Match report

Season Date Round Venue
2023 U9 16th September 8:30am League Round 18 NSC Nairne Primary School
Match report

In the final match of the season Woodside Gold U9 played Nairne at the Nairne Primary School. Due to the huge number of teams in this division, this match was the only one to have both teams play each other again, having previously played a 1-1 draw in the first round.

The Nairne club had prepared well for the final day with a coffee van and barbecue while managing to fit two pitches on the oval. Gold began well dominating early play and it wasn't long before Stefan Sims scored. Ironically he was the only one to have scored when the teams first met but this time, just five minutes later, he added another to his tally.

Charlier Dvorak and Ashley Hendrie were not allowing Nairne to get a shot on goal while Zaion Lorifice was sending balls back from defence and into attack. Toby Smith had a shot on goal just saved by the keeper but suddenly Nairne pressed forward and a great shot found the corner of the net.

After the break Logan Pielago came out from being goalkeeper and relished being set free. He quickly scored with his usual low hard shot and then combined with best mate Jo Smith who scored the next. Logan scored again as the Gold machine took control of the exciting game. Jack Hogan nearly scored his first goal ever when his shot just soared over the bar.

Playing on the small pitch an interpid Nairne dynamo got a throw-in and went for goal, throwing it over diminutive goalkeeper Toby Smith's head. Not knowing the rules the ref paid the goal. At the next throw-in but from the other side of the pitch the same Nairne player repeated his feat and it was again given a goal. After the match it was found that under Law 15 this manoeuvre was illegal so instead of a 5-3 scoreline it should have been 5-1.

It was a fantastic ending for Gold who began the year with six learners.  After a tough start in the early rounds once Gold tasted victory they then had 7 wins, a draw and 3 losses as they improved immensely as the season progressed. Proving they were a "team" seven of the 10 players scored a goal during the season.