Para Hills West Soccer Club
Northbri Ave, Salisbury East SA 5109
Manor Farm Oval
Para Hills West Soccer Club is located on Northbri Avenue, Salisbury East SA 5109
Manor Farm oval has:
- 2 full size pitches
- 1 mini-sized pitch
- Clubrooms with canteen/bar facilities
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The international game of soccer (football) did not gain a hold of any significance in South Australia until the 1930s. Mr John Lindquist, who had aptly been named South Australia’s ‘Mr Soccer’, says his soccer coaching career began during 1946, with the Northern Districts Junior Soccer Club. The scope of the game began to flourish with the vast influx of European migrants coming to Australia following World War II.
In particular, the establishment of new towns and housing estates in the north and north eastern areas of Adelaide, where many migrants came to settle, was to have the greatest effect upon the expansion of the sport. The City of Elizabeth was officially opened in 1955. Playing sport became popular among the residents of the new town because other forms of entertainment were yet to be developed. Junior, as well as senior, sporting facilities were formed and blossomed rapidly, as the Town grew.
The neighbouring town of Salisbury had many new Italian settlers and soccer took a strong hold in this area also. As the junior teams established themselves, it became necessary to form a governing body for junior soccer. Consequently, the ‘Elizabeth and Districts Junior Soccer Association’ came into being. The ‘Association’ has always been concerned with the quality and junior soccer in the northern area and continually strives towards this end.
From these early beginnings, junior soccer was to spread further afield to the other north eastern suburbs of Adelaide. From Elizabeth to Modbury, a rapid housing expansion had occurred. Salisbury East, adjacent to the Parafield Airport, was developed and became linked to Manor Farm, Para Hills West, Para Hill, Ingle Farm, Para Vista and Modbury. All of these suburbs included a large migrant population, thus the junior soccer clubs expanded at an amazing rate.
By 1966, thirty five clubs had been officially registered with the ‘E.D.J.S.A.’ In 1972 there were 104 clubs registered and by 1982, 246 clubs had joined the ‘E.D.J.S.A.’ Para Hills was well established, however the later developed areas of Para Hills West and Manor Farm had yet to form their own clubs. The first group of boys, twenty two in all, played for the Para Hills West Primary School, competing in inter-school matches. The boys were grouped into two teams, although their ages ranged from eight years to twelve years. During this time, the team was not well organized and the boys were beaten easily in matches.
The boys were all keen to do well but unfortunately at this stage, their coach had decided to return to England, ending his two year stay under the Immigration Scheme. The lads were terribly disappointed but determined to play the game. Mr Len Bounds, a resident of the area, tells how one evening, he opened his front door to be confronted by a group of young boys asking him if he would “please” be their soccer coach.
Len agreed to take on the task. The following day, Len and his friend, designated Co-Coach — Joe Halford, approached the ‘E.D.J.S.A.’ to officially register the Para Hills West Junior Soccer Club. A small pitch on Lieberman Road, Para Hills was chosen as the official home ground for the time being. Training was held after school in the school grounds. Apparently, the pitch had a very rough surface; still, the boys were all dedicated. With improved circumstances and new guidance, their first competitive match resulted in a nil-all draw.
The players, now officially registered as the ‘Para Hills West Junior Soccer Club’, were under the supervision of Len Bounds, Joe Halford and Rick Ramsay. They became the sister club to Para Hills, who were already well established. Two teams were fielded as before: however, they were now grouped into ‘Under 10’s coached by Len and Joe, and ‘Under 12s’ coached by Rick. By the end of their first season, the team finished in the middle of the league table, which was an excellent effort. The Club organized activities to raise money for shirts and equipment – $212.00 was the amount raised in that first season.
During 1968, the Club’s new home ground became the Manor Farm Oval. This area was growing rapidly with many more families arriving from the U.K. and Europe. With the extra numbers in the Club, four new teams were formed:
Under 9 Years
Coach Phil Howell
Under 10 Years
Coach Ron Brickelbank
Under 11 Years
Coach Len Bounds
Under 12 Years
Coach Tony Green
All teams were successful, finishing in the top three of their respective leagues.
With further development of the Club, eight teams were formed — from Under 7s to Under 14s. All the organization of the Club was done on a voluntary basis. Soccer coaching badges were attained by the various helpers by attending Soccer Coaching Clinic Courses. 1969 was a very successful year, especially amongst the lower age groups.
This year, the number of teams doubled, such was the interest in the area. ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams were grouped accordingly and an Under 15 teams was added. This was a very good season for the Under 12s; the boys won ‘The Referees Cup’, the premier cup in school boy soccer: the result was Para Hills West 4 Findon 2.
By now the Club had sixteen teams, plus the newly formed Under 16s. Until this time, Len Bounds had done all the main organizing for the Club. The junior teams trained at the Primary School grounds, the seniors at Manor Farm Oval. During 1971 the first committee was formed and meetings were held at the school three times per year.
The original Committee members were as follows:
In 1972, the Under 16’s registered with the Amateur Soccer League and a senior side was formed, known as ‘Para Manor United’.
Players were drawn from Para Hills and Manor Farm. At this time, Len Bounds retired from the Committee and became the Club’s first Life Member!
The Club was well and truly established by this time and had earned itself respect for being strong and successful, thanks to the hard ground work put in during those early days by dedicated volunteers and supporters.
A History of PHWSC Senior Competition
In 1972 a team called Para Manor entered the South Australian Amateur Soccer League playing in Division 4. The following year the club changed its name to Para Hills West and played its games at the Levels Campus at Pooraka. Success initially was with Para Manor as the Reserves won the title in their inaugural year. The first year as Para Hills West the club won the Division 4 title with players like A Holland (with 14 goals was second top goal-scorer), R Cooper, H Leverink, D Coombs, C McKemia, C Smith, C Holden, R Leedham and R Critchely. The following year of 1974 saw the club finish 2nd in Division 3 and the Reserves finish top. H Leverink with 15 goals was the Divisions top goal-scorer.
The club moved grounds to the Nelson Road Oval at Para Hills for the 1975 season but the move did not benefit the club and it came 9th and was relegated back to Division 3. Apart from almost rebounding back to Division 2 in 1976 when the club finished 3rd the club remained in Division 3 until 1979. However the club moved grounds from the Nelson Road Oval to Manor Farm Oval, Northbri Ave Salisbury East in 1977 and then to the Paddock at Para Hills in 1979.
The 1979 season was a bad one for the club and it finished bottom in Division 3 and in 1980 season the club merged (or changed its name) with the Para Hills club and Para Hills West no longer existed as a senior club.
In 1991 a new Para Hills West emerged back onto the Amateur League scene playing in Division 7 at the Manor Farm Oval, Northbri Aye, Salisbury East. Built on the strength of the junior soccer club the team was filled with young exciting players and coached by C Tye they immediately found success coming 3rd in the 1st team and top in the Reserves. I McAloon with 33 goals was the Division 7 top goal-scorer.
The following season the club, coached by A Dinwoodie, topped both the Division 6 1st and Reserve tables at the end of the season. I McAloon scored 42 goals winning both the Divisions Best and Fairest Award and the top goal-scoring award. M Iacovino came third in the Best and Fairest count and runner-up in the goal-scoring award.
The 1993 season saw the club take the Division 5 title in the 1st and runner-up in the Reserves. The coach this season was G Stenner and M Iacovino played outstanding soccer finishing runner-up in both the Best and Fairest and goal-scoring awards.
Division 4 was conquered in similar fashion in 1994 as the club won the title in both the 1St and Reserves. D Eggers with 14 goals topped the goal scoring and also won the Division’s Best and Fairest award. I McAloon finished the season having scored 109 goals in only 5 seasons.
The club continued to rise through the lower Divisions of the Amateur League and after the 1995 season the club had won promotion to Division 2 after finishing 2nd in Division 3. D Eggers was the Divisions top goal-scorer with 21 goals and topped the Best and Fairest count but was ineligible for the award. Instead I Hobson won the award for the club. Apart from those already mentioned other players who contributed to the rapid rise were D Howat, C Bartlam, M Bitmead, S McDonald, D Sums and J Sampson.
Competition was tough in Division 2 and the club coached by D Petersen finished 2nd bottom and were immediately relegated back to Division 3. Relegation back to Division 4 was narrowly avoided the following year when the club coached by R Cooper finished 3rd bottom.
In 1998 current coach Malcolm Richardson took over at the club with immediate success as the club went on to win the Division 3 title. M Iacovino back at the club scored 19 goals and finished runner up in the goal-scoring award. Last year the club finished mid table and M lacovino again scored well and with 13 goals finished third in the goal scoring awards.
The years 1999 and 2000 were consolidation years in Division 2 as the club continued to develop its younger players. The 2000 season started well for the club as the 1st team found themselves on top but a second half of the season fade away saw the club fall and finish mid table. The C team did very well in 1999 winning the Division 9 title.
The 2001 season was a very successful one for the club as Malcolm Richardson coached a young squad to the Division 2 title. Michael Iacovino was again outstanding for the club top scoring (16 goals) as well as taking out the Division 2 Best and Fairest Award. Providing great support was David Eggers who finished second in the Division 2 Best and Fairest count with other contributors being Robert and Stephen Spiby, Michael Stennet, Russel Harris, Daniel Howat, Daniel Smith, Michael Simpson and Daniel Vihervaara. The 2001 season also saw the Reserves finish 2nd while the C team in Division 9 finished 3rd.
In ten years the club had gone from Division 7 to Division 1 while continually having one of the youngest squads in the Amateur League.
2019 – Challenge Cup Winners
2017 – Division 2 Winners
2017 – Challenge Cup Runners Up
2016 – Over 35s Cup Winners
2015 – Over 35s Cup Runners Up
2015 – Division 9 Winners
2014 – Division 8 Winners
2014 – Over 35s Cup Winners
2012 – Reserves League Winners
2009 – Over 35s Cup Winners
2008 – Premier Division Runners up
2006 – Division 8 Winners
2005 – Premier Division Runners Up
2001 – Division 2 Winners
1999 – Division 9 Winners
1998 – Division 3 Winners
1997 – Division 9 Winners
1994 – Division 4 Winners and Reserves Winners
1993 – Division 5 Winners
1992 – Division 6 Winners and Reserves Winners
1991 – Division 7 Winners
Challenge Cup Winners
Division 2 Winners
Challenge Cup Runners Up
Over 35s Cup Winners
Over 35s Cup Runners Up
Division 9 Winners
Shop – Club Merchandise
The club has got merchandise for sale if anyone wants anything. Maybe get a jumper, jacket or beanie seeing as we are getting into the colder weather.
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