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The grand finals of the
Adelaide Hills Junior Soccer
Association Cup competitions
were held last Friday night in
damp conditions at Bradwood
The Under 12 final featured a
clash between Hahndorf White and
Despite the wet, Hahndorf White
opened well in first half, using very
effective passing to players in open
spaces with Tyler Weyland, Jye Martin
and Will Anning creating many chances
Only some great goal keeping for
Strathalbyn by Michael Howieson kept
Hahndorf White scoreless at half-time.
Strathalbyn struggled to create any
meaningful forward movement in the
first half and Hahndorf defenders Tom
Baker, Shannon Cox and Oliver Iasiello
had done their homework well, shutting
down opposing key forwards Ella
Wilson and Asher Cobiac, while Simon
Pottharst was in top touch in goals for
Employed by coach Ben Baker,
Hahndorf’s defensive press and
pressure limited Strathalbyn’s normal
creative forward play and the Strikers
struggled in midfield.
Hahndorf’s Rhys Coles, Will Monaghan
and Martin displayed good ball skills,
but Strathalbyn’s defence held firm
with Marc Pahl, Ruby Cobiac, Mitchell
Loizi and Ethan Woods repelling many
attacks, leaving the score locked at 0-0
The second half opened in very fast
tempo despite the heavy conditions,
with both teams creating chances.
A. Cobiac had moved into midfield
and stemmed the flow through
midfield, Taylor Fatchen switched into
Strathalbyn’s forward lines and was
dangerous, combining well with Wilson,
now at right midfield.
Ten minutes into the half Fatchen
broke past two defenders then jumped
past the ‘keeper’s outstretched arms
to open the goal up, and shot, the ball
hitting the upright and rolling over the
line into goal.
Buoyed by the goal, Strathalbyn
changed from a defensive game to an
attacking game, keeping the Hahndorf’
defenders on their toes.
Hahndorf fought back and were very
dangerous, particularly down the left
side creating openings in Strathalbyn’s
defence, but some excellent goal
keeping work by Ethan Hodgson kept
the Magpies at bay, with Strathalbyn
White eventually holding on for a 1-0
victory in a final where both teams
displayed admirable skill and team-
work, especially against the inclement
The Under 14 Cup final was contested
between Bridgewater Blue and Murray
Bridge Gold, with the start time revised
from 5pm to 6pm to allow time for the
Murray Bridge team to arrive.
Bridgewater started very fast and
applied field position pressure early
and Murray Bridge goal keeper Michael
Webster was called upon to stop many
shots on goal.
shots proved too much and Bridgewater
went to the half-time break leading 2-0.
Murray Bridge rearranged its structure
and came out revitalised for the
second half and able to get its passing
accuracy rate up.
It also put together many combinations
and pegged back two goals to level the
scores 10 minutes into the half.
Murray Bridge continued to dominate
the middle stages of the second half,
but Bridgewater responded with two
decisive counter attacks and scored
both times with fine individual efforts to
again take a two-goal lead.
Murray Bridge stuck to its game
plan and good team play and forward
pressure paid off as it again levelled
the scores at four-all with less than
10 minutes remaining.
It appeared as though extra time may
be required, but with five minutes left,
Bridgewater had a quick counter attack
combined well up forward and finished
with a great strike into the roof on the
net for a fifth goal.
defended the closing minutes to claim
a 5-4 triumph.
A cold crisp night with periods of light
but persistent rain made for slippery
conditions for play in the Under 16 final
between Hahndorf and Woodside.
Despite the conditions both teams
demonstrated tenacity, playing with
great heart until the final whistle.
Woodside won the hard fought game,
its strength clearly demonstrated by the
ability of its forwards, particularly Jase
Quinlan, to break through and outstrip
Quinlan was a key factor for Woodside,
scoring all of its six goals.
The Woodside goal keeper frequently
exploited Quinlan’s ability, with long
and accurate kicks down the pitch.
Whilst Hahndorf had many frequent
and regular break throughs – most
notably by forward Jayden Miller and
Piers Lewis – Woodside’s defence
proved too effective.
Miller scored two of Hahndorf’s goals
one in each half – and Shaun Veale
converting another from a goal square
rebound resulting from a free kick taken
Under 13 girls
Hahndorf White Under 13 girls team
put on an excellent performance to
narrowly lose Friday night’s Cup final
4-2 against a strong Stirling East
On a cold rainy night under floodlights,
the game started with the Hahndorf
Magpies defence under plenty of
pressure and standing strong, but
eventually Stirling East pressure broke
through for the first goal of the game.
The Magpies sought to even the score
with Freya Roberts working down the
wing, but Stirling managed to break
down the attack.
At the other end of the pitch, Ruby
Frangiosa and Matilda Spanner were
working hard to cut out the opposing
attacks down the line, and the central
defensive pairing of Erin Peacock and
Molly Kell put in a number of strong
tackles to stop Stirling’s attacks on goal.
Unfortunately despite a number of
good saves by Hahndorf goal keeper
Francesca Queale, Stirling East broke
through again twice in fairly quick
succession to make the score 3-0.
Ignoring the scoreline, Hahndorf
began to settle, and started to put
some pressure on Stirling’s defence.
A long throw from Eliza Stone found
Roberts who ran into the box and
calmly finished to make the score 3-1
Hahndorf came out for the second half
determined to work back into the game,
and displayed some early promise
with good inter passing between Alice
Yeardley and Roberts to break through
on goal, but the shot from Yeardley was
saved by Stirling East’s ‘keeper.
Tireless Hahndorf midfield trio Octavia
Sayer, Julia Dama and Stone were
starting to win most of the ball in
midfield, and providing good service to
the Magpies forwards.
After another good tackle, Stone
played a ball through to Alice Yeardley
who ran into the box, and the ‘keeper
was unable to hold her shot, leaving
the score 3-2.
The game fluctuated with both teams
having further chances, with Peacock
and Kell frustrating any Stirling attacks,
and Queale easily dealing with
anything which got through.
The Magpies were coming home
strong and pressing for an equaliser,
but Stirling East managed to break
through the blockade and score another
goal to make the final result 4-2.
Under 17 girls
Woodside and Hahndorf squared off
in the Under 17 girls final, and already
having had a close match in the
opening round of the Cup series, both
teams started strong, with little scoring
chances over the initial 15 minutes.
Woodside attacked from the start
and Hahndorf ‘keeper Nicola Lieff
made many brave saves, and strong
defensive skills were displayed by
The Hahndorf forwards made a few
ventures to their half which resulted in
a few shots on goal by Nadia Maxwell.
Hahndorf defenders were kept busy
though with Julia Severin working hard
and both ‘keepers made saves as the
ball was passed back and forth to each
Woodside were the first to score when
a strong corner kick from Kate Owen
was well finished by Lil Hannaford.
This raised the team’s confidence
and the Warriors were then able to
find a way past the Hahndorf defence
for further goals to Hannah Wall and
Jordana Shillabeer after a good run.
Following half-time, Hahndorf began
to continually bring the ball into attack
and were rewarded with a goal to
Maxwell and then followed with another
from Matilda Kell to cap a strong run
down the wing.
Woodside settled once again and
after a strong push forward, received a
penalty kick in the box which was well
placed by Hannaford.
Some great team passing by
Woodside resulted in Wall getting her
second goal with a fine strike high and
right into the net for Woodside’s fifth.
Hahndorf were able to add a third
goal following a good build up, but the
honors on the night went to Woodside
Cup finals light up
Damp and cold conditions featured for
Adelaide Hills Junior Soccer Association Round
2 matches last Saturday.
Mannum’s Under 8 team made the trek to Pine Avenue in
Hahndorf to tackle the hosting Magpies.
Pre-match spirits were mixed given the previous week’s
game, however, in a spirited turnaround of form, Hahndorf
immediately made an impression through repeated
attempts on the Mannum goal within the initial few minutes.
Charlie Moule-Hooworth provided some penetrating runs
and several attempts on goal without finding the net before
Mackenzie Olsson then took over to put the first goal in.
The game moved into the next phase with some clever ball
movement from Zac Ahlburg and Alexander Romaldi which
allowed Max Moule-Hooworth and Damon Martin to each
find the back of the net after getting past several Mannum
Clever passing between the Hahndorf players enabled
Evan Cox to take the ball and kick it solidly to find the back
of the net.
The half-time refreshments didn’t quite provide the impetus
needed as the rain and windy conditions appeared to drain
On resumption the game meandered for period as
Mannum mounted a challenge and the determination of
both sides lifted a notch as each player displayed a strong
desire for the ball.
The packs began to break open with great efforts from
Zac Rayner, Tily Mickan, Oscar Kerr and William Whiting
which then allowed Damon Martin and C. Moule-Hooworth
to each find the net again.
In one of the more dramatic form reversals in sport, a
Hahndorf victory was hard fought by the Mannum players
and they made sure Hahndorf earned its goals.
A very cold morning at Hahndorf was on offer for the
second game of the season between the local White team
Keira Bowden went straight out of the blocks and took the
ball to the opposing end with ease.
Woodside immediately returned the favor and Nate King
stood strong to defend very well.
Emily Mackie and Ben King worked well together to put
plenty of pressure on Woodside and almost scored.
There were some great skills by Stefan Panich in passing
the ball through the opposition’s legs to Monique Bessen,
while Harrison Coles did a great job defending the Hahndorf
Alex Ollson and Lachi Morrow worked well in conjunction
with Reilly Bowden to pass and move the ball down the
Alex Ollson nearly sealed the game right at the end.
Strathalbyn Red applied well and earned a win against
Stirling East Blue.
Strathalbyn Red had the majority of possession in the
first half and made it count by scoring when an opportunity
Hard working players were impressive for Strathalbyn Red,
particularly in the first half.
During the second half Stirling East Blue had more of the
ball but were unable to convert, with the closest chance
coming from Blanksby who had another great game in
Dunsford also had another good game in defence, whilst
up front, Mowbray tested Strathalbyn’s defence.
However, Strathalbyn Red proved too strong and came out
Mt Barker clashed with Strathalbyn White for what was a
very open fast moving game played in good conditions.
Strathalbyn opened the scoring in the first few minutes
with excellent team work between Michael Howieson and
Asher Cobiac resulting in a goal.
They teamed up to score again but Mt Barker replied with
a very good team goal.
Liam Tumm held Mt Barker’s defence together and
repelled numerous attacks, foiling Strathalbyn’s forwards
right across the back lines.
After Strathalbyn White led 3-1 at half-time, the second
half opened very fast with Strathalbyn combining well to
create numerous chances.
In particular, Taylor Fatchen, Ella Wilson and Howieson
worked well as a team to move the ball forward.
Some loose defence by Strathalbyn enabled Mt Barker to
Henry Johnston continued to block Mt Barker in the
midfield and Ethan Hodgson, Marc Pahl, Harry Vrabec
Lyon and Ruby Cobiac repelled attacks, whilst Asher
Cobiac mopped up any further shots at goal.
A chilly pitch
Strathalbyn made best use of the ball and kicked a
number of effective team goals as Mitchell Loizi scored
against his former team.
It was goals galore amidst the misty surrounds of Basket
Range Oval as Stirling Districts Blue met Bridgewater
Stirling started the game with only nine players but
managed to pressure Bridgewater’s goal for the opening
10 minutes with great darting runs by forwards Raphael
Schmidt and Jaxon Russell.
Bridgewater’s superiority in numbers finally paid off with a
goal from Oliver Hill.
Stirling’s numbers were bolstered to 10 by the arrival of
Brice Knight, who made an immediate impact with his
great tackling and long passes.
Bridgewater were not to be deterred and pressed on to
score a second goal.
The arrival of Stirling striker Sirak Gehling just before half-
time brought the sides to even numbers.
Stirling ‘keeper Summer Justham pulled off some great
saves, yet Bridgewater pulled ahead further with another
goal before the break and led 3-0.
Stirling were reinvigorated after the break and attacked
frequently, with Gehling constantly trying to dribble his way
through Bridgewater’s defence.
After one narrow miss over the cross bar, Gehling
eventually found his range and peppered the Bridgewater
net with three great goals.
Continued Sport 11
Kev O’Connor (left) pushes the Torrens Valley Rams further afield
during their 3-1 victory over McLaren Districts in Saturday’s Amateur
Soccer League Division 3 match.
Image courtesy Anthony Rizzuto.
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