Clyde and Swans set for decider

 Aug. 19, 2014, 8 p.m.

CONTESTED BALL: Clyde United and Moruya Swans all age ladies' teams will clash this weekend.

CONTESTED BALL: Clyde United and Moruya Swans all age ladies' teams will clash this weekend.

THE second-last round the Eurobodalla Football Association’s regular season was played in wet conditions on Sunday as teams battled it out for remaining finals positions.

One all age ladies game was played on Sunday between Clyde United and Narooma at Surfside.

Clyde put six into the back of the net while Narooma managed a single goal. 

Bodalla forfeited to Batemans Bay.

The race for the minor premiership will come down to the final round clash between Clyde United and Moruya Swans.

Clyde and Moruya sit on equal competitionpoints but Clyde has an unassailable 20-point goal difference margin.

Moruya will have to win Sunday’s clash at home to claim the title as Clyde would claim the title with a draw. 

The all age men’s minor premiership was sealed by Clyde United last week and the club continued its winning ways with a 3-nil win against third-placed Bodalla at Surfside. 

Club counterparts Clyde Eagles will miss the finals but nabbed their second win of the season beating Moruya Blue 4-nil at Gundary Oval.

The second-placed Moruya Swans kept Batemans Bay scoreless and put three in the back of the net to seal a major semi-final appearance. 

Cobargo forfeited to Broulee. Broulee could steal third place from Bodalla if results fall their way this weekend.

Moruya Blue, the youth boys’ minor premiers, beat Bodalla 2-nil at Bodalla while Clyde United and Moruya Swans played a goalless draw.

The result sealed Clyde’s fate as Moruya Blue, Moruya Swans, Bodalla and Narooma will play in the finals. 

In the youth girls competition the frontrunners, Moruya Swans, were knocked off by second-ranked Narooma/Bodalla 4-1 and Broulee beat Clyde United 2-1.

Batemans Bay had a bye but won’t be able to make the finals regardless of results in the final round. 

Clyde United's men closing in on minor premiership

CONTROLLING TEMPO: Batemans Bay’s Richard Lloyd plays a ball to the wing against Broulee at Captain Oldrey Park.

CONTROLLING TEMPO: Batemans Bay’s Richard Lloyd plays a ball to the wing against Broulee at Captain Oldrey Park.

CLYDE United remains perched at the top of the Eurobodalla Football Association’s all age men’s competition with four rounds left before the finals begin.

On Sunday, United ran in seven goals against the lowly-ranked Moruya Blue at Gundary Oval.

The Moruya Swans sit in outright second after defeating an under strength Clyde Eagles 5-nil at Surfside.

Bodalla put two past Cobargo for its win at Narrira Oval and sit two points behind the Swans on the ladder.

Broulee kept in touch with the Swans and Bodalla with a 3-1 win against Batemans Bay at Captain Oldrey Park. 

In the all age ladies’ competition Batemans Bay showed their class on a sunny, clear afternoon with a 4-nil win against Narooma.

Bodalla forfeited to the Moruya Swans and Clyde United had a bye.

The Swans are first on the ladder however Clyde’s greater goal difference and game-in-hand could earn United the minor premiership with four games remaining. 

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Moruya Swans claim Clyde United in classic at Surfside


July 23, 2014, 6 a.m.

ON THE BALL: Moruya Swans’ Erika Saines dribbles the ball out of her half against Clyde United.

ON THE BALL: Moruya Swans’ Erika Saines dribbles the ball out of her half against Clyde United.

CLYDE United’s unbeaten run this season in all age ladies soccer ended on Sunday with a 2-1 loss to Moruya Swans at Surfside.

Ashleigh Dillon put Clyde 1-nil ahead in the 30th minute with a shot from a low cross and her side looked set for another win.

The Swans had other ideas and constantly counter-attacked.  

Crystal Staunton nearly equalised when her long-range free kick hit the crossbar in the 35th minute.

Staunton made amends 10 minutes into the second half with a curling free kick into the top right-hand side of the net to level the score 1-1.

From that point, play was frantic and both sides tried to dominate mid-field. 

In the 62nd minute, the Swans went ahead 2-1 when Ali Baker’s cross was bundled into the net by Adele Saines.

Clyde, who beat Moruya Swans 3-1 in their previous encounter, launched an all-out attack but the disciplined visitors survived, aided by Renee Johnston’s fine goalkeeping.

Clyde coach Paul Dillon reflected on his side’s chances, including hitting a post and a crossbar during the match. 

He believed the crossbar shot deflected beyond the goal line. 

“We scored but it just wasn’t given,” Paul said.

“We weren’t switched on today and things just weren’t going our way.”

Moruya Swans co-coach Andrew Catsaras told his team post-match it was the best game they had played. 

“Every time they came at us, you stopped them,” Catsaras told his players.

Clyde United and Moruya Swans out in front

STRIDING OUT: Clyde’s Kane Carmichael out runs a Cobargo defender at Surfside.

STRIDING OUT: Clyde’s Kane Carmichael out runs a Cobargo defender at Surfside. 

EUROBODALLA Football Association’s competition was in full-swing on Sunday.

Junior and youth teams joined their all age counterparts on the pitch after a school holiday break.

In the all age men’s competition Clyde United returned to the winners circle beating Cobargo 7-nil at Surfside.

Nathan Vogel was the player of the match with his four goals while Neil Mackay, Daniel Gillett and Kane Carmichael each put a shot into the back of the net. 

The Moruya Swans crept into second spot with a 3-nil victory against Broulee at Gundary Oval while Bodalla stayed in third with a 2-nil win against Clyde Eagles.

Batemans Bay won by forfeit against Moruya Blue. 

In the all age ladies’ competition the Swans’ win over Clyde United places them equal first with Clyde.

The match was played for double points to compensate for a previously washed out fixture. 

Narooma won the battle of the south against Bodalla 5-2 and Batemans Bay had a bye.

Clyde United’s youth boys game against Bodalla thrilled the crowd in the high-scoring affair in which United held on to win 4-3 at Surfside.

The Moruya Swans won 4-2 against Narooma and Moruya Blue had a bye.

Moruya’s youth girls remain undefeated after its 5-nil win against Broulee and Batemans Bay forfeited to Narooma-Bodalla. 

Clyde United had a bye. 

Clyde United's in the clear

July 18, 2014, 6 a.m.

LOOKING AHEAD: Clyde United all age ladies’ player Ali Ryan takes control of the ball.

LOOKING AHEAD: Clyde United all age ladies’ player Ali Ryan takes control of the ball.

LAST Sunday, Eurobodalla Football Association’s all age men’s and ladies’ teams played and made Dalmeny Oval a soccer hot spot. 

In the ladies’ competition Batemans Bay made up for its narrow defeat the previous week with a 13-nil thumping of Bodalla.

In the other game Clyde United remained undefeated, burying Narooma 7-nil on the road.

The Moruya Swans had a bye and remain in second on the ladder. 

In the men’s matches, Clyde United kept a clean sheet in its 4-nil win against Batemans Bay and is 10 points clear on top of the ladder.

The Moruya Swans made light work of their club’s counterparts, the Moruya Blues, with an 8-nil victory.

The win boosted the Swans into second after Bodalla and Broulee had a 1-all draw. 

The Clyde Eagles had its first win of the season against Cobargo, winning 2-1. 

All age groups in the association will be back on the field this weekend after the school holidays unless they have a bye. 

Eurobodalla girls return as champions from National Championships


COUNTRY REPS: Lani Johnson and Monique Lush played for NSW Country at the National Youth Championships.

COUNTRY REPS: Lani Johnson and Monique Lush played for NSW Country at the National Youth Championships.

TWO Eurobodalla soccer guns have returned as champions after their respective teams won their pools at the National Youth Championship in Coffs Harbour last week.

Moruya High School students Lani Johnson and Monique Lush played for the NSW State Country team in the under 15s and under 13s teams respectively.

After six months of training the girls finally had a chance to show their talents against the top junior girls in the nation.

Johnson’s side proved doubters wrong becoming national champion and ending NSW Metro’s seven-year-run at the top. 

Johnson said she, and her team, were “really pumped” when they found out they would be crowned champions after they were given underdog status against NSW Metro.

“When the final whistle blew everyone was hugging and cheering and it was a memorable moment,” Johnson said.

The under 15s’ key game in pool A was against Metro and it was their first game of the tournament.

NSW Country won 1-nil against Metro, before defeating Victoria 2-nil and Northern NSW 2-nil on the following days.

In Country’s friendlies they were less successful and lost to Queensland 1-nil and South Australia 1-nil. 

Johnson played predominantly at left full-back and occasionally switched to centre-back and earned player of the game honours in the match against Queensland.

Lush’s team played in pool B and was declared the winner after convincing results.

The under 13s managed a 3-1 win, a 1-nil win, and two nil-all draws in their pool games.

Lush played through the midfield and backline and scored a stellar free kick in her team’s 3-1 win.

It was Lush’s first national championships and said she would like to play at the tournament again.

“It was a fun, good experience and I just liked being there,” Lush said. 

Both girls said they were not fazed by playing with new faces as the preparation camps helped familiarise them to each other. 

At the conclusion of the tournament Johnson and Lush were invited to play in their respective representative country teams which will tour Fiji toward the end of the year. 

“Our coaches said we improved as a team across the week and asked us to play in Fiji,” Lush said.

The girls will also press the reset button on the representative cycle in a few weeks when they begin trialling at the Southern Branch State Titles.

“The NSW Country selectors are there to watch and we’ll hopefully get picked again,” Johnson said.

Moruya Swans rally against revitalised Narooma Redbacks


ON THE BALL: Renee Johnston tries to get away a pass before a Redbacks defender steals the ball.

ON THE BALL: Renee Johnston tries to get away a pass before a Redbacks defender steals the ball.

MORUYA Swans, despite being cut to 10 players by injury, beat Narooma Redbacks 3-1 in the all age ladies’ game at Gundary Oval on Sunday.

Crystal Staunton put Moruya 1-nil ahead in the third minute and they looked likely to win by a big margin.

However, Narooma came back strongly, despite Jade Hansen being substituted in the 10th minute with breathing problems.

In the 18th minute, Narooma’s Sophie Taylor equalised and her team then took control and attacked constantly.

At half-time, Moruya coach Andrew Catsaras said the team was a bit flat and lacking inten-sity.

Taylor nearly pushed Narooma ahead just after half-time but her long-range shot was punched over the crossbar by keeper Renee Johnston.

Moruya player Hollie Lopez twisted her ankle in the 60th minute, and permanently left the field, which reduced Moruya to 10 players because they did not have a substitute.

That stimulated Moruya to raise their game and they went 2-1 ahead when, in the 64th minute, Hannah Zabel chased a low ball in the box and toe-tipped it past the opponent’s keeper.

Moruya sustained the attack and in the 77th minute went 3-1 ahead when Hannah Zabel scored again.

Narooma’s coach Graham Tasker, now making his side a strong challenger, was philosophical.

“I’m very happy with the way things have been going lately,” Tasker said.

“We just haven’t had the results yet.”

Narooma players are now being boosted by indoor soccer training at the Narooma Leisure Centre.

Moruya’s coach Andrew Catsaras said his team had a “much better performance in the second half”.

“We played with great spirit when we were down to 10 players,” he said. 

Football NSW State Awards


BRUNO CRISTALLO from Eurobodalla Association

Bruno has been a stalwart for the Association for over 30 years and has a passion for the game like no other.  

As an All Age player within the association for most of those 30 years Bruno has achieved the ultimate goal, having played for nearly all of the clubs in the region.

When Bruno isn’t playing, he’s coaching. He is well respected and has been coach of many junior and senior club teams and has coached several of the Association representative teams along the way as well as mentor to many of the up and coming youth age players.

Bruno is an active and value supporter of the Association and has put a lot of time into maintaining records over the years which has been invaluable to the Association committee and other members of the association, including players and parents.


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Under 12/13
1 Broulee 30
2 Batemans Bay 30
3 Moruya Blue 21
4 Moruya Swans 18
5 Narooma 15
6 Bodalla 6
7 Clyde United 0


Youth Girls
1 Moruya 30
2 Narooma/Bodalla 27
3 Broulee 15
4 Clyde United 9
5 Batemans Bay 3


Youth Boys
1 Moruya Blue 27
2 Bodalla 15
3 Narooma 15
4 Moruya Swans 14
5 Clyde United 8
6 Cobargo 0


All Age Ladies
1 Clyde United 37
2 Moruya 37
3 Batemans Bay 29
4 Narooma 6
5 Bodalla 3


All Age Men
1 Clyde United 57
2 Moruya Swans 47
3 Bodalla 39
4 Broulee 36
5 Batemans Bay 23
6 Cobargo 19
7 Clyde Eagles 8
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