Match Report – 16.2 – 05/05/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 05/05/2018

BMFC 16.2: 10
Henry Lawson FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Gus Langworthy (2), Aidan Monaco, Heath Stanners (2), Chris Cather, Zach Scoble, Robbie Churchill, Will Foreman and Lachlan Bowe.

Player of the Match: Will Foreman

Match Report: It was so good to be back home at Knapsack for our game against Henry Lawson.

Knapsack is looking magnificent after the tireless efforts of Dave and the committee to get the fields up to such a high standard, for the long term. Many thanks also to Sandy for her brilliant juggling of training spaces while Knapsack was out of commission. We can’t thank you all enough!

The boys were excited about being back on home turf (literally) and were definitely up for a determined effort this week.

We were off to a flying start through a very early fine goal from “Captain” Gus. We settled into our passing game extremely well and repelled some threatening attacks from Henry Lawson. Through fine team football, goals soon followed to Aidan, Heath, Gus again, a super shot from a fair distance out from Chris and then another to Heath. This gave us a half time lead of 6 nil with some near misses and some fine keeping from Robbie keeping a clean sheet.

We maintained momentum in the second half with goals to “Scooooobes”, Robbie who expertly slotted the ball home from the Penalty spot, Will Foreman and Lachlan Bowe off a fine corner from “Cassowary”. 8 different players scoring goals was a fine effort indeed and demonstrates the strength we have across the park.

The defence remained solid and disciplined to keep Henry Lawson at bay despite some strong attacking moves through their speedy forwards.

Lachlan “Cassowary” Jones and especially Sean “but not me” Higgins were unlucky not to capitalise on some well created chances.

Man of the Match goes to Will Foreman who was strong and determined in defense and distributed fine ball to his team mates. Gus had his finest game for a while and Heath was also a consistent threat.

Whilst the end result was perhaps not an indication of the true strength of the opposition, and the good football they played at times, it was great to see the boys make the most of their chances.

Match Report – 16.2 – 28/04/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 28/04/2018

BMFC 16.2: 3
Blaxland FC: 5

BMFC Goal Scorers: Lachlan Jones, Will Cooke, Aidan Monaco

Player of the Match: Heath Stanners

Match Report: After the two week break it was the local derby against the Redbacks, the competition leaders at this early stage. It turned out to be a high scoring affair.

Having taken the lead through a cracking free kick goal from Lachlan “Pelican” Jones, things looked promising. It was a thumping swerving free kick indeed! The goalie had no chance!

We had the better of the early play and put some pressure on the opposition through some good passing.

However, it soon became apparent that we were up against another level of competition and a team who were keen to win contested ball, which they did, more often than not. A couple of speedy and skilled forwards were making it difficult for our midfield and defence to keep them out. We didn’t have the time and space to work the ball out of our own half in the way we like to. There were glimpses of good movement of the ball that we are wanting to play but under pressure we didn’t gain any momentum and our play often broke down.

There were two penalties awarded against us, which were both converted by the Redbacks. They were deserved goals which were not scored against the run of play and challenge us to look at how we might better handle good through balls.

We did respond with two more fine goals of our own. A high quality free kick strike found the net directly off the boot of Will Cooke. Another cracking shot which was virtually impossible for the keeper to keep out! Aidan Monaco made a fine run down the left and slotted a well taken shot into the top of the net. His angled run was evidence of his determination to get into a good position to take a good shot on goal. Another terrific goal.

Heath Stanners was tireless in defence and attack and was all over the park, earning him man of the match honours. A high quality non-stop effort.

Blaxland were the better team on the day and certainly deserved the win. We were ‘flat’ and off our game. Not by any means at our best.

Success from set plays was our main highlight. Keeping our composure and energy levels high, when put under pressure, are our challenges to take out of this match.

I remain impressed by the way the boys display excellent sportsmanship at all times and keep their heads high when things are not going as well as we’d like. Good sporting and life lessons to hold onto. “Humble in victory and gracious in defeat” is a good motto to live by!

Looking forward to our next match already!

Match Report – 15.1 – 28/04/2018

Match Report – 15.1 – Game Date: 28/04/2018

BMFC 15.1: 3
Springwood: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan (3)

Player of the Match: Martin

Match Report: Second visit to Springwood in a month but this time the weather was much cooler so we got to play this time

A few away again so just one on the bench which was the returning Millsy from a hamstring strain

The boys were out of the blocks quickly with Ethan getting consecutive hat tricks, this one coming inside the first 25 minutes. The first was set up by a ball in behind the defence by Max, Ethan rounding the keeper. The second was a ball over Ethan’s shoulder running toward the edge of the 18 yard box which he hit sweetly on the volley past the oncoming keeper. The hat trick was completed with an instinctive shot from outside the box. A player very much in form

Springwood scored a great goal themselves from distance just before half time

The second half was more of an arm wrestle with not too many chances created. Eli tipped one effort from the edge of the box onto the bar

The rain belted down late in the second half and the coach was heard to say ‘perfect weather for football’

Our centre midfield of Max, Jake, Martin & Jacob was excellent today, winning a lot of ball

Martin was voted parents player of the week. Caption shows Martin in action

Match Report – O35.1 – 29/04/2018

Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 29/04/2018

BMFC O35.1: 8
Warradale FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Lowndsey (4), Brad (2), Sean, Og

Player of the Match: Brad

Match Report: A meeting of two different styles of football occurred on Sunday morning out by Warragamba Dam. We brought pass and move, Warradale brought kick and chase. Each team had their own interpretation of the other’s – Brad and Sean were both referred to as netballers during the game and when a free kick was taken incorrectly by Warradale, Paul’s subtle call of ‘Let them feed it again ref’ was heard by few and lost on many

Paul was given a run upfront, for 10 minutes, before Marty removed him for being Mr Cranky and later placed him safely back in the defensive line where he was far more destructive joining the attack and setting up a goal for Lowndsey

Lowndsey bagged plenty; there was another terrific finish, by an opposing defender into his own net (that’s two in two weeks); Sean leapt salmon-like to head in off the underside of the bar at the near post from a corner; Brad buried two screamers late on to silence the baying crowd and top off a player of the match performance in his first game back this season

After the game Sean went home and told his wife about the netball sledge and said maybe that is the game for him – the outfit fits after all

Pre-Loved Boots

Pre-Loved Boots

If you have any pre-loved football/soccer boots that that are still in good condition but are of no further use to you, then please consider donating them to the club’s Boot Bin!  Boots are made available to our players, for free … and there are plenty of people who do annual swaps of boots each season.

Match Report – 15.1 – 21/04/2018

Match Report – 15.1 – Game Date: 21/04/2018

BMFC 15.1: 5
St Clair United SC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan (3), Alex C, David

Player of the Match: Alex C

Match Report: School holidays and injuries depleted our numbers again so for the second week in a row David was kind enough to help us out

With an early morning start for sleepy teenagers, it is always an anxious opening few minutes to see if everyone is switched on – they were; Martin, Max & Jacob worked hard to win the important midfield battle. At the back, Captain Jake was paired with Alex L in the heart of defence with the usual pairing of Millsy & Aidy unavailable & played well together for the first time there

Our first goal came when Alex C took a quick corner that came back out to him. Alex is a natural left footer so to see him hit a ball with his right from the edge of the box and fly into the bottom corner was awesome!

Ethan added a second after Alex C tee’d him up and David made it three with a sharp finish in a crowded box. St Clair pulled one back just prior to half time with a great individual run & finish

Ethan was chopped down in the box early in the second half & with regular penalty taker Aidy away Damo grabbed the ball – hitting the target but a little too close to the keeper who saved well

Ethan got two more to complete his hat-trick and throughout the game we played some super football & created a lot of chances

Keastie & Sam were solid as rocks in the two book end positions of right and left back; Eli made a couple of great saves when called upon and his distribution was excellent; James bombed up and down the right wing getting crosses in

Player of the week though to Alex C for a really great all round game

Match Report – 16.2 – 14/04/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 14/04/2018

BMFC 16.2: 3
Springwood United FC Inc: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Billy Moar (3)

Player of the Match: Aidan Monaco

Match Report: It was a warm and windy afternoon at Summerhayes Park for our clash with an under strength Springwood who had no subs, compared to our three.

With Zach Kingsford away on school camp and Greg “Supercoach” Bowe away on other family commitments, it was time for one and all to step up, and step up the boys did!

From the outset it was a tremendous team effort, putting into practice the positive team structure and football Greg has guided us towards playing. Excellent possession football. Fine positional play and covering of each other. Consistent winning of contested ball. Composure in defence. Determination in attack.

Our passing game built pressure and momentum and led to a hat trick of goals for Billy Moar who made the most of his opportunity to have a run up front. His speed and determination were too much for the opposition to handle.

Special mentions go to Will Foreman who was fast and strong in the midfield, Luke Doughty who made some terrific incisive runs from defence, Zach “Scoooooobes” Scoble who distributed the ball forward superbly when under pressure and Heath Stanners who dominated the middle of the park in attack.

Much to his surprise, Robbie Churchill was given a chance to have a run. As he does when keeping, he was full of energy and creativity and was unlucky not to snatch a goal for himself!

Aidan Monaco earned Man of the Match honours on the back of numerous fine attacking runs down the left side, as well as some excellent defensive work. His skill on the ball and decision making were outstanding.

Making the most of our corners and using both sides of the field to create space (even when the wind pushes us to one side) are two areas for improvement we can work.

The most pleasing aspect of this very good win was perhaps how much the boys enjoyed playing skilful team football.

It was a fine performances across the park this week, which gives us a fabulous basis to build upon in the coming weeks.

Match Report – O35.1 – 15/04/2018

Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 15/04/2018

BMFC O35.1: 10
Hazelbrook FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Suarez (3), Lowndsey (2), JB (2), Iceman (pen), OG (2)

Player of the Match: JB

Match Report: With almost half the team away, 10 of us travelled up the hill to a blustery Lawson Oval.

Our opponents only had 6 available players but were able to borrow 5 from the other 35’s team playing prior to get 11 on the park. An interesting loophole in this years 35’s competition as the Hazo team playing prior were actually the div 2 team from last year (we were playing the div 3 team from last year in our game). Everyone was happy as we got to play a game.

Despite only having 10 we played with intensity from the off and were three up mid way through the first half thanks to a quick corner between Cobra & Greenie feeding JB on the edge of the box to slot home; a JB cross that was powerfully headed home, by a Hazo player and a super finish with his left peg from Lowndsey.

At half time Marty was so happy with the way we were playing he said there would be no changes to the current line up – Management genius.

Playing with the wind in the second half it was important to get our shots on target otherwise we’d have to wait 5 minutes for the ball to be retrieved (the spare ball was being used as a foot rest by one of the spectators who was loathed to give it up).

A glut of goals came mid way through the half as Hazo tired – Suarez bagging a hat trick – a bullet header and stealing one off Sean the Sheep included. Lowndsey & JB doubled their bounty for the day. Iceman rolled a penalty in as only he can & the Hazo keeper scored a bizarre own goal – attempting to clear a back pass under pressure from JB he hoiked the ball skywards, the wind caught it & it bounced backwards into the net.

Lowndsey was denied a hat trick – he claimed it was the hand of God that aided him scoring it. Gouda was the just reward.

Match Report – 8.White – 14/04/2018

Match Report – 8.White – Game Date: 14/04/2018

BMFC 8.White:
Blaxland FC:

BMFC Goal Scorers: William Wood – 1 Goal, Eloise Bland – 2 Goals

Player of the Match: Eloise Bland

Match Report: A great team effort by BMFC U/8 White this week against Blaxland Red. The first half was tightly contested with some end to end running by both teams. The goal keeping duo of Ari Rowland and Finn Story made it hard for Blaxland to score. They were supported by solid defence from Eden Bell, Lachlan Perrin and Felix Mossman. The solid defence allowed the forwards to make good runs to the opposition half where Brax Newton, Eloise Bland and William Woods kept the defenders and goalkeepers busy. It was a great improvement from previous games, they keep getting better each week.
It was a spirited effort by both teams and an enjoyable game to watch.

Match Report – 16.2 – 07/04/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 07/04/2018

BMFC 16.2: 1
Colo Soccer FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Gus Langworthy

Player of the Match: Zach “Scooooobes” Scoble

Match Report: It’s great to be back for season 2018. A big thank you to all on the BMFC Committee for the tremendous work you have all done in preparing for the season, especially Sandy who has done an amazing job of helping us find training facilities to use. We can’t thank you all enough! [BMFC Editor’s Note: You’re welcome].

After putting in strong trial game performances against Blaxland 16/2’s and BMFC 15/1’s, we travelled to Cougar Park for our first match of the season proper.

With yours truly absent on refereeing duties for the start of the game it was left to Captain Gus and “Super Coach” Greg to get the boys ready to take the field. It turned out to be a good tactic as the boys hit the ground running!

We quickly settled into playing fine team football. Moving the ball about with skill and good awareness saw us take control of the game early. Impressive switches and fine passing were the order of the day. It really was impressive football!

With instructions to “have a shot if you get a sniff at goal”, Sean, Heath and Gus all unloaded with fine shots! Lachlan “Eric” Jones tried to convert a half chance via a rabona but it didn’t end so well! Great to see Eric being creative and giving it a go though!

Our first goal of the season was a fine controlled effort from Gus who cut through the defence, positioned himself well and slotted the ball expertly past the keeper!

Despite continuing to play good football we were unable to grab another goal. A late goal to Colo motivated us to really push forward but the final result remained a solid 1-1 draw.

We took the opportunity in our first game to try some players in different positions which meant we probably lost a bit of shape at times but this will stand us in good stead as the season progresses.

“Scoooooobes” earned Man of the Match honours with some fine defensive work and deft passing from the back. He had it on a string!!

He was well backed up by fine performances from Gus, Chris, Will Foreman and Will Cooke. Billy also played very well in his first full time game back with this group of boys. It’s great to have you back!

The final score was perhaps not a true reflection of the quality of football played by each team but that’s how football goes sometimes.

It was a really positive first up effort with many good signs of things to come. The boys seemed to thoroughly enjoy playing fine team football. It’s going to be another terrific season!