Kai Savy wins the tussle for the ball.
Kai Savy wins the tussle for the ball.

Whitsunday teams cement place in finals series

IT WAS an exciting weekend for Whitsunday United Football club as three teams cemented their place in the top of their respective divisions, almost guaranteeing a place in the finals series.

The premier men’s team had a bye while the premier reserves took on an enthusiastic country team in the blazing sun on Saturday afternoon.

After a slow start, the team kicked into gear with Bean Seago scoring the first goal.

Ball movement improved in the second half with the WUFC team taking control with goals to James McEvoy-Bowe and Nick Bates sealing the win 3-1.

Despite a determined effort by the women’s team, they succumbed 7-3 against a very strong Rangers team.

Early goals by both teams indicated it would be a tough match up.

On the day, Rangers managed to combine strong possession in the mid field with the ability to strike at goal from a distance leaving WUFC struggling to control the match.

This loss has given team members areas to focus on at training and they still retain their top spot on the ladder.

Claire Larden clearing the ball from defence
Claire Larden clearing the ball from defence

The U15/16 team had a bye and both U13/14 teams recorded identical 7-1 wins leaving the coaches pleased with how the teams are travelling this season.

The U13/14 premiers put on a solid display against Country United led by Jake Pettigrew with three goals and Andrew Fallon-Johnson bagging two.

The pair were supported by superb efforts from the entire team and their combined attack is proving the difference in many games.

Outstanding effort from Beau Bonnyman who was aggressive on and off the ball all day and scored a well-deserved goal.

The win cements the team in third place.

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In what was a quite one-sided affair, the U13/14 division one team also ran out winners 7-1. If not for the brilliant efforts of the Sarina goalkeeper, this would easily have been a double digit score line.

Full credit to the grittiness of the Sarina team which never gave up and kept defending until the end.

Dan Carroll stood out in attack while Violette Matthews controlled the match from the mid field.

Jazz Knezevic bagged a five-goal haul with absolute precision and cool headedness.

A big shout out to Cynan Hughes who is going from strength to strength and had an exceptionally strong game in the midfield.

The division one team is now tied first place on the ladder with an opportunity to jump into the outright lead this weekend.

A big home round is being played at Les Stagg oval again this Saturday with kick off times at 1pm for youth teams and 5pm for senior men.


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