KORUMBURRA City Soccer Club welcomed Phillip Island Breakers on Mother’s Day for Round 4 of the 2017 soccer season.
Korumburra’s Jess Odgers from Eventful Horizons Wedding and Event Decorating prepared a lovely rose and hot chocolate arrangement for the juniors to reward their mums with – a lovely touch for all the spectating and playing mums who came along to enjoy the day of soccer action. It’s what mums do, sacrifice their special day to watch and/or play with their kids.
Phillip Island breakers hit like a tsunami in most games and made a clean sweep of the day winning all seven games, Burra’s U14s and Women’s teams putting up gallant efforts in the games of the day.
Liam Richards stood out in the Under 14s losing side, kicking all four of the home team’s goals in a 4 to 8 loss.
Breakers attack scored seven and an own goal from Korumburra contributing to the winners’ total.
Burra found it hard to defend after Liam Dole left the pitch with an ankle injury. A valiant effort by the young side against a regimented Phillip Island side.
The 14s are building well led by captain Riley Olden, so the future looks bright for them this season.
Coach Graham Beech spoke proudly of his determined side having the following to say: “The Under 12s loss 1-7 didn’t reflect the team’s performance. With a new set up we put Phillip Island under a lot of pressure, especially in view of our losing a key defender to injury before the game. All the players again put in a strong team effort. Will Roberts scoring our goal. An outstanding performance from Fern Hurst in defence earned her praise from the opposition coach while Alana Lopez-Freeman made an outstanding contribution. I am very pleased with our overall progress since the start of the season.”
Phillip Island’s defence wouldn’t let up with Korumburra trying many attacks suffering a 0–6 loss. Coach Rose Hurst was forced to play a defensive game, but Phillip Island was just far too strong.
Dakota Decarlo and Estelle Rosse tried hard to score when the ball got through the midfield but neither could find the net. Aaliyah Nagel stood tall in goals saving more than what went through, showing determination that inspired those on the sidelines watching.
Korumburra tried their hardest to match it with a strong, tall and physical Phillip Island side. Fast paced Peter Veltri had a great game getting plenty of the ball. It wasn’t to be the day for them though as shots on goal sailed over the cross bar or off to the side, Burra not able to score in a 0-6 defeat. Signs of some great play by the mostly younger players impressed the always encouraging stand-in coach Peter Jacques who could be heard praising some brilliant passages of play.
Two early goals by the women’s player/coach Lucy MacPherson had the Breakers wondering what hit them. Burra’s goalie Treen Stoel showed deep courage to stop many an attempt on goal by the very quick Breaker forwards.
Belinda Nicholls left the pitch after a sickening head clash with a Phillip Island player, both ladies dazed for a moment.
Tori Martin was brilliant in defence with Bree Allen moving the ball quickly forward with a couple of shots on goal resulting in corner kicks for the home side.
Scores were level at half time 2-2.
Korumburra had their chances in the second half, some miscommunication in defence resulted in a quick Phillip Island goal.
Never out of the game, not giving in, Burra tried but couldn’t beat the Breakers’ keeper ending the day with a 2–5 loss.
Right on topic for the day saw mother Rose Hurst play in the same team as two of her daughters, Tash and Milly. Sadly due to a season ending injury, mother Jo Allen missed out on playing with two of her daughters Bree and Bridie, however Jo made it to the sidelines to cheer the girls on.
A TIGHTLY contested first half saw the Reserve teams tied on 1-1. Harry McNeil found the net for Burra and had them in contention at the break. Fresh young legs in the Breakers side would see them run away with a six goal second half, Korumburra going down 1-7.
KORUMBURRA Seniors looked pumped to take on the fancied Phillip Island Breakers but Phillip Island came out hard and fast moving the ball skilfully.
Some frustration led to some undisciplined actions by two of Korumburra’s players in retaliation to some hard tackles, both receiving yellow cards at different times in the game.
Burra’s captain Craig Wallace led well and settled the lads down, the team banding together, shots on goal would come and go but they just couldn’t slot one in.
The well drilled Breakers forced Burra to concede to a 0-13 loss. Time for the men to reflect and regroup as they meet Leongatha next week.
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