Soccer: Curtin University FC takes out title and gains promotion

Soccer: Curtin University FC takes out title and gains promotion

Curtin University Football Club won the Football West Amateur League division 4 title for 2016 gaining promotion to the third division for 2017.

It was the fourth time the club had won a senior league title– the last time in 2013 when the club won the amateur first division before being promoted to the Football West State League.

Managed by club stalwart Michael Philp, the team had the least goals conceded, just 16 all year, while amassing 73 goals in its 22 league games.

The season was the result of many years hard work for Philp who said he built his squad around an attractive style of play and positive team morale.

The group narrowly missed out on promotion last year but with the addition of some more depth and an outstanding season from captain Simone Sichel the title was won with one game to spare.

Sichel relished his new role in the final third with strike partner Henry Sichembe; the pair scored more than half of the team’s goals with Sichel scoring 21 in all competitions.

The lethal duo was well supported from midfield by the creative Chris Ward and Spanish maestro Alejandro Gil as well as the energetic Adrian Cinanni and speedsters Sheldon Scott and Robert Purcell.

The title was founded on a rock solid defensive record with new signing Ben Gorvin proving a wall between the posts for Curtin.

Gorvin’s impressive shot stopping as well as his distribution from the back line was integral to the successful season.

The evergreen duo of Justin McCabe and Rhys Hanlon as well as youngsters Francesco Gerace and Tim Claessen combined as a solid defensive unit to provide formidable protection for Gorvin.