Newsletter – 1 February, 2017

Dear Hakoah FC sponsors, fans, players and parents,

Another very positive weekend of pre-season for all ages, with an undefeated matchup against NPL1 powerhouse Bonnyrigg White Eagles.

In the seniors, the 18s drew 3-3 with goals to Jake Lees, who has had a great pre-season so far in his first year in 18s, and two goals for last year’s grand final hero, Aswin Adinanto. Meanwhile 20s coaches Hubsy and Andy were once again pleased with the progress of their charges in a 2-2 draw and lastly with First Grade unlucky not to win in a strong 2-2 performance, with match report below courtesy of Brian Ree.

First Grade: Full Match Report 
Hakoah came into their third match against Bonnyrigg brimming with confidence after winning their two previous matches. They started well and were soon dominating possession. However Bonnyrigg opened the scoring in the 20th minute against the run of play. Anthony Frangie soon equalised with a stunning shot after great lead up work form Remy Wolanski and Alek Lekoski.

The second half was very similar to the first with Hakoah dominating possession. Once again Bonnyrigg went ahead against the run of play. Anthony Frangie then equalised with a stunning individual effort to pick up a brace. Hakoah brought on Neil Jablonski and he led the charge to press hard for the winner. But it was not to come. The final score being 2-2.

Robbie Ezekiel, Anthony Frangie and Ollie Green all impressed. Overall, another handy display from the young Hakoah team.

U14s team ready for game!SAP and Youth: Update
Meanwhile, board member and youth coordinator Geoff Ziman provided the round up on a day of highlights for the SAP and Youth teams, who made very positive starts to the 2017 season in extremely hot conditions at Bonnyrigg on Sunday.In their very first appearance for the club (at the start of what will hopefully be a long journey for these boys) the U9s were super impressive in both games. They played terrific football and showed how good their basic skills are which would have pleased their coaches immensely.  Both teams recorded huge wins, much to the delight of the boys. The 10’s, 11’s and 12’s all had very competitive games against strong opposition – lots to to be proud of for the first game of the pre-season.The U13’s made an awesome start to their careers on the full size field with an emphatic 4 – 0 victory against NPL1 opposition. New coach Eamonn Graham could only be delighted as the boys strung multiple passes together during long phases of play and completely outplayed their opponents. Well done boys!! The U14’s carried on where they left off last season with a grinding performance that produced a 1-0 victory for new coach Andrew Judd. The boys were rock solid in defence and provided glimpses of their attacking capability, with all the new signings showing that they will add to the armoury of this team.The U15’s under Barry Walker played in the absolute heat of the day and settled for a 2-2 draw in a performance that suggested that this team has the roster to really excel this season. Pace and skill are there in abundance, with the new signings also showing what they will bring to the squad this season. The U16’s had a comfortable 3-0 victory against Stanmore Hawks in a typical pre-season performance.
Best regards,

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