Well, it was another day of three losses for the men but there was good news still – 3s are into the finals after Sutho knocked over our main rival Sydney Uni. The 3s play in yellow shirts against UNSW at Penno at 6.15pm on Saturday, and everyone is encouraged to get along and show their support. And with UTS thrashing Sydney Uni 7-2 in SL4, our 2s have had their place in the finals confirmed. 1s have the bye next week but should also make the finals, provided Manly do not upset UTS. The women’s 1st and 2nd grade teams had some good wins to cement their positions towards the top of the ladder, while 4th grade are still a possibility of making the finals but need results to go their way this coming weekend.
Men’s 1st grade
Result: lost 0-3 to Moorebank
A very strong Moorebank team dominated the first half but we kept them scoreless after the break and played a much more controlled game, despite missing 5 players. Tim Austin and Klimmy were on fire.
Men’s 2nd grade
Result: lost 1-5 to Moorebank
Again Moorebank were very strong and several of their forwards are wasting their time in this grade.
4 of their 5 goals came from turnovers or stuff-ups, but we nailed them in the last 15 minutes and should really have scored 4 or 5 ourselves. We missed 3 golden chances at the right post. The goal came after Kemba (having a blinder despite being sick) beat 4 along the baseline and laid it back for Nick to slot home. Again we had 5 out and were grateful for everyone who doubled up so late at night so far from home. Solid display from everyone. Our last round match is at Bankstown at 4pm – everyone is to go straight to Penno afterwards to cheer on 3s. And we need someone from 1s to umpire 2s please.
Men’s 3rd grade
Result: lost 1-5 to UNSW
We were 1-1 after 20 minutes but their depth told and they ran way with it.
Women’s 1st Grade
Result: 3-1 win against St George
Goals to Cheryl, Klepto and Mairead
The score was not as large as the first round, but this was due to the St George side playing much more defensively than the previous game. Our second half was much better than our first, with a focus on possession of the ball providing some promising glimpses of what this team was producing earlier in the season and what it is capable of doing again. Only tough games remaining both to finish the second round and in the semis, so we’ll need to lift further again next week against Sydney Uni.
Maguettes of the Match: Cheryl, Radar, Klepto
Women’s 2nd Grade
Result: 4-2 against Ryde
Goals to Mairead (2), Sonia and Rhian
A much improved effort on last week saw 2nd grade dominate the majority of the game and ensure that they will be in the major semi final. A lot of back and lateral passing enabled us to lead 4-0 over Ryde. The first goal went to Sonia who cleaned up a direct short corner hit and the second went to Rhian who got a very clean deflection from the top of the circle. The final two were slotted in by Mairead who made it look easy. We got complacent towards the end and allowed Ryde to get two back due to a lack of hustle in our circle.
Overall it was a good game and a third placed Ryde didn’t have a chance. If we play up to this standard (minus the last 10 minutes) in the finals the premiership is all but ours.
Maguette of the Match: Lou
Women’s 3rd Grade
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Women’s 4th Grade
Result: 0-0 draw against UTS 7
This was the most important game of the season for both teams, with Macquarie placed just 1 point behind the 4th placed UTS 7. UTS would seal a finals berth with a win today, while we would be in the box seat to qualify for the finals with a win. In a game both umpires described as “great”, we played out a 0-0 draw. Both teams were determined and hungry, with the stakes high. (The pressure even showed on the umpires, especially one who was more concerned with what was happening on the sidelines rather than on the field.) We responded with our best game of the season and at times some amazing scrambling defense to not concede for the second week running. Unfortunately UTS’s defense was just as good as they made some great saves to deny us the win we were looking for. We are still in the hunt, but need UTS 7 to lose next week, and depending on results, PLC old girls may be in contention as well. One last comment, what a find Jola has been as keeper! Some of her saves are amazing.
Maguette of the match: Larissa