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Super talented, majestic, First Team player, Julian Fuller, currently in Brazil for a year as part of his degree at Aston University, has been in touch to say that, surprise surprise - not, he's having a fantastic time. He's been to Sao Paulo, Rio and other places, traveling, as instructed, with his Blazers bag. He's watched and played the beautiful game on the Copacabana beach and the beach at Ipanema too. He's now hoping to join the team at the University he's studying at. He's watched a training session and says that the coach is crazy, crazy for football like most people in Brazil. He's also seen Sao Paulo play Santos and says the atmosphere was amazing. All in all our Mr Fuller is having a full on fiesta. He's loving the football, the people, the food and the beer although he misses a nice plate of fish and chips and his family too we hope and all at Balham FC. We all certainly miss him!
Another good win for the Panthers on Sunday October 5th, beating a good Colne Valley Reserves side away 1-0. Colne Valley dominated the first half, making full use of their big home pitch and enjoying a lot of possession, although neither team really had the advantage. Panthers came back strongly in the second half. Both teams had their chances, hitting the woodwork twice, but Becky McCarthy scored the winner for Panthers with yet another good run and finish after an Amy Perkins assist. Amy was an almost unanimous choice for Panther of the Week after a fantastic, performance on the right wing, running at defenders and tracking back to cover when needed.
The Balham Panthers had a great result on Sunday September 28th, winning 7-2 at home against arch-rivals from last season, Godalming Town. Last season, we only took a point away from the two games played against them, so we were keen to change the story this season. A goal from Jess Ellery and a hat trick from Clara Cardoso put us 4-0 up, and in complete control of the match, within half an hour. Godalming were fortunate to pull one back seconds before half time, when the ball narrowly crossed the line after a scramble in the area – with our linesman making the final call in Godalming’s favour. We continued to dominate the second half as Becky McCarthy continued her run of scoring in every game, before Mary Dawson and Fran Hussey completed the rout. Godalming did pull one more back, scoring from the rebound after a penalty was well saved by Lou Hayler. Panther of the Week was a difficult choice, but awarded to Mary Dawson who helped the Panthers dominate the middle third as well as scoring and providing an assist. The result keeps Balham Panthers in third place in the table, with a strong goal difference.
Balham Blazers are pleased to announce they have been selected to be part of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme.
Each month players from a chosen team will nominate one player who has shown great leadership or sportsmanship. The nominated player will receive a certificate, membership card and will be given an Achievement Award Scheme Grant of £200 to be spent on the club.
Established in 1999 the Jack Petchey Foundation enables young people aged 11-25 to achieve their potential by inspiring, investing in, developing and promoting activities that increase their personal, social, emotional and physical development. Hannah Celia, Head of Grants for the Foundation said “The Jack Petchey Foundation is pleased to welcome Balham Blazers to the Achievement Award Scheme. We feel that the scheme will benefit the excellent work undertaken by Balham Blazers, and will enable young people to recognise the achievements and talents of their peers”
For a copy of the award overview download this PDF
For a copy of the Balham wish list download this PDF
For further information regarding the Jack Petchey Foundation please see their website
It's that time of year again when another crop of long serving BBFC players fly the nest to embark on university life. Yuyi "The Rock" Kabanje is off to Derby, Khalid Savage to Loughborough, Louis Farquharson and Luke Fenlon to Chichester, Ollie Keyser to Manchester and Isaac Wong has flown all the way to the USA where he's on a four year football scholarship. We also have plenty of others in their second, third, or fourth years. Michael McConnell at Southampton, Tom Jelliffe and Tom Read at Loughborough, Jermaine Townsend at Hull, Eliot Garcia at Bournemouth, Daniel Forde at Cambridge, Ramoy Jones at Hertfordshire, Haydn Read at Oxford Brookes, Fred Fox at Leeds and Charlie Barthorp at Nottingham. Joe Holland is back in the USA on a football scholarship, Julian Fuller is in Brazil on a years placement as part of his degree at Aston University and Alec "Messi" Fiddes, having played in Spain for a year at Lleida FC, is at Bristol, where he's combining his degree with playing for Weston Super Mare FC in the Conference South. The picture above is of Alec on the front of a recent match day programme. At the same time as some fly off we are also welcoming some back, including Guy Farquharson from Leeds Met and Alfie Cruttwell from Birmingham, who is coaching our new U8s this season together with Theo Marks, who has just graduated from Manchester.
It was a disappointing first loss for the all new Balham Panthers on Sunday September 19th against a very good Clapham side. They were unlucky to go behind early due to a completely mis-hit cross that somehow made its way into the top corner. They recovered and pressed for the equaliser, which came from an excellent left foot finish from Jess Ellery; holding off the defender and smashing the ball into the top corner after great work from Katie Barber had sent her through. Balham had more chances to score before half time, hitting the post and having a free kick cleared off the line, but Clapham looked dangerous on the break and Ellie McGregor made some excellent saves to keep it level. The second half was a tighter affair, but Clapham scored virtually their only chance of the half – again on the break. Balham came close on a few more occasions and hit the post for a second time but were unable to find the equaliser. Club captain Emillie James earned Panther of the Week with a tireless and controlling performance in defensive midfield.
Sporting a Robinson Crusoe beard, Balham's ex Aussie, Shane Robinson, made it a down under double when his Gold Coast club won the Cup Final in addition to the League. An ace performance saw them triumph 6-0. One can only assume that stoked Shane and his cobbers must have chucked a wobbly at the final whistle.
Balham Panthers won 3-2 away to London Phoenix LFC on Sunday September 14th with an excellent overall team performance. Coach Ben Carr's 4-5-1 formation was instumental in providing a solid midfield with the capability to break at pace. Panthers scored 2 goals in the first 15 minutes, with Becky McCarthy running onto excellent through balls and beating the defence, prompting the opposistion to reorganise. In the second half, after a period of sustained pressure, Phonenix converted a free kick to achieve 2-1 and then committed numbers forward to get an equaliser. Panthers defended solidly and created three good chances on the break, with McCarthy finally scoring the winner a few minutes from time to secure a hat-trick and Player of the Match. Goal assists were from Mary Richards (2) and Katie Barber.
Former First Team player, Shane 'Socceroo" Robinson, who claims he can drink his own body weight in beer, has just won a league title back in his native Australia and is into the semi finals of the league cup to boot. He's the little beardy one in the celebratory pic. We all miss Shane greatly at Balham but are delighted to hear that things are bonzer for him on the footie front in the land that gave the world, Kylie, Flipper and Skippy the bush kangeroo..
Balham's First Team match v Ripley Village FC on Saturday September 13th was abandoned in the second half after Balham striker, Jermaine Townsend, suffered a cardiac arrest. It was an incredibly traumatic experience for everyone there. The player concerned, young, fit and very talented, has been at this club for many years but on Saturday he very nearly lost his life at the age of twenty doing the thing he loves most. Thanks to Balham parent Lucy Collier, Club Chair Jennie Molyneux, Diana Luchford, various others from both clubs and crucially the fact that there happened to be a paramedic on site, Jermaine survived and is now recovering well in hospital. This incident highlights again the need for players aged 14-35 to have cardiac screenings in order to identify any unknown heart conditions which doing sport and pushing the body to extremes can trigger.
Please see the following re Cardiac Risk In The Young:
Cry Heart Screening Brochure.pdf
The Cardiac Risk In The Young unit is based at St George's Hospital in Tooting, right on the doorstep of all BFC and BBFC players. Screenings can be booked by contacting them. We are as a club in the process of attempting to organise a blanket screening for all players aged 14+ in the club. Further information on this will follow asap.
For more informaton visit CRY Website
The newly formed Balham Panthers FC took a point in their first league game drawing 2-2 with AFC Phoenix Reserves on Sunday September 7th. Following a 3-1 win the week before in a pre season friendly this, as the final scoreline suggests was an even game. The Panthers first goal to take the lead came from a Mary Richards corner, scored by Clara Cardoso. They then conceded two, one either side of half time, survived a penalty award and missed a couple of good chances, before Becky McCarthy, on her Panthers debut, made an excellent solo run down the left and restored parity. Panthers player of the match was Sarah Campbell, also on her debut, who put in a robust and intelligent performance at right back. Check out their reults and league table.
As the new season gets underway again we hope all our players are in tip top condition. If not this is just a reminder that we have the club physio Pablo Santander on hand on Tuesday evenings at Chestnut Grove. If you would like to get in touch with him please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment. Best of luck to all our teams this season. Come on you Balham!!!!!
A local friendly against a Battersea Ironsides Reserves team on Monday August 18th proved a worthwhile excercise and provided an opportunity to give more players some much needed game time. A very young Balham team, containing four U17s and only one player over 21, ran out 3-1 winners with goals from U18 centre back Zola Rodriguez and second half strikes from Luke Fenlon and Lewis Mitchell.
A 2-1 win against Nottsborough FC in the final pre season friendly on Saturday August 9th meant Balham completed an unbeaten six game pre season schedule. Well over thirty players have featured in the games which have all been good tests and workouts. Second half goals from Michael McConnell and Eddie Luchford, who has picked up where he left off last season hitting the back of the net, gave Balham a cushion in this keenly contested encounter on a lovely pitch at the Kingston University ground in Tolworth, before Notts got one back at the death, heading home from a corner.
This season, 2014-15, Balham FC are continuing to grow, adding a Ladies’ team to our armoury for the first time ever. We have welcomed Panthers WFC into the fold, an FA Charter Standard team who play in the Greater London Womens Football League Division 2 (South). Last season, the team secured a mid-table finish, and hope to build on Balham’s successes of last season to push for the league title. The squad will train on Wednesday nights at Kennington Park, Oval from 7.45pm and play on Sunday afternoons at 2pm (home ground currently Tooting Bec). We are currently recruiting players to bolster the squad so, whether you're a striker, defender or goalkeeper, please get in contact with BPFC Team Rep, Alison Campbell and join us at training to see if Balham Panthers FC is the club for you!
After a weekend with training instead of matches, on July 27th/28th, pre season friendles resumed on Saturday August 3rd v Old Wilsonians and Sunday August 4th with a rematch v Chelsea Development. A total of 24 players featured in all with 4 players playing in both games. The two matches were keenly contested and proved to be excellent workouts. 5 of the 7 goals scored in total by Balham, in a 3-3 draw on Saturday and a 4-3 win on Sunday, actually came from players who warmed the bench at the start. The goals v Old Wilsonians came from Eddie Luchford(2) and Tomasz Wocial, whilst on Sunday two goals from U16 player, Lewis Mitchell and one a piece from U17 player, Mateus Pires, on his debut and left back Khalid Savage gave Balham a second pre season victory against Chelsea Development in another close encounter on the 3g at Southfields Community College.
Balham's pre season friendlies continued on Saturday July 19th with a game at Cobham FC. The home team's squad was far from full strength and featured trialists in the main. Nevertheless Balham's young team, which featured a smattering of new players, played excellently throughout to win 5-0. The goals came from debutant James Adebayo(2), Sammy Machirimba, Alfie McCheyne and from an own goal.
The new season started with First Team pre season friendlies on Saturday June 12th and Sunday June 13th. Both were played on the 3g pitch at Southfields Community College and both proved to be productive outings. Different line ups were put out in each game. The line up on Saturday v Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers featured most of last season's First Team squad. It proved to be a close game, won by Balham 3-1, with two nice goals from Eddie Luchford and Jerome Boncoeur and a left foot Cahillesque volleyed wonder strike from Dan David. A smart finish from Under 17 player, Ollie Archard and a classy curler into the far top corner from left back Louis Farquharson, added to an opposition own goal, meant Balham also ran out 3-1 winners v Chelsea Development the following day, with a line up featuring Youth Team players and trialists.
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