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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.

UNSW FC

2018 AGM -Venue change

By | Club, News

UNSW FC 2018 AGM – Venue Change

Dear Members,

Please note that the 2018 AGM will now be held at the Glass House at The Juniors Kingsford. This room is upstairs next to the bistro. The date and time are the same: Wednesday the 12th of September at 6:20pm.

Please come and have a say on how you want to see your club run into the future.

A reminder that all committee roles will be declared vacant at the AGM. A list of available positions with short position descriptions can be found here: https://bit.ly/2PmGBY2

Full role descriptions will be sent to anyone who expresses interest. If you would like to nominate for a role please email secretary@unswfc.com.au. Thank you to those who have already sent through their nominations.

The updated agenda for the AGM will be as follows:

  1. Attendance and Proxies (Secretary, Jules Smith-Ferguson)
  2. Welcome, introduction to the meeting and apologies for absence (President, Robin Chan)
  3. President’s Report (President, Robin Chan)
  4. Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer, Andrea Olrich)
  5. Special resolution to modify Clause 15 of the constitution
  6. Opportunity for questions and discussion
  7. Election of 2018-19 Executive Committee
  8. Election of 2018-19 Committee

Members who are unable to attend the specified date and time above may send proxy votes/nominations to secretary@unswfc.com.au. A proxy voting form can be found here: https://bit.ly/2PV5HP9

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to myself, other members of the Executive or your current representatives for more information.

Kind regards,
Jules Smith-Ferguson
UNSW FC Secretary

UNSW FC

2018 AGM Notice

By | Club, News

 2018 Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)    

The finals series is in sight and another year of UNSW Football Club history has passed, meaning it is time to renew our Club representation.

Please come and have your say on how you think the Football Club should be run. We want to make it as easy as possible to get involved in any capacity and have a smooth transition into our next year of football.

All committee roles will be declared vacant at this meeting in accordance with our Constitution, which can be found on our website. If you would like to nominate for a role please email secretary@unswfc.com.au with the role you wish to nominate.

The meeting will be held at the David Phillips Sporting Fields, Daceyville on Wednesday 12th September 2018 commencing at 6:20pm.

The agenda for the AGM will be as follows:

  1. Attendance and Proxies (Secretary, Jules Smith-Ferguson)

  2. Welcome, introduction to the meeting and apologies for absence (President, Robin Chan)

  3. President’s Report (President, Robin Chan)

  4. Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer, Andrea Olrich)

  5. Opportunity for questions and discussion

  6. Election of 2018-19 Executive Committee

  7. Election of 2018-19 Committee

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 and on our website prior to the meeting.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to myself, other members of the Executive or your current representatives for more information.

Kind regards,

Jules Smith-Ferguson

UNSW FC Secretary

UNSW EAPL Program- a way to earn bonus points

By | Club, Scholarships

High school students may also be eligible for EAPL bonus points (adjustment factors) that can help them get into their preferred UNSW courses. Applications for 2019 are now open and remain so until the 30th of November.

If you are a high school leaver and wish to apply for bonus points due to sporting excellence follow this link:   https://www.futurestudents.unsw.edu.au/adjustment-factors-eapl

UNSW FC ESFA

2018 season update

By | Club

All elite and ESFA team trials are closed, we thank everyone who attended. The UNSWFC season well and truly begun with some spectacular results so far, across all teams. Notably, our first grade men’s state league team has has a great start to the season so far, undefeated in their first 6 games of their season. Our first grade women’s national premier league 2 team have come away with a couple of impressive wins against Southern District and St George alike. In our ESFA teams, the new all age men’s div 2 team are off to an undefeated start after coming up from div 3. UNSWFC is proudly fielding 4 women’s teams in the ESFA competitions, one more than last year. A true testament to female growth in football.