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03/03/12: First Grade: Wallis Lake vs. Seaforth FC
03/03/12: Reserves: Wallis Lake vs. Seaforth FC

3rd March 2012
First Grade: Wallis Lake vs. Seaforth FC

On Saturday 3rd March, Wallis Lake hosted the powerful Seaforth FC from Sydney at Pacific Palms fields. As expected this was a tough match up for Wallis and ended up in a very competitive 2 all draw. The conditions were perfect for football even though the ground was a little heavy. Wallis coach Herb Klemperer coached Seaforth a few years ago and selected them for the trial, because he knew that it would be a really tough match up for his boys. Because it was an early season trial the game was played in 3 x 20 minute thirds, this gave the coaches a chance to leave the boys on for the full period before making changes.

The game opened at a very fast pace with Seaforth showing the benefit of having the bulk of its players being together for a few years. Seaforth were first on the board with a goal in the fifteenth minute of the first quarter, when midfielder Jimmy Van Werren headed the ball home after a good cross from right back Manderson. The Lakes players were taking some time to settle into their new positions and were lacking cohesion at this stage. Seaforth scored again in the twenty-fifth minute after good lead up play by Van Marinos resulted in him slotting a great through ball into the area. Left winger Alex Preuitera had made a good overlapping run down the flank and arrived at the edge of the 18 yard box at the same time as the ball, with a perfect first touch he put the ball neatly into the back of the net to make the score 2-0. At this point with things looking ominous Lakes settled and things were even for the last five minutes till the break.

During the break Klemperer made a couple of changes and talked to the boys about the areas of concern. Wallis opened the second period in a much more positive frame of mind, with the midfield of Dave Bourne and Blake Barnes-Riddell combining well with wing backs Sam Roche and Mitch Wilson. At this point the honours were even with both teams attacking strongly and both keepers being called on for some spectacular saves. Lakes drought was broken when at the fiftieth minute Beau Wynter hit a thunderbolt header that bounced off the crossbar and a well-positioned Barnes-Riddell slotted it home from the ensuing melee. This goal seemed to bring Wallis to life and except for the good work of Joel Hill and Chris Williams the Seaforth stoppers it looked like Lakes could forge ahead.

The third period slowed down a little as being early in the season and the heavy ground started to take its toll. Seaforth’s hard working striker Andrew Sate was presenting well and proving a good target man, but Lakes skipper Griffen Prestwidge was on hand to close him down every time he got the ball. Prestwidge in his new role as stopper improved the longer the game went on and looks like having a stellar year. Mitch Wilson at right back was also having his first run in the backs to cover for Mitch Yarnold who suffered from an asthma attack. Wilson looked totally comfortable in his new role and got forward at every opportunity. At the eighty-first minute Wilson under pressure from three Seaforth attackers showed great maturity in heading the ball back to keeper Adam Pierce. Peirce only just 15 showed that he has the ability and temperament to go a lot further in the game. In the shadows of the full time hooter hard working and long time Lakes player Chris Cheers scored his first goal for the team with a well-judged strike from 20 metres.

After the game 75 to 80 players and spectators went back to the Sporties club and all agreed that the day had been a great success. Seaforth President Richard Wright said that the whole concept had been a worthwhile exercise and was keen to repeat it again in 2013. Wallis next hit out will be on Saturday 17 march at Boronia Park. This will be another tough day for Lakes, as they will be playing partner club Lake Macquarie from the NBN league in Newcastle. Kickoff will be at 3pm.

- Report by Pete Summers, Wallis Lake FC

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3rd March 2012
Reserves: Wallis Lake vs. Seaforth FC

On Saturday 3rd March, the young Wallis Lake reserves faced a very tough opponent in the Seaforth FC reserves. Seaforth were 2011 Premiers and the bulk of the players were backing up again this season. With the final score at 3-1 to Seaforth it was a very good result for Wallis. Most of this years reserve grade are new young players and have not really had enough time to get used to each other or the new style that coach Jeff Summers is using this year.

Seaforth were first to score after five minutes when center forward Filipe Kohler exploited a gap in the Lakes defense caused by a lack of communication. Five minutes later Seaforth were on the board again this time when midfielder Anderson Lessing threaded the ball through 6 sets of legs inside the 6-yard box. The keeper had no chance as the ball also took a deflection on the way in. With the score at 0-2 Wallis started to settle and gradually worked their way into the game. Experienced stopper Chris Cheers started to make his trademark attacking runs and caused disruption in the Seaforth midfield. After the break when Summers fine-tuned the structure Lakes were slowly having the best of the attacking play. First year player Todd Cheers added a new dimension as the lone striker in presenting well attack and hassling well in defense. Todd was very unlucky not to score in the forty-second minute when he hit a well-judged header from a corner and forced a top class save from the keeper. Seaforth scored again in the fifty-eighth minute when center half Corey Turk scored after good lead up work from James Ferguson, Franco Piezzoni and Josh Brookes-Allen.

In the last stanza Lakes started quickly and started to pressure the Seaforth goal. Seaforths goalie was forced into a quite a few acrobatic and was responsible for Lakes not closing on the scoreboard. Mitch Wilson was moved into the attacking midfield role and immediately made a difference. Kaine Morgan and Ryan Chipperfield were everywhere and causing the Sydneysiders quite a lot of trouble. But it was the combination of Nathan Wrjaya and Wilson that was having the most effect. Wrjaya and Wilson were rewarded when Nathan sent a perfect ball into the area for Wilson to crack home. Lakes buoyed by the goal increased the pressure and forced Seaforth to lift as well. The final score of 3-1 to the Sydney boys was a good reflection of the game as they took more of their chances than the locals.

After the game Coach Summers said that he was very pleased with the game and it gives him the opportunity to work on a number of areas before meeting Lake Macquarie in two weeks time.

- Report by Pete Summers, Wallis Lake FC

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