Match Reports – Round 3 vs South Coast Taipans

The first half of what could be deemed as the road trip from hell with Wollongong and Canberra away in consecutive weeks proved very fruitful for us against the newly promoted South Coast Taipans.

Everyone in our club should be very proud of our achievement over the weekend as we are the first club this year to sweep an opposition and collect all 27 points available, a tremendous effort and one which is rarely achieved.

The excellent result over the weekend sees us increase our lead at the top of the coveted Club Championship table to 15 points ahead of nearest rivals Campbelltown Quake who we play in 2 weeks in what should be a blockbuster clash!

But first the Boomerangs of Canberra are our next port of call.

On behalf of everyone in the club, we would like to thank Colin, April and everyone associated with the Taipans on their hospitality on the weekend and wish them the best of the luck for the remainder of the season

– Matteo

Academy

Round 3 of the Premier league was at the Illawarra hockey centre. Heading down to Unanderra it was raining with few showers on and off but thankfully everyone arrived safely to the game.

Kick off started at 10.15am, the boys warmed up ready to go. Our first goal came from ADAM NISBET, 1-0 then came a GEORGE ANTONIS goal which made it 2-0 our way. The boys were well organised and listening to coach Fraser. George assisted for, ATTILA TOKSOZ whos goals made it 3-0. The south coast taipans were all over the court with some chances but couldn’t capitalise.

Into the second half, WALID HASSAN puts a nice goal into the corner post and makes it 4-0 our way. Fraser makes 4 subs at one go confusing the taipans leading to our next goal coming from PATRICK SCIBILIO now 4-0, all of a sudden with too much pressure taipans put a own goal in by mistake, making it 5-0 inner west. Taipans boys did try hard and played well, late in second half. Taipans boys score 2 goals making it now 5-2 when the game came to the end the full time results was 11-2 to inner west boys. Keep it up boys you are all doing excellent.

– John Toksoz

12 BOYS

Kickoff started at 11.00am our boys looked relaxed but they got into the game by pressing and passing the ball around. The Taipans opened the scoring and took a 1-0. Our boys had to work a little harder to compress in defence and they did when JORDAN KOUGIAS struck a superb goal making it 1-1.

When half time came the boys looked anxious to win but that they did when BRODIE CLARKSON who was making his debut smashed the ball into the net and what a goal it was! In the end it made the difference at full-time winning the game 2-1. The delight on the face of inner west, coach Fraser one of relief but immense satisfaction.

– John Toksoz

12 GIRLS

The girls started this game in bright fashion with our first goal coming as early as 50 seconds when Princess broke on the left hand side and scored from a tight angle. Taipans managed to squeeze one in after 3 minutes, to level the scores as they fought hard to control our girls. Bianca tried her luck from distance but it narrowly flew over the bar. Angelique then had a good effort saved after 5 minutes by their keeper, who was to have a fine game on the day. For mine, the goal of the day came when Siena intercepted a dangerous pass on our “D” and broke straight through the middle like a slalom skier, to calmly slot away at the other end, to make it 2-1 after 8 minutes. Georgia then stole the ball from the resulting kick off and laid it on a platter for Dimity who duly scored and made it 3-1.

The game then went into stalemate for a while before Sheridan cleared a flick up into the crowded goal area. Siena was required to make a timely tackle when they looked dangerous on the break and was faced with a 2 on 1. Dimity increased the lead to 4-1 when she scored from the top of the “D” after 17 minutes. Princess then assisted Dimity to her first half hat trick, with a neat pass for her to slot home just before half time and make the lead 5-1.

We started proceedings for the 2nd half and unfortunately presented them with gift goal with only 30 seconds gone, to make it 5-2. After 6 minutes Georgia restored parity and put a fine goal away when she scored from the right hand side to make it 6-2. Chiara broke and had a good effort on goal but their keeper was again up to the task and saved well. We managed to make it 7-2 when Marissa found Princess in space and she inturn passed to Georgia who duly finished the move. Georgia tried to turn provider for Princess with a one on one with the keeper but she kept it out, only for Georgia to follow up and put it away, completing her hat trick and make it 8-2. Sheridan was called on after 13 minutes to make a sliding save when danger lurked, luckily they missed the resulting rebound with the goal beckoning. Their keeper then proceeded to steal the show with many fine saves during the remainder of the game and keep the score to single figures, with most of the girls being thwarted at some stage. The final result for the day was 8-2 and another good effort by the girls, keep up the hard work!

-Stephen Rainey

14 Boys

With ourselves Quake and the opposing Taipans team being the only undefeated sides left in the competition our boys were hell bent on remaining undefeated come the end this clash.

And after only 5 minutes the result didn’t look in any doubt.

Less than a minute in Alisuine Fofanah continued his bright start to the season back flicking a tap in after some delightful work down the left flank by Harry Griffin Coles.

The boys were playing some delightful futsal. The introduction of Panos Armenakas who was making his season debut was instrumental as he laid on one for Lawrence and then scored one himself.

Danny Carreno who normally travels over an hour from his Wollongong home to play our home games delivered on his home town scoring a brilliant goal as well as laying on another whilst Marty Lo was brilliant.

Overall it was another excellent performance especially in defence to keep our first clean sheet of the season.

– Matteo

14 Girls

Proud of all the girls this week, they are really starting to come together as a team and rely on each other on the court.

Today against South Coast Taipans they went in and challenged the opposition from the beginning, our job was to keep possession of the ball and connect as many passes as we could. Vic made a break and scored the first goal for us, the game was tough because of physicality, but the girls fought hard and held off the other side. Lorena is forever fighting up front for us,the goals then started to come, Mini scored number 2 and the 3rd one came from a great display of football down the line one touch to and fro between Anya and Erin. Taipans fought hard and scored a lucky goal, we came back and went into half time 4 – 1.

2nd half the girls defended well, Nadia worked hard to keep girls at bar but with Nicole in goals our girls feel safe, she works hard and made a couple of great saves from a few of long shots. We relaxed a bit in the second half and gave a chance for a few 12 girls to step up, and yes that is what they did, Thankyou Georgia, Bianca, Sheridan, Princess and Chiara, great work girls. Mini scored 2 more goals and we took a 6 – 1 victory. Congratulations girls, well done, bring on Canberra!

– Jodie

16 BOYS

Our 16 boys had yet another convincing win on the weekend against the Taipans. Our boys played some great futsal in stages. Defensively our boys are playing very well meaning our keepers didn’t have much work to do. The Taipans fought hard in the second half to reduce the scoreline but our boys are in just to a form. This win takes the boys tally to 3 & 0. Good to see the trip was worth it now an even longer one awaits to Canberra.

– Angelo Dimitrakas

16 GIRLS

Perhaps the journey to the ‘Gong had cramped the girls up as they were slow to get into gear. However, although dominating and having the attacking raids, finally Georgia Klapos scored with a long range shot that flicked off a defender’s head and through the keeper’s hands. The second goal saw Sam S capitalise on the error by the keeper who had come out too far. Showing patience, Sam guided the ball in from long range.

With a lead of 2 nil at the break, the supporters were hoping for a goal scoring spree. To their credit, South Coast Taipans defended very strongly, ably led by their keeper, and thwarted many attempts to score. Scoring chances went begging until Zoe kicked towards goal and it deflected in off a Taipans player and over the line.

With the final score of 3 nil, the girls should get to Canberra a bit early to stretch their legs as the Boomerangs are no easy beats, especially on home turf.

– Hilary

WOMENS

Coming of a huge win over last seasons Champions and some tough training sessions our girls are starting to mould into a side I think can challenge for the title.

If the weekends performance was anything to go by our girls could be serious contenders. Shorty and Jo Jo were brilliant in setting up our attacks with Joey scoring herself a hatrick.

Sarah was back after missing last weeks game and was excellent on the ball while Lefty scored her second goal in 2 games.

Tashy was at her brilliant best on top while Rose was at her usual robusting best!

Dim as per usual was showing why she is the leading candidate for goal keeper of the season even at these early stages of the competition and then the 5 members of the 16 girls who all got called up this weekend were brilliant as per usual in the minutes they spent on the court with their older club mates.

A massive thanks to all of the girls from the 16s who continue to help the womens team out each week even with limited minutes. Its greatly appreciated by all.

– Matteo