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More appealing conditions were on offer last
Saturday for Round 11 Adelaide Hills Junior
Soccer Association matches.
Hahndorf’s Under 8 team hosted Stirling Districts Blue at
Pine Avenue, and following the previous weekend’s rainfall,
the conditions were bright, albeit crisp for the 8.30am kick-
The first half was a tight tussle with both teams
demonstrating good skills and teamwork.
Tily Mickan was able to build on the good teamwork and
created a number of opportunities with well-placed forward
Stirling Districts players provided some spirited runs and
play, but Hahndorf withstood the storm with Mac Olsson,
Alexander Romaldi and Oscar Kerr demonstrating excellent
teamwork and resistance to the mounting pressure.
Damon Martin and Evan Cox demonstrated great poise
as the last line of defence and managed to repel several
When the opposition did break through and sought the
back of the net, Charlie Moule-Hooworth was resolute in
Without a score to date, the second half started with the
same level of pressure from both sides.
Zac Rayner and William Whiting got the ball rolling, and
through some good passing and tight body work in front of
goals, provided the opportunity for Charlie Moule-Hooworth
to put the first score on the board with a powerful strike.
Evan Cox did well in goals to keep the score in the favor
Oscar Kerr and Zac Ahlburg took over the game for a short
period which released Mac Olsson to take his team-mates
to a 2-0 advantage with a great running goal.
Despite the buffer, Stirling Districts kept pressing, however,
Alexander Romaldi, Damon Martin and Tily Mickan kept
returning to ball to Hahndorf’s end.
Good play from Kerr, Whiting and Rayner provided an
opportunity in front of goals for Moule-Hoowarth to slot
home the third and game-sealing goal.
The game represented an interesting stage in the season,
whereby the passing and game awareness from players on
both teams was considerably more advanced than earlier
in the season.
This development is a well-deserved reward to all the
coaches and volunteers for their hard work.
Mt Barker Under 9 Blues played against Hahndorf in much
more pleasant conditions compared with the past two
Both teams started strongly with Harry Coles taking the
ball toward the goal area within minutes of the start of the
Monique Bessen and Keira Bowden held strong positions
throughout the game, and along with Emily Mackie, helped
the rest of the team keep the ball in the goal area for most
of the first half.
Opposing goal keeper Henry Bell played well, stopping
any goal attempts by Hahndorf.
Within minutes of half-time, Michelangelo Silvestrie scored
the first much anticipated goal for Mt Barker Blue.
During the second half, Ben King – full of energy from
his previous position as ‘keeper – scored the first goal for
Overall, both teams were well matched and the game
ended in a draw.
Stirling Districts Blue met Hahndorf White for the first time
in a gripping Under 12 Division 1 clash.
First blood was taken by Hahndorf with a long range well
taken free kick which beat both Stirling Districts Blue’s
‘keeper and defence.
Not to be deterred, Stirling Districts answered with aplomb
and drove home three great goals.
Two came from the weaving runs of Sirak Gehling and one
from the powerful strike of winger Brice Knight.
Hahndorf tried to counter the onslaught but Stirling
Districts Blue defenders Gus Berthold, Max Prior, David
Moore and Angus Taylor held strong.
The few penetrating passes which did make it through the
defence were pounced upon in a flash by Stirling Districts
‘keeper Summer Justham, and at half-time Stirling led 3-1.
Hahndorf White came out of the blocks with a sprint in the
second half – its midfield flying down the right wing and
launching crosses with devastating effect to equalise with
Hahndorf continued to apply pressure and when one of its
forwards was taken down in the box, the Magpies converted
the penalty to take the lead.
Stirling Districts Blue were also struck with misfortune as
winger Raphael Schmidt had to leave the pitch with a knee
injury, but ‘super sub’ Mardi Jones was on hand to take up
the reins and was a constant nuisance to the opposition.
Stirling Districts midfielders Lachlan Burke, Jaxon Russell
and Finn Whitlock tirelessly worked to provide the killer
pass their team’s forwards needed.
Eventually a ball made its way through to Gehling for him
to get his hat-trick with another superbly taken goal.
The closing five minutes were backs-to-the-wall stuff as
Stirling Districts Blue deflected a barrage of Hahndorf
Last Saturday morning provided a very even contest
between Murray Bridge Gold and Strathalbyn White which
was played in wonderful sunshine.
Strathalbyn opened well with Mitchell Loize and Ella
Wilson creating opportunities, yet the team could not
convert mainly due to excellent goal keeping from Calen
Murray Bridge were stoic in defending and pushed forward
only a few times and Ethan McCormick broke free due to
great pass into space and finished beautifully for the home
team to go ahead 1-0 at half-time.
Jaidyn Willis repelled numerous attacks for the Bridge in
the first half and was ably assisted by Alice Gregory.
The second half was more even in play and both midfields
used the ball cleanly with great passing, in particular Darcy
Bald and Jake Browning combined well with clean skills to
open the play up and give Murray Bridge opportunities into
Asher Cobiac had moved into midfield and gave
Strathalbyn more structure and its forwards started to loom
The duel between McCormick for Murray Bridge and
Strathalbyn’s Ethan Woods was a feature of the contest.
Woods intercepted and provided great drive whilst
McCormick used great skills to cut inside and cross to his
team-mates in front of goal in the second half.
Taylor Fatchen and Ella Wilson combined well on the
right for Strathalbyn and Wilson scored a great goal, being
denied once, yet won the ball back and finished it off to
even the score.
The intensity lifted with both teams pressing hard, and
Loizi gained the ball in Strathalbyn’s forward with minute
space and cleanly hit the back of the net for his team to
lead by a goal.
Both teams attacked with Strathalbyn hitting the crossbar
and Calen McCormick saving Murray Bridge on several
Michael Howieson and Marc Pahl were strong in defence
for Strathalbyn and the visitors finished on top 2-1 after a
very entertaining and tense encounter.
In an unevenly matched game against a skilled Stirlng
East side, Bridgewater White did well when it got the ball in
the forward line, having several near misses at goal.
The forwards worked well together and defenders played
a critical role in stopping Stirling East having easy scoring
One goal to Bridgewater in the first half against five to
Stirling East, before Bridgewater scored another goal in the
second half, while Stirling East added another five.
Good sportsmanship was shown by both sides.
From the onset, Strathalbyn Strikers were missing four
players from the team which only left 10 players on the field
for the challenge against Woodside.
With the ground being very soft from the recent rain, more
energy was needed to run the full length of the field, tiring
the players quickly in the first half.
The Strikers scored the first goal with Woodside returning
the favor in a quick strike.
Strathalbyn had the ball in the attacking half multiple
times but Woodside’s defence blocked any chance of goal
In quick succession, Woodside replied several more times
pushing through the Strikers defence to gain another four
The second half had the Strikers make player changes in
attack and defence, and although Woodside kept on the
pressure of continual attacking, Strathalbyn blocked any
chance of the ball hitting the back of the net.
The Strikers also pushed the ball forward to their striking
zone where there were some great runs to goal, but
unfortunately none paid off, leaving both sides scoreless
in the final half.
The Under 14 match between Murray Bridge United Gold
and Stirling Districts at Beatty Terrace in Murray Bridge
began in sunny conditions with a slippery pitch underneath.
The pitch and the fact that both sides were missing regular
players resulted in a game played with less intensity than
Murray Bridge eventually provided the game’s first score
with a well taken shot by Ethan McCormick in the 12th
Respective ‘keepers Mostyn Hooper from Stirling Districts
and Michael Webster of Murray Bridge had minimal impact
as the game remained 1-0 in Murray Bridge’s favor at half-
Stirling Districts came out with a little more intensity in the
second half and peppered the Murray Bridge goals.
A combination of good saves from Webster and missed
opportunities from Stirling Districts allowed Murray Bridge’s
Takudzwa ‘TK’ Mashinge to give his side a 2-0 advantage
in the 56th minute.
Isaac Prentice put Stirling Districts back in the match with
a hard fought goal in the 63rd minute.
Despite determined efforts from Murray Bridge’s Cian
Yakas, Ronald Mafara and Benjamin Webster, and Stirling
Districts rivals Fergus Wilson, Daniel Blewden and Brodie
White, there was no further addition to the score and
Murray Bridge ran out with a 2-1 triumph.
Hahndorf played Mt Barker Blue on Saturday at Hahndorf’s
home ground in a hard fought game.
Mt Barker Blue had a strong start in the first half leading
4-1, with the Magpies scoring through Naheem Seller-
Midfielders Damon Anning, Ari Scott-Cowling and Asher
Seller-Simons fed the ball through to attackers Felix Cutting
and Jhy Vavayis, who struggled to push through the sheer
size and strength of Mt Barker’s defence.
Hahndorf goal keeper Darcy Mardle – assisted by Declan
Kilgariff, Liam Friebe, Naheem Seller-Simons, James Lea
and Keifer Potts in defence – worked hard to keep the
opposition at bay throughout the game.
Hahndorf rallied as a united team in the second half,
making a great effort to comeback, but Mt Barker proved
Stirling Districts Blue began its derby match against
Stirling Districts Red strongly and played a better first half
with many quick passes.
After the first half resulted in no goals, Stirling Districts
Blue scored a goal early in the second half.
Stirling Districts Red finally fired up worked better
together and kicked four goals.
The match was played evenly overall and the final score
was a lucky one for the Reds.
On a warm and sunny winter day, it was ‘the day of the
defences as Hahndorf took on Mt Barker Red.
Both teams started frantically with numerous shots at goal,
with each defence standing up against the onslaught.
The Magpies then seemed to fall asleep whilst Mt Barker
Red lifted its intensity and scored the first goal, followed
rather quickly by a second and not long after, a third – all
scored by Hayden Lambley-Robinson.
Hahndorf tried to lift its game with a few good tries at goal
by Hayden Moffat and Isaac Edgecombe, but the Mt Barker
Red ‘keeper stood his ground.
Just prior to half-time, Moffat crossed the ball to Darcy
Sayer who wonderfully managed to put the ball into the
back of the net.
The Hahndorf team ignited and started to get excited, and
Edgecombe kicked the ball which deflected off a Mt Barker
Red player which then resulted in Moffat kicking his first
The napping Magpies had awoken and a corner from
Moffat went to George Askew who passed onto Sayer, then
onto Shaun Veale, resulting in the Magpies third goal.
All bright for juniors
Hahndorf’s defence was particularly
strong in the first half with Mt Barker Red
really having trouble getting the ball past
Michael Cooper, Veale, Thomas Queale
and the strong hands of ‘keeper Thomas
The second half started quite aggressively
with both teams taking numerous shots at
Once again both defences stood their
ground and guarded the goals admirably.
Hahndorf’s Moffat eventually managed to
sail a ball over the Mt Barker Red’s defence
to score his second goal.
Due to a pass back by Mt Barker Red,
Hahndorf received a free kick in front of
goals resulting in Moffat scoring his third
The score doesn’t really reflect how
hard this game was fought, but Hahndorf
managed to come back from trailing 3-0 to
win 5-3, and it is a real credit to the defence
which put bodies on the line to stop the
opposition from getting through.
The midfielders also worked tirelessly to
keep the ball flowing from the back line up
to the forwards to give them every chance
It was a really hard game to pick best
players as they were all so evenly matched
with all having patches of brilliance and
the will to keep going when it appeared the
game may have been lost early.
Under 17 girls
Stirling Districts hosted Woodside on
a cold but fine afternoon and with nine
players per side on the pitch, both teams
had to work hard to get their game play
Woodside provided most of the early
scoring chances with Brianna Fowler and
Hannah Wall doing well in the midfield
but Stirling’s ‘keeper was playing well and
saved several shots before Maddy Lind
finally scored the first goal for Woodside.
Lil Hannaford followed up with a second
goal before both defences held strong to
When play resumed Stirling settled well
and began to provide quite a few chances
up forward but couldn’t get the ball into the
net with Owen, Rosie and Alice Hannaford
working well to defend.
North and Shillabeer then began getting
the ball forward from midfield, giving Littler
and Lind the chance to get the ball into the
square for Holly Snooks to finish off.
Some good saves again from Stirling’s
‘keeper denied Woodside before Snooks
again was in the right spot to finish off a ball
crossed in from Hannaford.
Stirling kept getting the ball forward but
couldn’t capitalise with Woodside ending
with a 4-0 victory.
Hahndorf Under 17 girls displayed a
strong team performance to win 7-4 against
Mt Barker at Anembo Park last Saturday
The Magpies team all played well and
shone through at the end of the game.
Within seconds of the opening whistle,
Zoe Smith effortlessly scored the first goal
for Hahndorf, and soon after Matilda Kell
quickly followed by scoring the second goal.
Goal keeper Nicola Lieff effectively
deflected shots for goal by the opposition.
Cate and Julia Severin provided strong
defence but were unable to prevent the goal
scored by Jackie Megson for Mt Barker.
Jess Shelbourne displayed her speed
in the attack by scoring the third goal for
Tahlia Eichler was ably assisted by her
team and scored the second and third
goals for Mt Barker.
Maya Westbury, Marisa Jackman and
Ruby Mason all provided assistance to
maintain Hahndorf’s attack at goals.
Angelina Bottin’s persistence at attack
resulted in her scoring the fourth goal
before Mt Barker’s Olivia Smith quickly
replied with a fourth goal.
During the second half Lucca Rungie and
Hanh Huynh assisted with driving the ball
through the midfield.
Nadia Maxwell and Erin Pottharst created
opportunities for the team in attack,
with Shelbourne displaying her skill and
accuracy by scoring the remaining three
goals which secured Hahndorf’s win over
Great team spirit was displayed throughout
the game by both teams.
Adelaide Hills Hawks senior team member Danny Pauli (foreground)
moves to protect the ball against the challenge of a Salisbury United
opponent during last Saturday’s State League Soccer clash at
Woodside which finished in a 0-0 draw.
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