Match Report – 15.1 – 28/07/2018

Match Report – 15.1 – Game Date: 28/07/2018

BMFC 15.1: 4
Wentworth Falls FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Alex L, Ethan, Millsy, Dom

Player of the Match: Jacob

Match Report: Final home game of the regular season and a number of players returning from holiday and injury

Knowing only a win would give us an outside chance of the title going into the final week, playing the team coming last, on paper, seemed a straightforward task. Having played Wentworth Falls earlier in the season had demonstrated they were a far more dangerous opponent than their position suggested

In the first half we played some good football, keeping the ball well and creating chances. Alex C won the ball down the left and played Alex L in and his shot shot across keeper went in the bottom corner

We kept Wentworth Falls pinned back for most of the half but when they went forward they created chances. Eli made two brilliant saves and then one shot skimmed the bar. Eli was finally beaten by a ball across the box that no one cut out and it went in.

So, as per the first game with them, we were level at half time. Motivation was easy…noting a number of the Rovers boys had come to watch us, I asked my boys if they wanted to give them the title by losing at home in front of them. Coaching is easy sometimes…

The second half started well with Millsy heading in Alex L’s corner – see photo. Max hit one from centre midfield and goal poach Ethan tapped the well saved rebound in. Jacob jinked past his opponent in midfield and laid off to Dom in space and he hit a pile driver into the top corner from outside the box

Player of the match Jacob. Really dominant in midfield, unlocking the opposition defence a number of times

So for the second season in a row it all comes down to the last game of the season between us and Rovers. This year Rovers are in the box seat needing just a draw – we have to win and hope. Good luck Todd and Danny

Match Report – 16.2 – 21/07/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 21/07/2018

BMFC 16.2: 4
Hazelbrook FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Billy Moar (2), Heath Stanners (2)

Player of the Match: Will Foreman

Match Report: For the final match of the competition rounds we headed up to Lawson Oval to take on our long running rivals, Hazelbrook. It is always a fine contest and today proved to be no different. Second place on the ladder was up for grabs. Hazo needed to win whilst a draw or better would see us hold onto second spot.

After a ‘little hiccough’ with the jerseys by yours truly, it was through the tremendous co-operation and sportsmanship of Hazo manager, coach and ground official, that we were able to take the field 15 minutes late wearing the Hazelbrook away jerseys!! The game was reduced to 30 minute halves and the boys on both teams had been very patient.

We dominated pretty much from the first whistle. It was a fine well deserved win! Our only flat period was immediately after the half time break. (What does that say about the coach’s ability to impart some wise advice to the boys?)

Fine team passing and possession football had Hazo running around in circles, sometimes literally! Billy scored a fine goal to get us under way and followed up with a second goal early in the second half. A fine header off an excellent corner from Heath.

Heath scored two goals of his own in the second half whilst he was unlucky not to get a hat trick, preferring instead to hit the post with a wide open goal at his mercy! Lachie Bowe had a good chance as well, only to forget which game he was playing and sending it sailing over the cross bar!

Chris was once again strong in the middle of the park, Heath played a fine game and stand-in Captain ‘Scooooooobes’ was rock solid in Robbie’s absence. Man of the Match honours went to Will Foreman who dominated the midfield and won a lot of contested ball. His ball distribution was excellent, often setting us up in positive attacking positions.

The result gives us the opportunity to set up a Final against local rivals Blaxland, who can be beaten. First things first though. We’ll need to beat Colo at home and Springwood at ‘our other home’ to make the final. Both have been strong competitors so we’ll need to be up for both games! The return of Gus and Robbie will add to our strength and confidence. It’s going to be an exciting next phase of the Competition.

Match Report – 15.1 – 21/07/2018

Match Report – 15.1 – Game Date: 21/07/2018

BMFC 15.1: 2
Penrith RSL SC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Alex L, OG

Player of the Match: Damo

Match Report: Holidays and injuries depleted us again so a final borrow of Jos in goal and David in centre midfield allowed us to get a full team on the pitch

Although winter it was fairly warm come the middle of the day kick off

The boys started really well, Jake, Dom & David winning the all important centre of midfield battle. We won a free kick which Alex L whipped in with his left foot and the ball was deflected by an RSL defender into his own net. Five minutes later Jake won a header from an RSL goal kick which sat up nicely for Alex L to have a shot that looped in over the keeper from outside the box

As the half wore on RSL started to come back into it and you could feel a goal was coming – it did and the score was 2-1 at half time

It was a case of telling the boys how well they had played in the first half and urging them to fight hard and overcome the exhaustion which I could see was going to be a factor as the second half wore on

There were not many chances for either side in the second half – the best falling to RSL but Jos made a brilliant save low to his right and Keastie cleaned up and cleared to deny the follow up. The boys played smart football, kept their structure and organisation together despite clearly tiring

An excellent win, everyone had a good game. Player of the match to Damo – carried out my instruction to stay wide, challenged for every ball and with ball at feet found the right pass pretty much every time. Well played Damo

Match Report – O35.1 – 15/07/2018

Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 15/07/2018

BMFC O35.1: 6
Hazelbrook FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Lowndsey (4, 1 pen), Paul, Ipswich

Player of the Match: Lowndsey

Match Report: After the coldest night of the year we were lucky enough to play Hazo, away, at 9am. Oddly though the temperature gauge went up not down as we travelled up the mountain

Depleted numbers, though it was a pleasant surprise to see Skippy back after a month away at the World Cup. Skip was literally just itching, to play

With Kev away with his brother and our Gaffer Dunny sipping the good stuff in the Hunter Valley we called upon the second best keeper in the league, Zap, to take the gloves

A good start saw us two up early courtesy of Lowndsey following in Thor’s shot and Paul heading in a cross

Skippy was having a good game – there was something very infectious about Skip and the way he was playing

We extended the lead almost straight from the second half kickoff as Lowndsey was up ended in the brown ice rink which was the penalty box in the shade. With Tolly away, the honours went to the next on the list of penalty takers, which happened to be Lowndsey himself – calmly slotted away – good luck getting the responsibility back off him next time Tolly!

One more for Lowndsey and one for Ipswich sealed the win, with a welcome clean sheet as well

Photo – Skippy at the World Cup

Match Report – 15.1 – 14/07/2018

Match Report – 15.1 – Game Date: 14/07/2018

BMFC 15.1: 6
Penrith FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan (2), Aidy, Eli, Dom, Millsy

Player of the Match: Jake

Match Report: A pitch with frost on it greeted us for the early kick off at Jamo. Four out, so Jos kindly played up again and in goal so we had one sub

We were on top, possession wise, early but didn’t create too much – an Ethan header going wide from a Jake corner the best chance. Penrith exerted some pressure and we paid for not clearing well enough with a tap in at the far post. We hit back quickly – Aidy’s penalty hitting the post but good scrap by Ethan and Aidy on the rebound seeing the latter fire in the equaliser. We created lots more chances before half time – Jake’s free kick put away by Aidy but adjudged offside. Right on half time Jake put Eli, having a game outfield, away down the right and his perfect cross was put away by Ethan

The second half saw us continue to create chances but now they started to find the net – a Millsy header off Jake’s corner; Dom and Eli both poaching in the box and Ethan tapping in after Eli’s shot was saved

A convincing win, with three players scoring their first of the season. Max was superb at right back; Keastie returned from injury and was solid at left back. Jacob and Damo were both their usual creative selves in the attacking third. Jos made some great saves – in the first half particularly when the game was in the balance. Alex C was up and down the left wing all game

Player of the match Jake who has been the dominant central midfielder in the last two games and was at the heart of everything positive we did today – a real leader and a great talker on the pitch

Match Report – 16.2 – 14/07/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 14/07/2018

BMFC 16.2: 7
Henry Lawson FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Billy Moar (3), Lachlan Bowe, Sean Higgins, Aidan Monaco, Robbie Churchill

Player of the Match: Lachlan “Stewie” Jones

Match Report: It was back to Knapsack for the penultimate game of the season proper. To avoid a clash of colours we donned the purple away strip, much to the delight of the boys, especially “The Cassowary” who was thrilled to morph into a purple people eater!

With Will Cooke and Gus away on holidays we needed to do some shuffling of positions for another clash with Henry Lawson. Jacob Hunter was given the captaincy and responded well to this added responsibility. He defended Henry Lawson’s best forward with skill and composure.

Through patient passing and possession football we were able to build some pressure resulting in a good finish to Billy for the first of a hat trick of fine goals. His third hat trick of the season. He was challenged to step up in Gus’ absence and step up he did! Lachlan Bowe put away a fine goal to give us a 2-0 lead at half time.

Our passing game clicked up another gear in the second half and the boys were rewarded with another 5 goals. Two more goals to Billy, one to Aidan, the first of the year for Sean (now I can get some sleep!) and one for Robbie who was given a run out on the field late in the game. “Captain Jacob” was desperately unlucky not to grab a goal.

Lachlan “Stewie” Jones grabs Man of the Match playing his best game of the season so far. During his ‘match commentary’ on the way home in the car he claimed he set up all seven goals even though he was off the field for one of them! (He didn’t really say that but you wouldn’t put it past him!) He did have the ball on the string from his corners and it is fair to say he was heavily involved in 6 of the 7 goals.

Will Foreman and Chris were again rock solid in the midfield and Zach “Scoooooobes” Scoble played a fine game in defence.

A big effort at training on Tuesday and Thursday is necessary to fully prepare for the fight for second place clash with Hazo next Saturday morning.

Match Report – 16.2 – 08/07/2018

Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 08/07/2018

BMFC 16.2: 2
Henry Lawson FC: 0

BMFC Goal Scorers: Gus Langworthy (2)

Player of the Match: Gus Langworthy

Match Report: It was a glorious Sunday morning for our Round 9 catch up match verses Henry Lawson. With the disappointment of the loss the day before, Aidan away and Heath out injured, we needed to work hard to secure a win against the team we beat convincingly in the first round.

We controlled the match early and settled into some good passing play. Gus grabbed a fine goal early to settle us further into the match. It was another sharp finish from the captain which put Henry Lawson on the back foot. They threatened a few times but our backline was solid and worked the ball out well on several occasions. Will Foreman and Chris controlled the midfield extremely well.

Gus grabbed another goal in the second half to also grab Man of the Match honours. He stepped up when we really needed him to and both were very well placed shots. Excellent finishing. He was desperately unlucky not to grab a hat trick but was thwarted by an excellent keeping effort late in the game. Others also went close but we couldn’t find another goal.

It was a good win, though a little tighter than we would have liked. We were a little ‘clunky’, we often tried to beat one too many and our passes didn’t always hit the mark, but there were signs of better things to come.

Happy to take the three points!

Match Report – 16.2 – 07/07/2018

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

BMFC 16.2: 0
Blaxland FC: 6

BMFC Goal Scorers:

Player of the Match: Chris Cather

Match Report: We headed up to St John’s Oval for the local derby, full of anticipation and ready to take on the competition leaders.

Through skilful defence, good positional play and fine possession football we held strong in defence and had the better of the play in the first fiften minutes of the match. No major opportunities were created but we were looking good in the early stages.

Around twenty minutes into the game Blaxland pressed the ball forward and were rewarded will a goal from a fine strike indeed. An unstoppable shot which deserved a goal. Another two goals to Blaxland in very quick succession put Blaxland in control of the match.

The boys didn’t give up and came out strongly at the start of the second half, doing everything they could to put some pressure on the Redbacks. We were unable to break their solid defence and in the end they scored a further three goals in the final quarter to give them a clear 6-0 victory.

Chris Cathers was far and away our best and earns Man of the Match honours. He was determined in the midfield and at no point stopped contesting for the ball. Heath, Will F and Gus also played well.

It wasn’t our finest overall effort but we can learn a lot from the match about what is needed to beat the competition front runners.

One highlight of the match for us was the was the high standard of refereeing. Athletic, skilful, astute, decisive and fair, and all based on excellent positioning and whistle work. “Superb!” was the call from the Blueys faithful!

The second highlight of the day was the go-karting after the match. Congratulations to Darren who took the honours in the adults group and Aidan Monaco who was the best of the boys. Many thanks to Darren Kingsford for doing an outstanding job of getting us organised for a an afternoon of fun and friendship and to take our minds off the early afternoon!

“Muppet” Jones wants the next activity to be paint ball but the coach is not so keen on becoming a pin cushion for the boys to take out their frustration on!! Let’s do a jigsaw instead lads!

Match Report – 15.1 – 07/07/2018

Match Report – 15.1 – Game Date: 07/07/2018

BMFC 15.1: 4
Colo Soccer FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: James, Alex C, Aidy (pen), Jake

Player of the Match: Max

Match Report: A very windy afternoon at Knapsack as we entertained league leaders Colo. After an excellent team performance midweek against the 16’s of Glenmore Park the boys were ready for the challenge ahead

Jake and Ethan provided some size, strength and determination in the midfield and delivered superbly – providing Damo and later Jacob with plenty of ball to open Colo up

Max man marked a player who had put three past us in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and basically didn’t give him a sniff – an exceptional game

Up front Alex C, Dom and then James rotating as centre forward terrorised the big centre back as the midfield were able to get the ball in behind regularly. The first and third goals coming from the pressure applied – a tap in from James after Dom’s effort was parried and an Aidy penalty after Alex C won a penalty

Alex L set up Alex C with a driving run down the left and a pin point cross that was tapped in. Jake was rewarded for a super display with a goal from the edge of the box

At the back Millsy and Aidy won the aerial battle and covered each other well as the other went up. Sam was solid as ever, Coach granting his request for a 5 minute run up front at the end. Eli was ever reliable, off his line quickly and saving the occasional shot, although there were other too many today. We defended corners well – one clearing header from Max sticks in the mind

Brilliant team performance – Max adjudged Coach’s player of the match

Photo – Alex C gets in behind the back four

Match Report – 15.1 – 01/07/2018

Match Report – 15.1 – Game Date: 01/07/2018

BMFC 15.1: 3
Bligh Park FC: 2

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan (2), Alex L

Player of the Match: Alex L

Match Report: A Sunday afternoon game to make up for a rainy day last month. Knapsack was playable but a little bit sticky

Josiah was asked to play in goal, called up from the 14.2’s and did an exceptional job

We started brilliantly with two well executed goal in the first five minutes. First Jake’s long through into the box was headed in with precision by Alex L. Alex L then turned provider with a cross from the left finding Ethan in the box, volleying home. We continued to play in the ascendency but couldn’t find any more goals. Bligh Park fought back well late on and Josiah showed his talent with two really good saves

We scored a third mid way through the second half with Ethan racing away to beat the keeper 1on1

We let Bligh Park back into it with two late goals but held on for the win

Player of the match Alex L for his contribution by scoring and setting one up as well as creating opportunities throughout the game from the left