was successfully added to your cart.
All Posts By

UNSW FC

Emergency Trade Services

UNSW FC & Emergency Trade Services

By | News, Women's Premier League

Emergency Trade ServicesReflecting On The Women’s World Cup And Continued Challenges Facing Womens Sport

World Number 1. It’s a phrase that over the last few days has been loudly proclaimed for the likes of Ash Barty and Sally Fitsgibbon. Both recently claimed Number 1 rankings for their respective sports tennis and surfing. It’s a great moment for Australian women in sport, but it highlights that while women are starting to get the media spotlight, equality of pay at various levels is far from matching that spotlight.

Back on the football field, the Matildas and the PFA have brought gender pay equality to the fore and have challenged the status quo trying to gain equal support of prize money for this year’s World Cup. “Teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup will be fighting for just 7.5 per cent of the purse handed out at the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia.” (ABC NEWS)

So if our highest ranked womens football team, and world number 1 female athletes can’t get equal pay – what goes on at grassroots level? For many clubs it’s a case of priorities, and like the mainstream the money goes to who gets more attention and this is more often than not, the male teams of the clubs. But what we’re missing is laying the foundation to develop and nurture female talent to go on and become the next Ash Barty, Sally Fitzgibbon or more relevantly Sam Kerr.

It was a chance conversation between one of UNSW FC’s executive and Darren Siemsen Director of Emergency Trade Services (ETS) discussing some of the issues facing women’s sport and football in particular that has led to a new key partnership between ETS and UNSW FC. It was revealed to Darren that it was not uncommon for mens competing in the state and national competitions of football were receiving 2 or 3 times as much as female players in their respective competitions.

Upon being told that UNSW FC were aiming to support its players equally, Darren was happy to jump at the chance to partner with UNSW FC and promote equality between UNSW FC’s top mens and womens footballers. Darren Siemsen says “The inequality at this level is astounding, and we felt very strongly that we could help change that.”

For UNSW FC it is the first time that they have been able to provide much needed support to its top footballers and they are proud to be partnered with a brand so strongly believing in gender equality in sport. President Robin Chan says “The support ETS provides will make sure we are able to continue to achieve the goal of developing and nurturing female talent to play football at the highest level as well as pursuing academic excellence. Being a UNSW sporting club, we also aim to develop the strong female leaders of the future on and off the field.”

It is that vision that Darren and ETS really latched on to and it’s an exciting time for both parties as they continue working to building an equal future for football at the grassroots level.

Siva Shankar Kanagasabai

Vale Siva Shankar Kanagasabai

By | News

Football at UNSW is a reflection of life. It may not always seem memorable when you are wondering where the midfield went, why you lost with the last kick of the match or who forgot to tell you the game had been rescheduled from Sunday to Saturday.

It’s not until later, often much later, that you recognize you spent some of the best years of your life with some of the best people you might ever meet. And so it was with Siva Shankar Kanagasabai … ‘Shanks’ to his mates.

Shanks arrived in Australia from Malaysia following his secondary education to enroll in Architecture at UNSW. Of Indian descent, he was tall, lithe, dark skinned and appeared quite athletic. An illusion that was not always evident during his subsequent playing days. He joined the club in 1983, and began what was to become a memorable tenure with the mighty Wales. Beginning in third grade (U20s) he progressed through seconds and eventually firsts where he was an imposing sight in the middle of defence. From an inconspicuous start, he became a significant contributor as he matured. Like all good defenders, he had a natural contempt for strikers, particularly fleet footed ones, seeing his duty to disrupt their game plan and, if necessary, their permanent mobility. He didn’t much like goalkeepers either – particularly his own – believing they were way too precious for the effort they contributed. And too noisy.

But, he was everybody’s friend. He may have been teased from his arrival … this quiet lad from Malaysia … but soon learnt to give as good as he got, and we all received our payback, with interest, as time went by. Shanks went on to hold just about every position on the executive, including President.  He played for Australian Universities and was deservedly awarded a Blue.  Despite all those contributions and accolades, no one would question his greatest contribution was as a person.  He was an incredibly well liked member of the club and across the footballing fraternity.  Everybody knew Shanks, if only because they wore his stud marks.

After 10 years enrolled in his 5 year undergraduate course, Shanks had to return to Malaysia in the midst of the recession we had to have. His efforts in extending the course duration for so long, without being expelled, are still discussed in reverential tones in his old faculty. He did this, of course, so he could continue to play and manage for the club including at various Intervarsity and University Games.

He returned to Malaysia for a couple of years but spent most of his life in the UAE meeting and marrying his wife Lynn, together having 3 wonderful children in Seetha Isabelle, Shivenrda Ryan and Sriya Alyssa. Although a qualified architect, he specialised in construction, delivering a number of major hi-rise and infrastructure projects across the Middle East, India and Malaysia. His last project, as Deputy Project Director, was the $A4b Abu Dhabi Midfield Airport expansion. Check it out on the web … it is insane.

Sadly, Shanks passed away in December at the age of 54 after an extended, but typically dogmatic, fight with cancer. It didn’t get past him without a few stud marks. He remained close to many of his contemporaries and stayed in regular contact over the years. Although he would discuss his family, current projects and lifestyle, the subject inevitably drifted back to football and the great times we all shared at the club.

He may never have played football again after leaving UNSW, but few strikers or goalkeepers complained. The rest of us though, are left to mourn the premature passing of an iconic character, a custodian of the club and a great mate.

The thing is with Shanks, you did know you were having the time of your life. So did he … and he was.

 

Siva Shankar Kanagasabai

Shanka with hands all over opponents who may already have gone past him but were still to escape his clutches (c1988)

 

Siva Shankar Kanagasabai

Shanka, Lynn and family, welcoming in the New Year 2014 atop of one of his high rise contributions to the Dubai skyline

UNSW FC

2019 EGM Notice

By | Club, News

An Extraordinary General Meeting will be held from 7pm at The Juniors, 558A Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032, on February 4, 2019. All members are encouraged to attend.

The agenda for the EGM will be as follows:

  1. Amendments to the constitution.

Members who are unable to attend the specified date and time above may send proxy votes/nominations to the Club Secretary (secretary@unswfc.com.au). A form will be provided via email.

UNSW FC

2019 Women’s NPL2 & Men’s State League Coaching Positions

By | Men's State League, Women's Premier League

UNSW FC is looking for qualified coaches to come on board for the 2019 season and beyond across our Women’s National Premier League 2 and Men’s State League teams.

Coaches will need a minimum of a Youth C-Licence for youth teams and Senior C-Licence for senior teams.
Please submit an expression of interest here.

WNPL2 Positions Available:
• U14’s Head Coach
• U17’s Head Coach
• Assistant coaches
• Video Analyst

Men’s State League Positions Available:
• U20’s Head Coach
• Assistant coaches
• Video Analyst

 

UNSW FC

2019 Women’s NPL2 & Men’s State League Trial Dates

By | Men's State League, Trials, Women's Premier League

UNSW FC will be holding trials for its elite men’s and women’s teams competing in the FNSW Women’s National Premier League 2 and Men’s State League competitions respectively.

All prospective players must register an EOI before attending.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE 2 – Register here

MEN’S STATE LEAGUERegister here

Trial dates are as follows, all players are expected to arrive 30 mins prior to their scheduled start time:

WOMEN’S NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE 2

Thursday 18 October @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Reserve & First Grade – 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Sunday 21st October @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Reserve & First Grade – 11.00am to 2.00pm

Thursday 25 October @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Reserve & First Grade – 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Sunday 28 October @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Reserve & First Grade – 11.00am to 1.00pm

Thursday, 1 November @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Reserve & First Grade – 7.15pm to 8.45pm

Sunday 4 November @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Under 14’s – 8.30am – 10.00am
Under 15’s – 9.00am to 10.30am
Under 17’s – 9.30am to 11.00am
Reserve & First Grade Training/Trial – 11.30am to 1.00pm

Tuesday 6 November @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Under 14’s – 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 8 November @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Under 15’s – 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Under 17’s – 5.45pm to 7.15pm
Reserve & First Grade Training/Trial – 7.15pm to 8.45pm

Sunday 11 November @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Under 14’s – 8.30am – 10.00am
Under 15’s – 9.00am to 10.30am
Under 17’s – 9.30am to 11.00am

Tuesday 13 November @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Under 14’s – 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 15 November @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Under 15’s – 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Trials may continue beyond these dates by invitation only.

Please contact:
Reserve & First Grade queries : Rachelle Hofbauer (dhofbaue@bigpond.net.au)
U14/U15/U17 queries : Flora Best (flora.best@hotmail.com)

MEN’S STATE LEAGUE

Sunday November 11 @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Under 18’s – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Tuesday November 13 @ David Phillips Sports Complex, Daceyville
First Grade / Under 20’s – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday November 18 @ Andrew Petrie Oval (Woollahra Oval 1), 50 O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay
Under 18’s – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Tuesday November 20 @ David Phillips Sports Complex, Daceyville
First Grade / Under 20’s – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Men’s State League trials may continue beyond these dates by invitation only. Please contact our MSL Team Manager Peter Croucher (pcroucher@dominelli.com.au) with any further questions.

ESFA All-Age Open Trials – Men’s and Women’s

By | Club, Trials

Come play football with UNSW!

We’ve got a lot of teams looking for new players season 2018 to compete in the Eastern Suburbs Football Association.

UNSW FC compete across saturday and sundays in the eastern suburbs and last year we fielded 13 mens and 3 womens teams, and we’re one of UNSW’s biggest sporting clubs.

The team will be down at O-Week next week Monday to Thursday fielding questions about playing with the club. Pop down and say hey!

Trials commence on Wednesday, 6:30pm at the David Phillips Sports Fields, Daceyville (on the Synthetic).

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before to sign in.

You must register before attending trials: goo.gl/bzJuHD