THREE epic saves by keeper Luke Bartlett handed Valley Motors the title after the grand final of the Perenti division one football competition ended in a penalty shootout.
The match between the competition’s two stand-out sides, Valley Motors White and Soldiers Club Red, became a war of attrition with the teams locked together and unable to be separated through 80 minutes of football.
Leading 4-2 at half-time, Red surrendered their early advantage as two late goals to White sent the match into sudden death.
Valley Motors went into the game as favourites and after 10 minutes looked like they would walk away with the match thanks to slick passing that allowed Cormac Campbell to score twice.
Soldiers Club regrouped and fought back with strong positional play which saw Ryan Yates score twice.
At 2-all the pressure was building and White started to crack. Sloppy passing and wayward kicks allowed Red to go onto the attack.
Adrian Midgley ran down the left side of the field and scored to give Soldiers the lead. Another goal to Yates and the score had blown out to 4-2 at half time with Soldiers Club looking the goods.
Both team managers rallied their troops and the second half began as a tight tussle.
Hamish Garner, Patrick Skelton and Jayden Snow in goals all did a power of work while Yates again showed his skills by saving an almost certain goal by kicking it out of play from the goal line.
Jay-Dee Baxter had one of his best games he and Jakara Henley also defended well.
As the second half wore on, White started to find their rhythm.
Slick passing by Harrison Earle-Broadley and Jacob Bird saw Coen Durbidge score White’s third goal of the day.
With time running out White pushed the ball forward again through Jye Barkwill, Olivia Westcott and Josh Chester with Jalil Virzi-Hartigan finishing the play to lock-up the scores.
After five minutes of extra time each way, the scores remained locked together and it came down to penalties.
Bartlett’s three saves was the difference with Valley Motors winning the shootout 7-5.
Thanks to John Broadley, Nicky Durbidge, Eve Green, Tim and Max Westcott for all their help as managers during the season.
Gold glitters as Tops stumble
ACCOMMODATION Management Gold are the 2013 Gloucester division two junior football
champions after a courageous 3-2 win against minor premiers Tops Organics Retreat.
Both teams were committed from the get go and it was first blood to Gold as they went 1-0 up early through Cameron Dunlop.
This prompted Organics to attack, attack, attack and they found reward from Owen Tomlinson, who swung a corner in from the right which was deflected into the back of the net.
Equally matched across the park for the most part, both teams found it difficult to find any time on the ball or space on the field that until Lachlan Blows made it 2-1 for the Gold team just before half-time.
Organics went looking for the equaliser but ran into a wall of Gold. Finally, the equaliser came from the foot of Josh Anniwell to make it 2-all.
Organics continued to press looking for another goal but the organised defensive line of Gold held firm and absorbed the pressure.
As Gold went looking for a goal a speculative shot from distance by Darcy Allardice somehow fooled the keeper and found its way into the corner of the net to make it 3-2.
With five minutes on the clock Organics went in search of the equaliser for a third time, but it was too little, too late.
Gloucester Rural Supplies played Valley Motors and Royce Painting played Barrington Trophies in the other matches with both games finishing in draws.
Groves strike seals deal
A KELLY Groves goal with 30 seconds on the clock has seen Valley Motors win the division three junior football grand final.
The match between Valley Motors and Perenti saw the latter go one up early thanks to a Sam Wilson free kick in front of goal.
A long range shot from Sam Ashton found the back of the net to bring it back to one-all and both teams continued to battle right to the end of the game with Groves finding the back of the net with 30 seconds to go to take the win 2-1.
The Valley Motors coaches award went to Lucas Bonney and the points award went to Kayden Schumann.
Perenti’s coaches award went to Jack Johnson and the points award went to Lane Edwards, who also took out the division point-score award.
Lane also was selected by the referee from Tea Gardens for the MVP award at the recent gala day.
Yates and Twomey’s coaches award went to Thomas Conner and the points award went to James Sepos.
Darrel’s Butchery’s coaches award went to Eleanor Ince and the points award went to Harrison Edwards.
Townsend Electrical’s coaches award went to Isaac Earle-Broadley and the points award was spilt between Allarni Longbottom and Cody Howard.
Gloucester Rural Supplies’ coaches award went to Jack Bignell and the points award went to Ryan Marzato.