Sep 052018
 

The boys faced Unley away this week and again whilst John was looking after the 3B’s at Woodcroft I was holding the fort.

Again, we were a little down on numbers, with a few guys injured, away and doing Accounting courses (Will). Thankfully the B’s were kind enough to lend us Marco and the C’s gave us Cam Basnec in goals, which meant our bench swelled to 3 players for the day.

Early in the season Unley had pushed us hard at home – so I think we all knew this would be a tough contest. A win for us would lock in 3rd on the ladder though so there was still plenty to play for.

As per each week – I asked our boys to remember our strengths – short passing and movement. And to remember to go in hard – as Unley certainly wouldn’t do us any favours.

From the outset, we started well, but for much of the half the contest was even. What was working for us was releasing our pacey wingers – Joshua and Larson, and they were doing a good job getting around the Unley defence.

We opened the scoring from one of these forays – as a long cross released Larson, who’s cutback to the edge of the box was perfect & Matt Bate hammered a lovely strike in low at the far post.

At the other end, Unley were creating chances too – and a couple of times they managed good crosses on, only to miss their forwards. Bas also made a couple of excellent saves to keep us in the hunt.

Half time – 1-0 and the guys were happy. The only issue we had was Mariano was being isolated up front – so we moved Zac up closer to him to try to get the interplay working. Matt was blowing a bit, so he had a rest (no surprise after his game on Tuesday) and Paul came on to meet his old team mates.

The first ten minutes of the second half were excellent. First Marco banged in a lovely header from a corner & soon after a barnstorming run from Zac ended in a goal, only for the ref to call play on – to the confusion of us all. Respect must go to the Unley linesman who agreed it was a goal and thankfully the ref changed his view – 3-0.

Interestingly though – this seemed to spur Unley on, and not long after they scored as a cross to the far post found their striker unmarked to nod home.

Soon after they scored again & from that moment on, we were under siege.

In the dying minutes Bas made a super one-handed save – pushing the ball out past the left post to keep us in front.

Thankfully not long after the whistle blew & we’d held on for a nail-biting win.

Well done to all the boys on a hard-fought win – special mention goes to Bas! A string of excellent saves was probably the difference for us on the day.

That’s it

Saf

 Posted by at 9:38 am
Aug 302018
 

With the 3B boys playing their Do-or-die encounter with Cardijn away, I had the unenviable task of trying to scrounge up a team for the home match with Rostrevor. In the end we managed to get 15 on the card, although all but 6 had played earlier in the day.

We were facing Rostrevor, who sit one place behind us on the ladder & are full of big experienced blokes.
Pre-game I asked the team to remember what we’re good at – tapping the ball around & dominating possession. If we did that, we are a chance against any opponent.

From the kick-off – the boys looked good. We played short crisp passes & found feet. Rostrever were made to work pretty hard for the ball. Sadly Alan only managed to last 10 minutes though, but Aaron came on to replace him & settled well.

We made a couple of good chances, with Umar and Joshua going close, but Rostrevor were able to get the first goal.

We went into the half 1-0 down, but with the football we were playing I think we were all confident we could overturn the deficit.

At the break Umar had to leave, bringing the bench down to 2 – And I want to thank Evan for picking up the flag for us for the entire second half – thanks mate!

We again started brightly, with Marc providing a spark from the back and Joshua and Will really pressuring the Rostrevor backline we got a food hold on the game.

We managed a deserved leveller (although the goal was a little fortuitous) as Aaron’s well hit free kick from about 30 yards took a couple of deflections before ending in the back of the net.

After this though a coaching error proved costly. As the coach brought himself back in to try to push the backs up a little quicker, unfortunately he got rinsed by Rostrevor’s nuggety number 80 who managed to score at the near post.

Rostrevor scored again soon after, as a nice cross to the far post found their striker unguarded.

For the last 20 minutes or so, we again had chanced to peg one back. With Joshua and Mariano both going close, but to no avail.

The result 3-1 perhaps flattered Rostrevor a little.

Thanks again to all the boys who played two games for us on the weekend – the spirit & effort was really appreciated.

On a positive note – before the end of the game news had travelled in that the 3B’s beat Cardijn 2-1 – huge result for the boys – 1 more win needed to secure the title!

That’s it.

Saf

 Posted by at 10:59 am
Aug 132018
 

With only 3 points separating the top three teams, the boys faced Immanuel in what would be the first of 2 weeks that’ll shape our season.

Immanuel were sitting top of the table & have not lost since round 1. In our previous encounter at the start of the season they’d belted us 7-1, so we were out for a bit of redemption.

We had a strong squad for this game, but it was somewhat weakened as Mohammed didn’t make it to the ground by the time we handed match sheets in.

On the flipside, we gained the services of GT and Ryo who’d both played earlier in the day.

At the start Immanuel kicked with the breeze and came out with all guns blazing. They had more of the ball and kept us inside our half – but our defence and midfield were compact and disciplined and we were doing an excellent job of keeping them at bay.

On the couple of occasions they did get passed the backline – Markus (in his last game for the club) made a couple of super saves!

Late in the half though Immanuel got a breakthrough – as a corner came in – Ben got front position, but was nudged over (no free given!) allowing his opponent to head home from close range.

Going in at 1-0, with the breeze behind us for the 2nd half, we were all thinking anything was possible.

Immanuel though again had a little more of the ball, as their midfield and mobile forwards were making us work hard. They managed a 2nd goal and a 3rd before we rung the changes. Bringing on Chris, Andy, Mike, Bryan and Ryo to spice things up.

Late on we managed to peg a goal back as Zac’s nice free kick went around the wall and bounced in off the upright (all that practice during the week paid dividends).

In the end – Immanuel were worth their 3-1 win, which now puts them 2 games ahead of us with another huge game against 2nd placed Pembroke this week.

Man of the match for us was (again) Markus – in his last match for the club – his 2nd half of the season has been top shelf.

A special mention must also go to Matt Bate who covered a lot of km in the defensive midfield role on a pretty tough day.

Massive game next week. If we want to keep our season alive we must beat Pembroke this week and hope that Immanuel drop the bundle somewhere along the way.

See you all at training.

That’s it!

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