Grenfell’s U17s Strikers faced off against second placed McAlister Motors of Young on Saturday August 12. From the get go Young proved a formidable team scoring early in the first half, despite the fantastic attempts of goalie Henry Best. The backs of Chris Heatley, Shannon Best, Jess Pereira and Kate Amery worked well together, with Chris especially stepping up to fill away member, Ethan Skinner’s, anchoring position. The team played fantastically, vying for possession and continually attacking, even after McAlister Motors scored another three goals, with Andrew Knight, Connor Day and Ethan Eyles each coming close to scoring themselves.
The Strikers took to the field in the second half, determined as ever. Midfielders Andrew Knight, Brett Knight, Marie Knight and Paige Hughes played with vigour, persistently reclaiming possession. Unfortunately, Henry was caught out by a tricky Young goal off a header. Andrew, with the support of Josh Pargeter, made a break for goal, only to have it ricochet off the post. After scrambling to keep the ball in play, Chris slammed the ball into the Young goal to the elation of crowd and team. Nevertheless, Young responded with two of their own goals even though Grenfell played marvelously, attacking right to the end. When the final whistle sounded, the score was McAlister Motors 7, Grenfell 1. A big thanks to Brett and Henry for stepping up to help the Strikers field a team. By Sarah Knight.