On Monday 12th March after a strenuous day of school 11 boys from year 11, 10 and 9 travelled an arduous 5 hours to Armidale, slept in boarding house accommodation at “The Armidale School” in preparation for an all day soccer tournament to be held on Tuesday 13th March. Did I mention that these boys had never played together or even trained together as a team. After such great preparation and without any substitutes, the Cape Byron Steiner School Open Boys Soccer Team took to the field on Tuesday morning ready to do their best, but not expecting great returns on the scoreboard.
Our boys played exceptionally well and looked sensational as they ran onto the field. Luka Biggin-Johnson led the team confidently into the game and found himself working hard to make the right calls with the coin toss. Buzz Walker, one of our youngest team members demonstrated excellent kicking skills and cleared the ball out of defence on many occasions. Paddy was a tireless worker and a key player of the team showing excellent leadership in driving the ball through the mid field but early in the last game had to leave the field due to an injury. Harper Kelso maintained a steady head and was able to stop many attacking plays from the opposition. Looking a little shell shocked most of the time, Billy Swain worked tirelessly in keeping his much larger and stronger opponents out of play and continuously cleared the ball to our advantage. Fergus and Charlie worked brilliantly well in driving the ball forward towards our goals and together always looked menacing. Taj Birrell can run and run he did, creating havoc and pressure on the opposition letting them know that they could never feel safe and in control. Ayden with some magical footwork was the instigator for the “Goal of the Day” with a beautiful pass on the back of his foot to Harper who made no mistake in finding the back of the net. Joshua Stante was a little bit reserved in the first game but soon found his mojo and demonstrated some excellent skills and speed often driving the ball into our attacking zone. Tom maintained a strong defence in goals thwarting many ominous runs by the opposition and definitely caught the eyes of the selectors.
In the last game of the day with a player down because Paddy had suffered a badly twisted ankle. We came up against Lindesfarne and our boys played a tight, well fought game to win 1-0. This was a very rewarding win and the team left the field exhausted, a little sore but very happy with their efforts
During the day we won two games, lost two games and came third on the ladder out of the six teams in our division. Well done, Boys!
Steve Richards (Ric)