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The History of AWFA

At the beginning of 1973, there were two soccer clubs operating in the Albury-Wodonga area, Albury United and the Wodonga Falcons. Both clubs had senior men's and under 16 boys' teams playing in the North Eastern Victoria Soccer League which was based in a region surrounding the town of Shepparton.

In late February of 1973 at the AGM of Albury United, Bill Luders, who had only just moved to Albury, was disappointed to discover that there was only one junior soccer team in the whole of Albury. After this meeting, he was approached by Hans Laramee and Mike Smith about starting a local soccer competition. Both men were aware of some discontent among players due to the travel involved in the north eastern league, and there was also great interest in expanding junior soccer in Albury. They decided to organise a steering committee to look at the possibility of forming a soccer competition to be located in Albury-Wodonga. The committee included Mike Smith as chairman, Ian Barker as secretary, Jimmy McKinven as treasurer, Hans Laramee as senior players' co-ordinator, Bill Luders as junior players' co-ordinator and Frank Bannister Snr as referees and judiciary co-ordinator. The group met at Hans Laramee's home each Wednesday night for six weeks and eventually a constitution was written and the group was ready to call a public meeting to launch a new soccer association early in June, 1973. The association was later to become known as the Albury-Wodonga Soccer Association (AWSA).

In late May 1973, an advertisement was placed in the Border Morning Mail calling on all children interested in playing soccer to gather at Melrose Park, Lavington.

It was a pleasant surprise for everyone when 36 children presented at Melrose Park. It was decided to develop a zoning system to form teams and distribute the players evenly across Albury. Children residing in Lavington were to be called Melrose Park Rangers with Hans Laramee in charge. The players residing around North Albury were organised by Frank Bartazzo and attached to his Lavington Soccer Club which was based at Glen Park. Children living south of North Street were to be looked after by Tony Ratcliffe and Bill Luders and were later to become known as Albury Hotspurs.

Ian Barker, a well known Dean Street pharmacist and generous benefactor of many sports in the Albury area, purchased three sets of t-shirts from a local store which were used as playing strips for the new soccer teams. The only colours available in that quantity of t-shirt were purple, green and orange. The purple shirts were given to the Melrose Park Rangers' players explaining the origin of that club's current colours . Green shirts were allocated to the Lavington players and Hotspurs used the orange shirts but changed from orange to their current gold colour later in that year.

With the success of the junior soccer games each Saturday morning at Melrose Park, there was now the move to start a senior competition. The idea was to develop the senior teams on the junior club structure which was now operating at Melrose Park.

A meeting of members of the south team met at Jim McKinven's house during June 1973. They decided to adopt the name Albury Hotspurs Soccer Club and to wear gold because it was a colour that was visually very strong and was recognised as the colour of success. Ian Barker seconded a number of players from Albury City Hockey Club to help form the first Hotspurs senior men's soccer team. Other senior teams formed at this time included Melrose Park Rangers (purple) Lavington (red), Twin City Wanderers (sky blue/maroon) and Albury Rovers (red/black).

In early June 1973, a meeting was held at the Boomerang Hotel and the AWSA was formed with Albury Hotspurs having a significant presence on the new association through Ian Barker (secretary) Jim McKinven (treasurer) and Bill Luders and Tony Ratcliffe as vice-presidents. The AWSA was to affiliate with New South Wales Amateur Soccer Association later in 1973.

The first senior games in the newly formed AWSA were played on Sunday, 1 July 1973.The competition consisted of the five teams previously named plus a sixth team known as the Presidents Xl formed by players unattached to an existing club. This eliminated a bye for the competition. Most games were played at Melrose Park with some games played at Jelbart Park and also at Aloysius Park later in the year.

The year ended with the AWSA having 64 registered senior players and 35 junior players. The association was to grow extensively in the next few years.

The inaugural winners of AWSC competitions held in its first year in 1973 included:

  • Minor premiers: Albury Rovers
  • Grand final winner: Lavington SC
  • Grand final runners up: Melrose Park Rangers
  • Runner up: Melrose Park Rangers
Past Committee Members
2018 Committee
2018 Executive Members
2018 Executive Members

President - Mark Leman
Vice President Business Operations - Chris Stern
Secretary - Chris Pidd
Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic
Registrar - Belinda Martin
Recorder - Tony Cigana
Vice President Football Operations - Nico Mathews
Vice President External Operations - Vacant
Vice President Resources - Vacant
Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall
MPIO - Vacant

President - Mark Leman
Vice President Business Operations - Chris Stern
Secretary - Chris Pidd
Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic
Registrar - Belinda Martin
Recorder - Tony Cigana
Vice President Football Operations - Nico Mathews
Vice President External Operations - Vacant
Vice President Resources - Vacant
Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall
MPIO - Vacant

2017 Committee
2017 Executive Members
2017 Executive Members

President - Mark Leman
Vice President Business Operations - Chris Pidd
Secretary - Kiera Hayes
Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic
Registrar - Belinda Martin
Recorder - Tony Cigana
Vice President Football Operations - Nico Mathews
Vice President External Operations - Vacant
Vice President Resources - Vacant
Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall
MPIO -Fiona Smith

President - Mark Leman
Vice President Business Operations - Chris Pidd
Secretary - Kiera Hayes
Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic
Registrar - Belinda Martin
Recorder - Tony Cigana
Vice President Football Operations - Nico Mathews
Vice President External Operations - Vacant
Vice President Resources - Vacant
Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall
MPIO -Fiona Smith

2016 Committee
2016 Executive Members
2016 Executive Members

President - Simon Randall

Secretary - Kiera Hayes

Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic

Registrar - Belinda Martin

Recorder - Tony Cigana

Vice President Football Operations - Nico Mathews

Vice President Resources - Ian Belgre

Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall

MPIO - Fiona Smith

President - Simon Randall

Secretary - Kiera Hayes

Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic

Registrar - Belinda Martin

Recorder - Tony Cigana

Vice President Football Operations - Nico Mathews

Vice President Resources - Ian Belgre

Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall

MPIO - Fiona Smith

2015 Committee
2015 Executive Members
2015 Executive Members

President - Jacqui Finlay

Vice President Business Operations - Damian Morrison

Secretary - Kiera Hayes

Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic

Registrar - Chelsea Nhansana

Recorder - Kerryn Anderson

Vice President Football Operations - John Mahoney

Vice President External Operations - Damian Morrison

Vice President Resources - Vacant

Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall

President - Jacqui Finlay

Vice President Business Operations - Damian Morrison

Secretary - Kiera Hayes

Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic

Registrar - Chelsea Nhansana

Recorder - Kerryn Anderson

Vice President Football Operations - John Mahoney

Vice President External Operations - Damian Morrison

Vice President Resources - Vacant

Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall

2014 Committee
2014 Executive Members
2014 Executive Members

President - Craig McDonald

Vice President Business Operations - Garry Brew

Secretary - Kiera Hayes

Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic

Registrar - Marie Brew

Recorder - Marie Brew

Vice President Football Operations - John Mahoney

Vice President External Operations - Leonie Yates

Vice President Resources - Vacant

Vice President High Performance - Gemma Noordewier

President - Craig McDonald

Vice President Business Operations - Garry Brew

Secretary - Kiera Hayes

Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic

Registrar - Marie Brew

Recorder - Marie Brew

Vice President Football Operations - John Mahoney

Vice President External Operations - Leonie Yates

Vice President Resources - Vacant

Vice President High Performance - Gemma Noordewier

2013 Committee
2013 Executive Members
2013 Executive Members

President - Colin Johnson

Secretary - Garry Brew

Registrar - Kiera Hayes

Vice President Resources - Sharyn Ryan

Vice President Business Operations - Craig McDonald

Treasurer - Marie Brew

Recorder - Kiera Hayes

Vice President External Operations - Leonie Yates

President - Colin Johnson

Secretary - Garry Brew

Registrar - Kiera Hayes

Vice President Resources - Sharyn Ryan

Vice President Business Operations - Craig McDonald

Treasurer - Marie Brew

Recorder - Kiera Hayes

Vice President External Operations - Leonie Yates

2012 Committee
2012 Executive Members
2012 Executive Members

President - Colin Johnson

Vice President - Garry Brew

Secretary - Mario Mangion

Treasurer - Marie Brew

Registrar - Alison Koschel

Recorder - Sharyn Ryan

Vice President Football Operations - Rick Koschel

Vice President High Performance - Mark Leman

Member Protection Information Officer - Louise Scheidl

Minute Secretary - Stephen Hayes

Vice President Business Operations - VACANT

Vice President External Operations - VACANT

Vice President Resources - VACANT

Disciplinary Administrator - Tony Barlow

President - Colin Johnson

Vice President - Garry Brew

Secretary - Mario Mangion

Treasurer - Marie Brew

Registrar - Alison Koschel

Recorder - Sharyn Ryan

Vice President Football Operations - Rick Koschel

Vice President High Performance - Mark Leman

Member Protection Information Officer - Louise Scheidl

Minute Secretary - Stephen Hayes

Vice President Business Operations - VACANT

Vice President External Operations - VACANT

Vice President Resources - VACANT

Disciplinary Administrator - Tony Barlow

2011 Committee
2011 Executive Members

President - Craig McDonald

Vice President - Jason Fitzpatrick

Secretary - Garry Brew

Treasurer - Marie Brew

Registrar - Alison Koschel

Recorder - Mario Mangion

Vice President Football Operations - Rick Koschel

Vice President Business Operations - Robert Brown

Vice President High Performance - Dave Smith

Vice President External Operations - Neal Kelly

Vice President Resources - Vacant

Disciplinary Officer - Tony Barlow

2010 Committee
2010 Executive Members
2010 Executive Members

President - Craig McDonald

Vice President - Stephen Hayes

Secretary - Karryn Bradbury

Treasurer - Jacqui Finlay

Vice President Coaches - Wayne Fraser

Vice President Reps - Neal Kelly

Vice President Women - Dave Smith

Vice President Development - Wayne Fraser

Registrar - Garry Brew

Recorder - Marie Brew

Disciplinary Officer - Tony Barlow

President - Craig McDonald

Vice President - Stephen Hayes

Secretary - Karryn Bradbury

Treasurer - Jacqui Finlay

Vice President Coaches - Wayne Fraser

Vice President Reps - Neal Kelly

Vice President Women - Dave Smith

Vice President Development - Wayne Fraser

Registrar - Garry Brew

Recorder - Marie Brew

Disciplinary Officer - Tony Barlow

2007 Committee
2007 Executive Members
2007 Executive Members

President - Craig McDonald

Vice President (Senior) - Frank Bonacci

Secretary - Jenny Barlow

Treasurer - Jacqui Finlay

Vice President (Development) - Mark Leman

Vice President (Coaches) - Criag McDonald

Vice President (reps) - Sue Rixon

Vice President (Ladies) - Wil Mollisson

Registrar - Garry Brew

Recorder - Marie Brew

Disciplinary Officer - Toni Barlow

Riverina Development Officer - Tim Wilson

President - Craig McDonald

Vice President (Senior) - Frank Bonacci

Secretary - Jenny Barlow

Treasurer - Jacqui Finlay

Vice President (Development) - Mark Leman

Vice President (Coaches) - Criag McDonald

Vice President (reps) - Sue Rixon

Vice President (Ladies) - Wil Mollisson

Registrar - Garry Brew

Recorder - Marie Brew

Disciplinary Officer - Toni Barlow

Riverina Development Officer - Tim Wilson

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AWFA Life Members

Ian Barker (Deceased)    Jenny Barlow
Tony Barlow   Carla Bau
Ian Belgre   Franco Bertazzo
Frank Bonacci   Garry Brew
Marie Brew   Ron Cotterill (Deceased)
June Duell (Deceased)   Jacqui Finlay
Wayne Fraser   Stephen Hayes
John King (Deceased)   Mark Leman
Rick Martin   Cobb Millyn (Deceased)
John Milton   Fred Morse
Vince Pica   David Pye
Tony Ratcliffe   Sue Rixon
Brian Schreiber   Carlo Villani
Harry Wright    


Update February 2019

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