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!

Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 03/09/2020

BMFC 17.1: 3
Penrith FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Harry Smith, Ash, Liam

Player of the Match: Coach’s player – Ash

Match Report: A night make up game on a lush Jamison Park – it was very warm and still light when we arrived making it feel like we were playing Summer Football

We started brightly and took the lead after just 7 minutes. Jacob danced around a couple of defenders in the box and from the bye line of passed the ball across the six yard box for Harry Smith to tap in

Penrith started to come back into the game in the last 15 minutes of the half and won a free kick on the edge of the box 3 minutes before the break. Well struck and into the net

In the second half we weathered an early few minutes of attack and then started to take control again. Numerous chances came and went but with 15 to go we got the go ahead goal as Ash was put through 1on1 and slotted neatly past the Penrith keeper, who had made a number of saves to keep the scores level up until this point. A few minutes later we won a free kick on the edge of the box and Liam returned the compliment banging home a beauty

Some super performances – Ash getting coaches player – denied a few times and was getting gassed but found one last effort to give us the lead. Jacob was excellent too and took the players player and Sam solid as ever in the backline getting the Parents players vote

A good competitive game of football and a positive result but the highlight of the evening for everyone was seeing and catching up with Ethan at the game and putting a smile on his face with a win

Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 30/08/2020

BMFC 17.1: 3
Cranebrook United FC: 2

BMFC Goal Scorers: Harry Smith, Finn, Liam

Player of the Match: Parents Player – Sam

Match Report: Depleted numbers for the first time this season. Jake suspended, Ethan’s injury and Harry Burns away at an all weekender 1990’s throwback rave on the South Coast

The boys started well and created an early chance in the fifth minute when Liam put Harry Smith away one on one with the keeper – Harry calmly slotting home. We continued to play good possession based football and from a quickly taken corner from Martin to Damo, Damo’s cross was met well by Sam but his header went over the bar

Cranebrook played direct football on the break and got behind us once, good goalkeeping by Eli, getting off his line early coupled with scrambling cover defence by Sam, Aidy and Brayden cleared the danger

Finn, playing in the centre of midfield, fed Harry again later in the half but this time his shot was well saved

Just before half time we doubled the lead. A good passage of play set up Harry to shoot from the edge of the box. The shot was blocked but fell to Finn just outside the box and Finn struck it sweetly – the ball flying into the top left corner of the goal

We created another chance straight off the kick off but Ash was unlucky not to finish the move. Ten into the second half we conceded a free kick just outside the box and the cross from the free kick was knocked into the net to put Cranebrook back in the contest. Two minutes later the game was level, a well hit ball beating Eli

With 20 minutes to go the pressure was on to get back in front. We found the goal, with about 12 left – Liam hitting a loose ball in the box into the bottom corner

A game we played some great football in and looked comfortable winners at one point but ultimately relieved to come away with the win

Parents player of the match to Sam for some stout defending and surging runs forward to get us on the offensive

We sent Harry a text to let him know the result. Harry sent us a photo back, below, still raving on early on the Sunday morning

Match Report – AM.4 – Game Date: 23/08/2020

BMFC AM.4: 0
Colo Soccer FC: 5

BMFC Goal Scorers:

Player of the Match: The esky

Match Report: Fondue is a Swiss melted cheese dish served in a communal pot over a portable stove heated with a candle or spirit lamp, and eaten by dipping bread into the cheese using long-stemmed forks.

It also apparently makes for a good dinner party, and Zac and Lachy arrived at Colo looking exactly as one would expect someone to look after consuming 5kg of cheese and bread, washed down with copious amounts of the devil’s drink, and minimal sleep.

But thankfully they managed to turn up (and avoid appearing on RBT) as Niall was a late scratching, so too Joe as his dog ate his homework again.

But the biggest cheer was saved for the triumphant return of the esky, missing for well over a week without a trace and fears for the worst – caretaker Dirty informing us that a wheel had fallen off, but otherwise fit and well.

And without anyone willing to volunteer for the gloves, fate stepped in as the Blueys 7s were playing the game prior – enter our old GK Stevie Buffon stepping up to play back-to-back games in a deal brokered by his coach el Presidente for only a small appearance fee of a few tins of Tooheys New, consumed entirely by said el Presidente over the course of the match.

Ads won the toss but somehow picked the direction of the howling gale incorrectly, leaving us to fight against “a 4 goal breeze” in the 1st half.  Plenty of goal kicks for Dre to practice – most barely clearing the 18-yard box against the gale or Dre electing to find touch for a lineout instead.

There were chances created up front to get in behind the line, but new dad Matty’s final passes were softer than talcum powder on a new born’s skin and Ads’ arms were caught 4m offside a couple of times while his body remained onside.

Another game, another yellow for new boy Kris, this time for simulating getting hit right in front of the ref who would not stand for any Days of our Lives ham acting on his watch, luckily el Presidente had his head in our esky at the time so didn’t have to bear witness.

Down by 3 at the half, Dre spent almost the entire 15 min break looking to blame others for his goal kicks but with a 4 goal breeze at our back and “more through balls played that half than all season” he fancied us to get right back in it. 

But most importantly the esky was still with us.

And we dominated the first 10 mins of the new half.  Lachy stepped up to take our first corner but was waved off the ball by Dre who ran 70m from centre-back to take it, clearly chomping at the bit to have a kick with the wind at his back for a change, the resulting effort probably in the field of play for all of 5m before swinging harmlessly over the by-line … Dre stripped of corner duties for the foreseeable future.

And from a free kick soon after, Kyle had worked his way into the box and was Johnny-on-the-spot to bundle in the scraps after a bit of pinball action, but the linesman’s flag denying the left back his first and probably last chance to score this year…

After being injury-free all year, we lost Marty then Ghost in quick succession  – this left it up to the Fondue brothers to shake off the dust and play some football, Zac hitting the woodwork and Lachy (who would later rate his performance today as “pretty good”) running around like a headless chook to get something going up front.

The only further highlight was Dre finally latching onto a beauty and sending it 70m downfield; unfortunately, this was an attempted pass to Felts who was only 10m away …

Big thanks to Stevie again for taking the gloves, thanks to el Presidente for leaving us a couple of tins and thanks to the esky for just being you.

Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 23/08/2020

BMFC 17.1: 1
Lowland Wanderers SC: 2

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan

Player of the Match: Parents player – Finn

Match Report: A very cold & windy lunchtime kick off played at Colo’s ground. Full squad available. Harry Burns arrived sporting an absolutely shocking mullet. I found out there was a very good reason for it – read on, details at the end of this report

The windy conditions really impacted the quality of football played. In the first half we had the wind behind us. Passes had to be firm to feet otherwise the ball was too often blown away. We scored about fifteen in – Knobsy hitting a corner well across the wind and to the far post where Ethan rose well to nod home

We played in the ascendency for the most of the half but struggled to create clear cut chances – one came to Ash right on half time but his close range shot was saved

Playing into the wind in the second half and the game evened up. The mood of the game changed when Ethan charged onto a ball & his opponent slid in and collected Ethan across his shin. It was a solid whack and Ethan stayed down. He was carried to the car and went to hospital

Lowlands found an equaliser with a shot from the edge of the box. We then won a penalty when Knobsy, playing at centre forward now, was clean through on goal but pulled down from behind – how that’s not a red card I do not know. At 1 all Knobsy had the kahunas to step up and take the penalty but unfortunately the keeper went the right way and made the save

With time running out, Jake received a red card and then with the final kick of the game Lowlands scored the winner – Eli saving and was bundled over the line – the ref adjudging the initial shot to be in and therefore the ensuing foul was irrelevant

A day where things just didn’t go for us. We later found out that Ethan had broken his leg. This awful news put the day into perspective – football and winning is important but is absolutely meaningless compared to the health and well being of all our boys. Your team mates and all the parents are thinking of you Ethan and send positive vibes for recovery

Oh yes, Harry’s awful mullet! Harry and his year 12 mates are raising money for a great cause, Mental Health Research. Please consider donating here