Daylesford Soccer Club to launch preseason – this Wednesday 25th Feb

 All Daylesford Soccer teams will launch preseason training for the upcoming 2015 season on Wednesday 25th of February 2015 at Victoria Park Oval 2 Daylesford. This will give the club 6 weeks to prepare for a busy 2015 season, in a much improved BDSA League. The juniors will start at 4pm, with Seniors at 6pm. New coaches have been announced and all eyes will be in the local talent that grew well in 2014. 

The club has lost six talented players to the Ballarat Red Devils, but have recruited well in the offseason and expect numbers to grow into 2015. New club President Peter D’Onglia said “I am very excited about the 2015 season and the continued growth and enjoyment by our juniors in the BDSA league”. “We will continue to provide great coaches and a good soccer club for boys and girls to enjoy playing social and competitive soccer”.

The Daylesford and Hepburn United Soccer Club will hopefully have an Under 9s, Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 15s in the junior league, and a Senior Men’s.

Ballarat Soccer in 2015 will be bolstered by the Red Devils  entering the new National Premiere League 1. This will see a clear avenue for talented players to play the highest standard of soccer in regional Victoria. The Red Devils will be taking the sport to the next level, and have already signed some very talented players and coaches.

All players are welcome from the age of six years old upwards, boys and girls, with the main aim enjoyment and participation on a junior level. The seniors will most likely be promoted to the BDSA Division 2, playing in a more competitive environment and aiming for a top 4 finish.

For more details or to register interest, please contact:

- Ivan Carter, Seniors, 0422605953        - Peter D’Onglia, Juniors, 0409957942

DSC_0174smallWining_team_photo (1) U15s Aidan Mayger (Top Goal Scorer), Tiger Callahan (Best and Fairest), Ruben Furness (Coaches Award) ivan carter trapping the ball Dragi winning the ball DSC_0266

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By Ivan Carter

The annual presentation night for the Daylesford Hepburn United Soccer Club was held last Friday at the Town Hall, with 150 people present to see Club President Ivan Carter declare that a this year was the most successful year for local soccer in over a decade.

A local Under 9s competition was held, and Daylesford fielded Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s and Seniors’ teams in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association league, for the first time in its history.

The Club has gone from strength to strength in 2014, “we even managed to provide the league’s best and healthiest canteen as identified by visiting players and families” said Carter. The Canteen saw many committed volunteers and bakers each home game providing a range of foods from baked potatoes, to vegetable pancakes, soup, muffins, sausage rolls and Cornish pasties.

What’s remarkable is the number of new players that have registered combined with five talented coaches and more support coaches for each team. Each coach emphasised on the night the Club being united, the juniors’ coaches commenting on startling improvement from early games to end of season games with all grades able to competitively play against the League’s best and most experienced teams and clubs. Each Coach rallied the audience by laying down the challenge of Daylesford going all the way in as many age groups as possible in 2015.

The founder of the Club, Martin Szololai was present and always an inspiration with his stories of establishing the Club from scratch; this included the making, by hand, of soccer goals.

Club Junior Manager, John Mayger, spoke of the sense of community that has now built around the Club as nothing short of “extraordinary”.

Medal winners

Each coach described how hard it was to select this year’s medal winners as whole team efforts were praised and all players of their improvement and effort in each team.

In Under 9s Coach Danny Koleski awarded Freya Duffy the Most Consistent on the team, Otis Smith won the Most Improved, Tyler Work the Coaches Award and Zach Koleski took out the team’s Best and Fairest trophy.

In the Under 11s Coaches Richard Malter and Tony English recognised Ben English as the teams Most Improved player, Rohan Singaram claimed the trophy for Effort and Skill, and Eric Kelly the cap and trophy of team’s Best Player.

Under 13s Coach Shankar Hackenberger awarded Lola Jackson the teams Most Improved player, Sean Armstrong received the Coach’s Award and the trophy for the team’s Best and Fairest player went to Jonas Paar.

The Under 15s Coach Michael Barnes acknowledged the extraordinary challenges for the team losing Coach Marcus McIntosh mid-season, and reaching and staying on the top of the ladder for 5 games. Barney awarded Aleph Johnston Most Improved, Ruben Furness the Coaches Award, Aidan Mayger Top Goal Scorer and Tiger Callahan the Best and Fairest player.

For Seniors Coach Dragi Koleski the season of so much promise and top of ladder play ended with the need to reminisce what might have been. Koleski identified Mehdi Muhammed as Best First Year Player, Danny Kinnear as Most Improved, Abdel Benani Top Goal Scorer, and Shankar Hackenberger the team’s Best and Fairest for the year.

Heartfelt thanks to the committee, coaches, volunteers, players, supporters and sponsors, this was a truly exceptional year for local soccer, laying a great foundation for 2015” said the Club President. The tireless efforts of John and Jayanthi Mayger, the Clubs “backbone” was acknowledged by loud applause.

In particular we would like to thank our sponsors for their support – Bendigo Bank, Hocking Stuart, the Lake House, Daylesford Seafood Bar and the Daylesford Hotel – in helping the Club achieve such wonderful growth an participation in 2014”, said Carter.

Soccer practice for 11 to 15 year olds continues Wednesdays 4 to 6pm at Victoria Park, all welcome. “Look out for clinics and practice games over the summer months as we continue to build the Club and skills of our many soccer players”.


U9s Freya Duffy (Most Consistent), Zach Koleski (Best and Fairest), Otis Smith (Most Improved)

U9s Freya Duffy (Most Consistent), Zach Koleski (Best and Fairest), Otis Smith (Most Improved)

U11s Rohan Singaram (Effort and Skill), Eric Kelly (Best Player), Ben English (Most Improved)

U11s Rohan Singaram (Effort and Skill), Eric Kelly (Best Player), Ben English (Most Improved)

U13s Holly for Sean Armstrong (Coaches Award), Jonas Paar (Best and Fairest), Lola Jackson (Most Improved)

U13s Holly for Sean Armstrong (Coaches Award),  Jonas Paar (Best and Fairest), Lola Jackson (Most Improved)

U15s Aidan Mayger (Top Goal Scorer), Tiger Callahan (Best and Fairest), Ruben Furness (Coaches Award)

U15s Aidan Mayger (Top Goal Scorer), Tiger Callahan (Best and Fairest), Ruben Furness (Coaches Award)

Seniors Shankar Hackenberger (Best and Fairest), Abdel Benani (Top Goal Scorer), Mehdi Muhammed (Best First Year Player).

Seniors Shankar Hackenberger (Best and Fairest), Abdel Benani (Top Goal Scorer), Mehdi Muhammed (Best First Year Player)

Coching team 2014 Danny Koleski (U9s), Tony English (U11s), Michael Barnes (U15s), Shankar Hackenberger (U13s), Dragi Koleski (Seniors).

Coching team 2014 Danny Koleski (U9s), Tony English (U11s), Michael Barnes (U15s), Shankar Hackenberger (U13s), Dragi Koleski (Seniors) Absent from this photo is Richard Malter – Coach for under 11′s


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2014/2015 Notice of Annual General Meeting



Notice is given to all members of Daylesford and Hepburn United Soccer Club that the Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 12 noon on 1st of November 2014 at the Daylesford Neighbourhood House (Paddock Room), 13 Camp St  Daylesford VIC 3460

The general nature of the business of the meeting will be as follows:

  1. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  2. Reports
    • Presidents Report
    • Treasurers Report
  3. Presentations from club patrons and sponsors (to be advised)
  4. Elections – all positions will be vacant.
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer

If you have any other business you wish to raise at the AGM,  could you please let the club secretary (Andrew) know prior to 26th of October.  Via email : or by phone: 0422 206 974

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2014 Summer 7s

Daylesford Seniors are entering a team for summer 7s.

Games are played on Thursday nights in Ballarat through October and November. Short format game on a half pitch. Open to friends of the club, non playing members, existing players and younger club members too. If you are keen to play, contact our club secretary.


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Club 2014 end of season social

Recognising the players, supporters and families of local soccer over 2014

As we mark the end of a landmark year for soccer in the local community, the Daylesford and Hepburn United Soccer Club will be celebrating at their presentation night to be held on 24 October from 5pm at the Town Hall.

This is a ‘bring food to share’ event, with drinks available for purchase on the night. The presentations will commence at 6pm for the junior teams, followed by the seniors.  “As this was a record year in player registrations, the number of teams entered into the Ballarat and District League, the number of new players, and an increase in girls registering – we hav e a lot to celebrate” said Ivan Carter, Club President.

This season, the real result for Daylesford was that it fielded five teams in Uner 9s, Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s and a Seniors team. The Club is building and going from strength to strength with over 100 registered players, and 30 players Under 9. 

Please join us in celebrating a growth year and promising future for soccer in our community, from 5pm, Daylesford Town Hall, 24 October 2014. Inquiries please contact Ivan Carter on 0422605953

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Pics from last weeks MiniRoos matches in Ballarat

Here are some more images from last Saturdays two MiniRoos matches in Ballarat. There are plenty here so everyone has been covered! Thanks again to Murray for these fantastic images.


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Under 13s play Ballarat at Home Sunday 24th August

Some great shots of last Sundays Under 13s game vs. Ballarat. Thanks again Murray for the images

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Shirts and Jackets with the club colours and badge are available but must be ordered and paid by the end of July. Order forms will be handed out at training or can be downloaded from this page. Give your order and payment to Ivan or John for processing.

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More great pics by Murray from two of Sundays Games:
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Seniors vd. Cresswick Orange: click for more

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