Fingers-crossed for a normal season in 2021
Match Report – IW.1 – Game Date: 11/10/2020
Cranebrook United FC: 2
BMFC Goal Scorers: Emily, Jess, Tamara, Mim, Tilly, Lexy
Player of the Match:
Match Report: What a nail-biting season and that’s from a team who value their acrylics!
The teams was new to the Intermediate format and as the youngest team in the comp they needed to adjust to 90 minute games and older girls.
The winner of the IW season came down to the last game. BMFC was ahead most of the season but Penrith was close on their heels and Penrith knew they needed to rack up high scores in their final games to try and catch the BMFC IW.1 girls. This team, like many in the club, was determined to play out the season to the best of their ability. The team played the entire season with 13 players and many a game played short-handed. This is an indication of their skill and strong teamwork to see them through game after game.
The start of the Cranebrook game was not looking promising when Cranebrook scored a quick goal due to their fast and talented forwards. However, the girls were not deterred. As soon as ‘ Oh I need to tape my ankle’ began to find the net and not our own player’s faces the girls soon found their stride! ‘Quick Reflex’ in goals gave the confidence to the defense to push forward and play a more attacking game. ‘Rocket’, ‘Chill’, ‘Zoo Keeper’ and ‘Joker’ made for a strong backline and were impressive all season.
Through the middle, ‘Stik’, ‘Stealth’, ‘So Hot’ and ‘Where’s the Net’ were the team’s engine with their tireless attacking and passing and soon Cranebrook realised the game was not going to go their way. Goals quickly flew into the net (as well as everywhere else!) Finally the forwards, ‘Punching Bag’, ‘Biggest Fan’ and ‘Quick Feet ‘ made runs that would make a sprinter proud and the score difference increased!
Well done to a team of sweet, talkative, talented and athletic girls with hearts as large as their talent. It was a pleasure watching you from the sideline and continue to awe others with your game. Thank you to the parents who trusted the girls to drive to games and practices and were our cheer squad week-in and week-out! Thanks to BMFC who are always focused on being a community club and have developed a culture of teams that reflect this quality. Finally thanks to the U17 boys who supported our goal to be a Rank #1 team and who were great sports when we played them.
Season 2020 glad you are done but will miss the weekly camaraderie.
Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 11/10/2020
BMFC 17.1: 8
Jamisontown FC: 1
BMFC Goal Scorers: Harry Smith (2), Liam (2), Jake, Aidy, Brayden, Eli (pen)
Player of the Match: Aidy
Match Report: The boys had had a really fun last week at training – Tuesday night playing a mixed game with Sarah’s Intermediate Women’s team and Thursday night games of crossbar challenge and dizzy head penalties
We’d had two tough close games with Jamo this season and wanted a solid finish to the season. The first 10 minutes were even with both teams creating a few half opportunities. The first goal came after 13 minutes – off a corner, the ball was cleared to the edge of the box and Harry Smith fizzed a low hard shot through the packed box and past the keeper – great technique to keep the ball down
The second came moments later with Liam hitting a free kick that was pushed onto the bar but bounced down and just over the line
The next came when the two Harry’s combined – Burns lifting the ball over the defence for Smith to volley over the oncoming keeper into the roof of the net for his second. One more before half time – Martin playing a delicious ball through the heart of the defence for Jake to get to ahead of the keeper and knock home
We changed things around at half time again to try and get more of the remaining goalless five off of the figurative nudie run. After letting Knobsy go in goal last week & being pleasantly surprised that he kept a clean sheet, I didn’t want to push my luck so needed to select someone else. Beaso was handed the gloves – the huge smile said it all – Jacob loves playing in goal. A forward line of Braydo and Aidy, with keeper Eli down the right – giving them all a chance to notch their first for the year
20 seconds into the second half, new sweeper Jake went walkabout & then played a super pass – to the opposition centre forward. Beaso did a good impression of a goal keeper except for the bit where you dive to make a save. I’m now thinking ‘two more conceded goals and we are going back to standard formation’!
Fortunately that wasn’t necessary as seven minutes later Braydo got his goal. Then Liam cracked another free kick home – we should start calling him Beckham as Liam has scored probably 6 goals from direct free kicks this year. Next it was Aidy on the scoresheet – this was now going well. Beaso however was losing his mind. First of all he received a back pass off one of our defenders but instead of simply taking a touch and passing it (like we train, every week!), no, Jacob decided to go on a goalie run. Beat one, beat two and then loses the ball! Mad scramble and we clear. Two minutes later we get a corner. I look away for a second, then look back to see two goalkeepers in the oppositions box – what the heck are you doing up there Jacob?!
Sam and Martin were given a run up front and both went close to getting their goal. Eli was upended in the box and Jamo’s keeper was in my opinion harshly sent off. Eli’s penalty was parried but only into the net
A terrific performance to finish the year
Thank you boys for such an enjoyable last few months – I am very lucky and proud to say I am your coach
Photo – why are there two goalkeepers in the opposition penalty box? Beaso!!!
Match Report – 14.3 – Game Date: 10/10/2020
St Marys SC: 0
BMFC Goal Scorers: Kurtis, Ben, Harry M, Nick
Player of the Match:
Match Report: Undefeated for the Season! Well done boys and Rhett!!
A review of our season.
Well done, Nick, on captaining the team to victory, consistent coin tossing (!) and being a strong leader from the back.
Congratulations Liam, our faithful goalie – who managed to score as many goals as got past you.
Your sense of justice was clear Nathaniel, our on-field linesman who knew when a well-timed ‘shoelace’ was important.
Boaz, you provided a strong backline that was rarely breached.
Harry C, our injured mascot for the first half of the season who came on and scored with confidence.
And Harry Mc, “keep it down Harry’, who scored with both feet once he got a touch!
Thanks for letting us enjoy your footwork Isaac and for being our go-to penalty scorer and
Jeremy, we loved watching you run past anyone up the left.
Matt, you knew best how to actually ‘talk to each other’ on-field, and
Wil, you were a terrier chasing down those loose balls.
Louis (or is it Lewis!), your determination was always clear and you covered so much ground.
Kurtis, you could sniff out a goal and took 1/3 of all our goals across the season – well done lead goal scorer (26 goals through the season)!
Ben, you were there to take the ‘header’, to take on your man and to take 4 goals in a game.
Joey, you let the ball know who was boss, and your goal was one of the team’s highlights of the season.
Rhett, no one would guess it was your first time coaching – your half time chats, your ability to develop teamwork and skills in the boys was clear and obviously brought results. Thanks for investing in and helping our boys become young men!
Lead Goal Scorers: Kurtis – 26, Harry Mc – 9, Harry C and Ben – 8, Isaac and Nick – 6, Jeremy – 5, Liam and Wil – 4.
Well done everyone on a great season. Looking forward to 2021 already.
Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 04/10/2020
BMFC 17.1: 7
Cranebrook United FC: 0
BMFC Goal Scorers: Jake (2), Harry Burns, Beaso, Luke, Damo, Knobsy
Player of the Match: Players Player – Eli
Match Report: A very warm morning at Knapsack. Harry Smith a late withdrawal, sick, everyone else present including Ethan who’s recovery is going well
Coming into the game, we knew the equation was three wins from three and we couldn’t be caught for the title. A loss or even a draw would hand the advantage to Rovers. We were a few behind on goal difference so the plan, aided by Cranebrook having no subs, was to play high tempo in the heat, rotate our subs regularly
We got off to a flying start with three goals in the first ten minutes. Damo got the first, smashing a volley in with his left foot. Next, finally 🙂 , Harry Burns made a driving run into the box and hit his shot across the keeper and into the bottom corner. Eli gathered the ball from a Cranebrook corner and saw Jake up front one on one with the last defender. The long kick bounced up well and Jake got there first to head over the oncoming keeper. Ten minutes later a carbon copy – this time Eli’s long kick to Knobsy who controlled and poked home. As a ‘play out from the back coach’ you could say this goes against the principal but I also say ‘play what you see’ and Eli is an instinctive footballer who has always had a great read of the game
One more before half time – Damo setting up Jake. Jake also hit the post just before half time, just missing out on a first half hat trick
As half time approached, there were murmurings in the home support. Parents were looking at phones and fists being pumped – what is going on? Like the last day of a Premier League season, fans watching the game, were getting messages from another ground. Rovers had drawn their game – a win today would now win us the league
With the pressure now relieved, we made some changes at half time to try and get a few of the boys on the scoresheet for the year. Knobsy volunteered to go in goal and with the score only 5-0 this was a big risk that I ultimately gave into after asking every other member of the team if they could go in and no one wanted to. Eli was on the pitch!
A forward line of Brayden and Jake (given a final 10 minutes to bag his hat trick) and cousins Aidy and Harry in centre mid. Plenty of chances came and went – after one shank Brayden raised him arm begging to come off – no, keep plugging away mate!
Sam replaced Jake and also did everything but score. Finally two boys looking for their first of the season, Beaso and then Luke showed them how it’s done
Eli scored but after his celebration running down the line high fiving the fans he turned round to see it was ruled off side. Cruel.
At the other end, Knobsy surprised everyone – maintaining a clean sheet and at one point preventing a goal with a one on one save. Who knew?
Great performance, particularly first half to put the game to bed. Super fun playing people out of favoured position in the second half
Players player for Eli – a few saves, two goal assists and everything but score in the second half
Champions! Well done boys, fully deserved for all your hard work this season
Photo: back row Keastie (take your Blaxland shirt off, well done, always part of this team), Beaso, Andy (Assistant Coach and signing of the season!), Luke, Harry Smith, Harry Burns, Sam, Liam, Jake (put a shirt on for goodness sake), Ethan, Ash, Gaffer
Front row: Brayden, Finn, Damo, Eli, Knobsy, Aidy, Martin
Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 27/09/2020
BMFC 17.1: 4
Lowland Wanderers SC: 0
BMFC Goal Scorers: Damo (2), Liam (pen), Knobsy
Player of the Match: Players Player – Damo
Match Report: The last game we had away to Lowlands had not been a good day. Ethan broke his leg. We also lost to the last kick of the game. We really wanted a top performance today
We welcomed Jake back into the squad but Sam was out with an injury
We aimed for a fast high tempo start and that’s exactly what the boys delivered. We pressed Lowlands back for the first ten minutes and created some half chances. Off a corner that went a little long, Martin controlled well and was then knocked off the ball. Penalty, dispatched by Liam
We continued to play good football and a second came five minutes from half time when Harry Burns put Knobsy away and 1on1 he just got to the ball first and prodded home
The second half started well with Liam sending Jake clear – his shot was parried by the keeper and Damo was well placed to knock the rebound home. Many more chances were then created but only one converted. Again it was Damo on hand to pick up the scraps after Ash’s cross to Harry Smith fell loose
A good team performance however one player shone today – in the first half, there was a period before we scored the second that we needed to dig in and scrap as Lowlands fought back. Damo made a number of awesome challenges and put himself about well. In the second half Damo demonstrated his natural ability to be in the right place at the right time, on two occasions. Easily bagging the majority of votes for Players player of the match
Photo – Damo with a ‘don’t argue’ to win the ball
Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 20/09/2020
BMFC 17.1: 0
Penrith Rovers FC: 2
BMFC Goal Scorers:
Player of the Match: Coach’s – Aidy
Match Report: The rain came in the night before and was still coming down when we arrived early at Parker Street. The ref was happy to go ahead and play, so game on
A tight first half, with Rovers more in the ascendency. Not much was created at either end though. Five before half time a dubious corner was conceded and from this the ball bobbled around in the six yard box and was poked home
After this we got on top and started to play much better football. Harry Burns dribbled through from midfield and as the defenders backed off to mark their man Harry was able to get a shot away – just wide. The good play continued in the second half but we just couldn’t find an opening – the closest was possibly a header from Luke from a corner that went wide
We conceded a second with 20 minutes to go. Chasing the game we changed the shape to 3-4-3. The boys pushed Rovers back but could not create a clear cut opening – Rovers hit us on the counterattack but the back three at this stage of Brayden, Sam and Aidy did exceptionally well to repel
Coach’s pick for player of the match to team Captain Aidy who fought for everything. When things are not going your way, inspirational effort from the Captain that didn’t go unnoticed
A tough day and tightens the top of the league right up as we come into the final four games of the season
Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 13/09/2020
BMFC O35.1: 4
Werrington FC: 3
BMFC Goal Scorers: Sem, JB, The Gaffer
Player of the Match: The Gaffer
Match Report: With depleted numbers, we entertained Werrington
I missed the opening half hour, getting my socially distanced photo done with the 17’s but score updates were coming in from those around me – 1-0 Werrington, 1 all, 2-1 Werrington
I was told Mark Sem raced through, scored but instead of his usual Alan Shearer-Esque outstretched arm above the head celebration, his hand went the other way, to the back of his leg – hammy gooone …
1-2 at half time. Paulie is probably the best header of a ball in our team. The Gaffer decided to give Paul some advice – when a cross comes in, head the ball down – it does look good when a header flys in the top corner but this keeper is saving them. Head it down
Two minutes into the second half and Tolly whips in a cross from the right & guess what? Paulie arrives, heads the ball down and into the net. Coaching Master Class from The Gaffer
A few moments later we took the lead when JB steered what I believe was another Tolly cross past the keeper
Werrington equalised when a long range shot was deflected and wrong footed Our Kev
Plenty more chances came and went – a strike from the edge of the box both from Zap coming very close. I found myself chasing balls (I look like The Tin Man when running apparently) regularly, into what is now known as ‘Cobra Corner’
Who then could take their chance and find a winner?
Cometh the hour cometh The Gaffer. A loose ball in the box following Thor’s cross sat up perfectly for Marty to welly it, like Roy of the Rovers, past the keeper and into the net. Rolling back the years
Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 13/09/2020
BMFC 17.1: 4
Penrith FC: 1
BMFC Goal Scorers: Finn (2), Liam (pen), Ash
Player of the Match: Players Player – Finn
Match Report: Finn was given a run up front and produced two goals in the first fifteen minutes. The first came after two minutes when Harry Burns made a surging run forward from midfield, passing to Harry Smith, who played Finn in behind the last defender to knock neatly past the oncoming keeper
The second came after Jacob got to the left by-line and pulled the ball back, in the air, for Finn to control an awkward volley well into the top corner
Off a corner Brayden took a boot to the head and the boys appealed for the free kick – not given – and a Penrith player took full advantage of the momentary pause, lobbing Eli with a cross come shot
Just before half time, a hand ball was given in the box and Liam stepped up to take the penalty and calmly put it away for 3-1
The second half saw us create a lot of opportunities – Finn missing out on his hat trick three minutes into the half when Ash whipped in a super cross from the left that just sat up at the wrong height for Finn and the ball went over
We did get one more goal – Jacob getting away up front on the break, the ball came to Ash who belted it home with his left foot
Another good team performance, playing good possession and sharp passing football
Finn picked up Players Player this week – making the most of his opportunity at centre forward
Photo – Goalkeeper Eli rises like a salmon to catch the ball
Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 06/09/2020
BMFC 17.1: 2
Jamisontown FC: 0
BMFC Goal Scorers: Ash, Liam
Player of the Match: Coach’s – Knobsy
Match Report: Glorious weather for Fathers Day and a mid-morning game at The Sack. First time this season on the show court and it was looking in schmick condition
The boys donned the alternate kit to ensure no clash with the opposition, Andy remarking the shirts looked really good on the lads
The first 10 minutes Jamo came at us hard and we had to defend, which we did well. No clear cut chances but plenty of pressure was soaked up by the starting back line of Brayden, Sam, Knobsy & Luke. Eli catching and covering well in behind
The next 20 minutes the boys put on some of the best football we have played all year. Possession was valued; a number of chances created. Aidy had a half chance in the box but hit his shot wide; Sam made a driving run forward from the back and hit a long range shot well that just went over. We took the lead at the 20 minute mark when Jacob put Ash just in behind the defence and from just inside the 18 yard box Ash unleashed a pile driver off his lethal left boot that hit the back of the net before the keeper had a chance to move
Liam and Harry Burns had a good hold of the centre of midfield; Luke, at CDM, defended well and took his opportunity to burst through the midfield into attack – getting one shot away that was not far off target. It was good to watch – Finn, Jacob, Aidy, Damo and Harry Smith all heavily involved
After 30 minutes Harry Burns made a run out of centre mid and was brought down some 25 yards out. Liam hit the free kick well and the power and trajectory beat the keeper
Second half and more of the same but we couldn’t find the back of the net. The closest we came was when Ash hit a free kick which found Luke in the box – his snap shot hitting the outside of the post. We didn’t concede though which is almost as important as scoring!
Martin and Damo both shined in the second half in midfield, attacking roles – really influencing the flow of the game
Super team performance – everyone played well today. Luke & Sam excellent at the back and both made driving runs forward on numerous occasions which I love to see. Brayden was relatable as ever at sweeper. Knobsy was the Coach’s choice for player of the match – although prefers to play in a more attacking role will always play in the back line for the good of the team when asked. Pace, read of the game, timely challenges and distribution were all on show today and rewarded with a clean sheet for the team. Well played Knobs!