GF evenly poised
Saturday, 21st September, 2019
By Callum Marshall
Alma and West go up against each other in the B Grade soccer final today, in what’s promising to be a “fiery, close one”.
Two high-scoring, defensively solid teams will face off today, just as they did last year when the Goats won 1-0 against the Panthers in the final.
With both teams thumping Celtic and St Joes several times throughout the season, their matches between each other have been much tighter affairs with the biggest winning margin a 3-0 win for Alma in round 5.
Both sides have also shared the spoils for major achievements in the soccer season with West winning the Knockout Cup and Alma taking out the season’s minor premiership.
Players to watch out for are club captains Samuel Harrap (Alma) and Codee Mitchell (West).
Harrap has been playing for both the Goats’ As and Bs sides this season and his pace and finishing have been a huge asset for the side, scoring more than 20 goals across both grades.
Meanwhile, Codee’s solid defensive work and occasional eye for goal has been a big asset for the Panthers this season as they challenged the Goats for the minor premiership.
Both captains said their sides had improved a lot throughout the year.
“We started off pretty slack early on in the season but we’ve definitely pulled themselves together through the year, holding the ball and passing well,” said Codee.
“We just need to put them away.”
“We’ve stepped up a lot this year, winning a few games where it didn’t look like we were going to (with) lack of numbers a lot this year,” said Samuel.
“We’ve had a lot of games where we’ve had nine or ten players but still managed to get the win which is obviously important.
“We’re growing more as a team and starting to look like we’ve got our future planned out.
“Hopefully (we) win the next few years and (we’ll) see what happens after that.”
Codee said the addition of forward Dean Smith to their team had been great this season as he was “one of our star forwards at the moment”, while Samuel said Michael Ivanku’s return to the Goats this season had been important with the player key for the side this season.
The Goats captain also praised his fellow forward Bailey Stubing, brought back into the team from their As side, who’s good play up front had allowed Samuel more of a break.
As for opponents to watch, both captains highlighted the other as someone their team would be wary of.
“Definitely Sammy, if he plays the midfield or up forward,” said Codee.
“He’s a bit hard to track and possibly even Bailey Stubing, who’s quite a hard man to keep track of and stick with him.”
“Definitely (Codee) Mitchell and Jacob Johnstone (to watch out for),” said Samuel.
“He’ll be their sweeper on the weekend and he’s going to stop a lot of the play I’m sure.”
Both said the game would be a tough, close one.
“It’s been a good battle Alma and West through the year,” said Codee.
“So it’s definitively going to be a good game.”
“It’s definitely going to be a game to watch because this weekend’s going to be fiery, hot and a close one,” said Samuel.
WHAT: Men’s B Grade Soccer Grand Final
WHEN: 12pm today
WHERE: Broken Hill Soccer Grounds