In 2022, Forest Killarney Football Club, formerly Forest Soccer Football Club and Killarney Soccer Club, will be celebrating its 60th anniversary of competition.
To celebrate, the club will be launching several new experiences for club members as well as events for all, with Australia leaving COVID-19 hopefully behind them and moving back to normality.
As a part of the 60th Diamond Jubilee year, we are launching an anniversary rendition of the current long-standing logo.
During our 2020 club member survey, we also had a plethora of requests for a new modern logo for the club. Keep an eye out for ways to be a part of this potential change further down the track in 2023 after our 60th Anniversary celebrations.
For now, appreciate our Forest Killarney Football Club 60th Anniversary logo in all its glory.
If you want to get involved with 60th Anniversary Planning, or you have some ideas on how we can celebrate with the greater community, contact email@example.com.
They say lightning doesn’t strike the one spot twice but here we are.
Following the release of the NSW Government’s roadmap to the ending of lockdown, MWFA have decided to cancel the play-off final for a spot in the 2022 Men’s Premier League, after 12 games have been played.
The decision was made because we will not be in a position to return to full training by 2 October and hence the 13th and final AL/1 game (Forest Killarney v Manly Vale) and the AL1/PL playoff (Seaforth v Forest/Manly Vale) will not be able to both be played by the end of October with 3 weeks of training beforehand.
The initial decision of the MWFA Board to confirm one Club promoted to Premier League (Beacon Hill) and one Club relegated to AL1s (Manly Vale) after 12 games is now official (pending all clubs being formally invited).
This marks the second year in a row that COVID-19 has denied us the chance at being promoted, after last year our team finished 1st in AL/1s after playing 16 games, yet were not invited to be promoted after not completing a full season.
Whilst this is extremely disappointing for our member base and especially our boys who’ve put in so much time, effort, and emotion over the last 2 seasons, we know that next year in 2022 during the club’s 60th Anniversary, we will see Forest Killarney promoted to Premier League where they obviously deserve to be as shown by the last two years of results.
If you get the chance to come see any of their games next season, we implore you to take the opportunity, our boys greatly appreciate the support shown by our member base over the past two years.
As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the FKFC Summer Soccer competition will not be starting on the 8th of October as intended.
Please feel rest assured there will be a competition held, we just don’t know in what capacity yet.
We still wish to deliver our multi-week competition – we are just reviewing its length and our hope is to start mid-November.
Should NSW Health guidelines prohibit us going ahead this year, we will run a smaller competition beginning the end of January.
In view of this, we will not be opening player registrations on the 1st of September as planned. Once we have a clearer idea of the situation, we will let you know when to register.
For the moment, please continue to register your teams if you haven’t already. Remember no payment is required to register a team.
We are committed to getting everyone on the field for a kick and we appreciate your understanding in the meantime.
We will be in touch!
Karen and Billy
1st-placed Beacon Hill have been declared AL1 Champions for 2021 and will be invited to join the Premier League competition and Manly Vale has been relegated from the Premier League.
Currently, Forest Killarney are the 2nd-placed team in AL1s without a Premier League team, whilst manly vale sit 2 points behind them and also do not have a 2022 Premier League team.
For the remaining games to be played, NSW Government restrictions MUST allow for community sport to return to “full team training” on or before Saturday 2 October.
If this is not possible, the Round 13 AL1 match between Forest and Manly Vale for a spot in the playoff will be scrapped and only Beacon Hill will be promoted to the Premier League and demote Manly Vale to the AL1 competition will stand.
If community sport can return to full team training in advance of Saturday 2 October, MWFA will liaise with the three clubs and set a date for the two matches (allowing at least 3 weeks of training before the first game and exactly one week between the first game and the playoff).
The Round 13 AL1 league match between Manly Vale and Forest Killarney will take place on or before Saturday 23 October. This match will take place at Cromer Park (likely a Saturday afternoon/early evening).
If Forest Killarney wins that match or the game finishes in a draw, they will progress to the play off. If Manly Vale wins that match they will progress to the play off.
The play off match will take place one week after the Round 13 game (on or before Saturday October 30).
Only players registered in the Manly Vale AL1 / Forest AL1 teams or in a team/competition that would usually allow them to play (be borrowed under the borrowing rules) can take part in the match.
Only players registered in the Seaforth PL team or in a team/competition that would usually allow them to play (be borrowed under the borrowing rules) can take part in the match.
This match will take place at Cromer Park (likely a Saturday afternoon/early evening – one week after the previous match).
This match will be played with unlimited interchange (Taking into consideration player welfare).
If this playoff match finishes in a draw after 90 minutes the game will go to extra time (2 x 15 minute periods). If it is still a draw at the end of the extra time period, the match (and the final place in 2022 Premier League) will be determined by a penalty shoot out.
Congratulations to our Ressies boys who went behind three times in their game, 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 before they stormed to a 4-3 victory in the last minutes of the game through a Sam Thomas assist to an oncoming Pat Ewing who slotted home the victory.
Goal scorers: Ewing x 2, Thomas x 2
Man of the Match – Pat Ewing
After the excitement and thrill of the double header weekend results, the boys were refocused and redetermined to carry on this impressive run of form against an always challenging Pittwater.
Saturdays torrential rain and damaging winds made for uncomfortable conditions to play in. As winter had truly arrived, Melwood oval stood strong and played as our backdrop for what was a firey test for our boys.
With Forest having much of the early chances, the boys pushed forward and really took it to Pittwater. After around 20 minutes with a lovely bit of unselfish play from our very own, Jack Grealish (James Silva’s), a nice little cut back to Luke Zaloumas was all that was needed to break the dead lock. Forest 1-0. Forest began piling on the pressure as we searched for a second. With a few minutes left of the half, a bullet of a corner kick was sent through the keepers slippery hands. A late run at the back post and a little bit of acrobatic luck, our centre back, Luke Sheepway, gave us another goal. Forest 2-0 into half time.
Second half began and with the easing of the rain, Pittwater came out firing. With nothing to lose now they pushed everything they had forward and with a quick free kick from outside the box, found an unexpected goal. Forest 2-1 Pittwater. Our own Forest boys stood tall and didn’t let this change our game plan. Still on top, much like the rest of the game, we pushed forward again into Pittwaters box. A clumsy challenge in the box by the Pittwater keeper allowed our striker Hayden Waters to step up to the spot for a penalty kick. Never in doubt. Forest 3-1 Pittwater. The clouds cleared, the wind dropped off and the boys walked away with another 3 points.
Man of the Match – Luke Sheepway
The AL1s kicked off their second game in three days against local rivals Wakehurst as part of the long weekend double-header.
The first-placed Ressies started the day’s proceedings against a more than capable Tigers outfit who were sitting in third place.
The pre match talk from coach Paul O’Shaughnessy was centred around adapting to an opponent known for their high press and hard running, and that our two-touch passing was crucial in shutting them down.
But it took the first 15 minutes for the boys to shake off their heavy legs from the short turnaround, as Wakehurst’s high press was causing problems. After a few shots towards goal, the boys finally got the wake up call and introduced their direct style of play.
And with the flick of a switch, the Ressies were on top; dominating possession, stringing passes together and beginning to ask their own questions of the opposing keeper.
The boys soon capitalised on the pressure when Captain Pat Ewing went down in the Wakehurst box which the ref deemed a penalty. Youngster Danilo “Danzo” Tomic immediately put his hand up for the job, eager to get the monkey off his back from a miss earlier in the season. Although history would not be repeating itself this time, as Danzo fired his shot into the top corner to put Forry in the lead.
The boys continued their free flowing football with some great link up play between midfielders Massimo Vescio, Luke Rogers and Pat Ewing, creating gaps for our forwards against what was a very narrow Wakehurst defence.
They would soon learn allowing Danzo even an inch of space down the wing is like playing with fire, as he blitzed through the backline inside the box and attempted a shot across goal which led to a disaster class between the keeper and his centre back who fumbled the ball between each other before sending it into their own net.
Relatively unphased, the Tigers continued their hard running and maintained efforts to breach the Forry backline with long balls over the top. The unrelenting pressure led to a loss of possession at the back, and in what one moment seemed like a golden opportunity for Wakehurst, the boys in green rushed goal-side of the attack and quickly put out the flames, with Ewing adding another assist to his belt after a long-ball to striker Sam Thomas, whose perfectly-weighted first touch left the keeper in no-man’s-land and slotted it in the bottom right corner. Forry 3-0.
The strong first half performance was then topped off by Danzo the free kick specialist, who stashed the ball away into the top right corner from about 20 yards.
The match would prove to be a game of two halves, however. The Ressies lacked all the hunger and desire they developed throughout the first half, allowing Wakehurst to play their game through the centre of the park.
The boys weren’t marking tight and struggled to get the ball out of their own half. It was only a matter of time when Wakehurst stole Forry’s hopes of a clean sheet as they slotted home a free kick from the edge of the box to make it 4-1.
Although Forry still couldn’t find their first-half form, they were able to preserve the three goal lead for the remainder of the match until Danzo capitalised on some rare possession down Wakehurst’s end and netted a cheeky long-distance outside the foot shot into the side netting.
Not a bad way to spend a Monday afternoon, 5-1 FT.
Man of the Match – Danilo Tomic
First Grade took to the field after watching reserves put on yet another clinic in the Grand Final rematch from last season and were determined to make it a 6-point public holiday.
The first half was physical, and after two games in three days there was bound to be fatigue on both sides. Both teams traded chances in the opening 20 minutes, but it wasn’t until a long throw-in from Alex Bain was knocked down by James Silvas into the path of Harry Brooke who had made a back post run and calmly slotted the ball home from six yards to get his first goal of the season. 1-0. Forest continued to control the game until a lapse in concentration just before half time allowed Wakehurst back into the game, leveling the scores at half time 1-1.
After some motivation from Shauny at half time along with the introduction of pace, Forest came out of the change room determined to regain the lead and created countless chances without finding the back of the net. However, with patient possession play, Forest were in control and found the net halfway through the second half. An uncharacteristic long ball from beyond halfway by Harry Brooke was inch-perfectly measured finding Hayden Waters at the back post who comfortably tapped the ball past the keeper who didn’t even flinch. 2-1 Forest. The game looked set to be controlled by Forest until a quick freekick from Wakehurst resulted in a one on one, with Rocco unfortunately taking the player giving Wakehurst a penalty and 2-2 with 15 minutes to play.
Both teams created chances with whatever energy they had left after 180 minutes of football over three days, but deep into injury time a Wakehurst attack was smothered by a brutal tackle from Luke Sheepway, sending the ball into Forest’s attacking half. The attempted clearance was intercepted by Hayden, who sent the ball wide to James Silvas who then proceeded to make a mockery of the Wakehurst defence, skinning players and finishing past a helpless keeper from a tight angle to put Forest up 3-2 with a celebration worthy of the occasion. After some exquisite time wasting from the boys, Forest sealed a 3-2 victory, recording three straight wins for the first time this season.
Man of the Match – Harry Brooke
The Ressies kicked off against near-bottom BTH on Saturday with an eye on getting up the goal difference. From early on in the game, it was evident that the boys in green would get their wish.
For the most part, the first half was a Forest-dominated affair. The boys maintained possession well and kept it ticking against a lethargic BTH side. FKFC’s first goal came in the 2nd minute after a Ewing high-ball into the danger area resulted in miscommunication between the BTH keeper and defender, leaving Marcus Mangraviti with a simple finish into an open net
The boys wouldn’t have to wait long for the second goal of the game in the 10th minute, after some excellent play by our own David Sganga resulted in a poor BTH clearance into the path of Captain Pat Ewing, who saw the keeper off his line and struck the ball from 25 yards out, hitting the back of the net after the keeper’s fingertips weren’t enough.
The half continued much of the same from there, with FKFC showcasing their crisp passing and ability to recycle possession left and right waiting for an opening. This came in the 24th minute after an eagle-eye pass from Dave through the middle on to Marcus for his 2nd, who finished across the keeper with his weakfoot.
Forry maintained their ruthless mindset into the second half following an inspired half-time team talk. The boys displayed a consistent level of composure in their pressing, with striker Nathan Kerr’s press resulting in a stray ball which Ewing would latch on to, beat his man and produce a calm finish into the bottom left. 4-0, 40 minutes to go.
With the boys firmly switched into gear, substitutes Danilo Tomic and Danny Guerenoni began to make their imprint on the match. Relentless pressing from Danny resutled in ball after ball for our midfield to pick up and send Danilo on his bike.
Danilo would go on to have some fun in the 55th minute by getting the ball in our own half, beating two of the BTH players and putting over a peach of a through ball to Marcus who would finish for his hattrick, all props went to Danilo for that one.
In the 60th minute, in-form striker Sam Thomas decided it was time to stop warming the bench and get back on the field whilst BTH heads were down and he could snag some easy goals, which he did with his first touch off the bench, A Danny G ball put the BTH defense into disarray, who cleared the ball into Sam’s path for an easy finish. 6-0.
With FKFC still looking for goals they were sure to come, leading to Danilo getting his well-deserved goal following some brilliant dribbling and a well-placed finish into the bottom left. Props to Danny G for another interception and Dave for a great pass picking out Danilo.
Man of the Match – Marcus Mangraviti
First grade were coming off an 8-0 win against minnows Curl Curl with confidence high and a sense of positivity that our season was finally starting to turn around for the better. In our path was a strong BTH side who we knew would give us a run for our money if we didn’t turn up and play our way of football. After seeing Reserve Grade get up 7-0, it was now down to us to provide the local crowd a 6-point Saturday and send BTH back home with empty hands. A few familiar faces returned to Melwood in the opposition side and the boys were keen on showing them who the stronger side was right from the start.
Forest started well, with one-two touch football and short sharp passes paving the way through a weak midfield of BTH. Forest just couldn’t find the back of the net with chances going begging in the final third. That was until a quick throw in from Jonny Turnbull found it’s way to Hayden Waters who turned two players and played James Silvas in behind to put Forest 1-0 up. A calm finish into the bottom right corner. A good start for the home side who were keen to push on and put more goals into the back of the net.
Chances were coming for the home side and it wasn’t until some acrobatics lifted the home side. Most notably was captain and centre-back Alex Bain, who has minimal agility at the best of times, attempt a bicycle kick with back to goal off a free kick. The crowd went wild as he leapt into the air only to come through too early and make minimal contact with the ball, however it ricocheted to Jonny Turnbull who narrowly missed from outside the box. What an action packed passage of amateur football for the Melwood faithful.
More chances came however at half-time it remained 1-0. Half-time focused on the positives we were doing and how we can go about the next half and put BTH to the sword. And that’s exactly what we did. The boys came out firing and another quick throw in, this time by Alex Bain, saw Emerson Brown released down the touch line who ran to the by-line, cut the ball back and into the path of golden-boot Hayden Waters who’s first time finish nestled into the top right corner and gave Forest a 2-0 lead. 10 minutes later Forest took a 3-0 lead after the ball was recycled to the defence and Alex Bain played a picturesque through ball to winger James Silvas who put on his pace to go 1 on 1 with the keeper and slot into the bottom corner. 3-0 to the good guys with half an hour to go.
BTH found a new gear and a long thrown in wasn’t dealt with by everyone in defence and the pressure by the BTH forward was enough for the ball to find the back of the net. 3-1 and game back on. Forest picked up a gear after this and begun to play the football we knew we could play. Malik Bloul came on for his first grade debut and some slick one touch football up the park resulted in Antoine Maurin being played through by Hayden and slotting into the bottom corner to keep Forest’s 3-goal buffer. A nice finish by the youngster who is starting to find his form of last season with consecutive goals in back-to-back games.
Forest kept the pressure up and with 10 minutes to go found themselves with a corner. Genki Kawamura stood over the ball, eagerly anticipating a back-post run from the tallest bloke on the pitch, Alex Bain. It is worth mentioning that the skipper has not scored a headed goal in a very long time, let alone a normal goal with his feet. So it was a surprise to everyone to see him leap in the air and head the ball home off a wicked corner. The keeper never stood a chance. 5-1 to Forest and BTH were staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat.
It only got worse for the visiting side as a hand-ball by their defender in the 18-yard box was judged to be an official handball under the new laws of the game. Luke Sheepway stepped up, eager to get his goal scoring tally started for the season and sent the keeper the wrong way to give Forest a 6-1 lead. Moments later the final whistle was blown and Forest came away with a 6-point Saturday.
Momentum is starting to build for the group and the positivity being built is starting to reap rewards for the group. Forest will look to win both grades again on Monday against a strong Wakehurst team in what will no doubt be an entertaining clash.
Man of the Match – Alex Bain
FKFC v CC Strikers | Round 8 | Melwood
2-0 (Andrews, Ramsay)
This past Sunday, the WAL1s took on CC Strikers A team, a much anticipated game since their narrow loss to penalty shootouts last season in the grand finals. Simone Conly and left winger Madeleine Batkin-Walkerden created dangerous opportunities for CC’s defence straight off the bat, finding their way into the box within the first 30 seconds of the whistle being blown.
The score remained at a 0-0 deadlock until striker duo Jade Andrews-Little and Amy Ross-Hodges took the field in force navigating the middle of the field. A swift cut-back to the penalty spot by Amy had Jade tap the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal with ease and had FKFC 1-0 up before half time.
CC Strikers came back strong and heavy on attack for the second half but goalkeeper Hayley Austin was a force to be reckoned with, saving every shot on goal. CC’s wide-field play was no match for left and right backs, Rachael Brian and Sai van Wegan, flawlessly intercepting plays and creating easy opportunities to get the ball back to the middle of the field for holding midfielder Kelsey Hocking who opened the play once again for wingers Lani Colling and Chloe Dejean.
Amy once again showed her vision is one of pure excellence. After facing defensive troubles in the penalty box, she cleared the ball outside the box to Lizzie Ramsay who delivered with a flawless overhead ball, out of reach of any interception and hitting the top right corner of the goal bringing FKFC to a safe 2-0.
The rest of the game saw CC Strikers force forward with excellent attacking plays, however under the guidance of centre back duo Renee Hough and Beth Teather, FKFC were able to secure the 2-0 win.
The WAL1s will next play at Nolan Reserve at 3pm against Harbord FC on the 13th of June. Thankyou to CC Strikers for a great game, and to Danny and Armando Panetta for their winning-quality coaching.
We would love to formally introduce Dr Andrej Skullic the club chiropractor. He has recently built his own practice at 60 Lynwood ave Cromer. As a current Forest player, Dr Andrej has a unique understanding and experience with treating football-related injuries requiring chiro or other treatments.
Dr Andrej has a holistic focus which means he incorporates the whole body and not just the site of pain. Anyone that comes from the club gets a discount on initial and repeat treatments.
He has a license to adjust and a pragmatic approach to deal with injuries from football, posture and more. He’s fixed many of our players’ problems that they struggled with even after seeing local physios!
You can check him out on insta @chiropractic_science or book something in with him on 0438 416 134 and be sure to mention FKFC for discounted rates.