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Waves do it easily in bridge battle SOCCER

Division 2 Surfside Waves 4 vs Barwon Heads 0 After a 9-0 demolition of Breakwater in the previous round, the Waves went in to their Friday night clash with Barwon Heads full of confidence and looking to do the double in the Battle of the Bridge for the 2014 season. The squad was bolstered by the return of goalkeeper Roscoe Holmes from an ankle injury, and also by the signing of former player Jack Pedler who has returned to the club after playing in the state league with Corio. In wet conditions, the Waves were frustrated by a resilient Barwon Heads squad and went in to the break locked at 0-0. A slight change in formation by coach Luis McClelland saw the Waves attack in numbers in the second half, and they soon took advantage thanks to a goal directly from a corner by veteran Nick Hargreaves. This took the pressure off Surfside and allowed them to use their neat passing game to open up the Barwon Heads defence, and it was not long before the lead became 2-0 thanks to a brilliant effort by Cha Ozay. The Waves continued to press for more goals, and the game finished 4-0 in their favour with Bugba Ketchen smashing home the third and Ozay netting a brace. Division 3 Surfside Waves 1 vs Lara 2 This week the Div 3s were blessed with a near full squad of players to choose from for the trip out to Lara. The Waves had the wind in their favour from the kick off, but it was Lara who started the livelier of the two sides and on six minutes pounced on a failed attempt to clear the ball in the goal mouth. Going down to an early goal has been somewhat of a trait this season and can often dampen the team spirit. To their credit the young Waves outfit lifted and took the game to Lara by closing down the space around midfield and forcing their opponents into conceding possession and territory. ‘Beany’ McInnes

Under 14 Surfside Waves vs Kardinia was once again causing the Lara defenders all manner of problems with his excellent holding roll and having worked hard to create some space in the Lara penalty box, unleashed a shot past the prone ‘keeper and levelled the scores. The second half saw some changes as, firstly, Isaiah Mujica, who had worked tirelessly in midfield alongside Andy Black, tackling and winning possession back, unable to continue. Pablo Mujica who had picked up a knock in the later part of the first half could not run it off forcing a reshuffle of the defence. The Waves began to grow in confidence and started to dominate looking for a potential winning goal. With 20 minutes left Lara made a substitution that ultimately won them the game. The Lara No 5, who arrived after half time, displayed exceptional skills rarely on show in the Div 3 comp and clearly was a massive threat. As the final whistle got closer the pressure was mounting, successive Lara corners created panic in the Waves defence. The winner courtesy of another corner drifted in to the Lara sub who headed past Jacob from close range to win the game with 90 seconds left. It was a cruel blow. The Waves had worked hard all day, had held the balance of possession, been the more constructive in attack but unfortunately not clinical where it counted. Player of the match was Julian Powell. Under 15 Boys Surfside Waves 4 vs Elcho Park Cardinals 3 Another exciting game from the

very beginning until the end. Waves started with Fraser Swan in goal and in the first minute of play Waves won a corner kick which was partially cleared from Elcho Park's area, Noah Mujica's shot was handled by one of their defenders inside the area and the referee awarded the penalty which was taken by Adrian Vodopic who shot low and well. In the 14th minute Adrian Vodopic gained control of the ball and overran a couple of Elcho Park's midfielders and when he approached the penalty area, he blasted a thunderous shot at the goalkeeper who made a great effort to save it. In the 23rd minute Waves were awarded a free kick from around 25m from goal. Noah Mujica's powerful shot beat the goalie again and converted in our third goal. In the dying seconds of extra time in the first half a rare attack of Elcho Park opponents reduced the advantage to two goals. The second half saw a more committed Elcho Park and in the 44th minute, it scored a second goal. Soon after Will Perkins found space in the area and gained control of the ball against two towering defenders and his shot found the net. Elcho Park reduced the Waves' advantage to just one goal in the 62nd minute but it ended at 4-3. Under 13 Surfside Waves 1 vs Geelong Rangers 3 The Waves travelled to Myers Reserve to meet Geelong Rangers. With the Waves sitting 5th and pushing for a place in

One-all draw for Bears BASEBALL WITH the finals almost in sight, week 12 of the Geelong Baseball Association winter season sees things starting to hot up. Braving wintery conditions, the week 12 assignments for all three of Wallington’s Bellarine Bears sides was a road trip to Bacchus Marsh. For the Bellarine Bears A grade side on the Saturday, an intense contest saw a 1-1 draw at the end of nine innings. Simon Murry

was given starting pitcher duties for what turned out to be the throwing of an outstanding complete game. Murry went the whole nine innings with six strike outs, with the only run scored by the opposition being unearned. Two hits to Wayne Visser (1 RBI), with one hit apiece to Brad McKentish and Josh Crotty were highlights for the Bears offence in the pitcher-dominated game. In the curtain-raiser game, the A Reserve

Bellarine Bears had a day out, coming away with a 21-1 win. With the bat Alex Hockey starred with four hits, backed up with two hits each to Kane Costello and Graham Rowe, with all players in the lineup hitting the ball well. Going the complete game, pitcher Brad Hockey put in a strong performance, backed up by some miserly Bears team defence. On Sunday July 13, the Bellarine Bears B Reserve side were jumped early, going

down 4-9. Leading the hitting for the Bears was Lachlan Stott with three hits and Mark Freijah with two hits (one double). Continuing the theme of Bear’s pitchers throwing complete games, Danny Nichols was able to steady after a tough first innings to pitch out the whole game. Interested in finding out more about the Bellarine Bears Baseball Club? Pay them a visit online at www. bellarinebears.org.au.

Under 13 Surfside Waves vs Bell Park. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY the top four, this was going to be a challenge against 3rd placed Rangers. In the end Rangers proved too strong to run out 3-1 winners. Josh Kuipers (under 11) netting the goal for the Waves. Under 11 Boys Surfside Waves Blue vs Barwon Heads The sun came out for the first time in a long time for the traditional clash between Surfside Waves Blue and Barwon Heads (Battle of the Bridge). The Waves started a bit sluggishly, maybe due to Alex, Bob, Josh and Will already playing an under 12s game. The Headers started strong but Will, Alex and Haydn were well organised at the back. Barwon Heads then gained three corners in a row, the first two dealt with well by Alex and third well saved by Sam, who was playing a great game in goal. The Waves went on the attack through Ciera, Bob and

Josh and were unlucky not to score after a nice Josh effort was well saved by their keeper. The orange then ran the ball up well to open the scoring. Elias and Rory were combining well on the left, and a nice move saw a shot from Bob just go wide of the right hand upright. Barwon Heads then went on the attack and threatened to score again, however Sam was having none of that, producing some quality saves, keeping us in the game. Another move involving Ciera and Bob saw Josh scored a great goal for the Waves. Josh then had another chance with a very skilful header just going over the crossbar. The second half was proving to be a very physical encounter with both sides very competitive. The Heads were peppering the goals early; Alex was up to the challenge with some superb saves, ably assisted by Elias and Haydn in defence. Eventually Josh decided he wasn't leaving without his hat-trick and

slotted another goal. Under 14 Girls Surfside Waves 1 vs Bell Park Blue 2 Another impressive performance from the girls saw them pretty much dominate the game only to see the points snatched away. Bell Park virtually only having the two shots on goal while the Waves attacked relentlessly but couldn't capitalise. 0-0 at half time, Bell Park went ahead in the 41st minute as the Waves pushed forward and were caught out by a long clearance allowing the Bell Park forward to shoot past the advancing goalie. Maeve Dungey levelled the score in the 51st minute with a cracking shot following a good solo run. The Waves excitement was short lived as Bell Park re-took the lead virtually straight from the kick off. Despite constant pressure on the Bell Park goal the Waves couldn't manage an equaliser. Under 9 White Surfside vs Drysdale FC Sunshine and tough competition from Drysdale greeted the Whites and the boys played a great defensive game, making some excellent tackles and great saves in the goals. Monty and Jayden were fierce in attack, and were well supported by Fletcher, Max, Nicholas and Cathal. Sam and Michael combined well in defence to make scoring challenging for Drysdale.

Ogv 23jul2014  

Ocean Grove Voice 23 July 2014

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