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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – PAGE 9
Adelaide Hills Junior Soccer Association players were
kept busy over the weekend with Cup semifinals on
Friday night followed by Saturday’s opening of the 2015
Hahndorf White Under 12 progressed to the grand final of the Cup
series with a night match win over Mannum.
Mannum did not make it easy for Hahndorf though, displaying some great
attacking skills and requiring the Hahndorf defenders Will Monaghan,
Josh Rayner, Tom Baker, Jackson Doley and Tyler Weyland to work hard
and draw on their well practiced and crowd pleasing tackling abilities.
At the other end of the pitch, Hahndorf ’s Oliver Iasiello applied consistent
pressure and Jye Martin continued to impress with his outstanding ball
control, resulting in Hahndorf scoring three goals in the first half.
Mannum came out firing after the half-time break.
However, after spending the first half in goal, Hahndorf’s Simon Pottharst
relished the opportunity to display his passing skills and teamed with
Xavier Kell, Rhys Coles and Iasiello to continue Hahndorf’s attacking
Defender Shannon Cox and Joey Hutson in midfield ensured the ball
stayed at Hahndorf’s attacking end, allowing it to consolidate victory.
Hahndorf’s goals came off the boots of Kell, Will Anning, Hunter Hoy,
Potthurst and Doley.
After scoring 16 goals between them in the quarter finals, there
was bound to be a flurry of goals between Stirling Districts Blue and
Strathalbyn White in a hotly contested semifinal.
Strathalbyn applied pressure from the start and scored first.
Stirling answered with another signature mazy dribble from striker Sirak
Gehling which resulted in him being awarded a penalty.
Gehling calmly tucked the ball into the bottom right corner bringing the
The Strikers pushed forward again and again but crashed like waves on
the rock that was the Stirling defence of Gus Berthold, David Moore, and
twin centre backs Asher and Campbell LeQuesne.
Goal keeper Summer Justham pulled off some great saves and rapidly
whipped the ball back up the pitch to restart Stirling’s attacking efforts
which were often begun by the darting runs of winger Zen Dejanovic.
However, Strathalbyn redoubled its efforts and pulled ahead again and
it appeared the Strikers were going to finish the first half ahead until
Stirling’s attack of Gehling, Raphael Schmidt and Finn Whitlock zoomed
up the pitch for Gehling to score and level on 2-2 at half-time.
During the second half Strathalbyn managed to keep Stirling pinned
back in its own half.
There was some stalwart tackling by Stirling midfielders Lachlan Burke,
captain Jaxon Russell and Brice Knight.
A free kick was awarded to the Strikers and their great looping free kick
found a striker running onto it and scoring the third goal.
Stirling substitute goal keeper Angus Taylor put in plenty of effort to cover
his nets, and defender Tom Fischle made some brilliant challenges, but
Strathalbyn managed to force in another goal to claim a 4-2 win.
The match between Mt Barker Blue and Murray Bridge Gold was played
in perfect conditions at Anembo Park on Friday night.
Mt Barker scored an early first goal and dominated possession in its
attacking half for the first 20 minutes.
Murray Bridge eventually got on the ball and started moving play into its
attacking half and scored.
Mt Barker continued to make fast counter attacking moves despite
taking to the field with only 10 players and at half-time the scores were
level at 1-1.
The majority of the second half was well controlled by Murray Bridge
and it scored two more goals to lead 3-1.
The final 10 minutes were very tense as Mt Barker played attacking
football in numbers and forced a second goal and pressed the Murray
Bridge defensive formation to the limit searching for the equaliser.
During this period Murray Bridge goal keeper Michael Webster made
several excellent saves to continue to deny Mt Barker.
It was a fast game with players from both sides displaying great soccer
Mt Barker would be disappointed with the result but should be proud of
its performance to play the whole match with only 10 players and take the
game right to the final whistle.
The match referee and linesmen supplied by the association also had a
great game, which was played in the right spirit as Murray Bridge move
through to the Cup final.
Under 13 Girls
Last Friday night provided perfect football conditions in the still, floodlit
arena of Anembo Park.
It was friend against friend as the two Hahndorf teams shook hands and
took to the pitch, but this took nothing away from the level of competition
once the whistle started play.
Hahndorf Black were the first to apply pressure spending extended
periods in White’s half, with Arewen DePree making solid inroads up the
centre and providing key striker Lilly Yiatrov with a number of scoring
White ‘keeper Francesca Queale was up to the challenge, managing to
save more than four goals in the first half and there was no score on the
The Black team restarted in a fashion similar to the first half, providing
spirited contest in the centre, getting the ball up into the White team’s half
and putting more pressure on Queale in goals.
Erin Peacock, Molly Kell and Matilda Spanner all dug deep and played a
key role in turning the momentum back into White’s favor.
Soon the White team were applying good forward pressure with Ruby
Frangiosa unrelenting in attack.
White were threatening the goal square but Kate Goddard from Hahndorf
Black continuously squandered chances with her deceptive pace and
Eventually Julia Dama broke through the black defence setting up Freya
Roberts to kick the first goal for White 10 minutes into the second half.
Despite further attempts from Black to level the score, Queale was
unbeatable in goals.
Some determined team work in the centre from White soon resulted in
another goal to Roberts.
With only 12 minutes remaining in the match, Black didn’t give up and
pushed to score on several more occasions without success.
The final whistle provided the end of a solid tussle between two evenly
match Hahndorf teams.
Under 17 Girls
Stirling Districts and Hahndorf Under 17 girls met under lights at
Anembo on a clear and cool evening.
Hahndorf began attacking early with a quick goal off a free kick from
Stirling defenders were kept busy with the ‘keeper saving multiple shots
by the Hahndorf forwards.
Nadia Maxwell and Matilda Kell scored as well as Shelbourne adding
to her tally.
Stirling Districts defenders continued to shut down multiple attempts on
goal by Hahndorf but at half-time Hahndorf had a convincing lead.
The second half featured Stirling Districts with more possession with
forwards Anna Ford and Jasmine Cammell having significant breaks and
attempts on goals making the Hahndorf defenders work harder.
Attempts into Stirling District’s half were consistently shut down by Erin
Pottharst and sisters’ Julia and Cate Severin who held a strong defensive
Stirling Districts continued to make the Hahndorf defenders work and
were persistent in the efforts in trying to move the ball forward.
Hahndorf ’s Angelina Bottin was finally rewarded with a goal after
displaying great hustling skills and first-gamer Ruby Mason was able to
provide a useful assist on another Shelbourne goal.
The end result was victory to Hahndorf which move to the Cup final.
Hahndorf White’s Under 9 combination made a great start to the League
campaign with a contest against Murray Bridge United at Pine Avenue
The first half featured Hahndorf holding its positions well with good
defensive play by Nathan King, Keira Bowden, Harry Coles, Stefan
Panich and Monique Bessen, while supporting goal keeper Ben King.
Murray Bridge United brought the ball into attack which resulted in four
attempts at goal, with great saves by King.
The second half had Harry Coles as goal keeper for Hahndorf and good
defensive play by Keira and Reilly Bowden, Lachlan Morrow and Emily
Mackie, which resulted in four saved attempts at goal.
Two goals were scored by Darnell Giles-Karpeny for Murray Bridge
King scored a goal for Hahndorf and, with strong teamwork, Hahndorf
had a further three attempts at goal.
It was pleasing to have both teams enjoy a strong performance and
display a positive team spirit while sharing the play.
Following a gruelling pre-season for players, officials and parents, it was
great to get the long-awaited season opener under way between Hahndorf
Black and Stirling Districts at Pine Avenue.
Hahndorf started strongly with numerous attacking runs by Seb Ahlburg
and Dylan Weyland, resulting in two early goals to Weyland.
Hahndorf continued to attack with Anna Lennon and Sterre De Pree
building good attacking moves from the midfield.
Alex Olsson displayed good leg speed and endurance to get back
and provide defensive support.
Stirling Districts were up to the challenge and with solid defence held
out Hahndorf and counter attacked on numerous occasions in the first
half without success.
The second half opened with Stirling Districts taking the ascendency
and controlling play early with numerous shots on goal going close.
The rest of the game became an arm wrestle with good teamwork and
passing from both sides.
Daniel Banham in attack moved well finding space from which Hahndorf
mounted forward thrusts on goal.
Cameron Lennon was released from ‘keeper in the second half, and
along with Emily Scown, created a strong physical presence in attack and
their forward defensive pressure held the ball in Hahndorf ’s attacking half
on regular occasions.
Harrison Ulmer grew in confidence throughout the game and
demonstrated his trademark ball control and foot skills, with his passing
to team-mates creating several attacking opportunities.
Despite the strong Hahndorf defence, Stirling Districts mounted several
attacks and scored a well deserved goal close to full time.
Overall it was a highly competitive and skilful game by both teams
which was enjoyed by an appreciative and vocal crowd.
Hahndorf White put on an excellent performance to win over Stirling
From the opening whistle Hahndorf took the attack up to Stirling with
Simon Pottharst, Jye Martin and Tyler Weyland busy throughout the
Hahndorf started the game with Hunter Hoy as goal keeper and Tom
Baker and Josh Rayner in central defence alongside Jye Martin and
Hahndorf midfielders Will Monaghan and Joey Hutson took control of
the middle and Shannon Cox and Weyland began to use the wide spaces
to assist the attacking partnership of Jackson Doley and Pottharst.
They were well supported by William Anning, Xavier Kell and Oliver
Iasiello coming on as substitutes to help the team with their effort to win.
It was an excellent performance with goals scored by Doley, Hoy,
Hutson and Anning.
Having met for a Cup semifinal the previous day, Strathalbyn White and
Stirling District Blue clashed again in the opening round of Under 12
Long grass and a head wind did not deter Strathalbyn from pushing into
the opposition’s half but Stirling ‘keeper Angus Taylor performed several
brave saves to pluck the ball from dangerous.
Stirling had to cope with the low autumn sun shining brightly as it
pushed Strathalbyn back.
Central defender Campbell LeQuesne did a great job of organising the
defensive line of Gus Berthold, Tom Fischle and Summer Justham, all of
whom ran like whippets and defended like Trojans.
The Strikers faces lit up as they scored two goals in the first half, but
Stirling striker Finn Whitlock was determined not to have his team fall
After narrowly missing scoring with a ‘scorpion’ kick from a crossed
corner, Finn made good with a brilliant dribbling effort in the Strathalbyn
box then firing the ball into the goals for a 2-1 advantage at half-time.
Stirling right winger Max Prior had run his socks off in the first half and
was replaced by David Moore who echoed his predecessor’s efforts by
being a constant nuisance to Strathalbyn – blocking runs and penetrating
the defensive lines.
Stirling’s strike force of captain Zen Dejanovic, Brice Knight and Raphael
Schmidt – supported by the boundless energy of winger Jaxon Russell
– tried to force their way through the stalwart Strikers defence but could
not finish off their great efforts.
As energy flagged from the demands of the past 24 hours, Strathalbyn’s
great passing and positional sense paid dividends as it managed to slot
in three goals in the second half for a 5-1 result.
The Round 1 match of the regular 2015 season was played between
Murray Bridge United Gold and Stirling Districts in beautiful sunny
conditions at Murray Bridge.
Stirling immediately went into attack where a good shot on goal by Issac
Prentice resulted in the visitors moving ahead 1-0 .
Murray Bridge United then rallied and a shot on goal by Takundzwa
Mashinge was well saved by Stirling goal keeper Mostyn Hooper.
Stirling’s Prentice then scored again following good play by Fergus
Wilson and Jack Butler, for a 2-0 advantage.
Murray Bridge attacked and good defence from Daniel Blewden, Callum
Ryan and Cooper March kept Murray Bridge from scoring until the 25th
minute when Kailin Challenger scored after a strong, determined run to
With both sides now playing determined football, Stirling went into attack
where Prentice was awarded a penalty.
Prentice made no mistake to put Stirling ahead 3-1.
A great save from Stirling’s Hooper just before the midway mark kept the
score in check at half-time.
Stirling could have held a greater lead early in the second half if not
for Murray Bridge ‘keeper Michael Webster and strong defending from
Ronald Mafara and Cian Yakas.
Eventually Prentice scored his fourth goal but it did not deter Murray
Bridge which pressed forward, but were thwarted by Blewden and Laclan
Pattullo until Challenger scored his second goal for Murray Bridge.
Good midfield play from Stirling’s Wilson, Brodie White and Will Palmer
resulted in Tai Stevels scoring a quick reflex goal from a rebound off the
Challenger – who was playing a good game for Murray Bridge – then
scored his third goal.
The game settled a little with both sides testing each other’s defence
until a good ball forward from Stirling’s Blewden and Ryan resulted in
Wilson scoring a clever goal by chipping over the ‘keeper.
Sensing the game could be lost, Murray Bridge moved the ball forward
where Challenger scored his fourth goal, after another strong, fast attack.
Stirling produced a good team game and notched a deserving 6-4
Hahndorf took on Stirling Districts as Darcy Sayer displayed some
skilled footwork early in the game.
Stirling had most of the play in the initial 15 minutes, although Hahndorf’s
Piers Lewis scored the first goal from the left wing.
This followed a close attempt for goal by Stirling’s Finn Jones Anderson,
saved at the last minute by Thomas Queale, who provided a good strong
A strong attempt for goal by Lewis was stopped by Stirling’s goal keeper.
Numerous attempts at goal were made until Stirling’s Jones Anderson
scored another goal 20 minutes later.
Hahndorf ’s Queale maintained a good defence with Thomas Cribb an
integral player through numerous impressive saves.
Stirling’s Marcell Tugwell kicked an excellent goal, chipping the ball over
the defenders’ heads and into the corner net, leaving the score 2-2 at
Some fancy footwork from Hahndorf’s Michael Cooper, combined with
great defence by Hahndorf’s Queale, assisted a great goal by Lewis.
This was followed by an impressive goal to Stirling’s Henry Jones.
The closing moments of the game featured a great save by Stirling’s
‘keeper to keep the score even until Hahndorf’s Lewis headed the ball
for a perfect final goal.
Under 17 Girls
Last Saturday afternoon Stirling Districts hosted Woodside at Bradwood
Each team started strongly with defensive pressure making it hard for
the forwards to push through for a shot on goals.
With one more match under its belt, Woodside settled first and with
some excellent passing began to make the most of any chances.
Hannah Wall finished strongly to net two goals, Maddy Lind ran down
the wing and pushed one past the ‘keeper and Lil Hannaford followed in
two goals on the right.
As the first half finished 6-0 to Woodside, after the break the defences
for both teams played strongly, with the ball spending a lot of time in
It took a strong kick from Wall to post another goal for Woodside and
then a terrific pass to Azumi Nishizawa resulted in her first goal.
As the match neared completion, Stirling District pushed forward several
times but just couldn’t find the back of the net with several chances just
Hahndorf’s Under 17 girls displayed a powerful and relentless
performance to secure a win which was hard fought against a strong Mt
From kick-off the Hahndorf girls appeared strong with Nadia Maxwell,
Matilda Kell and Angelina Bottin pushing hard forward down the wings.
Mt Barker’s defence, although strong, could not hold back many attempts
and eventually Hahndorf scored when Maxell found the back of the net.
Making good use of open space, Hahndorf quickly scored with multiple
goals from Kell, Jessica Shelbourne and Maxwell.
Hahndorf ’s defence of Julia and Cate Severin, along with Nicola Lieff in
goals, were tested with strong crosses from Mt Barker after a number of
corners late in the first half.
Hahndorf midfielders Maya Westbury, Marisa Jackman and Violet
Spanner worked well together and gave great assistance to set up
further attacks forward.
The second half started positively for Mt Barker with a strong attempt at
goals by Phoebe Zodrow-Martin.
Soon after a well earned goal by Jackie Megson put Mt Barker on the
Hahndorf responded with a further number of goals by Maxwell, Kell
and Shelbourne working together.
After persistent effort by Mt Barker’s forward line, a second goal in the
dying minutes was achieved by Megson.
Busy schedule for juniors
The Stirling Under 17 girls Diamonds travelled to
Ellis Park in Adelaide to take on the Comets last
In warm conditions, a much improving Diamonds combination
were just eclipsed 3-2 in a very tight game.
Stirling made a great start to the match from the kick-off and
in some very slick play, Humphreys scored to make it 1-0 after
just one minute.
Rodriguez, Ford, Hulst and Fabbro were defending strongly
as was goal keeper Jacobs.
After attacking strongly, Comets made it 1-1 after 10 minutes
by sneaking one past the ‘keeper.
Both sides were playing attacking football with the Comets
having most of the play.
Comets managed to score just prior to the break and hold a
Stirling started the second half on fire, attacking strongly so it
was no surprise to have the score 2- 2 after some six minutes.
It was now game on with the Diamonds taking it up to their
more fancied opponents.
The visitors were on the charge with Taylor, Shepherdson,
O’Sullivan, Olivia and Sally Filsell and Dawson all playing well.
Comets eventually broke the deadlock with a lucky goal past
Jacobs who got a glove on the ball but could not stop it going
into the net.
The final score ended at 3-2 for Comets against a Stirling
team improving every match, and a win appears not too far
Emma Jacobs appears as if she likes the job of ‘keeper, while
Humphreys scored two goals.
Comets just shine
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