Supa Oldies soccer
THERE was an air of anticipation as players assembled at the Rushforth Park fields to begin another summer of twilight football.
In match number one for the 2005 season Sky Sear and Nichole Tate were in good form for the Clarence Valley Tyres side, but despite their efforts 'sneaky' Pete Taylor took the honour of scoring the first goal of the evening and the season.
The match turned into a Taylor convention with Peter collecting two, Andy Taylor also chipped-in with a pair and Denise Taylor made it five before the retreads could post their first score.
The match finished with the Goomboorahs posting six goals with just the solitary strike from Steve in reply as Mick Skinner was not about to let anything past him in the Cangai goalmouth, except for an early misdemeanour which saw a fumble almost sneak over the goal.
The match on field two was a much tighter affair as the Country Energy Shockers took a commanding halftime lead, only to see a second half fightback from the Premium Trusses which saw the final score just narrowly in favour of the Shockers 4/3.
Henry Betancur, revelling in the fact that his home town team Uruguay had managed to win their match against Argentina and therefore book the all-important meeting with Australia for a place in the World Cup in Germany, took out man of the match honours as well as scoring two well-taken goals for the Trusses.
Adding to their tally was M Gray while in the Shockers side Phil Browing, Don Darke (2) and John Hough gave them the neces- sary margin at the fulltime bell.
Tucabia were a little outclassed by the Old Gunns with their lack of fire power up front seeing them go down 4/0 as Betancur and Taylor backed up for a second session. Also making the scorers card were Col Skinner and Chris Powell.
Danny Zietch and Joanne Powell were singled out for player of the match points whilst Ron Sommer worked tirelessly with little reward for the Tucabia side.
On the adjoining field the new boys and girls of Micks Mowing were warming to the task against Andersens Carpets.
Goalkeeper Trent Browne was called into action early on as Tony Roderick and Danni Coggle peppered the goalmouth. But they could not find a way through the custodian.
Scott 'Barrels' Forwell made history for his side with an opening goal for his team but, alas despite their efforts Roderick and Browning posted strikes for the Rugrats to see them prevail at the final whistle.
The 'hayseeds' may have been clipped by the very strong carpet crew but they will definitely improve with the likes of the Sear brothers, Tony White and Mick McGarvie all beginning to relive their passed glories.
Despite the efforts of Robin Anderson in the Road Runners goals they were no match for the Bullseyes who rattled up five goals with just the solo effort from C Solomon. Paul Corcoran (2), Trent Browne and Craig McDonald (2) were all in fine form and had the woodwork not played its part, they could have doubled the score.
The match was not all one way traffic with Browne initially in goals being called upon to make several early saves.
Which earned him valuable player points along with the tiring legs of Betancur and Anderson who took up the challenge be- tween the uprights.
When the Westlawn Wallys came up against the Misfits they were not anticipating the onslaught that followed.
Fresh from the recent Coffs Harbour Over-35 carnival the Misfits dominated play with the final outcome a telling 6/0.
As the goal scorers lined up against the beleagued Wallys keeper they found the target through McNiel (2), Pugh, Moran, Woodward and Keogh.
But the front men of the Wallys could not duplicate their efforts.
Rounding off the evening was the Lawrence Tavern playing the Ravens Smash Repair crew.
In a tough battle niether side could find their way through sometimes packed defences and the match finished scoreless.
Allan Perry, Tina Vitolins and Peter Taylor were the stand out players from both squads but despite their efforts the score keeper remained untroubled.
Next week's games, 20/10/05 are: 5:45 field 1 Cangai Goomboorahs play Country Energy ref. Tony Collins. On field 2 Clarence Valley Tyres face the Bullseyes (ref, Woody).
At 6:35 on field 1 Road Runners play Westlawn Wallys (ref, A Collins). Whilst on field 2 the Misfits will play the Ravens Smash Repair (ref, B Hourigan).
In the 7:25 time slot from field 1 Premium Trusses will meet the Old Gunns (ref, Les McLennan) and on field 2 Tucabia have a tough match against Andersens Carpets (ref Trevor Hageman).
Rounding off the evening from 8:15 on field 1 Lawrence Tavern welcome new boys Micks Mowing (ref, Scott Anderson).