35/4 Blues 2017

Now in our 7th season, and still looking for a premiership.

07 Aug
04:59PM

No One Told This Bunch...

Round 17 O35/4 Blue vs North Rocks Win 2-1

This season's penultimate Match Report...

With finals qualification now out of reach, one could have argued we didn't have much to play for... well no one told this bunch.

We want to finish this season playing as we know we can.

From the outset, and throughout, it felt as though we were in control...

that we were doing enough not just to win, but to win well.

Passes were finding their mark and we dominated field position. Yet for all of that we went to the break at 0-0.

The second half started and continued in much the same as way the first was played... yet still no goals... North Rocks Red were going to make us earn this.

And so play went on until finally we were awarded a penalty. Ben calmly slotted it straight down centre.

A second goal followed. Again it was Ben with a slightly unconventional toe-poke... but hey it wound up in the back of the net. Interestingly Jai was claiming he got the last touch to it... brushed his hair apparently. If he was a worm I'd credit him with it... but the ball got no higher than a few inches off the ground. But I digress...

North Rocks pulled one back... a nicely worked play down their left.

They were almost gifted a second with what would certainly have gone down as the howler of the season.

Having done all the hard work to gather a ball, it was passed back to our crazy, what was he thinking, OMG, Surely not, Please No, for goodness sake, what's he doing? Oh dear he isn't is he? keeper, instead of putting it out, tried to beat some players looking for another option. The ball went straight back to North Rocks with our keeper way out of the box. Luckily, and despite Baulkho players backtracking, they just put it wide. On a side note, our 'keeper has one week to right the wrong of the season of not having achieved a cleansheet, and therefore his KPI's.

We also need to mention a beautiful lead up work with Rai and keeper to beat, unselfishly Rai lays the ball to his right for Laurie to simply tap in... but the pressure must have been too much with the ball going anywhere but the goals.

And so that's how it ended up... a 2-1 win.

Finally, to our Player-of-the-Year points recipients...

Jason . Ran hard all game. Won the tough contests and launched many plays down the left. Not afraid to rev the team up either..

Jai. At his probing best. A continuation of his recent form... always trying to assert himself in the middle and look for the play to create goalscoring opportunities for the team..

And to our P.o.M... Thoroughly deserved points to Ben Hurst.

Bagged a brace. The move to the centre of defence just keeps paying off. Ben is our 'Everywhere Man'. Launches attacks with seemingly nothing on.

And so to next week... our final game for 2017... let's go out with a bang lads.

07 Aug
04:50PM

Our Goal Never Came

Round 16 O35/4 Blue vs Red

35/4 Blue Report. Los 0-1

We go into to this round knowing that anything other than a win and our season is over. A draw might not just be enough either.

Derbies tend to bring out the best in teams... bragging rights over fellow club mates always inspire performances... and this was no different.

We had beaten 'Red' convincingly in Round 1, however their subsequent form has seen them steadily climb up the ladder.

This was an even game to start with... both teams looking to create...

always pushing forward.

Neither side dominated the other and clear-cut chances were few.

But then the breakthrough... a scramble in the box, a bouncing ball, and suddenly Red were ahead.

Shorty afterwards we made a break from a goalkick... Northo going within inches of equalising.

And that is how we went in at the break.

As always the halftime talk was positive.

This game would be close, but the goal aside, all other 'Red' attempts were from distance and we felt a goal of our own was coming.

The second half was similar to the first... play sweeping from one end to the other.

Our defenses held and scrambled well and most of their shots were from distance.

Unfortunately our goal never came.

The effort put in could not be questioned... every man strived to ensure our season would continue, but sadly it was not to be.

With only two weeks left

we will give it our all to the end of 2017 on a high... more importantly enjoy ourselves in the process.

Player-of-the-Year points recipients...

Ben -This is getting repetitive, but Ben was everywhere, trying everything to get us over the line. His talk would drive us forward.

Jason - A signature performance... hard running and aggressive in both attack and defence. His direct opposite can never relax, and finally...

Willy - A player whose deeds we could all follow. His actions are louder than any words... won't ask anyone to do anything he wouldn't.

13 Jul
11:24AM

Scoreline Belies DOminance

O/35 4 Blue v Winston Hills (Saturday 1 July) R13

Today we played the first match of our double-header this weekend.

Up against WInston Hills.. a team we beat well earlier this season, and had no reason to believe we wouldn't do it again.

Despite the win, the 3-2 scoreline absolutely belies our dominance in every aspect.

Winston Hills repeatedly launched long balls but our defence was strong.

Their goals were from a penalty, and fair to say, a howler from our 'keeper.

But back to us...

The move of Ben to centre back worked brilliantly... his pace cointinually countered any attack.

Jeff produced a great game, and our mids worked some lovely passing combinations.

Overall, a thoroughly desereved win.

The test will come tomorrow... we neeed to poroduce this again against our nemesis, Rouse Hill Rangers.

And now to our Player-of-the-Year points recipients...

Jason Leckie and Rai Lozanes

Both scorers of improbable/impossible goals... Jason directly from a corner and Rai from the tightest of angles.

Scott Northam

Usual non-stop performance.

Went close on a couple of occasions.

Generally just everywhere... contentiously booked.

and finally...

M.o.M.. Ben Hurst

Nailed it!

Just ran, and ran.

Shut down Winston Hills raids in the centre and out wide. A very assured performance.

Great game boys... let's go again tomorrow.

13 Jul
11:22AM

On a Roll

O/35 4 Blue v Rouse Hill Rangers (Sunday 2 July)

The second game of our double-header was welcomed with great anticipation.

We were confident after yesterday's performance, but Rouse Hill Rangers have been a stumbling block for us.

Our formation remained largely unchanged except for a change in 'keeper... but we'll get to that later.

We started well.

Our passing was assured and we were attacking the ball.

Our first goal was a fantastic solo effort from Brian. Defender after defender lay in his wake until it was one-on-one with their 'keeper... it was a fait accompli.

We were up by just this goal at the break, but the enthusiasm as we walked off suggested there were more to come.

This did happen, but not before Rangers pulled back a scrappy equaliser.

We settled back into our rhythm and before long Brian had his brace. Terry's perfectly hit shot then took us two clear.

It seemed more would follow but for an unexpected twist.

Our stand-in 'keeper, who until this point had been sound, became what one might call a little too casual, cute if you will, in attempting a one-handed save. Suffice to say it landed in the back of the net.

Unfortunate, yes... but this was a game we were not going to lose. We took back control and closed the game out; a thoroughly deserved 3-2 victory.

A great result and maximum points gained this weekend.

We are up against North Rocks Red next week, a game that could ultimately decide the fate of each team's season.

And to our Player-of-the-Year points recipients...

Terry Cox

A great game out on the flank, making great inroads into Rangers' defence.

Rewarded with a well taken goal.

Ben Hurst

Everywhere... always.

Remained calm and positive in all situations.

A continuation of yesterday's great game.

And finally...

M.o.M... Brian Chinn

A great double... combined beautifully with Rai... was just always a threat.

Let's stay on this roll lads... our season is in our hands.

20 Jun
05:34PM

What A Difference A Week Can Make

35/4 Blue v Glenhaven Round 11 Loss 0-3

Well, what a difference a week can make.

Today we went down 3 nil to Glenhaven... but the mindset, play, and all round attitude couldn't be more distant form our last performance. The defence was incredible.

Whilst credit must go to our opponents in getting the win, they by no means outplayed us... something they did when putting seven past us in round two.

Their goals were preventable... purely opportunistic.

The result wasn't what we wanted... but it's a game we can take confidence from.

All our players deserved points today because everyone put a massive effort in.

And so now to our Player-of-the-Year points recipients...

Welcome Back Laurie 'Legend' W.

Assured at left back... great deliveries... and was nearly rewarded with cracking goal off the head. Votes deducted for beer fiasco... Willy T Played injured after twisting an ankle, worked well in conjunction with Andy .. and placed his body on the line many times.

Finally, and possibly the easiest M.o.M. decision of the season so far.. Ben H. Thrived in the central attacking midfield role. Was everywhere... up, down, left, right... a constant threat on and off the ball.
07 Jun
09:42PM

Three on the Trot

O35/4 Blue v Hills Knights Round 9 Win 4-3

After two consecutive wins we were looking to make it three on the bounce and further consolidate our fifth place standing on the ladder.

With due respect to Hills Knights, this was a game we were expecting to win.

All was going to plan as we took a 3 nil lead into halftime.

This should have been greater, we weren't at our best, but were getting the job done.

With 30 minutes to go we still had this lead but one could sense growing frustration at not really closing the game out.

Knights then pulled two goals back and suddenly it was game back on.

Our fourth goal steadied us somewhat but a third to the Knights made for a couple of anxious final minutes.

We held on to win, but this was an uncharacteristic half... passes, positioning and timing were out.

We must look to the plusses though, and those that stood out were 'Northo's' heading masterclass... always right spot, right time, and his positive talk.

To win 'ugly' too is a good sign.

And so to next week when we visit our arch nemesis Rouse Hill Rangers...

Before then though congratulations to our Player-of-the-Year points recipients...

Rai - Bagged two early goals and always looking to get involved...

Jai - Very busy in the midfield... constantly probing and looking to create attacking opportunities, and finally

and M.o.M for the third time this season, Andy... absolutely rock solid in the centre of defence, clearing many dangerous situations.

Let's go again next week...
07 Jun
09:24PM

Sublime Header

O35/4 Blues v North Rocks Blue Win 3-1

Today's game, well... a win, is a win, is a win, but...

Up against North Rocks Blue to say we dominated is an understatement, so going in 1 nil down at half time was frustrating. For all the good lead up work we just couldn't seem to find the back of the net. North Rocks' goal came on the counter despite a great chase from 'Scotty' Urquhart to cut the angle, our 'keeper didn't position himself as he should have.

Half time talk was positive... we knew that we had played well for no result.

The second half started like the first... dominance but no goals.

Finally though, around ten minutes in, a pin-point corner from Jai resulted in a sublimly executed header from Mich, and parity was restored.

From there it seemed like a matter of time before we got a second. Some scrappy play led to a North Rocks own goal.

Our scoring was wrapped up with a nice goal to Brian.

So 3-1 it was.

And finally to our Player-of-the-Year points recipients...

Coach Leckie... understated, but always in the right spot at the right time

Ross rock solid in the centre of defence. That performance ensured your 'keeping days are over Roscoe

Mich What else needs to be said apart from 'that goal'.

'Til next week lads.

29 May
06:20PM

Derby Domination

Baulko 35/4 Blues v Baulko 35/4 Reds 20/05/17

This match report is in memory of Scruff.

It was the Baulkham Hills derby of all derbies Blue vs Red.

We've had a run of goals scored against us in the first few minutes but not this weekend. We kicked off and were on the attack straight off. A great passing game by all led to our first goal by Brian.

And then inspiration hit Rai, who knew a person with 2 x right feet could score with his left foot.. indeed he did. With goal keeper to beat, just tapped into the corner. Followed it with another later also just as good.

A MOM point as well.

Northo took a commanding role in the middle and scored a hat trick today... awesome game and also received MOM points for the effort today.

The backs were great and tough in defence. when a ball did get through Rosco our sub in keeper was a wall and would not allow a ball through on his watch. Great effort Rosco and MOM points as well.

And then the penalty... Terry put his hand up and said it's mine today. He lined it up, and with a solid shot just right of the goal keeper, he never stood a chance.

Great game and team effort. The passing was superb which led to the 7-0 win.

Let's take this to the next game boys.

21 May
10:24PM

Great Team Spirit

Baulko 35/4s v Norwest 13/05/17

Today our challenge was the undefeated competition leaders Norwest. Their record, particularly in defence coming into this round was outstanding, conceding less than a goal per game in the five played so far.

Their attack though is also potent. We found this out sooner than we'd have liked going down inside the first couple of minutes.

To our credit, we settled down and played a significant portion of the first half down their end. We were maintaining possession... our passing, for the most part, assured.

It was unfortunate that we conceded again shortly before halftime. It was a fair strike, but one our 'keeper couldn't quite tip over the bar.

Our second half continued in much the same manner as the first... we WERE in this match.

An unfortunate penalty took the score out to 3 nil, yet still we pushed forward.

A late strike settled the score at 4 nil, and whilst we may not have got on the scoresheet, all, to a man, walked off knowing we had given Norwest a decent contest... no heads bowed, just positive talk.

Great team spirit lads!

Dave Brice... solid in the centre of defence... strong all round, and Mich Deprez... ran, and ran, and then ran some more.

Andy Nguyen... his second of the season and thoroughly deserved. Big effort plays... really fought to be first to the ball to clear any danger.

21 May
09:44PM

Not Our Day

Baulko 35/4 Blue v North Rocks

After kick starting our season last week we were looking to consolidate with a second straight victory.

Whilst the effort was undoubtedly there we just seemed to be off the pace and were, in effect, chasing the game.

Credit to our opponents though. North Rocks were well organised defensively and closed down many of our attacking plays.

Did we deserve to go down 4 nil? No, probably not.

There were many things to like about our play... we do get ourselves into positions to score. Our defence too can be strong.

But all up it just wasn't our day.

There were some fine individual performances, none more so than our Player-of-the-Year points recipients..

Andy, Scott, Shirish, Jai (with a strong effort both in attack and defence), and finally.. M.o.M to our Mr Consistency: Willy.

Let's dust ourselves off and go again next week

08 May
11:12PM

Back to the Drawing Board

After kick starting our season last week we were looking to consolidate with a second straight victory.

Whilst the effort was undoubtedly there we just seemed to be off the pace and were, in effect, chasing the game.

Credit to our opponents though. North Rocks were well organised defensively and closed down many of our attacking plays.

Did we deserve to go down 4 nil? No, probably not.

There were many things to like about our play... we do get ourselves into positions to score

Our defence too can be strong.

But all up it just wasn't our day.

There were some fine individual performances, none more so than our Player-of-the-Year points recipients..

1 Point.. a three-way tie, but each well deserved... Andy Nguyen, Scott Northam and Shirish Ponala

2 Points Jai Herrera... a strong effort both in attack and defence, and finally..

3 Points, and M.o.M to our Mr Consistency Willy Trostel.

Let's dust ourselves off and go again next week.


17 May
10:23PM

Norwest 4, Baulko 0

Today our challenge was the undefeated competition leaders Norwest. Their record, particularly in defence coming into this round was outstanding, conceding less than a goal per game in the five played so far.

Their attack though is also potent. We found this out sooner than we'd have liked going down inside the first couple of minutes.

To our credit we settled down and played a significant portion of the first half down their end. We were maintaining possession... our passing, for the most part, assured.

It was unfortunate that we conceded again shortly before halftime. It was fair strike, but one our 'keeper couldn't quite tip over the bar.

Our second half continued in much the same manner as the first... we WERE in this match.

An unfortunate penalty took the score out to 3 nil, yet still we pushed forward.

A late strike settled the score at 4 nil, and whilst we may not have got on the scoresheet, all, to a man, walked off knowing we had given Norwest a decent contest... no heads bowed, just positive talk.

Great team spirit lads!

Now finally, as always our Player-of-the-Year points recipients..

2 points... Joint...

Dave Brice... solid in the centre of defence... strong all round, and Mich Deprez... ran, and ran, and then ran some more

3 points, and M.o.M, Andy Nguyen... his second of the season and thoroughly deserved. Big effort plays... really fought to be first to the ball to clear any danger.

'til next week boys.

09 May
01:03PM

​Baulkham Hills 4 defeated Winston Hills 1

And the duck is broken!

It may have taken us until Round 4, but we have a win to follow on from our draw last week... a 4-1 victory over Winston Hills.

And to be fair it was nothing short of what we deserved... we dominated!

From around the 15-20 minute mark our passing game, the options taken, and desire to win the ball provided signs we were in a for good afternoon. All this two subs, reduced to one after Jason Leckie was replaced after copping a nasty blow to his ribs.

Where do we start?

A sublime crossing game from Ben Hurst, one in particular met powerfully by Scott Northam for a goal. Their cything runs too, caused Winston Hills no end of problems. Ben's first half free kick goal was hit perfectly. This was followed up by a cracking goal by Rai Lozanes.

Our scoring was rounded by a calmly taken penalty by Mick Hollins. Mick's distribution from the midfield was excellent.

Our 'keeper didn't have much to do in the second half with the backs holding very strong, though he was a little busier in the first period.

Overall a great and thoroughly deserved win... a win to which each-and-every player contributed.

And now to our Player-of-the-Year points..

1 Point... Ben Hurst for reasons outlined above.

2 Points... John Panaretto. Fumbled a couple, but saved a few too, and

3 Points, and M.o.M... Mick Hollins. A very controlled game... in everything and rewarded with a goal.

'til next week all.

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