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CSUFC 5th Grade Men Nearing Minor Premiership Title

Charles Sturt University                4 – 0                           Lithgow

Charles Sturt University Football Club has defeated Lithgow 4-0, leaving the club six points clear at the top of the table. Team coach Declan Gilkes now convinced his side can take away the minor premiership.

The boys entered halftime two goals ahead, with Jack Barrett & Will Jones securing the lead. There were missed opportunities across the board, but the team still managed to deter every Lithgow attack.

The second-half saw rookies Connor Robinson & Ben Weller both find the back of the net. Weller managing to drive the ball home into the top-left corner from a penalty strike in the last few minutes.

With only four games remaining in the season for this unstoppable red-and-white outfit, captain Will Flynn had the privilege of entertaining his parents who were among an excited audience. Matt Flynn commented on his son’s footballing ability, after the number #69 dictated midfield play throughout the game.

“That footwork, he got that from me”

The squad looks to have an exciting set of fixtures on the horizon. Bathurst City Red Tops will host CSUFC this weekend, while the dreaded 1st versus 2nd match-up against Macquarie United will be played out in only a fortnight. Up the Stags!

CSUFC Men’s First-Grade Fairy Tale Win

Charles Sturt University                3 – 1                           Abercrombie

As Charles Sturt University’s top-tier football side took on Abercrombie in the Bathurst Men’s Premier League, fans and players alike were expecting only one result. Another loss.

The Red and White outfit has seen only 3 points this season, courtesy of three draws with lower-league table sides. The rest of their matches ending in defeat.

With Saturday being the annual ‘Old Boys & Girls Day’ for the club, Mitch Kunnen’s outfit had a shocking surprise for club alumni and fans. Most of whom had travelled considerable distance to Bathurst to see the sporting spectacle – despite previous results.

The squad entered half-time 3 goals ahead, an unexpected twist that left the crowd wanting more. Club legends of past, Aaron Reilly and Bryan Warren leading the vocal onslaught from an ecstatic sideline.

Goals came courtesy of Darius Benzy and Mitch Kunnen, two attackers who have really hit form in recent matches.

As the second-half got underway, CSUFC struggled with fitness as players had just returned from their mid-semester break. Abercrombie managed to sneak one past an otherwise flawless Lachlan Balcombe in goal.

The squad managed to come together as a cohesive unit and deny Abercrombie any points. Special mention must go to Blake Sanders, Brock Brierly and Ryan Burgoyne for their defensive excellence.

Despite the Charles Sturt side being out of finals contention, the players are continuing to implement a great team spirit and enjoy their football.

The team has had an incredibly difficult season, but despite their lack of league points, all of the boys have had a great time this year. Plenty of hijinks off-the-pitch leading the way to positive team chemistry and a thriving club culture.

Up the Stags!

By Shaun Paterson

Old Boys & Girls Day

CSUFC Men’s 1st Grade pull off a major upset to win the premiership against favourites Timbertown in a 1-0 victory. The year would mark the first time that the 1st Grade Men and 1st Grade Ladies of CSUFC would both take out their titles in the same season, an occurrence which has only happened 4 times in the club’s long history.

On the 20th of July 2019;

We’re celebrating all our Old Boys & Girls with a huge day of Football with a night to remember. CSUFC will be taking on Abercrombie FC across multiple grades, with the stags and vixens going at it across 3 different matches over the course of the day.
The day will start of with a lunch feed at our sponsor pub Church bar before getting buses back from Proctor Park to Rafters to kick off the night’s proceedings.
We hope to see you all there!

Finals Preview: Make or break for 3 remaining CSUFC sides

Three CSUFC teams will take to Proctor Park this Sunday with the hope that they will get to do so once more on the biggest weekend in September.

Third Grade Ladies White, First Grade Ladies and First Grade Men white will each play a must win semi-final with a coveted place in a grand final on the line.

The former will take on top seeded Kinross Wolaroi in a mammoth clash – kickoff is scheduled for 9am.

Evie Chalwell’s side have had an up and down campaign, however, their advancement through the first week of finals is made all the more impressive considering the outfit have just ten players qualified to play through number of appearances.

Coach Chalwell is optimistic about her side’s chances despite their lack of numbers.

“We’re playing with only 10 women this week against the top team, but together they make one of the strongest teams third grade has seen. With 7 of my players being defenders, it’ll be interesting to see how we go up front, but I have every bit of confidence in them to pull through.”

A victory would mark the first time in recent memory that a Third Grade Vixens side has appeared in the final game of the season.

Later in the day, the First Grade Vixens will be in action with designs on a spot in their fourth consecutive grand final. Last week’s 2-1 loss to Panorama saw the Ladies consigned to play a do or die clash with Eglinton to claim their place in the big dance.

Historically, clashes between these two sides have been close fought affairs, so expect an interesting match come Sunday afternoon – kickoff is at 3pm on Field 3.

After being granted a week off, minor premiers First Grade White will take on Cowra in a massive match on Sunday at 3pm.

Finally back to full strength, with the exception of striker Jimmy Shaw, the last remaining Stags side will head into this one full of confidence. A 2-2 draw with fellow premiership aspirants Panorama Red secured the boys the minor premiership and a win here could well see a rematch between the two best teams in the Bathurst Premier League for 2017.

Get down to Proctor Park to watch your CSUFC sides fight for grand final berths:

Third Grade Ladies White vs Kinross Wolaroi @ 9am
First Grade Ladies vs Eglinton kickoff @ 3pm
First Grade Men White vs Cowra @ 3pm