Well, I have been keeping track of the goings on with the Australian Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow Scotland. There has been some very spirited competition on display with the values of team work and sportsmanship very evident throughout. These very values are, week in week out, displayed here in Guyra on the soccer fields from our junior players.
I have also been watching with some interest the celebrations that have been taking place on completion of the games in Glasgow, particularly the antics of one Genevieve LaCaze who jumped on stage and began dancing with Kylie Minogue during game closing celebrations. Genevieve was quickly escorted off stage by security; I know how she feels, I tried to dance recently with our very own Kylie, wife of club president Mr Colin Stanley, only to be very quickly escorted away by her associated security, Bronte and Kade. I will limit my celebrations from now on to watching the ‘Rock’ dancing in the bar from afar, probably from over near the TAB machine. (Only kidding Leah)
I know it is usually only really early when the under 16 Pumas run out on the field but we are going to have to come up with some sort of strategy to get them moving a little better for the first half of their games. Another week and yet another poor start from the Pumas.
My thoughts once again go back to those Western Suburbs Roy Masters times; I think Shae Stewart would be well suited in leading this kind of warm up for the Pumas. Now you know I am only joking FFA, however we will have to work something out to get this team switched on. Another week where the Pumas were LETHARGIC, NON COMMUNICATIVE, DULL, and INEFFECTIVE in the first half.
Down on the score board and looking a shellacking in the face, the Pumas finally ground into gear and started to play the soccer we know they are capable of, giving their opponents quite a little shock in the process. Would not it be lovely to see them play this way for an entire game? The final score was a 3–2 loss for the slumbering Pumas.
Actually I feel a name change on the cards if things do not improve. How about the under 16 Sloths? Now that has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it. Sorry I just couldn’t go with the old positive, negative, positive spin; just sometimes it needs to be said as it is.
Scoring for Guyra after the big sleep was Kourtnee McFarlane and with a cracker of a shot from outside the box, Brodie Harman. (They always tell you about the crackers but never about the ordinary misses don’t they Brode; he only had three of those apparently.)
Daniel Smith was unlucky on the day having numerous shots on goal with no joy. Ben Lennon filled in for the Pumas in goals, thanks Bennie. Those playing the best for Guyra were Shae and Alex Stewart along with Brodie Harman.
Hey Dasha, you guys sell cattle prods at Dasha’s Hardware and General Needs don’t you?
Twice in less than a week the under 12 Titans ran out onto “the pitch” as my pseudo little pommy mate Hayden would say, to face the might of the under 12 A’s TAS side. Now this TAS side had not been beaten all year and I for one thought that our Titans would not be able to pass this thought from mind. However as my wife often says “wrong again Murray” the Titans drew with and then defeated their opposition with some fantastic soccer displayed.
Due to commitments in far flung climes, the Titans this week were not run by Adam but by the Coaching master team of Jeffrey Richo Richardson and Ian ‘Glen Innes don’t look up my kilt’ Hope. Adam was not happy to miss this game and rang approximately 13 times during its course for updates.
Apparently the TAS boys appeared a little shocked by our girl power during the match with Maddi Morgan and Gemma Sisson simply outstanding. Others to mention were Braiden Crawford up front alongside BJ Cameron who scored both our goals. Bennie Lennon, Taylor Brennan and Jackson Clark all played their normal up tempo games, with Craybob Hope also making a guest appearance with some style. Carly Gigantor Harman and her diminutive sidekicks, Ash Richardson and Bronte Stanley held fast against their opposing players with everyone on the Titans team receiving a point in this dominant display. Nice to see them backing their ability.
A quality 2 all draw last Saturday for the under 12 Dragons who also were a little slow it seems to start. Very flat in the first half according to regular coach Mr Stanley, the side was this week run by a seemingly busy man last Saturday Mr Ian Hope. These Glen Innes folk have certainly made themselves at home, thankfully, over the past couple of seasons, we are very lucky to have their continued support.
Scoring for the Dragons were: Braith Kliendienst and Myles Williams with a goal apiece. Kade Stanley was very strong in the backs with Myles the pick of the players up front. Great in goals for Guyra was Sam Skipper in the first half and Mathew Sisson in the second. Another of our Guyra sides that stepped it up in the second stanza of play, they also need to come up with a little more consistency in their play.
With no junior soccer responsibilities this past week, with a bye for the under 10 Rockets and an unfortunate forfeit for the under 10 Grizzleys due to lack of players (school excursion), Mr Tyrone Clough was certainly nowhere near as busy as Mr Hope, although apparently he was kept very busy over in Narrabri that very afternoon.
Mrs Kellie Lockyer was a fill-in coach this week for the under 9 Gladiators in what was to be a very closely fought encounter with no allowable winner published. Outstanding in defence for the Gladiators this week was; Connie Dugdale, Tom Gellie and Charlotte Burling. Amelia Wake was sensational up front for the Gladiators causing havoc with some fantastic soccer. Kellie stated that it was a pleasure to be associated with a group of kids such as this and was impressed with their sportsmanship.
Ravaged by sickness during the week, the under 8 Coyotes dragged themselves out of bed to compete last Saturday. It seems as though the opposition were perhaps in a similar situation starting the game short of players but finding numbers as the game progressed. Ryan Heagney scored several quality goals throughout the game. Piper Starr played extremely well in what was to be a very sound team performance.
They certainly are a sharing group these kids, with our Lil Caspers also consumed by the influenza bug that appears to be pillaging the junior ranks. Best on field this week for the Lil Caspers were; Finlay Tibbs and Jack Lockyer. Our coaches are certainly hopeful that next week brings with it a group of well rested and healthy players.
No news from the under 7 Strikers or the under 7 Geckos this week unfortunately, I hope to catch up with both of these sides next week. Another side to succumb to the dreaded lurgy was the under 7 Galaxy who had to forfeit their game due to illness. We certainly hope that everyone is back on deck for next week’s competition.
Another of our sides to be down on numbers this week was the under 6 Sharks with only three players available. It is with great thanks from Brodie that this side is run every Saturday by the parents, particularly Mr Clark, with Brodie unavailable due to soccer commitments of his own. The Sharkies played very well last week with Blake Raper, Darecy Heagney and Lachlan Clark all combining well on the field.
No news this week from the under 7 Ghosts or Giants. You would think that perhaps you would see some of them and feel or hear the others but not this week I am afraid.
A great performance again last Saturday from the under 6 Hornets with Coach Ryan impressed by the team’s cohesiveness, (that’s her word not mine, she is a teacher you know). This side were frequently and accurately passing to one another during the game scoring a combined total of 12 goals. Scoring for Guyra was; Tommy Ryan 6, Archer Starr 3, George Bradford 2 and Charlie Ward 1.
It was truly a great team effort with players positioning themselves well in attack and defence as well as having a lot of fun. I am certainly looking forward to taking in a lot of these junior games this coming weekend.
Draw for Saturday, August 9:
Guyra Ghost V DK Warriors – Guyra 3 at 09:00am, Guyra Giants V Nth Armidale Fury – Guyra 2 at 09:00am, Guyra Hornets V Uralla Scooters – Guyra 3 at 09:50am, Guyra Sharks V DK Squires – Guyra 2 at 09:50am.
Guyra Strikers V Nth Armidale Corsairs – Guyra 8 at 09:00am. Guyra Galaxy V Guyra Geckos – Guyra 8 at 09:45am.
Guyra Lil Caspers V DK Camelots – Guyra 5 at 09:00am, Guyra Coyotes V DK Kings – Guyra 5 at 09:50am.
Guyra Gladiators V Nth Armidale Red Rover – Guyra 4 at 09:00am
Guyra Rockets V Uralla Jets – Guyra 7 at 09:00am, Guyra Grizzleys V Nth Armidale Red Socks – Guyra 7 at 10:10am.
Guyra Dragons V Nth Armidale Vikings – Guyra 6 at 09:00am, Guyra Titans V Nth Armidale Spirit – Guyra 1 at 10:10am.
Guyra Pumas V TAS 16B’s – Guyra 1 at 08:30am.
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