Match Day Report, 29 May 2016

Freya on attack


Under 11s

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.

Under 13s

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.  

Under 15s

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

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Match Day Report, Miniroo Gala Day

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.


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After the huge success of the Mother’s day el classico, we could not wait until father’s day.
Again our miniroos will show their skill and talent on the Victoria Park battlefield. That includes all the children being coached by Jeff, John, Zoran, Brad and Josh.
It will be a fantastic occasion as we are having all clubs in the Ballarat and District Soccer League playing their under 11′s teams on the day so it will be a fantastic carnival atmosphere of football fun. We also have our Under 13s and Seniors playing soon after, come along and cheer for our local teams.
MiniRoos please come to the park at 10am and we will have a kick off at around 10.20
There will be a fabulous sausage sizzle, vegetarian options, egg and bacon rolls, cakes,  cold and hot drinks available from 9am, so come along and feed the family and help the Club with its fundraising and be a part of the family which is Daylesford and Hepburn United Football Club.
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Match Day Report, 15 May 2016

Daylesford's U11s goalie saves a goal in 6-2 win













Under 11s

The U11s played Creswick at Ballarat. The Saints dominated play in the first half, continually attacking the Creswick goal. The passing and team play was outstanding, resulting, within minutes in the first of many clever goals for the Saints. Players set up goals for their team mates with precise and self-less passing.  The final score was 6-2, a win for Daylesford with goals to Tulley (2), Mehdi, Zach, Tate and Logan.\

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Match Reports – May 8 Mothers Day El Classico


Mini Miniroos

The mini-miniroos came out full of excitement and turned the wet weather upside down with some brilliant plays. Ella dribbled and scored some great goals along with Lulu who was in great form. Mckenzie and Neisa were fantastic in all positions and both saved, passed and scored goals. Also very impressive was Jackson who’s soccer skills were top class. Charles played beautifully in the back sides and front as well as young Jai who ran the whole day. The kids had so much fun they didn’t want to stop. A fantastic effort by all players.


It was a cold bleak day which was broken by the brightness of over 20 of our best and youngest future soccer stars who took to the field in two games of the Mother’s day El Classico. It was a great battle with fantastic soccer being played across the field to the joy of the large and proud crowd. With Rosie, Imogen and Coco forming the trio of terror in defence on one side, made it hard for Anouk, indigo and Archie to make breakthroughs. Stanley and Albert both performed admirably and surely made their mother proud. Again young Tyler hurled himself into everything without fear for his own safety and was able to walk off injuries which would have ended other players’ careers. Sol and Jasper were fantastic in both defence and attack and have very bright futures in front of them. Rowan moved in and out of the game at times while Sam made great passes from the sides into dangerous places. Our foreign import Oscar, from Echuca, was a surprise packet and difficult to handle with great dribbling and shooting skills not to mention great hair.

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Mothers Day El Classico – Daylesford and Hepburn style

It has come time for the MINIROOS to show their families how well they are progressing. We will host the first intra club MINIROOS game on Mothers Day the 8th of May at vic park
Come down at 10am for a 10.15-10.30 kick off.
The Under 13’s play at 11.30 so stay and watch them after.
WE shall run a sausage sizzle to treat mum on the day.
These are great days and lots of fun to play a game, meet fellow parents and show off your skill.

We also ask at this time for any outstanding fees please be paid by this date otherwise you will not be able to play on the day and unable to return to training until payments are made.
Should there be any problem with payment, please come talk to us.

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Match Reports – May 2


Under 11s

The under 11′s had a much improved showing against the Buninyong red side. With a few key players out, everyone was asked to play out of position and encouraged to try new roles. After conceding an early goal the defence and midfield began to work very well together to stop any further attacks. As the skies opened Daylesford was rewarded for its good clean passing game and were able to score just before half time.

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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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