Tigers claw to the top

Zac Schoon in action for the under 20 Tigers on Sunday.

Zac Schoon in action for the under 20 Tigers on Sunday.

WITH the Tigers' season past the half way point, the club is looking for what could be one of Cooma's most successful seasons in its long proud history.

Momentum is staring to grow, teams are training well and good results are being earned. Thank you to our loyal supporters who travel to our games, both home and away, as well as all our sponsors, players, managers, helpers and coaches. But we are only half through the competition and there is no silver in the cabinet yet. Good luck to all the teams as we move toward the business end of the season.

Presidents report

Cooma Tigers Football Club prides itself as one of the oldest continuous football clubs in Australia founded in 1952; we are also one of the most culturally diverse clubs in our region, having players and coaches from 16 different cultural backgrounds. As a result of the success of our State League and National Premier League teams the club is implementing a development program for our juniors to give them the opportunity to participate and be part of the future Capital Football Junior League competitions and the National Premier League competition.

Premier League

Coach: Gabriel Wilk

"After a slow start to the season, we have improved through hard training sessions and desire to win. More depth in the squad and all players consistently performing have gotten us to first position on the ladder. Although we are playing well and winning matches against top sides, there are still five games to go with finals to come. It is very important that we continue to prepare well and not let complacency interfere with our goal of coming first and winning the league. Everyone is looking at us as the team to beat so every game now is getting tougher to win."

20's Premier League

Coach: Eric Bonnett

"After a long preseason with several successful friendly matches we should have been more than prepared for Round 1 but due to some tactical and personal issues we did not get off to a great start. Our first win wasn't until Round 3 and since then, Cooma 20's have not looked back with seven wins from eight matches and conceding only seven goals. Despite our strong defensive efforts, scoring goals have been a problem considering the number of chances created. I'm very impressed with the players ability, attitude and commitment so far and we are more than capable of winning silverware this season."

Under 18

Coach: Goran Noveski

"So far it's been a pretty good season with young players playing beyond their years. All the players have been training hard and I am very happy with their commitment and desire to win. The boys love coming to Cooma and playing at Nijong with the passionate home supporters. If everyone keeps giving 100%, keeps training hard with no complacency, we should end up winning the competition. It is due to a great club and crucial club members such as Harry Hovasapian, Mick Klima, Nick Tonini, Mike Toderoski and assistant coach Indon Jinoski for allowing the boys great training facilities to be able to improve and achieve the highest potential possible."

Men's State League 3

Coach: Mick Klima

"It has been a pretty solid performance so far this season. We have a brand new squad and a good mix of young players and more experienced players. We have been very well organised at the back with the least amount of goals conceded in the league. We struggled a little bit earlier in the season due to playing a new system, but with time it has improved and players have adapted well. Everyone has been training very well with consistent numbers to training. We welcome back Cam Macintosh back after his serious injury. Young players such as Brock Simpson and Hamish Toohey are starting to realise their full potential. We are playing in a very competitive competition and it is important to keep our run of form going into the finals."

Men's State League 5

Coach: Daniel Walker

"Its been an up and down season for Division 5. Starting the season with only two draws out of the first six games it was not looking pretty. Major injuries to key players have not helped the situation. To Cooma's credit after a team meeting was held, Cooma have not looked back, sitting just outside the top four and very confident that if they play as a team, a semi final birth is on the cards. With a mixture of young talent coming through in the likes of a goalkeeper Alex Bruce and the experienced personnel in Captain Mark Burke and Vice Captain Dave D'Amico it should make for a very interesting final few games."

Ladies State League 2

Coach: Gerard Rampal

"Great start to the season. We have come a long way seeing most players haven't played together and are new to the team - some being first time soccer players. With that in mind its been pretty successful season seeing as we are sitting in first place with finals in contention. Camilla McDonald and Caitie Devereux are our new players and have really improved.

All players are playing to a high standard and that is due to everyone training well, keeping fit and having a high commitment to the team. If we continue our form and keep our discipline we should be in a good position to win the competition."

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