Under 17G

Coach: David Peacock

Team Manager: Kathy Peacock

Training Time: Thursday 6 to 7.30pm @ Mylor

**** Match Reports 2019 ****

Round 16 – 17th August – Hahndorf 2 v 7 Stirling Districts

Round 14 – 3rd August – Hahndorf 0 v 4 Strathalbyn

Round 13 – 27th July – Hahndorf 7 v 4 Stirling

Hahndorf U17 girls were away to Stirling Districts in their U17 clash on Saturday afternoon.

The two teams have met several times already this season with bragging rights going both ways, so a competitive game was to be expected. From the outset both teams had the mindset of playing an attacking game. In a very energetic opening to the contest, play went from one end of the field to the other in a constant manner, which was terrific as all the players on the field were involved in the game. Key attacking forwards for Hahndorf, Freya Roberts and Monique Bessen were both outstanding in driving the ball forward from their respective right and left sides of the pitch.

The hard work payed off with the opening goal coming for Hahndorf from one of these trademark raids, with Kiora Hemmings then putting the ball into the back of the net. Not to be outdone, Stirling responded in quick time from a powerful strike to level the scores. From that point both teams went on a goal scoring tit for tat play, with Sophie Gray, Teliah Shepherdson and Libby Hewitt all scoring goals for the home side. Hard work from Gemma Doyle and Hemmings created opportunities that resulted in a half time scoreline of 4-3 in Hahndorf’s favour.

With the goals flowing, it was a busy day for the defensive players, and Hahndorf’s backline of Molly Kell, Charlotte Nielsen, Jozzie Pitt and Arwen De Pree worked tirelessly to thwart Stirling from scoring on many occasions. Stirling’s defence also worked hard to prevent further scores against them, with some amazing saves by Stirling’s goalkeeper.

The second half of the game started with the look of a result going either way. Hahndorf held the advantage, but Stirling were looking dangerous continuing from where they had left off in the first half. Goal keeper for Hahndorf, Violet Elston, who along with her twin sister Rose backed up from playing the previous U13s game, was outstanding in saving the many shots from the opposition. With great efforts coming from Siena Epstein in defence and Sterre De Pree and Rose Elston in the mid field, as well as the Hahndorf defence proving difficult to break through, the game was turned in Hahndorf’s favour with further goals from Roberts and Bessen, ably assisted by Charlotte Hodgson on the flanks.

As the clock ticked down both sides were understandably worn out and to their credit, all players kept up a very high standard right to the end, highlighted by Stirling taking a consolation goal in the 79th minute via the boot of Madeleine Adams, to see a final score line of 7-4 in Hahndorf’s favour.

Round 9 – 23rd June – Hahndorf 6 v 1 Stirling

On a chilly but sunny afternoon Hahndorf played Stirling at Pine Avenue, for their second match of the season. Hahndorf were undermanned due to illness and injuries, with nil subs available. Stirling took advantage of this, surging forward early on and within 8 minutes Karlijn Voorhoeve for Stirling scored a goal. They kept persisting but Sterre dePree, goal keeper for Hahndorf, saved the next shot at goal.

Hahndorf then started to attack, with Monique Bessen eventually scoring at the 20-minute mark. Stirling counterattacked but Charlotta Nielsen, who was Hahndorf’s captain for the day, defended brilliantly. Charlotte Muffett, new to the game this year for Stirling showed greatly improved skills in the field and Maddie Adams continued to strive towards goal for the Stirling side.

With the scores level at one each at half time, all was set for an exciting 2nd half. Hahndorf attacked immediately, with Kiora Hemmings providing good support to Roberts, who scored quickly. Although tired, the 10 Hahndorf players kept persevering across the field, resulting in another goal by both Roberts and Bessen. Stirling’s goalie for the second half, Laura Bellido was constantly under attack as the home team used the downhill advantage, but made some great saves, including a brilliant stop against all 3 forwards. This set Stirling into attack but Hahndorf’s defensive line, as well as great goal keeping, made it too difficult for them to score again.

The goal of the game was in the closing 10 minutes, when Hemmings shot a long-range air shot over the Stirling keepers head. Roberts then hit the sealer for Hahndorf, with the final score 6 to 1.

Round 8 – 15th June– Hahndorf 1 v 5 Torrens Valley

Hahndorf and Torrens Valley Under 17 girls met for the second time this season at Birdwood Park on a muddy, well-worn pitch, making the play slow and a challenge for all players. Hahndorf had a good start to the half with much of the play in their attacking half. Torrens Valley answered with some good attempts on goal and often being consistently first to the ball. Freya Roberts for Hahndorf stole a ball from the hands of the Torrens keeper and passed off to Kiora Hemmings in a great attempt on goal, but this was well saved by Torrens Valley’s Claudia Kennedy. At the 20 minute point in the game the first goal was scored when Ilana Biffin from Torrens scored. Siena Epstein and Eliza Stone performed well in midfield for Hahndorf and Matilda Shotton and Erin Peacock in goals continued to uphold a strong Hahndorf defensive line. Roberts almost scored with a great chip past the keeper late in the first half and Peacock continued a great run in goals with a fantastic save at the 38 minute mark. The score stayed at 1-0 as the teams finished the first half.

Early in the second half a handball in the box resulted in a penalty kick taken by Hahndorf’s ElizStone, who slotted the ball away well to even up scores at one all. Matilda Shotton continued to make a big difference to the game with her goal keeping as did Charlotte Nielsen for Hahndorf. Torrens Valley scored 2 quick goals at the 11th and 13th minutes in the second half and Shotton and Hahndorf’s defensive players continued to have pressure put on them throughout the second term. Shotton made an amazing save through a tap that pushed the ball just past the top cross bar of the goal. Late in the second half a foul was called in the box and Torrens were able to score their fifth and final goal of the game. Ruby Homer ended the game on one, Biffin scored a second goal and Adelaide Williams scored 2 goals for the Torrens Valley side. Despite further attempts by Roberts, Hahndorf did not add to their score but were pleased to have played a competitive and well-fought game despite the results not being evident on the scoreboard. Hahndorf coach David Peacock acknowledged the good sportsmanship shown by MJ Strauss from Torrens, who confirmed that a ball had gone out off her boot despite a call giving the ball initially to her team.

Round 6 – 25th May– Hahndorf 8 v 2 Murray Bridge

On a crisp, cold evening, the Hahndorf girls traveled to Murray Bridge to play the Murray Bridge team for the first time this season.

Playing uphill in the first half, the game began dramatically for Hahndorf, with Kiora Hemmings scoring the first goal within the first minute. This was followed by another three goals in quick succession, two by Monique Bessen and one by Eliza Stone, (with able assistance from Bessen). The Murray Bridge team rallied with a strong attack on the Hahndorf goal, but were unable to get past ‘keeper, Erin Peacock. Hahndorf then made several attempts on the opposition’s goal, but the Murray Bridge defense line remained strong and the ball did not find the back of the net, until Hemmings and Stone both made inroads through the defense and were able to score. In retaliation, Murray Bridge then come back strongly as the players assisted each other to achieve their first goal of the match, kicked by Ebony Schiller. The game continued with Hahndorf firmly in the lead and going on to score 7 more goals before half time, with Freya Roberts, Bessen and Hemmings all finding the back of the net multiple times.

At half time, Murray Bridge lost two players, and noting the score, Hahndorf Coach David Peacock generously offered two Hahndorf players to the Murray Bridge side. Gemma Doyle and Molly Kell kindly volunteered. He also switched up his own team members to play in unfamiliar positions, thereby giving them valuable experience and new insight into the dynamics of the game, and appreciation for the skills they have gained in their familiar positions. The second half was more even, with good ball skills and communication in evidence. A corner by Doyle for Murray Bridge did not yield a result but was hotly contested, and Stone demonstrated some strong kicks with her non-dominant foot, while Jozzie Pitt, playing in attack for the first time, achieved the first goal of her career! With the feeling of success behind her, she then went on to make several more attempts. A goal by Doyle was added to the Murray Bridge tally, and the game ended with good cheer on both sides, the final score being 14-2. Congratulations to both teams for their generosity and determination.

Rescheduled Round 2 – 19th May– Hahndorf 6 v 2 Stirling

It was a wet start with the threat of thunder as Stirling and Hahndorf U17G took to the pitch for their first game of the season at Bradwood Park.

An early surge by Hahndorf forced a corner that was defended well by the Stirling defence and the ball was forced to the other end. A good attempt at goal by Stirling’s Isabella Buechele and Madelaine Adams was then well defended by Hahndorf’s Erin Peacock. A second push by Hahndorf’s Monique Bessen fell just wide of the Stirling goal but the pressure remained and was soon rewarded by a goal from Bessen, with great support from Freya Roberts and Eliza Stone. Jozzie Pitt and Arwen De Pree provided consistent midfield strength for the Hahndorf side also.

Stirling’s Teliah Shepherdson carried the ball to the Hahndorf goal but was met with great defence and sound communication from Hahndorf keeper Matilda Shotton, who played an excellent game. Sterre De Pree sent a great cross down the field but Shepherdson intercepted and then scored the equaliser for Stirling in the 30th minute. Hahndorf responded with a goal from Stone to finish the first half 2-1 in Hahndorf’s favour.

Both teams came out fighting in the second half. A great tackle for possession by Sienna Epstein was closely followed by a third goal for Hahndorf courtesy of Stone, brilliantly assisted by Kiora Hemmings. This was shortly followed by the second goal of the game for Bessen to give Hahndorf a 4-1 advantage. The Hahndorf keeper soon found herself under pressure again but the Hahndorf defensive line, Peacock, Charlotte Nielsen, Gemma Doyle, Epstein and S De Pree worked well together to help prevent further score. Rowan Wilson from Stirling narrowly missed the goals with a well-placed cross.

The goals continued for Hahndorf with the 5th coming from Bessen but Stirling continued to fight back and were soon rewarded with a spectacular goal from Eva Kemp that glided just under the cross bar and over the Hahndorf keepers finger tips. Both teams tackled hard to the very end but Hahndorf managed to widen the gap further following a great run and score by Roberts late in the game to finish with a Hahndorf win 6-2.

Cup Round – 18th May– Hahndorf 3 v 7 Strathalbyn

Strathalbyn and Hahndorf U17 Girls faced off for the first of the Cup games at Strath Polo Grounds in mild dry conditions on Saturday 18 May. These two long-time rivals produced some convincing play in the first half but Strath scored early and was able to follow through and score on an overwhelming 5 occasions, with Hahndorf missing many goal attempts before Monique Bessen managed to get one over the line. Possession was nevertheless fairly even throughout the first half with Kiora Hemmings, Freya Roberts and Bessen penetrating Strathalbyn territory time and again. Arwen De Pree in goals, Erin Peacock in defence and Charlotte Hodgson in midfield worked hard under sustained pressure from Strath who had scored several runaway goals and had speed through the midfield.

The second half saw Hahndorf improve goal accuracy with Gemma Doyle, Jozzie Pitt and Eliza Stone instrumental in setting up play for two well timed strikes by Roberts. Molly Kell and Sterre De Pree were tireless in turning the play. Charlotte Nielsen put her body on the line in a stellar defence move which stopped the ball but unfortunately resulted in a nasty blow to the head in the process. Siena Epstein was effective in passing down the line to kick start Hahndorf’s counter attack.

Kaylee Vandemeulengraaf and Taylor Fatchen scored the majority of Strathalbyn’s goals with Strath’s goalkeeper also playing a significant part in their victory.

The final score of 7 to 3 in favour of Strath did not reflect what an evenly matched game it was.

Round 5 – 11th May– Game forfeited by Murray Bridge

Round 4 – 4th May – Bye

Round 3 – 27th April – Hahndorf 2 v 2 Strathalbyn

Hahndorf U17 Girls met Strathalbyn for the first time this season at Pine Ave this weekend.

The game started with both teams wearing black arm bands and holding a minute’s silence in memory of Mikayla Eastwood, a member of the Strathalbyn team tragically killed in a car accident in November last year.

Hahndorf won the toss and opted to play up hill for the first half. Hahndorf had their first attempt at goal within the first minute but this was aptly saved by the Strathalbyn goalie Sarah Synott.

Erin Peacock’s strong kicks, combined with some great saves from Hahndorf’s goalie Amy Lee Shotton, kept the ball away from Hahndorf’s goal. Gemma Doyle worked well with Sienna Epstein to move the ball towards Strathalbyn’s goal.

Shana McCleary form Hahndorf scored the first goal of the game 13 minutes in. Strathalbyn attempted a quick reply but was blocked by Shotton.

Strathalbyn increased their pressure, making several attempts on goal in quick succession, only to be thwarted by Shotton once more.

Thirty minutes into the game Monique Bessen helped place the ball in position for Matilda Shotton to score Hahndorf’s second goal.

In the second half, Strathalbyn again increased their defence, determinedly keeping ball down their end. Halfway through the second half, Strathalbyn scored their first goal through Brooklyn Rigney, despite Kiora Hemmings best efforts as Hahndorf’s new goalie.

The teams continued to be very closely matched with the ball being kept centre field until the final minutes when Emily Klenke sent a last-minute goal successfully into the back of the net for Strathalbyn, resulting in a tied game.

Round 2 – 13th April – Rescheduled

Round 1 – 6th April – Hahndorf 2 v 8 Torrens Valley

Hahndorf met Torrens Valley at home for the first game of the 2019 season.  Both teams started strongly, competing fiercely to gain the ball.  Torrens Valley attacked early and succeeded in kicking 2 goals within the first 15 minutes, using good speed and ball skills within a team that knows each other well. Hahndorf then rallied and after a good cross from Monique Bessen, Kiora Hemmings slotted the ball into the back of the net at the 20-minute mark. The game then continued to go to either end of the pitch with goalkeeper Gemma Doyle for Hahndorf making some great saves. Bessen made a beautiful run towards goal and received a penalty shot when she was fouled in the box. Unfortunately, Hahndorf could not convert this but was successful late in the half with another great long kick from Hemmings to even up the score. Just before the end of the half Torrens Valley broke through Hahndorf’s strong defensive line, enabling them to be  ahead at half time by the single goal.

Play resumed after the half time break with Torrens now heading downhill. Although Matilda Shotton now in goals for Hahndorf did a great job, Torrens Valley scored consistently in the second half, with the team working together well across the pitch and a number of players for Torrens Valley scoring. Mikayla Witter top scored with 3 goals for the game. Ilana Biffin was in goals for Torrens Valley and also worked hard to prevent Hahndorf from scoring. Midfield and defensive players continued to battle, with Erin Peacock for Hahndorf often clearing the ball to send her side into attack once again. Three substitutes from the Hahndorf Under 13 team who were 10-12 years old were all put on the pitch by coach David Peacock and were able to contribute in an impressive way for their young age.

Despite an even first half Torrens Valley were stronger in the second half and celebrated their win effusively at the end of the match

**** Match Reports 2018 ****

Round 17 – 1st September – Hahndorf 0 v 6 Torrens Valley

On the first afternoon of Spring, Hahndorf met Torrens Valley at Birdwood Park for the last league game of the season. Both teams started strongly, competing fiercely to gain the ball. Torrens Valley made an early attack that was saved by keeper Zoe Smith, but managed to score 15 minutes in to the first half. Despite some good chances at a goal for both sides, Torrens Valley continued to attack strongly, and was rewarded with a second goal five minutes later. An unfortunate handball from a Hahndorf player resulted in a free kick for Torrens Valley, however another save by Smith saw the ball travelling back up to Hahndorf’s end. Torrens Valley scored their third goal just before the half time whistle blew.

Play resumed with some magnificent passing between Kiora Hemmings, Amalie Grant and Gemma Doyle that saw the ball streaking down the field but the goal proved elusive for Hahndorf. Not so for Torrens Valley, who found the back of the net for the fourth time soon afterwards. Many fast and furious runs up and down the field were followed by another attempt at goal by the Valley girls, which hit the cross bar and bounced back into play. Several minutes into the second half they were able to break through Hahndorf’s defensive line of Erin Peacock, Charlotte Nielsen, Matilda Spanner and Georgia Vogelsang to score another goal, despite tireless work by keeper Smith to keep the ball out of the net. Torrens Valley scored their sixth and final goal with a kick that went high over Smith’s head, however the game remained fierce until the final whistle. Some fantastic attempts were made by Freya Roberts and Hemmings, who received a free kick following a hand ball by a Valley player. Smith executed an amazing save, using her hand to deflect the ball with grace and skill. Jozzie Pitt had some terrific throw ins, while Charlotte Hodgson worked tirelessly on the flank to keep control of the ball.

All the girls worked hard throughout the game, and it was wonderful to see how much they have improved over the season!

Round 16 – 18th August – Hahndorf 6 v 0 Mt Barker

Hahndorf and Mt Barker met for their fourth and final game of the season on a very muddy Hahndorf pitch.

Hahndorf started strong, with a play straight down the field and into the net within the first minute of the match, timed beautifully by forward Freya Roberts. This was followed only a few minutes later by a goal from Arwen de Pree, who positioned herself well to put the ball out of reach of Barker’s keeper. With play all Hahndorf’s way, Eliza Stone used her strong kick to score again for the home team, bringing up 3 team goals within the first 10 minutes of the game. Mt Barker settled and started to move the ball around and towards their half, including good defensive play from Jackie Megson, and Rebekah Hilton. Hahndorf’s defensive line was too strong however, intercepting, blocking and stopping the ball well to send their team back into attack.

Hahndorf scored again at the 14-minute mark when Amalie Grant completely defeated the goalie, scoring with a quick boot off of her left foot. Despite most of the play down their end of the pitch, Hahndorf took until closer to the end of the first half to score again, with Mt Barker continuing to work hard to stop the attacking play. Kiora Hemmings and Zoe Smith both scored within the final 10 minutes of the half for the home team, Smith’s goal coming from a sliding kick to defeat the keeper. Unfortunately, Mt Barker’s keeper had to retire hurt before the end of the half, having slipped over and somersaulted in her attempt to stop Hemmings’ goal. The first half ended then at 6 – 0 to Hahndorf, with both teams finding the boggy conditions challenging in terms of moving the ball around.

Going uphill now, Hahndorf continued its good team play in the second half. Roberts, Georgia Vogelsang and Stone all had a turn in goals during the half as coach David Peacock shared this responsibility around. Mt Barker’s goalkeeper for the second half did a great job, positioning herself and anticipating well, with strong goal kicks also to help send her team into attack. Gemma Doyle for Hahndorf took a ball from the midline right to goals and scored her team’s seventh goal at the 46-minute mark. Soon afterwards Stone sent a trademark long kick from the left side of the ground sailing into goals to score again for the home team. Mt Barker had a number of attempts towards goals and certainly a better half of soccer, but unfortunately were not rewarded with a score, as Hahndorf’s defence protected their goals with a determination to keep their slate clean.

Roberts scored her second goal and Hahndorf’s ninth in the 70th minute of the game, which ended up as Hahndorf’s final score for the match.

Round 15 – 11th August – Hahndorf 3 v 0 Mannum (forfeit)

Round 14 – 4th August – Hahndorf 2 v 1 Stirling Districts

Hahndorf and Stirling’s Under 17 girls’ teams had their third and final meeting for the league season on Saturday. At one win each thus far, both teams were keen to take the victory. The game was played on neutral territory, having been relocated to Strathalbyn due to flooding at Stirling’s home ground. With both teams missing key players, the first 5 minutes of play were all about settling into the game. Forwards for Hahndorf consistently made attempts towards goal, with Stirling’s defenders fighting hard to ensure no score. Eliza Stone used her big kick well to send some excellent crosses in front of goal for the Hahndorf side. Hahndorf’s Freya Roberts broke through the defence at 7 minutes into the game, placing herself in position and using good ball skills to make the score. Despite both team’s best efforts, the first half ended up with Robert’s goal the only score, with goalkeepers from both sides playing key roles in preventing any scoring.

Play in the second half was significantly affected by the windy conditions, making directing the ball difficult. After receiving a corner, Stirling’s Eva Kemp curved a ball into the back of the net, only 5 minutes into the second half. With the slate even again, Stirling intensified their attack, with Rowan Wilson having significant possession of the ball up front for the Stirling Districts team. The Hahndorf team had some close calls, including one attempt when Violet Spanner as in the goalkeeper position was well backed up by her sister Matilda, who raced in to kick a ball away that was headed straight into the net otherwise. At the 73rd minute into the game, Roberts once again scored for Hahndorf, following a great passage of team play across the field. With Hahndorf supporters watching the time and willing it to pass more quickly than it did, their side held on to their lead to take the victory in a hard-fought match.

Round 13 – 28th July – Hahndorf 5 v 2 Strathalbyn

The Hahndorf and Strathalbyn Under 17 girls met for the last time this season on Saturday, on a sunny winters day, excellent for both playing and spectating. Always closely matched, the two teams both came out determined. Hahndorf shocked Strath with a goal within the first 2 minutes of the match, when young forward Amalie Grant pressured Strath’s defence straight away and put the ball over the goal line, despite the best efforts of the Strathalbyn goalie. Strathalbyn rallied and the game continued to be played at both ends of the pitch, with both sides making attempts towards goal. Unfortunately, an own goal was scored by Strathalbyn at around 8 minutes into the game, putting further pressure on the home side. Erin Peacock, Charlotte Nielsen and Matilda Spanner worked tirelessly in defence, which helped, along with wonderful goal keeping by Zoe Smith for Hahndorf, to keep Strathalbyn scoreless for the whole first term. Grant went on to score a third goal, her second, with good passing between the mid-field and strikers for Hahndorf assisting the team to be in control in the first half.

With play still moving regularly across the pitch, it seemed that the match would continue Hahndorf’s way, particularly after Kiora Hemmings put their fourth goal into the back of the net 15 minutes into the second half. Strathalbyn however never gave up and were rewarded for their perseverance with two goals soon after, the first scored by Brooklyn Rigney and the second through Adol Kuot, who had a very strong game for Strathalbyn today. With Hahndorf supporters on edge as they watched their lead be eroded, the team regrouped and settled, despite a third attempt on goal by Strathalbyn that hit the cross bar. Two minutes before the end of the game Grant scored another goal for the visitors, allowing the Hahndorf supporters to breathe a sigh of relief. The game ended as 5 goals to 2 for Hahndorf, with both teams playing the game out right to the end.

Cup Round – 25th July – Hahndorf 7 v 0 Mt Barker

One of the cup semi-finals for the U17 Girls was played late on Wednesday night this week, on a surprisingly mild night in Mt Barker. Hahndorf scored within the first 10 minutes of the match when Kiora Hemmings put a ball over the goal line, despite an excellent attempt to save it by Barker’s keeper Jackie Megson. This was followed at the 15 and 19 minute marks by well-placed goals scored by Hahndorf’s Amalie Grant, who used her speed to advantage and had a great night on the pitch. Mt Barker rallied and despite long kicks from defence by Erin Peacock and Charlotte Nielsen, good passing between the players and further attempts on goal by the Hahndorf team, no other scores were made in the half.

Going downhill now, Hahndorf came out strongly in the second half, with Hemmings kicking her second goal from a play straight down the pitch from the first centre kick -off, within the first minute. Mt Barker’s new Keeper then made some excellent saves before Grant put her third goal into the back of the net, a beautiful shot into the right-hand corner. Working well together, Grant passed to Zoe Smith in centre forward, who then scored Hahndorf’s sixth goal of the night. Mt Barker kept persevering to get the ball into their half and had some good runs up the pitch and further attempts at goal also in the second half, however often could not make it past the dogged work of the Hahndorf mid-field and defensive players. Grant found the back of the net again late in the game, making her tally for the night to 4 and Hahndorf’s overall score at 7 goals. The game was played in good spirit by all players.

Round 12 – 21st July – Hahndorf 2 v 8 Torrens Valley

On a cold but thankfully dry afternoon, Hahndorf and Torrens Valley Under 17 girls met for their third clash of the season. Although Amalie Grant for Hahndorf made an early strike for goal, it was Torrens Valley who scored first, after only 4 minutes of play. Going uphill in the first half didn’t slow the Torrens Valley team down and their second successful strike came within 5 minutes of the first, taking a commanding lead early in the game. Violet Spanner, Hahndorf’s keeper saved another attempt and then Hahndorf had a shot on goal that was well defended to prevent Hahndorf scoring. Torrens Valley scored 2 more goals before Hahndorf could slow the scoring rate down, intercepting and passing well and notably communicating as a team. Hahndorf’s Grant and Claudia Kennedy from Torrens Valley were a good match in terms of determination, speed and good ball skills. Erin Peacock and Charlotte Nielsen as centre defenders for Hahndorf were vital as Ella Homer and Ilana Biffin continued to strive towards goals for Torrens Valley. Towards the end of the first half, Torrens Valley broke through the tired Hahndorf defence to score two more quick goals.

After some key advice from the coach and some team discussion, the Hahndorf team came out fighting, determined to even the playing field in the second half. Arwen De Pree took the ball strongly in Hahndorf’s end of the pitch within the first 5 minutes of the half and passed well to Grant, who then slotted it into the back of the net for Hahndorf’s first goal of the game. Torrens Valley followed this with two good attempts at goal, both well saved by Spanner in goals. Hahndorf’s second goal came only 5 minutes later, with De Pree making a run towards goals, defeating both defenders and the Torrens Valley keeper to score Hahndorf’s second goal. Torrens Valley players rallied and made several attempts at goal that went wide or were saved by consistently good keeping by Spanner. Towards the end of the game, they were able to kick two goals, despite the ongoing determination and pressure sustained by Hahndorf’s defensive line.

Scores in the second half therefore finished up as 2 all, a much stronger half for the Hahndorf team. To their credit, Torrens Valley, the current league leaders, took the victory due to their dominance in the first half.

Round 11 – 7th July – Hahndorf 4 v 1 Mt Barker

The third clash of the season for these two teams was played on a slippery and slow Hahndorf pitch, after a lot of rain overnight and during the morning. Hahndorf were caught very much by surprise when a pass from the Barker keeper was sent down the pitch and beautifully placed straight into the back of the net by Taryn Cowell, within the first 2 minutes of the game. Hahndorf rallied, with a strong defensive line and good intercepts in mid-field keeping the ball more in Hahndorf’s attacking end for the rest of the half. Although there were several attempts on goals it took Hahndorf until the 33rd minute to kick the second goal of the game, when Kiora Hemmings scored from a lovely pass sent to her by Charlotte Hodgson. The first half ended at one goal all, with both teams finding the boggy conditions challenging in terms of moving the ball around.

Going downhill now, Hahndorf came out strongly in the second half, eager to add to their score. A nice team goal was scored by Hahndorf four minutes into the second half, when Smith and Hemmings worked together to get the ball to Gemma Doyle, who then found the back of the net. Doyle, Arwen De Pree , Ruby Frangiosa and Eliza Stone continued to work hard in the midfield and Sterre De Pree and Charlotte Lyall, joining the Hahndorf girls for the day from the Under 13 White team, had several useful touches in defence. Mount Barker’s Keeper was challenged often and made some good saves, with three of Hahndorf’s attempts hitting the post as they continued to attack the goals. Rebekah Hilton was also notably tireless in defence for Mt Barker. Erin Peacock, Hahndorf’s stalwart central defender was put into Mid-field during the second half and rewarded the coaches’ decision with a lovely goal swept into the corner from a difficult angle, Hahndorf’s third. Hahndorf kept possession well, but Mt Barker kept on fighting hard, so the competition was certainly not one sided. Arwen DePree narrowly missed scoring after a good move saw her challenging Barker’s goalie in a one-on-one competition. Many other attempts were made to add to Hahndorf’s score, with Smith eventually breaking through in the 77th minute of the game, following a beautiful pass from her team mate.

The final score for the hard-fought game in challenging conditions was Hahndorf 4 to Mt Barker 1.

Round 10 – 30th June – Hahndorf 7 v 0 Mannum

Mannum hosted the Under 17 Girls soccer with Hahndorf on a fine but cool Saturday afternoon.

Immediately Hahndorf was on the attack with a pass from Matilda Spanner to Eliza Stone who’s shot for goal was easily taken by Mannum’s goalie, Ashley Sinkinson. Tragically 10 minutes into play Hahndorf’s Molly Kell injured her left ankle and was taken off the field. This was her first game back from fracturing the same ankle 6 weeks ago and unfortunately Molly did not return to play. Within 5 minutes of this injury a Mannum player Ebony Schiller was taken off the field after colliding with Gemma Doyle but recovered to return to the game. Despite this interruption, Hahndorf’s forwards kept peppering at the goals. Then at 20 minutes into the half Eliza Stone used her powerful left foot to kick a magnificent long-range goal that curved into the corner. Goal of the season contender!

This inspired forward Kiora Hemmings , who had already made several attempts at goal which had been gallantly saved by Mannum’s goalie . Eventually just reward came at the 23rd minute with a direct shot from Hemmings that scored. Immediately Mannum reacted and attacked with keeper Zoe Smith saving a certain goal. Erin Peacock and Jozzie Pitt were strong in defence, as Mannum pushed forward but were unable to score.

The second half saw a change in positions with Matilda Spanner as Hahndorf’s goalie and Smith in the forward position. It also saw a re energised Mannum attacking the goals, resulting in a corner shot that was defended well by Ruby Frangiosa. Within 10 minutes of the second half starting, Smith and Freya Roberts combined well, with Roberts finding the net for Hahndorf’s 3rd goal. Soon after Stone scored her 2nd goal, another great long-range shot. Then Mannum counter attacked with Zoe Schiller attempting to score but well saved by goalie Matilda Spanner. Arwen De Pree worked tirelessly in the mid field passing to Smith who scored her first goal at the 54th minute mark and Hahndorf’s 5th.

Mannum became frustrated as they worked hard to push the ball forward but Hahndorf’s strong defence prevented Mannum scoring. In particular Erin Peacock took control and dribbled the ball out of defence through midfield Freya Roberts worked like a terrier in the forward line eventually sending a lovely pass to Smith who scored Hahndorf’s 6th goal. Mannum’s goalie worked tirelessly but was unable to stop Hahndorf’s 7th goal and Smith’s 3rd goal from an Eliza Stone pass.

The final score was Hahndorf 7; Mannum 0.

Round 9 – 23rd June – Hahndorf 2 v 1 Stirling
Hahndorf and Stirling’s Under 17 girl’s teams met for the second time in the season on Saturday, at Bradwood park, in cold but clear conditions.

Stirling had beaten the Hahndorf side decisively in their first league match of the season but with the Hahndorf girls now coming together well and improving each week, it was evident straight
away that this game would be a much closer competition between two evenly matched teams. Defenders and the keepers for both teams were kept well on their toes, with Hahndorf consistent in their attacking pressure in the first half and the ball often at their end of the pitch. Despite several attempts on goal, there was no score until the 31st minute, when the Hahndorf midfield
and strikers coordinated well, resulting in the ball being chipped into the goals by Freya Roberts. Arwen De Pree and Gemma Doyle for Hahndorf worked hard in mid-field, involved in much of the
back and forth play, but despite further attempts by both teams, the girls went into the break with the goal for Hahndorf the only score for the half.

Stirling came out of the break with increased intensity, hungry for a goal to even the scores. It seemed as if this would happen when the ref called a foul in the box for Stirling and Sophie Gray was given a penalty shot. Violet Spanner, Hahndorf’s keeper however made a strong save to keep her team ahead. Stirling had more of the play at their end of the pitch in the second half and defenders Erin Peacock, Matilda Spanner and Charlotte Hodgson had to work hard to read the play and keep sending the ball back into attack. Amalie Grant then made a wonderful run to goals and a well timed and placed kick secured Hahndorf’s second goal, a just reward for Grant after two previous attempts had hit the corner post.

As the game was drawing to a close Stirling increased their push towards goals, with one attempt saved right on the score line through an amazing dive by Violet Spanner. With ten minutes left in the game Stirling broke through Hahndorf’s defense, with a lovely goal into the back of the net, scored by Madeleine Adams.

The well fought competition ended up then as a 2-1 victory to the Hahndorf team

Round 8 – 16th June – Hahndorf 5 v 5 Strathalbyn
Wet and muddy conditions challenged both u 17 girls teams as they kicked off late on Saturday afternoon at Pine Avenue.

The keepers from Strikers and Hahndorf were forced to make early saves as both teams played attacking football. The slippery ball added to the goal keeper’s woes but both made several good
saves to keep the game even. Eventually Hahndorf scored when a through ball from Erin Peacock found Zoe Smith, who positioned it perfectly to hit the back of the net. Strathalbyn evened the score within minutes with a great shot by Charlie Main up and over keeper Violet Spanner’s head and out of reach. The Strikers scored a second goal when Mikayla Eastwood scored, deflected by a valiant Matilda Spanner desperate to block her shot. Smith scored her second goal and again the scores were even as the rain became heavier. Gemma Doyle worked the ball well through midfield for Hahndorf and Violet Spanner was forced to make an impressive double save to keep the scores to 2:2 at half time.

The extreme weather delayed the start of the second half, but the teams emerged from the change rooms eager to get a result. After a period of attacking play again from both teams, Kiora Hemmings from Hahndorf ran the ball through the centre of midfield and passed to Amelie Grant who scored Hahndorf’s third goal. Strathalbyn again quickly equalised and within 10 minutes scored again, placing continued pressure on the Hahndorf defenders. Grant scored again from the centre pass soon after, to equalise scores at 4 all. A draw seemed inevitable but then Strathalbyn slotted a goal past Violet Spanner, despite Ruby Frangoisa working tirelessly to try to clear the ball. The drama was not yet over, as in the final minutes of the game Eliza Stone passed to Smith who centred the ball to Hemmings to finish the game a 5 all draw.

It was a fitting result for a very evenly contested game.

Round 7 – 2nd June – Hahndorf 3 v 6 Torrens Valley
The Hahndorf U17 girls team travelled to Birdwood Park on 2 June 2018 to meet Torrens Valley under blue skies but wintery temperatures. The first half saw both teams show equal determination, with Mikayla Witter scoring for Torrens Valley in the fourth minute of the game, closely countered by Zoe Smith to put away Hahndorf’s opening goal. Torrens Valley consistently played a big kicking attack, which had Ruby Frangiosa, Eliza Stone and Gemma Doyle of Hahndorf playing pivotal roles in driving the counter attack. Violet Spanner in goals for Hahndorf made numerous crucial saves as Torrens Valley surged late in the first half but Ruby Homer was able to convert in the 30th minute to give Torrens Valley a one goal lead at half time.

Torrens Valley continued their assertive play immediately in the second half, with Zara Witter scoring in the first minute, closely followed by Homer, who proved to be a valuable player for her team. Hahndorf responded in kind, turning the tables with an attacking spree of 2 successive goals, the first by Kiora Hemmings, followed up by a strong strike from Amelie Grant. Erin Peacock was tireless in defence for Hahndorf, ably assisted by Arwen De Pree as Torrens Valley fought back and gained momentum in the last stage of the game. Homer was able to score again and her teammate Zara Witter finished the victory for Torrens Valley, making the final score 6-3.

Round 6 – 26th May – Hahndorf 7 v 1 Mt Barker
On an overcast Saturday afternoon Mount Barker u17g played Hahndorf u17 g for the second time this season. Both teams came out strong with a nice early attempt at goal by Mount Barker player Jackie Megson. This was followed by great work from Violet Spanner for Hahndorf, sending the ball down to Gemma Doyle and then on to Kiora Hemmings for Hahndorf’s first goal. Hahndorf’s second goal came from a cross to Eliza Stone from Ruby Frangiosa. Spanner then shot a couple of long kicks from midfield, just missing a chance for Hahndorf’s third goal. The ball went down to Mount Barker’s half but they were unable to score with Hahndorf’s defending players Charlotte Nielson, Erin Peacock and Charlotte Hodgson clearing the ball well. Mount Barker’s first and only goal came from a lovely run by Megson straight into goals. Doyle scored the third goal for Hahndorf closely followed by Hahndorf’s fourth goal by Hemmings. Mount Barker keeper Tahlia Panazzolo then saved another goal attempt by Doyle, but was unable to prevent Frangiosa’s goal, running all the way from defence. Scores were five goals Hahndorf to one goal Mount Barker going into the second half.

The second half started with a quick goal by Frangiosa , closely followed by a powerful kick from Zoe Smith straight into goal for Hahndorf ,with Jozzie Pitt sending balls down from the centre
midfield. Smith struck again with another goal, Hahndorf’s eighth for the day. Under 13 players Sterre De Pree and Keira Bowden both came on in the second half for Hahndorf to replace Pitt, who suffered a knee injury, and did well playing up a grade. Mount Barker continued to have attempts at goal but were unable to score due to pressure from Hahndorf players Georgia Vogelsang and Peacock, with Spanner making a great save in goals as well. Smith had a couple more shots at goal but they were saved by good keeping from Mount Barker. Hahndorf’s next goal came from a pass from Frangiosa to Doyle, who then scored her second goal for the day. Smith’s hard work then paid off with her third goal and Hahndorf’s tenth goal from a well-directed pass by Stone. Hahndorf defender Nielsen, playing up front for a change, then took a great shot to score Hahndorf’s eleventh goal for the day. A long kick from Megson nearly resulted in an amazing goal for Mount Barker late in the second half. The final Hahndorf goal came from a corner by Peacock straight to Hemmings, who put it into the back of the net.

Final scores were 12 goals Hahndorf to 1 goal Mount Barker.

Cup Round – 19th May – Hahndorf 4 v 5 Strathalbyn
Hahndorf and Strathalbyn’s under 17 girl’s teams met in the initial cup round on Saturday May 19th. Strathalbyn had beaten the Hahndorf side decisively in their first league match of the season but with the Hahndorf girls now coming together as a team and improving each week, the match turned out to be a close and hard-fought competition. Hahndorf initiated the scoring following a well-coordinated initial attack, within the first 4 minutes of the game. Forwards Freya Roberts and Kiora Hemmings both had touches of the ball before Amalie Grant put it into the net. After another 15 minutes of play back and forth across the pitch, Hahndorf consolidated their lead with another goal by Hemmings. Strathalbyn players then rallied, with the goal keepers of both teams making fantastic saves as players continued to drive towards the nets. Strathalbyn’s Mikayla Eastwood and Jessica Mugford put pressure on Hahndorf’s goalkeeper Violet Spanner, who made two impressive diving saves in goals, before Strathalbyn scored 2 goals late in the half. This took the very evenly matched teams into half time with 2 goals each.

Hahndorf started the second half as it had the first, with a goal within the first 5 minutes of the half, with all forwards again having touches before Roberts slotted the ball across the line. Defenders and midfield on both teams continued to work hard, with Matilda Spanner, Erin Peacock and Charlotte Nielsen all using strong driving kicks to send Hahndorf back into attack.
With Sarah Synnott continuing to impress in goals, Strathalbyn took the upper hand in the middle of second half, scoring the next 2 goals, before Roberts made a wonderful pass to Hemmings who
then scored an equalising goal for Hahndorf. The very competitive play continued into extra time, with the first 10 minutes of extra time remaining scoreless for both sides. The score remained at 4 – 4 until the end of the second 10 minutes however within additional extra time allowed by the referee, Strathalbyn scored the match winning goal to take them into the next round of the cup.

Spectators were treated to a very competitive and close match-up, with both teams playing out the game that ended up with over 105 minutes of playing time.

Round 5 – 12th May – Hahndorf 6 v 0 Mannum
Hahndorf under 17 Girls put in an excellent game to win 10 nil against Mannum with both club’s players putting in a strong effort.

In the first half, with Violet Spanner saving a number of attacks on goal Hahndorf girls fought strongly to obtain a 4 nil lead. The first goal was taken following a great pass by Amelie Grant to Kiora Hemmings who converted by hitting the back of the net. Freya Roberts assisted and with pressure on the goalie led to Hemmings kicking the second goal. Zoe Smith made a lovely pass to Gemma Doyle who decisively took the 3rd goal. Maltilda Spanner did a strong kick up the field for Smith to then cross in front of goal and was tapped in by Grant.

In the second half the weather closed in with rain not far away. The Hahndorf girls continued to press hard in the second half securing a further 6 goals, a well deserved result as the team worked well together passing the ball and demonstrating their skill development under the coaching of David Peacock. Erin Peacock took an awarded free kick following an opposition handball, a decisive goal was then taken by Grant in the top corner. The next 3 goals were also taken by Hemmings following some wonderful passing by Charlotte Nielsen, Arwin De Pree and Roberts and a rebound off the goal post from Eliza Stone’s boot. Mannum rallied to make a final rush in the last 10 minutes but was met with Hahndorf defenders preventing any score for the Mannum team. Peacock took a penalty kick following a yellow card being awarded to a Mannum player who put a hand up to defend the goal for a 9th goal. This was quickly followed up by the final and 10th goal taken by Peacock.

The game finished with the teams singing out their team songs and thanking the referee.

Round 4 – 5th May – Hahndorf 2 v 5 Stirling Districts

Hahndorf won the toss and kicked off to begin a well contested match at Bradwood Park on Saturday. Amalie Grant had a good run down the pitch, getting the ball to Hahndorf’s end, where Gemma Doyle attempted a goal, quickly followed up by an attempt by Freya Roberts. Neither attempt was converted thanks to great saves by Stirling’s goalie, Madeleine Adams. The game was fairly even with the ball spending similar time at either end of the pitch until Stirling’s Rowan Wilson broke the deadlock with a well-placed goal midway through the first half. Hahndorf’s Eliza Stone sent a big kick towards goal, only to have it deflected by Stirling. Stirling scored two quick goals in the 33 and 34th minutes of the game. Hahndorf responded with several good attempts at goal, only to have one bounce off the goal post. The half time score was three – nil, Stirling’s favour.

Hahndorf kicked off the second half. Sophie Gray from Stirling quickly scored the teams 4th goal placing the ball high in the net, well out of the reach of Hahndorf’s goalie Violet Spanner.
Hahndorf responded with two goals in quick succession by Roberts and Stone. Ruby Frangiosa tried to make it three in a row only to be thwarted by Stirling’s goalie. In the final ten minutes of the game, Stirling found the net again, resulting in a final score of 5 to 2, Stirling District’s way.

An exciting game between two well matched teams. Some excellent dives by both team goalies kept the scores lower than they could have been.

Round 3 – 28th April – Hahndorf 2 v 9 Strathalbyn
A clear but chilly day at Strathalbyn as the two teams met for the first time this season.

Strathalbyn started with an early surge that was well defended by Erin Peacock and Matilda Spanner for Hahndorf but followed by an early goal for Strathalbyn’s Jessica Mugford.

Great team work by Hahndorf resulted in an equalising goal by Amelie Grant assisted by Kiora Hemmings and Eliza Stone.

Hahndorf keeper Zoe Smith was put under pressure once again by Strathalbyn making some great saves and the game was taken once again to the other Strath end to no avail. The Strathalbyn keeper Sarah Synott was on form.

A further goal by Strathalbyn’s Mugford put them ahead and was quickly followed by another from Strathalbyn’s #14 Corissma Watson.

There was a great surge led by Hahndorf’s Ruby Frangiosa from a free kick only to be met by another save from Synott. Strath led 6-1 into the second half.

A great start for Hahndorf in the second half by Freya Roberts and Gemma Doyle was followed by a great shot from Frangiosa that just tipped over the Strath keepers fingertips to give Hahndorf their second goal.

A hard fought game by both teams that ended in a win for Strathalbyn on the day.

Round 2 – 14th April – Hahndorf 1 v 5 Torrens Valley
Blustery conditions saw Hahndorf travel to Torrens Valley for the second game of the U17G season. Torrens Valley started on the offensive and continued with this pressure for the whole game. After a couple of dramatic saves by the Hahndorf keeper Zoe Smith, Torrens Valley broke through the Hahndorf defence and scored in the 10thminute. Hahndorf had a few good chances created by Freya Roberts on the wing andEliza Stone. Zoe Smith was forced to make another spectacular save before half time when it was 1:0.

Hahndorf came out fighting in the second half with a shot on target by Violet Spanner saved by the Torrens Valley goal keeper before Amelie Grant broke through the TV defence to equalise. The action was end to end as both teams tried to score with a Torrens Valley shot hitting the post and Smith saving the rebound. Then Torrens Valley scored 2 quick goals, one off a strong deflection and the second a lovely shot over Smith’s head. Grant and Spanner continued to test the Torrens Valley keeper and Ruby Frangiosa made some great runs through the midfield but Hahndorf could not break through their strong defence. Torrens Valley were too strong for Hahndorf in the end and won the game 5:1.

Round 1 – 7th April – Hahndorf 6 v 0 Mt Barker
The 2018 U17 girls soccer season kicked off today under brilliant blue skies with a local derby between Hahndorf and Mt Barker. In fact it was so warm the game was played in 4 x 20 minute quarters.

From the kick off Hahndorf peppered Mt Barker’s goal but great defensive work by Mt Barker goalie Taryn Cowell kept a marauding Hahndorf team scoreless. Finally, in the 18th minute after a great run down the right flank and then a superb cross from Freya Roberts, Gemma Doyle slotted home the first goal of the year under the outstretched arms of the Mt Barker goalie. A quick counter attack by Mt Barker had Jackie Megson attacking the Hahndorf goal but Zoe Smith made a great save and kept her out. From there it was all one way traffic with Erin Peacock and then Kiora Hemmings both scoring goals before half time.

The second half was controlled well by Hahndorf and it wasn’t long before Kiora Hemmings scored her second goal of the game with a simple tap in past the Mt Barker goalie. Soon after the restart, Zoe Smith made a blistering run down the left hand sideline and sent a screamer of a cross to Kiora Hemmings, who slotted the ball into the back of the net for her third goal. A hattrick on debut for her new club and the crowd was going wild (well her parents were!!) To cap off a great game, Zoe Smith then scored her own goal to make the final score line 6 – 0.

A great defensive effort by the Hahndorf backline also, a good sign for Coach Dave in the first game of the year and with the arrival of several new players to the team. The only down side to the game was an arm injury to key striker Shana McCleary. Hopefully she is back on the pitch soon.