Round One

Our first set of games are due this coming Saturday (4th of July).  It has been  a long time coming.  See below for our fixtures.

Some things must be done this week to make Saturday go off well:

  • If you have not paid your regos – arrange to pay.  Anybody who has not  paid by Wednesday is unlikely to be able to play in round 1.  Talk to Andy ASAP if you are having technical or other problems.
  • If you have not provided your ID (proof of age for younger players), please do so NOW!   Send an email to Andy, you will have an e-mail from him requesting it. Anybody who has not  done this by Wednesday is unlikely to be able to play in round 1
  • Everyone will need team shorts and socks. If you have them from last year and they still fit, that will be okay.  For everyone else, we will be selling them on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 5:45pm at Belmore Park. Socks are $10 and shorts $20.   To make it quicker, please know your shoe size in Australian shoe size units and your waist size in cm. 
  • Ensure you have contact details for your coach and they have yours, and know which team you are in.
  • Train hard and listen to  your coach’s advice.
  • Please remember that the club  committee will, this week, have its most stressful week ever as we both move and set up for round one in the same week.  If we seem a bit stressed, please understand 😉  and help us get things done. Thanks.

Granville Waratah Fixtures

WARNING – U7 home game time changes. Games starting later.  Look for your team below.

Date Time AG/Div Home Team Away Team Ground/comments
03/07/20 18:15 Premier League/Reserve Grade 27PLR Rydalmere FC 11PLR Granville Waratah Rydalmere Park 3
03/07/20 20:15 Premier League/First Grade 27PLF Rydalmere FC 11PLF Granville Waratah Rydalmere Park 3
04/07/20 09:00 06/Possums 1106P Granville Waratah 2906P Wenty Waratah Belmore Park 2A
04/07/20 10:40


Time Change

1107K Granville Waratah 2907K Wenty Waratah Belmore Park 2A
04/07/20 09:00 08/Koalas 2708KWHT Rydalmere FC 1108K Granville Waratah Rydalmere Park 1B1
04/07/20 09:00 09/Koalas 1109K Granville Waratah 2809K Toongabbie Belmore Park 2C
04/07/20 09:00 10/Dolphins 1110D Granville Waratah 1910D Merrylands SFC Belmore Park 2D
04/07/20 09:00 10/Koalas 1910K Merrylands SFC 1110K Granville Waratah Merrylands Park 2B
04/07/20 09:00 12/4 11124 Granville Waratah 29124 Wenty Waratah Belmore Park 1
04/07/20 09:50 06/Wombats 1106W Granville Waratah 0806W Guildford County Belmore Park 2A
04/07/20 11:30


Time Change

1107P Granville Waratah 2707P Rydalmere FC Belmore Park 2A
04/07/20 09:50 09/Wombats 1109W Granville Waratah 1409W Holroyd Rangers Belmore Park 2C
04/07/20 10:00 10/Wombats 1110W Granville Waratah 3910W Newington Gunners Belmore Park 2D
04/07/20 10:00 12/3 02123 Auburn District 11123 Granville Waratah Progress Park 3
04/07/20 10:05 14/3 38143 Wentworthville Uniting FC 11143 Granville Waratah Jones Park No. 2
04/07/20 10:15 16/Com 1116 Granville Waratah 2816BLK Toongabbie Belmore Park 1
04/07/20 10:40 08/Possums 1108P Granville Waratah 2808P Toongabbie Belmore Park 2C
04/07/20 10:45 11/Koalas 2711K Rydalmere FC 1111K Granville Waratah Rydalmere Park 1C1
04/07/20 11:30 08/Wombats 1108W Granville Waratah 2708W Rydalmere FC Belmore Park 2C
04/07/20 15:00 All Age Men/4 12AAM4 Greystanes FC 11AAM4 Granville Waratah Alpha Road

Another new home!!

As most who have been training know, Doyle Ground has proven to have some problems 😳  (it is a swamp after wet weather).  Thanks to Parramatta Council and lots of effort from club President Noel – we are moving to Belmore Park.  It is a bit further away from Robin Thomas, but it is a pretty good spot.

The posts are up, the line marking will be done soon. With round one next Saturday (4th of July) it all going to be really tight and we might struggle to get it perfect in time,  but it will work!

Belmore Park is at the Corner of Pennant Hills Road and Castle Street, North Parramatta.  It is about 1km from Doyle and 2.6km from Robin Thomas.   There is parking on both Castle Street and Bellevue Street and plenty of buses go that way from Parramatta.


The Season is GO!

Dear Waratah Family,

It all starts next week!!! Well at least training does, but it is an awesome first step!!

I am very excited about the prospect of having a season and I hope you are too!

Okay, so now what happens?

Please read the following carefully as it comes with lots of important information:

  1. Trainings officially start next week at DOYLE GROUND, Macarthur Street North Parramatta! With all the Light Rail works happening around Robin Thomas Reserve, our historic home ground is now, sadly, NOT available for us to train or play.
  2. Trainings will follow strict social distancing guidelines and we must have all parents and players respect these rules. Doyle Ground is a High visibility area and we don’t want to give anyone in the neighbourhood an excuse to “dob us in”. Please follow the advice and instructions of the Coaches, Club Committee and Club Marshalls at training. I also ask that you please read the attached Guidelines booklet. Lots of it is common sense but nonetheless, very important information.
  3. TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS will be for all the full field teams, i.e, Under 12’s, 14’s, 16’s starting at 6:00pm; All Age Men and Premier League Squad starting at 7:30pm
  4. WEDNESDAYS will be for all the Miniroo (under 11 and younger) teams starting at 6:00pm.
  5. We ask that you all come early as hands MUST be sanitised before training and you will need to be allocated your zones on the park. Please don’t be late!
  6. The club will have hand sanitiser available but ideally players can come to training with their own hand sanitisers and water bottle to save a line up at the start of training. THERE CANNOT BE ANY SHARING THOUGH.
  7. Note that you cannot drive/travel north on Harris Street. So you will need to go through the city or detour around to James Ruse Drive and back onto the Victoria Road.
  8. We understand that some parents may still have concerns about sending their son or daughter to training. This is understandable, but as you can see from the attached government approved guidelines, every effort is being considered to provide a safe environment for season 2020 and we expect it will not be this strict for too long.
  9. If restrictions continue to be relaxed, we expect the season to kick off on Saturday 4 July 2020.
  10. There will be 14 rounds of soccer. No school holiday breaks. At least 2 double game weekends, ie Saturday and Sunday. The regular season will conclude late September. Then followed by the traditional finals for the full field teams
  11. This will be a very good concentrated season. However if you have reservations, we MUST KNOW BY 7 JUNE 2020 so that we can know exactly and advise the Association what our team numbers will be. This is very important, please. We understand some may elect not to play this season, but if it is for financial hardship reasons, please speak a Club Committee Member so  that we can find a way.  Indeed, please speak to the club for any inquiry, we are more than happy to assist you.
  12. If a player declines playing this season, I can advise that the government has confirmed that the $100 Active Kids Voucher will remain with the sporting provider, not refunded to the parents.
  13. QUESTION: Is it too late to register and join? We don’t like to turn any player away, so I will say it is not too late but it is subject to availability in the team. So tell your friends NOW!

We live in a world Corona pandemic, but Australia has done extraordinarily well to flatten the curve and now we can reward ourselves with playing the beautiful game. Please tell your friends and teammates to ensure everyone gets the message and We all look forward to see you next week!


Noel Dona
0411 407 447

2020 Rule Changes

There have been some significant rule changes for the 2020 season.  You can find the current full field laws of the game here

I hope to have a presentation from the referees association on the changes available soon.

Here is my very quick summary:

  • Substitutions: Players leaving the field must leave at nearest boundary
    • Then walk around the field back to the technical area.
    • The player going onto the field still enters from the centre.
  • Yellow and red cards can be shown to coaches and managers.
    •  If you are shown a red card you must leave the field and take no further part in the game.
    • If the ref can’t work out who to blame, the senior coach is shown the card
  • Goal kicks/free kicks in own penalty area:  
    • Ball is in play when kicked, can be passed to a defender in the penalty area.  
    • No real change to U12 goal kicks (25m rule)
  • Dropped balls:
    • No longer competitive. 
    • Dropped to a player of the team which last had possession, or to goal keeper if it is in the penalty area.
    • Players of the other team must be 4m back.
  • Ball hitting referee:
    • If possession changed or a promising attack developed, then the ball is dropped for the team which previously had possession
  • Coin Toss: Team that wins the toss can pick to kick off or choose direction. 
  • Refs can delay showing a yellow/red card if is to the advantage of the other team.
  • Free kick – defensive walls.  Players from the attacking team must be at least 1m away from the wall.  Yellow card offence
  • Goal keeper during penalty – When the ball is kicked, the defending goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot touching, or in line with, the goal line. Yellow card offence 
  • Passback to goal keeper – if the keeper  clearly tried to play the ball away (e.g. kick, head or chest the ball), and fails to clear it, he can then pick it up.
  • Hand-ball.  Lots of reworking of the rules to make it clearer which (possibly accidental) hand-ball events are called.  
    • Apparently this reflects what the referees have been enforcing in past years, it make makes it clearer (in most cases) what is allowed and what is not.
    • All deliberate hand-balls are still not allowed.
    • Basically – keep your hands and arms close to your body.