Sat 30 Aug 2014 - Yass U18 v Brindabella Blues
If the definition of a great sporting team is the ability to win, even when you are not playing well, then the Yass Redbacks Under 18’s are indeed a great team. On Saturday they played Brindabella at home at Walker Park and won 2-1. In the first half the Yass team was outplayed by a Brindabella team who dominated possession, field position and desire to win. Yass were fortunate to only be down by one goal at half-time. In the second half Yass showed better ball control, passing and energy and eventually 2 goals were scored by Tim to put them ahead when the referee blew full-time. Both teams had good chances in the second stanza, but Yass were able to take more of theirs, which really was the only difference separating the teams. Brindabella played well and were unfortunate not to have a victory, results next week will need to go their way for them to be runners-up in this competition. Yass are the premiers and play their last game of the season against Canberra Grammar in Canberra next Saturday and will need to lift their performance to guarantee a win.
Sat 23 Aug 2014 - Radford v Yass U18
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s were close to being back to their top form on Saturday when they played Radford College. Even a late field change to Canberra Uni couldn’t put them off their game and they came away with a 4 nil win. With a couple of players away or sick, the Yass team had to work hard and well together to overcome a determined Radford team. Although the Yass team at times lacked the ball control and pin-point passing they are capable of, when they did find it, they were able to cut the Radford defense to pieces and put some great goals together. Radford played well but relied on long balls over the Yass backline, generally the defense of Hayden, Andrew, Cameron, Kris and goalie Elliot were able to quickly nullify any Radford attack. The mid field of Adam, Richard, Luke and Sam worked hard all day, shutting down Radford’s midfield and putting great passes and crosses in for the Yass forwards Tim, Todd and Matt. The goal scorers were Tim (2), Andrew and Luke, but in this team it is not about who actually scores the goal, but how the team plays. The dream is still alive to win every game this season. Their last home game is this Saturday at 3.10pm at Walker Park.
Sat 16 Aug 2014 - Yass U18 v Belnorth
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s had a disappointing game on many levels on Saturday. They played Belnorth at home and had a 9 – nil victory, what seems to be yet another great win in a season where they have won every game. The disappointment began when Belnorth only had 7 players arrive to play. The Yass team arrived in full strength, the first time all season having 3 subs available, and the team was determined to put in a strong performance after the below par effort the week before. The second disappointment was that it took quite a while for the Yass team to break down the outnumbered opposition. The Yass team showed poor ball control, poor passing and too much “ball watching” for long periods during the game. The lack of clinical finishing meant there were far too many scoring opportunities squandered, shots going high or wide. Yass led 3 – nil at half-time but with the weight of numbers and possession it should have been much higher than that. In the second half Yass eventually settled into a game where it was clear they had won but were using the opportunity to give some of the players who are usually defenders a chance to score a goal. By the end of the game 8 different goal scorers were recorded, but it is difficult to take many positives from the match. Yass need to clear their minds of the game, move on to the final 3 rounds of the season. They still have the opportunity to end the season having won every game. Next Saturday they travel to Radford, hoping they play better than they did this week. The 7 Belnorth players can return home to their Club with their heads held high, knowing they played as a committed team, and tell the rest of their team mates that if they had bothered to turn up it is just possible they may have defeated the premiers on their home ground.
Sat 9 Aug 2014 - Marist v Yass U18
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s got away with a 3-2 win against Marist College at Pearce on Saturday. The lessons to be learnt are that you can’t just turn up and expect to win and constant improvement, skill and effort is required to win in this competition. Marist started the game on fire and with determination, this was rewarded with a goal in the first minute from a great through ball from their mid-field. The Yass defense had not switched on and the goalie was left to deal one on one with the goal scorer. Marist had field position and possession for the first 20 minutes but gradually Yass dragged themselves back into the match. After a couple of raids into the Marist goal area, Matt was brought down and a penalty was given. Todd calmly slotted the ball home. Half-time found the score 1- all with Yass dominating without being able to score. The second half saw Marist come out more organized and after a Yass defensive mistake a Marist player was brought down in the box and the resultant penalty put them in the lead. Yass then began to find their passing and control and dominated play for large periods of the rest of the game. A number of shots went wide or were stopped by the Marist goalie, until after a scramble following a corner, Mark was able to kick a goal to even the score. With about 15 minutes to go, after a great passage of attacking play, Andrew was able to score a great goal high in the top left corner to put Yass ahead. The coach was pleased to see the team had the strength of character to not fall to pieces after going behind and to find a way of winning, even when they weren’t playing as well as they can and have in previous games. This is the first time the Yass Under 18’s have gone behind this season, and to do so twice and still come out with a victory is commendable. They play Belnorth at home next Saturday at 3.10pm.The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s got away with a 3-2 win against Marist College at Pearce on Saturday. The lessons to be learnt are that you can’t just turn up and expect to win and constant improvement, skill and effort is required to win in this competition. Marist started the game on fire and with determination, this was rewarded with a goal in the first minute from a great through ball from their mid-field. The Yass defense had not switched on and the goalie was left to deal one on one with the goal scorer. Marist had field position and possession for the first 20 minutes but gradually Yass dragged themselves back into the match. After a couple of raids into the Marist goal area, Matt was brought down and a penalty was given. Todd calmly slotted the ball home. Half-time found the score 1- all with Yass dominating without being able to score. The second half saw Marist come out more organized and after a Yass defensive mistake a Marist player was brought down in the box and the resultant penalty put them in the lead. Yass then began to find their passing and control and dominated play for large periods of the rest of the game. A number of shots went wide or were stopped by the Marist goalie, until after a scramble following a corner, Mark was able to kick a goal to even the score. With about 15 minutes to go, after a great passage of attacking play, Andrew was able to score a great goal high in the top left corner to put Yass ahead. The coach was pleased to see the team had the strength of character to not fall to pieces after going behind and to find a way of winning, even when they weren’t playing as well as they can and have in previous games. This is the first time the Yass Under 18’s have gone behind this season, and to do so twice and still come out with a victory is commendable. They play Belnorth at home next Saturday at 3.10pm.
Sat 26 Jul 2014 - Brindabella Blues v Yass U18
After what seemed a long holiday break, the Yass Redbacks Under 18’s played Brindabella at Calwell on Saturday for a 3-nil win. The game was shortened due to a serious injury in the previous game and another injury to a Brindabella player early in their game, requiring an ambulance. The Yass team took time to settle into their previous good form and with great work by the opposition goalkeeper and the Yass defense the score remained nil-all at half-time. Yass came out in the second half with improved ball control, passing and team work and dominated play. After having had numerous chances, eventually with ten minutes to go the pressure took its toll on Brindabella and three quick goals were the result. The goal scorers being Todd, Matt and Nick. The coach was away due to other commitments, but he was pleased to hear that they held their nerve and kept to their game plan. He commented that keeping a clean sheet against the competition’s second placed team is always a pleasing result. The Yass U18’s continue on their unbeaten run and play Canberra Grammar at home at Walker Park next Saturday at 3.10pm.
Sat 28 Jun 2014 - Yass U18 v Radford
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s played Radford College at home on Saturday, and under difficult conditions put together another victory. Playing on a heavy, muddy and slippery field the Yass team worked hard to put their passing game into action. They did this with some precise passing from mid-field which resulted in early goals to Joel and the newest team member Todd. Later in the half Tim had a great run down the right wing followed by a sublime cross into the box to the feet of Todd who calmly slotted the ball into goal for his second. The score remained three - nil at half-time. The second half was a more even game and neither team could find a goal although Yass created many chances but most shots went straight to the Radford Goalie. Elliot handled the slippery conditions well in goal to keep a clean sheet. The backline of Hayden, Andrew, Kris and Cameron concentrated all game as any poor pass or quick movement usually meant slipping and giving the ball to the opposition in front of goal. Adam, Sam, Nick, Luke and Matt worked hard all game in mid-field, cutting out opposition passes and creating openings for their team. The coach is pleased with how the team are working for each other, looking for team mates in better positions and covering for each other. This last point is so important when conditions are so slippery, that turning to chase a through ball is near impossible. The Under 18’s now have a break during the holidays and play Brindabella next at Calwell on July 26th.
Sat 21 Jun 2014 - Belnorth v Yass U18
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s travelled to Kaleen last Saturday to play Belnorth and continued on their winning way. Playing a determined and organized opposition, the Yass team had to work well together and put together some excellent passing moves to get their shots on goal. By half-time Yass were 3-0 up and looked pretty comfortable. The second half saw Belnorth come out even more organized, sitting back in defense and using counter-attacking strategies. Yass scored 3 more goals but conceded twice in the second half to finish with a 6-2 victory. The coach commented that the passing between the forwards and mid-field was much improved but the defensive line was not quite as organized as in previous weeks. The goal scorers were Mark with a hatrick, Sam, Joel and Luke with an exciting long-range shot into the top right corner to beat the goalkeeper. It was great to see Cameron return after injury. Matt, Adam, Tim and Nick keep things organized and moving forward from midfield, while Kris, Andrew and Hayden worked hard all game in defense. Goalie Elliot was solid and brave under pressure, taking a heavy knock from an opposition player in the second half. The Yass Under 18’s are now mid-way through their season and have scored 40 goals while conceding 7. They have a home game this Saturday at Walker Park at 3.10pm against Radford College.
Sat 7 Jun 2014 - Canberra Grammar v Yass U18
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s travelled to Canberra Grammar to play football on a sunny but cool afternoon. It took Yass a few minutes to get their head into the game, but once they settled down to play their open passing game the opportunities opened up for them. Grammar played a forceful game, going for all 50:50 balls and shutting down the player with the ball quickly. This meant Yass at times became hesitant in both attack and defense, sitting back and falling into the trap of ball watching. When they broke out of this mode Tim scored a good goal and played well all game in the various positions he was in. Mid way through the first half Adam picked up a vital goal when he was on the spot to pounce on a dropped ball by the Grammar goalie. The rest of the first half developed into an arm wrestle with a number of Yass shots going wide of goal. The second half began in the same way until Mark, on a break away run was brought down in the box. He scored from the resulting penalty. Grammar responded soon after with a well constructed goal that Elliot had no chance of stopping, however for the rest of the game he played very well between the posts. This goal seemed to wake Yass up and soon after Mark scored another goal after a patient lead up and a pass back to him in space from Matt. Richard, Luke, Hayden, Andrew, Sam, Nick and Joel also need to be congratulated for their skill and dedication to the task, and together the team remains on an unbeaten run this season.
Sat 24 May 2014 - Radford v Yass U18
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s played Radford at the Canberra Uni on Saturday. On a small field, with just the 11 players, against a Radford team with 4 subs, the Yass team had a tough game. The small field meant the Redbacks felt cramped for space and it hindered their usual open passing game. In the first half Yass had a number of ineffective shots on goal, until Joel Bishop was able to slot one in at the 20th minute. Radford played a counter-attacking game with high balls over the top, relying on a couple of fast forwards. The Yass defense and goalie were able to stifle all their attacking movements until just before half-time when Radford got a goal back due to Yass’ poor marking and slowness in shutting a shot down. The second half saw a tense battle. At times Yass were too impatient and rushed their passes in attack. A number of shots on goal were stopped by a great Radford goalie. Radford continued with long high balls over the heads of the Yass defense but had few shots on goal. You could feel the tension rising as the half continued until 10 minutes from time, Mark Dowling put a hard shot high into the net to break the deadlock. The Yass defense stopped everything Radford could muster after that to have a hard fought win to continue their undefeated run this season.
Sat 17 May 2014 - Yass U18 v Belnorth
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s played at home on Saturday. On a warm day they worked hard all game for a great win 7 -1 over Belnorth. Right from the start they controlled possession and field position for large periods of the game, resulting in 4 goals in the first half. The coach commented on how pleased he was with the defensive effort of the team, with only one shot on goal from the opposition in the first half which was deftly flicked over the bar by goalie Elliot Southwell. The second half saw a better organized Belnorth team, especially in attack. This soon resulted in a goal by Belnorth, but Yass, fighting fatigue from the heat and defending high up the field, battled on and scored another 3 good goals after that. A highlight of the game was Hayden Starr, after spending much of the game as central defender, moving up front and scoring a tremendous goal. Other goal scorers were Matt Pilbrow (2), Joel Bishop (2) and one each to Richard Alley and Mark Dowling. The rest of the team need to be commended for working hard, great passing, moving into space, and playing for each other in a great team win.
Sat 10 May 2014 - Marist v Yass U18
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s played an away game against Marist on Saturday. Although the 5-1 winning score indicates an easy victory, in fact it was a reasonably close game that the Yass team made more difficult for themselves than need be. On a field that had quite a slope from end to end, Yass played down the hill first half and quickly scored 3 goals in the first 15 minutes, all to Joel Bishop. From there Marist got themselves better organized and Yass went quiet and got a bit lazy in decision making, communication and passing. Late in the half Mark Dowling created a good goal from half a chance, before Marist replied with a goal of their own helped by a lack of communication between the Yass goalie and defenders. The second half was a closer contest, but Yass had more shots on goal bringing some great saves from the Marist Goalkeeper. About 20 minutes in, Joel Bishop took a long range shot that bounced wickedly and slipped under the goalie for Yass’s fifth and last goal of the game. A good win by the Yass Under 18’s, but not as clinical as the previous week. The coach indicated the team will need to work on communication and ball control this week in training.
Sat 3 May 2014 - Yass U18 v Canberra Grammar
The Yass Redbacks Under 18’s got off to a winning start to the 2014 season. On a drab, cold and wet day at Walker Park, the U18’s played some sparkling football to record an 8-0 win against Canberra Grammar. The coach was very pleased with the commitment shown by the team and the way they played for each other, with great passing, backing each other up when defending and a determination to keep a clean sheet. Goalie Elliot Southwell clearly showed this by making a tremendous penalty save late in the game. The backline of Kris Hansson, Cameron Hill, Hayden Starr and Luke McReynolds were solid and organized in defense and contributed in attack when the opportunity arose. Mid-fielders, Andrew Stephen, Matt Pilbrow, Sam Young and Adam Minary-Bland ran all game adding numbers in attack (each scoring a goal) as well as covering in defense. Up front Tim Hazell (1 goal), Mark Dowling (a hatrick) and Joel Bishop (numerous assists) cause havoc for the Grammar defense and goal keeper. Well played Yass Redbacks Under 18’s.