Stingrays stun Bodalla

 
BIG WIN: Broulee’s Glenn Weissel, pictured taking a free kick against Batemans Bay, helped his side upset Bodalla 4-3 on Sunday.

BIG WIN: Broulee’s Glenn Weissel, pictured taking a free kick against Batemans Bay, helped his side upset Bodalla 4-3 on Sunday.

BROULEE Stingrays have a sliver of hope of making the finals after a comeback win against the in-form Bodalla Bulls in the Eurobodalla Football Association’s all age men’s competition on Sunday. 

Broulee trailed 2-nil at half-time but a stirring performance by Glenn Weisell set up a grand stand finish.

He scored two goals and assisted Hayden Connor, who put Broulee ahead with five minutes remaining.

Broulee’s Matt Dunn scored the other goal in the club’s 4-3 win at Captain Oldrey Park. 

Batemans Bay also came from behind to draw with Moruya Swans 2-all at Hanging Rock. 

Clyde United found its scoring touch putting eight past Moruya Blue to win at Gundary Oval.

After 15 games Clyde United is first on 36 competitions points, followed by Moruya, Bodalla and Batemans Bay.

Broulee needs to win its remaining five matches to make the top-four but also needs Batemans Bay to only win one of its last five games. 

Clyde United’s run of 13-consecutive wins was ended in the 1-all draw to Batemans Bay in the all age ladies’ competition.

In the other fixture Moruya defeated Narooma 3-1.

In the youth girls’ competition, Moruya defeated Broulee 6-1 and Clyde United beat Narooma/Bodalla 3-1.

In the youth boys’ competition, Moruya beat Broulee 7-2 and Bodalla beat Clyde United 5-2. 

 



Jazmine wins nationals with Southern girls

July 22, 2015, 10 a.m.

Zabel played for Country NSW’s under 15s girls’ team at the National Youth Championship, where it won the title in early July.

She was joined by three South Coast girls and Southern Branch team mates Kiara Rochaix, Kiegan Tasker and Talia Westley and former Tuross Head resident Lani Johnson, who now plays for Sydney premier league one club Macarthur. 

Country NSW team showcased their skill and determination with impressive early results – a 4-2 win against South Australia, 3-1 win against Metro NSW and a 2-all draw with Victoria.

The girls secured the championship in their last game with an attacking 2-nil win over Western Australia.

Team coach and coaching and development manager for Southern Branch, Matt Shepherd, said he was impressed with how well the girls worked together, having come from across the Southern, Riverina and Western NSW districts.

“With only a short time to prepare, Jazmine and the girls worked exceptionally hard to take on the concepts and play according to the team’s plan,” Shepherd said.

“They were effective in possession, created many opportunities and showed determined resilience when under pressure, capitalising when they won the ball back.

“The girls were a very good group to coach who all valued the opportunity to train and play for this great state and the country regions they come from.”

For Zabel, playing for Southern Branch and Country NSW has provided her with many great football experiences both on and off the field.

“I first started playing football with the Moruya Football Club when I was seven years old,” Zabel said.

“Four years ago, I decided to seek out other football opportunities and I trialled for Southern’s under 14s girls team.

“I made it and have played in the under 14s and 15 girls teams. This year I’m playing up in the under 17s girls team.

“I train one night at the Southern Branch Moruya satellite training centre with coach Phil Lush and another with my Southern team in Nowra, and on Sundays I play in Nowra or Sydney.”

Her goal is to one day play for the Matildas.

 



Clyde clips Swans’ wings

 
MIDFIELD MAGICIANS: Clyde United’s Nathaniel Vogel and Moruya Swans’ Dylan Staunton earned player of the match honours for their respective teams at Sunday’s match.

MIDFIELD MAGICIANS: Clyde United’s Nathaniel Vogel and Moruya Swans’ Dylan Staunton earned player of the match honours for their respective teams at Sunday’s match.

CLYDE United distanced itself from its closest rival after a tense 2-1 win against the Moruya Swans in round 12 of the Eurobodalla Football Association’s all age men’s competition at Gundary Oval on Sunday.

Moruya took the upper hand early in the first half and wowed its home crowd fans with a goal to Tim Knight.

Clyde equalised minutes later through Griffin Kauffman and the two sides went into the break at 1-all. 

A momentary lapse by Moruya’s defence allowed Kauffman to sneak behind to score a second goal after about five minutes of the second half.

He chased down a loose ball on the left flank and a one-two pass involving Dean Charmichael led him into the 18-yard box. His shot sailed into the top right of the net.

Moruya pressed for a goal in the waning light but Clyde’s defence dealt with each attacking raid well, led by vocal goalkeeper Rick Patrizi and the set of fullbacks in front of him. 

Clyde United’s coach Paul Dillon said it was a hard-fought win and was pleased to see his team show resolve after trailing 1-nil.

“They didn’t drop their heads and bought it back to 1-all and went on with it; it was great,” Dillon said.

Dillon praised Kauffman, who has been playing well over the past few matches.

“He’s a young fella coming through the ranks,” he said.

“The way he scored the first one was a cracker and the one-two in the box was just as good I thought.” 

Jye Kelly played as Clyde’s striker in the second half and Dillon said he made a positive impact.

“He had a fairly big influence up front; I thought Moruya tended to hang back a little bit once he came on,” he said.

“He hit the post in the second half and to go up 3-1 against Moruya would have been a bonus.” 

Nathaniel Vogel earned the best and fairest points for Clyde.

“He was very good in the midfield; he was strong and went above and beyond,” Dillon said.

Moruya Swans’ coach John Selems said his players were gallant in the loss against a better side.

“We were up and I thought we would keep them out and maybe get another goal,” Selems said.

“But they were on a mission and played very good football and very quick football.

“There’s not a lot to complain about; the guys put in the effort but we lost our game plan a little bit.”

Selems praised Dylan Staunton for his play in an unfamiliar position.

“He’s normally a striker but because we had a major stayer in the midfield out, I put him there,” he said.

“He was the man of the match for us and he earned it.

“Everyone put in the effort but he was outstanding.”

Next Sunday Clyde United plays fourth-placed Batemans Bay and Moruya tackles third-placed Bodalla at Captain Oldrey Park. 

 
 


Finding form before the finals

By SAM STRONG

 
CHASE DOWN: Batemans Bay’s Courtney Vincent dribbles ahead of Moruya’s Ali Baker in a match earlier this season.

CHASE DOWN: Batemans Bay’s Courtney Vincent dribbles ahead of Moruya’s Ali Baker in a match earlier this season.

EIGHT weeks out from the finals, the four Eurobodalla all age women’s are each hoping to improve their consistency before the finals.

Clyde United, a perennial powerhouse of the competition, is undefeated and are the favourite with a goal difference of 37 from 10 games.

Clyde captain/coach Renee Coubrough said the team was gelling together well.

“We’ve virtually got the same team (as last year),” Coubrough said.

“Some past players have come back to play.” 

A loss before the finals wouldn’t upset the coach too much as it can realign players’ focus.

“We don’t want to lose when it matters,” she said. 

Batemans Bay sits in second and it’s been an interesting season with a mixture of triumphant wins and significant losses.

Many players returned from last year but Clyde also recruited some players who had either never played before or wanted to dust off their boots.

Co-captain Tahlia Fletcher said the team was ecstatic with its dynamic and feels they pose a threat with their talent and skills.

She said the team felt it would improve as they gained experience playing together and could match a side like Clyde that has been playing together “for years”.

“This year has been an exciting one, however, the greatest challenge has been getting a full team to take the field with injuries and other commitments making substitutes a rare luxury,” Fletcher said.

The Bay would like to win the competition but is focussed on the grand final and improving their quality. 

“(We want) to play to the best of our ability, bringing a fun and exciting game for those who take time out of their weekend to watch and support local sporting events,” she said.

Moruya sits in third, eight competition points behind Batemans Bay, and it’s also eyeing off a grand final berth like the Bay. 

Moruya Soccer Club president Crystal Staunton said the team had taken a while to get back to its best.

“We lost of the older girls in the team who had played for years,” Staunton said.

“We lost a lot of structure and the first few weeks were a bit difficult, we only had three that played last year.

“We’d love to get into second, if not; we’re still in with a chance.”

Narooma Soccer Club president Graham Tasker said the club’s all age ladies’ side was “cruising alright”.

“We’re plodding along, we’ve had a lot of players out,” Tasker said.

“The girls are having fun, we have 17 players but we’re struggling to get a full side on the park.

“It’s either one sub or no subs.”

Tasker said he’d like to see some more consistency through the final seven games.

“We have a few new girls, a couple that haven’t played before mixed with good talent,” he said.

“They seem pretty happy.” 

On Sunday, Batemans Bay plays Narooma and Moruya plays Clyde United at Gundary Oval.

Kick-off is at 1pm. 

 



Time to hit their straps

By SAM STRONG

FINDING FORM: Bodalla’s Ben Smith and Andrew Jones corral Clyde United’s Nathaniel Vogel in a an early season all age men’s fixture at Surfside.

FINDING FORM: Bodalla’s Ben Smith and Andrew Jones corral Clyde United’s Nathaniel Vogel in a an early season all age men’s fixture at Surfside.

Last year’s runners-up, Clyde United, are in first place with nine wins, one win ahead of the Moruya Swans.

However, Moruya’s goal difference is 10 goals greater than Clyde. 

United’s coach Paul Dillon said he wanted to see his side score more.

“I’d like to see us move the ball quicker and obviously score a lot more goals,” Dillon said.

“We’ve had a lot of chances we haven’t been able to convert yet.

“We have to get smarter about how we approach games coming into the finals series.” 

Clyde lost to Moruya in the first round and Bodalla last week; its only losses of the season.

“A loss is good, we’ve been scraping through,” he said.

Dillon said his side wasn’t deterred by its opponents but that it needed to get its best team on the field.

“We haven’t hit our straps yet, it’s been difficult to get our starting 11 on the pitch,” he said.

“We have a squad of 18 and we’re doing okay (on top of the ladder).

“I’ll be happy once I get them all there.”

Moruya started its season well and coach John Selems attributed that to pre-season training sessions and social events.

However, the side had been a little “up and down” although Selems said he hoped the 6-nil win against a shorthanded Broulee side last weekend would spur his side into good form.

“They had a very good game on Sunday, mind you Broulee is a good side but finished with nine (players),” Selems said.

“They’re all fairly competent footballers and there are no weak links; it makes it harder to sub people.

“It’s now a matter of going on and carrying the form right to the end.”

Selems said the older players had taken former youth players under their wings.

“I thought it might be difficult for them but they’ve slotted in really well and it’s been nice to watch,” he said.

He said it was up to the senior players to push the team to improve as it began to focus on the finals. 

“I’ve probably got four guys who can captain the team so there are enough bosses out there calling the shots,” he said.

“I want them to improve their style because I know they are capable.

“I think the odds of being minor premiers are a bit slim, but then again, if the winning continues we might go close.”

Both Dillon and Selems said the Bodalla Bulls, which sit in third place on 22 competition points, were a force to be reckoned with.

“Bodalla won last year and this is the time of they either gel or not; they’ve been a force all year,” Selems said.

“Bodalla have a core bunch of blokes and they are very good and skilful,” Dillon said.

“With Jesse (French) back, it’s complemented their midfield.

Batemans Bay has had a revival after it missed the semi-finals last season and sits in fourth place on 19 points. 

With a few new recruits and increased playing experience, the Bay began well with a win against the Swans and a draw against Bodalla in the first month.

Over the past six games it’s only won  against Broulee and Moruya Blue.

Captain Marc Stiller was confident of the team’s finals chances.

“We’ve had some good wins and had games we should have won,” Stiller said.

“We need more consistency; if we can do that we’ll be right up there at the end of the season.” 

Broulee is fifth on the ladder and trails Batemans Bay by 10 points.

Coach Justin Di-Filippo said the Stingrays had a big turnover of players but they were starting to gel.

“We’ve had a few young guys come through and they’re starting to hit their straps,” Di-Filippo said.

“Now they’re getting used to playing against men; it’s going better lately.”

Di-Filippo said his side was aiming for the top four.

“We need to knock off the teams ahead of us,” he said.

“We’ll focus on those teams (Broulee and Bodalla) and test ourselves against the big guys, Clyde and Moruya.”

Moruya Blue is still chasing its elusive first points and may find it hard as the other five teams look to improve before the finals.

While finals aren’t in reach, repeating as the most entertaining team in the league could be a possibility. 

 



Elusive points evades Moruya Blue

By JIM HERFORD

 
JOSTLING: Moruya Blue’s Ross Newman and Batemans Bay’s Andy Pustavrh compete to chase the ball as it crosses the side line.

JOSTLING: Moruya Blue’s Ross Newman and Batemans Bay’s Andy Pustavrh compete to chase the ball as it crosses the side line.

On Sunday, at the Gundary field of dreams, the victory hopes of Moruya Blue all age men’s team withered and died in the final moments of an enthralling match against Batemans Bay.

A typically large and vociferous crowd welcomed the Moruya men back to their rightful home on field one.  

Many were aware that this would be the last game for both Ross Newman and Simon Weaving.  

Weaving, the joint golden boot wearer for the side, has taken up a lucrative deal with an undisclosed Newcastle side, while Newman is travelling back to Edinburgh on loan for several weeks of intensive skills training.  

Happily, coach David Saines had employed his network of talent scouts widely and, with an eye to the future, secured free transfers for Dave Salter from Cobargo and Jeff Hodges from somewhere else.  

Both proved their ability to blend in with Moruya’s free-flowing game style, surprising many, mostly themselves.

With an unheralded four substitutes Moruya was reaping the benefits of a forced two-week lay off.

It started the game brightly and it wasn’t long before the hard work at training started to pay dividends.  

Accurate passing and the occasional long-panicked punt from the back initiated many thrilling forays into the Bay’s half.    

Levi Cameron, and the tireless Greg Downie provided width on the flanks and Batemans Bay’s goal was repeatedly tested, or at least pointed to ruefully at times by their team mates.

Moruya’s defence was typically Spartan, with central defender Darren Lynch seeming to have shrugged off the effects of early season injuries, and playing now in such devastating form that many are wondering what on earth he was carrying on about earlier.  

However, it was the midfield that came into its own.  

Phil Timms, Newman, Cameron and a remarkably athletic Hodges provided a seamless transition between defence and attack, or at least that’s what they said at half-time.  

Their efforts allowed Matt Fraser, playing with the support of a fan base not entirely composed of direct relations, freedom to roam.  

Given he had also been tasked with tracking and stopping the Bay’s most potent attacker, Fraser’s roaming was limited but entertaining as usual. 

Coach Saines again displayed his individual approach, and complete disregard for common sense, by playing himself in goals for most of the first half.  

Ably assisted by Salter’s right boot, and making a number of spectacular saves that he possibly intended, Saines provided a spur for those of his team mates who hadn’t fallen over laughing.  

And when the Moruya men completed the first half with a clean sheet, for the second time in two games, the surprise was very surprising.

Pushing the unpredictable Ligin Joy into the centre forward position appeared to have paid off with his strong running against, and often directly into, the Bay back line a feature throughout the game.  

Hopes were raised to feverish heights early in the second half when he was able to run onto a perfectly weighted chip from Weaving.  

Unfortunately Joy’s early decision to head the ball, compounded by a disinclination to change his mind, led both he and the ball crashing into the turf with only a bemused Bay keeper to beat.  

For much of the second half Moruya was dominant, both with the ball and with the amusing repartee for which Moruya are rightly known and respected throughout the league.  

In a novel turn of events they managed to secure a number of corners, affording them the opportunity to use some of the more elaborate set pieces they have been working on in training.  

With their usual healthy respect for improvisation, the set piece plans were disregarded by those taking the corners and Moruya’s attacks on the Bay goal remained mystifyingly unrewarded.  

As referee Matt Arneson’s clock wound inexorably down, the desperation from both teams intensified, only matched by the feverish anticipation pulsating through the expectant crowd.  

Newman in particular seemed to be everywhere at once, regrettably only occasionally coinciding with the ball.  

By the 85th minute Moruya was beginning to dream of that elusive first competition point.  

With every man throwing his body on the line it was a cruel twist when two of the Batemans Bay forwards elected to run over that line and score.   

Shock and disbelief resounded around Gundary and some of the younger fans may never recover.  

However, the Moruya Blue team will recover – and will be back to thrill and entertain again next week.

 



Clyde United holds its lead in senior soccer

ROUND 10 of the Eurobodalla Football Association kicked off across the shire on Sunday.

In the all age men’s competition, last year’s premiers, Bodalla, beat Batemans Bay 4-2 at Hanging Rock. 

The win bumped Bodalla to equal points with the Bay on the competition table, although Batemans Bay is third on goal difference.

Clyde United maintained its lead with a 4-2 win against Broulee at Captain Oldrey Park, and second-placed Moruya Swans received a forfeit from Moruya Blue.

In the all age ladies’ competition, ladder-leaders Clyde United remain undefeated after beating Narooma 3-1 at Dalmeny Oval and Batemans Bay returned the favour to Moruya for its previous loss, winning 3-1 at Hanging Rock. 

In the youth girls’ competition, Moruya extended its streak to seven wins by beating Narooma/Bodalla 9-nil and Broulee won its first match for the season, edging Clyde United 3-1. 

Bodalla remains in first place of the youth boys’ competition after it beat Moruya 5-2 and Clyde United beat Broulee 5-1. 

In the under 12/13s competition, Clyde United beat Cobargo 5-1, Bodalla beat Batemans Bay 8-1 and Moruya beat Broulee 7-nil. 

June 28 is the final full competition round before a two-week break for the school holidays.

Senior football will continue in the break. 

 



Moruya’s men edge Batemans Bay

By SAM STRONG

 
FREE KICK: Tom Nutt and his Batemans Bay team mates are third on the all age men’s competition table.

FREE KICK: Tom Nutt and his Batemans Bay team mates are third on the all age men’s competition table.

A match between Moruya Swans and Batemans Bay was the lone Eurobodalla Football Association all age men’s match on Sunday.

The Swans got the better of Batemans Bay at Gundary Oval and won 3-1. 

Broulee forfeited to Bodalla and Moruya Blue forfeited to Clyde United. 

After 10 rounds of the season Clyde United is first on 27 competition points, followed by Moruya Swans on 21, Batemans Bay on 16, Bodalla on 16, Broulee with nine and Moruya Blue nil.

In the all age ladies’ competition, Batemans Bay bounced back from its previous round loss and defeated Narooma 2-nil at Dalmeny.

Clyde United proved too strong for Moruya and won 4-1 at Surfside. 

Clyde United is first on 24 competition points, with a game in-hand, followed by Batemans Bay on 15, Moruya on seven and Narooma on four. 

In the youth girls’ competition, Moruya beat Broulee 7-nil and Clyde United and Narooma/Bodalla drew 1-all.

In the youth boys’ competition, Bodalla beat Clyde United 3-nil and Moruya beat Broulee 2-all.

In the under 12/13s competition, there were some similar score lines with Clyde United, Narooma and Clyde Eagles beating Batemans Bay, Broulee and Cobargo respectively, 7-nil, and Bodalla beat Moruya 5-nil. 

 



Clyde in cruise control

By SAM STRONG

 

ROUND eight of the Eurobodalla Football Association’s all age men’s and women’s competitions were played at Gundary Oval on Sunday.

Clyde United confirmed its superior position on the competition table with a 6-2 win against second-placed Batemans Bay and Moruya and Narooma played out a 2-all draw.

Moruya remains in third followed by Narooma.

In the men’s competition, Clyde United opened a five-point lead on the competition table with a thorough 4-nil win against Batemans Bay.

Bodalla moved into fourth with a 1-nil win against third-placed Moruya Swans and Broulee defeated Moruya Blue 6-1.

Junior players return to the pitch this Sunday for round nine. 



Weaving works magic for Moruya Blue

By JIM HERFORD

ON THE BALL: Ross Newman tracks a loose ball down for Moruya Blue.

ON THE BALL: Ross Newman tracks a loose ball down for Moruya Blue.

CRIES of goal resounded around Gundary Oval when Moruya Blue played against Broulee in the Eurobodalla Football Association’s all age men’s competition on Sunday. 

With Moruya Swans playing Bodalla on field one, in what was obviously a scheduling error, Blue was moved to field two.  

Their fans were still able to secure good views of the game, and the move did ensure that the players and referee Walsh were not troubled by any recurrence of the infamous sprinkler incident of last month.

With usual goalkeeper Corey Powell out through injury, Ross Newman and Darren Lynch selflessly offered to take over the gloves for a half-each.  

Both gained plenty of practise in all aspects of the goalkeeping role and displayed an enthusiasm which surely should have been better rewarded.

For the second week in a row Moruya had started with the rare luxury of a substitute warming the bench.  

Frustratingly that luxury proved as ephemeral as fools gold when, mid-way through the first half, the irrepressible Kenny Dale sustained a knock to the knee requiring a bit of a lie down.

Typically undaunted the 11 remaining Moruya men fought on for the entire 90 minutes – competitive at times, and entertaining always.

With the team playing as such a cohesive unit it was difficult to single out any individual players.  

However, note should be made of man of the match Levi Cameron.  

Several of the senior members of the team have generously offered advice and numerous insights into the finer aspects of their own game to Cameron over the past few weeks.  

This has been time well spent as the guile and wizardry displayed throughout this last match were a revelation to his team mates. 

Indeed it was Cameron, late in the second half, who was instrumental in setting up Moruya’s goal.  

Receiving the ball from deep, Cameron began a jinking run toward the right, beating at least one opponent before passing to the feet of Ross Newman.  

This was a complete surprise to Newman, who had to quickly overcome his shock to run purposefully forwards and away from defenders.  

Before the inevitable occurred he was able to offload back to Cameron who by now was in the Broulee 18-yard box.  

Cameron somehow made a third accurate pass into the flight path of the ageless Simon Weaving.  

Weaving could have shot early but with images of Barcelona on his mind he elected to take on the last Broulee defender.  

While team mates and fans held their breath, or screamed in dismay, Weaving evaded his man.  

Now faced with goal and keeper he did something else unusual and kept his shot low and to the right.  

The Broulee keeper dived despairingly but nothing could stop this moment.  Weaving, and Moruya, was delirious, even more than usual. 

Earlier in the game Broulee scored six goals but the talking point of the match amongst the many fans after the game was obviously Weaving’s goal – one for the ages.  

With the floodgates now officially open there is no telling what might happen next week.



Bodalla Best Moruya Blue

PASSION was again on display at Gundary Oval on Sunday when Moruya Blue hosted Bodalla.  

Moruya Blue, while missing some key players through injury or lassitude, boasted an extensive list of substitutes on the bench – a rare treat which unfortunately did not make half-time.

The younger visitors commenced at a cracking pace from the kick-off – a cruel tactic to inflict upon the more senior home team.  

Bodalla’s midfield fed its fast-running forwards many opportunities to run at the Moruya goal.  

In the main these forays were gobbled up by Moruya’s Karl Whiffen and Darren Lynch – a central defensive pairing which, if not the best, must surely be the busiest in the league.  

As a result Cory Powell’s goal was rarely threatened, though when Bodalla did manage to fire on target he was as commanding and demanding as ever.

Whether Bodalla had arrived feeling a trifle over-confident, or perhaps because the Moruya men struck a new resolve, after a torrid first 10 minutes there was no score.  

This was taken as something of an omen by the Moruya midfield where a combination of age and wily experience was put to good use by Phil Timms and Ross Newman.   

Coach Dave Saines then ordered a tactical switch by putting the tireless Kenny Dale wide on the right and the exciting Matt Frazer up front.  

With Levi Cameron’s youth and pace on the left, Moruya had some genuine options.  

The appreciative crowd was now treated to an end-to-end game, with many experienced judges considering that the home side was looking the more likely as the half wore on.  

Bodalla’s chances were being snuffed out quickly and Moruya began to pass through the field – often two or three times in a row.  

The giant Andre Gmur on the left was as impassable as the Swiss Alps in winter.  

The relentless pressure began to tell and it was after a typically blistering run from the ageless Simon Weaving on the left that saw the Bodalla keeper capitulate to some gentle pressure and spill a tricky cross.  

His mistake left the handily-placed Newman with an acute angle on an open goal.  Agonisingly the trigonometry was too much for him and the scores remained locked at nil-all.

The second half had few highlights to match those of the first 45 minutes.  

After a brief but entertaining foray from Tom Riley and Joe Hennequin mid-way through the first half Moruya were again left with only 11 tired warriors.  Perhaps as retribution Newman was required to take over gloves duty after Powell succumbed to injury and, in a possible coincidence, Bodalla then somehow managed to slot two second-half goals.  

Ultimately, as many spectators were quick to point out, that monumental first half is what will bring them back for more.  

Momentum in the Moruya Blue camp is building to a crescendo – with the big question on everyone’s lips – when will Moruya Blue score again. 



Moruya ladies on song

By SAM STRONG

SHOT’S ON: Moruya’s Crystal Staunton charges past a Batemans Bay defender on Sunday at Gundary Oval.

SHOT’S ON: Moruya’s Crystal Staunton charges past a Batemans Bay defender on Sunday at Gundary Oval.

MORUYA took care of its home field advantage and beat Batemans Bay 3-2 in an all age ladies’ fixture at Gundary Oval on Sunday.

Batemans Bay scored early in the second half but its comeback was thwarted by Moruya, who hung on to win 3-2.

In the other all age ladies’ match Clyde United beat Narooma 6-nil at Surfside Fields. 

The competition ladder remains unchanged from the previous week, however, Clyde United is ahead by one game from Batemans Bay and has a game in hand. 

Moruya sits in third and is only one win behind Batemans Bay, while Narooma is fourth.

Batemans Bay continues to show improvement from last season and knocked off Broulee 4-1 at Captain Oldrey Park in the all age men’s competition.

The Bay built a comfortable lead but a late Broulee goal gave the home side’s fans something to cheer when the Bay won 4-1.

Clyde United and Moruya Swans played a tense match at Surfside but Clyde held its spot on top of the competition ladder with a 1-nil win. 

In the remaining fixture Bodalla defeated Moruya Blue 2-nil at Gundary Oval. 

Following Clyde on the competition ladder are Batemans Bay, Moruya Swans, Bodalla, Broulee and Moruya Blue.

Moruya remains undefeated in the youth girls’ competition and beat Clyde United 3-nil while Broulee narrowly defeated Narooma/Bodalla 1-nil.

Bodalla showed its offensive prowess again and beat Broulee 5-1 in the youth boys’ league while Moruya beat Clyde United 1-nil. 

In the under 12/13s competition, Batemans Bay drew with Cobargo 2-all, Narooma beat local rivals Bodalla 6-nil, Clyde Eagles held off Broulee 3-2 and Moruya beat Clyde United 8-1. 

 



Darryl earns due praise

 By SAM STRONG

PLAYING, coaching and refereeing are some of the hats Mossy Point’s Darryl Walsh has worn since taking the pitch for Moruya’s all age men’s team in 1987. 

His commitment to the code earned him recognition when he received a state award by Football NSW at a state dinner in early November.

Walsh was caught off-guard when he was selected by the Eurobodalla Football Association.

“I was surprised and humbled as you don’t think you’re worthy until you look back,” Walsh said.

As a 19-year-old he emigrated from England to Wollongong in 1981 before his career in the NSW Police Force transferred him to Moruya in 1986.

Since then, apart from a five-year move to Broken Hill, Walsh has played with or coached a Eurobodalla club or representative team.

“I started coaching in 1988 and stopped four years ago,” he said.

“I was still coaching and refereeing, trying to fit it all in and I stopped when my daughter moved to all age.”

In 2000 Walsh opted to become a referee and progressed to level two by 2004 and he became one of two in the shire. 

Also at the time, the Eurobodalla Referees Association and the Eurobodalla Soccer Association (now Eurobodalla Football Association) had a fractured relationship.

Walsh stepped in to an administration role and became a vital voice which helped heal the rift. 

“I think the people who nominated me, nominated me for helping to rebuild that relationship,” he said. 

“It was pretty sour and now we have a fantastic relationship built on mutual respect and doing what’s right for the game.”

While not playing competitively, Walsh still steps out for six-a-side at Moruya on Wednesday evenings and he also looks forward to over 35s and 45s tournaments.

“My favourite hat is playing football still but other than that I enjoy being a referee,” he said.

“Generally it’s a pleasure to referee here and the players and crowds are quite respectful.”

Walsh said he would continue to train junior and senior referees, which he has been doing since he began the referees’ training course in 2006. He hoped fellow Eurobodalla stalwarts would receive their overdue praise.

“There’s people here (Eurobodalla) who have been involved in football administration longer than me and they’re deserving of recognition,” he said.

“You do it all to put back into the game and help your kids through.”



EFA Premiers and Awards

MINOR PREMIERS   

MAJOR PREMIERS  2014

U/13             Broulee                Broulee    

Youth Girls        Moruya                Moruya

Youth Boys        Moruya Blues       Bodalla

All Age Ladies   Clyde United        Clyde United     

All Age Men       Clyde United       Bodalla

                   

PERPETUAL AWARDS

HARRY PANJER MEMORIAL AWARD  Ruby SZOKO (Bodalla)

BRUCE SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD   Alexander FILMER-SMITH (Broulee)

GOAL KEEPER of the YEAR           Digger COWIE (Narooma)

ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD Marcus CRISTALLO (Batemans Bay)

SHOESMITH AWARD               Graham TASKER (Narooma)

COACH OF THE YEAR   Lindsay USHER (Batemans Bay U13)

TEAM of the YEAR                   Moruya Blues All Age Men

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP                                     MORUYA




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