so what is it about greystanes that brings out the best in the whites? while everyone else seems to be able to hammer them regularly, aside from one night game where a substitute 'keeper handed out a few gift goals, they always seem to be up for it on the days they play us. last year, a tight win each and a draw, this year, they scored their first goal of the season against us (in the aforementioned night game) and now, in the second last round, they pick up their first points of the season against us!
the game itself was pretty tight with only a handful of real chances, the majority of those falling to the whites. greystanes, without a recognised striker on the team sheet, failed to really trouble the whites' 'keeper at all with only a couple of half chances to their name. the decisive moment came midway through the second half when a free kick on the edge of the box proved too hot for greystanes' 'keeper to handle (for once!) and the parried ball was turned in from a tight angle on the back post.
the whites battled hard all game while greystanes' thursday night efforts made them a little lethargic. hopefully kellyville had similar problems against dundas! cream...?
Post by rightsidecoverdend on Aug 6, 2011 19:30:15 GMT 10
Yeah it always seems to be tight against you guys aj! I thought the Thursday game didn't do you any favours Last time at your place the bar kept us out but this time I thought we were never going to beat your keeper - he pulled off one blinder in particular.
It's funny how it goes - we do alright against you but Kellyville and CHU Blks see to have us easily... where you always give the blacks a run and beat Kellyville....
Anyway - I hear through the grapevine that Dundas have forfeited tomorrow's game against the Blacks. Only had 12 today and lost a few more today. You've got to think that if they forfeit that one then they won't be OK for Tuesday night's game against us....?
Post by rightsidecoverdend on Aug 9, 2011 23:36:43 GMT 10
CHU WHT 2 - 0 Dundas
All power to Dundas - they managed to field a team with a few subs after not being able to scrape enough together for Sunday. Game started fairly even with a few half chances for each team. CHU took the lead after about 30 mins when a CHU forward skinned a Dundas defender down the right, pulled the ball back to the far post, where it was calmly taken around defender before being passed to another player who knocked it in.
After that the second half was mainly CHU - second goal came again from the right when a throw down the line into space was crossed into the box and met with a thumping header.
CHU then had a few more half chances which would have killed the game with Dunnies throwing men forward but they didn't really threaten the goal seriously until they nearly got a lifeline 10 mins from time from a good free kick from the edge of the box was well saved by the CHU keeper.
Good to finally get a bit of momentum. 5th place still a possiblity Only need BH to lose both games to Greystanes then beat them by about 15 on Sunday, as well as beat Dundas on Saturday....!!!
Post by rightsidecoverdend on Aug 11, 2011 12:29:19 GMT 10
That depends if you're Auburn or Guildford aj....!!
Apart from the hypothetical battle for 5th, the only other place up for grabs is 2nd between you and the ville..
It's a shame the way the season has panned out that the top four were effectively decided half way through the year, making for a pretty uninteresting comp. Baulko's run came too late, but their later results showed that they can compete on their day. The less said about our first 3/4 of the season the better!
Interesting as well that the 3 teams (Winsto, Guildford and Auburn) that got "relegated" last year aren't even in the top 4 of Div 2. Admitedly I have no idea of the make up of these teams in terms of whether they have the same players, but last year they were certainly not disgraced in Div 1. So that said Div 2 looks pretty strong.
To be honest if there is a 6 team comp again next year I'd be a lot happier in Div 2, it looks a good strong comp and should provide a tough challenge to make the top 4 let alone win it. But if they made Div 1 10 teams (eg promote the top 4 from Div 2.... and leave the same 6 as this year) then I'd be happy in Div 1... At least then even if there is a divide between the top 4 and the rest (which I doubt would happen given the apparant strength of Div 2) the lower teams would have more evenly matched games... I think eveyone I have spoken to this year has agreed that they have not enjoyed the 6 team format. Would be interested to hear from the other teams on this forum to verify...
first half was quite an even affair while everyone tried to warm up. baulko tended to pass better and dominated the midfield, though there were a few half chances at each end, nothing clear cut. within a few minutes of the restart, greystanes were up 1-0 from the penalty spot. nothing very controversial, though the penalty wasn't taken brilliantly and the baulko 'keeper managed to get a knee onto it, but it still squeezed in. greystanes dominated the second half much more, scoring another goal by about midway through and having a few other chances miss by centimetres. baulko worked hard until the final whistle, but weren't able to create any clear chances in the second half.
and then we're back to do it all over again against each other in 2 days!
as to the number of teams in the division, i'd personally prefer a much larger number! at least if you miss out on one round then (as we have both this season and last), it's less likely to make the whole thing lopsided. with just the 6, for example, this season, we've played most teams four times, but only played kellyville twice which, in the circumstances, would probably have a reasonable impact on the final standings, either way. and i agree - if the top couple of teams coast against the lower teams, at least at the bottom end there is more chance of close games. i think for the top few it would mean less intense games for them than in a 6 team comp, but i really don't know why so many of the div 2 teams seem so scared of having to play those top teams a couple of times in a season. even if they do get pumped, it's only a couple of games in a 10 team comp, not once a month like might happen in a 6 team comp.
sorry rightside, what you've heard from bathurst st is correct.
we tried, and the referee apologised to us following the game for the decision that lead to baulko's equaliser (he awarded a free kick for a back pass that clearly wasn't intentional - said he blew it as a reflex action but wouldn't have had he thought about it for a second or two).
a goal each in each half, plus a send off each in a fairly heated match. baulko have some very skillful midfielders but, unfortunately, also some blokes around them whose main skills would be much better suited to sports other than football. and i shall leave it at that.
if the reports from fred caterson are true - surely the blacks could have played with a bit more intensity and put in the extra handful of goals that might have scraped us into 2nd.
Post by timthetankman on Aug 13, 2011 23:51:18 GMT 10
thats right mate , went down and watched the big game with a few wild turkeys in the esky. Chu won 6-0 and controlled the game totally, some good goals and a classic which will go down in the bloopers all washed down with a number of cold bevies between both teams after the game , and thats how it should be. Roll on the semi's.
Post by flaminghands on Aug 15, 2011 11:43:17 GMT 10
well many of the reports I had received this year indicated that the mighty chu had been lucky to escape with any point/s in a couple of the clashes with KV so I jumped into the Daewoooo and up to fred cat to watch the big clash.
The game started with the chu sweeper or stopper (never could get the name right ..the scottish one anyway) gifting an opportunity to the KV striker in the first minute with a lovely through ball leaving the keeper in all sorts. It brought a tear to my eye as I remembered all the good times when he did the same thing to me.
Anyway as luck would have it, the striker missed and from there it was CHU, CHU, CHU as they slotted goal after goal in a dominant display. To be fair, KV had a few opportunities when the game was done and dusted but all in all, a very impressive display.
I also saw cream slot in a nice own goal and personally I thought the keeper did a good job to nearly get a foot to it.
Look forward to next weeks clash when the 6 - 0 victory counts for a big zilch.
well, it's no secret that he received a red card during last week's game so, yes, there is some truth to the rumour. however, there was definitely no kicking involved. the matter is currently still before the gdsfa.
on another note, interesting to see both semis will be played side by side this saturday at binnalong (the times staggered by 20 minutes, though). wonder if that will add any psychological effect to performances, having the score updates loud and clear in real time?