In 2007 the club started the year with non finances and no coaches. Nonetheless, with perseverance, a new coach was found in Steve Pitchford agreeing to help out the club for a year. With many fundraisers successfully run, the club was able to end the season in the black, which was a positive result.
Several new signings, on the back of finishing 2nd in 2006 saw expectations high for the seniors. Unfortunately, the loss of several players mid-season took it’s toll with the seniors finishing 5th in the 10 team league by seasons end. Some of the highlights including a club record equalling 7-0 thrashing of Huon Valley at Huonville, an exciting 4-3 extra-time victory over title challengers Beachside in the statewide cup. After being down 2-0 to Nelson at half time, to run out winners 4-3 in the second last game of the year was a memorable win whilst the final game of the year probably summed up the clubs season. After trailing top team Beachside 0-1 at half time, the team raced to a 2-1 lead and missed an open goal before going down 2-3 in a game more akin to 1st v. 2nd than 1st v. 5th. Realising the teams potential for the full 90 minutes proved to be the teams biggest difficulty.
The women’s team struggled throughout the season, again taking the wooden spoon, though were very competitive most weeks, just lacking a goal scorer to finish off the good work. The social team were competitive in their league, finishing mid-table. Despite no silverware won for the year, the club had 4 teams and a positive balance sheet, thus could look forward to 2008 with some optimism.
A couple of challenging years in Division 1 took its toll on the players over the summer of 2007-2008 and a good number decided to hang up their boots or try their luck at other clubs. This was particularly the case after the committee faced a tough decision, led by co-Presidents Mandy Packer and Sita Ygosse and decided that with dwindling player numbers we were to enter Men’s Division 2 to give us a chance to regroup and rebuild for the following year. There were some positives to come out of that decision.
The first was that we regained the services of Joe O’Hea as a well-respected coach. We also picked up some new and promising players and some familiar faces trickled in.
Youngsters Jayden Hey, Justin Skinner, Moges Kassa, Tesfay Giday, Tim Martin and Tim Boys to name a few and veteran Scott ‘Squirel’ MacCrum joined the DOSA family. Combined with other experienced players such as Marcus Wilde, Derek Story, Simon Natoli and John Visentin (making his return to DOSA), the team had a good mix of youth, speed and skill.
Player numbers were now not a problem (so much so that there were in excess of 20 players available for Division 2 alone) and so began the task of Joe developing a team bond and respect.
The season started off with mixed results. Easy games were lost and hard games were won - or were very close. A focus on fitness, strategy and teamwork lifted the side from mid-table to the top four with only a few games remaining. The league leaders, Clarence Black, were the main obstacle and a win would claim some points and bring the guys closer to the top. A 2-1 win did just that and confirmed the team’s improvement and strength throughout the season.
The last game of the season saw Clarence Black, Clarence Red and DOSA as the top three teams. A showdown against University was the last chance to get equal 2nd as first was now out of reach, it was also an important match to win given the last encounters against Uni favoured them. The guys were strong from the start and attacked as well as they defended, coming out 4-0 winners. So in one season, the Division 2 team had started from scratch and almost took out the premiership!
The Social team also generally had sufficient players flowing down from Division 2 – at one point there was even a roster distributed weekly that told players when they couldn’t to play!
Social player, Malcolm Payne took over the reins of the ladies team as 2007 head coach, Michael Thain, focused on refereeing.
Malcolm brought some enthusiasm and freshness that revived the women’s team. The women’s team also had some new faces join the existing squad of Sita and Jess Ygosse and sisters Emma and Elisha Blacklow. Unfortunately a good team mix of experience, youth, skill and speed couldn’t convert on the field and the team was restricted to bottom of the table despite some great, close contests.
A big season began on the day of the Annual General Meeting of 2008 when a merger with Hobart United was discussed. After some heated discussion about the future of the Club, a skeleton executive committee was elected included newcomers Eugene Rosenzweig as Registrar, John Wallace as Treasurer and Adriano Colanzi as Vice-President.
DOSA Soccer Club celebrated its 21st year in 2009. The strength and depth of men’s players in 2008 and the threat of a merger discussed at the AGM provided the drive to get back to Division 1 in 2009 and make our 21st year a big one.
Off the field, Simon Natoli had done some considerable work before the summer gaining interest and commitment from Dominic players to start an U/19 team, which was by now a compulsory team for clubs entering Division 1. The attraction of entering this league again was the potential return of some valuable players and also Joe’s commitment to the Club in the higher league.
After a disappointing 2008, work began early on rebuilding the women’s team and Terry Webster showed interest, based on players committing, to take over and get some morale and results back. Unfortunately the prospective coach showed for training more than the players and the team was not entered in competition for the first time in more than a decade.
Richard Korn and Mark Wakefield returned after a year off and John Visentin brought along his experienced brother David to boost numbers. Scott MacCrum committed to the top team along with Aaron McGurk and Derrick Parry. We were also joined by English lad, Stephen ‘Swifty’ Swift who’s strength and ferocity helped up front. A solid squad had formed, and the U/19s were just starting to roll in too. An unnamed senior player joined us for a few random games, only because he had turned up to training on the wrong night and ended up at DOSA rather than Knights where he was intending!!
The Reserves were brought back with the return of Division 1 and Adam Bronson took charge of a fluctuating squad. Regretfully, stretching the members over three adult teams and one youth team took its toll and all teams suffered. Numerous U/19 players often took part in two - if not three - games in one weekend or day and the Reserves ultimately suffered, and on one weekend in July, succumbed to a 31-0 loss (a new FFT record) at the hands of Beachside with only 7 players. The reserve’s season was lightened by several wins and draws and avoided the wooden spoon by beating Nelson convincingly in a heated final game!
The U/19s had attracted a range of players from first-time to the experienced including the promising Jayden Hey, Nick Butt, Michael Langshaw and Zack Alumbulwa. These four were to become valuable running players for the senior squad and were versatile in their positions. Simon Natoli secured Paul Chisholm, father of U/19 player Daniel, as assistant coach of the youth team.
The squad of 14-16 year olds found it tough in a competition full of mostly 17-18 year olds and the youth team finished bottom of the table, but there were some stars to arise out of the team including Jessica Harris who won the ‘Team Player’ award and showed great skill and fitness as the only female competing in the competition.
Results on the field for seniors were mixed and whilst there was a good depth in the squad, the team never reached their full potential due to lack of numbers at training.
Mark Packer’s social team had another good year finishing close to mid-table, again affected by fluctuating player numbers each weekend and had recruited a full time field player turned-goalkeeper Jeff Whitty from Christian United.
At a special quiz night and fundraising event in August, the Club announced its 21st Anniversary Dream Teams which immortalised the best and most valuable players and coaching staff since its inception into a Men’s and Women’s Dream Team.
Some coaching movements brought some early change to the Club in the pre-season of 2010.
Joe O’Hea stepped down from the senior coaching role and Simon Natoli stepped down as U/19 coach, both for personal reasons. In the end, FFT scrapped the U19 rule and players were promoted to Division 1 seniors and reserves.
Past player Pedro Ramirez was appointed as senior coach, coming from Hobart United Reserves, and brought new enthusiasm and some new recruits to the Club. Dominic Gym training continued over the summer and the squad was looking very fit and youthful. For years, an early start to training (before January) had been considered to have sufficient preparation for the Summer Cup and this was finally realised when training commenced in November 2009.
Due to a disappointing season in the previous year, many of the 2009 senior team was lost, including long-time keeper Justin Farrugia, Jayden Hey and Mark Wakefield to Olympia, Derrick Parry to Knights and others had a year off including Aaron McGurk, Stephen Swift and Scott MacCrum.
Gustavo Vu, Blake Smedley, Adam Woodward and Tim Chatwin arrived from Hobart United, while Dominic Filip, Lachlan Davies and Dave McGuiness were also new recruits. The introduction of many new players with existing ones took its time to settle and some good results were gained over the season, including a high-scoring 5-4 win over the FFT State Under 15 side, however the Club needed to be patient as it would be the coming seasons where the youthful squad would develop and gain more convincing results.
The Reserves team had a better year and secured the services of Bill Dermody during the season as manager. Some solid wins, particularly over Hobart United and Southern FC kept the team floating off the bottom of the ladder and scores didn’t come close to those of the previous season.
The socials had a similar year to 2009 with yet again some fluctuating player numbers, but several outstanding results contributed to an enjoyable season including the ‘road trip’ to Nubeena to face the savage Peninsula Pirates. A strong outfit beat the home side 3-0 and enjoyed a BBQ and drinks after the game to rub it in a little more!
The Club maintained its commitment to youth development by nominating a mixed team in the Under 14 league. This was a special team given that it was a combination of ages (some well below 14) and were siblings or offspring of current DOSA members. Shaune Greene ‘fell’ into the role as coach and nurtured the development of the players through some challenging games, by focussing on what the game of football is really about – fun.
There’s been a lot of young blood injected into the Club on the field over the last couple of years and the short and long term look promising for the Club if players can be retained and developed.