We’ve got a new look! Our fresh new website is up and running and we’re off to a great start this season. Here are a few words from some of our coaches and staff 🙂

I would like to take the opportunity to wish all connected with Cooks Hill a very enjoyable 2017 football season.

It was very disappointing to miss out on last weekend’s match against West Wallsend. We look forward to two very tough back to back fixtures over next the next few days, starting with the home game today against title favourites Belswans and quickly followed up by West Wallsend on Wednesday evening.

I think I speak for most players and committee when I say how challenging a pre-season it has been.

Weather, ground facility improvements, change of clothing provider and for the senior boy’s 10 PM finishes for training at Speers Point, have all added to a frustrating preseason.

Alas, however, the season is upon us and we can now focus on delivering an improvement on season 2016 for all grades.

I would like to thank my first-grade manager Chris Cunningham, my 23s coach Ben Nichols and all the senior squad for adapting to continual changing circumstances during our pre-season.
Although heavily underdone with match fitness due to multiple preseasons postponed games, the boys have knuckled down and started the season well last weekend.

I look forward to becoming familiar with the players in all grades at the club over the coming 2017 season and I am certain all will represent the club with the pride and professionalism that I am trying to create within the club structure.

Finally a massive thank you to the committee for the continual support and faith you have shown the senior group and to my wife and young family for affording me the considerable time it takes to be a football coach.

Fire in the hole!
– Graham Law
1st Grade Coach

Welcome to our guests today from Belmont Swansea Football Club.
What a difference a year makes. For the 1st program last year I was writing about the changes NNSWF were freshly implementing, especially with regards to infrastructure.

The new fence you see today is a result of this club working with those changes to advance the standards of local football clubs and creating a more professional outcome and better preparation for all clubs aspiring in NL1 towards NPL promotion.

The new U15s grade and soon to be 13s & 14s in the next two years will surely help NL1 clubs to understand the development clubs need from their junior ranks to feed the higher grades. Football in the area can only benefit long term with the changes ‘we have to have’.

Our guests today come to Cooks Hill looking to make an early break on one of the clubs touted as being big improvers.

There’s no doubt that the squad Graham Law has assembled has a lot of experience and depth right into the whole U23s team but the horrendous preseason has certainly stymied the ability of the teams to gel. Add to that the unavailability of the main ground right throughout summer for training and preseason games, it stands as a testament to the patience of the players and coaches involved.

The Management committee would like to use this opportunity to thank all involved in the NL1 flagship for helping to make the club respectable and
competitive again.

Special thanks go to Diane Spurway who takes on the mammoth task of communications within the club as well as many other jobs that don’t come under
the job description Club Secretary.

Lee Bateman from our Zone League 1 squad has put in countless hours in formulating a plan of attack with the infrastructure needed for NL1 criteria.

1st-grade coach Graham Law, Manager Chris Cunningham and U23s coach Ben Nichols have been marvellous with training out at LMRFF as well as Michael Best (U19s) & Bruce O’Donnell (U17s) who have been training amongst the throng at an underdone National Pk ground and Foreshore Pk over summer.

To Judy Sparkes in our canteen – salutations for the season that’s about to come.

I’d like to invite Josh Rufo, the Belswans players and supporters back to the club’s major sponsor the Commonwealth Hotel after the game. It’s been a long time since yours truly and Josh played at Federal Park together in NAWA ID3 Reserves…

David Morley
Asst Secretary

Cooks Hill U15s

The first game of the season against Toronto saw 14 players make their debut for the Cooks Hill Senior Club.

It didn’t take long for Marty Willson to stamp his authority on the game by finishing off a perfect pass from Tom Parsins.

Marty slotted his 2nd goal 5 mins before half time, after another good ball from Harry Seperas, leaving Cooks Hill with a 2-0 halftime lead.

Toronto hit back midway through the second half, making the score 2-1 with 15 to go. Marty then capped off a great day with his 3rd goal with only 5 minutes left to play.

Overall it was an excellent start to the season with plenty of improvement and match fitness to come.

This week we meet Belswans at their home ground. The boys are keen to build on the good start.

Troy Morris

First Round Match Report – U17s Toronto Awaba v Cooks Hill

The ‘mettle’ was a bit rusty when the Cooks Hill United U17s played round 1 against Toronto-Awaba at Lyall Peacock – hardly surprising after wet weather severely dampened the pre-season training and trials.

The signs were promising in what was the first proper hit-out for a squad that’s still building combinations and understanding. That the scoreline ended with a 2-1 away loss perhaps wasn’t an accurate reflection of the game … two long-range crossbar strikes by the Cookers showed which way the luck was falling.

Cooks Hill had the best of play early, stringing together some crisp passes through the midfield and looking solid on the defensive line while Toronto-Awaba mostly resorted to the long ball. The first goal came against the run of play – a well-struck freekick by the opposition that ricocheted through a packed goalmouth and into the net.

Toronto-Awaba jumped to 2-0 early in the second half when another floating free kick found an attacker’s head, catching out keeper Lachlan Mortimer.

It sparked a comeback with Cooks Hill making numerous attacking raids and inroads, down the left wing in particular. The reward came with a cheeky header from defender Tom Negline that brought the scoreline to 2-1 – it also brought Negline bragging rights and man-of-the-match honours in player voting.

Cooks Hill had a chance to equalise when Louis Rothfield latched onto a through ball then struck a powerful shot from 18 out – it was goal bound until the keeper dived to his left and deflected. In the following scramble, another shot sailed just over the crossbar.

To sum up, coach Bruce O’Donnell felt it was one of those games where the better team didn’t get the bikkies but showed enough potential to know that a win is just around the corner.