R11 – Phillip Island v Drouin

Drouin State Team
Drouin made the short trip to bunyip to play the much-anticipated derby away game. Bunyip have been on a consistent run of late and have been playing metro soccer for a few years now so Drouin knew they would have to work hard.
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Over the last 2-3 weeks all of the playing group have been working hard to get to the next level putting in some big training sessions and some good performances on game day.

Reserves
The lads started well moving the ball nicely backing each other and putting into practice all of the training over the last few weeks and it payed off with bunyip unable to put any sort of pressure final score 7-0 to Drouin
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Seniors
As with the reses the hard work has showed of late with a 1-0 loss last week to a powerful Pakenham side from a late goal this week was no different with Drouin having control of the game moving well second effort balls it has been a joy to watch Drouin play of late in the first ½ Drouin hit the post, cross bar and even had the ball in the net (disallowed for offside) a poor call by the referee, bunyip had a few chances putting the Drouin keeper to the test but no problem. The feeling was that Drouin played the better football and was very unlucky final score 0-0.
Best on Senior was Todd McConville, Matt Borthwick and Andy Bowmar.

The DDSC Gippsland Teams travelled to a very cold and windy Phillip Island on Sunday.  The Phillip Island Breakers are league leaders so we knew we were going to in for a competitive day.

Under 6
The children were up for a tough match today against Phillip Island.  The cold didn’t help but they came out all guns a blazing from the start. William was determined to get the ball down our end and was attacking from the first kick off challenging every ball. Max played another solid game in the mid field running the ball up and opening himself up for the pass in when he could. Cal and Rylie played a strong game in defence stopping the goals and clearing out the side when Phillip Island was on the attack. Noha played a great all-rounder game assisting when he could on passing and interception. A great contesting game today from all the little Dragons it is so rewarding watching the children grow in confidence and skills every week
Best on ground awarded to: William
Encouragement award went to: Rylie

Under 8
What a wonderful game we witnessed today! Both teams played extremely well.
The Dragon’s defence was outstanding, and everyone put in a mammoth effort!
James did an amazing job in the goalkeeper role this week.
Each week the U8’s are getting better and better, well done team!
Three awards were handed out this week, and they went to:
James Midgley, Jack Carbonneau and Lacey Bryant

Under 10
After a promising first half, the under 10s allowed Philip Island to dominate the second. Drouin scored two great breakaway goals from Harvey and Darcy, however the opposition dominated the match, keeping the U10s pinned in their own half for most of the match. Tom and Harvey did great work in the midfield and there was some great goalkeeping from Will and Ayden; along with a great defensive effort from Isobel and Erica. Up front, Brennan, Jordan and Fareed kept the pressure on Philip Island.
All round, a fantastic effort from the Drouin team that deserved better results.
DDSC Coaches Award: Harvey, who keeps on improving week after week.
McDonalds Encouragement Award: Fareed, for some great midfield play


Under 12
Fulltime Score: Drouin 0 Phillip Island 4
Down to Phillip island to play the top team and although a loss a very good effort. Credits to both goal keepers Tristan and Liam who were both outstanding for their abilities on the goal line. some real positive plays during the game with some lovely through balls from Cooper and in particular Nathan . Great chasing and tackling from Keenan , Rinnan , Daniel and Freya and a few chances at scoring slipped by. Well done Drouin u 12s.
Player Awards:
Best on Ground: Liam
Coaches Award: Freya

Under 14
Full-time score: Drouin 4 – Phillip Island 5
A big challenge was in front of us playing at the Island. Drouin started really well and dominated possession but unfortunately Phillip Island scored at the seven minute mark from a long throw in. Despite trailing Drouin played very well in the midfield and created many scoring opportunities. Several forward forays were unrewarded with Tyan and Jackson missing by a matter of centimetres having shot past the goalkeeper. Half time saw Phillip Island leading one nil and a change of referees. The second half really opened up and scoring became frequent.  Free kicks made a big impact on the result with Joel scoring a beautiful goal from a free kick from outside the penalty box. Phillip Island scored twice as a result of set plays from free kicks and were able to finish off a penalty shot. The game ended with Drouin falling just short of a huge upset win. A very good display from our guys who were extremely unlucky with the rub of the green.  A good learning experience that we can really match and beat the best teams in the competition if we just take our opportunities. Second half goals from Jordan , Sam and Spencer were great reward for some very good play. It was great to see Cain and Regan back in the side which helped our defence. Jack played his best game yet and Samuel tested the opposition all day with his bursts from the midfield. Good ball movement through the midfield by Joel, Charlie, Henry and Tyan saw us dominate possession in the middle of the game we just need to work on our shots at goal.
Coaches Award: Jack Furlong and Samuel Bradford


Senior Women
Full-time Score: Drouin 1 – Phillip Island 5
Freezing conditions greeted the ladies today. Which made it a tad hard to get going straight away? Phillip Island came out hard as expected. Made the plays and were quick to capitalize. Drouin kept their heads up and it wasn’t long before Jess Nalty passed a beautiful cross to young Lilly Carrison to put the dragons on the board.  Phillip island were starting to look a bit frazzled and were starting to make more mistakes, it was just unlucky that we couldn’t find the back of the net, while PI were lucky to score off our mistakes.
The game was fast, hard and physical, and to our credit we kept our heads up, and pushed harder.

Thanks to 4, U15’s for stepping up for the match.Thalia, Hayley, Lilly, Imogen. These young girls just slipped straight into our line up and played fantastic.
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Player Awards:
Drouin Family Hotel Best on Ground: Chelsea Quaife
DDSC Coaches Award: Imogen Cooper
Maccas: Jess Nalty
Goal Scorers:
Lilly Carrison