Match Reports – April 24


Under 11s

Daylesford’s newest team played the more experienced and older Buninyong Black. Buninyong dominated play and scored early and the young Saints went into half-time a few goals down.

The juniors lifted in the second half attacking more and taking shots at goal while not finding the back of the net. Top points to the Saints for team effort as the players continued to fight and put pressure on Buninyong until the final whistle.

Final score: Buninyong 8 – DHUSC 0

Under 13s

The U13s travelled to Bacchus Marsh in hope of a very competitive and close game. This was not to be, numbers were way down on this long weekend Sunday leaving the team exposed in defense and attack. Going into half-time the Saints were down 4-0.

Alice had a strong debut to soccer, playing her first-ever game, Nathaniel did the work of three players with his speed and tenacity at the ball. Liam stepped in to being goalie, a first for him, he was brilliant in goal saving at least 5 more goals. Sachin was strong and consistent in defense.

All other team members fought to the end, did themselves proud, and threw everything they had at the opposition, but today it was just not enough as the Saints remained score-less.

Final score: Bacchus Marsh 8 – DHUSC 0

Under 15s

The Saints under 15s have been challenged for numbers this year but a lifeline was thrown by Sebastopol Vikings and they played their first game of the season as a newly minted merged team.

The awkwardly titled Sebastopol/Daylesford team had to get to know each other very quickly in a game against a team tipped to be in the top two at the end of season. Playing in an unfamiliar blue outfit, they started out well with Ceilidh getting possession early and Govinda active and confident up front in his new position as captain. Santino swapped his strikers jersey for the goalkeeper’s and performed well in the unfamiliar role making an early save from an eager Vic Park attack. In a game of experiments everyone was trying new positions, Lola started well in defense and was moved into midfield

Half way through the first half Vic Park started to warm up and Sebastopol/Daylesford were lucky when Marlon deflected a free kick and was cleared up field by Taryn. Just before halftime a surprise long ball goal took Vic Park to 3-0. After the break Vic Park came alive and scored repeatedly against the new team, who never gave up till the final whistle. Sebastopol/Daylesford clearly have work to do but they showed they have the commitment to make this new “combo” unit work in the future.

Thanks to Sebastopol for generously offering to merge.

Final score: Vic Park 12-Sebastopol/DHUSC 0


The seniors had another tough game against last year’s premiers. Losing again in the last few minutes – similar to last week which was tragic. Ballarat Gold were great however and thoroughly deserved the win.

Daylesford had a lot of the ball in the first 25 minutes, but were eventually over-ran by a rampant Ballarat who scored the first goal after 35 minutes. Daylesford were strengthened by the return of classy midfielder Hiroshi Masuda, who scored just before half time to level the score at 1-1.

The second half was mostly Ballarat’s as Daylesford failed to hold possession and reverted to long balls and hopeful clearances. The defense did a great job, with Jeff Brownscombe, Francis Comber and Tim Leney having solid games., Ballarat’s pace caused problems everywhere though and eventually they scored again albeit with a lucky goal over the top after some confusion between the Daylesford keeper and defenders.

Clear cut chances were hard to come by and Daylesford couldn’t hold the ball to create chances with the wingers tiring in the heat. Fitness and youth were the obvious differences between the team as well as Ballarat’s patience and possession in the final third.

Final score: Ballarat Gold 2-DHUSC 1

Best: Hiroshi Masuda, Dragi Koleski, Francis Comber, Abdel Bennani, Jeff Brownscombe

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Match Reports – Sunday April 17


Dayesford U11s team for 2016 flanked by coaches Danny Koleski and Josh Smith












Under 11s

The first cold and blustery day of the year saw a young Saints Under 11 team play their very first competitive game in windy Wendouree against the Forest Rangers. And what a way for these girls and boys to start their competitive careers!

Playing with genuine control and calm pressure Daylesford bossed the game from the start. They were unfazed by the taller and bigger Forest Rangers team and worked the ball around well. The team shook off their early nerves and exploded in the middle of the first half to eventually win with a crushing 7-1 score line.

Mehdi scored an amazing 5 goals which surely stands as one of the very greatest of debuts. Zach was the engine and the enforcer and scored 2 goals one of which will be a very early contender for goal of the year lofting a perfectly weighted ball from the midfield over the unfortunate goalkeeper.

Some well-timed runs and incisive passes from the midfielders left the Rangers with plenty to think about. The girls worked tirelessly to control the play and the whole team showed admirable team spirit and a generous sense of fair play.

The U11s were perfect on debut and will need to keep up this intensity to ensure they make the best of what may prove to be a successful and promising season.

Final score 7-1 to Daylesford.

Under 13s

The U13s travelled to Russell Square to play North’s United Black on their home ground. After a slow start to the season last week the team picked up where they left off at the end of last year. Following a quick surprise goal from North’s the team started to re-group. The precise and fast passing from the midfield of Franki, Finn and Nathaniel to the Daylesford’s striker Jonas soon resulted in a goal to level the score.

Inspired from their halftime pep talk the team were unstoppable in the second half. Strong defence led by Eric, Sachin, Rohan, and the teams new star recruits Liam, Ahlia, and Kelton, Daylesford’s new goalie, were key to holding North’s out. In succession Otto and Jonas scored each a further two goals to take the Saints to a commanding lead.

North’s managed to break through with an impressive second goal, followed in the final minutes of the game by a penalty awarded to Rennie Saunders, who landed a precision kick into the left corner to take Daylesford to 6 goals. A well fought and deserved win for the Daylesford young guns.

Final score 6-2 to Daylesford.


The seniors slumped to a 1-0 loss at the hands of last year’s cup champions Ballarat Soccer Club, in a disappointing game that promised a whole lot more.

It is hard to believe, but Daylesford mustered 20 shots on goal, with only 5 on target and plenty of golden chances going wayward in all manners and means. The three points were there for the taking, and the lads ought to have been up 3 to 0 at half time.

Everyone had a good game, with Tim Leney being best on ground, closely followed by Francis Comber, Jordy Barnes and Dragi Koleski. The team was missing inspirational leader Shanka Hackenburgar. Andrew Barnham battled hard all day, as did Abdel Bennani, who was solid. Sean Parklands had some troubles up front with the target, but still dominated most contests. The teams crash from first to sixth now on the ladder, with no excuses, catches win matches and too many chances went beckoning. But, it was a quality game, with many fine passages.

FInal Score: 1-0 loss

Best: Team Effort

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2015/2016 Notice of Annual General Meeting



Notice is given to all members of Daylesford and Hepburn United Soccer Club that the Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 10 am on Saturday 14th of November 2015 at the Daylesford Neighbourhood House (Paddock Room), 13 Camp St  Daylesford VIC 3460

The general nature of the business of the meeting will be as follows:

  1. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  2. Reports
    • Presidents Report
    • Treasurers Report
  3. Presentations from club patrons and sponsors (to be advised)
  4. Elections – no positions vacant.

If you have any other business you wish to raise at the AGM,  could you please let the club secretary (Murray) know prior to 1st of November.  Via email : or by phone: 0403 188 448

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Daylesford End of Season Presentations

End of season presentation to be held this Saturday 17th of October.

Doors open 6:00pm for 6:15 start at Daylesford Town Hall

Gold coin donation.

Free Pizza
Soft drinks and alcohol available for sale.

BYO food if you or your kids aren’t into pizza.   BYO ready to eat, we are not sure cooking/reheating facilities are working at this time at the town hall.

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Daylesford Seniors ready to bring home the grand final flag.

 The Daylesford and Hepburn United Soccer Seniors will play in the BDSA league grand final this coming Saturday at Morshead Park Stadium Pitch. The team will be pitted against Ballarat Red, who have had a strong season and gave Daylesford a major scare in the Qualifiying final. The grand final will be on the best soccer pitch outside of Melbourne, the Morshead Park Stadium Pitch, which is full size and the best surface outside of AAMI park. 
The Daylesford lineup will be a little changed from its league winning team, with the absence of goal scoring maestro Abdel Bennani, who is vacationing in Europe. The club also has injury worries with its other two star strikers, Sebastian Bjornside and Harry Robb. Robb and Bjornside will be subject to fitness tests, but with youth on their sides, and a lot of goals, they will be vital on the massive pitch. Also missing with be super catch Sebastian Douglas, who is still recovering from broken fingers.
Super coach Dragi Koleski said “The lads have played well all season and have been the most consistent team and I hope we can win the Grand Final also”. “Ballarat played very well in the first final and have youth on their side, and some quality midfield, so it will be a very close game” noted Koleski. Ballarat will be looking to salvage something from their lost season, after a slow start, and plenty of talent to match Daylesford in midfield. 
Daylesford captain Shanka Hackenburgar was pleased with the league title win, and said “I’m very proud of playing group this season, we have committed, trained hard and played some attacking soccer all year”. “The game will be won in midfield no doubt, with our experience and pace up front, we believe we will score goals and finish off a great year”. The last time Daylesford made the grand final was 5 years ago, in Division 2, when they defeated Vikings in a dramatic penalty shootout. Prior to that, it was 14 years ago. 
Please come along and support the lads in their quest for the league and cup double. The game kicks off at 11.30am on Saturday 19th of September, on the Stadium Pitch at Morshead Park, Ballarat.
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Round 14: miniroos

The ice and minus 2 temperature did not stop 20 MiniRoos from playing their hearts out in a great local competition of soccer. Great passing play resulted in some very impressive goals and team play, well done to all the MinRoos.
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Round 14 : under 13s

Saints stand up to Leagues best

The local lads lined up at home against the leagues best and top placed team Ballarat Red in conditions better suited to playing ice hockey on Sunday morning. Expectations were of a run away to the Reds but things could not have been different. Daylesford played with heart and a fighting spirit that showed how far they are developing as a team, capable of rattling the best in the league. The first half saw 25 minutes of relentless attack and defense from both teams, Daylesford never missing a beat in the their play. They went into half time in the unexpected position of 0-0.

The second half saw a tough contest with both teams playing hard at attack and defense. New recruit Finlay Loft showed what speed and tenacity can achieve, and looked like he had played from day 1. Daylesfords persistent attacking through the middle by Franki Harvey, Otto and Rennie Saunders, and Rowan Clay paid off at the 15 minute mark when Franki passed to Jonas Paar for a perfectly placed shot into the net. Daylesford 1, Reds 0.  What occurred next was the stuff of legend with another snap at goal by Jonas resulting in a handball by a Reds player right in front of goal. Free kick to Daylesford. The team overwhelming called on their goalie Ryan Thiesz to come down and take the penalty which he did with precision, the crowd went wild, Daylesford 2, Reds 0.

In the dying minutes of the game the Reds snapped out of shock and started to fire with an impressive goal and fierce attacking play.  The Daylesford defense of Flint Harley, Sean Armstrong, Rohan Singaram, Eric Kelly and Miles Wilkinson held the Reds to one goal.  Final score Daylesford 2, Ballarat Reds 1. Best game by the Saints all season, best on ground, everyone.

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Round 14 Seniors

Daylesford continue fine form

The seniors have romped home 9-0 against a helpless Forest Rangers side, on a juniors pitch. The weather was fine and dandy, but it just rained goals for Daylesford from start to end. The list of goal scorers is too long for print, but Abdel Bennani, Sebastian Bjornside and Harry Robster scored a bag each, and were the pick of the attackers. 

The clean sheet was enabled by some excellent sweeping by Tim Fathersoon and Francis Combo, who read the play very well from the back. Andrew Barnham had a match of solid tackles and good passes, whilst new import Stephan Hasselholf had a good game at right back and put in some strong tackles. 

The score at halftime was 4-0, without the strengths of captain Shanka Hackenburgar and John Villers. Villiers scored immediately after going on in the second half, true to his strength and style. Everyone had a good day out and made the most of the junior size oval, with a junior sized celebration after the game. 

The win puts Daylesford 11 points clear at the top of the table, with six games remaining. This is a stellar effort, with only three more wins required to secure the league title. The previous three seasons has seen the Seniors finish fourth, third and third in the league race, with this seasons team proving they have a little more grunt to finish off the close games and push through to top positions. 

The seniors have a bye next week, and then play Horsham at home in Daylesford at 1pm. 

Score: 9-0

Goal Scorers: Too many

Best: Jarrod Prosier 

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Round 9 : Seniors vs Horsham

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The seniors travelled a long way to Horsham, and came away victorious 4-3, keeping top spot on the ladder. The win was the hardest of the year, after a 3 hour drive and a tough mudfest pitch.

Five times league best and fairest Dragi Koleski scored two goals, and Seb Bjorn and John Villiers bagged one each. Both teams played good hard football, with Daylesford saving numerous second half attempts from a younger and fitter Horsham unit.

Daylesford hit the post once or twice, but were too good in the end, with Adbel Bennani having a cracking game, along with Francis Comber, John Villiers, Andrew Barnham and Harry Heartthrob. Jarrod Prosier had a great game in goals, and captain Shanka Hackenburgar clinical in defence.

The team were missing the coyote chasing skills of Ivan Carter, who left a hole in the middle with his mysterious illness and uncanny absence. But he was not needed, with fresh talent plugging the gap, Tim Wheatbanger and JazzyJeff Brownscombe. It was Mr Brownscombes’ last game of the season, as he transfers to Queensland Fury. He was quoted saying “That was a win to be proud of. A great turnout against a very good side on a pitch that didn’t suit us a long way from home. Imperfections aside, talent and passion triumphed. In these times, there is NOTHING more important than showing the world that sometimes good guys come first. So why don’t you guys go all the way in 2015?”.

Its a big ask, but Daylesford Seniors are on top by 4 points, near the midseason. Could this be the big one? Next week Daylesford play VicPark.


Best: Team Effort.

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