Bring the family for a day of fun and help celebrate 50 Years of GAA – what an achievement!
– Penrith Gaels GAA 9-a-side Gaelic Football & Hurling
– Food and Beverages available
– Bouncy Castle
– Entertainment back at The Gaels from 4pm
We currently have 3 player vacancies for our U12 all-Girls team.
Seeking girls born in 2012 & 2013 to play in an all-female competition.
The team trains Thursday and plays on Saturday.
Enquiries – Shane 0403 225 296
Registrations can be completed on the following link:
Penrith Rovers FC are proud to announce a new partnership with O’Neills Sportswear Australasia.
O’Neills are current partners with Penrith Panthers, Melbourne Storm and many well known sporting clubs around the world, and for the coming seasons will be Penrith Rovers FC official merchandise supplier.
O’Neills was founded in 1918 as a manufacturer of Gaelic footballs and it is now the largest sportswear manufacturing company in Ireland. We are proud suppliers to county teams and clubs throughout Ireland, the UK and across the globe. Champions currently wear our garments across a wide range of sports including Gaelic Games, Soccer, Rugby, Boxing, Basketball, Athletics, Special Olympic Athletes, Hockey, Netball and more.
To say we are excited at the opportunity to supply our members high quality merchandise in Rovers colours is an understatement.
Keep an eye out for our new merchandise range and online store in 2024
Penrith Rovers FC resources
We are pleased to have many junior players in our ranks. Our focus is on developing our junior players to be able to reach their potential while having fun in a supportive environment.
We aim to encourage our juniors to participate and do their best, whatever their skill level. Our juniors consist of Mini Roos aged 5 to 11 years (male, female or mixed teams) and our competition sides aged 12 to 17 years (males and females).
Our senior teams are:
- All Age Men Waratah League First Division
- All Age Men Waratah League Reserve Grade
- All Age Women Ruby League First Division
- All Age Men 2
- All Age Women 2
- Over 35 Men 3 (Friday night)
- Intermediate Men First Division (U19)
If an insurance claim needs to be made by a player (or a parent of a player, a claim may be made here.
Grounds directory for Nepean region
Click here for details of the local football grounds, published by the Nepean Football Association.
Ground closures due to wet weather
Click here for a list of football grounds closed due to wet weather.
Note: as at 19 July 2021, no football games are being played due to the NSW State Governments covid restrictions
Play by the Rules
Sport and recreational activities should always be safe, fair and inclusive. Play by the Rules assists sports address issues around discrimination, harassment and other forms of inappropriate behaviour. Their aim is to build safe, welcoming and inclusive environments.
Members Protection – Football NSW
Click the following link for full details:
Nepean Football Association
Click here to visit the NFA’s website.
Click here to visit the Football NSW’s website.
Nepean Referees Group
Click here to visit the Nepean Referees’ website.
Click here to visit the Hyundai A-League’s website.
Updates from Football NSW
Upcoming Coaches Course
The Nepean Football Association offers training for coaches, details of which may be found here.
- The field is setup in a 30 x 30 metre grid (15m between each marker)
- Have two teams setup with 3-4 players (6-8 in total for each team)
- Drill starts from Teams 2a and 2b. In this example we start with player 1 (Team 2a)
- Player 1 plays a pass to the first player from Team 1a and gets one touch return pass (position 2)
- From position 3, player 1 then plays a long pass to the next player in Team 2b and continues the run to the end of the line (Team 2b)
- The first player from Team 1a continues the run to the end of the line in Team 1b
- The drill is exactly the same from the other end
- Green players will reotate from corner-to-corner and orange players will rotate from side-to-side
- Encourage 1 touch passing at pace
- This drill focuses on right foot passing. Simply change direction to work on opposite foot (Green teams change corners and Orange teams work other side of marker)
- Rotate Green and Orange teams every few minutes
- Remember that the drill is to have two footballs working simultaneously
- From this setup, a small sided game of 6v6 (or 8v8). 1-2 touch possession is played without any changes to a field size, equipment or players
- This drill can be modified to suit younger ages. For example, number of touches, size of field, and so on
Dribbling and Defending 1-on-1
- Use feints and tricks (for example, stepovers), Ronaldo chops, scissors, Maradonna spin, and so on. Promote creativity!
- Use a change of pace to throw the defender
- Dribble with the ball between the feet. This allows theh player to move in both directions
- Accelerate past the player and avoid them a chance to have a second attempt to tackle
- Avoid turning your back on the defender for a long period
- Maintain a low centre of gravity
- Stay alert on the toes and be patient
- Use the front foot to tackle
- Fake to tackle to force mistakes
- Tackle when 100% success is guaranteed
- Place 10 footballs on top of 10 markers
- Have two teams on each side of the markers with the coach inbetween, who acts as a server with the footballs
- Play starts when the coach instructs the players. On the call to ‘go’, both players sprint to the end of the markers and back into the middle
- The coach plays the ball to the first player in the grid
- The plays dual 1 v 1 – the goal being to knock off one of the footballs off the markers. This ball is not replaced
- The team who successfully knocks off five footballs first wins the game
- Encourage your players to dribble and not to shoot or pass from a distance
- Discuss key points with the players and attempt again. Have the players analyse the techniques of their team members
Do your left and right fullbacks become part of the attack?
The key to overlapping is to have both the winger and fullback working close so they can link up with each other. When the ball is played to the winger, it is ideal if the winger is facing the opponent (forward) in space.
The first touch of the winger must be inside to allow space for the overlapping fullback. Timing of the pass is crucial.
The winger must delay the pass and try to commmit the defender which will allow the overlapping fullback to penetrate the space left by the defender. This will also make it harder for the defender to recover quickly.
This sequence of overlapping can also act as a decoy run. It’s then important that the winger sits in to fill the space left by the overlapping fullback to avoid a quick counter attack if possession is lost. But the winger must still maintain a good distance to support the fullback.
- Start with the fullback (1a) passing the ball to a midfielder (2)
- The fullback starts to overlap around the outside of midfielder (2) while midfielder (2) passes to attacker (4a)
- The attacker turns the ball back to midfielder (3), who plays a ball towards the right corner and into the run of the fullback
- The fullback crosses the ball and the attackers (4a) and (5) run into the penalty area to attempt a shot on goal
- Attacker (5) runs to the near post while attacker (4a) finds a central position by arching their run so they are coming forward to meet the ball (4b)
- Make sure you rotate your players so everyone has a go at overlapping
- You can easily advance this session by first adding passive defenders, then full pressure in a small sided game