|2019 U14 Grading||13th April 10:30am||League Round 2||WWSC Main Pitch 1|
Woodside Red were fortunate to have a second home game in the grading rounds, welcoming Murray Bridge Blue who travelled the distance to Woodside.
The Woodside coach, prior to the start of the game, reluctantly announced JETT TONKIN as captain for the season after all players voted him in as their preference. The coach, Jett's own father, was obviously hesitant to announce his own son as captain.
"It's the people's choice", said Jett, numerous times over the days prior to the big game. "Surely you have to listen to the people."
Once the formalities were out of the way, both teams took to the pitch and the match declared underway on the referee's whistle.
Jett wasted no time showing his leadership, sinking the first on the 5th minute. JAMES WALL, who held second place on the captaincy votes comfortably, sunk the second on the 12th minute.
Ten minutes later CHRISTIAN FRANCIS added to the tally, followed by JOSH BEVAN, a few minutes later. HAYDEN DAVIS, pending an investigation into his playing history, may have hit the back of the net for the first time ever with a goal sin assistance. His unsuspecting father happened to be looking the other way at the time, something that everyone is sure Hayden will be reminding him of at every chance.
On the 35th minute the away team, Murray Bridge Blue, managed to cruise past Woodside's midfield and defence, to open their account. IZEYAH RAYMOND and Jett Tonkin then followed it up with a goal each before half time.
Woodside coach, BRUCE TONKIN, took the opportunity to familiarise his players with alternate positions, making numerous positional changes entering the second half.
Woodside's ever-willing U12 player, TROY MURRAY, filling in as the 11th player for a team seemingly full of players away on vacation, opened his U14 goal tally on the 47th minute. After skimming the heels of a couple of opposition players, Troy was paid his dues by the referee.
Meanwhile, AILBHE BIFFEN, was very unfortunate not to have opened his 2019 goal tally with as many as five strikes on target. Supporters on the sideline, including his own parents, continue to wait for his imminent arrival.
TOBY VINCENT managed to add a couple to the team's tally and as many to his own as the Woodside Red team reached an end to the second half of the second round, ending in favour of the home team, 12 to 1.
Kudos to the Murray Bridge keeper who should be proud to have stopped Woodside from scoring more. His positive attitude fantastic to see. Even in the dying minutes of a one-sided affair he saw the positive side, applauding goals when well done.
Woodside will see Stirling Districts White at the end of the schoo holidays, whilst Murray Bridge Blue sees Hahndorf at Beatty Terrace.