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SOCCER A POINT for Langwarrin and three precious points for Skye United – these were the outcomes for the only two local teams in action last week.VPL1 outfit Langwarrin had to rely on a James Kelly penalty conversion to share the spoils with visitors Melbourne City at Lawton Park on Saturday. Early on Arion Soulemani and Ben Dunbar were the main threats to the Langy defence but on the stroke of half-time a stunning piece of close control from Kavian Rahmani broke the deadlock. The lanky winger motored down the left then cut inside jinking his way past a series…

SOCCER ROSEBUD took a giant step towards promotion from State 5 South with Saturday’s gritty 2-1 win over title rival Seaford United at North Seaford Reserve. Neither side was at full strength in this all-action affair but that took nothing away from a great spectacle in front of a large crowd.Seaford keeper Hayden Hicks left the senior squad the night before the game, Michael Nobbs and Nathan Meade were holidaying while Wisey Barakzoi and Sam Luxford were injured. For the first time in Logan Johnston’s short senior career the youngster joined experienced Paul Aitchison in a makeshift central defensive unit…

SOCCER BAXTER players and supporters were euphoric at the final whistle after witnessing one of the club’s greatest comebacks in Saturday’s State 4 showdown at Westernport. Each year local rivals Somerville Eagles and Baxter use their league fixtures to compete for the Eagles Cup which raises money for research into motor neurone disease.It’s a clash that rarely disappoints and last weekend diminutive Baxter winger Keegan Myatt stole the show with a 16-minute hat-trick that turned this contest on its head.With 10 minutes of normal time remaining Baxter was staring down the barrel. Goals from Somerville’s Tom Simmons, Howie Anderson and…

SOCCER SKYE United pulled off the shock of the State 2 South-East season when it toppled ladder leader Hampton East Brighton 2-0 at Dendy Park on Saturday. Skye went in to this clash as a pronounced underdog against an unbeaten opponent boasting seven straight wins, five clean sheets and scoring the most goals in the league. In stark contrast Skye had the most losses and goals against in State 2 and was third-last on the table. But the locals were boosted last week by the much-needed return of defender Brett Heskins and head coach Phil McGuinness elected to go with…

Soccer JAMES Stinson and Matthew Bruce lit up the State Leagues last weekend with four goals apiece. Stinson terrorised the Keysborough defence as Chelsea came away from Coomoora Reserve with a 7-0 win while Bruce did as he pleased in a wide attacking role as Aspendale crushed Cleeland United 13-0.Chelsea is the equal highest scorer in State 4 South (with ladder leader Mentone) and after eight rounds is just five goals away from equalling its 2023 season tally. Stinson is chasing the league’s Golden Boot award and Saturday’s haul takes him to 11 goals just one behind Hampton Park’s Naseem…

SOCCER PENINSULA Strikers left no doubt about their promotion credentials when they comfortably accounted for neighbouring Skye United 4-0 in Saturday’s derby showdown at Centenary Park. Eleven minutes in and a Taylan Geylan cross was steered home by Tom Wood at the near post. Veteran striker Wayne Gordon’s solo run came to an end when he was tripped in the 24th minute and Skye’s hopes probably ended there too. Gordon’s neatly curled free-kick left Skye keeper Callum Hope grasping at thin air. The killer blow came seconds after an audacious long-range effort from Ethan Goulding had beaten Hope only to…

SOCCER CHAOS descended on Mount Eliza after Friday night’s controversial ending to the local team’s State 5 home game against Barton United.The trigger for referee Farhad Sharif’s decision to abandon the contest was the dismissal of Mount Eliza’s Nickel Chand after an off-the-ball incident late in the first half. Barton led 1-0 at the time and Mount Eliza head coach Alex Halikias was incensed at the red card decision. Referee Sharif approached the home team’s bench and after an exchange with Halikias sent off the irate coach. Sharif’s report claims that he was racially abused and threatened and it is…

SOCCER SEAFORD United and Rosebud are the only two unbeaten sides in State 5 South and have laid bare their credentials in what looms as an enthralling promotion race. Seaford went into Saturday’s away clash with Casey Panthers buoyed by a Football Victoria ruling 24 hours earlier that the scoreline from its abandoned round one clash with Cleeland United would stand.That game took place in bizarre circumstances when Cleeland’s seniors didn’t turn up forcing the reserves to double up. The depleted visitors only fielded seven players at the start of the second half and within a few minutes of the…

Soccer ROSEBUD remains on top of the State 5 South ladder after a stirring 3-1 away win over Aspendale on Saturday. It didn’t take long for Nathan Yole’s threat to emerge after he got clear in the 10th minute only to hammer a shot against the Aspendale crossbar.In the 22nd minute Rosebud went 1-0 up after a slick spin by Yole off a defender before squaring the ball for Davis Markulin to tap in from point-blank range. Aspendale captain Matthew Bruce had a great chance in the 37th minute when he ran onto a fine through ball only to be…

SOCCER FRANKSTON Pines’ gun recruit Ardi Ahmeti has left the Monterey Reserve outfit and refuses to play under senior coach Donn Delaney. It’s a bodyblow for Pines who went down 2-0 at home to Dandenong South on Friday night.Pines have now started the season with consecutive home defeats and have lost their top striker and one of State 3 South-East’s finest players.Ahmeti has an impressive NPL background at both junior and senior levels and has played overseas.COVID prompted his return to Australia where he had spells at Eastern Lions, Dandenong City and North Sunshine Eagles. The 23-year-old took time off…

SOCCER LANGWARRIN and Skye United are the only two local clubs remaining in the 2024 Dockerty Cup after last week’s fourth preliminary round. Both Peninsula Strikers and Chelsea have been knocked out of the competition which doubles as Victoria’s qualification tournament for the Australia Cup.Skye’s fate will be known soon as it plays its round four tie against Dandenong Thunder on Wednesday 10 April.Langwarrin, Strikers and Chelsea all used their Cup ties to give full senior debuts to a host of young players.Langy defeated Doveton 3-1 at Lawton Park last Thursday night in a home tie for the Doves who…

Soccer GUS Macleod has returned to senior coaching ranks in spectacular fashion after Chelsea’s stunning 8-0 thrashing of Brighton on Friday night. Edithvale Recreation Reserve was abuzz with high expectations before this State 4 season opener but no-one anticipated the demolition of the Dendy Park visitors that ensued.Chelsea was 2-0 up when Brighton’s Connor Karambinas was shown a straight red in the 40th minute. English striker James Stinson had opened the scoring after six minutes and a stunning free-kick from just outside the area by Elwood City recruit Daniel Lewis in the 33rd minute already had the visitors on the…

SOCCER PROMOTION, relegation, consolidation – what does the State League season hold for your club?Frankston Pines and Chelsea get the opening round underway with home games this Friday night and a number of local clubs fancy their chances of making a major impact in their respective leagues in 2024.In State 1 it’s now customary to tout Mornington’s promotion possibilities and in State 2 Peninsula Strikers are expected to be in the title mix. Both clubs have strong squads and Strikers announced late last week that they have signed Jaiden Madafferi from Langwarrin.The other local State 2 side Skye United has…

SOCCER FIVE-goal wins for Chelsea and Skye and a come-from-behind victory for Peninsula Strikers highlighted the third round of the Dockerty Cup. Chelsea eased past Mount Eliza 5-0, Skye thumped Fawkner 6-1 while Strikers beat Lalor United 2-1. At Edithvale Recreation Reserve last Thursday night Chelsea applied early pressure but had to wait until the 29th minute when Daniel Vella was fouled in the box. Referee Benji Batten pointed to the spot and Adam Bartosy converted.Two goals in the last five minutes of the half put the contest out of Mount Eliza’s reach. Teenager Christian Murray’s powerful strike in the…

Soccer SEAFORD United hopes that an influx of new players will bridge the gap between a top four finish and promotion.Paul Williams’ men narrowly missed out on reclaiming their State 4 status last season when they lost their State 5 promotion play-off 3-2 to Old Melburnians.The locals went into that contest without key players Cory Osorio (work commitments), Josh Vega (illness) and Sam Luxford (injured) and a penalty in the final minute of normal time proved their undoing.After the season Williams and assistant coach Steven Keenan assessed the outcome and agreed that fitness and depth needed to be addressed.“They were…

SOCCER SEVEN out of 14 local clubs remain in the 2024 Australia Cup after last weekend’s second preliminary round. The early stages of the prestigious national competition are regionalised along federation jurisdictions with Victoria using the Dockerty Cup name for its knockout rounds until A-League clubs enter the fray. Mornington, Peninsula Strikers and Skye United enter the knockout tournament at the next stage joining the survivors from round two – Frankston Pines, Chelsea and Mount Eliza. Langwarrin enters the Cup at the fourth round stage. In last weekend’s Cup action Pines came back from a two-goal deficit to overhaul Diamond…

SOCCER ONE of the greatest goalscorers in Victorian football history could be on the verge of a sensational comeback if a plan hatched months ago by Rosebud comes to fruition. When Stuart Johnston and assistant Stan Packer took over as senior coaches they identified a need to add to the team’s firepower. Johnson knew Nathan Yole from their days at Mornington while Packer was a long-term friend of Dave Greening and given that both forwards had joined forces at Baxter a couple of years ago it seemed logical to try and revive their partnership. The first part of the plan…

SOCCER IF JAMIE Skelly thought about his debut as an NPL senior coach he’s unlikely to have imagined a more positive scenario. It’s the second minute of the season opener and Skelly’s newlook Langwarrin is facing NPL heavyweight Bentleigh Greens at Lawton Park. Luke Goulding sends a long ball forward and quicksilver Tom Youngs reads the defender’s intended header back to Greens keeper Andrew Withers. Youngs nips in and wins the ball and Withers flattens him. Referee Jackson Landy points to the spot, Youngs converts and it’s a dream start for Skelly’s men. Five minutes later any remaining naysayers among…

SOCCER LANGWARRIN’S league season kicks off on Saturday evening when the local club hosts Bentleigh Greens in the opening round of the rebranded VPL1 competition. It’s been almost 15 years since these teams met in a league game at Lawton Park and the locals will be hoping for a different outcome to the 1-0 loss suffered on 4 July 2009. Langy head coach Jamie Skelly is under no illusions about the task ahead against an NPL heavyweight still smarting from last season’s relegation. “It’s probably as tough an assignment as we could have got for round one but I think…

SOCCER IT’S the largest senior squad makeover on the peninsula and the Donn Delaney revolution at Frankston Pines continues apace. The former Peninsula Strikers head man has confronted a huge player exodus at Monterey Reserve and has responded with a recruitment drive the size of which is rarely seen in local ranks. So far 19 players from other clubs have been brought into the senior squad and there will be more. “The squad is by no means finalised,” Delaney said. “But I’ve been really impressed so far and the club has been very welcoming and inclusive of everyone who has…

SOCCER LANGWARRIN has agreed terms with Japanese defender/midfielder Ryo Takahashi. The 23-year-old has been signed from current Singapore Premier League champion Albirex Niigata. Takahashi and his Niigata teammates denied ex-Langwarrin and Socceroo star Bailey Wright from celebrating a league title in his first season in Singapore as Wright’s club Lion City Sailors finished runner-up. Playing primarily at right back Takahashi made 19 appearances for Albirex Niigata last season scoring three goals and being credited with assists for two others. He became a free agent on 1 January and recently concluded successful negotiations with Langy businessman and major sponsor Greg Kilner.…

SOCCER KEVIN “Squizzy” Taylor is the new head coach of State 4 outfit Baxter. Taylor’s friend Stephen Fisher resigned from the role after one year in charge citing an impasse between club and coach that could not be resolved. In an interview in early September Fisher called for the club to move from an amateur to a semi-professional structure and said if the status quo remained then his future there was uncertain. “I kept making demands that this needs to change and that needs to change but it became clear that it wasn’t going to change,” Fisher said. “To put…

SOCCER ICON, pioneer, legend, stalwart – choose any one or choose all four for they apply in equal measure to 81-year-old Tony Hall. Once viewed by the sport’s establishment as a pariah for masterminding the birth of a breakaway football association Hall is now the most decorated football personality on the peninsula. He is a life member of Peninsula Strikers and the Bayside Football Association, recipient in 1985 of a Victoria 150th anniversary medal, holder of a certificate from FIFA issued in 2001 honouring his contribution to the sport and in 2010 was declared a Sporting Legend of the municipality…

SOCCER ANDREW Hall will be in charge of Mount Martha’s senior side next season. The local State 5 South club announced Hall’s appointment last week just before pre-season training started at the club’s Civic Reserve headquarters. Hall, 53, replaced Mark Larner who resigned in October and was appointed senior coach of Somerville Eagles shortly after. Born in Falkirk Hall was brought up in Yorkshire and arrived in Melbourne with his wife and two children in 2009. “As a kid (in England) I played for Barnsley schools which is like the equivalent of county sides through to 15 then I started…

SOCCER BILLY Painting joined Rosebud last week hellbent on being part of the Olympic Park club’s title tilt next year. “I’m not just here to make up the numbers – I’m here to win the league,” Painting said. “And from what I hear that seems to be the mentality of everyone down there.” Painting’s switch ended a seven-year stint at Skye United and the 28-year-old central defender is hoping the move reignites his passion for football. “I really needed a new challenge because I’d fallen out of love with the game,” he said. “I don’t really know why. “I just…

SOCCER KEEGAN Myatt would like nothing better than to strike fear into the heart of opposition defenders next season. Baxter’s 20-year-old left winger has held his own debrief of season 2023 and is his biggest critic. “I didn’t have a great season,” he said. “I didn’t do terrible but I didn’t have as good a season as I wanted because I aimed to score at least 18 goals and maybe get 15 assists but only scored 12 and assisted a few but not enough. “When I was younger football was my life but now I’m getting lazy, getting distracted and…

SOCCER FRANKSTON Pines’ immediate future is on the line with the local club scrambling to avoid being booted out of State League by Football Victoria. That’s the bleak prospect facing the men from Monterey if they can’t pay a large percentage of a five-figure debt owed to FV by the end of this month. Last week the state federation announced that many clubs “failed to meet their financial obligations in 2023, resulting in a historic level of debt … nearing $2 million.” It then delivered the bombshell news that “clubs unable or unwilling to meet their financial obligations will be…

SOCCER A UNIQUE end-of-season trip took place recently with participants from various Australian states ranging in age from men in their 20s to octogenarians. It was the annual Monkey, Rat and Missing Pals Tour held in Moama during Victoria Derby weekend and this year it attracted a record number of attendees, 98 in all. The event’s origins date back more than three decades and it originally was an end-of-season getaway for members and supporters of Langwarrin soccer club. Former Langwarrin assistant coach Neil Collyer took on the task of event organiser 13 years ago and gave the trip a makeover…

SOCCER BRETT Heskins may have played his last senior game for Skye United. And he could join a growing list of departures from the local State 2 South-East club. Boris Ovcin has retired, Jason Nowakowski is thinking about the lesser demands of the club’s Bayside team as is first-choice keeper Jonathan Crook while Alex Van Heerwarden is assistant coach to Ben Caffrey with Langwarrin’s under-23s. “That’s a lot of quality and experience right there,” Heskins said. “If ‘Jono’ goes it will be a huge loss because he is a phenomenal shot-stopper. “Unfortunately we’ve had to rely on him more than…

SOCCER RYAN Paczkowski has reunited with Mornington gaffer Adam Jamieson while Langwarrin has signed WA-based goal ace Joe O’Brien. And both Frankston Pines and Somerville Eagles have settled on the men to head up their coaching staff for the upcoming season. Paczkowski turned 34 this week and the ex-Bentleigh Greens, Oakleigh, Langwarrin and Preston player last played for the Seagulls in 2017. He played for Preston Lions last season and could have stayed there but agreed terms for a second stint at Bentleigh before a change in his work circumstances forced him to head back to Dallas Brooks Park. “I…