2013 match reports
Division 1: 2013
Westernport v. Peninsula Old Boys 2's
Sunday, August 11 @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Westernport 1 - 6 Peninsula Old Boys (W)
Peninsula Old Boys v. Endeavour
Sunday, August 4 @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys v. Endeavour (W)
Match Forfeited: 3-0 Win to POB
Langwarrin v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, July 28th @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Langwarrin 2 - 0 Peninsula Old Boys (L)
Report: Round 13 saw us travel to Langwarrin looking to continue our form from a 6-0 win against Bayswater week before.
The pitch we played on brought back memories for some – it was where the club play its first ever game in 2012 and on that day we came away with a 2-0 victory.
Faced with a small and dry pitch and a fired up Langwarrin side the boys took to the park. We dominated the early stages of the game with the midfield of James Heard and Jake Kidder feeding ball after ball to Grady Vickers and Chris Stannett up front. The Langwarrin defence was too strong and we were unlucky not to score.
A questionable decision penalising Langwarrin for a back pass gave us an indirect few kick inside the box. Alas we were unable to capitalise, adding to our frustrations. The remainder of the half saw much of the same with us unable to find the back of the net. Down the other end Langwarrin weren’t without their opportunities and but for some brilliant saves by Scott Wells we may well have find ourselves down a number of goals.
The nil all deadlock was broken by Langwarrin just minutes before half time with a solid free kick outside the box that glanced a player and ended up in the net.
Coming out after half time, we knew that we were in with a chance to regain the gaol we had conceded and win the match. However despite our efforts this came to no avail. We moved the ball along the wings through Matt Smart and Toby Heard but were unable to finish it off up front.
Langwarrin continued to push and mid-way through the half a quick kick rebounding from a corner managed to slip past the keeper and defenders to put Langwarrin up 2-0. With limited time we went about changing the formations and going all-out attack, yet were unable to get the result.
The final score read 2-0 and was a disappointing loss. To their credit Langwarrin played well and deserved the victory. The team will be looking to bounce back next week at home against Endeavour.
Peninsula Old Boys v. Bayswater
Sunday, July 21st @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 6 - 0 Bayswater (W)
Goals: Matt Smart, Chris Stannett, Grady Vickers, Karl Hughes, Andrew Hochegger x 2
Report: Round 12 saw the Div 1 boys take on Bayswater at home. With an almost full squad that team was full of optimism and confidence and keen to wipe out the memory of the previous week that ended in a 4-4 draw.
The conditions were far from ideal with a strong breeze to one end and freezing cold temperatures. Winning the toss we were kicking with the breeze for the first half, in what would prove to be spent up our attacking end for much of the 45minutes. Scott Wells finished the half with only a handful a touches.
We dominated Bayswater with constant attacking from all across the midfield and up front. Chris Stannett scored the first goal with a brilliant run around the keeper 15minutes into the game. Just two minutes later Matt Smart chipped in with a goal, shotting off a rebound ball. The half ended with Grady Vickers scoring in the final minute. We could easily have scored many more goals but went into the half well on top 3-0.
Despite not having the wind in the second half, we started how we finished the first. With solid defensive and midfield play setting up our attacks. Mitch Pryce, Lyndon Williams, Ash Scholes and Murphy Holt all played great game moving the ball around with solid passing and setting up our forward attacks.
We scored our fourth goal in the 18th minute, with Andrew Hochegger slotting the ball in the back of the net off a great Grady cross. In the 37th minutes Andrew chipped in with his second goal, landing it in the top right of the goals after a run down the wing. Immediately following, Karl Hughes, having come off the bench, chipped in for a goal after a brilliant run by Byron Laminski out of defence giving the ball to Karl right in the box.
The final score was 6-0 and was an outstanding team result. It showed what the team is capable off when they put their mind to it, work hard and work together as a team. They are almost unbeatable! We will take the confidence from the win into next week when we travel to Langwarrin.
Keysborough v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, July 14th @ 10:30am
FULL TIME: Keysborough 4 - 4 Peninsula Old Boys (D)
Goals: Sam Symons x 2, Chris Stannett, Andrew Hochegger
Division 2: 2013
Cup Qtr Final
Boronia Reserves v. Peninsula Old Boys 2's
Sunday, August 18 @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Boronia Reserves 2 - 1 Peninsula Old Boys 2's (L)
Westernport v. Peninsula Old Boys 2's
Sunday, August 11 @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Westernport 1 - 3 Peninsula Old Boys 2's (W)
Peninsula Old Boys v. Peninsula Strikers
Sunday, August 4 @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 2's 4 - 2 Peninsula Strikers (W)
Goals: Andrew Hochegger x 2, Connor Stannett x 2
Croydon v. Peninsula Old Boys (2's)
Sunday, July 28th @ 2:00pm
FULL TIME: Croydon 2 - 1 Peninsula Old Boys (2's) (L)
Goals: Louis Brownlee
Best: Louis Brownlee, Hayden Owens, Brandon Speedie, Tim Chatfield, Jack Massey
Report: So the fixture read “Away at Croydon”. POB veterans felt a subliminal shiver down their spine. For those un-unlucky enough not to be there, your correspondent has accurately summarised the lessons learnt from that day:
Firstly, there was no sign of the ref. Organisers were perhaps busy operating the DRS at the 3rd test in Manchester.
In any case, both teams took the initiative and sorted the Refereeing situation. Tim won the toss and wisely kept the teams “as they were” to avoid unnecessary physical exertion in swapping sides. In what is becoming a trend, we dominated play and possession in the first 10 minutes. Quite a few times we broke down their defences but then lacked the composure to finish.
We began to tire a little and possession evened itself up. We were forced to concede a corner and some lax marking in the box allowed an accurate header to find its mark. A note for further improvement: defensive marking is a team effort which is only as strong as its weakest link.
We pressed on. Our passing game was again on show as crisp passes between defenders and midfield incised with the skill of a sashimi chef. The talk was also excellent. On-field instant constructive feedback is the best catalyst for improvement, and we were at our best on this measure.
After half-time a chip over MacKow’s head reduced the score to 2-0. This wasn’t at all an accurate reflection of the day’s events and so to even the ledger, Louis got forward and struck back. The last 10 minutes of the half belonged to the Magoos, but yet again we were unable to trouble the scorers with our efforts. Final score: 2-1.
We learnt 2 lessons from this game:
First, we are improving each week. Individuals are improving, most notably Jack Massey, but we are also beginning to show the hallmarks of a good team, like team unity and constructive feedback.
Peninsula Old Boys v. Montrose Mtm
Sunday, July 21st @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 2's 2 - 3 Montrose Mtm (L)
Goals: Jayce Ward, Praveen Hordagoda
Best: Hayden Owens, Louis Brownlee, Tim Chatfield, Josh Mackow, Praveen Hordagoda
Report: On a day when an Antarctic blast delivered snow to parts of the Strzelecki ranges and Mt Dandenong, the Magoos ran hot. Previously, this Montrose team defeated us 4-0. But a solid diet of ham, cheese, bread crumb and chicken breast had made us strong. Who cares about history anyway? As Chris Scott says: “we deal in tangibles”.
One such tangible was the return of our vice-captain. Another was the stirring speech for our fearless leader pre-game. Beginning with “just two words today boys,” Tim then not-so-succinctly summarised the extended version of Ben Hur and concluded with a memorable line from Little Soldiers – “[soccer] is 40% physical and 80% mental”. In response to this disastrous arithmetic, K-Mac quickly changed the VCE syllabus from “Specialist Maths” to “Special Maths” and kindly asked the Fos to attend a Lunchtime catch-up in T14. Even so, Chatters’ speech was still shorter than Barry Reagan’s.
We lost the toss and the opposition elected to bat first. Early on we concluded that they had a skilful attacking mid and a lightning quick forward, but little else. With the strong arctic wind to our backs we pushed forward strongly.
The Praying Mantis ran around the outside of their left-back to cross an irresistible ball along the ground to the six-yard box, which was obligingly tipped-in by the Ward. The VC and Dos were harassing their attacking mid to good effect and whenever their quick forward went near the ball we smashed him.
We then drew a free close to the box. Louis was shaping to take the free when Prav ran over and said “get F#@&ed Louis, I’m the man from outside the box!” He then followed up his strong words with an equally strong kick into the back of the net.
The score read 2-0 in our favour at the change of innings. We knew the prevailing longitudinal breeze would put us under pressure for the rest of the game.
And so it proved. Some A-grade hustling from Dos and Louis kept the defence relatively unscathed for the first part, but soon the tide turned.
The first of many long-range shots was expertly finger-tipped over the bar by our newly in-form ‘keeper. This was a proper good save. But still the shots came. Eventually a bomb from the boondocks – assisted by the gusty wind – found the back of our net.
We laboured on. Jace continued to look dangerous forward and was well fed/aided by some Praveen silky skills. Unfortunately we were unable to make the most of some excellent presses forward.
An accurate cross and volley levelled the scores. Then, like a bank error in Montrose’s favour, a deflection landed squarely in their forward’s lap for a tip in.
At final whistle it was an unlucky 2-3 loss. Still, there is no doubt we are improving. 4-0 has become 2-3 in slightly more than two months. Jack Massey, McCall and the Warden have stepped up as have Praveen and McMoo. The most tightly fought contest for the year is looking likely to be the “most improved” award come Presentation night. Keep up the good work lads.
Rosebud v. Peninsula Old Boys 2's
Sunday, July 14th @ 9:30am
FULL TIME: Rosebud 0 - 0 Peninsula Old Boys (D)
Best: Owens, Chatfield, Ashley, Brandon Speedie, Mackow, Lancefield
Report: Through the week one of the most anticipated sporting contests of the century got underway. Australia v England; The Ashes. Probably the longest rivalry in any sport anywhere except perhaps between houses in the Eton Wall game. The contest drew a sold-out crowd of delirious and avid supporters to the English west-midlands.
Seventeen-thousand kilometres away the Magoos expected a similar turn-out to their Sunday, 9.30am, cold, rainy, away game at Rosebud. Invitations must have been lost in the mail because, to our great surprise, no-one was there. Even the Ref and opposition had decided they had better things to do. On the upside all their sock-drawers were now perfectly organised.
The challenge this week was to replicate our passing game from the week prior. For the first 15 mins we did this brilliantly. Mash and Bran the Ripper assumed the role of distributers at wing-back and Dos, Purkis, Briggs and Spindleshanks dominated play in the midfield. The Fos marshalled the troops down back and for the third game in a row Jayce looked dangerous up forward. Unfortunately we were unable to put our dominance on the scoreboard.
Rosebud fought back. Their Sylvester Stallone look-a-like forward offered some words of “encouragement” to his team-mates (“you play like beginner”). Buoyed by his positive feedback, Rosebud began to outnumber us in the midfield. Under growing pressure, the defence held fort until the Ref – making up for sock time – cut a solid 10 mins off the 1st half.
We huddled together in the driving rain to listen to our newly appointed head coach. “Boys, Sylvester Stallone is pushing us aside like Rambo; let’s eat some raw eggs and fight back Rocky IV style in this Cliff-hanger.” This pep-talk fired us up like an Italian stallion.
Jayce got forward and split the defence. Dos continued to dominate in centre midfield. And spindleshanks had a few promising moments. Meanwhile, the greasy, lumpy conditions created a few awkward moments for McCalf who remained stanch and unyielding. He is now the most improved player at the club.
Still our dominance yielded little. We put spindleshanks forward and a last-gasp attempt to hit the back of the net. It might have worked– we’ll never know though because the Ref had to duck off early to attend a sock appreciation meeting. Time-Gate?!
The final score read 0-0, but there is no doubt that we would have scored at least 16 goals had the game run longer. As a tribute to a now defunct popular publication that enjoyed its first edition at Rosebud over a year ago: BOY I DO LOVE PLAYING AWAY.
Cup Qtr Final
Peninsula Old Girls v. Boronia Maidens
Sunday, August 18 @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Girls 0 - 5 Boronia Maidens (L)
Chelsea v. Peninsula Old Girls
Sunday, August 11 @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Chelsea 5 - 1 Peninsula Old Girls (L)
Goals: Ellie Barry
Peninsula Old Girls v. Rosebud
Sunday, August 4 @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Girls 1 - 1 Rosebud (D)
Goals: Ellie Barry
Best: Riana Cipollone, Eliza Sinclair, Ellie Barry, Mel Walker, Hayley Anderton, Samara Stephens
Report: Keen to settle the score after last round’s controversial loss to Rosebud, the TOPSA girls set the pace early. Using the skid of the wet ball, a steadfast midfield led by a feisty Hayley Anderton played some very nice balls through to the ever dangerous Samara Stephens who continued her dominant form from previous weeks and Emma Woods; her speed and positioning constantly caught the Rosebud defense flat-footed.
The wingers Ellie Barry and Riana Cipollone also gave Rosebud grief as they relentlessly ran the boundaries, playing balls both into the centre and down the line in a fine display of skill and composure that ran rings around the opposition. Rosebud hit back with some nice passing play of their own but as usual the TOPSA defense gave them a lesson in positioning and hard tackling as the Walker duo Mel and Kate pulled off a spectacular clearance to deny Rosebud their opening goal. Tash Gore also proved vital in launching corner balls back into the midfield. The girls retaliated in the best way possible with several lightning counter-attacks only to be stopped by the Rosebud keeper. Patience and perseverance eventually paid off and a corner ball from Molly Patton proved to be the ball Ellie Barry had been waiting for as she slammed it into the back of the net for her first ever goal and giving TOPSA a 1-0 lead going into the break.
Rosebud came out firing in the second half. Having had little luck in the centre, they looked to pass down the wings for their attack. Cool-headed defenders Sally Radnell and Tara Jackson provided the TOPSA girls with composure as the boundary line became the centre of play in a very long succession of throw-ins; both sides attempting to gain ground in any way possible. Unfortunately a sneaky play through an open channel gave Rosebud their equalizer. The girls were not deterred and fought hard to defend their home goal. Eliza Sinclair ran the left wing tirelessly, searching for any chance to play a through-ball into the 18 yard area. Despite dominating the final 10 minutes of play the TOPSA girls were unable to find the back of net once more leaving the result at 1-1.
Well done on yet another fantastic effort and another improved result. Once again we fought hard until the final whistle, proving just how far we’ve come as a team and a club. Next week’s match against Chelsea is an opportunity to build on today’s performance and show the other sides just how tough we are!
Langwarrin v. Peninsula Old Girls
Sunday, July 28th @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Langwarrin 5 - 0 Peninsula Old Girls (L)
Best: Hayley Anderton, Ellie Barry, Meg Barry, Tash Gore, Molly Patton, Sally Radnell
Report: The lead up to the TOPSA girls’ clash against top of the table Langwarrin was hampered by just about everything: work, illness and holidays all depleting the Sunday squad. Nevertheless, the starting and incidentally only eleven were full of positivity and determination from the get-go. From the first whistle the girls ran and ran - even when the opposition didn’t as Molly Patton found out early. Both sides were looking dangerous with much of the early play concentrated in the midfield where Olivia Hipwell was quick to stamp her authority - playing some very nice balls through to an in-form Samara Stephens who constantly looked dangerous throughout the match.
Langwarrin were equally fast to respond and the fresh faces of the TOPSA defense had their first test for the day - they delivered! Ellie Barry and Sally Radnell chased down every through ball for a stellar total of six corner balls. Equally impressive was Hayley Anderton and Tash Gore, the tag team the epitome of pure tenacity - much to the frustration the the Langwarrin attack who began to get a bit lippy with just about everyone. Meg Barry and Sally continued to deny the home side, risking life and limb to defend the goal with two of the best saves ever made by non-keepers. It took a very skillful (and perhaps slightly lucky) goal chipped over keeper Mel Walker’s head for Langwarrin to finally score just prior to half time.
Langwarrin came out firing in the second half and the lack of substitutes began to take its toll on the TOPSA side. In spite of this, the girls continued to run and pressure and chase down every ball across the park; Eliza Sinclair and Emma Woods made some cracking intercepts in midfield to set up several attacking chances on either side of the pitch. Another cheeky goal gave the home side the confidence boost they didn’t need and the attacks reined down from everywhere. Everyone pitched in with some desperate defending; Mel Walker making some great diving saves at the opposition’s feet forcing them to work hard for their expanding scoreline.
Despite injuries and exhaustion, the girl’s continued to run until the last whistle in a very fine display of determination, commitment and heart. Well done girls, regardless of the scoreline you should all be extremely proud of today’s performance. Each of you stepped up and not only played you role in the team - you owned it! Let’s build on today and take this attitude into next weeks’ match against Rosebud.
Peninsula Old Girls v. Bayswater
Sunday, July 21st @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Girls 3 - 1 Bayswater (W)
Goals: Samara Stephens x 3
Best: Ellie Barry, Olivia Hipwell, , Leah Sheehan, Samara Stephens,Mel Walker
Report: Following last week’s win against Keysborough the TOPSA girls were determined to make a statement in front of a home crowd. The sun broke through the clouds as Samara Stephens broke though the Bayswater defense to slot one into back of the net. Emma Woods looked equally dangerous up front, jumping on every ball and pressuring the seemingly startled Bayswater defenders.
The girls dominated the first half, playing each ball with a sense of purpose and composure. The only hiccup for the side was left winger Ellie Barry taking a nasty knock above the shinguard, cutting short her promising half. This didn’t phase he TOPSA attack as Tash Gore was continued to dominate the right wing, connecting well with Liv Hipwell to set up some very threatening through-balls. Baywater’s best chance of scoring came just prior to half time with one of their strikers sending a corner rebound soaring just under the crossbar only to be gracefully plucked from the air by the ever reliable Mel Walker.
After the break, TOPSA came out firing yet again led by a dominant midfield that left the opposition in a daze. Hayley Anderton was relentless in the centre running circles around the visitors, firing through-balls all directions while Molly Patton provided support where necessary. It wasn’t long until Samara found the gap once more to take the girls to a 2-0 lead.
Bayswater retaliated with a bombardment of attacks which Leah Sheehan and Kate Walker were quick to stamp out in the centre. Tara Jackson and Sally Radnell were solid as ever; shutting down the wingers who were evidently frustrated as they repeatedly failed to hit their targets. Despite this, a quick formation change saw the momentum shift in favour of the visitors and they managed to sneak a low cross into the box and score.
The final 15 saw some of the best soccer the girls have produced to date. After an application of frozen peas, Ellie made a miraculous recovery to have some fabulous runs down the left wing. The midfielders worked overtime, constantly running the length of the pitch to support the promising attacks and desperately defend the home goal. In the dying minutes; a steadfast Meg Barry denied the Bayswater side several crucial clearances and they eventually caved to the pressure, leaving their keeper stranded against an indefatigable Samara who went on to claim her third of the day in a fantastic one-on-one that had everyone holding their breath as her shot hit the woodwork to ricochet across the line.
Congratulations girls on a fantastic win. A brilliant team performance that you should all be extremely proud of - next week the girls face an in-form Langwarrin and if this week is any indication, it will prove to be a very interesting match.
Keysborough v. Peninsula Old Girls
Sunday, July 14th @ 10:30am
FULL TIME: Keysborough 2 - 3 Peninsula Old Girls (W)
Goals: Mel Walker (we think), Samara Stephens x2
Best: Tara Jackson, Samara Stephens, Ellie Barry, Mel Walker
Report: With their new whiteboard adorned with match-winning tactics, the girls took the pitch down on players, but with their spirits as enthusiastic as ever. From kick off, the play was very much one sided; the awesome no-longer-flat foursome had little trouble to stop the somewhat lackluster Keysborough attack; Leah Sheehan and Kate Walker were ever reliable, stamping out any threatening through balls whilst Tara Jackson and Sally Radnell were also solid, providing a constant barrier to TOPSA goal - much to the frustration of the opposition's wingers.
The midfield went walkabout, however this proved to be of little significance to the score board as Ellie Barry and Samara Stephens led the TOPSA attack down the left wing with several shots shaving the far post. Tash Gore was also lively up front hitting the woodwork with a solid pass across the goal face. Meanwhile the right wing was dominated by Olivia Hipwell who dribbled two Keysborough defenders, fell over, got up and nutmegged another before launching a great cross into the box. Looking dangerous the girls broke their scoring drought as Mel Walker “scored” her first goal off a brilliant corner from Ellie to take the lead.
The opposition resorted to some strange dance tactics in an attempt to put off keeper Molly Patton, but to no avail as Samara made a beautiful pass across the goal face into the far corner to take TOPSA into a dominant position at the break.
The host team came out firing in the second half, a slight defensive blunder amongst several positional changes resulted in the Keysborough girls sneaking a goal over Molly’s head. Incited by something, Samara immediately responded, rocketing up the other end to slot one past the new Keysborough keeper.
Facing a persistent opposition and with the wind advantage lost, the TOPSA side fought hard to maintain their dominant attack. With TOPSA defense under consistent pressure from a strong striker duo, cracks began to show - entre the midfielders. Meg Barry and Emma Woods made some inspirational tackles to stem the flow of through-balls. Cheered on by an injured Sam Harnett, they blocked the Keysborough attack with bellies and buttocks; bumping this way and that to put the opposition off their game.
It was only a cracking shot from the other side of the park that gave Keysborough their second goal to complete the day’s scoreline. The girls pulled off a fantastic team win and providing a real confidence boost going into next weeks match against Bayswater. Great work girls - bring on next Sunday!
Peninsula Old Boys v. Hampton Park
Sunday, July 7th @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 1 - 0 Hampton Park (W)
Goals: Grady Vickers
Best: Byron Laminski, Connor Stannett, Grady Vickers, Matt Smart, Sam Symons, Lyndon Williams
Report: Round 10 saw the first of the reverse matches with the Div 1 team
taking on Hampton Park at home.
The boys had suffered two defeats in the previous rounds and were determined to ensure that there was no repeat of the previous week’s loss to Dandenong.
The conditions were poor with it bucketing down at the start of the match. This set the tone with it raining for the majority of the match and even hailing for a short period during the second half.
In round one of the season we had beaten Hampton Park 5-1, and the boys knew that they had what it would take to come away with another victory.
The conditions hampered the play and reduced the skill level of both teams, but this did not detract from the teams game plan and attack. The midfield quickly grasped control setting up Grady Vickers and Chris Stannett for scoring opportunities. Alas, we were unlucky not to score in the early parts of the game and the momentum was in our favour.
To Hampton’s credit they fought hard and soon were dictating play with their game style and putting us under pressure. Some great saves and solid keeping by Scott Wells kept the scores level throughout the first half. The boys went into the half time break optimistic and upbeat.
The second half was more of the same but our defence took the ascendancy and control of the game. Lead by Captain Connor Stannett playing some outstanding soccer, the backline of Murphy Holt, Byron Laminski and Lyndon Williams had the Hampton strikers under control and were able to set up the teams attacking moves along the wings through Mike Durrance and Matt Smart. In centre midfield James Heard made his return to team and Sam Symons worked tirelessly as always.
Our work rate was soon rewarded with a free kick just outside the box. Grady Vickers with a brilliant kick slotted the ball in the top right of the net, putting us up 1-0 half way through the second half. With the lead in hand and the momentum the boys were upbeat and determined to secure victory.
This goal gave them a new lease on life and their work rate lifted, with us outrunning our opponents towards the end of the
After two losses it was a well-deserved 1-0 victory and reaffirmed why we are top of the table, beating a quality team in terrible weather conditions.
Next week the boys travel to Keysborough and hope to continue their winning form.
Peninsula Old Boys v. Dandenong City
Sunday, June 30th @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 0 - 2 Dandenong City (L)
Best: Murphy Holt, Byron Laminski, Matt Smart, Sam Symons, Lyndon Williams
Report: Round 9 saw the Div 1 team take on Dandenong City at home.
This match was pencilled in as one that was going to be a tough fight. After a week off and the previous round going down to Brighton, the boys were fired up and keen to make amends against the well drilled team from Dandenong.
The match was hard and tough from the start. Dandenong being considerably bigger and more physical than our boys went about their game plan of solid passes and rough old school football.
We attempted to match them with our speed and youth spreading wide on our home pitch and using the full length in an attempt to exploit the opposition and find openings.
The first part of the game was evenly matched with both teams making attacking moves and making chances. Our defence worked hard to ensure that the score remain level at 0-0. Murphy Holt and Byron Laminski worked hard for the entire game to mute the Dandenong strikers, and stood strong in the physical contest and keep scoring chance to a minimum.
In the midfield it was a tough affair, but Matt Smart and Sam Symons fought hard against the well drilled Dandenong, often running themselves ragged to apply the pressure and cause turn overs. The entire game was about hard work and effort. It was through this that we were able to create chances up front where Chris Stannett and Grady Vickers used their speed and skill, causing headaches for the opposition but were unrewarded and unable to slot the ball in the back of the net.
Dandenong’s constant pressure was eventually rewarded with them going 1 goal up after a break down in the defence. Down but not out our boys continued to fight hard knowing that we were still in it.
With people coming off tired and injured from the physical contest we eventually ran out of legs and were unable to match it with Dandenong sealing the game late in the second half with a low shot finding its way past the defence and into the net.
The final score was 2-0, but the boys can be proud of their effort and their attack on the game. We remain on top of the table and will bounce back! Dandenong were a very experienced team and we can take away many things from the game that will ensure that next time we are prepared and ready to take it to them when we play them away in the final match of the year.
Next week sees the fixture go into the back half of the season and the reverse games. The boys have Hampton Park at home and will be looking to bounce back after two defeats.
Brighton v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, June 16th @ 3:00pm
Dendy Park, Brighton
FULL TIME: Brighton 4 - 1 Peninsula Old Boys (L)
Goals: Chris Stannett
Best: Murphy Holt, Byron Laminski, Chris Stannett, Grady Vickers, Lyndon Williams,
Report: Round 8 saw the Div 1 taking on Brighton away, with the other
teams playing at Boronia.
It was pitted as being a tough match, with Brighton finishing close to the top of the table of Div 1 in recent years. The task was going to be that little bit harder with people missing from the team and late withdrawals, and some interrupted training preparations in preceding weeks.
Nevertheless the boys were ready for the fight and challenge as we assembled on the ground. From the get go Brighton demonstrated why they are a
class team, playing some very solid football. We were unlucky to concede an
early goal after some questionable referring decisions, with Brighton 1 up after 5 minutes.
Not used to trailing, the boys began to fight back and find our feat against a well drilled and experienced outfit in Brighton. The midfield worked hard to combat Brighton, with Matt Smart, Sam Symons and Jake Kidder doing their best to take control of the match.
Brighton kept our defence under excessive pressure and the somewhat different backline fought hard to stave off many Brighton forward attacks. In the 25th
minute a great save by Scott Wells rebounded out to a Brighton player who scored an outstanding fluke of a goal.
Brighton clearly had the momentum at this point in the game but we didn’t give up. Down our end, Chris Stannett and Grady Vickers fought hard to set up chances to no avail. Brighton slotted their third goal in the 33rd minute putting us down 3-0. Chris Stannett pegged one goal back late in the first half, with a great run and some fumbling by the Brighton keeper.
In the second half we continued how we finished the first and began to gain more momentum and keep pressing for goals. The defence had settled, and marshalled by Murphy Holt with Byron Laminski and Lyndon Williams kept Brighton at bay. Some attacking moves and saves by Scott Wells kept Brighton scoreless for much of the half.
Unfortunately our efforts went astray. We had dominant possession in the second half but were unable to get to ball in the back of the net, despite a number of good chances coming off good runs down the wings. Brighton kept the pressure up and were able to score the clincher in the latter end of the half of a long free kick being headed into the goal.
The final score read 4-1 to Brighton. It marked the first defeat for the Div 1 in normal league matches, yet the team remains top of the table and a game clear. The game was far from the team’s best performances, and will be looking to bounce back at home against Dandenong City.
Montrose v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, June 2nd @ 3:00pm
Keith Hume Fraser Reserve, Montrose
FULL TIME: Montrose 1 - 3 Peninsula Old Boys (W)
Goals: Chris Stannett x 2, Grady Vickers
Best: Jake Kidder, Chris Stannett, Grady Vickers, Lyndon Williams, Scott Wells
Report: Having watched the Div 2 defeated by Montrose, the Div 1 team was keen to get out and do the POB proud. Following a brilliant previous match against Montrose, the team was full of confidence stepping out onto the pitch.
Despite being lower ranked, Montrose took it to us in the early stages of the match, as we had a sluggish start. Montrose worked the ball around the field, setting them up for chance and making openings.
Their efforts were rewarded with a goal mid way through the first half the managed to get past Scott Well’s outstretched hands. Montrose was in the lead and it was the first time the team had to chase – it was a good challenge and the boys rose to that challenge towards the end of the first half taking the game to Montrose through the midfield and exposing their defence up
front. Some injuries towards the end of the half were of some concern as we went
into the break down 1-0.
Buoyed by renewed tactics and structures the boys came out fired up, confident that they were still in the match. It didn’t take long with Chris Stannett slotting a goal within minutes. The scores were level and the momentum was beginning to swing our way. Montrose kept pushing but to no avail.
The back line was impregnable, with the likes of Lyndon Williams, Murphy Holt and Ash Scholes ensuring Montrose didn’t have solid scoring chances. Connor Stannett swept up any lose balls and worked to set up our scoring
opportunities from the back line.
In the midfield Jake Kidder showed some great skill, working with Matt Smart and Sam Symons and Jacob Griffiths and Andrew Hochegger on the wings, to set up our strikers. Grady Vickers was working hard as always, and was rewarded with a goal putting us into the lead. In front of a large crowd, the boys were fired up and on a goal having clawed back the game.
Our band of spectators were vocal and did a great job supporting the team and getting them back into the game!
We kept the pressure up and Montrose refused to die down and kept
fighting till the end of the match. Late in the half Chris scored the clincher
with a great run and move slotting the ball past the keeper. The score was 3-1
and secured a POB victory.
The boys fought hard to come from behind to clinch victory, from a spirited and solid Montrose team. The team remains undefeated after 7 rounds and a top the division table. Today proved that the boys can stay strong in the face of strong opposition, overcoming injuries and come from behind to win. It was a great result!
The next round is two weeks away and will see the team take on Brighton away!
Peninsula Old Boys v. Westernport
Sunday, May 26th @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 8 - 0 Westernport (W)
Goals: Toby Heard x 4, Chris Stannett x 3, Connor Stannett
Best: Toby Heard, Mitch Pryce, Chris Stannett, Sam Symons, Lyndon Williams,
Report: Round 6 saw the Div 1 taking on Westernport at home. This was pencilled down as a tough match, coming up against the third ranked team and a Premier League team in 2012.
The weather cleared just prior to the start of the game, and with an almost full team, we were confident that we could come away with the points.
The whistle sounded and were on it from the get go, dictating the play and taking it Westernport. We started how we left off against Endeavour the previous week, and were quickly going about spreading wide and sending through balls to our strikers. It didn’t take long for us to score. Chris Stannett scored at 9 minutes with a great long run slotting it past the keeper along the ground.
7 minutes later we scored again in bizarre circumstances. A suspect throw from Westernport came to Lyndon Williams, who quickly cross it to winger Toby Heard who slotted it past the keeper, putting us up 2-0 early in the match.
Down the other end of the field Westernport weren’t without their chances early. A solid curving free kick was stopped by a brilliant Scott Wells dive. This was the opposition’s only solid scoring opportunity, and we began to dictate the match from this point, with our defence giving Westernport little opportunity to score, and setting up our attack.
In the 24th minute, right back Mitch Pryce sent a great ball along the wing to Toby, who crossed it to Chris and the ball threaded past the diving Westernport keeper. 6 minutes later Toby scored again after a great run and one on one with the keeper.
Westernport were visibly frustrated, and it began to show in their approach and rough play. Minutes before the end of the half a high kick that left Lyndon Williams on the ground in the box, saw our first penalty of the day. Toby on a hat-trick took the penalty and we watched the ball sail over the cross bar, ending the half 4-0 to POB.
The second half was more of the first. Westernport kept up the aggression and playing at the body. The ref was working hard to keep Westernport honest, with plenty of fouls going our way, yellow cards left right and centre, and a sending off late in the half.
5 minutes in Chris was fouled in the box earning us another penalty. Keen to make up for his missed four weeks ago, Connor Stannett slotted the goal putting us up 5-0. In the 10th minute Toby was dragged down near the goal and a penalty was awarded. Toby made sure of the penalty this time, sealing his hat-trick. His first for the club and his celebration afterwards was one to remember.
The flood gates had certainly opened and we matching everything Westernport could throw at is. Sam Symons, Jake Kidder and Matt Smart were dominant as always in the midfield. Their pressure and the solid defence ensured that the ball was kept in our attacking half for much of the second half. This left our keeper with little to do and the chance to take a break with an easy match.
We kept the pressure up and the goals kept coming. A fantastic long free kick by Murphy Holt in the 30th minute was headed into the goals by Toby and saw him finish the day with 4 goals, and a clear best on ground performance.
Chris was keen to get his hat-trick and it game in the 42nd minute with a great run through the defence and the box, for an easy one on one with the keeper.
The final score of 8-0 represented how dominant we had been and that we had completely dictated to Westernport. It was a big win and an important one that will send a solid message to all teams that POB is the team to beat in Div 1 in 2013. We well and truly outplayed and outclassed the third ranked team!
The team is going from strength to strength and improving with every match. The performance today was tantalising to watch, and it begs the question of just how good this team can be. It was a fantastic performance by all and everyone contributed to the result, with a number of standout performances. The win keeps the team undefeated and on top of the table a game clear with a very handy goal
Next week all teams travel to Montrose.
Endeavour v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, May 19th @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Endeavour 0 - 4 Peninsula Old Boys (W)
Goals: Sam Symons, Grady Vickers, Mike Durrance, Jake Kidder
Best: Jake Kidder, Byron Laminski, Matt Smart, Sam Symons, Grady Vickers, Scott Wells,
Round 5 saw the Div 1 team make the journey to Sweeney Reserve, to take on Endeavour at their new home ground. After the disappointment of defeat at the hands of Rosebud Premiers in the Cup, the team was hungry for victory and continue our undefeated run in Division 1.
The weather was nothing short of wet and cold with heavy rain leaving the pitch water logged and muddy. It was set for a tough match and POB was focused and ready. The match was delayed due to the ref failing to arrive,
and we it did kick off it saw the oppositions coach filling in as ref for half the first half.
We came out firing with rain pouring down and quickly set the pace. Endeavour, initially overcome by our quick start fought hard, playing to their strengths and were not without scoring opportunities in the first few minutes. Scott Wells in goals was called upon early for some diving saves. His efforts ensured Endeavour did not score an early goal.
We soon took the ascendancy in the match towards the middle of the first half. We began to can the upper hand in the midfield with centre midfield duo Sam Symons and Jake Kidder dictating play, and using the run on
wingers Lyndon Williams and Toby Heard to set up scoring opportunities. Chris Stannett and Grady Vickers worked hard yet despite multiple opportunities were unable to find the back of the net. The scores were level at 0-0 at half time.
The second half was started in the same fashion as the first finished. We came out pumped up and were on it from the word go, putting
Endeavour immediately on the back foot. Using the width of the pitch, our speed and our foot skills we were soon exploiting the holes in the Endeavour defence. Matt Smart returning after a number of weeks away provided brilliant run and carry on the wings and through the midfield setting up our strikers.
It took mere minutes for us to score, with Sam Symons slotting a rebound ball past the keeper. Next it was Jake Kidder to score with a header off a brilliant Grady Vickers corner that curved behind the keeper. Grady soon scored off a solid through ball by Matt Smart, and Mike Durrance followed up with a one on one with the keeper, with an assist to Murphy Holt in defence.
We outplayed our opposition with the majority of the second half played in our attacking half. Our defence were solid as ever keeping the
pressure on the Endeavour backs. Byron Laminski and Connor Stannett, often
working as midfielders set up many attacks from the back line.
Endeavour still had their chances with some fast breaks ensuring keeper Scott Wells was kept on his toes and some quite dives kept the opposition scoreless.
The final score saw us win 4-0. The score line could easily have been considerably more stacked in our favour, given our scoring chances. The team played yet another great match, in what was a fantastic team effort. The win keeps the team undefeated and on top of the table a game clear. Even more
impressive is a 19-1 goal ratio after 5 weeks which is most commendable.
Next week the team comes up against Westernport, third ranked team in the Division. It will be a good test and show us who we will have to beat to claim the division title.
FA Cup - Round 1
Peninsula Old Boys v. Rosebud (Premier)
Sunday, May 12th @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 1 - 2 Rosebud (Prem) (L)
Goals: Grady Vickers
Best: Murphy Holt, Mitch Pryce, Connor Stannett, Sam Symons, Grady Vickers,
Report: In round 1 of the FA Cup the Div 1 team had drawn Rosebud Premiers, to play at home on Mother's Day. With the other teams having a bye, a solid crowd came down to watch the POB take on Rosebud.
The team has lost 3-0 in a friendly several weeks prior, and the team was keen to get one back. Buoyed by our recent form and quality win last week against Langwarrin, we went into the game confident that if we played our best we would come away with a win.
Rosebud were a well drilled and experienced team - as to be expected from a Premier League team and the winners of the 2012 FA Cup.
The whistle sounded and it was clear that the games was going to be played to a high standard, with both teams giving it their all and playing some very impressive football.
We certainly held our own and dished it up the Rosebud. In middle, the Sam Symons Jake Kidder unit fought hard to dictate play and set up attacks. Toby Heard and Lyndon Williams run hard up and down the wings defending and their working hard in attack.
Our efforts were soon rewarded with a great goal by Grady Vickers, putting us up 1-0 at half time. We went into half time confident in our game and keen for the second half.
Rosebud came out firing, but so did POB. Rosebud slowly began to get back into the game as the half wore on. Yet our defence stood strong, with Mitch Pryce and Murphy Holt as solid as ever, out muscling and playing their opponents.
As the half wore on and a few injuries took their toll, Rosebud began to over run us. Centre back and captain Connor Stannett had played a fantastic game, before he was forced to come off with injury. This unsettled our backline slightly, just enough for Rosebud slot a goal of a brilliant long kick to equalise the score.
In the dying part of the half they were able to break through once more and squeeze a goal past our keeper.
The final score read 2-1 to Rosebud. It was a hard loss to swallow because we had matched it with our opponents for the majority of the match, and as such there were many positives to take from the game. We may have been knocked out of the Cup, but the boys played exceptionally well and can take away many things from the match, not least of which confidence in their ability to match in with a the Premier League teams.
We were hindered by injuries and number of absentees from the team. With people returning next week, the boys will be looking to bounce back with a win in Round 5 of the season again Endeavour away.
Peninsula Old Boys v. Langwarrin
Sunday, May 5th @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 3 - 0 Langwarrin (W)
Goals: Grady Vickers x 2, Mike Durrance
Best: Jake Kidder, Connor Stannett, Sam Symons, Grady Vickers, Scott Wells, Lyndon Williams,
Report: Round 4 saw the Div 1 team take on Langwarrin; a team renowned for their physical play and being hard at the ball. We were well aware of the challenge ahead. Langwarrin had beaten the POB in the cup final of 2012 and the
boys were keen to get a victory back.
We were up against the wall with a somewhat undermanned team – missing a few players and a few others carrying injuries, yet the team was fired up and ready for the challenge; optimistic from the excellent performance
against Bayswater last week.
Having watched the women’s and div 2 lose their respective matches the boys were even more determined to ensure a victory for the club and in front of the large crowd that had gathered.
The whistle sounded and it was an intense match from the start. Langwarrin were as expected a physical team and they made sure we earned every possession. We fought hard with our speed and skills using the entire ground to give us opportunities to score. We were soon outclassing Langwarrin, with Grady Vickers and Chris Stannett up front pressing for goals. Some solid Langwarrin keeping kept us goalless for much of the first half.
Up the other end, the defence worked hard to keep Langwarrin at bay and set up our attacking plays. Langwarrin kept the defence honest and kept up the pressure. Some outstanding diving keeper and scrambling by keeper Scott Wells, in arguable his best game to date for the club ensured that when
Langwarrin did pierce the defence no goals were conceded.
The deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute with a running goal by Grady slipping the ball beyond the keeper’s hands and into the back of the net. The score was 1-0 at half time.
In the second half Langwarrin came out fired up. The wind was quickly taken out of their sails with an excellent goal by Grady within a minute; the ball finishing in the top right corner of the net. With the score reading 2-0 we began to take the ascendancy in the match. Jake Kidder and Sam Symons in the midfield working tirelessly without rotation to control the centre of the ground, spreading the ball wide and using wingers Toby Heard and Andrew Hochegger to set up attacking moves. Lyndon Williams on left wing gave the Langwarrin midfield constant headaches and was constantly working to set up scoring opportunities.
Langwarrin kept pressing and attacking, seeking to exploit our defence. In a rare sight, their striker was a match for Connor Stannett in the speed department, but was no match for skill and determination. Murphy Holt was solid as always in centre defence and ensured on the rebound we looked dangerous. Mitch Pryce, Byron Laminski and Ash Scholes were strong and combined with the wingers to set up our attacks. Wells in goals ensured that Langwarrin did not get a look in and had no hesitation in throwing his body on the line to stop a goal.
Our third goal came in the 30th minute. After scoring a hat trick in the Div 2 match, Mike Durrance came on to replace a cramping Chris and scored, slotting the ball in the bottom of the net off a fantastic Grady through ball. From here, the tired but determine boys hung on to see the game out.
The final score read 3-0. The boys came off spent and exhausted and the score was just reward for an outstanding soccer match. The result proved to many the capabilities and calibre of the team. Undermanned and against
tough opposition, the boys stood strong, fought hard and showed themselves just what they are capable of. Many positives can be taken from the game.
The team maintains its place at the top of table and a position that is well and truly deserved! Next up the team has the Rosebud Premier League in the first cup match of the year. This will be another tough match, but recent
performances give us good reason to go into the match with optimism and confidence!
Bayswater v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, April 28th @ 11:00am
Guy Turner Reserve, Bayswater
FULL TIME: Bayswater 0 - 5 Peninsula Old Boys (W)
Goals: Sam Symons, Chris Stannett x 3, Murphy Holt
Best: James Heard, Toby Heard, Murphy Holt, Chris Stannett, Sam Symons, Grady Vickers
In their third match of the year, the team made the early morning travel to Bayswater, to take on a team played in the season 2012 season. Like us, Bayswater was promoted to Division 1 after finishing second in Division 2.
The team wearing the white away kits took to the pitch for what was expected to be a hotly contested match and were eager to prove themselves playing away.
The first half was dominated by our boys, who worked hard, dictated the play and made countless offensive moves. Bayswater were overwhelmed by the skill and hard running of the team. Up front Grady Vickers and James
Heard worked tirelessly to make chances. Some poor finishing and solid keeping kept the scores levels for much of the first half.
It wasn’t until the 35th minute that we finally scored, with Sam Symons slotting the ball in the back of the net after a fantastic low cross from Grady. From here the boys started to get their rhythm, keeping the ball on the ground and exploiting Bayswater with quality through balls and passes.
Fresh back into the team after a two week hiatus, key striker Chris Stannett scored in the 44th minute putting the POB up 2-0 heading
into half time. Such was the dominance of our team in the first half that keeper Scott Wells had a mere four positions.
The second half saw more solid and attacking
football. Chris scored in the 10th minute and minutes later he was fouled
in the 18 yard box awarding us a penalty. Connor Stannett was unlucky not to score and a great save by the Bayswater keeper.
Chris scored his third goals off a cross
into the box by winger Jacob Griffiths in the 30th minute, securing a hat-trick in his
first match of season 2013. He was unlucky not to have scored several more goals.
The icing on the cake came in the 35th minute with yet another penalty awarded to Chris. Centre back Murphy Holt kicked a fantastic
goal, capping of a great day for the defender who was solid as ever down back isolating Bayswater's powerful striker.
The defence were strong as always ensuring Bayswater were kept scoreless and had few scoring opportunities.
The final score read 5-0 which flattered Bayswater given our dominance. Our midfield was outstanding controlling the play in the centre and exposing Bayswater through Toby Heard and Andrew Hochhegger along the wings.
The team’s strong performance cements their place at the top of the table in outright first with a healthy goal difference. Next week the team takes on Langwarrin at home which will be a good test coming up against a
seasoned Division 1 team.
Peninsula Old Boys v. Keysborough
Sunday, April 21st @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 2 - 0 Keysborough (W)
Goals: Matt Smart, Toby Heard
Best: Toby Heard, Murphy Holt, Connor Stannett, Sam Symons, Grady Vickers,
After a fantastic season opener, the team took to the pitch in their first home game against Keysborough. A large crowd showed up to support the team expecting a strong performance against an older more experienced Keysborough.
The boys were on it from the get go, putting the Keysborough backline under intense pressure in the early stages of the match. We dominant play with majority of possession in our front half. This pressure soon resulted in a goal by Matt Smart squeezing one past the keeper on the far post.
The midfield lead by Sam Symons and Jake Kidder ensured that the pressure was on and set up many attacking move. We were unlucky not to see more balls in the back of the net and the Keysborough keeper kept us honest with some fantastic saves.
The second half was much of the same, but with a few more subs and some questionable decisions, Keysborough began to find their strides and attacking more regularly. Connor Stannett and Murphy Holt ensured these attacks were quickly dealt with and that on the turnover we had many scoring opportunities.
Lyndon Williams and Jacob Griffiths provided solid run on the wings, yet it was not until mid-way through the second half that our efforts were paid off. Toby Heard made a fantastic run down the wing and slotted the ball past the keeper to put us up 2-0.
Up front James Heard and Grady Vickers kept the pressure going and were unlucky not to score on many occasions. Late in the second half a goal was disallowed for offside; a somewhat questionable and unlucky call.
Nevertheless, it did not deter the team in their effort.
The boys kept pressing throughout for the entire match, giving everything to the more experienced Keysborough side. The final score read 2-0, which was not a true reflection of the teams efforts and play on the day. This
result saw the team finish Round 2 on top of the table with back to back victories to start the season.
Next week the team takes on Bayswater away, the same team that finished second in Division 2 in 2012 and were promoted.
Hampton Park v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, April 14th @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Hampton Park 1 - 5 Peninsula Old Boys (W)
Goals: Grady Vickers x 2, James Heard, Matt Smart, Connor Stannett
Best: James Heard, Mitch Pryce, Connor Stannett, Sam Symons, Grady Vickers
Report: After weeks of preparation, the first round of the season saw the Peninsula Old Boys
Div 1 pit off against Hampton Park; an experienced team who finished mid table
in 2012. POB were certainly the underdogs.
The team were on the gas pedal from the first whistle; fighting hard for the ball and putting the Hampton defence under lots of pressure. Grady Vickers scored his first of two goals in the first five minutes, and a blinding free kick by Connor Stannett, saw POB up 2-0 early on in the half.
The remainder of the first half was a hard fought contest with some outstanding play
in all areas of the field. Byron Laminski and Mitch Pryce were excellent in defence providing fantastic run and support to
Toby Heard and Lyndon Williams on the wings.
The score line read 2-0 at half time.
The second half was more of the same, with all players working hard and displaying some excellent football. Ash Scholes hit a bullet of ball straight into the ref causing a medical delay. James Heard was strong as always up front and kicked a blinder of a goal and putting his hand up as a contender for goal of the year in just Round 1. Birthday boy Matt Smart and Grady Vickers both chipped in goals to put the
team 5-0 up. Hampton scored one goal back late in the half.
The midfield unit of Sam Symons and Jake Kidder worked tirelessly in the midfield controlling and dictating the game. The
defence proved to be incredibly strong and for the majority of the game impregnable. It was an all-round team effort!
The final score line read 5-1 and was a fantastic way to start the season. The team showed outstanding spirit, determination and soccer skill. The performance sends a strong message that POB will be a dominant force in 2013. It also sets the bar and standard for the rest of the season.
Next week the team has their first home game, taking on Keyborough. Kick-off is at 3:00pm.
Friendly # 3
Peninsula Old Boys v. Peninsula Old Boys (2)
Sunday, April 7th @ 11:30am
The Peninsula School Detmold
FULL TIME: POB 8 - 2 POB (2) (W)
Goals: Matt Smart, Grady Vickers, Connor Stannett, Louis Griffiths, Karl Hughes, James Heard, James Heard, Louis Griffiths
Report: A hard fought game in hot conditions, both POB teams should be proud of the effort they put in. We saw some quality finishing, slick passing, and an all round good team effort. This was the final practice match of the season, and we look forward to next weekend when we can finally get underway.
Friendly # 2
Rosebud v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, March 17th @ 3:00pm
Rosebud Soccer Club, Olympic Park
FULL TIME: Rosebud 3 - 0 Peninsula Old Boys (L)
Best: James Heard, Toby Heard, Mitch Pryce, Chris Stannett, Sam Symons
Report: This week the team took to the park against the highly experienced and well drilled
Rosebud Premier League team, who came out firing from the get go. A numbers mix up early on saw a Rosebud goal disallowed and an interesting start to the game.
We soon found our feet and worked hard as a team to take it up to Rosebud in a tough and hard fought match that was balanced for much of the match. Rosebud had luck scoring goals and an unfortunate penalty skewed the result in their favour.
We were unlucky not to score all day, with some fantastic shots by Chris Stannett, Grady Vickers and James Heard only just
missing. The Rosebud goal keeper proved too good for our attack.
In a tough and physical match we continued to fight hard right to the end. Mitch Pryce in defence played a fantastic match, reading the
play and preventing many Rosebud goals. Toby Heard on the wing ran hard providing great delivery to the attack. In the centre of the ground, Sam Symons and Matt Smart fought hard taking it to Rosebud and standing up against a well drilled midfield.
At the end of the day, the score read 0-3 in Rosebud’s favour, however many positives can be taken from the match. The team is starting to gel as a team and importantly today’s performance illustrated that we can match it with teams several divisions higher. To their credit, Rosebud played a fantastic match,
despite losing their sweeper to injury, and showed us what to aspire to with playing solid and effective football.
The team showed great spirit giving 100% in just the second match of the season. For
a practice match, it was played to a very high standard, and showed well and truly that we have the ability to take it to the best teams in the league this year.
Friendly # 1
Old Mentonians v. Peninsula Old Boys
Saturday, March 9th @ 3:00pm
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
FULL TIME: Old Mentone 2 - 3 Peninsula Old Boys (W)
Goals: Connor Stannett, Chris Stannett, Grady Vickers
Best: Byron Laminski, Mitch Pryce, Chris Stannett, Connor Stannett, Grady Vickers, Scott Wells
Report: The teams first match of the year proved to be great start to the season. Playing in 35 degree heat the match was played in four
quarters. Sporting new kits and a new line up from season 2012, we were keen to get off to a good start and this was secured with 2 goals in four minutes. Connor Stannett scored off a penalty within 2 minutes and this was followed closely by a fantastic run on goal by Chris
Stannett 2 minutes later. Grady Vickers kicked an amazing left foot free kick, while Scott Wells made a great penalty save, to keep the score at 3-0 at quarter time. We had the
advantage of the wind in the first half and worked hard to put the older and more experienced under pressure. Old Mentone got one goal back late in the second quarter, to put the score line 3-1 at half time.
The second half proved to be more taxing than the first, as the oppressive heat started to take its toll. Old Mentone took it up a gear in the second half maintaining the majority of possession and putting our defence under excessive pressure. However, our defence stood strong. Some fantastic keeping by
Scott Wells and on line work by Byron
Laminski, saw us concede only one goal. The conditions were certainly a major factor and by the final whistle the players were run of their feet, but we had stood tough and got a hard fought 3-2 victory against higher ranked
opponents. It was a fantastic start to season 2013 as we continue to prepare for
round one in April. However, if this performance is anything to go by, we should
be optimistic for the rest of the season.
Peninsula Old Boys v. Baxter
Sunday, July 7th @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 2's 1 - 0 Baxter (W)
Goals: Own Goal
Best: Tim Chatfield, Kai Churchill, Cam Lancefield, Jack Massey, Hayden Owens, Shane Speedie
Report: July 7 ticked around and it was time for another game of soccer. It was
freezing on the barren Detmold wasteland, which the scientists say is because of
global-warming. The sun then came out and everything heated up. The scientists then proceeded to tell us that it’s hot because of global-warming. The TOPSA Tigers were a little perplexed by this fuzzy logic. Luckily some Facebook encouragement from jet-setting Louis Brownlee – involving some faeces and a K-9 a – allowed us to narrow our focus on the game.
Early on we found some extra space on the wings and through the backline.
A lack of defensive pressure from our opponent had transformed us from
C-grade clunkers into Messi. Brando got off the leash at left back and pumped us forward. Kai was also revelling in the new found space on the RHS. Soon, like a king tide, the sheer weight of shots on goal muscled the ball into the back of the net.
Things were looking good for the Tigers.
We were dominating possession and sticking to our structures. But some experience from the Baxter forward and some loose interpretation of the offside rule split us open a few times down back.
Luckily our fearless leader was there to dust up. The fossil on fossil action delighted the crowd and Chatters was soon invited to join the season 2014 geriatrics XI down at Mt Eliza Gentlemen’s club.
After some tea, biscuits and Bovril, Chatters grouped us up to chat about the
2nd half. “Lets just keep doing what we’re doing boys; just like when I was on the front line in ‘39…” Buoyed by Tim’s epic re-tale of the glory years’, we hit the ground running.
Prav – equipped with some special encouragement from the sideline – played his best game for the year. Cam lifted in
the 2nd half and once again caused problems up forward. Jack continues to improve and was probably the leading possession winner on the ground for a time. His deft touch and vision were a highlight for the adoring fans boundary-side. The defence remained resolute. Jase was good again, parting the defence like Moses, but missed some very gettable chances. Ellis worked all day.
In fact, it is difficult to think of someone who didn’t win their position on the
day. At the final whistle on a coolishly-warm and sunny Sunday, we prevailed 1-0.
It’s hard to think of a more enjoyable win.
Our victory in the cup game was tense and epic; this was just all round fun against a great bunch of blokes who played in the right spirit. Everyone got a good run, and chipped in as linesman when required. This is how soccer should be played and
all in all this was not just a win for the Tigers, but also for local amateur
Peninsula Old Boys v. Dandenong W's
Sunday, June 30th @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys 1 - 8 Dandenong Wolves (L)
Goals: Cameron Lancefield
Best: Kai Churchill, Murphy Holt, Cameron Lancefield, Hayden Owens, Jarryd Turner
Report: Another sunny Sunday and another triple-header down at the POB fortress. We were seeking a win after the Lions beat the Wallabies, Lleyton lost to Bob Marley, Grady lost to Berdych, and those pesky Queenslanders beat the Blues…again.
The girls got done in the dying moments, so it fell to the Magoos to please the crowd. On freshly cut grass in glorious winter sunshine we were to try and replicate our heroics of a week prior. Unfortunately, there wasn’t the same buzz in the group as last week and for the first 5 or so minutes the game was a dour lifeless precession.
Then, a combination of experience and skill on Dandenong’s behalf and the lack of spark on ours resulted in a 6 goal to nil deficit. Before we had a chance to adjust to their game-style; this 20 minute withering burst broke the game open.
About half-an-hour in the mood changed, and we were able to limp into half-time without further insult. Yet again we were down almost beyond hope at half-time. Yet again we would have to draw on our camaraderie and companionship to pull us through.
The praying mantis Cameron Lancefield got forward and converted a chance, breathing a bit of life into the game. The crowd cheered. Counting this goal and two other hits on the cross bar, Sticks was certainly looked dangerous up forward. We ploughed on.
Hayden Owens provided his usual working-class effort in the centre of midfield while Da. Crow showed some sharp skills to halt some forward forays with his flag. He thought being linesman from sunup to sundown would guarantee a $40 voucher from Jacks. Apparently not. Consequently, some have started a market on the whereabouts of the club’s vouchers:
100,000,000-1: Vouchers will be handed out to players throughout the year
50-1: Mash ate them all in one bite
20-1: Greg Osborne cashed them in to buy some new trackies and Ugg boots
1.01-1: They got burnt along with the light tower when peeps – blinded by the 6,000 watt lights – were unable to grab the fire extinguisher; which was strapped, somewhat inconveniently, to the raging inferno itself.
Meanwhile, the game slowed dramatically toward the end of the 90 minutes. Dandenong had taken their foot off the pedal a little and we were just playing for time really. In the end the game petered to an anti-climactic 8-1 loss.
Nonetheless, there were bright points. Cam looked good up forward. Dos continued his good form. Mash didn’t get his nose mashed across his face. And, if you take out the 20 minute bloodbath in the first half, the score read 2-1.
If we can learn to be more consistent, we will be very competitive indeed. Let’s bounce back against Baxter this week lads.
League Cup: Round 2
Chelsea Res v. Peninsula Old Boys (2's)
Sunday, June 23rd @ 1:00pm
Edithvale Reserve, Chelsea
FULL TIME: Chelsea 2 - 2 Peninsula Old Boys AET [4-2 Penalties] (W)
Goals: Dan Purkis, Kai Churchill
Best: Matt Smart, Kai Churchill, Karl Hughes, Dan Purkis, Hayden Owens
Report: With the 2’s the only team in action this weekend, a large crowd made its way to Chelsea to watch the boys take on the might of Chelsea Reserves – a team 2 leagues above us. Eerily, we faced Chelsea Reserves at the same stage of the League Cup last season, with the result that time going our way, 2-1. The personnel was considerably different, yet the determination was as strong as it was a year ago, and the boys were anticipating a tough challenge once again as the match got underway.
From the kick off, the boys were placed in the awkward position of not having their permanent goalkeeper available for the big game, but thankfully stand-in goalkeeper Matthew Smart stepped up to stand in between the posts all day. From the get-go, Chelsea controlled possession for the first few minutes, trying to put the POB on the back-foot and take an early lead. This was matched though by the endeavour shown by the boys, with Kai Churchill and Karl Hughes leading the way. All players put pressure on Chelsea in our attacking half, forcing the opposition into some silly mistakes.
Soon enough, the constant pressure paid off, with Dan Purkis opening the scoring from the edge of the box. This sent the away TOPSA Soccer fans into delirium, bringing back memories of last year’s win against Chelsea. There was still plenty of time left in the match though, and the POB had a lot of work to do. Hayden Owens dominated possession, and was assisted from start to finish by his backline – Tim Chatfield, Shane Speedie, Brandon Speedie, Matt Ashley, Jarryd Turner, and Matt McCall.
The solid work from the back line frustrated the Chelsea attackers, and anything that did get through was handled by Smart. The boys were headed for a 1-0 lead at half time, but before the break, a sensational run from Kai Churchill on the right wing ended with a shot at goal which rippled the bottom corner of the net, sending the boys into half time with a 2-0 lead away from home against Chelsea Reserves. It’s fair to say the mood at half time was ecstatic!
After the break, Karl – along with Alex Briggs, Cameron Lancefield and Ellis Schofield kept Chelsea at bay, controlling the midfield when we had possession and constantly pressuring the Chelsea players to turn the ball over. Though, early in the first half, POB conceded a penalty, which Chelsea converted. 2-1.
Straight away, POB tried to find a response. The presence of Jayce Ward up front scared the living daylights out of Chelsea defenders, with his constant running bursts and his never give-up attitude leaving the Chelsea defence with little option other than to hoof the ball long. Along with Jayce, Victor Kahan led the attack for a substantial period of time in the second half, providing a good outlet for the POB midfield to pass to and create counter attacks.
This good period of play was soon met with what appeared to be disaster, with Alex Briggs unlucky to give away a penalty and receive a subsequent red card. He had denied Chelsea a clear goal, conceding the penalty instead. The resulting penalty would level the match, but in a dramatic twist, Matthew Smart stepped up and saved the strike, and then the following rebound, to keep the POB well and truly in the box seat to win the game. Briggsy’s efforts moments earlier should not be forgotten.
With only seconds to go, the POB sought to wind out the clock. Though, despairingly, Chelsea found a gap through the defence and looped the ball over Smarty’s hands. 2-2. End of 90 minutes.
Finally, supporters and players had a chance to catch their breath! Under Bayside’s rules, penalties were to be taken first, followed by Extra Time. Coach Barry marshalled the troops to decide who would take the penalties, ensuring that we had the best chance to reach the Quarter Finals. The shootout was held at the goal scoring end, where all 4 goals were scored in the match.
First to take a penalty was our keeper, Matt Smart, who duly obliged with a fine finish to open our account. Next, he stepped back into goal, and pulled off an outrageous save to give us the lead over Chelsea. Later, Chelsea hit the cross bar, before Karl Hughes slotted home the decisive penalty. POB win the shootout 4-2.
But wait! The game wasn't over. With 20 minutes of play now left, the POB took a 'lead' over Chelsea heading into extra time having won the penalty shootout. If at the end of extra time the scores were level, POB would take the match.
With tactics to run down the clock and play defensive POB went about running out the last the two 10 minute halves. With some tense moments, including distant shots coming close from Chelsea, we were starting to feel the difficulties of playing 110 minutes. Then, finally, the referee put everyone out of their misery and blew the final whistle of the day with the match finishing 2 – 2, but POB winning on penalties!
Arguably, this was the greatest match in the club’s history. We were the clear underdogs prior to kick off, but now the 2’s have shown the rest of the contenders for the League Cup that we are not to be taken lightly and aren't just in the competition to make up the numbers. We are more than capable of challenging for the cup once again this year, and will try to win back the cup that was taken from us late on in the grand final last season.
Congratulations to all players involved, thank you to the many supporters who made the trip to Chelsea, and well done to everyone connected with the club! Go the Mighty POB!
Boronia v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, June 16th @ 2:30pm
FULL TIME: Boronia 8 - 1 Peninsula Old Boys (L)
Goals: Hayden Owens
Best: Hayden Owens, Louis Brownlee, Kai Churchill
Report: The team assembled down at H.V. Jones Reserve for Round 8, with many watching the girls before hand. The boys were hungry for some match time as we had previously had the BYE.
Starting the game the Boys gave everything and the Boronia side soon showed why they are on top of the ladder with 2 early goals. Louis Brownlee and Hayden Owens looked deadly early in the midfield, giving Kai Churchill plenty of the ball on the right wing.
The defenders had a long day with Boronia strikers causing more problems then a Malaysian student visa, with the goals coming in from everywhere - but Matthew Ashley, Tim Chatfield, and Jarryd Turner all were playing well, while Jack Massey probably had one of his better games of the year.
Milan Greco started the match well and quickly became a Boronia fan getting a lot of attention from the Boronia defenders for his unique hairstyle, while multiple Boronia players soon found themselves booked for constant arguing.
The second half started and the boys were fired up to reclaim some goals. Early, Hayden Owens beat the keeper and celebrated OBF style which got the crowd up and going for an exciting 2nd half.
Cameron Lancefield , Ellis schofield and Kaine Mccallum were producing the goods in the second half too in midfield, giving Victor Kahan and Jayce Ward great balls.
Josh Mackow was also great in goal all game, despite the unflattering scoreline. In truth, the score should have been more favourable to us.
Tim Chatfield soon showed us why he is a natural striker with a magnificent own goal in the final minutes of the game which gave both crowds a bit of a laugh.
The scoreline was 8-1 and did not highlight how the boys had played, with everyone leaving the ground with a smile and a love for the game as we go into next weeks Bayside cup game with heads high.
Montrose v. Peninsula Old Boys 2's
Sunday, June 2nd @ 1:00pm
Keith Hume Fraser Reserve, Montrose
FULL TIME: Montrose 3 - 1 Peninsula Old Boys 2's (L)
Goals: Mike Durrance
Best: Hayden Owens, Matt Smart, Mike Durrance
Report: Running a week late at the start of the season, the peeps down at Bayside League HQ decided to use the old “Ctl C, Ctl V” technique in a last minute scramble to fill those annoying gaps in the fixture. When your correspondent contacted the league to ask why “Montrose v POB” appears no less than four times, they responded with “pffftt, yeh, well, copy and paste totally got us all through high-skool (sic) didn’t it?” Indeed.
And so, for the 2nd time in a month the Magoos blazed the highway to Montrose Montrose Montrose. It was up to us to decide if this sequel was to be a good one like the Bourne Supremacy or one of those awful money-spinners like Jaws XXVI.
Team vibe was good and a couple of notable absentees in Praveen (Tough Mudder) and Brando (shirt ripping) allowed Get Smart and Burgers with the Lot a chance to prove themselves on the big stage.
Once again we won the early exchanges, peppering the opposing goal face with accurate but unsuccessful shots. Wrinkles of concern began to show on our opponent’s faces as sizzling shots flew left, right and centre. Our intensity was good, positioning was good but the luck was not. Unhappily, a bouncing ball in our defensive half took a deviation to land in an opponent’s lap next to an open goal. Two minutes later a doubtful penalty put us 2-0 down.
All that hard work for what? Sport can be crushingly unsympathetic at times. Nonetheless, we pushed on. Steve Waugh once remarked that the hardest thing in sport is to produce quality when the chips are down and outlook bleak. We can be commended for battling on and eventually – whether it was skill or just Karma – we broke the desolate goal drought.
At 2-1 we were back in the game and our spirits were lifting, but yet again a balding man struck back from the boondocks. Apparently if you want to bomb a haymaker from your half of the field, shave your head and develop a northerner’s accent.
This long-range bomb surely was the last crushing blow, the final fleeting wheeze of the POB lung as Montrose Montrose Montrose pressed their foot to our neck.
But the Phoenix rose again. We kept cracking in and pressing on; till the final whistle. No, we didn’t score again, but we salvaged our pride from the ashes of defeat and for that, we should be most proud.
The outstanding individual performers of the day were undoubtedly: Team POB
Peninsula Old Boys 2's v. Westernport
Sunday, May 26th @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys (2's) 1 - 2 Westernport (L)
Goals: Mike Durrance
Best: Mike Durrance , L ouis Brownlee , Tim Chatfield, Matt McCall, Matt Ashley , Andrew Hochegger, Alex Briggs
Report: The boys were out for some revenge for the previous week and were looking fit for the job on the day. We had won the toss and it was all systems go from the kick off.
Having many shots on target very early in the game by Michael Durrance , Kai Churchill , Victor Kahan and Andrew Hochegger the Westernport players definitely had the pressure building. The Westernport attack had some chances also early but some awesome defence work by the Crew especially from Tim Chatfield and Matthew Ashley with multiple blocks and clearances throughout the game had us covered defensively.
The ball was passed to Michael Durrance and he had scored a marvelous goal that soared into the top right corner over the goalies head leaving him dazed.
Josh Mackow had some great saves in the first half which left us with a 1-0 Result going into half time.
Going into the second half the pressure continued especially early with Hayden Owens with some outstanding plays on the left wing and burgers producing the
goods on the right wing. Briggsy was causing Westernport plenty of problems down back, denying countless goal scoring opportunities.
The boys had plenty of chances to score goals but the Westernport goalie was having the game of his lifetime with multiple amazing saves. Michael Durrance got fouled in the box which enabled him to have a penalty shot, unfortunately he missed but the pressure was still on for Westernport rapidly running out of time.
With Reagan Barry and Mark Ellis running the lines for a Respective half each we were certain that no call would be wrong.
Ten minutes left on the clock a Westernport striker found a loose ball and scored a goal making the P.O.B boys even hungrier to score another goal.
With Alex Briggs and Louis Brownlee running there hearts out for the entire game and doing some great midfield work the ball was constantly on the P.O.B
Attack with Jayce Ward with some Aerial tricks and close calls that got the crowd jumping. Louis Brownlee found himself in a minor argument with a Westernport striker which found both of themselves being Yellow Carded.
The Westernport FC were on the attack once again in the dying seconds of the game and were rewarded with a penalty shot from a tackle from behind in the box, they scored and the away team were 2-1 on P.o.b , The ball was taken to kick off and the Ref blew full time whistle.
The boys were very unfortunate today and we showed true signs of improvement , Teamwork and communication.
Peninsula Strikers v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, May 19th @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Peninsula St. 8 - 2 Peninsula Old Boys (2s) (L)
Goals: Hayden Owens x 2
Best: Hayden Owens, Louis Brownlee
Report: With Abdul off holding hands with some chick from the immigration office, the Magoos were exactly one short when it came to coaches. The man on the street referred to it as a “coaching deficit”. Sir Alex Ferguson was available, but we weren’t sure about his coaching record and he’s a bit of an obnoxious bully anyway. The Treasurer, Barry Reagan, was also concerned about spending beyond our means for a fill-in. So the coaching fell to the great man Adrian. He was drawn to our game in expectation of some super skills and irresistible play, or, magnetically via the 10,000 KW power station pitch-side. Despite the reasons, the Magoos were very keen to show him our best work.
Yoplait flipped the coin, but it got lost in the long grass so the Ref’ just decided to kick the ball in the air to start play. We started well, winning general play, but our siege of their defences yielded little. Up forward we were often one runner short, or 5 meters too far out, or 3 meters wide of the post. Sport doesn’t reward close calls. Then an old man who’d lost his hair but none of his skill split our defence which had moved out of structure.
There is work to be done midweek. Nonetheless, we kept up the hustle. A shot was almost in, bounced out, went forth, aft, up, down, in the Keepers hands, out again, and then Windows 3.1 jumped on the opportunity to tip in the loose ball. Finally a score to reward our hard work.
We felt like we were in the game at 1-3 with an extra man on the field, but the bald man soon dashed our hopes. A clean strike from roughly 67.43 meters out sailed over McCalf’s head and took much of our spirit with it. It reminded POB veterans of a certain goal at Endeavour last year. It really was THAT good.
We battled on manfully but were overwhelmed with a combination of skill and experience. At the final whistle we were soundly beaten. Yoplait’s game was tres bon, and he was well supported by $5 Perkis and Cuddle on the right hand side. Windows 3.1 won his position, hitting the scoreboard twice and McCalf showed good signs.
Jayce also played a valuable team role up forward, and is only a decent fitness regime away from a 10 goal season. The problem certainly wasn’t our commitment or spirit, but our composure and structure. Definitely some good signs lads, we’re not far away at all
Peninsula Old Boys v. Croydon
Sunday, May 5th @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys (2s) 3 - 5 Croydon (L)
Goals: Mike Durrance x 3
Best: Louis Brownlee, Mike Durrance, Dan Purkis, Ash Scholes, Shane Speedie
Report: In what ultimately proved to be a tipsy turvy affair the div 2 boys challenged a determined Croydon team.
Even before the game the boys knew they were up for a challenge thanks to a couple of last minute changes to the team due to certain personnel not being available. From the kick-off though the boys showed the determination
and fight that was lacking in periods in the last game out. With the team creating all the opportunities and with stand in captain Louis Brownlee providing a solid platform as always in midfield it wasn't long before Mike
Durrance popped up to slot cooly past the goalkeeper after a through ball from strike partner Kai Churchill. 2 minutes later in the 17th minute the strikers combined again to the same effect. In a show of skill, class and determination Mike Durrance once again beat the defenders to slot home his first hat trick of
the season in the 20th minute after another penetrating ball by Kai.
From this point on the lead looked safe with Louis bossing the centre of the park and Cam Lancefield and Brandon Speedie, playing out of his natural centre back role, providing cover and hard running on the wings. On the
odd occasion that Croydon attacked it was swept up ably by defenders Ash Scholes, Shane Speedie, Dan Purkis and Matt McCall.
However not long before the end of the half, Croydon got back into the game through a quality free kick that left keeper Josh Mackow rooted to the spot. As the boys tired in the last minutes of the half Croydon managed to
pull one back leaving us with a slender 3-2 lead at half time.
After some words from the coaches, captain and senior members of the team the boys came out determined to hold on to their lead. Unluckily for us a lapse of concentration and a great back post run by a Croydon player meant
that they got that equalizer. From that point on the boys were on the back foot having to soak up a lot of pressure with Louis and now Mike putting in some crunching tackles in midfield to break up play. As the boys fought on Croydon managed to break through the defence more and we suddenly found ourselves in a situation no one thought possible after the first 20 minutes, being 3-4 down. Once again as legs
tired the boys fought hard encouraging each other to try and get that equalizer with the hard. Hard running from right back Dan Purkis and defender Ash Scholes who had pushed up
into midfield provided us with forward momentum and slowly we were able to
get a foothold back in the game. In the end though as the boys went for it they
were cruelly punished as it so often happens by a sucker punch, a quick break by
Croydon caught us light at the back as we committed for that 4th goal and they
put it away causing the final score to read 3-5.
In the end it was a game that the boys deserved to get something out of and with a few personnel returning soon and more hard work the results will turn around for the boys and we will start climbing back up the ladder. For
this week though the boys have a bye in the cup allowing them to collect themselves and prepare for the challenges ahead.
On a personal note, as this is my last game in charge for the foreseeable future I'd like to say its been an honour coaching and leading these
boys. Yes the results recently might not have gone our way but there is so much potential in this team and the determination levels and the fact that heads haven't dropped when things haven't gone our way means that these boys will only get better and better and will become a team that is feared in this league.
Montrose v. Peninsula Old Boys
Sunday, April 28th @ 3:00pm
Guy Turner Reserve, Bayswater
FULL TIME: Montrose 4 - 0 Peninsula Old Boys (2's) (L)
Best: Tim Chatfield, Mike Durrance, Milan Greco, Hayden Owens, Shane Speedie
After mixed results at Bayswater with the 1's and the Girls, the 2's started the short trip to Montrose with a large contingent of away supporters with them. Montrose had significantly updated their surfaces from last year, and we were lucky enough to be playing on a quality pitch - last year was a bog!
The match didn't start well, with Montrose Mountainmen grabbing an early goal and putting us immediately on the back foot. Mike Durrance showed some much needed composure in the midfield and had quality on the ball, while Ellis Schofield's work rate was extremely impressive.
However, it wasn't to be for our boys, with Montrose grabbing another goal before half time. There were some bright points however, with Matt Ashley and Shane Speedie proving to be fairly reliable down back.
At half time the score was 2-0, and there looked to be a way back into the game for the Old Boys if we were able to begin firing on all cylinders.
Hayden Owens and Kai Churchill showed some lively movement up front and managed to threaten the Montrose goal on multiple occasions. In defence, Jarryd Turner stood tall and Shane made a last ditch tackle in the second half to prevent Montrose from possibly grabbing another one and extending the scoreline further. Joshua Mackow put in a solid performance from start to finish in what was a very difficult game.
By full time, and a couple of penalties later, Montrose secured a 4-0 win. Their team was significantly improved from last year's side, but it was a good test for the boys in what will be a more challenging season than last year.
Thank you to the large group of supporters who made the trip to Montrose and we look forward to seeing you at home this weekend, as we endeavour to bounce back against Croydon.
Peninsula Old Boys (2's) v. Rosebud
Sunday, April 21st @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Boys (2's) 2 - 0 Rosebud (W)
Goals: Matt McCall, Hayden Owens
Best: Alex Briggs, Louis Brownlee, Matt McCall, Hayden Owens, Jarryd Turner
In their second game of the season the boys made up for the disappointment of not winning at Baxter by putting in a spirited performance
against a very game Rosebud side.
From the start the team had rosebud pinned back in their own half with Louis Brownlee, captain on the day, once again providing a brilliant platform for the team to build on. With his industry in midfield as well as those around him including Hayden Owens, Ellis Schofield and Cameron Lancefield, Rosebud were not able to put our defenders under too much pressure and the occasional attack was dealt with well by Jarryd Turner and Alex Briggs.
In the 25th minute the constant pressure and attempts finally payed off with Matt McCall drilling in a good strike from outside the box that evaded their goalkeeper and nestled in the bottom corner. The rest of the first half was more of the same with everyone dealing with Rosebuds increased pressure very well.
The second half began at a fast pace with a rejuvenated Rosebud side determined to get a goal back. Only the industry from the midfield, some last ditch tackling by the defenders and a couple of great and brave saves by keeper Josh Mackow kept our slender lead intact.
On the other side of the field hard running by our strikers Jayce Ward and Kai Churchill meant that we were creating chances of our own and if it wasn't for some bad luck and good goalkeeping we would have been extending our
lead with both going close multiple times.
However in the 75th minute Rosebuds
rear guard was penetrated once again by a brilliant run down the left by Hayden Owens who then found the composure to riffle in a well-placed effort with his left foot giving us a bit more of breathing room to see the match out.
Following the goal the boys put in a brave and tenacious effort despite some being noticeably exhausted in order to secure the win and the clean sheet. Simply put this was a well-deserved and earned win to put this talented
and hardworking team back on the winning
Up next for the boys is Montrose away where another similar performance will be needed.
Baxter v. Peninsula Old Boys (2's)
Sunday, April 14th @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Baxter 2 - 2 Peninsula Old Boys (2's) (D)
Goals: Ellis Schofield, Mike Durrance
Best: Alex Briggs, Louis Brownlee, Mike Durrance, Andrew Hochhegger, Dan Purkis
Report: After a hard working preseason the boys finally started their season with an away match against a strong Baxter side.
From the start the boys were extremely fired up and put Baxter on the back foot. This early pressure led to a goal by Ellis Schofield in the 13th minute whose powerful shot took a minor deflection off an unlucky defender putting us 1-0 up. However not long after, a good attacking move by Baxter lead to an equalizer.
Bouncing back from this the boys continued to dominate possession and only some bad luck and decent goalkeeping kept us from re-establishing a lead with Michael Durrance unlucky to not put away a well struck and saved
penalty. The boys were soon unlucky to find themselves down 2-1 with a bit of pinball in our box and ball ending up in the back of the net.
However late into the first half the boys got their deserved equalizer with a lot of hard work and running leading to a well taken goal by Michael Durrance who rounded the goal keeper before slotting home.
The second half brought much more of the same with Louis Brownlee providing a lot of forward momentum with hard running, skilful play and crunching tackles in midfield when we didn't have the ball. Around him the other
midfielders Andrew Hochegger and Alex Briggs worked tirelessly to create opportunity after opportunity as well as destroying Baxter’s influence on the game. Kai Churchill and Jayce Ward were unlucky not to win the game for us with a goal disallowed
The final score read 2-2 which was not a reflection of our performance on the day and we were unlucky not to come away with a win. There were many positives notably; the determination and hard work shown by the team as well as the skills and slick passing throughout the game.
If the team keeps performing this way throughout the season there is no doubt that we will prove to be a force to be reckoned with. Next up for us Rosebud at home.
Friendly # 3
Peninsula Old Boys v. Peninsula Old Boys (2)
Sunday, April 7th @ 11:30am
The Peninsula School Detmold
FULL TIME: POB 8 - 2 POB (2) (L)
Goals: Kai Churchill, Jayce Ward
Report: A hard fought game in hot conditions, both POB teams should be proud of the effort they put in. We saw some quality finishing, slick passing, and an all round good team effort. This was the final practice match of the season, and we look forward to next weekend when we can finally get underway.
Friendly # 2
Rosebud v. Peninsula Old Boys (Div 2)
Sunday, March 17th @ 1:00pm
Rosebud Soccer Club, Olympic Park
FULL TIME: Rosebud 1 - 5 Peninsula Old Boys (W)
Goals: Murphy Holt, Ellis Schofield, Andrew Hochegger, Kai Churchill, Mike Durrance
Best: Tim Chatfield, Mike Durrance,
Andrew Hochegger, Ellis Schofield
Report: In their second friendly of the year the boys took on a Rosebud team made up of their Reserve squad and their Division 2 squad. With a few rotations from last week the boys were having to learn to play with new teammates once again. Despite this they came out firing from the second the whistle was blown and took the fight to an experienced Rosebud side.
Both teams were relatively even in the first half with the boys starting out strong and Rosebud making a comeback late in the first half. At half time the score read 1-1 with Murphy Holt scoring with a thumping diving header from a corner to put the boys one up around the 20 minute mark. Unfortunately just before half time Rosebud managed to pull one back with a penetrative move that unfortunately beat stand in goalkeeper Ash Scholes who put in a quality performance all day long making some extremely important and brilliant saves.
In the second half the boys came out fired up once again and were soon ahead once more thanks to a sublime finish by Ellis Schofield who scored what was undoubtedly the goal of the game. A minute later Ellis turned provider with a pass that lead to Andrew Hochegger to score on his first match for the P.O.B. Despite having a relatively commanding lead at this point the boys did not slack off as Rosebud came hunting for another goal putting the defense marshaled by captain Tim Chatfield under significant amount of pressure at times. Tim along with Murphy, Jarryd Turner and Cameron Lancefield dealt well with the constant pressure in defense but were helped by some dogged midfield running from Kaine McCallun, Mike Durrance, Andrew and Ellis.
By the end of the game the score read 5-1 with the boys standing up to the constant pressure and even managing to score another 2 goals in another 2 minute period. This time with Kai Churchill scoring with a well hit finished and Mike Durrance hitting a sublime free kick that left the Rosebud goalkeeper stranded. This goal epitomized the quality that the boys showed in the second half, totally overrunning a very game Rosebud side who through solid defending and good work by their goalkeeper managed to keep the score to 5 as the boys created chance after chance.
Overall the team showed great character, skill and teamwork to win on the day. All signs point to an encouraging and successful season for the team and with a few more games like this under their belt they will prove to the league that we will once again be a force to be reckoned with.
Friendly # 1
Old Mentonians Res v. Peninsula Old Boys
Saturday, March 9th @ 1:00pm
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
FULL TIME: Old Mentone 5 - 0 Peninsula Old Boys (L)
Best: Matt Ashley, Louis Brownlee, Tim Chatfield, Kai Churchill
Report: The first game of the season for the team was a lively affair on a hot Saturday afternoon at Kingston Heath Complex with the boys taking on Old Mentone. Despite the hardwork put in sadly the game ended with a defeat to a talented Mentone squad. However despite this there were very encouraging signs for the team with some good and determined play throughout. Despite being a relatively new team the boys did well to gel and work together fighting hard throughout doing their best to overcome the heat and their opponents. There were fantastic performance from players such as Louis Brownlee who ran in midfield tirelessly all day, putting in a spirited performance, Kai Churchill who ran hard and produced some fine moments of skill including coming closest to scoring with a left footed effort.
At the back there was hard and fine work from the defenders namely Matt Ashley and
Tim Chatfield who in particular marshaled the back line as well as captained the team to the best of his abilities. All in all it was an encouraging performance by the boys and the scoreline definitely did not reflect the effort put in by the team. Next up for the boys it will be an away game at Rosebud on a Sunday afternoon. On behalf of the team we hope to see you all there supporting us and the rest of the club.
Peninsula Old Girls v. Hampton Park
Sunday, July 7th @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Girls 0 - 5 Hampton Park (L)
Best: Mel Walker, Hayley Anderton, Tara Jackson, Kat Crow
Report: The girls went into the match up against a tough Hampton Park side which we lost to 4-2 in the first game of the season.
Hampton Park took the lead early through some sharp play, and our girls began to fall all over the place with injuries! Tash Gore and Sam Harnett came of out the blocks firing, but were forced to leave the field early with injury. Similarly, Eliza Sinclair was forced to finish early after starting the match well.
Tara Jackson was rock solid as always down back, partnered by the ever reliable Leah Sheehan and Kate Walker in Central Defence. The girls managed to prevent many Hampton attacks from eventuating, including some last ditch defending sliding tackles!
Hayley Anderton continued her good performance from last week with a professional display down back, while Ellie Barry showed great skill and determination from the first whistle.
Come half time though, the score was 3-0 to Hampton Park.
In the second half, our attackers got a bit more of the ball than the first half. Riana Cipollone provided some decent skill on the wing and some great passing interplay with Kat Crow, who controlled the midfield and was the source of all of our attacks.
Molly Patton and Meg Barry were lively up front, along with Olivia Hipwell who constantly gave Hampton Park attackers a headache.
Mel Walker had a wonderful performance in goal, and easily kept the match to a respectable scoreline thanks to some top class saves.
The final score at the end of the day was 5-0 to Hampton Park.
On another note, this was coach Kat Crow's last match of the year. Kat came to us at the start of the year when we barely had a team together, telling me she was happy to help out. Since then, we've built a team of dedicated girls who look as though they've been playing together for years, and not just a couple of months - and Kat has been at the forefront of this. She's one of the most dedicated volunteers at the club and her absence will be the club's loss for the rest of the season. Thanks Kat, we hope to see you very soon!
The girls face Keysborough next week at 10:30am, hoping for a repeat performance of the big win we had last time we played them at home. Good luck girls!
Peninsula Old Boys v. Dandenong City
Sunday, June 30th @ 3:00pm
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Girls 2 - 3 Dandenong Wolves (L)
Goals: Kat Crow, Emma Woods
Best: Hayley Anderton, Kat Crow, Leah Sheehan, Tash Gore, Eliza Sinclair, Emma Woods, Meg Barry
Report: The girls took to the field for a tough encounter against a strong Dandenong Wolves side but with a belief we could take the match to them and come away with something.
Returning from injury was Hayley Anderton, and you wouldn't have known she had badly hurt her ankle a few weeks earlier - with strong tackles, brilliant passes, and resolute defending a welcome return.
Our defensive line was outstanding, and their ability to keep the Dandenong attackers offside was first class, with almost every attack by Dandenong foiled by the linesman's flag. The organisation showed by Leah Sheehan, Kate Walker, and Ellie Barry down back proved to be of vital importance to the girls.
This defensive pressure soon paid off, with Kat Crow taking a corner and Emma Woods forcing the ball into the net somehow off of a Dandenong defender. It could have been an own goal, but the referee judged it as our own, so we will to! Well done Emma!
With the girls in front and seemingly in control of the match, we mounted more attacks on goal. Eliza Sinclair played well on the wing and came close to scoring the girls' second of the day, but was denied by the side netting. Meg Barry continued countless displays of pressure onto the opposition defensive line, coming close on multiple occasions.
Before half time though, Dandenong pulled one back. Half time: 1-1.
After the break, Dandenong really stepped it up a gear. The match was soon played throughout the midfield, and Sam Harnett and Molly Patton worked together nicely to set up attacks for our strikers, as well as doing their bit to deny Wolves' from getting another.
Out wide, Tash Gore played one of her better games of the season, putting in a tireless performance from kick off and providing us with nice control on the wing.
Mel Walker was terrific in goals, keeping us in the match throughout the second half. She made some top saves, received some strong contact from opposition strikers, and was unlucky to concede late in the second half.
Not long after, Dandenong scored another, and all of a sudden the score was 3-1, Dandenong's way. However, Kat Crow provided our girls with a ray of hope, scoring a blistering goal from outside the box (which we have become accustomed to) with just 5 minutes remaining.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to grab a point, but to give Dandenong such a strong challenge really demonstrates the impressive attitude of our girls and the commitment and determination they continue to show - week in and week out.
Bad luck girls - we played well and were unlucky once again not to grab a point or three - but today was another performance where you can all be proud of what we've achieved so far this season, and how far we've come as a football team.
Boronia v. Peninsula Old Girls
Sunday, June 16th @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Boronia 5 - 0 Peninsula Old Girls (L)
Best: Leah Sheehan, Mel Walker, Ellie Barry, Kat Crow, Riana CIpollone, Olivia Hipwell
Report: After a 5-1 win last time they played, the Girls were keen to build on their success and show a strong performance against Boronia Maidens.
The Boronia girls came out firing, but our girls too got off to a good start with both Emma Woods and Olivia Hipwell leading the attack and causing the Boronia defence some problems early on.
Boronia took an early lead through an unlucky penalty, putting the girls on the back foot.
The dominance of Riana Cipollone and Kat Crow in Midfield was beginning to pay off, with those two constantly involved in the build up play and finishing of many promising attacks. Together, they made some good link up play with Tash Gore and Eliza Sinclair on the wings, followed by a lively performance from Meg Barry.
Our defence was reliable and solid, with Leah Sheehan putting in some incredibly strong tackles and preventing Boronia attacks. Her Centre Back partner, Sally Radnell, was also frustrating the opposition and sweeping up any loose balls.
At half time the girls were a couple of goals down but they did not give up the fight.
In the second half, it was much more of the same, but the girls created a vast array of chances. Kat, Riana, and Liv all came very close to opening our scoring, but were denied by opposition keeper. Sam Harnett was receiving plenty of the ball in the middle too, providing our attackers with some decent chances on goal.
Our keeper, Mel Walker, was putting in a player-of-the-match performance in goal, saving lots of goals and giving the Boronia strikers headaches.
Her defensive partners out wide, Tara Jackson and Ellie Barry were proving some great support for the girls in the middle, while also taking it upon themselves to carry the ball forward and set out our attacks.
The final score was 5-0 to Boronia - a harsh scoreline but nonetheless a deserved win for the opposition. Our girls were unable to build on the win from last match at Montrose, but their determination to not give up all game today was what the girls team is really all about.
Next week, the girls have a week off, after advancing through to the next round of the cup with a BYE. Our next home league game, is against Dandenong Wolves on June 30.
Montrose v. Peninsula Old Girls
Sunday, June 2nd @ 3:00pm
Keith Hume Fraser Reserve, Montrose
FULL TIME: Montrose 1 - 5 Peninsula Old Girls (W)
Goals: Eliza Sinclair, Olivia Hipwell, Kat Crow, Riana Cipollone, Samara Stephens
Best: Ellie Barry, Eliza Sinclair, RIana Cipollone, Kat Crow, Samara Stephens, Olivia Hipwell
Report: The girls made their way to Montrose coming off a spirited performance from last week's match against Chelsea. Upon arriving at the ground, it was clear conditions were going to be tough, with a pitch that was wet and muddy almost everywhere.
POG got off to a great start, with forward pressure from the girls immediately dominating proceedings. Emma Woods led the attack up front, putting the Montrose defence under pressure constantly. Out on the wing, Eliza Sinclair took up the fight to the Montrose defence, and midway through the first half, broke through the defence line and scored the opening goal of the game, and the first of her season.
The girls didn't stop mounting on the pressure after going up a goal, with the girls working the ball well through the midfield. Sam Harnett had a fantastic first half, dominating the midfield and keeping possession at vital times. This positive play from the girls led to the second goal of the match, with Olivia Hipwell finishing nicely inside the box, putting the girls up 2-0 at half time.
Montrose came out more determined after the break, and our defence was called into action. Reliable Centre Backs Sally Radnell and Leah Sheehan made sure every ball looped over the top of them was dealt with immediately, sweeping up loose balls and giving defenders a headache. Out at wing back, Ellie Barry put in her best performance of the season, with a solid match from start to finish, setting up plays going forward, and denying Montrose attackers a clear sight at goal. On the other side of the pitch, Tara Jackson played an important role down back, cleaning up Montrose attacks (and a player) and showing the girls just why she is captain.
With little to do in the first half, Mel Walker was called upon several times to make some important saves, commanding the area and coming out to collect the ball cleanly. Midway through the second half, Kat Crow went on a wonder run and scored from outside the box (the ball was going in from the moment in left her boot), putting the girls into a good position and a healthy lead.
Expanding on her explosive start on the wing, Riana Cipollone proved to be too much to handle for the Montrose defence, dancing around opponents all day, and grabbing a well taken goal soon after. Molly Patton provided the girls with some skill and control on the ball in the attacking third, ably setting up a list of chances for the girls to score.
With the match all but won, the girls continued to apply the pressure. Samara Stephens was lively on the wing, and late in the first half, scored the 5th of the game and her 2nd of the season.
The final scored read 5 - 1, with the girls picking up an impressive away win at Montrose. This was due to the hard work they put in each week, and today they came away with the result they were after. Congratulations girls. Next week, it's the cup!
Peninsula Old Girls v. Chelsea
Sunday, May 26th @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Girls 1 - 6 Chelsea (L)
Goals: Sam Harnett
Best: Riana Cipollone, Sam Harnett, Samara Stephens, Kat Crow
Report: After a heartbreaking loss to Rosebud last week, the girls were hoping to make amends with a strong performance against a talented Chelsea side.
The game got off to a flying start with Chelsea opening the scoring early on with a 35 yard lob from midfield sailing over the keeper. Our girls though were determined to get one back.
Emma Woods showed initiative up front and was heavily involved in the girls' attacking chances in the first half. Sure enough, the attacks paid dividends soon after, when Sam Harnett scored her first goal of the season after some good individual play.
Chelsea responded with a couple of skillful goals, putting the lead out to 3 before half time. The bright spark of the first half was the dominant performance of Riana Cipollone in attacking midfield, dancing around defenders and coming close to scoring on numerous occasions, giving Chelsea defenders a headache.
After the break the girls came out fired up and ready to bounce back. Sally Radnell was dominant as always at right back, providing some slick passes forward to our midfield. Leah Sheehan, Tara Jackson, and Kate Walker proved to be solid at the back like usual, making some last ditched defending and preventing numerous attacks on goal.
Eliza Sinclair and Tash Gore caused Chelsea some trouble throughout the second half, with both getting into good positions and carrying the ball up the wing. Molly Patton too was able to get some good chances on goal, coming close to scoring with an opportunity in the box.
Samara Stephens and Meg Barry provided solid support in attack when the girls moved forward, while Mel Walker had another wonderful performance in goals, even copping it from the Chelsea striker midway through the second half.
Hayley Anderton was solid down back in the second half and provided the backline with a real sense of composure. Before the match ended, she fell awkwardly on the ground and seriously injured her ankle. (We wish Hayley all the best for a speedy recovery!).
Adding to the bumps already received, Kat Crow survived a heavy hit to put in a typically outstanding performance in midfield, coming close to scoring on 1 or 2 occasions.
The final scoreline was not fair on the performance, with Chelsea running away 6-1 winners.
Next week the girls take on Montrose, and we'll be looking to turn good performances into some wins just around the corner!
Rosebud v. Peninsula Old Girls
Sunday, May 19th @ 9:30am
Olympic Park, Rosebud
FULL TIME: Rosebud 3 - 2 Peninsula Old Girls (L)
Goals: Samara Stephens, Kat Crow
Best: Hayley Anderton, Riana Cipollone, Sally Radnell, Leah Sheehan
Report: On a cold and extremely wet morning, the girls headed down the freeway to Rosebud to take on a side we had played only a couple of months earlier. That match finished 1-1, and we hoped to receive a similar if not better result today.
The girls arrived with a full squad - something many Bayside clubs struggle to do - and given the bright and early start to the day this showed just how committed the girls have been this season.
The wet pitch made for difficult conditions, but the girls got off to a good start. Early on Rosebud mounted on the pressure, but it was nothing our defenders couldn't deal with. Leah Sheehan and Kate Walker at Centre Back were rock solid as always, ensuring nothing got through to the keeper. Rosebud continued to push hard though, but Tara Jackson was reliable down back too, stopping multiple Rosebud attacks, and even almost cleaning up Mel Walker! Mel though was a star in goals, denying Rosebud a clear sight at goal on multiple attempts, and coming out to meet the ball at every occasion.
Having recovered midway through the first half, the girls began to muster together some good wing play. This more often than not originated with Sally Radnell from left-back, as she played some wonderful balls in for our strikers. One of these balls made its way toward goal, with some beautiful interplay between the strikers resulting in the first goal of the game. Samara Stephens was on hand to knock the ball into the back of the net and clinch her first goal of the season!
As the first half drew to a close, the TOPSA girls appeared to be in control of the match. Tash Gore and Meg Barry were competitive on the wings all half, causing the Rosebud defence plenty of headaches, while Sam Harnett was up to her usual tricks in the middle of the park - controlling the midfield. At half time the score was 1-0.
The rain came down hard again for the second half and Rosebud had returned fired up to grab an equaliser. Emma Woods was relentless in attack, putting the opposition under pressure and making some successful, important tackles. Molly Patton returned to the side and provided some composure on the pitch and a quality final touch. Eliza Sinclair was lively too and was unlucky upfront. After having had a goal ruled out this year already for offside, Eliza was only denied this time by the hands of the Rosebud keeper, pushing the ball past the post.
Olivia Hipwell provided good width on the wings and caused Rosebud some more headaches in their backline, while Hayley Anderton had a stellar game - providing our attack with some quality balls and great interplay.
Riana Cipollone showed her quality with some deft touches on the wing, constantly beating her opponent and driving the ball forward toward goal. Rosebud equalised late in the half to make it 1-1, but the girls responded in style. Kat Crow, after narrowly missing a goal just moments earlier, put the girls 2-1 up with just 5 minutes left with a wonderful solo performance.
However, the next 5 minutes were hard to take in. Rosebud equalised within minutes, before clinching a winner with the last kick of the game. The goal was dubious, but the result was not, with the girls somehow finishing the game with no points to take back home.
Our girls should be proud of the way they performed. Despite not winning, we outplayed Rosebud convincingly over the 90 minutes, in tough, wet, cold conditions, on a boggy pitch. A string of results haven't gone our way this season (Langy 2-1, Rosebud 3-2), and we certainly deserved to grab points on all those occasions. However, the determination and commitment that the girls show each week is extraordinary. Without getting cliche, this is what our club is all about - and you girls are doing all of us proud!
Thanks to all the parents and fans who came down and supported us today. We'll see you next week at home at 11:00am v. Chelsea!
Peninsula Old Girls v. Langwarrin
Sunday, May 5th @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Girls 1 - 2 Langwarrin (L)
Goals: Kat Crow
Best: Sam Harnett, Leah Sheehan, Melanie Walker, Kat Crow
Report: After the loss to Bayswater last week, the girls took to the pitch with a strong determination to face the challenge of a tough Langwarrin outfit. From the kick off, the girls came out strong and put Langy on the back foot.
Eliza Sinclair gave us some width on the wings with some inspired runs up against a difficult opponent, providing the girls with an option out wide. Samara Stephens and Riana Cipollone led the attack, and both linked up well to manage a handful of attempts on goal. Unfortunately for us, the Langy keeper was on her game.
Langy responded with a burst up front and managed to trickle the ball over the line, before Melanie Walker pulled off an incredible save to keep the score at 1-0. When Mel was called upon to make important saves throughout the game, she truly delivered.
Before the break, Langy managed to grab another, making the score 2-0 at half time.
In the second half, the usual suspects down back prevented Langy from adding another, with Leah Sheehan and Kate Walker putting in a fantastic performance in the back line from start to finish. The back line was beginning to take shape now after three matches, and both Tara Jackson and Sally Radnell continued to look comfortable at Left and Right back. Tara set up some attacks from her long throws, while Sally caused attackers grief with some important tackles along the wing.
On the wings, Tash Gore provided some lively runs and making some strong tackles, showing the strong depth of our entire squad, while Ellie Barry did not stop running all day and put in a wonderful hardworking performance. Similarly, Emma Woods and Meg Barry gave Langwarrin some headaches with numerous bursts up front, and managed to hold their own when holding possession down back.
The midfield was dominated by Sam Harnett and Kat Crow, a sight we are beginning to get used to, with Kat opening the scoring for the girls with 20 minutes left to play.
It was not to be for the girls though today. Despite playing better than Langy throughout the match, we were unable to find an equaliser, and we were in fact unlucky not to take home all three points. If we can perform like this every week girls, we will go home happy. As Kat said - 9 times out of 10, we would've won today.
Keep your heads up girls and take away all you can from this effort into the next match!
Bayswater v. Peninsula Old Girls
Sunday, April 28th @ 11:00am
Guy Turner Reserve, Bayswater
FULL TIME: Bayswater 8 - 1 Peninsula Old Girls (L)
Goals: Kat Crow
Best: Tara Jackson, Sam Harnett, Kat Crow, Sally Radnell
Report: It was a tough match for the girls in what proved to be a blistering performance from a skillful Bayswater outfit.
Mel Walker put on a fine display in goals and was only beaten by a handful of quality strikes from the opposition. She also became the first keeper I've ever heard try and nicely tell the player taking the penalty to 'go left' and smile and laugh at her. When attacking, our defence managed to deal with a lot of pressure from the skilful Bayswater strikers, but Leah Sheehan and Kate Walker were reliable when called upon and put in a hard working performance at Centre Back.
Up front we were lively, with Eliza Sinclair and Hayley Anderton wonderfully composed in an around the box, and supported by Ellie Barry and Samara Stephens throughout the match. Both Ellie and Samara put in a fine performance up front today!
Emma Woods attacked the ball hard and pulled off some great tackles, as well as constantly putting the Bayswater defence under pressure. Tash Gore was reliable as always on the wing, and was called upon to hold Centre Midfield in the second half which she managed to do very well.
Sam Harnett and Kat Crow bossed the middle of the park, a sight we are fast becoming used to, and Kat managed to score another one of her goals - this time almost from halfway.
At times Bayswater just seemed to have all the luck going their way, especially on some of the goals that they scored. However, we were graced with a wonderful performance at left-back from Sally Radnell, who put in a tireless performance from start to finish where she constantly made the final ball for our attackers.
Though the scoreline didn't reflect the result, Tara Jackson showed her dominance from kick off today with a solid player of the match performance at right-back. She never stopped giving up on the ball and at one stage this was evident when she bowled one of their players over!
The girls face Langwarrin next week, a tough match, but one that we can come away with all three points if we perform the way we did in the second half, and last weeks match.
Peninsula Old Boys v. Keysborough
Sunday, April 21st @ 11:00am
FULL TIME: Peninsula Old Girls 9 - 0 Keysborough (W)
Goals: Riana Cipollone, Kat Crow x 8
Best: Kat Crow, Riana Cipollone, Olivia Hipwell, Sam Harnett, Tara Jackson, Sally Radnell, Eliza Sinclair
Report: The Girls played their first ever match at home against Keysborough. From the get go, the Girls put the Keysborough defence under attack, with Eliza Sinclair slotting a ball through for Riana Cipollone to open the scoring with her second goal of the year.
From that point on, the momentum stayed with our girls, and we were dominating the ball and possession all across the pitch. Tara Jackson and Leah Sheehan, along with Kate Walker made sure the ball was held up at halfway, and if it did get through, they were able to cope with it immediately.
Kat Crow soon opened her account of the afternoon early in the first half. Kat later finished with 8 goals for the day.
Ellie Barry and Olivia Hipwell were effective on the wings, dragging the play wide and taking advantage of an undermanned Keysborough outfit. Emma Woods, Meg Barry and Melanie Walker (yes, she came out of goals!) all had good chances to score but were denied by their keeper.
Sally Radnell proved to be solid down back and was always reliable when called upon. Tash Gore was lively and remained strong all match and was hardly beaten to the ball by the opposition. Molly Patton played a half in goal to replace Mel and did an outstanding job, making 1 or 2 important saves to keep a clean sheet.
Congratulations on your first ever win girls. Let's build on this as we head into the match next week against Bayswater!
Hampton Park v. Peninsula Old Girls
Sunday, April 14th @ 1:00pm
FULL TIME: Hampton Park 4 - 2 Peninsula Old Girls (L)
Goals: Riana Cipollone, Kat Crow
Best: Sam Harnett, Kat Crow, Mel Walker, Riana Cipollone, Ellie Barry, Tara Jackson
Report: In their first official match, the Peninsula Old Girls proved just how capable they were with a proud 4-2 defeat at Hampton Park. Hampton Park girls won the league last year by a handful of games (around 13-15 points), and they smashed teams by 10+ goals at their home. To keep them to a score of 4-2 shows just how well the girls performed today, in what was only the second game for the vast majority of players in years!
In the first half, Mel Walker pulled off some unbelievable saves which kept us in the game. Mel certainly showed that she is arguably the best keeper in the league! Tara Jackson, captain of the side, proved to be strong down back, along with Kate Walker and Leah Sheehan who played outstanding games.
The girls conceded a goal close to half time, but this did not dampen their mood. The girls, even after falling 3-0 down, managed to grab two fantastic goals. Riana Cipollone scored a beautiful effort after taking on a handful of defenders and slotting past the keeper. This was followed by an effort by Kat Crow which flew into the top corner from just outside the box!
Ellie Barry, Olivia Hipwell, and Hayley Anderton continued to provide solid movement up front and continued to threaten the goal, while Sam Harnett was absolutely incredible in midfield.
A 4-2 loss is not a bad result. This will be the toughest match we probably face all season, and the girls came away from the match positive and upbeat.
Next week, the girls face Keysborough at The Peninsula School Detmold. Kick off is at 11:00am.
Well done girls!
Friendly # 1
Rosebud v. Peninsula Old Girls
Sunday, March 17th @ 11:00am
Rosebud Soccer Club, Olympic Park
FULL TIME: Rosebud 1 -1 Peninsula Old Girls (D)
Goals: Kat Crow
Best: Kat Crow, Mel Walker, Riana Cipollone, Tara Jackson, Sam Harnett
Report: Peninsula Old Girls made their debut for TOPSA Soccer Club against Rosebud, the first time an Old Peninsula School Girls team of any kind has played. From the very start, Player/Coach Kat Crow got her girls fired up for the match ahead and the girls were ready to take it up to an established side like Rosebud. Instantly, we knew the girls would be able to match it with Rosebud - a team that finished Runner's up last season.
The Defence was solid - Tara Jackson, Kate Walker, and Leah Sheehan proved to be strong all match, and Eliza Sinclair, Tash Gore, and Sally Radnell provided fantastic support and skill on the wings. Kat and Riana Cipollone dominated most of the midfield and took the fight up to the Rosebud women. Riana and Kat were unlucky not to score more.
Sam Harnett and Hayley Anderton gave the team some skill in the front third of the pitch, while Samara Stephens and Ellie Barry threatened the Rosebud goal on many occasions. Rosebud scored first, but the girls quickly responded when Kat slotted past the keeper at the near post.
Importantly, the girls Goal Keeper, Melanie Walker, proved to be reliable in goal all match, pulling out plenty of saves and commanding the penalty area with ease.
All girls should be incredibly proud of the teams first ever match in it's history, and it is one we will look back on in years to come. The girls are well on the road to a title challenging season in 2013, and if today was anything to go by, we can expect plenty of success around the corner.
Archived Reports (2012)
Below are some reports printed in the 'Pen in Profile' Magazine throughout 2012.
The end of the 2012 season was a compelling one for our Peninsula Old Boys team. In the Bayside league, we claimed the league title with two games to spare. This was an outstanding achievement for our boys who were the dominant team all season.
Elsewhere, in the Cup competition, we defeated Mornington Reserves 2-1 in the Semi Final, putting the boys up against Langwarrin Reserves in the League Cup Final. A very large crowd turned up to Baxter Park for the Cup final, and thankfully a lot of them were there to support our Old Boys. After taking a 3-0 lead before half time, Langwarrin came back and took home the cup in an enthralling encounter, which finished 6-4. Despite the final loss, our Peninsula Old Boys finished as League Champions and League Cup Runner’s up.
At the end of the season, TOPSA Soccer Club held its own Presentation Night, where the club recognised the achievements of the team and their outstanding successes this season both on and off the pitch. Individuals were recognised too, and I extend my congratulations to all winners. I acknowledge the club’s first Best and Fairest Winner, Grady Vickers. Grady was in Year 11 at Peninsula this year, but he was a deserved winner of the club’s most prestigious award. Grady received a medallion and a shield which will be engraved with the winner’s name each year.
At the Bayside Presentation night, TOPSA Soccer Club picked up a handful of awards. Connor Stannett was awarded with the Leading Goal-scorer award, and he also finished Runner Up in the league Best and Fairest. Finally, we were also presented with our first Premiership Banner – something I’m sure we will cherish for years to come.
Despite these countless awards and outstanding achievements, what the club has achieved this season cannot be engraved onto medals or printed onto flags. This year, the club managed to create a culture that all clubs in Bayside would be envious of. Because of this, we have had growing interest from within the school community from current students and past students who have expressed interest in playing. As a result, we will expand from one old boys’ team this season to two old boys’ teams and one old girls’ team in 2013.
TOPSA Soccer Club’s Committee will be working hard over the summer to improve on what we achieved this season, and to ensure that the club continues to grow in the future, becoming a vital part of the TOPSA community. The committee will be hard at work too over the next couple of months working on developing the Peninsula Old Girls team.
On the pitch, the club is finalising the details of a Pre-Season Competition for our Old Boys team which will see us come up against teams like Old Melburnians, Old Scotch, Old Caulfield, Old Camberwell, and Old Trinity just to name a few. As soon as this competition is organised, I will announce the dates and venues of these prestigious ‘Old Boys’ matches publicly.
With that in mind, there are plenty of ways you can help support us this season. If you are interested in playing, sponsoring, or supporting the club in anyway, then please make contact with the club before the start of next season. You can either send an email to email@example.com or type in TOPSA Soccer Club into Facebook and ‘Like’ our page.
I anticipate that 2013 will be another rewarding and successful season for TOPSA Soccer Club, and I look forward to writing about the club’s growth and successes midway through next season. I am extremely confident that we can achieve bigger and better things in 2013!
TOPSA Soccer Club President
It has been a largely successful start to the season for TOPSA Soccer Club, with our Peninsula Old Boys team taking it up to the big clubs in the local Bayside League.
Last September, TOPSA Soccer Club began humbly when a group of past students from the classes of 2009 and 2010 decided to start up an old boys club. Thanks to the unyielding support from TOPSA, the club has grown to a squad of more than 25, and interest to join the club is high both within and outside the school.
When we applied to join Bayside, they assumed we were ironically calling ourselves ‘Old boys’. Some of our players are currently still doing VCE, whilst our oldest come from the class of 2007.
Needless to say our young boys have proven difficult to beat this season, and Bayside have therefore been able to take us seriously from day one.
So far this season, TOPSA Soccer Club has come up against Bayside Soccer Club powerhouses, including the likes of Langwarrin, Seaford, Bayswater, and Rosebud. Recently, we defeated Chelsea Reserves in the Bayside League Cup; a club that sits two leagues higher than us. Impressively, we have been able to rise above these challenges, and at the moment we have a firm grip at the summit of the league table.
In addition, I’m proud to say that at a recent Bayside Meeting, one of the oldest clubs in the competition, Rosebud, spoke highly of our club and told the league that we ‘should be commended on our sportsmanship and attitude towards the game’ and that we ‘taught Rosebud a footballing lesson’.
This statement reiterates how professional our players have been this season, and the way they have conducted themselves on and off the pitch is testament to the thriving culture of the club.
After trainings, we regularly hold pizza nights or BBQ’s in the Detmold Pavilion, in which we’ve been able to secure the use of as our clubrooms. Nights like these prove to be invaluable for the club and it’s underlining of the rich club culture we’ve been able to develop in just our first season.
The club is only continuing to grow and this season we have been enormously proud of the effort and commitment shown by all of the boys.
Next year, we hope to be able to field another Old Boys team and an Old Girls team. In order to this we need to build a healthy squad over the summer, so if you are interested in playing next season for an Old Boys or Girls team then please contact either myself or TOPSA President Reagan Barry.
Importantly, it must be noted that this season has been successful primarily due to the commitment shown by all players on and off the field. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of TOPSA, and we are very grateful for the tireless work put into the club by Reagan Barry and Suzanne Ashley.
Reagan has also acted as our inaugural coach this season, and his ability to manage the squad, secure services from TPS, and organise club functions should be commended.
Additionally, Reagan, Matthew Smart and I continue to have regular meetings and dedicate ourselves fully toward all aspects of the club.
I look forward to writing again in the summer so I can update everybody of our successes both on and off the pitch.
TOPSA Soccer Club President
There has been a noticeable absence within the schooling community, especially since the inception of the Peninsula School Old Boys Association in 1965 (now TOPSA).
It’s the world game: football for the traditionalists, soccer for the majority.
Call it what you like, but the opportunity to play soccer for the school begins only at Middle School level, and ends with the completion of Year 12. Whilst Cricket and Australian Rules hold deep and unyielding ties with TOPSA and past students, there is currently no association with Soccer. This is about to change. TOPSA is set to expand its sporting associations in the next few months with the formation of the TOPSA Soccer Club.
In September of this year, a committee comprising of students from the Class of 2009 and 2010 was formed, and the foundations of TOPSA Soccer Club were built. Progress has been made at an extraordinarily rapid pace, due largely to the dedicated work of the committee, and the overwhelming support from TOPSA, in particular Suzanne Ashley and Reagan Barry.
In its initial stages the club is in the process of gaining acceptance to the Bayside League and as such is growing rapidly. With overwhelming support from the School, TOPSA, and Principal Stuart Johnston, the schooling community is anticipating the establishment of the soccer club.
Whilst the squad for the inaugural season has been developed by past students ranging from the classes of 2007-2011, interest in the club at any level is widely encouraged.
For the club to further grow, support is required throughout the Peninsula community. We need support in the following areas: membership, supporter base, and sponsorship. We welcome volunteers and supporters who wish to have some sort of role within the club, and sponsorship is greatly appreciated.
Involvement with the soccer club is a fantastic way for past students and teachers to remain in contact with the school community, and to greater engage with the wider local footballing community.
Anyone who wishes to become involved at any level should contact the TOPSA office for further information.
We look forward to your support in the 2012 season.
TOPSA Soccer Club Committee
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