U13 Glory v CYMS Gold
After a 5 week pause from playing football it was uncertain how the team would approach their first game this term. Initially we were reluctant to close the space between us and our opponents when they had possession and we let them dictate terms. After two soft goals were conceded we began to mobilise and seize the initiative. At half-time the score was 1-2 after Ollie finished off a well-worked through ball. In the second half the sleeping dragon was aroused further with impressive motion through the midfield leading to well-weighted through balls or crosses. Airlie was impressive with her pursuit of these balls and was able to score three excellent goals, despite the obvious height imbalance between her and the CYMS fullbacks and their dogged determination to spoil her chances. Excellent support was provided by Abbey, Jessie, Ollie and Zimmy, who chased down opponents and won back possession. Henry, Joe, Will and Sophie provided stubborn defensive resistance, spoiling a series opposition raids and creating confidence further up the field.
U13 Victory v CYMS Green
KWS Victory played a strong game at Bernie Stedman Field this Saturday. They faced a tough opposition but managed to score two goals against them. Unfortunately, KWS weren’t able to gain a lead in spite of their efforts.
U14 Strikers v Waratah Braves
The Strikers were looking to get Term 3 fixtures off to a good start against the Waratah Braves but struggled to find the back of the net against an opposition with stern defence. After holding the Braves to 0-1 at half-time, a restructure of the mid-field and forwards created multiple opportunities for Kinross to level and push ahead. Unfortunately, two quick goals by the Braves midway through the second half made the mountain too high to climb. Kinross continued to create opportunities right up until the final whistle and once again demonstrated determination, persistence and camaraderie.
U15 Jets v Blayney Blades
KWS Jets got off to a quick start, keeping the Blayney Blades very busy throughout the first half. Tom Gill and newcomer, Patrick Nelson, delivered a lot of shots at Blayney’s goal. There was strong defence and a lot of chasing and support from our midfielders, Sarah Lyons, Joshua Karbowiak, Griffin Robinson, Fergus Baldwin, William Gudgeon and Stanley Zhang. The backline, Caden Wilkin, Bryce Elsegood, Rob Adam, Thomas Kiss and Fraser Molloy, played some outstanding defence all game. William Noble had a great match in goals. Welcome back to the season, Jets, and keep up the team work.
U17 v Bathurst 75 (28th Jul)
The first weekend back from the winter holidays proved to be a busy one for the U17 Kinross soccer team. Saturday's game displayed an exciting contest against the Bathurst 75 team who seemed hungry for revenge after the Kinross win at the start of the season. The game was competitive for a majority of the game, with the Bathurst side showing impressive attacking skills and Kinross demonstrating unyielding defence. James Collett held the Kinross defensive line superbly. However, the Bathurst attack eventually proved too strong in the second half, managing the put on three late goals. The game finished 3-1, with a well-deserved late goal from Jasper Mihalich.
U17 v Ex-Services (29th Jul)
Sunday's game displayed another competitive contest between Kinross and the U17 Ex-Services club. The first half exhibited skilful attack and defence from both teams. Impressive offensive plays from William Goodlet and quality goalkeeping from Jeremy L'Estrange were the highlights of the game. By the end of the game, perseverance and luck was with the Ex-services club who managed to capitalise on three impressive plays, winning the game 3-0. The weekend was a display of quality football without much luck for the Kinross side.
Men’s First XI v Barbarians (28th Jul)
We should have scored in the first 15 seconds of the game, which may have changed everything. Greater communication and two other ‘golden’ chances that also went begging may have seen us ahead 3-zip, instead of behind by the same score at half time. Two more missed opportunities weren’t taken in the second half, meaning a ‘5’ next to our score could have been possible. We were ahead in all the stats – including shots on goal, corners and free kicks, so this was definitely one that got away. Impressive passages of play have had opposition teams giving us praise, but luck and the back of the net continue to evade us.
Men’s First XI v Barnstoneworth FC (29th Jul)
Double-headers are always difficult, and we were never in the hunt in this game, as the tactics of hail-mary long balls from the opponent saw us vulnerable and out of puff quite early in the game. The first three goals all came from long breaks and unmarked players, and a goal with 30 seconds to go as we had our minds on the oranges made it impossible for a comeback to occur. We held them scoreless in the second half until 3 minutes from the end, showing great courage, admirable desperation and nice communication.
KWS 13 Glory v KWS 13 Victory won 2-0
KWS 13 Glory v Waratah Braves lost 0-5
KWS 13 Glory v CYMS Green lost 0-5
It was a busy week with three matches played in five days. In the first match the two KWS teams were evenly matched in terms of possession and field position. Glory made better use of their scoring opportunities and defended doggedly. This match saw the welcome return of Dan having been unavailable through injury. The midfield looked good in transition and our goalie, Sophie, showed resolve and courage in coming out to meet her opponents. Ollie and Airlie shared the goal scoring.
On Saturday morning bitter winds impacted on the play but despite our challenging opponents, we moved the ball quite fluently and up until the last ten minutes were only 3 goals down. Will dominated the backline with his best performance of the season. Sophie and Zimmy worked hard in their respective roles, stifling their opponents’ chances. Ollie was very mobile and Airlie again showed her tenacious attributes. Angel tried hard to work the line and maintain some momentum.
On Saturday afternoon we backed up in more mild conditions, but against the top team in this age group. At half-time we were only 1 goal down after a fabulous strike by one of their representative players. We weathered the early part of the second half rather well, but fatigue set in and without any substitutes the score ballooned. Best on ground was Airlie, with Will and Dan not far behind.
Given that the other teams played for most of the 5 weeks we were unable to play, it is no surprise that we are underdone with regard to match fitness. In each of the last two games we had genuine scoring opportunities but sadly no goals to our name. A 3 goal difference in each of these last two games would have been a more accurate representation of the differences between the two sides in each encounter. With a double-header happening next Saturday we will need to hold our nerve in the last quarter of each game and aim for better outcomes.
U13 Victory v Glory
This was a tremendous game to watch, with both teams working hard to defeat their peers. Victory worked hard to keep out the opposition, gaining some counter-attack opportunities throughout the game. Unfortunately, they were unable to break through GIory’s defence. The Victory players should be congratulated for competing tirelessly.
Overall, I was impressed with the integrity and sportsmanship demonstrated by the majority of the U13s players on both teams. I look forward to these teams returning to the field for a rematch next week.
U13 Victory v Blayney Tigers
U13 Victory v Waratah Knights
U14 Strikers v Oberon
Despite an intense warmup to counter the Oberon chill, the Strikers started like a frozen bag of peas. Oberon took advantage of the Strikers’ nonchalant approach to draw the game 1-1 at half time after KWS had taken the lead thanks to Charlie Willis. After some Starburst Chewables, a stern word from the coach and much self-reflection, the Strikers played like they are capable of in the second half. Goals to Liam Bracks, Ben Jones and Will Englund finished the Oberon challenge off. Well done to Sterling Graham for best on ground and thanks to bus driver Keith for the lift.
U15 Jets v Waratah Wanderers
This was a very close game in the first half, with Kinross Jets leading by 2 goals due to a lot of hard work from our midfielders. We were defensively strong, with both midfielders and defenders getting back to hold out the opposition. Our strikers, Patrick Nelson and Tom Gill, were extremely busy up front and our goalie, Fergus Baldwin, had a lot of hard shots directed at him. Fergus was put under pressure and stayed calm, but the fast pace of the Watarahs got away from us in the second half. Keep up the good work, Jets.
U17 v Lithgow Workers Club (4th Aug)
The weekend saw another busy weekend for the KWS U17 soccer team. Saturday's game against Lithgow Workers Club at Kinross was an extremely exciting and nail-biting contest, with the final score ending up 3-4 in favour of the away team. Great determination was shown by Oliver Kairaitis and Luc Nelson, continually pressuring the opposition despite tired legs. A standout performance also for Jeremy L'Estrange in the goals, making it very difficult for opposition strikers.
U17 v Waratah Mariners (5th Aug)
Sunday's game was another very good contest despite KWS having minimal reserves due to injuries and illness. The home side, Waratah Mariners, came out very strong putting on a couple of early impressive goals. However, KWS started to look menacing and an impressive run and finish by Tom Cole saw the half time score as 2-1. The second half was a tight contest, however the home side proved too disciplined in defence. The final score was 3-1. An exciting weekend of soccer proved unsuccessful for the KWS team.
Men’s First XI v Waratahs FC
Waratahs are arguably the best team in the competition, and in round 1 we held them to just 2 goals, and probably deserved a draw. This time around we LED 1-0 after 30 minutes of the first half, on the back on some great combinations which saw us turn defence into attack on several occasions. We were unlucky not to lead by 2 following an absolute screamer of a shot from Rex Crisp that was hit so hard the goalie could barely keep it out. As has happened semi-regularly across the season, small lapses in concentration and marking has seen opposition take full advantage of half chances. Down 2-1 at the break, a determined section of play saw us again challenge, but we ran out of steam and were unable to match it with the Tahs as they scored another two well worked goals. Alongside Rex’s screaming shot as a highlight was Mark Nelson’s ‘almost’ bicycle-kick-goal, which provided an opportunity for the crowd to voice their approval!