Sunday’s home game was played against Drouin Dragon’s arch rival, the Phillip Island Breakers. A strong crowd witnessed many competitive games against teams that are competing for the top of the ladder spots in the South Gippsland Soccer league.
Drouin U7s are improving week by week, and held their own against a more experienced Phillip Island team. Again their defence showed true promise and the Under 7’s had fun getting a run in the sunshine.
Best On Ground: Remy, for excellent defence and going in hard for the ball.
The under 8s showed great enthusiasm and displayed some great passing and hard running. The team defended well in a game played mostly in their own half and were rewarded for their efforts with a late goal.
Best on Ground: Lucia for her outstanding runs into attack.
Coach’s award: Ayden for his determination to gain possession of the ball in midfield
The U9s put on a great team effort in a competitive match against Philip Island. Up front Jordan and Zane made several penetrating attacking runs, with Zane eventually make a strong counter attack after a Philip Island corner to get his first goal. Harvey and Tom provided great service from midfield as well as helping out the defensive team of Erica, Stella and new signing Mitch at the back. Will was great in goal, bravely diving into a forest of legs to get hands on the ball on several occasions.
In summary, a great team performance by everyone.
Best on Ground: Will – for a brave goalkeeping effort.
Coaches Award: Zane – for two excellent breakaway goals
Full time Score: Drouin 0 – Phillip Island 5
Drouin tried hard all game, but were slow to Phillip Island’s fast paced start. Towards 15 minutes of play, Drouin really matched Phillip Island and Kelton was unlucky not to find the back of the net. Rinnan, Nathan, Daniel and Freya tackled strongly and ran the ball up from defence pretty good. Kaleb had a very good game clearing the ball well and moving forward. A few really good passages of play throughout the game and Drouin really deserved at least one goal. The dragons faded a little in the last ten minutes allowing Phillip Is a couple of late goals.
The end score did not reflect the efforts of Drouin against a very strong side in Phillip Is. All in all a great effort.
Best on Ground Daniel Agodo
Coaches Award Kaleb Milech
Goal Scorers: nil
Fulltime Score: Drouin 1 – Phillip Island 6
Summary: Good learning experience for the team today up against a very strong outfit from Phillip Island.
Defense held up well which is not reflected in final scoreline. Phillip Island were simply a class above on the day.
Great efforts in repelling the attacks with Jordan, Jack and Thomas under fire all game. Ace did very well in goal with many attempts thwarted by his desperate attacks at the oncoming strikers. Samuel ran hard all day with no reward for his efforts with one shot on goal in particular unlucky not to have scored after a good save by the opposition goalkeeper. Good goal in the second half from Ali and we nearly scored a second goal with the best combintion of the day with Ali and Samuel but unfortunately deemed just offside.
Coaches Award Jordan Dorling
Goal Scorers: Ali Rahmani 1
Fulltime Score: Drouin 0 – Phillip Island 3
Phillip Island played a much disciplined game today showing great composure and skill. They won the ball with attacking play and plenty of defensive pressure. Tactically they were also strong and have set the bar high for future games.
Best on Ground: Chevy Isles
Coaches Award: Decqlan Tylor
Most Disciplined Player: Dale Caldwell
Goal Scorers: nil
Under 15 Girls
Fulltime Score: Drouin 1 – Phillip Island 5
Phillip Island came out strong and scored a quick goal. The Dragons took a little longer to settle, but through some excellent defending by Zali they were able to clear the ball and move it back into their attacking half.
Imogen “cool hands” Cooper put in a sterling effort all day in goals. She saved more than 20 shots, diving for ball after ball and feeding it back out to the defence.
Drouin’s first goal came in the second half through Talia Briggs. Playing in her first game for the Dragons, Talia surprised herself as she easily took the ball and aimed for goal.
Olivia Sheil ran out a hard half on the wing, taking the ball from defence all the way to goal but was unable to score. The girls played exceptionally well and will be training hard again this week to ensure they start out competitive from the first minute.
Best on ground: Imogen Cooper
Coaches award: Olivia Sheil
Fulltime Score: Drouin 5 – Phillip Island 2
Reserves played Phillip Island at home and started well with a goal to Aaron Patchett within 5 minutes before the Island scored at the 11 minute mark. Marco scored Drouin’s second goal with a 40 minute chip over the keeper to put Drouin 2/1 up.
Aaron scored his second goal at the 27 minute mark which had Drouin 3/2 up. The second half saw Drouin play much quicker and kept the ball on the deck and managed 2 more goals, one from Arjay and another straight after from Tim. Final score 5/3 win to Drouin but it wasn’t easy.
Best on ground- Todd McConville, Dan Patchett, Ash Robinson
Goal scorers – Aaron Patchett 2, Mark Rossi 1, Arjay Trillanes 1 and Tim Laidlaw 1
Fulltime Score: Drouin 1 – Phillip Island 4
The final score is not reflective of the game played by the senior women today. Phillip Island were dominating during the first half, pushing the defence time and time again, however, they only scored one goal. Partly due to Nicole Lewis working hard in goals with some excellent saves.
The second half saw a changed lineup for Drouin, Jess Brown – back for her first game of the season moved from the midfield into the backline, offering more support to the defence. It was quick decision by Jenni Quaife and Kerry Brown to swap that put Drouin on the scoreboard. Jenni, wanting to run, headed up forward and Kerry moved back to her more proffered position in defence. After some fancy footwork from the defence, Jenni had the ball in goals and put it in the back of the net.
Phillip Island were determined not to walk away with a draw and continued to push the defence. They scored three quick goals before the final whistle.
Warragul Country Club Best on ground- Jess Brown,
Coaches award- Jenni Quaife
Fulltime Score: Drouin 3 – Phillip Island 1
Drouin played at home to their arch rivals Phillip island expecting and receiving a hard fought match. Trey Dekker scored for Drouin at the 29 minute mark with a great touch to control the ball before hitting the back of the net.
With every contest extremely tough, Phillip Island scored the next goal at the 40 minute mark with the half time score 1 / 1.
Phillip Island started the second half with most of the play before Drouin, through Chris Davies scored against the run of play. The hard contest continued and play went from end to end with Lee and Browny (in goals) controlling the defence for Drouin. Chris Davies scored a 35 meter chip into the goals while the keeper was out to put drouin up 3/1 which was the final score.
Best on ground – Lee Yuill, Frank Pitisano, Browny and Tyler Ryan.
Goals – Chris Davies 2, Trey Dekker 1