Daylesford and Hepburn United played Bacchus Marsh Gold away this week. Within minutes the Saints controlled the game with a strong team performance by all players. The defence of Otis, Lila and Charlton, backed up by goalie Frey did not let anything through and pushed the ball down to their strong midfield and strikers – Zach, Logan, Anna, Freya and Monte. Soon the goals started coming for Daylesford. With Tulley and Frey dominant in the midfield in the second half, the outstanding team play continued with all players showing their versatility in changing around positions. This game was a display of a great team effort by all with goals by Tulley (2), Freya, Zach, Frey and Logan. Final score Daylesford 6 -Bacchus Marsh 1.
Twenty Under 11 girls from the Daylesford and Hepburn United Soccer Club watched their idols, the Matildas play New Zealand at Morsehead Park in Ballarat last Saturday. 4,500 passionate spectators watched the Matildas warm up for the Rio Olympics with a comfortable 2-0 win over the Kiwis.
Our local girls had a once in a lifetime opportunity to play matches at half-time during the big game and were cheered on by the large crowds. It was a wonderful day for girls, and for women and their participation in soccer, heralding an exciting future for the record numbers of girls now playing soccer across our community and across Victoria.
The Matildas, the Australian women’s soccer team, made Ballarat their base in the past week to train together as a full squad in preparation for the upcoming Olympics in Brazil. The Matildas are ranked 4th in the world, and those at the game on Saturday saw just why. These incredibly skilled and powerful women played an extraordinary game of soccer, with a great contest provided by New Zealand. The Matilda’s came out the victors on the day not only in their 2-0 score against the Ferns, but also in their promotion of what women and girls can achieve in sport.
Daylesford and Hepburn United girls U11s soccer team who played half-time at the Matildas match
Amber, Anna-Maria, Freya and Lila with the Australian Matilda’s women’s soccer team captain Clare Polkinghorne at Saturdays match
The Under 11′s were rewarded for all their hard work on the training track with an outstanding all over team performance seeing Daylesford overcome a spirited Ballarat White side 4-0. In its best team performance for the year, Daylesford held its structure well, with some excellent passing thought the middle by Logan, Mehdi , Freya & Tulley. The back end was rock solid with Zac Koleski & Otis Smith spending time sweeping in the centre, very well supported by Lila & Anna. Bernie was very sound in on the left & Monty had his break out game with some sound moves forward in what was a very pleasing and open passing game. Goal Scorers: Zac Koleski, Tait Koleski, Mehdi Bennani, Tulley Pelham.
On a perfect day for football our large squad of U11s lined up against Vic Park Pink at Trekardo Park Ballarat. The squad’s strong female contingent of Freya, Lila and Asha, missing the strength of Anna Maria, were fierce in attack from the kick-off. Ably supported out wide by Logan, Tait and Charlton, Freya Duffy scored her first goal for the season and more goals followed as the team became accustomed to a changed structure. The all-girl Vic Park team caused a few scares with some long balls deep into Daylesford defence, one needing a sharp save from the Daylesford keeper and offering chances to link up and play out from the back. Final result was an 8-0 win to Daylesford and a friendly and respectful game between 2 developing teams. A very exciting game for spectators, parents and supporters.
Following on from their superb game last Sunday, expectations were high for the Saints up against second placed Sebastapol Vikings, and they did not disappoint. Well organized with a strong presence on the ground, the Saints kept the well-oiled Viking machine at bay. The opposition play was very strong, with fast play down the sides and several attempts at the gaol. The Saints defence of Ahlia, Sacchin, Rohan, Digby and Rennie, and the continuously improving goalie Liam, stopped them in their tracks. Ten minutes in Daylesford managed to take the lead when a pass by Jonas, through a group of defenders to Franki resulted in goal placed perfectly into the back corner. Minutes before half time the Vikings managed to even the score.
Daylesford started to unravel in the second half losing their pace. Some sloppy passing in the midfield and attack, and mistakes in defence lead to several consecutive goals for the Vikings. Final score was 4:1 to the Vikings.
Daylesford/Sebastopol got off to a strong start against North United Black with Taron weaving around the opposition so much he seemed to be everywhere. Govinda and Santino slipped into the easy partnership that’s been so effective in recent games and the teams were locked hard at 0-0. Strong defense from Ceilidh and Marlon kept United at bay until a quick break against the flow of play allowed United to slip in a cheeky goal just before half time.
Early in the second half a snazzy one two between Lola and Memphis set up Govinda to score an equaliser and tensions were running high. A near miss by Zephyr was followed by a lightening break by United to clinch the game at 2-1
The seniors lost 2 to 1 against powerhouse ladder leaders Buninyong, in a very tight game that could have gone either way. Daylesford were missing a string of champions, but still pilled on the pressure, but were unable to find the equaliser.
Jeremy Fullerton, in his final game for Daylesford, was captain for the day and did his team and town proud with some solid passing and tackling all day. It was Jeremy who had the first chance of the day, but was unable to trouble the keeper.
Daylesford’s big bodies were no match for the skills and pace of the youthful opposition, who ran away 2 to 1 at half time, after being 1-0 down. Daylesford’s goal came from a penalty to new recruit from Athletico Gonzalo Silva. But Buninyong came roaring back with two goals, and ran the play for the first half.
The second half was mostly Daylesford’s, who dominated play for 35 minutes, but couldn’t find a goal, despite Jordi Barnes, Abdel Bennani and Sean Parklands going close.
As Daylesford tired, star midfielders Dragi Koleski and Jordi Barnes pushed hard, Ivan Carter and Tim Leney worked tirelessly to defend all half.
Daylesford now slip back to third, and will play bottom placed VicPark Blue at home next weekend, 1pm.
Best: Abdel Bennani, Dragi Koleski, Ivan Carter, Tim Leney, Jeremy Fullerton
The promised soccer extravaganza did not disappoint on Sunday. Over 200 junior players hit the fields at Victoria Park, as well as our Seniors team, matched by the same number of parents and supporters on what was the biggest day of local soccer the Club has experienced in recent times.