3rd August 2019
Mt Eliza U8 Red 7 v Casey Comets 0
The Mt Eliza U8 Reds turned on another great team performance in their second consecutive game against a Casey Comets side at Cranbourne. The opening minutes were a tense affair as the boys settled into their roles. Angus Goodison was the rock in our defense, always well positioned and working well with defensive team mate Luke Batey. The boys continually won the ball and delivered it up forward. Max Silk was also in-form from defensive mid-field and pulled the team into a dominant position with some great runs and long range passes. Max was soon rewarded for his efforts with a long range shot that skipped past the keeper and into the net for a great goal. The game remained close until the final minutes of the half when Max, who was determined to show that his first goal was no fluke, unleashed another long range shot to bring the same result to secure his brace and take us to 2-0. Casey fought back into the game however and they nicely worked their way in behind a determined Angus. Their striker found himself with a good sight of our goal and fired well - only for the Reds in form player, Callum Helmore, to make a wonderful diving save. The game went up a notch with the introduction of the dynamic duo - Austen Bettess and his great mate (the birthday boy) Elliot Melder. These two always produce something special and it did not take long for Elliot to thread a beautiful pass through to Austen, who worked hard to get a shot on goal but was well defended and found himself needing to pull the trigger from his non-preferred left foot. All that practice in the backyard finally paid off as he struck it well and the ball beat both defender and keeper to roll into the far corner of the goal to take us to 3-0 at the break. The first 10 minutes of the second half was super impressive from the boys. Thomas Allison continued his great game in attack and continually swooped in on the ball to win control and pass to his team mates. Ewan Barnes also presented well playing upfront all day and had some key tackles and passes showing more great improvement in his game. Callum and Alfie Main-Siveyer teamed up in defense and put on a clinic at the back. Callum showed poise and class with beautiful positioning, soft first touches, elegant control and a calm head to always find a team mate up the ground. Ultimately, it was Callum’s long pass from defense that cut through Casey and found the feet of Austen in front of goal, who controlled and shot powerfully, deflecting into the goal off the poor keepers head for his brace. Alfie is also shaping as one of the most improved players in the team. He never lost a challenge at the back and put Casey under pressure with his fine defensive marking and long range accurate throw ins. His best moment was when he ran a beautiful passage of play to challenge Casey’s attackers numerous times, finally winning the contest on a third or fourth effort to then roll out a neat present for the birthday boy Elliot who unwrapped his gift by running on goal and firing home. Christian Bethune was then thrown back in to the fray and had his best moments of the game seeking out the ball in mid-field and showing some nice touches and well directed passes to his team mates. Christian then had 2 or 3 good chances on goal in quick succession that were all well saved or deflected from desperate Casey defenders. For a moment it looked like today was not going to be his day but he got one more chance and took it to move the score line to 6-0. Then the moment of the day arrived as Austen took a free kick from a dangerous position. He struck the ball well as it shaped through the air into the goal mouth at speed. Casey’s defenders were only able to look on as Elliot Melder rose to yet again hit another spectacular volley and send the ball screaming into the back of the net for his well earned brace (and a team hat-trick of braces). Wow! The dynamic duo were at it again and they celebrated like team mates should. What a goal! Player of the Day was a really difficult decision as all of the boys played well. Standout players were Callum, Max, Austen, Elliot, Thomas, Alfie and Luke (who had his best game for the team in the first half and kept a clean sheet in the second). Any one of these boys could have taken the award today. However, there was one player who just stood out. Angus Goodison put on a superb defensive performance and was crucial in saving the day many times when the game was closely matched in the first 15 minutes. He showed calmness under pressure and great team play – following his instructions to the letter. He then capped off his game with a fine 10 minutes upfront in the second half playing like a true team mate. What a great effort Angus and team. Go Reds!
Bit of a stressful game to start with, we only had 5 kids turn up. Our opposition decided to still play their full team. So we had our 5 boys onto their team of 7 plus their extras. They kicked a goal in 30 seconds, we thought we were going to get smashed. However our little team of 5 didn't want to loose, Ethan Sheen kicked 6 goals and Sebastian Blandy kicked 1, Our goal keepers were amazing and gave it their all. Was the best and proudest game we have watched as parents. They were buggered but kept pushing. The final score was 5-7 we won. Was amazing to still come out on top after only having 5 kids. Well done to all the boys, they all received best on ground.
U10 Kangaroos Red v Chelsea
The boys were put through their paces at training this week, so they (and the coaches) were pumped up and keen to start the game! We started well but so did Chelsea and the first few minutes was spent back and forth in the midfield before we got a free kick. They didn’t make it easy for us though, allowing no space for us to get the ball through to the goal. Big shout out to Nigel, Koroush and Lachlan T who showed skill and confidence in defence and ultimately lead to our first goal from a great shot by Lewis. Soon after Paul put in another amazing shot that had to be saved by a dive by their keeper, meaning the score remained 1-0 at half time. There was an intense start to the second half as the game was so close but skills from our goalie Lachlan M got the ball back into our half allowing a shot for Sammy that was saved. Lewis was then up for another corner which he struck so well it flew straight in for our second. The boys all worked hard on maintaining their positions and looking for their team-mates for more accurate passes and this consistency meant they took out the game 2-0, well done boys!
Great team play across the game from the boys this morning. 3 goals to 1 win against Mount Martha. Fantastic team effort. Thanks to tomi for coaching and Marcus for being a last minute ref.
Mt Martha 1 Mt Eliza 4
This was our seventh game in a row undefeated, however it wasn't easy playing on what was a worn out, clumpy Mt Martha pitch. With Benji, Tommy and Harry away, we had to work hard. We started off trying to press however our marking, possession and passing could have been much better. Mt Martha got the first goal after the referee failed to spot the ball going out with Mt Martha taking a quick throw and scoring whilst our defence and keeper were expecting the throw to be over-ruled. We answered back quickly with a goal from Harrison who went on to score 2 more. Kian also scored and was unlucky not to score more. Mt Martha had a couple of long range shots and were unlucky hitting the post. Player of the match went to Louie going in goal for Benji. Congrats on a super hat-trick to Harrison. The Greens started this game unfocused, however ended it as a united team. Well done greens.
U12 Casey Comets 1 – 3 Mt. Eliza Orange
Playing second on the table, the boys knew they’d need to be at their best today. Having gone down 4 – 2 the last time we played early in the season, the boys wanted payback and were keen to keep their recent run of good games going.
We had a plan and the boys executed perfectly. Training has all been about pass and movement and the last few games the boys have been getting better and better. Today it all clicked and it was a total performance by every single player. Sharing the ball around, getting the ball out wide, crosses back in and getting to the ball first were what I asked the boys to do and it was what I got.
We got out the gates quick which I don’t think Casey were ready for and 12 minutes in we were 2 nil up. Kai struck first with a well taken goal that reflected the pressure he was applying up front, then Jem followed up a few minutes later, demonstrating what can happen when you get to the ball first, showing some lovely touches to eventually dink over the keeper and finishing his own dink off with his head into an open goal. The other forward players of Jimi, Ollie and Josh were creating chances and were a blur of activity and passes.
Casey got a sniff in the second half, but only when a huge kick by our keeper Coby who was rock solid, booted a clearance directly into a Casey players stomach, with the ball bouncing unkindly into our goal.
But the boys stood firm, and as Casey pushed hard, Dom bagged his first goal of the season by collecting the ball in the box, with plenty still to do, and coolly shot across the keeper to seal the win.
I asked Dom to anchor our defence today, and along with Nate, Josh W-E, Manny and Billy, the back line was outstanding. The awards went to Josh W-E and Nate today for not only today, but the past few weeks where they have improved out of sight.
Westernport SC 1 - Mt Eliza U12 Gold 2
Today’s game was truly amazing to watch, as a coach and I’m sure as spectators, as it was a hard fought battle between the two sides. The skills Declan and I saw today have been a real highlight of the season for us so far. Mt Eliza Gold 2-1 WesternPort Wolves.
The defence were great today and did exactly what they needed to. Ben, Danny and Lincoln all played terrific games. We saw consistent effort to make runs forward, get the ball out of defence, marking your man and perfect passing.
Midfield just didn’t stop running all game; we say it all the time but everybody puts in so much effort. Matt, Innes, Jackson, Angelo and Luca - knowing when to dribble past a player and when to pass was terrific, Luca providing the outlet from defence in centre mid and then laying off a through ball to our strikers were amazing. Angelo and Jackson intercepted the ball and made vital tackles when needed, Matt and Innes providing run down the wing and connecting with Liam and Spencer was also great to see.
Liam and Spencer were amazing in striker. Spencer had a great assist to Liam, who finished off a beautiful piece of play. Liam made runs down the wing and then got a cross off into the box and Spencer continuously played the early ball which helped the team in so many ways.
-Matt and Innes were also great in goalkeeper only managing to let in one goal and stopping many more.
-Danny and Liam scored terrific goals
-Ben played his best game so far this season in an unfamiliar position and was a key player for us this game. Well done!
Another thing to note was the positivity - at the start of the game everyone was laughing and having fun, this continued at half time and at the end of the game. This was really good to see and we believe this attitude was the contributing factor that helped us win today.