Junior Grand Final
St Georges Basin v Bluejays
A close game was anticipated between St Georges Basin and Bluejays in the junior grand final on Saturday.
The first 10 minutes of the game, St Georges Basin had the majority of possession and plenty of circle penetrations.
During Bluejays’ break-away plays, Louis Cameron and Chloe Boyce were vital for St Georges Basin.
These two players made Bluejays’ task very difficult.
During the 11th minute, the first goal was scored as Bluejays member, Callum Mackay was able to dispossess a St Georges Basin player on the 25 yard line.
With a circle penetration and a quick shot, the goal was his and Bluejays were up 1-nil.
St Georges Basin started to place extreme pressure on Bluejays’ defenders Sam Morris, Madeline Gaffney, Sarah Hamilton and Nick Crawford.
Mistakes were made by the Bluejays outfit and Abby Macdonald was able to find space and the time to take a shot. With 10 minutes to go in the first half, Abby slammed one home for Basin, meaning the score going into half time was a close 1-all.
With two circle penetrations during the first minute, St Georges Basin knew they were in for a hard second half.
St Georges Basin then worked out the same game-plan Bluejays had within the first half, to make use of break-away plays.
With Liam Dooley securing the short corner opportunity for St Georges Basin, Thomas Dolby was able to make a shot that was just trapped by Callum Mackay.
This back and forth play continued until full-time where the score was still 1-all.
With a draw on their hands, the juniors were then put through seven and a half minutes – each way – worth of extra time.
Both teams went into these two periods wanting to secure a penalty corner opportunity and had their chances within the first few minutes.
St Georges Basin were the first to make the most of their opportunity when a short corner, going to Sarah Kenny, was then passed off to Liam Dooley who was able to slot the ball underneath goalkeeper, Nick Crawford, to put Basin in the lead.
Bluejays, didn’t allow them to rest though and another penalty corner was given to Bluejays.
Four and a half minutes into the first period of extra time, Callum Mackay was able to make the most of another corner opportunity and tie the game up at 2-all.
During this penalty corner, Basin’s key player, Thomas Dolby was injured this meant, Sarah Kenny and Liam Dooley had to then step up and take control of their team. With one last penalty corner chance within the dying minute of the first period of extra time, Sarah Kenny slammed the ball towards the goal.
This shot, just going wide, to end this first period of extra time at 2-2.
The second period of extra time brought upon mostly midfield play and despite many scoring opportunities neither side was able to break the deadlock.
This meant, the winner would be decided through penalty strokes.
For Bluejays, Nick Crawford was in goals, while for St Georges Basin, Nathan Kenny was in the keeping gear.
Bluejays started their strokes as Nick Crawford took to the circle.
This shot, saved.
Sarah Kenny then stood up for St Georges Basin. This shot, also saved.
Callum Mackay was next for Bluejays. This shot, going in.
Bluejays were then up 1-0 on the stroke tally.
Liam Dooley was up next for St Georges Basin. This shot, saved. Bluejays were still up by one.
Daniel Ball was up for Bluejays. His shot, just going wide.
Thomas Dolby was then able to tie up the stroke tally as he was able to put his penalty stroke away.
Shane Cochrane then stepped up for Bluejays. This shot, just going through the keeper’s legs, putting Bluejays back in-front.
Ben Macdonald then took to the circle for St Georges Basin. This shot, saved.
It was then up to Madeline Gaffney, her shot, was saved.
Joshua Rickwood’s shot was saved.
Bluejays won with a 2-all draw after extra time and winning through penalty strokes with a tally of 2-1 their way.
Women’s Grand Final
Allsorts Orange v Allsorts Green
IT was an all Allsorts affair in the 1:30pm women’s grand final as the undefeated Orange team were set to come up against fellow club members, Allsorts Green.
Both teams were then seen as fairly even and possession shifted constantly throughout the start of the match.
A short corner opportunity for Orange meant they had the opportunity to start the scoring.
Working the ball through Green’s defence meant a strong shot was taken. Unfortunately for them, Green’s Mel Boundy was able to get a touch to it, sending the ball over the back line.
Allsorts Oranges’ junior players, Payton Roberts did well during this half to maintain composure and get a shot away.
Another junior taking the field for Allsorts, was Lucia Edwards.
Lucia started the scoring as she made the most of a great ball by Vanessa Phelan, putting Allsorts in front within the seventh minute.
The score going into half time was 1-nil, Green’s way.
Allsorts Orange started the second half similar to the way they started the first, however, they were able to put one away within the first five minutes with a rebound off the goalkeepers pads which was capitalised on by Toby Bacchus.
This was then followed by a goal to Eleanor Dodd.
This goal came from a well-constructed short corner opportunity where the three passes were made before the ball found the back board.
Allsorts Green weren’t going to give and Mel Boundy was determined to tie it up.
Taking a tight angle opportunity, Vanessa Lloyd, Orange’s keeper, was able to deny.
Five minutes later, Boundy scored to level the game up 2 all.
In the 66th minute, Celeste Stolk took a shot from inside her attacking circle deflecting up off the keeper, then made a touch to a body of an Allsorts Orange player and found the back of the net.
This goal put Allsorts Green in front with four minutes left.
Allsorts Orange made a circle penetration, meaning Allsorts Green were able to do what no other team had done all year - beat Allsorts Orange, in the game that mattered.
Men’s Grand Final
Burrawang v Allsorts Minor premiers and competition leaders Burrawang were set to play a stronger than ever Allsorts squad for the men’s premiership.
Burrawang, were unaware of how strong the Allsorts team had been and how much improvement had been made within this team over the last two weeks. Allsorts beat Bluejays and Kangaroo Valley at their own game styles so for them, beating Burrawang meant playing the better style of game.
Both teams had their chances early on through penalty corners, but the scoring was not opened until 10 minutes out from half time.
Another penalty corner opportunity gave Burrawang’s Sam Donovan’s hard hit put Burrawang up 1-nil.
A minute later, Allsorts were able to win the short corner.
With a drag flick shot from Matthew Wright-Smith, followed by a rebound shot from Matt Less, the ball found space, as did Matt Wright-Smith who caught the goalkeeper out of goals to convert a tomahawk to tie up the scores at 1-all.
Burrawang were quick to respond with Martin Howe slamming home a field goal to put Burrawang in the lead again.
Allsorts then found some space and were able to place the ball right on Aaron Smith’s stick who tied it up once again.
A minute before half time, Allsorts had another penalty corner opportunity.
With Matthew Wright-Smith receiving the ball, Burrawang were ready for the drag flick.
However, a faked drag flick ended up being a pass to Aaron Lloyd who got a shot away.
This shot however, being the first shot on goal, was above the back board height and denied.
Both teams went into half time with two goals.
At the 11th minute a shot from the top of the circle from Matt Lees, Myles Burke was able to get a deflection.
This deflection just going wide for Allsorts.
A quick turn around after Allsorts’ short corner, Burrawang’s Aaron Ditton was able to pull the keeper out of his goal for an easy finish to Sam Bromfield to put Burrawang back in front for the third time.
Burrawang then had another scoring opportunity through a penalty corner, however an unfortunate miss-trap from Sam Donovan meant they were forced to make the hard yards back.
Allsorts, given a stroke opportunity, allowed for Matthew Wright-Smith to take the shot making the score 3-all.
Burrawang have been the competition leaders all year and were determined to keep it that way.
But with Don Mason in fine form for the finals, all their attempted shots were saved.
The killer blow eventually came with two minutes left in the game, when Aaron Lloyd was able to finish off a messy short corner, ending the game in a 4-3 victory for Allsorts.