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24th October 2011
U16 Ladies win Champion of Champions


Manly Warringah Football's Seaforth clinched the 2011 Under 16 Girls title after a hard fought 2-0 victory over Southern Districts Liverpool Olympic at Valentine Sports on what was a humid Sunday afternoon.

Both teams tested each other in the early stages of the match as the heat played a toll on the fluency of the game but it was Seaforth who struck the first goal in the 18th minute. After some fantastic build-up play by Seaforth, striker Kate Geddes home from close range which sent the fans into raptures much to the dismay of Olympic keeper Nika Morozoff.

Rochelle Sharpe almost made it two in the 23rd minute but her effort sizzled over the bar. Olympic needed a spark and almost got it in the 28th minute when Michelle Jugow hit a stunning free-kick from 30-yards but was well saved by Seaforth keeper Sophie Carlberg.

Olympic fans almost had something to celebrate in the 31st when Tiarne Inzitari looped a ferocious shot that looked like it was travelling over Carlberg, but the keeper held her nerve to thwart Liverpool an equaliser. A minute later and Chontelle Kelly tried her luck from the right side of the post but her shot hit the side netting.

The match ended 1-0 at the break to Seaforth as Liverpool Olympic went on the hunt for an equaliser in the second half. Ciara Harding had other ideas though as the Seaforth player got inside the box well but skewed her shot just wide of the box.

It was to be Seaforth's day however as Geddes bagged a second and what a great individual goal it was as she took on two players and slotted home from close range to give her side a 2-0 victory.

Seaforth 2 (K Geddes 18', 58')
Liverpool Olympic 0

- Report by Mark Stavroulakis, courtesy of www.footballnsw.com.au

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Sun 11th Sept 2011

Sun 11th Sept 2011
U11 Div1 Seaforth Stormers
Champion of Champions Round 1

U11 Div1 Seaforth Stormers after their 4-0 win against Molong Green in the Champion of Champions Round 1. Played at Orange on Sun 11th Sept 2011 - absent Christian Gibson-Smith

Fresh from the euphoria of being unbeaten in the MWFA and being Premiers and Grand Final Winners (joint) the Champion of Champions first round draw threw up the juicy prospect of playing Orange. Never again will we complain of having to travel to Careel Bay for the first game of the day!

This really was a trip into the unknown, the coach not going that far for his holidays! We'd heard rumours that the country boys would be big and tough. Added to this was a 9am kick off with traditionally our boys being slow starters, particularly in the first game of the day. On top of all that was home advantage and (maybe snowy?) conditions.

Despite all the unknowns the undaunted and determined 'Dirty Dozen' Dynamo Stormers set off on their weekend road trip prepared for all eventualities.... including hats, beanies and thermals all at the ready!

The day dawned cold but sunny. The boys were excited yet relaxed and clearly would enjoy the occasion and give it their best shot to progress to the next round. The Stormers even beat the groundsmen to the venue and the team looked magnificent warming up in their specially commissioned Seaforth jackets.

Despite being unable to join us the night before due to being crook, our President Richard 'Rocky' Wright had also made the long trip to inspire the boys with some well received words before enjoying the game.

The rugged up parents and supporters on the sideline were excited, nervous and waited anxiously for the opening exchanges. Would Orange pip us to the post? Would our boys squeeze Orange dry?

We needn't have worried. From the start their was no Navel gazing as the Stormers played like Mandarins and the Oranges were tightly packed in their own box. Despite the pressure space was so tight it was difficult to unpeel the defence. On several occasions decisive play segmented the Orange defenders only to see the woodwork or the keeper come to their rescue.

Eventually the pressure had to tell and the first goal to the Stormers clearly took the zest out of Orange. On the odd occasion a clearance over our defence threatened a counter attack our imperious defence of Joa, Chilli, Joe and Nic dealt with it immaculately. No uncultured boots upfield but constructive play that kept the pressure on Orange.

It was pleasing to see players moving off the ball into space and creating triangles to link up defence and attack through the midfield. Using the space and width the midfield of Ali G, and Caleb along with the tenacious tackling of Josh in the centre meant Stormers dominated and were unfortunate to go for the half time break only two up whilst it was a fruitless half for Orange.

Refreshed on the half time oranges the wind was in Stormers favour as the game continued much as the first half. Rymaldo came out of goal to add his magic into midfield, wingers Ben C and Al R enjoyed the space out wide but the tight packed Orange box made it difficult for Banno and Ethan in the middle but who nonetheless created havoc and mayhem.

A number of our boys went down after some fruity challenges but all bounced back after some TLC or having their boot laces retied! Yet again the pressure told and another pear/pair of goals followed in the second half to make the final score 4-0 to the Stormers. The Orange boys tried hard and kept it going to the end but just didn't have the overall skill or commitment of our boys. In the end with a bit of luck and experience the score could have been double or even in double figures.

Unfortunately stalwart defender and all rounder Christian was unable to make the trip due to nursing an injury sustained in the bruising semi final a few weeks earlier so the boys were pleased to be able to make sure he could be part of the Champion of Champions experience in the next round.

A great experience and a great weekend away, the boys are now looking forward to the next unknown opposition. After a long and interrupted season and a bye in the next round one of the main challenges will be keeping focus. No game will be easy from this stage but the boys have the skill and teamwork so along with 'that little bit of luck' that all teams need they could go all the way!

- Report by Gary Giles

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Weekend 27/28th August 2011

Saturday 27 August

They called themselves the Seaforth Scorpions and last Saturday (27 August) showed they certainly possessed a sting in their tail when they were crowned division champions.

The Scorpions finished the regular comp, sharing the top spot with Wakehurst FC and Narrabeen FC on 24 points. The MWFA then organised a play-off between the top six teams. The Scorpions didn't lose a game, defeating both Narrabeen and Wakehurst in the process. The title hung in the balance on Saturday with Seaforth needing a win against Collaroy Cromers Strikers FC to take them past the post.

It was a nailbiter of a game with the Scorpions going down one goal in the first half, despite having 70% of possession and easily half a dozen excellent shots on goal. Supporters' emotions were frayed (to say the least) when what looked like two dead cert goals were thwarted before the half-time whistle.

Ten minutes into the second half and the Scorpions still couldn't get the ball over the line. It was beginning to look like it just wasn't their day. A lesser team would have lost heart but this gutsy little side has a lot of spirit and guided by coach Jason Agapiou from the sidelines they lifted their game even more.

Vocal support from family and friends was electrifying with ear-splitting cheering and yelling as the Scorpions scored not one, but two, blistering goals. (Hopefully, the opposition supporters realised how much was at stake for the Scorpions!) The final whistle saw players and supporters, hoarse, emotional and ecstatic. A truly well-deserved win.

The Scorpions have been encouraged and guided all season by the driving force and dedication of coach Jason Agapiou who has never missed a single game or training session. They're a great bunch of kids who gel really well together and it's been a pleasure turning out to watch them every weekend. A brilliant season, Scorpions!

The team:
Douglas Wilson, Wilf McKie, Callan Brown, Angus Dunn, Heath Van Selm,
Harvey Pratt, William Stanton, Parissa Agapiou, Lachlan Minaca, Tom Rathborne and Andrew Fitzwater.

- Report by Jane McKie

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Weekend 20/21st August 2011

Sunday 21 August
U16.1A Ladies
Grand Final: Seaforth 2 Mosman 0

W16.1 Champions for 2011
Winner MWFA trophy best defensive record

In windy and slippery conditions at Cromer, the Seaforth Women's 16.1A's overcame a spirited Mosman team to claim victory in the 2011 Grand Final, achieving a dream for many of the players who have been runners up in the playoffs for the previous two seasons.

A flowing passing move finished off by Jess Fowler opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes, and a direct 30 yard free kick from Jessie Williams midway through the first half gave us the platform to win the game. The win was tough - Mosman repeatedly denied Seaforth's attack with a solid midfield and strong defence. In the end, however, Seaforth's expansive and structured game was too good, and the girls were thoroughly deserved 2-0 winners.

This capped an extraordinary year for the girls:
:: U16 Champions, winning every game they played
:: Despite missing 5 games to rain, they scored 56 goals and conceded only 1
:: Winning the MWFA trophy for the best defensive record of all teams, the second time this team has achieved this feat in 3 years

The winning squad was:-
Sophie Carlberg, Kate Chiswell, Tahnee Devine, Jess Fowler, Hannah Griffiths,
Ciara Harding, Taylah Jones, Maddie Kilpatrick, Phoebe Layden, Jane Machart,
Alex Miller, Rochelle Sharpe, Rachael Waller, Jessie Williams.

Wish the girls luck in the Champion of Champions competition, starting next month!

- Report & photo supplied by Peter Chiswell

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Weekend 6/7th August 2011

Sunday 7th August
At Seaforth

The Seaforth season was on the line when the 16/2's turned up to host Manly Vale. A win was needed to guarantee we progressed to the finals but it wasn't to be and we had to settle for a scoreless draw.

But the lack of goals did not detract from an absorbing contest. Seaforth enjoyed the best of the early exchanges without really threatening the Manly Vale goal, and then it settled down to an old-fashioned arm wrestle. The visitors had an early shot that flashed wide, and then Georgia was called on to make a series of saves. Just as quickly we were down the other end, and a shot from Claudia flashed across the face of goal after lovely build-up work from Alex and Gaby.

The second half began as the first had finished. Seaforth was showing all the resolve, as was Lachie the Dog who swooped on the bacon and egg sandwich dropped by John as he tried to collect a stray ball. And our young ladies got better as the half progressed, creating many more opportunities than their opponents. But we simply couldn't convert those opportunities into goals, and we finally ran out of time as the ref blew her whistle to end the game.

Many thanks to our super coach Tony who brought discipline and commitment to the team; our young ladies finished the season playing much better football than they were at the start. And thanks too to Chris for being the super manager (once again). Well done, lads.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 30th/31st July 2011

Sunday 31st July
At St Matthews Farm Reserve

This was definitely a game Seaforth should have won. Our ladies dominated from the start but as so often happens in football, one strike was all it took to ensure the points were shared.

Seaforth opened the scoring midway through the first half. Claudia was the beneficiary of a nice pass into the edge of the box: she steadied and then slotted the ball inside the far post to give the black and whites a well-earned lead. Seaforth was in command right across the park and thoroughly deserved to be in front at half time.

Into the second spell and Seaforth continued to apply the pressure. But it all seemed a little easy: the intensity perhaps diminished a little, and the Strikers took advantage of the Seaforth slowdown to grab the equaliser with their only real shot of the entire game. It was a well-taken goal but Seaforth lifted with 15 minutes to go as we went in search of the winner. That search proved fruitless: there was no fairytale finish, and we had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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29th July 2011

Fri 29th July
At Beacon Hill

Seaforth deserved to take the points from a gallant Curl Curl side on a bitterly cold night at Beacon Hill, but this was a result that could easily have gone the other way.

Seaforth began brightly and dominated the early exchanges without really creating anything. There were plenty of mid-field flurries, and rarely did Curl Curl get into the Seaforth half but there just didn't seem to be a lot on until Gaby unleashed a shot of rare quality to open the scoring on the 14 minute mark. She found herself about 10 metres from goal on the right side of the box and connected sweetly with a delightful half-volley that rocketed into the back of the neck, giving the goalie no chance.

Curl Curl was stung into action and suddenly there was pressure at our end of the park. Chantelle in goal was up to the task, clearing a very dangerous situation, and then Annalise was flattened in a challenge, but we went to the break a goal in front.

Into the second spell, and once again Seaforth was dominating but we couldn't convert the pressure. Three successive corners underlined how well our ladies were going, but then against the run of play, Curl Curl equalised. A poor clearance, some goal-mouth indecision and it was 1-all with 25 minutes to go. Would Seaforth be good enough?

In fact it was Curl Curl looking better, with more self-belief. Alex made a great clearance from a rare Curlie corner, and Nina was called on to make a couple of terrific saves as the clock kept ticking down. With 8 minutes left, Gaby stepped up, lofting a lovely ball high into the Curl Curl goalmouth. The goalie could only parry the ball away, and it fell invitingly for Katie who buried it from close range. 2-1, and that was the score at the whistle. Well played ladies, you earned that win.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 9th/10th July 2011

Sunday 10th July
At Kitchener

The 16/2s made the trip north to Mona Vale with renewed determination. We had a full team again after the earlier disruption of the holidays but the home team never gave up and our young ladies were made to work very hard indeed for the points.

The first half was a dour affair. Seaforth enjoyed the lion's share of possession and position but couldn't conjure a goal from anywhere. Several shots were just wide, a couple of others were well saved and we went to the break at nil-all.

Into the second spell, and it quickly became apparent the half-time pep-talk had sparked them up. Nina flashed wide and then Alex was denied by a lovely save. Pittwater staged a few raids but couldn't really create the pressure that was being exerted at the other end. But the pressure was not being converted and time was ticking down when Kahlia won yet another mid-field contest and ran towards goal. A gem of a pass found Claudia who took the ball in before unleashing a powerful shot past a despairing keeper, high into the back of the net. Unstoppable, just like the team today. Great effort ladies, and welcome back to all.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 2nd/3rd July 2011

Sunday 3rd July
At Seaforth

The 16/2 ladies were reduced to just seven players for the second week in a row. In fact our numbers were bolstered by two wonderful recruits press-ganged from the 14s. Kayla and Isabella made outstanding contributions to a Seaforth side that performed well above expectations until the legs ran out of puff in the last 10 minutes.

Seaforth actually opening the scoring at the 9 minute mark. Isabella slipped a lovely ball through the middle to Danika, who calmly beat the advancing goalie with a smart shot. The visitors were stung, and equalised just two minutes later, and then doubled the score nearing half time. But up stepped Alex, ramming home a quality shot from a corner. Alex has one of the strongest shots in the team, and she really deserved her first goal in five years of football.

Into the second spell, and the under-strength black and whites were more than holding their own. And what do you know? We scored again: Claudia's shot was blocked and Danika was able to score from close range, demonstrating clearly the value of following the ball in to put heat on the keeper. 3-2, and 10 minutes to go. Could we dare to dream?

Sadly tired legs finally ran out of gas late in the game. Four goals to Forrest Killarney in a final flurry blew out the score to a margin that did not fairly reflect the pattern of the game. The visitors with their fresher legs were able to turn the screws when it mattered and they thoroughly deserved the win, but Seaforth was able to leave the field with heads high: a very gallant effort indeed.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 25/26th June 2011

Sunday 26th June
At Wyatt Reserve

Courage, character and commitment were on display in abundance as an understrength Seaforth team went down to the unbeaten competition leaders.

Only seven players wore the black and white on a gorgeous morning at Belrose. The home side by contrast had a full team, plus plenty of reserves, and it was clear they thought it would be all one-way traffic against the under-gunned visitors. But our young ladies turned in a memorable display, digging deep for the full 70 minutes against a very skilful opponent.

In fact it took 17 minutes for the Raiders to open the scoring, but two more goals in two minutes ensured things looked ominous for Seaforth. A 4th on the stroke of half-time would have crushed lesser opponents, but a snake and a chat from stand-in coach Chris ensured heads weren't dipping as they ran out for the second spell.

Once again, resolute defence denied the Raiders but the weight of possession made a 5th goal just about inevitable. That came 14 minutes into the half, but 7 minutes later came the goal of the game. A long ball from the deep found Kate on her own side of half way: she beat her marker and began a long sprint down towards goal. The cover defence came across in a frantic bid to stop her but Kate was too cool, slotting home a terrific shot that gave the goalie no chance. One more to the Raiders before the final whistle completed the scoring, but our young ladies can be extremely proud of their efforts.

For the record, the 16/2s were represented by Alex, Danika, Kahlia, Kate, Nina, Oliva and Claudia. Take a bow, ladies: every one of you played your hearts out, and you were a credit to your club.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 28/29th May 2011

Seaforth 11/1 'Stormers Dynamo'; The Season So Far

Game 1 Vs Harbord;
The boys were confident after having beaten HSU in a pre season friendly but aware that they would be out for revenge in the opening game of the season. HSU proved to be a good team but 'Seaforth Stormers Dynamo' weren't to be outdone. Gradually SSD started to dominate but it wasn't until well into the second half when the points were made safe and even Nic C from centre back managed to get on the score sheet with a screamer of a long range shot. Final score 4-0

Game 2 Vs Wakehurst;
Always a difficult game and always played in great spirit by both teams and this game did not disappoint. The first half was even but as the game wore on SD started to dominate. Al R and Ben C played like terriers (as normal) down both flanks fed from midfield and helped create a number of chance's not least a cross that rolled the full length of the Wakehurst goal line but just couldn't be turned in. The boys were good enough to take all 3 points but unfortunately two goals conceded from corners where the attacking players weren't marked up and challenged resulted in a 2-2 draw.

Game 3 Vs Pittwater B.
Div 2 winners last year PW B had conceded a large number of goals but also had some close games with other fancied teams. Despite SSD pressure from the start PWB surprisingly opened the scoring. However, with great determination the boys kept their heads up and soon found the back of the net. In the end SSD dominated the game to such an extent that again one of our central defenders, Chilli, rattled their crossbar with a shot from all of 25 metres out! A convincing 8-1 win in the end.

Game 4 Vs Curl Curl.
Only three games gone but Curlie and SSD were one and two on the ladder so possibly a key game in the season. Having worked hard on pressuring the ball and keeping to individual positions and jobs the boys were outstanding. Curlie were never given a chance to settle on the ball, the midfield held their ground without being 'sucked in' to the opponents penalty area, the boys had confidence to play short easy balls backwards in order to go forward and the defence held strong and played constructive balls to start our attack. Caleb looked dominant in midfield and Ali G was 'Clubman on the Week' by playing the whole match in goal where he dominated and set up the base for a great team performance. The result was a very pleasing 3-0 win.

Game 5 Vs Pittwater A.
With another 8.30 start the boys, as normal, started slowly. However, in other games they would normally start to pressure the opponents goal but for once it was the opposition that continued to keep the play in our half. Just as we had pressured Curly last week so PW A pressured our boys. The result was we held back, resorted to quick boots up field which invariably came back at us and it was difficult to feed the pacey wing men. Everyone put in huge amounts of effort but frustration began to tell and discipline in keeping position was sometimes lacking. Despite that there were flashes of brilliance and bucket loads of hard work which led to occasional chances in front of the PW goal and some great moves through the middle from midfield to the 'ever busy never stop' Josh at Centre Forward.

Pittwater finally opened the scoring in the second half with a long ball and fast break down their right and an outstanding finish from the edge of the box that would have beaten a senior goalkeeper. Not to be outdone we actually started to dominate in the last quarter and with perfect positioning Rymaldo intercepted a ball in the centre of midfield and unleashed a bomb from 20 metres to earn SSD a share of the points. In fact in the last few minutes a couple of free kicks just outside the PW penalty area gave us the chance to steal all three points but the game ended in probably a fair result of a 1-1 draw.

Game 6 Vs Hills Brumbies (Sydney Cup at Granville).
A sunny day, an hours drive and a daunting prospect against an 'academy team' that trains several times a week with paid coaches!

Despite that our boys were confident which was shown in the opening few minutes when Banno at centre forward twice threatened the Brumbies goal but quick, last ditch defending kept him at bay. The Brumbies were a skilful team but our boys matched them in every department but couldn't convert the chances that came our way.

One unusual lapse of concentration left a Brumbies forward with a one on one with our goalie which the Brumbie forward won to put them up by half time by the narrowest of margins.

The signs were good in the first half that the game was there for us to win and the boys did everything to prove that except find the back of the net. Joa and the rest of the defence were solid and a springboard to transition from defence to attack. Throughout the half the Brumbies were restricted to a couple of long range shots straight at our keeper (who none the less made them look easier than they were) and a couple well wide. At the other end chances came and went, shots bounced across the line or past the woodwork and a penalty to all (including the Brumbies manager) was turned down by the referee.

By the final whistle the Brumbies had managed to hold on to their slender lead but realised that they would have been lucky to draw the game let alone win. They say the beauty of football is you can play badly and win...... but it is frustrating to be the better team and lose!

Despite going out of the cup in the first round the boys played their hearts out, can hold their heads high and look forward with confidence to next years Cup. Thanks for a great effort from Liam and Bryan who stepped up from the 11/2's and fitted well into the teaml!

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Sunday 29th May
At David Thomas

Seaforth came away with the points on a bitterly cold morning at Manly Vale but the margin was perhaps a little flattering because the home side never gave up.

The match was a dogged affair from the kick-off as both sides struggled for early dominance. In fact Manly Vale had the best early chance, but Chantelle was equal to the task in goal despite tripping as she claimed the high ball. Claudia had an early shot, and Gaby and Amber went close, but it was Kate who split them open on 14 minutes with an individual goal of rare quality. It came from a defensive corner: Danika took the ball out from our danger zone and slipped a lovely pass to Kate who picked it up well inside her own half; she then took the ball at pace all the way to the Manly Vale goal-mouth and her sizzling shot beat the keeper on her left. One-nil, but she repeated the effort in the shadow of half time to double the margin. She intercepted a goal kick, took the ball in close and gave the keeper no chance. 2-nil at the break.

Manly Vale came out with more composure and structure in the second spell, and dominated the early exchanges but gradually Seaforth began to gain the upper hand. Composure at the back allowed our talented midfield to feed the forward line, and suddenly plenty of our players were having cracks at goal (Chantal blazing one over the bar from 25 metres). But it was a close-range effort that extended Seaforth's lead and completed the scoring: Chantal took the ball from a corner, slid a nice pass to Claudia and she made no mistake from 3 metres.

Well done ladies, you deserved the win and some of the passing was lovely to watch. Let's keep it going!

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 14/15th May 2011

Sunday 15th May
At Seaforth Oval

A lovely morning at home and it was matched by the brightness of the Seaforth opening. The match was only two minutes old when Katy produced a wonderful individual effort to open the scoring: she controlled the ball, found space on the right, beat two defenders and charged into the box to beat the keeper with a lovely shot.

Brooke made it 2-nil only minutes later. Seaforth at this stage was dominating possession and position and our ladies found themselves parked in front of the Pittwater goal. Soon after smart build-up work by a handful of Seaforth players and Brooke was able to ram the ball home from close range. Several other shots were very close: Chantelle hit the bar from long range and Olivia took the ball right to the line and crossed to test the keeper after a great throw-in by Georgia, who later flashed just wide, but we went to the break 2-nil in front.

That became 3-nil 12 minutes into the second spell, and there was an air of inevitability about it. Seaforth again was dominating, and Gaby was on hand to crash the ball home from the edge of the box after some lovely touches from her team-mates. But Pittwater came back with an instant reply, albeit in somewhat controversial circumstances. The ref ruled our keeper had fielded the ball after a pass-back; opinions differed on the side-line, but Pittwater made no mistake with the resulting penalty, and the match finished up 3-1.

All in all, a wonderful effort from our young ladies who displayed plenty of aggression on the ball and created far more opportunities. A deserved result, and perhaps a taste of things to come.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 7/8th May 2011

Sunday 8th May
At Wyatt Road, Mothers' Day 2011

Two very evenly-matched teams turned up on a glorious Mothers' Day morning and the points were eventually shared.

The first stanza provided no clear opportunities for either team, but Seaforth looked to be gaining a slight edge as the first half wore on. Our ladies were providing a better team effort, while the Forest-Killarney side looked most dangerous on the quick break by a couple of talented forwards. Seaforth forced three quick corners, and a lovely ball in from Amber on the stroke of half-time created a heading opportunity, but we just couldn't get the ball into the back of the net.

Into the second spell, and the home team produced the two best chances of the match. A couple of slick moves brought out the best in our keeper, Chantelle, who was equal to the task. Punters would still have been backing Seaforth to grab the winner but we simply couldn't convert anything in front of goal. Perhaps one that got away, but credit to the defensive effort from our opponents.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 9/10th April 2011

Sunday 10 April
Seaforth 1 Harbord 0

Seaforth bounced back from the opening round set-back to record a tight win against a very lively opponent in difficult conditions at Nolans.

A strong northerly was whipping down the park from the kickoff. Seaforth had the advantage of the wind in the first half, but it was Harbord who applied the early pressure, bustling our young ladies at every opportunity. We created a couple of chances using the breeze but Harbord was well-organised at the back and was able to defuse the situation.

We were perhaps too impatient in front of goal, and that was costing us. And at the other end, our forwards often found themselves racing back to help our defence as Harbord threatened to score on the break. Nil all at half time was probably a fair reflection of the game.

That score-line changed in dramatic fashion 2 and a half minutes into the second spell. Seaforth now was tracking into the wind but we went a goal up after a lovely passage of play. Brooke was strong on the ball in midfield and easily slipped her marker; a quick look up and a terrific pass found Katie who took the ball in and beat the keeper with a neat low shot into the left corner.

Now it was Harbord's turn to attack, and our backs found themselves under siege. But Alex, Danika and Georgie were resolute: time after time they broke up promising Harbord raids to keep our nose in front. And Kahlia made four searing runs down the right flank on an ankle hurt so badly in the first half she had to have a spell in goal.

A wonderful effort from our young ladies who deserved the points in the end.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 2nd/3rd April 2011

Under 9
Harbord Seasiders v Seaforth Wolves

The Seaforth U9 Wolves got of to a winning start to the new season this morning at Abbot Road against the Harbord Seasiders. After two practice sessions there were some nerves amongst the parents - was the pitch too big, would their son perform - however the boys showed no nerves and listened carefully to the pre-match instructions.

The first five minutes were magnificent. Strong tackling, excellent passing and a hat-trick to start the season for Jack Walker. The last of the three involved a great move down the left, an excellent cross and a lunge by Jack to get his boot on the ball and steer it into the net. The result was an injury and 5 minutes on the sideline - but after three goals he deserved a break.

Harbord re-grouped and began to fight back and managed a well deserved goal. 3-1 to Seaforth after 10 minutes.

Next Jamie Burgess got in on the scoring act and quickly grabbed two goals himself before James Reid made a break from midfield and scored from outside the box with a great shot. A second goal from James from - from a corner (in off the cross bar) followed by a Dominic Isherwood goal after a 3 or 4 pass move and the Wolves came off at half-time 8-1.

Our goalkeeper - Marshall Downs did not have much to do in the first half and was happy to swap the goalkeepers jersey with Tom Odell.

A quick drink, piece of orange and they were back on.

Harbord showed great fighting spirit in the second half and were more composed in defence. Despite that the Wolves continued to attack and show great skill. The level of passing and control shown by this team was excellent. A series of passing moves involving Matthew Priest, Nick Robinson and Levi Perry led to the first of three goals by Angus Mawson. Having played defence in the first half Angus was keen to make the most of his time in attack and in no time had pounced for three goals - one a classic poachers goal where he was the first to react to a blocked shot and was there to tap in and extend the Wolves lead.

Nick Robinson could have added to our tally with a couple of great runs from midfield.

Harbord continued to fight hard and the Wolves defence was increasingly called into action with Dominic Isherwood, Jett Grifiths, James Reid and Daniel Easy making lots of solid tackles and clearing kicks. Our second half goal keeper - Tom Odell - made 4 important saves to keep a clean sheet and allow the Wolves to end up very worthy 11-1 winners.

A great match. A really good performance by an impressive group of boys.

The team in full: Jamie Burgess; Marshall Downs; Daniel Easy; Jett Griffiths; Dominic Isherwood; Angus Mawson; Thomas Odell; Levi Perry; Matthew Priest; James Reid; Nick Robinson; Jack Walker.

- Report by: Ken Reid, Coach - U9 Wolves

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Seaforth 1 Beacon Hill 4

A glorious morning at home for day one of the season, and the Seaforth ladies began with football to match.

The black and white jerseys applied all the early pressure and it came as no surprise when Seaforth opened the scoring. Katie provided a lovely ball to Kahlia who found herself some space: a moment to measure the shot and she beat a despairing keeper. Good reward for a very composed early effort.

But Beacon Hill had settled and now the real contest began. A quick equaliser in the shadow of half-time made it 1-all, and it was a much more dangerous visiting side that came out for the second spell.

Seaforth created chances but couldn't convert, while Beacon Hill was looking dangerous on the break, and it was from a sweeping move at pace that the visitors grabbed their second. Annalise cleared a ball from the Seaforth line shortly afterwards, but Beacon Hill wouldn't be denied and went to 3-1 after another breakaway.

Our one reserve was getting plenty of work as the ladies were subbed on and off in the heat, and it became a real slog in the final 15 minutes. In fact it was the fresher legs of the visitors that created the final (and probably the best) goal of the day.

Seaforth looked very good at different stages throughout the match. Coach Tony has brought a full suite of skills to the team (many thanks, Tony) and our young ladies will derive enormous benefit from his guidance this year.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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