ON Saturday there was a Gala day for the Redbacks younger teams at Batemans Bay. The day is all about fun with the youngsters playing more matches in one day than they have all season.
U11s: No one could have asked for a more glorious autumn day than we had on Sunday to cheer the U10/11 Redbacks to their fourth win in a row. The final score of Narooma 5 - Cobargo 0, was the result of consistently strong teamwork and skilful passes to goal scorers: Jack Davis, Kupah Martin and Kurt Zideluns. Player of the match, Abbey Dawson superbly deflected Cobargo's attempts to score as usual. The game was an exciting one with numerous beautiful series of passes bringing the ball all the way to goal, only to meet with the gloves of the formidable opposition goal-keeper. In the end, the impressive coordination of Narooma's team prevailed and coach Chris Westoll was beaming with pride once again. Special thanks this weekend go to the terrific Ayron Patmore and Janine Zideluns who staffed the canteen for our team.
U13s: This week saw the much anticipated derby match with the U13s at home against local rivals Bodalla. A huge sell-out crowd was on hand to witness what is traditionally a tight match.
Narooma kicked off and right from the start you could see the boys and girls in red meant business. Jarrah Seaman and Ethan Anderson controlled the midfield and early on managed to set up striker Jordan Sharpe in a great position. Jordan took the chance without hesitation and slammed a powerful shot towards goal that the keeper managed to get a hand to but was unable to keep out. Narooma kept up the pressure and soon added a second when Jarrah fired home from the edge of the box. Ethan came close to adding a third when his shot drifted just over the bar and Eleni Ives came even closer when her shot cannoned back off the crossbar. Digger Cowie had little to do in goals as the Narooma defence formed an impenetrable barrier in front of him. Emma Jackson in particular proved to be a thorn in the side of the Bodalla attack and Rory Spurgeon once again showing why he's rated as one of the best sweepers in the game.
Coach Hoots changed things around a little at half time with Rhiannon Duck taking over between the sticks - this proved to be an inspirational piece of managerial brilliance with Rhiannon pulling off the save of the season when Bodalla broke through the Redbacks defence and unleashed an unstoppable shot which Rhiannon somehow stopped with her foot.
Elise Dixon was causing Bodalla all sorts of problems with her pace on the wing and was supplying more crosses than a Vatican gift shop. She was unlucky not to get a goal when she cut inside the defence and fired a low shot which the keeper did well to parry past the post.
Narooma had several more chances with Lawrence, Selena and Chelsea all coming close but it was Eleni who finally stroked the third home.
Ethan, Jarrah and Digger continued to dominate midfield and combined well to set up Amy who coolly struck home number four before Elise was rewarded with a goal of her own to make it 5-0.
Bodalla breathed a sigh of relief when the final whistle sounded and the stadium erupted in a sea of red. A well-deserved victory for Narooma as it reflects the hard work the players have been putting in at training. There were several candidates for the NSSC Player of the Match Award but in the end it was presented to Emma Jackson who entertained the crowd all game with her never say die attitude.
Youth Boys: The Youth Boys were able to field a full 11 for the first time at Moruya; all were keen to play alongside new signing Pablo Crome who proved himself an exciting addition to the squad. In a hard fought game Narooma dominated, peppering the Moruya goal with shots. Elliott Bendixsen scored both goals in the 0-2 win. NSSC Player of the match was Zak Wilson for brilliant pace and skill on the wing.