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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – PAGE 9
Skills pitched against rivals
Developing skills were once again
on offer during last Saturday’s
round of Adelaide Hills Junior
Soccer Association fixtures.
Murray Bridge United Under 8 players
played their first home game of the 2016
season and enjoyed the experience against
United started with the bare seven players,
with Chase Collins in goal and Tahlia Ridley,
Charlie Kacirek and Edward Rigney in
The defence of Anyiwei Anyiwei, Oscar
Kacirek and Miah Ridley were often in
attack mode as well.
Oscar Kacirek scored a great goal which
bounced in off the under side of the cross
bar, a feat rarely seen at Under 8 level.
He backed this up with a strong header
while C. Kacirek also goaled during the first
In the second half Collins moved forward
and had several goal attempts while
Edward Rigney was in goal and only had
one save to make which he managed ably
and cleared with a booming kick.
Ridley and C. Kacirek were stationed
in defence and held their positions well,
The highlight of the second half was Miah
Ridley scoring her first goal, much to the
jubilation of the Murray Bridge supporters.
Woodside played away against Mannum
Gold, with the sun shining and the Warriors
seemed eager to put in their best effort.
The opposition attacked well, with the
young Warriors defending solidly, in what
overall was a great game from all players.
Mannum Green headed off to Birdwood to
meet Torrens Valley, with a cool start to the
Lina Aldyni and Alex Vidler-May switched
over to Torrens Valley so each team had
Missing a few regulars, Torrens Valley put
in a huge effort thwarting many forward
attacks by Mannum Green.
Proving that playing against your own team
won’t hold you back, Vidler-May had one
of his best game to date with an amazing
Torrens Valley broke through Mannum’s
strong defence line to score, but Mannum
Green proved just too strong in the end.
On a warm autumn day, the crowd
assembled to watch what was anticipated
as an evenly matched Under 9 game
between Hahndorf and Stirling Districts.
Hahndorf assembled on the field with Zac
Ahlburg and Damon Martin forward, Mitchell
Vale in midfield and Julian Hack and Zac
Rayner shoring up the defence lines.
Hahndorf initiated the attack with Hack
coming from defence and almost securing
the goal but Stirling Districts were too
Stirling Districts responded quickly, but
Ryan Thorpe in goals stopped many
attempts at scoring.
Mack Olsson, Jacob Neumann, Evan
Cox and William Whiting came on from
Positioning was well held by the defence
and the midfield movement remained strong
for the entire game.
At half-time, Hahndorf trailed by a goal,
but came back fighting with shots on goal
by Hack, Cox and Neumann, finally Cox
scoring a long shot goal to make it level
‘Keeper Rayner saved several shots and
continued to keep the opposition out of the
Despite a check-side shot at the corner of
goals by Neumann, the game finished in a
In an energetic start to the game between
Stirling East and Hahndorf White, both
teams made attempts on goals with spoils
from both sides through heavy defence.
Lachlan Pfitzner, with the help from Dylan
Weyland and Keira Bowden, had a few
attempts, but with a strong goal keeper on
the Stirling East side, it was too hard for
Hahndorf to score.
Keira Bowden had another attempt at goals
but once again the ‘keeper spoilt her bid.
At the fifteen-minute mark of the first half,
Stirling East managed to get an impressive
first goal, and shortly after scored again.
Both teams had many attempts on goals,
but Hahndorf ‘keeper Donovan Newton
thwarted many of Stirling East’s attempts.
Henry Monaghan, Emily Mackie and
Harrison Ulmer kept play alive for Hahndorf
in the mid field, and smart play by the pair
set up an attempt for Harry Coles, once
again spoiled by the Stirling East ‘keeper.
The start of the second half found both
sides keen to score but Hahndorf appeared
even more hungry for a goal.
Newton had help from Weyland and
Monaghan in a few attempts at goal, before
Stirling East let its guard down for Newton
to kick an impressive running goal.
Shortly after Stirling East scored another
couple of goals.
Coles seemed too strong in goals against
Stirling East which opened the door for
Hahndorf to set up a header to Pfitzner to
advance strongly and shoot a running goal
Weyland had many attempts at goals, with
the help of Monaghan, Mackie and Ulmer
from Hahndorf, but Stirling East ultimately
proved too strong for Hahndorf White.
Last Saturday provided another beautiful
morning for the match between Hanhdorf
Black and Murray Bridge.
Both teams were well prepared by their
coaches and with conditions perfect, all
spectators eagerly expected a tight contest.
Murray Bridge were clearly ready and
jumped out of the blocks from the first
whistle with enthusiasm and skill.
Hahndorf struggled to find rhythm and
a competitive edge while Murray Bridge
poured on the pressure.
Goal keeper Gary Files worked extremely
hard to stem the tide, but the relentless
pressure of the Murray Bridge attack proved
too hard to overcome.
The half-time break allowed Hahndorf
coach Chris Lennon the chance to
encourage his team and the second half
brought a renewed effort from his players.
Monique Bessen, Oscar Harvey and
Charlie Moule-Hoowath were inspired in
attack, creating many scoring opportunities
with excellent passing.
Cameron Lennon was a rock in defence,
and, along with the ever reliable Sterre
De Pree, prevented any further scoring
opportunities for Murray Bridge.
Max Moule-Hoowath took over from Files
as ‘keeper, and while he had a fine half in
goal, he also continued to set up play for
Anna Lennon, Lachi Morrow and ‘CJ’
Rainbow demonstrated improved passing
skills as they linked defence and attack
through the midfield.
At the end of a well played match both teams
were commended for some entertaining
passages of play and developing skills.
The match between Hahndorf Red and
Stirling Districts Blue was a fast, open
contest with end-to-end play and many
shots on goal.
Hahndorf provided more pressure on the
ball and accurate passing in midfield, and
its shots on goal were more effective.
Stirling’s players displayed skill and pace
and some entertaining long-range shots,
all but two of which hit the woodwork or
were saved by Hahndorf goal keepers Luke
Davies and Daniel Banham.
The first goal came after five minutes when
Brock Pitzo-Wilson passed to Alex Olsson
who calmly scored the goal from 5m.
A second goal followed shortly after from
Brock, after dribbling across the face of goal
and shooting high into the left corner.
The game was a tight contest for the rest
of the second half, with Stirling players
dribbling and shooting well, if too far out
from goal to result in scoring.
Stirling emerged from the midfield and tried
a high arcing shot towards the Hahndorf
‘keeper who was unable to catch the ball,
which fell into the net.
Later, Harper Roberts provided a strong
defensive block when Stirling tried to kick a
through ball into attack.
During the second half Hahndorf stepped
up its defensive pressure, leaving Stirling
players with little time to control or dribble
With defensive players Daniel Banham
and Brad Cafarella very solid at the back,
Hahndorf were able to launch regular
attacks, resulting in more goals as Stirling’s
Goals from Fynn Langford, Boyce Currie
and Brock followed enterprising runs
forward, following midfield work by Olsson
and Lana Davies.
Davies had been unlucky to score earlier
after running forward and receiving an
unselfish pass from Pitzo-Wilson, only to
have her right-foot effort blocked by the
Stirling ‘keeper low to the ground.
She was tireless in the second half on
the right wing as part of several attacking
moves, and the other girl in the side,
Roberts, began several scoring sequences
with well-placed passes under pressure in
Hahndorf’s defence held up well throughout
the second half, and repeatedly broke down
Stirling’s closure on goal.
Stirling benefited from rare loose play
late in the half which set up a one-on-one
between one of its talented forwards and the
Hahndorf ‘keeper, resulting in a consolation
goal for the visitors.
Murray Bridge Gold played against Stirling
Districts at Scott Creek Oval, and an early
goal from the opposition rattled the team,
however, the players rallied and were soon
chasing down the ball.
Justin Jurgens again took control in goals
and had a number of good saves in the first
Newest team member Micah Johnson
continued to grow in confidence, displaying
determination and grit as he tackled much
Johnson worked hard in defence alongside
Ashlee Jurgens and Hannah Mussett.
Patrick Bald toiled tirelessly to move the
ball forward throughout the game and was
rewarded in the second half as he helped
set up a goal by Harry Rigney.
James Johnson also scored a goal with a
number of other attempts unsuccessful.
Takunda Mashinge was great up forward
and was unlucky not to score a goal.
Jace Hepher-Edwards had a successful game, supporting
the team both in defence and attack.
Toby Benstead tried out the ‘keeping position in the second
half and may have found his niche, as he confidently
blocked a number of goal attempts and has a great clearing
Strathalbyn Strikers played Woodside, and both teams
were well matched in strength and pace and proved a very
Strathalbyn’s defence held firm whilst the midfield moved
with the determination of a team wanting to win.
During the first half Woodside players Bree Mensforth,
Josh Bevan and Sam Johnston rotated through the defence
and worked hard to stop Strathalbyn’s opportunities to
score, and the tight defence was very effective.
With such a strong battle for control of the play Woodside’s
attackers also played a strong game.
Felix Bauer provided some great tackling skills, supporting
Dylan Jones and Cameron McLean at the forward end, but
with constant pressure from Strathalbyn defenders, their
shots at goal were snaffled by the ‘keeper.
The second half featured a reinvigorated Woodside team
taking to the pitch.
Jonas Stevenson-Mcintee battled hard in Woodside’s
forward end, ably supported by Jaidyn Wilkes.
Again the ball was often travelling from one end of the
pitch to the other as the teams battled it out.
Strong defensive play from Alec Knipe helped the ball
often return from the defensive end, where Hadrian Cotton
played a great game in the midfield working hard to bring
the ball forward.
An entertaining game developed between Stirling Districts
Red and Stirling East White.
Both teams played well and fought hard throughout.
Stirling East led 2-1 at half-time but had some defensive
lapses in the second half which gave Districts opportunities.
Districts took the chances and came away from the game
A sunny start at Strathalbyn was on offer for the contest
between the local Reds and visiting Murray Bridge Gold.
Strong defence from both teams kept the score tied at 0-0
for the opening 15 minutes.
Murray Bridge were challenged with having no extra
players to substitute and began to lose stamina and
momentum as Strathalbyn went on to score multiple goals.
During the second half, Murray Bridge applied more
pressure and gained more control of the ball.
Play pushed forward into Murray Bridge’s scoring half with
a few close opportunities.
Mawere and Jake Browning played well in forward position
and Jalal Jammoul and Jett Miller helped strengthen the
Harry Lovell found his feet in the second half and became
a defensive asset to the Bridge team.
Strathalbyn Strikers went on to score another three goals
and take a comfortable win.
Hahndorf White team hosted Mannum at Pine Ave on a
pleasant late autumn morning ideal for a free-flowing game.
Coach Ben Baker has developed his players into a very
formidable outfit, and with strengths in all areas across the
park, this season’s team have been very dominant, and
Saturday’s game against Mannum followed the trend.
Hahndorf have worked hard on set piece plays, and the
work done at training is being rewarded.
Early goals from Will Anning, Jye Martin and Shannon
Cox came from a team confident in its ability to move the
ball forward quickly, through tactical passing finding team-
mates in position and ready to attack.
Whilst Hahndorf had the majority of the play, Mannum
were not without its own chances, and Hahndorf ‘keeper
Angus Wilkins and defenders Hunter Hoy, Brodie Dowling
and Kane Gibbs worked well in shutting down any attacks.
Josh Rayner, Tom Baker and Charlee Gomez also turned
the ball back into attack.
By half-time Hahndorf had established a commanding
lead with multiple goal scorers which included Jackson
Doley, Simon Pottharst, Tyler Weyland and Xavier Kell.
The second half was a much closer affair, and whilst
Mannum were unfortunate not to score any goals, its
restricted Hahndorf’s goal scoring considerably.
Murray Bridge Blue took on Torrens Valley, and while
both teams played well in the first half, Torrens Valley were
strong, ending the stanza three goals ahead.
During the second half it was a tough contest but Torrens
Valley scored two further goals.
Murray Bridge scored a goal in the final minutes to close
the result at 5-1.
Strathalbyn White played Nairne Knights at the Strathalbyn
Polo Grounds last Saturday.
Nairne took an early lead by scoring two goals in the
opening 15 minutes.
During the remainder of the half both two teams played
well, however, in the second half Strathalbyn started well
and were rewarded with goals to Riley Brook and Fletcher
Nairne regrouped and put together some fine attacking
moves, scoring three further fine goals for a 5-2 triumph.
Woodside fronted with no subs which was always going
to test the determination of all players in the clash against
Woodside conceded an early goal but that did not stop
the team from fighting, including persistent work by Brodie
The Warriors continued to work as a team and James Wall
scored from Caddaye’s great cross.
Caddaye was rewarded for his hard work and scored then
not long after, as did Jesse Harvey.
The second half was much of a stale mate, both defences
taking control and the final score ended up 4-1
Under 13 girls
Amelie Grant played her first ever soccer match and more
then held her own on a beautiful afternoon at Birdwood as
a gallant Hahndorf Under 13 girls side lost with all guns
blazing against an experienced Torrens Valley opposition.
The home side made the early running, and scored within
the initial five minutes from a fine effort from outside the
A second and third goal quickly followed, and only brave
defence and a high work rate kept Torrens Valley at bay.
Although quick on the break, Hahndorf went scoreless in
the first half, though not for a lack of effort.
The second half was all Hahndorf, attacking against a
stubborn defence, and although the visitors went close on
a number of occasions , it just wasn’t to be.
The game finished in a 3-0 victory for Torrens Valley.
Saturday provided the first meeting of Woodside Red and
Stirling Districts this season.
Woodside were obviously going to be a strong opposition
for the yet unbeaten Stirling Districts Red side, borne out
by the first five minutes when Woodside burst through the
Districts defence to register the first goal.
Stirling appeared to be a little intimidated by Woodside’s
larger players and took time to settle.
When Stirling managed to wrestle possession from
Woodside, quick passing and ability to switch the play
started to make inroads.
A great Districts build up leading to a cross from the right
resulted in a goal mouth scramble with a shot from Mardi
Jones ricocheting off the post.
Woodside continued to dominate with its ability to be first
to the ball with physical challenges and tackles giving most
of the possession in midfield.
A break down the right found a cross defended by
Districts, only to fall to Michael Smallridge who fired in an
unstoppable shot from well outside the area to register
Woodside’s second goal for the half.
A couple of minutes later, Stirling ‘keeper Luke Stevens
pulled off a miraculous save to tip a powerful shot over the
bar to keep Stirling in contention.
Continued Sport 10
Torrens Valley forward Connor Adams (right) attempts to drive his team forward against some strong
opposition from a Mt Barker United opponent in last Saturday’s round of Adelaide Hills Junior
Soccer Association Under 14 matches.
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