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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – PAGE 11
Stirling Districts were eager to display a highly
technical style of play against a competitive
opponent in Saturday’s Amateur League
Soccer Premier Division round.
Ideal weather conditions provided for an exciting
encounter against Old Ignatians as the travelling Aces
worked to rebound from a loss the previous week.
Within the opening minutes of the game, Stirling created
a number of scoring opportunities through the combination
of Josh Hill, Jonathon Gomez and Scott Mather.
Unfortunately, these dangerous attacking movements
could not be converted onto the score sheet.
Old Ignatians struggled to respond to the structural and
tactical discipline of the Stirling combination.
The momentum of the game resided with Stirling until Old
Ignatians produced an attacking situation, which led to a
converted scoring opportunity.
In response, Stirling continued to display a consistent
style of play with Sam Papini, Ryan Gore and Andrew
Wendelbron providing defensive composure.
Old Ignatians high tempo and at times sporadic style of
play was eventually neutralised by the Aces discipline and
collective forward pressure toward the middle of the first
Old Ignatians were bombarded by a number of attacking
plays and seemed unsettled.
Daniel Wilby provided several crosses into dangerous
attacking areas, and although Stirling entered half-time
trailing 1-0, it had an air of confidence about the ability to
Entering the second half, Old Ignatians intensity and
vocal presence diminished as Lewis Coulls and Mathew
Hawthorn began to control the pace of the game with their
The Aces continued to work toward scoring opportunities,
and finally Stirling’s attacking endeavors came to fruition as
Hawthorn fired in a shot which was redirected by Gomez’s
glancing header to make it 1-1.
Stirling seemed to rise to another level as its confidence
grew from each attacking play.
The late substitutions of Richard Dawes, Hugh Hopton
and Alex Lang provided a burst of energy in the final
moments of the game
Gomez once again rose to the occasion with a driven
shot into the bottom left corner to make it 2-1.
Minutes before the final whistle, Joel Byrth made it 3-1
with a spectacular long range effort from just inside the
With great technique and accuracy, Byrth caught the
Throughout the entire game, Josh Clifford provided
stability and poise in goals and his distribution and decision
making deserves a notable mention.
It was an emphatic win by Stirling and provides momentum
going into the clash against Blackfriars Old Scholars
Association Soccer Club this Saturday.
Following a disappointing but hard fought loss to St Peter’s
Old Collegians the previous round, Stirling Reserves
travelled to Glenunga hoping to get a second win of the
season against Old Ignatians.
However, despite dominating most of the game and having
the best of both halves, Stirling couldn’t take chances when
it counted and ended up losing 2-1.
With players returning from injury and work absences,
the Reserves were able to field their strongest team of the
season, with many capable players unable to even make
the bench, despite strong performances in previous weeks.
Stirling started strongly, with Steve Farugia and Philippe
Bastouil combining well in the centre of the park, and Hugh
Hopton causing problems up front for a shaky Ignatians
Stirling couldn’t turn this early dominance into goals, and
disaster struck when the Ignatians right winger broke down
the wing and delivered a low, powerful ball across the six-
yard box which was deflected in.
The Aces responded well to the early set back, with good
interplay between right back Paul Teteris and winger
Michael Henn enabling Henn to burst down the wing
multiple times in quick succession, earning several corners.
In the centre of the park, Martin ‘Tincho’ Moran was
dribbling past defenders at will, but was thwarted by the
swarming Ignatians defence.
Frustrated by an opposition midfield which seemed
content to sit back on a 1-0 lead, central midfielder Farugia
decided to try his luck from distance, unleashing a rasping
drive from 40 yards which left the ‘keeper stranded, only to
cannon off the bar and back into play.
Despite it dominance, Stirling were still unable to find the
back of the net, and the situation worsened when a fluke
goal put it 2-0 behind just before the break.
After a scramble in the penalty box, centre back Josh
Goldworthy appeared set to clear the ball, only to have
his clearance smash into the back of a clueless Ignatian
forward and skid past ‘keeper Josh Clifford.
Aces coach Steve Spencer appealed for calm at half-time,
noting that the team had dominated possession and only
needed to keep persevering and a goal would come.
With Ignatians content to sit on the lead as the second
half started, Stirling switched to playing three at the back.
Substitute Michael Van Mierle took his place in a five-man
midfield which bore down on the Ignatian’s goal time and
Midfielder Bastouil began to push further up the pitch, and
after a jinking run down the left flank cut him into the box, a
clumsy tackle from the Ignatians right back left the referee
with no option other than to award a penalty.
Farugia calmly stepped up and smashed the penalty into
the top right hand corner, giving the ‘keeper no chance.
The final 10 minutes provided a flurry of end-to-end
football, as Stirling pushed for the equaliser and Ignatians
searcged for a third goal to kill the game off.
A superb shot from Bastouil went close, only for the
‘keeper to stretch out an arm at the last second and tip it
around the post for a corner.
Sadly, it was not be Stirling’s day, typified by the fact
that the referee accidentally brought play to a close three
minutes early, just when the team appeared likely to score.
However, the Aces Reserves can take heart from what
was a dominant performance, and should feel confident
going into Saturday’s game against Blackfriars.
Aces trump Iggies
The Adelaide Hills Hockey Club
Division 4 women extended
authority over a disheartened
opposition of Forestville fill-ins last
The game began with uncountable short
corners for Hills, but hitters Helen Case and
Catherine Christian could not find a gap.
Further penalty corners ensued and post
players Anna Christian, Gaynor Riddell and
Alix Verdon still could not convert the team’s
Hornets goal keeper Kiri Chinnock was
only needed for encouragement and
appearance, while full backs Liz Pillman
and Caitlin Christian also had an unusually
quiet match as Forestville were diverted
before its attacking quarter by half backs
Sally Garvie and Amber Blanchard.
Hills celebrated whole-heartedly when
April Summers managed a field goal,
despite a crowd of players around the circle.
The half-time address included Hills players
and coach expressing their frustrations that
the control of the first half had not produced
five times as many goals.
Claire Fuller-Stephenson commenced the
second half with several free hits in the
attacking 25m arc.
When the turnover occurred Sally Fisher,
intercepted Forestville’s pass and dribbled
past the defence to score.
The Hornets then gained momentum
and were able to hit, pass and shoot more
accurately than in the first half, controlling
Forestville and drawing all its players back
The cluttered space around the goal led to
another chance for Summers, as she forced
the ball through the ‘keeper’s legs and over
several sticks to complete a 3-0 win for the
While the Division 6 men had a bye, the
Hillside Masters men lost 3-1 to Burnside.
The Forresthills Under 18 girls surprised all
who witnessed their instinctive collaboration
A succession of short corners produced
the opportunity for Bess Thompson to score
through the defenders on the post.
April Summers scored two goals for the Adelaide Hills Hornets Division 4
womens team during Sunday’s district hockey victory over Forestville.
April Summers and Anna Christian used
teamwork to elude the Burnside full backs
and earn another penalty corner.
Tayla Kent capitalised from the short
corner at the top of the circle with a bouncy,
Full back Caitlin Christian and ‘keeper
Emma Crossing talked over all Burnside
attacks which appeared problematic to find
clearance, and Amber Blanchard assisted
in moving the ball forward again.
The final goal for Forresthills came as a
ball was crossed into the circle and Sophie
Brown took control, putting it in the far
corner of the backboard and sealing a 3-0
The Under 18 boys lost 6-1 to long-time
rival Yorke Peninsula, while the Under 14
boys played against Port Adelaide.
Ned Hopgood starred as the goal shooter
with two to his name.
Jarred Riddell and Ed Westwell were
paired in defence and foiled all but one
attempt for Port Adelaide to even up the
Matthew Parsons and Dylan Stitchel
worked up the side of the pitch to assist the
forwards in attacking plays as the eventual
result was a 3-1 win for Forresthills.
Under 14 girls Emma Crossing and Soren
McNamara were revved up for their first
game – an encounter with Adelaide Red.
The Adelaide Hills Under 11 Mixed team
were disappointed when none of their
opponents arrived for the first match of the
season, due to a decision by Adelaide that
the original set of released fixtures suited
Hills therefore won automatically from
Adelaide’s forfeit, and the Mixed Under 9
team sat out a bye.
A stroke and putting
competition was on
the program last week
for the ladies at the Mt
It was also the Monthly
Medal and Round 2 of the
Overall winner was A-grade
player Susan Kerr with an
outstanding 72 nett, ahead
of Margaret Rothenberg,
on a countback from Tracey
White after both finished on
Kerr’s game was neither
startling or sizzling, but she
played some steady golf
over the round.
Steady round for Kerr
Talitha Carroll made a
return to Tuesday golf and
took out the B-grade honors
with 75 nett, just ahead of
Margaret Bessen on 76.
After recently holidaying in
Victoria at Port Fairy and
Colac, Janet Hawes was
back on the course and
headed C-grade nett scores
Janice O’Connor paid off as
she finished in second place
Voucher recipients were
Raelene Hogarth, Anne
Meakins, Mandy Hurrell,
Perrin, Patricia Page and
Putting competition winners
included White (A-grade)
with 29 putts, Bessen in
B-grade (31), and Bev
Baylis at C-grade level with
Nearest the pin on the
eighth hole second shot was
White, giving her a hat-trick
of vouchers for the day.
Shot of the day was
Carroll’s massive hit from
the 17th tee which landed
on the first fairway amongst
Carroll hit out of the trees
and landed the ball
approximately 3m from the
One chip and one putt
holed the ball and Carroll
carded a very neat par and
score of four.
It was very pleasing and
encouraging to have past
visitors and current players
join the ladies for lunch after
Delphine Massey, Ruby
Cameron, Meredith Stokes,
Christine Bock and Lyn
attendees at the luncheon.
A-grade competitor and
handy 18 handicapper
Shelly Byrnes returned
to Tuesday golf and is
hoping to make it a regular
occurrence in the future.
The local club hosted the
final round of the Southern
Golf Group ladies pennant
matches, with Mt Barker-
Hahndorf having wins in
Division 1 after receiving a
forfeit from Murray Bridge,
while Division 2 accounted
for regional rival Oakbank.
Taking part in
last week’s ladies
Golf Club were (from
left) Denise Knape,
Loxton visitor Sabine
Grein and Linda
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