PHOTOS: It was a two-day venture of catch up games and double headers last weekend which saw some of our young Eagles dominate their opponents while others met their match.
Our senior Firsts team continue to improve and solidify their position in the Coast League, taking out rivals Merrimac and edging upwards on the ladder.
Some match reports and photos below –
U6 Red via Luke Sorensen
Wow! What a fresh leap up in enthusiasm, effort, fun and ultimately results this weekend as our team took down Burleigh Heads’ Red team on Saturday and backed up with an even stronger trouncing of Mudgeeraba Red on Sunday.
Score sheets aside, and perhaps more importantly, the whole team lifted as one over the weekend and really enjoyed the games together, working as a team, supporting each other in defence and using new skills they learned at training.
On Saturday they missed several early sitters and actually fell behind 1 nil halfway through the first half of the match before regaining composure and resetting their focus on clawing back, and once the first goal went in they didn’t look back. Nevaeh scored a tough goal after threading through a blockade of Burleigh defenders whilst Kyal ran away with a massive 8-goal total, leading the team to a 9-1 victory. Dylan was amazing in defence, stopping the Burleigh attack at every opportunity.
Late in the match one of the Burleigh players was injured when making contact with the goals, Kyal gallantly offered to swap shirts and assist the other team to keep a full team on the pitch which was a great sporting gesture. The Burleigh player returned bravely to see out the end of the match.
Sunday, and we expected perhaps the players to be a little tired however they all turned up the volume yet again, this time sharing the ball a lot more, using great strategy and teamwork to take an 11 to 2 win over our southern neighbours.
Every player bar one ended the match with having put the ball in the back of the net, with two amazing goals to Lachlan, a soaring long strike from Nevaeh, Dylan scoring in the goal mouth and Kyal netting another 7 goals.
Sophie picked up the pace and we were all impressed with her improvement and effort – she was so close to scoring!
It is great to see the team winning more challenges, passing a lot more and backing each other up – they are growing so fast and their improvement on the pitch is only matched by their level of fun and enthusiasm for being part of the team!
U7 Blue via Rebecca Mulcahy
A busy weekend this week with games on both Saturday & Sunday to make up for last week’s wet weather cancellation. A special thank you to Anna for bringing the team mascot to the game, Charlie look’s great in team colours!
Saturday we played Southport Blue, it was a well matched game with a 2 all draw right up until the last 30 seconds of the game when they scored a sneaky last minute goal to win 3 vs 2.
It was an even game in terms of both teams missing chances, overall the team played well together with Rohan & Jack playing their first games in Nerang colours.
Congratulations to Eli for scoring both goals on Saturday but we were pleased to have awarded all of our players – Eli, Justin, Hayden, Macky, Jack & Rohan with awards for their efforts today.
Sunday we played Mudgeeraba Red and walked away with a win of 4 vs 0. While there was some arms and pulling from their side, we are proud the boys kept their calm and remained focused.
Congratulations goes to Jack for winning the award this week and scoring his first goal for the team, well done!
U7 Red via Lisa Williamson
Our Nerang U7 Red team were excited to be home this week playing Robina City Red. We had 4 amazing players turn up ready to play – Luke, Nixon, Ronan & Lucas.
With no reserves and facing a very strong Robina City side the boys laced up their boots and played like champions. Robina was the first to score but with the help of his team mates Luke quickly replied and snuck a cheeky goal past a strong defence to score.
1-1 at half time and the boys need the well deserved drink break. The second half tested our defence. Whilst our team held up strong defending attack after attack Robina was able to penetrate scoring 2 goals. Final score 3 -1.
Teamwork was outstanding, everyone put in a massive effort. Ronan was presented with our team award ‘best at listening to instructions’ – Well done Ronan.
Outstanding effort U7 Nerang Red, keep up the great team work!
U11 Girls via Michael Opie
Saturday 27th May the girls played against Robina, unfortunately we only had 8 players on the field instead of the usual 9 due to injuries and illness.
The girls fought hard with some great defending by Mollie, Ava and Natania and some great saves by Summer. Our midfield with Grace Taliyah and Tameya doing some great passing and moving the ball forward to out sole striker Kiara who was able to put away several goals and come out on top of a gallant Robina.
Sunday the 28th May we traveled to Burleigh to play their number one side, again we only had 8 players with the other team having 3 substitutes.
It was 1 nil to us after the first half but Burleigh scored not long into the 2nd halve. This fired up the girls and displayed some great defence work and some fantastic passing which enabled us to over power Burleigh and come out victors.
It was a great weekend from all players that not only had 2 play 2 games but had to play them a player down for both games. All of the girls have improved out of sight in the last couple of weeks and go from strength to strength.
The girls are so far unbeaten this year with only 1 draw, keep up the great work girls!
U11 Red via Sean Moyles
It was a double header at home for the U11s this weekend as they played catch up after the recent bad weather.
First came a very strong Mudgeeraba side on Saturday. This was a team who have been together for a number of years now and it certainly showed!
Charlie was the deserving ‘Most Outstanding Player’ having sacrificed his natural attacking game to do a man-marking job for his team.
Nerang fought hard but were overwhelmed and Cristian’s goal was a consolation in reply to Mudgeeraba’s seven.
There was no time to dwell on what was only their second defeat of the season as the lads were back in action on Sunday morning against Pacific Pines.
This was a hard fought game in which the lead swung back and forth but it was Cristian’s clinical finishing which proved the difference between the sides.
He put Nerang ahead early in the game but two quick goals from Pacific Pines followed by Cristian’s second meant that at half time the game was delicately balanced at 2-2.
Cristian completed his hat trick midway through the second half and then it was all hands to the defensive pump as Nerang hung on for the win.
It was a brave performance from the whole team and an especially outstanding game for Brayden. He was a rock in defence in the first half and just as effective in the second half going forward… even executing a ‘Cruyff Turn’ which left his bewildered opponent kicking at thin air.
This was a win which showed that these Eagles not only have the skills to compete but character and resilience in spades!