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.



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Clyde United is a head above

By SAM STRONG

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

 By BRIAN TIMMS

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. 



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

By BRIAN TIMMS

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.




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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

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2 Narooma/Bodalla 30
3 Broulee 15
4 Clyde United 9
5 Batemans Bay 3

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2 Bodalla 18
3 Narooma 16
4 Moruya Swans 15
5 Clyde United 8
6 Cobargo 0

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2 Moruya 37
3 Batemans Bay 29
4 Narooma 9
5 Bodalla 3

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2 Moruya Swans 50
3 Bodalla 42
4 Broulee 39
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6 Cobargo 20
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