Jul 112018
 

Result: Whites 3 – 0 Pembroke
Hey Lads, well both our Teams enjoyed 3-0 wins on Saturday, which meant 3B going three points clear at the top & Div5 coming within a point of top place! At the half way stage of the season, it was always in my mind to be in contention.
When I met all my old players/mates at the beginning of pre season I kinda knew what to expect. But to meet all of the new players, I could see the challenge to produce two successful squads!
All of you have proved that with dedication to the cause, a massive amount of effort and a lot of undeniable talent, anything is possible!
Some very old, some slightly younger, some even younger & some teenagers, you have all contributed to help develop a collective of 37 players and counting, to go out as two squads each week & do the business.
To say I am PROUD of you all is an UNDERSTATEMENT, you have risen to the challenges set and achieved so much already.

We must now realise we all have a chance to do something special and help the Uni Whites history become even greater. We cannot rest on our success so far, we must fight with all our beings to do more & bring home the bacon.

Let’s train with intelligence, we are now aware of what each of us has to offer, take care of your bodies, eat well, hydrate, rest when needed.
Be ready to play your part for the rest of the remaining season!

Personally I don’t do second best & you lads, yes you lads, have put us in a position, for that to happen …..

It’s in our hands…..
Winners are grinners…..

That’s it

Jul 102018
 

Another Saturday, another clash with the 3B’s – so again i stepped in for John to look after the Div 5 boys.

This time we had the short away trip to Pultney.

Pultney have been struggling this season. But when we only had 14 players available, and 9 of those were 38 or older (in some cases MUCH older) i was a little concerned as to how we’d fare, as we really only had 1 player with genuine pace.

The good news was – the pitch at the old harriers track was magnificent, and we were welcoming Robby, John G and Martins back into the fold after a few injuries.

Pre-game i’d asked the boys to stick to short passing & work the ball up the field, as our lack of pace meant we had no real outlets for a long ball.

We got underway & a bit like last week – right from the outset we were put under pressure. Pultney’s midfield pressed high, and we let ourselves down with some sloppy passing giving Pultney plenty of freebies.  Thankfully the defence and particularly our keeper Markus held strong & we were able to keep them at bay.

At the other end, we weren’t creating too much – but from a corner we did manage to create one chance – the initial corner was cleared, but we managed to get the ball back into the box where Jason hooked a shot in nicely, but straight at the keeper who somehow managed to somehow spill it back into the net. Congratulations to Jason who after 19 years on and off with the club – finally had his first ever Uni Whites goal!

After that Pultney again spent a lot of time in control as we were stuck in our own half, so it was a relief when the ref blew the whistle for half time.

At the break it felt like i repeated my half time speech from the week before. Better passing, win the 50-50 balls and we’d be a good chance.

Pultney though had the earlty ascendancy and Markus had to make a couple of full stretch saves. The defence were working ovetime as Pultney won numerous free kicks around the box but somehow we kept the scoreline at 1-0.

Taka came on after a shortly after the break – and all of a sudden he was breaking free on the wing – this seemed to lift the team and our midfield began to take control with GT and Matt now moving the ball around well.

Martins playing up front managed to score the 2nd goal with a shot from just outside the box on the left – although again the keeper probably should have done better. Congratulations to Martins for his first goal in his second season with the club.

From this point we were well on top. Taka put the icing on the cake burying a 3rd as he took on the defence and finished nicely to score on debut!

The final result was a 3-0 win, which i’ll take any day. But credit must go to Pultney who spent long periods of the game in control but couldn’t get a breakthrough.

Man of the match was Markus in goals, withough him the scoreline would have been a lot different.

The win keeps us in touch with the top two (now just 1 point off the top), so everything to play for in the coming weeks. Hopefully see all of you out at training!

That’s it.

Saf

 Posted by at 10:54 am
Jul 042018
 

Result: Whites 9 – 3 Cardijn

Hey Lads, well done on securing top spot over our closest rivals! It was a harder day than the scoreline shows.
We started well, but they used quick movement and we allowed them the space, maybe too much respect was shown! Better finishing from Ryo early on, May have changed the first half, however, they were the better side and deserved to lead!
A half-time talk was definitely needed and duly given. The lads understood the instructions to get up tight, pressure each player and push them back. We moved a few players around and immediately put them on the back foot.
Needless to say, we ran out comfortable on the scoresheet, but they did push us towards the end and we did get sloppy!
Thanks to Sam, Marc & Josh for helping, Josh got a hat-trick. Ryo came away with two as did Leo & after coming on in the final minutes our Sam headed a goal from a cracking cross by the other Sam…..!

Happy we are top, the real work starts now….we must consolidate this week against Pembroke, without that first half performance, please!

That’s it

  • John Whitehouse
Jul 022018
 

With the gaffer (John) at home with the 3B’s in their top of the table clash with Cardijn, it was left to me to sort out the div 5 boys up the hill at Mount Barker.

For some reason we had 18 players named, but i soon found out that Barry and Dom were unavailable. On the flipside though, in addition to our usual group we had the services of Lewis & Stu from the B’s and Cam from the C’s.

Last year when we’d played Mount Barker they were a bit of a rabble. But right from the outset they played a high pressure game against us and it worked. For most of the first half our midfield and defence were awarded no time or space & as a result we struggled to string any passed together.

The one exception from this was a lovely piece of play, with the ball moving across the back from Cam to Andy, who sent Stu through with a super ball – he crossed in for Declan to meet the ball at full tilt and knock it in – glorious to watch.

Almost immediately though Mount Barker scored to level as their big striker hit one from well outside the box which went in.

For the remainder of the half we were under intense pressure – we cleared 2 balls off the line – Markus put his body on the line for a crucial save and the woodwork also rescued us once.

Late in the half, we also had a slice of luck – as we got the ball down the wing & crossed it in, only for the keeper and central defender to fluff their lines and bundle one into the back of the net – a completely undeserved 2-1 lead was the half time result.

At the break i asked our boys to control and pass better, but more importantly to win some 50-50 balls! And from the outset we did a lot better. Declan was pushed up front – and he, Joshua and Stuart got behind the Mount Barker defence more. Our rotating midfield also lifted, with George, Matt, Lewis, Mariano, Jason and Andy all doing much better with the ball.

Whilst we had most of the play – no more goals were forthcoming, although Andy rattled the crossbar with a lovely header from a corner.

In the end, we snuck home for a 2-1 win. Standout performance from Declan, and also a mention to Markus who made a couple of magnificent saves.

The result leaves us just 1 game behind the top two teams at the halfway mark of the season. Everything to play for with the Glamorous ones!

That’s it.

Saf

 Posted by at 9:05 pm
Jun 292018
 

Result: Whites 2 – 4 Unley

With a very stretched squad, playing the top and undefeated Unley was always going to be a difficult task. Unley had only conceded 3 goals for the season so Ismail had a lot to do. Despite conceding two goals early we didn’t drop our heads. Sammy Burt must have been watching Paul K too much, as he managed to lob the keeper from the left sided by-line it what will go down in one of football’s biggest debates; was it a shot or was it a scuffed cross (defiantly the latter). Unley managed to push the gap out to two again before Ismail brought the game to 2-4. Good display by a very light squad (5 of the 15 playing the game before and coach George). Thanks to all the players that filled in, and thanks to George for filling the CB whole left by injured Stef!

– Campbell

Jun 292018
 

Result: 5 – 0 St Pauls

Well Saturday was a splendid day for our Lads against St Pauls. We did control the game with some good approach work, which resulted in lots of corners and crosses, they played us well throughout the half, but were no threat to our goal.
Second half we had more of the same, except our finishing was better & they got tired and less disciplined. Patience was rewarded late on when we finished with three goals in the last five minutes to make the score a fair reflection!
Sam got a very patient hat trick.

Thanks to Aaron & Ryo for helping out in Soukiie’s team. Aaaarh what it is like to be young!

Well done Lads, massive top of the table clash this week, so let’s have good training sessions & mental preparation for Saturday!

That’s it

  • John Whitehouse
Jun 292018
 

Result: Whites 3 – 0
Wow lads wow, Saturday afternoon was a turning point for our squad of Men against moaners Unley!
Ok we started with some help in the first half, thanks to Cam & Sam who helped a lot at the back!
We had a quick fire start with yes you guessed it Sammy Belyovski hungry for another hat trick….greedy git! They pegged us back and it probably was a even contest at half time.
We then brought on the Big Guns……yep Micheal, Andy and Cris had their instructions and headed out. We had further goals from Machine Gun Sammy….( yep another hat trick) but then had to endure the last thirty minutes, more in our half than theirs. Needless to say we battled, clawed and were desperate and ultimately prevailed.

Easy to finish there, but I just can’t.

Every single one of you stood up and showed why our great club became just that, Great! The passion, the will, the team ethic, I could go on, it was a privilege to watch old heads as well as young, mature on the pitch as the game went on!
I also have to single out two lads.
Jimmy thank you for your immense determination to beat your old team, backing up from the game before, to stay the whole way. I nearly took you off several times, but I just couldn’t do it!
Then finally Mr Cris (no h) Birzer, what a half you had, Cris you epitomised the values Uni Whites hold so dear. Determination, strength and spirit were there for all to see…..kudos to you
and all of your teammates, you have raised the levels, let’s keep it going for the rest of the season!

That’s it

  • John Whitehouse
Jun 202018
 

Result: Flinders 2 – 5 Whites

Well done lads for putting Flinders to the sword, on a very small pitch in cold,but not so bad conditions.
We controlled the game from start to finish and with some excellent and powerful wing work from Aaron, who along with Leo, tormented there full backs all day.
Another hatrick for Sam, lovely finish of a great move from Leo & a fitting farewell goal, from Russia bound Janis!
We let them have a couple of goals, mainly down to positional changes and those pesky interchanges.

Overall a top effort, more of the same this week please Lads!

As a side note…..it was so nice to see Julie Hopgood, who even though had a lot on, made it out to cheer us on……another reminder of the lengths true Whites will go…….👌

That’s it

– John Whitehouse

Jun 102018
 

 

Result: Rostrevor 1 – 6 Whites

Lads your were just a delight yesterday, a 6-1 win was a fitting reward for your efforts! From the start we attacked with purpose and with a brilliant turn and composed finish, from our new Japanese signing…..Deo, Rio, Mio, Sio…..I will get it one day! After that we continued to control the pace and midfield, with Rob, Kirsten & Larsen do their thing! Two more goals before half time, a penalty from Bobby, along with customary mask wielding celebration…..not sure Pens are appropriate!! Then Aaron scored from a cracking through ball from Wez. To there credit the other lot, came out and put some passes together and had a good spell & even got a soft goal back! Luckily it sparked us back into life and we cemented a deserved score line with further goals from Larson and a hatrick for that fella from Japan… . Kudos to you all, great squad performance.

That’s it

  • John Whitehouse
Jun 102018
 

 

Result: Rostrevor 3 – 3 Whites

Another draw again for the Cs, or perhaps another game that got away. We went 2-0 down in the first half due to a dodgy penalty and a laps in concentration. The Whites managed to come back and take the lead at 3-2, through goals from Mikey, Campbell, and Ismail. The boys showed great team spirit and determination. However, the referee gave them their second penalty for the game, which was converted to make it 3-3. The ref continued to hand out penalties like Bas hands out snags on match days, however we couldn’t convert ours to win the game in the dying minutes. That’s football for you! 2 weeks off to recover and set out sites on a top 2 position.

Thats It!

– Soukiie and Campbell