Monaro Panthers FC
Monaro Panthers FC (formerly known as Inter Monaro SC) is an Australian association football club based in the city of Queanbeyan, New South Wales. The club was founded in 1967, and currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Capital Football in the Australian Capital Territory.
|Full name||Monaro Panthers Football Club|
as Inter Monaro SC
as Monaro Panthers FC
|Ground||Riverside Oval, Queanbeyan |
Monaro Panthers is a club that represents and caters for the Monaro regional area as a whole including Queenbeyan, Jerrabomberra, Canberra, Googong, Bungendore, Sutton, Michaelago and the South Coast of NSW. The club fields teams in both men's and women's from the elite NPL level and recreational seniors to juniors and mini roos.
Foundation and early yearsEdit
Monaro was established in 1967 as Inter Monaro Soccer Club. The club first competed in the ACT league Division 1 (top division) between 1968 and 1977 before moving to the New South Wales (NSW) system in 1978 where the club played until they won the NSW Division one (top division) title in 1984. In 1985 the club were accepted into the National Soccer League.
Inter enjoyed early success in the ACT with the club winning its first trophy in its first season. Monaro lifted the 1968 Federation Cup trophy after beating Olympic (now Canberra Olympic) 1–0 in the final. Inter reached the final after a 1–0 victory over Croatia Deakin (now Canberra FC) in the quarter-finals and a 2–1 victory over Juventus in the semi-finals.
Monaro backed up this success in 1976 when they once again won the Federation Cup tournament with wins over Canberra United, 6–2, West Woden Juventus, 1–0, leading the club to a final showdown with Downer Olympic on 29 August 1976. Inter Monaro despatched Downer 3–1 in the final to claim the title for the second time in the club's short history.
1977 was Inters most successful season in its history. Not only did Monaro successfully defend its Federation Cup title, it additionally won both the league Premiership and finals Championship titles too, giving the club its first 'treble'. Inter won the league title in 1977 by five points over West Woden Juventus in the fourteen game season. Monaro finished the season with the equal best attack (60 goals scored) and the best defence (13 goals conceded). Inter then met West Woden twice in the finals in the semi-final and the grand final. On both occasions Monaro secured 3–2 victories. Inter kicked off its Fed Cup defence in 1977 with a 10–0 victory over O'Connor before beating Canberra United 3–0 in the qualifier final to reach the final on 4 September 1977. Monaro again faced off against Canberra United, who had beaten Croatia Deakin to reach the final, where the Premiers and Champions overcame the opposition put up from United to claim a 2–1 victory.
National Soccer League and declineEdit
After winning New South Wales Division 1 in 1984, Inter Monaro entered the NSL for the 1985 season, replacing Melita Eagles in the Northern Conference. In Monaro's first season they finished 7th in the Northern Conference, two points outside of a finals position and one place below local rivals Canberra City who finished 6th. In 1985 National League Cup (NSL Cup), Inter defeated West Woden Juventus 9–1 in the first round before being eliminated in the second round by Canberra City 1–0.
The second season in the NSL in 1986 was less successful. In the 1986 National League Cup, Inter Monero were eliminated by Canberra City once again, losing this time 2–1 in the first round. Inter finished bottom of the league table with only three wins from 22 games, and a restructure of the national competition for the 1987 season cutting back to 13 teams saw the club relegated back to the NSW First Division.
After getting relegated from the NSL in the club's second season, Monero returned to the NSW Division One for four seasons between 1987 and 1990. Inter were not able to keep up with previous success and after a disappointing 1990 season where the club only collected six points and two wins, they finished 2nd last in the league (beating only Marconi Fairfield). Inter Manero subsequently did not enter in a team in 1991 and effectively ceased to exist.
In 1995 the club was re-established under a new name, Monaro Panthers Football Club. The club went back to its roots and applied and was granted entry into the ACT Premier League in 1996. The club has participated in the ACT league system since this date. A key figure to the re-establishment of the club was John Barilaro, who went on to serve as president of the club for eight years.
The Panthers won the ACT Premier League Championship title in 1999 with a 1–0 victory over the Capital City Suns in the grand final. Monaro had qualified for the Championship finals after finishing third in the league behind Capital City Suns and Weston Creek Royals. In the semi-final the team from Queanbyan overcame Weston Creek to reach the grand final.
In 2008, Monaro signed an Australian first agreement with South Korean football primary school SinGok from the east Busan district of Haeundae New Town. The agreement means Panther's members host SinGok club players, coaches and officials during the annual youth football tournament The Kanga Cup, held in Canberra every year. In exchange Monaro would gain professional coaching advice and potential links to South Korean talent. Monaro were also invited by SinGok to participate in the 2008 MBC International Youth Tournament in Korea. John Barilaro, Amelia Efkarpidis and Nadia Colbertaldo were the intramental Panther figures who designed and signed off on the agreement.
National Premier League EraEdit
2013, the Monaro Panthers joined the top clubs in the ACT and surrounding NSW region as a founding member of the NPL Capital Football, which replaced the ACT Premier League as the top division of club football in Canberra.
10 October 2014, Monaro was one of four clubs to be granted a premier licence by Capital Football to compete in the NPL competitions for three years for men, women and juniors. The licence was set to commence in 2015.
2 April 2017, Monaro Panthers celebrated its fifty-year anniversary with the opening round of the 2017 NPLCF season against Canberra Olympic at Riverside Stadium. The Panthers went down 1–3 in the final result of the match.
Colours and crestEdit
The Panther's primary colours are green and black. Over the course of the club's history the shade of green has changed from kit to kit. On the home kit the colours are represented in vertical stripes. White is used as an alternative colour, mainly for away kits. The club's crest consists of a black panther clutching a football with one paw and the club's name underneath in green. The club's original crest was a traditional shield with the bottom half showcasing a football a top of black and green stripe background. The top half of the crest has the club's original name of Inter Monaro Soccer Club in black atop a yellow background. Above the team name, the very top of the shield is broken into the tri colours of the Italian national flag, representing the club's heritage.
In 2017, Monaro released a fifty-year anniversary crest. The crest draw inspiration from both the original and modern crests. In the traditional shield the club retained the black and green stripes for the bottom half. It added the number 50, a small black panther and the dates 1967 and 2017. The top half of the crest had the current club name of Monaro Panthers Football Club atop a black background.
The club was established in 1967 as Inter Monaro Soccer Club by the local Italian community of Queanbeyan. Inter represented the Italian heritage and Monaro was chosen because the city of Queanbeyan was in the electorate of Eden Monaro. The club retained its original name until folding in 1991. In 1995 the club was re-established with a new name, Monaro Panthers Football Club.
|1||Inter Monaro SC||1967||1991|
|2||Monaro Panthers FC||1995||Current|
- As of 13 February 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- As of 4 February 2019
The below table is updated with the statistics and final results for Monaro Panthers following the conclusion of each National Premier League Capital Football season.
|Ref||Season||National Premier League ACT||NPL
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