Southern teams’ big weekend

CONGRATULATIONS: Southern Branch under 16 Boys played an intense game against Hills Brumbies last weekend taking out a huge win of 5-2. Congratulations to the Under 16s who won the Hills Brumbies Inaugural Russell Brothers Trophy with their convincing win.UNDER 16 GIRLSSouthern Branch 4Sydney Olympic 1SOUTHERN under 16 girls won against Sydney Olympic.Southern started the game at a fast pace rattling Olympic who were all over the park.Southern showed their mastery taking the ball at every opportunity with midfielders and defence taking complete control.Dani in goals didn’t have much to do, though she did make a great one-on-one save in the first half from a breakaway. Southern midfield distributed the ball well holding the team together.Amanda Stevenson scored two goals and Emily Jenkinson and Sharna Broughton one each. All goals were created from sensational build-up play involving lots of enthusiasm and hunger to score.In the second half Bec Collier sustained an injury and Kate Sinclair, Courtney Riordan, Emily Jenkinson and Dani Wise were all backing up in reserve grade in the following match, so the under 14s (Kalinda, Keely, Rhianna and Jess) took the field doing a fabulous job.Sydney Olympic were rewarded a goal late in the second half from a rare mix up in the backline.The final score was 4-1 to the Southern girls. A great game of flawless football.UNDER 12 GIRLSSouthern Branch nilSydney Olympic 1THE under 12 Southern girls came out strong and confident against Sydney Olympic.Phoebe Clissold had a shot on goal within the first five minutes of play and another by Monique Lush only five minutes later.A third shot was taken by Bronte Trew assisted by Amy Findlay.The Southern girls dominated the field, knocking the ball around beautifully and keeping the opposition in their own half.In the 18th minute the opposition took a through ball and muscled through to the back line to score a goal taking them to the half time break 1 nil up.The Southern girls returned to the field after the break and played skilful football.Connecting passes were a pleasure to watch as the girls knocked the ball from Phoebe to Kiegan and then to Maddy.Kiara had two shots on goal assisted by Amy Findlay and then Maddy Moffat. Unfortunately the Southern girls ran short of time.In the final minute of the game they pushed up and tried to put the ball in the back of the net but to no avail.UNDER 13 BOYSSouthern Branch 2Schofield Scorpions 3IT WAS a rain-soaked match for the under 13 Southern Branch against Schofield ScorpionsIn the first half the boys were winning the midfield battle until a firm shot from the opposition got through the goal, Southern 1-0 down. Scorpions scored again when the ball ricocheted off their striker’s knee to loop over our keeper into the net, 2-0 down. Will P responded with a couple of good diving saves low to his right then his long high kick out found Josh H on the halfway. He trapped the high ball dead with one touch, exhibiting exquisite technique and skill, silencing visitors and supporters, a definite highlight of the first half.In the second half a penalty to Southern was finished expertly by Josh H, 2-1.Scorpions scored straight away taking the score down 3-1. A suberb play from Josh H, Josh B, James Beckman and Kai Mulvihill scored again taking the score to 3-2.The last 20 minutes was all Southern. We pressed forward with Liam and Nathan working tirelessly winning corners and getting close and yet we just couldn’t get the break that would give us the deserved equaliser. End result 3-2 loss.UNDER 13 BOYSSouthern Branch nilHills Brumbies 2Southern headed to Second Ponds Oval North West Sydney on Saturday to match up against Hill Brumbies.Both teams came out charged up in a battle for midfield dominance.Unfortunately the heavier Brumbies were a bit sharper to the ball and their big centre-forward started to cause problems. It was only the brilliant keeping of Will who made a string of fine saves showing good technique diving at the feet of oncoming strikers. Our best chance of the half went to Nathan who cracked one just over the bar after pouncing on a poor defensive clearance.We started building a bit of pressure as Sam put a good ball into the far post but their left winger had followed up and it tumbled across the line, 1-0 down at half time.The Brumbies were harder, bigger and first to the ball and with the inexplicable free-kick going against Southern they gained the upper hand but Todd worked hard to keep them out.Southern Boys maintained their passing game and worked the ball out from the keeper with a number of clever one – twos between Nathan, James and Nick. Josh hit another couple of penetrating through balls and Kai and Liam chased incessantly but it wasn’t to be and the score finished 2-0 down. Overall the Southern team never gave in and finished the stronger team.UNDER 14 BOYSSouthern Branch 1Hills Brumbies 2Southern Branch just lost out against the Hills Brumbies last weekend. The Oporto boys were not too lucky with this match 2-1 down.Some great football was played by the two teams making for an interesting and exciting game for onlookers.A number of Southern players were out with injury and illness, so new combinations were formed.A special mention goes out to Sascha Trimarchi and Luke Debrot who worked extremely well together in the back line.Josh Bonney had another great game on the wing sending a perfect cross through to result in the only goal for the day.Our keeper Trent Streeter made some amazing saves and was constantly used in playing the ball back.A brilliant match to watch.UNDER 15 BOYSSouthern Branch 3Hills Brumbies 4Under 15 Boys set off to play Hills Brumbies last weekend, welcoming back, Joey, after a few missed weeks out.The game started out strong in the first 10 minutes then Brumbies scored through the middle of the park. The second goal came from a free kick so they were 2 nil up. Joey was unlucky having several attempts to score still trying while on the ground, Blinky finished off and scored just before half time bringing the score to 2-1.The Brumbies came out strong making Jye work tirelessly in the backs, then another goal scored by Brumbies brought the score to 3-1. Then only for Joey’s sheer determination he scored a second goal for Southern bringing the score to 3-2. The pressure was on again with Brumbies player weaving in and out to finally put another goal away bringing the score to 4-2. Southern played the last 10 minutes with intensity and a nice cross came for Blake Foggo to score.Foggo had an outstanding game. The score being 4-3 with only minutes to go. Joey was unlucky not to score a final goal in the last minute of the game.Final score being 4-3 to Hills Brumbies. Better luck next game Boys.UNDER 16 BOYSSouthern Branch 6Schofield Scorpions 2The under 16s Southern Branch finally got a home game against Schofield Scorpions last weekend. The team was at full strength apart from Jamie Leddy and Rohan.Wet conditions did not help clean possession and the game started evenly. Southern gained upper hand with solid defence and Rainer Smahel created opportunities from the centre of defence.A great through ball from Luke McCann found Grady Cadogan inside the box and Brian Jamba slotted home the first goal to Southern. Schofields immediately created their own chance and from a corner kick their shot went wide.Southern were starting to use the ball well, through good formation and running of the ball. Joel Wilson and Luke were winning the contested ball which allowed Southern defenders in Alex Bayer and Brian to set up attacking moves.After 33 minutes, Brian slotted a penalty goal to make it 2-0 at half time.Southern started the second half well and Grady scored to make it 4-0. Schofields pulled one back through a long shot to make it 4-1. Joel Wilson and Grady both scoredto make it 6-1.Schofields had their second goal from a penalty bringing in the final score at 6-2.UNDER 18 BOYSSouthern Branch 1Hills Brumbies 5Southern Branch travelled to play against Hill Brumbies on their home ground four players short. With no full-time goalie, Alex E stood in and did a great job.For the first 10 minutes the game moved from half to half. At the 18th minute Alex E made a great save having to tip the ball over the bar. The back four Ben, Josh, Keg and Alex B started to settle in to a good defensive role. Woodsy, Dane, Tristan, Jack G and Jack Mac were working hard in the middle feeding plenty of balls to Kody who was having a busy game. In the 33rd minute Hills made a run down the left crossed and scored 1-0. At the 35th minute Woodsy fired a free kick in, beat the goalie only to hit the bar. At the 42nd minute Hills’ attacker scored 2-0.In the 21st minute a bit of a scuffle in the box resulted in a penalty awarded to Hills who scored making it 3-0.Tristan followed a great through ball by Dane and was taken out by the Hills’ goalie and we received a penalty. Dane stepped up and slotted in a well deserved goal making it 3-1. At the 42nd minute Hills had a shot outside the box and beat our goalie making it 4-1. The boys deserved a better result as they all worked hard. Well done guys.FIRST DIVISION WOMENSydney Olympic 2Southern Branch 1Round 11 First Division Women’s team, Southern Branch travelled to Valentine Sports Park Parklea, to play against Sydney Olympic. Southern lost 2-1 in a physical counter game that drew out till the 90th minute.In the first half Southern had the better of the shots and was looking to play attractive football. At half time the score remained 0-0.On the 55th minute, Angela Graham was awarded a free kick which was taken by Kylie Meehan. The ensuing cross was perfectly positioned and too much for the Olympic defence with the rebound flying into the net for a 1-0 score line.Round 2 Olympic snatched a draw at the death taking 2 points off Southern, proving that they play the entire 90 minutes.On the 88th minute Mel’s goal mouth was breached with the game ending with Olympic deserved winners 2-1.Great performances this week from Rachael Huntsmen, Amy, Chantelle and Mel Leedham in the backs Sarah Frank combined well with Emma Dowse in the “boiler room” and Kylie Meehan had a destructive passing game. Sarah Frank, Jo Costanzo and Angela Graham were unlucky not to score each have cracking attempts on goal.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.