Videos of the Div 1 and PL & SL Grand Finals are available via the links below:
U12 - West Pennant Hills v Epping FC
U13 - Epping FC v West Ryde Rovers
U14 - West Pennant Hills v Epping FC
U15 - West Ryde Rovers v West Pennant Hills
U16 - Epping FC Blue v Ryde Panthers
U18 - Hills Hawks v West Ryde Rovers
U21 - Epping Eastwood v West Ryde Rovers
AA1 - Ryde Panthers v Macquarie Dragons
O35 - Gladesville Ravens v Eastwood St Andrews
O45 - Epping FC v Epping Eastwood
PL First Grade - West Pennant Hills v Eastwood St Andrews
PL Reserves - West Pennant Hills v Hills Hawks
SL First Grade - Redbacks v Ryde Saints Utd
SL Reserves - Epping FC v St Patricks
At Special General Meetings held on 18 July 2019, members of GHFA and North West Sydney Women's Football Association overwhelmingly voted in support of resolutions to merge to establish North West Sydney Football Ltd.
GHFA (originally called the Hornsby-Epping Soccer Football Association), had its origins in 1952 with the foundation club of Epping (now known as Epping Eastwood FC). In 1956, the Association changed its name to Northern District Football Association to accommodate the teams joining from beyond the geographical boundaries of Hornsby to Epping. The growth was so rapid to the south that in 1959 it was necessary to again change the name to the current day Gladesville Hornsby Football Association.
Since those early days, GHFA has grown to its current 30 clubs and 12,400 members. GHFA is a mixed competition with girls and boys playing together in MiniRoos and in junior age groups. While GHFA has some older female players, the majority have preferred to play in the women’s only competition conducted by NWSWF.
NWSWF (originally called Gladesville-Hornsby Women’s Soccer Association (GHWSA)) was formed in 1981. Clubs in that area had played in the Kuringai competition for the previous eight years as there was no local women’s competition. A Steering Committee was formed in 1980 to establish GHWSA. The Association’s name was changed to NWSWF in 2000 to more accurately reflect its player distribution. At that time, NWSWF had 23 teams but has now grown to 103 MiniRoos teams, 61 Junior teams and 68 Senior teams. The NWS Koalas have NPL Women’s/Girls’ teams competing in U14s, U15s, U17s, Reserve Grade and First Grade competitions as well as SAP teams in the U10s, U11s, U12s and U13s. NWSWF also runs an all abilities program called PINK (PLAY, INTERACT, NETWORK, KICK).
With 22 of the 28 NWSWF member-clubs also being member-clubs of GHFA, there are sound reasons for the two Associations to merge, including simplified administration and economies of scale for member-clubs and for the Associations themselves. NWSF Ltd becomes operational on 1 October 2019.
GHFA is proud to announce its community partnership with Youthsafe, a longstanding local charity whose mission is to ‘Partner to prevent unintentional injuries in young people’.
Both organisations are passionate advocates of young people, their families and coaches both on and off the field.
“The GHFA and GHFA Spirit Football Club take great pride in providing our players and coaches in our community with platforms and pathways to play football. We also realise the positive influence sporting clubs can have upon the mostly young people who play.
“This is central to partnering with Youthsafe who have been leaders in the safety and wellbeing of young people for almost 40 years.” Mark Lockie, GHFA General Manager said.
The partnership will see the Youthsafe logo on all GHFA Spirit 1st grade shorts, website and social media posts.
A grant under the NSW Government’s Local Club Sport Program will enable Youthsafe to provide presentations for GHFA club coaches and collateral for GHFA newsletters with information relating to young people and risk on the roads, in workplaces, playing sport and safer socialising as well as articles and research.
“As the Chief Executive of Youthsafe I am delighted at the partnership with GHFA.
“It’s not often synergies are so strong and we are genuinely excited to provide valuable, relevant, resources to parents, coaches, families and of course the young players within the GHFA.” Warren Johnson, Youthsafe Chief Executive.
More information about Youthsafe programs can be found on their website: https://youthsafe.org/