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Press Release – Alamein Football Club / Ashburton United Soccer Club

Soccer Clubs welcome Boroondara Council decision on Dorothy Laver playing fields

j0424308Ashburton-based soccer clubs, Ashburton United Soccer Club and Alamein Football Club, welcome the decision this week by Boroondara Council to establish a soccer focussed facility at Dorothy Laver Reserve West with two full sized fields and all-year round access.

The clubs acknowledge that this has been a long-sought outcome for the soccer community in Boroondara which has grown rapidly over the last few years. There are now some 3000 girls and boys, men and women playing for Boroondara soccer clubs, and around two-thirds of whom live in Boroondara. A further 1000 plus Boroondara residents play for clubs outside Boroondara and it is hoped the new facility will attract them to play for local soccer clubs.

Both clubs thanked the Boroondara Council and its officers for their leadership and endorsement of the needs of community-based football which is becoming an all-year round sport.

The clubs particularly welcomed the decision of Council to prioritise juniors, girls and women, indigenous and players with disabilities.

“Having just lost the girls football centre at Batesford Reserve in Monash, this will mean our girls and women will have a new community football home as will our planned team for players with disabilities”, said Ashburton President Bob Stensholt.

Bill Gaganis, President of Alamein Football Club said “As one of the few female-only soccer clubs in Victoria, we are delighted that there will be a new home for girls and women to play both for enjoyment as well as to achieve their best at the highest level.”

Contacts: Bill Gaganis 0425 844 979 or 9249 9608 and Bob Stensholt 0428 131 634

Alamein FC signs three of the best from Galaxy United

Jess Tay Anita Komijat Akeisha Sandhu

Alamein FC has signed three of the best NPLW players for the 2019 season.

Alamein FC would like to proudly announce the signing of  Jess Tay, Aneta Komijat and Akeisha Sandhu from Galaxy United for the 2019 NPLW season.

Jess (@jess_tay10 ) is a leader and unrelenting defender who captained Galaxy United and brings a wealth of experience to our squad. Jess began her WPL with the Bulleen Lions, where she spent two full seasons with the club under Bobby McGuinness before eventually making the move to the 2015 Minor Premiers, Bulleen Lions.

Aneta comes to Alamein after two seasons with Geelong Galaxy. Anita (@aneta_hajduk) has a depth of experience with WPL clubs Altona, Cairnlea and Heidelberg before joining Galaxy in 2016. The talented winger "has the ability to beat players 1v1"  and is a great reader of the game.

Akeisha joins her fellow team mates from Galaxy United Jess and Aneta to bolster up our defensive third for next season. Having caused problems for our strikers last season we’re now hoping that she now provides a serious problem to other teams next season. Akeisha is and NTC graduate and has represented both Country New South Wales and Victoria at the National Championships.

2019 Coaches Appointed

2019 coaching staff appointedAlamein FC is pleased to announce that coaches for all teams have been appointed. Sinisa Cohadzic (Senior Head Coach), Mark Cassar (Technical Director) and Daniel Foden (U19 Head Coach) all continue on from 2018. Joining them for the 2019 season are Andy Burnett (U16 Head Coach and Senior Assistant Coach), Eugene Van Der Westhuizen (U14 Head Coach) and David Risteski ( U12 H /Coach and U16 Assistant Coach).

For more details see our "Our Coaching Staff page"

EOI Coaching Staff

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Alamein FC has opened up and is seeking applications from experienced coaches that have got a passion for women’s football to submit their details for opportunities in 2019.
All Junior coaches will be reporting directly to our Technical Director Mark Cassar.
Enquirers please email and one of our staff will contact with you shortly.

Click on the link below to submit your Expression of Interest.

register expression of interest

Expressions of Interest - 2019 Girls NPLW Victoria Squads

eoi buttonAlamein FC has now opened Expressions of Interest for their 2019 Girls NPLW Victoria squads. The Club will be conducting trials by invitation for all squads later this year. Registered players will initially be considered to trial prior to trials opening to the wider football community. Players wishing to be considered need to complete the form below and a member of our Football Department will be in contact in due course. All registrations are held in complete confidence and are not discussed outside the club.

For any enquiries, please email the Technical Director at

button click here to register your expression of interest

New Synthetic Surface at Dorothy Laver Reserve West

DorothyLaver Map Circles 750Boroondara Council is proposing an exciting new project with the installation of a synthetic surface at Dorothy Laver Reserve West. This will provide a year-round soccer-focused facility with increased opportunities for women and girls, whilst also enhancing opportunities for passive recreation. The detailed plans for the project can be found below.

It is important you register your support before TUESDAY 24 JULY.

We are asking for your help as supporters or stakeholders of the club to contact the council and support this move.

Simply head to https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/…/dorothy-laver-reserve-w… to register your support.


Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Football Club United of Melbourne Inc. (A0091690K) (Alamein FC)


Notice is given to all members of the Football Club United of Melbourne Inc. - A0091690K (Alamein FC) that the Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 6.30 pm on 25 May 2018 at H. A. Smith Reserve Gardiner Road Hawthorn.

The general nature of the business of the meeting will be as follows:
1. Welcome – AFC President
2. Reports from the President & Treasurer
3. Election of Board – Positions open are:
a. President
b. Vice President
c. Treasurer
d. Secretary

1. Current Board members, Alan Cubbon and Bill Gaganis will be nominating for re-election on the Board of Directors.
2. Nomination Forms for the Board must be made with the prescribed ‘Nomination Form’ on our website and submitted via emailed to no later than 5pm on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.
3. Proxy Forms are available on our website and must be submitted via email to no later than 5pm on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Bill Gaganis

Welcome Jacynta Galabadaarachchi

Alamein FC v Southern Utd. FC 21 May 2018 21 SmallWe are so proud and excited to announce the signing of Matilda Jacynta Galabadaarachchi to our squad for the remainder of the 2018 season. Jacynta played at Melbourne City as a 15 year old in 2016 and spent some time overseas in 2017. We wish you all the success @alameinfc and will follow your success in the future.

Palwashi's Amazing Journey

palwashi cropped 300wPalwashi celebrates Female Soccer Week.
Photo credit: Adrian Shaw
Palwashi Aslami is the assistant coach of the Alamein FC U12s. While on first glance this may seem unremarkable, but Palwashi’s journey to Australia and her involvement in soccer coaching is an extraordinary story of triumph over adversity, daring to push cultural boundaries and a passion for the “Beautiful Game”.

Palwashi was born in Kabul Afghanistan in 1982 during the Soviet occupation. Conditions in Kabul later became increasingly unsafe as the anti-Soviet forces gained ground around the country. Following numerous threatening visits from the Taliban, Palwashi’s father decided to leave the country. Only after a long and treacherous journey on foot and by truck to Iran, with only the clothes on their back, the family finally felt safe.

Living in Iran, whilst free from the terror in Afghanistan, did not prove ideal. The family did not speak Persian (Farsi), and the girls in the family we not allowed to attend school. Palwashi’s father had a firm belief that his daughters should have the same educational opportunities as his sons and so after one year, the family sought visas from Zimbabwe and eventually settled there.

The family spent 11 years in Zimbabwe, and Palwashi’s father set up a successful business. Palwashi and her brothers and sisters all attended school. It was in high school that Palwashi’s passion for soccer began, however this passion had to be hidden from her mother who was totally against girls playing. Palwashi’s situation closely followed that of Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra in the movie “Bend it Like Beckham”. During this period, FIFA representatives came to promote the sport in Zimbabwe and introduced classes and training in schools. Palwashi got involved and in 2003 attended selection trials for the Zimbabwean national team. After a two to three month process she finally received the news that she had been selected. Her first match was against Mozambique and it was televised. Unfortunately, her mother saw her playing and was not very happy! Her father, however, was delighted and was in full support.

Around this time, Zimbabwe was going through a period of heightened political unrest and Palwashi’s father and her brothers started to be harassed and threatened by corrupt police. Once again the family felt the need to move to a safer place where the rule of law was observed. In December 2003 the family moved to Australia.

After a settling in period, Palwashi again felt the draw of soccer. Palwashi subsequently played for Ashburton Women’s Soccer Club in 2005 after being encouraged by Secretary, Michael Gurfinkiel. She was very keen to play and had to ride her bike and take the train to Ashburton for training all the way from Dandenong.

Unfortunately, due to work commitments and her father’s ill health she was later forced to take a break from soccer for several years as she was the principal bread-winner for the family. Then, as her situation improved, a work colleague mentioned a coaching opportunity at Oakleigh. Palwashi took on the role of U9s coach and coached for three years until she was married in 2012. After taking time off when her son was born, Palwashi arrived at Alamein FC, and became assistant coach of the U12s.

Palwashi is now a passionate coach and is determined to create opportunities for girls and young women, especially Muslim girls, to engage with the sport. Palwashi is fully supported by her father and her husband, and is still working on her mother!
She has completed her Junior Soccer Licence, Community Licence and is currently doing her Youth C licence.

Adrian Shaw - 19 March 2018

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