1st Grade – Washout
FMNC 1 Adamstown 1
The 18s turned up to Adamstown oval prepared for a challenge on Sunday. With the school holidays and injuries the team was down multiple players and needed to rely on assistance from the 16s and a couple of committed first graders.
As the game started so did the rain and the thunder. The girls struggled to find their groove in the inclement weather and Adamstown gave us no time to settle in.
The girls began to find their groove defensively and started to play their regular game. The first half ended in 0-0 and the girls welcomed the break from the soggy field.
Second half saw the weather worsen with the rain getting heavier and the ground becoming wetter. A lapse in concentration saw Adamstown slot one in the back of the net and FMNC were now fighting. With the ground becoming more difficult to run on and the ball not moving very far the girls began to get frustrated.
The injection of Courtney Anderson into the front line gave the girls the extra edge they needed and a wonderful follow up run from Molly Gamblin saw her catch the rebound from the keeper and put the ball in the back of the net taking the final score to 1-1.
Coaches award and Player’s player went to Eloise Pepper who played some wonderful attacking lines down the left wing. Matt’s coaching award went to Katie Reeman for her tireless work in keeping the defensive midfield solid as well as providing assistance in attack when required.
– Report by Jess Bestwick
The game was thrilling and nail biting until the last, great effort from both teams.
As expected Adamstown were a strong and physical team, with some fast players in their defensive line and skill in the midfield, so the FMNC girls needed to stick to their pre-match plan to nullify the opposition.
The end result was we dominated in all areas for most of the match, unfortunately the goals were a struggle due to great defence by the opposition as well as us hitting the woodwork three times yet again!
Coaches’ award went to Alyce Morn who showed great physical presence in the midfield to better the opponents at their own strength. Honey Kassel had a brilliant cameo at the end, bursting through the Adamstown line on several occasions giving our team the energy and drive to finish on top.
Well done girls, we are now clear at the top of the table and intend to remain their for the rest of the season.
– Report by Dean Pepper