Saturday, September 8, was St Georges Basin’s last chance for grand final glory with the Under 11 Red team taking the field against Husky White. Both teams came out strongly, but it was Huskisson whose strong attack saw two Basin own-goals occurring from the chaos of the ricocheting ball.
To their credit, Basin held up their heads and maintained the score until half-time, with several close shots coming from Will Tan, Kaiden McMurchie and Rocco Booth. A half-time pep-talk from coach Brian Booth seemed to do the trick though and Basin came back out on the field with a new-found focus.
It wasn’t long before some beautiful passes finally found William Tan’s feet resulting in a well-placed goal. Spirits lifted, and the team rushed into position for the kick-off. Basin was on the attack again and soon found themselves with a corner kick at their disposal. The opportunity wasn’t wasted with a brilliant corner from Tyler Scruse finding Hunter Fuz who made short work of netting Basin an equalising goal.
The crowd was electric, and Basin continued to play a well-positioned game. Some quick passes saw Husky get past Basin’s strong backline and they took the lead again. Basin wasn’t giving up though and, urged on by a vocal crowd of supporters, they continued their counter attack.
In the final minute of the game though, Husky was able to break through again, securing their grand final win 4-2. It was a brilliant game in which two early own-goals could have easily demoralised the Basin team, but in true Basin style they fought to the very end.
Special mention must go to Rocco Booth who has had 24 goals this season and is the competition leading goal scorer. Nayt Perez follows close behind with 20 goals to his name this season - a massive achievement considering how often he plays in the back line. Coach Brian Booth, who has coached most of these players from Under 6s was impressed to see the kids through to the grand final in their first year of competition football.
As the season wraps up, Basin unfortunately returns home empty handed. The season has, however, been a successful one with several teams making it to the finals including all three Senior Ladies teams, Under 15 girls, Under 13 Boys A side, Under 11 Red, Under 11 White and Under 10 Red. First Grade Men, Third Grade Men and Over 35s narrowly missed out on the finals.
Going forward, it is exciting to consider the pool of talent that the club will draw upon and the resulting strength that will be seen across a number of age groups. And of course Basin will continue to chase down the Bolden Blackmore Shield … 2019 might just be the year!