Close on the heels of Max Demianyk, four more Adelaide Uni students initiated at the Whites in 2015 have notched up their 50th game. Congrats to B’s stalwart and potty-mouth James Reilly, 2015 JWM winner Damo Holoubek, C’s lovechild Christian Roschi and Bres Academy graduate Dan Antony.
The growing list of recent half-centurions bodes well for the Whites. It’s great to have players sticking with the club and playing with each other season after season.
George Tan‘s mantle as the player to reach 50 matches over the longest period has only lasted a few weeks. He passes it to inaugural E’s player-manager Ryan Harrowfield, who first played for the Whites in 2007.
Ryan last played for the Whites back in 2012, taking a sabbatical to raise four boys. He’s over that now though, and is back in White!
Some long overdue half-centuries were racked up over the past few weeks. Conan Shao finally hit 50 after 5 years at the club. However George Tan surely takes the prize for the longest time to get to 50: his first game with the Whites was back in 2009. George has played in all five Whites sides, and scored the first ever goal for the E’s in their opening match this year.
On the other end of the spectrum Max Demianyk will hit 50 if he plays against Pembroke this week, after joining the club in 2015.
One week after the C’s took on Windsor (and their linesman) and lost, it was the B’s turn. It was round 2 of the cup, and players aplenty had started going missing already. We still had a good looking squad though, with Coach Crab happy with the mix of youth and experience.
Eugene (dirty weekend), James (potty mouth), Stuart (broken wing), Simon & Patty (promoted) were all out. With Big Dan away as well, Lewis took one for the team and donned the gloves. Paul K – who’s been around as long as the opposition – started up top. Ellery dropped in to #10; Leo stepped off the plane into #6; Gabe filled the gap at the back; and we were lucky enough to have Matt back on the wing. Cup specialist John George, and Kirsten both came up from the D’s to help fill out the bench.
There was a chance we wouldn’t play at all though, with no ref at the designated kickoff time. After a phone call or two though, he finally rocked up and we were able to start 15mins late.
We’ll blame the ref for our poor start then (we need to blame someone). In the first two minutes, they played a ball down the left channel, splitting me and Gabe. I thought Gabe had it covered on the by-line, but the crafty Windsor forward managed to give him the slip. He took a couple of touches and managed to slam it past Lewis from close range. Worst start possible.
Around the 15 minute mark it was 2-0. A cross (corner?) just skimmed off their forward’s head and went in off one of our players…
We played ok for most of the half though. A few too many long balls perhaps, as we thought that was the way to get around them. We didn’t go through the middle enough, and when we did we made too many errors.
The second half was much of the same. We had a couple of good chances. Matt got onto a loose ball in the box to make it 2-1. Ellery skewed a chance at the back post after a low cross from the left.
I showed how little I’ve learned over the past two decades, and got myself a yellow while trying to get my winger sent off.
Rather than us running over the top of them, Windsor regained their 2 goal lead via the penalty spot. Thankfully their fourth goal was ruled offside to keep the scoreline fair.
On another day we could have had them, but this was not that day. Enjoy the June long weekend off lads, and get around the A’s as we have a third crack at them.
Belated congratulations to Alan Evans, Ollie Smith and John Wilson who all hit their 100th game in the last few weeks. Ollie marked his 100 with his first goal for the A’s in a 5-2 route of Unley. Alan’s was celebrated in the 6-1 derby win over Grads Reds. John’s was unfortunately played against old friends in the south Parklands.
Meanwhile, Ian Hendrie marked his 50th match for the Whites with a hat trick over Unley in round 2.
And in case I forget, the other Ian will get to his 50 this week against Mercedes.
The B’s played a ripper first half. We kept possession well, and got two goals from shot/crosses which both looped over the keeper’s head. The blot on the half was us falling asleep after the first goal, and allowing Pembroke to run into our box and force the ball home without much of a tackle. So 2-1 up, and we were confident.
Unfortunately it was a game of two halves, and we were under pressure for much of the second half. We had chances, and we managed to keep Pembroke at bay. It was disappointing then that we handed them their equaliser from a corner: a free header which should have been saved went into the net off Paulie on the post.
And then, with just about the final touches of the game, Pembroke’s left winger played a nice one-two with their striker, and blasted the ball into the top left corner from about 20yards. Terrible way to lose a game in which we’d never been behind in, but you had to applaude the finish…
We’ll have to start again in round 2.
A’s went 1-0 up inside 10 minutes with a Bres-special set piece. After failing to understand the two-man free kick at training, the Greco-Roman partnership nailed it during the game. Pedron faked the shot, laying off into the path of Tsirbas, who side footed passed the keeper.
Five minutes later and Dongas was left 1 on 1 with the keeper. He rounded the keeper easily to the left and poked it into an empty net. 2-0.
Up the other end, we failed to deal with a loose ball on the left. Their winger slid to get to the ball first, and knocked the ball across the face of our goal. Eddie was left 1 on 1 with an opposition forward, and the ball just evaded his outstretched foot, falling perfectly to be tapped past Josh in goal. 2-1
Soon after, we gave away a free kick just outside the box on the right. The wall was set up for a right footer, but the kick was taken with the left, and slotted into the far corner. I guess we’re not the only team who can score free kicks.
2-2 in about 20 minutes and then we get to the talking point of the match. I can’t say I saw the incident, but what I did see was Pembroke getting a free kick, and the referee walking (limping) off to restart the game. Their linesman then called the referee over for a chat. End result of the chat: Alex is sent off for an elbow. To say that those on our sideline were upset with this turn of events is an understatement.
Anyway, moving on… we get to half time at 2-2.
Not sure about the order after half time, but we copped another goal from a poor clearance, and Steve made a double substitution: fresh legs for Ari and Roschi.
To be honest, I’d had a couple of beers, and have a bad memory at the best of times, but I’m pretty sure Hendrie knocked one home after a mazy Liam run, and Dongas hit a loose ball to the far corner for another. Long story short, we end up going 4-3 up with 10 men and the sideline was going mental.
We were under immense pressure after that though, and unfortunately we couldn’t hold out. We had a a couple of chances to clear out of defence, but copped one from another loose ball inside the box – and I’m pretty sure it was the same bastard who scored the winner in the B’s.
Bloody amazing game though.
League fixtures for 2017 have been released. The league starts on April 8 and finishes September 2.
If you are planning holidays, please take into account when we are not playing! There are no matches on the weekend of July 22-23. Also, as Div 3 only has 9 teams, the C’s will have two byes. If your team is knocked out of the cup, you may also have another couple of weekends off:
- Cup Rd 1: Sat April 1
- Cup Rd 2: Sat May 13
- C’s Bye: Sat May 20
- Cup Rd 3: Sat June 9/10
- NO MATCHES: July 22/23
- Cup QF: Wed June 28
- C’s Bye: Sat Aug 5
- Cup SF: Wed Aug 9
- Cup GF: Fri Sep 8
Congratulations to Adam Pedron for winning the Div 1B Best & Fairest for the third year in a row. It’s a great achievement to win one, but three is just amazing. He either needs to stop being so friendly with the referees, or give the A’s a crack!