Drifta will take on Wingham next week in the semi-finals after their 2-1 loss to Tuncurry in the 16s football competition.
The side tackled the Tigers on Saturday, August 10 in their final match of the regular season. Drifta started their windy encounter with Josh Anniwell up front, aided by Beau Blanch and Cody Howard on either flank to make some great forward runs. Lane Edwards, Harrison Edwards, Kelly Groves and Aiden Hawkins held the midfield together in the first half, putting some solid balls through.
Isaac Earle Broadley made some spectacular saves coming out to some tough through balls from Tuncurry. Neither team could gain advantage, going into to half time break nil-all. The wind picked up and the rain began in the second half, hampering any attempts at goals.
Tuncurry came through Drifta's defence and shot at Isaac Earle Broadley who deflected it out of goals, Tuncurry got a foot to it and had another attempt as it ricocheted off the side post then rebounded off a Tuncurry player taking Drifta by surprise as it hit the net.
Tuncurry added to their score shortly after, while Kayden Schumann provided Tuncurry's keeper plenty of action up front and wasn't too long before he found a gap and scored a brilliant goal, bringing the keeper out.
Kelly Groves was unlucky not to convert a free kick to a goal, skimming the cross bar.
Drifta finished the regular season third. They scored 44 goals and only had 15 go in their net during the season.
Gloucester attempt late CRT 13s finals charge
Last week, Gloucester played Moorland at home. Both sides were needing a win to assist them getting into the finals.
Scorpions started strong with Parker kicking his first goal of the season. The side's defence held strong and with a few minutes of the first half remaining Moorland kicked a lucky goal to go to the break 1-all.
The second half started and Nick kicked Gloucester's second goal within 10 minutes of play and over the next 15 minutes we had several unsuccessful attempts to stretch the lead. The side was unlucky the referee didn't see a hand ball from Moorland inside the box, Moorland on the other hand had a bit of luck and they picked up their second, with the full time score 2-all.
Gloucester then had to win the last game of the round to make the finals. This was against the number one team in the competition Pacific Palms at Pacific Palms. Gloucester knew it was going to be their toughest game of the season, as Pacific Palms had not lost a game all season, their game the week before they won 21-0.
The first half started and Gloucester had two unsuccessful attempts at goal within the first 15 minutes of play. The team was under a lot of pressure and with brilliant defence and Lochie's athletic goalie skills the sides went into the break nil-all.
This was unchartered waters for Pacific Palms, not to be several goals in front and their coach let them know about it in the break.
The second half started and Gloucester had more missed attempt at goals, but Palms showed why they have not been beaten all year with two late goals only coming from corners where they got a lucky rebound.
Fulltime score was 2-0. The Palm's coach said to the Scorpions team that that was the toughest game they had played all season. Steve and myself are so proud of every player in our team this year, this team has grown so much that I can see us in the grand final next year.
Community Shop v Accommodation Gloucester - The last competition round proved to be a nail biter. Both teams played extremely well with lots of breaks down the ground and some great defence. James Terras scored Community Shop's only goal. Will Bandy and Bethany Hester scored a goal each for Accommodation Gloucester. It was a very close game with the final score 2-1 to Accommodation Gloucester.
Bucketts Building Supplies v Autolec - It was a good game in very windy conditions. Autolecs Sam and Nick dominated the scoring. Cameron scored all of Bucketts Building Supplies goals. Final score 6-3.
Accommodation Gloucester leads the competition on 22 points, ahead of Autolec on 15. Gloucester Community Shop is close behind on 14 points with Bucketts Building Supplies on 10 points.
Gloucester Community Shop leads the competition on 28 points. They'll be hard to chase down with Gloucester Soldiers Club in second on 21 points, Gloucester Tax and Accounting on 18 points, Woolworths Gloucester 16 points, Bluelight on nine points and Avon Valley Concreting on six points.
This Saturday's games will see Gloucester Community Shop tackle Gloucester Tax and Accounting, Gloucester Soldiers Club take on Woolworths Gloucester and Bluelight face Avon Valley Concreting.
Water and Tipper v Annie McKee - Lots of talking resulted in some great passing. Annie McKee had a great game, good defence and a great goal from Aiden final score Water and Tipper 5 Annie McKee 1.
BlueLight vs Medico - All players played well in very windy conditions for Bluelight with great attack and defence by both sides. For Medico, Jarrah was everywhere and was best on the ground. Eli played with heaps of enthusiasm, Hunter played well, the Coombe boys passing is getting heaps better. Jacob was sound. Final score BlueLight 3 Medico 2.
Community Shop vs Gloss-Ter Carwash - Carwash started off strong with Bradley Higgins scoring four quick goals to take them to halftime leading Community Shop 4-3. Halftime is what Community Shop needed, pulling together as a team as they have done all year, with Justin Boorer scoring six goals in second half with eight goals in total. Mackenzie Young scored one, great defence from all players for Community Shop final score Community Shop 9 Gloss-Ter Carwash 4.
Community Shop leads the competition on 22 followed by Bluelight (14), Water and Tipper (13), Gloucester Medico (9), Gloss-Ter Car Wash (7) and Annie McKee (1).
This Saturday's game: Gloss-Ter Car Wash v Annie McKee, Bluelight v Gloucester Medico, Community Shop v Water and Tipper.
Bucketts Building Supplies v Ollies Service Centre- The teams really came together, great work moving the ball forward from Ewan, Bodhi and Finley.
It was great to see Hunter back getting involved in the middle and Sebastian and Chloe had a great game in the back. Ollies all put in 110 per cent during the game. A great game to watch.
Gloucester Home Improvement Services v Darrels Gourmet Butchery - A very good team effort from Home Improvement Services.