Whitsunday United player Rowan Kangru clears the ball from goal. Photo: Penny Grossi
Whitsunday United player Rowan Kangru clears the ball from goal. Photo: Penny Grossi

Gaffney dominates for Whitsunday women but youth do it tough

THE premiership leading Whitsunday United women’s football team dispatched Country Orange at Mackay Park leading 2-0 at half time and taking the win 5-0 in a game that was never in doubt.

Willow Gaffney dominated upfront while Rosie Taylor and Kiki Taylor led by example.

Coach Ian Radders was most pleased with the way the team worked as a unit.

“Barring injuries, this team will be hard to beat in the finals,” he said.

They are playing for each other and loving their football.

“The future looks great for women’s football in the Whitsundays.”

The U13/14 Division 1 side went down in an arm wrestle with a well-drilled top of the table Dolphins side.

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The Whitsunday team constantly pressured the goal with several near misses by Jazz Knezevic and Dan Carroll.

Lawson Graham gave it his all in an effort to lift his team and put on a breathtaking attacking run from halfway that had the Whitsunday supporters on their feet.

The ball hit the post, which summed up the day – a great effort with little reward.

In the closest game of the day involved the U13/14 Premiers, who were unlucky after they endured a rough-house approach by the Lions teams.

No quarter was given as our youth players stood up to the challenge led by Kai Savy in defence and Beau Bonnyman, who never gave an inch in the midfield.

Andrew Fallon-Johnson and Jake Pettigrew tried hard but were unable to improve the scoreboard in the second half, going down 2-1 against the competition leaders but showing they are a real threat for the championship.

A sombre mood post game as the U13/14 Premiers ponder a tough game. Photo: Penny Grossi
A sombre mood post game as the U13/14 Premiers ponder a tough game. Photo: Penny Grossi

The U15/16 side was again short on numbers but were impressive and held the Lions team to 0-0 at half time – with four U13/14 backing up.

Brave efforts were shown by Oscar Hill in goals and Nick Hansen in defence.

Martin Burbano and Ky Borghero were spectacular in midfield and attack but ultimately the Lions ran them down 5-0 in the second half.

Our men’s teams struggled to match the intensity of the Lions sides in front of a large Lions crowd, going home with two losses but looking forward to the next round.

All the premier Whitsunday United teams will be on display at Whitsunday SportsPark on Saturday, September 26, from 11:30am.

Come on down and support your team!


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