South Coast Wolves

 

Website:    http://southcoastwolves.com.au

Twitter:     @scwolves

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South Coast Wolves Football Club (formerly Wollongong Community Football Club and the Wollongong Wolves) is a football club based in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, currently playing in the NSW National Premier Leagues.

 

The club was formed in 1980 as Wollongong City Football Club and competed in the National Soccer League until the competition ceased in 2004.  The one exception to this was in 1987, when the Wolves competed in the second tier competition, the NSW First Division, where they were crowned both Premiers and Champions in that season.

 

The Wolves' first NSL grand final win came in the 1999–2000 season, in what has gone down as one of the greatest grand final comebacks in Australian football history.  Perth were up 3–0 at halftime, but goals from Scott Chipperfield, captain Matt Horsley and a last minute equaliser from Paul Reid put the game into extra time-Golden Goal. After no goals in extra time it went to penalties. Wollongong goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi was the hero saving vital penalties. The Wollongong Wolves won 7–6 on penalties.

 

Following the demise of the NSL, Wolves then competed in the New South Wales Premier League in the 2004–05 season until the implementation of the National Premier Leagues in 2013, where it still competes today. In 2009, the club was in financial crisis and could only survive through community support. The club was re-branded as a not for profit organisation, run and owned by the community since the financial demise of the Wollongong Wolves. In 2010, the club was renamed South Coast Wolves FC.

Qualification Route

 

South Coast Wolves qualified for the 2014 FFA Cup by reaching the Semi Final of the NSW Warratah Cup, defeating NPL2 side Parramatta FC.  In reaching the FFA Cup Round of 32, South Coast Wolves defeated Hurstville FC (State League 2) 6-0, Sutherland Sharks (NPL1) 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, and Parramatta FC (NPL2) 5-2 after extra time.  

 

In the playoff game against Parramatta FC, Wolves took the lead twice at Melita Stadium through Jordan Murray and a Blake Brooker own goal, but were pegged back on both occasions, the most crucial of which came in the 90′ minute when Daniel Rezo struck to send the match into extra time.

 

Wolves made no mistake from there though, sealing a resounding victory with another three goals, capped off by Ricky Zucco’s spectacular bicycle kick to give the two-time NSL champions (as Wollongong Wolves) a chance to once again show their mettle to the country.

 

New South Wales' FFA Cup Qualification Pathway

 

Club Honours

 

  • 1987 - NSW First Division Premiers and Champions

  • 1988 - National State League Premiers

  • 1997 - Warratah Cup Winners

  • 1999/2000 - National State League Champions

  • 2000/01 - National State League Champions

  • 2001 - Oceania Club Champions

  • 2007 - Warratah Cup Winners

  • 2008 - NSW Championship Series Champions

 

Notable former players

 

  • Adam Casey

  • Scott Chipperfield

  • Dean Heffernan

  • Robbie Middleby

  • Justin Pasfield

  • Sasho Petrovski

  • Paul Reid

  • Noel Spencer

  • Mile Sterjovski

  • Gary van Egmond

 

Qualification Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Luke Wilkshire

  • Ruben Zadkovich

  • Alvin Ceccoli

 

 

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New South Wales Playoffs

Sydney Olympic vs Sydney United 58

Manly United vs Northern Tigers

Parramatta FC vs South Coast Wolves

Hakoah Sydney City vs Blacktown City

21-22 May, 2014

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