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. 

Moruya Swans sweep brave Bodalla


Ali Baker of Moruya works to out-manoeuvre Sharon Gmur and Robyn Lush of Bodalla. Photo: Phoebe Turner.

Ali Baker of Moruya works to out-manoeuvre Sharon Gmur and Robyn Lush of Bodalla. Photo: Phoebe Turner.

MORUYA all age ladies defeated a gallant Bodalla 17-1 at Gundary Oval on Sunday.

Moruya matched Bodalla’s complement of nine players in an evenly contested first half, with Bodalla frustrating the Moruya attack by flooding their defensive line.

Moruya’s Renee Johnston almost broke through the Bodalla phalanx with one of her trademark thunderbolts ringing the near post. 

Bodalla’s talented Kimberley Cox had an engaging tussle with Moruya fullback, Hollie Lopez, regularly cutting in from the wing and eventually profiting with an elegant goal in the 25th minute.

Despite a subdued first half, in which Moruya rookie Ali Baker was rewarded with her first goal of the season, Moruya found its rhythm after the break. 

The half-time score line of 3-1 was soon to change dramatically.

In the second half Bodalla tested the Moruya defence with long balls but the experienced Jodie Saines and her fellow defenders were up to the challenge.

Returning fullback Lou Walker seamlessly held her own at right back after a lengthy absence. 

As the game progressed Moruya started to click into gear.

Star striker Shannon Nicholls matched her tally of 10 goals scored in the previous encounter between the two teams, this time completing the task in the second half alone. 

Her combination with team captain Crystal Staunton proved lucrative, with Staunton bagging six herself.

Moruya co-coach Andrew Catsaras was pleased with the result.

“Our girls did what was required against a team who, with the addition of just a couple more players, would be capable of testing any team in this competition,” Catsaras said. 

Bodalla tackle Batemans Bay in all-age men's

BODALLA beat Batemans Bay 6-3 in a bruising encounter at Hanging Rock on June 22.

Bodalla streaked ahead in the first half to lead 3-nil.

Bodalla scored first in the second stanza, but the Bay fired back with two of its own to trail 4-2.

Two more late goals for Bodalla stopped any chance of a come-from-behind victory by Batemans Bay. 

The Bay's last goal was scored by Lachlan Mitchell who completed his hat-trick with a shot from the penalty spot 

Skills Training Session for Coaches, Capt Oldrey Park Broulee.

Broulee Soccer Club have organised a Skills Training Session for coaches targeted at the age groups of U9-U12. This will be held during the school holidays on Monday 7 July at Capt Oldrey Park. Mark Johnson from Southern Branch will be there from around 4pm to conduct the clinic.

The clinic is open to all Eurobodalla coaches, even if your team is outside U9-U12's age group, come along and you may pick up some hany tips from a quality instructor.

For more infomation or to register your interest in the clinic contact the Broulee club at


Moruya Swans glide in on turbulent Narooma pond


IN THE MIDDLE: Narooma’s Morgen McMillen and Moruya’s Erika Saines challenge each other for the ball on Sunday. Photo: Julie Morgan.

IN THE MIDDLE: Narooma’s Morgen McMillen and Moruya’s Erika Saines challenge each other for the ball on Sunday. Photo: Julie Morgan.

MORUYA Swans beat Narooma 6-2 in an all-age ladies soccer match threatened with abandon due to lightning.

Near half-time, referee Gabi Harding asked a spectator to measure the seconds between the sight and sound of the lightning to see how close it was getting to the match at Dalmeny.

“If it is coming our way I would have to abandon the match,” Harding told players and spectators.

Thankfully, the flashes headed out to sea.

In the first half, Narooma faced the worst of the heavy rain and strong winds, as well as the well-coordinated and fast passing opposition.

Moruya’s Hannah Zabel scored first in the 17th minute, with dynamic Crystal Staunton adding four more goals, one a penalty, to make the half-time score 5-1. Narooma’s goal came from a 30th minute hard, low shot by Ashley Walpole which went in off the post.

With the wind and rain now in their backs, Narooma bounced back in the second half and although Staunton scored her fifth to make it 6-1, Narooma’s Jade Hansen lobbed a goal from outside the box in the final minute for a 6-2 outcome.

In the awful conditions, fine games were played by both goalkeepers, Narooma’s versatile Bridie Clark-Bolger, and Moruya’s Michelle Zabel, with fine anticipation despite a crook ankle. 

Narooma coach Graham Tasker was philosophical about a good game in harsh weather. 

“Moruya deserved their win,” Tasker said.

Moruya’s co-coach Andrew Catsaras was pleased with the result.

“Our girls played very well in the trying conditions,” Catsaras said. 


Batemans Bay’s all-age men come alive


THE Batemans Bay all-age men’s team came away with a 2-1 victory against the Moruya Blues on a wet field at Gundary Oval on Sunday.

Troy Morris and Lachlan Mitchell found the back on the net for the Bay and Moruya’s lone goal came from a bad back pass which resulted in an own goal.

The Bay’s all-age ladies match went to reigning premiers, Clyde United, 2-nil at Hanging Rock.

The wet weather proved interesting for both teams as they tried to keep possession of the ball.

Batemans Bay played a strong defensive game in both halves with Jacinta Murray “on fire in an outstanding performance” filling in for the regular keeper who couldn’t make the game.

The Bay scored an own goal in the first half and Clyde slotted another early in the second to finish the match.

“All in all, the game was a good one, with both teams’ attacking and defensive skills on show despite the terrible weather,” publicity officer Sharyn Hanlon said. 

“We are hoping for another exciting game the next time they meet.”

In the under 8s, Bay City defeated Clyde United 8-2.

“In the wet conditions the boys played some great soccer,” Hanlon said.

Dylan Hill scored a hat-trick and teamwork led to other goals. 

“Kyle Lanyon was strong in defence and set up the play well, winning the man of the match award,” she said.

“Corban McCloughlan was very good in goals and they loved the conditions.” 

The next training session is on June 11 for the under 8s as there is no game this Sunday.

Batemans Bay Blasts Cobargo to Smithereens


IT’S A BIRD: Batemans Bay all age men’s player Matt Stevens and Ben Goodwin wait for a lobbed ball to drop.

IT’S A BIRD: Batemans Bay all age men’s player Matt Stevens and Ben Goodwin wait for a lobbed ball to drop.

FROM the first whistle it was “game on” between Batemans Bay all age men and Cobargo at Hanging Rock on Sunday.

Both sides played fiercely in the physical encounter but the Bay side prevailed to take its second win this season.

Bay striker Chris Smithers scored a goal early in the first half and tight defence kept the score at 1-nil until the break.

Cobargo regrouped well took the momentum early on but the Bay fought back and Smithers gave the Bay a two-goal lead.

Just before full-time the Bay won a penalty and Smithers put it into the back of the net; a hat-trick for him and a 3-nil victory to the Bay.

Batemans Bay Football Club publicity officer Sharyn Hanlon said the Bay’s midfield and defence responded well to pressure from Cobargo.

“Troy Morris, Matt Stevens and Sam Hornby did well in the midfield and defenders Ben Goodwin, Andy Pustavrh and Anthony Bellette were equally busy in defence,” Hanlon said.

Batemans Bay all age ladies came out firing and scored six first half goals to build an unassailable lead in their home game against Narooma.

Narooma fought back after the break and scored three quick goals to scare Batemans Bay.

The Bay lifted its intensity and scored two more in the second half and finished 8-3 victors.

Hanlon said the team was happy with its win but had to improve.

“They’ll be working on their fitness at training as want them to finish games the way they start,” she said. 

On Sunday, Batemans Bay plays Moruya at Gundary Oval. 

The Bay under 10/11s had a great game against Bodalla Green.

Goalkeeper Maddie saved most of the balls but the score at half time was 4-nil.

Despite the Bay players’ best efforts, the game ended at 13-nil in Green’s favour.

In the under 9s match against Bodalla, the Bay also played well though Bodalla cruised to a 6-1 victory.

In the under 8s, it was Bay City against Bay Strikers on Sunday.

Bay City had a tough first half but came out hard in the second to eventually prevail for a 6-2 win.

The boys have played four games this season and show improvement every week.

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 21
2 Batemans Bay 21
3 Moruya Blue 15
4 Moruya Swans 12
5 Narooma 9
6 Bodalla 6
7 Clyde United 0


Youth Girls
1 Moruya 24
2 Narooma/Bodalla 18
3 Broulee 6
4 Clyde United 6
5 Batemans Bay 3


Youth Boys
1 Moruya Blue 15
2 Moruya Swans 13
3 Narooma 12
4 Bodalla 9
5 Clyde United 7
6 Cobargo 0


All Age Ladies
1 Clyde United 30
2 Moruya 27
3 Batemans Bay 21
4 Narooma 6
5 Bodalla 0


All Age Men
1 Clyde United 45
2 Moruya Swans 35
3 Bodalla 33
4 Broulee 27
5 Batemans Bay 20
6 Cobargo 16
7 Clyde Eagles 5
8 Moruya Blue 4

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