The end of the 2012 junior soccer season has come and gone with the celebratory events of last Sunday. Once again we must thank all those responsible, including Mrs Jo Burgess for the use of the School auditorium and COLA area for our presentation festivities. We certainly do enjoy being able to use this area, it makes things so much easier with an area for the presentation and BBQ facilities as well as an abundance of room for the kids to run around and utilise some of their never ending energy. Our committee have worked tirelessly to provide us with a great soccer season culminating with a fantastic presentation celebration. The committee of Brooke and Adam Brennan, Colin and Kylie Stanley, Geoff Dowden, Tanya and Darren Lennon (took me a little while to remember Dasha’s real name), Craig Lockyer and Barry Knowles, have done an outstanding job this year and should be thanked for their efforts. I also wish to thank my good wife Leah who has put up with much this year and helped me compile this report week in, week out. Jodie Stewart has run our canteen this year with ease and grace. We certainly love to see her happy smiling face which dresses up the drab brick and concrete bunker.
We must of course, at this time of the year, offer thanks to all those who support junior soccer here in Guyra. Beginning with all of the local businesses in the Guyra area without whom we would not be able to continue to run such a viable and successful club. Many thanks to all those businesses that provided goods for our raffle held during the presentation day. Of course thanks go to our major sponsors the Guyra Bowling and Recreation Club, The North End Butchery and Kirks IGA of Guyra. Thankyou also for the continued support of White’s Butchery and also to our two new jumper sponsors Guyra Smash Repairs and Williamsons Earth Moving. Thankyou also to those that helped set up on Sunday morning, those that helped cook and serve on the day and of course to the man with the dulcet tones Mr Rod Merritt who ran the day so well moving things along with consummate ease. We must of course remember the Coaches of our junior sides for the time, effort and energy that they have put in throughout the season. If I have not remembered anyone please accept my apologies your efforts of course are not thought of lightly.
Now finally to the soccer, the final round of junior soccer for this the 2012 season has been played out with some pleasing results recorded. Now I find it really interesting to note that when a team is a little down on their luck, perhaps not playing at their best, let’s just say a little below par, that it is deemed necessary upon occasion to call for help from others from outside the immediate team structure, someone perhaps like a high Performance Manager/humble soccer reporter!! However when things are back on track and life again is rosy, post a winning Grand Final, that the efforts of those people who helped guide said playing group toward the light of a stunning victory are so easily disregarded, pushed aside and forgotten. But let us not digress from the job at hand. Congratulations must go to the Guyra Pumas, this year’s Minor and Major Premiers of the under 14 division 2 competition. Ably coached by the elder statesman of Guyra Soccer Mr Darren (Dasha, have I got a deal for you) Lennon, and assisted throughout the year by Mr Malcolm (MC, Master Coach) Gaukroger, the Pumas played on Grand Final day the soccer we have all come to know and expect from this young side. The base of this win was set at the back with our defence second to none giving our halves time to work their usual magic in providing good ball to our ever hungry for goals forward line. Dasha was unable to find a standout in the line-up with every one of his team honed to physical perfection by his unrelenting training drills playing at a level not rivalled this year. Scoring for Guyra was; Kyle Stewart 3, Daniel Smith 3, Darcy Jackson 1 and Brodie, in a very untangled like display, Harman 1. Some of our goals were excellent showing great finishing skills with this side certainly now a step closer to moving up in grade next year under the ever watchful eye of their superior coaching team of Dasha and Mal. Once again the Pumas were a little slow to start no doubt building that suspense as was mentioned last week and entered the half time break 2 – 0 in the lead. Finishing with a flourish in the second term the Pumas were even able to blood some new talent with youngsters Taylor Brennan and Ben Lennon coming on for the final ten minutes of play, many thanks for their availability on the day. Many thanks also from Coach Dasha to all those Guyra people that attended the Pumas game last Saturday to offer their support. Certainly a very satisfying win for this side after the lambasting they received by some elements of the media after last weekend’s display. Well done Pumas, make room for that embroidery.
Last Saturday also saw the completion of this season’s competition for our other junior sides that were not involved in finals football. The under 9 Rhinos unfortunately completed their season with a 3 – 1 loss with Sam Graham our goal scorer and player of the match. Many thanks from their Coach Mr Darren Graham for their efforts over the past year, although they did not record many wins this year Darren said that he was very happy with the way their skills have improved as the year progressed. Rounding off their season with a 2 all draw was the Leopards coached this year by the mother of all that is skinny legged, Mrs Simone Stanley. Running her side this week with Simone down watching the Pumas triumph, was local junior rugby league star and elder statesman of Guyra Primary School, Hunter Davidson. Simone certainly leaves no stone unturned in finding the best talent to run her team when she is unavailable for her commitments. Miles Williams and a fill in player, often required at this time of year, Mathew Sisson were our goal scorers. Hunter stated after the game that the standard of play by his young charges far exceeded his expectations. With one of their very few losses of the season the Dragons bowed out on the wrong side of the ledger 3 – 1. Mr Colin Stanley was heard to say he wished his beloved St George Dragons would play with as much commitment, style and skill as his under 9 Guyra Dragons. Col wishes to thanks his team for the season I think he actually had as much, or even more fun, running around with these kids than they did playing.
A 1 – 0 loss saw the under 8 Rockets round out their season in their final home ground game. Not as exciting for our kids but very exciting for our opposition with this being their first win of the season. Standouts this week for the Rockets was Hallie Ramage in goals, Analeise Wark and Tayla Mitchell. Coach Mr Adam Ramage certainly enjoyed his time with the Rockets and wished to thank the kids and their parents for all the support he has received as Coach this year. A fantastic final fling for the Hornets taking out their last game of the season 3 – 1. Henry Starr was the main goal scorer with Pheobie Kennedy and Stephanie Spradbrow the overall best improvers over the season, playing some of their best soccer as the year progressed. Coach Pete McCook enjoyed the season and enjoyed moulding his troops into a formidable outfit with several wins over the final stages of the competition.
Well no controversies to report from the under 7 Tigers final home game encounter with everybody leaving the grounds with a feeling of quiet contentment. Unfortunately for Coach Paul Dullaway and his charges they were unable to replicate their form from earlier season matches and went down 2 – 1 in their last outing. Daniel Morgan was our final goal scorer for the Tigers in the year of the Casper, 2012. Paul and Joanne wish to thank all those associated with the Tigers for such a wonderful year of soccer, and stated that above all else people really needed to think about drinking more milk. With the feeling of a Grand Final in the air the Bilbies went out onto their field of endeavour entirely too wound up, unfortunately the pressure showed and they finished their sterling season on the back of a 3 – 0 loss. Connie Dugdale and Abby Jackson were the best of the beautiful Bilbies, a side that will return next year moving onto bigger and better things. “A wonderful year of exciting soccer” was the quote from joint Coach’s Rob Dugdale and Nigel Bourne, showing how in synch they are this year they both muttered these words at exactly the same time, scary really. After looking at the draw for this week the opposition of the Gems decided that it was too far to travel only to be beaten in their last game and decided to forfeit. Coach David Mills was unavailable for comment being away on an overseas sojourn but he did tell me earlier in the season that he was chuffed to be able to take charge of such a fine group of Guyra’s future sporting elite.
Our under six Pelicans with their minds on a coastal holiday and salt water sushi rather than fresh perhaps, finished their season with a loss of 4 – 0. Coach Kylie Spradbrow really enjoyed her time as the Pelicans Coach and I know for a fact that assistant Coach Barry Wilson would certainly like to be back next year with his summer commitments complete to go around again. A great little side this one we hope to see them all return next year. Finishing on a high note were the Gators, with a snapping 4 – 1 win. Akaisha Brazier scored 2 goals, with Cooper Wilson 1 and Finlay Tibbs 1. Another locally grown coach Mrs Bec Tibbs will most assuredly be back on board next year to take this team to greater heights. Short on numbers but not on skill or determination the Devils fought out a 3 – 2 loss for their final game of the season. Coaches Bronwyn Crosby and Lachlan Knowles have had this side firing on all cylinders this year with the Devils being one of Guyra’s junior teams to watch. The mother and son coaching combination were a revelation this year and hopefully will be back once again next year. They stated that what they have achieved this year is all down to the talent that they had at their disposal. Another game another win for the Caspers who were in scintillating form throughout the entire season. Coach Mr Geoffrey Dowden told me that this was without a doubt their best passing game of the season, but then again he told me that after every single game come to think of it. Curly told me that this was definitely their best performance of the year and that he cannot wait until next year for training to begin once again. There was mention of pre-season training beginning in early January but I think this may have been a joke. A forfeit for the last game of the season was the roll of the die for the Geckos. The opposition side did have the courtesy to let us know on Friday night, looks like someones mum brought them up proper. As stated previously Mr Nick Jackson has absolutely loved his time coaching this side and thinks that their potential is almost limitless. He wants to be by their side right through until they finish their junior careers as their coach in the under 16’s. Seriously folks it is fantastic to see the level of commitment shown by all our Coaches both young and old and we offer our heartfelt thanks to such a wonderful season.
Congratulations to the under 14 Ghosts who were announced as the 2012 Guyra Junior Soccer Team of The Year. This is a great little side of young adults brimming with talent and they certainly proved this year to be a credit in so many ways to their parents.
On a personal note I have really enjoyed being able to bring to you the success that has been the 2012 Guyra Junior Soccer Season. If I have offended anybody please accept my humblest apologies. I will certainly be looking forward to seeing our junior talent back gracing the fields once again next year.
If any players still have club shirts can you please hand them in to Tania Lennon at Dasha’s Hardware please.
Oh and by the way Dasha please get your facts right, the year was 1988 not 1989.
(The very forgetful) Murray Harman was honoured for his outstanding contribution to junior soccer at the presentation day on Sunday. Every week Murray contributes a much anticpated report to the Guyra Argus detailing the trials and tribulations of the local junior soccer teams. The sport would be much the poorer (and his children much happier) if he were to retire.
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