Home' The Mt Barker Courier : The Courier - 2015-05-13 Contents PAGE 8 – The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Hahndorf’s senior side hosted old
foe Cove for last Saturday’s SA
Amateur Soccer League Division
It had been a number of seasons since
the Hallett Cove-based club had visited
the Magpies venue Pine Avenue and
hostilities were renewed at a frantic pace
as Hahndorf opened strongly by rushing at
its more mature opponents.
Jake Papavasiliou opened the scoring for
the home team with a glorious shot from
30m to the top right corner of the Cove goal
frame after 20 minutes, but during an even
first half, Cove pulled one back.
Some poor defensive marking by the
Magpies gave the visiting striker an acre of
space within the penalty area to slot home
The sides emerged for the second half
and the game continued on its even keel.
Hahndorf’s Peter Atkinson ran his
opponent ragged on the left wing and
was the creator of the Magpies second
goal when he raced down the sideline
and crossed for strikers Mitch Miller and
In one of the more bizarre moments within
the 90 minutes, a Cove defender threw
his head at the ball in close proximity to
Atkinson’s cross and made contact, only to
watch the pass ricochet off his head and
loop a full 20m distance over all adjacent
players and into the net, giving Hahndorf a
Hahndorf then pressed for a winner in
what was becoming a niggly affair, while
Cove were dangerous and threatening on
With some 20 minutes remaining Cove
equalised at 2-2, and five minutes later
were awarded a free kick when Hahndorf
‘keeper Brad Seidel and the onrushing
Cove striker collided heavily.
Seidel was adjudged to have impeded his
opponent’s progress and Cove went to a
3-2 lead from the resulting direct free kick.
In the dying minutes of the game, Hamish
Vickers got his head to a crossed ball to
level the scores at 3-3 and salvage a point.
Both sets of players trudged off the park
at the end of the fixture appearing a beaten
team, perhaps an indication that the draw
was a fair result.
Earlier in the afternoon Hahndorf’s
Reserves combination were thumped
5-0 in a match to forget, leaving the side
winless after four League games.
The club’s next League game is away at
Adelaide Uni in a fortnight, however, the
Reserves are in action as they travel to play
Sunday Division 3 side Payneham Postel,
on May 17 in Round 1 of the SAASL Cup.
Hahndorf hosted Hills based rival
Stirling Districts in last Sunday’s
Division 3 womens soccer Mothers
The encounter kicked off just after 3pm in
conditions which varied from cold winds to
sunshine and showers, though it could not
deter a fiesty clash once the whistle blew.
Both teams boasted a full complement of
players, which ensured a high tempo game
with plenty of substitute rotations.
The Stirling Diamonds were the first to
settle into the game with competent use of
their wide players.
Hahndorf full back Sue Catlow was the first
to stand up for the home team, repelling
dangerous attacks away from goal keeper
Hahndorf continued to soak up the early
pressure, preferring to sit deep in its own
half and attempt to hit the visitors on the
Coach Werner Ediam’s tactic proved
cunning, but somewhat dependent on the
speed of Georgia Mead up front.
Hahndorf’s confidence was growing
though, having kept Stirling’s talented
centre forward out of the penalty area and
ensuring a tight contest.
Hahndorf midfielder Claudia Kerr was
busy early with some industrious headers
forward and some nice transitional play.
Kerr’s precise passing connected with left
midfielder Tulasi Hollis on more than one
occasion and continued to offer some nice
build up out wide.
Several half chances fell to the Stirling
centre forward although she could only find
the gloves of ‘keeper Eidam, who made
some good low saves.
The Magpies continued to soak up the
pressure, biding their time to craft a chance
of their own.
It finally came on the counter, a ball in
behind Stirling’s defence caused panic
amongst the back four.
Mead pounced and so did centre back
turned striker Melanie Nelson.
Stress caused an over-zealous challenge
in the Diamonds defence and resulted in
the referee awarding Hahndorf a pressure
fuelled spot kick.
Some thorough charismatic conversation
ensued with Hollis eventually stepping up
to the penalty spot.
Players and spectators were eerily quiet
until cheers erupted at Hollis’ top corner
finish, though the relief was short-lived.
Hollis was instructed to retake the
attempt after some excitable team-mates
encroached before her shot was taken.
Hollis simply returned the ball to the back
of the net with a powerful low strike, giving
Hahndorf the lead.
It proved a temporary measure as Stirling’s
centre forward displayed a great piece of
skill and a stunning finish for 1-1.
Stirling continued to pile the pressure on
and only stand out performances from Kiri
Thompson and Amber Marwede at centre
back kept Hahndorf in the contest.
Regular powerful clearances from
Thompson and Marwede relieved the
pressure from the constant Stirling threat.
In particular, Thompson found herself thick
in a tackle against the marauding runs of
Stirling Districts and the half-time whistle
came soon after – a welcome reprieve for
the Magpies women.
Some encouragement and wise words
from coach Werner filled the break until the
restart was due.
The second half featured the game
continuing in the same fashion, though
Stirling returned with greater intensity.
The contest opened up with spaces
between the lines allowing some fanciful
dribbles by Marwede, which captured the
However with the game opening up,
Stirling’s greater time in possession would
prove to be Hahndorf’s undoing.
The Diamonds finally broke the resolute
defence open with low finishes.
One tucked away across the ‘keeper to
nestle in the bottom right corner and soon
after another slid agonisingly underneath
Thompson’s sliding challenge.
Though Hahndorf did not win the game, it
certainly won the day, putting on a fantastic
spectacle of counter attacking soccer, but
also a demonstration of team unity.
One goal was enough to put smiles on the
faces of the Hahndorf side when the final
whistle blew, regardless of Stirling’s 4-1
Womens derby to Diamonds
Drawn result for Magpies
Hahndorf ’s Georgia Mead (left) tussles with Stirling Districts player Renee
Costanzo during a battle for possession in Sunday’s Division 3 womens
soccer clash at Pine Avenue.
Image courtesy Anita Kerr.
Hahndorf ’s Steve Ness
(right) appears to lose
his footing in the quest
to control a ball in
Division 3 Amateur
Soccer League match
(right) heads a Cove
opponent as he controls
a ball last Saturday in
the SA Amateur League
Division 3 fixture
against visiting old foe
a goal as Hahndorf
salvaged a 3-3 draw.
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