The great carnival atmosphere at Vic Park on Sunday saw for the first time the Under 9s, 13s and 15s have their first combined home games of the season. on Over 50 children and young people played soccer and were well supported by a huge crowd of parents and friends.
The under 9s local game season kicked off at VIcPark with around 30 children playing for Daylesford red or blue. The future soccer stars are coached by Daylesford’s local soccer legend Danny Koleski and showed great determination and effort for 50 minutes of play. The final hard fought score was 3 all.
Daylesford U13s lined up to play their first home game of the season against Ballarat White. The beautiful sunny weather brought the local team alive with a very smart throw in from Kelton Reid down the line resulting in a first minutes early goal by Jonas Paar. The outstanding defence of Miles Wilkinson, Eric Kelly, Lachlan Taylor, Alex Rodgers (welcome to the team) and a tenacious Asher Waldon held off Ballarat attempts at goal to half time. Ryan Thiez was ever-strong as goalie making some brilliant and solid saves at goal, and strong kicks down to his beakaway strikers.
The local boys came out even stronger in the second half with sheer determination to increase their lead. Otto Saunders commanded the defensive mid, with support from Kelton and “the defensive wall” of Sean Armstrong who quickly sent a very clever through-ball to Jonas for his second goal. The third goal rained for Daylesford from a Ryan kick down to Franki, who then passed to Jonas to weave throughout the defence to score his third goal for the game. Soon Ballarat White, through some very clever passing and ball skills returned with a reply goal. Kelton continued with a brilliant all round game, moving to fierce defence when required and never stopping on attack.
Rennie Saunders was always on the ball in the team attacking play. The combination of Sean sending a perfect through ball to Jonas then onto “fearless Franki” for a perfectly placed chip over the goalkeeper resulted in Daylesford’s 4th goal. Final outstanding score Daylesford 4 and Ballarat White 1. Asher was this weeks star improver. This was a first win of the season for the team, everyone on the ground did each other and the Club proud, what a great team effort with everyone the best player. Next week the team line up for what should be a close fought match against North United at Russell Square at 9.20am.
Daylesford Under 15′s were full of hope because it was the first time this year that the team had a full contingent of players including substitutes. Tyger once again showed great leadership and inspiration by saving a number of shots on goal. The first half of the match was an entertaining affair. Daylesford was the first to score through the skill and good timing. Unfortunately Ballarat quickly equalised and then scored again. The half time score was 1-2. The second half was tough going for the local team. Although there were some good passages of play, Daylesford too quickly gave the ball away to the opposition and Ballarat made them pay. The final score was 1-8.