Moruya Swans net player awards

By Sam Strong


PLAYERS and supporters flocked to the Eurobodalla Football Association’s presentation night at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club in late September.

Moruya Swan Will Davis was named the all age men’s player of the year ahead of team mate Jake Goodlock and Bodalla’s Kyle Dixon. 

Moruya’s Crystal Staunton was the all age ladies’ player of the year ahead of Batemans Bay’s Shannon Nicholls and Clyde United’s Ali Ryan. 

Moruya’s Nakia Moreton was the youth girls player of the year ahead of Sarah Alderton and Phoebe Crisp.

Clyde United’s Elliott Bendixsen was the youth boys player of the year followed by Thomas Engelbrecht and Arlo Crowley.

The under 13s player of the year was Rhys Flood followed by Max Caldwell and Byron Van Dyk. 

Judy Shoesmith was awarded life membership after stepping down following 35 years of service.

Kim York won the Shoesmith award, Andre Gmur was coach of the year, Narooma/Bodalla youth girls were the team of the year and Clyde United won the club championship.  

Bobby Gardner took out the Harry Panjer memorial award, Riley Miles took home the Bruce Smith memorial award and Jack Hirst was the goalkeeper of the year.

Bendixsen, Jamie Dunk and Logan Sydenham won the fair play award after the Narooma boys joined Clyde to keep the youth boys league viable. 


Bodalla soccer: champion of champions tournament

Sept. 23, 2015, 7:17 p.m.

Bodalla Soccer Club’s youth boys’ team (back, from left) Callum Duncan (coach), Riley Miles, Jakob Peck, Alex Saines, Lachlan Bice, Elliott Bendixsen, Alexander Connolly, Yosko Polat, Kane Duncan, Jesse French (coach), Lachlan Connolly, Ryan Hollis, Liam Baker and Ranko Polat.

Bodalla Soccer Club’s youth boys’ team (back, from left) Callum Duncan (coach), Riley Miles, Jakob Peck, Alex Saines, Lachlan Bice, Elliott Bendixsen, Alexander Connolly, Yosko Polat, Kane Duncan, Jesse French (coach), Lachlan Connolly, Ryan Hollis, Liam Baker and Ranko Polat.

Bodalla Soccer Club’s premiership-winning Youth Boys team took on Eastern Suburbs Football Association’s Pagewood Botany under 16s in the Champion of Champions tournament on Sunday, and while not victorious they did the Eurobodalla proud.

“Bodalla Youth Boys, plus ring-ins Elliott Bendixsen, Curtis Dunne, Yosko and Ranko Polat, who joined the team for the day to help them out, should all be proud,” a club spokesman said.

“While they didn’t come away with a win, they all played fantastically, especially since they were a mix of under 14s, under 15s and under 16s playing against a full under 16 squad.

“Bodalla had many shots at goal but were just unlucky on the day.

“It was a great way for them to end this season.”


Batemans Bay bumps the Blues


FEAR and trepidation were evident in the eyes of the Batemans Bay men’s all age football team when they lined up to take on the mighty Moruya Blues at Hanging Rock on Sunday. 

With the Blues in such a rich vein of form late in the season the Batemans Bay men knew that they would need to play peerless football to be competitive.

Again it was the seamless and cohesive manner in which the Blues played the game which delighted their many fans.  

Eschewing the orthodoxy of possession football the Blues again opted for the far more entertaining and carefree style coach David Saines has insisted on throughout this season. 

Dave Salter bravely elected to have a turn at keeping rather than scoring goals this week and the Blues defence must have seemed at times impenetrable to the Bay forwards.   

Indeed the score was locked at nil-all for what seemed an eternity, though perhaps only five minutes according to the referee, before disaster struck.

Defending against a Bay corner the Moruya goal appeared to be safe until Salter’s reflexes proved too sharp even for one of his own defenders.  

In a cruel twist, despite Moruya having scored, the goal was awarded to the Bay.

In a rare family outing Salter’s son also started.

Obviously savouring the opportunity to play with a team of seasoned players eager to pass on their skills and wisdom, the younger Salter ran with speed and enthusiasm.  

Several of the Blues relished the opportunity to provide him with many long, surely incisive, passes.  

It was a calamity for the Salter family and the Blues when he was dismissed by the referee after offering his opinions in a manner deemed too forthright.

Amazingly, despite the send-off, the Blues maintained their intensity and game plan.  

Cleverly goading the Bay into scoring again the Blues were able to implement one of their planned set pieces.  

Direct from the kick-off Darren Lynch launched a precisely aimed missile-like shot – bouncing once on the pristine turf it looked a certain goal before the startled Bay keeper managed to tip it away.  

Many pundits expected Carl Whiffen to come closer shortly afterwards, had Mark Ethel passed him the ball.

In what is fast becoming a habit for the Blues, they again waited until late to unleash something truly special, bringing the fans to their feet.  

With the game poised on a knife edge, they launched forward another of their ferocious attacks. 

The ball passed through, or at least by, every player in a frankly bewildering series of passes, and it finally landed at Lynch’s feet, unusually positioned in the opposition 18-yard box.  

Surprised by his good fortune, but determined to make the most of the occasion Lynch charged toward goal.   

With a dramatic performance rarely seen this far from Broadway, Lynch fell to the ground, possibly surrounded by several defenders, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. 

As Lynch placed the ball and walked back to consider his options, the entire Catalina district fell deathly silent, with the tension physically palpable as he stood waiting for referee to give the nod.  

No team mate bothered with the futility of offering advice now – knowing that thinking too much could damage him.  

Their best chance was for Lynch to take the most tried and tested of options - and he did.  

Running wildly towards the ball he gave in to pure instinct, with eyes closed, he swung mightily with his right foot sending the ball on a blistering arc past the desperate gloves of the keeper and into the back of the net.

Celebrations were delirious, but short-lived as Moruya, playing with the confidence that only goals can bring, pressed for an equaliser (or six).  

Batemans Bay was a worthy winner, 7-1. 


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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.



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