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**** Match Reports 2023 ****

Under 13 | Saturday 17 June 2023
The Hahndorf U13 side this week took on Woodside Warriors Soccer Club, Adelaide Hills at Woodside in extremely wintery, wet, and windy, conditions. Hahndorf faced a talented Woodside contingent, who fought valiantly all game, but were ultimately over-run by the gritty and determined Hahndorf group.
Woodside had several outstanding individual runs down each wing and capitalised on a penalty shot midway through the second half. But, with two first half goals to Eli Parkyn, and two excellent conversions by Lawson Shotton, Hahndorf secured a well-deserved, and courageous battle, to win 4-1.

Outstanding effort in goals by Chris Haynes, and excellent teamwork between Harry Wood, Jacob Gerber, Jack Gaskin and Caleb Earley across the back lines, Hahndorf looked solid in defence all game. Ashon Broadbent-Shaw and Cohen Whinfield showing silky play making on the wings. With lots of great balls, and efficient passing amongst Jackson Bidgood and Sonjae Cook, as well as Louis Moran, all through the game, the benefits of Hahndorf’s training, and execution of its set plays and strategy, shone brightly.
Gritty determination from all players, and willingness to run all game, added together to make the spirit of teamwork and hustle a hallmark of the successful outing.


Under 13 | Saturday 3 June 2023
Perfect playing conditions greeted players and spectators as Hahndorf Under 13’s took to the pitch against Strathalbyn Red at Rob Kilpatrick Park.
Strathalbyn were quick off the mark, taking early control of the ball. But Hahndorf soon took charge, with excellent defending by their backline players Harry Wood, Caleb Earley and Jack Gaskin. The ball made its way to the Hahndorf forward, with Lawson Shotton having 2 early attempts at goal, which were skilfully deflected by Strathalbyn’s goalie. However, the attack continued, and Shotton managed to sneak one past the goalie to secure Hahndorf’s first. Shortly after, Hahndorf’s Louis Moran found himself with a free kick just out from their goals. While the kick was clean, Strathalbyn’s goalie made a good block to prevent another goal. Cohen Whinfield manoeuvred into position, taking a shot at goal but again was blocked by the skilful Strathalbyn defence. The first half progressed, with Rowan Gilroy showing some fancy footwork in the midfield to delivery opportunities to the forwards. Shotton showed some great skill, finding the back of the net for a second time, followed by R Gilroy, and Harrison Gould. Rounding out the first half, Strathalbyn were able to secure a score after a strong kick from a penalty shot that made the back of the net.
Strong Hahndorf defence continued through the second half. Skilled goalie Jackson Bidgood was stretched, making numerous saves under pressure. Strathalbyn kept the pressure on, with a running passage of play seeing Strathalbyn being the first of the two teams to make a mark on the scoreboard for the second half. The two teams continue to put pressure on each other, with Hahndorf’s midfield of Emlyn Gilroy and Eli Parkyn managing to push the ball into Hahndorf’s forward line. A surge by Strathalbyn’s midfield saw them secure their third goal of the match, but Hahndorf rallied. A flurry of 3 goals by Hahndorf late in the match was enough for them to secure what was a brilliant match.


Under 13 | Wednesday 31 May 2023
A clear sky and a light breeze greeted the U13 Hahndorf side as they arrived at the Summit Sports Complex to take on Rangers in the first Cup fixture of the season.
The opening stanza of the first half saw most of the play in Hahndorf’s attacking half with Emlyn Gilroy finding ways to get the ball forward to Lawson Shotton, who in combination with Ashon Broadbent Shaw was constantly putting the Ranger’s defenders under pressure. Hahndorf’s attacks led to several shots putting the Ranger’s keeper under pressure. This eventually proved too much for the Ranger’s backline, who allowed Shotton to get in behind them to slot one past the keeper.
Rangers tried valiantly on the counter on a couple of occasions, catching Hahndorf’s midfield after they had been pressing forward. Thanks to excellent coverage by Rowan Gilroy, Louis Moran and Caleb Earley, these forward thrusts were generally shut down in the mid-field. This allowed passes to the outside to Eli Parkyn, Harry Wood and Jack Gaskin who were able to carry the ball on several occasions and push the ball through to the forwards, allowing Hahndorf further opportunities to pepper the Ranger’s goal. The constant pressure resulted in Shotton getting a second goal. The forward pressure from Hahndorf meant it was a quiet half for Jackson Bidgood in goals. Soon after, E Gilroy opened his account with a goal. The whistle saw Hahndorf 3-0 up at the half.
After a break Hahndorf were constantly running which meant there was plenty of space for Cohen Whinfield to exploit in the middle and resulted in several more opportunities on goal. Parkyn carried the ball multiple times down the left-hand side, weaving his way into the box only to see about four of his shots hit the post. Moran was also unlucky not to register on the score sheet after he deftly took control of a lofted ball just outside the six-yard box, only to see his shot sail just past the right-hand side goal post.
The Hahndorf defence continued to grow into their offensive role in the second half, pushing up and putting the Ranger’s forward and mid-field under pressure almost as soon as they gained possession. Hahndorf persisted with their attack and their patience was rewarded with goals to Shotton and Nicolas Moran. The final whistle saw Hahndorf record a well-deserved 5-1 victory.


 Under 13 | Saturday 27 May 2023

The Hahndorf Under 13 team played Murray Bridge at the Summit stadium this round and played a strong game winning the match 2-0.
The weather was sharp from the opening whistle, and we saw strong play from the Hahndorf attack with Eli Parkin, and Emlyn Gilroy making strong attempts and the first goal of the game from Lawson Shotton. Jackson Bidgood was in goals for the duration of the match and successfully defended multiple shots from the Murray Bridge attack. The Hahndorf defence was well supported by a strong game from Chris Haynes as well as good play from Louis Moran.
In the second half of the game the weather turned to an icy drizzle. Both teams continued to play valiantly, including Ashton Broadbent who split the defence to deliver Shotton the ball for his second goal of the match. Leaving Hahndorf with the 2-0 victory for the round.


Under 13 | Saturday 20 May 2023
The weather in the morning was perfect, with the rain holding off until after the match, so conditions were great as the match kicked off to a very even start. Mt Barker Red were first to score, due to a misunderstanding directly in front of goals, following up with a second goal minutes later. The game proceeded, with the Hahndorf attackers pressuring goals while being backed up by the amazing saves and clearances of the Hahndorf defenders and goalie.
After half time, the game was still very even, with the ball bouncing from end to end. Hahndorf took some excellent shots, standouts from Emlyn Gilroy, Rowan Gilroy, and Harry Wood, and at last E Gilroy had a fantastic run down the line, passed to R Gilroy, who crossed it perfectly back to result in a spectacular goal from E Gilroy. Soon after, Lawson Shotton took a brilliant shot which was touched in neatly by E Gilroy. With scores level and the end of the match seconds away, E Gilroy had a shot on goals, which Shotton tapped in to win the game just before the final whistle. An amazing comeback and game overall.


Under 13 | 13 May 2023
The weather was perfect as the Hahndorf U13s gathered on their home pitch to face Rangers. Following a Rangers kick off, Hahndorf quickly gained possession of the ball and began a strong attack on the Rangers with two attempts at goals by Harry Wood and Jack Gaskin, both foiled by excellent defence by the Rangers. Sonjae Cook kept up the pressure and had a shot at a goal saved by the keeper. He was joined by Cohen Whinfield, who scored the first goal of the match. The goalie valiantly fended off another goal, only for Whinfield to score again. Louis Moran and Eli Parkyn worked hard in midfield down the right and linked up well to move the ball forward.
Caleb Earley was one of several team members who demonstrated excellent communication and passing to keep possession of the ball and navigate the Ranger’s defenders. One goal kick was intercepted by Ashon Broadbent, who took the opportunity to send it swiftly back towards the goal, hitting the cross bar. Taking a corner, Emlyn Gilroy did a short pass to Christopher Haynes, who played it back to E Gilroy. After dribbling it to avoid the defence, he chipped it to Rowan Gilroy, who volleyed it into the top right corner and scored the third goal of the match.
In the second half, Jacob Gerber came off the bench to play in goals while at the other end Wood demonstrated some tricky footwork and had a couple of shots at a goal. Jackson Bidgood had a quiet time as goalie in the first half but worked hard in midfield in the second half. Keeping up the pressure on the Rangers. E Gilroy scored three goals for Hahndorf, followed by a goal from Lawson Shotton with the final goal from E Gilroy. Despite Hahndorf’s strong attack, the Rangers players showed good morale and determination, with Hahndorf players commenting on their resilience. Overall, this match had great moments of sportsmanship, cooperation, and teamwork.


Under 13 | Saturday 6 May 2023
The break in the rain and hail at Bradwood Park Sporting Grounds saw the Hahndorf Under 13’s team demonstrate determination and teamwork despite a win by the home team, Stirling Districts, 0 – 4.
The first half saw defenders Jack Gaskin, Christopher Haynes, Harry Wood and Jacob Gerber keeping pressure on their opponents and together, along with Caleb Earley, worked hard to intercept the ball with some big kicks sending the ball back down the field. Emlyn Gilroy and Sonjae Cook demonstrated awareness of their teammates with confident and intentional kicks allowing Louis Moran to take two shots at goal. Eli Parkyn ran the ball down the line on several occasions and was consistently working hard through the centre of the field. Jackson Bidgood displayed great coordination and commitment, saving a number of attempted goals by the opposition. Before half-time the team had settled into their positions keeping pressure on their opponents with no score from either team.
An early goal to Stirling Districts in the second half didn’t stop Cohen Whitfield to take control of the ball through the centre and Ashon Broadbent-Shaw displayed skilful footwork with a side pass to his teammate who was able to take a shot at goal. Rowan Gilroy also used his teammates with some excellent passing during the second half. Despite another three goals from the opposition, the Magpies demonstrated commitment with Haynes heading to deflect a throw-in and Lawson Shotton withstanding the pressure when taking a penalty shot in front of goals.
The Hahndorf Under 13’s team put in a solid effort and congratulate Stirling Districts team for their 4-goal win.


Under 13 | Competitive teams | Saturday 29 April 2023
The Hahndorf Under 13s put on an excellent effort to win against Strathalbyn White 7-1 in sunny conditions at the Hahndorf home ground, Rob Kilpatrick Park.
Hahndorf played an attacking first half with a successful penalty shot on goal by Louis Moran. A solid corner kicked by Emlyn Gilroy was converted to a goal by Lawson Shotton with a third Hahndorf goal by Shotton soon after. Hahndorf’s goalie Jackson Bidgood also stopped a shot on goal by Strathalbyn with an impressive leap in the air. Rowan Gilroy used the spaces down the right to bring the ball down and cross into the middle. Hahndorf’s defence was also strong with Christopher Haynes and Jack Gaskin successfully turning the ball over throughout the half.
The second half saw Hahndorf play more defensively with Caleb Earley saving a couple of Strathalbyn shots on goals. Pearl Beasley and Nico Moran used the wide spaces to bring the ball forward from defence with Sonjae Cook and Coco Whinfield playing well through the middle. Hahndorf maintained an impressive lead, with a goal from Thomas Gould, another goal by Shotton to get a hattrick and 2 goals from Emlyn Gilroy sealing the game.




**** Match Reports 2021 ****

Round 15 – 28th August – Hahndorf  v Torrens Valley

With the second to last game the boys were determined to keep their winning streak. Hahndorf were straight into the attack with Levi Beesley and Cooper Liddle passing the ball up towards goals.  Torrens Valley’s defence were hard to get pass and soon the ball was going towards Hahndorf”s goal. Some great tackling by Lawson Shotton saw the ball quickly back towards the strikers end.  William Whiting took advantage of a spread out field and kicked Hahndorf’s first goal in the first 8 minutes. Again, some great defending from Torrens Valley saw Hahndorf’s attempts beaten many times, but Harrison Gould weaved past their defence to score a great goal.  Captain Patrick Hinze, Levi Beesley and Daniel Peters defence kept the ball from getting in to goal square, until they managed to push it back to the attackers.  Cooper Liddle got the ball and ran straight at goal scoring his first goal for the day.  Then 3 minutes later from a corner kick, Liddle scored a brilliant bicycle kick into goals.  On a roll, Liddle who received a great ball from Will, kicked his 3rd goal for the day.  Boosted by Liddle’s hat trick, Hahndorf took on the attack again, giving Emlyn Gilroy the chance to score his first goal for the day.  Torrens Valley finally managed to get passed the defence line to give them their first goal of the day.

In the second half Hahndorf found it very challenging to get past Torren’s Valley defence. Oliver Aylen, Dante Man and Christopher Haynes kept passing the ball up towards goal but the defence was too good, finally Gilroy was rewarded with their consistency, his second goal for the day.  Torrens Valley managed to get the goal into the goal area, but Daniel Peters manged to kick the ball away, determined, they had another shot at goal, unfortunately hitting the top bar though. Bringing the ball back to the centre, Ben Romaldi, Jacob Gardner and Hayden Lien managed to pass the ball up to the goal area.  Although Torrens Valley did some great defending Gould managed to slip a ball into the net. Again Torrens Valley came out on attack, giving the goalie Peters a work out, with some great back up from Beesley and Man. Unfortunately the whistle went before Torrens Valley could get the ball back.

Round 18 – 21st August – Hahndorf  v Rangers

If you missed the first half, you missed 8 of the 9 goals scored as this game turned from a goal fest to a defensive battle. Whilst the forwards for Hahndorf would feature on the score sheet the real story of the first half was the Hahndorf mid field stopping the Rangers ball movement and launching counter attacks. The combination of Emlyn Gilroy, Harrison Gould, Jacob Gardner, Cooper Liddle, Ryder Hill, and Ben Romaldi worked tirelessly to ensure Hahndorf enjoyed possession and led to quality scoring opportunities.
Hahndorf captain Levi Beesley opened the scoring with a deft goal scoring touch which was followed by a quick strike from Hayden Lien making it 2-0. A third goal from the eventual Player of the Match, William Whiting, was a powerful strike off from inside the box, coming off a well-constructed corner kick from Harrison Gould, which was followed by Captain Beesley scoring his second goal of the match to make it 4-0. The momentum game changed with the Rangers scoring two quick goals on the counterattack, both goals saw Rangers players get in behind the Hahndorf back line and beat Hahndorf goalie Dante Man.
The Hahndorf midfield was once again able to take control of the game, and this led to two more goals before the end of the first half, both scored by Hayden Lien.
The second half would only feature one goal, but the soccer was still entertaining. The Rangers would launch wave after wave of attacks on the Hahndorf defense but the rotation of Oliver Aylen, Christopher Haynes, Patrick Hinze, Daniel Peters, Lawson Shotting, and William Whiting were able to keep the ball away from the Hahndorf goal. Anything that did get through the defense was well held by Hahndorf goalie Dante Man which ensured the Hahndorf White team would close out the game with a win.


Round 17 – 14th August – Hahndorf  v Murray Bridge

Both teams started off on the attack, but Hahndorf were determined to score.

Hahndorf’s goalie Dante Man was put to the test 3 times by Murray Bridge.
With Ryder Hill, Lawson Shotton and Daniel Peters doing some great defence, Murray Bridge were unable to convert any goals.
After 17 minutes of play, Cooper Liddle was able to kick a great goal into the nets.
Again, Man was tested by Murray Bridge, but he still managed to save the goal.
Jeered on by the first goal, Emlyn Gilroy managed to sneak a goal past their goalie.
The ball spent a lot of time going back and  forth, until Hahndorf were rewarded with a penalty for accidental handball. Taken by Hayden Lien, the ball soon found the back of the net.  In the last minutes of the first half Gilroy scored his second goal.
With the lights on both teams came out determined to score.  The ball went back and forth again to each other’s goal area. After 11 minutes Harrison Gould managed to sneak a goal by the keeper.
With Oliver Aylen, Christopher Haynes and Benjamin Romaldi taking the ball to the goalie end Gould managed to score his second goal for the day.
With minutes to go Levi Beesley manged to score the last goal of the day.

Round 13 – 17th July – Hahndorf  v Rangers

It was a cold,wet day at Mt Barker Summit, however the spectators were enjoying the game from the heated indoor grandstand, also just quietly devouring the hot chips and gravy.
Cooper Liddle was Captain today and he won the coin toss.The game started with a determined Hahndorf team. In the first five minutes Hayden Lien shot for goal and only just missed scoring.  Levi Beesley, strong in attack had a shot for goal and just missed the shot. So close though!
Lien scored a goal, then the goals kept coming for the Hahndorf side, all shots were amazing and well deserved. It was a really good game for spectators, for it was full of excitement. Christopher Haynes played midfield and then defence. Strong game in both positions. Patrick Hinze got the donut voucher for the day – great play from midfield. Lawson Shotton was fierce in attack and made goal attempts. Harrison Gould was striker and played well throughout the game and was rewarded with a number of goals.
Goalie for the first half was Daniel Peters and for the second half was Dante Man, both performed really well. Emlyn Gilroy, Benjamin Romaldi and Oliver Aylen were a strong defence side. William Whiting blocked a Basket Range shot for goals and ran a lot of kms throughout the game.
Thanks for the great game everybody.

Round 12 – 3rd July – Hahndorf  v Murray Bridge

It was a muddy pitch and a cold day. Both teams came out with determination to get the ball. After 6 minutes Hayden Lien scored his first goal. The ball spent a lot of time in the air, going back and forth to each side. Some great teamwork and passing gave the set up for Harry Gould to score his 1st goal. Murray Bridge had an opportunity to score their first goal, unfortunately it went to the left of the goal post. With some determination though, Murray Bridge scored their first goal. A rough tackle saw Hahndorf get their third goal from a penalty by Hayden Lien. Hahndorf kept the pressure on and Lien scored his goal. An unfortunate handball gave Murray Bridge a penalty giving them their second goal. Just before half time Lien managed to score his fourth goal.

In the second half again, the ball spent a lot of time in the air. With in 4 minutes though Lien had managed to score another goal. Both teams had some great defence, which saw the ball going to both halves of the pitch. A great corner by Gould saw another goal for Hahndorf. Soon after Gould made another goal. Quickly followed by another goal to Lien. Then Murray Bridge managed to get by Hahndorf’s defence to score the last goal of the game.

Round 11 – 26th June – Hahndorf  v Strathalbyn

It was a surprisingly sunny day, though the pitch was still muddy from the weeks rain.

Hahndorf went on the attach from the beginning.  Some great passing by them eventuated in a goal, unfortunately it was offside.

Strathalbyn did some great defending, but the goalie outshone on the day.  Saving plenty of tries by Hahndorf players, Shotton, Liddle and Gould.

After 18 minutes Strathalbyn scored a great goal, going way over the goalie’s head.

In the second half again Hahndorf was on the attach, A great free kick taken by Gould resulted in Hahndorf”s first goal, After some great passing by Aylen, Romaldi scored the second goal for Hahndorf.  On the attack again Hahndorf had some shots at goals, but unfortunately the ball came off a Strathalbyn player giving Hahndorf their third goal.

It was a great game, with lots of excitement for the crowd.

Round 10 – 19th June – Hahndorf  v Torrens Valley

It was a wet and rainy game at Birdwood oval.

Hayden was the start of the show scoring some great shots, but overall the team effort was outstanding both in defence and attack. Cutting and crossing the boys played amazingly as a team.

It was a huge disappointment for Torrensvalley when they took a strike and scored but had a player offside, however their determination & willingness to keep going was very inspiring,. A big hearted team.

The cheering team on the sidelines were loud and there was a great family turnout for both the teams to support and encourage the kids.

Round 9 – 5th June – Hahndorf  v Nairne

It was a shaky start for the new under 13s team: Cooper Liddle, Benjamin Romaldi and Oliver Aylen were kept very busy in defence. Nairne scored 2 goals in quick succession, and the defence on both sides were under pressure.  New team member William  Whiting made some great passes and Daniel Peters and Jacob Gardner kept the pressure on. Several players had a try at goal, and Harrison Gould and Manning Broadbent had control of the ball.
The Nairne goalkeeper was kept busy, with great goals from Levi Beesley and Hayden Lien, that evened up the score by half time.
It began to rain at the beginning of the second half, with Ben Romaldi in as goalkeeper, and Hahndorf was looking more confident. Emlyn Gilroy was next to score a goal,  Daniel Peters and Patrick Hinze made some great passes. Ryder Hill and Christopher Haynes taking possession of the ball and passing it cleanly.
New recruit Manning Broadbent scored a goal, and Oliver Aylen, Dante Man and Lawson Shotton teamed up to create a strong defence.
Goals from Levi Beesley and Harrison Gould got through, but the Nairne goalkeeper valiantly blocked attempts by Will Whiting and Chris Haynes.
Lawson Shotton and Hayden Lien were able to score too, thanks to some excellent passing and teamwork.
Finally, a goal from the Nairne striker got through, just a couple of minutes before the final whistle. The new under 13s  team were really pleased with their result, and look like becoming a good strong team.

Round 8 – 29th May – Hahndorf  v Woodside

A crisp Saturday morning on 29 th May saw Hanhdorf Under 12’s faced off against Woodside Under12’s at the Woodside Recreation Ground.
Hahndorf kicked off but within 5 minutes Woodside broke past Hahndorf’s defence, scoring their
first goal. The game was on in earnest as forwards, Levi Beesley, Hayden Lien, and Emlyn Gilroy
responded quickly, and pushed strongly toward goals aided by mid-fielders, Cooper Liddle, Jacob
Gardner, Chris Haynes.
Hahndorf defenders Dante Man, Lawson Shotton, Daniel Peters, Oli Aylen and goal keeper Ryder
Hill held their ground and supported Hahndorf’s first goal by Liddle at the 7 minute mark.
Woodside had several strong cracks at the goals but luck was not in their favour. The game was
proving very even with both teams not giving an inch.
Near the 15 minute mark Harrison Gould replaced Gardner. Harrison’s ball skills worked well with
Gilroy and Beesley who had the speed to push the ball beyond Woodside defenders, however
finding it difficult to get the ball to hit the target.
At half time goalie Hill took to the defence line swapping with Man who became Hahndorf’s keeper.
As Woodside kicked off, Hahndorf immediately pushed hard with Hill, Haynes, Lawson and Liddle
interrupting Woodside’s attacks.Gould was all over the field and again working well with Gilroy and Beesley.
Fifteen minutes into the last half a perfectly placed penalty shot by Lien gave Hahndorf its 2 nd goal.
Three minutes later Liddle took advantage of an open goal to give Hahndorf their 3 rd goal.
Hinze who had subbed with Aylen was disrupting Woodside by clearing balls on the side line.
Ten minutes to go and a Woodside ball slipped by Hahndorf keeper Man during close contact with
an opposition player. That became Woodside’s 2 nd goal. With 8 minutes to go Lien got his 2 nd goal bringing Hahndorf’s tally to 4. Then another 2 minutes later Woodside scored its 3 rd and final goal for the match. Minutes before the end of the match, keeper Man took firm control of a fast ball aimed at
Hahndorf’s goals.

Although Hahndorf were the victors, spectators and players were rewarded with an evenly matched
game that could have easily gone either way.

Round 7 – 22nd May – Hahndorf  v Stirling Districts

The weather could not have been better for the top of the table clash between Hahndorf and Stirling Districts at Bradwood Park, the two teams did not disappoint as the game was played at a great pace and in the right spirit.

Hahndorf took the early lead thanks to Emlyn Gilroy who picked off a pass near the halfway line, ran towards goal, and thundered a shot which the goalkeeper stopped but couldn’t control the rebound. Hayden Lien was there to tap the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 Hahndorf lead.

The lead didn’t last long as Stirling districts applied pressure on the Hahndorf defence with #2 sliding a goal past a diving Hahndorf goalkeeper to knot the score at 1 all. The Stirling District pressure continued which resulted in a second goal in quick time as they bottled up the Hahndorf team who were unable to clear the zone. The Hahndorf defense has not been under this much pressure all season so it took the entire defensive group to keep the score 2-1; well done to Oliver Aylen, Benjamin Romaldi, Lawson Shotten, Dante Man, Christopher Haynes and Daniel Peters.

Late in the first half Hahndorf would pull the score level with a great brilliant kick to space by Harrison Gould, his long bomb put the ball on a tee for Hayden Lien to get his second goal of the game.

Half time was needed as the game had been played at a frenetic pace by both teams.

Early in the second half Hahndorf was awarded a corner kick where, not for the first time this season, Harrison Gould was able to bend the ball from the corner kick for a brilliant goal.

That would be the last goal scored but the entertainment was far from over. Multiple attacks by the disciplined Stirling District forward line were repelled by the Hahndorf defence and anything they couldn’t clear was safely handled by Ryder Hill. The Hahndorf goalkeeper put on a show in the second half with some incredible diving saves that ensured the win for the Hahndorf team.

Round 6 – 15th May – Hahndorf  v Mt Barker

For the first time at the new Mt Barker sporting hub and for most of the team it was the first time on a synthetic pitch. The team were full of optimism, the windchill was high, and Mt Barker won the toss.

The game was quick paced, with lots of fancy footwork early. Hahndorf were able to move the ball through and down the pitch, with Gould passing a lovely through shot to Gilroy who capitalised on a rebound shot and converted it to a goal. Hahndorf on the board early.

Hahndorf kept the pressure up, managing the play and keeping the possession down their half, with strong passing, this time to Gould who made a long shot attempt on goal, but was not successful.

Mount Barker were doing what they could to clear the ball, but unable to move it past the centre line, Hahndorf again with quick passing, saw Little take a shot, when it didn’t quite go in, he was well backed up by Lien who took the rebound and converted it to a goal.

Play continued to be dominated by Hahndorf, Mt Barker making a number of good intercepts but unable to move the ball far down the pitch. Play was deep into Hahndorf’s end, resulting in Gould taking 2 corner shots in quick succession.

Hahndorf defensive players – in particular Little and Gilroy were strong in their positions, making sure the ball did not break through.

The next shot for goals was a pass from Gould to Beesley who made sure of the next goal.

With all of the team playing an important role, we saw Haynes, Aylen and Hinze all make great defensive plays, pulling the ball out wide and sending it back down the line for their team mates.

When Mt Barker did break through, with a very quick run to a striker, Shotton and Peters were in hot pursuit and tackled the ball back and sent it straight back to the Hahndorf scoring end. Hahndorf, not able to convert this time, the ball was won back again by Mt Barker and their player Turner was taken on by 5 Hahndorf players, who eventually managed to get the ball back into Hahndorf control. The play was out wide, Gould taking control and passing to Little who converted a great goal from the right side across the face of goals and in.

Lien and Gardner were well tested with tackles too and fro, play moved to Hahndorf’s goal square and when the opportunity presented Gilroy was able to make a quick goal.

Scores 5 – nil at this stage, when the ball did get to the Mt Barker end, our amazing goalie Hill protected the zone and foiled the Mt Barker attempt.

Hill with a big kick out, saw Gilroy take control of the ball in the middle, pass to Gould who made a quick little pass to Lien who was on the move and then shot for goal and succeeded.

Momentum did then shift, late in the first half, seeing Mt Barker press forward, breaking quickly out of the middle, a strong kick to a very fast Mt Barker player, who made a goal and saw Mt Barker now on the board.

This play was repeated, like a carbon copy and Mt Barker now had 2 goals, in very quick succession.

Unlucky for Mt Barker, the half time whistle then went, giving both teams a chance to regroup.

Half time scores; Mt Barker 2 Hahndorf 7

Second half saw Romaldi right in the play with some important intercepts and passes, Beesley, Peters and Shotton needing to all be on top of their game with heavy pressure coming from Mt Barker. Great play by the boys saw Shotton at the top of the box, ready when the kick came to convert another Hahndorf goal, just 3 minutes into the second half.

Next to shine was some great play from Peters, who controlled the ball and space and did a tricky back heel pass to Romaldi who was ready and sent the ball into the goal square but was unlucky not to score. Shotton remained front and centre and in the play, he made a great pass to Lien who made sure the goal went in this time.

Haynes and Hill – who was now out of goals and in the middle making a strong impact, moved the ball through the middle, sending the ball down to a well positioned Shotton who took a spectacular shot from the top of the goal square and converted yet another goal.

Mt Barker continued to pressure Hahndorf, the score board didn’t reflect the effort of their team, they were great at intercepting and remained focused with high energy. Mt Barker did make a break through shot, but were not able to get the ball past the strong defence of Romaldi, who was ready and didn’t waiver.

Play seemed to slow a little at this stage, the ball moving back and forth, nobody able to clear it sufficiently until Beesley was able to capitalise on a moment, but sadly not able to make the goal, quickly followed by Little taking another shot on goal, but Mt Barker were able to defend.

Hahndorf were again rewarded for their efforts when Gilroy took control after a hard fought tackle for possession and converted a goal.

Mt Barker, digging deep, managed to get through a strong defensive line seeing their player Turner convert a goal.

Mt Barker with some spring in their step, passed to their strong player Turner who almost broke free, however Hill managed to stop him in his tracks and get the ball back in Hahndorf control and back down to the Hahndorf end. Contributions from Gould, Peters, Hinze, Aylen and Shotton all moving well with the ball but not able to convert.

With the ball out of play, Gould took prime position to make a corner shot, indicating that he would shoot for goal, he connected well with the ball, that hit the near side pole and unfortunately ricocheted straight into a Mt Barker player. Luckily for Hahndorf, the ball moved out of the playing field and Gould was again lined up to take the corner shot. Gould with 2 corner shots this year already, indicated for the goal and connected well with the ball, that speared through the air and went into the goals.

This saw the Hahndorf team really moving their play, continuing to press forward, poor Man not seeing much action from the Mt Barker team down in their goals. Next to make a goal was Haynes who was quick in the pack and converted.   Then Beesley taking a shot, that first hit the cross bar, he was quick to keep control of play and sent the ball back in, this time making the goal. Hill, still making his mark on the game, joined the goal kickers – attempted a goal, that was well defended by Mt Barker.

Mt Barker were then able to make a break when Turner and Gould tackled, but Turner broke free and ran on to make a shot for goal. Well done to Man who did not let it past!

Last to make a shot on goal was Beesley, sadly it didn’t quite go in as the final whistle went, ending the Hahndorf run.

Round 5 – 8th May – Hahndorf  v Murray Bridge

It was a perfect morning for soccer at Pine Ave and the teams put on an exciting game to watch. Hahndorf’s Lawson Shotton found the net in the sixth minute and it was game on. Murray Bridge’s Lachlan Johanson and Kur Kur were hard at work across defence and midfield, with Zedino Muderhwa and Deng Choi trying to break through in attack, but Hahndorf defended strongly and used the pitch well, passing accurately and putting pressure on the Murray Bridge keeper until Levi Beesley got a second through for Hahndorf. A fired-up Murray Bridge drove a strong attack and were rebuffed once before the speedy Choi made an impressive fast break and put Murray Bridge on the scoreboard.

The rest of the first half was mostly Hahndorf’s attack against a spirited defence however, with Dante Man, Jacob Gardner and Emlyn Gilroy each finding a way through to the net. Hahndorf defence also showed plenty of skill, with Patrick Hinze and Oliver Aylen stand out players. The second half was a similar story, with Murray Bridge scoring two more goals from Choi’s fast breaks and defenders Johanson and Kade Sauerwald working tirelessly to rein Hahndorf in, but goals came from Hayden Lien and Ryder Hill, plus three more from Beesley. Overall, great skills and determination were demonstrated by both sides, but Hahndorf’s use of space and commitment to the ball carried the black & whites to a convincing win.

Round 4 – 1st May – Hahndorf  v Stirling

Hahndorf applied the pressure early in the game keeping Stirling deep in defence, a close miss by Harrison hit the post from the corner kick in. The Hahndorf team excelled with communication and positioning led to the first goal to Harrison from a long way out. Great team work led to attempts from Oliver and Jacob which were were followed by a goal from Hayden. This was followed up by goals to Levi, Harrison and Hayden, then a second to Levi.

Second half kicked off with further pressure from Hahndorf and great defensive work from Dante and Patrick. A goal to Ryder on his first kick who followed up with a second goal shortly after. Ben made a close attempt as did lawson but were thwarted by the goalie. An impressive corner goal by Harrison and finals to Hayden and Levi finished off a strong game for Hahndorf.