THE Shoalhaven has a new team of veteran football champions with the SASC Bumberangs recently returning with the silverware from a plate final.
The Bumberangs travelled to Goulburn on February 1 and 2 to compete in the fifth annual Goulburn Vets Over 35s Soccer Competition.
With temperatures soaring above 40 degrees, all teams competing had their work cut out for them.
The Bumberangs were placed in a pool which saw four of the five teams compete for the shield, plate or saucer.
In the team’s first game they were soundly defeated 3–nil by Narellan.
But things just got better from there with a 2-all with Goulburn United, and a 2-nil win against Temora.
In what was a close final game of the day, the Bumberangs were then beaten 2-nil against the eventual shield winners, Belconnen United.
Placed ninth overall, the team started day two with a local derby against Huskisson.
The final siren could not decide a winner and both teams went to a penalty shootout.
The Bumberangs eventually got home 4–3, but thanked Huskisson for a great clean open semi-final match that could have gone either way.
In the plate grand final against Tahmoor, the Bumberangs got their act together as a playing unit and eventually won 4–nil.
Congratulations to Matt Parsons who scored a hat-trick of goals during the match.
New players Remi Ghetti, Mark Foggin, Shaun Burton, Graham Smith, Tony Toms and Craig Williams also did their team proud.
Dave Carpenter was judged player of the series with an outstanding performance as sweeper.