Match Report – IM.1 – Game Date: 16/05/2021


BMFC IM.1: 2
Narellan Rangers SC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Jake, Liam

Player of the Match: Coach’s – Jake

Match Report: State Cup U18’s 1st Round

First round of the State Cup played at Summerhayes. Some administrative mis-communication meant the game was played on a slightly over-sized mod field that hadn’t been mowed since Xmas & a trip by Dean to one of the Springwood officials home to pick up the team sheet off the printer. Warm up was excellent, then we stood in the shade for 1/2 hour and cooled down as the previous game went to an exciting golden goal extra time

The game underway, Narellan were on top early but this is a resilient bunch of boys who handled the pressure well. Eight minutes in Liam popped a super ball over the right back for Jake to race onto & with strength we all know Jake has (& if we don’t Jake kindly removes his shirt at any given opportunity so we can see the results of his gym hours) Jake out-muscled his opponent and belted home the go ahead goal

We got on top as the half wore on and chances, half chances, came and went. Beaso had a header at the far post, there was an obvious hand ball not give for a penalty and just a lot of good play in and around the opponents box

Half time focus was to not take the foot off the gas, keep them out and one more should finish this off

Further chances came and went for Damo, then Sam, a Jake header off a corner but we couldn’t get the second. Harry went up for a header and the back of his head was headed by the opponent seeing Harry floored and subbed off under HIA

With twenty to go Beaso was fouled in the box and a penalty was given. Liam hit it well but the keeper guessed well and made a good save

Narellan’s tail up now they started to push us back more and more but not creating a lot until a thunder bolt of a shot outside the box was in before Eli had chance to react with six minutes to go

The boys reacted brilliantly and turned the momentum looking to win it in normal time. Two minutes to go and Liam got the ball 25 yards out and with a little bit of time hit a shot that from my view initially looked to be going just over but the knuckle ball dipped late, and right in the top corner. Celebrations ensued, including the coach – sorry couldn’t help myself

Coach’s player of the match to Jake – great work rate, a real threat on the opposition goal and a super goal to give us the advantage


Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 16/05/2021


BMFC O35.1: 3
Springwood United FC: 3

BMFC Goal Scorers: Sem (2), JB

Player of the Match: PK

Match Report: 8.15am on a chilly Sunday morning, Knapsack 2, far end. Five middle aged men, with a total of around 200 years of football experience all looking at a net trying to work out which is the right way up to hang it on the goal. JB, Sem & I looking at our feet whilst Zap & PK had differing opinions. Once up, I still don’t think they got it right as PK said ‘I think it’s inside out’. Huh?

So here we go again – the first crack at the champs for the season. An excellent full blooded Wednesday training session leading in ensured the team was up for this one

We dodged a bullet early with Kev making a brilliant one on one save in the six yard box. Not too much later a ball put through for Sem to chase down into the box and Sem’s pace got him there first to fire home. First time we’ve been ahead against this team and with our tails up Thor hit a corner to the near post that Badger, née JB, rose salmon like to glance across the keeper and into the net. 2-0. Dangerous lead and all that

Second half and Springwood eventually pulled one back but we got another too after Dave surged forward and played a great pass to Sem, who shifted the ball quickly and struck it into the bottom corner. Twenty minutes to go

Springwood pulled another back with ten left and sadly, for us, levelled in the last five

Disappointing in the end to come away with just a point but sets up the rest of the season well as we play each other twice more

No votes taken but PK man of the match for an excellent defensive effort and the net doing its job despite being inside out


Match Report – O35.1 – Game Date: 09/05/2021


BMFC O35.1: 14
Cranebrook United FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Thor (5), Archie (3), The Badger (3), Sem (2), Paul

Player of the Match:

Match Report: Early start at Hunter fields against Cranebrook. Sem arrived with gravel rash on his arms after a mysterious scooter mishap

The Gaffer read out the starting line up – Pom asking ‘who’s The Badger?’

The game started with a Wooo from the Cranebrook backs for their Rick Flair lookalike centre forward

Goals flowed – Archie getting his hat trick inside the first 20 minutes & then saving himself for next week to avoid an injury recurrence. Thor bagged a couple and was then denied the hat trick for over-celebrating a tap in. The Badger got in on the act – more of a Fox, in the box, with one a deft flick off a Thor corner at the near post

The second half saw a great team goal off our kick-off – about 20 passes with Sem finishing the move

Cobra had his hammy’s tested chasing a few passes close to the bye line

A couple of notable moments from Pom – a Kumbaya call after everyone was being far too nice to each other following an injury and later being pulled up for a foul throw – 10 press-ups please

Kudos to the Cranebrook boys who kept at it and got a goal for their efforts

Match Report – IM.1 – Game Date: 02/05/2021


BMFC IM.1: 2
Penrith Rovers FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan, Liam

Coach’s Player of the Match: Brayden

Match Report: Early in the season and an important away game at Rovers. Haven’t we been here before?

Captain Aidy had to sit this one out after suffering concussion in a mid-week school game. Ethan was handed the Captain’s armband and proudly put it on, only for it to slide down his arm. Fortunately I had my Under 10’s Captain’s armband in the car which fitted perfectly.

Jake started in the centre of the park, alongside Harry, giving us a presence for the opening exchanges. Neither side got on top – it was physical, fight-for-every-ball stuff.

Liam came on for Jake, Coach hoping the game may slow down a bit after 20 minutes to give Liam a chance to find his feet. We started to get into the ascendency – gaining control through the midfield however the last ball was lacking. Time and again a ball was played for Ethan to chase but with no angle on the pass and two defenders to beat, it wasn’t working. Ethan was incorrectly shown a yellow card after chasing one such through ball – the ref not seeing that it was the goalkeeper who collected the defender, not Ethan.

Sam came on up front, to put himself about and had an impact just after the half-hour mark – a better ball played for Ethan to run onto and pressure the defender to concede a corner. Damo swung a great cross in off the corner and Ethan rose and headed us ahead.

Early in the second half Ethan was shown a second yellow for a late challenge and had to leave the field. A few minutes later Harry won us a free kick on the edge of the box and Liam slotted it home, through a gap in the wall past the unsighted keeper.

The boys intelligently adjusted the structure to a flat back four with another line of four in front, leaving one up front. The next half an hour was backs to the wall, sheer determination as a man down the boys repelled Rovers time and again. Numerous free kicks, corners and long throw-ins reined in on our box but the back line of Luke, Finn, Clay and led by Brayden were brilliant. Rovers did finally get one back with just over ten to go but it wasn’t enough as the boys held on for the three points.

An entertaining, tough match which is what these teams have delivered for 5 years now. Would love to name every player here as there was so many great performances but better not, so will pick just two. Sam ran himself into the ground up front and Brayden led the back line just superbly and just gets the nod for Coach’s Player of the Match.


Match Report – IM.1 – Game Date: 25/04/2021


BMFC IM.1: 7
Glenmore Park FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan (3), Aidy, Jake, Knobsy, Damo

Player of the Match: Players’ Player – Clay

Match Report: Anzac Day. 1pm kick-off and our first home game of the season entertaining a newly formed Glenmore Park

With the talk of an end of season trip continuing to gain momentum, a bold decision was made to sell sausages & a few other things on the day to raise funds toward said trip

K-nobs was a late arrival securing his starting spot on the bench. Liam came kitted up following his first week back at training after his pre-season injury – one more week of training & rest & we should hopefully see Liam back playing. Great to have Sam back too and available to play his first game of the season

Andy arrived mid team talk. Eli has just taken over first place from Andy in the Fantasy Football league the team has running. Andy has been top pretty much all season and congratulated Eli…

The game got underway & was played at a high tempo as the teams jostled to take control. Ten minutes in, starting with Eli, the ball was passed from one end to the other through Damo, Aidy & Finn who put Jake away on goal who buried it left foot in the corner – Ash was watching on & gave a nod of approval for the finish

On 14 minutes Damo took a short corner to Harry who’s cross came to Aidy on the edge of the 18-yard box – his shot arrowed toward the bottom corner through the crowded box & with the keeper unsighted went clean in

Glenmore’s main threat came down their left side but Clay did and an excellent job in closing the danger down. A lot of long balls were played from the back to the front too but again our defence of Luke, Finn, Clay, Sam & Brayden dealt with it pretty comfortably

On 21 minutes Clay played a delightful ball into the opposition box to Ethan who controlled with his first touch & fired home with his second

Play slowed right down as the half wore in

Half time focus was play short from goal kicks as much as we can – the first goal came from that – long balls are a 50/50. Also when in possession, be patient, move them side to side & find a way to get behind them or take a shot around the 18-yard box

4 mins into the second half and another pinpoint cross, this time from Martin, again found Ethan & a carbon copy control & finish of his first goal

17 mins in and the ever-lively Harry played a ball from the centre of the park for Ethan to race through and complete his hat trick

27 mins and Damo curled a beauty into the top corner from the edge of the box

Glenmore pulled one back after a scramble off a corner & VAR check, after animated appeals from the boys that the ball had gone out of play, and the goal stood

Finally, on 42 mins, K-Nobs notched after a long ball from Jake to Brayden, given 10 minutes up front, to pull the ball back from the byline for K-nobs to sweep home

Back on the hill Andrew & Evan had done a terrific job. Intend to run a BBQ for as many home games as we can this season – I will buy more bread for the next one so no one has to have a sausage on a napkin!