Match Report – O35.1W – 02/06/2019

Match Report – O35.1W – Game Date: 02/06/2019

 

BMFC O35.1W: 4
vs
Richmond Ex-Servicemens SC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Skinner (2), Rusty, Felts

Player of the Match: Twelve of the bravest men you’ll ever meet

Match Report: After the complete mess the governing bodies made of staging the Europa League final in Baku it was hoped they had learnt their lesson. Alas, however, with the scheduling of the heroes in Whites next game only hours after a beer festival, it is clear that they have not.

Due to injuries and visa problems the chartered flight to the backwaters of NSW was lightly occupied. 12 brave souls stepped out onto the tarmac at the RAAF base, greeting by a throng of fans who up until now had only seen their heroes on the tv.

The line up revealed one very noticeable change to the most in form team in the competition, with player/coach Dre deciding that he was a bit cold and so wanted to wear the gloves and Bruce Grobbelaar pants to keep warm, confidence was high.

After an early pitch inspection Andy decided it wasn’t up to standard so set off to Knapsack to warm up, he made it back just in time for kickoff, which was lucky as he was one of only 3 “fit” players available.

The game seemed to start at a frantic pace and it appeared the opposition had 30 players on the field and playing with 5 balls, but that could have just been me.

As to be expected from a team full of dynamic, creative individuals, the chances soon began to flow for the Whites. Everyone was keen to get a sighter on goal, but as seems to be the case when teams play the Whites, Henry the Octopus had turned out for them in goals.

Just when it seemed it was going to be one of those days, the ball fell to Skinner in the box and with a quick spin and shot it was 1-0 to the Whites. The Sixpence he turned on is still laying on the ground. Going from the sublime to horrible he then proceeded to miss possibly the easiest chance he will ever get, what a waste of money indeed.

The only real threat to the Whites goal in the first half was cleaned up by the combination of Dre and Ads using what seemed to be a ancient mating dance from Uruguay, leaving Dre with two new dimples on his forehead. He has always been a tea man over coffee.

Halftime had the massage tables full and the physios working overtime to try and get 11 players back out for the second half. The next 45mins was going to need a Herculean effort. The Spartans had their 300, Blue Mountains had this lot.

Spurred on by their vocal fans, the home team started the strongest in the second half. The defensive line of Dirty, G, Macca and Andy were holding strong and Dre was only really troubled once with a fine low save.

Whites fans nerves were settled not long after when Ghost and Skinner combined better than Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore at the potters wheel to create something beautiful.
2-0 to the Whites

Rod was trying everything to get on the scoresheet, always in good positions, wearing the toe out of his boots. Anth and Rusty spent the entire half as if they were competing for the WWE Tag Team Championship, doing everything to make sure the full 11 players stayed on the pitch.

The game was put to bed when Rusty Beckham stepped up from what will surely be 40yards by the end of the season to curl in an absolute screamer.
3-0 to the Whites

G, feeling a bit charitable, decided he was being left behind in the fines and found a way to pick up a booking from nowhere, then tried to hide it, hoping everyone was too busy watching some animal cruelty.

With 10mins to go Felts had finally come down from the high of Spurs “Putting the pressure on” (DVD available soon) to brilliantly head home at the far post from an absolute peach of a cross from Ads. The quality of the cross led to Ads to immediately sub himself off as he knew it wasn’t going to get any better than that.

And so the game finished 4-0 to the Whites in what Gary Neville described as “a season defining 3 points.” As players come back to full fitness, or stop being soft, this is a team that no one will want to play in the semis.

Match Report – O35.1W – 26/05/2019

Match Report – O35.1W – Game Date: 26/05/2019

 

BMFC O35.1W: 2
vs
St Marys SC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Skinner, Felts

Player of the Match: The Referee

Match Report: It was the early Sunday kickoff for the Whites this week, football really is being ruined by all this tv money and the way they can dictate kickoff times. The team bus was met by the usual horde of kids looking for autographs and photos from their heroes.

There was early drama when the kitman realised that he had left Anth’s boots back at the training ground and the rush was on to find some size 4’s for the big man to fit into. A ripple of concerned murmurs began to make its way through the steadily growing crowd as news spread that local boy Crussell was set to miss the game due to failing a late fitness test with a sore heartlige. There would be no substitutes.

Kickoff occurred in almost pitch black darkness as the sun was still hours away from showing itself. Blue Mountains started strong and forced St Mary’s onto the back foot with the midfield trio of Ads, G and Rod running the show nicely.

It wasn’t long before the chances started to flow with Felts going close and Skinner doing his best audition for a job in the Coles butchery. The crowd started singing “what a waste of money”, they were growing restless, but it wouldn’t last long.

The breakthrough came after some good link up play between G and Felts allowed G to get to the byline and dink a lovely ball to the back post leaving Skinner the simple task of side-footing a volley in from an almost impossible angle, 1 nil to the Whites.

That seemed to wake St Mary’s up and the Whites rearguard of Dirty, Macca, JB and Andy found themselves with plenty to do. The constant waves of pressure were beaten back brilliantly and anything that did get past was handled with ease by Steve Buffon.

Some bloke had a shot, 1 all.

As the first half drew to a close Anth decided that the fines kitty was looking a bit low and decided to provide a hefty deposit by forgetting how to throw the ball in properly, love your work.

The halftime team talk was a rousing one from Dre, interrupted occasionally by one of us having to direct a lady spectator to the toilet entry. Dre’s message was simple, he had 99 problems but a sub wasn’t one.

The second half was an end to end battle with each team having chances to take the lead. One side in particular was definitely running away with the “fouls conceded” and “arguing with the official” score line.

The game was turned on it’s head with 15 minutes to go when a defence splitting through ball from G allowed Skinner to go through on goal only to by scythed down by the desperate goal keeper. Stonewall penalty and great concern for the well being of the striker. Madness followed as the opposition and referee spent the next 10 minutes debating the current financial climate in the South East Asian region. Peace was found and Felts was allowed to smash the ball home to give the Whites a deserved 2-1 lead.

A frantic final 10 minutes followed with a backs against the wall super human effort from the Blue Mountains boys keeping St Marys to only a couple of half chances. All accomplished with only 10 men on the field as Anth succumb to the humiliation of his foul throw and went off. The final whistle was blown and the crowd was sent into raptures as they knew their team was well on their way to Wembley, I mean Jamison.

Match Report – 16.1 – 25/05/2019

Match Report – 16.1 – Game Date: 25/05/2019

 

BMFC 16.1: 8
vs
Glenmore Park FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan (3), Millsy, Martin, Harry, Damo, Alex Win

Player of the Match: Harry

Match Report: A defensive structure that we have implemented over the last few weeks has so far paid dividends

In attack, in the first half, we created numerous opportunities but just couldn’t find the net. Harry was very creative in the attacking modified role and had a hand in a lot of the good work. The only only goal came off an Ash corner, drilled in, which Millsy, up from the back got to and fired in. Glenmore Park troubled us at times through the middle but the defensive midfield team of Max, Jake and Martin worked well together to limit the opposition to long range shots

Half time focus was to vary the attack – shorten up the passes and play through and not always over the opposition. This insight was provided by our goalkeeper Eli – again demonstrating his great read of the game

In the second half we were put under pressure for the first 10 or so minutes but held firm. Martin then struck a glorious 20 yarder as the ball was cleared from an attack and this goal proved the one to open the floodgates. The last 20 minutes we created a lot of chances and this time the goals came courtesy of Ethan (3), Damo, Alex Win and his first goal in the league for his new club and team to Harry

Eli made a super save at 7-0 from which we went down the other end and scored – the defensive effort today laid the platform for what was ultimately a convincing win

Both Alex Win and Harry were excellent in the attacking midfield role today. Harry gets the nod for player of the week from his team mates and coach – well played Harry

State Cup Match Report – O35.1B – 19/05/2019

State Cup Match Report – O35.1B – Game Date: 19/05/2019

 

BMFC O35.1B: 4
vs
Select club: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Chicken (3), Zap

Player of the Match: Played superb on the wing – Chicken

Match Report: State Cup v Greystanes

Ah the romance of the Cup! We set off bright and early for our home game, at Auburn, against Greystanes. Far too early as it turned out with the game before us running late and then going to Golden Goal to decide the contest (Paul, you owe half the team $5 each as the yellow team won)

Cobra negotiated the extra admin involved with a State Cup game well. It was the first time the player cards had been utilised and oh dear, some of the player photos more resemble a police line up than fighting fit footballers – see below

Pre-match warm up saw The Dentist nut meg Prince Archie at least 3 times – ‘come on, come on ‘ave it’ was Archie’s cry as he steamed in to make the tackle followed by ‘cor blimey guvnor’ as The Dentist did him like a kipper once again

We noticed Greystanes had a much larger, well chiseled version of our own Thor and all hoped we didn’t have to mark him

Finally game time arrived and with the players all hanging around the centre circle the referee and two linesmen in shiny new bright red shirts strided out from the club house, past all the players and across to the far side line. About turn, shoulder width apart, then strided back across to the centre spot. Very official officials

The game itself we largely controlled. Greystanes were reduced to long range efforts in the first half, Double Fist untroubled. Captain Marvel split the defence with a ball through to Chicken who plucked the ball away from the on coming keeper and into the net. Before half time Mark Sem beat one of Greystanes ‘SC’s’ and passed onto Chicken running through on goal – poultry in motion – two nil

In the second half, Chicken rose high to a cross to peck home his hat trick. Zap joined in, nodding in a fourth from a super Brad cross. Greystanes pulled one back but we’d done more than enough and through to the next round and hopefully a lucrative home fixture for the club to swell its canteen coffers

Match Report – O35.1W – 19/05/2019

Match Report – O35.1W – Game Date: 19/05/2019

 

BMFC O35.1W: 5
vs
Springwood United FC: 2

BMFC Goal Scorers: Felts(3), Ghost, Ads

Player of the Match: The weather

Match Report: 9am kick off and plenty of absences through injury, fatigue, misadventure, holiday and honeymoon saw just 12 of us on the sheet – Hughsey a welcome addition from Fridays giving us the all important 1 sub.

Felts got the nod to play striker, with the risk of being demoted to left back if he didnt break his duck before Skinner returns.

We knocked the ball around well from the start, Felts working a nice 1-2 with Andy and rising to the occassion to finally break his duck – left back avoided for another week.

Felts soon on his second and then playing Ghost through to also break his respective duck. Up 3-0 heading into halftime, with the backline holding firm and Steve making a couple of nice saves to maintain our lead.

A good first half only marred by a potential sniper (yet to be confirmed) taking out Dre’s hammy…although it was clearly weakened following a truly awful 1st time cultured lob attempt earlier.

Down to 11, with the recruitment of Hughsey on loan now a managerial masterstroke.

Springwood got on the scoresheet first in the second half, but Rod put Ads through not long after and Andy combined again with Felts for his hat-trick.  Steve also had a blinder, stopping a handful of point blank attempts.

A few other things we learned:
    *Ads to never take a free kick again
    *Beer soothes Cranky
    *Dirty is still clearly fearful of earning a fine for foul throws
    *Akin to the multi-academy award winning film – Mighty Ducks – this rag-tag bunch of misfits are working their way up the ladder, now somehow sitting 4th.

Match Report – 16.1 – 18/05/2019

Match Report – 16.1 – Game Date: 18/05/2019

 

BMFC 16.1: 2
vs
Penrith Rovers FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan, Og

Player of the Match: Max

Match Report: Team photo day and the boys donned their beanies as has become the tradition, to remember their mate Connor (editor’s note: it’s lovely that we all get to see the annual ‘beanie’ photo – nice one, team)!

We then travelled out to Rovers for a top of the table clash with both teams having won all of their games so far

Defence first had been our focus in the last two games and it had worked well so we kept that same structure

We were under the pump off the whistle but we gained control after a few minutes. Max won the ball at left back and released Ash early. Ash got to the bye line and pulled his cross back which the retreating defender unluckily hit into his own net. The first goal was always going to be important and so it proved

In the second half it was more of the same with back four of Alex Win, Millsy, Max and Sam aided by Jake and Martin in central defensive midfield roles soaking up the pressure, backing each other up and keeping Rovers at bay. Eli did have to make one brilliant diving save on the one occasion a chance was worked in the box

Upfront Aidy was linking defence into attack superbly in his attacking midfield role. Harry worked tirelessly down the right in the first half and then Damo replaced him. Damo won numerous headers against boys much taller than him, showing great determination

With a few minutes remaining we doubled our lead and secured the points with Ethan getting around the last defender and shooting past the oncoming keeper

A brilliant team performance against a very good opponent. Players player of the match went to Max – Max has been superb the last couple of games against tough opponents – handling the player he marked well and getting forward to help in attack

Match Report – 16.1 – 16/05/2019

Match Report – 16.1 – Game Date: 16/05/2019

 

BMFC 16.1: 2
vs
Penrith RSL SC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan, Ash

Player of the Match: Jake

Match Report: A night game playing the team that edged us late in the grand final last season

We made a good start with Jake & Martin winning lots of 50/50 ball in midfield and on one occasion Jake did this and put Ethan away to fire home from just inside the box

Not too much later we doubled the lead. This time Jake’s throw in found its way to Ash in the box and he drilled it past the keeper from a tight angle

Max, who loves a night game, was getting forward well from the back and had a number of shots – one of these hit the bar

On the other side at the back, Keastie was doing a great job. In fact we looked solid right across the back line reducing the opposition to long range shots and any balls played through were well cleared

There were chances for both teams in the second half – Alex Crambrook had a header at the back post that went close. We had to defend well at times – a a scrambled clearance by both Millsy and Keastie most memorable

An excellent team performance. Max had a great game defending and getting forward. Jake though for Coach’s and Players man of the match – was superb in central midfield – winning so much ball and creating chances too

Match Report – O35.1B – 12/05/2019

Match Report – O35.1B – Game Date: 12/05/2019

 

BMFC O35.1B: 8
vs
Glenmore Park FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Prince Archie (3), Thor, Mark S, Paul, JB

Player of the Match: JB

Match Report: Today we played Glenmore Park, who used to be Penrith FC until this year when the entire squad changed clubs

Talking of used to be, our cross dressing defender Pom, excitedly talked about Eurovision before the game, letting us all know to tune in next Saturday night. The Bearded Lady, as we all fondly refer to him, reminisced about his / her time in the spotlight at Eurovision 2016 (photo inset)

With only 16 able to go on the team sheet and mid week seemingly 18 available for selection, no one had answered any calls or texts received from the Gaffer. The majority chose to arrive early to ensure their spot. JB was a little later into the change rooms and Dave let JB know his place may be in doubt – it was pointed out that the rule does not apply to footballers

Highlights of the game were:

– We were called off side, a lot
– We created plenty and finished off some
– ‘Prince’ Archie notching a hat trick

Match Report – 16.1 – 11/05/2019

Match Report – 16.1 – Game Date: 11/05/2019

 

BMFC 16.1: 3
vs
Blaxland FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ash (2), Ethan

Player of the Match: Sam

Match Report: Derby day. Numbers had been a concern during the week with 4 injuries and only a squad of 13 but fortunately enough boys came good come Saturday

Keen to tighten ourselves defensively, even if meaning losing a bit offensively a structural change had been worked on at training and employed on game day

We made a quick start with Ash driving into the box on the left and shooting into the bottom corner for the opener. The remainder of the first half was fairly even – we had a couple of chances, particularly Ethan through one on one and putting his shot just wide

In the second half, we seemed to take control of the game and two further goals came – Sam providing a super through ball for Ethan to beat the goalie one on one and Ash driving into the box and rifling a bullet shot home

Eli was largely untroubled in goal. His distribution was excellent – one chipped goal kick to Martin out wide a stand out. Sam and Max defended well & both got forward a number of times with the central midfielders of Jake and Martin providing great cover. Harry was creative down the right and Aidan in the first and Alex Win in the second half provided and great link between defence and attack

Sam voted player of the match – always gives 100%, defends well, gets forward and created a goal today

Match Report – 6.Zebras – 04/05/2019

Match Report – 6.Zebras – Game Date: 04/05/2019

 

BMFC 6.Zebras
vs
BMFC 6.Wolves

Player of the Match: Harrison Gralton

Match Report: Another strong display this week by the Zebras, a performance that was matched by the opposition.

Both teams put in some serious effort in the pre-game training session and it showed with players out on their feet in the 2nd half.

A well-deserved player of the week went to Harry who week in, week out, puts in a huge effort, even if he doesn’t always get the desired results, well done mate!

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