U12/2 Belrose Vs Curl Curl Youth Club
The team travelled to Curl Curl to play the leaders of the comp. The boys were pumped, and played well and we were soon up 1-nil after super sub Hayden gave a beautiful cross to Max who drilled the ball past the goalie, who was easily 6 foot tall. The game was pretty even for most of the time, and we fell into our air swings and not taking the first touch to control the ball more. Unfortunately we soon found ourselves down 3-1 with some great strikes from Curl Curl that were high and way out of Liam’s reach. We clawed back 3-2 after a well deserved goal by man of the match Will, who was strong in defensive, and ran hard all game.
The last 10 minutes was nail biting stuff where we had a couple of close opportunities, and the boys lifted considerably with some great controlling of the ball, and pin point passes. Where was this all game, it was wonderful to watch. Unfortunately time beat us and we went down 3-2. The boys should be very proud of their efforts, and whilst we lost against the leaders of the comp, we did it with only 10 boys on the field. It shows the grit this team has, with no subs, whilst watching Curly sub every 5 minutes with fresh legs. Well done boys, we are all very proud of you.
Emeralds W U13/3
congratulations on a great game on Sunday, playing against a team with a full complement of reserves, we started with just enough players for a full team (no reserves). The opposition knew this and regularly used the interchange seeking to get an advantage by using fresher players over our supposedly tiring girls. Despite this the Emeralds put up a great effort dominating the first half both in attack and defence, with Avalon rarely getting the ball into our half, due mainly to the efforts of our mid-field and rear defenders, in fact I am sure I heard Georgie say that she could have read a book during the first half as Avalon were rarely near our goals! The second half was a slightly different story with the combination of some injuries (hope that hamstring pulled up ok Zoe?) and fatigue due to the lack of reserves seeing the Avalon girls retain a greater share of possession, and attack our goals with a greater frequency. Despite this a combination of our continuing strong defence (Piper, Giselle, Claudia and Chelsea) and unconventional, but effective goal keeping by our stand in goal keeper Ellen, allowed us to see off the Avalon raids (yes, as Georgie did not want to start reading that book in the second half, she came out of goals and helped form a strong attacking line in the second half!!). We continued to attack the goals in the second half and despite our best efforts (including some flashing runs by Emily and Bronte) we were unable to convert. It was a great effort by all the girls in a game which all present would agree was dominated by the Emeralds. Unfortunately whilst we had more opportunities in the opposition half, we were just not able to get that elusive goal which we deserved, and the game ended in a draw. The girls should be proud of their effort, with every player equally contributing as a team to secure the draw! Look forward to continuing this form at the next match this Sunday at Terry Hills.
WU9 Rubies v Narrabeen Rubies Won 4-1
The Rubies enjoyed their sweetest win of the season overcoming the team that ended their 100% record back in May. In an eagerly anticipated contest BTH quickly took the game to Narrabeen and their early pressure was rewarded when Lauren scored the goal she has been threatening for weeks after a great run. Lauren then turned playmaker by passing to Leah who jinked past two defenders before slotting home to give the Raiders a bit of daylight at the break. Olivia effectively killed the contest early in the second half with a close finish after being played in by Leah. Narrabeen showed signs of life however and pulled one back with a break from halfway. Fran then nullified a similar attack by being quick off her line to clear the ball. Zoe scored the fourth when she was quickest to react to Charlotte's shot rebounding off the post. After such a fine performance it was hard to pick a player of the week but following some fine recent performances and great efforts in training, Lauren and Ella shared the spoils.
BTH Raiders U10 Bears (5) 7 – Forest Lasers (0) 0 A bright and early start to the day, preparing the playground and warming up at the same time proved to be the winning formula for the mighty Bears today. The team worked on striking and finishing skills in the week and we could bearly contain the excitement. Things were about to get grizzly. From the start, the bears snuck up on the lasers who were not ready for the BTH players hunger to score goals. Few minutes in, a quick interchange of passes saw Lucas break into space on the right side and whack! Gooaallll ! Soon after the kick-off, Elliot receive a great pass behind the defence from Reese, some classy finishing skills. A little later, Reese was on hand to finish off from outside the box with a well-placed side footed shot into the bottom corner. Not to be outdone by the boys, Laura scored after a run from the backs. Just before the break, Reese put the finishing touches by side footing the ball into the net. Half Time, Five nil to the Bears. This is paws-ibly the best half of football to be seen this year. It was a slow start to the second half with most of the action been played in the middle of the field. Owen playing up front worked hard and won a corner, from this corner a goal mouth scramble and Laura popped in again calmly putting the ball in the net. From the kick-off, the FK Lasers positive attitude showed up when they created multiple chances to score goals. Some outstanding goal keeping from Reese kept the score sheet clean. With 5 minutes to go, Elliot used some deft skills to flick a ball past his defender and follow up with a great finish. A fantastic way to end the week after the team worked hard on finishing and striking skills at training. What was pleasing to see was that all goals were placed into the goals, by looking up, spotting the gap and using the side of the foot as opposed to trying to strike the ball with blind force. Will from the Bears was a great sportsman to help the Forest Lasers out in the second half as they went man down after an injury, possibly played his best game this year. Well done Champ! Player of the day went to Elliot for his all round play up front, and superb finishing skills.