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2015 CLUB AWARD WINNERS

SENIORS
Club Champion Award - Joseph Polisena and Liam Wooding
Coach Award - Daniel Godley
Players' Player Award - Rocky Callisto & Adam Van Dommele
Rising Star - Stefan Simic
Golden Boot - Perry Mitris


RESERVES
Club Champion Award - Andrew Dyer
Coach Award - Callum Piantadosi
Players' Player Award - Callum Piantadosi


UNDER 18
Club Champion Award - Martin Duku
Coach Award - Martin Duku
Players' Player Award - Martin Duku




DANIEL GODLEY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

North Eastern MetroStars wishes to advise that Daniel Godley has announced his retirement from playing after 19 seasons of National Soccer League and South Australian state league football.

Godley, who recently played his 400th SA competition match, commenced his senior career as a 21 year old for Salisbury United, before joining Playford City and then Adelaide City in mid 2000.
 
Godley featured for Adelaide City in the National Soccer League in the 2001/02 and 2002/03 seasons playing 14 matches.
 
Godley joined MetroStars in 2004 and played 296 matches for the club, winning 1 National NPL title, 3 League Championships, 7 Minor Premierships and 3 Federation Cups.

Many people have helped Godley get to where he is today and he thanked them for their guidance.

"I'd just like to thank all the coaches that have helped me over the last 34 years, every one of them have added something to where I am now,” said Godley.

"There's always some that do something special that doesn’t take anything away from the others, but I must thank Charlie Horvath who took me as a 13 year old full back and turned me in to a GK, giving me the foundation to build on, an absolute legend that I couldn’t thank enough,” said Godley”

"Also Dave Johnstone who gave me my first chance in senior football at Salisbury United, then continued to help me as chairman of the club ending with me getting an opportunity at playing in the NSL,” said Godley.

"Thank you to everyone at MetroStars for making the last 12 years fantastic and supporting myself and my family, hopefully my son Jarvis gets to enjoy & experience the club as much as I have,” said Godley.

"Thank you to my parents for giving me everything I needed to get where I am, things like driving from Craigmore to Firle to get me to training night after night are the things you appreciate now, I hope I have given them as much entertainment in return over the years,” said Godley.

"And of course, thank you to my wife Moira and children Amelie & Jarvis for putting up with me being at training or playing more nights than I am at home, with out their support there's no way I would have been able to go on for as long as I have and experience what I have,” said Godley.

Godley ended his career after the club’s 1-0 loss to Oakleigh Cannons in the Round of 16 of the FFA Cup.

"Unfortunately the match wasn’t exactly the way I'd hoped but Ive never been a person to stand back and hope things happen, but I did get to spend it playing for a club I love with a group of the best mates I could ask for,” said Godley.

MetroStars President Andrew Perrone fondly remembers Godley’s key save in the club’s first League Championship.

"Signing Daniel in 2004 and being part of our first League Championship winning team was the start of something special at our club, as I remember Daniel’s catlike reflex save in extra time. Fast-forward to today and he still pulls off those saves,” said Perrone.

Perrone praised Godley as a valuable member of the club.

"Daniel has played a huge role in this club and has been involved in every major first team sporting achievement since joining this club. A first class keeper on the park, a key leader to the group, a mentor to young players, and a genuine club person. Daniel has set the standard for future generations and his contribution shaped what MetroStars is today,” said Perrone.
 
Current senior coach Michael Pirone said that since he arrived at the club in 2008, there have been a few constants and Godley being in goals has been one of them.
 
"I often talk to the group about what I look for in a player and the first thing before football ability, is quality of character and those that have the pleasure of knowing Daniel, will know that his character is unquestionable. He always put the teams needs before his own, no nonsense, no fuss, got on with the job and has been an outstanding addition since he arrived at the start of the 2004 season,” said Pirone.
 
"At a personal level, he has been a great help to me in my first year of Senior coaching always giving me honest opinion and always, always stayed positive no matter the situation,” Pirone went on to say.
 
"I know how much the younger goalkeepers looked up to him and the effect he has had on their development in such a positive manner,” said Pirone”.
 
"It’s a sad day to see someone so loved and respected leave the club as a player, but I have a feeling he will have plenty more work to do here at MetroStars in the future, football needs people like Daniel Godley to stay involved,” said Pirone.
 
As a tribute to Daniel Godley’s retirement, the number 20 shirt will be "retired” in season 2016.
 
 
 
Daniel Godley

Senior Career – 1997 to 2015
402 SA Club Matches (296 MetroStars, 41 Salisbury, 31 Adelaide City, 21 Adelaide Olympic, 13 Playford)
14 NSL matches
1 National NPL title (MetroStars)
3 SA League titles (MetroStars)
3 Federation Cup Titles (MetroStars)
7 Minor Premierships (MetroStars)


* Matches includes on SA League, Cup & Finals & FFA Finals & Cup matches only.




400 MATCHES FOR DANIEL GODLEY


Daniel Godley is set to play his 400th SA club match (SA League, Cup & Finals and FFA Finals & Cup match) this weekend.

Godley made his senior debut in 1997 for Salisbury United. He also played 14 National League matches for Adelaide City on top of his 400 SA club matches.

Senior clubs: Salisbury United (1997-1998), Playford City (2000), Adelaide City (SA 2000-2001), Adelaide City (NSL 2001-2003), Adelaide Olympic (2003), MetroStars (2004-2015)

From all our Executive Committee, members, supporters, players, coaches and sponsors, we would like to congratulation Daniel on an outstanding playing career.



DAVID MENECHELLA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

North Eastern MetroStars wishes to advise that David Menechella has announced his retirement from playing after 19 seasons in the top flight of South Australian state league football.

Menechella, made his senior debut in 1997 with Campbelltown City and joined MetroStars in 2002, led MetroStars as captain to their first League Championship in 2014, played 366 matches (282 with MetroStars), won one National NPL title, three League Championships, three Federation Cups, 8 Minor Premierships and was a dual Club Champion Medallist.

The Menechella name has been synonymous with South Australian state league football since the mid 1990s, with David and his brothers Michael and Daniel collectively playing over 1000 senior matches.

"After an unfortunate onfield injury recently,  I have decided that this was the right time to retire from senior football,” said Menechella.

Menechella was thankful for all the well wishes he received.

"Thank you to everyone for all your support over my playing career both at Campbelltown City and MetroStars. The few days have been overwhelming with the amount of support I have receive. I would like to thank the club for giving me one last match on Saturday against Pirates,” said Menechella.

Menechella especially thanked the support from MetroStars.

"To all the MetroStars’ committee members, volunteers, coaching staff, players, sponsors and supporters past and present, I can't thank you enough for making Saturday so special for myself and my family.”

"There are moments in life that we wish we could bottle and go back to every now and then; and this was one of them.”

"To have my family, friends, past players and coaches there to share this special moment, I don't think I could have scripted it any better.”

"MetroStars, my second family, forever in my heart, a true soccer club on and off the park.” said Menechella.

MetroStars’ President Andrew Perrone praised one of the club’s finest players of all time.

"On Saturday we sadly said goodbye to the "Maldini of MetroStars", one of our favourite all time defenders and past captain David Menechella, after an unfortunate on field injury has forced his retirement,” said Perrone.

"David has been part of a formidable backline since joining MetroStars in 2002 alongside team mates Lee Robertson, Adam Van Dommele, Michael D’Aloisio and Daniel Godley.”

"David has been involved in every major title at the club, a track record that will be tough to repeat, but an inspiration to the next generation of youngsters to strive for.”

Perrone announced that for season 2016 of the National Premier League – SA that the club would retire his playing shirt number.

"The number 2 shirt will be retired in 2016 to commemorate David’s career. Please join me in congratulating this club champion and marvellous icon of the game,” said Perrone.

Current MetroStars’ Senior Coach and former team mate Michael Pirone said Menechella was respected both on and off the field.

"David has been an ornament to not only MetroStars, but to Football in this state for the best part of 20 years. He has won everything available - Minor Premierships, League Championships, Federation Cups and the NPL title,” mentioned Pirone.

"As an opponent, I played directly against David over many years and I have to say he was the toughest, most skilled right sided player I played against, but he was also the fairest. He had my respect as a player from the first minute to the last and he made you earn every touch you got. More importantly he has the respect of every single person at our club, not just as a player, but firstly as a person.”

"It was my privilege to play against, with and then coach David. I can only wish David all the best in his retirement, he deserves every accolade that has come his way,” said Pirone.


David Menechella

Senior Career – 1997 to 2015
366 Matches (282 MetroStars, 84 Campbelltown City)
1 National NPL title (MetroStars)
3 SA League titles (MetroStars)
3 Federation Cup Titles (MetroStars)
8 Minor Premierships (MetroStars)
2 Club Champion Medals (MetroStars)
FFSA Player Life Member

* Matches includes on SA League, Cup & Finals & FFA Finals & Cup matches only.



 
METROSTARS WELCOMES 2015 SPONSORS

MetroStars welcomes all our 2015 sponsors.  Their support is greatly appreciated by all our members.  In 2015 some of our sponsors will be communicating via email and club newsletters to our members and offering them special deals.  MetroStars asks our members to support our valued sponsors and refer them to family and friends.
      


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1.  The following actions should not be tolerated at any sanctioned FFSA Games:
     a.  Offensive, Abusive or Insulting Language
     b.  Discrimination and harassing behaviour
     c.  Violent conduct of any nature

2.  If a match official is experiencing any Offensive, Abusive or Insulting Language from players an/or officials they are to implement the required sanctions as outlined in the Laws of the Games.

3.  If a match officials is experiencing Offensive, Abusive or Insulting Language from any other person where on field sanctions cannot be applied, in the first instance it must be brought to the attention of a club official and/or ground steward who is required to address the behaviour with the offending person.

4.  If the behaviour continues, the match official will provide the club official and/or ground stewards with a further opportunity to address the inappropriate behaviour.

5.  If the march official has exhausted both of these avenues and no resolution has been achieved and inappropriate behaviour continues, the match official will abandon the game.

6.  If the game is abandon the match official must submit a report into the FFSA within 48 hours outlining the reasons for terminating the game and also identifying the offending club players, officials and/or spectators.

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