R3 – Mirboo North v Drouin

The Drouin Dragons Soccer Club travelled to a very wet Mirboo North on Sunday with mixed results while our State Teams played at home against highly ranked Rowville.

State League – Round 6 vs Rowville Eagles
The theme of the day was frustration, Drouin dragons welcomed Rowville eagles to the den, Rowville are 2nd on the ladder and have beaten some good teams this season. So, Drouin knew they had a tough day ahead.
This game had a strange feel about it with Rowville being an older experienced team and Drouin being a young inexperienced team, the game  started with Rowville knocking the ball around the Drouin lads with Rowville hitting the cross bar 3-4 times in the first 15 mins and the message from Andy Bowmar and Greg Wyatt was to settle down and follow the ball the game at ½ time was all Rowville having a 1-0 lead second ½ Drouin started to get hold of the game with younger legs making a difference with both teams creating chances Drouin new boy Michele Liere scored the game was sloppy and finished 2-2

State Seniors
This game started faster and with more purpose and aggression the reserves with both teams holding shape and moving the ball well Rowville a little sharper and quicker but Drouin backed each other and held shape and Drouin started to gain more passion looking the better team ½ time the game was 0-0 Drouin’s team talk was about working hard for each other and making Rowville work harder to find space pressing them harder and tighter. Drouin carried on where they left off first to the ball not being pushed around and Rowville was getting very frustrated but at the 60 min mark it went wrong for Drouin with a 10-min lack of concentration Rowville punished Drouin in quick succession 5 goals one after one and that was the only time of the whole 90 mins that Rowville got the better of Drouin. But the game is 90 mins not 80 so Drouin will work hard in training this week to ensure 100% focus

Rowville’s coach “said if Drouin play like that all the time they will do very well in this league”. high praise I think from a very established club.
Player Awards
Warragul Country Club Award – Simon Henry
Hontondo Homes Award – Frank Pitsiano
Coaches award – Lee Yuill

South Gippsland Soccer League
Under 8
It was a case of rain, hail then shine when the U8’s took the field today. The kids had a ball out there getting wet and muddy.
Three games in and they are really coming together as a team.
Their confidence is growing and they showed some real heart getting in there and tackling and passing the ball around. Logan was goal keeper this week and did a good job.
Well done to the U8’s!
Player Awards
DDSC Best on Ground: Logan Prokopiwskyi
McDonalds Coaches Award: Lacey Bryant

Under 10
What a difference a week makes, the Under 10s did everything right against Mirboo North, excellent passing and good use of space allowed Drouin to make the best of the cold and windy conditions.
Up front, great attacking play kept the hosts on the back foot, and fantastic defence and midfield work meant that most of the play was in the opponents half. Jordan secured the DDSC Best on Ground award for his many attacking runs and Harvey received the McDonalds Coaches award for his midfield work.
Player Awards
DDSC Best on Ground: Jordan
McDonalds Coaches Award: Harvey

Under 12
The Under 12’s finally got their first win of the season beating Mirboo North 5 goals to 2.  During the week we had worked on our defence which really showed on Sunday. The defence held their nerve when Mirboo North attacked only letting two goals get scored on the day.  The first goal for the game was a nice left cross into the back of the net by Nathan Beer.  Cooper Spencer, sporting a new hairstyle played his heart out in the middle of the ground which resulted in being voted Best on Ground.  The rest of the midfield worked well running all day on the wet Mirboo North Pitch.  The Silver boys played well in defence and attack each kicking a goal apiece.
Player Awards:
Newmason Restaurant Best on Ground: Cooper Spencer
DDSC Coaches Award:  Holly Martin
McDonalds Encouragement Award: Tahj Osseweyer
Goal Scorers: Nathan Beer, Ethan Hambridge, Seth Lear, Tristan and Lachlan Silver

Under 14
Full-time score: Drouin 1 – Mirboo North 3
A cold and wet morning greeted us at Mirboo North. Drouin started brilliantly on a waterlogged pitch scoring after just 9 minutes with Jackson finding the back of the net. We controlled the ball very well and had the best passing display of the year for the remainder of the half and could easily have had several more goals. Joel was instrumental in several attacks yet was just off target several times. Mirboo North scored two goals in the first half and we went to the break trailing by a goal despite having the better of play. The second half we continued to play well and Tyan in the midfield was superb with his run and passing. Tom in defence continually rebounded and set up many attacks. Mirboo North scored the only goal of the second half to end 3-1 victors. A scoreline that doesn’t reflect just how well we played. Plenty of things to work on but some great signs in the way we moved the ball. If we can finish more accurately the results will turn around . On a lighter note seeing Jackson standing against his opponent really brought a chuckle as he barely reached the chest of the very tall defender who thwarted many of our attacks.
Player Awards:
McDonalds Coaches Award: Joel Van Raalte
Encouragement Awards: Tyan George and Thomas Agudo.

Under 15
The Dragon girls got off to a great start against an in from Mirboo North side.
It was clear from the first five minutes that Mirboo are the team to beat this season, with players coming from Gippsland Rep squads to play for Mirboo.
Mirboo scored first, and it took Olivia Sheil until the 16th minute to reply, as she collected a rebounded shot from Sasha Geerlings and put it past the keeper.  5 minutes later, Sasha scored her own goal, following a superb run down the wing.  Miriama Cooper and Violette Thomas started well in attack and keep the Mirboo defence on their toes.  Up the other end of the pitch our defence were pushed to their limits.  Hayley Berry, Zoe Hope and Sophia Belcher chased the ball hard and supported the mid field well, however, the mud puddle in the middle of the pitch made it difficult to move the ball.  Charlotte Brown worked hard all day, she had a clear patch of pitch to run on and made the most of it.
Sadly, the girls went down 7-3, but it was a hard fought match and the girls demonstrated that they will be a team to beat during the season.

Senior Women
Full-time Score: Drouin 5 – Mirboo North – 1
With wet and cold conditions to attend to, the ladies knew it would be a physical slog right from the first whistle. The first half was pretty much all of Drouin with the play when Jess Nalty put the first into the back of the net at the 31st minute mark. The girls were keen to keep the momentum up with Liz, putting the second in 2 minutes later. Drouin has the plays of passage settled in and there was some fancy footwork happening all over the pitch. The back line held strong today with Bec directing her other defenders to the right plays. Biscuit, Kerry Zali all followed Bec’s cool head and got the job done.
In the second half the ladies came out a little confused after the change of ends, and Mirboo took advantage and scored in the first minute. Once the girls settled again, it was Drouin with the plays which seen Casey put the first in for the second half. Not to be outdone Liz comes back with her second at the 14 minute mark and again at the 30 minute mark, making a total of 3 for Liz.
All the ladies should be so proud of their efforts today, the passing, the encouragement, the ball skill, the overall game play, was outstanding. Beautiful balls through the passage had the midfielders in the prime positions and the girls are starting to connect as a team and unite as one.
Player Awards:
Drouin Family Hotel Best on Ground: Zali Fitzgerald
Drouin Family Hotel:  Kerry Brown
Beauty By Kerry: Bec Bikerdike
MacDonald’s Encouragement Award: Erin Park
Goal Scorers:  Jess Nalty –1, Casey Lewis – 1, Liz Beard -3