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  • Pre-season Training Starts This Saturday!
    Happy New Year!

    Mindil Padres start training this Saturday, 15th  January 2011 4pm, bring your boots and shin pads.

    Date: Saturday 15th January 2011
    Time: 4.00pm onwards
    Where: Bagot Park Oval

    We’ll give everyone a heads-up of the up-coming season and then have a game.

    Posted 11 Jan 2011, 01:18 by Mindil Padres Football Club
  • Padres Defend like Roman Warriors..

    Mindil Padres welcomed the dry season with a convincing victory over arch rivals Uni Azzurri 1-0 at the Italian Club on Sunday. Padres coach Tino Calabro was called up for the Reserves match due to player absences and even scored an outstanding goal in the match.

    Padres had 10 men in the change room with 15 minute until kick off due to players being injured, away for the world cup and AFL & work committments but this didnt distract the starting line-up as they looked focused and ready for the battle that was to come.

    Padres lined up with a strong 4-5-1 formation with Simon in goals, Rossi-Doug Black-Michael in defence with Josh sweeping behind them. Brazil and Will held the centre of the midfield with Freddy just in front of them, Rui and Jesse were on the wings with 'Lone Wolf' Daniel Houdini-Cardellini up front.

    The game started positively for the boys in Red & Black with some early half-chances and solid defending before Houdini was called upon to perform one of his famous Padres escape routines in the form of a cracker after 37 minutes to make it 1-0.

    After taking the lead Padres looked determined to hold on and not let anything distract them from holding the lead as they had done in previous games. Padres defended from the front with Freddy tucking into the centre midfield and the wingers Rui and Jesse covering well. Jesse made some powerful runs down the right wing and never gave up.

    Rui who had just returned after a long spell out with injury also gave it his all and was solid on the left side. The defence played out of their skin and never lost concentration, clearing every ball out of danger and into the near bye golf course. At one stage there were no balls left to play with as the Padres 'Wall' smashed them all out of the field and out of the ground.

    Simon pulled off some good saves and has improved considerably since the start of the season. The ex-NSW state league keeper is recovering well from a broken leg and achillis injury and looks to be returning to his best. Michael was a rock in left back and deserves a special mention as does Rossi who has proven himself to be a formidable force in defence. Doug Black and Josh also were decicive as they both had falwless games in the heart of defence.

    Uni Azzurri held a lot of the possession never looked dangerous as the Padres Warriors cleared and blocked everything that was thrown at them. Azzurri were forced to have shots from 30 yards as they couldnt get anywhere near the Padres 18 yard box without hitting a ruthless defensive force and were often sent back into their own half. This suited the Padres as they countered dangerously through Daniel 'Houdini' and Freddy 'Totti' who almost got on the score sheet on several occassions.

    Padres may have only had 4-5 chances to score but they were real chances as opposed to Azzurri's desperado attempts from 30 yards. Daniel 'Houdini' hit the cross-bar once and the post once and Freddy's sure slotting was miraculously saved by the heroics of the Azzurri keeper Drew Kelly. Freddy who was playing injured for most of the match after being taken out with a dirty challenge that went un-noticed by many including the referree, didnt stop running and the captain was instrumental in controlling the tempo of the match and fearlessly leading his men into battle.

    Brazil and Will both had outstanding games and Brazil's pass found Houdini for the Padres goal which was dummied by Freddy to find Daniel alone on the edge of the Azzurri penalty area, which he smashed low and hard to leave Drew Kelly with no option but to pick the ball out of the back of his goal net. Kaarlo 'Kaarlito' came on late on and was solid on the right wing with some crucial tackles and good passes to Daniel and Freddy up front. Luke also came on with the game almost over and contributed to the Padres victory. Luke and Kaarlito were both required to play in the reserves match as they are recovering from injury and fitness concerns.

    It is the first time Padres have ever beaten Uni Azzurri in A-Grade (Premier League) and to do it in front of a hostile away crowd at the Italian Club was even more special. It is a sign of things to come and a warning sign for all other clubs as the Padres boys have now found confidence in their strengths and are finally playing not as a team of champions but as a champion team. A mention is also deserved for the Padres boys not conceding a single yellow card and only committing a few unlucky fouls. Padres will now take on Darwin Dragons (this Saturday at the Darwin Football Stadium. Padres have never finished below Dragons on the ladder in 7 years so a win will be crucial to restore balance to the football universe.

    In other news, 2nd place Casuarina got thumped 8-1 against Olympic.
    Posted 11 Jan 2011, 01:02 by Mindil Padres Football Club
  • New Training Venue - Bagot Park Oval
    All Premier League and Reserve Grade players are reminded that training will now take place at Bagot Park Oval, Corner of Bagot and Old McMillans Rd, Millner. (Opposite DTC Sports)

    Training starts from 5.15pm - 7pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    Posted 19 May 2010, 18:21 by Mindil Padres Football Club
  • Mindil Women's Match Report
    The Mindil women went into the match against Litchfield placed 3rd on the table only by goal difference to 2nd placed Uni Rangers. With 1st placed Casuarina had the bye, it was an opportunity for the Mindil team to go top of the table. Our bench was depleted as a result of sickness, injuries and working commitments but the vibe in the change room was one of excitement knowing that the win would give us a very good chance of grabbing the top spot. With that in mind and in an attempt to lift the goals for and against on the table, coach Clay Fredericks made a bold move and played a very attacking 3-3-4 formation. 

    The girls started well against a very young and determined Litchfield team who were looking for their first win. The game was being evenly contested in the midfield and it wasn't until the 30min that a nice pass from Central Midfielder Tahnee Bates found striker Hannah Graham. Hannah turned at the top of the eighteen yard box and with a clinical left foot strike smashed the ball into the back of the net. That was Hannah's 4th goal of the season and that seemed to spark the Mindil team into action. 

    A nice through ball from Pauline McKeever to new player Chelsea Griese almost saw her score on debut. 

    The consistently strong backline of Loz, MC and Imogen were again proving tough to beat with several Litchfield attacking moves defused. It was in our backline that our second goal came from, with MC winning another challenge and passing the ball to Tahnee. Tahnee quickly moved the ball wide to Kia McGregor (Best on Ground) who ran the ball down the wing. The ball was crossed into the middle and found Hannah, and after a quick one two with Chelsea, Hannah slotted the ball past the keeper for number 5 of the season and gave Mindil a 2-0 advantage. 

    Three minutes later a great run from Megs down the left side saw the Mindil girls win a corner. A short corner move between Hannah and Pauline saw Hannah stroll into the 18 yard box and smash the ball towards goal only to have a Litchfield player handball in the box, PENALTY!!! Instructions from the bench called for Loz to kick the penalty. Loz stepped up confidently and smashed the ball. Unfortunately it was at the cross bar and Litchfield quickly cleared. 

    Now 2-0 is a dangerous lead to have as it creates complacency and that's what seemed to happen as the Mindil girls lost their urgency and intensity. We started to play a little casual and this proved to be costly when a miss hit goal kick found an unmarked Litchfield striker, who with a well hit strike found the net and pulled one back for Litchfield. It was 2-1 at the break and some harsh words were warranted by coach Clay. 

    The start of the second half saw a change in formation to a traditional 4-4-2 giving Mindil more options through the midfield. The instructions from Clay were "lift your intensity, urgency and get your heads up to find our players feet". This had immediate impact with Chantelle "Tots" McCann scoring her first goal of the season 2 mins after the kick off. It was a Brazilian style short passing move that started just outside the 18yard box and found Tots who calmly blasted the ball into the net from 6yards out for a 3-1 lead. 

    The Mindil backline held firm again and again continually stopping Litchfield attacks. Mindil created several chances through the second half with Megs, Tots, Pauline and Hannah all going close to increasing our score line. It wasn't until the 78th minute did we again find the net through debutant Chelsea Griese. Chelsea after winning the ball from a defensive error, played another one two with Hannah and found herself one on one with the keeper. Chelsea's low drive gave the keeper no chance rippling the net and giving us a 4-1 lead. 

    Litchfield drove forward in an attempt to salvage something from the game. This proved fruitless as the Mindil Defence held firm clearing the ball each time. 

    The referee blew the final whistle and Mindil celebrated knowing that we would be at the very least equal top depending on later results. The Mindil girls played very well with only some minor lapses that will be worked on this week during training. Great on ground performances from Tahnee, MC, Imogen. Megs (Nanna) and Hannah also played very well, but the best on ground was Kia, who played her guts out and didn't stop running in the midfield. 

    While drinking sponsorship drinks at the KO Sports bar, word came through that Marrara and Uni Ranger played a 1-1 draw. This meant that the Mindil Tigers Women's team were on their own at the top of the Table 1 point clear that added to the celebrations. 

    Not bad for a team who are in their debut season!
    Posted 17 May 2010, 01:42 by Mindil Padres Football Club
  • Colourfull Truths

    Padres out for Retribution
    2010 is MindilPadres 3rd season in the Premier League. Padres is the newest club to feature in the Premier league with some of the older clubs being around since the 1950's. Although being so fresh to the big league, Padres never finished bottom of the ladder. In 2008 they finished 7th in 2009 6th and this season are aiming to do one better. It has been a shaky start to the campaign after demolishing Uni Rangers 8-1 in the Presidents Cup the Padres have hit some troubled waters with a change in management, 4 players leaving and numerous injuries taking their toll. The talent is still present though and it is just a matter of time before the boys from Chrisp Street take back what is rightfully theirs. 

    Confidence is the key and the only way to bring it back to the club is by playing good football, starting with the Palerston match tomorrow night. There is a buzz around the Padres camp as everyone is looking sharp and ready for the titanic face-off with old enamies Palmerston. Palmerston has hit some good form in recent weeks but this cannot compare to the 5 years of complete dominance the Padres have inflicted on them. Padres need not only win tomorrow night but they need to teach Palmo another lesson and grab some of the limelight and bring it home where it belongs. 

    "The second match of tomorrow night's double-header sees the pointless Mindil FC play Palmerston at 7pm. The satellite city club has been the success story of the 2010 season so far and its never say die attitude was clearly on show in the 2-2 draw against Hellenic. Having trailed 2-0, Palmerston came back to earn a point with two late goals and should start warm favourites, especially with the Padres leaking goals at the back." [NT NEWS - 07 May 2010]
    Posted 17 May 2010, 01:38 by Mindil Padres Football Club
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2010 Habitat Premier League

Casuarina 28
Port Darwin19
Uni Azurri 13
Mindil Padres6

Reserve Grade

Port Darwin 19
Uni Azurri 24
Casuarina 23
Olympic 23
Hellenic 14
Mindil Padres 10
Dargons 13
Palmerston  0

Women's Division 1

Uni Azurri 17
Mindil Padres 14
Dragons 12
Litchfield  0

2010 Top Goal Scorer - Premier League

 D.Cardellini  7
 A.Cardellini  5
 A.Murphy  1
 L.Eckel  1
 L.Conway  1
 W.Riddell  1

2010 Top Goal Scorer - Reserves 


2010 Top Goal Scorer - Womens 

 H.Graham  5
 A.Federicks  2