The 2000 season saw a strong continuation of the development of the club, from the previous year, with several highlights along with some key missed moments across each team at the club.
With the core group of last years Under 17 boys team remaining, some of these lads were justifiably starting to claim positions in the senior squad, in particular Mark Wakefield and Jamie Lacy; whilst Marc Lacy, Nathaniel Craig and Ed Cooper made season long appearances in the reserves.
Appreciation is stated to both the core group of executive committee members (President – Paul Bromfield; Treasurer – Denise Lacy; Secretary - Lesley Wakefield; & Vice President – Jason Webb); along with volunteer coaches & team managers (Mens: Social – Ian Campbell & Chris Holbrook; Reserves – Terry Webster; Seniors – Mark Phillips; & Women’s Division 1: Danny Sianski & Simon Natoli).
Whilst not a volunteer, having been appointed as a paid senior men’s team coach, Danny Prestage had initially been a positive appointment that brought a new mindset to the senior squad, that saw the team at the top of the league after six rounds, unbeaten & having reached the Semi Finals of the State wide VASE Cup until being defeated by Northern Ranges in Launceston 5 goals to 1. Eventually after retired player Mark Phillips guidance, the team finished equal fourth having still won more games than lost.
Youngster Daniel Skinner had an excellent season to be named both the Best & Fairest & Players Player for the seniors, with long term senior players reaching milestones of Marcus “Chopper” Wilde (150 senior games) & Andrew “AZ” Zielinski (fourth in the entire league best & fairest count, only four votes behind the winner, then also reaching 100 senior games).
A highlight for the club was the continued dominance of the women’s team, whom carried on amazingly well without suffering a hangover from their victorious premiership season in 1999. This was even more outstanding given the team was rebuilt after close to half the team moved across to the newly formed Glenorchy Knights ladies team. By seasons end the team had scored 91 goals in twenty games, with only five loses in finishing runners up to “undefeated” premiers Nelson United whom had four amazing encounters during the season, including two draws & a very close 2-0 win over DOSA in the season ending Grand Final at KGV Park in front of a passionate crowd. Key players during the year included Paul Hammond (Best & Fairest), Chiara Sianski, Rebecca Hartnett & Sita Ygosse whom all played key roles both on & off the field.
The social men’s team had an outstanding season to finish second only four points adrift of champions Barnstonworth in division 4, recording an emotions charged 2 goals to 1 victory against Barnstonworth late in the season where David “Meggsy” Zeitzen & Brett “Tambo” Tamblyn scored crucial goals & DOSA veterans Mark Gobbey, Peter Collins, Mark Jefferies & Craig Harry held firm in their stylist way of playing with flair. Unfortunately in the last three roster games, being only able to record a draw, loss and win each meant points missed gave up top perch. Paul Fenlon was recognised & awarded the “players player” trophy by his team mates, come the end of the season.
The reserves struggled throughout the year to achieve results, with the overriding fact of skills not being there across the park in depth enough to compete across ninety minutes. Unfortunately the lads could have developed further, yet the core group of a dozen players led by captain Nick Stowe turned up week after week to pull on the DOSA maroon and gold.
In recognition of amazing service in their own individual special way across many prior years, three life members were added, being John “Wally” Wallace, Brendan “Jenky” Jenkins & Brother Peter Dezani. Wally and Jenky had both been foundation year (1989) long term players & members, then with Bro Peter whom whilst never a player had led an amazing off field support role, including dishing out countless minties and cuppas over all those meetings at the rat hole!
Annual non-playing awards of significance justly recognising amazing effort from members whom were well & truly going above any required effort in their volunteer positions were given to – Henk Ygosse Best Club Person – Glenda Bromfield, Del Story Most Committed Member – The Lacy Family (of Simon, Denise, Steven, Jamie, Marc & Matthew) & then the “Social member of the year” trophy (sponsored by Ex-Pats Richard “Margo” Lindsay & Paul “Linford” Connelly – John “Mouse” Moutsatsos.
The 2001 season saw DOSA men admitted to the top southern league, after having been in the second tier of division 1 for the last eight years. It was both an exciting, yet frightening time for the men’s teams, that also saw reserves & a youth team also playing in the same leagues as teams against the equivalent other highest southern club teams.
Come season end, a draining year had resulted in eighteen straight losses, with player depth tested after minimal strong new players being able to be recruited when the club had no financial incentives to offer players to join. There had been promising signs like the first match at this level in the Southern Premier League, when we led 1-0 against Hobart Zebras after Chris Olsen scored from Derek Storey’s cross, only to run out 6 goals to 1 the worst after goals from Pace 2, Venettacci, Telega & Lapolla 2.
Standout seasons came from Robert Wilson (Best & Fairest), Richard Korn, Chris Olsen, Jayden Wiggins, Derek Story & Mark Wakefield, with Derek & Robert (both reaching 150 senior games).
The social men’s team continued its dominance from the last season to again finish close to the premiership of division 4, eventually finishing second again to Barnstonworth. Again DOSA defeated Barnstonworth at season’s end, in a pulsating 3 goals to 2 victory, which was Barnstonworth’s only loss of the entire season, compared to DOSA’s 3 loses. Adriano Colanzi was named both Best & Fairest & also Players Player in the team, whilst Mark Ygosse & Andrew Gibson had the golden touch on many occasions to net for the DOSA bantams!
The reserve squad struggled to find its feet at its new higher level, especially after a difficult seasons prior, plus with numerous new faces the time to jell as a team unit took time as well. Whilst only 3 wins from eighteen starts were recorded, it was interesting to see two wins in the last five rounds, including a 2goals to 0 victory over equal second placed team South Hobart. Scott Nicholson lead the way performance wise across the year taking out the Best & Fairest plus Golden Boot & Players Player awards, whilst captain Marcus Wilde was given the Coaches Award & Pedro Ramirez the Most Consistent player.
Turning our attention to the women’s team, there were continued signs of the ongoing strong foundation laid, with a final finish of fourth recorded in a fast improving (quality wise) division 1 for women’s soccer. Indeed the level of play was significantly better across more teams, than the traditional Nelson, University and DOSA teams.
Youngster Nadia Paternoster was an outstanding recruit for the team, from connections by Danny Sianski & eventually took out the Best & Fairest before moving clubs to play with family connections the following year. Rebecca Hartnett was outstanding in her development & ended the season as a clear leading goal scorer for the entire division with twenty-five goals, being seven goals clear of her next rival player, whilst her partners in crime, Chiara Sianski (eleven) & Frances Mackenzie (nine) were also significant factors. The defensively both Maria Sianski, Katrina Richardson, Sally Feldmanis & Leletia Howe-Smith were amazing in their tireless work rates in their team based roles to negate opponents week in and out.
The games played record of most appearances for DOSA ladies at seasons end stood at: Michelle Jakubec (89 matches); Katrina Richardson (84); Marina Sain (76); Margaret Perger (65); Frances Mackenzie (63); Elizabeth Wilson (62) & Rebecca Hartnett (60).
Under the guidance of youth coach Ian Campbell, the under twenty-three team achieve some excellent results in its first year of existence, since no “unders” team had been inexistence since 1999 at DOSA. Come seasons end they had six wins to finish equal seventh, only six points off fourth place in the league. Shane Leek was Best & Fairest, whilst Paul Thomson & Marc Lacy were jointly Players Players.
Other coaches this season besides Ian for the “unders” were Danny Sianski & Simon Natoli (women’s); Antony Ygosse (social’s); John Moutsatsos (reserves) & Mark Phillips (seniors), along with the hard working executive committee being made up of: President – Joe O’Hea; Secretary – Debbie Phillips; Vice President – Michael Thain; Treasurers – Denise Lacy & Brendan Jenkins.
Annual significant non-playing awards announced were: Henk Ygosse Best Club person – Denise Lacy; Del Story Most Committed member – Simon “Seadog” Natoli; Life membership to foundation member (since 1989) Rex “Monkey boy” Natoli & then the “Social member of the year” trophy (sponsored by Ex-Pats Richard “Margo” Lindsay & Paul “Linford” Connelly) to John “Storm boy” Story.
At the end of 2001, DOSA had grown from one social team to Seniors, Reserves and under 19’s competing in the Premier League competition, a women’s team with one Division One title to their name and a mens social team regularly challenging for their title. The clubs short history had known nothing but growth. Sadly, a significant number of unhappy senior players leaving for other clubs saw 2002 be the clubs first ever year of decline. This did not dampen the enthusiasm of those who remained however.
Club President Joe O’Hea outlined his plans for the clubs new ground and clubrooms to be built soon. Lighting was also factored into the plans. This promising development was enough to entice many players from 2001 to return and help lay the foundations of a promising future for the club.
Mark Phillips was very keen to stay in the senior coaching role and was fully supported by the committee in being retained in that role. The men’s senior team started the year positively with a 2-0 win over Metro and 0-0 draw with Kingborough in the summer cup. Goalkeeper Wayne Barrett and midfielder Bill Stanford returned and along with new signing Shannon Brown improved the strength of the squad significantly.
Terry Webster coached the women’s team who had a successful season finishing 4th, largely thanks to Rebecca Hartnett who scored over 50% of the teams goals and set up many others.
Unfortunately, as the season progressed, results got worse for the seniors and team morale declined. Jadyn Wiggins returned to Metro, Bill Stanford retired, Wayne Barrett went to Olympia and mid-season, the senior coach resigned. A new coach, Glyn Jenkins was appointed. Despite the loss of talent, the senior side improved it’s defensive capabilities, gaining a 1-1 draw with Kingborough Lions in Glynn’s first official game in charge. Nonetheless, the player drain was taking it’s toll with the senior side unable to realistically look to win games and reserves and under 19’s struggling for numbers. Come the end of the season, a complete overhaul was required to avoid the club descending further and losing the gains that had been made over the last decade.
[2003 and 2004 reports coming soon]
Having finished 2004 by winning the division one knockout cup against the more fancied Hobart United, and having done so with the youngest senior team the club had fielded for over a decade, hopes were high heading into 2005. A new men’s senior coach, Dallas Joiner, had been appointed.
The women’s team had lost leading goalscorer Rebecca Hartnett. Despite picking up several new players, her absence was felt far more than the team had expected. Despite coach Michael Thain’s enthusiastic tutelage, the team finished last with only one win for the season.
The men’s seniors started the year positively, making the final of the summer cup. League results throughout the year varied significantly. The side gained wins against almost every single side in the league and made the quarter finals of the ‘Milan Lakoslejac Statewide Cup’, losing 2-0 to Ulverstone in Ulverstone in a very tight game. The side also lost to almost every team in the league with lack of consistency seeing a final placing of 7th. The highlight of the year was quite possibly the win over Hobart United in the Statewide cup final 16 match at KGV. Locked 3-3 at full time and 4-4 after extra time, DOSA fittingly won the penalty shootout. Having comeback from behind twice to take the lead twice in a see-sawing game provided supporters of both clubs with great entertainment. If the team could show this level of performance consistently each week, far higher placings in the league would no doubt be achieved.
[2006 report coming soon]