April 26 saw the beginning of the 2014 junior season, with many promising signs for the season ahead.
Newtown Maroon vs Geelong.
This was a great first game for the Minkey season, with many new players in the team. Great control and thoughtful midfield play by F. Tobane, and excellent passing from defence by I. Clarke. Good position and passing by M. McKenzie helped Newtown create some attacks. Great play by M. Dawson, filling in for Geelong. Best Team Player Awards to F. Tobane and M. Dawson.
Newtown White found themselves without an opposition so the players filled in for the other Newtown teams.
Newtown Gold vs Golden Plains
The first game for many of these players showed how much they have learnt already in the pre-season, with some great skills and teamwork on display.
Newtown Maroon vs Torquay 2-8
The season kicked off with a fairly even and hard-fought first half. The centre was quite congested but a break away down the right and a centering pass from W. Jennings via H. Biskup allowed first gamer S. Brown to slot through a great team goal to be down 2-1 at half time. Torquay dominated a lot of the play in the second half with quick playing on challenging our defensive structure and leading to several short corners and goals. H. Bradbury provided a spark coming off the bench to finish off a second team goal, showing the value of clearing the ball wide and moving forward in numbers. Congratulations on very encouraging first games by S. Brown, J. Monks and L. Wheatland. Best Team Player Awards to S. Robson and H. Biskup. Congratulations to S. Robson who played his 25th game for the Club.
Newtown White vs Kardinia 6-0.
Congratulations to U11 Newtown White on a great first game of the season. Everyone played their positions well and followed the team goals set by Coach Kellie. Everyone passed the ball well using the whole field. Great defence work by M. Humphrey, E. Humphrey, B. Quinlan and J. Tobane. Well done to M. Reilley, I. Paul and A. Skeen who all scored goals after great team work. Fantastic effort by all!
Newtown Maroon vs Geelong College 7-0
Newtown White vs Geelong 2-2
Goals scored by L. D’Arcy.
Newtown Maroon vs Kardinia Maroon, 5-1
Newtown Maroon got off to a good start, scoring early after some good pressure in the D. Great running on the right wing by L. Pearson making good position and setting up another goal. A scrappy first half but the second half improved with players rewarded for their hard running. Three second half goals were well set up in defence by M. Barnett and T. Pearson, with great distribution to the forwards. Well done to J. D’Arcy on his first game in goals, and congratulations to all players on a good first up game, with their effort being rewarded. Goal scorers M. Chester, M. Barnett, L. D’Arcy.
Newtown White vs Bellarine 7-2
Goal scorers A. Birse, J. Jirik, N. Mehes, J. Stewart
Newtown Maroon vs Torquay 6-0
Newtown played an excellent team game with great skills and speed in attack. Great defence by L. Thompson and B. O’Meara, who switched the ball well to transfer play and create opportunities for attacking players C. Warner and A. McKinnon. Great position and short passing by T. Parker and T. Proebstl saw Newtown put pressure on the Torquay defence with great results.
Newtown White vs Saints 0-5
A good start to the season with Newtown White finding positions well, opening up spaces and making leads with some opportunities up front. Solid defending by goalie B. Birse, supported by J. Hockley-Samon and B. MacIntosh worked hard to slow the strong Saints attack. B. Shedden and J. Jirik had cracking shots on goal going wide and were unlucky not to score. All players showed great skills with some really good running play in their first game together and despite a lot of determination, were out-played by Saints. Well done all. Looking forward to seeing the team gel over the coming weeks.
Thanks to C. Stella, J. Jirik, M. Rau, J. Hockley-Samon and L. Darcy for boosting numbers at short notice.
Division 1 Men
Newtown Falcons – Bye this week
Division 1 Women
Newtown Falcons V Corio 2-1
This was a hard fought but very even game. Corio scored the first goal half way though the first half, and just before half time Newtown was able to equalise. The second half started hard and fast but the Newtown defence managed to hold Corio out and nullify their attack. With just one minute to go, Newtown had a great team play to move the ball down the field and J. Welsh snuck a goal in to give us a memorable win
Division 2 Men
Newtonw Maroon vs Golden Plains Navigators 0-3
Newtown Maroon played well with strong play in the centre from T. Gebert. N. Hinett played well up front, putting pressure on in the circle and tackling the keeper. Golden Plains scored 2 goals in the first half. The second half saw some good attacking play by Newtown, without result. Final score 3-0 to Golden Plains.
Newtown White vs Saints 5-1
The team list for Newtown White Men is yet to settle down for the season. However, despite injuries and others unavailable this week we were able to field a strong team for the game against Saints on Saturday with some help from the other Newtown teams. With the unsettled list there is still a fair bit of work to do to learn each others’ game and take advantage of our opportunities. Despite not quite hitting our stride we had the advantage of 2 good finishers in L. Birse (3 goals) and N. Molyneux (2 goals) to ensure we had a good result on the score board.
Division 2 Women
Newtown Maroon vs Newtown Gold 5-1
The cooler night conditions saw a fast running game with Maroon taking off early. Lots of solid passes and calling amongst forwards resulted in well executed goals. S. Lee marked the game with 50 senior matches. Welcome back to H. Brennan -the Maroon team will probably be a great source of inspiration for her upcoming comedy shows. Thanks to K. Warren for filling in, with a solid and reliable game at centre-half.
Newtown Gold vs Newtown Maroon 1-5
Gold was outclassed this week in a friendly against Maroon. We missed the run and talent of our captain and vice-captain. Despite a great game from T. Parker with some impressive runs and skills through the middle, Gold weren’t able to create enough opportunities up forward, finishing with one goal only – a great hit from P. Hanley. Despite the score, there was some great defensive work on display – particularly from S. O’Halloran, A. Stuart, M. Kelly (who we welcomed for her first game for the season). Great to have P. Stewart in goals.
Newtown White vs Torquay 0-4
Newtown White had to work hard with 10 players, against a young opposition. Great defence by K. Barnes, K. Dunn and T. Barnes cut off many attacks by Torquay but strong hits in the circle by Torquay saw them score. Newtown was able to create attacks with M. Duncan, S. Wallace and J. Macintosh running hard but unfortunately without result. Newtown White continue to show great teamwork and endeavour, and can only improve with further matches.