot against The O.C., Coogee United for the Final.
The teams could not be separated at full time nor extra time and a penalty shootout was needed, with The O.C from Coogee United claiming the first trophy of the season and the 2019 Louise Mazzaroli Cup!
We hope our day gives rise to an O35 ESFA Women’s competition in 2019! We are pleased to announce over $600.00 was raised for Dreams2Live4 who makes dreams come true for patients who are living with metastatic cancer (meaning any cancer which has spread). Our dreamers have had the devastating diagnosis of cancer, followed by the gutwrenching news that it has returned. Living with metastatic cancer can be an overwhelming and grueling battle. Dreams2Live4 empowers these patients to dream and find purpose again. It is the only charity of its type in Australia for adult patients. Last year Dreams2Live For worked with more than 450 patients and their families in hospitals across Australia. A dream is coming true every 48 hours. It is a pleasure for ESFA to be able to assist in making dreams come true in the name of Louise Mazzaroli.
A significant thank you must go to our fabulous referees, Arthur Kringas, Michael Bremner, Rob Sypher, Amber Morris, Dave Dahdah and John Raffo for assisting with all the physical hard work of setting up goals and then undressing fields. Without you, we would not have been able to commence (almost) on time and we are forever grateful that you did not hesitate to help. Thank you also to Chris Calverley and Nigel Singh from Coogee who also assisted with taking the goals back after a long day.
Thank you to David (Mini) Buck from Dunbar for being our photographer for the day! This made all our jobs a lot easier.
Another thank you to Dan Pyke from Coogee, for allowing us use of his two goal sets, which were fantastically already set up. Sometimes timing just works.
Finally, we thank the following teams because they made the day the true success it was:
The O.C – Coogee United
Razzamattaz Rovers – Dunbar Rovers
Pumas – Coogee United – playing in Heffron Hawks strip – we appreciate the Club interaction!
Pagey Babes – Pagewood Botany
Blowfish FC – WOB/Coogee
Waverley Old Girls – WOB
City United – Randwick City and Maroubra United – another football club interaction!
Queens Park Red
Queens Park Black
Loko – Lokomotiv Cove
Dunbar KitKats – Dunbar Rovers
Not Fast, Just Furious – Dunbar Rovers
Acknowledgement and thank you for our gifted raffle prizes:
1 night’s accommodation Cambridge Hotel – thank you to Sarah Ferris and Cambridge Hotel
3 month’s premium membership at any Fitness First – thank you to Scott Sadler
$150.00 Ultra Football Voucher – thank you to Ultra Football
$100.00 Sizeable Shoes Voucher – thank you to Sizeable Shoes
$100.00 voucher from the Body Shop – thank you to Queens Park FC
2 x Sydney FC Scarves – Jazzright Productions
5 x Bootbags with ball and drink bottle – ESFA
Louise Mazzaroli passed away on November 11th, 2011. The Women’s Over 35 Competition began as an unofficial competition in 2006 between Queens Park and Olympic Eagles. The teams, which consisted of 9 players per side, played on Sunday afternoons on ¾ pitches at Heffron Park. It was officially recognised as a competition by ESFA the following year and has expanded to a 7 team league in 2010. The driving force behind the unofficial competition and its push to be recognised by ESFA was Rick Flowers from Queens Park and Manny Kaissis from Olympic Eagles. While the competition has been hidden from ESFA, we hope to regain this competition officially in 2019 and beyond.
“Dedicated to all women who have played Over 35 football and for all women who have suffered cancer” permanently engraved on the cup.