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Regional Footsal Tournament
Orange, 23rd March 2016
The boys started the Cowra Campaign right on arrival after a quick rush to get uniforms on and sign on to team sheets.
Our 14 Boys Gold Team started with a very tight game against Dubbo Christian school gaining a 0-0 draw. It was a very even game with both goalies saving excellent shots.
The 14 Boys Blue Team started their tournament against Oberon with a great 1-0 win. Jacob Walker slotted an excellent goal early in the game and they managed to hold off a spirited Oberon team who were desperate to get a goal. Jack Burns saved 6 very good shots at goals.
Disappointingly, the 16 Boys team had a forfeit win in their first game against Oberon.
The 18 boys met a very good Kelso side who displayed brilliant passing skills and striking, taking a 1-0 lead early in the game and then running away with a 6-0 win.
The Open Girls met Wellington in their first game and attacked the goal for the entire first half. Unfortunately, Wellington scored with their first attempt right on half time. Chloe Lanham scored right after the half time break and Montana Walker slotted home a great goal from Chloe Lanham, 2 minutes later. Claire Wright saved a brilliant goal shot to see the girls win 2-1, with seconds to go.
The 14 Boys Blue team started their game with a brilliant penalty shot from 10m by Jack Burns against Orange High. Jacob Walker just missed an excellent shot from a Jack Burns cross to win 1-0. Mitchell Dale, Sean Smith and Tim Ryan shut down the Orange attack with brilliant use of space and teamwork.
The 14 Boys Gold team had a 2-2 draw against Orange High. The team tried hard but couldn’t penetrate the opposition’s excellent defence. Critically, Zac Perkins saved a couple of good shots to force the draw.
The 16 Boys finally took to field against Orange High. Isaac had a brilliant shot off a cross denied by great keeping while Drew Willis saved numerous goal attempts in the first half. Matt Dunn had a great attempt denied while William Murphy broke through with a top goal, early in the second half. Isaac McFarland scored a goal off a brilliant cross from Dinous Bakini to get a great 2-0 win.
The Open Boys played a very tight game against Orange High B. Micheal Howarth sliced through with a dazzling goal and Orange also scored off a very good cross. Jayden Hameenaho saved a number of powerful shots in the second half, however Orange scored the winning goal for a 2-1 win.
The Open Girls met Orange High and Montana Walker scored a crisp goal off a wonderful cross by Chloe Lanham, in the 1st minute. Montana used space brilliantly and scored again off a Chloe cross. Chloe then slotted a scintillating goal, high in the right corner, late in the first half. Erin Johns, Claire Wight and Eliesha Kitchingman’s use of space and vision was awesome, setting up their strikers for numerous attempts. Jessica Burling scored a great precision goal from a corner and Montana hit two more great strikes to see the girls win 6-0.
The 14 Girls team played Dubbo and put on a soccer clinic, scoring so fast, it was hard to keep up. Courtney, Jade, Ginger and Sarah all scored goals off superior passing and meticulous teamwork, winning 7-1.
The 14 Boys Gold team played Dubbo Christian School, fighting hard for a 0-0 score after the first half. Jack Burns executed a skilful strike, early in the 2nd half, to level the game. The boys displayed heart and commitment by defending brilliantly, led by Ethan Funnell in the goals. Mitchell Dale made a fantastic move late in the game and scored off a skilful cross by Jacob Walker to get a critical 2-1 win.
The Open Girls played Oberon and stamped their authority on the game through two quick goals by Chloe Lanham and Claire Wright. Oberon scored off a long range deflection in the 2nd half and Cowra took it to them, by scoring immediately off a magnificent Jessica Burling cross, by Montana Walker. Oberon again came back with a great goal in the last 30 seconds to see a nail biting 3-3 draw.
The 14 Boys Gold team played Dubbo and it was 2-1 our way after 5 minutes of breakneck running, passing, goal shots and desperate defence. Lewis McFarland and Patrick Dun scored excellent goals through phenomenal use of space and anticipation. Emerson Baratto played a critical role in the mid field and blunted numerous attacking forays into our defensive half through backbreaking commitment and energy. Sam Dun’s vision led to exquisite passes that set up numerous goal attempts. However, Dubbo’s goal keeper was lightning fast and they scored two goals in deep into the game, leading to a heart breaking 3-2 loss.
The 16 Boys played Orange in a tenacious game of grinding defence. William Murphy and Dinous Bakini had authoritative strikes saved by their keeper until William Murphy seized a loose ball and drove it into the back of the net to tie it up at 1-1 in the first half. Dinous kicked a brilliant strike from far to the right of goal to again tie up it up 2-2. Drew Willis saved four clear shots at goals through unflinching keeping. The boys picked up a very hard fought and critical draw.
The Open Boys played Orange High in their 3rd round game. An audacious and successful strike by Michael Howarth early in the game, settled the boys into robust defence throughout the 1st half. Ethan Willis was spectacular in the mid-field, crippling the opposition’s numerous offensive plays. Brandon Dickerson struck a number of vicious bullets at goal, however, their keeper gridlocked the score for a 2-0 win.
The Open Girls continued their unbeaten run into the fourth round with a game against Orange High displaying superb teamwork. This allowed Montana to open their account with a slight faint and gig to tap in the first goal in less than 2 minutes. Montana was on fire with a pivot and swirl into open space to slot in a regulation goal for a 2-0 at half time. Montana snatched a goal off a post rebound and drove two more powerful strikes into the back of the net to continue their unstoppable drive towards a semi-final spot. Montana then scored off a direct penalty, putting on an exhibition of skill and anticipation before a well-deserved rest. Chloe took over the scoring duties with one more superb goal for a prodigious 7-0 win.
The 14 Girls team played Oberon in their fourth round, after a forfeit in the 3rd to record 3 from 3 wins. Their meticulousness team work was a hallmark of the first half and established a foundation of confidence and ball domination throughout the game. However, both teams couldn’t get a shot past either keeper. Ginger and Jade had numerous sensational strikes that was denied by their keeper, until Sarah Wood hammered in the winning goal for a breath taking 1-0 win.
The 16 Boys clutched a 2-2 draw against Orange 2. Patrick Dun and William Murphy capitalised on a clinic of selfless passing, robust defence and careful strategy to set up this very important draw.
The Open Boys team played Dubbo College in a see-sawing game of frantic effort and movement in the first 5 minutes. Brandon Dickerson commissioned a definitive masterstroke past a despairing goal keeper; however, two quick opposition goals put us on the back foot with 1-2 the break. Brandon fired a long distance cannon-like drive that ricocheted off the post back into play like a disparate meteor. The boys then fought with distinction allowing Ethan Willis to collar a loose ball and channel it in for a well-deserved equaliser. Grinding effort in defence and frustrating saved by their keeper saw the Open Boys finish their campaign with a 2-2 draw.
The Open Girls faced the energy sapping prospect of an unprecedented fifth round against Dubbo Senior High, who fielded an impressive array of national representatives in their team. The first five minutes was fought entirely in front of our goal, defending a legion of expert goal attempts. The defensive team effort was thrilling to watch and audacious to watch. It wore out the Dubbo team and we were able to seize a 1-0 score through a long range tomahawk strike by Erin Johns. Dubbo scored two superb goals in response, demonstrating their class and experience. Chloe Lanham displayed individual brilliant by shimmying into open space to drive an exquisite goal into the back of the net: A nail biting 2-2 draw. Bring on the finals.
The 14 Boys Blue team opened the Cowra finals account with the first final against Orange 1. Orange found space and instantly slotted in two powerful strikes by their brilliant number 8. Jack Burns attempted numerous shots, but all were stopped by expert defence. Another brilliant team play added to our deficit for a 0-3 score at half time. 5 minutes of brutal defence preceded a spectacular strike by Orange to add to their score. Another 2 goals didn’t stop our boys from displaying inspired resilience in the face of an exceptional opposition and a 6-0 score line. They were excellent ambassadors for the school. Well done boys.
The 14 Girls faced off against Dubbo and started the game with bruising defensive plays and desperate moves for fleeting goal shots. Both teams showed why they were legitimate title contenders with phenomenal team work extravaganzas that negated each team to a 0-0 draw at half time. Jade Lanham struck an beautiful driving shot off a deft cross from Ginger, but their goal keeper was up for the task of denying us a great goal. Jade followed it up with a scintillating goal to put us in the box seat, late in the game. Ginger displayed individual brilliance to beat defenders but both her hard, flat drives were defected by their keeper. Finally, Ginger snapped one past the keeper to put us into the Grand Final with a 2-0 win.
The 16 Boys faced Orange High 1 in a block buster between two unbeaten teams. William Murphy and Pat Dun had multiple legitimate torpedo attempts that slipped agonisingly just outside the post. Desperate defence and brilliant defections by our keeper, Drew Willis, held them out.
Finally, just before they scored a goal off a deft piece of offensive brilliance. Pat Dun drove a wonderful shot after shimmering down the side line, but the ball crossed the line and the goal was distressingly disallowed. Agonisingly, they scored off a loose ball after four excellent attempts by us. All our quality shots were deflected or stopped by resolute defence. Finally, Pat slotted one into the back of the net, but they struck back instantly, with seconds to go.
The 16 Girls team took on Oberon, a team they hadn’t played. Quickly, it was 1-1 as both teams opened their accounts early. Montana Walker capitalised on an excellent pass and finished with flair, putting a goal past their keeper. Thrillingly, Jessica Burling scored a golden goal from half way by wrong-footed the opposition player annd driving a thunderous flat drive right by their despondent goal keeper.
The 14 Girls lost their spirited semi-final game 2-0. The defence shown by the opposition was just too good and they took their chances when they arose.
Unfortunately, Chloe Lanham injured her wrist and a trip to the hospital was warranted (ex-Ray). The Footsal Bogger missed watching the last final two games.
The Senior Girls went down 2-0 in our only Grand Final Game. Their defence was just too good and they found space twice to score two excellent goals.
Overall, it was a fantastic day with respectful and responsible behaviour by all.
The Footsal Blogger – Mr Levick