Olympic Kingsway capped a dream unbeaten season by clinching the State League Division Two title on goal difference from neighbours Wanneroo City on Saturday night.
Wanneroo’s 2-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers a couple of hours earlier meant Graham Normanton’s side needed maximum points against Curtin University to win the league and ensure automatic promotion to Division One.
They need not have worried. Kingsway completed the job with a 4-1 win at Edinburgh Oval thanks to a Dan Corbett double and goals from Danny Hodgson and Chris Rizidis.
Jon Krawec pulled one back for Curtin.
Olympic Kingsway President Steve Nelkovski outside the changing room which will undergo a major overhaul
To make the season extra special for the Green Machine, the championship success comes in their 65th anniversary year and 40 years after they won the first of their two State titles.
Kingsway President Steve Nelkovski said it is a success to be enjoyed by everyone associated with the club.
“It’s wonderful, I’m delighted for all the hard work everyone has put in across the board,” he said.
“The players have been incredible all season in what has been a fantastic championship race.
“To have the ‘noisy neighbours’ matching us win for win, goal for goal, point for point … it’s been very exciting.
Nelkovski with one of the 1978 State League winner’s blazers
“It’s great to be back in Division One and continuing our journey, especially in our anniversary year and 40 years after our first State title. It’s a special year for the club and satisfying for so many people.
“Everyone can enjoy it and we’ll be able to look back at our history and connect with everyone from different eras.”
Nelkovski became President in 2016 as the club embarked on a five year plan to get into the NPL WA. Off the field as well things are happening. A $600,000 clubhouse renovation funded jointly by the club and the City of Wanneroo was completed last year.
Yet that is dwarfed by the work that he says will start later this year – a $2.6 million exterior redevelopment which will see two new structures built, including a 250-seater undercover stand, six new changing rooms and a gymnasium.
Inside the Olympic Kingsway clubhouse
Nelkovski says the funding came through the Federal Government, the City of Wanneroo and the club and is scheduled to be completed in September 2019.
“The new stand will make us NPL compliant,” Nelkovski said. “When the new board took control in 2016 we had a five year plan and part of that was to get back in the top division.
“We are ambitious but we don’t want to lose what the club is about, which is being a strong community club with teams of all ages.
“That was shown when we had our big anniversary night on June 30. It blew everyone away. Sixty-five years of tradition all came together … people who have been involved with the club for 50 years, the 78 championship side … it was one of those special days.”
The plans for Olympic Kingsway’s extensions