Clyde clips Moruya Swans to win all age ladies' premiership


Clyde United’s all age ladies’ team at the trophy presentation.

Clyde United’s all age ladies’ team at the trophy presentation.

IN a magnificent display of sporting prowess, Ali Ryan rammed home a free kick that claimed the all age ladies’ football grand final for Clyde United against Moruya Swans.

The winning shot, mid-way through the second half, gave Clyde a 1-nil lead they hung onto until the final whistle in the decider at Dalmeny on Sunday.

After the match, Swans goalkeeper Renee Johnston, who made several major diving saves, revealed to her team-mates that she was expecting a baby.

“The reason that I’ve been eating so much is that I’m 11-and-a-half-weeks’ pregnant,” Johnston said.

Her saves included pouncing on a penalty shot in the 18th minute, an achievement her child might possibly recall in later life.

Overall, there was little difference in play from the two sides in the frantic, free-flowing match.

Referee Darryl Walsh showed three yellow cards - to Moruya’s Crystal Staunton and Vicki Baker, and to Clyde’s Katie Lauder.

Moruya won five corners in the final minutes but couldn’t hit the net.

Clyde’s keeper, Ali Spicer, made one fine save from a Staunton header.

Clyde coach Paul Dillon said he believed it was a fair match.

“Both teams deserved to win and take home the trophy,” Dillon said.

“We didn’t play our best but we held our own.”

Swans’ co-coaches Andrew Catsaras and Phil Timms praised their players’ fine handling of not only a tough season but also their first grand final.

“The ugly duckling almost became the beautiful swan,” Timms said.

The Swans club was boosted by the youth girls’ grand final win after a penalty shootout against Narooma.

Ali Ryan’s free kick floats over Moruya Swans’ Renee Johnston.

Ali Ryan’s free kick floats over Moruya Swans’ Renee Johnston.

Bodalla Bulls break Clyde's run


NUMBER ONE: Bodalla Bulls all age men’s team with the trophy after the match at Dalmeny Oval.

NUMBER ONE: Bodalla Bulls all age men’s team with the trophy after the match at Dalmeny Oval.

BODALLA Bulls knocked off perennial power house Clyde United in the all age men’s Eurobodalla Football Association grand final on Sunday.

The Bulls, who had not won since 2010, dashed the minor premiers’ hopes when Callum Duncan pounced on a deflected free kick to put his side in front 2-1 a minute from injury time.

Bodalla’s captain Jesse French said the Bulls were pleased to end Clyde’s hopes of a fourth straight grand final win.

“We were stoked, it doesn’t get much better,” French said.

Bodalla had not beaten Clyde in the regular season and French was not sure if his side could have held on in extra-time if it had not snatched a late game winner.

The score was nil-all for the first 30 minutes on Sunday, yet Clyde controlled territory and had more shots on goal.

In the 33rd minute, Clyde won a 50-50 ball and streamed forward. 

The ball was at the feet of captain Matt O’Neill who was running down the right fringe. 

He cut back onto his left foot, floated a ball across goal which went over the goalkeeper’s hands, and into the opposite corner to put his side up 1-nil.

It could have been 2-nil shortly after as a through ball landed at Dean Carmichael’s feet but his on-target shot hit the cross bar.

After half-time Bodalla began to make ground and started to attack the penalty area.

Twenty minutes into the half, French was brought down in the 18-yard box after streaking down the left edge and Bodalla was given a penalty.

He calmly slotted it, narrowly avoiding the diving arms of Clyde’s goalkeeper Rick Patrizi who guessed the direction correctly. 

The teams went back and forth for the next 15 minutes as Clyde brought on substitutes to pester the tiring Bulls.

Two minutes from full-time Bodalla won a free kick five metres away from the right edge of the 18-yard box.

French whipped in a difficult, low, curving shot which landed as an awkward half-volley for Patrizi. 

Duncan jumped out before any defenders and tapped the ball into the net before Patrizi could make a second effort. 

Clyde United won its third straight all age ladies’ title, beating Moruya Swans 1-nil. 

Coach Paul Dillon was rapt his side pulled off the grand final, minor premiership double. 

“I would like to congratulate all the girls for this year’s performance as we had a vastly different squad to the previous winners,” Dillon said. 

“Full credit to Andrew and his side for not allowing us to play our natural game,” Dillon said.

In the youth boys’ competition Bodalla beat minor premiers Moruya Blue 3-2.

Bodalla went ahead 2-nil after the first 10 minutes and the margin remained the same at the break.

Moruya scored its first goal off a penalty minutes after half-time and trailed 2-1.

Bodalla hit back next before Moruya followed up a shot to knock in its second goal.

Jed French, Tom Engelbrecht and Kane Duncan scored for Bodalla and Alex Gwynne and Jack O’Donnell scored for Moruya Blue.

In the youth girls, Moruya won a penalty shootout against Bodalla-Narooma.

It was 1-1 at full-time and 1-1 after extra-time before Moruya won 3-1 in penalties. 

In the under 13s, Broulee blitzed Batemans Bay to win 8-nil. 


 Are you interested in playing & training at a higher level; then come try out representative football in Eurobodalla!!

In 2015 all the branch championships rounds will be played over the Easter long weekend in Goulburn. Players are needed in most of the following age groups;

Girls- under 12, 13/14 & 15/16

Boys- under 12, 13, 14,15 & 16

For more information please email EFA secretary Judy Shoesmith: or call 44764501 to have an application form emailed to you or ask your club. Your name needs to be added to the list NOW so we know how many players there are available for 2015 and so teams can be nominated.




Skill Training Certificate To Be Held in Moruya

Matt Shepherd, The Coach and Development Manager for Football New South Wales, Southern Branch will be holding a Skill Training Certificate at Gundary Oval, Moruya on September 20th and 21st.

 The Skill Training Certificate focuses on giving coaches of the 9-13 year age group the skills they need to develop players in the vital Skill Acquisition Phase of learning.

In the Skill Acquisition Phase the coach focuses on building a solid foundation of technical skill that marries technical excellence with developing decision making skills. 

The course is conducted over 14 hours, is fully practical and deals with the development of the 4 Functional Game Skills: 

First Touch 
Striking the Ball 
Running with the Ball 
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These four Core Skills make up 95% of the actions of any outfield player during a game of football which is why it is critical to train these actions repeatedly so that the players have the opportunity to develop their ability to perform them more effectively during a game.

 “This course is fantastic preparation for coaches working at this stage of learning and every player regardless of ability, deserves coaches who have been exposed to the methodology contained in the course.”, explained Matt Shepherd.

 “Not only do coaches learn a great deal in these courses, but ultimately, they enjoy coaching more with their new learned skills. This ultimately benefits the player and increases not only their skill, but their likelihood to stay in the game. This is a ‘must’ for clubs that want to increase the retention of players and coaches!”.

 Coaches interested can receive a subsidy to attend the course through their club and must register prior to September 19.

 The link to register can be found here:

 For  more information, please contact Association Secretary, Ms. Judy Shoesmith

Matthew Shepherd
Coaching & Development Manager - Southern


PO Box 1550, Nowra NSW 2541
M 0419 925 006


Bodalla bursts into youth boys' grand final

Bodalla's youth boys shot through to the grand final after a narrow 2-1 win against minor premiers Moruya Blue at Gundary Oval on August 31.

Moruya Blue faces Narooma on September 7 for the final grand final spot. 

Clyde men wins thriller against Moruya

CLYDE United's all age men's team is through the grand final after defeating Moruya Swans 2-1 after extra time at Gundary Oval on August 31.

Neither team could find the back of the net in regular time but Moruya shot ahead after Justin McDonald finished a cross in the early minutes of the extra period. Moruya's lead was short-lived when Dominic Patrizi equalised almost instantly after kick-off to put the game in a deadlock.

A few minutes later Dean Carmichael potted the eventual match winner. Carmichael was off-balance and floated a ball across the face of the goal which found the back corner of the net, and put his side in the grand final. Moruya will tackle Bodalla next week for a shot in the decider after Bodalla defeated Broulee 3-1 in the men's minor semi-final.

Clyde United is a head above


ON THE HEAD: Clyde United’s Matt O’Neill clears the ball with a header against Moruya Swans on Sunday.

ON THE HEAD: Clyde United’s Matt O’Neill clears the ball with a header against Moruya Swans on Sunday. 

CLYDE United reigned supreme this season, taking out both Eurobodalla Football Association’s all age ladies’ and men’s minor premiership.

The men wrapped up their third minor premiership in four seasons with three rounds remaining 

after being the benchmark team all season.

United scored the most goals for the season with 97, 25 more than Bodalla, and conceded five in 21 games, with the next best being Moruya Swans who let through 20. 

Clyde’s two losses, including a 1-nil defeat on Sunday, were at the hands of Moruya Swans, Clyde’s major semi-final opponent. 

Player and club committee member Matt O’Neill said it was the team’s familiarity and all-round talent which were vital to the minor premiership.

“We have pace and skill in positions across the park,” O’Neill said.

“Our defenders play well together and we have one of the most experienced goalkeepers in the competition.”

A goal for the team was to take back the minor premiership from the Swans. 

“It’s great to win it again and hopefully we can make it to our fourth grand final,” O’Neill said.

He said the side would not look into the final-round loss to Moruya and believed Clyde could book a grand final appearance. 

“We had control for good periods of the match but we could not 

finish,” he said.

“Moruya are a good side and play the way we want to play.

“I think we can improve our accuracy in the finals as we create a lot of opportunities.”

Clyde’s all age ladies’ team had to overcome a late season surge from Moruya Swans to take out the minor premiership.

The women’s team secured the title with a comprehensive, last- round 5-nil win against Moruya at Gundary Oval on Sunday.

Clyde’s first-year coach Paul Dillon believed the team deserved to come away as minor premiers.

“After a hard-fought season with ups and down, they prevailed like the champion’s they are and I was very happy with their performance,” Dillon said.

“To come out on top after a 20-week season is great.”

Dillon said Moruya and Batemans Bay were the club’s biggest challenges throughout the season.

“They both got better as the year progressed,” Dillon said.

“Moruya were outstanding and really pushed us.”

Dillon said the ladies’ squad had gone through changes at the start of the season and attributed its success to the club’s player development.

“There were six or seven new faces in the starting line-up this season and it was great for us to have a lot of youth girls to come through the ranks,” he said.

On Sunday, the association’s semi-finals will be held at Gundary Oval.

Clyde United’s all age men tackle Moruya Swans and the ladies’ major semi-final will feature the same two clubs.

The men’s minor semi-final will be a clash between Bodalla and Broulee and the ladies’ will be between Batemans Bay and Narooma. 

Clyde ladies clinch minor premiership


Clyde’s Sheree Coubrough slides in to steal the ball from Moruya’s Kirsty Robertson.

Clyde’s Sheree Coubrough slides in to steal the ball from Moruya’s Kirsty Robertson.

CLYDE United won the minor premiership in all age ladies’ football with a 5-nil away win against nearest rival Moruya Swans.

The Swans have the chance of revenge when the two sides clash at Gundary Oval again next Sunday in the major semi-final play-off.

They need a plan to block Clyde star striker Sheree Coubrough, who netted two goals in the first four minutes at Gundary Oval, the first after dribbling past defenders in the box and the second thumping home a corner cross.

The Swans had a few chances to score from goalmouth scrambles but Clyde were too strong and in the 24th minute a strike by Ali Ryan from the edge of the box made the half-time score 3-nil.

As play became heated early in the second half, referee Gabi Harding stopped the game and asked the two captains to tell their players to calm down and ease the tension.

The Swans launched attacks but couldn’t get through the defence.

In a breakaway Coubrough scored her third by hitting home a corner in the 67th minute to put Clyde 4-nil ahead.

Two minutes from time, Ryan scored her second to make Clyde 5-nil winners.

Clyde coach Paul Dillon was delighted because his side suffered a 2-1 home defeat in their previous match against the Swans four weeks ago.

“Last time we got bashed and belted off the ball but this time we played brilliantly. We deserved our win,” Dillon said.

Swans co-coach Andrew Catsaras was philosophical. 

“They are a very good side, we just couldn’t match them and they deserved their win,” Catsaras said. 

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. 


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Under 12/13
1 Broulee 33
2 Batemans Bay 30
3 Moruya Blue 21
4 Moruya Swans 21
5 Narooma 15
6 Bodalla 6
7 Clyde United 0


Youth Girls
1 Moruya 33
2 Narooma/Bodalla 30
3 Broulee 15
4 Clyde United 9
5 Batemans Bay 3


Youth Boys
1 Moruya Blue 30
2 Bodalla 18
3 Narooma 16
4 Moruya Swans 15
5 Clyde United 8
6 Cobargo 0


All Age Ladies
1 Clyde United 40
2 Moruya 37
3 Batemans Bay 29
4 Narooma 9
5 Bodalla 3


All Age Men
1 Clyde United 57
2 Moruya Swans 50
3 Bodalla 42
4 Broulee 39
5 Batemans Bay 24
6 Cobargo 20
7 Clyde Eagles 8
8 Moruya Blue 4

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