House league teams battle the elements

Staff writer
November 9, 2012 01:00 AM

The rainy weather made for some tough playing conditions last weekend in Sunshine Coast Youth Soccer Association house league play.

The U7 Blue Blobs had fun in the downpour right after their picture taking. Hot chocolate followed the game, which wrapped up early due to purple lips and frozen feet.

Head coach Dean Totten said the team continues to improve weekly as the understanding of when the other team has the ball it is OK to go and get it from them.

In other action, the Red Titans girls beat Madeira Park/Halfmoon Bay Black 5-0.

The team is made up of players from across the Coast (Sechelt, Davis Bay, Halfmoon Bay and Roberts Creek).

"I've been fortunate to have overhalf the girls on my team since I first started coaching three years ago," said coach Erin Lane. "This week the girls did a great job passing, showed some excellent foot work and played the whole field. Our offence took advantage of their scoring opportunities and our strong defence prevented the Black team from answering in kind.

"There is no real standout player on our team, which means they all have to come together and support each other, which they do on and off the field. As a coach it's wonderful to see these girls grow as players and as young women."

The U10 boys Team Blue played a hard game on Saturday against the U10 E Forest Green team. Despite the pouring rain, huge mud puddles and only having one substitute, these boys played really well.

The Forest Green team scored a goal first, but it wasn't long before forward Brett Bjornson had a nice shot from outside the box and landed a goal in the top of the net for team Blue.

There was some great passing by Team Blue and some tough digging for the ball by Callum Christiansen and Owen Beerling who were also sending some long passes to the forward line. Passing became more difficult as the rain continued, as the ball would just land and stop.

Forest Green came back with three more goals despite a great effort in net by Owen Semaniuk. Not daunted by the score, Team Blue came back with another great shot in the second half by Brett who scored another amazing goal in the top of the net. Sam Fitzgerald played well in the centre midfield, checking his opponents in the 4-2 Forest Green win.

A handful of Active Start participants braved the downpour last Saturday to enjoy some fun soccer skills games.

"We started off with a good warm-up then moved on to being soccer trains," said coach Stephanie Ross. "We practised passing,sprinting, running backwards and running in circles. We then played a fun game of kick the coconutwhere it was parents against kids. The kids really showed their parents how it's done.

"We finished our day by playing the numbers game. A ball is dropped and the participants chase it down and take it to the net. There were great goals made by all."

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