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Hahndorf’s senior team met Old
Ignatians for the Amateur Soccer
League Division 2 fixture at Pine
Avenue last Saturday.
Once again the fixture was literally a game
of two halves – the first where Hahndorf
kept pace and matched the opposition and
the second where the visitors took control.
Hahndorf attacked from the opening
whistle, with Jack Davis up front, moving in
on the OISC ‘keeper.
A counter-attack by Old Ignatians opened
the goal tally for the visitors early.
Both teams were applying pressure and
the ball was quickly being moved from end
Hahndorf’s back four, comprising Marcel
D’Angelo, Brad Seidel, Jarrod Kerr and
Steve Ness, worked the ball out of defence
on several occasions, guiding it to the left
Options were available on both sides for
the Magpies with Saxby Fisher and Naite
Hider linking in with forwards Jayden Miller
and Peter Atkinson.
Initially the teams were equally matched
and the Hahndorf players were unlucky
to find themselves trailing 2-0 after OISC
capitalised with a well-struck ball to the right
of diving Hahndorf ‘keeper Jakin Williams.
Now under pressure, Hahndorf were
unable to create space, while Ignatians
players found the feet of team-mates and
guided the ball into the net for a third goal.
Hahndorf needed to refocus during the
half-time break to work back into the
The Magpies began the second half with
more possession in midfield.
Solomon Scopazzi worked hard but could
not create any positive moves forward, and
again the visitors punished the home side
with another two quick goals.
Excellent reflexes by ‘keeper Williams held
the score and gave the local spectators
something to cheer about.
Jake Papavasiliou came on for Seidel and
coach James Kerr made some positional
changes as Ness moved to centre back
and young Miller was switched to left back,
providing some pace from defence.
Pressure in midfield finally earned
Hahndorf a penalty and Kerr struck a
well-placed ball to the right of the visiting
Simon Gale came on for Atkinson and
Hahndorf produced another burst of solid
Time was running out and Hahndorf
could not capitalise on the renewed player
confidence, and even a diving Kerr could
not stop another Old Ignatians goal after
drawing the ‘keeper out with a long ball over
The final whistle left Hahndorf to revisit
strategies for the next round’s away clash
with Salisbury Villa.
Hahndorf Reserves were under pressure
from the start of last Saturday’s fixture and
struggled most of the match to keep up with
Old Ignatians, eventually losing 7-1.
With several last minute changes to the
line up, Hahndorf’s players took a while to
settle and OISC were two goals up after 20
Defenders Jos Edler, Nathan Roennfeldt,
Michael Driver and Henry Rasheed
constantly worked back to counter the
visiting forward attacks.
Roennfeldt was able to clear the ball wide
to Alex Bott, which allowed Bott to have a
shot into the box.
This was met by a good counter-attack by
OISC and resulted in a third goal.
Hahndorf were down but determined to
turn the game around, and Scott Ayris in
midfield worked the ball forward, giving
himself space for another shot on goal, only
to have the ball sail over the crossbar.
As half-time loomed, Hahndorf kept the
pressure on and Simon Gale and Mitchell
Miller were able to combine, with Miller
having a clearing strike from the centre line.
The ball flew above the Ignatians ‘keeper’s
reach and into the back of the net.
As the whistle sounded for the break,
Hahndorf were eager to keep momentum
going and draw back the 3-1 deficit.
Early in the second half Hahndorf made
some changes with Roennfeldt and Gale
coming off, replaced by Aidan Leith and
Tobar combined well with Francisco
Ottonello up front and provided midfielders
Leith and Mark Taher some attacking
After a determined discussion with Elder,
Ottonello won the opportunity to take a free
kick just outside the box.
Unfortunately the ball didn’t clear the wall
and on a counter-attack Hahndorf were
caught off guard and the opposition scored
Despite a solid effort by Driver and ‘keeper
Thomas Cribb, the Old Ignatians goal tally
rose and Hahndorf were left with more to
work on before the next round.
Last Sunday Hahndorf womens soccer team
took on undefeated competition leader Uni SA
on a weathered Pine Avenue pitch.
Following a week of rain and multiple games the previous
day, the ground underfoot was soft and churned up, but
this didn’t deter Hahndorf from starting strongly.
Heading up hill first and with the kick-off, Hahndorf’s
forwards Mel Nelson and Cate Litchfield set the pressure
on Uni SA from the beginning with several runs on goal.
The ball did find its way down through the middle of the
pitch to the Marwede sisters – Amber and Lauren – who
worked together solidly in defence.
Returning to goals, young Zoe Smith made a save and
kicked the ball out wide to midfielder Claudia Kerr.
Kerr sent the ball down the line to Litchfield, who in turn
made a run and had a shot on goal, only for it to go wide.
Hahndorf lifted its efforts to play the top side, highlighted
by impressive passing and teamwork.
As defender Sofi Harriot worked the ball around Uni SA
forwards and into space, another run began to form with
Harriot passing to Grace Reid in the centre.
Reid placed a perfect ball for Litchfield to run onto and
Hahndorf were unlucky not to score.
Some 20 minutes into the first half, the Magpies introduced
the fresh legs of Edith Matheson, Anna Michaelis and
Cassie Masters, who was playing her first game of the season.
With several more plays forward toward goals, Hahndorf
were pushing hard, hungry for a goal.
Another ball down the line from Kerr to Litchfield resulted
in a cross over into an empty goal, with Nelson just missing
the chance to send the ball into the back of the net.
Hahndorf kept the pressure on resulting in another chance
at goals with a scramble of players in the goal mouth, but
Uni SA’s ‘keeper got her hands on the ball, and the score
sat at 0-0 as half-time arrived.
Women push leader
When play resumed, the girls in black and white continued
to pressure Uni SA, with a win against the top side still in
Defenders Harriot and Anna Wapper continued to close
down threatening plays made by Uni, and were backed
up well with A. Marwede and centre back Kiri Thomson
clearing any strays balls which made their way through.
Sharmaine Chamberlain was dedicated to making space
in the middle and supporting midfielder Kate Sutton, who
was controlling the middle.
Uni SA had equal opportunities at pushing forward and
taking shots on goal, however, finding ‘keeper Smith’s
hands every time.
Through further great team work down both the left and
the right wings, Hahndorf continued to work, aiming to
break the tied scoreboard.
Uni SA made a fast play down the left and dribbled the
ball in toward the goal, taking a quick shot and leaving
the ball in the back of the net and the home team down
by a goal.
Hahndorf did not give up and continued to string together
multiple passes between team-mates down the wings.
A free kick was awarded to Hahndorf with A. Marwede
sending a ball to Litchfield who was pressured immediately,
firing a shot to the ‘keeper’s hands.
Keeping the ball down Uni SA’s end, Hahndorf had a
corner with Nelson narrowly missing a header which
would have resulted in an equaliser.
Uni SA increased the defensive pressure, determined to
keep the lead, and closed down Litchfield and Sutton with
multiple defenders whenever they neared the goal.
Hahndorf continued to fight right until the final whistle with
the score remaining 1-0 Uni’s way.
The Hahndorf girls put up a solid team effort and walked
away from the game with heads high and focusing forward
to another home game this Sunday against Adelaide Uni.
Naite Hider (right) lifts his eyes to gauge attacking options as he attempts to move the hosting
Hahndorf Magpies forward against Old Ignatians during last Saturday’s SA Amateur Soccer
League Division 2 clash at Pine Avenue which ended in a 6-1 victory for the visitors.
Hahndorf forward Jack Davis finds himself sandwiched between two Old
Ignatians opponents during a battle for possession in Saturday’s Division 2
Amateur Soccer League fixture at Pine Avenue. Hahndorf displayed periods
of competitive play but were eventually overpowered.
Hahndorf ’s Claudia Kerr (left) duels with a Uni
SA rival as each seeks to gain control of the ball
in Sunday’s entertaining womens soccer match
at Pine Avenue.
Midfielder Kate Sutton works a ball forward for
Hahndorf during its determined effort against
competition leader Uni SA in last Sunday’s
womens soccer fixture.
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