It was a mixed bag for both our junior and senior teams last weekend, with our mens Firsts team finsihing off the round taking a stunning 7 to 1 win over Kingscliff as the first match played on the newly dedicated Bob Jeffrey field here at Nerang.
Some match reports and pics below.
U6 via Luke Sorensen
Our Red team had a well-earned bye on Saturday as our Blue team went away to face Robina Red.
Short a couple of players, Kyal joined from the Reds to lend our Blues a hand, or rather foot, as they set about dismantling the Robina defence.
Some incredible performances only matched by some equally exciting team work saw our little ones take full control of the game, running away eventual winners at 14 to 2.
A lot of goals for such little feet, with Ethan setting his personal-best performance, and some great goals from the others.
Tyler was in the thick of it, Brock put the ball in the net too and there was solid defence from Jack who used his power to clear the ball every time.
On the Sunday, our Representative U6 team (a mix from both teams) took on the Goals Emerald Lakes carnival, playing three early matches on the new artificial turn pitches.
It doesn’t get much tougher, with the first two teams we faced being some of the strongest on the coast. Some frustrating moments but our girls and boys pulled it together and kept on with it, making it difficult at every turn for the opposition and playing hard.
Our last team was a more balanced affair, and we were able to put 3 goals away even though we lost the match.
The impressive play and resilience shown this day by our team was extraordinary in some super tough conditions. The pitches were very slippery underfoot in the morning dew and rock-hard concrete underneath, leaving many players bruised and battered from the matches – we would probably avoid taking such young players onto this type of pitch in the future – but nonetheless it was a great experience.
No sidelines either! So they learned some new skills, passing off the walls and using the width of the pitch more.
Every player showed great character and all admitted they had a fun and exciting morning and enjoyed playing against some quality players for a change. Toughest games yet, super proud of these guys!
U7 Blue via Rebecca Mulcahy
The cold weather has well and truly arrived and we were all glad to be sitting on the sunny side of the field early on Saturday morning! This week we played Coomera Yellow for the first time in the competition. We lead the game in the first half, holding them at 2 – 1 score, but they came home strong scoring another 3 goals, giving us a loss of 4 – 2.
It was another tough game this week, as evident with a couple of injuries for both David & Eli.
Well done to the boys for shaking off their bumps & bruises and pushing forward, both of whom also scored our goals for the game.
Congratulations goes to Eli this week for the Player of the Match award, he really put his heart into the game this week.
U7 Mixed via Mark Mulcahy
Sunday 4th June we got the chance to test out the new venue at Emerald Lakes synthetic fields. Since the entire Under 7 group were eager to play more games we managed to make two teams.
Team one consisting of Justin, Mackay, Jack, Rubi, Rohan & Ronan
Game 1 – vs Robina Yellow. The team settled in well finding using the walls play off and listening to instructions and scoring some good goals ending the game at 3-1 win Ronan pushing forward finding the net twice and Justin with another goal.
Game 2 – vs Magic Yellow. The Nerang team high after a win continued to push forward with Ronan scoring first early in the game. Coming against a tougher team lots of missed chances and great defence showed on both teams ending our way 1-0 win.
Game 3 – vs Runaway Bay Yellow. The team was still having fun enjoying the experience and playing well. Coming against another well structured team we were unlucky not to find the net this game. You could sense the team was getting tired but battled on making some great defensive tackles and almost scoring ending our last game 0-1 loss.
Team two consisting of Lucas, Nixon , Baylee, Hayden, Luke, Eli & David
Game 1 – vs Magic Red. We had only just arrived at the venue and without having time to organise the game was on. The team got started finding the first goal from Luke. Every player stepped up and gave it there all. Baylee found our second goal and one goal for the Magic side ended the first game 2-1 win to Nerang.
Game 2 – vs Coomera Navy. Going into the second half of the game locked at nil all Coomera broke our defence scoring two good goals ending the game 0-2 loss.
We had a good laugh at some of the funny things that happen in games as you do. Lots of ball being trapped on the wall or being trapped by a player on the ground.
Game 3 – vs Pacific Pines Blue. You could see the determination in both teams not to concede the first goal. Pacific Pines pushed a goal in leading the first half 1-0. With a few missed chances unlucky not finding the net pushing into their half only to find the post. One more goal from a Pacific Pines ended the close game 0-2 loss.
It was a great opportunity for the Under 7 players in this new type of format seeing and being able to play on synthetic grass. As the Under 7 coach I was proud of every player and being able to help and assist their understanding of the game the rules and having fun. Well done to you all did Nerang proud!
Last week our U11s were well beaten by Mudgeeraba White and two young players in particular. This week we got to watch and admire the same two players in action for Mudgeeraba White Vs Musgrave Blue before our own game against Mudgeeraba Blue.
Our match was a very even affair which was turned on its head when, to our great surprise, those same two players were somehow brought on as interchange substitutes !
This, combined with an unfortunate injury which put Cristian out of the game, effectively ended any real chance for us.
Our lads kept their heads up and acquitted themselves bravely and proudly.
Alex won this week’s Outstanding Performance Award for his solid defending in the first half and caused havoc amongst the opposition when given a freer role by Coach Dave in the second half.
U12 Div 3
Another tough game against a strong Pac Pins team, a 7-1 loss however some great lessons taken away from the game.
Our only goal was a cracker though, a direct shot from a corner kick that spun in the wind and cleared the goalkeepers hands to arrive in the back of the net somehow!
Nerang Men’s Reserves
Our Reserves Eagles are on the back foot this season but nonetheless are pressing ahead with their chins up. Facing a well-rounded and hungry Kingscliff side, they couldn’t get the rhythm and flow in place to put balls away, resulting in another frustrating loss.
Chin up lads and let’s get the legs running on this machine!
Nerang Men’s Firsts
What a spectacular match with absolutely world-class goals being scored by both sides.
In the running for match of the year so far for the Nerang lads, they buckled up and locked in for a full performance from start to end, dominating possession which proved to be the key.
7-1 win sees them edge towards the top of the ladder, another rung climbed.