‘Bring on Bourke’
Saturday, 9th May, 2015
By Darrin Manuel
Broken Hill High has breezed through to the next round of the Western Schools Sports Association Girls Open Soccer competition with a comprehensive victory over Nyngan yesterday.
BHHS dominated the opening minutes of the game at the O’Neil Soccer Complex, but it was Nyngan who opened the scoring with a goal against the flow of play by Alannah Ryan.
The local girls continued to control general play despite trailing, with captain Savannah Morris resolute in defence and Emma Hocking using her speed to split the Nyngan midfield.
Montanna McAvaney soon capitalised on her team’s good work with a goal for BHHS, before Caitlyn Bloomfield added two more from close range to turn the tables and send her team into half time with a comfortable 3-1 lead.
BHHS maintained their intensity through the second half with Marlene Hunter taking complete control in the midfield.
Her efforts were complemented by Mahana Hockingm, whose combination of skill and aggression proved too much for her Nyngan opponents.
Marlene scored the first goal of the second half, then Caitlyn chipped in with her third to put the game beyond any doubt.
Nyngan rallied midway through final half and managed to stem the flow of goals, but Marlene again broke through to score a sixth goal for BHHS.
The visitors continued to fight, however, and had a good chance to score their second goal but the shot narrowly missed, leaving the final score at 6-1.
Overall the Nyngan team struggled to match the fitness and intensity of the BHHS girls, and were forced to constantly rotate players due to fatigue and injury.
Nyngan coach Bianca Scott said she was proud of the way her girls played despite being outmatched by a BHHS team featuring some young stars of the local women’s competition.
“I think they did really well. A lot of them have never played soccer before and they’ve never played together,” she said.
“I’m very happy with their effort.”
BHHS coach Sally Jenkins was also thrilled with her team’s effort, and said she was looking forward to the next round of the knockout competition which will likely see them play Bourke.
“I’m really, really happy with them, they played fantastic,” she said.
“They just played well as a team and I can’t wait to take this into the next round.”
Nyngan - Shianne Klante, Alannah Ryan, Skye Douglas, Courtney Steer
BHHS - Savannah Morris, Marlene Hunter, Mahana Hocking, Emma Hocking, Caitlyn Bloomfield