Maitland FC will enter the Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) for the first time in 2021, as Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) announces that Thornton FC’s WPL teams will transition to the club from next season. The move will see Maitland FC entering teams into all WPL grades which will include key personnel from Thornton also joining the club to manage the program. The arrangement will assist the 2019 NPL Premiers to continue its strong National Premier Leagues (NPL) program as well as increase the standards required of the WPL competition [...]
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Dear All, This edition of Magpie Mail needs to be solely related to the COVID-19 concerns of this weekend. The concerns are that important. Youth play at Cooks Square Saturday against Mid North Coast Seniors play at Darling St Oval on Saturday against Olympic Youth. I congratulate the foresight shown by Dan Barge and Youth coaching staff at this start of this week. They identified that we were due for a very wet weekend and made early arrangements to get the games moved from Sunday to Saturday, in the hope [...]
Dear All, As we get deeper into the year and the season, the obstacles and challenges continue to confront us. The recent wet weather, postponement of games and impacts on training schedules are all impediments that add to the concerns we already struggle with in daily COVID-19 related life. I assure you though, that from a Maitland Football point of view, the club’s Executive and Management Committee are absolutely dedicated to the task of providing the opportunity for competitive football for the Youth in our charge. We don’t always get [...]
Dear Players, Parents and Supporters, This coming weekend represents our first competitive home game since the lockdown has been lifted. Maitland Football is hosting Youth games on Saturday against Edgeworth and on Sunday when the Seniors play Lake Macquarie. The SAP squads will be spread in various locations on Saturday and Sunday. In that scenario, SAP players will be subject to the conditions laid down and regulated by the relevant home club. We are all aware of the serious possibility of NSW and this region in particular being hit by [...]
GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO COMMUNITY FOOTBALL EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. Over the past week, there has been a rise in case numbers of COVID-19 throughout Victoria and New South Wales. As such, late yesterday the NSW Government requested the sporting community take all reasonable steps to reduce the risk of infection through minimising the number of spectators attending community sport. So, in addition to maintaining good hygiene, on behalf of our Clubs and Football Community, we ask all participants, particularly spectators, to take onboard the following measures: Where possible, have just one parent/carer [...]
Well we are just about out of sleeps now, before we are back on the field and get this NPL competition underway. I must take the opportunity of the last communication before restart, to ask you all to be appreciative of the work that has been done to get us to this point. It would be easy to think that the last 4 months have been spent with our feet up, but that is far from the case. Club management have battled and almost waged war, at every level, in [...]
Dear All, getting very close now to the point of getting back into full competition. That first weekend back, we are away for both Youth and Senior groups – Youth at Weston on Saturday 11th and Senior with the big Grand Final rematch against Edgeworth on the Sunday. Before that starts though, we have our SAP squads kicking off their games on the weekend of 4th July, and a NPL Preseason trial on Saturday for Youth and Sunday for Seniors all games a visiting Adamstown club. “What’s the Latest in [...]
This week we took several big steps towards what many of you have been training continuously for since September last year – the restart of NPL competition. It has been a long and extremely frustrating 4 or 5 months. Competitive sport is a wonderful outlet for everyone, and for that reason it is so important that these activities are allowed to resume. However, it is important to remember that the events of the last 5 months have had some terrible consequences for many people all around the world. It allows [...]
Another week has passed in our lead up to a return to NPL competition – at least for Youth and SAP, as Senior competition is still subject to Government approval. “What’s the Latest in regard to 2020 Season Start” It has been (approx.) 81 sleeps, since the competition was stopped due to the virus, and now, all going well, we are just 28 sleeps from resumption. We are back at training, during this last week, and as each week passes, the pace, impact and familiarity of the new conditions will [...]
Welcome back to ‘Magpie Mail’ – an extremely busy football week, with plenty of information to communicate to our players and parents. Firstly you will notice that after only one edition we have had a name change. From “Maitland News” to “Maitland Mail” – a special request from Dan Barge, for which I’m happy to oblige. What’s the Latest on 2020 Season Start Lots of detail has been resolved this week, thanks to communication from NNSWF and Maitland Council. Many thanks go to Paul Osland and Mick Mirisch for the [...]