June 2, 2018

This game marks the end of the first round and unfortunately the M16Bs still haven’t managed to win a game. Some good performances over the last few weeks, when they were unlucky not to get at least a draw, gave some hope to the boys coming into this game. However, it was not to be. Kanwal played a better game and won easily today.

The move up to B grade has been a big learning curve but the boys should be proud of their behaviour on the pitch. They never give up trying and they haven’t resorted to dirty tactics or bad mouthing the opposition. If anything, they are hard on themselves for not doing better. The parents are all proud of how the boys conduct themselves each week, regardless of the score or the behaviour of some players on the other teams.

Special mentions go to Jake - for an outstanding Man of the Match performance, to Josh W, Josh M, and Ryan - who had been sick during the week but still showed up and did their best, and to Tye and Dylan - for playing even though they had injuries.

(Words & Photos: Jacki Scuri)


May 19, 2018

It was a tough week for the M16Bs with the passing of Josh M’s grandmother. The team had her in their thoughts as they paused for a minute’s silence before the start of the game.

It’s always tough to play Gosford, with friends and ex-teammates playing against each other, but the Wyoming boys took the game to Gosford from the first minute. During the first half the defence with Jordan, Jake, Tye and Harry held strong and Cayleb wasn’t troubled in goal.

Josh W, Zac and Riley were an attacking force with many chances, they kept the Gosford keeper on his toes. Towards the end of the first half the Wyoming defence got a good ball out from the back to Eric who made a perfect pass to Toby on the wing, who then crossed it in to Josh W. There was a scramble in the box and Josh W managed to put it in the back of the net.

Josh W had another chance to score but the Gosford keeper made an incredible save to deny him a second goal. The first half finished 1-0 to Wyoming.

Unfortunately, the second half didn’t start so well with Gosford scoring a quick goal to bring the score level. Wyoming kept pushing for the win, leaving themselves open to counter attack. The midfield kept creating chances with Marco, Ryan and Josh M combining well together pushing many balls through to the strikers, but they were unable to get their shots on target.

The Wyoming boys began to tire, and Gosford saw their chance, getting past the defence and scoring what ended up being the winning goal. During the last 10 minutes Wyoming continued to put pressure on the Gosford goal, but they held on for the win.

The M16Bs are still searching for that elusive first win of the season but they should be happy with how they all played today. Special mentions go to Marco - for an outstanding Man of the Match performance, to Toby and Roger - for backing up after playing their own game for the 15Cs, and to Josh M - for playing a great game after a difficult week.

(Words & Photos: Jacki Scuri)


May 12, 2018

After a disappointing couple of weeks, the M16Bs were keen to up their game this week against Mountains. The boys played much better today, and the end result doesn’t do them justice.

Everyone tried hard this week with Riley and Harry playing their best games of the season. Together with Marco and Ryan they never stopped fighting for the ball. The defence is still learning how to back each other and communicate, and unfortunately the Mountains attack got the better of them today. In attack, the Wyoming boys had a few chances and were unlucky not to score. Their hard work deserved the reward of a goal or two today.

The jump to B grade hasn’t been easy, the game is a lot faster and the boys have a lot less time on the ball, but if they work hard and pull together as a team the results will come.

Special mentions go to Riley - for an outstanding man of the match performance, to Cayleb – he did well for his first time playing on the field after a hand injury meant he couldn’t be goalkeeper, and to Jayden for backing up again after his M15C game and helping us out by playing in goal.

(Words & Photos: Jacki Scuri)


April 28, 2018

Unfortunately, there is not much to say about this game. Wyoming were unlucky early on when the first Kanwal goal was awarded after a clear off-side. Then an excellent free kick from Marco was pushed over the cross bar by the Kanwal goalie. After that it was a lesson in football from Kanwal who were the much better team on the day.

Not much for the 16Bs to take away from this game except to put it behind them and start fresh next week with game faces on.

(Words & Photos: Jacki Scuri)


April 21, 2018

The M16Bs were looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to Gosford with a trip to Baker Park to play Wyong who had won both their matches and were top of the table. School holidays meant that Cayleb and Harry were unavailable, and Nick could only play the first half, so again coach Luca recruited Toby, as well as Jayden from the M15Cs to fill the gaps.

The team started cautiously, playing 5 at the back but Luca and Anthony soon realised that the boys could match Wyong one on one so reverted to their normal 4-4-2 formation. Half way through the first half Wyong had a lucky break and put themselves in front with a long shot that went over the keeper and into the back of the net.

But the boys didn’t give up and kept attacking, exploiting the right wing and just before half time the hard work paid off with a run down the right from Josh W finishing with a great shot into the top of the net. The score was 1-1 at half time.

The second half was an end to end affair and just when it looked like Wyong had broken the deadlock with a goal, the referee called it off side. Both teams had chances but there was no luck for either side with most shots going over the goal or straight to the keeper. The final score was 1-1.

At the beginning of the season the boys thought they would struggle to keep up with the teams already playing in B grade, but Luca and Anthony are working hard with them in training to improve fitness and tactical ability, and it has paid off so far with 3 close games. All that is missing is a win to boost the boys’ confidence.

Special mentions go to Jordan - for an outstanding man of the match performance, to Toby and Jayden - for backing up after playing their own game, and to Ryan - for a great first game back after recovering from surgery. But overall it was a great team effort and all the boys should be proud. The Wyong coach told Luca it was the toughest team they’d played so far.

(Words & Photos: Jacki Scuri)


April 14, 2018

This match was to be the grand final rematch from 2017 so the boys were hoping for a win after being disappointed with that loss to Gosford.

Ryan was still unavailable, and another hot day was predicted so super coach Luca recruited Toby from the M15Cs, who had a bye this weekend.

The team was feeling confident as they ran onto the field but unfortunately within the first 10 minutes some miscommunication at the back meant that the Gosford team managed to put 2 easy goals away.

Despite the 2-0 deficit the boys regrouped and pushed forward creating a few chances including Zac hitting the post after good build up play from Marco and Toby.

Just when Wyoming were getting on top of the Gosford midfield the boys conceded a third goal and the score was 3-0 to Gosford at half time.

Wyoming came out strong in the second half, again hitting the post after a great individual effort from Josh W. The boys continued to play attacking football and the defence put in a much better performance by holding the Gosford attack close to the half way line. The few chances Gosford had were expertly saved by Cayleb.

The second half domination by Wyoming started to deliver and with only 5 minutes left on the clock a defence to midfield combination resulted in a perfect pass from Marco to Josh W who scored with a beautiful finish.

In the end the 1-3 final score didn’t fairly reflect how the team performed throughout the whole match. Coaches Luca and Anthony will take a lot of positives out of this game and will train the boys hard to prepare them for next weekend when they play top of the table team Wyong.

Special mentions go to Zac - for an outstanding man of the match performance, to Marco – for putting in a great performance even though he had been sick all week, to birthday boy Dylan and finally to Harry - who was playing against his former team and played a variety of positions brilliantly.

(Words: Jacki Scuri; Photos: Lara Scuri)

GAME #1 
April 7, 2018

After a successful 2017 for the M15Cs, where they won the League title and finished runners up in the Grand Final, the boys are back and ready for 2018 with a new coach, a few new players and a well-deserved jump to B grade.

The team was revved up and ready to go for the first game of the season against Mountains. Ryan was cheering from the sidelines; unfortunately, he is unable to play for few weeks after having his appendix removed 2 weeks ago. New additions Tye and Jordan looked to impress with a solid defensive performance backed up by seasoned defenders Jake and Josh M. Mountains struggled to find their way into the box, but when they did goalkeeper Cayleb stepped up with some incredible saves.

Wyoming dominated the first half with some good chances up front, thanks to Zac and Josh W getting onto the end of every ball sent their way. But each time, the Mountains goal keeper was there to keep the ball out of the goal. In the middle of the first half Zac took a great shot at goal which the goalkeeper pushed into the path of Josh W and it looked like Wyoming would score. But great reflexes again from the Mountains goalie kept the game scoreless.

Both teams continued to create chances but great defending meant the score was 0-0 at half time.

The heat of the day made it tough for the midfield. Coaches Luca and Anthony made regular changes to make sure to boys kept hydrated but it also meant shuffling the positions around. Marco, Riley, Eric, Dylan, Nick and Harry worked hard in whatever position they played, including when they were put in defence or attack.

Mountains had more of the possession in the second half, but Wyoming’s defence ran until they had nothing left. The whole team rallied towards the end when Mountains had a run of corners, but none came close to penetrating the Wyoming line or Cayleb’s safe hands.

Wyoming still managed to make some attacks with great passing from Marco and Harry to the strikers. But they were denied each time by the Mountains goalie. Nick and Riley teamed up for a great attacking move, which Zac got on the end of, but again they were unable to hit the back of the net.

In the end a 0-0 final score was a fair outcome for a game in which the goalkeepers from each side were the stars. It was a good team performance from the M16Bs in difficult conditions, and a good confidence booster for their first game in B grade.

Special mentions go to Cayleb - for an outstanding man of the match performance, and to Jordan - who played his first game of competitive football - he watched, learned and executed his defensive duties like an experienced player.

(Words & Photos: Jacki Scuri)