The 2015 season wasn’t as successful as the 2014 campaign, although we’ve been fighting for the top of the table till the very last few games. Unfortunately we lost a couple of matches in august against our main competitors and we lost the opportunity to back the title. There are many positive aspects that I’d like to consider though.
This year we started fresh with a brand new team as many players from last season left for working reasons (some of them heading overseas) or simply retiring soccer after a 15-20 year career.
Our starting 11 average age was just 23 years old, very often our oldest player was just 28.
Being a young and talented team we were able to produce outstanding performances, beating top of the table sides, but on the other hand, we were not able to be consistent throughout the season, dropping points to some bottom of the table teams.
The most positive note is that our core players are all Uni students.
We can be very confident about the future at this stage, having a high quality bunch of players (all born between 1999 and 1992) ready to chase new trophies for the seasons ahead.
This scenario reminds me a bit what happened with Manchester United at the beginning of the 90’s. They didn’t have successful season during those years (1990 to 1995) but they gave the ‘Class of ’92’ the opportunity to play consistently and grow. From that class there were great players like Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs.
Maybe we are now sowing the seeds for a very bright future at Adelaide Uni Soccer Club; looking with great confidence at the possibility to play State League in 2017. It would be the perfect stage to display our talents.