It was a good day out for our attacking four this week (Charlie, Carlos, Jamie, Max) with 10 goals between them. They looked like they were having fun, carving up the defence, passing the ball between them and some strong strikes. Our back four (Zane, Luke, Jordan, Benny), kept a strong line of defence, but credit to Cromer who kept them on their toes, getting three balls through this week’s keepers (Zane and Luke). It's a tough job being keeper, but you boys did the job. Well done. Working hard in midfield and down the sideline was Ethan, who combined well with Benny and Max to move the ball around the field. Overall, it was a pleasure to watch, and a well-deserved victory which was made sweeter with only ten players on the field, so the coaches were very pleased with the teams effort. Highlights were great communication from the boys, great speed and strong tackles, with some excellent passes and through balls (reminiscent of Messi & Ronaldinho glory days at Barca). However, the greatest highlight and I'm calling it already - goalie save of the year by Luke who took on the full force of the ball to his face, saving a certain goal. I'm sure the NRL conconcussion test would have been used had it been in place, and the force of the ball would have dropped even Vin Diesel. However, he took it in his stride, stayed composed and continued on with a massive grin, and cheers from his BTH team mates. Immediately after this, the ball went the length of the field for a goal, so let's put that goal down to Luke. Well done! The boys played with great spirit and sportsmanship, so well done boys, the crowd loved it. Lastly a massive shout out to Jordan and Carlos our super subs, and without you we wouldn't have been able to play.
BTH U7s Foxes vs. Manly Vale Sharks Won both
Team 1: 9-5 - Team 2 : 7-3
What a game - a fantastic effort with no subs. The combination of Lolly + Holly were powerhouses with their defence skills and they were our players of the week.
BTH Raiders U18/3 vs. Beacon Hill Football Club
Win 10 - 3
00:00 - Game started
00:40 - Goal scored by 6 Sam Rose for BTH Raiders u18/3
05:00 - Goal scored by Luke Shorter for BTH Raiders u18/3
11:54 - Goal scored by Beacon Hill Football Club
28:11 - Goal scored by Luke Shorter for BTH Raiders u18/3
28:38 - Assist by 13 Jack Ryan
38:00 - Goal scored by 12 Lachlan Greig for BTH Raiders u18/3
51:05 - Goal scored by 12 Lachlan Greig for BTH Raiders u18/3
01:01:35 - Goal scored by 12 Lachlan Greig for BTH Raiders u18/3
01:01:40 - Assist by 4 Pieter Britz
01:09:04 - Goal scored by Beacon Hill Football Club
01:16:37 - Goal scored by 12 Lachlan Greig for BTH Raiders u18/3
01:17:58 - Goal scored by Beacon Hill Football Club
01:22:34 - Goal scored by 12 Lachlan Greig for BTH Raiders u18/3
01:25:14 - Goal scored by 6 Sam Rose for BTH Raiders u18/3
01:26:07 - Goal scored by 6 Sam Rose for BTH Raiders u18/3
W13/3 vs. CC strikers
Final score - 1:1
2 nil actually because piper scored the goal for the opposition- practice makes progress pip! Player of the match was captain Alex!! Well done. "Great game... hope you all had fun and great goal piper"
First half: The team played really well in the first half of the game! Started with great defence and good pressure. A Great kick by Giselle followed through by Piper who kept the opposition and goalie on their toes through the game. Awesome line up by Ellen and good defence by Lily. Bronte and Aimee used their speed keeping the ball moving fast with great defence and great teamwork between Ruby and Piper. Goalie defence strong by Emily and great ball control by Piper also great defence by Giselle. Great pressure and controlling by Alex and Bronte. Hot day - Playing uphill in the sun first half, Captain Alex - passes stronger please girls
Second half: Bronte great defence. CcStrikers score 1. Ellen went hard at the goal, really good effort. Emilie exceptional defence at goalie throughout the whole game. Aimee continuously lining up great. Zoe great control throughout the game. Aimee, taking it down the sideline with ease and lining it up for a goal. Bronte kept playing showing great strength after getting hurt. Zoe, Claudia and Ruby lined it up with great teamwork. Piper scored!!!! Great defence by Layla. Ruby chase down the sideline and save was epic. Claudia and Aimee lining it up- sending the crowd wild. Aimee taking the ball all the way down the field and lining it up!! Alex great control. Lily, Layla, Ruby and Alex great team work on the back.
The Diamonds followed up on their 6-1 win CC Strikers with a gritty 2-0 win over Brookvale on the weekend. Although it wasn’t quite the performance of the previous week, it was still a good win as Brookvale had a few dangerous players that our defence had to contend with. Sophie scored a cracker in the first half from a long way out and from a tricky angle and was one of our best on the day with some good combination work in the midfield. Gemma slotted the 2nd goal from just outside the box in the second half after some good lead up work from Charlotte and a beautiful assist from Jade which left Gemma in space to slot away the winner. Overall, we lacked a bit of composure compared with the previous week and the silky passing game which yielded results previously fell away to the old kick and hope strategy which made things more uncomfortable for Alani and Tasman who both did well by looking after goal keeping duties and keeping a clean sheet. Effort was high for the day and all the girls from defense to our forwards gave a strong account of themselves on what was a pretty hot and testing day.
U16/2 v. Forest-Killarney
It has been an unsettled start to the season for the 16/2 boys, as injuries and absences have meant we are yet to field a full squad. We’ve been thankful to have players borrowed from 15/3s and 14/2s to help us out. Despite this, the team has enjoyed an undefeated start to the season, and three games in are top of the table. This week’s game was especially dominant, with a strong victory over an admittedly weakened Forest-Killarney team. Billy opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a tap in goal from a perfect Kristian cross. Kristian scored himself just a few minutes later, before Jono made it three in quick time, beating several defenders before slotting it home. Oliver then scored from a tight angle and Kristian then scored another two to complete a first-half hat trick, the first a beautiful left foot finesse shot following a killer through ball from Jono. Just before the break, Jono scored his second to leave it 7-0. The goals came so quickly, even the referee lost count!
As often happens after a rampant first half, structure and shape went a bit out the window at times after the break. Nevertheless, Kristian was able to smash home his fourth for the game, and Oliver scored another two to complete his own hat trick- including an impressive half-volley finish. With the match well and truly over, the boys conceded a lazy, late goal to make the final score 10-1 (even though the ‘official’ score was recorded as 9-1 by the ref!). If only we had a camera capturing the game, there would have been a couple of serious contenders for the ‘Goal of the Year’ competition! Thanks especially to Josh Morrison and Liam Smit from the 15s for helping us out for the game.
WU9 - BTH Rubies v Narrabeen Diamonds Won 2-1
The Rubies picked up where they left after a two week break to make it two wins out of two. BTH were always in the ascendancy, against stronger opposition compared to the first game, and took the lead when Olivia Newsham was quickest to react to some ping pong in the Diamonds' box. The girls were pegged back to 1-1, however when they failed to deal with a Diamonds' counter attack. They were soon back in the lead however when Newsham, who was a constant threat on the wing, crossed the ball to Leah Worrell whose shot could only be parried into the net by the Narrabeen 'keeper. Despite a lot of possession in the second half, the Rubies could not convert this into goals and the defence and Lauren Turner in goal remained alert to mop up any rare Diamond forays into the BTH half to see the game out. It was another great team performance - Charlotte Hall bagged the player of the week award for a great 1st half in goal and energetic display outfield in the 2nd half, on top of great effort at training. Special mention goes to Zoe Griffiths for her tireless work.
Diamondbacks WU11 8-0 win
After last week’s 1-1 draw it's great to get into the win column! In particular, the girls have been working on their shooting as we had way too many off target last week. This week was a different story! Playing on the wonderful astro turf at Melwood, we had goals from Abi, Jasmine (2), Lily T, Amelia, and a hat-trick from Lara. My favourite goal was a great team effort that came from our own half, and included a run down the right wing to the bye line from Lily T, a cross into the middle and simple tap in for Amelia, great goal! We have also been working on our 'shape'. It's very natural for players of this age to want to follow the ball, so we've assigned players their positions, and when we see it all starting to unravel, we simply shout 'shape!', and the girls know what to do and we start to resemble a football team again. This was an initiative from Coach Barry, extra snakes for him at full time. Great effort from everyone, looking forward to next week.
BTH U10 Bears 6 vs Seaforth 2
This week we worked on 1v1 and it showed from the start, the bears left the passing game at home at the start. The first half served up some great battles and it was great to see the players applying what was learnt at training. BTH drew the first breakthrough when Reese finally got away and burst through the defence’s, scoring in the top right. Seaforth came back strong and equalised within 5 minutes. Bit of luck went there way when BTH made a mistake and the ball just rolled over the goal line before the break. Half Time BTH 1 – Seaforth 2.
Quick drink of water, some oranges and a chat about leaving the 1v1 alone, needing to move the ball around to tire the opposition and bring back our passing game. It wasn’t long before Bears got an equaliser through Lukas. The Bears settled and were hungry for the football, keeping possession and been strong through the midfield. The floodgates opened in the last 20 minutes, when Elliot was on target scoring 2 quick goals. Charlie put the finishing touches to a breakaway goal using her pace and speed to the ball to good effect. Elliot wrapped up a good game scoring his hat trick with the last play of the game.
Player of the day went to Thomas Jackson in his 2nd game of soccer looked like a seasoned pro. Was outstanding at center-back, quick to the ball, never losing a 1v1 battle and playing smartly all game.
Final score 6 – 2 to BTH Bears….
Till next week!