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Newsletter - Wednesday 3 August 2005
Published by Balmain Rovers, part of the Balmain & District Soccer Club.
Sydney Amateur League Rd 18

Balmain Rovers had a bye in First Grade and Reserve Grade

Canterbury District Round Robin

Balmain Rovers v Burwood: Timbrell Park, Five Dock: Sat 30 July 2005

Div 7 Match report by Simon Goodman

For the first game of the playoffs, when we arrived at beautiful Timbrell Park we were greeted by a wonderfully prepared pitch, with just the right mix of dirt and uncut grass to ensure a thrilling contest was about to occur. With a full team at the ready, plus subs for the first time in many weeks, we mentally prepared by doing our own patented pre-match routine, the group huddle, to ensure that our season of victories did not amount to nothing.

When the contest began, Adam ensured that pre-match premonitions by some team members were fulfilled when he capitalised on some early pressure we put on Burwood to make it 1-0. Wave after wave of attack was then launched on an unsuspecting Burwood, but although spirit and confidence was high, some touch was lacking, and these waves ended with not a tidal wave of disaster for the Burwood scoreboard, but with mere ripples of intent. As the game approached half-time, Burwood caught us with an incisive break which resulted in Morgan having to do his first work for the match, picking the ball out of the net. 1-1. But just as the dusk of half-time was descending over the pitch, I made use of some shabby defending that allowed me to get away a shot on the edge of the area and ensure that we went into the break ahead. 2-1.

The second half began as the first had ended, with a blow from the referee's whistle, and also relentless attacking by Balmain. These attacking raids were a testament to our punishing defence, allowing the midfield the space and time necessary to exploit the lack of pace in the Burwood defence. Midway through the second half, Colin made himself some space on the edge of the box, and with a pinpoint shot between the keeper's outstretched arms, made the score 3-1. At this stage it seemed as we were beginning to focus on getting to the pub and not on finishing off the game. Burwood responded to this by scoring from a well placed long range effort. 3-2. If Burwood thought they were back in the game, we quickly reminded them that we weren’t going to let this one slip. Some sloppy defending inside the Burwood box resulted in a penalty which was easily converted. After this we wound the game out with some defence that was tighter than the education budget. A well deserved win against the only team that has beaten us this year. 4-2.

Goals: Simon Goodman (2), Adam White, Colin Mitchell
Pele Points: 3 - Dale Humphries, 2 - Omar Elsadik, 1 - Cormac O'Shea

Balmain Rovers v Burwood C: Centenary Park, Croydon: Sat 30 July 2005

Div 8 Match report by Justan Kitchener

Burwood, ranked 8th in the comp (and with players who had a combined age that was still less than Mike's) were always going to be outside contenders against Balmain. After Allan had persuaded a random bystander to ref our game, we started. Balmain immediately stamped their authority on the game dominating possession and territory and running circles around the bum-fluff, acne-ridden Burwood defence. It was only a few minutes until Balmain scored - a clean strike by Antoon following some penetrating right-wing runs by Dave. It was only a few more minutes until the second goal, unfortunately this one by Burwood - a reasonable strike (after a previous great save by Amir) rebounding off the cross-bar into the goal. A second goal by Antoon took Balmain to a 2-1 lead.

After the half-time break Burwood were reinvigorated with their performance-enhancing half-time warm milk and cocoa, but any pressure they applied was cleanly thwarted by solid Balmain defence. It wasn't long before an infamous 'Paddy throw' found the back of Akin's head and to the surprise of the Burwood goalkeeper (and Akin) found the back of the net, 3-1. The fourth Balmain goal came from a blinding run by Paul, first carving up Burwood's midfield and then their defence, drilling the ball to score a cracking goal, 4-1. By now Burwood were crying for their mummies.

But just when both sides thought that the scoreline was decided, the pitch went quiet. The birds stopped tweeting and silence descended (admittedly this was partly because Dean wasn't playing). All eyes turned to Dan ... (read the following while humming 'Eye of the Tiger') ... As if in slow motion, Dan brought the ball neatly under control. Dan then proceeded to slice through the Burwood defence. Ripping off his 80's head-band and discarding it to cheering fans, Dan proceeded to put on a demonstration of his silky skills - neatly chipping the ball over the keeper's head, glancing the cross bar and, according to eye witnesses (well, Dan), crossing the line. Unfortunately, a Burwood player cleared the ball and no witnesses would come forward to support Dan's claims, resulting in the score remaining at 4-1 and the final whistle blowing. All in all a great game by Balmain, with especially good defence by the back line.

Later that evening, while Burwood were all tucked-up in bed, Balmain hit the pub to celebrate the approaching end to the season. During the evening a heinous crime was committed - some crutches were stolen from the Exchange Hotel. The crutches are light brown in colour and are suited to people of lesser stature. Witnesses are asked to come forward. 4-1.

Goals: Antoon Visser (2), Akin Karaca, Paul Wright
Pele Points: 2 - Gavin Carey, Paul Wright, 1 - Allan Frydman, Akin Karaca

State Cup Catchup

On 15 May, a Balmain Rovers team combining players from the Div 7 and Div 8 squads played Lilli Pilli in the first round of the State Cup. We're still awaiting the promised match report on the 2-8 loss (whenever you're ready, Les ... no really, we can wait), but in the meantime the goals scored by Adam White and Sergio Fiorenza have been added to the Golden Boot tally.

Award Standings

Pele Medal (all teams)
20 --- Andy McLeod, Marshall Moir
15 --- Stewart Shaw
12 --- Gabe Cataldo
11 --- Gavin Carey, Dale Humphries, Dean Lenz, Rob Liney, Tony Madau, Drew Schaper, Jim Wragg
10 --- Pete Boyle, Simon Goodman, Kristian Wiles, Mark Wootton
9 ---- Roberto Arocha, Martyn Farnworth, Erin Owens, Michael Penman
8 ---- Rich Briscoe, Paddy Denvir
7 ---- Jacob Cavallaro, Amir Hatami, Matt Mahony, Richard Raward, Paul Wright
6 ---- Ben Jones, Dom Salomoni, Mike Stubbs
5 ---- Cormac O'Shea, Tony Unsworth, Nick Vince, Adam White, Gareth Williams
4 ---- Steve Ashcroft, Michael Bosnich, Brendan Coutts, Omar Elsadik, Dave Hanna, Akin Karaca, Jeff See, Ere Sihalath
3 ---- Allan Frydman, Ruben Davis, Dan Higson, Matt Linton, Ricky Onsman, Antoon Visser, Dan Whaite
2 ---- Steve Adams, Morgan Bowling, Andy Henderson, Justan Kitchener, Gotaru Uematsu
1 ---- Steve Ashton, Sergio Fiorenza

Golden Boot (all teams)
32 --- Rob Liney
18 --- Simon Goodman
17 --- Andy McLeod
7 ---- Roberto Arocha, Paddy Denvir, Martyn Farnworth, Paul Wright
6 ---- Dean Lenz
5 ---- Steve Ashcroft, Steve Ashton, Rich Briscoe, Jeff See, Mike Stubbs, Tony Unsworth, Antoon Visser, Adam White
3 ---- Sergio Fiorenza, Dave Ford, Dale Humphries, Ben Jones, Colin Mitchell, Cormac O'Shea, Dan Whaite
2 ---- Jacob Cavallaro, Ruben Davis, Michael Penman, Kader Tamsaouit, Gotaro Uematsu, Nick Vince, Kristian Wiles
1 ---- Pete Boyle, Gabe Cataldo, Brendan Coutts, David Hull, Akin Karaca, Ere Sihalath

Next ...

SAFL Firsts & Reserves v Prestons Racing - Wentworth Park, Glebe, 3pm & 1pm Sat 6 August
CDFSA Div 7 v Hurlstone Park - Callan Park, Rozelle, 1.15pm Sat 6 August
CDSFA Div 8 v Strathfield - Strathfield Park, Strathfield, 3pm Sat 6 August

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