U6’s Grenfell Bowling Club Gold
Coach: Tim Wood
Team - Hugo Wood, Annabella Taylor, Michelle Walker, Spencer Mehrton, Chase McFarlane, Emerson Squires, Georgia Squires
Our away game this week was played at Boorowa and the team was decimated - we were a few players short.
Spencer, Annabella, Hugo and a borrowed Boorowa player, Harry, had to step up against a much stronger Boorowa outfit with a full team.
The first half saw us on the attack with some brilliant soccer and a few near misses at goal but it soon became evident that we would tire out and by the half time whistle we were struggling.
The second half saw Boorowa attacking and us defending for the whole half.
Well done to Annabella and Spencer who tried their hardest and gave their all.
Under 10’s Milne Spreading
Good start with lots of passing and pressure from the team. Kali had an early attempt at goal and just missed. Jack came forward and scored. Sarah did a great pass up field.
Great defence in the backs with Caitlin, Aydan and Zoran helping Bailey in goals. Jack scored out second goal with great team effort from the mids, Maya, Lucy and Isabel.
Isabel did some great clearing kicks up field and this was helped by Emily and Kali.
Bailey had a great game in goals and was well supported by all the team. Kali scored the last goal just before full time.
Final score 3-2 to Grenfell.
Under 12’s Mitton Bros Earthmoving
The game was played on an overcast cold morning and Young got off to a good start showing excellent ball control which caught the team off guard as Young scored three goals in the first 15 minutes. Grenfell fought back with Andrew Knight and Zoe Gavin running hard to keep the ball in Young’s half. Rebecca Glanville carried out a clever intercept of the ball as the team began to work together better. Sophie Bucknell was in the thick of it in defence before Jessica Pereira and Abbey Joyce as backs came and helped keep the ball away from Young. Hannah Cartwright and Kevin Silburn moved the ball into Young’s half where Ebony Meier, Holly Bucknell and Andrew Knight assisted in keeping the ball in front of our goal where most of the action remained at the end of the first half. Just before half time Connor Day kicked a goal off a penalty.
Second half was a better game for the Grenfell team who rose to the challenge from Young and kept the pressure on with Connor Day making an attempt at goal. Young swiftly got the ball back into our half and Ethan Eyles ran hard keeping up with the ball trying to intercept it. But Mathew Whatman made another great save as Goalie. With the ball back in Young’s half Sophie Bucknell made a great intercept and Andrew Knight backed her up as pressure was kept up for Young’s goalie. Except for Young occasionally getting the ball back into our half and Mathew Whatman making more great saves, the action in Young’s half eventually paid off with Ebony Meier scoring a brilliant goal near the end of second half.
The game ended with a score of Grenfell – 2 and Young – 6. The encouragement award went to Sophie Bucknell with the McDonald’s voucher to Hannah Cartwright and the Baker’s Delight award to Abbey Joyce. The next game will be in Grenfell.
Under 14’s Hardy’s Garage v’s Boorowa at Boorowa
Intermittent sunshine and a very brisk wind with a significant wind chill factor did not deter the team. Many were absent or recovering from illness and so only ten players took to the field.
Boorowa started strongly but play quickly favoured Grenfell. A goal attempt from James Day led to a corner but Boorowa’s defence was too good. However, some great play from Dee Jay Griffiths and James allowed Claire Matthews to land a well booted goal shortly after.
Bailey Pursehouse may be new to soccer but she shows the skills of an old hand. Her defensive skills are very strong but she is just as capable in attack with her long kicks and weaving techniques.
Kurtis Meier played a dogged game. His first attempt at scoring was captured by the goalie and his second just missed, but persistence pays and after another attempt missed, the ball was fed back to him to allow him to finally find the back of the net. James, too, was successful in scoring after many attempts. As the team went to half time they were three up and looked to be well under control.
After the break, Boorowa changed the pattern of play with an early goal. Grenfell’s defence tightened up with Melissa Whatman making some great tackles. Annie Matthews kicked the ball well out of harm’s way and gave the play back to Dee Jay and the forwards.
A second goal from Boorowa showed our team was flagging as, without reserves, there could be no subs. Despite this Dee Jay, James and Kurtis kept up the attack and were unlucky not to be rewarded with another goal.
In the thick of the play was Joshua Barber. He determinedly used his head to stop Boorowa’s attack but may have suffered some pain for his enthusiasm! Lewis Keogh was also keenly involved in stopping the opposition’s attack and, as centre back in Hannah’s absence, he was kept busy.
Rachael Perrott was also kept busy in goal in the second half. She made many great saves and booted the ball well down field to deflate Boorowa’s attack. Her able backs, Annie, Lewis and Melissa, harassed the opposition and kept them from equalling the score.
The final result: Boorowa 2 – Hardy’s Garage 3. A close game, but well played in cold conditions.
SOCCER SKILLS DEVELOPMENT DAY - SUNDAY MAY 27
On Sunday, May 27, the Grenfell Soccer Club held a skills development day at Lawson Oval.
Training was conducted by the Total Football Academy and concentrated on improving ball control, passing techniques, attacking skills and plenty more. Approximately 20 players ranging in age from 7 to 14 took part in the training session.
The kids were kept busy learning new drills and a few tricks that should see some inspired playing this weekend.
Given that they were out there for three hours, they did very well to stay focused. They were rewarded with a BBQ lunch and then some stayed to watch the Stingers in action.
Thanks to all the parents who helped with the training drills or who assisted with the canteen/BBQ. The kids seemed to enjoy the day and it was especially beneficial for our new soccer players.
Games kick off at 9.30am this weekend here in Grenfell.
Just a reminder, players should be at the ground and ready to go at least 20 minutes before their game.
It will be interesting to see those new soccer skills put into action.