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Improved weather conditions were on offer for
last Saturday’s Round 3 Adelaide Hills Junior
Soccer Association matches.
The Under 8 game between Hahndorf and Bridgewater
Blue commenced in freezing conditions at Basket Range.
Hahndorf started on the attack with strong ball possession
shared across players.
Spending the first half in goals, Oscar Kerr saved two
attempts and the first short corner was handled well by
Tily Mickan demonstrated good attacking skills from the
start of play while Charlie Moule-Hoowarth, Zac Rayner,
Evan Cox and Damon Martin all defended passionately
and never gave up.
Zac Ahlburg, Mack Olsson, Alexander Romaldi and William
Whiting ran relentlessly to keep the play in Bridgewater’s
Two strong goal scoring contributions by C. Moule-
Hoowarth and Bridgewater’s Cooper Bevan ensured the
game ended in a well deserved draw.
Bridgewater displayed confidence and strong control of
the ball throughout the entire game and a well-balanced
The eagerness of a new soccer season continued for
Hahndorf’s Under 9 team on Saturday as all players were
well into warm up mode by 8am.
Within minutes of the game against Stirling East
commencing, an excited Harry Coles kicked the first goal
which set the mood for a steady game.
Both teams spread around the field, some players trying
new positions and holding back to wait for the ball, which
formed a strong defence.
Emily Mackie searched for openings in the field and
often passed onto Monique Bessen, who weaved herself
The team passed the ball on again this week, Reilly
Bowden listening for others call and strong team work
gave Ben King an opportunity to score a second goal of
Stefan Panic and Nathan King displayed some tricky
footwork while ‘keeper Keira Bowden saved an attempt by
Stirling East ‘keeper Francis proved to be a very strong
opponent and saved many potential goal attempts by B.
Had the goals been the same size as used at Under 12
level, the game would have ended as it started, however,
this would have not impacted on the moral of the Hahndorf
team which is coached by the encouraging Claudia Kerr.
A very fair and even game was played in sunshine at
Mannum between the home team and Strathalbyn White.
The first half featured a fluctuating battle with both teams
Strathalbyn took the ball into its forwards repeatedly with
Ethan Hodgson and Asher Cobiac providing good passes,
and Taylor Fatchen and Michael Howieson having some
However, Mannum’s defence held tight and Riley
Bormann, Jai McInerney and Joseph Ward used the ball
well for the home team, as the half-time score was locked
During the second half Strathalbyn found its rhythm and
Mitchell Loizi moved the ball well into the forwards where
Cobiac capitalised with a hat-trick of goals.
When Mannum did attack it was repelled by very good
defending – in particular Ethan Woods was very strong at
the ball and the ‘keeper made two very good saves.
Harry Vrabec-Lyons also impressed with creative ball work
opening up the game for his fellow Strathalbyn forwards,
who helped complete a 4-0 win to the visitors.
Hahndorf White took on Nairne Knights in an Under 12
match at Hahndorf which loomed as an interesting clash
between two unbeaten teams.
Hahndorf opened the match with a new 4-2-2-1-1
formation, having Hunter Hoy in goal, Rhys Coles, Shannon
Cox, Josh Rayner and Will Monaghan in defence, Tom
Baker and Tyler Weyland as defensive midfielders, Oliver
Iasiello and Jye Martin as attacking midfielders, Will Anning
as striker and Jackson Doley central attacking midfield.
Hahndorf settled confidently under the new structure
using crisp footwork and passing to weave around much
Anning scored a terrific drive goal into the corner of the
net after a Doley corner kick was fumbled.
Weyland followed shortly after with another goal from a
Doley free kick.
Hahndorf were dominating with Iasiello, Baker and Joey
Hutson dangerous and Coles, Cox, Rayner, Monaghan
and ‘keeper Hoy mopping up Nairne’s attacks with ease.
The match then settled down with Nairne starting to use
its superior size and strength to force holes in the Magpies
Shortly before half-time Nairne striker Ollie Askew used
his strength and skill to ward off several defenders and slot
a fine left foot goal.
Askew scored his second goal shortly after half-time from
a fumbled free kick, and scores were level.
Hahndorf responded almost immediately with some fine
team work resulting in a Hoy goal to regain the lead.
Fine team work continued for Hahndorf with good pressure
resulting in numerous corners to the home team with near
misses on goal from Doley, Hoy, Weyland and Anning.
Nairne were always dangerous on the counter attack with
second half keeper Rayner having to make several good
saves and the result was in doubt until the end.
The yellow and blue strip of Murray Bridge United Blue
squared up against the white and blue of Stirling Districts
Blue on a windless, cool and sunny Saturday morning.
Murray Bridge were under pressure from the start as
Stirling’s attack raced forwards with one thing in mind – to
get on the score sheet.
Striker Sirak Gehling proved his mastery of the dribble as
he weaved his way through the Murray Bridge defence,
and not to be outdone, Stirling winger Lachlan Burke made
his own amazing run, coolly slotted the ball into the back of
the Murray Bridge net.
Burke also delivered an excellent cross from the right
wing which met with the boot of Finn Whitlock who sweetly
struck home his first goal of the match.
Stirling central midfielder Brice Knight did not need to
dribble to score as he twice drove the ball into the goals
with powerful long distance belters.
Stirling’s team was switched around in the second half
with first-half defenders Gus Berthold and David Moore
becoming strikers and Max Prior being moved up into
They took to their new roles well and Prior delivered some
great corners, one which nearly flew into the goal at the
First-half ‘keeper Angus Taylor was now playing left wing
and produced some excellent tackles, holding his position
well and delivering some great crosses to the forwards.
Tom Fischle revelled in being a striker for the first time
and his tenacious pursuit of the ball was rewarded with two
Murray Bridge did manage to threaten Stirling’s goal
on occasions in the second half but encountered skilful
tackling of Jaxon Russell and the confidant goal keeping
of Summer Justham.
Despite being placed in defence for the second half,
Whitlock and Gehling still managed to penetrate the Murray
Bridge lines, adding to the scoreline.
Full credit should be paid to the Murray Bridge players for
keeping their heads up throughout the match and trying
their best until the final whistle against a very skilled
Under 13 girls
For the first time in several weeks, the game was played
in sun and not rain, as Hahndorf White and Torrens Valley
both started strongly in the dry conditions.
Early saves from Nicola Lieff in goal limited Torrens
Valley’s scoring opportunities.
The first Torrens Valley goal was well earned, but
Hahndorf’s defence, in particular Francesca Queale and
Ruby Frangiosa, kept action away from goals.
The second half featured a re-arrangement of players and
two early goals by Torrens Valley, despite strong plays for
goal by Erin Peacock and Freya Roberts.
Lieff again took several heroic saves, reducing the
opposition’s goal attempts.
Hahndorf’s first goal was scored by Peacock, with the help
of Roberts, however, a further five goals by Torrens Valley
cemented the final 6-1 score.
Young talent chase goals
The Round 3 encounter between
Strathalbyn Strikers and Stirling Districts
commenced at the Strathalbyn Polo and
Recreation Grounds in overcast conditions
with Strathalbyn favoring the town end.
Stirling started well and pressured
Strathalbyn goal keeper Jackson Yarrow
into making a number of good saves.
Eventually Strathalbyn settled and Corey
Forrest forced Stirling ‘keeper Mostyn
Hooper into making an excellent save.
In the 18th minute, good team passing
from Brodie White, Lachlan Pattullo, Cooper
March and Jack Butler resulted in a goal to
Stirling’s Isaac Prentice.
A quick goal to Fergus Wilson straight from
the kick-off and a second goal to Prentice
had Stirling leading 3-0 at the 21-minute
Angus Wilson scored the Strikers first goal
at the 22-minute mark, giving Strathalbyn
a chance at 3-1 before Butler put Stirling
ahead 4-1 at half-time.
Strathalbyn forced Stirling’s second-half
‘keeper Sid Kentish into making an early
save following good play from Harriet
Cobiac, Ryan Nethercott, Wilson and
Stirling’s Zak Peaston then scored his first
goal for his new club following strong play
from White, Pattullo and Callum Ryan.
A penalty 15 minutes later allowed Peaston
to score his second, placing Stirling ahead
Strathalbyn’s keeper Yarrow and Forrest
denied Stirling from scoring further while
Stirling’s Wilson hit the cross bar for the
second time in the match, keeping the
score at 6-1.
Strong defending from Stirling’s Daniel
Blewden and Ty Stevels then allowed
Wilson to score his second goal, Stirling
eventually running out with a 7-1 victory.
Murray Bridge Gold played its second
match of the season at home, with the
weather and pitch conditions perfect for the
clash with Stirling East Blue.
Gold were trying to get a maiden win of
the grading rounds after two losses while
Stirling East Blue were also chasing a first
win after a loss and a draw.
Stirling East Blue started off positively and
contained play in its forward half through
good combination between Tyson Reuter
and Lawrence McConnon.
Slowly Murray Bridge Gold started to
accumulate possession by stringing
together many passes.
Ben Webster excelled in the first half with
several deft touches to constantly set up
others for shots on goal.
Murray Bridge Gold’s good play was
rewarded with three first-half goals to Kailan
Challinger, Kobe Allen and Takeudzwa
Through a quick counter attack, Stirling
East Blue were able to go to the break on
a positive note with a clinical goal to Oliver
Murray Bridge Gold continued to dominate
field position and possession after the
break, and had many shots on goal which
were stopped by a excellent goal keeping
performance by Alexander Kozlow.
However, the weight of shots proved too
much and Murray Bridge Gold added
another three goals in the second half,
including a fine volley by Ronald Mafara.
All Stirling East Blue players applied
themselves to the final whistle and never
gave up despite being on the wrong side of
a 6-1 scoreline.
Murray Bridge Gold had a maiden win,
which was due to a very even effort across
the pitch with consistent contributions from
many players including many of the scoring
opportunities being initiated by the solid
defence of Cian Yakas, Ryan Lee, Adol Kuot
and Nathan Baldwin.
The Hahndorf Under 14 boys were a player
under strength for their match against
Woodside, but managed to take the match
to the Warriors.
Although Woodside had the first shot
on goal, which was saved by Hahndorf’s
confident ‘keeper Bodie Love – Hahndorf
went on to dominate the first half.
After one attack by Damon Anning
went wide, Jack Pollock was able to get
Hahndorf’s first goal.
Woodside responded energetically, putting
together a number of attacks both on goal
Ben Hutson was strong in defence, along
with Darcy Mardle and Liam Friebe.
The game swung back in Hahndorf’s favor
with a number of attacks on goal involving
Anning, Pollock, Naheen Seiler-Simons and
The pressure finally paid off with a powerful
cross from midfield by Hutson which Anning
was able to take up the field and score.
The second half took Hahndorf by surprise
with a quick goal by Woodside, but the
Magpies responded with a number of shots
which were excellently saved by Woodside’s
Once again, Seiler-Simons, Pollock,
Cutting and Anning shared the opportunities
up front, and their efforts were finally
rewarded with a corner kick to Cutting who
was able to convert.
Woodside lifted strongly, making Hahndorf
midfielders Ari Scott-Cowling and Asher
Seiler-Simons move quickly from attack to
Scott-Cowling’s footwork helped move
Hahndorf back into attack, but Woodside’s
pressure eventually earned a second goal
from a corner kick.
The game finished with some more
attacking play from Pollock and Cutting,
but Woodside never stopped replying and
Hahndorf’s defence was made to work, with
Naheen Scott-Cowling, Hutson and Friebe
blunting the attacks on Love’s goal.
In the end a 3-2 win resulted for Hahndorf
against an opposition which never stopped
Continued Sport 9
Hahndorf ’s Tyler Weyland (left) prepares to drive his side forward during
last Saturday’s Under 12 Adelaide Hills Junior Soccer Association
match against Nairne Knights.
Hahndorf White Under 9 player Stafen Panich (second from right) leads the chase for the ball
against Stirling East as team-mate Monique Bessen (rear left) watches on in last Saturday morning’s
Adelaide Hills Junior Soccer Association fixture.
Images courtesy Anita Kerr.
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