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Pumas fly the flag for junior soccer

Well I certainly do not have the best news to impart to you all this week with two of our senior sides, the under 16 Sharks and the under 12 Magpies, crashing out of the premiership race. The only side remaining in the hunt played some of the most lacklustre and ineffective soccer of their season to just scrape through, by the skin of their teeth, into the Grand Final. One would hope that the under 14 Pumas, who obviously went to Armidale last week thinking that they were already through to the Grand Final, will this week understand that their opposition will be at their best in their attempts to wrest the premiership from us. If the Pumas travel this week to Armidale in the same frame of mind as last week there will be no added embroidery on the right chest of their brand new hoodies. Let us hope as one that Coach Dasha is able to rally his troops this week at training and that they go to Armidale next week playing the soccer that we all know they are capable of.
Nanjing Night Net

Remember folks this coming Sunday September 9 is the Guyra Junior Soccer Presentation Day. Beginning at approx. 1100am the presentation day will be once again held in the COLA section of Guyra Central School. The kids will receive a sausage sandwich and a drink with the adults catered for as well for a small fee. Certainly would love to see everybody up there celebrating the conclusion of another great season of junior soccer here in Guyra.

Unfortunately the under 16 Sharks were unable to replicate their sterling form of last week and went down in their Semi Final match against DK Shields 4 – 0. Down only 1 – 0 after the completion of the first half the Sharks were certainly holding their own, however a quick fire double by the Shields quickly saw the game slip from our grasp. Coach of the Sharks Mr Scott Youman wished to thank his side for the effort that they put in over the season and stated that he really enjoyed coaching this side of young adults, enjoying the character of his players. Assistant Coach Nadine stated that they all really gave it a shot but unfortunately just fell short of being able to compete for the Grand Final. We certainly hope that many of these players will not be lost to Guyra Soccer with a great deal of talent on display from this side.

Well as stated above the under 14 Pumas certainly did not play their most effective soccer last Saturday and are extremely lucky to be able to call themselves Grand Finalists. After coming out at regulation time with the score locked at one all the Pumas then fought out a further ten minutes of extra time each way against DK Eves. With the score still locked together the result was decided by that dreadful tradition of penalty goal shootout. Saviour of the Pumas on this occasion was Laiton Hume goal keeper extraordinaire. Laiton as cool and calm as always proved the difference in this aspect of the game saving two goals from the spot against the Eves. Scoring a goal in regulation time with an almighty strike from outside the box Darcy Jackson repeated the dose scoring from the spot, with Daniel Smith scoring our second to see us win 2 – 0 in the penalty shootout. Some tears I believe were shed, by both sides. Coach Dasha stated that the Pumas were hanging off the ball and not attacking as they normally would. Thank heavens Dasha had a shirt on because he said his chest hair is all he has left to pull out. When asked why they played so poorly Tangles Harman stated that they did this to build suspense for the spectators, you know give them their money’s worth, I am sure he gets that cheeky nature from his mother’s side. If he and they continue to play in this manner then he might get his money’s worth of Dasha’s Hardware boot leather on his back side. Only joking folks please do not refer this matter to DOCS.

Another side intent on building suspense was the under 12 Magpies who unfortunately also went all the way through to a penalty shootout before bowing out for this season. Short on numbers due to illness and a St Mary’s primary school excursion the magpies were boosted with four players from the Titans, Harry Reeves in goal, Taylor Brennan, Ben Lennon and Ashley Richardson. The Magpies were up against the only side that they had not beaten and played undoubtedly the best football of the season with Coach Barry Knowles extremely proud of their efforts not only during this game but throughout the year. The score was locked at nil all at full time with the Magpies nudging ahead in the first period of extra time to lead 1 – 0 after a nice goal from Brendan Knowles. Unfortunately DK bravehearts responded from a corner kick with the ball bobbling about in front of the goals before being snuck in, there was the hint of a hand ball in this passage of play which unfortunately was not seen by officials, the luck of the game. With the last kick of the match the bravehearts were awarded a direct penalty which they were unable to convert sending the kids back to the spot for the dreaded penalty shootout. Not to be the Magpies day the first attempt by the bravehearts hit the cross bar bounced off Harry’s back and into the goal. The Magpies were unable to recover and will have to wait until next season to fulfil their potential.

Playing in the second tier Final (I still shake my head at the absurdity of it) were the under 12 Titans. Making their way to Armidale last week the Titans were told that they would need to put the nets up for their game and provide a referee for the fixture, sounds to me like second tier Finals was a process that was not at all thought through by the power brokers in Armidale. Play we did though with a very exciting break through goal by young miss Abbey Brazier, Taylor Brennan scored 3 with mum witnessing every moment, so she says. Missing a goal by the nearest of margins was Maddison Morgan, she is making a habit of that with the same thing happening last week. Coach Brennan said everyone from the Titans played very well and he is excited about coaching them again next year and the year after that all the way up to the under 16’s.The Titans were down to play Uralla this week but have forfeited due to lack of player numbers.

A lovely 6 – 3 win this week for the under 9 Leopards. Mrs Stanley of late has made it a habit of just farming her team out to any old person with better results this week I must admit. This may have been because the person she relinquished her kids to this week was none other than Master Coach himself Mr Malcolm Gaukroger. Mr Gaukroger, or just plain MC as he likes to be called, had the kids prepared for the battle with meticulous care. Miles Williams scored 3 goals with Gemma Sisson having a great game scoring 2. The ever present Sam Skipper added a goal with him roaming the field as always. Only a week to go with a home round game and you can rest at last Simone. The Dragons had a great game with the final score standing at 3 all. A hat trick for Harrison Dowden this week with everybody in the Dragons ably assisting both in attack and defence. A cracker of a game according to Coach Stanley. A bye last week for the Rhinos with a home ground advantage for their last outing next week.

Well I found a stick poked the nest and they came out all fired up. I did not write anything about our under 8 Hornets last week and they went out last Saturday to ensure that this would not be the case this week. They were outstanding with a fantastic 6 – 4 win. With every one playing great team soccer the Hornets really came alive last week with Henry Starr leading the way with 3 goals. A ring in for the day helped the Hornets over the line adding a few goals himself. Pheobie Kennedy played her best soccer of the year and seems to be shining in the latter part of the season. Losing last Saturday the Rockets played very well but eventually went down 6 – 4. This was of course after they let their opposition out to a 4 – 0 lead at half time. The side rallied very well in the second half, what I wonder could have been in those oranges? Fletcher Richardson and Lachlan Morgan each scored 2 goals apiece. I think everyone is really looking forward to this Saturday for our last home round of the season.

I don’t think I recall the Coach of the under 7 Tigers upsetting anybody from Armidale this week but if you have heard of anything then please let me know. Coach Dullaway really had his team up for the contest and they did not let him down winning this week 5 – 1. Daniel Morgan was outstanding with 3 goals with Riley Campbell 1 and Harris Dullaway 1 chipping in as well. The entire team played really well together with Riley’s tenacious spirit leading the way. Not much I can tell you about the Gems this week with their Coach away riding bikes or skiing or something, but I was told that they all played very well last Saturday. A loss unfortunately this week for the Bilbies going down 3 – 1. Maddison McCook was our goal scorer with a lot of close attempts just not managing to find the net this week. This is a fun little side to watch though hopefully I will be able to catch some of their game this Saturday the 8th. Remember folks to get to the school and cast your vote.

Losing just barely in possibly the closest tussle of the year was the under 6 Geckos 5 – 4. With the Geckos short on numbers we were lent a player from the other side and the battle progressed. Very exciting game I believe if you were to be watching from the sideline. Jake McCook had a great game for the Geckos. All playing well this week the Caspers ran out convincing Winners 10– 2. Combining well as a team as usual the Caspers played a younger side that were short on players, the Caspers helped out lending a player to their team. An exciting 6 – 4 win for the Devils this week, with Ryan Heagney leading the way from the back shutting down their star striker. This side all played very well and are looking to cap their season with a great home ground win this Saturday. With only three players being able to travel to Uralla for the Gators, Uralla were nice enough to let us play three on three with the Gators coming out on top 5 – 2. Cooper Wilson was on song scoring 4 goals with Finlay Tibbs adding Guyra’s final goal. Maddi Bull was the third player in the Gators this week and played very well. Assistant Coach Mr Barry Wilson lifted his team the Pelicans to their best performance of the year last Saturday but to no avail, with the Pelicans being narrowly beaten 3 – 2. Maggie Vanderwolf has gone from strength to strength this year scoring both of her team’s goals in last Saturday’s fixture. Courtney Spradbrow and Tom Savage were particularly good for the Pelicans this week.

The draw for the final round of junior soccer for this week the 8th of September is; Under 6; Guyra Geckos V Uralla Cobras – Guyra 3 at 0900am, Guyra Caspers V Uralla Cubs – Guyra 8 at 0900am, Guyra Gators V Nth Armidale Flames – Guyra 9 at 0900am, Guyra Devils V DK Diamonds – Guyra 3 at 1000am, Guyra Pelicans V DK Camelots – Guyra 2 at 1000am. Under 7; Guyra Gems V TAS Tigers – Guyra 2 at 0900am, Guyra Bilbies V Nth Armidale Firebirds – Guyra 9 at 1000am, Guyra Tigers V Nth Armidale Wizards – Guyra 8 at 1000am. Under 8; Guyra Rockets V DK Dingoes – Guyra 5 at 0900am, Guyra Hornets V DK Cavaliers – Guyra 5 at 1000am. Under 9; Guyra Rhinos V DK Daggers – Guyra 4 at 0900am, Guyra Dragons V Nth Armidale Spirit – Guyra 7 at 0930am, Guyra Leopards V DK Swords – Guyra 7 at 1030am. Under 14; Grand Final, Guyra Pumas V DK Destroyers – Rologas 12 at 1010am.

Under 12 Titans

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