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****Match Reports 2023****

Senior Women | Cup Round 18 June 2023

Hahndorf 1 v Adelaide Dragons 0
What looked to be a rainy game for the Hahndorf women’s team in their quarter final cup game turned out to be not so doom and gloom. With forwards Donna Basedow, Brogan Braglia and Sophie Corell the team immediately pushed up hill strong right from the whistle. Working in the midfield alongside Lauren Marwede and Hanh Huynh, Zara Tinsley-Smith had a go for goal, leading to no avail. The back line was held strong with Izzy Mayer, Sarah Mansfield, Darcy Watts and Luca Rungie, persevering against the swarm of players every time the ball came on the oppositions side. Hahndorf played strong to each of their positions for the first half. Basedow had a wide right shot for goal, Mansfield held the back line with ease and Mayer had been struck with a ball to the face but recovered quickly. Huynh went for gold with what would have been the first goal of the game, unfortunately it was claimed as out of play. Not long after, Rungie tried to shoot from her wing back position only to end up rolling straight to the opposing goal keeper. As the ball was sent back Watts outran any attempted attack against the Dragons. Contested with three players, Corell crossed a beautiful ball over to Z.Tinsley-Smith who put it right in the bottom corner of the goal. With the half time whistle blown the score was then 1-0.
In the second half of this intense cup game Hahndorf was ready for the Dragons to come back firing. Baraglia fought hard against the opposing defence with Aylee Tinsley-Smith by her side making quick selective passes retaining the momentum for Hahndorf. Marwede playing strong defence throughout, moving for the ball consistently in the midfield. Corell defended with the same energy as attack after attack played. Annie Wagner committed to chasing the ball towards our goals always putting her best foot forward. Mansfield stood her ground as the back lines brick wall, defending any incoming pursuits. Nicola Lieff had some strong talk from the goals and when it came time to shine, that she did with running and catching the ball and bouncing off any oncoming attackers. Basedow persistently catching and progression in the wing, always there and ready to try and send it into the net. Huynh juggled and dribbled around two pestering contesters. With the game almost wrapping up Hahndorf kept up the pace with Z.Tinsley-Smith bidding for a goal from midfield with a solid kick, a missed goal from a free kick, Corell tried as well and with the blow of a whistle the score was left at 1-0.
Overall a strong game from every Hahndorf player and a semi final cup game to prepare for.

2023 Senior Women | Round 8 Sunday 4 June
Hahndorf 0 vs Sacred Heart 1
On the slightly warm day of the 4th of June Hahndorf women started the match with kick off. The front line, Darcy Watts, Donna Basedow and Sophie Correll pushed forward as the game began. Whilst the back line, Isabel Mayer, Brogan Baraglia, Zeli Mcneece and Aylee Tinsley-Smith, stepped up to try and block Sacred Heart from attacking. With Zara Tinsley-Smith, Sarah Mansfield and Lauren Marwede in the middle.
Mcneece had an attempt at goal early on, saved by Sacred Hearts goalie and unable to hit the back of the net. There was a bit of back and forth between the teams and, in an unfortunate turn of events, Sacred Heart slipped through the backline and scored in the ninth minute with a slow ball. Hahndorf kept their heads high and got ready to respond to Sacred Heart with the second kick off of the game. This prevailed and the front line brought the ball down to the goals. Z. Tinsley-Smith had a few corner kick attempts that unfortunately didn’t find the back of the net. With the turn over, Sacred Heart broke through the back line and had another attempt, gracefully blocked by Mansfield.
Hahndorf brought the ball back up with the turn over and Baraglia had a kick from the corner which unfortunately fell short. Hahndorf had another corner kick by Mcneece which Sacred Heart saved.
The turn over saw a free kick for Sacred Heart which keeper Nicola Lieff saved. This saw Hahndorf pressing forward in the front line. Another few corner kicks by Z Tinsley-Smith with one hitting the top post and bouncing in to Correll with a pass back to A Tinsley-Smith saw the ball heading back into the box for Hahndorf to have another shot at goal, unfortunately not finding the back of the net.
Turn over saw Sacred Heart have another free kick just outside the box which Lieff gracefully saved.
Half time saw the score Hahndorf 0 to Sacred Heart 1. After a long battle in midfield, Mcneece pushed into the box, the first big push after half time. The crowd fired up with support heard Armin cry “It’s your moment” as Hahndorf pushed towards goal again.
After another turn over, a surge by midfielder Claudia Kerr towards goal and a quick kick out wide to A Tinsley-Smith saw the ball soar into the box with a cross and another near miss by Hahndorf.
A free kick from Z Tinsley-Smith and a shout of “ping it in” was heard as the ball soared towards back post and only just missed.
The remainder of the game saw both teams struggle to gain control and at the final whistle the score was still Hahndorf 0, Sacred Heart 1.
The June long weekend provides a break for the senior women. Their next game on 18 June, is a Cup Round, at Rob Kilpatrick Park against Adelaide Dragons. Hope to see you there.

2023 Senior Women | Round 7
On a cloudy, but surprisingly nice morning, Hahndorf looked to face East Adelaide away, a team which always brought out tense matches for Hahndorf and Round 7 was no different.
To start the match coach Jarred Arsie decided to mix it up, putting the defence in attack and attack in defence! This meant the front three consisted of (from left to right) Darcy Watts, Sarah Mansfield and Sophie Correll and the back four being Aylee Tinsley-Smith, Brogan Baraglia, Zeli McNeece and Luca Rungie. The game started off with Hahndorf trying to get a quick attack from kickoff with a long ball to Correll on the right, sadly fizzled out. The midfield of Donna Basedow, Zara Tinsley-Smith and Lauren Marwede steadied and goalkeeper Nicola Lieff was reliable has ever.
East Adelaide began to counter each Hahndorf attack, resulting in a very fast back and forth. Claudia Kerr was subbed on from the bench to counter this fast football and provide support pushing forward. The idea of having regular center back Mansfield, as a striker, seemed to be paying off with extra pressure being applied up front, making it difficult for East Adelaide to play out and providing a few chances. A free kick from just past the half way line was looped into the box towards Mansfield, unfortunately for East Adelaide a handball resulted in a penalty for Hahndorf. Up stepped Baraglia, and with a cool and calm shot into the back of the net, Hahndorf were 1-0 up at half time.
As the second half started the rain began pouring and the wet and windy conditions proved trying for everyone. East Adelaide pushed forward in search of a comeback and this came when a cross, initially saved by Lieff, was followed up with a quick rebound. East Adelaide had levelled the score.
Hahndorf fought back and claimed several corners. All this pressure forward spurred on Watts to stealing the ball and slotting it into the back of the net, giving Hahndorf the lead once again. Not to be outdone, East Adelaide made a counter attack and found a way to convert a cross, putting the game back level. Still not content, East Adelaide kept pushing for another. Thankfully, in the final minutes of the game, Hahndorf keeper Lieff put her body on the line, diving bravely at the ball and oncoming attacker, squashing any chance of another goal.
In the end neither team could find a winner resulting in a 2-2 draw.
Next Sunday sees Hahndorf host Sacred Heart Old Collegians for the Round 8 game at Rob Kilpatrick Park, 9.30am

2023 Senior Women | Round 6
The one that got away
Hahndorf 0 v Western Strikers 1
Western Strikers came to Rob Kilpatrick Park for this top of the table clash and were greeted with some refreshing Hills drizzle.
The first half was a hard-fought affair where Hahndorf got on top after fifteen minutes of Strikers pressure and began to carve out a smorgasbord of chances. Zara Tinsley-Smith forced a fine save out of the Strikers keeper with a thunderous free-kick and then the floodgates of near misses opened. Countless blocked shots in the box, an off-target penalty and a poster from a shot at the open net had the local supporters chewing their fingernails in frustration.
With the half-time whistle, Strikers could look forward to going downhill in the second half and three minutes after kick-off things went from bad to worse for the Magpies when the Strikers’ striker (gotta love that) threw a leg at a loose ball 20 metres out from goal. The Hahndorf faithful watched in horror as the ball lobbed the keeper and dipped just under the bar. Now the Strikers were determined to lock the Magpies into their defensive half and some hard-fought territorial battles ensued. The referee did an excellent job maintaining control of the game and after a few yellow cards and a few earnest words everyone focused back on the ball and the game. Z Tinsley-Smith had another fabulous shot, which was again well saved, but other than that Hahndorf found it hard to penetrate the Strikers defence. Sarah Mansfield and Darcy Watts had outstanding games at the back for the Magpies and the whole team once again fought well in a very intense match.
In the end the final whistle meant there was no reward for a hard day at the office as the Strikers took all three points down the Hill.
Coach Jarred Arsie and his coaching staff must have been scratching their heads as to why Hahndorf couldn’t score in the first half. Nevertheless, the cohesion in the team and the ability to perform against the best was obvious to all at Rob Kilpatrick Park.
This one got away, but next week will be a different story.

2023 Senior Women | Cup Round
Hahndorf 2 (Div 4 South) v Pontian Eagles 1 (2nd in Div 4 North)
A sunny Sunday morning, perfect for a great soccer match, except no referee turned up! Michael Driver to the rescue, he put on the Club referee vest and volunteered to make the match happen, Hahndorf’s best lines person Wayne Tinsley was on the job and play could start.
The Hahndorf women started the game downhill. Pontian Eagles were a good match to Hahndorf and the game was fairly even. During the first ten minutes Hahndorf had to get used to a slightly more physical game and Pontian Eagles had more ball contact. Luca Rungie and Izzy Mayer kept the fast Pontian Eagles players on the wings at bay, while Sarah Mansfield and Darcy Watts were like a wall in centre defence. Playing out from the back was executed perfectly, Nicola Lieff in goal moved the ball out to the side and from there it went up the line through the midfield with Lauren Marwede, Zara Tinsley-Smith and Brogan Baraglia, moving the ball forward nicely into the attacking line with Aylee Tinsley-Smith, Hanh Huynh and Sophie Correll.
Hahndorf started to get more of the game and the ball stayed longer in Pontian Eagles’ half. A few chances were missed but in the 19th minute Baraglia ran down the line on the left, received the ball from A Tinsley-Smith and kicked it nicely around the goalkeeper into the right upper corner of the goal, 1:0 up. Schanna L’Estrange, Donna Mahlberg, Annie Wagner and Zeli McNeece, the latter who still carried an injury and was told to take it easy, got a chance to get into the game.
Shortly before the half time whistle, Hahndorf had a corner which McNeece kicked from the left, found Mansfield at the penalty spot. Mansfield kicked straight into goal, but the Pontian Eagles goalie got her hands on the ball and deflected the ball over the bar out of play. The next corner was defended by Pontian Eagles and play returned back into the midfield where Hahndorf’s players won back the ball. Although Hahndorf had more of the game and most of the play was in Pontian Eagles’ half, they could not convert this into any more goals.
Play in the second half for Hahndorf went up the hill, still with an advantage for Hahndorf but it took up to 62′ for goal number two. A free kick from the goal line just out of the 18 yard box, as the Pontian Eagles goalie slid out of the box by saving the ball from the oncoming Hahndorf attack. Z Tinsley-Smith took the free kick and got the ball to Baraglia who positioned herself straight in front of goal, a soft kick and the ball was in, past all defensive players and the Pontian Eagles goal keeper who had no chance to get to the ball, Hahndorf 2:0 up. Still in celebration mode Hahndorf lacked concentration and Kasperski (#10) from Pontian Eagles ran through the defense and to face only the Hahndorf keeper Lieff. No chance for Lieff to get to the ball which crosses the goal line for a 2:1 for Pontian Eagles. Pontian Eagles now started to get a bit more of the game, they needed to get one more goal to go into extra time. Hahndorf’s defence and midfield worked tirelessly to keep the ball out of the box. Seven minutes to go, another attack by Pontian Eagles, a great kick from the left outfield and keeper Lieff just got one hand to it to deflect the ball pass the goal. Even more desperate Pontian Eagles kept running forward, only three minutes to go and their fast forwards got another chance. Straight through the middle the only one left again was Lieff who ran out fearlessly and blocked the ball, no goal for Pontian Eagles. Hahndorf was able to keep the ball forward for the rest of the game. Final score for Hahndorf 2:1 and they now move to the cup round number 4 quarter finals.




2023 Senior Women | Round 5
Hahndorf travelled to a Bradwood Park for their clash against Stirling Districts. The mercury tipping just 5 degrees as Stirling got the game underway with a long ball though the middle. New defensive partnership of Darcy Watts and Claudia Kerr communicated well and saw off early threats from a lively Stirling frontline but a strong run down the wing and shot across goal, beat a diving goalkeeper Nicola Lieff to give the home team an early lead.
Midfielders Zeli McNeece and Zara Tinsley-Smith began working their way into the game breaking forward to create chances for the Hahndorf side before McNeece succumbed to an injury that would sideline her for the rest of the game. McNeece’s injury gave Annie Wagner an early run in the middle for her first game for the season.
Stirling continued to mount pressure in the forward half winning the first corner of the match. Hahndorf defenders Luca Rungie and Lauren Marwede clearing the ball confidently and pressing forward.
Sweeping goalkeeper Leiff was quick off her line deescalating several Stirling attacks and sending Brogan Baraglia forward for Hahndorf’s first shot on goal just wide of the near post. Stirling responded with a strong run through the middle, scoring their second for the game and sending the home team into the half time break 2-0 up.
Hahndorf came out keen for a fresh start in the second half. A goalkeeper swap saw Leiff join the midfield as Kerr, carrying an injury took over in goals. Midfielders Ellen Kilpatrick and Z. Tinsley-Smith used their physicality to win balls in the midfield feeding Hanh Huynh up front. Another match ending injury, this time to Kilpatrick left Coach Jarrod Arsie to reconfigure the team once again pushing youngster Z. Tinsley-Smith into the backline alongside Watts, Izzy Mayer and Marwede.
Stirling continued to win scrappy balls in the centre and a clever turn on the outside of the box by their attacker left her one on one with the keeper, slotting a third past Kerr. Still working hard, Hahndorf pressed forward causing chaos in the box, coming away with a penalty shot for Baraglia that was well saved by the Stirling keeper. Stirling were able to net a fourth before Hahndorf working their way up from Kerr to Watts to Huynh who sent the ball to Aylee Tinsley-Smith, who with two still to beat slotted home Hahndorf’s first goal of the day.
Play opened up in the final minutes with Wagner getting some good touches in midfield and Z. Tinsley-Smith continuing to put her body on the line, before Mayer sent Correll chasing a ball up the line, where, cutting in behind her defenders, she finished with a shot past the Stirling keepers outstretched hand to bring the final score to 5-2.
The Magpies look to bounce back at home next week in their second-round cup game against the Pontian Eagles with a 9 am kick off at Rob Kilpatrick Park.



Hahndorf 3 v Flinders United 0
A solid team formation and stance on the pitch ensured Flinders United knew they were on Hahndorfs turf.
As the clock hit 1:47 an early kick in from Flinders was quickly stopped as Sarah Mansfield managed to get Hahndorf out of danger. With Flinders making their mark early on and looking in good form, they then had their first attempt at goal for the game. Keeper, Nicola Lieff notably did the job with a good save 3 minutes in and the nerves from this point in seemed to subside.
Quick footwork by both Ellen Kilpatrick and Darcy Watts kept Flinders on their toes, which was followed with a nice boot from Mansfield, who then passed this seamlessly down to the goals. This allowed Hahndorf to reset after having the ball in their half for the first time.
10 minutes in, Hahndorf seemed to be warming up to secure the ball in their half with some decent pace shown by quite a few of the team, however, Flinders appeared to be the quicker of the two teams still letting Hahndorf know they were there. Zara Tinsley-Smith took the lead, showing a good understanding of the play which was backed up by some good form from Zeli Mcneece with a good boot.
Brogan Baraglia quickly stole both the ball and the show, showing some good defence and Z Tinsley-Smith had the first shot at goal. 15 minutes in Baraglia blocked the ball from Flinders obtaining possession.
Good footwork from Kilpatrick and Z Tinsley- Smith, Hahndorf did show some promise. An unlucky offside at the 21 minute mark, but Hanh Huynh did show grit.
Sophie Correll’s speed to fly down the pitch was difficult for Flinders to catch but in the end the pressure caught up to Hahndorf. McNeece’s ability to block a shot at goal proved fruitful.
Kilpatrick taking the kick looked promising and allowed Hahndorf to stand their ground. Two minutes later she secured the first goal for the match.
Schanna L’Estrange showed some dominance in the field working alongside Watts to secure the ball in Hahndorfs forward. McNeece continued to apply the pressure ensuring Flinders were unable to secure possession, however, an unlucky corner gave Flinders an opportunity they couldn’t risk to give away. Mansfield kicked it away, with Isabel Mayer hot on their player and Mcneece also helping with another corner but a brilliant save by Leiff was just what Hahndorf needed.
Solid effort from Huynh to secure the ball in the middle. Fancy footwork from L’Estrange to Z Tinsley-Smith as they worked in partnership to look like a United team. Flinders at 43 minutes had a scoring opportunity, but missed to a kick that fell just too far to the right. Solid defence between Mansfield, Leiff and Mcneece were able to match Flinders efforts.
Second half kicked off and Hahndorf appeared in control from the outset, with clear direction from Leiff keeping them in line. Baraglia second and third efforts combined with Mcneece’s defence made for a good performance early on in the second with some quick footwork from a number of the team. An attempt at corner from Flinders but they were unable to score their first.
Baraglia scored Hahndorf’s second goal with some support from Kilpatrick, with a great pass. Quick speed with Z Tinsley-Smith to Baraglia who backed up with a stunning kick, that just fell short of securing the third. Z Tinsley-Smith continued to show her speed and Watts kept the pressure on a number of opponents.
Kilpatrick to Aylee Tinsley-Smith showed some good form as the match ticked into the 60 minute mark and Hahndorf then were awarded a free kick with McNeece coming on to take the kick which was so close, but just inches too high. Some good pressure from Correll combined with a good boot from Mansfield then allowed Mcneece to have a shot for goal.
Heading into the 70 minute mark L’Estrange moved into goals and Hahndorf still confidently held the ball. A nice header by Mcneece propelled the ball forward, which was then backed with another shot on goal- but were unable to hit the mark. Lieff was an impressive swap out of goals and did well to hold her own with a clean shot that gave Hahndorf another opportunity at goal. Flinders had their first attempt for a while with a good header from McNeece saving the ball.
Z Tinsley-Smith scored the third for Hahndorf with a straight kick down the line that came in fast. And the whistle then sounded for Hahndorf to secure a convincing win 3-0 with some solid execution and teamwork.


2023 Round 2 – Senior Women
By Donna Basedow
The Hahndorf Div 4 Women defeated Adelaide Uni 6-2 in round 2 of the Football SA Community Competition on Sunday 2nd April. Coached by Jarred Arsie and Lynley Driver, the Hahndorf women came out strong in the first half with a 4-1 lead at the break.
Darcy Watts, Sarah Mansfield, Claudia Kerr, Luca Rungie, Izzy Mayer and Lauren Marwede held a strong defence, ably supported by Zeli McNeece in goals. Ellen Kilpatrick, Brogan Baraglia, Aylee Tinsley-Smith, Zara Tinsley-Smith and Donna Basedow fought tirelessly in the midfield, with Sophie Correll and Hanh Huynh up front. Huynh made a welcome return to the team scoring Hahndorf’s first. Then Z Tinsley-Smith displayed some fancy footwork and add two goals in quick succession. Correll combined well in midfield to send the ball onto Basedow who scored point blank after 30 minutes. Uni netted their first goal just before the halftime whistle.
In the second half, Kerr swapped to keeper position controlling the box while allowing McNeece to slot into midfield. Dorf proved to be a versatile team, with players able to change positions when needed. Adelaide Uni added to their tally from a free kick just before Dorf’s fifth. Watts made an impressive run down the wing to finish with a goal and great celebration. Soon followed up by another goal from Z. Tinsley-Smith and her hat-trick for the game. The final score 6-2 reflected the great game played by the Hahndorf women.




****Match Reports 2022****

Sunday 4th September 2022 – Round 18

Home for the Holidays

The Hahndorf women welcomed East Adelaide for the last game of the season. Pine Stadium was packed to the rafters as the absence of rain put everyone in a good mood to celebrate a very successful season. Hahndorf decided to give some of their players a run in different positions. So Aylee Tinsley-Smith and Lynley Driver found themselves at the back and Zeli McNeece even put on the gloves to give regular keeper Nicola Lieff a run. Nevertheless the team showed the same irrepressible spirit. Darcy Watts and Gemma Doyle came close to scoring with two good shots and Amber Marwede turned defence into attack by penetrating deep into the opposition’s half. Sophie Correll and Isabel Mayer kept things tight at the back and Zara Tinsley-Smith and Lillie Yiatrou began to cause major headaches for the East Adelaide defence. Unfortunately, Gemma Doyle suffered a blood nose from a ball in the face, but she recovered quickly to rejoin the game. In fact the off season could not come quick enough with the much missed Sarah Mansfield still recovering from injury, Coach Arsie also had to add Alex McMaugh and Lillie Yiatrou to his list of patients by the end of the game.

Nil all at the break and Captain Claudia Kerr inherited the gloves from McNeece. Her leadership has been outstanding all season and she kept the clean sheet for the Dorf despite some persistent East pressure. McNeece began to assert in midfield. Then Correll delivered the ball to Doyle who held up the ball to find McNeece and a through ball found the explosive Zara Tinsley-Smith whose shot was too accurate for the opposition’s keeper. One nil up, Dorf were soon down to ten when Z Tinsley-Smith picked up her second yellow. However, the team rallied and Driver in particular showed all her experience to be at the right place at the right time to put out any spot fire attacks. Madelyn Lyall, Doyle, Watts and Lieff somehow kept the ball moving forward creating much needed relief for the defence. When the final whistle came, Hahndorf had secured a very satisfying win. Now this team, which had very low expectations at the start of the year, can celebrate a third place which could set them up to go one or two better next season.

Wednesday 31st August 2022 – Round 15

Points Made

The Hawks Nest under lights is certainly one of the most beautiful places to experience football in South Australia. And the faithful didn’t disappoint as they braved the cold to watch this Div 4 mid-week encounter between the Hawks and Hahndorf.

Both teams have had encouraging seasons and the coaches have had plenty of reasons to be pleased with the player development in their squad. Therefore the motivation on both sides was extremely high and the defensive work from both teams was exemplary. In fact the game seemed to be doomed to flow from the edge of one box to the other without any clear chances being created.

Amber Marwede was back in the line-up and virtually seemed to gobble up any Hawks attack which made it somehow past the resolute Captain Claudia Kerr and the very reliable Darcy Watts and Sophie Correll. Aylee Tinsley-Smith, Zeli McNeece, Isabel Mayer and Lynley Driver managed to combine well in the middle but getting that final ball to the speedster Lillie Yiatrou or the inventive Gemma Doyle proved to be very difficult. However, once Yiatrou did manage to sneak through only to have her shot expertly blocked by Matilda Harvey in the Hawks goal.

So it was nil all at half-time in an engaging contest with momentum building in the second half.  Madelyn Lyall and Alex Mcmaugh made an impact from the bench and Zara Tinsley-Smith used her fine array of skills and tricks to penetrate deep into the opposition’s half. One of these forays saw the ball spill free to Gemma Doyle all by herself near the edge of the box. She sized up the situation and her instinctive strike (reminiscent of FC Bayern’s celebrated Thomas Müller) found the inside of the post and into the Hawks nest to give the Magpies the lead.

The Hawks were undaunted and stepped up their work rate to slowly but surely force the Magpies back deep into their own half. Goal-keeper Nicola Lieff’s goal was now under siege and time and again it was Marwede who expertly read the attacks and managed to clear the danger. But chances did come now and the Magpies were fortunate to hold on to the lead until about ten minutes from the end when a magnificent chip from the corner of the box brought a deserved equaliser. Hahndorf then weathered the final storm to earn themselves a point to secure third place for the season, while the Hawks were pleased not to have lost at home after all their hard work.

So it was smiles all round as everyone’s thoughts turned to home and a nice cup of tea or something stronger to warm up.


Sunday 28th August 2022 – Round 17

Campbelltown City 1 v Hahndorf 1

It’s getting to the end of August and we’re starting to see the first appearances of spring. Which means that an afternoon game at 3.30pm on Campbelltown’s astroturf was hot and quite windy. Rather a change from the swamps and mud that Hahndorf have been playing on the last few weeks.

The lovely weather was perfect for our sports youth to play at a representative  tournament this weekend in Mildura, but also meant  that Hahndorf was missing our little rocket Zara Tinsley-Smith and the match was missing an official FSA referee. Many thanks to the Campbelltown club referee who stepped up and allowed the game to go ahead.

Hahndorf kicked off playing into the wind and seeming to struggle to get started in the first few minutes. Campbelltown were quick to capitalise on this, scoring in the second minute after going one on one against Hahndorf keeper Nicola Lieff.

It would be easy to let such an early score get into your head, but the Hahndorf ladies kept it positive and held their own. There were a few good chances with a number of strong passes going forward to Gemma Doyle, Lillie Yiatrou and Aylee Tinsley-Smith, but all falling just a smidgeon short of reaching the back of the net. In the 8th minute, Yiatrou received a long ball out of the midfield and just kept going. And going. And going. And chipped it over the Campbelltown keepers head into the back of the net. The score was even again.

Due to the warm weather the referee decided to take a drinks break after 15 minutes, definitely needed by Hahndorf. There was trouble in front of goal on both sides but Campbelltown could not get the ball into the net again due to the hard work of the Hahndorf defence, Sarah Mansfield, Claudia Kerr, Darcy Watts and Sophie Correll. The midfield with Zeli Mcneece, Alex Mcmaugh, Lynley Driver and Isabell Mayer worked hard and got the ball forward for Doyle, Yiatrou and Tinsley-Smith on occasions, but the Campbeltown defence line was too good to let the ball through.

The second half started a little cooler since the sun disappeared behind the clubhouse, the game was still hard fought but neither team gained enough of an advantage to score. There were chances on both sides but defence and goalie managed to keep the score at 1:1 to the end of the game.


Sunday 31st July 2022 – Round 14

Hahndorf 11 v Adelaide Uni 0

The Hahndorf fans were in for a good showing this match as Hahndorf played Adelaide Uni, the bottom team in the league. To start the Uni team only had 9 players so Hahndorf was looking forward to be able to use the extra space to their profit. With the superstar keeper Nicola Lieff out for the week Zeli McNeece and Claudia Kerr had to take the role for a half each, with McNeece taking the first half.

The defence was strong as always with Izzy Mayer, Sarah Mansfield, Kerr and Darcy Watts in the backline and a talented midfield of Zara Tinsley-Smith, Lynley Driver and Amber Marwede. The front three consisted of Gemma Doyle, Lillie Yiatrou and Aylee Tinsley-Smith, with one on the bench to back the team, being Maddie Lyall.

The game started quicker than Uni were prepared for, were a lovely build up of play resulted in Doyle putting in a superb ball followed up by Yiatrou smashing it into the back of the net. Another close moment occurred when Mansfield cleared the ball from the backline to Doyle, and onto Z Tinsley-Smith where the resulting shot was unfortunate to go over the crossbar. For the first time of the half Uni were pressing Hahndorf where the centre backs, Mansfield and Kerr, did well to clear and squash any attacks. The fans were not left bored for too long however as Hahndorf went back into attack, resulting in Doyle scoring a low powerful shot just inside the post. After the hard work Doyle took a break and Lyall came onto the pitch with plenty of pace. Marwede now decided it was her time to shine and took on several players gliding past them and slotting the ball into the back of the net. After a long scuffle across the front of the goal mouth, leaving a lot of supporters on the edge of their seats, super sub Lyall managed to slam the ball past the Uni keeper. This was the end of an eventful first half and for all those who have lost track of the score it was 4-0 to Hahndorf, however this was definitely not the end of the goal spree for the Magpies.

Kerr had now moved into goals allowing McNeece to move into the midfield and Marwede to centre back. A resulting corner taken from McNeece was met by Lyall who managed to knee the ball past the keeper. An indirect free kick just inside the box was given to Hahndorf and a perfect time for a very excited McNeece to get onto the score sheet, although that excitement might have gone all into the ball that was smashed well over the crossbar. McNeece, deciding to make up for the exquisite shot before, went for a long run collecting a through ball from Watts, and slotted it into the bar and back of the net. Within a short period Hahndorf were back on the attack and from a poor keeper clearance McNeece popped the ball into the back of the empty net. A great build up play was then seen from Hahndorf starting all the way from Kerr in goals passed around the defence and midfield which was put through to a running Yiatrou to bring it home and past the keeper. Even with the onslaught of goals Hahndorf were not ready to rest and a game of ping pong was started where many shots were all blocked and would bounce to another ready Hahndorf player unfortunately nothing came of this though. Another superb ball was put through for Yiatrou to run onto, and sprint all the way to the box then selflessly passing the ball to McNeece to tap into the empty net, whether it was meant as a pass or a shot, it resulted in a goal. Hahndorf had now found the secret to scoring with through balls, as once again a ball was sent forward for McNeece who smashed the ball through the keepers hands. Yiatrou was now the one to slot one in with the final goal of the game coming in the last few seconds, resulting in an 11-0 win for Hahndorf.


Sunday 24th July 2022 – Round 13

Hahndorf 5 v Stirling Districts 2

Magpies Swoop Districts

After a narrow loss in extra time at last week’s cup semi-final, the Hahndorf Women were greeted by a full house at Pine Stadium as they got ready to face Stirling Districts. Magpies Coach Jarred Arsie had obviously found the perfect warm-up and motivational speech for his team, because his players battered the Stirling goal with long range shots right from the outset. Zeli McNeece and Lynley Driver were keen to stamp their authority on proceedings in the midfield and Aylee Tinsley-Smith began a relentless performance by chasing down every pass that came her way.

However, these early chances were easily defused by the excellent Stirling keeper, until Schanna L’Estrange started a solo run which took her deep into the box. She then kept her balance and kept her cool to give Hahndorf the lead. Hahndorf was now keen to build on their dominance, but just a minute later Stirling went down the other end. A great solo effort from their striker was followed by a sublime chip and the scores were level. At this point Stirling began to assert themselves and played some of their best football. Sarah Mansfield, Claudia Kerr, Isabel Mayer and Darcy Watts suddenly had to work extremely hard in defence to keep the scores level. Nicola Lieff, with another outstanding game in the Hahndorf goal, was called into action a number of times, but handled every dangerous situation with great aplomb.

The return of Amber Marwede to the Hahndorf team not only turned the tide in the game, but also got the fans celebrating in the Southern Stands. First she hammered a McNeece corner, which had not been adequately cleared, into the Stirling net and then she took control of the midfield to send the Magpies back into attack. The result was a fabulous third goal by the inventive and speedy Zara Tinsley-Smith who turned her opponent and found the corner from the edge of the box. 3-1 to the Magpies at half-time with only the ankle injury of Lynley Driver casting a dark cloud over an otherwise sunny day.

In the second half, Hahndorf continued the relentless pressure with Lillie Yiatrou and Gemma Doyle combining well to set up more chances in the final third. Madelyn Lyall also continuously chipped away at the right wing and began to assert her dominance. Marwede and L’Estrange had also begun to set up some good combination play in the centre and the relentless L’Estrange was finally unleashed again to force a one on one with the keeper, sinking the ball into the far corner.

Now it was Lyall’s turn to break through on the right. Her shot was magnificently saved, but it fell to L’Estrange who hammered it into the open net for her hat-trick. Stirling still kept their shape and fought back in the final ten minutes. Their persistence was rewarded with a penalty five minutes from time and it was duly dispatched to make the final score 5-2 to Hahndorf.

The big crowd could clearly see that both teams have many exciting young talents in their midst and as the game was played in excellent spirits, we can once again conclude with “football in the Hills is fabulous”.



Sunday 17th July 2022 – Cup Semi final

Hahndorf 1 v BOSA 2

At the State Centre of Football on a freezing, wet afternoon Hahndorf went head-to-head with BOSA div 4 in the Cup Semi Final. Having taken out Para Hills in the previous cup round via penalty shootout, Hahndorf knew they would be met with a huge challenge, but they approached the game with great determination and a commitment to playing as a united team, supported by a huge crowd of fans.

BOSA got the first kick out with Sophie Correll, Darcy Watts, Claudia Kerr, and Isabel Mayer in the backline quickly leaping into action. BOSA’s first attempt at goal was followed by a corner and another shot on goal was swiftly taken care of by Hahndorf keeper Nicola Lieff.  Zara Tinsley-Smith sent the ball forward to Zeli McNeece and onto Gemma Doyle on the right, with Kerr and Watts holding the centre line. Hahndorf then had their own opportunity at a corner taken by McNeese, and while Lilli Yiatrou gave chase the keeper blocked the goal.

At the 14-minute mark of the game BOSA achieved a goal with a high kick over Lieff’s head. Alex McMaugh, Lynley Driver, Sarah Mansfield, and Mayer were passing up forward with BOSA piling on the pressure. Watts, Doyle, and Schanna L’Estrange kept the BOSA defence busy, and a free kick taken by McNeece resulted in an incredible goal leveling the score line. A combination of play involving Kerr, L’Estrange and Doyle, saw Doyle having another shot at goal which went wide.

After half time, BOSA quickly got the ball into their forward where Mansfield was able to deflect their shot at goal, resulting in a corner for BOSA. Pressure from the Hahndorf defensive team saw the ball back to Aylee Tinsley-smith in the midfield where a BOSA player went down and was stretchered off with a knee injury. Shortly after McNeece also came off with an injured ankle.

Hahndorf’s pressure lead to another corner kick with Yiatrou taking a shot, but the keeper outstretched to prevent the goal. With scores level and the time counting down, the pressure was high. Yiatrou, L’Estrange and Doyle kept the BOSA defence busy. Z. Tinsley-Smith added her support, passing to Yiatrou, who took a shot that went wide with only 8 minutes left on the clock. Hahndorf’s pressure in the forward was unable to result in a further score, with the scoreboard level 1-1 at full time.

In extra time Hahndorf quickly launched the ball to their forward line taking a corner but not achieving a score. BOSA then took the ball to their forward line, with a fast-paced BOSA forward being too quick for the Hahndorf defence to keep pace, BOSA secured another goal. After changing ends in extra time, the Hahndorf fans were loud in their support, but the Hahndorf team were unable to score and lost the semi final 1-2.


Sunday 10th July 2022 – Round 12

Hahndorf 2 v Mt Barker 3 – Derby Delivers

The Hahndorf Mt Barker rivalry dates back to the 1880s and has delivered countless classic matches across many sporting codes. The packed stands at Pine Stadium were eager for a new chapter in this epic contest and they were not disappointed.

Zeli McNeece returned to the striped legends and brought a welcome order to the Hahndorf midfield. Both teams started well and Mt Barker were unlucky when one of their shots only hit the crossbar. This seemed to stir Hahndorf into action. A penetrating throw-in from the right wing by the excellent Darcy Watts bounced at the edge of the box. Zara Tinsley-Smith was surrounded by three opponents, but she reacted the quickest, pushed the ball into an open space inside the box and drilled the shot into the far corner. The keeper got her finger-tips to the ball, but couldn’t keep it out.

From there Hahndorf had their best period of the match. Captain Claudia Kerr played another highly efficient game at the back and with her partner in crime, Sarah Mansfield, was able to keep the Mt Barker forwards well in check. Mansfield was also playing with a bruise which might have made Sergio Ramos beg for a week off.

Alex McMaugh again had a positive impact in midfield reading the ball extremely well and Lynley Driver is closing in on her best form, dominating her position more completely every week.

Hahndorf’s pressure, exemplified by the ever-menacing Aylee Tinsley-Smith, finally paid dividends when the explosive Lillie Yiatrou managed to outpace the Mt Barker defence to chase down a long ball and sink it into the far corner. Great derbies have great comeback stories and Mt Barker, who are second on the table and possess a lot of quality in their ranks, were in no mood to fade away. Their compact structure pressed Hahndorf back into their half. Suddenly keeper Nicola Lieff was in the centre of the action again and as so often this season her ability to read the play and safe hands were a great asset to her team. Nevertheless, Mt Barker threatened from corners and crosses and within the space of ten minutes two of them had dropped in the box and were bundled over the line to make it 2-2. With the scores tied at half-time the spectators already felt they had their money’s worth, but in this battle of second against third it was difficult to tell who would finally come out on top.

In the second half it was an even game with Mt Barker creating the slightly better chances and hitting the woodwork again from a great header. Sophie Correll again clocked up the miles for Hahndorf as she battled fiercely for possession at right back. Isabel Mayer pressed higher up for Hahndorf and had a couple of good shots from distance. In the end it was team pressure which broke the deadlock. Mt Barker trapped the ball inside the Hahndorf box by blocking all clearances. Eventually it fell to a red shirt and was dispatched for the winner. Gemma Doyle then came back into the fray and her determined runs signaled a final storm against the Mt Barker citadel with Hahndorf throwing the kitchen sink and the entire kitchen at their neighbours, but there was to be no final twist in the tale.

The three points went to Mt Barker and another epic chapter had been written in the book of great contests between these clubs. Football rivalries in the Hills are a wonderful thing and maybe one day we will have our own league.


Sunday 3rd July 2022 – Round 11

Hahndorf 1 v Flinders 2

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.



Sunday 26th June 2022 – Cup Quarter Final

Magpies Make History – a win with penalties

Para Hills East and the visiting Magpies delivered a cup quarter-final which can only be compared to Australia’s epic victory against Uruguay to make the 2006 World Cup. The rain didn’t trouble the players during the match, but the slippery, muddy conditions ensured that the match was hard fought rather than technically brilliant.

Sarah Mansfield and Captain Claudia Kerr lead a well-organised defence, where Isabel Mayer and Sophie Correll often had to give their all to keep the opposition’s physical wingers at bay. Para Hills were optically more dominant but both sides struggled to create clear chances. If a ball managed to float towards the box, keeper Nicola Lieff shut it down with a “Manuel Neuer run” out of the goals. Zeli McNeece, Lillie Yiatrou, Gemma Doyle and Lynley Driver battled hard in the center, but it was difficult to find that final through ball. Hahndorf’s most dangerous moment in the first half came from a McNeece free-kick, which was on target but too close to the keeper to trouble her.

Madelyn Lyall and Aylee Tinsley-Smith provided some good options upfront, but the Para Hills defense was well structured and there was always an extra opponent to clear the ball. Towards the end of the first half Para Hills were given a free-kick in a promising position and with the last kick of the half the ball descended into the Hahndorf net. However, the Magpies were undaunted and after some encouraging words from their coach Jared Arsie, the team was still determined to make history as the first Hahndorf Women’s Team to reach a cup semi-final.

Darcy Watts started extending her runs, Zara Tinsley-Smith won a lot of contests in the middle and Alex McMaugh used all her experience to improve the distribution of the ball. Meanwhile Mansfield and Kerr continued to run down the deepest attacks, with Mansfield using some long kicks when relief was badly needed. In the second half goal-keeper Lieff began to carve out a performance which reminded the spectators of Oliver Kahn in the 2001 Champions League Final. Para Hills began to create some good chances and Lieff not only parried but held the shots, allowing no scraps for the poachers. In these wet conditions her safe hands seemed almost out of this world. Yiatrou then lit a candle of hope for Hahndorf when a Lyall through ball found her speeding past the defense but her shot went just wide.

Now the Magpies sniffed a chance and ten minutes later the long ball from the dominating Mansfield was once again chased down by the irrepressible Yiatrou who expertly took it past the keeper only to be taken out for a penalty. Captain Kerr stood up and as there was a bit of feeling in the match at this point, it looked more like a gun fight/standoff than a spot kick. She took her time and calmly wrong-footed the keeper to send the Magpies and their supporters into a cheering frenzy. Some creative celebrations also earnt her a yellow card but the Magpies held on for the final whistle.

Extra time and the legs were getting heavy. Once again Lieff stepped up multiple times (including a few one on ones) to frustrate the opposition and lift the spirits of her team-mates. All players pushed on, despite a lighter bench as McNeece sustained an injury and Driver also battled a serious knock. Nevertheless, the indomitable spirit of this side shone through and they almost snatched it at the end when Gemma Doyle ran on to a through ball and almost scored just as the flag went up for off-side.

Now it was down to penalties and a few fingernails were being chewed down to the skin as Para Hills converted their first three, while Yiatrou, Zara Tinsley-Smith and Mansfield also converted to make it 3-3. Then a determined Lieff dived to her right like an inspired Redmayne and saved the ball to give Hahndorf the advantage. Kerr stepped up for her second of the day and again won the battle to give Hahndorf a 4-3 lead. If Lieff kept the next one out, Hahndorf would make history and the demand for Lieff keeper tops amongst the fans would go through the roof. And yes, once again she found an extra spring in her tired legs, dived to her right and ended the match with a fantastic save.

Dreams had come true. The team had persevered. The crowd went wild and a hard fought match ended with positive sentiments from both teams. Football was the winner, but the celebrations which ensued in Hahndorf will only be surpassed by a win in the semi-final.

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

Before the match had even begun it was a shambles, neither the visiting hahndorf team nor the match Referee knew the where they were supposed to be. Hahndorf made the move to stick with the central and most intact pitch but we’re shortly corrected and sent packing. They were forced to trade down for a fair inferior pitch which sent almost all players of both teams sliding at the hint of a change in direction.
Despite the fact that the injured Captain, Tahlie Jones, still came out to say her magic phrase in the huddle it didn’t stop the uni teams cross finding its was to the back of the net. While the clean sheet couldn’t be maintained in what felt like the first 30 seconds Hahndorf picked up their heads and pushed back hard. Not too long after this initial goal Hahndorf conceded yet another unlucky ball with the opposition pressing hard on the Hahndorf defence and keeper. Yet again they had to lift their heads and push on.
It wasn’t too long before the teams hard work paid off as the ball made its way up from the line back lines left Nadia Maxwell through the midfield to the feet of Katie Gilbert who drilled down towards the uni keeper placing it to the keepers right and straight into the back of the net. With their heads a little higher they pushed on with plays pushing through the wings on the right and left. After pressing high into the right corner of the opposition’s half Kathryn Mcintyre was able to make space for herself on the edge of the box and put yet another cross through. This time with Hodgson’s high press on the oppositions last defender, as the ball looked to be leaving the other side of the box, Baraglia was able to get her magic boot on it to equalise the teams.
With the equal playing field the women pressed on. Claudia Kerr and the coaching team all the while re-adjusting to give the hardworking Sarah Mansfield some rest on the wing and test Darcy Watts with a swap to the centre of the defense. The second half ended all sides equal, which is how the teams stood until about halfway through the second half.
At this point the sun and slight fatigue was setting in amongst the 10 Hahndorf women, who were running against the legs of who were refreshing their legs every ten minutes. In an unfortunate series of events too many uni players were left free infront of keeper Nicola Lieff’s goals and a cross found it was to their feet and just as quickly to the back of the net. While at this point the team were more than frustrated Lieff’s continued long balls to the wings provided plenty of opportunities for play to continue up the wings. Brogan Baraglia, Ellen KilpatricK, Gilbert and even left back Maxwell all had their own tries at the goals, but none quite found the back of the net.
While the midfielders had no striker to find the feet of they did their best and worked their hardest but Hahndorf wasn’t able to bring home another equaliser before the final whistle was blown.

15th August – Hahndorf  0 v 1 East Adelaide

The Hahndorf Women’s team met East Adelaide on a sunny August morning on Hahndorf’s home pitch for a 9:30 kick-off for their round 15 game.  The game started as the sun began to shine with Hahndorf sadly having the downhill disadvantage, but the girls did not let that effect their motivation.
The game picked up rapidly, within seconds the ball had travelled from one end of the pitch the other, all Hahndorf girls bringing their A-game to the field making use of the pristine dry pitch. Coach Jarred Arsie had the girls set with a strong line up and strong tactics discussed before the game.  East Adelaide was fighting from the very beginning, but the Hahndorf women gave up an even stronger fight with the defence Tahlie Jones and Claudia Kerr keeping it tight in the middle with Sarah Mansfield and Darcy Watts delivering strong long balls to the forwards.
Kathryn Mclntyre and Kathryn Gilbert making the lines their own, running up and down delivering strong balls to Holli Pietrobon. While the defence kept a strong line, the midfield kept strong triangles, Brogan Baraglia, Ellen Kilpatrick and Charlotte Hodgson keeping control of the ball and passing it through the opposition’s midfield finding itself to either Gilbert or Mclntrye. Both teams found themselves with a strong defensive line which made it hard to secure a ball in the back of the net. Baragalia found herself out of midfield and was able to make race through all East Adelaide players trying to secure a shot on goal but unfortunately East Adelaide’s keeper was able to save Bargalia’s shot.  Hahndorf’s goalkeeper Nicola Lieff kept the girls on track with her directions from goals. By the end of the second half both teams weren’t enjoying the sun anymore. The first half resulted in 0-0 with both teams tired for fighting to secure the first goal.
Second half kicked off with the girls now going uphill, and despite the uphill disadvantage and the warm fatigue the girls kept their heads up with motivation coming Mumma Lyn. Nadia Maxwell showing her skills holding the strong defence line while Kerr rocked the bright pink shirt in keeper and Leiff on the pitch up front putting up a fight against the East Adelaide’s strongest defender. Mclntyre delivering strong balls to Baraglia positioning herself for shots on goals before East Adelaide found their selves pressuring all players from the Hahndorf side. While keeping a strong line Jones found herself on the ground with an injured knee, the girls helped carry her off to the side lines while coach Arsie rethinks positions, moving Gilbert from forward to centre defence filling in Jones position. Hodgson and Lieff making good options up front but but were still unable to secure a girl. It wasn’t until the last 3 minutes when East Adelaide players were able to tuck in behind Hahndorf’s defence and snuck in a very lucky goal. Hahndorf even more fired up now took advantage of the last 3 minutes keeping the ball upfront with Bargalia and Mclntyre making good use of the ball passing to the middle of the box for Hodgson to take a hit a goal but unfortunately it not quiet making it to the net.
It was a tough back and forth game from both teams, Hahndorf putting maximum effort into this game but just unfortunately was not able to finish with a result the Hahndorf women would have wanted after such an amazing game of soccer.

8th August – Hahndorf  2 v 6 Seymour

Challenging pitch conditions have greeted many teams on their return to play following July’s rain-filled snap lockdown, and the field at Seymour was certainly no exception. The mud provided an extra degree of difficulty for both players and linesmen, as did the late arrival of the referee, apparently stuck in traffic on a notably traffic-free sleepy Sunday morning. Thankfully, Tyler stepped up to the plate and the game was able to get underway.

 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.

The remainder of the first half was a stalemate, punctuated by a few clear chances created down the left wing, chiefly through combination play between Darcy Watts and Kat McIntyre, at one point seeing the former played through on goal but opt to pass in the face of pressure from the Seymour keeper, unfortunately resulting in the chance fizzling out. Seymour themselves were largely stifled thereon by the Magpies defence, anchored by Tahlie Jones and Claudia Kerr, often catching the pacey opposition strikers offside. Overall, Hahndorf performed well in the first half, but following their early dominance struggled to hold the ball for extended periods as the tough-tackling Seymour midfield played themselves into the game, leaving the score at 1-0 to the hosts at the interval.
The second half began much like the first, with the visiting Magpies noticeably the stronger of the two sides in the early exchanges. Baraglia and Gilbert again found themselves involved in a number of promising moves, forcing save after save from the keeper, denying the former a goal of the season contender when she won the ball high up the pitch, turned past two defenders and saw her long range shot seemingly destined for the top corner denied yet again. Finally, however, the crucial breakthrough came through individual brilliance from Gilbert, beating multiple defenders to then win, and convert, a clear penalty for handball. With the sides now tied again at 1-1 Hahndorf kept the pressure high, but tired legs unfortunately saw the gaps opening.  Hahndorf’s defence Ellen Kilpatrick, Sarah Mansfield and Charli Hodgson had their work cut out for them  keeping pace with the speed of the Seymour strikers. Lieff was called into action with exceeding regularity and performed admirably, but the sheer number of clear chances created were eventually too much and saw the hosts grab two quick goals to regain and extend their lead. It was not entirely one-way traffic however, as the Magpies also created some excellent chances, including a chipped cross from Gilbert to Baraglia which the latter volleyed at the back post, only to be oh-so-cruelly denied by said post from short range. Seymour continued to grow in their ascendency as the game wore on and tired legs from the Magpies after a three-week hiatus, and without reinforcements from the bench began to take their toll, as the lead stretched to 5-1. Gilbert scored another, this time from long range, wrong footing the keeper, but Seymour scored once more to put the game beyond doubt. It finished 6-2 to Seymour, a score line which perhaps flattered the hosts, and a game from which the Magpies can take much by way of positives for the remaining matches of the season. They had the skills to significantly test their higher-ranked opposition, and it seemed that despite, perhaps, a lack of match sharpness after the extended break, on another day their chances would have found the net and seen them come away with a result.
Challenging pitch conditions have greeted many teams on their return to play following July’s rain-filled snap lockdown, and the field at Seymour was certainly no exception. The mud provided an extra degree of difficulty for both players and linesmen, as did the late arrival of the referee, apparently stuck in traffic on a notably traffic-free sleepy Sunday morning. Thankfully, Tyler stepped up to the plate and the game was able to get underway.

 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.

The remainder of the first half was a stalemate, punctuated by a few clear chances created down the left wing, chiefly through combination play between Darcy Watts and Kat McIntyre, at one point seeing the former played through on goal but opt to pass in the face of pressure from the Seymour keeper, unfortunately resulting in the chance fizzling out. Seymour themselves were largely stifled thereon by the Magpies defence, anchored by Tahlie Jones and Claudia Kerr, often catching the pacey opposition strikers offside. Overall, Hahndorf performed well in the first half, but following their early dominance struggled to hold the ball for extended periods as the tough-tackling Seymour midfield played themselves into the game, leaving the score at 1-0 to the hosts at the interval.
The second half began much like the first, with the visiting Magpies noticeably the stronger of the two sides in the early exchanges. Baraglia and Gilbert again found themselves involved in a number of promising moves, forcing save after save from the keeper, denying the former a goal of the season contender when she won the ball high up the pitch, turned past two defenders and saw her long range shot seemingly destined for the top corner denied yet again. Finally, however, the crucial breakthrough came through individual brilliance from Gilbert, beating multiple defenders to then win, and convert, a clear penalty for handball. With the sides now tied again at 1-1 Hahndorf kept the pressure high, but tired legs unfortunately saw the gaps opening.  Hahndorf’s defence Ellen Kilpatrick, Sarah Mansfield and Charli Hodgson had their work cut out for them  keeping pace with the speed of the Seymour strikers. Lieff was called into action with exceeding regularity and performed admirably, but the sheer number of clear chances created were eventually too much and saw the hosts grab two quick goals to regain and extend their lead. It was not entirely one-way traffic however, as the Magpies also created some excellent chances, including a chipped cross from Gilbert to Baraglia which the latter volleyed at the back post, only to be oh-so-cruelly denied by said post from short range. Seymour continued to grow in their ascendency as the game wore on and tired legs from the Magpies after a three-week hiatus, and without reinforcements from the bench began to take their toll, as the lead stretched to 5-1. Gilbert scored another, this time from long range, wrong footing the keeper, but Seymour scored once more to put the game beyond doubt. It finished 6-2 to Seymour, a score line which perhaps flattered the hosts, and a game from which the Magpies can take much by way of positives for the remaining matches of the season. They had the skills to significantly test their higher-ranked opposition, and it seemed that despite, perhaps, a lack of match sharpness after the extended break, on another day their chances would have found the net and seen them come away with a result.

18th July – Hahndorf  1 v 1 Para Hills East

On Sunday the 18th of July the Hahndorf Women’s team met Para Hills East at the Hahndorf recreation grounds for a 9:30 kick-off. The Hahndorf men’s team showed their support along with many supporters and their fury friends gathering to watch the women play on Sunday in Hahndorf colours. The game started as the sun began to shine with Hahndorf having the kick-off heading downhill. The tough battle began running on the damp and muddy pitch against Para Hills East who put up a fight, Keeper Nicola Lieff diving through the mud to deflect all the balls that came her way. Hahndorf led by scoring in the first half after Nadia Maxwell won a penalty against Para Hills East. Kathryn Gilbert taking the penalty, the pressure was on when the ball hit the crossbar the fight continued trying to get the ball in the net when Brogan Baraglia saw a shot and kicked it in leaving Hahndorf up 1-0 at half time.
After refuelling on oranges and sour worms the game continued, with Hahndorf now heading up hill with Para Hills having kick-off  Hahndorf kept a strong defence with captain Tahlie Jones leading through the centre of the back line backed up by Claudia Kerr by her side and Sarah Mansfield and Darcy Watts holding the left & right back positions ensuring no attackers get too far past the defensive line. The Hahndorf women’s team made strong runs through the centre of the pitch with the help of Ellen Kilpatrick acting as the defensive mid to push the ball through to the front line. Charlie Hodgson made fast and quick moves to push the ball through to Kathryn Mcintyre up the wing making runs up the wing to cross it in towards goals giving Holli Pietrobon more chances at goal, however despite the girls best effort the Para Hills East Goalie was no rookie. The Hahndorf Women’s team fought a hard battle, the Para Hills team unfortunately scoring in the last 20 seconds of the match leaving the end score being 1-1. Congratulations to the Hahndorf and Para Hills team, a game well played from both sides.

11th July – Hahndorf  0 v 1 Croydon Kings

A dreary afternoon game at Croydon’s home ground saw Hahndorf’s Div 4 women team down to 10 players due to injuries and unavailability. The solid squad of 10 however was determined to not let this disadvantage them, displaying an evenly matched start. In the first half Hahndorf looked threatening with breaks from the midfield’s Kathryn Gilbert expanding out wide and sending a solid cross to Kathryn McIntyre who unsuccessfully attempted Hahndorf first chance on goal. Croydon retaliated with heavy pressure midway through the first half, forcing Hahndorf to rely on defensive efforts from their back line Tahlie Jones, Darcy Watts, Claudia Kerr and Sarah Mansfield. Watts always impressive with overlapping runs and charging towards goal. The whistle blew for half time giving the Hahndorf side a chance to catch their breath.
A great run from Gilbert early in the second half opened up Croydon’s defence, but a save from their keeper kept the score level at nil all. Midway through the second half a loose ball lands at the feet of Croydon’s striker and she slots it in for a 1-0 lead. Clearances from Mansfield, Jones, and Kerr deny Croydon from getting a second goal, while Croydon’s keeper saves a curving shot from Ellen Kilpatrick. Hahndorf keeper Nicola Lieff makes an excellent save late in the second half to prevent a definite goal and keep the score down to 1-0. Probing passes are put forward by midfields Kilpatrick and Brogan Baraglia, finding Gilbert and Hollie Pietrobon as Hahndorf push for a late equaliser. 
The final score of 1-0 did not reflect the effort displayed by Hahndorf who, with one man down and no subs, gave the home team a run for their money. 

27th June – Hahndorf  4 v 0 Flinders Flames

On very wet and muddy pitch, and the question of whether or not the referee would call off the game, the Hahndorf women’s team prepared for the game against the Flinders flames. After the all clear from the referee, the opposition had kickoff.
Starting strong, the Hahndorf defenders, Tahlie Jones, Claudia Kerr, Sarah Mansfield and Darcy Watts made great use of the wings. Working with the conditions of the pitch, pushing wide and passing up the line to the midfielders and forwards was a fantastic option to avoid muddy sections in the middle.
Goalkeeper Nicola Leiff remained strong with the oppositions forwards trying for goals. On multiple occasions Leiff flew through the air catching and tapping the ball away. Midfielder Brogan Baraglia started off the goal scoring with a beautiful shot going over overtop the oppositions goalie in the first half.
Second half begun with some great support from midfielders Ellen Kilpatrick and Charli Hodgson, assisting Kathryn Gilbert, Holli Pietrobon and Kathryn McIntyre in forward.
After getting a free kick, McIntyre soared the ball, past the goalie and into the back of the net. Following on, Pietrobon scored as she saw opportunity to tap the ball into the goals.
One goal wasn’t enough for McIntyre as she seamlessly shot the ball past the oppositions goalie yet again, bringing the score to 4-nil.
The referee blew the final whistle, meaning victory the Handover Women’s team.

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

Hahndorf started the game with a grand total of nine players on the pitch. To add to this, the weather on the day was lovely for sitting in a park and having a picnic, with temperatures in the low 20s, but not necessarily for players running for 80 minutes. The visitors, Adelaide University, came ready to roll for the 9.30am kick off, bringing a full team of 16 up to Pine avenue.
The Hahndorf Women started strong with midfields Tahlie Jones and Brogan Baraglia pushing the ball up through the Adelaide University midfield, more than making up for the two missing players as they skillfully passed around the ball. The forward half was owned by center forward Holli Pietrobon, who was closely followed by two Adelaide defenders at all times, keeping them out of play.
In the 13th minute of the first half, despite the unlucky number of the minute, Charli Hodgson ran forward and with a cool, calculated shot put the ball past the Adelaide Uni Keeper and into the back of the net, giving Hahndorf the lead.
In the second half, the lack of subs and the warm weather began to make themselves known in the increasing tiredness felt by the Hahndorf women. Despite this, the defense held tight with Darcy Watts on the right and Ellen Kilpatrick on the left chasing down any attempt from Adelaide uni to push through into a scoring position.
An unlucky hand ball in the 68th minute imparted a penalty against Hahndorf. Adelaide university put their best shooter forward, and took a beautiful shot, sending the ball sailing towards the bottom left hand corner of the net…. And into the outstretched arms of Hahndorf keeper Nicola Lieff. The deflected ball was then cleanly taken out of play by the Hahndorf defense, denying Adelaide Uni the goal.
In the last couple of minutes Adelaide uni started to push through, getting a series of corner kicks. The first two were stopped by center defender Claudia Kerr, who risked life and limb to stop a high, curving corner kick. A hard ball to the ribs couldn’t stop Kerr, who played on bravely despite the pain, but had to give ball stopping duty to Center defender Sarah Mansfield, who used her height advantage to nullify any chance of Adelaide uni scoring off of a corner.
The final whistle couldn’t have come a moment too soon as all of the Hahndorf women were utterly knackered from running the whole game with 9 on the pitch in the warm weather. A final score of 1-0 doesn’t really do justice to the amazing effort put in by the women, who played as an amazingly cohesive unit and put to work many of the techniques practiced in training.

14th May – Hahndorf  2 v 3 Northern Wolves

The Hahndorf Division 4 women played their Round 2 Cup game in a tight battle against Northern Wolves at Eyre Sports Park on Friday night. Despite finishing the game with 10 players due to injury the Hahndorf women played brilliant football in the 3-2 loss.
Northern Wolves were quick off the mark and had a goal within the first 2 minutes. This triggered a more determined Hahndorf to press forward with defenders Nadia Maxwell, Sarah Mansfield, Claudia Kerr and Darcy Watts sending balls wide. Tahlie Jones in midfield also provided support in the back line. Nicola Lieff, in goals, struggled with an injured knee and had to withdraw from the game at the 30 minute mark. After a quick shuffle Claudia Kerr took on the keeper duties and again encouraged Hahndorf to press. Kathryn McIntyre was brought into midfield and had immediate effect, gathering the ball and sending Kathryn Gilbert on a run. Through several players Gilbert whipped the ball into the net, equalising just before halftime.
As the whistle blew to recommence the game the rain fell and again Hahndorf were caught on the back foot, allowing Wolves to get a quick second goal. Hahndorf returned the pressure with Ellen Kilpatrick in midfield and McIntyre controlling the ball on the left and taking a shot, just to go wide. The ball was worked from end to end, keeping Kerr busy in goals and requiring Gilbert to assist in the back line. Another breakaway forward gave Hahndorf a corner, a great cross from Maxwell to Kilpatrick’s head and finding the foot of Holli Pietrobon for a well timed flick into the net for Hahndorf’s second.
Still playing with 10, Hahndorf matched Northern Wolves with possession and intensity. Charli Hodgson linked in nicely with Watts and Maxwell out wide and provided support in midfield. Late in the second half Wolves were awarded a free kick outside the box. The kick in hit the crossbar with keeper Kerr scrambling to gather the ball, then rebounded off a player and into the net. Not deterred, Hahndorf played with renewed determination, with Kilpatrick receiving a yellow card and Gilbert a knock to the head. After a brief pause in play the final whistle sounded to end the tight fought game.

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

Sunday the second of May saw the Hahndorf Women’s team host Seymour Old Collegians at Pine Avenue kicking off at 9:30am. The weather started off with a nice warm autumn morning but with a little drizzle to dampen the grass – perfect football conditions one might say!
Coach Kerr and Manager Kerr were off drinking wine in the Barossa so Assistant Coach Jarred Arsiè stepped up to take on the rowdy bunch of girls, and Lynley Driver took on the role of managers duties as well as team masseuse.
The Hahndorf girls followed their normal pre match routine, but after having the previous weekend off for ANZAC Day, they were a little rusty and seemed to be dragging their feet.
Captain Tahlie Jones went for the toss, and Seymour elected to play up hill for the first half – stealing Hahndorf’s home ground tactics and forcing Hahndorf to play uphill in the second.
Hahndorf’s line up consisted of the ever reliable Nicola Lieff in goals guarded by Sarah Mansfield and Claudia Kerr in central defence, and flanked by Holli Pietrobon and Ellen Kilpatrick. The Midfield saw Captain Jones play defensive midfield supported by attacking midfield players Kathryn Gilbert and Charlotte Hodgson. The front three saw Brogan Baraglia left, Kathryn McIntyre centre, and Darcy Watts right.
Hahndorf started off strong, with attacks down both wings but opposition goalkeeper Violet Spanner (a former junior player at Hahndorf) was determined to keep the ball out of the net. The ball was volleyed back and forward while both teams were trying to get the upper hand, likened to an arm wrestle, but it was Seymour that achieved the first success leaving the Hahndorf girls 0-1 nearly half way into the first half.
This spurred the black and white side on with Gilbert and Hodgson bouncing the ball off off Jones through the middle and feeding it long for Baraglia and Watts to have shots on goal, but with no success.
Seymour retaliated with speed, slipping through Hahndorf’s defence line and sneaking one passed Lieff making it 0-2.
This just fired up Gilbert more, taking on half the opposition and crossing it into the middle for McIntyre who was quickly shut out by the wall of defensive Seymour players. Watts made some fantastic runs down the right wing, but Seymour were on a roll. The opposition pushed back again forcing a corner. The ball came in to the fray in front of goals and a Seymour player managed to get her head to the ball scoring a third for the away side.
Hahndorf went into the half time break frustrated and needing a change. Coach Arsiè gave guidance and some tactical support while changing Pietrobon and Kilpatrick up to the forward line and bringing Watts and Hodgson back into defence.
The girls came back out into the pitch ready to start again, but the sun was shining and the girls knew they were facing an uphill battle, literally and mentally. Seymour brought on fresh legs and enjoyed the downhill stroll.
Kerr and Jones had to work hard chasing down speedy attacks through the centre from the Seymour strikers and Lieff put her body on the line multiple times to keep them at bay. The Hahndorf girls kept a high line and managed to catch the opposition offside on a few occasions, but Seymour managed to sneak through and put two goals away in quick succession about 15 minutes into the second half.
This still did not deter the Hahndorf side, with attacking plays from Watts to Mansfield and Pietrobon getting to ball into the goal square, and stunning link ups between Hodgson, McIntyre, and Baraglia. On one occasion Baraglia managed to sneak through sending the ball hurdling towards Keeper Spanner, who somehow managed to stop the shot by sitting on the ball right on the line of the goal mouth!
Hahndorf continued to push on with support from Arsiè and Driver on the sidelines however Spanner was an impenetrable force on her old turf (clearly having excellent education in her junior days at Hahndorf) and kept out all attacks from the home side.
The final whistle saw an end score of 0-8, and will send the Hahndorf girls away to prepare for their Round 7 game only five days away. They take on East Adelaide on Friday night at 8pm at the Victoria Park Racecourse.

18th April – Hahndorf  4 v 2 Mercedes


The Hahndorf women’s team hosted Mercedes on home soil making for a 9:30am kickoff for round 5. An eager Hahndorf took to the field embracing guest player Stephany Gilbert. Though Hahndorf lost the toss they managed to secure kick off and head up hill in the first half.
The first half saw Mercedes push hard, Hahndorf persisted with desperate defence from Claudia Kerr, Holli Pietrobon, Sarah Mansfield and Tahlie Jones. As small crack started to show from Mercedes swarm like structure, Mercedes capitalised and managed a goal before half time. Hahndorf pushed the ball around the park well but we’re not yet rewarded for their efforts.
As the second half begun, Hahndorf took to the pitch with anticipation, 1-0 down wasn’t a problem for a side a custom to their home ground and ready to capitalise on a down hill attack. Hahndorf quickly proved their tactics were well worth the struggle of the first half with Hahndorf attacking side  Kathryn Gilbert, Charli Hodgson, Mia Shepherdson, Ellen Kilpatrick, Kathryn McIntyre and guest Stephanie Gilbert pressured Mercedes defence putting on many impressive plays.  Family ties proved meaningful by sisters Stephanie and Kathryn Gilbert who dominated central midfield to provide one another with opportunities at goal. Nicola Lief joined the team on the pitch, handing the role of goal keeper to Hahndorf veteran Claudia Kerr and retiring speedy Darcy Watts to defence. Lief proved herself worthy providing McIntyre with the opportunity to assist Kathryn Gilbert for her second goal of the game. Shepherdson put on an impressive run down the wing, taking a shot on goal herself before providing Stephanie Gilbert with the opportunity for her second goal. Mercedes put up a fight, managing one more goal before the end of a game with an unlikely deflection. Despite this Hahndorf emerged victorious winning 4-2 at the final whistle.

11th April – Hahndorf  3 v 0 Para Hills East

Coming back from the long Easter break both the Hahndorf Women and Para Hills East Women were keen as ever and ready to get back on the pitch. Hahndorf won the coin toss deciding to take kick-off. Both teams went straight in with determination without holding back. Only a few minutes in Claudia Kerr from defence sent a long ball to Brogan Baraglia who was able to run onto the ball dribbling it into the 18-yard box and scoring! Heads were high for Hahndorf already one up within minutes but this did not discourage Para Hills as they kept on fighting. Hahndorf kept it strong in the mid-field with Charlotte Hodgson, Tahlie Jones and Kathryn McIntyre creating tight triangles trying to keep possession, Hodgson coming in from the middle of the pitch passed a short smooth ball to Kathryn Gilbert who was able to take a few touches around Para Hills defence and scoring! This made Para Hills fight even harder but Hahndorf’s defence kept a very tight line which made many offside calls. On the right side of the defence Donna Mahlburg was fighting hard for the ball while trying to run up the line badly injured her ankle causing the game to pause and an ambulance to be called. During injury time both both coaches, James Kerr and Jarred Arsie, talked with the team, reshuffling the 10 players to cover the pitch. This did not stop Hahndorf as we kept on fighting even with only 10.
Shortly after Nadia Maxwell, covering Mahlburgs position on the right-wing, received a long ball from Baraglia and dribbled the ball towards the goal before getting tripped up inside the goal box causing a penalty for Hahndorf. Kathryn Gilbert took the penalty and was able to find the back of the net and another goal for Hahndorf. Para hills began to work even harder and sent a few of their forwards running aiming for goals but Darcy Watts and Hodgson shut them down along the left side before any shots were taken along with Kerr and Sarah Mansfield kept a very tight defence not needing keeper Nicola Lieff to touch the ball almost all of the first half.
Half time was called and Hahndorf women were happy and proud of everyone’s efforts despite the few setbacks with Mahlburg’s injury.
Second half saw Holli Pietrobon take the ground providing Hahndorf with 11 players again and extra legs up front. Players were tired and a bit worn down from all the hard work during the first half. Para Hills were fighting harder than ever and gained most possession within the whole second half, but Hahndorf did not give up. The defence was picking up every player and sticking on them like glue not allowing any concession. Watts was constantly working up the left line creating runs for Pietrobon up in forward while Maxwell did the same for Baragalia on the right side. Shots were made from both teams but just weren’t able to get into the back of the net in the second half. A range of all different skills came from both teams making it a tight and very enjoyable game, Hahndorf fighting just that little bit extra that first half making it an overall score of 3-0.

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

A united Hahndorf took to the pitch wearing black armbands for a minute of silence to honour the memory of life member and Adelaide Hills soccer icon Rob Kilpatrick. Round 14 saw a rematch of Hahndorf vs Croydon, this time on home soil where the distinct angle of the pitch and a sunny 26c day provided an extra challenge on top of an already heavily anticipated rematch. The toss of the coin resulted in an uphill battle for Hahndorf in the first half. Croydon with a fast attacking side took advantage of their half heading downhill to score 2 goals before half time. Hahndorf keeper, Nicola Lieff remained the back bone of the team making large clearances from goal despite scrambling for the ball coming into contact with rough play whilst defending her goal. This seasons new kid on the block Darcy Sullivan played her best half yet despite meeting rough play. Despite their effort Hahndorf did not manage a goal in the first half but remained hopeful the second half would bring some relief and aid their attack.
The second half saw Hahndorf take more opportunities at goal, with Katie Gilbert leading the team making multiple runs at goals, turning players on her way and making play with Kathryn McIntyre and Donna Mahlburg on the right Wing. Coming into collision with the keeper Gilbert managed a goal to reward her efforts. Darcy Watts and Claudia Kerr put in multiple efforts to get the ball down the left wing and into centre forward Brianna Neeson who’s speed provided the team with a fast offence. Defenders Lynley Driver, Charlotte Nielson and Tahlie Jones put in an exhausting effort to limit Croydon’s attack but unfortunately conceded two more goals before the end of the match.
A big thanks to everyone who came out to support and to Jack Anderson and Tully Probert for filling the linesman position.

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.

The second half saw Hahndorf playing confidently out from the backline from Jones, to wing backs Darcy Watts and Charlotte Nielsen, who battled hard against the extreme pace of Andrews Farm attackers who now had the downhill on their side. Centre defensive midfield Lynley Driver stepped up in the absence of Magpie’s captain Claudia Kerr who was out for the week with an injury; Driver making an impact in successfully trailing a new play from kickoff devised by coach Phil Stevens, after Andrews Farm managed to slip in their first goal of the game. Hahndorf’s newest recruit and centre forward Darcy Sullivan played her first full 90 minutes, creating some fantastic through balls and opportunities against the opposition. The away team managed another 2 goals in the last 15 minutes of the game; Hahndorf wingback Donna Mahlburg retaliated with pace and several overlapping runs at goal right until the final whistle. Right wing Kathryn McIntyre managed to manoeuvre through the opposition’s defence and take on the keeper in the last minutes, but was ultimately unsuccessful in levelling the score, leaving the home side with the hard fought loss of 2-3 at full time.

6th September – Hahndorf  1 v 4 Flinders Flames

With the match starting at a warm 20 degrees, Hahndorf knew it was going to be a tough game against Flinders Flames who are always a competitive team.
Flames scored the first goal from a free just inside the box, which made hahndorf defence of Tahlie Jones, Sarah Mansfield and Lynely Driver push tighter and fight harder. Jones and Charlotte Nielsen had some good plays on the left full back, sending the ball down the left wing or into the attacking midfield where Kathryn McIntyre and Katie Gilbert fluidly passed the ball back and forth to each other and into Handorfs forward. Both McIntyre and Gilbert took shots from outside the box. Unfortunately this didn’t result in any goals, however their determination and hunger for the ball lifted the team’s spirits.  Brogan Baraglia followed up a deflection from Gilbert and was close to scoring but sent it soaring into the hot sun above the goals.
The first half finished at 3-0 in favour of the Flames from a deflection into goals from a corner kick & a deflection from  Hahndorf’s defence resulting in an unfortunate goal.
Hahndorf seemed to dig deep in the second half to only concede 1 goal and score one from McIntyre’s powerful cross that caused the Flame’s goalie to fumble and Darcy Watts followed it in. Watts had some good runs down the right wing, Baraglia on the left & Karlijn Voorhoeven in the Centre, with midfield balls being fed from McIntyre and Gilbert, Jones’ long defensive kicks, Donna Mahlburg’s passes from defensive right wing & Nielsen’s from the left. Nicola Lieff had another consistent game as Hahndorf’s keeper, stopping numerous goals from the Flames’ tightly orchestrated attackers. She had help from the fast legs of Jones, Mansfield and Mahlburg who could match the speed of Flames’ forwards. Hahndorf had a better second half, but in the end it was Flinders Flames who finished on top with a score of 4-1.

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.

Not far into the second half Kathryn Gilbert took the ball all the way through the pitch with the help of fellow midfielders and delivered a perfect cross into the goals and with a good touch by Brogan Baraglia Hahndorf equalised. With the help of Darcy Sullivan, who worked hard neutralising one of Salisbury’s attackers, the defence was able to keep a good block and kept a clean sheet in the second half. Keeper Nicola Lieff managed to stay clean, not covered in dirt like the previous week, while making a series of great saves and working brilliantly with the defence, creating a present back option. Mahlburg and Sarah Mansfield worked together up the right-wing which allowed Malburg to make runs up the line from her new defensive position. Watts, on the left-wing, remained a strong pressure on Salisbury Inter’s defence with Kerr, Nielsen and Jones all delivering solid balls through to the attacking players. This, along with multiple plays through the middle of the pitch and a few well-worked corners by McIntyre and Gilbert, created more goal-scoring opportunities but unfortunately Hahndorf was not able to sink another ball. The whistle signalled the ending to the tight contest and another bitter-sweet draw for the Hahndorf women’s side.

23rd August – Hahndorf  0 v 13 BOSA

After more than a weeks break from a programmed bye last Sunday the Hahndorf women were looking forward to return to the pitch for their Round 10 clash against BOSA in the FSA Div 4 competition. The heavy ground however, after a week on rain and a full complement of games on the Saturday, made it hard going in their 0-13 loss.
The Hahndorf women started with their usual defensive line of Charlotte Nielsen, Sarah Mansfield, Tahlie Jones and Darcy Watts but found themselves under pressure from the first whistle. BOSA came out strong and scored within the first 10 minutes. High balls over the defense were the way to go in the muddy conditions.
The odd ball made its way through to the Hahndorf forwards Brogan Baraglia, Darci Sullivan, and Donna Mahlburg, providing opportunities occasionally. However, there was always a quick turn around, requiring the midfield players of Katie Gilbert, Kathryn MacIntyre, Claudia Kerr and Lynley Driver to chase and defend.
More times than not BOSA had numbers in the box, forcing Hahndorf keeper Nicola Lieff to dive on the ball and clear when possible. The score does not reflect the high work rate of the defense and the multiple saves by Leiff. Credit must be given to the character of the Hahndorf side as they remained positive throughout the game and kept finding the strength to push on.
After the final whistle and a less than ideal final score, the Hahndorf girls wiped the layers of mud off and turned their thoughts to their next game – taking on Salisbury Inter next week at home, kicking off at 9am.

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.

Desperate to make their mark against the Flames, Kathryn McIntyre and Donna Mahlburg were amongst the unsuccessful shot takers from outside the 18 yard box, while Amazon-Benveniste, Brogan Baraglia and Kathryn Gilbert displayed exceptional composure and confidence with the ball at their feet and in front of goal, but unfortunately still weren’t able to find the back of the net.

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.

The Magpies achieved their goal of maintaining a clean sheet with the result tied at 0-0 at fulltime, which reflected both teams’ considerably matched efforts and contest for the full 90 minutes.

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
yellow card.

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
amazing game.

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.

The second half saw both teams giving 100% and playing great football. Coach Phil Stevens made regular changes, bringing on Lynley Driver and Donna Mahlburg, and working to find the right formation. Kathryn McIntyre and Brogan Hutchins both provided great opportunities up front. Neither team scored in the second half, fighting to the end.

15th March – Hahndorf  0 v 6 Northern Wolves

Sunday the 15th of March saw Hahndorf host the FSA Women’s Div 4 Round 1 fixture against Northern Wolves. The Hahndorf girls were excited for the first game of the season with many new faces donning the black and white stripes. However even with all the new faces, Hahndorf started in typical style with only 10 on the pitch. This lack of fresh legs and the late afternoon sun definitely contributed to the final score of 0-6.
Hahndorf’s starting line up consisted with Lynley Driver in goals and Charlotte Nielsen, Tahlie Jones, Claudia Kerr, and Nicola Lieff holding the back line. The girls started strong and braced for the uphill work out in the first half. The defence line combined well with midfielders Georgia Mitchell, Kathryn McIntyre, Kathryn Gilbert, and Brogan Hutchins who pushed the ball forward to Brianna Neeson. Half way through the first half, Kerr copped a ball to the face and had to leave the field of play with a blood nose. While Hahndorf only had nine, the Wolves made the most of it and scored their first goal. Their second was a break away and only Jones and Driver there to chase down the run away striker with no success. 
Half time came and went and both teams came out firing with much still to play for. However it was Northern Wolves that were more determined pushing the ball just out of Driver’s grasp for their third goal shortly into the second half. Their fourth came soon after with the Wolves striker weaving through defence and knocking Lieff over on her way past. Goal number five came from a crowded corner with a lack of communication as Wolves netted the fifth. 
Not to give up, Hutchins and Mitchell combined well on the right and McIntyre and Gilbert on the left peppering shots at the Wolves Keeper to sneak in just one goal before the final whistle – but with no luck! The wolves sealed the game off with a final goal to leave he scoreline at 0-6. 
Despite the score, the Hahndorf Girls fought hard and there was a lot to love. Their second round is away against Para Hills East on the 22nd of March at 1pm. 


Match Reports 2019

1st September – Hahndorf  0 v 1 Noarlunga

Despite only having 10 players again, the Hahndorf women put in a strong performance against top-of-the-table Noarlunga. The Round 18 game was played early on Fathers Day in fine weather but poor pitch conditions, going down 1-0 in the final game of the FFSA Div 4 2019 season.
With early attacking from both teams Hahndorf keeper Nicola Lieff sent the ball out wide. Runs on the left by Claudia Kerr and on the right by Angelina Bottin were deflected by Noarlunga over the sidelines for throw-ins. Pressing high Magpie Matilda Shotton linked in with Sarah Mansfield, Bottin and Kerr but the Noarlunga defence defends well.
Being pushed back Hahndorf’s defensive line, Charlotte Nielsen, Shotton, Serena Swithenbank and Jess McPherson cover each other, combining to repel the pressing Noarlunga. The ball is deflected over the back line giving Noarlunga a corner. Multiple shots are made by Noarlunga resulting in a save by keeper Lieff, a shot wide and another high ball deflecting off the cross bar.
Tracking back to assist, Hahndorf midfield Rachel Cope, Mansfield and Bottin provide opportunities forward. Wingers Kerr and Brianna Neeson link in with the midfield and swap sides to create some movement up front.
Going against the wind, Hahndorf found themselves defending again. Noarlunga were awarded a free kick and with numbers in the box, peppered the goal. Not able to clear successfully Hahndorf scrambled for the ball and keeper Lieff diving, only to have the ball trickle over the goal line right on the halftime whistle.
During the break Lieff’s hand was iced to reduce any swelling and then rested for the start of the second half. Captain Kerr stepped into the keeper role and Hahndorf began with 9 players. Still determined Coach Callan Marshall-Hart re positioned the players to cover as much ground as possible and encouraged by the positive mindset Hahndorf attacked through lone forward Neeson.
Now wind assisted, Hahndorf combined well on both sides of the ground. Swithenbank, Nielsen  and Mansfield pressed on the right while Shotton, Cope and McPherson provided runs on the left. Noarlunga kept the pressure on making keeper Kerr work to gather the ball, sending Hahndorf on the attack. Cope and Bottin combined in midfield only to be shut down again by Noarlunga.
With words of wisdom and sideline support from Lynley Driver Hahndorf continued on the offensive. Also buoyed by the return of Lieff to bolster player numbers back to 10, Hahndorf pushed forward. Attacking through the persistence of Cope and Mansfield in midfield, Hahndorf continued to press. Neeson’s speedy runs out wide kept Hahndorf’s hopes alive of levelling the game.
McPherson’s courage in the box against several Noarlunga players was not enough to reward the Hahndorf women for their fantastic effort against the odds and the game remained 0-1 at the final whistle.

18th August – Hahndorf  1 v 2 Flinders Flames

It felt like a win when Hahndorf Senior Women travelled down to Flinders Flames home ground for their Round 14 make up game in the FFSA Div 4 competition. With only 10 players available the Hahndorf women were familiar with the formation required to run out the game and with the return of their solid midfield felt like they could hold their own. Leading at half time and reduce to nine players due to injury, they knew were up against it in the second half, eventually going down 2-1 in a hard fought game.
Besides the lack of substitions, the Magpies were also battling the weather – gale force winds and rain falling side ways! Coach Callan Marshall-Hart encouraged the women to press forward through wingers Claudia Kerr on the left, Angelina Bottin on the right and link in with Brianna Neeson in the centre. The Flames applied pressure in midfield only to be met with Rachel Cope, Sarah Mansfield and Kerr working back. There was balanced possession with both teams having opportunity in the blustery conditions. Matilda Shotton, in Hahndorfs defence, was combining well with Bottin down the right wing, sending the ball forward.
There were glimpses of blue sky but the icy winds still meant the players were fighting the elements. Flames were given a corner and while the ball was slippery Hahndorf keeper Nicola Lieff managed to get her hands to the ball and hold tight. Sending the play to the other end, Kerr gathered the ball on the left and had a shot, only for the ball to be smothered by the Flames keeper.
Still applying pressure, Cope took a Hahndorf corner and Bottin collected the shot only to be heavily tackled in the box. The referee awarded Hahndorf a penalty. Captain Kerr stepped up to take the shot, sending the ball low and out of the reach of the keeper and giving the Hahndorf women the lead.
Flames fought back and Hahndorf’s defence, Maayan Goldstein, Serena Swithenbank, Charlotte Nielsen and Shotton were tested, clearing the ball out of area on several occasions. Play was stopped briefly when a Flames player had to be helped from the ground and subbed due to injury. Hahndorf continued to press sending Bottin for a run on the left and combing with Kerr, Shotton and Swithenbank in a great passage of play. The whistle blew for half time and the Hahndorf women were grateful for a break.
Hahndorf resumed the second half with only nine players and against the wind, allowing Flames capitalised and score a goal within the first five minutes. Hahndorf restructured their formation, moving Kerr into defence with Nielsen, Shotton and Swithenbank and proving options through midfield. Keeper Lieff managed to save a goal with a scramble near the back line.
Swithenbank was solid in defence, sweeping the ball out on several occasions to the waiting midfield of Bottin, Cope and Mansfield who worked back to offer support. With only minutes to play Flames were awarded a free kick just outside the box, this time Hahndorf were able to clear the ball and Flames lead for the first time.
Hahndorf did not give up. Shotton and Bottin combined well after a number of throw ins and sent the ball forward. Still attacking Kerr had a shot for goal, sending it wide. The final whistle sounded leaving Hahndorf 2-1 down in a courageous game.
Next week see the Hahndorf women have a break with a BYE, leaving their final game for the season to be played away to Noarlunga on the 1st September. Their season will be celebrated at the Club’s Presentation Dinner on Friday 20th September at the Hahndorf Old Mill.

11th August – Hahndorf  0 v 2 Metro United

Hahndorf travelled down to Lindblom Park to face a strong Metro United side for the round 16 fixture of the FFSA women’s division 4 competition on Sunday 11th August. The visitors started with a full 11 side thanks to some new recruits and after hard fought game, only went down 0-2 to the second top side.
The starting line up consisted of regular Keeper Nicola Lieff guarding the goals, and Jess McPherson, Charlotte Nielsen, Matilda Shotton, and Lucy Winter as the defence line. Hahndorf had the kick off and started strong, but with new faces and players in unfamiliar positions the defence line wavered and allowed Metro to open up the middle and open the score card half way into the first half.
To provide some stability Captain Claudia Kerr was moved into centre back as well as Jozzie Pitt joining the back line, allowing McPherson and Winter to move forward. New comer Maayan Goldstein combined well with Angelina Bottin and Sarah Mansfield in the middle to create some great chances for Brianna Neeson and Winter up front. Hahndorf settled and held strong until the last ten seconds of the first half when Metro forward Kat Drayton snuck through and curled the ball through Lieff’s hands into the net. This left Hahndorf down 0-2 at the half time whistle.
A few more changes were made during the break as Bottin left for work leaving the side down to 10. Pitt and Shotton moved to midfield and McPherson and Goldstein back to defence. The game restarted and while the ball was mostly in Hahndorf’s defensive half, the Dorf girls worked tirelessly to deflect Metros never ending shots.
Neeson, Shotton and Winter made occasional exciting runs through into the forward half keeping the hope alive for the Hahndorf side to get on the scorecard, however were unsuccessful. Lieff made save after save to keep the result the same at the final whistle, 0-2.
Hahndorf are set to play a catch up game against Flinders Uni at 10am on the 18th of August away.
Next Saturday there are a full day of fixtures at Pine Avenue and teams are encouraged to come for the day. Starting with Under 9 White and Under 10 Black at 9am, then the two Under 12 teams play each other (Black v White) at 10am, followed by Under 14s at 11.30am and Under 16s at 1.30pm before the Men’s top-of-the-table clash at 3pm.

4th August – Hahndorf  0 v 3 Salisbury Inter

The Hahndorf women went down to Salisbury Inter 0-3 on Sunday for the FFSA Div 4 game at Pine Avenue. The game was played in high spirits despite Hahndorf again being unable to field a full team.
Keeper Nicola Lieff managed to save several shots by Salisbury, then clearing the ball out to Serena Swithenbank and Claire Gillespie in defence. Hahndorf were able to make attacking moves out wide through midfield’s Sarah Mansfield and Angelina Bottin, only to be shut down by Salisbury.
The second half began on a positive note, with the down hill slope and Brianna Neeson providing opportunities up front. Unfortunately not able to capitalise on the through balls from Jess McPherson, Hahndorf persevered until the final whistle.
The women now have the remaining three games away to Metro Utd, Flinders Flames and Noarlunga Utd, before celebrating an entertaining season at the Club Presentation Dinner on Friday 20th September at the Hahndorf Old Mill.

14th July – Hahndorf  1 v 2 Modbury Jets

Hahndorf Div 4 Senior Women had a clash against the Modbury Jets for Round 13 at Pine Ave. The game was another big challenge for Hahndorf with only nine players against the Jets team of 14!
Defenders Jess McPherson, Claudia Kerr, Tilly Shotton, and Claire Gillespie held strong against a barrage of attempts on goal, working back through Sarah Mansfield and Rachel Cope in midfield, to send the ball into the Hahndorf forward line. The Jets managed to break though to score the first goal of the match.
Hahndorf’s forward, Lucy Winter may be new to the game of soccer, but she proved invaluable, working with Cope to help guide the ball forward. After several attacking moves, Angie Bottin gained the upper hand, gathering Mansfield’s pass and slotting the ball into the back of the net. Now the scores were even.
As the players battled in constant misty rain at the start of the second half, Hahndorf also had the contend with the uphill factor. The ball was worked forward through McPherson, Kerr and Shotton, to Mansfield and Cope, leaving Cope to deliver the ball in from the right. Unfortunately the undermanned team was unable to capitalise on their opportunities. Hahndorf keeper Lynley Driver directed play and worked tirelessly to protect the goals.
Late in the second half the Jets broke away and chipped the ball over the keepers head to take the lead, winning the match 2-1.

23rd June – Hahndorf  0 v 0 Stirling Districts

For the young female players of both Hahndorf and Stirling Districts, round 11 played out to be a tense 80 minutes of football. Starting with 10 players, Hahndorf was forced to work hard from the moment the first whistle blew. With Jessica McPherson, Matilda Shotton, Serena Swithenbank, and Claire Gillespie holding the backline, and Nicola Lieff starting off wearing the keeper’s jersey, play was shot forward via Rachel Cope.

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

Hahndorf began the Div 4 Round 10 game, against Northen Wolves, determined despite only having 10 players. The Magpies played downhill first, facing the sunshine, and taking advantage of the slight decline with Erin Peacock playing through balls to Brianna Claire and Claudia Kerr on the wings. Each using their pace to catch the ball and link in with midfielders Rachel Cope, Sarah Mansfield and Julie Lauritsen.
Assisting Peacock, Amy-Lee and Matilda Shotton, along with Jessica McPherson, held a strong defensive line with keeper Lynley Driver directing play and preventing Northern Wolves from scoring. Peacock was injured towards the end of the first half, having to be carried from the pitch on a stretcher, and leaving Hahndorf with 9 players. Both teams fought hard in the first half leaving the score at 0-0 at the break.
Shortly into the second half there was a flurry of players in the visitors box, where Northern Wolves capitilised and slotted the ball into the back of the net. Hahndorf maintained their determination to win the ball, keeping the passes strong and to players feet. Mansfield, Cope and Lauritsen pressed forward in midfield and provided wide balls to Neesen and the opportunity to show her speed on the right wing. Later Cope was injured during a tackle and came off the field, leaving Hahndorf with 8 players.
Despite loosing two players, Hahndorf displayed some gutsy moves and where determined not give up. Driver produced numerous saves and sent the ball forward, giving Hahndorf some opportunities up front. Northern Wolves had the players and were able to outnumber the Magpies in the final stages of the game. Despite a courageous effort, Hahndorf were unable to stop the Wolves second goal. Final score Hahndorf 0 v Northern Wolves 2.

2nd May – Hahndorf  1 v 10 Noarlunga

The scoreline doesn’t reflect the effort by Hahndorf’s Women against a strong Noarlunga United, in their 10 – 1 loss on Sunday morning of the FFSA Div 4 game.
Kick off at Pine Ave saw Noarlunga United begin attacking straight away with their first goal finding the net within the first 2 minutes of the game. The Noarlunga team took possession of the ball very early on in the game and delivered strong passing shots to their forwards. United’s second goal was just out of the reach of Hahndorf keeper’s, Nicola Leiff, finger tips and gave the visitors a 2 nil lead early in the first half. Hahndorfs defence, Claire Gillespie, Sarah Mansfield, Matilda Shotton and Amy-Lee Shotton were under constant pressure, trying to maintain a strong line against the skilful forwards.
Lynley Driver, Angelina Bottin and Erin Peacock, in midfield, worked back for support and did a great job at communicating with each other and supporting each other when needed. Rarely did the ball find is way over the centre line, leaving the Home side looking for answers at the half time break, down 5-0. Coach Callan Marshall-Hart called for the Hahndorf women to ‘want’ the ball more, the press the visitors and maintain possession.
With renewed hunger for the ball, Hahndorf pushed down hill into their attacking zone to find forwards, Brianna Neeson, Claudia Kerr and Serena Swithenbank. Hahndorf was rewarded for their efforts when Jessica McPherson slotted the ball past the United keeper after a string of passes and constant pressure by M Shotton and Neeson.

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.

The Women look forward to their next game (after the long weekend),  on Sunday 16th June at Home against Northern Wolves, 10am.

19th May – Hahndorf  0 v 5 Metro United

Sunday,19th May, saw Hahndorf host Metro United at Pine Avenue for round 7, with a 10:00am kick off. After a bye for Hahndorf last weekend it was evident Hahndorf were fired up and ready to run despite having no substitutions. The captains were called, and the down pour started!
Metro won the toss and elected to start up hill. They pressed early with eagerness and won a corner within the first 5 minutes. Hahndorf won the ball back with a combination from Rachel Cope and Claire Gillespie in the middle, pushing it up the right wing onto Angelina Bottin, who managed to get a corner for the Magpies. The corner was deflected early by Metro which unfortunately didn’t help with a goal for the Magpies. Chances were for the taking on both sides but Metro, with their strong pressure and determination on Hahndorf’s keeper, Nicola Leiff, managed to get the ball just over the line opening the score 0- 1.
Hahndorf weren’t ready to give up. The defence line, staying strong with the 4 players, Gillespie, Matilda Shotton, Lynley Driver and Erin Peacock, managing to work the ball forward with the help from Claudia Kerr and Sarah Mansfield to the midfield. Cope taking control of the ball sent an excellent pass down the wing to meet Bottin’s feet, resulting in another corner. Unfortunately the corner again was deflected my Metro.
Shotton, from the defence line, managed a long throw down the wing to meet Kerr, who had some great opportunities. Metro, with their pressure and strong kicks,only it have it disallowed when the linesman called offside. Hahndorf were awarded a free kick, only to kick it into the Metros wall but the midfield stepped up. Cope sent the ball wide, straight to Brianna Neeson who had a shot on goal, only to have to met by the Metros keeper. The whistle was called, leaving the score at 0-1 at the half time break.
For the second half Hahndorf’s Bottin was moved to the midfield with Cope and Neeson move to striker, up front Jessica McPherson on the left wing and Kerr on the right. An early hand ball by Hahndorf gave Metro a free kick at the edge of the box, which went straight to Leiff, Hahndorf’s keeper. A wayward kick by Hahndorf saw another goal scoring opportunity for Metro, only to have Leiff save it, pouncing with her hands and feet straight onto the ball with a dive.
The rain was getting heavier but both teams weren’t giving up. Great pressure from Hahndorf saw Kerr kick a great pass onto Neeson who went just wide of the goal. Driver, Hahndorf’s strong defender, collided an attacking Metro player, which meant she retired from the game with a nasty cut below the eye, leaving Hahndorf with only 10 players.
It was now 20 mins into the second half and Hahndorf were starting to tire. Metro, with regular substitutions were still fired up and keen to take advantage. Metro produced a fantastic shot from outside the penalty area, sending it to the the top of the net, right over Leiff’s head. Leiff was not giving up and was constantly communicating with Shotton and Peacock on the defensive line. Again Metro were given a goal scoring opportunity with attacking play, running through Hahndorf’s defensive line and finishing with an excellent shot from 15 metres. The score was now 0-3 but Hahndorf were still determined, working extremely hard to fight back. Unfortunately for Hahndorf, a strong Metro player ran through the midfield and defence line and had a shot from 15 metres away resulting in another goal, seeing Hahndorf down by 4 goals.
Hahndorf having little possession of the ball were staying strong in the defence line trying not to allow another goal past, sadly for Hahndorf, another Metro player sent a strong shot straight into the left corner of the goal. Further opportunities for both sides could not be converted into goals as the defence and keepers were staying strong under pressure. Final score: Hahndorf 0 v 5 Metro United. Thanks to Metro for a tough but good game.

5th May – Hahndorf 1 v 2 Salisbury Inter

The Hahndorf women’s Division 4 team had a late start to their Round 6 game against Salisbury Inter. The fixtures had the game scheduled for an 11.30am kick off but the game didn’t start till 12pm, giving time for Hahndorf to field a full team in the hard fought contest, only for the Magpies to go down 2-1 in the away clash.
After last week’s game, Hahndorf were keen to get back out there and show their spectators what they are capable of. The game started off well, with strong determination from all players.  Hahndorf really found the drive after Salisbury’s first goal was shot and picked up the pace to fight harder. Keeper, Nicola Lieff saved some very good shots thrown at her in goals, while midfielders, Lynley Driver, Rachel Cope and Angelina Bottin, made good use of passing the ball over to the forward line. With a surprise positioning, Hahndorf’s Claudia Kerr was pushed up forward and shot their goal to level the score. The attacking team of Brianna Neeson, Julie Lauritsen and Jessica McPherson worked well together and created many opportunities for a shot at goals and were unlucky not to add to Hahndorf’s tally. Defenders, Matilda Shotton, Amy-Lee Shotton, Sarah Mansfield and Erin Peacock held tight and fought together to keep the score 1-1 at half time.
It was a challenging start to the second half with Salisbury scoring their second goal early on. Hahndorf did not hold back and were eager to get possession of the ball. Bottin made a speedy recovery from a tackle and was right back into the game, well supported by all. Hahndorf had one last shot for goals by Cope just before final whistle but sadly was saved by the Salisbury keeper.
Hahndorf have no game next week, due to being knocked out of the Cup the previous round, but will be back Home again on 19th May at 10:00am against Metro United.

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

Sunday, Hahndorf’s FFSA Div 4 Women travelled to Modbury for their Round 4 game against the Modbury Jets. Both teams had met a fortnight before in the Cup Round and Hahndorf were conscious of the 6-0 defeat. Again starting with only 10 players, due to work commitments and injuries, the girls were keen to prove themselves.
Coach, Callan Marshall-Hart, outlined the amended lineup making the most of each players abilities. With regular keeper Nicola Lieff on the injury list Marshall-Hart called upon reliable Lynley Driver to fulfil the role. From the first whistle Driver and her defensive line of Amy-Lee Shotton, Matilda Shotton, Erin Peacock and Claire Gillespie were holding firm to the Jets attack. This gave stability to Hahndorf’s midfield and opportunities for the forwards.
With long throw ins from M Shotton, the ball was worked into Hahndorf’s attacking zone and allowed Serena Swithenbank to weave her magic and pace around the Jets defence. Hahndorf were rewarded with a corner but the shot on goal went above the cross bar.
Jets fought back, taking the ball wide, making Hahndorf players Rachel Cope and Sarah Mansfield cover a lot of ground to maintain control in midfield. Constant plays forward by Hahndorf resulted in shots on goal, only to have them bundled up by the Jets keeper and 0-0 scoreline going into the half-time break.
Hahndorf were looking at the positives, having held the opposition from scoring during the first half and were keen to maintain possession in the second. Jets seemed to have the upper-hand initially with some fast movement down the right wing but Hahndorf’s defence held strong. M Shotton and Peacock distributed the ball out wide, allowing Cope and Mansfield to find the feet of Swithenbank, Jess McPherson and Bri Neeson up front.
Persistence paid off with Cope sending the ball out to McPherson, then a one two between Neeson and Swithenbank who slotted it into the back of the net, putting Hahndorf in the lead for the first time this season. With only minutes remaining, Hahndorf applied continued pressure to maintain control and clear any Jets attacks.
Final whistle gave the jubilant Hahndorf girls time to celebrate a hard fought win.

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.

In the second half Hahndorf restructured the team moving Sarah Mansfield into defence. A reflex movement in Hahndorf’s box meant Stirling were awarded a penalty shot with keeper Lieff diving to save the goal. Hahndorf were able to hold Stirling to only one goal in the second half.
Next Sunday, Hahndorf host Modbury Jets at 10am in the first Round of the Cup.

17th March – Hahndorf 0 v 3 Northern Wolves

Round 1 FFSA Div 4 saw Hahndorf Soccer Club’s women’s team travel north for an early, rescheduled game. Due to the warm forecast the game against Northern Wolves was moved to start at 9.30am.
Hahndorf kicked off the season with new coach Callan Marshall-Hart encouraging the girls to enjoy their first game for 2019. The team saw many new players take to the pitch – Rachel Cope and Julie Lauritsen were new to the club while Jess McPherson and Claire Gillespie were new to the sport. This meant a quick introduction to the game and playing formation.
Team regulars Nicola Lieff, Claudia Kerr and Lynley Driver held the defence as Wolves pushed forward. Directing the ball wide when pressed. After a few quick attempts on goal the Wolves finally broke through, found some space and rocketed the ball into the net, out of keeper Lieff’s reach.
Hahndorf were keen to equalise, again moving the ball out wide to Bree Neeson on the left and McPherson on the right and ably supported in midfield by Cope, Lauritsen and Driver.
The referee called a drinks break on the 20 minute mark, allowing the players recover from the warm conditions. Coming out firing the Wolves scored their second after a misunderstanding in the Hahndorf box. Half time whistle blew with Hahndorf 2-0 down.
Marshall-Hart gave a pep talk in the shade at half time, asking the Hahndorf girls to focus on communication and playing into space.
With renewed vigour Hahndorf were keen to use their skills to move the ball around, producing some direct one-two passes and limit the running in the heat.
Due to work commitments, Gillespie left the ground 10 minutes into the second half, leaving 10 players to up their game and settle into a new rhythm. Youngsters Erin Peacock and Matilda Shotton kept the pressure on in the back line, forcing Wolves to send many shots wide or over the crossbar. Lieff also worked hard to repel the direct shots.
Sarah Mansfield provided opportunity up front and combined well with Cope and Neeson, giving Hahndorf hope of scoring a ‘lucky’ St Patrick’s Day goal. Unfortunately this was not to be, with Wolves breaking away and sealing their win with a late goal in the second half. Final score Wolves 3 v Hahndorf 0.
Round 2 sees Hahndorf take on Stirling Districts at Bradwood Park.

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

On Sunday the 26th of August, Hahndorf hosted Salisbury Inter for the second to last game of the season in a fight for ladder position. After a dry week and a rolling by Club President Graham Phillips, the pitch at Pine Avenue was in better condition than the last couple of weeks. However, it was still soft underfoot and what grass was left was dusted with morning dew which all made for interesting conditions for both sides.
Hahndorf started with Nicola Lieff in goals, Charlotte Nielsen, Claudia Kerr, Amber Marwede, and Lauren Roennfeldt holding the defence line. Making play in the midfield was Lynley Driver with Sarah Mansfield and Jess Coombe and up front was Nadia Maxwell, Erin Peacock, and Brianna Neeson.
Both teams were evenly matched and made attacks on goals. Salisbury snuck through a goal at the 25 minute mark by overloading the Hahndorf defence. Only six minutes later they used the same tactic again to overrun the Hahndorf defenders and score their second making it a 0-2 Salisbury Inter lead into the half time break.
Hahndorf came out strong in the second half with several strong runs by Maxwell, Driver, and Neeson and the midfield worked hard to support them. The defence line learnt from its mistakes in the first half and drew strength from Peacock to fight of the Salisbury attacks. Lieff also worked hard to protect the goals and kept a clean sheet for the rest of the game. The final score being 0-2 – a win for Salisbury Inter and was a great game of football to watch.
Hahndorf have their last game for the season away versing Old Ignatians at 11am on Sunday the 2nd of September.

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

On the 22nd of July the Hahndorf women’s team hosted Andrews Farm at Pine Avenue. Being gracious hosts and returning the favour from their last encounter with Andrews Farm, the ‘Dorf girls sported the bright yellow socks and shirts. The travellers one the toss and elected to play uphill in the first half. With a close game back in round 5, a 4-3 win, Hahndorf were keen to prove themselves once again and took to the field with determination.
The defence line up was back to normal with Nicola Lieff in goals, Lauren Roennfeldt, Amber Marwede, Miranda Bishop and returning captain Claudia Kerr in defence. Playing across the middle was Jess Coombe, Lynley Driver, and Charlotte Nielsen. Up front found Brianna Neeson, Nadia Maxwell, and Eliza Stone. Hahndorf also had some depth on the bench with Sarah Mansfield and Lily Dunford.
Within the first few minutes Coombe and Maxwell made several runs at goals, often ending up one on one with the keeper but with no success, resulting in a few corners. Marwede got close sending the ball in from the corner, receiving the rebound, and then unfortunately hitting the post. Hahndorf continued to work both in attack and working back to cover their goals. The fresh legs of Dunford and Mansfield came on for Coombe and Neeson and Hahndorf continued to pepper the goals with the ball only going wide or to the keeper. Half time came and even though there had been numerous occasions to score, the board still read 0-0.
Frustrated Coach James Kerr gave the girls a pep talk certain that Hahndorf should be several goals in front already, his words being, “don’t run it straight at the ‘keeper!” The ‘Dorf girls headed back out onto the pitch ready for some action though they mustn’t have heard Coach Kerr right seeming to only run the ball straight to the ‘keeper’s hands. There were runs in from the left wing and the right, there were killer passes through Andrews Farm’s defence line, there were more one on ones and open goals than one could count, and yet Hahndorf could not get the ball in the back of the net.
Andrews Farm made a quick break away and through the defence. Marwede gave chase, but it was Lieff’s determination to put her self between the ball and the goals that saved Hahndorf from falling behind. Hahndorf continued to create chances, but no matter what they tried, they couldn’t get a goal in. The final whistle blew with no score on the board and giving a point to each side, 0-0.
Next weekend Hahndorf have another break due to the cup and then they take on Gawler away on the 5th of August.

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.