STATE CUP TEAM REPORTS 2012

 

Report for the Open Mens

I have been the coach since 2008 and have seen a vast improvement in player attitudes since then, and 1 of these changes was a more serious attitude towards their fitness. The mens team started by firstly asking Josh Cameron to be their personal trainer and after 2 months of fitness training they all felt fitter than they had ever been, and it was evident on the field. Thank you Josh for taking control of the teams fitness it got the desired results, and was handled professionally.

With a new format for the open men this year, we were placed into a pool with 2 top ten seeded teams, Central Coast & Bankstown we lost to Central Coast 4-3, the game was there for us to win but we weren’t good enough on the day, Bankstown were all class and we found it hard to compete against Australian & NSW rep players losing 9-0, our third game we played Liverpool and that was a game we want to forget going down 7-3. After Fridays games we were placed in the plate division of the competition for Saturdays games, playing Varsity and losing 4-1, Wollongong losing 7-2, Hills Hornets was a win for the boys 3-2, our last game against Ryde Eastwood on Sunday morning was a win 10-3 + a field goal, yes a field goal we were in control of this game by this time so Ryde Eastwood decided to shake things up a bit, they thought they should have shot for goal and they did, and it went straight between the posts, the kicker was sin binned but it was a great kick, even the refs laughed.

The players` player for the weekend was our vice captain Ben Robinson, and it was well deserved. Ben made a hard decision half way through the leadup to State Cup to step down from the captaincy and concentrate on his own game and it proved to be the right decision, Troy Nichols took the captaincy role back on and it was a win win for the team overall, thank you Troy.

This team has had a few personal changes from the previous year, firstly a new player who came to our club Brad Griffin, Brad has been the adrenalin this team has needed, and he is a welcomed player, firstly as my assistant coach, to our club and to this team. Brad is also a Level 2 coach and a Level 2 referee and an NTL rep player, so his knowledge has been invaluable. I personally would like to thank him for being my assistant coach and to also be apart of our team. We lost a few players due to work commitments so we needed to look for players to fill these vacancies, and we didn’t need to ask twice, Jeral Milner had been training with the team ever week and was an obvious choice as long as we could convince his brother Beau, we think he was frightened Jeral might take the lime light off him and he did. Jack Stutfield was our next choice, as Jack has been there before and helped the boys out, and as the weekend went on and had a great tournament. Tom McFadden was another player who has played at this level and he never let us down, thank you to those players.

Lyn Krause thank you! thank you! thank you! what a manager, your the best, what else can I say.

Rob Summers felt the wrath of Lynnibil and I don’t think he has come down off the tent walls after Lyn ripped it into him, god I wish I had a video of it. I am sure he wont be making anymore stupid rules that he isn’t going to enforce in future. And we will do it all again next year GO BULLSHARKS!!!!

Report for the girls from State Cup. 
2012 State Cup saw a relatively young and inexperienced, but enthusiastic Womens Open side travel to Port Macquarie for the event. With the new format for the open divisions, Friday was grading day and our first match was against tournament invitees Japan – yes that’s the Japanese National side.  The girls scored first to lead 1-0 and were very competitive throughout the match but just didn’t have the combination that comes with experience and more time together, eventually losing 9-1. The rest of the day brought a hard fought 1-0 win against Campbelltown  and a loss to Easts 2 to finish third in their pool.  The win did come at a cost though with team captain Regan injuring her ankle, ruling her out of the rest of the tournament. This was to be something of an omen for the team and the start of an horrific run with injuries.  
The girls performance on Friday saw them graded into the Plate competition with 5 round matches to be played across Saturday and Sunday morning, needing to finish in the top 2 of their pool to qualify for the finals. Things didn’t start well with a loss to Parramatta2 first up on Saturday morning and another serious injury. Arianne ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament ending her weekend.  The girls then picked themselves up to record a 1-1 draw with Maitland, and an impressive 5-1 win over Varsity, giving themselves a chance to qualify for the finals if they could beat Bankstown on Saturday afternoon and Easts 3 on Sunday morning. However, the injury toll was climbing with Kerene injuring a leg muscle that prevented her from playing again, Khayla injuring her shoulder and Bec  injuring her elbow. Georgia was also battling severe blisters on her feet.
 
Despite the mounting injury toll, the girls were starting to develop some combination and improving rapidly as the weekend progressed. In the last game on Saturday against Bankstown, everything was going to plan with the girls skipping to a comfortable lead but then disaster struck again. Jess also ruptured her ACL, finishing her weekend. The girls went on to win the match 6-2 but in effect that was the end of their campaign.  Sunday morning saw the remaining 10 players, 3 carrying injuries that would normally rule them out of the side,  take the field against Easts 3.  The girls stuck it out but went down 7-0 to finish 4th in their pool on for and against.  
The weekend was overall an inspiring performance from a group of girls that simply would not give up despite the ridiculous injury toll that was working against them. Don’t be fooled by some of the scorelines, in their matches. The side was competitive in all of their games and the girls remained positive and continued to improve as a team as the weekend progressed. Who knows what might have been possible without the injury toll.  Kerene was able to find the positives from her injury in form of the cute physio that had to assess her injured leg/backside in the medical tent. 
Player’s player for the weekend was awarded to Abbie Beecher and Coaches Award went to Emily DeMaria.  A big thankyou goes to Wendy Batterham who organised all of the off field stuff for the team and made my job as coach that much easier.  When you sign up to be team manager, you don’t expect to spend half your weekend in the medical tent, organising crutches, people to drive cars, carry injured players up stairs etc etc. and all delivered with a smile.  
Finally the club would like to wish those girls with injuries a speedy recovery, and especially Arianne and Jess who are both heading for knee reconstructions. Scott.

  

Men’s 40’s make semi-finals at NSW State Cup 

Ballina Men’s 40’s had a great weekend making the semi-finals of the NSW State Cup. It was only the second time the team had played together. We had a great start with a 3-6 win over Ryde followed by probably our worst game with a 4-2 loss to Kiama. Day two also started well with a 5-4 win over Hornets, but again in our second game of the day we played poorly with a 3-2 loss to Wests. We struggled to contain a stepper name “snapper” in a 6-1 loss to Canterbury, but went on to finish the day with an outstanding 3-3 draw with the top of the ladder team Wallsend, who were undefeated in the round games. The draw was enough to put us in the semi-finals on Sunday with Wallsend who came out hard playing a faster more open game than the day before beating us 6-3. Overall it was an excellent effort considering more than half the team had only played one state cup previously, and half the team is over 45, and a few pushing 50.All are keen to go again, so a Ballina Mens 40’s should be a regular appearance in the future.




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