Yesterday was a great day to play soccer, sunny and clear skies. It was a crisp and chilly morning in the heart of soccer on the Northern Beaches, Terrey hills, where the grass is long and it is windy. We warmed up well and everyone seemed excited to play today. Bronte was our captain(fourth time this year)today but sadly the other team won the toss and kicked off and we were facing the sun for the first half. For the first half, Emily stepped into goalie. When the game started the girls went all in attacking the ball trying to be the first to the ball. We were very strong in our attacking and defending.
Our midfielders did a great job for getting the ball up to Zoe, Ellen and Claudia who all had very close encounters with the goals and being so close to hitting the back of the net. Bronte and Alex were very impressive working together in the centres with their skills. The backline, with Layla in the middle and Piper and Lily on the sides and Sophia helping out, also did a very great job today with defending the goals and tackling. Going into the second half it was nil all and I stepped into goals for Emily. We started off strong at the blow of the whistle but as we got further through the second half we tired. Two goals were let in, that were very hard goals to stop. About half way through the second half Alex took a big shove to the ground but continued to play, you legend!
As it got closer to full time we had very close shots on goal and we were pressuring the other team. In the end the game ended, 2-0 to Curl Curl. Today we had Sophia helping us out in the back, thank you very much. We missed Georgie’s amazing goal keeping, Aimee’s bright smile and Gisele's tackles.
Also a big thank you to Paul and Francine for bringing down the Webber for a BBQ.
Congratulations to Ellen for being awarded as Man of the Match.
BTH U10a Bears 1 (1) vs Cc Strikers 1 (1)
Early start to the day with the 8:30am kick-off against CC Strikers, a good week's training session behind us it was always going to be a fun game. The mighty Bears started off well, keeping possession for long periods and often trying to switch play across the field, very pleasing to see the team keeping the heads up and looking to move the ball around. Ten minutes into the game, and Thomas made a beautifully timed run from the backs and put the finishing touch to a well-timed pass from Reese.
Few minutes later, saw Georgia put into space and she slotted the ball past the keeper only to be denied by the ref calling it an offside. CC Strikers seized the opportunity and quickly returned a long pass upfield, catching BTH out of position, they managed to squeeze the ball through Will's hands. Half Time, 1 – 1.
The start of the second half saw an early break from Lucas, unfortunately hitting the cross bar that even made the keeper duck and scramble for cover, sending shivers across Collaroy region. Reese playing in a central attacking role, went close on 2 occasions, hitting the side post and then denied by the keepers outstretched foot. Thomas playing from the central defence was outstanding and had a couple more saved. Today was not going to the day for scoring goals, despite dominating and creating over a dozen chances in the second half, a combined 6 shots hitting posts, crossbars and plenty just going wide. Final score 1-1 draw.
Great game and wonderful to see the players developing and applying the skills learnt at training. The annoyance of not winning the game is part of learning, however the positive spirit and smiles all round, showed that the Bears are hungry and will be ready to go next week. The Bears choice of training this week is shooting and finishing off chances. Player of the day went to Thomas who was calm in defence and hungry to score when pushing forward.
WU9 Rubies v Avalon Tigerlillies
The Rubies dominated the first half of this game but were only one to the good at the break with Olivia continuing her 100% scoring record. BTH were left to rue the lack of goals for their possession straight from the restart however as Avalon broke through to equalise. The Rubies began to reassert their authority and regained the lead through Olivia. The Raiders saw out a couple of brief periods of pressure in the latter stages before Leah put the game to bed in added on time. Fran was player of the week with what was a combination of great efforts in training over the break and good listening and determination in the games.