Mount Colah Soccer Achievers - Lionel Morris July 2007

There have been quite a number of talented players flow through the clubs juniors, but only 2 have aspired to and went on to play at a higher level, the first player to take the challenge was Stewart Robertson back in the early 70s when things were a lot different to todays situation.

In those times, to play top soccer in Australia was a challenge as it was only a semi professional game, most of the top clubs survived on what money came through the gate and donations from their supporters which by now were usually run by ethnic social clubs. Employment was usually with a club sponsor or supporter which would allow for absences needed for training and games, a player also needed the encouragement and the support of family.

Stewart played for the Marconi Club when soccer in my opinion was as strong then as it is today, at 22 years old he was selected for the 1972 New South Wales squad not long after cementing his place in Marconi’s top team as a fullback, the State squad at that time boasted 11 players who went on represent Australia in the Munich 1974 World Cup Finals.

He returned to the Mount Colah club where he played and coached passing on the knowledge he had gained from his experiences at the top level before moving on to the Kissing Point Club doing the same until just a few years ago.

The next player to take the challenge was Robert Hooker, he progressed through the clubs age groups with possibly the strongest squad of players ever to play in the Ku-ring-gai District Soccer Association they won their age group for six successive seasons, were beaten finalists in the Champion of Champions in 1975 Under 8 and 1977 Under 10s  before winning that competition in 1980 Under13 being the first Ku-ring-gai team to ever win this prestige competition beating Five Dock 1-0 in the last five minutes of extra time. During that 1980 season the team won the KDSA competition undefeated scoring 111 goals with seven against, and it is noted that since the team was formed it has in all competitions won 105 games, drawn 9 and lost 8, scoring 423 goals for and 35 against. The team supplied 8 players to the KDSA Under 13 Reps which won the Metropolitan and State championships, four of the boys had represented the state.

From this beginning Robert played for the strong Sydney City Youth team before he moved on to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra where for 2 years he played tournaments in Germany and Holland and also being a member of the Young Socceroos  competing in the Merlin Cup in Singapore and he captained the team in qualifying games for the Youth World Cup in Russia. He returned to the Sydney City senior team in 1986 the year in which they won the National League, the following year he joined Sydney Olympic when Sydney City withdrew from the League, he was team captain between 1989-1992 they won the championship in 1990. Robert has since played for West Adelaide, Marconi and Canberra in the National League, he also played a season in New Zealand and played some trial matches in Europe. Robert made his debut in the Socceroos national team against South Korea in 1990 playing in 18 A Internationals including the 1998 World Cup qualifiers.

He finished his playing career and took on coaching where he went to America coaching womens teams, he is now assistant coach to the “Matildas” the Australian Women’s team and is a head coach at the Australian Institute of sport in Canberra.

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