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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

ALL 2017-18 TRIAL DATES – Women’s NPL2, Men’s State League, Girls SAP

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

Women’s npl2 trials

Players must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the trial start time, preferably 30 minutes. Players must complete and bring the 2018 trial registration form with them.

goalkeeper

WNPL2 U14s, U15s U17s, Reserves & 1st Grade goalkeeper trials

Sunday 5th November
11:30am to 1:00pm

player

Sunday 5th November
14’s 8.30am to 9.45am
15’s 9.00am to 10.15am
17’s 10.15am to 11.45am
Reserve & First Grade 11.45am to 1pm

Tuesday 7th November
14’s 5.00pm to 6.15pm
15’s 5.00pm to 6.15pm
17’s 6.15pm to 7.30pm
Reserve & First Grade 7.30pm to 9.00pm

Sunday 12th November
14’s 8.30am to 9.45am
15’s 9.00am to 10.15am
17’s 10.15am to 11.45am
Reserve & First Grade 11.45am to 1pm

Tuesday 14th November
14’s 5.00pm to 6.15pm
15’s 5.00pm to 6.15pm
17’s 6.15pm to 7.30pm
Reserve & First Grade 7.30pm to 9.00pm

Girls Skills Acquisition Program

Please register your interest via this EOI form before attending:

https://goo.gl/forms/Vz7H6idLPpJo7ET23

Sunday 5th November
All age groups (U10, U11, U12, U13) 1:00pm to 3:00pm

men’s State league

Trials for our Men’s State League teams (Under 18, Under 20 and First Grade) will be held on the following dates.

Players must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the trial start time, preferably 30 minutes. Players must complete the EOI form available via this link before attending.

Sunday 5 November, 2017
U18 1pm
U20 2pm
First Grade 3pm
All Goalkeepers 2pm

Thursday 9 November, 2017
U18 6pm
U20 6:30pm
First Grade 7:30pm

Sunday 12 November, 2017
U18 1pm
U20 2pm
First Grade 3pm

Thursday 16 November, 2017
U18 6pm
U20 7pm
First Grade 7:30pm

Sunday 19 November, 2017
U18 1pm
U20 3pm
First Grade 3pm

Trials may continue beyond these dates by invitation only. Contact mensleague@unswfc.com.au with any questions.

 

Trials in all competitions will be held at:

Banks Avenue
Daveyville
Synthetic Field