42 not out: Veteran Coach acknowledged with Community Service Award

Most footballers at our club do not remember the Autumn of 1976 – a whole generation has since passed.

Six months earlier, the fall of Saigon had signalled the end of the Vietnam War. Malcolm Fraser was the Australian Prime Minister, Star Wars didn’t exist and The Four Seasons were sitting comfortably at number 1 on the Billboard charts.

1976 was also the first year Bill Papas volunteered as a Northbridge FC coach.

After more than 42 years with the club, Papas was presented with a Rotary Community Service Award at the Northbridge Golf Club on Wednesday evening.

In the presence of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and his wife Georgina (pictured right), dozens of admirers expressed their appreciation and respect for the veteran coach and full-time barber.

“There were people there that I’ve been cutting their hair since the early eighties,” said Papas.

“People came up to me telling me that I used to coach their son 30 years ago – it was quite overwhelming actually.”

Despite the multiple premierships and championship victories over the decades, the most gratifying memory for Papas comes from a recent season, featuring some of the most exceptional emerging talent in the club.

“[What] sticks out most is the 2015 premiership; the U15 representative girls team,” said Papas.

“We were undefeated and were playing against girls in the NSW Institute of Sport team, which now holds about ten of the current U20s Matildas team.

“To beat a national team in the Grand Final was probably the most enjoyable, honourable memory.”

Papas believes the ongoing development of a stable women’s program is the most significant change at Northbridge FC through the years – along with the topnotch facilities, he is confident the club will become a football powerhouse.

“The women’s program has grown to be the best I’ve ever seen it,” said Papas.

“The facilities here at Northbridge here are A+… it used to be a dirt track when I used to play.”

“The club has grown in stature and also in player numbers as well, from maybe ten teams in the whole club to 3,000 playing members.”

“It’s probably the biggest club in terms of numbers participating in the whole country, and that’s massive.”

This season, Papas is mentoring and consulting the North Shore Mariners WNPL Reserves team. While the future remains undecided for Papas, he intends to continue contributing to the club – both as a coach and a player – for as long as his body will allow.

“I’ve coached at the club since 1976; I’ve been a player here since 1971.”

“I’m edging 60 now – I suppose at this point, as much as I love it, we go a year-to-year proposition.”

“If the body holds up, I’ll continue playing – if my health still stands, I continue coaching.”



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Term 2 Programs – Bilbys, Skills, ProZone & U6/U7-U8/U9 Tournament

With Northbridge Oval back in business, the club is kick-starting a number of programs, some old favourites and a brand new one at Bales Park, for Term 2.


  • Bilbys – Introduction to Football, 3-5 Year Olds, Girls & Boys
  • Skills – Development Program, U6-U12 Girls & Boys
  • ProZone – Advanced Small Group Skills Sessions, U8-U16 Girls & Boys
  • 4v4 Tournament – U6/U7 and U8/U9


Bilbys 3-5 Year Olds



Northbridge FC Bilbys program offers children an introduction to football. Sessions revolve around imaginary games looking to engage the child whilst developing their cognitive motor functions.

This program is designed to develop the childs love for the game and become friends with the football. Coaches are FFA qualified and understand the learning requirements of this age bracket.

An emphasis on co ordination, social interaction, decision making, problem solving and most importantly fun!

Sign up now as not to miss out, a perfect way to introduce your child to sporting, social and educational environment.

Term Fee:

Monday 9:30am-10:30am Northbridge Oval 29/3/19 1/7/19 9 weeks






Northbridge Oval


Northbridge Oval







10 weeks


10 weeks


The Small Print:

  • Kids to wear runners and comfy clothes.  No soccer boots please.  A Bilby shirt will be provided to new registrations.  
  • Due to the young age of participants, a parent/carer is required to stay during the class.
  • Classes will be cancelled in case of heavy rain/storms/unsafe conditions.  Cancellation notices will be posted on the Northbridge FC facebook page and on this website as early as possible.  A credit will be provided for cancelled sessions.


Skills Program 6-12 Year Olds



For those players looking for additional development opportunities our skills program provides exactly this.

With a focus on developing the four core skills, First Touch, Running With the Ball, 1v1 and Striking The Ball.

The program is designed to maintain the fun and enjoyment of the game whilst looking to develop and rehearse a variety of skills.

Players will be put through isolated and game based practices with an emphasis on contact with the ball.

If you are looking for a little extra football during the season this is the perfect program for you.


Monday 7.30-8.30am Northbridge Oval 29/3/19 1/7/19 9
Tuesday 8.00-9.00am Castle Cove Oval 30/3/19 2/7/19 10
Tuesday 4:00pm-5:00pm Northbridge Oval 30/3/19 2/7/19 10
Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm Thomson Park 3/4/19 5/7/19 10
Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm Northbridge Oval 3/4/19 5/7/19 10



ProZone Intensive Small Group Skills Training – Girls & Boys U8 – U16

10 weeks of high intensity small group sessions to high focus on skill and physical development to complement team training sessions.
**NEW** Girls Only Session U6-U12; Special Rate **NEW** 
We will run the following Sessions:
  • Tuesday   5:30pm-6:30pm   U8-U12
  • Tuesday   6:45pm-7:45pm   U13-U16
  • Wednesday   4:00pm-5:00pm   U8-U12
  • Wednesday   5:15pm-6:15pm   Girls Only (U6-U12)
  • Wednesday   6:30pm-7:30pm   U13-U16
  • Thursday   4:15pm-5:15pm   U8-U11
  • Thursday   5:30pm-6:30pm   U12-U13
  • Thursday   6:45pm-7:45pm   U14-U16
Fees:  10 weeks @ $200 ($20 per session)
SPECIAL:  Girls Only Sessions Fee: 10 weeks $90 ($10 per session, 1st session free)
One hour intensive small group training sessions run by NSM and NFC Coaches at Northbridge Oval.
Book in now to keep your training and skills development sharp through the season.



Fun Kicks 4v4 Tournament – U6/U7 & U8/U9

Northbridge Football Club is proud to provide an additional Football opportunity to supplement the kids current weekly training and weekend matches. We will be offering a 4v4 competition for teams U6-U9 during the 2019 season.

Tuesday 3.50pm-5pm – U6/U7  *7th May – 2nd July*

Thursday 3.50pm-5pm – U8/U9 *9th May – 4th July*

Small Sided Tournament

  • Organise a team of 5-6 players to play matches on Tuesdays or Thursday at Bales Park
  • $400 per team for the 9-week tournament. Played in the school terms starting in Term 2
  • 4v4, no goal keeper
  • 12 min halves with 3 min half time
  • Games played at 3:50pm-4:20pm – 4:25pm-4:55pm
  • Game leaders provided as part of registration fee

Tournaments will run for 9 weeks in line with the term and provide players the opportunity to have additional match practice alongside their current schedule. This opportunity is a great one for extra contacts of the ball and experience in game situations.

The club advises all teams to register where applicable and we hope to be able to continue to provide more and more additional opportunities for kids to have fun and excel with their football.


The link to registration is:  https://forms.gle/PMi5oyffx6ztydLG9

Payment via the online shop:  http://www.northbridgefcshop.com.au/football-payments/smallcomp-football-2019.html


Northbridge FC 2019 Raffle

The Northbridge FC Raffle is now on for the 2019 season!

Our club hosts one raffle each year as the major fundraising effort to raise around $30,000. This is essential funding for a community not for profit club.

This year we have 7 amazing prizes on offer for the winners to be drawn out on the 26th July, 2pm on Facebook Live. Get your tickets now from a Northbridge FC/North Shore Mariners player!











Click here to see NFC Raffle Prize List

Northbridge FC would like to thank these generous donors for their support of our club by providing excellent main prizes as well as ticket seller prizes:

Inertia Music – Ashley Sellers







Flight Centre Northbridge






Northbridge Plaza

Dermalogica – Suzie Dubber





Sabino Mena Barreto Photography







Central Coast Mariners










Chocolate Brown Interior Styling – Justine Brown






Young Henry’s – Ben Ingham








Phil and Rose Giardina

From NFC Academy to NSM: Football Pathways

Four of the brightest stars to emerge from the Northbridge FC Academy last year have earned a place in the North Shore Mariners squad in the lead-up to their 2019 season.

Joe Irvine (U13 Boys), Matthew Selkrig (U14 Boys), Alexander Byrne (U16 Boys) and Sophia Skarparis (U17 Girls) each swapped the red and white for a fresh navy blue and yellow kit.

Luke Bakos and Lachlan Choy were also included in the North Shore Mariners U13 squad earlier this year after a successful season in the Northbridge Academy last year.

These promotions highlight how the Northbridge FC Academy continues to develop the skills of aspiring footballers, serving as a pathway for enthusiastic players.

Skarparis enjoyed the challenge of higher-quality football, but also appreciated the enthusiasm of her new teammates.

“Last year I went from playing Academy to Premier League and I improved so much – my first touch and passing improved so much,” said Skarparis.

“Going on the field with people you love playing with and having that sense of community and encouragement – knowing that even if you don’t play your best, you still have a team behind you who support you.”

Similarly, Irvine – while small in stature – isn’t going to let the new-found pace of competitive football stop showing his capability on the pitch.

“It was certainly a step up from what I used to play – it was faster and everyone was bigger,” said Irvine.

“I just hope to play well and be able to show off how well I can play.”


Northbridge FC currently have an Academy Coach position open.

The role involves two training sessions a week and matches on Saturdays – the competitive season starts in April and continues through to August.

The position will be renumerated based on experience through an honorarium for the season.

Coaches will receive opportunities to attend courses and workshops throughout the year – they can also progress through the coaching pathway available at the club if they meet expectations throughout the year.

If you’re interested or have any questions, please contact freddie.seccombe@northbridgefootballclub.com.au with qualifications, experience and a resume.


The Northbridge Academy is searching for new players in the lead up to their 2019 season.

If you’re an U16 male outfield player who loves football and wants to improve their skills, we would very much like to hear from you.

Anyone who is interested, please contact freddie.seccombe@northbridgefootballclub.com as soon as possible!


Northbridge FC are seeking U18 players as we head into our 2019 season.

We encourage anyone with a passion for football to come join the club and help fill out the last couple of spots in our U18 mixed (Division 2 and 3) teams.

If you’re interested, please email info@northbridgefc.com.au for more info.

Sports Focus Physiotherapy – Official Club Physios for 2019

Sports Focus Physiotherapy have returned to NSM and Northbridge FC as the official providers of physiotherapy services in 2019.

Discounts apply for club members.  Call Matt or Ben at Sports Focus Physio 99588986 or 99670013 for any enquiries


For any budding football referees, the KDFRA are running five referee courses in preparation for the 2019 season.

Courses are being run on the following dates:
– 23 February
– 3 March
– 9 March (Female Referee Course)
– 23 March
– 31 March

The Female Referee Course will also feature guest presenter Sarah Ho, a FIFA Assistant referee with significant experience at the highest levels of football.

To register for any of these courses, please visit www.kdfra.com.au/join and follow the prompts.