Coach: James Kerr
Team Manager: Anita Kerr
Match Reports 2022
Round 11 Hahndorf v Flinders
Flinders stays on course
League leaders Flinders came to Pine Stadium enjoying a balmy 4 degrees and a well-maintained pitch for this top of the table clash against Hahndorf (3rd). The Magpies were down a few players and were fortunate to have at least one substitute on the bench, thanks to the resilience of Gemma Doyle, Lillie Yiatrou and Alex Mcmaugh, who somehow managed to shake off non-covid related illnesses to put on the white and black. The game certainly lived up to the high expectations with Yiatrou almost converting a Lynley Driver through ball in the first 40 seconds.
At the other end it was Dorf goalkeeper Nicola Lieff (another outstanding game) who made a finger-tip save to deny Flinders the opening goal. In the first half Hahndorf found it hard to get into a rhythm. Flinders were physical and well organised and if Claudia Kerr, Sarah Mansfield, Darcy Watts, Lieff and Sophie Correll hadn’t worked over-time at the back, Flinders could have carved out a lot more opportunities. Still the opener did come. Another solid cross from the visitors caused confusion in the box and the referee spotted a handball by a Hahndorf player. The resulting penalty was expertly dispatched, but Lieff guessed the corner and almost managed to get her hand to it.
Hahndorf have shown a lot of resilience this season and the goal seemed to ignite rather than deflate the team. Zara Tinsley-Smith expertly secured the ball in midfield and took it around an oncoming defender only to be body checked to the ground and to miss the next 40 minutes with the blood (nose) rule.
1-0 down at half-time with no subs and an injured player on the bench, Coach Jarred Arsie had to really think on his feet and the supporters were not disappointed. The relentless Aylee Tinsley-Smith continued to push deep into Flinders territory on the right wing and Alex Mcmaugh won a lot of the ball in the middle. Her headers and long passes also brought welcome relief in the centre and the game began to turn in the Magpies favour. Isabel Mayer was also controlling the ball nicely on the right and took on the opposition. One of her through balls was chased down by Aylee Tinsley-Smith who brought it into the centre. Driver and Yiatrou managed to push it across the area, where Doyle saw the keeper off her line and calmly chipped the ball into the empty net.
Now the stadium was abuzz. It was an end-to-end game where eventually the Dorf legs began to get heavy. A Flinders attack saw a great save from Lieff and two solid blocks but the ball couldn’t be cleared convincingly and finally ended up in the back of the Hahndorf net. Zara Tinsley-Smith bravely returned to the game and created some promising moments, but in the end the Magpies ran out of time and a great contest ended with a 2-1 win to Flinders. Next week promises to be equally entertaining with second placed Mt Barker making their way to the Stadium of Dorf.
Round 9 Hahndorf v East Adelaide
It was a 10am kickoff for the FSA Division 4 South Round 9 game between East Adelaide and Hahndorf at East’s home ground. The match had Hahndorf kicking away from the early morning sun, and play was directed out wide to Aylee Tinsley-Smith on the right. With a quick turn around East was awarded a free just outside the box. Hahndorf held the ball out and the back line of Sophie Correll, Claudia Kerr, Sarah Mansfield and Darcy Watts, pressed to the halfway line. Kerr sent to ball onto Zeli McNeece in midfield and was picked up by Schanna L’Estrange.
Again the Hahndorf’s defence, Mansfield and Corell, had to chase back with Correll sending a clearing kick to Zara Tinsley-Smith up front. Z Tinsley-Smith combined well with Gemma Doyle, who sent a nice header back to Z Tinsley-Smith, finding the right foot and slotting the ball into the back of the net for Hahndorf’s first goal.
Directing the play from left to right, Watts sent the ball through midfield to Lynley Driver and, controlling centre, pressed forward. Keeping the ball in Hahndorf’s attacking half Watts again made a nice run out wide. Coach Jared Arsie made several changes, bringing on Lillie Yiatrou and Izzy Mayer, with Yiatrou having immediate impact using her pace up front. Hahndorf were unable to capitalise from their corners and East cleared the ball, sending Mansfield chasing to gain control. Another few changes saw Madelyn Lyall slot into the backline and Watts move out onto the right. East were still applying pressure, calling Hahndorf’s keeper Nicola Lieff into action.
The halftime break gave the Hahndorf ladies a chance to regroup, however when they re-entered the field of play East were quick to place Lyall and Kerr under pressure. Calmly Kerr regained control and sent the ball onto Mansfield and to the other end. Play seesawed end-to-end with Mayer in midfield deflecting the ball forward only to have it sent back to the safe hands of Lieff.
Hahndorf forwards, Doyle, Yiatrou and Z Tinsley-Smith combined well and provided the opportunity for Z Tinsley-Smith to have a shot at goal, unfortunately straight to a waiting keeper. East had a quick turn around and eluded the Hahndorf defence to find the back of the net and equalise the game. Still fighting, Hahndorf’s forwards controlled play and had shots on goal. L’Estrange produced some magic in midfield, weaving around players to keep the ball up front. As the clock wound down, McNeece was awarded a free kick, and then subsequent corners. Mayer and Z Tinsley-Smith combined to keep the ball in Hahndorf’s attacking zone and this allowed McNeece to put boot to ball and slot in Hahndorf’s second and the lead once again.
The elation was short lived with East Adelaide slotting in their second goal in extra time and the whistle signalling the end of the game.
Hahndorf will regroup during the week and hone their goal scoring skills to take on BOSA away, next Sunday in the 3rd round of the FSA Cup.
Round 8 Hahndorf 2 v Campbelltown 0
Round 8’s game, hosted by Hahndorf against Campbelltown started as the last of the fog was burning off in the valley at 9.30am. With Hahndorf’s initial front-line Gemma Doyle, Lillie Yiatrou and Aylee Tinsley-Smith, Hahndorf attacked early with the initial downhill kick-off. Early shots at goal, within the first 10 minutes of play, made by mid-fielder Zeli Mcneece weren’t able to find the back of the net. This was followed by another play through the centre when Mcneece crossed the ball to A. Tinsley-Smith who played the ball through to Zara Tinsley-Smith but some quick defensive moves from Campbelltown allowed them to control the ball back into their half.
Campbelltown’s surges into attack were many but were immobilised by the strong defence line of Darcy Watts, Sarah Mansfield, Claudia Kerr and Sophie Correll. With Lynley Driver controlling the defensive midfield. A quick passage of play through the middle, assisted by Kerr, resulted in an attempt at goals by Yiatrou which was caught by the Campbelltown goalie. Late in the first half Hahndorf made more attempts at scoring, with a corner by Mcneece that bent toward the goals but was just deflected away from the back of the net.
The introduction of Schanna L’Estrange into the midfield, showed immediate impact with a long run down the middle of the field. Hahndorf kept the pressure on Campbelltown with a strong defensive press. Mcneece received a free kick in front of goals that saw the ball miss the cross bar. The ball remained in the Hahndorf half, with any ball escaping the strong back line being being quickly intercepted by keeper Nicola Lieff.
Late in the first half, a cross by A. Tinsley-Smith found L’Estrange who kicked long, avoiding the Campbelltown centre back to find the back of the net, setting the score to 1-0 before half time.
Campbelltown had an opportunity just before the half-time whistle, but their attempt was held back by Lieff who held strong in the goals.
The second half saw Alex Mcmaugh come into defensive midfield, where she controlled the play. A quick shot for goals by L’Estrange was intercepted within the first minute. Campbelltown was able to push multiple through balls past the defensive line, which kept goalkeeper Lieff scrambling to stop the ball as the opposition closed in.
A well-placed corner kick at the 18 minute mark by Mcneece found the front corner of the net in a move that impressed the crowd, moving the score to 2-0. Hahndorf had multiple shots at goal within the next ten minutes, which were repelled by the Campbeltown defence.
Some great pressure by of Watts and Kerr saw an attempted goal by Campbelltown quickly intercepted by Lieff sending the ball down out wide to Doyle who quickly passed the ball off to Z. Tinsley-Smith for another shot to find the back of the net. Yiatrou followed this up with another near miss that was held off by the opposition goalkeeper.
The score remained 2-0 to Hahndorf, solidly confirming their deserved spot as third on the division ladder.
Round 7 – May 15th – Hahndorf vs Mt Barker
On Sunday 15th May, the Hahndorf Womens side won convincingly against Mt. Barker in their first round of the FSA Div 4/5 Cup.
After drawing against Mt. Barker 1-1 in Round 3 of the league fixtures, the Hahndorf girls were looking forward to playing on their own pitch under some cooler conditions. With such a tight and even contest in their previous match up, and a single place through to the next round of the cup on the line, it was sure to be an entertaining game for the spectators braving the drizzle. Hahndorf’s regular keeper Nicola Lieff was unavailable to play, so capable Lynley Driver stepped up to take the gloves supported by the strong back line of Izzy Mayer, Sarah Mansfield, Claudia Kerr and Darcy Watts standing guard.
Mt. Barker won the toss and chose to go uphill for the first half, with no subs on the bench no doubt hoping to make use of the downhill slope in the second half. However Hahndorf took this as an opportunity to attack right from the start. Forwards Aylee Tinsley-Smith, Gemma Doyle, and Lillie Yiatrou pushed towards goals with attacking midfielders Zeli McNeece and Schanna L’Estrange feeding the ball through. Defensive midfielder Alex McMaugh held strong providing support and direction. A clearance from Mayer found the feet of McNeece who combined with L’Estrange to switch the ball across to Doyle. This beautiful play was quickly closed down by the Barker backline resulting in a corner. Coach Jarred Arsiè brought on the energiser bunny – aka Zara Tinsley-Smith, giving Mansfield a moment to catch her breath. Watts and Kerr worked together to move the ball out of reach of the Barker attackers.
Around 20 minutes into the first half, Yiatrou found space on the right wing and received a nicely placed through ball crossing it into the fray in the six yard box. With a scramble of bodies all trying to get a boot on it, Doyle cut through the pack getting a toe to place the ball in the back of the net giving Hahndorf the lead 1-0. This fired up Barker and they made a push for goals, with Hahndorf’s Z. Tinsley-Smith putting her body on the line to stop the attack and being awarded a free kick only a few meters over the half way line. McNeece stepped up to the plate, sending the ball hurtling towards goals, only to hit the cross bar! Another corner for Hahndorf shortly followed with Z. Tinsley-Smith taking the kick and sending it into another pack of players. Again this proved fortunate for Hahndorf with a deflection off a Mt. Barker player into the net. This left Hahndorf with a 2-0 lead into half time.
Coach Arsiè shared some positive words and encouraged the team to keep pressing forward. The match restarted with McMaugh taking the gloves, giving Driver the space to run in midfield. McNeece wasted no time in collecting the ball and sending another soaring shot towards goals, this time finding the back of the net. With Hahndorf now 3-0 up, their confidence continued to grow creating beautiful passages of play and working the ball back and forward across the pitch hungry for more. The line of defence continuing to hold firm and repelling any chance Barker had at goals. McNeece shot again, but this time the Barker keeper was ready just getting fingers to it and tapping it over the bar.
With only 15 minutes to go, the flood gates were opened by Yiatrou with a terrific shot from the right wing sailing through the air into the back left corner. Not to be outdone, A. Tinsley-Smith and L’Estrange continued to work well on the left creating more opportunities for Hahndorf along with Driver working hard to find Z. Tinsley-Smith or Watts. However, Doyle was the one to find the net one last time before the final whistle leaving Hahndorf with a well deserved 5-0 win.
The girls were all smiles post game, ready to move through to the next round of the Cup putting Hahndorf one step closer to lifting some silverware. The fixtures are due to be drawn in the coming days.
Sunday 8th May 2022
Round 6 – Sacred Heart 2 v Hahndorf 3
A promising start to the day, as almost all the players made it for the pre-game preparation against Sacred Heart College at 9 o’clock. With almost a full team, minus the star wingback Madelyn Lyall, spirits were high for the 10am start on Mothers Day for the FSA Div 4 Round 7 game.
Hahndorf pressed hard from the oppositions kick off pushing the ball up the pitch through the Tinsley-Smith sisters, Aylee to Zara creating a good chance in front of goals. The half continued with the play mostly on the left side with the pitch with Sophie Correll and Claudia Kerr holding Sacred Heart as they tried to play into the box and test keeper Nicola Lieff. A fast ball towards our goal and the fast legs by the Sacred Hearts striker resulted in an unlucky goal against the Hahndorf keeper. Hahndorf reset and matched with runs up the wing, allowing A Tinsley-Smith and later Gemma Doyle, to move the ball back out of danger. Schanna L’Estrange produced runs across the opposition’s midfield from the start, aided by Zeli McNeece, and made for some heart stopping moments in front of the Sacred Heart goal.
Some composed passing by Lynley Driver and the midfield maintained pressure on Sacred Hearts midfield. A clearance ball by Darcy Watts up to Izzy Mayer led to a perfect opportunity for Doyle and Lillie Yiatrou to finish in the box and with some good communication Doyle was able to play the ball back to Yiatrou from the keepers grasp and give Hahndorf their first goal equalising the game. Several goal kicks out had the pressure on the right side of the defence, their first point of contact was Watts, backed by Sarah Mansfield and McNeece. As they turned the ball back Mayer was there ready to turn it into L’Estrange and Yiatrou. While the play continued Hahndorf maintained their composure through some questionable sportsmanship and endless subbing breaks till the halftime whistle blew.
Moving into the second half with an equal score lines and wise words from the coach Jarred Arsie to ‘keep playing our game’ Hahndorf was ready to win. Hahndorf starting with kick off from Z Tinsley-Smith, moved the ball back to defender Kerr who sent it up the pitch. L’Estrange raced through Sacred Heart midfield and had a shot on goal, only to have it go wide. It wasn’t long until L’Estrange made another chance, weaving up the pitch and leaving the defence in the dust, for a clear shot on goal and this time hitting the back of the net perfectly in the right back corner across the keeper.
Sacred Heart reset with a predictable long ball which went straight to keeper Lieff who played it back out and up the left-wing via Correll to Mayer and into midfield and up Hahndorf went again. Alex McMaugh provided some much needed composure in the midfield as McNeece stepped into the defence for Mansfield. While the high press by the defence held up the opposition for the most part it gave the chance for Sacred Heart’s fast striker to make a run down the centre against Kerr and McNeece, neither of whom could match her legs, resulting in a one-on-one tackle with Lieff, the Hahndorf keeper. A necessary moment which resulted in a penalty shot, perfectly put away by Sacred Heart.
Although the game had been equalised Hahndorf were still ready to go with the team working together, pushing the ball up and through giving more chances to the attacking forwards. As the ball bounced around in the oppositions 18-yard box a fortunate handball by Sacred Heart meant a chance for McNeece to make up for skying the ball in an earlier free kick. McNeece didn’t take the chance for granted and put the ball away, top left and out of the keepers reach, giving Hahndorf the lead for the match. With the win within grasp Hahndorf held the play and ran it out till the final whistle. They took home the win!
Round 5 Hahndorf 1 v Hawks 1
A home game for the Hahndorf senior women, with an early start of 9:30, a sunny but cool start to the match. Hahndorf expected a big game ahead with local rivals, the Hills Hawks. Unfortunately having one of our defenders out for this game, Sarah Mansfield, the remaining back 4 consisting of Sophie Correll, Darcy Watts, Claudia Kerr and Maddie Lyall, putting exceptional pressure on the Hawks forwards, whilst having our best keeper, Nicola Lieff in goals.
Moving up into the team line up we had Lynley Driver, Zeli McNeece and Izzy Mayer in midfield throughout the first half of the game. Holding their positions, creating a lot of pressure and hassle for the Hawks girls.
Hahndorf had Gemma Doyle, Aylee Tinsley-Smith, and Lillie Yiatrou up forward for majority of the game. As the Hahndorf forward line attack, having backup from midfielders, McNeece and Mayer, a few shots at goals provided by the forwards were unfortunately deflected by Hawks keeper. A breakthrough by the Hawks leaving their lead attacker 1v1 with Hahndorf’s keeper Lieff, Hawks have a shot at goals, excellent effort put into the save by Hahndorf only to be out of Lieff’s reach, Hawks score, leaving Hahndorf down by 1.
A quick sub change putting on Alex McMaugh in place of Lynley Driver into defensive midfield. Schanna L’Estrange subs out for Mayer alongside with another change for Zara Tinsley-Smith in for Aylee Tinsley-Smith.
Kerr and Watts relied on a firm stance to hold the pressured attacks by Hawks, winning the ball, kicking it up to midfielder McNeece, who then lays it off onto the Hahndorf forwards. Resulting in a corner kick for Hahndorf, McNeece provides a perfect kick in front of the goals with an unfortunate loss off ball for Hahndorf.
Hahndorf win the ball after Hawks goal kick, Gemma Doyle forcing pressure on Hawks defenders, crossing to Midfield McNeece to score an exceptional goal leaving it even play with a score of 1-1.
Going into the second half of the game with an even score, maintaining pressure, having the advantage of attacking downhill. Watts running the ball down laying it off onto Hahndorf attackers, to then go onto having another attempt at goals but being unsuccessful. Hawks applying pressure on defenders, having another shot at goals with a perfect save by Lieff.
Hahndorf playing a fast 10 minutes left of the game pushing for another goal to take the win. The round 6 game came to an end with a 1 -1 score, this was a massive effort for the Hahndorf girls and was well played by all.
Round 5 Adelaide Uni 1 v Hahndorf 3
The Div 4, Round 5 match between Adelaide Uni and Hahndorf started late in sunny but breezy conditions and Hahndorf produced a strong game coming out eventual winners 3 – 1 after adjusting the to small University pitch.
Darcy Watts, in left back, produced pressure from the whistle and was supported up field by Lynley Driver and Gemma Doyle giving
Hahndorf a well positioned start. Uni had the breeze behind them so were able to capitalise early and were awarded a corner, only to have it smothered by Hahndorf’s able keeper, Nicola Lieff, and clearing it wide.
Hahndorf’s right back, Sophie Correll, teamed up with Claudia Kerr in the middle, then back again out wide to a waiting Doyle. The combination play continued with Zeli McNeece and Aylee Tinsley-Smith applying pressure up front. Lillie Yiatrou had a shot that was deflected by the Uni keeper, only to have the ball gathered again by Tinsley-Smith, passing to Izzy Mayer and onto the waiting McNeece who found the back of the net and Hahndorf’s first goal of the game.
This pattern of combination play from Hahndorf’s backline, Sarah Mansfield, Correll, Kerr and Watts, kept sending the ball to the running forwards. Again Yiatrou collected the ball and made a beeline to Hahndorf’s attacking box, fiercely retaining possession and having another shot on goal.
Uni had the kick off for the second half but this time the breeze was assisting Hahndorf. Keeper Lieff cleared the ball (almost to the opposite box) and allowed Hahndorf to receive a corner. McNeece stepped up and sent a perfectly positioned ball into the box where Tinsley-Smith pounced from the far post and tapped in Hahndorf’s second goal.
For awhile the play remained in midfield, keeping Alex McMaugh, McNeece and Mayer busy. Gradually sending the ball wide into space Hahndorf were again rewarded with a corner. McNeece sent the ball across to Tinsley-Smith and onto Yiatrou who struck on the goal-line to produce Hahndorf’s third.
As the game was winding down Uni snuck in a goal resulting in the final score 3-1 Hahndorf’s way.
Next week sees the Hahndorf Women playing Home on Sunday against Adelaide Hills in a local derby.
Saturday 9th April 2022 – Round 4
Stirling 1 V Hahndorf 4
Stirling Districts hosted the Div 4 game at Bradbury and fortunately the
5pm kick off provided cooler conditions after a very warm afternoon.
Hahndorf knew they were up for a challenging game with the knowledge of
only having one sub, but it did not break spirits. Before the game
commenced both teams had a minutes silence to pay respects to Leif in
the official Leif’s Round.
Hahndorf started with the ball for kick off and Stirling came in strong
with their attack, scoring within the first few minutes. Hahndorf
managed to regroup and press forward. Zeli McNeece made a clearance ball
to Lillie Yiatrou who then had made a powerful shot that was stopped,
Hahndorf’s Gemma Doyle followed up on the ball pounding it into goals
and leveling the score at 1-1.
Alex McMaugh kept the pressure on and pushing forward from the defensive
mid allowing Zara and Aylee Tinsley- Smith combine well together on the
right. Maddie Lyall pushed up from defence to cover while Schanna
L’Estrange worked the ball into the box to make a pass to Z
Tinsley-Smith who put away another goal for Hahndorf.
Hahndorf coach Jarred Arsie made a few changes bringing on Izzy Mayer,
and swapping McMaugh for Lyall, allowing her take a well deserved
breather on the bench. Hahndorf won several corners but were unable to
find the back of the net. The backline, Sarah Mansfield, Claudia Kerr
and Darcy Watts were holding a strong defence, covering positions when
needed and stopping Stirling’s attempts at goals.
Halftime provided the opportunity for Hahndorf to change keepers,
swapping from McNeece to Kerr and giving McNeece control in defensive
Mid. Doyle pushed up forward and was awarded with a free kick. McNeece
took the free kick and what a cracker – straight over the Stirling
keeper’s head for another Hahndorf goal.
A goal clearance by Stirling was taken and Z Tinsley-Smith applied
pressure up front. Stirling made a break and took a shot on goal but it
was no match for keeper Kerr as she saved the ball. Combining well, Kerr
working the ball to Watts then onto Mansfield, displaying beautiful
teamwork. L’Estrange and Mayer held pressure in the centre to work ball
forward to Yiatrou who worked with A Tinsley-Smith pushing up to assist.
Hahndorf’s Mansfield was holding defence on the centre line while
Hahndorf took a corner. A second corner found L’Estrange adding pressure
in the box and Watts holding the centre line. Hahndorf continued to
apply pressure and got control of the ball once again. Lyall stood firm
and sent the ball to Z Tinsley-Smith on the right, then out to
L’Estrange and then onto Yiatrou who took a fantastic shot on target to
make it another one for Hahndorf.
Hahndorf were pumped at the final whistle with the great team effort!
The team gelled well together and it paid off winning 4 -1.
By Schanna L’Estrange
Round 3 – Mt Barker 1 V Hahndorf 1
It was a warm and sunny day in Mount Barker as the Hahndorf Senior women
took to the field to play in the Div 4 Round 3 game against Mount Barker
United. There was a positive buzz in the air as the ladies realised they
had 3 on the bench to help with rotations in the heat. As Mount Barker
kicked off Lillie Yiatrou, Gemma Doyle and Aylee Tinsley-Smith applied
forward pressure. The back up in the midfield applied by Zara
Tinsley-Smith, Zeli McNeece and Lynley Driver forced several fumbles and
kept Mount Barker fighting in their half. After 15 minutes Mount Barker
made a break toward goal. Expert Hahndorf keeper Nicola Lieff was ready
and blocked the attempt. She whisked the ball out to Isabella Mayer who
worked it up the wing with midfield help. McNeece sent the ball up over
the halfway line to Doyle and Yiatrou who worked to get it forward past
the Mount Barker defenders. Yiatrou took a couple of touches getting
close to the Mt Barker keeper, then sent it just out of her reach and
into the goal, giving Hahndorf the early lead, 0-1.
With some renewed confidence Hahndorf kept pushing. Mount Barker came
out hard trying to respond with several attacks forward. Sarah
Mansfield, Claudia Kerr, Darcy Watts and Mayer held strong in defence
clearing the many offensive runs. As Lieff made yet another Hahndorf
save, coming out to support the defensive line, she fell injured.
Schanna L’Estrange was brought on to take up the keeper’s gloves.
Hahndorf used this time to make their first rotation with Alex McMaugh
and Madelyn Lyall coming on to give Driver and Mayer a breather.
Mount Barker rallied with many attacks as the half went on and
L’Estrange, Hahndorf’s keeper, made many saving and deflecting shots.
Mount Barker came back again and the Hahndorf defence left a hole that
the Mount Barker players capitalised on bringing the score level at 1-1.
Hahndorf rallied and applied offensive pressure with Z Tinsley-Smith,
Doyle and Yiatrou all taking the ball to the box to test the Mt Barker
keeper and opposing defenders. Z Tinsley-Smith took the ball to the box
and stood her ground for many tackles winning a free kick an inch
outside the box. McNeece stepped up to take the kick which was perfectly
placed and saved well by the Mount Barker keeper.
As the second half began clouds had formed to provide some relief from
the beaming sun. Hahndorf started with kick off and with a swap of
keepers, the fresh legs of L’Estrange showed as she moved the ball in
midfield around several Mount Barker players linking well with Yiatrou
up front. Hahndorf had many chances during this half with midfield
pressing and moving the ball well forward towards Aylee Tinsley-Smith
out wide. Mayer also moved out onto left and fed the ball well through
Barker’s defensive line to L’Estrange as she sped into the space.
Unfortunately these attempts were being cut off by the keeper or the
side netting of the goal. Hahndorf lost their structure a little in the
second half with McNeece and Mansfield in centre back having to work
extra hard to move the ball out to Dacy Watts for runs out wide. With
good keeping by Claudia Kerr, in tandem with strong defending, Hahndorf
worked the ball forward. Despite many excellent runs Hahndorf could not
manage to finish another goal with the game ending as a draw 1-1.
Hard fought game by all.
By Lynley Driver
27 March – Flinders Uni 1 v Hahndorf 1
It was the second match of the season for Hahndorf and it was for sure going to be a hot one. This week Hahndorf had a full team as well as two additional subs, making it a lot easier to play in 30-degree heat. The opposition, Flinders University also had a full team and plenty of subs as well.
Hahndorf began the kick-off for the game with a tactic to send the ball up the line for defender Darcy Watts to run on to. The kick-off gave Hahndorf a great advantaged to start the game off. Despite this, the ball was quickly turned over as Flinders Uni pressured Hahndorf and headed to attack the goals. Defensive Midfielder Zeli Mcneece kept intense pressure on their attackers while jockeying them until she was able to steal possession. The ball was then sent long to Nicola Lieff who was playing attack this week instead of goal keeping. Despite her best efforts to chase the ball down the wing line, the heat made this extra difficult.
An unfortunate handball by Hahndorf enabled Flinders the shot at goal by a free kick which was saved by keeper Schanna L’Estrange. 25 minutes in, both teams had a drink break to hydrate and freshen up. After the break, Hahndorf had high spirits and were ready to score a goal. With striker Lillie Yiatrou coming off the bench, another long ball from Gemma Doyle was sent down the line to her but flinders defence line was powerful and quickly owned procession. Hahndorf’s defence line kept great pressure on their quick forwards, while Claudia Kerr, Madelyn Lyall, Sophie Corell and Watts all kept the line strong to avoid players getting through. Flinders managed to take a shot on goal which was saved by keeper L’Estrange, an amazing save. At half time the score was nil all.
The second half began with Mcneece in goals and L’Estrange moving into defensive midfield. Flinders came out determined to score as they kept pressuring Hahndorf’s defence line, but Hahndorf were able to keep a strong line before passing the ball up to the attackers. Yiatrou and Lieff’s quick speed in attack enabled them both to get through Flinders defence line and take a shot on goal which was quickly saved.
Aylee Tinsley-Smith also pushed her hardest in attack and managed to steal possession from a flinders player. The ball was turned over again and Flinders sped their way up the field. Despite Izzy Mayer’s courageous efforts and fierce pressure in midfield the ball got through the centre of the field. They were then met by defender Sarah Mansfield who kept brilliant pressure on them before taking a shot on goal, not far from the halfway line. The ball went over Mcneece’s head right into the back of the net. This lucky shot on goal made the score of them game 1-0. Nevertheless, Hahndorf kept their spirits high before having another drink break.
A few sub changes later, Hahndorf were ready to go and were more determined than ever to score. Lyall took great control of the midfield and made many smooth passes to forwards Lynley Driver and Yiatrou.
Despite the equal contests and pressure from both teams Hahndorf managed to keep the ball majority in their half. Lyall then received the ball from a throw in before passing it off to Yiatrou, who sped through the defence line and kicked the ball to score an amazing shot on goal.
Yiatrou’s wonderful goal kept the score at 1-1, which Hahndorf were very pleased about. With ten minutes left of the game, both teams kept the pressure on. Hahndorf managed to keep the ball in their half with L’Estrange passing the ball off to midfielder Doyle which was unfortunately kicked out by Flinders. Watts did a few perfect throw ins before the game ended at a 1-1.
Hahndorf were very pleased with the result as they all played brilliantly despite the heat. All players kept their spirit alive throughout the whole game and didn’t give up, which made the game an equal competition between both teams.
By Gemma Doyle
20 March – Hahndorf 0 v 3 Pembroke
It was the first match of the season for the Hahndorf Women’s team and it was sure to be a challenging one. After a failed attempt at rescheduling the game, due to a lack of players, the Hahndorf women were expecting to play two down. Unfortunately for the ladies they soon realised they would in fact only have eight players heading onto the pitch, whilst the Pembroke women had a full team plus five or six subs.
Nevertheless they kept their spirits high and headed onto the pitch with as much confidence and energy as they could muster.
Pembroke took the beginning kick-off and the game was away. Hahndorf managed to gain possession of the ball again and again despite being so outnumbered on the pitch. Despite some strong kicks up the field from centre backs Sarah Mansfield and Claudia Kerr, and great enthusiasm from first time player Freyja Butler, Hahndorf struggled to get the ball up for a shot on goal.
Nevertheless, despite being three players down, Hahndorf played a fantastic first half. Half an hour in the score was sitting at nil all with the Hahndorf defence Mansfield, Kerr, Isabel Mayer and Sophie Correll keeping pressure on Pembroke’s forwards, whilst goalkeeper Schanna L’Estrange did a great job of defending her goal, blocking approximately 15 shots on goal, and booting the ball back out to midfielder/forward Lillie Yiatrou. Sadly, an unfortunate handball from Hahndorf right by goal, gifted Pembroke a penalty kick which left the score at 0-1. However, before halftime was called, Yiatrou managed to get a great shot on goal which if not for the quick reflexes of the Pembroke keeper could have seen the teams evenly matched for the second half.
The second half saw Lynley Driver stepping into goals, enabling L’Estrange to enter the pitch as a midfielder who proved her skill weaving the ball between opposition players and dominating the central space on the pitch. The second half saw Hahndorf pushing forward a lot more with L’Estrange, Mayer, Butler and Yiatrou working together to get the ball up to goal. At 60 minutes into the game Yiatrou went for an impressive slide tackle against the Pembroke defence, unfortunately gaining her a yellow card from the Referee. First time player Butler also made a wonderful run on goal.
As the game wore on, the Hahndorf defence line lost its energy struggling to run back and forth with the speed they had managed previously. As keeper, Driver did a good job of fending off goal attempts, knowing when to run forward for the ball. Nevertheless, just over 70 minutes in, the Pembroke forwards managed to get ahead of the Hahndorf defence line and make a shot on goal, bringing the score to 0-2.
Struggling with an ongoing hip-flexor injury Kerr stepped into goals to make a quick swap with Driver. Kerr did a great job as keeper managing to catch a number of Pembroke’s shots on goals. Close to 80 minutes in, Pembroke once again made it past Hahndorf’s line of defence gaining themselves a third and final goal for the game.
Despite the final 0-3 loss, the Hahndorf women were proud of their efforts and look forward to showing Pembroke what they can do at their next game with a full team plus subs.
By Sophie Correll
***Match Reports 2021***
29th August – Hahndorf 2 v 3 Adelaide Uni
15th August – Hahndorf 0 v 1 East Adelaide
8th August – Hahndorf 2 v 6 Seymour
It was Hahndorf who were quickest out of the gates, with significant dominance of the early possession almost culminating in a goal when Brogan Baraglia found Katie Gilbert with a delightful chipped through ball. Gilbert’s shot forced an excellent save from the Seymour keeper, not the last instance in which she denied the Magpies with sharp reflexes. The resultant corner resulted in a number of scrambled shots but was eventually cleared. Seymour then found themselves 1-0 up against the run of play after a very similar set of circumstances – an excellent save from Hahndorf’s keeper Nicola Lieff leading to a corner which was eventually bundled in after a goal mouth scramble.
It was Hahndorf who were quickest out of the gates, with significant dominance of the early possession almost culminating in a goal when Brogan Baraglia found Katie Gilbert with a delightful chipped through ball. Gilbert’s shot forced an excellent save from the Seymour keeper, not the last instance in which she denied the Magpies with sharp reflexes. The resultant corner resulted in a number of scrambled shots but was eventually cleared. Seymour then found themselves 1-0 up against the run of play after a very similar set of circumstances – an excellent save from Hahndorf’s keeper Nicola Lieff leading to a corner which was eventually bundled in after a goal mouth scramble.
18th July – Hahndorf 1 v 1 Para Hills East
11th July – Hahndorf 0 v 1 Croydon Kings
27th June – Hahndorf 4 v 0 Flinders Flames
20th June – Hahndorf 1 v 5 Ingle Farm
The Hahndorf women’s team faced Ingle farm at Walkley park in round 10 of the season.
Hahndorf girls followed their normal pre match routine, though after having the previous two weekends off, they were feeling a little out of shape.
It was a beautiful morning but significant bright sun from one direction made it quite a challenge to see at times. Hahndorf had a great start, facing away from the sun.
Midfielders Kathryn McIntyre, Charli Hodgson and Ellen Kilpatrick worked consistently to move the ball forward and support Holli Pietrobon up front.
Despite this intensity and momentum Ingle farm took a corner and even with best efforts from the defenders Sarah Mansfield, Darcy Watts, Tahlie Jones, and Claudia Kerr the ball hit the back of the net making the score 0-1.
Shortly after following a through ball from Darcy Watts and some great teamwork from Kathryn McIntyre, and Kathryn Gilbert the Hahndorf girls had the ball in the box. After a rebound from the keeper Pietrobon shot and the ball hit the back of the net making it 1-1.
Captain Jones playing defensive mid found multiple opportunities to send the ball forward to Brogan Baraglia and Nadia Maxwell who were able to make some great runs down the wing.
Ingle farm then scored one more goal before half time, making the half time score 1-2. The Hahndorf girls still had their heads high and were ready to take on the second half and reset.
Nicola Lieff as goalkeeper communicated effectively with the back line and made some amazing saves in the second half. Ingle farm were lucky to score another 3 goals in the second half, making the final score 1-5.
Thank you to the coaching team James Kerr and Jarred Arsie who provided support, positivity, and motivation to keep fighting. The team once again incredibly grateful for the support from Anita Kerr and Lynley Driver and to Justin Reed who ran the lines for us.
23rd May – Hahndorf 1 v 0 Adelaide Uni
14th May – Hahndorf 2 v 3 Northern Wolves
7th May – Hahndorf 1 v 2 East Adelaide
With perfect conditions for Friday night football, the Hahndorf Women’s team and East Adelaide kicked off late in the evening on the 7th of May. Assistant Coach Jarred Arsié was clear with his instructions to the team, positioning, communication and top bins. Hungry for some football after his evening of Tasting Adelaide events, Coach James Kerr arrived to give some final words of wisdom, echoing those of Arsié.
With a short turn around after Sunday’s game Hahndorf were bolstered by the return of Mia Shepherdson and Nadia Maxwell to the team. The game finally kicked off under lights at Victoria Park after a half hour delay and the home team settled early. Strong attacks down the left proved a handful for Ellen Kilpatrick and Captain Tahlie Jones in defence and tested keeper Nicola Lieff who was up to the task early. Sarah Mansfield was switched on and strong in defence keeping pace with East Adelaide’s probing forward line and holding up play long enough for Darcy Watts, Jones and Kilpatrick to get back and help thwart the attacks.
Lieff continued in her role as keeper-sweeper but was finally beaten when East Adelaide broke the lines to put one past her and open the scoring. The game began to open up with some promising forays forward up the wing by Brogan Baragila linking up with and Katherine McIntyre in the middle. But it was some fancy footwork and a cool head from East Adelaide’s striker that produced the next goal putting the home team up 2-0.
Not ready to give up the game Hahndorf’s top scorer Katherine Gilbert broke through the lines soon after the restart to send a warning shot from outside the box whistling past the top left corner. Charli Hodgson and Maxwell continued to hard work in the middle chasing down 50/50 balls and feeding Holli Pietrobon who slotted in up front. Another trademark diagonal run from Gilbert in the midfield ended with a cross goal shot that was begging for someone to follow in at the back post for an easy tap in.
Lieff continued to be cool in her goal keeping, coming out of her box to continue to clear long balls from the tiring East Adelaide side. With the ball at her feet Shepherdson was able to stretch her legs on the right wing and easily slid past her defender, crossing a bullet across the face of goal where Baragila was this time waiting to tap it in at the back post and pulled one back before half time to send the girls into the break on a high despite the 2-1 score line.
Hahndorf came out much more settled in the second half. McIntyre slotted back into the middle of the field, directing play and putting her body on the line to win crucial balls after spending much of the first half isolated up front. Midfielders Hodgson and Kilpatrick worked hard to win 50/50 balls in the middle of the park and link the defensive and midfield lines. Watts directed play from her position in right back sending precision passes up the line to the pacey Maxwell and creating chances of her own when allowed to run with the ball at her feet. The hosts continued with their direct play through the middle but the combination of ever reliable Claudia Kerr who stepped into the backline with Jones and confident playing out from the back to the pace of Shepherdson and Watts frustrated East Adelaide’s strikers in the second half.
Lieff was smartly off her line to sweep up any long balls sent through to the home team’s physical forward line. A combination of miscommunication and a miskick almost had East Adelaide scoring a comical goal with a rebound from a from a goal kick but Kerr’s quick thinking and clearance off the line saved any red faces.
A goalless second half left Hahndorf rueing missed chances and feeling they should have at least split the points with the home side. The final score was 2-1 to East Adelaide. More Friday night football coming up as the Hahndorf ladies take on the Northern Wolves away at Eyre Sports Park at 8pm on Friday 14th of May in their first cup round of the season.
2nd May – Hahndorf 0 v 8 Seymour Old Collegians
18th April – Hahndorf 4 v 2 Mercedes
11th April – Hahndorf 3 v 0 Para Hills East
Match Reports 2020
27th September – Hahndorf 2 v 5 Adelaide Uni
For the final game of the season, many made the pilgrimage to Pine Avenue to pay their respects to a courageous Hahndorf Women’s team whose campaign marked a triumphant return to reliable numbers and an irrepressible competitive edge.
Coach Phil Stevens had once again found the right tactics against the visiting Uni team and a flurry of exquisite early passing put Hahndorf firmly on the front foot. Unfortunately, the team was unable to make its dominance count on the scoreboard. Many shots headed straight for the keeper and when star striker Brogan Baraglia unpacked her precision putter, she saw her effort bounce from one post to the other with the ball magically avoiding that coveted area behind the goal line.
Of course, these striped wonders wouldn’t be the mighty Hahndorf Women’s team, if they allowed a few setbacks to dampen their spirits. Later in the half a cross by Kat Mac found Kali A-B and her shot was pounced on by bloodhound Brogan and the Magpies took their deserved lead into half-time.
However, their Herculean efforts were equalised just after half-time and the complexion of the game underwent a noticeable change.
Now keeper Nicola Lieff had a busy morning keeping the visitors at bay while Donna Mahlburg, Charlotte Nielsen, Tahlie Jones and Darcy Watts put in a strong defensive effort to withstand the ever increasing Uni attacks.
Claudia Kerr and Lynley Driver pushed the counter-attacks from deep and an engaging battle ensued which repaid the faithful crowd for making it out early on a Sunday.
Brianna Claire and Kathryn Gilbert went close for Hahndorf again with the latter’s strong runs causing the Uni defence massive problems throughout the second half. One of these ended in a Messi-style solo goal where the irrepressible Gilbert cut through the opposition from half-way to finally slot her shot neatly past the keeper.
Further heroics from Nicola Lieff still couldn’t secure a result for Hahndorf. Uni were too clinical in front of goals and ended up winning 5-2.
However, the good results and strong competitive efforts from this season are a great foundation to go one further and maybe challenge for a trophy next year. The Magpies may have swooped passed victory on the day, but this season has been a triumphant return for this excellent team.
20th September – Hahndorf 1 v 4 Croydon
13th September – Hahndorf 2 v 3 Andrews Farm
Having previously lost to Andrews’s Farm a few weeks prior, Hahndorf’s Division 4 Women were determined to redeem themselves in this round, where the home side was forced to wear the unfavourable yellow away strip due to clashing with the similarly black-and-white striped visitors.
With neither team boasting a full squad of 11, the vast expanse of the home pitch was felt immediately; the away team opted for long balls overhead which were thwarted by Hahndorf’s solid defence line, led by sweeper Tahlie Jones. The first 45 minutes was a victory for the Magpies, with centre midfield Katie Gilbert scoring from a solid run which resulted in the successful 1-on-1 with the keeper; left wing Brogan Baraglia also landed a shot, this time in the right apex of the goal from outside of the box, but was unfortunately caught offside. Andrew’s Farm managed a few shots on goal which provoked some amazing diving saves from the Magpie’s keeper Nicola Lieff. A penalty was awarded to the home side after Gilbert suffered a bad tackle in the box as she closed in on Farm’s keeper yet again; Baraglia scored the penalty with ease bringing the score to 2-0 at half time.
6th September – Hahndorf 1 v 4 Flinders Flames
30th August – Hahndorf 1 v 1 Salisbury Inter
On the back of a hard-fought loss last weekend the Hahndorf women’s side was more than ready to take on the Salisbury Inter side from the sound of the whistle. The first moments of the game were spent re-adjusting to the huge position changes coach Phil Stevens implemented for the first time. It was a shake-up with defenders in attacking positions and attackers in defensive positions, some of which for the first time. The newly formed defensive line was made up of Donna Mahlburg, Lynley Driver, Claudia Kerr and Charlotte Nielsen who were kept organised by sweeper Tahlie Jones. Even with the adjustments, Hahndorf started strong, however, they unluckily conceded a goal in the first 20 minutes. The intensity only increased at this point as the Magpies picked themselves up to spend the rest of the half creating several opportunities. On the left, Charlotte Nielsen worked hard to move the ball up to Kathryn McIntyre who manoeuvred the ball around countless Salisbury players in order to create opportunities for Darcy Watts to take the ball well into the eighteen-yard box.
23rd August – Hahndorf 0 v 13 BOSA
9th August – Hahndorf 0 v 3 Andrews Farm
It was a sunny but brisk Sunday when the Hahndorf Women’s team, wearing their bright yellow ‘away’ strips, travelled to meet Andrew’s Farm for the first time this season.
The game began with both sides trying to get a sense of each other, however Andrew’s Farm managed to score shortly into the first half. This was a wake up for Hahndorf, yet despite opportunities being created and two corners in close succession, the defence line of the opposition remained strong and Hahndorf were unable to achieve a positive result. The play was evenly distributed between both halves of the field, with Hahndorf working hard to deflect and control the long kicks that kept coming from Andrew’s Farm. An unfortunate handball resulted in a free kick for Hahndorf, but did not convert. In a tense moment towards the end of the first half, two players clashed, the ball found the back of the net, but as the ref had already called the foul, he did not honour the goal, instead giving Hahndorf a penalty kick that unluckily did not lead to a positive score. Andrew’s Farm responded quickly, trying to break through Hahndorf’s defence. In a brave move, ‘keeper Nicola Lieff came out to meet the ball, but it slipped past her. Luckily Darcy Watts backed her up and managed to stop the ball from going in.
After regrouping during the break, Hahndorf resumed play with more energy and spirit, making several attempts on goal, as did Andrew’s Farm. Unfortunately, the ball slipped through Hahndorf’s defensive line to find the back of the net for the second time. The long balls kept coming, stopped and returned repeatedly by Lynley Driver, whilst Kathryn Gilbert and Kathryn Mcintyre worked hard in the midfield. Hahndorf’s Brogan Baraglia made some fast runs up the wing, fed by Watts. A good, long ball from Charlotte Nielsen sent the play back to Karlijn Voorhoeve who took it up the field, but goals remained just out of reach. Lieff saw a lot of action, stopping the ball with skill and accuracy on numerous occasions. The final score was 3-0 as the opposition managed one last goal near the end of the game. It was a tough contest for Hahndorf, who had left the mud and soft ground of the Hills to play on the hard, unforgiving soil of the suburbs, but the women remained determined until the final whistle.
2nd August – Hahndorf 0 v 0 Flinders Flames
Off the back of their 3 game winning streak, Hahndorf’s Division 4 Women’s coach Phil Stevens was determined to achieve the team’s first clean sheet for the season against Flinders Flames.
The effects of the unseasonably warm and sunny winter morning were immediately felt by both sides who broke a sweat within minutes. Excellent football was played across the park in what was an extremely hard fought, yet evenly matched first half, with neither team able to keep a solid foothold of dominance over the other. A promising run at goal made by a Flames attacker was thwarted by Hahndorf’s sweeper Tahlie Jones who showcased her signature speed and determination, unfortunately resulting in a penalty for the opposition; Hahndorf goalkeeper Nicola Lieff remained poised to defend her goal, but didn’t get the chance when the attacking penalty was immediately sent skyward over the crossbar.
The second half was similarly tense with both teams grappling for the lead, however the home side was ultimately more successful in their ability to harness this energy, and gained the majority of possession and opportunities as a result; most notably striker Amazon-Benveniste, who narrowly missed a shot at Flames’ open goal. Goalkeeper Lieff had many solid runs outside of her box, passing with accuracy and ease to fullback Darcy Watts who quickly maneuvered the ball forward, allowing for some fantastic triangular plays through the midfield, and smooth overlapping runs up the lines.
26th July – Hahndorf 5 v 3 Croydon Kings
Hahndorf Women had a clash against the Croydon Kings in Round 6 of the FSA Div 4 competition; it was a tight tussle and a drama filled match. The first goal went to Hahndorf, when defender Tahlie Jones sent the ball up forward to Kali Amazon-Benveniste who passed it across to Kathryn McIntyre who scored. A medical timeout for defender Sarah Mansfield saw play stop for a few minutes and after resuming play Croydon scored a quick goal. Shortly afterwards another medical timeout for a Croydon player saw the game stop again also followed by another Croydon Kings Goal. Defenders Charlotte Nielsen, Claudia Kerr, Darcy Watts, Lynley Driver worked with Jones as sweeper and Nicola Lieff in goals to prevent a barrage of goal attempts. Donna Mahlburg, Kathryn Gilbert, and Kathryn McIntyre teamed upon the left side resulting in Mahlburg scoring her first goal. Croydon Kings could only manage one goal in the second half. They had some fast, talented players but the Hahndorf team approach was successful in overcoming them and scoring 3 goals in the second half. Amazon-Benveniste got a hat-trick after some fancy foot work scoring the final 3 goals with great support from Brogan Hutchins. On the defensive wing Nielsen used her speed and footwork against quick opposition to prevent the ball from moving deep into their forward line. While Croydon scored three goals during the match goalie Nicola Lieff had a massive impact on the game preventing many other goals from being scored.
19th July – Hahndorf 3 v 1 Northern Demons
The ‘dorf Senior Women got up to a cracking start with three subs, a
pleasant change from last season where we often had to play a player or
two down. Starting on the bench were Lynley Driver, Donna Mahlburg and
Darci Sullivan. The rain of the morning had cleared up by afternoon but
there was still a strong wind blowing down the pitch. This gave a
significant advantage to the team playing downhill, even more so than
usual. Hahndorf elected to play uphill and against the wind to start the
The first half was well matched between Northern Demons and Hahndorf,
with both teams starting the game strong. The game was fast-paced with
all players passing with confidence and the routine that starts to
develop as a team trains together more.
The girls made a strong push towards the Demons goal, but a good save
from the goalie shut them down before it could be capitalised on. This
push was a true team effort, with Hahndorf’s Sarah Mansfield and
Charlotte Nielsen in defence playing the ball skillfully to the
midfield. Here Kathryn Gilbert, Kathryn Macintyre and Karlijn Voorhoeve
kept the ball from the opposition before passing strongly forwards. Kali
Amazon-Benveniste in centre attack received the ball but was shut down
before she could score . The Demons took this opportunity to play
forward and got past the Hahndorf defence. Here Darcy Watts and Tahlie
Jones took over with graceful routine to swiftly part the attacking
Demon’s player from the ball. More play forward by the Northern Demons
got them past the Hahndorf midfield. Twice they cleared the defensive
line but they could only hit the left goal post once and shot over the
bar for the other.
The Demons played strong, but the Hahndorf women pushed on. Nicola
Lieff, Hahndorf’s goalkeeper, came out of the goal multiple times to
kick the ball back into midfield before the Demon’s attack could reach
it. Hahndorf’s defence played forward and Claudia Kerr got the ball in
midfield. She played forward to Amazon-Benveniste in centre attack.
However, a strong defence by Northern Demon’s and the ball leaves the
field over the goal line, no score. Brogan Hutchins supported by
Macintyre brought the ball forward into the attack again and again, but
they, Hutchins, Mahlburg and AB, just could not get the ball over the line.
Both sides kept the defence tight and the attack strong, but neither
successfully capitilised on their chances in the first half. At halftime
the score was 0:0.
After drinks and a chat, in the second half Hahndorf had the definite
advantage, with both the wind and the power of gravity on their side.
The 45th minute saw an unlucky handball by the Demons in the 18 yard box
conceded a penalty to Hahnorf. Hutchins took a beautiful shot into the
back of the net, scoring the first goal of the match. Not two minutes
later, and an unfortunate deflection by Mansfield, a goal was scored for
Northern Demons bringing the score to 1:1.
Hahndorf held the score tight to 1:1, with great teamwork in defense by
Jones, Watts, Mansfield and Nielsen. In the 61st minute, a strong push
forward from the midfield led the Hahndorf forwards back to the vicinity
of the goal. A brilliant shot from Hutchins secured the ball into the
back of the net, bringing the score to 2:1. Only 3 minutes later,
another strong push led to Gilbert also securing a goal with a shot that
cleared the keeper beautifully, score for Hahndorf now 3:1.
With twenty minutes to go, legs were getting tired and the team was very
grateful to have substitutes on the bench. With Driver in defense and
Mahlburg in attack the game was still played strong. Nearing the end of
the game some adventurous tackles by Gilbert led to her being given a
The final whistle blew as Hahndorf once again pushed into attack, and
another goal was not to be. The final score of the match was 3:1 with
both sides having played good football and a fair match. Many thanks to
the referee, linespersons, supporters and the players themselves for an
12th July – Hahndorf 5 v 2 Adelaide Uni
Not yet seeing a win for the season, Hahndorf Senior Women were eager to show they’d put work in during the seasons downtime. Round four saw Hahndorf face off with Adelaide Uni at their West Beach playing fields. A steady start to the game gave Hahndorf the opportunity to size up their competition and gain confidence in a different formation. Brogan Baraglia made use of the left wing receiving the ball from Darcy Watts in defence and building up play also connecting with Claudia Kerr and Kathryn McIntyre to score Hahndorf first two goals for the game. Katie Gilbert, McIntyre and Kali Amazon also made shots on goal, Amazon unfortunately finding the cross bar instead of the back of the net.
Half time saw Hahndorf and Adelaide Uni drawn at 2-2. Hahndorf continued to dominate throughout the second half, making use of Keeper Nicola Lieff to pass back and clear the ball from a pressured defence. Despite Unis efforts Hahndorf managed to solidify their position scoring three more goals for the half, scored by Baraglia achieving a Hat-trick for the game and Gilbert who made one of the best goals for the game scoring from the eighteen yard box on a sharp angle.
By the final whistle Hahndorf achieved a 5-2 win, their first of the season. The win was a result of enormous team effort and skilful play not only by players mentioned but the team as a whole. Special thanks to those who made the trip to the West Beach grounds to support the team, also to Ganesh Westbury for running lines and all those involved in managing the team
5th July – Hahndorf 0 v 2 East Adelaide
Hahndorf Div 4 women returned to their home ground to take on East Adelaide. Both teams started well, with the defence of Charlotte Nielsen, Sarah Mansfield, Tahlie Jones and Darcy Watts standing strong with defensive mid Claudia Kerr providing excellent voice and direction on the pitch. In a tight battle it was the visitors who took the lead in the first half. Goalkeeper Nicola Lieff made a diving save pushing the ball wide, however the rebound off the post sat up nicely for the opposition to take advantage of the empty net and hit the scoreboard.
The girls kept their heads high and continued to fight, and the midfield of Kathryn MacIntyre and Katie Gilbert combined with wing players Donna Mahlburg and Brogan Baraglia to create opportunities and push the ball forward. An opportunity arose to level the scores when a loose ball near the sidelines was captured on a run from Baraglia and resulted in a shot on goal, which made it past the keeper but unfortunately hit the side post.
Coach Phil Stevens made regular changes, introducing Lynley Driver into the midfield, and the girls also welcomed new-comer Darci Sullivan onto the pitch for her first game.
The second half saw excellent passes through the midfield and forward to striker Kali Amazon-Benveniste who controlled the ball well, however it was the visitors who were again able to rebound the ball and break through the defensive line to move to a lead of 2-0.
Pushing right until the last minute, a long ball from MacIntyre sailed over the opposition defense and rolled tantalisingly close to the goal, only to be saved on the goal line right before the final whistle.
28th June – Hahndorf 1 v 3 Para Hills
Hahndorf Div 4 women had their first game back after a three month break against Para Hills. The first goal was conceded within 30 seconds of kick off, immediately firing up the new Hahndorf combination! The Magpies then conceded two more goals before the defensive line of Charlotte Nielsen, Sarah Mansfield, Tahlie Jones and Darcy Watt settled into the game.
A goal kick from keeper Nicola Lieff to Claudia Kerr started the run for Hahndorf’s first goal. Kerr then put the ball out wide to Katie Gilbert where she sent it long over the defence line. Nadia Maxwell ran onto it, gaining control, and manoeuvring around the keeper before putting it into the back of the net.
15th March – Hahndorf 0 v 6 Northern Wolves
Match Reports 2019
1st September – Hahndorf 0 v 1 Noarlunga
18th August – Hahndorf 1 v 2 Flinders Flames
11th August – Hahndorf 0 v 2 Metro United
4th August – Hahndorf 0 v 3 Salisbury Inter
14th July – Hahndorf 1 v 2 Modbury Jets
23rd June – Hahndorf 0 v 0 Stirling Districts
As the game began to intensify, with neither team being able to break forward, Claudia Kerr continued to work back to provide Sarah Mansfield and Lynley Driver opportunities to push forward towards goal. As the clocked ticked on, and both teams were unable to score, the defence stayed strong, with Shotton cleanly sweeping the ball through to the waiting speed of Charlotte Nielson on Hahndorf’s right wing.
Shots fired towards Nieff, and Stirling were gifted a corner that shot wide of the goal posts. Play reset, and goals continued to stay at the fingertips of Stirling’s front line. Swithenbank deflected an oncoming shot, sending it through to the midfield, where Cope and Mansfield worked together to create a lovely ball sent along to Nielson. A further shot by Stirling was met by Nieff and the half ended with free kick for Hahndorf prompted by a solid knock on Mansfield. As players left the field for their halftime break, the score still remained 0-0.
With only a swap of positions for Mansfield and Nielson, Hahndorf’s 10-man side started the second half determined. Facing the onslaught of the strong Stirling side, Nieff displayed confidence in the box, leaving her line to clear the ball. As Hahndorf continued to defend well, Nielson gathered the ball wide and played it through to Kerr in the box, who was stopped by Stirling’s defence. As Stirling performed a fast counter-attack, they just missed the net, with the ball bouncing off the near post.
Each team fought to keep the ball forward, and Swithenbank worked back to defend her keeper, injuring her ankle to stop a shot of the Stirling attack. As she left the field, leaving her team with 9 players, Kerr jumped into the backline and Driver moved to the wing. Play continued, and the ball moved through both halves, as each team created opportunities. With Swithenbank returning to the field, and Kerr and Driver maintaining their previous positions, Cope and Driver combined on the right side to slot a ball into the box. This was followed by another quick turnaround by Stirling, but Nieff again ended the attempt to score. The ball went end to end; Kerr and Nielson helped Hahndorf resume their attack, with Shotton throwing the ball back into play each time Stirling sent it out.
Despite the constant effort of attack from Mansfield, Nielson and Kerr, the score-line remained unchanged and Gillespie and McPherson worked hard in Hahndorf’s defence, with Swithenbank and Shotton continuing to deflect oncoming shots.
As the final whistle blew, Hahndorf celebrated what felt like a win, despite the 0-0 score-line.
16th June – Hahndorf 0 v 2 Northern Wolves
2nd May – Hahndorf 1 v 10 Noarlunga
United’s score could of easily doubled if not for the fantastic saves by the Hahndorf defence,including youngster Charlotte Nielsen, and keeper, Lieff. At no point in the game did the Hahndorf women allow the scoreline to influence their confidence and positive mindset, continuing to strive for possession and to play a great game.
19th May – Hahndorf 0 v 5 Metro United
5th May – Hahndorf 1 v 2 Salisbury Inter
28th April – Hahndorf 0 v 6 Flinders Flames
Sunday the 28th of April saw Hahndorf host Flinders Flames at Pine Avenue for Round 5 of the FFSA Women’s Div 4 Competition. After a break for Easter, Hahndorf were keen to keep the intensity high following their win the week before, but unfortunately this was not to be the case. An unsettled first half and clumsy mistakes found the magpies down 0-4 at half time, and while they fought hard and peppered the goals with shots in the second half, it was not to be with a final 0-6 result.
The line up saw Keeper Nicola Lieff return after injury plus Claire Gillespie, Lynley Driver, and sisters Matilda and Amy-Lee Shotton holding the line in defence. Flinders made use of the downhill advantage and began to fire away at the goals, Lieff made two great saves, but the third was the charm for the Flames, scoring early in the first half. Driver was then pushed into midfield and Sarah Mansfield was brought back into defence. After a 5-week absence due to injury, Captain Claudia Kerr was then brought on to replace Mansfield. The defence line started to settle, but Flinders were not holding back scoring their second not long after.
After a strong effort from Keeper Lieff, Hahndorf began to get the ball forward to midfielders Angelina Bottin and Erin Peacock. Combining passes with wingers Jessica McPherson and Brianna Neeson the ball eventually made its way to striker Serena Swithenbank unfortunately sending the ball just wide of the goals.
Leading into half time Flinders were putting the pressure on in the box and a shot on goal saw Lieff get fingers to the ball, but not enough to stop the ball rolling into the back of the net making it 0-3 to flinders. A great play by McPherson through to Swithenbank saw her carry the ball through Flinders defence line to be one-on-one with their keeper who came out hard, a little too hard earning herself a yellow card and awarding Hahndorf a penalty. Coach Callan Marshall-Hart shouted for Peacock to take the shot, unfortunately placing it just wide of the post. Flinders quickly countered sneaking in one more goal (0-4) before the half time break.
With A. Shotton leaving during the break, Peacock was moved back to the defence line and after a half time pep talk from Marshall-Hart, Hahndorf found their hunger for the ball. Play moved from end to end forcing both keepers to work hard to deflect any shots. Kerr moved down the wing to take a series of throw-ins into the box – Mansfield, McPherson, Bottin, and Swithenbank all working hard to score but it was not to be, with Flinders sneaking in another two goals leaving it at 0-6 for the final whistle.
The Hahndorf girls travel to Underdown Park to play Salisbury Inter next Sunday 5th May at 11:30am.
14th April – Hahndorf 1 v 0 Modbury Jets
7th April – Hahndorf 1 v 5 Northern Demons
Round 3 of this year’s FFSA Division 4 season saw the Northern Demons traveling from Port Pirie to visit Hahndorf in the picturesque autumn setting of the Adelaide Hills. Due to injuries and work commitments, Hahndorf could only field 10 players but this did not keep them from going strong. Hahndorf going uphill in the first half. Chances to go for goal were on both sides with the Northern Demons having a few more chances going downhill. Long passes forward saw the Northern Demons number 10 breaking through the defence line a number of times. But Hahndorf’s defence with Erin Peacock, Lynley Driver, Matilda and Amy-Lee Shotten and especially the goalie Nicola Lieff could keep the Demons from getting through. 25 minutes into the game the Demons’ number 15 got a long ball from behind and broke through the defence – this time Lieff wasn’t able to get to the ball – resulting in the 1:0 for the Northern Demons.
A goal down Hahndorf kept attacking and brought the ball forward with Agelina Bottin and Julie Lauritsen fighting hard in the mid-field. The Demons had the numbers to get some fresh players on the field through substitution. Hahndorf was able to get the ball through the mid-field into the attack but Jessica McPherson, Brianna Neeson and Serena Swithenbank were stopped by the strong Demons defence line.
The first corner of the game was given to Hahndorf, Bottin brought the ball in but the Demons were able to deflect it straight into their own attack. Hahndorf’s defence fought hard and keeper Lieff saved the ball from going into goal multiple times. Close to half time and the Demons’ number 6 got through the defence line again, helped by going downhill and with an amazing shot the ball went half high to the left past the keeper and into the goal – 0:2 (36th minute). This did not stop Hahndorf from attacking. A long ball from Bottin provided Lauritsen with a scoaring opportunity but the Demons’ keeper got to the ball first, coming out of goal for a long way. That was half time…
Fresh out of the change rooms the evenly matched struggle went on in a fair but hard fought game. Hahndorf couldn’t capitalise on now having gravity on their side and playing towards the lower goal and soon the ball was in the nets for another Demons goal, 0:3, a straight shot on goal by the Ellie Todd for the Demons. Hahndorf kept fighting. Peacock now forward, Bottin and Neeson got into the 18 yard box but couldn’t get the ball over the line as too many Demons’ legs and feet were defending.
Another attack by the Demons and a 1 on 1 between keeper, Lieff and the Demons’ Jasmine Lloyd saw Lieff picking the ball out of the nets again, 0:4 after 48 minutes. The score does not quite reflect the game, Hahndorf fought hard but just couldn’t get the ball over the line. Another loss of the ball in Hahndorf’s mid-field gave the Demons a chance to go forward. Todd again got the ball and with a few turns around the Hahndorf defence and a great shot on goal half high into the right corner and the ball was in; no chance for the keeper to get to it; 0:5 after 56 minutes.
With no substitute players available, the Hahndorf team was now beginning to get tired. Another ball was lost in mid-field, resulting in a Demons attack. Lieff went down to get the ball – ball was saved but the keeper injured. Driver went into goal for Lieff. Hahndorf was down to 9 players now but they didn’t stop attacking. Peacock ran up the line on the right, went past two Demons defenders and brought the ball high to the penalty point. The Demons defended with a header but couldn’t get the ball out of the danger zone. The ball went to Lauritsen and a nice shot on goal over the keeper went in for a well deserved 1:5 consolation goal. A couple of further opportunities for both sides could not be converted into scores – both defences and keepers stood strong. Final score: Hahndorf 1 v 5 Northern Demons. Thanks to the Demons for a tough but fair game…
31st March – Cup Round – Hahndorf 0 v 6 Modbury Jets
Hahndorf hosted the Modbury Jets for Round 1 in the FFSA Div 4/5/6 Cup, in ideal cool conditions. The Hahndorf pitch is looking a picture given its new irrigation system and additional grass seeding providing a soft, green pitch all players would appreciate. The Modbury Jets won the toss and Hahndorf elected to kick uphill to maximise their run home in the second half.
For the first half of the game, the competition was very even with both sides in an attacking mood and Hahndorf forwards Brianna Neeson, Amy-Lee Shotton and Claire Gillespie providing targets up front. Modbury Jets however, opened the scoring with a lofty shot at goal from the right side of the box skimming out of reach over keeper, Lynley Driver’s fingertips, into the net. It was a cracking shot at goal and Hahndorf defence, Matilda Shotton, Sarah Mansfield and Erin Peacock had done no wrong but had to watch the shot sail into the back of the net. Boosted with confidence, Modbury Jets quickly added a second goal within two minutes, denting Hahndorfs enthusiasm heading into half time and not reflecting the match up so far.
In the second half, the downhill advantage didn’t prove enough for Hahndorf. Playing the match with 10 players kept Hahndorf’s midfield Angelina Bottin, Rachel Cope and Jessica McPherson busy, pushing forward in attack and running back to defend when needed. The girls simply ran out of legs compared to Modbury Jets who had several subs and fresher legs. Modbury Jets converted a couple from excellent corners and ended up with six goals and keeping Hahndorf scoreless.
The Hahndorf team will benefit with match fitness and more time with ball at foot as the season progresses and the new group including several inexperienced players find form and structure. Next Sunday Hahndorf host the Northern Demons from Port Pirie at 1pm and will make a day of it, inviting the visitors to attend the A-League game at 4.30pm.
24th March – Hahndorf 0 v 4 Stirling Districts
Hahndorf women had a clash today, Sunday 24/3/19, against Stirling District at Bradbury Park. It was hard fought and the score, Stirling taking the win 4-0, did not reflect the evenly matched contest.
Stirling, scoring three goals in the first half, left Hahndorf struggling to find opportunities to shoot for goal. Forwards Brianna Nesson, Amy-lee Shotton, and Serena Swithenbank provided options up front but were unable to capitalise when it counted. Matilda Shotton, Claudia Kerr, Erin Peacock and Claire Gillespie worked back tirelessly in defence. Towards the end of the first half, Kerr injured her knee and went off, forcing Coach Callan Marshall-Hart to move reliable Angelina Bottin into defence to cover her. Midfielders Jessica Mc Pherson and Julie Lauritson worked hard providing leads forward, but were held back by Stirling’s strong defence. Stirling had many shots at goal, keeping Hahndorf keeper busy.
17th March – Hahndorf 0 v 3 Northern Wolves
Match Reports 2018
2nd September – Hahndorf 0 v 10 Old Ignatians
On Sunday the 2nd of September, the Hahndorf women’s team travelled the short(er) distance down the hill to Glenunga to verse top team Old Ignatians in the last game of the season.
Being Father’s Day, the ‘Dorf side was depleted but this didn’t deter the girls from enjoying their last game. Coach ‘Dad’ James Kerr received extra Father’s Day love from the adopted daughters in the team.
Vice-Captain Amber Marwede lost the toss but consequently received the starting kick off. Hahndorf attacked the ball and had the possession for the first 5-10 minutes. Forward Nadia Maxwell was out chasing the ball right from the first whistle and the defence line held strong. Cacilia Ewenz was in goals and once Old Ignatians broke through she made several saves feeding the ball out to Sarah Mansfield, Matilda Shotton and Maxwell.
As usual Marwede was vital in chasing down the lose opposition players. Team work by Lynley Driver and Lily Dunford in the middle made tough work for the home side and continually found ways to get the ball through to Maxwell. Hahndorf nearly opened the scoresheet with Maxwell sending a shot just side of the left of the goals. This threat spurred the Old Ignatians team into action as they begun to pepper the goals keeping Marwede and Ewenz on their toes. Eventually the home team broke through scoring two goals in quick succession making it 2-0 to Old Ignatians 15 minutes in.
Hahndorf continued to defend their goals with Shotton, Ewenz and Charlotte Nielsen putting their bodies on the line and Nicola Lieff and Marwede clearing the ball. Maxwell continued to make runs at the goals up front and was supported by midfielders Mansfield and Jess Coombe. By half time Old Ignatians had score a couple more making it 5-0 at the break.
Not disheartened the ‘Dorf girls took to the pitch for their last half of the season. After a crisp hands in, the girls looked fierce and ready to attack. Old Ignatians broke through and Ewenz came out to meet the ball sliding in on the ground. Lieff defended the goals with a header out and Maxwell continued to fight through at the other end getting frustrated with their physical and swarming defence line.
Again Hahndorf held their own for the first 15 minutes of the second half, before Old Ignatians broke through scoring another two. ‘Keeper Ewenz was left one on one with a stray attacker and went to ground saving the ball. However she stayed down with an injured hamstring. Driver took the gloves and put herself in goals, with Ewenz coming off to the bench. Another player down Hahndorf had nothing to lose, and Maxwell and Coombe took it upon them selves to continue the fight forward with a beautiful run from defence all the way to the other end of the pitch by Maxwell crossing in to Coombe who was unlucky not to meet the ball in the goal mouth.
Driver made some excellent saves in goals and Marwede continued to work to keep the goal mouth clear although Old Ignatians refuses to let up, scoring another couple. Driver won a free which Marwede took sending the ball to Maxwell who made a great run unfortunately being stopped by their last defender.
While the final score eventually reached double digits, Hahndorf refused to give up battling through until the end. The final score being 10-0 to Old Ignatians. With the season now done and dusted the ‘Dorf girls look forward to the Senior Presentation on the 15th of September at Major Sponsor – The Hahndorf Inn.
26th August – Hahndorf 0 v 2 Salisbury Inter
19th August – Hahndorf 3 v 0 West Adelaide
The Hahndorf girls arrived stiff and sore from the game the night before, however this did not dampen their keenness to play. Their excitement began to fade when it became apparent that the West Adelaide side were very light on numbers wise. Only having 6 players, the travellers realised they would have to forfeit, awarding Hahndorf with an automatic 3-0 win to Hahndorf.
In the spirit of the game, and for those girls who made the effort to travel up the Hill, Hahndorf, West Adelaide and the referee agreed to play a friendly 8-aside game modified style across the pitch. Hahndorf player Nadia Maxwell and Captain Claudia Kerr joined the six West Adelaide players to form the blue team – Maxwell as striker and Kerr as ‘keeper. The Hahndorf side was then made up of Nicola Lieff in goals, Eliza Stone, Charlotte Nielsen, Amber Marwede, Jess Coombe, Lynley Driver and Sarah Mansfield on the pitch with U17G player Erin Peacock making her debut in the Women’s team as well.
The light-hearted game was enjoyed by all and ended with a fair result of 1-1 – goals being scored by Maxwell (on the blue team) and Coombe from Hahndorf. A special mention to loyal supporters Jack Kinnear and Ganesh Westbury who supplied half-time hot chips for the Hahndorf girls, a much-needed energy boost and possibly a tradition in the making.
Next Sunday the 26th of August, Hahndorf play Salisbury Inter at home in Round 17 as the two sides battle it out for their position on the ladder.
18th August – Hahndorf 2 v 7 Modbury Jets
On Saturday the 19th of August, the Hahndorf girls once again made the trek north, this time to play Modbury Jets in a catch-up game from Round 2 of the season. The cool breeze of the night, the bright flood lights, and the fake grass under foot were unusual and unfamiliar conditions for the hills girls, yet as per usual, they were ready for the challenge. Fill in ‘keeper Cacilia Ewenz was back again and the core Hahndorf side was complemented with young gun junior Arwen dePree and sporty newcomer Alex Barrow. The solid back line of Lauren Roennfeldt, Claudia Kerr, Amber Marwede, and Nicola Lieff worked well together, as usual, but the speed of Modbury’s forwards caught them off guard. The Jets had three corners within the first few minutes and proved that the third time really is the charm curling the ball from the corner flag and into the back top corner of the goals putting the Jets in the lead 1-0.
Determined to return the favour a free-kick for Hahndorf saw Marwede send the ball long to speedy striker Nadia Maxwell down the wing supported by Eliza Stone on the left and Kali Amazon-Benveniste in the centre. The Jets swarmed blocking the ‘Dorf attack and countered leaving Marwede and Kerr to chase. A couple of quick maneouvers saw the Jets player break free and send a shot over Ewenz’s head to make it 2-0 to The Jets.
Modbury kept the pressure on, firing off again chasing a killer pass through Hahndorf’s defence line. Once more, Marwede was there to save the day chasing the loose player down with back up from Roennfeldt. Some excellent teamwork upfront from Stone and Maxwell saw them utilise the large pitch switching the play from left to right. Gradually drawing the Jets’ ‘keeper off her line, the girls opened up play for Lynley Driver to come into the box, steal the ball off the goalkeeper and volley the ball into top of the goals scoring the first goal of her football career and to put Hahndorf back in the game 2-1. The Jets were not impressed and immediately after the play resumed they scored their third making it 3-1. With the cold air getting to Lieff’s lungs, Stone came back to defence and Lieff went off allowing Barrow to debut in her first football game ever. A confusing jumble in the Hahndorf goal mouth saw the Referee award a penalty to Modbury Jets for a supposed hand ball which was taken expertly pushing The Jets further into the lead at 4-1. Modbury weren’t slowing down either, pushing through the defence line again forcing Ewenz out to attack the ball but the opposition were too quick slotting away their fifth for the game making it 5-1 as the half time whistle blew.
The second half began and this time Hahndorf were more prepared for the fast paced game. Amazon-Benveniste moved out to the right wing to escape the cluster of Jets defenders, while Maxwell moved into the middle with her speed. Youngster dePree and Sarah Mansfield were crucial in the middle opening up space when attacking, but still quick to shut down any chance The Jets got. Hahndorf were holding well and Barrow was thriving up front controlling the ball and sending it forward for Maxwell and dePree. Modbury found the ball and made another quick run, only Marwede managed to chase but again the Jets’ player slotted the ball away for their sixth. Modbury scored another only moments later after a free kick and Hahndorf not being able to clear the ball out of the box making it 7-1. Hahndorf refused to give up sending the ball forward through Mansfield and to Driver in the middle who passed the ball off to Amazon-Benveniste who scored in the final moments of the game leaving the final score at 7-2 to Modbury Jets.
And even though the game was over, the weekend was not for the Dorf girls as they prepared for another catch up game the following afternoon at home.
5th August – Hahndorf 3 v 0 Gawler
On Sunday the 5th of August the Hahndorf girls made the long trek out to Gawler to play ‘top of the table’ team for Round 15.
Due to some injuries and absences Hahndorf were prepared to take to the pitch with only 9 players. Some late recruiting of one of the players’ mums gave the girls more of a chance, yet still starting the game a man down.
Not only did the girls have to work hard to cover the extra player, but they had to fight the gale force winds sending the ball all over the place. New recruit Cacilia Ewenz took the position of ‘keeper and the defence line stood strong made up of Eliza Stone, Amber Marwede, Claudia Kerr, and Nicola Lieff working hard right from the first whistle. Gawler attacked early, but nothing was able to get through. Utilising the quick skills of Lieff and Stone, several plays were made up the left and right wing, to forwards Brianna Neeson and Nadia Maxwell.
Gawler had several corners sending the ball in from every angle, but nothing was getting through a very focused Ewenz. One run by Gawler at goals had the Hahndorf Keeper fully outstretched to deflect the ball away and some quick back up from daughter Lieff saved Hahndorf keeping the score line 0-0. There were only minutes left of the first half when Gawler made one last attempt making a quick break. Some confusion between the ref and the linesman about an offside call meant that Hahndorf stopped and Gawler charged though to score a goal. After discussion between the two officials, the controversial goal was allowed, putting the score at 1-0 heading into the break.
The second half saw Hahndorf determined to keep up the good work with midfielders Charlotte Nielsen, Lynley Driver, and Sarah Mansfield supporting the defence line and linking up well with the forwards. Young gun Maxwell turned on the rockets and made several runs through the Gawler defence, but struggled to find the net. Mean while down the other end of the pitch, Ewenz was again working hard, diving and stretching to save the ball deflecting several over the cross bar. Kerr and Marwede chased down any loose attackers making a run for goals, and Mansfield, Driver and Neilsen provided excellent cover.
Hahndorf continued right till the end, but their fatigue was now showing having to fight the wind and the extra player. Gawler scored two quick goals on the break before the Referee blew the whistle to signal the end of the game. The final score being 3-0 to Gawler. Even though the score line didn’t reflect it, Hahndorf played one of their best games and showed a lot of teamwork and determination.
Next weekend Hahndorf host West Adelaide at Pine Avenue at 10am.
22nd July – Hahndorf 0 v 0 Andrews Farm
8th July – Hahndorf 3 v 0 Mt Barker
On the 8th of July, the Hahndorf Women’s Soccer team faced the challenge of playing the other local hills team, Mt Barker. Unlike last week, they had the advantage of having three players on the bench, whereas Mt Barker was short, with only having ten players on the pitch.
This week, the Hahndorf women were joined by a guest player, Kali Amazon-Benveniste, who assisted Nadia Maxwell and Lily Dunford in the attack line. Less than ten minutes after the whistle was blown, Dunford crossed the ball into the box near the penalty spot, with Amazon-Benveniste using her body to guide the ball out to the waiting Maxwell who was able to finish it off, sending it flying into the back of the net.
After another attack from Hahndorf, a corner was given in their favour after the Mt Barer defenders were forced to play it out. A well placed corner from centre defender, Amber Marwede, saw Hahndorf nearly score a second goal, after Dunford was able to get her foot to it, but it flew just over the cross bar.
Hahndorf’s midfield, Lynley Driver, Sarah Mansfield, Kiora Hemmings and Jess Coombe worked tirelessly to move the ball from the defence into the attack, occasionally having the opportunity to have shots on goal themselves. Mt Barker ran the ball towards Hahndorf’s goal, looking like they were going to have an opportunity to score but they were foiled by defenders, Lauren Roennfeldt, Marwede, Matilda Shotton and Miranda Bishop. Mt Barker took a nice corner but it went behind all of the players and was cleared out by the defence.
Hahndorf continued to push Mt Barker, with the ball often being in their half. Hahndorf’s keeper, Nicola Leiff, had quite an uneventful game, touching the ball less than a dozen times, due to Mt Barker’s limited numbers, and Hahndorf’s excellent passing and possession.
Half time came around, giving everyone a breather. The start of the second half saw Hahndorf have the majority of the possession, but they weren’t quite able to finish it off. Due to Mt Barker having one less player, Hahndorf was able to pass the ball around a lot, creating multiple passages of play.
A pass from Marwede to Coombe, to Maxwell saw a shot on goals which was unsuccessful, but Hemmings was able to collect it and finish it off, securing Hahndorf’s second goal. Jozzie Pitt had a good run in midfield, pushing the ball through to attack and working together with Brie Neeson on the right wing. Neeson worked hard in right attack to push through the mud and towards the goal. Later, Pitt was moved into centre defence where she worked well next to Marwede.
Amazon-Benveniste had a great shot on goal, but it unluckily hit the left post and the Mt Barker keeper was able to collect it before a Hahndorf attacker could strike. Dunford later took a corner who passed it short to Maxwell. Maxwell crossed it in, where Amazon-Benveniste was waiting and finished it off, making the score 3-0 in Hahndorf’s favour.
Hahndorf continued to keep pressuring Mt Barker and keep possession of the ball. To their credit, Mt Barker continued to push back, but exhaustion got the better of them, and they were unable to score. The result of the game was Hahndorf 3, Mt Barker 0.
The Hahndorf Women have a week off next Saturday due to a bye.
1st July – Hahndorf 3 v 6 Metro United
On the 1st of July, Hahndorf Women’s Soccer team faced the challenge of playing against Metro Untied. Hahndorf unfortunately only had ten players from the start, so before the first blow of the whistle they knew it was going to be tough.
The first 15 minutes saw Metro have a slight upper hand due to an extra player, giving Hahndorf goalkeeper, Nicola Lieff, and defenders, Brianna Neeson, Amber Marwede, Matilda Shotton, and Miranda Bishop an early workout.
Shortly after, the ball was pushed forward after a kick out from defence. This gave centre attacker, Nadia Maxwell an opportunity to use her speed to steal the ball away from Metro’s keeper, and put it into the back of the net, securing Hahndorf’s first goal. Metro then quickly attempted an attack on Hahndorf’s defence, but Lieff was too quick and grabbed the ball in front of the goal line.
Bishop displayed an excellent example of not giving up as she chased down a Metro attacker on the left wing. She was unluckily outrun, giving the Metro attacker the opportunity to cross the ball in to a centre player who lobbed it over keeper Lieff’s head, scoring Metro’s first goal.
Midfielders, Lynley Driver, Lily Dunford, and Sarah Mansfield, worked tirelessly through the middle of the pitch receiving the ball from the defenders and pushing it on to Maxwell, and Hahndorf’s other attacker, Jess Coombe.
Using her speed yet again, Maxwell pressured Metro’s last defender just inside the box as the keeper tried to grab the ball. Being too quick for her, Maxwell was able to get her foot to it first, crossing it into Coombe who was waiting in the middle, giving Hahndorf a 2-1 lead. Only minutes later, Metro was rewarded with a corner which managed to sneak its way into the back of the net from a scuffle right in front of goals, making the score even yet again.
Dunford had a great run down the centre of the pitch after receiving the ball from Maxwell. She passed it onto Coombe who tapped it in, past Metro’s keeper. The score was once again, in Hahndorf favour at 3-2.
Nevertheless, the ball was soon back up in Hahndorf’s defence and a corner was given to Metro after their attackers pressured Hahndorf’s defenders, forcing them to kick it out. Metro capitalised on this opportunity, scoring with a low ball that made its way through into the back of the net. Shortly after, the whistle blew for half time.
The first five minutes of the second half saw Hahndorf slip into a bit of confusion as Metro pressed the midfield and defence. Luckily, Hahndorf were able to hold them from getting through, even after a particularly close call after one of Metro’s shots hit the post.
Driver, Dunford and Mansfield were put through their paces, constantly running back and forth to ensure both the defence and attack had the support they needed. Dunford and Mansfield put great pressure on the opposition’s midfield and defence, whilst Driver played a more defensive position, lending a hand to Neeson, Marwede, Shotton and Bishop.
At this point in the game, the Hahndorf players were beginning to tire due to lack in numbers, but respectably, they persevered, giving Metro a run for their money. Metro had several players on the bench, giving their team fresh legs throughout the second half and allowing them to continue to press Hahndorf. This resulted in a couple of corners which Hahndorf managed to clear out.
In the last five minutes of the game, Metro was able to score three times, resulting in the score being Hahndorf 3, Metro 6.
24th June – Hahndorf 3 v 2 Modbury Jets
On Sunday the 24th of June Hahndorf Women’s team hosted Modbury Jets at Pine Avenue on a cold and foggy morning. With midfielder Jess Coombe returning from injury, the core Hahndorf team were settled and ready to go. Hahndorf won the toss and elected to play up hill for the first half. Modbury took the kick off and Hahndorf were straight in applying pressure from the first whistle. The ‘Dorf defence line was made as usual with Lauren Roennfeldt on the left, Miranda Bishop on the right, and Claudia Kerr and Amber Marwede in the centre with Nicola Lieff behind as goalkeeper.
Some great plays were made by Hahndorf to start but the Jets were not here to mess around, flying through the strong defence line and scoring a goal in the 20th minute using their downhill advantage, making it 0-1. Hahndorf, taken aback by being a goal behind, fired up and began to string together a number of passes making the most of the space around them. Their first goal was a team effort starting with a lovely pass from Nadia Maxwell out to left forward Brianna Neeson who carried the ball up the wing and laid it off to Coombe. Coombe then cut the ball into the centre to Maxwell who was quickly surrounded by the opposition but not before she had the chance to nudge the ball to Lily Dunford who played the ball into the back of the net in the 27th minute making the score 1-1. Not to be out done, the Jets charged back making several runs at goals. However they were no match for the speed of Marwede and Kerr, the determination of Roennfeldt and Bishop or the capable hands of Lieff who fended off their attacks. The hard work by Lynley Driver in the middle provided an opportunity for Sarah Mansfield to carry the ball wide and take a shot which sailed past the ‘keeper’s hands for Hahndorf’s second goal putting the ‘Dorf girls in the lead 2-1. Hahndorf pushed on holding the lead up to the half time break.
Only minutes into the second half, Dunford made a run at goals only to be tripped by a Jet’s defender inside the box – earning Dunford a penalty. She stepped up to the challenge immediately and sent the ball right of the keeper, well out of reach upping the score to 3-1. Hahndorf utilised the downhill advantage and made many more goal scoring opportunities. Coombe and Neeson combined together to make several plays down the left wing, and Dunford and Mansfield worked the ball down the right. Driver fought hard in the middle and supported her team fiercely while centre forward Maxwell applied pressure with numerous one-on-ones with the ‘keeper leading to multiple corners. The Jets were not finished yet with a couple of runs up both sides of the pitch only to be shut down by Roennfeldt and Bishop. However, one Jets player snuck through to score a goal bumping the score up to 3-2. With renewed hope, Jets fired again powering a shot at goals. Lieff made an excellent save getting a hand to the ball sending it wide, where Marwede cleared the ball.
Hahndorf’s high level of fitness showed giving them the energy to run out the game and to come away with the win – a final score of 3-2. The 3 points were an excellent ‘going away’ present for Captain Kerr who misses the next game where Hahndorf host Metro United home at 10am.
17th June – Hahndorf 1 v 0 Mt Barker
The FFSA Div 4 Women’s local derby between Mount Barker and Hahndorf took place at Anembo Park on Sunday the 17th of June in cold and drizzly conditions. Hahndorf won the toss and with a full complement of substitutes waiting in the wings, the girls were enthusiastic to start strongly. With the usual defence line up of ‘Keeper Nicola Lieff, Miranda Bishop, Amber Marwede, Claudia Kerr, and Lauren Roennfeldt there was not much getting through. Only a few minutes in, a throw in around the half way line from Kerr found the head of centre forward Nadia Maxwell who turned onto the ball and took off down the right wing. Maxwell took her shot which deflected off of a Mt. Barker player and out for a corner. Marwede stepped up to take the kick, unfortunately clearing the players and the goal. Hahndorf kept the pressure up and held the ball in their attacking half with Bishop working well with Lily Dunford to pepper the ball back down the right wing to Maxwell and Kiora Hemmings in the front line.
Coach James Kerr substituted on some fresh legs with Eliza Stone on for Lynley Driver, and Brianna Neeson on for Dunford. A clearance from Marwede found Maxwell who was quickly and aggressively shut down by a Barker player resulting in a free kick just outside the box for Hahndorf. Marwede took the kick, but sadly the wind carried it over the cross bar. More fresh legs were brought on: Zoe Smith on for Hemmings, and Matilda Shotton on for Sarah Mansfield. Stone started an excellent play down the wing to Smith where Mount Barker stole the ball in the middle and countered heading straight for goals. Lieff made an excellent save and pushed the ball out for a corner. Hahndorf cleared the ball and then made several passes in the middle through Charlotte Nielsen, Shotton and Neeson. Another change was made before half time bringing on Driver for Nielsen, and Dunford on for Bishop. Again, a great play was started on the left wing by Stone who found the feet of Maxwell who was unlucky not to get a shot at goals. The half time whistle went signalling the break of a very intense, yet scoreless half.
The second half began and Hahndorf were straight to the ball from the get go. A play was started with Stone carrying the ball down the left wing and crossing it into Smith and Shotton in the middle. With some teamwork getting around players, Shotton eventually got a shot on goals, only to have the Barker ‘keeper catch the ball and block it’s path on goal. Driver, Mansfield and Nielsen worked tirelessly in the middle to maintain possession of the ball and distribute it through to the forwards. The sun appeared briefly to warm up the avid supporters on the sideline – Peter Atkinson calling it ‘delicious’. Mount Barker made a break for it, sending the ball sneakily though the wall of Hahndorf’s defence, however it was no match for Marwede’s speed who chased the Barker player down and cleared the ball out wide.
Neeson, Shotton and Stone combined together to pass the ball around Mt. Barker’s defence ramping up the intensity of the game and putting the pressure on their ‘keeper. Eventually Maxwell took charge and powered a ball in from just outside the box heading straight over the ‘keepers head. The Barker ‘keeper got hands to it but the force from Maxwell’s kick was just too much and the ‘keeper toppled back into the goal. Hahndorf went wild being 0-1 up!
Several more runs were made by Hemmings, Neeson, Smith, Shotton and Maxwell, though none could make it past the Mount Barker ‘keeper. A heavy fall from the Barker ‘keeper saw her leave the pitch, with a fill-in ‘keeper being brought on in her place. Hahndorf continued to press and use their bodies to get to the ball. They kept their feet and charged out the rest of the game unlucky not to score again. Happy to walk away with the three points, Dunford resurrected the team chant and led the winning song. Next Sunday the 24th of June Hahndorf host Modbury Jets at Pine Avenue with the kick off at 10am.
3rd June – Hahndorf 1 v 4 Old Ignatians
Round 9 of the FFSA Womens Div 4 saw Hahndorf host top of the table team Old Ignatians at Pine Avenue on Sunday the 3rd of June. With a full squad Hahndorf took to the field pumped and ready for the challenge ahead.
Both teams started strongly with Hahndorf straight to the ball and putting the pressure on right from the first whistle. Old Ignatians demonstrating exactly why they were top of the table with well organised plays and solid formation. Hahndorf’s starting defence line up was made from Miranda Bishop, Claudia Kerr, Amber Marwede, and Lauren Roennfeldt with Nicola Lieff in Goals. While the defence held off Ignatians’ attacks well, an aggressive play from Ignatians saw them receive a yellow card in the 12th minute. Their response was clear – they weren’t here to mess around and snuck through the defence in the 17th minute to place the ball just out of ‘Keeper Lieff’s hands. Old Ignatians kept the pressure on and scored another in the 20th minute.
Hahndorf, determined not to be steamrolled, pushed back sending the ball down the left to centre forward Nadia Maxwell who had a run at goals. Unfortunately she was stopped by Old Ignatians solid wall of defence. The midfield of Kiora Hemmings, Lynley Driver, and Sarah Mansfield worked hard to supply the ball to wingers Eliza Stone, and Matilda Shotton who also made several attempts at goals, but with no success. Fresh legs of Zoe Smith, Lily Dunford, and Brianna Neeson substituted on to give the midfield a needed rest until the half time whistle blew shortly leaving a score of 0-2
With some positive and inspiring words from Coach James Kerr, the ‘Dorf girls took to the pitch with a new intensity ready to prove themselves. Old Ignatians were fired up too and came out charging resulting in another yellow card for them in the 41st minute. A free was awarded on the right side just outside the 18 yard box, and level headed Marwede took the shot which cleared the wall and nearly cleared their ‘Keeper’s head too but the goalkeeper just managed to get hands on it keeping the ball out of the net. A few changes were made bringing Stone back to defence and resting centre mid Driver.
Old Ignatians snuck through in the 59th minute to score again. Hahndorf were not done yet, and pushed hard with several runs through from Shotton, Maxwell, and Hemmings who were all unlucky not to find the net. Hahndorf’s moment came in the 69th minute when the ball was crossed in from the right to several players all crowding the goal mouth. Maxwell fought her way to the ball and then guarded it past the ‘Keeper into the back of the net. Fired up, Hahndorf continued to use the downhill advantage and press hard, nearly resulting in two more goals, but neither team could get the ball past the strong ‘Keepers from either side. It wasn’t until the second minute of extra time when Old Ignatians scored the final goal and then the whistle blew ten seconds later signalling the end of the match. The final score was 1-4 for Old Ignatians.
Although the ‘Dorf girls didn’t walk away with the win, Coach Kerr was proud of their performance and intensity. Hahndorf have a break next weekend due to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, but take on Mount Barker away on the 17th of June at 12pm at Anembo Park.
27th May – Hahndorf 0 v 7 Salisbury Inter
Sunday the 28th of May saw the Hahndorf girls head down the hill to play Salisbury Inter for Round 8. Hahndorf welcomed back ‘Keeper Nicola Lieff from being overseas for several weeks but with a different line up from last week, the ‘Dorf girls were unsettled and slow to start. Salisbury Inter were quick to the ball and expertly fed the ball though Hahndorf’s defence line of Lauren Roennfeldt, Claudia Kerr, Amber Marwede and Miranda Bishop to score goal within the first 5 minutes.
Hahndorf fought back with a few runs made up front by Sarah Mansfield, Nadia Maxwell and Brianna Neeson but with no reward. Inter stuck again with a cheeky shot from outside the 18 yard box which sailed over ‘Keeper Lieff’s head. Salisbury Inter refused to let up, scoring another two before halftime putting the score at 4-0 for Salisbury.
Hahndorf utilised the break and came back on firing. Eliza Stone worked hard to feed balls down the left wing to Mansfield and Maxwell pressing hard on the Salisbury defence line, but Hahndorf struggled to break through. Lynley Driver held the middle well and aided Marwede and Kerr in fending off the Inter attack. However, Salisbury found its way through to score three long range goals in the second half leaving the final score at 7-0.
Hahndorf return home next weekend to play Old Ignations at 10am next Sunday for Round 9.
20th May – Hahndorf 1 v 0 West Adelaide
On Sunday the 20th of May, Hahndorf travelled down the hill to play West Adelaide in Round 7.
Having not played the weekend before, the girls were keen to play and determined to win. However, the break in games showed as West Adelaide pushed hard straight away creating chaos through the middle and putting pressure on the Hahndorf defence line of Charlotte Nielsen, Amber Marwede, Claudia Kerr, and Eliza Stone. ‘Keeper Lynley Harris made some excellent saves, keeping Hahndorf in the game. Around 20 minutes into the game, The girls found their feet and settled passing the ball around through the midfield of Jozzie Pitt, Nadia Maxwell, and Kiora Hemmings and sending it down the line for Brianna Neeson to run on to. The break the girls needed came when Maxwell charged through the middle stealing the ball from West Adelaide and took off down the right wing stopping just in time to cross the ball back to Hemmings who was waiting in the goal mouth and placed the ball in the back of the net. Making it 0-1 to Hahndorf. The half time whistle came shortly after which gave the Hahndorf girls a much needed break.
In the second half the only change was to bring Sarah Mansfield in to the midfield and swap Maxwell into the forward line. Right from the whistle, Hahndorf were fast at the ball, and putting pressure on West Adelaide. The solid defence line kept the ball away from ‘Keeper Harris and in the attacking half for most of the second half. Several runs were made by Mansfield, Maxwell, Hemmings, and Neeson but Hahndorf could not find the net again before the whistle blew for the end of the game leaving the final score at 0-1 to Hahndorf.
Next weekend Hahndorf are away again against Salisbury Inter at 11:30am.
6th May – Hahndorf 1 v 9 Gawler
Sunday the 6th of May saw the Hahndorf Women’s team host top team of the league, Gawler, at Pine Avenue. Both sides started strongly putting up a fight for possession of the ball. Hahndorf’s forwards of Nadia Maxwell, Eliza Stone, and Brianna Neeson made several runs towards the goals, unlucky not to get the ball past Gawler’s talented ‘keeper.
Hahndorf’s defence line of Lauren Roennfeldt, Amber Marwede, Sarah Mansfield, and Miranda Bishop worked hard to keep the persistent attacks made by Gawler at bay, but still they found ways to slip through, scoring a number of goals putting the score at 0-4 at half time.
Hahndorf did not let this dampen their spirits and continued to work the ball through midfielders Jess Coombe, Matilda Shotton, and Lynley Driver eventually finding the feet of Coombe who beat the Gawler ‘keeper one on one and place the ball in the back of the net.
Eager to not let Hahndorf gain momentum, Gawler retaliated a few minutes later sending the ball out of reach of Hahndorf ‘Keeper Claudia Kerr. While Hahndorf continued to fight til the end, there was nothing the ‘Dorf girls could do to slow down the pace of the very skilled Gawler team leaving the final score 1-9
Hahndorf face Northern Wolves Div 6 away in Round 2 of the Women’s 4/5/6/CWL Cup next Sunday.
29th April – Hahndorf 4 v 3 Andrews Farm
On Sunday the 29th of April 2018, Hahndorf travelled down the hill and across Adelaide to Davoren Park to face Andrews Farm for Round 5 of the FFSA Women’s Div 4 league. The warm morning and long drive saw Hahndorf start the game slowly with Andrews Farm pressuring the defence line of Miranda Bishop, Amber Marwede, Lauren Marwede, and Lauren Roennfeldt early. Hahndorf struggled to find their feet which allowed The Farm to have several shots on goal, making fill-in ‘keeper Claudia Kerr work hard from the start. Once awake, Hahndorf settled and found their rhythm around the 20 minute mark passing the ball through the midfield and to centre forward Nadia Maxwell. Andrews Farm held a tight defensive line and were constantly pushing up to the half way line, catching Maxwell offside on several occasions. This did not dampen Hahndorf spirits and the midfield of Eliza Stone, Jess Coombe, and Lynley Harris worked hard to keep feeding balls through to right winger Charlotte Nielsen. Reward for their efforts came in the 32nd minute, when a pass found Maxwell’s feet and she expertly placed the ball just out of the ‘keeper’s reach to scoring the opening goal. The momentum produced another goal only three minutes later for Hahndorf by a through ball from Stone to left winger Brianna Claire who sent the ball into the back of the net. The ‘Dorf girls held strong until the half time whistle blew – Hahndorf two nil up.
The second half again started slowly yet again for Hahndorf keeping Kerr on her toes and holding strong in goals. Again Maxwell came to the rescue in the 50th minute to provide another goal to spur the ‘Dorf girls forward. Coombe made a fierce run down the right wing with the support of her team behind her and scored Hahndorf’s fourth in the 54th minute. With the game slipping away from Andrews Farm, the opposition began to get physical with late tackles and taunting remarks, causing frustration and retaliation in the Hahndorf side. The referee fought to get the game back under control issuing a number of yellow cards to both teams. Hahndorf began to lose their focus and Andrews Farm capitalised scoring three quick goals. A determined Hahndorf team refused to give up all their hard work and fought back with A. Marwede and Stone making several opportunities up front keeping the ball in the attacking third. The final whistle blew signalling the end of a hard fought battle leaving Hahndorf the well-deserved 3 points and a final score of 3-4.
Hahndorf play home for Round 6, taking on Gawler at 10am next Sunday the 6th of May.
14th April – Hahndorf 6 v 0 Barossa
Hahndorf (Div 4) hosted Barossa (Div 5) at Pine Avenue for Round 1 of the FFSA Women’s 4/5/6/CWL Cup on Sunday the 15th of April. Hahndorf were yet again plagued by illness, injury and vacation and even with some keen newcomers, were only able to field 10 players. It was apparent that the Barossa team were also in the same boat, playing one man down too. With the cooler weather a noticeable change from last weekend, the Hahndorf girls were energised and ready to go.
Right from the get go Hahndorf maintained possession of the ball, passing it around and feeding it through to the two new forwards Matilda Shotton and Skye Coulston. It was only a matter of time before a through ball from midfielder Nadia Maxwell found Shotton’s feet and she scored the opener at the 20 minute mark. Only six minutes later still pumped from her earlier assist, Maxwell slotted the ball past the Barossa ‘Keeper, making it 2-0 Hahndorf’s way. The defence line of Eliza Stone, Claudia Kerr, Amber Marwede, and Lauren Roennfeldt were a force to be reckoned with, letting nothing past, leaving Hahndorf Keeper Nicola Lieff not much to do. Hahndorf were still putting the forward pressure on with several runs through the midfield, but were unlucky not to score again before the half time whistle went.
After some encouraging words and a few minor changes to formation during the half time break by Coach James Kerr, the Hahndorf Girls were refreshed and ready to go. In the team huddle moments before the restart whistle, Captain Kerr suggested to play defensive and only attack on the break. As soon as the whistle blew, Jess Coombe had other ideas making a run down the right wing and scoring in the first minute of the second half. Not to be out done, Shotton replied with a run down the left wing tapping the ball in past the keeper only three minutes later, bringing the score to 4-0. Midfielders Lynley Driver, Coulston and Coombe worked hard to maintain possession and continue to feed the ball forward to Maxwell and Shotton who in turn kept the Barossa ‘Keeper under fire. It wasn’t until the 61st minute when Coombe took it upon herself to again make use of the right wing and send the ball sailing into the back of the net. Determined to make it a hat-trick, Coombe made a run once more dodging several defenders to score her third in the 70th minute. Hahndorf ran out the rest of the game on a high, knowing they were through to the next round of The Cup. The final whistle blew with a final score of 6-0 for Hahndorf. The Girls have a bye for Round 4 next weekend and play away against Andrews Farm for Round 5.
8th April – Hahndorf 0 v 6 Metro United
On Sunday 8th of April, the Hahndorf Women’s team headed down the hill to play against Metro United for Round 3 of the FFSA Women’s Division 4 League. After having the first two games postponed due to pitch availability, Hahndorf were keen to play, even in the warm weather. With some severe injuries and players away, the team was complemented with enthusiastic younger players from the junior squads ready for the challenge. However, Hahndorf were still only able to field 10 players, but this did not dampen their spirits. The girls started strongly and held their own against Metro United who sported a full bench of substitutes. The defence line made up of Charlotte Nielsen, Lauren Marwede, Claudia Kerr, and Jessica Coombe worked together as a unit and backed each other up made it difficult for United’s forwards to get through. After 20 minutes of play, the referee called for a drinks break and Hahndorf were only 1-0 down from a fluke of a shot and mishap in the box. After play resumed the girls continued to move the ball around through the midfield of Lynley Driver, Amber Marwede, and Eliza Stone and hold their shape giving Hahndorf a few forward attacks and shots on goal. Keeper Nicola Lieff saved a number of difficult goals, but was powerless to stop a shot over her head. This then left Hahndorf 2-0 down going into half time.
After a rest in the shade and a pep talk from Coach James Kerr, the girls were fired up and came out hard. Young gun Nadia Maxwell made an impressive run down the left wing from the half way line and crossed it in to Kerr, and other young forward Kiora Hemmings who were unlucky not to score. Hahndorf continued to press hard but injury to A. Marwede saw her sidelined and left the team playing with 9. With the day getting hotted and the lack of subs, fatigue began to show for the Dorf girls, and while they continued to fight, Metro United found their feet and ran out the game scoring another four goals. The final score being 6-0, to Metro United. With players returning next week, Hahndorf look forward to playing Barossa in the Div 4/5/6/CWL Cup at home kicking off at 10am.