The most important thing come Saturday was that one of our teams picked up the all important victory to cement the club the coveted Club Championship trophy.
12 Boys : The boys needed a draw to cement their semi final position but a loss by South Coast could also give us 4th position. Thankfully the Wollongong based side lost as our boys with 5 players missing went down 4-1 with our sole goal scorer being youngster Tallon Zahra.
Goal Scorer: Tallon Zahra
12 Girls : The first game between these two teams was huge and this one was no different but our girls cemented the Minor Premiership with an emphatic 2-1 victory which saw the girls finish the season undefeated with only a draw being their only blemish this season. The victory also sealed the club its 6th Club Championship victory in the past 7 seasons.
Scorers: P. Ibini Isei 1, D. Antonis 1.
14 Boys : The boys were only 1 of 2 teams throughout the entire competition that had 13 wins out of 13 leading up the last game and boys made sure that their perfect season wouldn’t be stopped. An emphatic 7-0 gave them 14 consecutive victories to finish the season an incredible 18 point lead at the top of the table. It also sealed the clubs second consecutive Minor Premiership.
Scorers: A. Fofanah 3, H. Griffin-Coles 2, J. Bizco 1, D. Carreno 1.
14 Girls : Like their boys counter parts had the chance to seal the Minor Premiership and did so in emphatic fashion hammering the hapless Warriors 5-0 with star of the show being Mini Pollicina who scored 4 goals.
A slip up would’ve seen Quake take the Minor Premiership but the girls wouldn’t give the Quake a chance.
The girls sealed the clubs 3rd consecutive Minor Premiership in the process.
Scorers: R.Pollicina 4, L. Bugden 1
16 Boys : They went into this game on the back of some bad form but were still in the running for a top 4 finish but nothing less than a victory would do. Continuing the clubs great form of the day the boys battled hard and cemented their semi final place knocking the Mascot Vipers out via goal difference with a hard fought 2-1 victory.
Score : 2-1
Scorers: B. Brown 1, M. Duarte 1.
16 Girls : With their brilliant performance last week the 16 girls only needed a draw to seal a semi final place and they got that with a draw against the Warriors. With Quakes loss earlier in the afternoon the girls knew they were settled in 4th position with the scoreline being irrelevant. The girls came out a little flat but ended the game with a 1-1 draw.
Scorers: E. Usherwood 1
Youth : Our boys came into this game vs top placed opposition in second position and anything bar a win would guarantee that position with 3rd place Quake only a point behind. Unfortunately our boys conceded 2 goals in the last 2 minutes to go down and lose that second bite in the semi final series which would see us taking on the Mascot Vipers in the elimination semis.
Women : Coming into this game there were 3 clubs equal on 21 points fighting for the last 2 positions on the table. With Quake winning it left us in a head to head do or die clash with Dural with our girls needing to win by 6 goals to qualify. Unfortunately as well as our girls played we were only able to win by 5 and missed out on making the semi finals by a single goal. Incredibly we finished equal 3rd but still missed out.
Scorers: S. Uzunlar 4, N. Spirovski 1, N. Lo Guidice 1.
Mens : Our Mens team going into this game were just a point outside the top 4 but were taking on the competition leaders. Our boys started like a house on fire and took an early lead, the Warriors hit back but we once again responded to re take the lead. We remained in front until 4 minutes left on the clock when the Warriors went to a 5th man formation and scored two goals in the last few minutes to seal our fate.
Scorers: A. Paine 1, E. Alpkaya 1, A. Poniris 1.
All in all it was a successful way to finish of the season taking 16 points with 5 wins a draw and 3 losses.
Finishing the season 18 points ahead of nearest rivals the Enfield Rovers on the Club Championship table.
The club finished with 7 of the 9 teams making the semis with 3 Minor Premiers.
A huge congratulations to everyone involved in the club on another successful season.
Individual Match reports are now included below…
All of the Inner West boys did well, smashing the warriors. The boys did not give any chance for them to even try to fit a goal in to our end of the court…. well done boys !!!!!
The Academy boys were all open eyes and open ears listening to Fraser and as the game went on they just got better and better. The games first goal came from Patrick top left hand corner. 2nd goal, what a goal! assist from Attila to Patrick that was a stunning 1 touch 2 touch goal. The rest of the boys got a chance to score too they all played like a team end result was amazing. Well done academy. 11 boys what a season we all have had, thanks Matteo.
12 boys were short of players again so Fraser used the Academy boys that were sitting on the bench
The game started of pretty good, most of the boys were flat footed and not moving around as much. When there was pressure to be put on the warriors our boys needed to move forward but we were going back too much. Our boys worked very very hard throughout the game, the second half the inner west boys were down 3 nil but Fraser used Tallon for sub 30 sec scored made it 3-1. Coming to the end of the match only 3 mins to go the warriors scored one more goal making it 4-1. The boys were looking very tired they were just holding the ball too much, they needed to pass the ball around more. They have the semis next week that will decide if they want it or not…
Well what a match this one was! We fully anticipated a tough game and a tough game is exactly what we got. The girls showed good ticker in the face of adversity to dig deep and grind out this result.
Continuing from last week the girls combined well from the offset and looked dangerous across the court. Bianca was the first to launch a salvo on target at the Dural goals but their keeper comfortably dealt with the threat. Disaster almost struck on the 2-minute mark when we lost possession on the right hand side. Luckily Georgia was at hand to clear off the line at the back post when Sheridan was fully committed to closing down the attack.
Angelique was kept busy with the constant counter attack, through long throws but dealt with this threat with ease on numerous occasions. Up front the offensive continued and Bianca came close after 5 minutes when the keeper did well to turn her shot around the post. Princess then had a good opportunity but just missed the target with a sizzling shot, with the keeper well beaten. Georgia, Bianca and Princess combined well for the next dangerous move but the resulting effort was again just off target.
Chiara was next to test the reflexes of the keeper when she went on a blistering run and sent a fierce shot towards goals that narrowly missed the target. Dimity also had a good effort on goals after winning a tackle on their pivot in the middle. Despite being off balance and falling to the floor, she still managed to hit a shot when almost on the deck, only to see their keeper save well again. Siena was next to burst on the scene when she won the ball in the heart of our defence and made a silky run up field, only to be shut down quickly by the scrambling Dural defence when in their danger zone. Disaster did strike from an innocuous kick-in after 10 minutes, where we got trapped at the back and Dural opened the scoring after catching us napping for a split second, despite our best efforts to keep the ball out of the net. Game on!
For the last 4 minutes of the half the girls tried in vain to level the scores with Dimity and Angelique coming close with good efforts. Marisa and Chiara also had to put in a couple of decisive tackles to deny quick counter attacks by Dural, when we looked fully committed at the front.With Steve and Zelko’s half time talk ringing their ears the girls went on the offensive with some gusto for the second stanza. It was Bianca, Georgia and Princess going on the rampage from the whistle, coming close, but just wide of goals again. Georgia then won a ball on their goal line, when the defender looked to have it covered, but the keeper again saved well from the resulting snap shot by Princess. As often happens, they hit us on the counter and Sheridan managed to tip the ball away from a well-hit shot.
On the 4-minute mark the girls finally had something to show for the hard work. Georgia made a huge effort down the sideline, beating 2 players, before setting Princess up with an irresistible cross, that she calmly put into the net to make it 1-1.
With game now level the girls stepped up a gear and had numerous efforts on goal over the next 3 minutes. Georgia and Princess were particularly unlucky to find their keeper in fine form. Dural did manage a dangerous attack after 8 minutes but Angelique stayed clam under the pressure of a 2 on 1, putting in a great tackle, to cut out the move. Bianca had a good chance on goal, after being set up by Marisa, but could only send the shot straight at the grateful Dural keeper. Princess did have the ball in the net from a very tight angle on 15 minutes, after an amazing effort to win the ball on the goal line, but it was to be ruled out for some indiscretion that only a referee could pick.
With time ticking down, Dimity won the ball centre field and laid off a pass to Georgia for a quick one-two. On receipt of the return, Dimity appropriately smashed it into the net, giving us a 2-1 lead and setting up a pulsating final 3 minutes.
What a heart stopping 3 minutes that was, with both teams having chances on goal as they searched for an equaliser and we tried to put them to bed. The best of those fell to their target, who received the ball with her back to goal inside the ‘D’, turning quickly she shot at goal, only to see Sheridan miraculously deflect the shot for a corner, with a low dive to her left. With seconds remaining Dimity had a great effort tipped over by their keeper when it looked goal bound.
With the final score being 2-1, fittingly it was this game that would clinch Inner West Allstars the club championships and ultimately cap off a grand win. Well done Girls, you have finished off the normal season as undefeated minor premiers and worked very hard to achieve that, but lets stayed focused, with feet firmly on the ground, because today showed there are great teams out there who can push you all the way during the upcoming finals series.
To be or not to be…….Minor Premiers hopefully was to be!
Well done girls, you did it and congrats to all of you. Last time these girls played Dural, they came out with a win with a 2 – 1 score line, one round later and with team improvement it was 5 – 0.
Lorena scored the first goal in the 10th minute after some great team work, our one touch ball play has really come along. Dural then defended up and it didn’t matter what we did they were there for the challenge. They made it hard for the girls to break through and increase the score line, but with our defence as strong as theirs we allowed them no room. We went into half time 1 nil up.
With 20 minutes left and a step closer to the top spot the girls took the court calm and focused. It proved to work, with the girls in both modes of defence and attack goals came in the 23rd min, 25th min then again in the 27th min. (Mini you broke your goal drought). The girls were on fire, 4 nil in front there was no stopping them. Congrats to Dural who fought till the end result of 5 nil.
Congratulations girls, you did it, bring on the semis!
Inner West came into this game as favorites after their stunning win last week but faced a determined opponent.
Dural outplayed our girls in the first half, pressuring them into mistakes and dominating play. If not for some fantastic goal keeping by Charlene, the half time score way well have been 4 or 5 nil instead of 1 nil. Also of concern was an injury to Sam S early in the game which places a cloud over her availability next week.
The second half saw All Stars equalise with some fine work between Amy and Emily. The girls gained the ascendancy and finished strongly creating many chances late in the game but Dural’s defence held firm to keep the final score at 1-1.
Next week the team takes on Boomerangs in the semi final. After two previous close encounters, our girls come into the match with a good chance to progress deeper into the final’s series.